Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery
Anna Bryant, MS, RD, LDN Program Dietitian
For most of us eating out is something we do on a regular basis but for many post bariatric surgery patients it can be frightening. Don’t be scared, be prepared! I always encourage patients to view restaurant menus ahead of time if available. Most can be found on the internet. When you view the menu ahead of time and make your decision prior to going to the restaurant you are much more likely to stick to your healthy choice.
Most restaurants are happy to help accommodate any specific food requests you may have. Don’t be scared to ask how your food is prepared or what condiments may come with it. In the event that a restaurant is not accommodating to your special food requests just make a mental note to avoid that specific place next time you’re going out. Remember, you can always pack your own meal and take it with you.
Make sure you are aware of your portion sizes. Splitting the meal and bill with a friend is always a good option. A pre-meal doggy bad is also a great idea. When your food arrives at your table go ahead and box up the portion you will not be eating that way you’re not tempted to continue to nibble as you socialize. The last thing you want to do is overeat and get sick while you’re out!
Eating out for convenience or as a social event can still be fun post-op. Just remember to keep the above information in mind. Don’t be scared, be prepared!