One question I get asked a lot is “what do you feed your family since your surgery?” The answer I always give is they eat what I do!
Being overweight as a teen and young adult made me very sensitive to weight problems in kids, teens and adults. I don’t want my children to ever have to go through that, so if some healthy changes to what my whole family eats can help prevent that if at all possible, I want to make sure we are all eating right.
Now, my boys can be picky, so it’s not always easy going. And I know some parents are super sensitive to letting their kids have Splenda, but it was cleared by the pediatrician as okay in moderation, so for my kids, we go sugar free or no sugar added for ALL treats in the house. As far as I’m concerned, my boys have a way bigger risk of health problems from weight issues than eating Splenda!
As far as breads and pastas, only 100% whole wheat comes in our house. Check the labels, lots of brands try and be sneaky with the “multi-grain” labels. That is not the same as whole wheat. A fav pasta of ours is Barilla Plus. It is packed out with protein and fiber, but has a milder taste than the brown stuff.
For fats, I’m all about olive oil. It has fat, yes, but it’s the good for your heart kind. Our family also loves to snack on nuts, fruit, and veggies. I sub Greek yogurt to make dips, in place of sour cream, and blend it into smoothies for the boys. During the summer, I freeze Greek yogurt into Popsicle molds, and know it’s a healthy snack for the kids!
After your bariatric surgery, don’t turn into a short order cook making separate meals for everyone! No one in our homes needs refined white flour, sugar or other junk foods! You made a huge change for your health…let it be a great change for your family’s health too!