Melissa Bailey Arizpe, Psy.D.

Preparing for the weekend

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Greetings and Happy Labor Day weekend! Many of us will be celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This means family parties, backyard BBQs, and lots of food and fun. This is a perfect example of what I have been writing about in the past couple of months about preparing for an event that might have some potential pitfalls for staying on course with the commitment to making good choices post-surgery. Start thinking now how you are going to handle it when Aunt Gertrude tries forcing you to try some of her pie. Also, for those of you who are social drinkers, remember, you will get intoxicated very quickly–so watch out for that. Alcohol also has a lot of calories, carbs, sugars and slows the metabolism.

Here are some tips to deal with the weekend:

Plan ahead–if you know what is going to be served, have in your mind what you can or can’t have.

If you are headed to a BBQ–remember the golden rule of Weight Loss Surgery–Protein first, the veggies, then fruit, and the carbs are last. Most BBQs have a lot of protein with all of the meat served. Just make sure that you eat slowly and thoroughly chew up your food. Protein Protein Protein

Don’t eat just to eat. Remember when you feel that full feeling in your stomach–stop eating. You do not want to regurgitate. That means you are full. This does not mean that you wait 20 minutes and then eat more.

Focus on the social aspect of the event. Pick out someone who you don’t see very often and really try and have a conversation with that person. Pick out a younger person in the group who might not get a lot of adult attention. After all, the REAL point of these events is the social aspect.

If someone says, “Is that all your eating?” or makes other comments, remember the art of changing the subject. Ask the person about themselves. Most people like to talk about themselves and it also gives the subtle message that you don’t want to talk about it.

Many picnics have fun activities. Join in! Get moving! Play volleyball or horseshoes. Go hang out with the kids running around. Get your exercise in. This is often one the most cited reasons why people want to have weight loss surgery! “I want to be able to run around with my kids.”

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. A person who is dehydrated will often mistake the feelings for hunger. Remember no calorie beverages and of course water. Bring your favorite protein water drink in a water bottle.

Above all, have fun. Make a decision that the event is not about the food. It is about having fun and socializing. Put that message in your head before the event.

Preparation is everything–particularly for those of you who usually are doing everything for everyone else. Make sure you take care of yourself as well.

Have a great weekend!

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