Can you eat beans if you have the lapband?

I was just wondering if you can eat beans after you have healed up from the lapband surgery? If you can, do they have to be like refried beans, all mushed up?

Beans are a great source of fiber and protein and are therefore a great choice!

In the soft/mushy diet stages, refried beans would be a good choice. Once you've advanced to a regular diet, whole beans are absolutely fine to eat.

Choose a variety of black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, etc.!

Here's a great recipe for a Spicy Chili Bean Burger.

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4 years later
by: Tom,Toronto

It's been 4 yrs. today that I was banded.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about how the band has changed my life... not just the weight loss... but knowing that when I wake up in the morning I don't have acid reflux anymore (it went away the day after I got my band... and I didn't have a hernia). I used to take prescription drugs for my acid reflux and lived on Tums... I should have bought shares in the company that makes Tums.

The band is part of me... but it does not control me. When I first got banded I thought oh I'll never be able to eat this or that again. For me the band is great because I don't feel like I'm missing out on certain foods... I can still have just about anything (in moderation)... with the exception of rice and fruit skins.

While I was losing I still had to make healthy food choices. I HATE the term "diet" but if I wanted to lose the weight I had to keep track of my food intake. I kept a strict food journal for the first 4 months and reviewed it monthly with my family doctor.

Even after 4 yrs I still plan my meals for the week. I make my Shepherds Pie in my muffin tins... Wendy's Chili, etc. for my "band size" portions and freeze them with my other "band size" meals. I eat more veggies now than I ever did... I now LOVE raw veggies as a snack with my homemade dip. I try not to a large meal after 7 p.m.... I sometimes have a snack around 9 p.m.... I find a few veggies...or a teaspoon a peanut butter or Jello helps take the edge off my "head" hunger. I use Dr. Yau's "Wait 10 mins." suggestion.

I have found my band journey to be fairly easy... while I was losing I took it one meal, one snack... one day at a time. I followed the instructions I was given by Dr. Yau. Evening hunger used to be a HUGE problem for me... it was just a bad habit.

I'm so glad I did that. My family still laughs at me because to this day I still make my Jello in small "Dixie cups" two Dixie cups are perfect size snack for me. I actually have Jello in my fridge right now... in Dixie cups :) - I like my "Skim Milk Jello"

When people ask me about the band I tell them it's only part of the journey... yes it is a "tool" but I'm still responsible for how I choose to use it. The band was just one piece of the puzzle while I was losing... keeping a food journal, talking to bandsters on the phone or in person at the monthly coffee groups.

I still get weighed and measured every month by my family doctor. This keeps me motivated to stay on track. The monthly coffee groups I find also find VERY beneficial.

I look forward to the next 4 yrs. of my "new" life.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06

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