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Happy Healthy Holidays With Bariatric Surgery Support!

December 24, 2018

The ObesityHelp Team wishes all of the ObesityHelp Community members, visitors, and social media community a Happy Healthy Holiday! Some might think that having bariatric surgery limits their Holidays but it doesn't have to. In fact, changing your focus during the Holidays from food to your family and friends, your traditions, and what makes this season meaningful to you makes them even more special.

You have worked hard all year for your weight loss, weight maintenance, health improvements, and the many other weight loss surgery successes you've accomplished. Don't allow the brief period of time during the Holidays jeopardize your efforts. We've put together some helpful articles to support you through the Holidays for emotional eating, stay on track, avoid regain, and manage stress.

Healthy Happy Holidays With Bariatric Surgery Support

Support:  Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating After Weight Loss Surgery: What It Is and How To Conquer It - Emotional eating is an impulsive drive to push away uncomfortable emotions. It can be so instantaneous that the emotions turn off and all we want to do is to eat. Learn how to distinguish emotional hunger from physical hunger, and tips to conquer emotional eating!

Face Your Feelings Without Food - It can be difficult to experience our feelings without the self-medication and numbing that food gives to us. When you're aware of the feelings that cause you to turn to food, you're able to catch them and make a different choice than emotionally eating. Check out this article and the craving flowchart!

60 Ways to Avoid Emotional Eating - The urge to emotionally eat can sneak up on us in a nano-second. Be prepared ahead of time by knowing the things you can do to fight off the drive to emotionally eat. Print off this list or create your own with some of your favorite items from this article and add ones that will work for you!

Everyone Has a Hungry Heart - What Does Yours Want? - Have you ever been at a get-together surrounded by people and felt alone? That can happen, at the Holidays especially. Your heart can hurt from a range of emotions such as loneliness, anger, depression, and many others. Find out how to feed your heart with what you truly need!

5 Ways to Say NO to Head Hunger After WLS - Head hunger is actually emotional eating. In our heads, we are thinking about what we want to eat. What is underneath head hunger is emotional eating to squelch emotions or situations we are troubled by. Find out the 5 ways that you can silence the head hunger!

10 Ways to Combat Cravings & Emotional Eating - We need to learn how to handle cravings that can drive us to emotionally eat. Giving in to cravings can lead to weight regain and take us off course to achieve the weight loss and health we want. Discover the 10 ways that you can arm yourself to combat cravings and not emotionally eat!

Tips to Understand and Reduce Emotional Eating - We have emotions all the time, but at the Holidays they can be more intense and even more challenging to control. Read this article to understand what you're feeling and be able to handle your emotions without turning to food to cope!


Support:  Stay On Track and Avoid Weight Regain

7 Psychological Barriers to Long-Term WLS Success - Bariatric professionals care for hundreds and hundreds of WLS pre-ops and post-ops and can share with us the barriers they see that are common. Give yourself an advantage for your own WLS by knowing the seven psychological barriers to long-term success!

Regain After WLS: It’s Not About Willpower, It’s About Strategy - Willpower can come and go and isn't the best way to lose weight regain. It's true, weight regain is frustrating but keep in mind that you lost it before and you can lose it again! Tackle regain head-on with these strategies that will create results and to avoid the roller coaster of willpower!

Weight Regain and the Return of Old Habits - Let's be real, during the Holidays, weight regain can happen and those old pesky habits can creep back in. If this happens, YOU'RE NOT ALONE! Don't wait until Monday, New Year's or some other date to get back on track and work on losing any regain. Read this article so you can do it today!

8 Ways to Enjoy Your Holidays and Stay On Track - With the eight tips in this article, you'll be able to enjoy your Holidays and stay on track! It doesn't seem possible to do, but it is. By using these tips, you'll be able to make Holiday eating easier, and look back on the Holidays and be proud that you stayed on track!

Make a Plan Today to Control the Holiday Hunger Games - The Holidays seem to be a version of the Hunger Games. Food, food and more food is everywhere. It sounds simple, but all you need is a plan. It will be your Holiday Plan for WLS Success! Check out how to easily make a plan with the helpful tips for maintaining control during the Holidays!

10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Gain - The average weight gain during the Holidays can be around eight pounds. Eight pounds! That average does not have to include you! Learn more about Holiday weight gain, and the ten ways that you can avoid it. Celebrate your success as you welcome in the New Year!

Stay On Track With 20 Tips & Tricks From A Registered Dietitian - We learn what food choices work best when we've had weight loss surgery. To stay on track (or get back on track) encompasses more than food. Follow the 20 tips and tricks straight from an experienced bariatric professional to move forward on your WLS track!


Support: Manage Stress

10 Strategies To Combat Stress Eating After Bariatric Surgery - Stress plus eating over stress adds up to even more stress from compromising the weight loss from your surgery. In addition, stress eating isn't a healthy way to handle stress. Manage your stress with these 10 non-food strategies and get to the root of your stress!

It Doesn't Have to be a Fight with Food Pushers - Those well-intentioned (or not!) food pushers that come with the Holidays can be stressful to handle. Let's face it, your favorite aunt wanting you to try her new dish can be hard to decline. Learn about those food pushers and examples of replies you can give to even the pushiest of food pushers!

10 Tips for Battling Food (and Family) Over the Holidays - Managing Holiday stress can be a huge undertaking. There's food everywhere you turn, which can cause you to stress out. On top of food stress (what to eat, what not to eat), relationship interactions can be stressful as well. Be stronger than stress with these 10 tips!

Holidays Without "Over" Doing It - It seems that our list of all the things we need to accomplish for the Holidays is never-ending. We can end up with lots of "overs" such as over-scheduling, over-spending, over-eating, and others, that we're ready for the Holidays to be over! Find out how to enjoy your Holidays, and be overly happy!

Don't Let Holiday Stress Hijack Your Healthy Lifestyle - You have the best intentions to enjoy the Holidays, with your healthy lifestyle solidly in place. Before you know it, someone makes an upsetting comment or dynamics occur in a relationship that is hurtful. Read this article so your healthy lifestyle isn't hijacked!

Obesity and Trauma: When the Body Cries Out - Is there a connection between obesity and trauma? Yes, and it is an important one to know about. Trauma can derail a person's life without them realizing the source of the issues. Learn about trauma and obesity, causes of trauma, and the layers of issues you may be experiencing and not know why!

How to Survive the Holidays With Exercise - A great way to survive Holiday stress is by exercising. What you'll do is take a break from the time demands, change your environment from the kitchen and food, and gain perspective by focusing on yourself and your healthy lifestyle. Check out how to survive and thrive with exercise!

The Happiest and Healthiest of Holidays to Everyone!