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Winter 2009

Winter 2009


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


February 9, 2010

In This Edition

  1. Valentine's Dining the Bandster Way

The Basic 10 Lap-Band Rules

  1. Bandsters Close to Home – Local
  2. Support Group Activities
  4. Featured Recipes

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Valentine's Dining the Bandster Way
Portions of the document below are inspired and utilized from an article By Shereen Jegtvig at – Cooking for Love and Health

Valentine's Day is approaching, and many of us look forward to beautiful candlelit dinners at our favorite restaurants. However, some of us like to stay home and cook our own romantic dinners with various aphrodisiacs. No matter what our choice, we as Bandsters, have the opportunity to stick to our 10 Lap-Band Rules, as well as apply helpful tips on managing our food consumption and eating techniques, so that we may stay focused on achieving and maintaining our weight loss goals.

If dining out for Valentine's Day, consider these helpful tips to help stay on track:

  • Choose to share a meal with your loved one
  • If having your own meal, ask for a to-go box at the beginning of the meal to “right-size” those often immense portions
  • Share a dessert or choose to take a portion of it home

Managing portion size and eating style:

  • Keep your 10 Lap-Band rules in mind as you dine
  • Focus on your eating – be present in the moment and enjoy every bite, noticing the texture and diverse flavors you might be experiencing
  • Put your fork or spoon down between bites

Dining at home:

  • Choose healthy ingredients for your food
  • Enjoy a variety of dishes in smaller portions
  • Control your portion size

Now – What to make on Valentine's Day?
Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Throughout history, the title of aphrodisiac has been bestowed upon several foods that were thought to improve sexual function or fertility. Some foods, like bananas and asparagus were thought to be aphrodisiacs due to their manly shapes, while other foods such as honey were prescribed to newlyweds on their honeymoon.

Many of the foods and herbs that have been called aphrodisiacs are very healthy fruits, vegetables and nuts. Perhaps the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-oxidants contained in these aphrodisiacs are the real key to a healthy love life. Here are just a few aphrodisiac foods:

  • Bananas are a great source of potassium as well as other minerals and vitamins. Bananas also contain an enzyme called bromelain that enhances male sexual health.
  • Asparagus contains folic acid, a B vitamin which is important for a healthy heart and for having healthy babies.
  • Honey is an easy sugar to digest and contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals that other sugars do not.
  • Avocados contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals.
  • Chocolate is more than something in a candy bar. Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants to keep us healthy and chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, like the neurotransmitter that is stimulated in our human bodies when we fall in love. Chocolate may actually act as an anti-depressant.
  • Figs contain more minerals than most other fruits plus a good dose of fiber.
  • Almonds are a source of healthy fats and vitamin E. Vitamin E is important for male sexual health.
  • Pine nuts, like almonds are a good source of healthy fats and vitamin E.
  • Black beans contain protein, fiber and folic acid. Black beans also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that relaxes us.
  • Oysters contain zinc, which is important for sexual health.
  • Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C and anti-oxidants that may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Perhaps the reason that aphrodisiacs charm us is because they are in reality good foods that improve our health. Healthy minds plus healthy bodies equal better sex. Another reason may be due to the pleasure of cooking delicious foods for someone we love, or to be served these wonderful dishes.



The Basic 10 Lap-Band Rules

  1. Eat only 3 main meals a day, plus 2 planned snacks.
  2. Eat slowly, taking pea-sized bites, and chew thoroughly until your food is a mushy consistency.
  3. Stop eating as soon as you feel restriction form the Band (Or have eaten a volume of 1-1 1/2 cups of food).
  4. Do not drink with meals, or for 1 full hour after eating.
  5. Do not eat between meals, or planned snacks.
  6. Eat a variety of high quality nutritious foods.
  7. Consume recommended amounts of fiber daily (25-35g).
  8. Drink 64-100 oz. of non-caloric fluids between meals.
  9. Do not drink carbonated beverages of any kind.
  10. Exercise 30-60 minutes on most days.


