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Embarking on the festive season after weight loss surgery introduces a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to well-meaning friends and family who might unknowingly encourage you to indulge in less-than-ideal foods. In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons behind these food-pushing gestures and empower you with strategies to navigate these situations confidently.
UNDERSTANDING FOOD PUSHERS
People may encourage you to indulge in decadent foods during the festive season for various reasons, many of which are based on positive intentions
Expressing Love with Food
For many, sharing food is a universal expression of love and care. Food pushers may genuinely believe they are enhancing your experience of joy and celebration.
Seeking an Eating Partner
Eating is often a social activity, and some may feel more comfortable indulging when they have a companion. Food pushers might extend invitations out of a desire for shared enjoyment or to feel more comfortable eating an indulgent food if others are too.
Concerns about Changing Dynamics
Successful weight loss can sometimes make others feel uneasy. Friends or family members may express concerns about changing dynamics within the relationship, leading to unintentional sabotage.
Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)
Festive occasions are synonymous with special treats and indulgences. Food pushers may fear that you will miss out on the joy of these moments and, with positive intent, encourage you to partake.
Positive Intentions with Negative Impact
While the intentions behind food-pushing are often positive, the impact on your post-surgery journey can be less desirable. This is where having strategies in place becomes crucial.
STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING FOOD PUSHERS
Be Firm, Yet Gracious
Politely but firmly decline offers of food that don't align with your dietary plan and choices. Express gratitude for the gesture while asserting your commitment to your health.
Prepare rehearsed responses to gracefully deflect persistent food pushing. For example, "That looks delicious, but I’m absolutely fine without today/I am already really satisfied/I might leave it this time."
If someone continues to insist, redirect the conversation to another topic. Focus on the positive aspects of the celebration or share your excitement about non-food-related aspects.
Express Your Choices
Openly communicate your choices with food pushers. Let them know that you've found what works best for you and that you appreciate their understanding.
Create a Supportive Network
Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family who understand and respect your post-surgery journey. Share your goals with them, so they can encourage and uplift you during festive gatherings.
To discover more tips and insights for managing the festive season with weight loss surgery, download our FREE eBook, Managing the Festive Season with Weight Loss Surgery here.
PAM | WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY PATIENT
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