I read a post today on a support group site about worrying about missing foods, and it brought back a lot of memories. I think all of us go through a grieving stage before weight loss surgery. Think about it, we’ve been eating our whole lives (obviously!) and really enjoy food! Now we are making a conscience decision to change our bodies to make it harder or impossible to eat like we have been since birth.
Of course we’ll feel a little sad, down, upset about it. It’s like being asked to stop talking to a best friend. Food is a comfort from the time we are born. We all have our favorites, our go to meals for when we’re sad, happy, celebrating or sick. Now, after our bariatric surgery, we worry how are we going to cope without our go to comfort foods? How fun will a celebration be without our favorite treats?
But it’s not goodbye forever. It may feel that way, but its not. In time, as our bodies heal, we are able to have some of those old friends again. But this time they will have had a makeover. They will be healthier, or lower in calories, or we will only have one bite instead of three helpings. And it will be enough. So try not to focus on what you’ll be “missing”. Because you won’t be missing it at all, it will just be a new relationship with food that’s all around healthier.