Nutrition

How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day?

How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day? Following bariatric surgery, protein intake should be one of your top priorities. Protein plays a role in every cell in your body. Thus, proteins are constantly breaking down and need replenishing. When you don’t consume enough protein, your body breaks down lean muscle to use as energy. …

What Type of Protein Powder Is Best?

What Type of Protein Powder Is Best? Medical literature recommends that bariatric patients consume between 60 and 90 grams of protein a day. To achieve this goal, bariatric patients must consume their protein in a series of smaller meals, as their stomachs can only hold so much food. Unfortunately, reaching that goal with a regular …

5 Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Meal

5 Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Meal These days, there’s a lot of different nutrition information out there that can make conjuring up a healthy meal seem more complicated than it really is. How much protein should you be eating? Are carbohydrates healthy? The truth is, to achieve a healthy, balanced meal, you need to …

What is Medical Grade Protein?

What is Medical Grade Protein? According to Medical News Today, "protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones." Bariatric patients need to consume a high protein diet before and after surgery to build muscle and promote healthy healing. By promoting muscle growth, you're also boosting your metabolism, …

How to Stay Active During the Wintertime

How to Stay Active During the Wintertime Physical activity is recommended for everyone, including weight loss surgery patients. It’s helpful not only for losing or maintaining weight but for feeling your best. Winter has set in, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your active lifestyle on hold. Here are the top ways to …

Are Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Healthy?

Are Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Healthy? Over the years, you may have noticed or kept tabs on the growing plant-based community. This community prefers not to consume animal products and sometimes byproducts. Because of the rise in popularity in this movement, many manufacturers have innovated new ways of consuming plants that mimic meat products. The introduction …

Everything You Need to Know About Gluten

Everything You Need to Know About Gluten In recent years, you may have heard the phrase “gluten-free.” However, no one has probably ever bothered to explain to you what that term means. Well, we’re here to help. Going gluten-free means eating a diet devoid of all gluten-containing ingredients. People do this for several reasons. Keep …

4 Ways to Portion Control During the Holiday Season

4 Ways to Portion Control During the Holiday Season It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to enjoy all our favorite comfort foods. Pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more all make it onto our plates, and often, we don’t think twice about eating it all. However, practicing portion control is key …

The Importance of Quercetin

The Importance of Quercetin Quercetin is a flavanol, one of six subclasses of flavonoids found in plants. Flavonoids are what produce the pigment in many fruits and vegetables. You can find them in capers, peppers, onions, shallots, asparagus, cherries, tomatoes, red apples, red grapes, broccoli, kale, red leaf lettuce, berries, tea (green and black), various …

Can Housework and Yardwork Count as Exercise?

Can Housework and Yardwork Count as Exercise? Can housework and yardwork count as exercise? The short answer to this question is yes. However, there are many different factors that go into ensuring you’re getting enough out of your housework and yardwork. It’s also important to remember that it’s recommended that you mix your housework and/or …

How To Overcome Fatigue

How To Overcome Fatigue Fatigue can be caused by many things. The most common causes of fatigue include vitamin deficiencies, medical conditions, certain foods and medications, sleep problems, mental health, and lifestyle habits. Vitamin Deficiencies Key vitamins and minerals needed for proper bodily function include vitamin B, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and potassium. If we …

Top 5 Apps for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Top 5 Apps for Bariatric Surgery Patients Today, technology is more intuitive and helpful for pre- and post-op patients of bariatric surgery than ever before. This includes many convenient resources that are accessible at the tips of your fingers through your smartphone, tablet, or computer! You may have found yourself browsing for apps that focus …

8 Ways to Tell You’re Emotionally Eating and How to Stop

8 Ways to Tell You're Emotionally Eating and How to Stop Have you ever found yourself reaching for a bag of chips when you’re stressed or sneaking into the freezer to snag some ice cream after having a big blowout with a friend or family member? You’re not alone. It’s incredibly common to reach for …

