Saddle Up for a Healthier Trip to the Rodeo! BMI of Texas Offers Healthy Eating Advice for Rodeo-bound Texans

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It is possible to find healthy food choices when you are attending the rodeo or another entertainment venue. San Antonio bariatric surgeons Dr.Mickey Seger and Dr.Terive Duperier have compiled some healthy eating suggestions for post-op bariatric patients and anyone interested in weight loss.

It is possible to find healthy foods among all the temptation at the rodeo! Interested in learning more about healthy eating habits? Visit http://www.bmioftexas.com/default/podcast/blogs.

Step right up and get your fried food on a stick! Don’t be discouraged, it is possible to find healthy food choices at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. With such a variety of food available, it is easy to overindulge, but there are options which offer a balance between high calorie and lower calorie foods.

The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas (BMI of Texas), led by San Antonio bariatric surgeons Dr. Mickey Seger and Dr. Terive Duperier, is committed to its patients’ long-term weight loss success. The practice’s team includes award-winning surgeons, patient liaisons, insurance and financing specialists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, licensed counselors, and a talented staff.

Believing that the best results are achieved with a multi-disciplinary approach, BMI of Texas has compiled several suggestions to help post-op bariatric patients and anyone interested in weight loss enjoy the rodeo while staying active and committed to weight loss.

1. Don’t skip meals before going to the rodeo. If you starve yourself thinking you are “saving up” calories you will end up ravenous and overindulge when you finally eat. Eat small meals consisting of lean protein and healthy fat to help keep your metabolism going and keep you satisfied until your next meal.
2. Don’t deprive yourself of that special food you have been thinking about all year. The key is to prevent yourself from overindulging so limit yourself to one or two of your favorite foods that satisfy your cravings without ruining your health. Eat something throughout the day so you aren’t starving when you finally get the food you have been really craving.
3. Use the buddy system. Share a serving of your favorite decadent goodie with a friend or two. Most servings are much larger than one person needs.
4. A great thing about the rodeo is that exercise is built in when you are walking around looking at the exhibits or going on the rides. For extra activity, park at the back of the parking lot to help increase your walking distance. Consider hopping on the treadmill and having a workout before going to the rodeo.
5. Another advantage to rodeo food is that it is often prepared in front of you. If you are getting a fruit smoothie, for example, ask them to make it without sugar.
6. Feel like having something on a stick? Try roasted corn on the cob rather than a corndog. The corn on the cob has just 250 calories and zero grams of fat (not counting butter). Corn is a great choice instead of the 700-calorie corn dog with 35-40 grams of fat.
7. Have a pork loin sandwich for filling, high-quality protein instead of a burger or fried sandwich.
8. Choose Dippin’ Dots, kettle corn, cotton candy, or a caramel apple. These run around 150 to 170 calories as opposed to fried candies or funnel cake which will run you close to 1,000 calories.
9. Drink plenty of water. It will keep you hydrated and is calorie free. If you decide to enjoy an adult beverage, consider choosing light beer instead of a margarita, which is at least 300 calories. Make sure you drink water between each beer.
10. If you are following a really strict diet, consider visiting the rodeo’s website or calling the rodeo sponsors and vendors to learn about their offerings. Most vendors will provide you with an ingredient list and additional nutrition facts upon request.

It is possible to find healthy foods among all the temptation! Interested in learning more about healthy eating habits? Check out the blogs at http://www.bmioftexas.com/default/podcast/blogs.

Located in San Antonio’s Medical Center area, BMI of Texas helps patients achieve their weight loss goals through various surgical procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy. Additionally, the surgeons perform a full spectrum of advanced laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (anti-reflux surgery), laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery, and laparoscopic hernia surgeries.

About BMI of Texas
Founded in 2008, BMI of Texas is focused on helping patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals. More information on the practice can be found at http://www.bmioftexas.com.

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