bariatric surgery thanksgiving survival guide

Bariatric Surgery Thanksgiving Survival Guide

November 27, 2019

Before bariatric surgery, most of us focused on the food at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is so much more than food. It is about family, friends, and the many things in our lives to appreciate. During the busy Thanksgiving festivities, take a few minutes to support yourself on your weight loss surgery journey with the Bariatric Surgery Thanksgiving Survival Guide!

November marks the beginning of the holidays with Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and get-togethers. Support is important year-round, but the holidays can be challenging for many reasons. Whether your challenges are sugary desserts, unhealthy food options, dealing with stressful relationships, or ways to make your Thanksgiving extra special with traditions, check out these articles in Your Bariatric Surgery Thanksgiving Survival Guide! Don't forget to appreciate yourself, improved health, and your bariatric surgery journey!

Recipes for Thanksgiving

Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe: As another option to turkey, try this Glazed Pork Tenderloin recipe. It is jam-packed with flavor and protein. Trimmed pork tenderloins are lean meat and will be a great choice to add to your Thanksgiving meal that everyone will enjoy!

3-Ingredient Avocado Deviled Eggs Recipe: For an alternative to the usual deviled eggs, you can make these Avocado Deviled Eggs. There are just three ingredients, so they are quick and easy to make. Surprise your Thanksgiving guests and make these out-of-the-norm deviled eggs!

Crustless Quiche Lorraine Mini Muffins Recipe: If you’re short on time getting ready for your Thanksgiving get-togethers, make these Crustless Quiche Lorraine Mini Muffins. You can make these in just 20 minutes. They are also a great choice as a side for your Thanksgiving meal!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge with Premier Protein: A Holiday favorite of many people is fudge. This decadent fudge combines the delicious flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. After you make this recipe and your guests taste it, they will be begging you for the recipe!

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie Recipe: If you like cheesecake and pumpkin pie, you’re going to love this recipe. It brings together the richness of cheesecake and pumpkin pie in a quick and easy recipe. No baking is required, which frees up your oven for other dishes. Check out the nutritional info with and without the crust, and add it to your meal!

Layered Caramel Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding: Do you think dessert is out of the question for your Holiday meal? This delicious pudding can be customized for your own preferences of thickness and sweetness. Make this luscious dessert for just 137 calories, with 16 grams of protein, and enjoy it without the guilt!

Holiday Eating and Relationships

It Doesn't Have to be a Food Fight with Food Pushers: Most families have a food pusher. They have a special dish they want you to eat. Maybe they remember how you ate it as a child or before you had surgery, so they want you to indulge again. You don't have to get into a food fight with those food pushers!  Read how you can handle them!

10 Holiday Food Bombs to Avoid: A healthy food choice, such as broccoli, can be yucked up with lots of high-fat ingredients to the point that the nutrition of the broccoli is lost in comparison to the ingredients. Don't assume someone makes a dish healthy because that's the way you cook. Don't get bombed on your holiday food choices!

Sugar, Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery: Whether it is your favorite aunt's pecan pie or your best friend's sugar cookies, sugar seems to be a mainstay food group of its own during the holidays. The information is a good reminder, especially during the holidays, why WLS'ers (or anyone) shouldn't be a fan of sugar!

10 Tips To Tame Sugar Cravings: If you're face to face with your favorite holiday dessert and you don't want to indulge and go for it, just STOP! Remember these 10 tips so you can beat the beast of those sugar cravings. Remember, with sugar, the more you eat, the more you want!

The Masks We Wear: Family dynamics can be complicated and be a trigger for emotional eating.  Many times our family sees us in a different way than we truly are in our lives. During the holidays, this can play out in a stressful way. Consider taking off any masks you wear for people you'll be with during the holidays and be your true, authentic self!

Recognizing Emotional Hunger and Fullness: With the stress and family dynamics, emotional eating can occur as a coping mechanism to "nurture" or "fill" yourself.  Old emotional issues you've resolved can return during the holidays. Bariatric surgery can resolve health issues but doesn't resolve emotional issues. Make sure you know the difference so you don't eat over them!

More Info for a Happy Thanksgiving

12 Things To Do This Thanksgiving: If you're looking for new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, any of these 12 things would do just that.  Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and anyone else on your list of invitees.  Some of the most cherished memories come from Thanksgiving traditions observed each year!

10 Tips for an Attitude of Gratitude Every Day: Having an attitude of gratitude is a wonderful way to live. Even if you encounter speed bumps along your journey, there's always something to be grateful for. Check out the surprising benefits you add to your life by being grateful!

Creating Healthy Holiday Habits: You have healthy habits that you practice throughout the year, so why toss them aside for the holidays?  You don't have to!  You can stay on track by incorporating your healthy habits into holiday habits and still enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities!

10 Thanksgiving Tips to Cut Calories: You don't have to restrict yourself from enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday.  With these 10 simple tips, you'll save yourself some calories plus still have the experience of staying in control. You'll be able to be in control instead of high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie food choices controlling you!

How To Survive (and Enjoy) the Holiday Season: You can make healthy choices and still enjoy the holidays. Remember, we didn't become obese from one meal, and we won't experience a setback now just by one meal now either. Check out the four options you have when it comes to holiday food eating!

10 Steps For Reducing Holiday Stress: Don't let the stress of the additional things that need to be done during the holidays get the best of you. Keep your stress at a minimum by using any of these tips so you can fully enjoy your holiday celebrations! Make your focus be on your traditions and what is important to you, family, friends, good times, and memories.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and be grateful for all of the wonderful parts of your life!

Bariatric Surgery Thanksgiving Survival Guide