The Facts of Folate

The Facts of Folate by: Katie Chapmon, MS, RD, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian After metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS), vitamins are one of your “must haves” to prevent deficiencies. Folate deficiency is common after bariatric surgery and plays a key role in a variety of functions within your body. When it comes to folate, …

The Many Incredible Benefits of Magnesium

The Many Incredible Benefits of Magnesium Think for a minute about all the amazing things that your body does on a regular basis. You walk and move your body in various ways, you use your fine motor skills to button your shirt or take notes with a pen, you blink, you breathe, you observe your …

How Our Calcium Dark Chocolate is Made

How Our Calcium Dark Chocolate is Made Ah, chocolate – a sweet treat that most people fall in love with after their first taste. If you’re worried about giving it up entirely following weight loss surgery, don’t be! ProCare Health offers calcium dark chocolate bars that are made from cacao, Trucal® calcium, and vitamin D. …

Fall in Love with Our Delicious Calcium Dark Chocolate Bars!

Fall in Love with Our Delicious Calcium Dark Chocolate Bars! Valentine’s Day is all about loving and appreciating the people in your life. Before you can love others, however, you must first love yourself. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a little extra time for you? Celebrate your body and your weight loss with our …

What Is a “Slider Food” and How Can You Avoid Them?

What Is a "Slider Food" and How Can You Avoid Them? Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that can help you become a healthier, happier, and yes, slimmer version of yourself. With it, however, come a few challenges and changes, especially when it comes to your diet. You may find yourself wanting to relax the …

8 Ways You Can Eat Out While Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

8 Ways You Can Eat Out While Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Creating and eating your meals at home is usually the healthiest choice for people who are watching their weight or those who have had bariatric surgery. But life happens. Sometimes you’re short on time, run into unexpected obstacles, or simply want a night off …

The Importance of Taking Bariatric Vitamins

The Importance of Taking Bariatric Vitamins Excitement surrounds life after weight loss surgery as you’re officially gaining a new opportunity to better your health. It’s time to start a new routine but first you must understand that consuming nutrients will now be a challenge. Bariatric vitamins, however, play a crucial part in keeping you on …

A Closer Look at Artificial Sweeteners

A Closer Look at Artificial Sweeteners While junk food may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about sugar in your diet, it’s not entirely fair. There’s actually plenty of sugar in healthy foods, too. Think about fructose, glucose, and lactose, which are natural sugars found in fruits and dairy products. …

7 Smart Tips to Help Make Your Thanksgiving Meals Healthier

7 Smart Tips to Help Make Your Thanksgiving Meals Healthier Feel that chill in the air? November is finally here, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While you might be counting down the days until you can share a delicious meal with your loved ones, your actual meal plan might currently be at the …

Collagen Protein After Weight Loss Surgery

Collagen Protein After Weight Loss Surgery For several years, collagen has been a staple of the beauty industry. However, collagen is also a vital source of protein, which means it can aid in weight loss after post-bariatric surgery. The Importance of Protein After Weight Loss Surgery Protein is one of the most important nutrients in …

The Importance of Eating Protein After Bariatric Surgery

The Importance of Eating Protein After Bariatric Surgery Protein Power It probably seems that every day there’s a new diet or article touting the wonders of protein. So, what’s the big deal about protein and why is it important? For starters, it’s part of every cell in your body and comprises approximately 15% of your …

Vitamin B12 Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Vitamin B12 Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery The Benefits of B12 & Deficiency Symptoms If you’ve recently taken the plunge and had life-changing bariatric surgery or you’re seriously considering doing so, congratulations on your road to better health! At ProCare Health, we are all about walking your journey with you and keeping you up to …

Fiber Needs After Bariatric Surgery

Fiber Needs After Bariatric Surgery Deciding to undergo bariatric surgery may be stressful, but it is worth it. By making small lifestyle and dietary changes, such as incorporating fiber intake to your diet, you can maximize your weight-loss efforts and regulate your digestive system, along with other health benefits. However, it can be stressful to …

Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass

Obesity is one of the most serious …

Do I Need Bariatric Probiotics?

