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The New York Times recently chronicled the journey of two bariatric patients before and one year after surgery. The article expresses the challenges of bariatric patients and addresses the change in their relationship with food.
Many patients notice a change in food preferences. Patients find that they don't crave food the way that they used to, and sometimes forget to eat. The article describes one patient eating slowly, as though hunger was an "afterthought." The same patient previously described hunger as something that "claws at you from the inside out before surgery. This demonstrates how drastically surgery can affect the desire and consumption of food.
Despite a drastic reduction in her food intake, this patient still experienced a weight loss plateau, and struggled to lose all of the weight she had hoped. She mentioned how she wanted to eat to live, and not live to eat, which the surgery enabled her to do. However, when discussing a meal, she mentioned a turkey sandwich and a kid's yogurt, which lacks sufficient protein. After bariatric surgery, many people cannot consume a large amount of food, therefore the quality of it is crucial.
That's why we were so relieved to see a container of UNJURY on the table. Protein is the foundation for weight loss, with or without bariatric surgery. Protein helps to preserve lean muscle mass during weight loss - and that’s so important for keeping your metabolism active – for you to reach your goal weight and maintain it.
UNJURY provides 21 grams of high quality protein in just one scoop – the same amount as 3 eggs or 3 cooked ounces of meat, chicken, or fish. Eating that volume of food after surgery can be a challenge, and eating less than what is required can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
Long-term use of a quality protein supplement is key to keeping your metabolism active and to continue losing weight. After surgery, it is difficult to get all of the protein you need in the required amount from solid foods. Use UNJURY to make convenient shakes or add it to your recipes to boost the protein content without having to eat more. Consider UNJURY your weight loss insurance to reach your desired weight and stay there!
After reaching a weight loss goal, it's easy to become more lax with your diet. You want to celebrate reaching your goal, you feel like you have more room to indulge, and you may even lose motivation to follow a structured meal plan.
If this sounds like you, and you've experienced weight regain, remember that all your progress has not been undone. It's still possible to get back on track, and UNJURY wants to help you do it.
Consider these 3 common causes of weight regain and possible solutions:
Whether it's the holidays, a loss, an illness, or stress at work, events that disrupt your daily routine or evoke uncomfortable emotions can affect your eating habits. While these are unavoidable, how you respond to them is within your control. You might find yourself faced with events that are surrounded by food, or responding to your emotions with comfort food. Keep in mind that adequate protein intake can curb overeating by keeping you full and reducing cravings. Remind yourself to be consistent with your protein no matter what else is going on. Start your day with an UNJURY shake to help you make better choices throughout the day, have one between meals to prevent getting too hungry or mindless eating, and have one before any celebrations that include food to help you eat less.
Lack of dieting consistency
While the best way to achieve sustainable weight loss is by developing healthy habits rather than following a diet, meal planning, preparation, and structure can help you maintain success. While you don't have to eat the same foods every day, or restrict certain foods, you want to make sure you're getting enough of the foods that will help you keep the weight off, and limiting the foods that are likely to cause weight gain. Protein helps with weight loss by increasing satiety (a feeling of fullness) so that you eat less, maintaining muscle mass which keeps your metabolism active so that you naturally burn more calories, and making less room for unhealthy foods. Be sure to get enough protein each day, and spread it out so you are having some at each meal. We recommended having at least 30 grams 3 times a day.
It can be easy to fall back into old habits after slipping up. We understand, life happens. The key is to get back on track as soon as possible to prevent excess weight gain. It is possible to reverse weight gain, but the more weight you gain, the more challenging it will be. Stop weight regain before it seems impossible to lose it. Attend support groups, keep a food journal to track how much protein you're getting, and weigh yourself at least once a week to stay accountable. You're also welcome to speak to one of the UNJURY dietitians for guidance with your meal plan.
After weight loss surgery some patients experience changes in their sense of taste. Many patients report a heightened sensitivity to sweet, salty, sour, or bitter tastes. Sensitivity to sweet flavors can be frustrating, cause anxiety, or even result in deficiencies, if the patient is not able to meet their nutrition needs.
UNJURY Can Help!
If you are experiencing an aversion to sweet flavors try adding Chocolate or Vanilla UNJURY to unsweetened items. For example unsweetened almond milk and plain, non-fat Greek yogurt are good alternatives.
If you notice that smells are bothering you, try using extracts, herbs, and spices to mask any bothersome odors that affect your food choices. Add orange, raspberry, or peppermint extract to your UNJURY shakes. A sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg can also improve smells. In savory dishes, using fresh herbs like chives, cilantro, basil, or thyme can add a refreshing flair and aroma.
