Maybe you’ve tried to lose weight because you know that doing so would help your health in the long term. Maybe you want to shed some pounds to increase your mobility or your self-confidence. Whatever your reason, if diet and exercise haven’t worked, you might want to consider bariatric surgery.
Minimally invasive Gastric sleeve or Gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight, look, and feel your best with a short recovery time. This is why many people consider bariatric surgery right before the holiday season. Whether you’ve got surgery scheduled or you’re just entertaining the idea, knowing what to expect can help.
Find below tips and help you enjoy the holidays after bariatric surgery.
What to eat
Most people get back to their normal activities within a few weeks because Dr. Sanni uses minimally invasive surgical techniques, alongside the leading-edge da Vinci® robotic surgical system. You can expect the least downtime possible after your surgery. Although you need to make some changes to help your body adjust.
To give you an idea of what you can eat in your post-surgery diet, Please follow the recommended steps highlighted below.
- Week 1: Clear liquids
- Week 2: Full liquids
- Weeks 3-4: Pureed foods
- Weeks 5-8: Soft foods (eggs, rice, flaked fish)
- Week 8+: Solid foods
You’ll meet with the Bariatric surgeon and the dedicated dietitian regularly following your bariatric surgery.
During the holiday season, sticking to your prescribed foods might sound tricky but with the help of the dietitian, healthy replacement options are possible. Even better, you should see gradual healthy weight loss following your procedure. Yes, you might need to skip the holiday cookie, but you’ll also be able to skip that oversized sweater in favor of a more flattering outfit.
General holiday tips
Here are some more tips that can help you enjoy the holiday season.
Drink up (wisely)
Staying hydrated is critical in the early phases of your bariatric surgery recovery. You need to be drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day. At holiday festivities, swap out some or all of your alcoholic beverages for water.
This doesn’t have to be boring. You could even bring a pitcher of fruit-infused water to share.
It’s important that you get moving after your surgery. Being active will help avoid overindulging. For example, instead of inviting everyone over for cocktails and cookies, you could schedule a walk through the neighborhood to look at the holiday lights.
Offer to bring food and/or drink when you’re heading to another person’s house for a celebration. This guarantees that you have an option that you know you can safely consume.
Getting bariatric surgery shortly before the holidays means making some adjustments with the consequence of starting the new year well on your way to a healthier, happier, and new you. Please call Eastside Bariatric and General surgery to explore your options.