Undoubtedly the most frequent question I am asked on this website, on social media sites, at Support Group meetings, seminars, by journalists and via personal e-mails is ‘How much should I eat or a WLS patient be eating after surgery and what food groups should it be made up of?’
Well it isn’t an exact science (dieticians don’t always agree) but there are some general guidelines to follow. So I wondered how I could take the guesswork out of the equation. The answer was to develop a bariatric portion plate which could provide the essential information in one easy operation.
I didn’t want to produce a ‘kiddie/toddler’ plate nor a ‘look-at-me-I’m-on-a-special-diet’ one that draws unwelcome attention … but a stylish, high-quality and moreover discreet plate that you would be happy to eat off alone or in company!
I have worked on this for months … spoken to specialist bariatric teams, dieticians (across the globe), plate producers and most importantly weight-loss surgery patients. And the result is what you see here, a Return to Slender Bariatric Portion Plate.
I had several ‘musts’ when it came to design …
* it must conform with what the experts’ recommend regarding portion size. This differs according to the time out after weight-loss surgery … but we believe we have got it right for most mid-term patients. Early patients may not be able to eat the quantities recommended in the very early days but the proportions are still good for them; and those much further out from surgery will still find the guidelines useful (although may want to up their vegetable/salad portion to encroach a little on the protein section).
* it must look discreet and stylish … we hope we have achieved that look.
* it must be easy to clean and be dishwasher friendly. We’re told our plate can be washed countless times in the dishwasher without any fading.
* it must also be microwave friendly. Many melamine bariatric or healthy portion plates are not … they char. It means our plate costs more to produce but we think it’s worth it so that you can cook or reheat your food in the microwave if you so wish without having to use a second dish for this process. We didn’t want our plate to look like picnic ware … just something you would be happy to put on the table regardless of occasion.
So there you have it… a Return to Slender Portion Plate from the same people who brought you the ‘Return to Slender’ bariatric cookery books.
The plate is a 22-cm/81/2-inch bone china rimmed plate that has a recommended food loading area of some 15-cm/6-inches diameter. It is dishwasher-friendly and microwave-safe. Every plate comes with general advice on portion control and is also backed-up with recipes and recommendations on this website for some tasty meal options.
The prices on the Home page and Bariatric Cookery Books & Products page reflect the supply plus postage and packing for the UK, Europe and Rest of the World (don’t forget to select the right one) for the plate in individual quantities. We are however very happy to quote a price for the supply of multiple quantities. Simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org In most instances we can waive the delivery/postage and packing costs if sent to a single address.
I am now looking forward to developing more recipes to show the plate at its best!