Consider the temperature of what you are consuming. After weight loss surgery, some patients tolerate cold items better, while others prefer them room temperature or warm. Keep in mind that warm foods will give off more of an odor. Experiment with different temperatures and see what tastes best to you. You can blend UNJURY with ice, mix into warm liquids up to 140 degrees, or easily add into a variety of dishes that can be served at room temperature.
If you prefer to avoid sweet flavors all together, focus on savory options. UNJURY Chicken Soup and Unflavored Protein are great alternatives to sweeter flavors! Including a scoop/packet of either Chicken Soup or Unflavored UNJURY provides 21 grams of protein. These products are so versatile. They can be added to a number of foods and beverages for added variety.
Here are some delicious, high-protein, savory options:
UNJURY Chicken Soup in warm water (under 140 degrees)
UNJURY Pasta Sauce
UNJURY Mashed Potatoes
UNJURY Vegetable Dip
UNJURY Unflavored in Warm or Iced Coffee
UNJURY Greek Yogurt
If you have questions or are interested in more recipes/usage ideas please call 1-800-517-5111 Monday through Friday,9am-6pm EST or email [email protected]
I just feel so much healthier!
We love hearing feedback from you!
Things we regularly hear:
"I just feel so much healthier when I'm using UNJURY®!"
"I know when I use UNJURY® the weight comes off faster."
"I did so much better on UNJURY®!"
Why is protein important?
Protein is a macronutrient, which means it is required in large amounts by the body. It is used to build and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones, and is a building block of bones, muscles, and skin.
What makes UNJURY different?
UNJURY® was developed by a Masters level Registered Dietitian.
UNJURY® uses only superior quality whey protein isolate, which is a complete protein that contains all the essential amino acids and has the greatest digestibility.
UNJURY® is recognized for taste, trust, and tolerability, to benefit you and your health.
We occasionally hear from customers who tried using a different protein supplement. This is the kind of story we hear:
Karen had gastric bypass in 2012 and lost about 140 pounds. She used UNJURY daily during the first two years and things were going well.
When one day she was in a big discount mart she saw a protein in a drink box. It had an "off" taste and aftertaste, but it seemed like a bargain when she bought it.
After a while, she said she just didn't feel like finishing the case, but felt like she should use it up before she ordered more UNJURY.
You might know the next part of the story: She didn't want to finish the drink boxes, so she didn't order more UNJURY either, and...
She began gaining weight, and eventually gained more than half of her weight back.
Finally, she resolved to go back to her old support group. Some people sitting by her were doing well on UNJURY. So she reordered the next day.
Now she is losing weight again
Would you like to come back to weight loss? Call us today. We can help.
UNJURY® Protein tastes so good, sometimes you might forget just how good it is for you.
Here are 3 surprising ways UNJURY fuels your day!
Each serving of UNJURY Protein delivers 21 grams of high quality whey protein isolate.
Whey protein is a natural source of energy that is shown to keep you fuller for longer. When your hunger is stable, you won't feel the "crash" that often leaves you feeling lethargic and unproductive.
Including UNJURY in your morning routine is a natural and easy way to maintain your energy level throughout the day.
Protein is made up of amino acids.
Your body cannot make all amino acids and needs to get some from food or supplements.
The protein in UNJURY has ALL of the amino acids your body needs to stay healthy and active.
Recipe Makes: 1 Serving
Ingredients: (128 calories from protein, 61% of calories from protein)
Nutritional Values per serving: Calories: 210, Total Fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 18 grams, Sugars: 15 grams, Protein: 32 grams.
Portion Size: 1 pancake
Recipe Makes: 3 Servings
Ingredients: (44 calories from protein, 49% of calories from protein)
Nutritional Values per Pancake: Calories: 90, Total Fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 9 grams, Sugars: 5 grams, Protein: 11 grams.
*You may use other flavors of UNJURY as well in place of the Vanilla UNJURY. Chocolate Splendor, Chocolate Classic, Strawberry Sorbet, and Unflavored are all good options.
**You can also add other ingredients to the pancakes such as berries, nuts, or chocolate chips, but be aware that will change the nutritional values.
5 Reasons Whey Protein Isolate is Better Than Whey Protein Concentrate
You want the highest quality protein to help reach your health goals. You try to compare Nutrition Fact Labels, but sometimes they are confusing and ingredients look similar. Have you wondered what the difference is between whey protein isolate (WPI) and whey protein concentrate (WPC)?
UNJURY® Whey Protein Isolate is the most filtered and purest protein available.
Each serving has 21 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat and a negligible amount of lactose per serving.
UNJURY® has all of the essential amino acids (including Leucine) needed to help maintain lean muscle and aid in weight loss.
Click here for a chart comparing whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate.