After bariatric surgery, one of the many changes you’ll go through is a new way of eating. When you’re responsible for cooking for your family, that can be a challenge. Sticking to your bariatric surgery diet is much easier if you can get your family on board and avoid cooking multiple meals. Here are some strategies you can use to prepare meals for your family that won’t sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Make Healthy Eating a Team Effort
Instead of drastically changing the way your family eats without discussing the subject with them, enlist their help in creating healthy meals. Educate your family about which foods are smart choices for you and work together to find recipes to try that will easily fit into your plan. The way your surgeon will encourage you to eat after bariatric surgery isn’t a drastic, unsustainably restrictive meal plan but rather is a healthy approach to eating that can benefit your entire family, so there is no reason to isolate your meals from theirs.
Try Smart Substitutions
There are easy ways to make your favorite recipes a little healthier by swapping some ingredients your family won’t even miss. Use low-fat sour cream, low-fat cheese, skim milk, and other healthy swaps in your recipes. You may be surprised at the changes you can make without sacrificing any taste, and in many cases, your family won’t know the difference.
Create Meals That Work for Everyone
Getting into the habit of prepping two meals is exhausting, but you can make meals your family loves and make them suitable for your diet with just a little effort. When your family is eating pasta, eat your tomato sauce on spaghetti squash. Use lettuce wraps instead of tortillas for your portion of fajitas, and serve a side of mashed cauliflower when your family is having mashed potatoes.
At Bariatric Care Centers, we offer extensive post-surgical support to help you transition to a healthier lifestyle. You can find out more about your options for weight loss surgery in Houston by calling 713-339-1353.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.