Grocery Shopping Tips for Bariatric Patients

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If you’ve recently undergone bariatric surgery, you’re likely figuring out the requirements of your new diet so you can eat well and maintain a healthy weight. Your nutritional needs will be different after surgery. This may require a shift in thinking in addition to making smart choices at the grocery store. Here are some helpful tips on how to make healthy choices when you go grocery shopping:

Don’t wander the aisles.

It may be tempting to walk up and down every aisle of the grocery store, but if you avoid wandering the aisles, you will be less likely to fill your cart with tempting food that you don’t need.

Stick to your list.

Resist the urge to buy items on impulse. Before you head to the store, make a detailed list of the groceries you need rather than what you want. Then, when you arrive at the store, stick to the list, steering clear of putting items in your cart that are not on the list. Before you put it in your cart, ask yourself if you’re making a healthy long-term choice or not.

Bring reusable bags.

If you bring your own reusable bags, you will be less likely to purchase extra goodies that will not fit or are unnecessary.

Don’t shop on an empty stomach.

If you go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, you’re a lot more likely to purchase items on impulse. Before you head to the grocery store, eat a good meal so your stomach isn’t empty. This will help you stick to your list!

Fill up on healthy items.

Your bariatric surgery will place limitations on how much you can eat, so be sure your food is full of the vitamins and other important nutrients that your body needs. Your diet should include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It should also be high in dietary fiber and protein, low in calories, and low in saturated and polyunsaturated fats. You should always try to avoid foods that are full of empty calories and harmful fats, as this can be a detriment to your weight loss goals.

Your new diet will definitely take dedication, but once you begin seeing a difference in your weight and the amount of energy you have, it will be an exciting motivator!

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