The holiday season can pose unique challenges for bariatric surgery patients, but with careful
consideration and a mindful approach, it’s possible to enjoy yourself while maintaining a healthy
Tips to Prepare for the Holidays
Planning ahead is key, according to the team at Roller Weight Loss! Remember your schedule
and look ahead for pitfalls. Plan to make time for:
- Consider grocery pickup
- Meal prep weeks ahead of time
- Look at menus of any restaurants that you may go to in advance
- Have a food plan in place for parties and family get-togethers
- Treat exercise like any other responsibility during the holidays
- Set a total number of exercises to be completed by years end & mark them off as you do them
- If you are traveling for the holidays, plan to exercise while there
Party Time Strategies
Here are some strategies to help you enjoy holiday get-togethers without diverting from your
Offer to bring something to the party. This allows you to control at least a small portion of
what you eat while there, and you know you’ll enjoy it!
Eat a small amount prior to arriving. You don’t have to eat until you are full, but it may be
wise to eat enough that you are not overly hungry, especially if the food options are not great.
Avoid hosting if possible. The host often ends up with all the leftovers. If you do host,
purchase disposable plastic containers ahead of time to pack food up and send home to “clean-
Plan for healthy options when traveling. If you are traveling, take healthier food options with
you or be prepared to make a trip to the store for healthy options.
Establish new food/beverage traditions at Holiday get-togethers. Food traditions are often
simple (but not easy) to change with an open mind. Maybe this means a vegetable tray with a
new vegetable each year or enjoying a cup of coffee while visiting with family instead of grazing
on typical snacks.
Work in bariatric appropriate foods to your holiday menu and stick to serving sizes. Just
because you are watching what you eat does not mean that you can’t splurge. Always have
lean protein and non-starchy vegetables as hot sides prepared and ready.
If you go to a party and didn’t bring anything, be on the lookout for these foods:
The Nice List:
- High protein snacks (Kay’s/ Ostrim)
- Cocktail shrimp (with modified sauce)
- Lean deli meat tray
- Cheese slices or cubes
- Veggie trays
- Lite deviled eggs
The “Naughty” List:
- Sausage balls, Meatballs and Lil smokies
- Chili and Soups
- Fruit trays
- Chips, crackers or pretzels and dip
- Cookies, candy, cake, pie, or other high sugar desserts
- Sugary beverages including soda, sweet tea, and punch
By applying all these strategies, you can navigate the holidays successfully after bariatric
surgery. You can enjoy the festivities and stay committed to your weight-loss journey.
The Roller Weight Loss Difference
Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery is proud to be the most advanced and experienced
bariatric surgical group in the region. Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery specializes in
the Modified Duodenal Switch (ModDS), a less invasive version of the traditional duodenal
switch (DS). It’s considered the most effective surgery against diabetes.
We have performed individualized weight loss surgeries for patients from 47 out of 50 states,
with patients traveling from all over the United States to change their lives for the better.
We look forward to helping you on your weight loss journey!