Dine Out but Do it Right – Modify when Out for a Bite

Many pre-op patients are concerned about how bariatric surgery might effect their social life. The good news is, you can still dine out with family and friends—and you don’t need to order from the children’s menu or show one of those silly cards explaining that you need special consideration as a bariatric patient. However, if you do decide to eat out, you may need to try a few modifications to stay on track with your new healthy lifestyle.The way to handle social eating after bariatric surgery is to learn your rules of eating. If you follow your rules, eat slowly, and know the foods you are allowed to have, you can eat in a restaurant at any stage of the surgery.

If you are out with friends or family, you may be embarrassed by asking for modifications to your order. But, asking for steamed vegetables on the side instead of French fries really is not a big deal. Even asking for strained broth is not a big deal. In fact, it’s perfectly fine and within reason to ask for certain modifications to your dishes so that you can remain on track with your post-bariatric surgery diet. For example, if the restaurant offers a fried fish entrée, request to have the fish grilled or poached instead. Ask your waiter to serve the condiments, such as salad dressing or mayonnaise, on the side. So many people are trying to eat healthy these days that your requests will hardly seem unusual, and you will be able to adhere to your dietary guidelines.

Grilled healthy tuna steak dollar clubDr. Ryan and her team of experts will talk with you about the diet you’ll need to follow after surgery, explaining what types of food and how much you can eat at each meal. Closely following your gastric bypass diet, even while dining out can help you lose weight safely.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when dining out is to enjoy yourself. Chew slowly, eat mindfully, and use this time to connect with your friends and family. Dining out is a pleasant and entertaining experience, so don’t let your dietary restrictions keep you from having fun. Bariatric surgery will not hold you back from socializing; in fact, your newfound comfort with your body may help you to seek out and re-connect with those you love.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan, Las Vegas’ first and only female bariatric surgeon.

Read more online at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000173.htm

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