Coffee and Lap-Band

by Teresa
(Pikeville, KY)

I wanted to know why can't I drink regular coffee, and if I do what will happen?

Drinking coffee (between meals of never eat and drink at the same time with a gastric band) will not hurt your lap-band.

Many doctors (and dietitians like me!) recommend against it simply from a health standpoint due to the caffeine content.

Too much caffeine isn't good for you for many reasons (among them...your bone health, it can disrupt sleep which then results in poor eating habits, and it supports a lifestyle of go-go-go-go, never leaving enough time for rest. etc....).

There are plenty of ways to get your coffee fix without all the caffeine.

If you love the taste of coffee, but want to try cutting down on caffeine, I suggest mixing regular and decaf coffee (or order a "half-caf" in a coffee shop) or try an herbal coffee substitute like teeccino.

You can also make a coffee high protein shake (frappuccino like):

1 cup water + 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder + 1 Tablespoon instant coffee + ice cubes

Freeze your favorite ("half-caf") coffee in ice cube trays and throw a few of those cubes in too to give your protein shake a stronger flavor (or use half water and half coffee as the base of the shake).

You can also buy coffee flavored ready-to-drink (RTD) protein shakes.

Hope that helps!

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