About this Site
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery can be life-changing. Your diet after gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or gastric band (such as LAP-BAND®), and other weight-loss surgeries may be stressful and challenging to maintain.
The UPMC bariatric surgery team understands the road ahead and designed this resource with one goal in mind: to help make eating after bariatric surgery a little easier.
This resource can be accessed either from a computer or mobile device. No matter which phase of your post-bariatric surgery diet, the information and yummy recipes you need are just a click away. Gain access to recommended food choices and tips to help you stay on-track. You’ll also be able to view UPMC-approved recipes for each phase of the diet, submitted by other post-bariatric surgery patients, dedicated chefs, and nutritional experts.
New and seasonal recipes will be added over time, so don’t forget to check back frequently. If you have a recipe you’d like to share, you can contact us here.
We hope you find this resource helpful. Best of luck on your journey!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS:
Carol Bowen Ball is a prolific food writer and cookery book author who now specializes in advising those who are considering or who have had bariatric surgery with good food choices and recipe inspiration. She runs http://www.bariatriccookery.com and is an active member of many charities that help to overcome obesity problems. She is 5 years post gastric bypass surgery after which she lost and has maintained an almost 100 lb weight reduction.
Hilary is a 22-year-old public relations student, hockey enthusiast and pop-culture addict. She underwent roux-en-y in August 2013 and has lost over 140 pounds. She blogs about her experience with gastric bypass, plastic surgery and healthy living on her blog, Healthy Hilary.
Weight loss surgery patient Julia Holloman is the author of a weight loss surgery blog, Miles to Go, and a book, Out of Obesity and into the Promised Land. Join her as she shares her personal experiences of restoring health and changing her lifestyle. Miles to Go blog offers spiritual encouragement, social and emotional tools, nutritious recipes, health information, and more.
Jessica has been a member of the weight loss surgery community since 2010 and has been writing her blog since 2011.
Anjali Shah is a food writer, board certified health coach, and owner of The Picky Eater, a healthy food and lifestyle blog. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, Womens Health, Cooking Light, Readers Digest, CNN, Food Network, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Whole Foods, SHAPE, and Kaiser Permanente. Anjali grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, she taught herself how to cook and successfully transformed her husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to her healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through her blog, The Picky Eater, Anjali shares her passion for tasty, healthy cooking.
Brittany Mullins is a health coach and certified personal trainer who has been blogging about healthy living since 2008. Through her blog, Eating Bird Food, she proves that maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a challenge by sharing healthy recipes, workouts, travel adventures, and more. Get inspired to live a healthy, balanced life by visiting her blog or following her accounts on social media.
Dr. Urvashi Pitre is an amateur cook and the President of a data-driven marketing agency. An avid reader, Urvashi realized after her sleeve surgery that many people struggle with how to cook easy, delicious low carb, high-protein recipes. She started a blog to keep track of her own recipes and the weight loss journey. Soon, she had a loyal following of others who were trying to put together healthy meals that the whole family could enjoy. Her recipes tend to have an international flavor, and often include Indian, Korean, Thai, Chinese, etc. flavors to add a little variety into everyday meals. She focuses on recipes that use fresh ingredients, simple preparations, and diverse flavors. Most of her recipes can be completed in 30 minutes and many are adapted for slow cooker and pressure cookers to make things easy and flavorful.
Jeanette is the publisher and photographer of Jeanette’s Healthy Living, a popular healthy living food blog with a wealth of delicious and healthy recipes. Jeanette started Jeanette’s Healthy Living after spending many years making meals for family, friends and people in her community with special dietary needs. She loves coming up with meals that meet the dietary requirements and taste buds of those in need of nourishment.
Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN is a culinary dietitian and food and nutrition writer. She created Second Act Kitchen, a website for people who want easy, delicious recipes that include down-to-earth science-based nutrition information. Barbara believes food should be easy to prepare and enjoyed with friends and family and it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Her mission is to empower readers to achieve their goals for a healthier lifestyle through better nutrition while motivating you to eat right!
Rachel Gurk is a food blogger, a mom of two toddlers, and a physical therapist, and is obsessed with popcorn. On her website, Rachel Cooks, she features a wide variety of recipes with one common thread: easy preparations. She creates accessible and delicious food that will please the whole family. You can find Rachel on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat at rachelcooksblog.
Karen Mangum MS, RDN, LD, a licensed, bariatric registered dietitian, is a seasoned recipe developer and healthy food blogger in addition to her work as a bariatric dietitian. Karen has been counseling bariatric patients for over 15 years and currently works for St. Luke’s Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program where she has been providing counseling and bariatric cooking classes for over 5 years. She started her healthy food blog, Inside Karen’s Kitchen, as a way to preserve her family’s recipes and to share bariatric recipes.
If you’re contemplating weight loss surgery, then you probably already know that the truly hard work will begin after the operation. That is when you have to deal with the emotions that come after WLS, getting enough exercise to keep off the weight, and eating the correct portions of nutritious, low-fat foods. Luckily, The Everything Post Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook can guide you through it all – from watching for medical complications and changing your wardrobe to whipping up delicious meals.
Inside you’ll find 150 tempting recipes. In this helpful manual, surgical nurse Jennifer Whitlock Heisler presents you with all the facts you need to recover from WLS the healthy way. Whether you’re questioning what comes next or dealing firsthand with complications, you’ll find comfort and practical advice in this one-stop resource.
From the Everything Post Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook by Jennifer Whitlock Heisler, RN, Copyright (c) 2010 by F+W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the Publisher.
Carolyn Ketchum is the writer, photographer and evil mastermind behind All Day I Dream About Food, a low carb and gluten-free food blog. Since its inception in 2010, ADIDAF has grown to be one of the most popular low carb sites on the web. With over one million page views per month, it has a devoted following among dieters, diabetics, celiacs and those simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Carolyn’s mission is to prove to the world that special diets need not be boring or restrictive and that low carb and gluten-free dishes can be as good as or better than their conventional counterparts. It’s astonishing what you can do with a bag of almond flour, a stick of butter, and a willingness to experiment.
Hi. My name is Jessica. I live in Ontario, Canada with my fiancé and our adorable Bichon Frise named Abby. I’m a lover of travel, soccer and photography. I love to eat clean, share clean eating recipes that I make, and then take pictures of them. I am also a vegetarian, so I hope to inspire you to eat your fruits and vegetables.
Linda Genaw has been a low-carber for 14 years and has been maintaining her weight loss since 2003. Linda is a homemaker who loves to test and cook low carb recipes to post on her website: Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes. Linda’s recipes are family-friendly and most of them use ingredients that can be found in any grocery store.