4 months ago
Hi all! We recently received this inquiry from a current patient on her path to bariatric surgery. With her permission, we wanted to share the response we gave in hopes that it will inspire others as well. If you ever feel like you have “fallen off the wagon”, then this post is for you. We hope you have an amazing weekend and we encourage you to keep reaching for your goals!
Our response: Some things you can try include making sure everyone around you knows the path you are on so they are not tempting you with inappropriate options. This includes friends and family members, remembering that plate method is not bariatric specific, it’s a great plan for any and everyone. Also, if you do fall off of the wagon, try to treat it as an isolated incident. It happened, so acknowledge that and forgive it and treat the next meal as a new opportunity to get back on track. Preparing meals is also so important. I know how busy you are, but finding the time to prep or at least plan meals a few days in advance will really help. Even if you can only prep 3 days instead of 7, that’s something right? We also always recommend keeping track of intake. I like grocery lists and food journals, just as long as there is a plan to succeed and some accountability at play. And at the end of the day, revisit the Tulane bariatric handbook and use it as motivation. Reread the label reading page, the plate method page, and the protein pages and reenergize in this process. It is a long term plan. You can check out some healthy recipes too. I like insidekarenskitchen.com and when in doubt, roast food in the oven. Just about all of the proteins on the list and plenty of the nonstarchy veggies are great in the oven and then you have a ‘set it and forget it’ situation which is helpful with time management. Lots of frozen foods are already cut up and portioned for ease. And making large quantities of food Is helpful too. Crock pot recipes, soups and stews, pre cooking chicken and throwing together a salad, etc. are all great ways to think ahead and prepare for success.
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