Just because you have a whole new way of eating after weight loss surgery does not mean that you need to stay in and hide from all your friends. Here are some tips to build a party that not only you can stick to your weight loss plan and feel comfortable hosting, but will also make your friends feel happy they came as well.
Focus on the activities and ambiance rather than the menu.
Before attending a party you might see or hear things like: “what time are appetizers and drinks?”, or “dinner is at 6:00pm”, but when did parties become solely focused on food rather than games or fun? I would suggest having a party at a park so that you can have games planned or music playing, and also highly recommend having the food be served buffet style. Having everyone pick out what and how much food they are having themselves will allow you to do the same and no one will notice your portions are smaller or different than theirs as compared to a sit down dinner.
Go get the grill going!
It seems as if grilling and summer goes hand in hand, which is great for cooking lean meats, fish, and vegetables easily at parties. When grilling meats, look for lean cuts such as:
· Poultry: Skinless, white-meat chicken or turkey; ground turkey breast
· Beef: Flank steak, top loin, sirloin, porterhouse, T-bone steak and tenderloin; 90% lean ground beef
· Pork: Pork chops or tenderloin
· Lamb: Look for the word “loin”
To keep portions small, kabobs may be the best way to go for post weight loss surgery patients. Cut meats into ½ oz pieces and alternate a piece of vegetable and piece of meat on the kabob stick and grill. Keep total portions to 2-3 oz per kabob.
Keep the sides skinny with summer vegetables.
One idea for making vegetables a big portion of your sides provided is to have the party themed around, “What’s In Season”. Many people are now celebrating vegetables and all their beauty by subscribing to a CSA (community supported agriculture) box, or making weekly visits to their local Farmer’s Market. Tell everyone in advance to bring their favorite summer vegetable dish as a way to celebrate what is in season and keep the carbohydrates and fat down (without telling them to)!
I believe that a bariatric friendly summer party can be just like any other summer party, just with a bit more creativity. So instead of the normal fruit punch and beers provided for drinks, come up with non-sweetened beverages that you can have served that are still tasty, without the sugar and calories. The same concept can be applied to dessert, snacks, etc. Being prepared and thinking outside the box will make your party not only accommodate your new lifestyle, but will also make the party a success and different than all the other summer parties your friends will go to this summer.
Whatever you do, relax and have fun! Celebrate the fact that you made this decision to begin a new life as a healthier, stronger, new you-(possibly even show it off in a new bathing suit!)