Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery: Over 140 Delicious Low-Fat High-Protein Recipes to Enjoy in the Weeks, Months and Years After Surgery

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A Whole New and Completely Delicious Way to Eat after Weight Loss Surgery

After her weight loss surgery in 2003, Patt Levine knew she would have to stick to a very restrictive diet, but there had to be something better than the "totally tasteless mush" her post-op food guidelines recommended. Levine put her cooking skills to work and now, in Eating Well after Weight Loss Surgery, she and collaborator Michele Bontempo-Saray offer over 140 original, low-fat, high-protein recipes that taste just as delicious pureed and chopped as they do served whole, so you can enjoy flavorful, satisfying meals through every stage of your post-op eating program and cook for your family and friends?all at the same time. These mouth-watering dishes, which cover everything from breakfast to dessert, include:

Crustless Spinach and Cheese Quiche * BBQ-Baked Chicken * Asian Turkey Dumplings * Cider-Glazed Pork Chops * London Broil with Horseradish Cream Moussaka * Salmon with Creamy Lime-Dill Sauce * Scallops Provencale * Orange-Ginger Tofu * Vegetable Frittata * Southwestern Tomato Soup * No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna * Basic Cheesecake * Apricot and Strawberry Smoothie

Complete with advice from a certified nutritionist, helpful tips for stocking your pantry and refrigerator, and nutritional analyses for each recipe, Eating Well after Weight Loss Surgery is guaranteed to make eating a true pleasure and help you maintain your weight loss for years to come.

Customer Reviews:

  • Eating well after wls
    This is just what I needed as I plan for my surgery. The cookbook provides recipes for a wide variety of healthy nutrisious and appetizing options. Let's face it wls is a big decision and means giving up a lot of the "things" that make us happy. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy the food we eat it just means making healthier choises and not making the same mistakes over again. ...more info
  • Best I've found so far
    I'm a dietitian and I bought this recipe book for one of my gastric bypass patients who wanted a little more variety in her food choices. The book alters the recipes based on what stage diet the person is on and what type of surgery that had. It also pretty practical and contains a lot of foods that you would already have at home or that are very accessable. ...more info
  • Excellent, just what I needed
    I'm so pleased with this book. Now I'm one month out of surgery, and make one of the receipes weekly(which lasts for four days, i.e., four servings per recipe, and the other meals in my day normally consist of protein shakes). The meals are yummy, easy to make, for the most part, and are healthy. Some ingredients are harder to find, but go online to get them, it's worth it....more info
  • Excellent for wt loss surgery pts
    I bought this book awhile ago. It's excellent. It helps get you out of the rut of eating the same old things over and over again. Although, I found the recipes a little bland and added extra as far as the spices go. My family liked the recipes; so there's no fixing a separate dinner. Definitely a must for weight loss pts....more info
  • Eating Well
    The recipes in this book are wonderful, and my wife enjoys them as much as I do....more info
  • I haven't used it!
    I skimmed over the cookbook when I first received it, but nothing really popped out at me. The ingredients are a little gourmet for me on an everyday basis. The book hasn't been used and I feel it was a waste of my money, but perhaps not for someone else....more info
  • Practical Recipes
    I didn't read it until a few months after surgery - the point when you need a new burst of recipes and energy to keep losing. I have tried a few of the recipies and the taste was great. I don't think I will keep some of their spices and ingredients on the shelf but this is a great resource for when I want to "shake things up"....more info
  • Where would you find these ingredients?
    This book is exactly what I hate in a cookbook. Recipies for stuff I can't pronounce (Souvlaki-Style Swordfish) with ingredients you can't find at my Wal-Mart supercenter! Truly a book for the chef and not for the average housewife or working mom. ...more info
  • Great detailed recipes that you know you can eat
    I ordered this book right after my surgery, so I had it in hand when I could start eating pureed foods. I found all the details that post-surgery patients have to worry about: high protein, specific instructions for portions, no sugar or fat, and very knowledgeable info about the diet needs of post gastric bypass patients. I've made several recipes (my absolute favorite is the Asian Scallops...the marinade is great on chicken too!) and I look forward to trying the vegetables when I start adding those back to my diet.

    The cookbook helped save me from feeling overwhelmed by all the things I COULDN"T eat post-surgery. It gave me delicious tasting protein options to look forward to trying. I'd call this book a must-have for anyone planning weight loss surgery....more info
  • Best Book I've Found Yet!
    I have three recipe books and this one is the best one. My husband loves the recipies as he is a fit man that works out a lot and my son also enjoys the simplicty on the dishes I make.

