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Holiday Eating Tips after Bariatric Surgery

Be realistic with your weight loss goals Do not always try to lose weight over the holidays – focus more on maintaining your weight and making small healthy changes

Be active to maintain weight Keep up with your bariatric exercise regimen. Walk around the mall while carrying your shopping bags for extra calorie burning.

Make just one trip up to the food table

  • Look through the food options and pick a couple of things that look best and only choose those foods to try. You do not need to try each food offered. Remember, you cannot eat very much so be picky about the food you eat.

Choose lower calorie party foods

  • Go more for vegetables and dip or shrimp and cocktail sauce instead of cheese cubes or fried options.

Consume a well balanced meal

  • Aim for protein based meals. Don’t fill up on those empty calories.

Don’t socialize by the food table at a party

  • Eat your meal and step away from the food – this will help you not graze throughout the whole party.

The most important thing to keep in mind over the holidays is not to deprive yourself of the foods you want to have to celebrate. Simply enjoy your holiday favorites just in smaller portions and consider it a treat!

Never arrive hungry. Eat every three or four hours, and always take a protein bar, protein shake or healthy snack with you so you don’t arrive at the fete famished.

Eat the turkey or ham first. People who have had bariatric surgery to battle obesity are told to eat protein first, and the holidays are no exception. Protein is essential for wound healing, preserving lean body mass, enhancing fat-burning metabolism and minimizing hair loss after weight loss surgery. Since individuals who have had bariatric surgery can only tolerate small amounts of food, it is essential to eat protein first. After you have eaten your protein, take a few, small bites of your favorite dishes.

Drink water or other non-caloric beverages. Coffee and tea, which are very low in calories, are staples at many holiday parties, and often come in festive flavors.

Chew gum. Chewing sugar-free gum can satisfy your oral fixation and curb your appetite at a party.

Chew slowly. A new study slated for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that eating a meal quickly inhibits the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full, resulting in overeating.

Tweak your favorite holiday recipes. You can enjoy some of your yuletide favorites without sacrificing your waistline. Let’s say you grew up eating the classic green bean casserole. Choose fat-free mushroom soup instead of the heavy cream version, and sprinkle just a handful of fried onions atop the casserole as opposed to the whole can. Many people who have had weight loss surgery are sensitive to sugar. Try making your favorite dessert — such as pumpkin pie — with Splenda instead.

Bring a vegetable or fruit tray. Bring something that you can eat an unlimited amount of so you won’t go hungry or risk binging on fattening fare.

Avoid the egg nog. High-calorie beverages like egg nog won’t fill you up, so they are not a good choice. Alcohol can also lower your inhibitions, making the buffet table hard to resist.

Socialize. Make your holiday about reconnecting instead of chowing down. Holidays are for family and friends, not food.

Start new traditions. Plan to take a walk or play touch football with relatives instead of having an extended happy hour. Regular exercise can help maintain weight loss.

Sit far away from buffet or kitchen. Sure, front-row or courtside seats may be ideal for sporting events, but if you are trying to keep your weight down, sitting far away from the buffet or kitchen during the holidays is a good call.Give it away. Don’t keep leftovers lying around. Donate the excess to a local homeless shelter or pack up doggie bags for family members and friends.

Remember, the holidays are also about forgiveness. If you do end up overindulging, give yourself a break. Get right back on track the following day by recommitting to healthy eating and regular exercise. “Don’t beat yourself up and throw in the towel,” says Jacqueline Stark Odom, PhD, the director of psychology at the Beaumont Weight Control Center in Royal Oak, Michigan. Instead, “redirect your thinking into letting the episodes go and moving forward or by calling your surgeon for a referral to a nutritionist who can help get you back on track,” she says. “Make that your new year’s resolution.”


This blog is here to assist you in obtaining information about Bariatric Surgery and also give you the opportunity to ask questions you may have. Our hope is that this will encourage you on your journey to better health. If you are interested in our program, you can find links to our Web site for additional information or to find a Bariatric Surgeon. I can always be contacted at 845-333-2123.

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Orange Regional Medical Center is designated by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as an Active MBSAQIP Center. This designation recognizes Orange Regional as demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of bariatric surgical care possible. Earning the MBSAQIP Active Center designation also distinguishes Orange Regional from other providers in both professional and patient situations.

Orange Regional Medical Center offers three minimally-invasive weight-loss procedures called Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. These bariatric services can help you get back on track to living a fuller, healthier, more active life. And because these leading-edge procedures are offered right here in this community, you won't have to travel far from home to receive the best in quality care.

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About Seth Judd, M.D.

Dr. Judd received his Medical Degree from Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, Netherlands, Antilles. He completed a Residency in General Surgery at Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Judd completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. He is a member of The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) and The American College of Surgeons.

About Janet Kovler

Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E. is Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgery Program Manager. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the State University College at Oneonta and her Master of Science in Education from Queen’s College University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian, an American Heart Association Certified Cardiovascular Counselor and a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. She brings more than 27 years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Orange Regional.

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