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Summer 2010

Summer 2010



The Banded Kuri~er
A periodical to benefit patients of Dr. Kuri and those considering Lap-Band Surgery

In This Edition

Special Announcement – The 2010 Kuri Bandster Bash

Save Calories at Cookouts – Summer Smart Swaps

Save on your Diet During Vacation

Bandsters Close to Home – Local Support Group Activities

Featured Recipe

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Special Announcement

The 2010 Kuri Bandster Bash

The 11th Annual Bandster Bash is a weekend for all Bandsters to enjoy education, support, and inspiration, as we celebrate life with the Lap-Band, and our patients and community of Bandsters, for the positive changes they continue to make in their life.

Save Calories at Cookouts

By Jennifer R. Scott

Summer Smart Swaps
Summer brings many dietary temptations, chief among them are cook-outs. There seems to be no end to the waistline-expanding fare at your average get-together, but there's no reason you have to avoid the party. From picking a better burger to selecting smarter sweets, these tips will help you save calories at cookouts.

Instead of: Hamburger patty (213 calories)
Choose: Lean turkey burger (160 calories)
Save: 53 calories

Instead of: Turkey burger (160 calories)
Choose: Grilled veggie burger (70 calories)
Save: 90 calories

Instead of: Swiss cheese, 1 slice (106 calories)
Choose: Fat-free American cheese slice, 31 calories
Save: 75 calories

Instead of: Potato chips (155 calories/ounce)
Choose: Baby carrots (30 calories)
Save: 125 calories

Instead of: Potato salad (179 calories/half cup)
Choose: Vegetarian baked beans (120 calories/half cup)
Save: 59 calories

Instead of: Lemonade (99 calories/cup)
Choose: Unsweetened iced tea with lemon juice (0 calories)
Save: 99 calories

Instead of: Strawberry pie (approximately 200 calories)
Choose: A slice of angel food cake with sliced strawberries (approximately 145 calories)
Save: About 55 calories

These summer swaps will save you a whopping 556 calories. That’s half the calories! By making a few smart summer swaps at your next BBQ get-together, you can save hundreds of calories and stay on track without giving up on summer fun.

Stay on your Diet During Vacation

You've packed your bags and set the itinerary … you've put the pooch in the kennel and cancelled newspaper delivery … but there's one more thing you need to do before you hit the road: Figure out how you will stay on your diet during vacation!

Just like you wouldn't leave home without doing those other things, if you are trying to lose weight, you will need to make some plans and set some guidelines so you don't come back from a relaxing vacation with extra weight as your souvenir.

Check out these easy ways to stay on your diet during vacation:

Ease Up on Imbibing
It's easy to give in to a few "adult beverages" on summer vacation, even if you don't normally drink them. When it's hot, they'll cool you down and when you're not quite in "vacation mode," they'll help you relax. But enjoying a few drinks can add up your caloric intake quite quickly. Case in point: A strawberry daiquiri contains around 250 calories. Down two, and you've taken in as many calories as an average meal!

Solution: Alternate drinks with plain water to cut back on calories (and to stay hydrated). Add cucumber or lemon slices if the water gets boring. Iced herbal teas, diet lemonade, and low-cal fruit-flavored waters are also refreshing, diet-friendly options.

Do Restaurant Reconnaissance
An all-you-can-eat crab restaurant! An old fashioned diner with car hops! These are the memories I hold from childhood vacations. Forget sight-seeing, I was into restaurant-trying. It can be tough to resist the high-fat offerings at a new restaurant because being on vacation makes you want something different. Unfortunately, that "newness" can lead to impulse ordering and lots of extra calories.

Solution: Use online maps to do some research on close-by eateries before leaving home. Visit the restaurant's online menu and print it for future reference. Before stashing it away, take just a few moments to highlight some of the healthier-sounding choices or make notes of special requests that will help you cut calories, such as eliminating sauces.

Avoid Mini Bar Mayhem
It's an interesting phenomenon: Candy you don't even normally enjoy becomes extremely enticing when it's in a hotel room. And an ice-cold soda sounds oh-so-tempting after a hot day in the sun when normally you sip water. The mini bar is a friend to no one. Everything in it costs many times what it should, and nothing in it is diet-friendly.

Solution: Pack a cooler with your favorite healthy snacks and beverages and then make room for them in the mini fridge when you arrive. Be sure your stash will be the first options you see when you open the fridge door. This will cut serious calories and save serious cash.

Eat In-Room
We tend to have an "I deserve it!" mind frame on vacation and for some of us, that translates into treating ourselves to restaurant meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After all, you have to cook at home all the time … isn't the whole point of vacation to not do those typical at-home chores?

