Early Post-Op

early post-op

Getting to know your new stomach and life after surgery?

enjoy some of our free resources!

Education

Dive into our Blog to learn more about Nutrition, Movement, Mindfulness, and Bariatric specific topics that pertain to weight loss surgery patients.

Facebook Group

Stay aware of surgical topics, trends, and news in our free public facebook group led by Coach Kate. Participate in free events, see progress from WLS patients, and ask your most pressing questions.

Instagram

Not on Facebook? We’re fresh on Instagram! Be sure to follow us @banana.bariatrics to receive similar updates posted in our Facebook Group as well as helpful WLS tips and tricks!

Struggling To Put all of the pieces together after surgery?

Drink 64 ounces of water (sip sip sip!), eat 60g of protein, take your vitamins, don’t eat and drink at the same time, limit how much you eat, avoid high sugar and high fat foods… is your head spinning yet?!

The first few months after surgery can feel overwhelming. As time goes on, you begin to realize that this is more than just a nutritional re-haul on your lifestyle. It’s a major mindset shift as well!

Whether you’re fresh out of surgery and are simply just trying to feel better (yes, please!) or are starting to round the corner but are now feeling a bit concerned with how you are going to put all of the pieces together, know this…

You’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help you sort everything out and to teach you how to learn more about your new stomach and the new life that’s ahead for you.

In addition to the free resources above, we offer a plethora of courses and a membership support group called Banana Bariatrics to help you put all of the pieces together, lose weight, and sustain a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

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We know that nutrition is top of mind for you right now

So we created a "One Stop Shop" to help you learn everything about bariatric nutrition after surgery!

In this nutritional course, you'll dive deep into:

Bariatric Basics

Refresh your memory of the standardized bariatric guidelines around serving sizes, macronutrients, and the importance of drinking water after weight loss surgery (WLS).

Sugar

Sugar is everywhere! You'll begin to understand the importance of limiting sugar-sweetened beverages, how juice and smoothies can impact your weight loss after surgery, why sugar is so addicting, and the effects that aspartame has on your body.

How to "eat clean"

Understand why consuming minimally processed food is so important for your long-term health and wellness, decipher nutrition labels with a bariatric eye, practice making healthier swaps in your pantry, and restock your entire kitchen with healthy foods.

Meal Planner Template

Download our 17 page Meal Planner Template that will serve as a guide to teach you HOW to organize and plan meals for the week. Along the way, you'll work on your mindset around meal planning, add in a variety of meals to your weekly menu, stay consistent with your efforts, and address snacking with our helpful 80:20 strategy.

Cooking & Meal Planning

Explore helpful bariatric recipes and cookbooks, watch an entire cooking demonstration from one of our Bariatric Dietitians, and learn how to make modifications when cooking for one, eating low carb, repurposing meals, and adjusting recipes based on the bariatric staged diet you're in. In addition, you'll learn how to choose healthy items at fast food joints and restaurants when you're eating out with friends and family.

Accountability

Having a bariatric buddy (and family!) will not only sky rocket your success, but will help you stay consistent, accountable, and above all- HAVING FUN (imagine that!?) as you continue to navigate on your weight loss surgery journey. We'll invite you to join our membership support group called Banana Bariatrics.

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want long-term surgical success?

Join Our Membership!

At Banana Bariatrics, we offer clinician led support groups, lifelong connection & mentorship, and education alongside others on a similar weight loss surgery journey as you.

Inside Banana, you’ll receive:

Meet Our team

Kate Fuss, PA-C CSOWM MMS

Bariatric Health Coach
Founder

Kate Fuss, PA-C is a Surgical Residency trained Physician Assistant from Yale / Norwalk hospitals in Connecticut. She obtained her Masters of Medical Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine in NC. Kate has over 9 years of clinical and operative experience in Bariatrics, General, and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She is additionally Board Certified as a Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management.

Her passion lies in serving weight loss surgery patients throughout their entire operative journey. She carries a special interest in serving those struggling with post-operative weight regain and believes in a whole foods nutritional approach for overall health and wellness.

When Kate has extra time on her hands, she enjoys pouring it inside Banana as the head Bariatric Health Coach, being present with her daughter and husband, and traveling the world with her family to experience new cultures and cuisines.

Kyle Rose, RD, LD

Bariatric Dietitian Services

Kyle Rose, RD, LD is the founder of Bariatric Dietitian Services. He graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Institutional Administration. Kyle also completed his Dietetic Internship at Texas Woman’s University.


Together with his team, BDS provides direct Bariatric Dietetic support to members inside Banana.


Kyle’s passion for nutrition stemmed from a medical diagnosis (discovered during his time in the Navy) that was only manageable with nutritional intervention. It was this life-changing condition that opened his eyes to the role that nutrition plays in health and disease and inspired him to learn how to use nutrition to improve the health and well being of others.


Kyle believes in treating patients like family and will do anything and everything in his power to ensure they receive the care they deserve. To this end, Kyle takes full responsibility for patient care and encourages patients to always contact him directly with any questions or concerns they may have.

