Welcome our new Dietician!

We are so excited to welcome our newest team member. Jessica Wiklund, MS, RD, LD is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian based in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas. Jessica joined the Trinity Bariatric Institute team as a Bariatric Dietitian in July 2020. She always had a passion for helping others achieve optimal health through proper nutrition.
Jessica graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree, she returned to the DFW metroplex to continue her education and training. In 2019, she completed a Dietetic Internship and graduated with an M.S. in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.
In addition to working with bariatric patients at Trinity Bariatric Institute, Jessica also works with a variety of patients at Baylor All Saints Medical Center as a Clinical Dietitian. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, staying active, and spending time with friends, family, and three pets.

Protein Packed Foods

Protein is a macromolecule that has several key functions in the body, one of which includes maintaining lean mass during a period of weight loss. Therefore, adequate protein intake is essential before and after having bariatric surgery. Your physician and/or dietitian can help you determine what your daily protein intake should be.

Consume protein from lean, whole food sources. Food choices that are high in protein are also rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as several B Vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, and zinc.

Recommended foods that are higher in protein include:

  • Poultry without skin
  • Fish and seafood
  • Deli meat slices
  • Lean cuts of beef and pork
  • Tuna packed in water
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Low fat and skim milk
  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • Low fat, low sugar yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts

Choose at least one source of protein to eat with all meals and snacks throughout the day. Serving sizes and total protein content range depending on the type of protein, but three ounces of meat, poultry, or fish can generally provide around 21 grams of protein total. Consistent protein intake throughout the day can help you feel full longer and enhance the body’s absorption of protein.

If you are unable to consume adequate protein from whole food sources alone, a protein supplement may be recommended once or twice daily to meet your minimum daily protein needs. When choosing a protein supplement, be sure to look for 20-30 grams of protein and <5 grams of added sugar per serving.

Recommended protein supplements include:

  • Bariatric Advantage® High Protein Meal Replacement
  • Ensure® Max Protein
  • UNJURY™ Protein
  • Premier Protein®

Call 817-832-7227 to schedule your appointment and discuss your nutrition in detail.

Article provided by: Jessica Wiklund, MS, RD, LDRegistered/Licensed Dietitian for Trinity Bariatric Institute, PLLC

Staying Healthy During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During these uncertain times, it is important to keep your self healthy and boost your immune system.  People that suffer from obesity are more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 than people that are a healthy weight.  Though losing weight can help decrease your risk, here are some easy daily tips to keep you and your immune system healthier during this time.

Wear a mask

Social Distancing

Wash your hands

Zinc Lozenges

Increase your Vitamin D Intake

Increase Vitamin C- In your diet or a supplement

Reduce Stress-meditate

Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

Exercise -30 minutes a day

Hydrate- drink lots of water

Support your Gut- eating food with probiotics or taking a supplement

 

We are here to help you on your weight loss journey before and after surgery.  We want to keep you healthy and safe during this pandemic.  Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns about your vitamin levels or diet.  We have a full stock of vitamins in our clinic and offer curbside pickup or delivery.

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