Having weight loss surgery brings many changes. One of those changes is how you interact with people when it comes to food. You don’t realize it until after surgery, but food is everywhere. Most social events have some sort of food and drinks, so it is important as a bariatric patient to know this going into it. It can be challenging to get through a social event where food is involved, so here are a few tips to help you get through them.
Eat before you go.
It’s easier to turn down food if you are not hungry. Make sure you eat a high protein satisfying dinner ahead of time. Going to these events full will help save you with the temptations you might have.
Whenever I am around food that I can’t eat, I always chew gum so it keeps me from grabbing a handful of something. You might be tempted to tell yourself that you can have “just a little bit” but the truth is, it is not a good habit to form.
Since you are at a social event, use this time to actually socialize. Go around and talk to everyone. Keep yourself occupied and you won’t think of the food that often. Stay as far away from the food as you possibly can.
Bring your own snacks.
This is something I used to do a lot of. When I went to a social gathering, I would always take a snack with me in case I got hungry. I definitely wanted what they were eating, but I instead turned to the food I brought with me. This is a good habit to form as a weight loss surgery patient. Since it’s so important we hit our protein and water goals, it’s crucial that you eat and fuel your body, especially if you are going to be at a social event for a good amount of time. Just because you are at a social event doesn’t mean you have to neglect yourself. Keep healthy snacks on you at all times.
Tell your friends.
Some people choose not to tell others about their surgery, which is completely acceptable. However, in social events, it might be difficult to explain why you aren’t hungry. Tell your friends that you just ate before you got there, and this will help get them off your back. It can be very frustrating when people push food on you.
After bariatric surgery, don’t let social events scare you. These gatherings are important that you continue going to, especially if you need support on this journey. You don’t have to turn into a hermit and never get out. You just need to be prepared so you don’t make unhealthy choices. Enjoy your time with family and friends, just do everything you can to stay away from the food.