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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 IimagesCARF4Q3W 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. 

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