Five months after my gastric sleeve surgery I found myself sitting at a table surrounded by family. It was Thanksgiving day and all of my favorite foods showed up.
You know the ones. The dishes that only your mom makes.
As I savored the aromas, I knew what I had to do.
I said “no” to the sweet potato casserole. No to the buttery, flaky biscuits. And no to the ambrosia.
I said “yes” to a bit of turkey, a spot of gravy, and some green beans. It would be the first time I’d had turkey since my gastric sleeve surgery.
I was so ready.
As I took a bite of the deliciousness, I chewed slowly and chewed a lot. I paced myself. I wanted to savor the foods and make sure each morsel was thoroughly chewed.
After the first two swallows of turkey, my stomach started doing flip-flops. It churned and made noises and I felt like I had a lump in the back of my throat.
About ten minutes later, my new stomach pouch decided that the turkey was going back from whence it came.
I headed to the bathroom and well, you know the rest.
After speaking with my surgeon, he reminded that white meats are the most difficult for the stomach to process. Some weight loss surgery patients cannot tolerate white meat after their surgery at all. Some can tolerate chicken and turkey and pork within a few months.
For me, it took a year.
I’m writing this post on December 8, 2018, which means it’s been eighteen months since my weight loss surgery. I’ve learned a few things and I want to share what I’ve learned with all of you.
If I can prevent one of you from spending your afternoon in the bathroom on Thanksgiving (Christmas, New Year’s, or insert your favorite holiday here), it is well worth it.
How To Cope with the Holidays After Weight Loss Surgery [9 Simple Tips]
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- Drink a protein shake before you head out to a party or event.
- If you’ll be dining out to celebrate a holiday, this is not the time to try a new food that you haven’t had since your surgery. You do not want to spend your night out in the bathroom.
- Always carry a protein bar, Altoids, and Gas-x with you at all times. Chances are you’re going to need one of these while at a party, event, dining out, etc.,
- Maintain your boundaries. It’s okay to say “no” to food. You do not have to eat something just because someone offers it to you. Do not give in to peer pressure.
- If available, most restaurants allow you to order from the kid’s menu.
- Avoid alcohol. It can cause weight gain, dehydration, and vitamin depletion. Weight loss surgery patients have an increased risk of developing alcoholism.
- Need a special outfit? Shop at your local thrift store. You don’t need to shell out lots of money for a dress or outfit that probably won’t fit you in a few weeks or few months.
- The holidays are not an excuse to skip your daily vitamins and calcium supplement. Plan ahead and carry them with you in your purse or pocket. You can also invest in an inexpensive pill organizer|carrier (for under $6 on Amazon).
- Stay hydrated. Drink your fluids. Sip, sip, and then sip some more.
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