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The Bariatric Bible

Your Essential Companion to Weight Loss Surgery—with Over 120 Recipes for a Lifetime of Eating Well

By Carol Bowen Ball

Foreword by Neil Floch

The ultimate one-stop guide to living and eating well, before and after weight loss surgery

If you’ve had—or are considering—weight loss surgery, this is the book for you. Chef and food writer Carol Bowen Ball has lost one hundred pounds since her own bariatric surgery, and in The Bariatric Bible, she gives you the keys to lifelong post-surgery success.
  • Everything you need to know beforehand: what to look for in a surgeon, what the options are (from lapband to bypass), how to prepare, and what to pack
  • How to manage your new diet: from cardinal rules (“protein first!”) to common pitfalls (beware of “slider foods”)—and which snacks to keep in your Emergency Kit
  • Essential lifestyle tips: how to buy clothes for your changing body, craft an exercise plan, troubleshoot dining out, and more
  • Over 120 healthy recipes, such as Quinoa, Nectarine, and Sizzled Halloumi Salad, Breakfast Protein Pancakes, and Lemon and Chive Hummus—color-coded by recovery stage and labeled with their protein, carbohydrate, fat, and calorie counts
The bariatric lifestyle is about more than just cooking—it requires new, healthier habits around exercise, relationships, eating out, and much more. With this book, you can unlock the secrets to lifelong health and happiness, from pre- to post-op and beyond.

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“A cookbook filled with incredibly delicious bariatric-friendly goodness and a guide for joyful living through every step of the bariatric process, The Bariatric Bible is a masterpiece! Carol Bowen Ball is herself a bariatric patient and knows what it takes to live fully and eat exquisitely after weight loss surgery. Carol is a food artist! She’s also a down-to-earth, loving woman who wants to share her secrets for living a fabulous life!”—bariatric psychologist Connie Stapleton, PhD

“Carol writes from the frontline of living life well after bariatric surgery. Her comprehensive reference covers all aspects of a bariatric lifestyle in linear fashion, as only one who has been through it could write. Keep this on your nightstand—it will be a much needed companion in mastering the many changes to unfold!”—Cheryl Ann Borne, publisher,

“WOW!! This is so much more than a bariatric cookbook! The Bariatric Bible is an easy to read, comprehensive guide to life before and after surgery that will benefit thousands of patients looking for trustworthy advice. Fans of Carol's work will not be disappointed.”—Lisa Kaouk MPH, RD Monica Bashaw MScA, RD, cofounders of

“This book is a must if you’re considering weight loss surgery. Carol leaves no corner unturned and provides step by step guidance on how to navigate life after bariatric surgery. From her delicious recipes to her candid advice, you’re sure to find valuable information in this well researched book.”—Kristin Willard, Bariatric Dietitian Founder of Bariatric Meal Prep
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March 31, 2020