Pardon me while I jump up on my soapbox for a moment (again) but unless you are VERY different from me, you didn’t have this surgery to spend the rest of your life DIETING. Been there… done that. FAILED MISERABLY.
No… you had bariatric surgery to regain your health, to change the outcome of your life, to finally be an active participant rather than a bystander with your obesity determining your path. You had this surgery so that you never had to DIET again. So why is it that so many of you are stuck in the diet mentality? Why is it that so many of you continue to exhibit the same behaviors that brought you here? Why is it that you continue to treat your new tool and your new lease on life as a $20,000 diet instead of learning how to live right?
What is right? Well… after coaching over 1,400 clients and guiding over 30,000 members, I’ve learned a few things.
Let’s break it down.
- Eat real food. Yes, I said EAT… not drink. Protein shakes are a great thing in the beginning… when we are healing and can’t consume enough real foods to hit our protein goals. But what is the excuse for still drinking them as a PRIMARY source of nutrition after 6 months? Why aren’t you eating REAL FOOD? Seriously… look around, healthy people eat real food.
- Know what you are consuming. If you are going to use a protein supplement — KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING IN YOUR BODY. Just because it has savvy marketing or it’s CHEAP, doesn’t mean it’s good for you! Do a little research (I do it all the time). Learn the difference between Caseinate and Whey Isolate. Learn how long it takes for the various proteins to break down in your body. Then choose the ones that have the HIGHEST likelihood of being absorbed. Don’t throw away money drinking something that your body can’t or doesn’t have time to absorb. Don’t want to do the research? Let me make it easy for you. WHEY ISOLATE. Period.
- Learn how to cook. Stop relying on convenience foods. Can’t cook? Have you tried learning? I mean it’s only your LIFE we are talking about… aren’t you worth putting in a little time and effort to make sure your surgery is successful? But Patricia, healthy foods are SO EXPENSIVE. Really? What’s more expensive… regaining your weight or risking your health only to gain medical bills to treat future ailments… or spending a little bit of money on the food you put in your body NOW, the food that will keep you healthy and active instead of being a bystander watching your life go by.
- Don’t be complacent. Don’t wait on hitting some goal to start learning how to live the rest of your life. Don’t you want to set yourself up for success? Don’t you want to avoid regain or the failure of never hitting your goals? START NOW. Develop the HABITS NOW that will carry you through when your restrictions are gone… when your hunger returns. Wouldn’t you rather crave fruits and vegetables than chips and ice cream? I do. Now… do I occasionally want pizza or frozen yogurt? OF COURSE! But do I want it every day? Nope. My current “craving” is for baby carrots with Greek yogurt ranch dip and blueberries or blackberries. Not together of course. That would be gross… LOL! But this is a radical difference from the pint of Haagen Dazs I would have craved and consumed 5 years ago. How did I make such a radical change? Simple. I only ate healthy delicious foods starting from 6 weeks post-op and I stopped drinking protein shakes. And guess what? Eventually, my body CRAVED healthy food. It’s like magic. Try it… prove me wrong. Eat nothing but healthy foods for 1 year, 365 days, and see what happens. I’ll wait…
Stop buying into the diet mentality and make the shift into LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS. Not sure how? Psst. Look over here. Me! ME!
If you haven’t figured it out by now… bariatric nutrition is my “thing”. I’m unbelievably passionate. I’m insanely committed. AND… I’m incredibly determined to make a difference in the lives of my clients. I am obsessed with your success and I can help you! ❤️