How Soon Can I Resume Sexual Activity After Weight Loss Surgery?

 Part of NJBC’s Bariatric FAQ Series Many weight loss surgery patients ask when it would be safe to resume sexual activity after surgery. When patients ask this question, there is a general concern about affecting the surgical area and the staples in the abdomen. This concern usually applies not only to sexual activity but also to daily activities such as climbing stairs, walking and participating in gym activities. The concern is understandable because weight loss surgery – whether it’s gastric sleeve or gastric bypass – is a major abdominal procedure. First and foremost, it’s important to  give your body enough
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February 2020 Tuesday Talks

Join us for our FREE Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. This Month’s Topic: Relationship Challenges After Surgery   Springfield: Tuesday, February 18th @ 6:30pm at New Jersey Bariatric Center, 193 Morris Ave., Springfield Moderator: Meagan Butler, RD Somerville: Tuesday February 25th @ 6:30pm at RWJ-Somerset, Steeplechase Building, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD
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Dark Chocolate Strawberry Protein Shake

  Switch up your traditional breakfast with this super simple and festive Dark Chocolate Strawberry protein shake. With ingredients you probably already have at home, you can make a protein packed meal perfect for Valentine’s Day.      Ingredients: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder  (We used 2 scoops Celebrate deep chocolate protein powder) 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1 cup unsweetened almond milk Ice (if using fresh strawberries) Directions: Blend unsweetened almond milk, strawberries, and protein powder. Ice is optional.
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Tackle Super Bowl Game Day the Weight Loss Surgery Way

  Did you know the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving? Or that the average fan will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks? And yes, that’s just from snacks, not including actual meals. So how can you prepare for the Super Bowl?  Here are some tips to survive the Super Bowl without consuming over a days’ worth of calories at one party. Don’t go to the party hungry. Make sure that you consume a breakfast and lunch high in protein.  Start off with some egg whites
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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is the new “diet” buzzword.  Our surgeons and RDs frequently get questions from patients about it – Is it a diet they should consider as a weight loss surgery patient? We don’t think of intermittent fasting as a diet, it’s an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. The most common intermittent fasts are time-restricted and 24-hour low or no calorie fasts. NJBC’s Intermittent Fasting Guidelines:   Overall, we do not recommend the 24-hour low/no calorie fasts for bariatric patients.  It’s too restrictive, doesn’t provide the daily nutrition a bariatric patient needs and isn’t
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Improving Your Relationship With Your Scale

Do you find yourself hopping on the scale every morning? Maybe you’re the person who only weighs themselves once a week or maybe you don’t weigh yourself at all and go by the fit of your clothes. I know of some people who, disagreeing with the results on the scale, decide to move the scale over, thinking the floor is somehow throwing off the reading. After weight loss surgery, our relationship with our scale is no less complicated than it was before surgery. Patients often ask me how often they should weigh themselves and my answer to them is that
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NJBC Eats: Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad

  I was getting tired of eating the same thing for lunch everyday so I decided to make my own chicken salad. This chicken salad recipe which provides you with over 20g of protein can be a delicious addition to your weekly lunch menu. You can turn this simple recipe into chicken salad lettuce wraps, enjoy it with cucumbers or celery and more. If you don’t like fresh rosemary, fresh dill is a great alternative that I have also used.   Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad Yield: 5 servings Ingredients: 3 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about ¾ pound)
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NJBC Eats: Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad

  I was getting tired of eating the same thing for lunch everyday so I decided to make my own chicken salad. This chicken salad recipe which provides you with over 20g of protein can be a delicious addition to your weekly lunch menu. You can turn this simple recipe into chicken salad lettuce wraps, enjoy it with cucumbers or celery and more. If you don’t like fresh rosemary, fresh dill is a great alternative that I have also used.   Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad Yield: 5 servings Ingredients: 3 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about ¾ pound)
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January 2020 Tuesday Talks

Join us for our FREE Tuesday Talks for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. This Month’s Topic: New Year’s Resolutions – Committing to new goals and how to make new goals SMART.   Springfield: Tuesday, January 21st @ 6:30pm at New Jersey Bariatric Center, 193 Morris Ave., Springfield Moderator: Meagan Butler, RD Somerville: Tuesday January 28th @ 6:30pm at RWJ-Somerset, Steeplechase Building, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville Moderator: Kelly Beneduce, RD
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New Year, New Commitment to Guidelines for New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Patients

After the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, shouts of “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” often turn to whispers of New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss continues to be one of the most popular resolutions there is. Thankfully weight loss is one goal you’ve already checked off your list. So what does New Jersey Bariatric Center®‘s doctors and dietitians tell Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve patients to concentrate on in the New Year? Three things: maintenance, maintenance and maintenance. Weight loss surgery is a tool, and just like any other tool, it needs to be used correctly for it to be effective in
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