Meditation after weight loss surgery
Have you ever tried meditating? If you recently had weight loss surgery, you might want to give it a shot. After bariatric surgery, your brain might be stuck in your old ways. You physically might not be hungry, but you will mentally think you are. Food addiction is a very real thing and it is important that you address the issue head on. One thing that I have found helpful on my journey is meditating. Meditation can provide so many benefits and it can be a really powerful experience.
You might have your own assumption of what meditation is, but it looks different depending on the person and type of meditation. I have found that I do not need any fancy set up or specific position. All I need is a clear head and a comfy place to lay down. I started meditating seriously a few months ago. It has helped me so much with my food addiction. I focus in on my thoughts and peel back the layers to discover why my head goes to food. It has taken a lot of practice to control my thoughts and I still have a long way to go on my meditation journey, but I have noticed a huge difference in my overall mood since I started.
There have been so many times on my journey that I have turned to food and did not even realize I was doing it. It was so engrained in my head that I just let it happen without really thinking about it. I would have a bad day at work and the first thing I would do would be to stop at McDonald’s or Taco Bell. When the food hit my mouth, I would instantly feel better emotionally. However, after I was done with the meal, I would feel horrible. I have so much shame when I binge and choose food over my health. I have learned over the years that I have to find the reason why food is the first place I go under stress. I am still in the process of fully figuring this out, but I do believe I have made progress.
Meditation has allowed me to calm my mind and reflect on my decisions. When I am under significant stress, I have started to lay down and listen to meditation music. It is not easy trying to calm your thoughts, but it is possible. I get all distractions out of the way and fully focus on why I am stressed and why I think food is going to help. When my mind drifts, I do my best to pull back in my focus on the thought I am trying to understand. It has taken a lot of practice and I will continue to learn new ways to focus my head, but I have noticed my eating habits have been greatly improved ever since I added meditation into my life.
Meditation might not be for everyone, but if you are struggling with understanding the why behind your actions, I would encourage you to allow yourself time to reflect. It is a very powerful experience when you can calm your thoughts and fully relax. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance. You might find it was what you were missing all along.
- Kimberly H.