= 42). during each interview. After transcription, each interview was printed for clarity. Post-it notes of various colors aided in identifying themes. The first transcript reading helped develop the coding categories, and then the second reading was conducted to start formal coding in a systematic way using colored post-it notes to group related data . The second transcript aided in identifying new categories of information and the two lists were merged into one list, which then represented the final codebook. The transcript of the third interview was compared to the previous code list to see if new categories emerged and this process continued comparing each subsequent transcript for coding categories. Themes were eventually developed into a written description of the participants’ experience with bariatric surgery to answer the research question. Quotes from the participants provided a rich, thick description of their experience . 2.2. Reflexive Researchers’ Statement The researchers personal experience as bariatric patients included preconceived beliefs that bariatric surgery should be for obese individuals who had failed attempts at losing weight through traditional methods with diet and exercise and who need an additional weight-loss tool to aid in achieving a healthy body weight. Being part of the 321674-73-1 IC50 weight-loss surgery community comes with a very pro-surgery mentality that this researchers acknowledged. To focus on the participants’ experience after bariatric surgery, the researchers were required to bracket those beliefs. Hays and Wood  define bracketing as setting aside any assumptions made in everyday life and expressed the need for the researcher to reserve all prejudgments of their experience and rely on intuition and imagination to obtain the picture of the experience. 2.3. Trustworthiness Establishing trustworthiness of the findings was utilized by engaging in 321674-73-1 IC50 peer debriefing of instrument protocol and through prolonged discussions of the research project with peers. Researcher reflexivity was engaged by keeping a journal and field notes, and simultaneous data collection and analysis, which involved 321674-73-1 IC50 collecting and analyzing data simultaneously . 3. Findings Review of the data, including individual interviews and field notes, was conducted to analyze and identify themes of the participants’ experience with food after bariatric surgery. Two main themes emerged from the data: (a) food after the first year post-op and (b) bariatric surgery is not a magic pill. 3.1. Food after the First Year Post-Op The overarching theme of viewing weight-loss as work after the first year emerged from the data as participants described the mounting difficulty of adhering to the recommended post-op diet once the first year had passed. In addition, tendencies towards using food as comfort and emotional eating were still a struggle that many participants experienced.
I know I have to keep staying on top of it, it’s just that I’m sick of protein, I’m sick of water, I’m sick of working out, I’m just sick of it. I just want eat normal sometimes, but I know I just need to suck it up and deal with it. Finding Rabbit polyclonal to AGPAT9 that balance after the first yearit’s so important. [P7]
3.1.1. Diet Adherence after the First Year Post-Op The recommended diet after bariatric surgery varies among surgeons and across different bariatric surgeries, but there are some commonalities that all 321674-73-1 IC50 participants experienced. Generally agreed upon nutritional guidelines are that supplemental minerals and vitamins should be taken daily, small bites of food should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing, liquids should be either ingested well before meals or at least 30 minutes
afterwards, and at least 60 grams of proteins should be preferentially eaten before fat and carbohydrates [12C15].
Consuming the right food and the vitamins and doing the right thing with food exist on a continuumit’s not a matter of being all right or all wrong or.