Solution: Make in-room meals a snap by stocking up on non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items such as whole-grain bread and natural peanut butter, protein bars, and fresh fruit from a nearby market. Or, if you have a microwave, a low-calorie frozen meal from the closest grocery store and a side salad,  can be a quick, easy way to save calories, time and cash.

Snack Smart
You've been on the go all day and you've missed your normal healthy snacks. For a while, the activity and heat has kept your appetite at bay. But suddenly, you're ravenous and that ice cream vendor is just a few steps away.

Solution: Don't take a vacation from your snacking schedule. If you normally have morning and afternoon snacks to prevent overeating at mealtimes, vacation is no time to stop this smart habit. Take a mini cooler stocked with your healthy favorites to the beach or along with you in the car so you'll have a smart choices on-hand. Plan to rest and enjoy your snack at the time you normally eat it.

It's Splitsville
You've been good for days. You've planned your restaurant choices and cut back on the cocktails, but tonight, as you stare at that dessert tray, you could swear you actually hear the strawberry cheesecake calling your name. Is dessert going to lead to dietary disaster?

Solution: Hey, give yourself a break! Whether it's an appetizer that sounds just too appetizing or a dessert that's too delightful to resist, treating yourself to a small portion of something "bad" once or twice give you a diet-friendly vacation without a sense of deprivation. The best way to keep your portion in check? Split your treat with a friend – you can both have something special without paying for it in too many extra calories.

Bandsters Close to Home – Local Support Group Activities

Arizona Support Group
Our next event will be a walk in the mall! All is welcome!

We would love for more people to join us! We are geared towards Bandsters, however all WLS participants are welcomed and encouraged to join. We consistently have four regulars that meet, but there has been as many as nine members at one time. As long as there is more than one member, the meetings will continue! Come one, come all, be lean, be strong!

When: Monday, July 5th
Location: Arizona Mills Mall.  5000 South Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282 (Neighborhood 6 or 7 Entrance Doors.) Please meet in the Food Court.
Time: 8:00 am
Contact: Please contact the organizer of this walk, Lorraine Newman, if you are interested in joining, would like more information, or would like to RSVP to this event. Lorraine can be reached at 480-390-1837.
Note: We will meet in the same spot July 17th, 2010. Other activities are being planned but have not yet been confirmed.

Saskatchewan Support Group
To ALL Saskatchewan Bandsters (& those even considering it!)…..we want to meet you! This is your formal invitation to join one of the biggest and best Lap-Band support groups anywhere, and proudly, we are RIGHT HERE in Saskatchewan! Based out of Regina, (but with members from all OVER the place) we are a group of about 18 gals (and even one guy!) who get together usually once a month or so to share our stories of successes and failures, questions and advice, a whole lot of camaraderie and some pretty darn fantastic hugs! This whole new lifestyle that comes with the Lap-Band takes much commitment and determination. It is OH so much easier when you have the support of like-minded people to work together with. We have members from all over the province and beyond and we only have room to grow… and so I invite you to join us! Just pop onto the Kuri Forum and head into the Local Support Groups section. There you will find the Saskatchewan Support Group. Let us know you are out there…. even if distance makes it difficult for you to actually come out to our gatherings in Regina, trust when I tell you this: You will make a whole lot of wonderful new friends online who will share this fabulous journey with you.

The Saskatchewan Support Group will not be meeting over the course of July and August. Should you have any questions or require any support over the summer months though, please PLEASE feel free to send me a private message as I will be checking the online Patient Forum regularly. We will resume our up close and personal get-togethers in September. Watch for more details at that time. Have a FABULOUS and FIT summer!!

Your Saskatchewan Support Group Leader
Stacey Domoslai

Southern California Support Group
The Southern California group will skip the next two months during the summer, but will be resuming back in September. If you would like information about this group, please contact Lidia at 

Don't forget to visit our Online Patient Forum to see the latest updates and upcoming events for a support group in your area!

If you have been thinking about a chance for a new beginning, or know someone who may benefit from Lap-Band surgery, learn more about Dr. Kuri and the Lap-Band by contacting us at 1-888-223-4046 or

Featured Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Chicken

When the temperatures soar, a light entree is the best way to beat the heat. Grilled or fried chicken served cold is a perfect choice, especially if your family is on an unpredictable schedule. To spice it up a bit, try a mustard and tarragon marinade, or go for a citrus-based marinade with lime and cilantro. Keeping it cool on warm, humid summer evenings doesn't mean sacrificing flavor. Serve with hot cooked wild brown rice or corn tortillas.

Please Note: Jalapeño peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.

Makes 4 servings.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 large lime
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 or 2 small green or red jalapeño peppers – seeded and sliced
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar