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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UNJURY® Mint Chocolate Shake

Consuming adequate protein after any weight-loss surgery is essential. It is important in promoting wound healing and preventing loss of muscle mass and hair.

For some patients, consuming high amounts of protein can seem overwhelming. The good news is, with these delicious, healthy, and creative high protein recipes, meeting your daily goal of at least 60-80 grams per day will be a breeze. When choosing a protein powder to use in recipes, make sure to choose a whey protein isolate, which are lactose-free. Hope you enjoy—happy blending!

UNJURY® Mint Chocolate Shake

1 Scoop or Packet UNJURY
1/4 Cup Skim Milk
3/4 Cup Ice
1 Drop Peppermint Extract*

Directions:

  1. Mix UNJURY into milk.
  2. In a blender, combine the ice, UNJURY mixed in milk, and peppermint extract.
  3. Blend for 10-15 seconds, until a smooth consistency is reached.
* Additional peppermint may be added for stronger mint taste.

Variations on Chocolate:

Instead of peppermint add a couple of teaspoons of peanut butter and blend until smooth. And/or try adding 1/4 a banana.

Note:
  • 1/4 cup sliced bananas will add an additional 34 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of sugar. 
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter will add an additional 95 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of sugar.

Nutrition Facts:

  • 120 calories
  • 22 grams protein
  • 7 grams carbohydrate
  • 5 grams sugar

Penn Medicine Can Help You Lose Weight

Chiara lost 150 pounds with Penn Medicine. Lisa lost almost 160 pounds with Penn Medicine.

Learn about weight-loss surgery and if weight-loss surgery at Penn is right for you at a free information session.

Register for a weight-loss surgery information session here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Type of Weight-Loss Surgery Is for You?

Because every patient considering bariatric surgery is unique, the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program offers a full range of bariatric surgical options including: adjustable gastric band, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and robotic-assisted bariatric surgery.

But what surgery is right for you?

The truth is, only you and your surgeon can decide what surgery is right for you.

“Though we still do them, the gastric band is a little bit old-fashioned when it comes to weight-loss surgery,” says Alan Schuricht, MD, Penn bariatric surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital. “The amount of weight loss expected with the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy is about the same – about 60 to 70 percent of your body weight - but unlike gastric bypass, with the sleeve gastrectomy, patients avoid the risk of developing an iron deficiency, or other nutritional deficiencies.”

Right now, Dr. Schuricht adds, “Most of my patients are going with sleeve.”

Learn What Weight-Loss Surgery is Right For You

The only way to really know if it is right for you is to attend an information session. At one of our free, weight-loss surgery information sessions, you can learn about all the weight-loss surgeries offered at Penn Medicine from the surgeons who are performing them.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bathing Suit Shopping After Weight-Loss Surgery? Yes!

Kathryn Naphy is a mother of two who has maintained her 100+ pound weight loss since 2006, when she had weight-loss surgery with Matt Kirkland, MD, bariatric surgeon at Penn Medicine in 2006.

Bathing suit season is here. Now that we’ve lost weight, that no longer fills us with dread, right? Eh, not so much.

If you are anything like me, you had in your head that once the weight came off, you’d feel confident and ready to rock the beach, but once it happened, you still don’t feel quite as sure of yourself as you had hoped.

My first summer after I lost weight, I was so excited to go shopping for new suits. I thought for the first time in my adult life, I’d look great in all those cute suits I couldn’t wear when I was heavy! After the first few I tried on though, I quickly realized I was going to have to rethink my idea of a “cute suit.” I needed to rethink everything about bathing suit shopping.

For starters, I always had quite a large chest, and after the weight came off, it was, um, not as large. There was also the issue, now, of having loose skin. Before surgery, I always wore one piece suits, obviously, but just the regular high cut leg suits. Now, that style was pushing loose skin around into unattractive blobs. I felt like I was back to square one with the body issues.

Kathryn on an amusement ride at the beach.
Truth be told, I think all of us have some parts of our bodies we’d like to change, and for me, I just had to change my mindset. I’m ashamed to say, I had a kind of image of myself as having a supermodel body once I got “skinny,” so first things first, THAT image had to go out the window! I went for different cut suits, and found some very cute, and very flattering ones that made me feel much more confident. For example, I now wear suits with flirty little skirts to cover up any loose thigh skin. I love suits with ruching on the belly to help with any giggly belly, and tankini tops that have busy patterns to play up my lack of chest.

When you’re out shopping this season for the perfect suit, try on tons of different styles, even if it’s not something you usually wear. Our bodies have changed shape, so what used to work might not anymore and that’s okay. If this is your first swimsuit season since your WLS or your tenth, remember you’re not alone if you feel a twinge of anxiety in the dressing rooms. There are so many swimsuit cuts and styles now, there’s one out there for all of us to feel our best on the beach this year.

