Post Bariatric Surgery Tips for Eating Healthily on Vacation

The idea of vacation might bring up images of extravagant buffets, decadent desserts, and exotic cocktails. But if you’re post-bariatric surgery, these are probably not the best options for you -- even when you’re on vacation.

At Bay Surgical Weight Loss, Dr. Huguet and Dr. St. Julien want to help you achieve your weight loss goals, even when you’re out of town. Many people let themselves over-indulge on vacation, but eating too much can be problematic for post-bariatric surgery patients. You may have even gained weight on vacation in the past, but this time you want to stay on target with your weight loss goals, and that takes planning.

Before they head off to the vacation of their dreams, our patients often ask us how to handle the food part of the trip. Let’s discuss a few easy ways to keep on track with healthy food choices and activities when you’re on a trip.

Stay hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re traveling. Water keeps you hydrated and feeling your best while you’re exploring a new area. To make it easier to sip water between meals, carry it with you in an over-the-shoulder water bottle sleeve.

Beware of buffets

Overeating at buffets is easy, but after your surgery, you need to limit the volume of food you eat at one time. Your best bet is to avoid buffets, but that’s not always possible. So when you step up to the buffet, grab a smaller-sized dessert plate for your meal, instead of the huge plates they provide. First, select some lean meat, poultry, or fish to help you meet your protein requirements. Then choose small amounts of other healthy foods. Be sure to follow your specific diet plan as instructed by your doctor at Bay Surgical Weight Loss, just like you would at home.

Pack smart

If you’re going on a road trip, pack healthy foods in a cooler so you aren’t tempted to stop at fast-food restaurants along the way. If you have food left over when you get to the hotel, put it in the refrigerator, and use it for snacks during your stay.

If you’re flying, pack healthy snacks in your carry-on bag to help avoid high-calorie foods that are often sold in the airport.

Pass on the alcohol

Cocktails and other alcoholic beverages can be packed with sugar and empty calories. Since there’s no actual nutritional value in these drinks, make plans to pass by the bar without indulging.

Stay active

Vacationing is a great time to increase your activity levels. You’re exploring a new part of the country, so getting out and about is part of the adventure, right? Check out your vacation destination online to see what’s available and plan out ways to be active before you ever leave home.

Visit markets

Vacationing is a great time to explore out-of-the-way markets and soak up the local culture. You may find some fresh fruits and vegetables at surprisingly affordable prices. And if you get away from the tourist attractions, you’re bound to meet some interesting locals.

Find a gym

Most hotels offer fitness amenities. And if not, they may provide complimentary passes to a local gym. When you start making hotel reservations, be sure to ask if they have a pool or fitness center before you book your stay. Choosing a hotel with access to a gym helps set the expectation that you’ll be active while you’re away.

Try something new

Other options at many hotels and resorts include fitness classes, such as yoga, pilates, or spinning. If you’re staying close to the beach, look for local attractions, such as paddle boarding, canoeing, or kayaking. Vacation is a great time to try different activities and learn more about yourself and the world around you.

Hit the pavement

If you’re on a trip that requires long periods of sitting, be sure to plan a few walks during the day. A long stroll along the beach in the morning or at night can help increase your step count for the day. Or plan on walking to some of your sightseeing destinations, if possible.

Our team at Bay Surgical Weight Loss wants you to enjoy your vacation. If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss before you hit the road, give our office in Tampa Bay a call or book your appointment online.

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