Dr.Chirag Thakkar

Eating In Social Gatherings After Bariatric Surgery

While eating in social gatherings after bariatric surgery, are you experiencing anxiety? Then read. This article will guide you to enjoy eating.

There is a lot of anxiety and restlessness in the patient’s mind while eating in social gatherings after bariatric surgery and drinking pattern after surgery. For example, after bariatric surgery, the experience of going to social gatherings or to restaurants with friends and relatives will not be as normal as before. Despite being with everyone, you have to take diet in a different way. Or if everyone comes to know that you have undergone bariatric surgery, then everyone will start asking about it. It is very normal to have such questions in the mind. But you don’t need to bother with these thoughts and these questions. Rather take your diet in a very normal way. This article is for those who have got bariatric surgery done or are thinking of getting it done.

When you take this fact into consideration that after bariatric surgery, there are different advice and guidelines for each phase, and if you follow the diet according to it, then your experience of eating outside in a restaurant can be quite normal and easy. Whenever bariatric patients plan to eat outside, then they have to take a diet keeping in mind the dietary guidelines given by their surgeons and their dietician.

Tips to enjoy eating in social gatherings and maintaining a diet simultaneously

Choose your restaurant wisely

When eating out, it is essential to choose a restaurant that serves healthy and nutritious meals. Many restaurants now offer a variety of low-carb and low-calorie options that are suitable for those who have undergone bariatric surgery. Look for restaurants that offer grilled or roasted options instead of fried foods.

Look at the menu before you go and choose wisely

Before going to the restaurant, research the menu online and find healthy options that fit within your dietary guidelines. When it’s time to eat, be mindful of your food choices. Think carefully about what you want to eat and which option will be a healthy option for you. Because you will not have multiple options like others. So, prioritize your food properly, see the menu properly and then choose a healthy food option according to your choice. If possible, order protein-based food and avoid food rich in fats and sugar.

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Pay attention to portion sizes

After bariatric surgery, your stomach will be smaller, which means you will need to eat smaller portions. Pay attention to the serving sizes listed on the menu and don’t be afraid to ask for a half portion or take leftovers home. Also, always keep in mind that do not compare your portion size with someone else’s portion size. Or don’t bother yourself when someone else comments on this matter. Or don’t feel strange and awkward because after surgery the size of their stomach and your stomach remains different to a great extent.

Maybe in the initial days, your diet will be a little less. But within a few months, you will be able to eat a reasonable amount of food. So always be relaxed and happy by seeing the healthy changes coming in your body due to bariatric surgery.

Avoid liquid calories

After bariatric surgery, it is important to avoid high-calorie drinks such as sodas, juice, or alcohol as they are high in calories and can slow down your weight loss progress. Instead, opt for water or unsweetened tea.




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Focus on socializing

Instead of focusing on the food, try to focus on socializing with your friends and family members. Enjoy their company and engage in conversation. This will help take your mind off the food and reduce the temptation to overeat. Try to enjoy food and social gatherings, the quantity of food does not matter. Always keep one thing in mind that company is more important than food. So, whenever you go to a restaurant, make sure you enjoy, have fun and talk a lot with your friends, family or your loved ones because when you talk a lot, you will eat very slowly and eat very less. So, the more you talk, the lesser and slower you eat. So, after bariatric surgery in every phase, you can definitely take a diet without any hesitation outside with your friends and family or in social gatherings.

Slow down and savour your food

Always remember to take your food mindfully and enjoy the food that you are having, also eat slowly and chew the food completely and stop when you feel that your stomach is full. Eating slowly and savouring your food can help you feel more satisfied and avoid overeating. This will help prevent discomfort and digestive issues that can occur if you eat too quickly. Take your time and enjoy your meal.

So according to which phase of bariatric surgery you are in, you always have to keep some guidelines related to diet in mind and as a dietician, our role is to guide you in the right direction so that your experience of eating out is much more normal and easy. Always remember to take your food mindfully and enjoy the food that you are having, also eat slowly and chew the food completely and stop when you feel that your stomach is full.

In conclusion, eating after bariatric surgery in social gatherings can be challenging, but with the right strategies and mindset, it’s possible to enjoy social events while sticking to your post-surgery diet. Remember to plan ahead, choose wisely, eat slowly, limit alcohol, and be honest with those around you. With time and practice, you’ll become more comfortable navigating social situations and will be able to enjoy food and companionship in a healthy and sustainable way.