Coping with Christmas After Weight Loss Surgery
Christmas can be difficult after weight loss surgery. Every party and family gathering is full of temptation, but it is still possible to enjoy your Christmas without overindulging.
Plan Your Christmas Dinner Carefully
If you’re having a big family meal over Christmas, make sure there are plenty of dishes that you can eat without feeling guilty.
- Choose a main dish that is low on salt and saturated fat, even if it means cooking or seasoning it a little differently
- Try some vegetarian recipes to cut down on saturated fat, such as vegetable oil for your roast potatoes
- Fill your plate with vegetables for a variety of colours, flavours and textures, without too many calories
- Check the labels of shop bought sauces and trimmings carefully or try making healthier versions at home, such as low sugar apple sauce or reduced fat stuffing
Watch What You Eat
Keeping track of how much you are eating can be tricky over the festive season, but it’s important to stick to your plans after weight loss surgery, even when you are eating out or attending a party.
- Write down everything you eat so you know when you’ve had enough
- Check the menu or ask the restaurant, caterer or host which is the healthiest option
- Try not to eat anything if you don’t know or can’t estimate how much fat, sugar, salt and calories is in it
- Be careful with party foods as they’re usually unhealthy and bite sized, which makes it easy to eat too much
- Don’t forget that alcohol and soft drinks contain lots of calories
Other Christmas Tips and Tricks for Healthy Eating
Christmas can seem to be all about food when you are dieting, but there is much more to enjoying this time of year than eating together. Try to focus on the other aspects of Christmas so you can enjoy it to the full.
- Make sure friends and family know you’ve had weight loss surgery or tell them you are dieting so they can avoid giving you food-related gifts
- Try to spend more time with health-conscious friends rather than heavy eaters so you won’t feel tempted to overindulge
- Suggest activities that won’t include food when you’re getting together, such as going to see a Christmas film, carol service, or show