How to Enjoy Your Favorite Treats This Summer

No Need to Forgo Your Favorite Treats This Summer

There is no need to forgo your favorite summertime treats because you’ve had weight loss surgery. Just make a few alterations and enjoy these good-for-you replacements.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (Bariatric Recipe)

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop Matrix Simply Vanilla Protein Powder (or another vanilla protein powder)
Strawberry slices for garnish if desired.

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Use an ice cream maker and follow the instructions for freezing. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 169 calories, 17 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrate, 98 mg sodium 

Mousse (Bariatric Recipe)

1 1/2 cups cold skim milk
1 pkg. fat free, no-added-sugar instant pudding (4 serving size)
1 cup Cool Whip Lite®

Pour milk into medium mixing bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with a wire whisk for two minutes.

Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into individual dishes or medium serving bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 5 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 83 calories, 3 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 311 mg sodium.

Summer serving suggestion: layer with fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, bananas) and garnish with a dollop of whipped topping and fresh fruit slice.

Pudding Pops (Bariatric Recipe)

1 four-serving size pkg. instant sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
1 four-serving size pkg. instant sugar-free banana cream, vanilla or pistachio pudding mix
4 cups evaporated nonfat milk
16 three-oz disposable plastic drink cups
16 wooden craft sticks

Stand up sixteen 3-oz disposable plastic drink cups in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside. Blend together chocolate pudding mix and 2 cups of evaporated milk in medium bowl for 2 minutes with hand mixer. Spoon 2 tablespoons into each drink cup, cover with foil and freeze for 1 hour.

1 hour later, mix the second package of pudding mix following the previous instructions and spoon on top of the frozen chocolate pudding. Cover each cup with a piece of foil and make a small hole in the center of the foil to insert the wooden stick.

Place cups back in freezer for 4-6 hours until firm. When ready to serve, let stand for 15-20 minutes at room temperature then remove plastic cup. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:  38 calories, 5 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, 229 mg sodium.

Glimmer Grapes

1 pound seedless green grapes, de-stemmed and washed
1 four-serving size box sugar-free gelatin, watermelon or other flavor
1 four-serving size box sugar-free gelatin, lemon or other flavor

Put all ingredients in releasable plastic bag and shake. Place in bowl or on serving plate. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Oat Squares (Bariatric Recipe)

1 single serving container Dannon Oikos Triple Zero vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup stevia
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a square 8 x 8 baking dish. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the prepared dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut into 9 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:  57 calories, 4 grams protein, 2 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrate, 69 mg sodium.



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What Happens When You Tan After Weight Loss Surgery?

Have You Recently Had Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Wonder About Tanning?

Everyone loves the glow of a golden tan. But what if you’ve recently had bariatric surgery? Granted, the scars from laparoscopic surgery are small, but if you plan to tan your tummy, you’ll want to understand how the sun may affect your scars.

It Takes a Year

It can take incision site scars 12 months or longer to heal. The healing scar tissue is different than the surrounding skin. It seems like thicker scar tissue would be less likely to burn or tan, but the opposite is true. First, the scar does not produce the protective cells that help reduce damage from the sun’s rays. That means scars may become darker or lighter than the surrounding skin, making them more visible. Secondly, scar tissue is less sensitive. Without the pain of sunburn, it is easy to overdo sun exposure, not realizing that your skin is burning.

Tans and burns fade with time, returning skin to its natural color. However, scars exposed to the sun’s rays during the healing period may remain permanently lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

After a year, the scar and surrounding skin should react equally to the sun’s rays—although everyone’s skin is unique. Of course, it is always a good idea to protect all of your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

UVA and UVB Rays 

SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn. If used correctly an SPF 30 sunscreen will protect 30 times longer than if no sunscreen is used. For example, if you would normally burn after 20 minutes with no sunscreen, an SPF 30 sunscreen should protect for about 10 hours.

UVA rays are responsible for tanning. As they reach the lower dermal layer, they stimulate skin darkening. Although a tan looks healthy, it is actually a sign of DNA damage and the body’s attempt to protect further injury. Tanning beds use UVA rays. Look for broad spectrum sunscreens that protect from both UVB and UVA rays.

How to Apply Sunscreen

Using sunscreen seems pretty straight forward, but most people don’t get as much protection as they need. The American Academy of Dermatology provides the following tips for applying sunscreen correctly:

  1. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you.
  3. Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
  4. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
  5. To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
  6. Sunscreen should be just one of the sun protection strategies you use to protect your skin. You can also cover up with clothing and a hat, stay in the shade, and avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  7. It’s not just the summer sun that causes damage. Use sunscreen year-round to protect exposed skin.

The Bottom Line

To protect scars during the 12-month healing time frame, stay out of the sun. If that is not possible, use high-rated sun block and UV protective clothing to cover areas with healing scars.

After the 12-month healing period, follow steps to protect all of your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. As you strive to improve your health with weight loss surgery, keep your skin healthy by seeking the shade, using sunscreen properly, and embracing your natural skin color.



