Thanksgiving is more than a feast; it’s a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and for those on a bariatric journey, it’s an opportunity to embrace gratitude for the transformative path they’ve chosen. As we gather around tables filled with gratitude and traditional dishes, let’s explore the spirit of Thanksgiving and how it beautifully aligns with the essence of a bariatric journey.
Thankful for Transformation:
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is a transformative step toward improved health and well-being. Take a moment to be thankful for the courage it took to embark on this journey and the resilience demonstrated along the way. Celebrate the progress made, both big and small.
Gratitude for Supportive Relationships:
A bariatric journey is rarely taken alone. Express gratitude for the support of family, friends, and perhaps fellow bariatric warriors. Share the joy of the journey with those who have stood by you, offering encouragement and understanding during both triumphs and challenges.
Appreciation for a Healthier Lifestyle:
As you savor the Thanksgiving meal, appreciate the healthier choices that have become a natural part of your lifestyle. Celebrate mindful eating habits, the incorporation of nutrient-dense foods, and the positive changes that contribute to your well-being.
Thanksgiving Traditions Reinvented:
The traditions of Thanksgiving can be reimagined to align with your bariatric journey. Consider introducing new, healthier recipes to the table or incorporating physical activities into your holiday traditions. A family walk after the feast can become a cherished part of your Thanksgiving routine.
Gratitude for a Stronger Mindset:
A bariatric journey is not just physical; it’s a transformation of the mind as well. Be grateful for the mental strength developed along the way. The ability to overcome obstacles, shift perspectives, and cultivate a positive mindset is a significant aspect of your journey.
Expressing Thanks through Acts of Kindness:
Extend the spirit of Thanksgiving by expressing gratitude through acts of kindness. Whether it’s volunteering, supporting others on their health journey, or simply offering a word of encouragement, spreading positivity can deepen your own sense of gratitude.
Reflecting on Resilience:
Thanksgiving is an excellent time to reflect on the resilience that brought you through challenging moments on your journey. Recognize the strength within yourself that has allowed you to persevere and overcome obstacles, emerging stronger on the other side.
Grateful for Second Chances:
Your bariatric journey represents a second chance at a healthier and more fulfilling life. Be grateful for the opportunities that have opened up, the experiences you’ve gained, and the chance to make the most of this precious gift.
This Thanksgiving, let gratitude be the centerpiece of your celebration. Embrace the spirit of thankfulness for the positive changes, supportive relationships, and newfound strength that define your bariatric journey. As you gather with loved ones, savor each moment, expressing gratitude not just for the feast on the table but for the abundance of blessings that shape your bariatric story.
Healthy Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving,
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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