Begin to dive deeper into other areas of your health

With All Of Our Educational Courses inside Banana!

Nutritional Masterclass

Your "one stop shop" for bariatric nutrition

Revisit the important Bariatric nutritional guidelines that make patients successful after surgery. Fill in knowledge gaps and have a sense of direction of what to work on next when it comes to your nutrition.

Nutritional Masterclass

Mindset Masterclass

The Hardest Part About surgery

Did you know…. most patients say the mindset shift around food and their new lifestyle was the hardest part after surgery? Dive deep into Mindset work with our Mindset Masterclass to be one step ahead of the game.

Back On Track Course

When Plateaus & Regain Happen

Roughly 30% of patients struggle with weight plateaus or regain after surgery. It’s common! But you don’t need to struggle in solitude. With our Back On Track Course, we’ll help you continue to lose weight, feel healthy, and overall happy again with your decision to have surgery.

Our happy members

Hear it from others on a similar wLS Journey!

Misti C.

Sleeve 04/13/22

5/5

“Other online bariatric sites felt too big and not near as personal. Once I did the trial with Banana, the personalized welcome and sense of family and support really won me over. Banana Teams and online support groups are an added bonus. This group really does feel like family.”

Dianna C.

Gastric Bypass April 2009

5/5

“I don’t have a lot of people I talk to about my surgery. This group allows me to speak openly without fear of being judged. Everyone is at all different stages of their journey, but there is always someone who can help. I can’t tell you how nice it is to know I’m not alone. The people in this group are so supportive and have excellent ideas. It was a no-brainer that I wanted to be a part of this.”

Kriste C.

Sleeve 12/31/20

5/5

“It is nice to have a place that is all about positive and uplifting attitude during this journey. I actually left all the other FB groups I was in because of all the negative and bashing that was going on. We need positive communication, education, mindfulness and fun!!”

You ask, we answer

We often get asked these common questions about Banana Bariatrics. Have a question not answered here? Simply email us at: [email protected]

Yes, Banana Bariatrics is our exclusive (paid) membership support group that is separate from our free Facebook Group: Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group. But you’ll often see sneak-peeks inside Banana and engagement from active Banana members within our FB Group, so there is some overlap there!

We offer two membership options: Quarterly and Annually. Our Quarterly membership comes with a 2 week trial for only $1!

The reason our membership is on a Quarterly basis is to ensure you have adequate time to connect and establish deep friendships with your bariatric buddies inside Banana. We have fun events like Banana Teams that really dials up the engagement and interaction level, but works best when participation spans over a few months during each 3 month “Season.”

You can find our most updated pricing information on our sales page here. (pricing is subject to increase)

If you have any extraordinary financial circumstances, please reach out to us at [email protected] to see how we can help.

Banana member Carmelita adds:

“Being a part of Banana is an investment in yourself! The connectivity to great people and family is amazing!”

If you enjoy being a part of Banana, we always encourage upgrading to our Annual membership. This is our best value subscription level and will save you 2 months of subscription costs each year!

Banana member Dianna had initial concerns about how well she’d fit into the group with it being online. She now says:

“BANANA is a HUGE part of my life!  I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I’m drawing closer to others each time we have a meeting. It’s AMAZING!”

Banana member Jill had similar worries prior to starting, and now adds:

“I feel like I have a home of help and understanding. The group of people are here to help and encourage us with no judgment.”

We know it can be intimidating joining a group of people, but not to fear- there are lots of introverts inside! And…*they come out of their shells* (GASP!)

If others can feel comfortable peeking their head out and participating inside Banana, we have no doubt you’ll find the courage to do so too.

And if you ever have anything personal or private to share, you can always reach us at [email protected] We’re only a click away.

It is not uncommon to waffle back and forth between; “Do I have the time for this?” with “…But I know I need something going forward and I could really use the extra support.”

At Banana, ANY amount of time you spend with us is time well spent toward your health and wellness goals.

That’s why Banana focuses on 3 different ways to help you on your health journey: SUPPORT, CONNECTION, and EDUCATION.

Banana Bariatrics offers:

1) Daily accountability and connection inside our Private FB Group and with our (optional) Banana Teams participation. We have a spectrum of Banana Teams; from competitive groups to “Just For Fun” groups!

2) Flexible support with Support Group Replays. If life is crazy and you can’t make the Live support groups- no biggie! Catch all of the calls in our Replay vault whenever you want.

3) Education on your own time with a Library vault full of content. Learn at a time that works best for your schedule and at your own pace- no interaction with others required!

At Banana, we never want you to feel bad or guilty about the amount of time you spend with us. We understand that life can be hectic and busy and that’s okay! We’re here to support you in a variety of different ways and will never judge or embarrass you based on how much time you can commit to your membership.

So if you’re Hmm’ing and Haaa’ing over whether you have the time to commit to joining Banana… well… (*cough cough*) you’re spending a few minutes reading this response which is all it takes inside Banana. We’ve got your back and we can’t wait to help support you and your health goals!

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