To read more about Kathryn, join her on her blog or follow her on Facebook.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bonding With Your Weight-Loss Surgeon

Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing commitment to good health. Whether you've been searching for weeks, months or years, it’s important to consider several things when choosing a weight-loss surgeon.


“Unlike getting a gall bladder removed where you see your surgeon once, and you’re done, bariatric surgery is a lifetime commitment to a lifestyle change, and it requires a bond with the surgeon,” says Alan Schuricht, MD, bariatric surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital. “Patients need to trust their surgeons and know we are going to stay with them for the long term. If they don’t like their surgeon, they aren’t going to come back.”

Dr. Schuricht says that following up with your surgeon and the weight-loss program is important for success.

“Sometimes a patient will disappear for a few years, and then come back having gained some weight back,” says Dr. Schuricht. “They tell me they didn’t want to come back because they feel I will be disappointed in them. But, the truth is, I’ve always been here. I want them to succeed, but they need to take the steps to follow up and maintain the relationship.”

Typically, surgeons at Pennsylvania Hospital see their patients for a month or so post-operatively, before maintaining their follow up appointments with a nurse practitioner. Dr. Schuricht encourages all patients to maintain that relationship and to make sure to join the supports groups in place designed to keep them on track.

Meet Dr. Schuricht and the Penn Medicine Weight-Loss Surgery Team

Let Penn Medicine help you lose weight. Learn about weight-loss surgery and if weight-loss surgery at Penn is right for you at a free information session.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Consuming adequate protein after any weight-loss surgery is essential. It is important in promoting wound healing and preventing loss of muscle mass and hair.

For some patients, consuming high amounts of protein can seem overwhelming. The good news is, with these delicious, healthy, and creative high protein recipes, meeting your daily goal of at least 60-80 grams per day will be a breeze. When choosing a protein powder to use in recipes, make sure to choose a whey protein isolate, which are lactose-free. Hope you enjoy—happy blending!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • 8 oz liquid
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (chilled)
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Place liquid in the blender first, then powder, then any additional ingredients. Blend on low, then high until all ingredients are incorporated.

Liquid options include water, 1% or skim milk, 1% or skim Lactaid milk, soy milk, almond milk, or other milk alternative.

 

Penn Medicine Can Help You Lose Weight

Tonia lost 120 pounds with Penn Medicine - and she's still losing!

Learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you at a free information session.

Register for a weight-loss surgery information session here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meet Emily Newell, Clinical Dietitian with Penn Weight Loss

If there was ever a model of great nutrition and healthy exercise, Clinical Dietitian Emily Newell, RD, LDN, CNSC, would fit the bill! Emily joined Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2013, and she has since helped men and women transform into healthier lives with the assistance of nutritional counseling and weight-loss surgery.

We caught up with Emily to learn more about her, get some of her favorite healthy living tips and ask her some fun questions about her experiences at Penn Medicine.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I enjoy guiding people back to health through nutrition counseling, support groups and consultations. It doesn’t feel like a job to me.

What are some of your own favorite tips for weight loss, and keeping off the weight?

I always tell people: small, frequent meals throughout the day. It will keep your hunger in control and your blood sugar stable.

Most days of the week, get at least 45 to 60 minutes of exercise in. If it’s more realistic to get in 30 minutes at first, work up to a goal of more time.

Make sure you are drinking enough water. I only drink water – it’s my favorite!

What do you wish people knew about weight-loss surgery?

It is a tool for weight loss. Together with proper diet and exercise, it will work for you, but it is not a quick fix. It still requires you to be diligent about your nutrition and maintaining the new, healthier you.

What is the best advice you could give to someone who is having weight-loss surgery?

Always follow up with the team. Support groups are a great way to stay in touch, too! Some people might not follow up and then come back to the program months later – they tell us they were afraid we’d be disappointed in them. We are here for you, and we are here to help. We want to see you succeed, and staying in contact with us can help you get to your goal.

More about Emily…

Favorite food: 

Berries, almonds and pizza (sometimes!)

Favorite place to vacation: 

The beach

Favorite exercise: 

Zumba or boxing

Favorite sports teams: 

Boston Red Sox or the Patriots (Tom Brady!)

Favorite TV show: 

Grey’s Anatomy

Meet Emily and the Penn Medicine Weight-Loss Surgery Team

Let Penn Medicine help you lose weight. Learn about weight-loss surgery and if weight-loss surgery at Penn is right for you at a free information session.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie

  • 8 oz liquid
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh berries

Directions

  1. Place liquid in the blender first, then powder, then any additional ingredients. 
  2. Blend on low, then high until all ingredients are incorporated.

Liquid options include water, 1% or skim milk, 1% or skim Lactaid milk, soy milk, almond milk, or other milk alternative.

 

Penn Medicine Can Help You Lose Weight

Let Penn Medicine help you lose weight. Learn about weight-loss surgery and if weight-loss surgery at Penn is right for you at a free information session.

Register for a weight-loss surgery information session here.
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