Nutrition & Support

Preparing for Surgery
Our Dietitian, Emma, meets with patients the second and fourth Monday of the month at PMC Regional Hospital. She will help you learn how to prepare for the nutritional changes necessary before and after surgery.

Join us for our Bariatric Support Group Sessions! 
Our monthly Bariatric Support Group is the second Monday of every month at 6 pm. We meet virtually via Zoom video communications.

To join visit or download the Zoom mobile app on your smartphone.

Click on “Join a Meeting” at the top of the page.

Enter in Meeting ID: 275 193 920

If you cannot download or run the application, you join from your browser.

Enter in the Meeting Password and Your Name, then click “Join”.  Contact the office or Dietitian Emma for the password.

You can connect your audio via your phone or computer audio, just follow the system prompts. Or you can use the Chat feature to interact with other participants.

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Healthy eating habits and outlook are key to your Amazing Results.

Our Registered Dietitian will meet with you to track your progress and help you to reach your desire goals:

Some Steps Include:

1.     Track calories in and calories out use: Lose It! FREE App for I-Phone or Droid or or MY FITNESS PAL or you can use or write the foods down in notebook.

2.     Do not drink fluids with your meals.

3.     Drink 30 minutes before meals and wait 30 minutes after meals to drink.

4.     Begin carrying a water bottle with you and drink 64 ounces of fluid/day.

5.     Make sure your water bottle contains measurements. You need to know how many fluids you are drinking each day.

6.     Start reading food labels to see how much protein is in the foods you eat.

7.     After your surgery, you will be required to eat 60 – 80 grams of protein per day.

8.     Learn how to eat slowly and chew thoroughly before your surgery.

TIP: Helpful Recipes

You Need to Drink a Protein Drink Every Day.

Choose protein from food sources or protein supplements made with whey or soy protein, as these are high quality proteins and are well absorbed by the body. Look for protein drinks with less that 6 grams of sugar.

Recipes for Making High Protein Supplements at Home

Double Strength Milk: Mix 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder to 24 ounces of skim or 1% milk. 16 grams of protein. Note: For best results, mix the night before so it will be good and cold. Larger batches can be made and refrigerated.

Vanilla Milk: Add 1 capful of vanilla extract to 24 ounces of skim or 1% milk. Add Splenda to desired sweetness. 24 grams of protein.

Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie: Add 1 contain of vanilla yogurt, a handful of fruit (fresh or frozen), 1 – 2 packets Splenda, 1 scoop protein powder of your choice, and vanilla extract to taste. Add a little milk if the smoothie is too thick. ~ 30 grams of protein. Note: Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt.

High Protein Milk: In a blender, mix 1 cup skim or 1% milk, 2 scoops of protein powder, sugar substitute, and vanilla flavoring. ~ 28 grams of protein. Variation: Add unsweetened cocoa powder to recipe before mixing. For hot chocolate, heat the chocolate milk. Sip slowly.

High Protein Fruit Punch: In a blender, mix 6 oz of sugar FREE powdered fruit drink such as Crystal Light or Sugar Free Kool-Aid, 2 scoops protein powder, and 4 ice cubes. ~ 20 grams of protein.

High Protein Low-Fat Cream Soup: Mix 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk, 1 teaspoon chicken or beef bouillon, 3 tbsp protein powder. Add enough hot water to equal 1 cup. Mix well. Eat soup when it is lukewarm. ~ 20 grams of protein.

High Protein Cappuccino: Mix 8 – 12 oz skim milk with ½ – 1 scoop of protein powder and 2-3 spoonfuls of International Coffee Sugar-free/Caffeine-free French Vanilla or Suisse Mocha coffee flavor. ~ 18 – 32 grams of protein.

Chocolate Mousse: Mix ½ cup low fat Ricotta cheese, 1 pkg Splenda, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder. ~ 14 grams of protein.

Protein “Shots” should be avoided.