If you’ve recently had bariatric surgery …

Nutritional Deficiencies & Symptoms

Have you been told you’re nutrient …

Best Bariatric Surgery Vitamins

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Bariatric Surgery Vitamins & Nutrients

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The Importance of Calcium

Just like all “essential” nutrients, calcium …

The Importance of Taking a Bariatric-Specific Multivitamin

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Physical Activity after Bariatric Surgery

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How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day?

How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day? Following bariatric surgery, protein intake should be one of your top priorities. Protein plays a role in every cell in your body. Thus, proteins are constantly breaking down and need replenishing. When you don’t consume enough protein, your body breaks down lean muscle to use as energy. …

What Type of Protein Powder Is Best?

What Type of Protein Powder Is Best? Medical literature recommends that bariatric patients consume between 60 and 90 grams of protein a day. To achieve this goal, bariatric patients must consume their protein in a series of smaller meals, as their stomachs can only hold so much food. Unfortunately, reaching that goal with a regular …

5 Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Meal

5 Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Meal These days, there’s a lot of different nutrition information out there that can make conjuring up a healthy meal seem more complicated than it really is. How much protein should you be eating? Are carbohydrates healthy? The truth is, to achieve a healthy, balanced meal, you need to …

What is Medical Grade Protein?

What is Medical Grade Protein? According to Medical News Today, "protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones." Bariatric patients need to consume a high protein diet before and after surgery to build muscle and promote healthy healing. By promoting muscle growth, you're also boosting your metabolism, …

How to Stay Active During the Wintertime

How to Stay Active During the Wintertime Physical activity is recommended for everyone, including weight loss surgery patients. It’s helpful not only for losing or maintaining weight but for feeling your best. Winter has set in, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your active lifestyle on hold. Here are the top ways to …

Are Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Healthy?

Are Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Healthy? Over the years, you may have noticed or kept tabs on the growing plant-based community. This community prefers not to consume animal products and sometimes byproducts. Because of the rise in popularity in this movement, many manufacturers have innovated new ways of consuming plants that mimic meat products. The introduction …

Everything You Need to Know About Gluten

Everything You Need to Know About Gluten In recent years, you may have heard the phrase “gluten-free.” However, no one has probably ever bothered to explain to you what that term means. Well, we’re here to help. Going gluten-free means eating a diet devoid of all gluten-containing ingredients. People do this for several reasons. Keep …

4 Ways to Portion Control During the Holiday Season

4 Ways to Portion Control During the Holiday Season It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to enjoy all our favorite comfort foods. Pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more all make it onto our plates, and often, we don’t think twice about eating it all. However, practicing portion control is key …

The Importance of Quercetin

The Importance of Quercetin Quercetin is a flavanol, one of six subclasses of flavonoids found in plants. Flavonoids are what produce the pigment in many fruits and vegetables. You can find them in capers, peppers, onions, shallots, asparagus, cherries, tomatoes, red apples, red grapes, broccoli, kale, red leaf lettuce, berries, tea (green and black), various …

Can Housework and Yardwork Count as Exercise?

Can Housework and Yardwork Count as Exercise? Can housework and yardwork count as exercise? The short answer to this question is yes. However, there are many different factors that go into ensuring you’re getting enough out of your housework and yardwork. It’s also important to remember that it’s recommended that you mix your housework and/or …

How To Overcome Fatigue

How To Overcome Fatigue Fatigue can be caused by many things. The most common causes of fatigue include vitamin deficiencies, medical conditions, certain foods and medications, sleep problems, mental health, and lifestyle habits. Vitamin Deficiencies Key vitamins and minerals needed for proper bodily function include vitamin B, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and potassium. If we …

