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Dear friends & family of LapSF and the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Hawaii,

People often ask how to approach traveling after weight loss surgery, especially in regards to food choices and availability
Whether its vacationing or going on short business trips, some thinking ahead and pre-planning healthy meals is in order. When you're stuck in the airport, options aren't plentiful but their there! Read the article below for helpful ideas.

Travel Foods

ImageSince we can't bring much through airport security, traveling can pose a bit of a challenge when trying to eat healthy. However, with some planning ahead, finding an appropriate and healthy meal or snack is certainly doable.

First of all, avoiding the convenience stores is a good place to start. There is virtually nothing healthy here so veer away from the trail mix, chex mix, candies and chocolates. These are not offering you anything nutritionally. Eat at home before leaving to avoid having to purchase anything at all.

In most airports they have small food kiosks or restaurants. Often they offer yogurts, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, or even some beef/turkey jerky. If you have time for a meal, restaurants will offer a green salad, grilled chicken, grilled fish, or steamed vegetables. Deli counters will give you tuna or deli sliced luncheon meats without the bread. Packing protein powders will always be a safe choice.

Once arriving at you destination, scope out the surroundings and make a trip to the nearest grocery store to pick up other snacks and/or meals. Don't let traveling for business (or pleasure) get in the way of making healthy choices.

Monterey & San Luis Obispo Clinics!

Image* The next Monterey Clinic will be held on Monday, April 26th.

* The next San Luis Obispo Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 24th.

Remember to call ahead and make an appointment!

Nordicware Microwave Egg Poacher

ImageIts always helpful to share what products and cooking ware makes meals easy for those who don't have as much time to cook. After weight loss surgery, portions are small so products aimed at small portioned meals add convenience.

This quick egg poacher has been recommended by a couple of our LapSF patients. It poaches 1-2 eggs in the microwave and is dishwasher safe. Eggs are a good source of protein, so this makes it an easy way to make a quick breakfast meal.

Personal Relationships and Bariatric Surgery

ImageAfter surgery, many patients report changes in their important relationships. You may notice that, as people watch you lose weight, they begin to react differently to you. For example:

- Some people may become jealous of the progress you are making in losing weight.
- Others who never talked to you before surgery may begin socializing with you.
- Individuals may invite you to more social events.
- Members of the opposite sex may notice you more.
- People close to you may not want you to succeed.
- Why do relationships change?

Before surgery, you have equilibrium in your relationships and in your home environment. When you change, it can sometimes upset the balance or homeostasis.

Issues can stem from:

- You and/or your partner’s expectations.
- Your increased energy level.
- Your enhanced confidence, assertiveness, and self-esteem.
- Changes your in appearance.

What you can do:

- Start with the idea that surgery will affect those around you.
Get everyone involved in the process (meal planning, activities, etc).
- Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! Check in with your loved ones every few weeks regarding the changes you are both experiencing.
- Provide good information. Encourage support group attendance, have them meet with your doctor, or have them talk to other WLS significant others.

For additional information or to discuss this topic further, please join Tara Griffith, MFT at the Petaluma Seminar and Support Group on 3/20/10.

Upcoming Seminars & Support Groups

San Francisco Seminar & Support Group
Monday, March 15th from 6-8pm
2100 Webster Street in the Enright Room of the Main Hospital
*Dr. Javaheri, Bariatric Plastic Surgeon presenting at 7pm.

San Jose Seminar & Support Group
Wednesday, March 17th from 6-8pm
2425 Samaritan Drive. Located in the teleconference trailers in the East parking lot.

Eureka Seminar & Support Group
Thursday, March 18th from 7-9pm
Red Lion Hotel
1929 4th Street (4 blocks from downtown)

Petaluma Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, March 20th from 9am - 12pm
Sheraton Petaluma, 4th Floor
*Amy Ingols, RD & Tara Griffith, MFT attending

Sacramento Seminar & Support Group *NEW LOCATION*
Saturday, March 20th from 9-11am
Sacramento Radisson
500 Leisure Lane, in the Basil Room

Stockton Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, March 20th from 1-3pm
Courtyard Mariott
3252 West March Lane

Honolulu Seminar & Support Group
Saturday, April 3rd from 10am - 12pm
Oahu Veteran's Center
1298 Kukila Street, Honolulu 96818

Monterey Seminar & Support Group
Monday, April 26th from 7-9pm
Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road

click here for calendar of events

--The Team at Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco and the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Hawaii

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