Holiday Eating after Bariatric Surgery

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It’s almost November and the holiday season is fast approaching. For most of us, this is the time to enjoy, relax, spend some time off work and see family and friends to celebrate these wonderful times. For bariatric surgery patients, however, holiday celebrations can pose a challenge. These are times to eat and drink, often in excess and that simply doesn’t jive with our weight loss journey. It is important for a weight loss surgery patient to get out and about after their procedure, however it is also critical to keep their food intake moderate and continue on their weight loss journey. There several tips to help when the holidays roll around:

  • Firstly, if you are able to have the party at your house, you will be able to control what is served. You’ll likely be serving items that are not bariatric friendly; however you’ll also be able to make diet foods for yourself.
  • If the party is at someone else’s home, you may want to explain to them that you have had bariatric surgery and they may be willing to create a dish especially for those who want to consume fewer calories. Otherwise, bring your own dish, which can help you stay on track.
  • Drinking water about 45 minutes before the meal and starting your meal with soup or vegetables can fill you up just enough to avoid some of the richer entrées and desserts.
  • Eating slow can make your meal far more diet friendly. Even if you indulge in less than perfect food choices, you will be less likely to overeat.
  • Having a diet buddy or partner at your festivities can be very helpful in sticking to your diet and not overindulging. Someone sharing your restrictions can make it far less daunting.
  • Finally, onto dessert. This is usually the worst culprit. Hopefully you’ll be full by the time dessert comes around, but if you’ve made room for it, take the piece you’re offered and cut it in half. You’ll still enjoy dessert, just not as much.

We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your holidays, while also being able to maintain consistent diet and exercise patterns to stay healthy. We also know, however, that is very easy to overindulge. As long as those indulgences are limited, you should be able to bounce back quite easily. Try to substitute some of the higher fat foods with something a little healthier and if you must indulge, take smaller portions to limit the damage. Ultimately, it is how you bounce back from bad eating days that will determine your long-term weight loss success. So remember, enjoy yourself, but tomorrow jump right back onto the diet plan.

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