Mindful Eating Programs and Training

Mindful Eating Programs and Training

Bariatrics Blog

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it can be hard to ignore the call of those brightly colored bags of candy. This is especially true if you trick yourself, saying it’s for the kids when it’s really for you. If you’ve deprived yourself of all things sweet, cravings for candy only grow stronger.
Carb is NOT a 4-letter word after bariatric surgery! Mindful eating doesn’t focus on rules so you may wonder, Can I eat carbs after bariatric surgery? Sometimes even the most experienced bariatric clinicians throw rules at their patients like, "No more than twenty carbs a day" or "Don’t eat white foods like rice, bread, or pasta ever again!"
During our last Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Retreat, I was surprised to find out that 40% had already had bariatric (weight loss) surgery! They shared their experiences to help others who had BED and bariatric surgery.
Weight cycling, yoyo dieting, and disordered eating patterns are common in individuals who meet the criteria for bariatric surgery. Further, the challenges posed by a food-abundant environment, social and emotional connections to food, chronic ineffective dieting, and eating disorders may not resolve with bariatric surgery.
I thought, “Can this night get any worse? It feels like there’s a dark cloud following me. My boss was on my case, I was running late, the group was interrupted, the traffic was detoured, and I almost hit two deer!
There are many proven strategies for overcoming the inertia of the familiar that we’ve incorporated into our books and mindful eating programs. Perhaps one or two of these strategies will help you get unstuck too!

In Their Words...