Tips for Holiday Dinners After Weight Loss Surgery

Tips for Holiday Dinners After Weight Loss Surgery

Holiday dinners after weight loss surgery can be particularly challenging. With so many wondering dishes, desserts, and holiday drinks it is way too easy to overindulge. Here are some tips for navigating holiday dinners after weight loss surgery.

Stick to a Schedule

Don’t skip meals. Do your best to stick to a regular eating schedule. This will help you avoid going overboard at social gatherings. Keep healthy snacks in your car or purse to make sure you don’t skip meals during the busy holiday schedule.

Back to Basics

Continue to follow the basic meal rules. A holiday meal should be looked at as your typical daily meal. Start with a protein first and chew the food well and slowly. And don’t forget to keep your drinking and eating separate by at least 30 minutes.

Stay Hydrated

Be mindful of your alcohol intake and stay hydrated. Remember that alcohol is absorbed into the body much faster after weight loss surgery and since you can’t eat and drink at the same time, the effect will be heightened. Speaking of alcohol, don’t forget that it is full of empty calories

This for That

Holiday Dinners after Weight Loss Surgery

You can enjoy a holiday dinner without having to compromise your eating goals. Try a healthier substitution. For example, have:

  • Sparking water with blueberries (5 kcal) instead of Champagne (100 kcal)
  • Cauliflower mash (100 kcal) instead of creamy mashed potatoes (350 kcal)
  • Roasted green beans (35 kcal) instead of green bean casserole (150 kcal)
  • Pecan stuffed dates (150 kcal) instead of pecan pie (500 kcal)

Additionally, you can substitute skin milk instead of whole milk in your holiday recipes. Substitute sugar with unsweetened applesauce or natural sweeteners. And add flavor with spices and herbs instead of fats like butter or gravy.

Save the Best for Last

If you do want to indulge in a dessert or a special treat, remember to save it for last. Fill up on your protein and vegetable first. Stick to small portions and only eat as much as you need to feel satisfied.

Help Navigating Holiday Dinners after Weight Loss Surgery

If you need support or additional resources to help you on your weight loss journey, please contact Maryland Bariatrics.

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