After weight loss surgery many patients fall into the erroneous thinking that they are on a fad diet. Patients must realize that they are on a nutrition plan that they must follow for the rest of their lives. Often when patients reach their goal weight, they fall back into previous overweight eating patterns. Even with a small stomach, if patients don’t implement the fitness and nutrition lifestyles, a weight re-gain will result. It would be unfortunate to sabotage the investment you have made in your health by returning to overweight eating patterns.
When goals are met some patients deviate from the nutritional guidelines and indulge in food rewards because they “feel” they deserve it. You deserve to be healthy. You pay a high price when you consistently deviate from the nutritional guidelines. You do not deserve poor health. The candy bar or piece of cake may move you back to an unhealthy place that left you miserable. Recognize and be aware of what you do deserve. A healthy lifestyle is a life-long commitment.
“Plan today what you will eat tomorrow.” – David K. Miller, MD
Have foods on hand that are part of the nutritional guidelines. This is an excellent way to keep you on track if you take the time to prepare them. Foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates rarely come from the nearest fast food store. Because of the small size of your pouch/sleeve, it is practical to think about how you can use a food for more than one meal. If you are preparing chicken, cook a little extra to go on top of refried beans or your salad.
Planning for, shopping and preparing meals could be a family activity. Ask for input from your family members. Our blog, Pinterest or recipes sites on the Internet is another valuable resource for low-carbohydrate, high protein recipes and ideas. Visit them frequently to vary the foods in your diet.
At least once every two weeks, sit down with your family members to plan a two-week menu. Inventory your cupboards and make a shopping list of the items that you will need to implement the menu. Be aware of “poor choices” that seem to sneak into the cupboard. Help change poor habits to good habits for the whole family.