5 TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

If you have just undertaken the bariatric surgery, congratulations, you are member of the post-op warriors!

You have to be prepared that from now on you will have a completely new lifestyle and the people around you may be affected by your new eating habits.

Two Important Tools

You will only need two tools that will guide you through your post-weight loss process:

  1. Pre-planning
  2. Organization

If you are the one who cooks the meals at home, remember that you have to put yourself at first place and enjoy your meal first, before you make those heavy dishes.

You can also modify some of the family staple dishes, so that you can enjoy them too in your later stage.

5 TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

You should follow these tips for better meal planning after the surgery.

  1. Pre-portion your smaller meals

You will need to eat smaller portions after the surgery. You can make the regular sizes, but split them into smaller portions and keep them in the freezer.

The best thing of doing this is that you will cook once and you can enjoy the same meal couple of times more. You can just heat the already made meals and you are ready to go.

  1. Plan, shop and cook on the weekends.

Always use the weekends (or your days off) to make the plan ahead.

  • Think about what you will buy, serve and search for some recipes.
  • See what’s on sale and incorporate those items into the meals you are planning to make.
  • If you are not quite sure what you should make, you should check some trusted websites and consult your doctor.
  1. It’s not bad to eat out, if you are doing it the right way.

All you have to do is remember the basic rules, which are always eat healthy and protein-based meals. Read the menu carefully and avoid any additional calories and unhealthy, junk foods. You can’t go wrong with a salad, spaghetti squash or some piece of meat.

  1. Use fast and smart cooking options.

When you don’t have enough time, you should try some of these ideas:

  • Use meal helpers. Take some frozen veggies, heat them and serve them with tofu or tuna. Feel free to also use spices.
  • Use low fat yogurt or cheese. This will give you enough energy and taste. You can add it on top of whole grains, fruit or baby carrots for a delicious snack.
  • Appreciate the frozen servings. Use those frozen servings from the weekend. You made them for these days.
  1. Ask your doctor for a personalized guidance.

Your doctor can help you with the meal planning. If someone else is cooking the food, you should also take it with you at the doctor’s office. You should know that this is a team work and the more people are involved with your post-op lifestyle, the better.

source : http://dailyhealthyapple.com

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