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Veggie Tales (part 5): A day in the life of a post-op vegetarian

So now that we’ve gone over what a vegetarian is, whether post-ops can even be vegetarians, how to make the transition and how to make good food choices, I figured I’d give you a day in the life of a post-op vegetarian. Let’s start in the pantry. Here are some of the staples you’ll always find in my kitchen: Greek …

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Veggie Tales (part 4): Making Good Vegetarian Food Choices

BF Basics: Veggie Tales was composed by four-year post-op and 25-year vegetarian, Kelly, better known as Poet Kelly on Obesity Help. This series is written in her voice with the full endorsement of Bariatric Foodie. If you have any questions for Kelly about any of the information provided, please leave them in the comments and she’ll gladly respond. Basically, you …

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Veggie Tales (part 3): Making the Transition

BF Basics: Veggie Tales was composed by four-year post-op and 25-year vegetarian, Kelly, better known as Poet Kelly on Obesity Help. This series is written in her voice with the full endorsement of Bariatric Foodie. If you have any questions for Kelly about any of the information provided, please leave them in the comments and she’ll gladly respond. Making the …

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Veggie Tales (part 2): CAN post-ops be vegetarians?

BF Basics: Veggie Tales was composed by four-year post-op and 25-year vegetarian, Kelly, better known as Poet Kelly on Obesity Help. This series is written in her voice with the full endorsement of Bariatric Foodie. If you have any questions for Kelly about any of the information provided, please leave them in the comments and she’ll gladly respond. Sometimes people …

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Veggie Tales (part 1): What the heck IS a vegetarian???

BF Basics: Veggie Tales was composed by four-year post-op and 25-year vegetarian, Kelly, better known as Poet Kelly on Obesity Help. This series is written in her voice with the full endorsement of Bariatric Foodie. If you have any questions for Kelly about any of the information provided, please leave them in the comments and she’ll gladly respond. You probably …

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Labels, Part Seven: Vitamins and other such stuff

 So…you’ve made it this far, eh? At the beginning you didn’t think there was that much to the nutrition label, did you? And I’ve only given you a glimpse of what there is to learn! There’s even more, believe it or not. Ok, so the last thing I want to talk about is vitamins. Yes, vitamins. Now some of …

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Labels, Part Six: Protein, Queen of All Nutrients!

Yes, Queen. So, of all the things on the nutrition label, protein is among the most straight-forward. Most of the significance of the protein count lies in how that number relates to other information on the food label. I should point out one thing though. Not all protein is created equal. Folks ask me all the time about pork rinds, …

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Labels, Part Five: Carbohydrates

Oh, this is where the fun begins. For everything you wanted to know about carbs (well, maybe not everything) check out the BF Basics series, Carb Confusion. But here are the basics of carbs on the nutrition label. The total carbohydrates are all the carbs in the product. This includes the fiber, the sugars and the “other carbohydrates” (usually sugar alcohols). But under …

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Labels, Part IV: Sodi-ummmmmmm…

 Man, nothing can take a good food choice to down faster than the sodium count. I have rejoiced over foods that are low-carb, low-fat, high protein and…VERY high sodium. Sigh. For those not in the know, sodium is a mineral that, in the proper quantities, can be beneficial to our health. The most common source of sodium is table salt but …

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Labels, Part Three: Facts about Fat

Yep…that’d be a pound of fat. Keep THAT image in your mind next time you want a cookie!  This section is important, especially to those of you who have or are at risk for heart problems (dang, I sounded like a pharmaceutical commercial, didn’t I?). Total fat is all the fat that is in the food: the good, the …

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