076 What to Eat with Sarah Muntel, RD

by reeger on October 16, 2016


In this episode I bring you my conversation with registered dietician, Sarah Muntel. Sarah has been a registered dietician in bariatric surgery for over 17 years. She brings a wealth of information and education to you in this episode.

Covered in this episode:

  • Sarah’s role as a registered dietician and program coordinator
  • Pre-surgery nutrition plans
  • Eating like a bariatric surgery patient: More protein. More vegetables. Less fruit. Avoid bread, rice, pasta
  • Why pre-bariatric surgery classes and preparation is so very important
  • How to make changes to your nutrition when you experience resistance from family or friends
  • What role do meal replacement shakes can play before surgery
  • Alternative powdered protein recipe for those who do not want artificial sweeteners
  • Pros and cons to pre-surgery weight loss requirements
  • Her programs post-surgery protocol
  • Grams of Protein recommendation
  • Volume of Water recommendation
  • How to help people remember to eat and drink
  • Importance of food journaling
  • Changing perspective from dieting mentality to food is fuel
  • Food intolerance
  • Flavor intolerance
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • What to eat when you don’t know what to eat anymore
  • Eating on a limited budget
  • Is it possible to take in too much protein and if so why is this a problem
  • Why do we care so much about protein
  • Do calories even matter anymore
  • Indirect calorimetry testing
  • Volume of food- at 3 months out most people are eating 4 ounces per meal made up of 2 ounce protein and 2 ounces non-starch vegetables (measured cups) and supplement with protein shake between meals as needed
  • What to do about weight regain if it happens
  • Why is the second holiday season after bariatric surgery often trickier than the first holiday season after bariatric surgery
  • Holidays, vacations, birthdays, and other special occasions
  • Connecting with successful weight loss maintainers
  • Bonus Content: A message of love to my dad

Protein Brands Mentioned in this Episode

Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Cooking Light
Obesity Action Coalition
Emotional First Aid Kit Bariatric by Cynthia L. Alexander, PsyD

One more Resource: Here is a link to a Youtube video of a presentation at Your Weight Matters 2015 in which Sarah was one of the presenters. “”An In-depth Discussion on Post-Surgical “Rules” and Recommendations””

In Kindness,


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris Beauregard January 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

Hi Reeger, I just wanted to say thank you for your podcast. I listened pretty regularly when I was Pre-op but then I had my surgery on 9/6/16. Since then I have lost about 35 pounds, but I have begun to flounder. I came back to your podcast to remind myself to get back to basics. The topics discussed in this episode were very helpful, and I am working on getting back on track!

PS – I loved your tribute to your Dad, and I am sure he is so very proud of the work you do!


reeger June 20, 2017 at 4:17 am

Hi Kris, I am glad you enjoyed my conversation with Sarah Muntel, RD. She is a wealth of great information! And thanks for letting me know you listened all the way through to my tribute to my sweet Dad. Take care, Reeger


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