Eating Healthy while Dining Out

It can feel like a minefield of high-fat, high-calorie, super-salty, sugar-laden choices at some restaurants, but whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain a healthy diet, you can eat healthy when dining out, almost anywhere, if you make the right choices.

Here are some tips to help make your dining-out experience both tasty and good for you:

  • Ask for water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks without added sugars.
  • Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables. Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Then use only as much as you want.
  • Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kebobs, or pasta with a tomato sauce.
  • Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.
  • Order an item from the menu instead heading for the “all-you-can-eat” buffet.eating healthy while eating out image
  • Ask for it your way. Most restaurants will be happy to accommodate special preparation requests.
  • Beware of the low-carb options. Low-carb doesn’t mean low-cal.
  • Ask to box half your entrée before it ever gets to the table, or split an entrée with your dining partner. Restaurants often serve two to three times more than food labels list as a serving.
  • Check the menu before you leave home. You can decide what to order or pick another restaurant.
  • Any description that uses the words creamy, breaded, crisp, sauced, or stuffed is likely loaded with hidden saturated or trans fats. Other “beware of” words include: buttery, sautéed, pan-fried, au gratin, Thermidor, Newburg, Parmesan, cheese sauce, scalloped, and au lait, à la mode, or au fromage (with milk, ice cream, or cheese).
  • Skip fancy drinks. Opt for a glass of wine, a light beer, a vodka and tonic, or a simple martini.
  • Drink water throughout the meal. It slows you down, helps you enjoy the food more, and lets the message get to your brain that you’re full—before your plate is empty.
  • Skip the dessert. You can always have some sorbet or even a piece of chocolate at home.

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Plastic Surgery after Bariatric Surgery

unnamedDramatic weight loss has many benefits, but after weight-reduction surgery, or any substantial amount of weight loss, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to the reduced body size. Whether considering reconstructive plastic surgery after bariatric surgery or dramatic weight loss from another program, bariatric plastic surgery after weight loss is often done for medical reasons as much as or more than for aesthetic reasons. Before having bariatric plastic surgery after weight loss, consider the following:

  • Are you at your low weight?
    • Wait until you’re at your low weight and have stayed there for at least a few months.
    • If you had weight loss surgery, you’ll need to wait at least one year, preferably two.
  • How is your current physical and mental health?
    • Better overall physical health means less likelihood of complications. Work with your primary care physician to determine if your physical health is appropriate for plastic surgery.
    • Mental health is a big consideration. Surgery preparation and recovery can be a lengthy process, and you must have the proper mindset going into it.

·      Would you do this for mental reasons, health reasons, or both?

  • Mentally, the saggy skin may cause you to feel embarrassed both with and without clothes on.
  • Physically, it can cause a myriad of issues ranging from annoying to potentially serious, including:
    • Difficulty getting dressed
    • Difficulty exercising, which may impact long-term weight maintenance and health
    • Skin fold rashes or breakdown of skin
    • Skin fold infections

These are just a few of the issues to think about before making a decision to move forward with plastic surgery after weight loss. You should take into account the severity of the mental and physical issues caused by your excess skin and weigh that against the risks and side effects of surgery along with how much it will cost.

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The Laparoscopic Technique

The Laparoscopic Technique | Dr. Shawn TsudaMany surgeries are being done these days without having to use the traditional large incision that leaves large scars and long recovery times. Laparoscopic surgery is the umbrella term that is used for this type of surgery. Laparoscopic techniques have revolutionized the field of surgery with benefits that include decreased postoperative pain, earlier return to normal activities following surgery, fewer postoperative complications, and the added bonus of being virtually scarless. Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery (MIS), is a widely accepted surgical technique that uses small incisions and long pencil-like instruments to perform operations with a camera.

Today, almost all abdominal surgeries are performed laparoscopically including:

  • hernia repairs
  • gastric bypass
  • bowel resection
  • organ removal

Laparoscopic surgery has successfully replaced open surgery as the preferred treatment option for issues such as bariatric surgery and gallbladder removal. The treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is now also carried out using laparoscopic techniques too.

Laparoscopic surgery is also known as MIS because the surgeon is able to use a laparoscope with a small camera on it to go directly where the surgery is needed. This allows surgeons to find out where or even if a larger incision is needed to perform an operation.

Laparoscopic surgery involves several small incisions, which is why it is sometimes called keyhole surgery. The Laparoscope goes into one small incision and special surgical instruments go into the others. The scope is attached to a video monitor, so the surgeon can see what is going on inside the body part that is being examined.

Because of the less invasive nature of the surgery, laparoscopic surgery recovery time is shorter than that of traditional surgery. Most laparoscopic surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, although depending on the specific surgery, an occasional hospital stay is necessary.

As with any surgery, it is normal to feel tired for a few weeks after a procedure. Your specific recovery time will depend on your physical condition when you went in for the surgery.

If you are considering surgery, contact Dr. Tsuda to see if a laparoscopic procedure is right for you.

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