Eating out after bariatric surgery can be a daunting experience. Having gone through the hard work of making changes to your diet, it can be especially stressful to dine out with family and friends who may not understand the new dietary needs you have. But don't worry! With a few tips, it's possible to enjoy delicious meals without fear when dining out after bariatric surgery.
Before you go to a restaurant, scope out the menu online and plan for what you will order based on your dietary restrictions. This will help you make healthier choices and feel more in control of your meal when you arrive. Many restaurants have their menu posted on their website. You can also find lots of pictures of dishes and menus on sites like Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Google Business.
Ask questions about how food is prepared. If there's something that looks particularly tempting but doesn't fit into your diet - ask about it! Restaurants are often willing to modify dishes to fit your needs. Feel free to be direct when talking with waitstaff so that they can make sure your dish is cooked properly and meets all of your dietary requirements.
Many restaurants offer lots of great options when it comes to sides, such as salads and steamed vegetables. These are often lower-calorie options that can help you stay within your dietary guidelines.
Share a meal with a friend or split it in half for two meals. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the size of your entrée, consider splitting it with someone else at your table or asking to doggy bag it and have it later. This will help you avoid overeating while still enjoying the delicious tastes of dining out after bariatric surgery!
Pace yourself when eating. Eating too quickly can lead to digestive distress post-surgery, so be sure to take your time and enjoy every bite of food without overdoing it! You don't want to have to leave dinner early because of your stomach distress from eating too quickly. Try taking extra time to chew your food. Also, using this time to talk and connect over your meal with your friends or family will help you pace your bites.
With these simple tips, you can confidently dine out and enjoy delicious meals without fear after your bariatric surgery. For more bariatric related articles, be sure to visit www.DrWadiwala.com. If you have questions about bariatric surgery and would like to schedule a FREE consultation, give our friendly office a call!
Hopefully these tips will help you feel comfortable and confident when dining out after your bariatric surgery. With a little bit of planning, you can make sure that every meal is nutritious and satisfying - no matter where it's coming from! Enjoy your new eating habits, and good luck with all of your post-surgery goals. Bon Appetit!