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Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine

Just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower, make exercise part of your daily routine. It can be walking on the treadmill (or around the neighborhood) first thing in the morning or pedaling a stationary bike in the evening while you’re watching TV. Find something that works for you and stick with it.

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Less Pressure

There is a 62% resolution of high blood pressure after bariatric surgery.

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Top 4 Reasons the Keto Diet and Bariatric Surgery are Not a Good Fit

Top 4 Reasons the Keto Diet and Bariatric Surgery are Not a Good Fit

The keto diet. 

The keto diet involves slashing carbs (about 20 grams a day) and loading up on fat to get your body to enter into a state of ketosis. While in ketosis, your body breaks down both dietary and stored fat to use for fuel instead of carbohydrates.

The keto diet isn’t new. It is based on a diet used to reduce hard-to-control seizures in children. It’s been around as a weight loss diet since the Atkins diet in the 1970’s and has recently regained popularity.

The diet includes: High-fat meats, fish and poultry; oils and butter; high-fat dairy; and limited amounts of low carb vegetables. Fat makes up about 70% of the calories. Generally excluded are higher carb-containing veggies, fruit, breads, rice, pasta, or anything that boosts your carb intake above 20 grams.

Weight loss expected.

Recent studies suggest that the keto diet has some advantages for short-term weight loss. Studies on effective weight management and potential health impact from a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet over a long time horizon are lacking.

Although there may be some short-term benefits to the keto diet, you’ll want to be sure to put a long-term strategy, such as the Barix Nutrition Guide, in place to help you maintain weight loss and overall health after weight loss surgery.

Other potential benefits.

Ketogenic diets may result in lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and blood pressure. High-density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol,” may increase. Keto diets can help treat epilepsy and are being researched for other neurological conditions, such as, Alzheimer disease and brain tumors.


Keto is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or those with kidney, liver, or heart disease. Side effects could include dehydration, constipation, vomiting, kidney stones, and bone loss. More research is needed to assess the impact of the diet on long-term cardiovascular and microbiome health.

Ease of following.

This diet is very restrictive, but the high fat content should leave you feeling satiated. Cheese, bacon, butter, and cream lovers enjoy this diet, although their cardiologist might not approve. If you’re a fruit or sandwich lover, you’ll struggle.

Nutritional soundness.

The nutrition soundness of the keto diet relies a lot on the types of foods chosen. For example:

  • Highly processed foods. It is possible to eat a diet of highly processed convenience foods that is technically keto, but obviously not very healthy. This diet could consist of frozen keto meals, keto chips, fat bombs, keto brownies, keto gummy bears, keto cookies, fried pork rinds, and the list goes on and on.
  • A diet of quality unprocessed foods that includes vegetables, nuts, healthy oils, avocados, meat, fish, eggs, and cheese provides better overall nutritional soundness.
  • A plant-based diet can also be modified with the use of plant-based proteins and supplements, healthy oils, nut, seeds, lower carbohydrate vegetables, and a small amount of berries.

When multiple food groups are restricted, as in the keto diet, nutritional deficiencies are more likely to develop. Careful planning and the use of vitamin and mineral supplements are recommended. Using an app to track your food intake can help to alert you to specific nutrients lacking in your diet.

Post bariatric surgery diet.

What if you’ve had bariatric surgery—is the keto diet an option? The diet following bariatric surgery initially focuses on obtaining adequate fluid and protein. This helps the body shed excess fat, but maintain maximum muscle tissue during the rapid weight loss phase. As the body heals, fresh unprocessed vegetables, fruits and whole grains are added. A diet of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods is encouraged. Six small (1/4 cup to 1 cup portions) protein rich meals are encouraged. Vitamin and mineral supplements are required to meet nutritional needs due to the small amount of food consumed.

The keto diet does not work well after bariatric surgery for the following reasons:

  1. The high fat content of the keto diet (70% of calories) does not allow for the consumption of adequate protein or carbohydrates.
  2. A high fat diet may lead to fatty diarrhea (steatorrhea) and reduced absorption of nutrients because food tends to travel faster through the intestinal tract after bariatric surgery. There is a risk for nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery; severely limiting specific food groups (whole grains, fruits, and many vegetables) only increases the chance that deficiencies will occur.
  3. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, while carbohydrates and protein contain 4 calories per gram—making fat a very concentrated source of calories. It is very easy to exceed calorie needs when consuming a high fat, low carb diet. Calorie intake 1 year or longer after bariatric surgery typically ranges from 800–1100 for women and 1000-1500 for men per day.
  4. The keto diet is low in fiber. This increases the risk of constipation, which can be a concern after weight loss surgery. Fiber may also reduce the risk of developing various conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and diverticular disease.

Bottom line.

Although the keto diet does show some short-term promising results for weight loss, it is not a good diet strategy after bariatric surgery. A lifestyle that supports a healthy weight after bariatric surgery is something that can be followed life-long, with protein at the center of the diet. The keto diet with its extremely high fat content, very low carb content, exclusion of grains and fruit, and low fiber content are potential concerns for overall health. This is even more of a concern after bariatric surgery when portions are limited and nutritional deficiencies are a risk.




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