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Black Bean Salad with Feta Cheese and Cilantro

Today was my bariatric center’s annual picnic. It was a perfect sunny summer day for a picnic. Each of the attendees shared the recipes for the dishses they prepared. I tasted a few that I will try to share with you in the coming months. I went searching for a bariatric friendly salad recipe that would hold up in the heat. In my recipe file, I found…

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Pop Quiz: Can a bariatric patient survive a day on the county fair’s midway?

It’s midsummer in Ohio where festivals and fairs are in full swing. I love small town festivals and county fairs. I attend many of these fairs with my husband Brett. He helps his family show draft ponies. They are part of his family’s traditions that have been part of their lives for over fifty years. I don’t need to tell you that your healthy eating…

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Salsa Verde Chicken or Pork

The first tomatillos appeared at a local farmers’ market this week. Three years ago, I never cooked with this vegetable which is foreign to most Midwesterners. I am a farmers’ market junkie and love to shop several each week. That summer a vendor who I purchase from weekly had a huge surplus of tomatillos and was selling them dirt cheap. She urged me to take some…

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Pancakes are classic all American breakfast fare. That bad news is that they are carb laden and generally smothered in butter and maple syrup. This is not a good combination for weight loss surgery patients. As a Lapband patient, they are also way too heavy. I am always on the look-out for a low carb, high protein pancake recipe. Awhile back I posted this recipe for waffles I…

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Bandwagon – A Book Review

I love easy to read and understand owner’s manuals for my tech toys. They are usually complex and not geared for a quick read. My Lapband is a high tech device that is implanted in my body. It only makes sense that I want to be knowledgeable of the use, care and feeding of my band. When Jean McMillan, a fellow bandster and Obesity Help chat buddy authored a book on adjustable gastric banding and weight loss surgery, I ordered a copy for my reference.

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The Bariatric Fear of Food

Cibophobia is the phobia where sufferers fear food. Cibophobics are generally afraid of undercooked or overcooked foods, unsanitary food preparation, and food served past the expiration date. This isn’t quite the same but is pretty close to an eating disorder that I see in bariatric patients. The first year after weight loss surgery is a year of carefully following a nutritionist’s diet and eating guidelines. Once the patient moves into the second year they generally become more lax. It’s at that point that the fear of eating raising its ugly head.

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