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Mastering Meal Planning and Prepping After Bariatric Surgery: A Recipe for Success

Hello, to all my bariatric clients! Today, let’s dive into the world of meal planning and prepping—a game-changer for your post-surgery journey. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about where to start, fear not! I’m here to guide you through the process with enthusiasm and support.


Embrace the Advantages

I want to kick things off by highlighting the numerous benefits of meal planning and prepping. First and foremost, it’s a fantastic way to save money. By creating a weekly meal plan and shopping list, you’ll be less likely to make impulse purchases or dine out frequently, ultimately helping you stick to your budget.


But the benefits don’t stop there. Planning and prepping your meals also allows you to eat in a more healthy fashion. With a well-thought-out menu, you can ensure that your meals are balanced, nutritious, and tailored to your specific dietary needs post-surgery. Plus, having healthy options readily available can help you resist the temptation of reaching for less nutritious snacks.


Organize for Digestive Success

Did you know that being more organized with your meals can actually benefit your digestive system? It’s true! Establishing a routine with meal planning and prepping can help regulate your eating patterns, making it easier for your body to digest and absorb nutrients effectively. Say goodbye to erratic eating habits and hello to a happier, healthier digestive system.


Simplify Your Life

Let’s talk about the beauty of simplicity. Meal planning and prepping take the guesswork out of food preparation, freeing up valuable time and mental energy. Instead of stressing about what to eat for your next meal, you can relax knowing that everything is already taken care of. It’s a wonderful feeling to have a plan in place, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your life with ease.


Get in Touch with Your Food and Your Kitchen

Lastly, meal planning and prepping offers you the opportunity to reconnect with your food and your kitchen. Take the time to explore new recipes, experiment with fresh ingredients, and unleash your culinary creativity. Cooking can be a therapeutic and empowering experience, and it’s a fantastic way to nourish both your body and your soul.


Your Recipe for Success

So, how do you get started with meal planning and prepping? It’s simpler than you might think! Begin by setting aside some time each week to plan your meals and create a shopping list. Choose recipes that align with your dietary goals and preferences, and don’t be afraid to mix things up to keep it interesting. 

(I always browse online to see what supermarkets are offering the best deals. This is where I start. If chicken is on sale, then I am meal planning around “chicken recipes”).


Once you have your plan in place, head to the grocery store and stock up on everything you need for the week ahead. When you return home, dedicate some time to prep your ingredients and assemble your meals. Consider batch-cooking certain items to save time during the week, and don’t forget to portion out your meals for easy grab-and-go access.


Meal planning and prepping are invaluable tools on your bariatric journey. Not only do they save you time, money, and stress, but they also empower you to take control of your health and well-being. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your favorite apron, and let’s get cooking! Your body, your taste buds, and your wallet will thank you.


And here’s an extra tip for you: for a treasure trove of FREE meal plans designed specifically for bariatric patients post-surgery, be sure to download the “Bariatric Expert” app. With a variety of nutritious and delicious meal options at your fingertips, you’ll never run out of inspiration for your culinary adventures!


Here’s to delicious meals, happy tummies, and a lifetime of wellness!

Healthy Hugs, 

Your Bariatric Nutritionist,

Sheri Burke


Healthy Hugs,


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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