Top 5 Apps for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Top 5 Apps for Bariatric Surgery Patients Today, technology is more intuitive and helpful for pre- and post-op patients of bariatric surgery than ever before. This includes many convenient resources that are accessible at the tips of your fingers through your smartphone, tablet, or computer! You may have found yourself browsing for apps that focus …

8 Ways to Tell You’re Emotionally Eating and How to Stop

8 Ways to Tell You're Emotionally Eating and How to Stop Have you ever found yourself reaching for a bag of chips when you’re stressed or sneaking into the freezer to snag some ice cream after having a big blowout with a friend or family member? You’re not alone. It’s incredibly common to reach for …

The Facts of Folate

The Facts of Folate by: Katie Chapmon, MS, RD, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian After metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS), vitamins are one of your “must haves” to prevent deficiencies. Folate deficiency is common after bariatric surgery and plays a key role in a variety of functions within your body. When it comes to folate, …

The Many Incredible Benefits of Magnesium

The Many Incredible Benefits of Magnesium Think for a minute about all the amazing things that your body does on a regular basis. You walk and move your body in various ways, you use your fine motor skills to button your shirt or take notes with a pen, you blink, you breathe, you observe your …

How Our Calcium Dark Chocolate is Made

How Our Calcium Dark Chocolate is Made Ah, chocolate – a sweet treat that most people fall in love with after their first taste. If you’re worried about giving it up entirely following weight loss surgery, don’t be! ProCare Health offers calcium dark chocolate bars that are made from cacao, Trucal® calcium, and vitamin D. …

Fall in Love with Our Delicious Calcium Dark Chocolate Bars!

Fall in Love with Our Delicious Calcium Dark Chocolate Bars! Valentine’s Day is all about loving and appreciating the people in your life. Before you can love others, however, you must first love yourself. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a little extra time for you? Celebrate your body and your weight loss with our …

What Is a “Slider Food” and How Can You Avoid Them?

What Is a "Slider Food" and How Can You Avoid Them? Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that can help you become a healthier, happier, and yes, slimmer version of yourself. With it, however, come a few challenges and changes, especially when it comes to your diet. You may find yourself wanting to relax the …

8 Ways You Can Eat Out While Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

8 Ways You Can Eat Out While Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Creating and eating your meals at home is usually the healthiest choice for people who are watching their weight or those who have had bariatric surgery. But life happens. Sometimes you’re short on time, run into unexpected obstacles, or simply want a night off …

The Importance of Taking Bariatric Vitamins

The Importance of Taking Bariatric Vitamins Excitement surrounds life after weight loss surgery as you’re officially gaining a new opportunity to better your health. It’s time to start a new routine but first you must understand that consuming nutrients will now be a challenge. Bariatric vitamins, however, play a crucial part in keeping you on …

A Closer Look at Artificial Sweeteners

A Closer Look at Artificial Sweeteners While junk food may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about sugar in your diet, it’s not entirely fair. There’s actually plenty of sugar in healthy foods, too. Think about fructose, glucose, and lactose, which are natural sugars found in fruits and dairy products. …

7 Smart Tips to Help Make Your Thanksgiving Meals Healthier

7 Smart Tips to Help Make Your Thanksgiving Meals Healthier Feel that chill in the air? November is finally here, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While you might be counting down the days until you can share a delicious meal with your loved ones, your actual meal plan might currently be at the …

How to Understand the New Nutrition Labels Part I: Changes from the FDA

How to Understand the New Nutrition Labels Part I: Changes from the FDA In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the regulations for the nutrition and supplements facts panels on nutrition labels. Why? To combat some of the health problems in the US and provide people with better, realistic solutions. Although it's already …

How to Understand the New Nutrition Labels Part II: Vitamins and Supplements

How to Understand the New Nutrition Labels Part II: Vitamins and Supplements Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the regulations for nutrition and supplement labels. These new labels will be easier to understand and help people make more informed choices about their food, vitamins, and supplements. While it’s already on some …