Eating out after weight loss surgery can be a challenge. How you handle it depends on your comfort level with discussing your surgery. One gastric bypass patient I know had no problems at all telling the waiter or waitress that they needed special food accommodations. Many restaurants are more than willing to work with these requests. If this approach works for you, great!
I always felt shady talking about my surgery to the waitress, so if you fall into that category, here’s a few tips to deal with eating out.
- Ask for a take out box right away, and box up most of your meal before you begin eating.
- Order just soup, and stick with broth based (cream based are very fatty and will make you dump).
- Don’t order off the kids menu, it’s normally high carb, high sugar, or pasta, which a new pouch can’t handle.
- Ask for sauce on the side, or hold the sauce.
- Ask for your food not to be cooked in butter, especially if ordering eggs.
- Scan the menu online before you go, then you’ll have an idea of what is appropriate for you to eat based on what food stage you are at.
- If you’re a really new newbie, pack a blended soup, or protein drink, and just enjoy the company at the restaurant! Trust me, I’ve done this, and no one will say a word that you brought your own food.
Remember, steer clear of the bread basket!
STRAWBERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
3 or 4 large froze strawberries
1 cup skim milk, or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 scoop Twinlab Basic Essentials Bariatric Support – Vanilla
2 packets sugar-free sweetener (such as Splenda)
Add all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.
*Approximate nutritional information: 231 calories, 26g carbs, 2g fat, 23g protein, 7g sugar