Issues that lack of protein and vitamins can have on gastric bypass patients

12063597_10206275950791934_1041270223148216348_n To be honest I am the first one to admit I am horrible when it comes to taking medicine or vitamins. It is a combo of I have a horrible and forgetful memory and also I absolutely hate swallowing pills, to the point I almost have a phobia of taking pills. But one of the most important things for any patient after having weight loss surgery is making sure you get your daily intake of vitamins and protein in on a daily basis, and this can be so hard with your normal work schedule and your daily life getting in the way.

This can honestly seem like a over whelming chore remembering how much protein intake you have daily especially when you are to take in at a bare minimum 60 grams of protein of day. So below I am going to share some tips and tricks I am personally using to get myself back on track and back in the habit of getting my daily vitamins and supplements and protein in.

If you are like me and you are not very good at remembering your vitamins and protein you might start to notice some problems that you may not be aware of a direct result of your vitamins and protein. Such as hair loss again, this is normal to happen a few months after surgery but if you are longer out then this should not be an issue unless you are lacking in your vitamins and proteins. Another common problem is bruising very easily or starting to get cramping in your legs and arms. Another side effect of not getting enough protein in is that you start to find yourself getting hungry more often and much easier. By keeping yourself on a high protein diet you will notice that you will start to feel full more often and not have those nagging hunger pains again. Here are some more common side effects below:

Protein Deficiency Signs and Symptoms

  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Leg swelling

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency Signs and Symptoms

  • Calcium: bone pain
  • Iron: fatigue
  • Zinc: brittle nails
  • Vitamin A: inability to see in the dark
  • Vitamin E: poor wound healing
  • Vitamin K: easy bruising
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin): fatigue

So some tricks I have been implementing to get myself back on track is first and foremost I keep my vitamins in plain sight somewhere where I am daily, and I am forced to see them so it helps to remind me to take them. For me that is on my kitchen counter, I am here on a daily basis and it is a great way to remind me “Hey it is time to take your vitamins”. Second for my protein some of the things I have been doing is implementing either a protein bar or shake into my daily meals. This is a fast and easy way to start off with a big boost of protein to get you going. Third I eat my protein first at every meal, then if I still have room I can enjoy veggies or a roll but I always try to make sure my protein is the first thing that I eat.

 

 

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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!

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