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Christmas and New Year celebrations will be very different this year if your weight loss surgery is scheduled for the festive season and Christmas-New Year holiday break.
How the celebrations will differ hinges on how long it is since the gastric sleeve, bypass or band surgery was performed.
Whether you can eat and what you can eat in the days and first few weeks after weight loss surgery is performed varies between types of surgeries and surgeons.
Pushing the boundaries with festive food and celebratory food is simply not worth the risk after surgery to the stomach area. That's for sure!
If you have a gastric band (lapband), there’s a risk you could move it out of position. After gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) and roux-en-y gastric bypass (RYGB), there’s a risk of breaking the staple line that holds together the cut stomach. After a gastric balloon, your tolerance for food and drink volume reduces.
Because food cannot be the focus of your celebrations this year, prepare your brain for something completely different. After all, it is only for one year. Christmas and New Year, like birthdays come around every year – there are plenty more around the corner.
1. If you are going to celebrations at someone else’s place, you need to be upfront and tell them.
Tell your hosts ahead of time that
2. If you’ve booked to go out to dinner, cancel it if you can or send someone in your place! There is no way that you’ll enjoy the event and the temptation to eat and sample the festive fare will be far too strong.
3. If the celebrations are at your place, there’s no need to panic. You are in control and can develop a menu to suit your needs.
Focus on your approach to drinking and eating.
4. Volume control
5. Fluid phase
Liquid ideas to get you started:
6. Pureed phase
Puree and blended ideas to get you started:
7. Christmas food hampers and edible gifts!
Make a decision today about how you will deal with any edible gifts that come your way. Choose:
You’re bound to find other recipes that are suitable within your own collection of recipe books and clippings, or online. Search the internet for baby’s first food recipes to discover some single serve pureed and blended meal ideas.
There is no need to buy a special weight loss surgery cookbook when you approach celebrations in the way I have described. Happy eating. Enjoy the company of friends more than food at your next party.