    The recipies are quick and easy and delicious!!!! I also like the fact that each recipe also lists the nutritonal info as the other two boks I got do not do this....more info
  • Good Info
    it was not what i expected but i have gotten allot of information out of it....more info
  • Good for WLS and "regular" eaters
    So far I highly recommend this book. I received this book as a gift after my gastric bypass. It has been a pain trying to adjust to "real" food after several months of soft food. Plus I am an inexperienced cook. So I tried out a few recipes. The victims of my culinary efforts consist 1 WLS patient, 1 dieter and one regular eater. ALL pronounced the shrimp bisque one of the best they'd ever eaten. Trust me it was the recipe, not the cook. I've made one of the desserts and the partially finished product tasted great (gets served tonight). I like this better than many of the light cooking books because it does not overemphasize low carb by just replacing those carbs with fats. Wish the book was longer, but otherwise great. ...more info
  • Great book for after weight loss surgery
    Everything about this thin book has been helpful. Not a lot of fluff, but it goes beyond the bare basics the surgeon passes out (printed by the lap band company). Just the real nitty gritty. Haven't tried many of the receipes yet, I'm only three months after the lap band WLS, but the info for these first three months has been wonderful.

    The best part is that I enjoy following these suggestions: And I'm down 50 pounds in 3 months.

    ...more info
  • If you only buy one cookbook after WLS, this should be it!!
    I LOVE this book! It has the kind of recipes I loved to prepare prior to WLS, only in a new (for me) low-fat, high-protein way.

    I've prepared about 15 recipes from the cookbook and each and every one has been positively delicious - even in the early days when I had to puree them!

    I made the Beef Stroganoff the other night and it was so delicious (and smelled so good) that I couldn't wait to warm up the leftovers the next night.

    My family eats what I eat/prepare and they have really liked: Chicken Breasts with Creamy Tomato Sauce, No-noodle Zucchini Lasagna, Asian Marinated Scallops, Shrimp Italiano, Moussaka, Shrimp with Coconut-Curry Tomato Sauce, Tofu and Veggie Curry and several of the egg dishes.

    The other thing I absolutely love is that each recipe has it's own nutritional information - seeing how much protein and calories each dish has, along with other nutrients, is so important! The authors also include information about how to prepare each item during each stage of the post-surgery process (less than 4 weeks, 4-8 weeks, etc.)

    The less-than-positives (which shouldn't stop you from buying this book NOW) is one recipe that I needed to "doctor" (Orange-ginger Tofu - easily rescued with more orange juice and zest) and the fact that I never looked at slicing veggies like eggplant and zucchini horizontally &/or vertically, as is written in the book (shouldn't it be lengthwise &/or crosswise??) - this created some discussion amongst my family members!

    Yes, some of the recipes take a little bit of time - cook on the weekend and portion out for your other meals. And some use ingredients that are a little more expensive - buy on sale or consider what you are saving by not buying Haagen Daz and chips and avoiding fast food a couple times a week!

    Trust this Italian foodie - this is good, real food!...more info
  • Recipes
    I like this book but feel it should be only used after you've been cleared by the doctor for these foods. Mine did after 3 weeks. Dont think you can use these right after surgery....more info
  • Good recipes and portion sizes
    I had lap-band surgery 8 months ago. I wish that I had this book just after surgery. There really are good suggestions of how to fit the recipes into your life at each stage after surgery (liquids, mush food, solids, etc.). The one thing that I didn't like is that her timeline of when to switch from liquids to mush foods, etc. was different than the one given by my Dr. I think that if one follows the Drs recommendations of when to switch and the cookbooks recommendations of how to adapt the recipes for each stage, this book could be a big help....more info
  • Informative
    I found this book to be both informative and very practical. I had just had band surgery when I purchased this book and it was nice to have some options which were very tasty especially during the first two weeks. I will continue to use this book. I have actually had a few friends purchase it after tasting some of my creations. The shrimp bisque is wonderful. It was a good investment.
    Lorraine...more info
  • I did not care for this cookbook
    I purchased this book because I just had Lapband surgery. I am from NC and the recipes in this book sound like they are from Turkey! I do not even know if you can get those kinds of ingredients in our grocery stores - there were so many things I had not heard of. would cost a fortune just to make one recipe because I counted at least 23 items needed for one recipe.