Bandsters Close to Home – Local Support Group Activities

Check it out! Our support groups are starting to take off.  Our first three support group leaders are doing a great job getting their groups going.  Many of you who come to the Bash every year have commented how much you enjoy meeting your fellow Bandsters. Our support groups are just another way we can support each other and have some fun too.

Take a look at what Arizona and Saskatchewan are doing.

Arizona Kuri Bandsters
Group leader:
Lorraine Harmon 

Here in desert land (Phoenix, Arizona) we are not basting in the sun, in fact we are reaching the coolest points possible by hiking various paths, trails and mountains. We meet each weekend, usually around 8:00 am and have done so for the past six weeks. We began by doing smaller walks 1 1/2 – 2 miles in shopping malls, to avoid frying literally. We increased both the time and length of the walks each week. Now we can easily walk 3 – 4 miles without any problems and have challenged ourselves to walking on different terrains outside. We have a goal to hike Squaw Peak an infamous trail considered to be in the moderate to difficult range. We would love for other Bandster buddies to join us. We walk, talk and drink our way through a quick 40- 60 minutes of healthy walking. Everyone is welcome, whether they are a patient of Dr. Kuri or not. Does not matter if you are fast or slow. What matters is that you become a part of our group with an open ear, open mind and open heart and we will provide the same to you. In closing let me just tell you "Our Band Rocks"! Come join us and call me directly or check the forum to know each week where we are walking and the scheduled time to meet. My number is 480-390-1837. See ya at the top!  

Saskatchewan Kuri Bandsters
Group leader:
Stace Domoslai

It's uncanny how, as Bandsters, we seem to almost "find" each other sometimes.  Such is the case in Regina.  There is a group of 7 of us or so who, somehow or another, have found each other and are now getting together every few weeks for some support and camaraderie.  It's fantastic!  There are a few Kuri patients, a few who had their surgery in Kitchener Ontario and one who went to Maples in Winnipeg.  Regardless of where we had our surgery though, we have similar challenges and it is so refreshing to have people right here in our own city that we can get together and talk with face to face.  I'm posting messages on our Regional Support Group page on the Kuri Forum and letting everyone know when we are getting together as a group and when there might be a chance to join me for some exercise.  We're always looking for more to join us so whether you're just starting your journey or you are a veteran, jump onto the Sask Support Group on the Kuri Forum board and let us know – we would LOVE to get to know you!

California Kuri Bandsters
Group Leader:
Lidia Savage

Introducing our newest California support group! We would love the opportunity to meet with Lap-Band Patients of Dr. Kuri as well as all other banded patients, and get together for some support and fun exercise opportunities. If you are interested in joining , please contact Lidia on the Forum by posting in the California support group section.

If you are interested in becoming a support group leader in your area, contact our Patient Education Coordinator Gena Brown at  To join a group in your state or Provence, please visit  our Online Patient Forum and click on LapBand® Surgery Regional Support Groups. Then just select your state – It's that easy!

This Month's Featured Recipes: 

Frozen Banana Salad
Just four ingredients combine to make this delicious and super easy frozen fruit salad recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup pineapple-orange juice
  • 2 bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 2 nectarines, chopped
  • 8-oz. can pineapple chunks, un drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

In food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. Process until smooth. Pour into 1 cup custard cups. Cover and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Makes 8 servings.

Calories: 70, Fat: 0 grams

Pork Tenderloin and Fig Kebabs
These pork tenderloin and fig kebabs are a very old and traditional recipe. The great combination of flavors and textures makes this a sophisticated dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 large fresh figs, halved

Combine honey, Dijon Mustard, vinegar, orange juice and garlic in a resealable bag. Add tenderloin pieces and let sit for 30 minutes. Alternately thread tenderloin pieces and figs onto skewers. Place on preheated grill and cook for about 8 minutes turning every two minutes, or until done.


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