Guest post by Vicki Bovee, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a registered dietitian with over 25 years experience in weight loss, weight management, and specializing in bariatric nutrition since 2003. www.chefdave.org
Cut it up before you eat it!
This tip comes from a former patient and is one of the best ideas I can pass on to you. If you have had bariatric weight loss surgery and have suffered the discomfort of food getting stuck, you know it’s in your best interest to pay attention to how you are eating as well as what you are eating. Typically, the most common causes of food getting stuck are eating too fast, eating pieces of food that are too big, and/or not chewing well enough.
When you sit down to eat, before you take one single bite, cut up all your food into pieces the size of the tip of your little finger. That way if you get distracted while you are eating you can’t take too big of a bite of food. All those small pieces will slow down your eating. This one, simple tip can prevent a world of hurt.
If you are in the preoperative stage for weight loss surgery, start practicing this tip now. The more you eat like you’ve had surgery before surgery, the easier it will be for you after.
Vicki Bovee, MS, RD,LD