    If you really want a book with great recipes, little preparation time and cost efficfient - I recommend the 5 Ingredient, 15 Minute cookbook from Cooking Light. I bought the book off of Amazon and it was cheaper than in Borders book store. This book is EXCELLENT!!! I lost 6 pounds in one week just eating the recipes in the book. It is great!! My husband and I have tried 8 meals out of it so far and they are ALL GREAT!! It is regular food cooked healthier - not some foreign food that you cannot even pronounce. I would not waste your money on this LapBand Cookbook - the only thing positive that I have to say about it is that it tells you how to prepare the food if you have had lapband, Bypass or Stapling done - and it tells you how to prepare it after you are so many weeks out of surgery - I did like that part - but there are NO pictures in there at all. The coooking light cookbook has a picture of every recipe. ...more info
  • finally some light!
    You know, one of the reasons I underwent a gastric bypass surgery in December was to escape the hordes of diet religionists--those odd folks who have found the solution to their dietary woes and will proselytize until the cows come home!
    Enough, says I, of no-carb, low-carb, non-fat, low-fat, this, that and the next! Surgery so altered my body that many of the choices I once made are invalid--out of my hands! I can't eat the crap that made me fat anymore because now it makes me sick.
    And yet, imagine my dismay when, recovering from surgery, I found even more no-carb religionists among my surgically altered compatriots. One woman's intolerance of my ideas was such that I had to filter her e-mail directly into the trash! Even though I had now an anatomy that wouldn't tolerate certain foods, she insisted that I had to further subjugate myself to her odd notions of nutrition. No carbs ever again!
    And so it was with a sigh of relief that I opened this book to read my new mantra: all in moderation.
    After all, surgery means that you can eat what you love. You can have good food and love it. What you can't do is binge. What you can do is make a meal of fat and sugar. And this book points the way.
    Salads, entrees, desserts, it's all here. And more: suggestions on how to change the contents of your refrigerator and pantry to make eating easier.
    After all, life after surgery need not be deprivation. Most of got fat on deprivation and our inevitable gut-busting reaction to that, so a book that tells me how to enjoy what I now eat is a wonder to behold.
    Thank you, Ms Levine! And thanks to my friend Laureen who recommended it!...more info
  • Outstanding CookBook
    I found this book soon after I had gastric bypass surgery and was I surprised at how easy some the recipes are to prepare and how tasty they are also. I am not a cook but I found this book to be 'just what the doctor ordered'. Congratulations on some great recipes!...more info
  • Fantastic cookbook with great WLS info
    I purchased several WLS cookbooks at the same time. (I recommend getting them before the actual surgery and go shopping for the stuff pre-surgery to have on hand afterward.) This was the best of the three. The recipes are simple and good and the breakdowns for the different types of WLS and the applicable serving sizes are helpful. The recipes are mainly for 4 servings and that makes it easy to divvy up my portions and the ones for my husband so that we can have dinner for one night and use our leftovers for lunch the next day. I haven't tried one recipe that I didn't like. She does like the mushrooms though! Unfortunately, my husband hates them, so I take them out and try to add them just to my portions, if I can....more info
  • Good eats for the Small minded!
    Eating well after weightloss surgery says it all. With 140+ recipes it will be a long time before I get bored with these meals. Flavor is formost, with all the important needs taken care of. This book was recomended to me by one of my nurses who is one year after the same surgery as me and looks great! She's happy with the menu so am I....more info
  • Yuck
    I have tried many of the recipies from this book and for the most part they are just bad. My roommate has eaten some of them simply becuase, but I'm the one who had RNY gastric bypass and I couldn't stand them. The strogonaff is the only tolerable one so far....more info
  • Complicated Recipes/Exotic Ingredients
    I am extremely disappointed with this cookbook. I feel mislead, after reading the info about it and the excellent reviews other people wrote.

    First of all, the title says "over 140" recipes. There are 142 or 143 (I counted last week...can't remember off the top of my head). Call me pessimistic, but that was the first thing I didn't like.

    Second, the ingredient list is overwhelming. The things she expects you to have on-hand are hard to find, exotic and expensive ingredients that I don't keep on-hand and don't expect to, to use for only one recipe.

    Finally, the foods are "gourmet" at best. They aren't something the average working mom can come home and make for her family. My family won't eat 3/4 of what is in this book. I've gone through all the recipes several times...I'll probably use 10 at most.

