Protein, protein, protein

Here’s a list I ganked of how to get all the protein in. I deleted all the crap I know I won’t eat (like mussels, gross!):

  • Slim fast low carb shakes…20 protein grams
  • Stallone high protein pudding…20 grams You can also make your own using vanilla protein powder and jello brand pudding in the little containers.
  • Yogurt….you can also add protein to it and eat it
  • Cottage cheese or cottage doubles…11 grams of protein plus good carbs with the fruit.
  • South Beach breakfast bars…10 grams of protein
  • Refried Beans
  • Chili…25 protein grams
  • Crab cakes…11 grams min.
  • Crab legs
  • Tuna…whole can is 26 grams…half is 13
  • Cheese cubes 2%…9 grams per 7 pieces
  • Corned beef hash….20 grams per cup…2 cups per can I do realize that it’s a little high in calories but if you figure your day around it you will be able to have it.
  • Peanut butter
  • Turkey slices (3)…gives you 9 grams of protein
  • Chicken Breast…25 grams
  • Turkey Breast
  • Power crunch bars
  • Filet mignon…or other quality cuts of lean meats…25 grams or more
  • Cream soups…about 9 grams
  • Protein shakes…23-34.5 grams I mix mine with crystal light for flavor. I have trouble drinking it straight from the tub.
  • Atkins high protein bars…5 bars to a pack with 14 grams
  • Liquid protein from GNC…18 grams from 3 tablespoons of liquid
  • Turkey mignon….I found these at Aldi’s for 4.99 for a 4 pack.
  • Kashi high protein cereal…also good for fiber source. And you can also throw a handful of kashi in with your high protein pudding to boost the protein and add some fiber.
  • Canadian Bacon…3 slices if you can eat them
  • Spinach Quiche…7 grams…for the recipe just ask. And its good carbs to boot
  • Pepperoni and cheese…I use the stars and moons cheese for this and buy one pillow pack and eat about 5 of them…sometimes I add crackers if I want a little carb and make it into a lunchable type meal.
  • Deli chicken slices wrapped in boston lettuce
  • Nuts…peanuts, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (without the shell). Just watch your sodium intake when eating them.

Running Vitamin List

Running list fmi (for my information):


  • Prenatal
  • GNC Ultra Mega vitamin
  • Flintstones Vitamins
  • Advance formula “Centrum”… one a day chewable
  • Women’s formula generic Multi-vitamin once per day
  • Optisource. It has calcium, iron and B12 included. They are citrus flavored
  • Bariatric Advantage Chewable Multi-Vitamin (tropical flavor) – these are designed to have more bioavailability and to be more easily absorbed by bariatric patients
  • Bariatric Advantage Chewable Iron – 29 mg with Vit. C (passion fruit flavor) – these are non-constipating and designed to be absorbed more easily by bariatric patients


  • Viactiv calcium chews.( These are carbonate calcium chews. We should take citrate for proper absorption)
  • Cal citrate Chews
  • Caltrate calcium chew
  • 600 mg of Calcium Citrate twice per day (to maximize absorption I take these at least an hour before I take any other vitamins – this is two tablets two times a day for a total of 1,200 mg


  • Please note: You should take a stool softener or fiber supplement to keep you from becoming constipated. If you take iron, do not take it with calcium, they will cancel each other out.
  • Iron (ferrous fumerate) in the form of Ferro Sequels once per day
  • Tender Irons (vitalady)

Vitamin B:

  • B-12
  • Sublingual B complex…Under the tongue. Liquid form
  • B-100 (Complex B)


  • Vitamin C once per day (taken with the iron to aid in absorption)
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin A & D (dry form)
  • Folic acid
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin E (dry form)
  • Zinc or Zinc lozenges
  • Niacin
  • Magnesium
  • Beta Carotene

Fiber supplements and stool softeners:

Post-op Must-Haves

Another running list:

  • Batteries in remote controls
  • Cordless phone near the couch
  • Sugar-free peppermints or peppermint tea to soothe the pouch
  • Small dishes
  • Small freezable tupperware
  • Small utensils
  • Extra measuring cups and spoons
  • Vitamin E oil for dry stomach skin (??)
  • Post-op foods: water, dole baby apple juice, instant breakfast, sf popsicles, sf pudding, protein powder, chicken broth, gatorade, instant mashed potatoes, strainer, protein shakes and shakers, bags of ice
  • Mederma for incisions
  • Blender/food processor ready and waiting
  • Shower seat
  • Grabber-thingy to get things off the floor
  • Vitamins and supplements

Hospital Must-Haves

Running list of items to pack for surgery (the recommendation is to pack a couple weeks in advance and spend the days leading up to surgery to prepare for post-op):

  • Lip balm
  • Baby wipes
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo, conditioner, comb, mousse
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Deodorant
  • Living will
  • Insurance card
  • Loose clothes to come home in
  • Pillow from home
  • Phone numbers
  • camera
  • feminine products (people supposedly start their periods during and after surgery)
  • Fan
  • Wooden spoon to wrap toilet paper around to wipe butt (?!?)
  • Robe & slippers to walk hallways after surgery
  • CPAP machine
  • albuterol rescue inhaler