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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: Gastric Bypass and becoming vegetarian
Date: February 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm PST

In Reply to: Gastric Bypass and becoming vegetarian posted by Laree Larson on February 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm:

Hi Laree,

Thanks for your question, but this page only discusses nutrition as a career.

I'm not sure there is a Vegsource page designed to discuss general needs for gastric bypass, and, in any case, individual needs are best reviewed in private with a qualified professional.

If you've not yet had the gastric bypass, I would encourage you to reconsider the significant potential health and nutrition ramifications of gastric bypass; these could be more complicated on a vegetarian diet. If you are willing to consider working with a vegetarian dietitian to lose weight and keep it off, I do offer counseling services (by phone and email for those not in the Mid-Atlantic region). See my site at

If working with me doesn't fit your needs, and your surgeon has no suitable dietitian to refer you to, you can visit, click on "find a registered dietitian" in the top right corner, and follow the directions to find a local dietitian who specializes in nutrition to support gastric bypass.

I hope that helps,
Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN

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