Have you had or are you planning to have Bariatric Surgery? Wondering what to eat?
This month Durban Bariatric Surgery Support focuses on advice,ideas and recipes for eating well after wight loss surgery.
One of our favorite resources on this subject is https://www.bariatriccookery.com/
Carol Bowen Ball is an established food writer with over 35 years experience in the food arena. A prolific author, she has written over 90 cookery books (mainly as Carol Bowen), on a variety of subjects from barbecue to range-style cooking, and a whole lot in between. She won the ‘Cookery Book of the Year Award’ for her ground-breaking book ‘Versatile Vegetables’ when bringing vegetables to the forefront of meal planning was in its infancy.
A former Household and Cookery Editor for ‘Homes & Gardens’ magazine she has always been on the look-out for new ideas, trends and chasing the latest advice on cooking and eating well. Her long association with the media, be it television, radio, magazines, newspapers, the internet or professional journals, means she is a popular and sought-after pundit on all things relating to food. It is for these same reasons that she has worked on ‘Masterchef’; with Keith Floyd in his hey day; and as an editorial food advisor to Nanette Newman and Diana Dors on food-related projects.
Carol has written a book called, THE BARIATRIC BIBLE that is an absolute gem of information and advice on what to eat post weight-loss surgery.
BOOK INFORMATION AND DETAILS:
After Carol Bowen Ball underwent bariatric surgery she found there was very little practical information for WLS patients and as a result she wrote the first (and to date only) UK bariatric advice and cookery book – ‘Return to Slender’. At the same time she launched bariatriccookery.com a website to support the same patients. A year later she wrote a sequel ‘Return 2 Slender … Second Helpings’. Both books have been widely praised by the professional bariatric community as well as pre-op and post-op patients. She now has written her 3rd book ‘The Bariatric Bible’.
The recipes in The Bariatric Bible are designed and developed to help at every stage after WLS. They are colour-coded to suit the 3 main stages afterwards. These are: The Red or 1st Fluids Stage, The Amber or 2nd Soft/Puréed Stage, The Green or 3rd Eating for Life Stage. They all have a nutritional analysis breakdown. This includes measured calories, protein, carbohydrate and fat levels. Recipes are also further coded for suitability for freezing and for vegetarian eating.
A new bariatric lifestyle however isn’t just about food – it is also about exercise, changes in behaviour and relationships, adhering to essential medications; coping with unsettling situations that can de-rail the best of intentions, dealing with social situations like eating out; finding new ideas for a changing body through fashion and beauty advice; and making new healthier habits to replace old destructive ones. As a result the book is the most comprehensive one of any currently on the market.
The book covers the types of surgery on offer for those who want to know more so that they (along with their bariatric team) can make the best choice from the selection available. It also looks at and advises on the many pre-op diets that are required prior to surgery – sometimes to lose weight as part of the qualification process and also as the liver-reducing diet prior to surgery itself for safe intervention. However, it mainly focuses on advice and recipes for after surgery to help the post-op patient maximise their best chance of long-term success with weight-loss and better health.