Registered Dietitian Donna Simon shares advice on eating in restaurants after bariatric surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
The way to handle social eating after bariatric surgery is learn your rules of eating; follow your rules, eat slowly and know the food you are allowed to have.
Any stage of the surgery you can eat in a restaurant, whether you are on a clear liquid diet.
You ask for the consume, you ask for the broth. If it’s an Italian restaurant and you ask for minestrone soup, just ask for the broth of the minestrone soup.
Full liquid, you ask for the cream soups, just ask them to strain it. You’ve got to remember you are the customer.
As long as you are not asking them for something that’s a crazy food item they will prepare it for you.
Puree, right? Refried beans is a great thing but a lot of restaurants which I found through my patients are telling me they will mesh it up for them.
They have blenders back there or food processor. They haven’t had any problems in most restaurants.
We also here at Banner Gateway give away, give a card out that states they have had bariatric surgery, and we tell them if they have an issue ask to speak to the manager.
But one of the good things is what we suggest is sharing food items, sharing a plate with someone, asking for the to-go box once the meal is served.
Ordering from the appetizer list as long as there is a protein source. Order from the children’s menu. Those portions are usually found to be smaller, or even the senior citizen portions will use the small one.
So I mean there’s so many different ways of going to a restaurant and there is not one restaurant that you really can’t eat in, okay?
I try to tell them stay away from buffets because you tend to overeat because it’s all there.
But I mean if you stick with the basics of broiled piece of fish with no toppings, just lemon on the side, or steamed vegetables without butter or dressing and then you just ask for a small side salad.
Put salad dressing on the side and I encourage my patients stick with the regular salad dressing. The low fat ones are usually higher in sugar and there’s a possibility you can have a dumping syndrome from that.
And a dumping syndrome is, to remind you, is when concentrated sugars enter your bloodstream or enter your intestines too quickly and fluids rush in, which can cause the sweating, the heart palpitations, could be nauseousness, diarrhea, vomiting and they could last a long time.
You don’t want something like that to happen in a restaurant.
About Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D., earned her B.A. in Food and Nutrition and her M.S. at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She practiced extensively in the state of New York. She was a Dietetic Technician at St. John's Hospital in Elmhurst. She held the position of Food Service Supervisor at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, and Food Service Supervisor and Dietitian at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.
Ms. Simon worked as Director of Dietary Services and Dietitian at Nesconset Nursing Home in Nesconset, and as a Dietitian at Patchoque Nursing Center in Patchoque. She was a Consultant Dietitian at Long Island Development Center. She served as a Registered Dietitian at Parkview Nursing Home in Massapequa, and at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview. Ms. Simon was a Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Nutritionist at Banner Mesa Medical Center in Mesa, and is presently Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Weight Management, BMI, Body Mass Index, Portion Control, Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Food Journal
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234
Expert: Registered Dietitian Donna Simon, Donna Simon, R.D., Clinical Dietitian Donna Simon, Bariatric Nutritionist Donna Simon
Expertise: Bariatric Nutrition, Food, Nutrition, Eat Right, Healthy Eating, Dietetics, Meal Planning, Caloric Restriction, Diet, Weight Management