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We are still in the thick of summer and the heat is on. This is an easy time of year to get dehydrated. You’ll break a sweat just standing outside. Water is important because it helps regulate our temperature, carries nutrients and waste products through the body, fills the spaces inside and outside our cells, acts as a lubricant around joints, part of chemical reactions in our bodies, acts as a solvents for a variety of things in our bodies (minerals, water soluble vitamins, amino acids, glucose), acts as a shock absorber for important parts of our bodies (eyes, spinal cord, amniotic sac... Read More »

Our patients learn to log their nutrition to understand whether they are achieving their protein and other nutrition goals. One challenge is our busy lifestyles. It’s sometimes difficult to remember what you ate. There are several apps that you can use to log your food, like Baritastic, My Fitness Pal and Lose It. Keeping track of your intake throughout the day can be a relatively quick way to keep your food journal. That’s one smart move. What about days that are so packed you don’t have time to record your foods and fluids until the end of the day? Another smart move is taking a picture... Read More »

How many of us have leftover strawberries or blueberries from our 4th of July celebrations? Berries are a great, early summer fruit. These include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and water. Antioxidants help slow down the aging process by protecting our cells from oxidative stress, Vitamin C helps with healing and fiber helps with digestive health. Berries have about 15 carbohydrates and 60-80 calories per 1 cup serving but the type of carbohydrate in berries don’t raise your sugars very much. Bariatric... Read More »

Now that summer is here, it’s time to sharpen our grilling skills. Are you thinking burgers, hot dogs or chicken breasts? Well, think again. You can cook just about anything on the grill. Choose foods that are in your post-surgery diet phase. Find a recipe you like and then start grilling. Veggies can be grilled either on skewers or in a vegetable grill pan. Grill enough for leftovers during the week. Use a marinade for flavor and moisture. You can make your own marinade or use a low-fat dressing. A foil packet dinner is a great way to combine a protein, veggies and seasoning all wrapped... Read More »

 Spring has sprung, and summer is around the corner. Have you started planning a vacation? Don’t forget to pack your protein! Having the right equipment and easy to bring protein sources will help you with your protein.

For equipment, think about bringing a shaker cup or small blender to mix protein shakes, carry protein powder with you (try single serve packets or put a single serving of protein powder in a small container or small zip bag.), carry a stash of utensils (plastic forks, spoons and knives), and bring clean up helpers (paper towels, napkins or wet wipes). If you are... Read More »

Your surgeon and your dietitian say you need more protein. With a limited stomach pouch, how is that going to happen? You can add protein by adding unflavored powder to many things you are already eating and drinking. These can be added to a variety of foods and beverages including cooked cereals, flavored water or low-calorie sports drinks, light yogurts, unsweetened fruit purees, sugar-free puddings, protein shakes and smoothies, milk, decaf coffee or tea, cottage cheese, soups, broth and hummus or other bean dips.

Finding unflavored protein in a single serve packet will allow you... Read More »

It’s March! Trees are leafing out and the green of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations surrounds us. This brings to mind that instead of wearing green, we should be eating more greens…and yellows, oranges, reds and purples. Include the colors of the rainbow in your veggie choices. Veggies have vitamins, minerals, water, fiber, and anti-oxidants.

Having a smaller stomach pouch after surgery makes it a challenge to get in more veggies. Veggies you can sip instead of chewing to applesauce will make it easier to get in your vegetables. Think about blending veggies with protein powder to help... Read More »

“Mo does a great job of keeping exercise simple and keeping it fun! Click below to see the entire article from the Tulsa World,” says David Steward, Director of the Bailey Bariatric Program.

First rule of exercise: Make it fun!

Bailey Bariatrics Medical Director, Dr. Joebob Kirk, shares his advice on who should consider weight loss surgery with the Owasso Reporter.  He also shares a few of the common misconceptions associated with Bariatric Surgery and the commitment required for each patient to be successful. 

Click below to see the entire article from the Owasso Reporter:

Expert Advice: ”Who should consider weight loss surgery?”

Time Management:  Be realistic and honest with yourself about how much time you have available to dedicate to preparing for bariatric surgery.  You may be ready for surgery once you have made time in your daily schedule for these four basic tasks: movement (i.e. physical activity/exercise), nutrition (i.e. meal preparation and eating), sleep (adequate sleep is vital), and hydration (adequate water intake and elimination of caffeine, soda and alcohol).      

Developing Healthy Coping Skills:  Research shows that bariatric surgery is one of the top stressors a person can face!! ... Read More »