    On the plus side, the author takes the time to break down how to prepare the food for each stage you are at in the recovery process. It is printed at the bottom of every page. Some of the instructions seemed like common sense, but it was useful, nonetheless....more info
  • Excellent recipies!
    I was hoping to find a few things that would work for me after my surgery in November. I was pleased to find many, many recipies that are easy and delicious. I have dog-eared so many pages that I need to find a better way to mark off my favorites!...more info
  • Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery
    Great and tasty meals. Easy to prepare and look as good as they taste....more info
  • I LOVE this book! Post op Rny Gastric Bypass-Proximal
    I had purchased this book prior to my WLS. With all that happened afterwards i forgot i had it. Finally i used it, simply delicious. I didn't have to tweek any of the recipes, and they got rave reveiws by my friends....more info
  • Excellent resource
    Well thought out and presented. VERY practical in terms of different stages of recovery and portion sizes, etc....more info
  • Good if youre a chef
    I got this cookbook, thinking that I would be able to whip some quick things up. I am not a cook, nor do I enjoy it. So, the book is a little over my head.IF you like to cook, then this book is for you.

    I do like how at the bottom of each recipe, there are instructions about what stage of surgery you are on.

    ...more info
  • Finally, A Book for DSers
    I was pleased to see that this book included information for post-op Duodenal Switch patients. So often, this surgery is bypassed (pun intended!) in books. More and more people are choosing the DS, so having recipes that will work with this surgery is a must! Granted, DSers can eat most anything post-op, but it is helpful to see the different stages of eating that some surgeons recommend.

    I agree that the ingredient list can be someone expansive and most of us will not have all the spices on hand, but there are some tasty recipes in this book. ...more info
  • Excellent Cookbook for Creative Recipes after Lapband Surgery
    My wife and I like this cookbook a great deal. At a time when virtually everything she likes was off the menu, this supplied some very practical menus and some insights on how to utilize spices and alternative ingredients to make dishes that are compliant with guidelines but taste good....more info
  • The Lap Band Chronicles thinks...
    This is one of the more sophisticated bariatric cookbooks I have come across. Not only does it contain very bariatric friendly recipes (high in protein, low in carbs and saturated fats), but it contains an entire introductory section that explains in detail all of the different types of weight loss surgery and how they differ in terms of dietary requirements. But that's not the best part. Each recipe is followed by a serving guide--not your ordinary serving guide. This guide explains exactly what size portions you can have of the dish at each stage of your surgical recovery. Amazing! The authors put a lot of thought into this book. The Tuscan Veal Stew recipe is luscious and so are many others. This one is a keeper. I give it three lap bands. I would have given it four if the book had pictures. For more, visit [...]...more info
  • bariatric recipie book
    Pretty good book. Has many creative and tastey recipies for the bariatric plan requird after weight loss surgery. Another one that can be good on your counter and in your cookbook collection....more info
  • Not just for weight loss surgery patients!
    Potential buyers should know that this book's usefulness is not limited to those who have undergone weight loss surgery. It is also of tremendous value to people recovering from dental work or jaw surgery, where soft or liquid diets are of necessity for a length of time. As someone who has experienced this type of surgery, I can attest to the desire for flavorful meals, beyond what can be found in typical shakes, soups and purees. This book is the answer.

    The recipes are varied, well-written, and most importantly, produce delicious results. Patt Levine has done an amazing job of creating a valuable resource for people who have gone through a trying physical ordeal, and now long to resume a sense of normalcy. Since so much of our lives revolves around what we eat, this book is a must-have!...more info
  • You can eat well and still lose weight
    This is a terrific recipe book for those of us who have undergone weight loss surgery. Just reading some of the recipes can satisfy a craving. There are some involved meals, but for the most part the recipes are just what we need after this surgery to keep us on track and enjoy it while the weight drops off. If you are someone who loves to cook and wondered if you'd still want to do it after the surgery then by all means this is the book for you. I love to cook, play with spices and techniques so this book lets me continue that passion and still keep losing weight....more info
  • Great recipe ideas
    This book is good, it gives your imagination a boost even before you cook. After my surgery I thought I'd have to eat cardboard, tasteless foods forever, or just water. This book opens up so many options you feel free....more info
  • Helpful book for those who need to know!
    I like the way that the book organizes the recipies! It gives the calories and when is a good time for the recipe. The hospital gives you some recipie guidelines, but nothing specific. THis book is very helpful for people that are board with soups from a can...
    ...more info


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