My First Thanksgiving as a Bariatric Patient
This year, as I do every year, I reflected on everything that I have to be thankful for. This year I was able to add my surgical success to that list. Bariatric surgery is about so much more than just weight loss. It is about making a step towards a healthy life and looking to the future with a positive outlook. There is something about obesity that seems to suck the positivity out of people, I’m not sure why this happens, but I know it does. I am so glad I made this decision. I feel amazing and I know it’s only going to get better.
So, what did I eat for Thanksgiving? Turkey and a small amount of ham, and it was the best I’ve ever had! I really feel like the flavor of foods has changed for me since surgery. A lot of foods taste so much better than they ever did before and I don’t want or crave any of the foods I did before surgery. I still cooked for my family, just like I always have. My family loves the dishes I prepare and just because I can’t eat them doesn’t mean I will deprive them from enjoying them.
The one thing I have to be very conscious of is tasting while I cook. This is one of those things that I have always done without thinking of all the hidden calories that I am consuming just while cooking. No more of that. I have teenagers at home who are more than glad to take over as taste testers for me.
Did I enjoy this Holiday less than any in the past because I couldn’t eat? Absolutely not, I have no appetite. I am only eating most days to get my protein in -not because I am hungry. I do occasionally deal with head hunger and will drink a shake or change my activity, but other than that I feel great. I do find that my energy levels are not quite what they were prior to surgery, but I know that will improve with time.
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! Till next time!
Kelley Narramore from Kelley’s Korner
Kelley Narramore is a LPN with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. She recently underwent weight loss surgery. This is her personal journey.