Following Bariatric Guidelines while on Vacation – Bariatric Food Source

Following Bariatric Guidelines while on Vacation




The weather is finally starting to warm up and we are all starting to come out of quarantine a little more. This means some people are starting to take vacations again. If you have recently had weight loss surgery or are still within your first year after the procedure, you might be a little nervous to take a little break and go somewhere. If you are like me, you might be a creature of habit and hopefully ever since your surgery, you have been forming new healthy habits that you are starting to make into your new routine. When we go on vacation, we are obviously out of our routine. This can make it challenging for those of us on a weight loss journey, especially when we have specific dietary requirements we are following after surgery. However, this should never be a reason why you do not take the opportunity to spend time relaxing with family and friends on vacation. There are a number of things you can do while you are on vacation that will help keep you on track during your weight loss surgery journey.

One tip I recommend is to bring healthy choices with you for the drive/plane ride. I like to keep protein bars and shakes on me at all times while I am traveling. I think one of the hardest parts about traveling is you have to eat while you are on the go, and there are not always the best choices available where you stop. Pack a bag with you with foods that you know you can eat and that way you will not be tempted to grab a bag of chips at the gas station.

Another important thing you can do if you are on vacation is try to get a place to stay that has a kitchen and make an effort to go to the store and keep food and drinks in your vacation home or hotel. You will more than likely be going out to dinner while you are on your trip, but that does not mean it has to be for every meal. If you have a place to store things, keep similar foods that you eat at home close by and do your best to stay on your routine. This will help you save money while you are on your trip as well since you can cook some meals at the place you are staying instead of going out for every single meal and spending tons of money.

When you do go out to dinner, make sure you have your say in the restaurant. Spend time beforehand and research the place online to view their menu. A lot of times restaurants will now have their nutrition information for every item on their website. If you take the time to plan ahead, it will help you stay focused when you get there and ensure you are educated on the food options available. During your meal, go ahead and ask for a box when they give you your food. This will help make sure you do not overeat while you are there. Try your best to stay away from appetizers and high sugary drinks. Yes, you are on vacation and should enjoy yourself, but you do not want to regret your food choices and gain weight while you are away. Make sure you keep it balanced and do not go overboard.

While on vacation, you will be eating differently and out of your routine. Due to this, you take the chance that you might start gaining weight on your trip because your body is so used to eating a certain way at home. I highly encourage you to get active while you are on vacation. This will help make up for any additional calories you might be eating. Just like with your eating habits, it is critical that you try to keep your exercise as similar to what it is at home as possible. You do not want to get home after your vacation and feel like you have to start all the way over again after being off for so long. Take walks, go for a bike ride, or do something new and exciting. Just get moving!

Life after bariatric surgery is tough sometimes, and it is important that you give yourself the break you need to be successful on this journey. You do not have to feel like you cannot live your life because you had weight loss surgery. However, it is important to stay on top of things to ensure you are staying committed to your new lifestyle. This is a lifestyle change that you will need to put work into for the rest of your life. It will not always be easy, but I promise you it will be worth it. Stay consistent and true to yourself, even while you are on vacation, and you will be on the path toward success.


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  • Kimberly H.

Kimberly H.

My name is Kimberly and I am documenting my life after weight loss surgery, including being a new mom, eating healthy, working out, and trying to lose the rest of my weight. I talk about both my successes and failures from this surgery as well as other topics such as motivation, self love, and mental health. Check out my Facebook and YouTube pages!