Holiday Survival Tips After Weight Loss Surgery - My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life Health Guide

    Here come the holidays, and the new "post bariatric surgery" you might be feeling a bit antsy right now. Even worse, you might be brimming with confidence and regard your recent surgery as a plate of armor that has been dipped in concrete and coated with Teflon. The new you is bullet proof, so bring on the cheesecake and chocolates, you can take it. This approach is usually followed by a whispered “oops” and a trip back to the drawing board.


    On the other hand, if the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak, the flesh will be doing victory laps on January 1st, while you examine your defeated spirit and wonder what went wrong. Traps have been laid for both sides of the coin, so you might want to get your guard up and make it through the holidays unscathed and feeling good about yourself.

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    A Little Bit of Focus Goes a Long Way

    If your weight loss surgery has been performed recently and still has that new car smell, then you have something of an advantage in that you are not able to eat as you did not so very long ago. Should you choose to try, you’ll be feeling pretty bad pretty quick. If you are a year or so down the bariatric road, you might want to beef up your discipline and keep to the plan that has been successful so far.

    Be Responsible for Yourself

    If you are alreadv going about the business of practicing a program of dietary discipline, then what follows is probably not new to you. Consider it a reminder then, and have a great holiday.

    • Do not arrive at the festivities feeling hungry. Bring a protein bar (check out our top picks) or another healthy snack for the ride over.
    • When you are ready for your meal, remember to eat protein first. The protein in holiday turkey or ham will preserve lean body mass and boost fat burning metabolism.
    • Drink plenty of water before or after your meal.
    • Chew slowly and mindfully. Eating quickly inhibits the release of hormones that make you feel full.
    • Perhaps bring along a vegetable or fruit tray from which you can eat as much as you want.
    • Sit and socialize, and when you do, keep it at a distance from the kitchen or buffet.

    Use Your Family and Friends For Support

    Do not be shy about using your family and friends as sources of support. Make your needs known and ask for a bit of help. Family and friends are normally willing to lend a hand. If you have a good relationship with relatives and friends, you might ask that they not make those treats that are detrimental to your health so accessible.

    Be social and use your alliances. Should the need present, talk to them about not pressuring you to have those foods that will sabotage your good efforts. If you are feeling the pressure of temptation, make them aware of it and ask for their support.


    And if you haven't already done so, please checkout the bariatric-friendly recipes in 35 Spectacular Grain-free Thanksgiving Sides and 25 Recipes for a Grain-free Thanksigiving.


    I wish you a happy, healthy, holiday!

    Living life well-fed,



  • References:
    Consumers Guide to Bariatric Surgery -
    Local Bariatric Surgeon -

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Published On: November 20, 2012