Your WLS Holiday Survival Guide

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Here we are – in the middle of the Holidays!  The Holidays are a special time of year but can bring their own sets of challenges, wonderful traditions and the need for healthier recipes.  Check out the articles and resources in Your WLS Holiday Survival Guide!

WLS-FRIENDLY YET YUMMY RECIPES

Winter Foods for Sharing Recipes – Among these recipes is a great option for your Holiday table, Orange Cranberry Slush With Frosted Snow Recipe.  You can put this dish in a trifle bowl to show off the pretty colors and seasonal look with the “Frosted Snow.”

Parmesan Chips and Salsa – Spice up your Holidays by serving these no carb chips and salsa. You’ll be able to sneak in a little bit more protein from the Parmesan cheese in the chips. Kick up your heels with this delicious recipe as appetizers or a festive side dish.

Spinach Artichoke Dip – Dips are notoriously made with full-fat ingredients such as mayo, sour cream and cream cheese.  This dip, along with fresh veggies, will allow you and your guests to boost your Holiday meal nutrition in a delicious and healthy way.

Pass The Parsnips Please – Whether you are looking for a savory appetizer or a sweet side, check out these two ways to prepare parsnips.  Parsnips are high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. They also contain antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.

EMOTIONAL EATING

Recognizing Emotional Hunger and Fullness – This is a powerful article because it will help you be more aware of emotional hunger (head hunger) and fullness.  Read about the two kinds of hunger and fullness – physical and emotional.  Helpful anytime but especially at the Holidays.

60 Ways To Avoid Emotional Eating – When the craving comes up and you want to emotionally eat, many times all you need is a distraction or a change in your environment (going outside, go to another room).  Check out this list of 60 ways you can avoid emotional eating.  Use this list and add to it to make your own list.

Four Ways to Overcome Head Hunger – Do you know how to differentiate between head hunger and physical hunger?  Head hunger can easily be so strong that you might think it is physical hunger so it is important to know the difference. You’ll also be able to use the four ways to overcome head hunger once it comes up for you.

Ten Tips for Battling Food (and Family) Over the Holidays – Double your support by reading about how to handle family issues and 10 strategies to handle your food triggers and emotional eating.  Triggers can be quite powerful but you can be more powerful with these strategies.

HOLIDAY STRESS

10 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress – Our day-to-day lives can be stressful but when you add on the additional stresses of the Holidays, it can be quite overwhelming.  These 10 tips are useful anytime of the year but are especially helpful during the Holidays.

Surviving and Thriving During the Holidays – Between the Holiday get-togethers, office parties, shopping for gifts, planning your Holiday meal, and all the other items on your to-do list for the Holidays, you can get burned out.  Check out the suggestions so you not only survive the Holidays but thrive and enjoy them.

How To Survive and Enjoy the Holiday Season – You won’t regain your weight loss by one Holiday meal. You can enjoy your Holidays with moderation of your food choices and minimize your stress.  Read about the four ways you can handle a tempting Holiday favorite food choice.

It Doesn’t Have to be a Food Fight with Food Pushers – Holiday stress can occur when a loved one is a food pusher.  Be prepared by reading these scenarios with your food pusher in mind.   You’ll know how you can react plus check out the inside scoop on why your reaction will work.

DRINKING AND ADDICTIONS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Drinking Alcohol After Weight Loss Surgery – It is recommended that weight loss surgery post-ops avoid drinking alcohol, even socially.  Alcohol is 100% empty calories and the goal of weight loss surgery is to become healthy. Alcohol also irritates the stomach lining, damage internal organs including the brain. Don’t risk it.  Stick to your healthy choices.

Transfer Addiction After WLS – If you struggled with food addiction prior to having weight loss surgery, you’re at risk of developing a transfer addiction. WLS treated our obesity but doesn’t treat the underlying issues that could ignite a transfer addiction.

Crossing the Line to Cross Addiction – The biochemical changes that occur during compulsive eating are similar to those that can occur in cross addictions to other behaviors such as alcohol, cigarette smoking, shopping among others.  Being aware of these biochemical similarities can help early detection if a certain behavior is becoming a problem.

Is Food Addiction a Problem for You? – Even though this article references food addiction, it is an article about addictions. Psychological addiction or dependency occurs with food and equally to other behaviors such as alcohol, spending, gambling, etc.

The Holidays are a time of celebration.  Make sure to celebrate all your successes, non-scale victories, milestones and, the best gift of all….your health!


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Your WLS Holiday Survival Guide

Thomas

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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Nicole

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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Robert

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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Samantha

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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Eileen

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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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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