Vacation Planning Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Vacation Planning Before and After Bariatric Surgery

fotolia_38713489_sSo summer is finally here!! Just because you are considering bariatric surgery or have had bariatric surgery, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your vacations. Following a few helpful tips can help prevent any vacation weight gain and keep you on track with your plan even while away.

Diet

  • Bring some high protein foods or snacks with you. Bringing protein bars or ready to drink protein shakes with you on a long car or plane ride can help prevent the temptation of airplane food or snacks.  Bring small amounts of nuts or cheese as a healthy high protein snack.
  • Investigate menus ahead of time if possible. A lot of restaurants post their menus on line, so looking at them ahead of time and selecting a healthy choice when you’re not hungry is always helpful.  When you get to the restaurant don’t even ask for a menu since the more time you spend looking at it, the more times you will change your mind!!
  • Make sure you have access to liquids at all times.  Always bring water with you, especially in the summer when you lose more fluids due to sweating.
  • Planning is key. There are obviously some circumstances where things are out of your control, but try to make the best choices available.

Exercise

  • Try to look for a hotel that has a gym.  Even if you go a few days while on vacation you will feel better and keep the routine of exercise going.
  • You can always try to bring a resistance band with you.  Youtube has great videos that show you what to do with the bands and it is completely free.
  • If you’re near a beach or lake, go for a walk.  Find something fun and it won’t feel like exercise.
  • Mentally prepare your mind to include exercise as a positive and essential part of your trip.
  • Make sure you pack comfortable clothes for exercise (to remind you to DO IT!!!).

Vitamins/supplements

  • Purchase a pill sorter/carrier to bring your essential vitamins/supplements with you for each day you are away.  Be sure it’s in something you can carry with you while you are out enjoying yourself.
  • Make sure to bring the entire amount to cover the length of time you will be away.
  • If you are bringing a protein powder, make sure to bring a shaker container to mix it.

Stay on track strategies

  • Prepare diversional activities when faced with temptations.  Maybe go for a walk after dinner instead of sitting in front of the desserts.  Instead of hitting the midnight buffet on a cruise, try going to the gym, taking a class or go see a show!!
  • Try to plan in advance your daily itinerary.
  • Treat yourself to non-food indulgences! Go get a spa treatment, manicure, pedicure; buy a new outfit; plan an excursion.

Essentials to pack

  • Work out clothes (don’t forget sneakers)
  • Vitamins/supplements
  • Books to read in down time
  • High protein foods/snacks
  • Water
  • Names of local restaurants if available

While en route

  • Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Be sure you get up and walk around every hour or so
  • Be sure to bring non-carbonated, sugar free liquids
  • Avoid stopping at fast food restaurants

 

Hope you have a wonderful summer and enjoy your vacation!!

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