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Now that we are getting into the holiday season, social events of all kinds are starting to come up! From Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s, there always seems to be a reason to celebrate this time of year. For those who have gone through weight loss surgery, it may be a time of stress while trying to navigate social events centered around food. Below are a few tips to help guide you through the holiday season after having bariatric surgery:

    • Be prepared. Be mentally prepared that there may be some emotions that come up and you need to take the time to think through how to process those and handle them around food triggers.
    • Don’t skip meals to save calories. Make sure you still eat a high protein breakfast and a couple of high protein snacks if needed leading up to the event. Most often skipping meals backfires and you end up over-eating later in the day.
    • Bring your own food if needed. Carry protein bars, beef jerky, or protein shakes depending on where you are after surgery.
    • Choose protein first. Identify the protein-heavy dishes available and fill up on those before other items.
    • Fill up on vegetables second. Most times there are vegetable trays and vegetable side dishes that accompany the main dish. Make sure to eat protein first, then vegetables second.
    • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to even more cravings around delicious holiday food. Make sure that you go into each event well-hydrated by planning a few days in advance. At the actual event, choose sugar-free, caffeine-free drinks to help stay on track.
    • Go easy on the alcohol. First off, alcoholic drinks are empty calories and do not provide good nutrition. You may also find that it’s easier to give in to your favorite treats if you’ve had a couple of drinks.
    • Ask for support from family and friends. Bariatric surgery is a physical and emotional process where support from others is critical. Have a friend or family member be there during social gatherings to help keep you on track and accountable to your goals.
    • Don’t completely deprive yourself. Depending on where you are post-op, you may be able to enjoy a bite or two of your favorite foods. Be smart and know your portions!
    • Say no to leftovers. It’s ok to enjoy food at an event or family gathering, but having those calorie-laden foods around for days on end can be a recipe for disaster. Commit to enjoying these holiday foods during special events and keeping your own home free from lingering temptations.
    • Explore healthier recipes and make your own!
    • Give yourself grace. If you overindulged and are feeling guilty for the food choices you made, don’t beat yourself up. That doesn’t mean that you have fallen completely off the wagon and are doomed to gain weight back. Allow yourself forgiveness and recommit to healthier eating choices and exercise that nourishes your soul.