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Any suggestions for dining out with spouse and fam post op?

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Don’t be stress about it stick to healthy food like salads tell them to put dressing on the side or just go with chicken remember nothing fried no soda and don’t eat and drink Water wait 30 min before drinking anything after eating and most importantly listen to your stomach stop when you start to feel full

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Thanks Miltonp, we eat out a lot and I can’t immaging I the first it’s month eating purée or liquid before I ho. But I want this so I will do whatever it takes.

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26 minutes ago, Skinnygirl04 said:

Thanks Miltonp, we eat out a lot and I can’t immaging I the first it’s month eating purée or liquid before I ho. But I want this so I will do whatever it takes.

Part of having this surgery is changing your life style. You don't need to be eating out. Not trying to sound harsh or anything, but if you don't change your ways, there's no point of having surgery..

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1 hour ago, Skinnygirl04 said:

Any suggestions for dining out with spouse and fam post op?

Protein dense appetizers - nothing breaded. And don't be embarrassed when you eat so little. just ask for a to go bag. Either just order Water or get your drink to go from the start because you will not be able to drink it till way after the meal on the way home.

Watch the sauces they tend to be very high in sugar and can make you sick as a dog.

Don't waste money on a Entree. Just pick from appetizers.

Have fun and enjoy- One of my top 10 Non scale Victories was the first time i fit into a booth Post -Op

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Eating out is a treat and when you do it, try not to over indulge. Make better/healthier choices and do not hesitate to place your order in a picky manner. You can ask for less dressing/sauces, eliminate this or that, make substitutes etc. continue to eat slow and in the beginning cut your meal into thirds or halves (depending where you are in this process) & ask for a to go container. This lessens temptation. If someone asks, just say you aren’t that hungry & you want leftovers.

If you’re just going out with family, see if they’re willing to make accommodations as well, such as not ordering an appetizer, no dessert & if a restaurant offers free bread, just say no thanks

if you eat out a lot, just follow these guidelines and I am sure you’ll be fine. Maybe your family or whomever you’re dining with can help hold you accountable as well

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Check out the menu beforehand, and make your choices before you leave home. That will help you be prepared, and not be on the spot when you're ordering. It will also lessen tempation to order less healthy items.

Order items that you can either share with someone or make good leftovers. I do most of my dining out for work, so am unable to take leftovers, and it feels terribly wasteful.

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We didn't eat out until I transitioned to "regular" diet. I sat with hubby while he ate at the mall food court once during early stages and that was torture! I order Water and sip it until we actually order our food. I look for healthier options and usually avoid the bread. I had a garlic knot before dinner last night and it almost ruined my whole dinner - it was so filling. If I get a burger, I ask for it bunless and always order veggies of some sort on the side when that's an option. But I just eat what I can, concentrating on the Protein, and then get a box to go. Helps to order something that you don't mind having cold later or that will reheat easily!

It's totally do-able, but will be different than meals out before. We don't share appetizers or dessert or anything. But I don't feel deprived!

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Split an entree. You can eat 1/4 and your spouse the rest. Most restaurants server way too large a portion anyway. Plus your spouse will eat less. I’ve found i can eat just about anything I want with this method because I’m taking in way less fat and calories than before.

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I don’t eat out much after trying it a few times and feeling sick after. But the times I do I like to research the menu and know what I’m ordering before I even go. I only went to places that had their nutrition info online due to wanting to keep very in line with my program requirements. I had success at Cheesecake Factory and Red Robin :P

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I’m 10 days postop and we went to a Japanese restaurant. My family had sushi and beef bulgogi. I had the broth from some dumpling Soup and then I had mashed up tofu. I should have had the meal before the soup. It was nice to spend time as a family and have a night out. It was important to me that we would still be able to have family nights out.


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Me and my husband already came up with a plan where we will order a meal we are both interested in and we will just add a side no reason to order a full meal when we won’t be able to eat it.


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Sounds like a plan to me!😝👍😝

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8 hours ago, madscientistmommy said:

I’m 10 days postop and we went to a Japanese restaurant. My family had sushi and beef bulgogi. I had the broth from some dumpling Soup and then I had mashed up tofu. I should have had the meal before the Soup. It was nice to spend time as a family and have a night out. It was important to me that we would still be able to have family nights out.

It's great that your family likes sushi. Once you're on regular foods (or maybe even soft, depending on your plan), sashimi is a great healthy option.

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8 hours ago, redhead_che said:

But the times I do I like to research the menu and know what I’m ordering before I even go. I only went to places that had their nutrition info online due to wanting to keep very in line with my program requirements. I had success at Cheesecake Factory and Red Robin :P

I agree that chains are convenient for having accurate nutritional details. But I have been impressed with MFP's data base. I eat out frequently, and eat a lot of ethnic food, and I have yet to stump MFP. Now I'm sure it's not as accurate as chain lisitngs, but I'm glad there is the ability to log just about everything.

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