Enjoying the Holidays After Weight-Loss Surgery

One of the biggest concerns New York Bariatric Group patients have voiced before getting bariatric surgery is whether they will be able to enjoy a holiday meal like they used to. The answer is a resounding, Yes! Long-term weight-loss surgery doesn’t mean the end of celebrating, it’s just the beginning! Weight-loss surgery can enhance your overall well-being, allowing you to fully enjoy the holiday season without sacrificing your health goals.

Don’ts and Do’s During the Holidays

It’s essential to focus on quality over quantity. Opt for smaller portions of your favorite holiday dishes and savor each bite. NYBG Registered Dietician, Sharon George, shares some Do’s and Don’ts to help you during the holiday season.


  • Go to a party hungry
  • Drink less than 8 glasses of hydrating fluid daily
  • Think of the season as a “Holiday”
  • Be sedentary
  • Leave with leftovers


Delicious Holiday Recipes 

Here are some recipes you can make during holidays that you will be sure to enjoy.

Bloody Mary

2 parts cucumber vodka
2 parts low-sodium tomato juice
Splash of fresh lemon juice


2 parts vodka of choice
2 parts crystal light fruit punch
Splash of fresh lemon juice


1.5oz cinnamon flavored vodka
3 oz low fat eggnog
Spring of ground cinnamon

Skillet Apple Cider Chicken


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped
  • 12 oz apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and sear for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add apples to pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.Drain drippings from the pan.
  4. Add apple cider, thyme, mustard and salt to pan. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and add chicken. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add brussels sprouts, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add apples and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes, until the apples are warm and chicken is cooked through.

Remember, holiday meals are about more than just food. Focus on the joy of spending time with loved ones, creating memories, and expressing gratitude! 

New York Bariatric Group Makes Weight-Loss Easy

Considering weight-loss surgery? New York Bariatric Group is the best practice around and has the numbers to prove it:

  • Surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss
  • 42,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and
    showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top quality bariatric programs.

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Enjoying the Holidays After Weight-Loss Surgery


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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