Are you planning a farewell tour for your favorite foods before weight loss surgery…aka a food funeral?
When food has been such a big part of life for so long it’s sad to think you won’t be able to eat your favorites anymore. Understandably, there’s a lot of fear around giving up the one “friend” that’s always been there for you when you’re happy, sad, bored, overwhelmed, stressed, or just coping with life.
Save yourself the trouble and skip the food funeral - it's not worth it.
It's like saying goodbye to a relationship that never really worked out in the first place. Sure, you may have shared some good times, but let's be real, it was mostly a one-sided love affair where your waistline did all the suffering.
Saying goodbye to your favorite foods before weight loss
surgery may seem like a necessary ritual, but it's actually more harmful than
Binging before the pre op diet will only make it harder to adjust, and it can lead to a fatty liver. Plus, why waste your last moments with unhealthy foods when you could be setting yourself up for post op success?
AND…You might be surprised at how much your tastes change after surgery and how little you even crave those foods you thought you couldn't live without.
So, don't waste your time with a food funeral, it's not worth the heartache. Instead, focus on the future and the delicious, healthy foods you'll be able to enjoy post surgery. Who knows, you may even discover a new love for kale! Now that's something to celebrate!
Instead of a
gluttonous goodbye, focus on the positive: It's time to flip the script
and focus on what you can add to your diet, not what you have to give
up. Instead of feeling like you're going to be in a food prison, think of
it as a culinary adventure.
Want to keep eating ice cream? Learn how to make "nice cream" and enjoy a guilt-free treat. Craving French fries? Get an air fryer and learn to make "fry-ish" zucchini. Love pizza? Try wrapping turkey pepperoni around a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick and dipping it in pizza sauce.
The possibilities are endless! Use my Pinterest for ideas! Or I can help you come up with personalized ideas.
If you really can't bear the thought of saying goodbye to
certain foods, try writing a eulogy. Say farewell in a heartfelt letter, thanking
the food for the good times and explaining why you're moving on. It's a much
more dignified way to end things, and you'll feel better for it.
Here’s an example:
Farewell my dear pizza, French fries, fast food, soda, ice cream, and all you other sinfully scrumptious but ultimately treacherous treats. You've been my guilty pleasure, my trusty wingman, my loyal companion.
But let's be real, you've also been the reason for my high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, and let's not forget that extra padding on my behind.
Thank you for the good times, the bad times, and the in-between times. You've always been there for me, whether I needed a pick-me-up or a distraction from reality. But it's time for us to part ways. You see, I've got bigger plans, and you're just holding me back.
I'm about to embark on a new journey with bariatric surgery, and you can’t be front and center in my life anymore. It’s ME time now. Time to focus on my health and my new improved future.
Saying goodbye to your favorite foods before weight loss surgery
may seem like a tearful farewell, but don't worry, with every goodbye there's a
new and subsequent hello!
Take the time to think about and welcome the new and exciting opportunities that lie ahead by including the hello in your eulogy as well:
Hello new me.
You bring the promise of fitting in an airplane seat without having to buy two seats or asking for a seat belt extender, crossing my legs, playing with my kids and grandkids without getting out of breath, and having the self-confidence to go after my dream job, and finally telling my boss what I really think of the coffee!
I'm so excited for this new chapter in my life and I can't wait to see what the future holds. So long, old foods, hello new me.
Weight loss surgery is not the end, it's the beginning of a new
way of eating and a new life filled with all the things you truly want. So,
don't be sad, be excited for the new adventure that's about to begin!!
Let your “eulogy” and your "hello" letters serve as a reminder of what you're working towards, and the amazing things that await you on the other side.
Bariatric Food Funeral? Just Say NOOOOO!