Snacking vs. Grazing
by Kaye Bailey
Gastric bypass patients often find themselves regaining weight soon after reaching goal weight. The reason? They return to the poor dietary behaviors of snacking and grazing thus eating around the gastric bypass system. Patients who succeed at weight maintenance understand the difference between snacking and grazing. They learn to chose snacks wisely and eat moderately.
Snacking vs. Grazing:
A snack is food eaten between meals, a light or hurried meal.
Grazing is daylong feeding, feasting, consumption.
A snack can be planned, executed and completed with mindfulness to nutrition and caloric need.
Grazing is constant eating or nibbling without end, resulting in the stomach pouch never feeling satiated.
A well-chosen snack will boost energy, satiate appetite and fuel the body.
Grazing is most often void of nutritional, emotional or satiating value. Grazing is mindless.
A well-chosen snack will not defeat the gastric bypass system.
Grazing will defeat the gastric bypass by allowing too many empty calories to be consumed and absorbed.
The wise snack list includes items that are high in protein, low in simple carbohydrates (sugars) and are fairly basic or unprocessed. You will also notice foods rich in calcium, vitamins and minerals to feed the body well. In addition most of these foods will satiate the pouch and it is unlikely one will engage in prolonged snacking on any of these items. In other words, make a good choice, enjoy it and move on with your life. No more grazing.
You will notice sugar-free Jell-O is on the wise food list, but sugar free items are on the poor choice list. Sugar free Jell-O is a good source of protein (gelatin)and when combined with other ingredients such as yogurt or cottage cheese can be a nutritional snack unlike many sugar-free sweets that are nutritionally void. The sugar-free sweets to avoid are candy, puddings and baked items as they lack nutritional value. They waste pouch space and simply add calories to the diet.
Enjoy Wise Snack Choices:
Lean deli meat (turkey, chicken)
Shimp, tuna or seafood flakes
Low fat cottage cheese or mozzarella cheese
Melons, apple slices, berries or any tolerated fruit
Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt
Peanut butter with apples
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