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Will I Be Able to Eat My Favorite Foods After Weight Loss Surgery?

MIIS Bariatric patient advocate Hannah Ruxton and quote "Focus on modifications to help you enjoy your favorite flavors"

My name is Hannah Ruxton, and I am the Bariatric Patient Advocate at MIIS Weight Loss Institute.

A common question we hear from prospective bariatric surgery patients is, “Will I be able to enjoy my favorite foods after weight loss surgery?” It happens in almost every consultation with patients considering weight loss surgery.

As a weight loss surgery patient myself, I had that question too. I quickly realized that the surgery I was having would be a lifelong tool. The surgery was not going to correct everything for me; it would be my life tool.  It is a physical tool to help me feel full and to remind me to focus on my protein first because I don’t have room for carbohydrates.


So, when my patients ask, “Will I be able to eat my favorite foods after weight loss surgery?” I say, “In a modified way.”  We have a MIIS Weight Loss Institute Pinterest board full of modified bariatric-friendly recipes for after surgery. So, if you’re craving that slice of pizza, there is a modified version that you can make. For example, did you know low-fat cheese & egg can create a delicious and compliant crust?

When you start to have cravings, know that it is normal. Surgery doesn’t eliminate the cravings (although the gastric sleeve often reduces them early after surgery). Your mind might still crave the foods you used to love, but you can enjoy those flavors in a modified way. A brownie recipe, for example, can use coconut flour and a sugar alternative instead of sugar and flour. There are so many different recipes that you can experiment with once you are a few months out. It’s fun to come up with other recipes.  So, the answer is, “Yes, you can enjoy your favorite foods in a modified way.”

Some patients have asked me, “Can I enjoy the full-fat, full-carb versions of a particular food after surgery?” What I say is, “It is a personal choice.” I have chosen not to have those refined carbs after surgery. I know that for me, it would make me spiral and want more and more and more. Some patients can have a bit here and there, whereas some of us prefer to stay away from it at all costs and enjoy the modified versions.

I encourage you to visit our Pinterest boards and look at the different recipes. Especially for our patients that are going through the program. We also have a private Facebook support group page for all our patients in the program, and we always share different recipes. One is a Ricotta Bake, which we all love.  You will have plenty of support. You will also receive a book from the dietitian, which will walk you through the diet phases and the many post-surgery recipes you can enjoy.

I look forward to sharing those recipes with you! Post your pictures once you make something, and I’d love to hear your version of it and if you come up with anything. We’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with.  In the meantime, if you have questions or are ready to start your weight loss surgery journey, please reach out to us.