Published on November 22, 2016

8 Thanksgiving Questions with Bariatric Blogger Eric Sanders

Thanksgiving DinnerTwo days from now is Thanksgiving, and for many that means over-stuffing on an extra helping of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

But for someone who's had weight loss surgery, the holiday can be a little different. Eric Sanders, 36, of Sherrard, IL, had weight loss surgery in Aug. 2015 with the Genesis Center for Weight Management. Here are eight questions he answered about how he now approaches Thanksgiving:

1. What's your plan to avoid over-stuffing?

That's simple: I'm going to concentrate on spending the day with my family and not get caught up in eating all day.

2. Last year was your first Thanksgiving after your surgery. What was that like?

I'll admit I was kind of worried since this was the first major eating holiday since surgery, but it wasn’t that bad. I stuck to my normal eating habits and still enjoyed all of the home cooking.

3. Has your surgery changed how you feel about Thanksgiving?

Not a bit. I still love the holidays, but now I can enjoy every last bit of it because I’m not in a turkey comma from over-eating!

4. How important is portion control on Turkey Day?

Portion control is very, very important. You can still enjoy the food, just in smaller amounts. I make that sound easy, but being disciplined is crucial. It's how I've come to love being healthier.

5. Has your family changed the way it eats on Thanksgiving as a result of your surgery?

Some of my family members try to make a conscious effort to change the way they eat during the holidays. I'm sure it's because they get tired of me telling them how they should eat!

6. Do you still get to enjoy the food you love?

I still get to enjoy MOST food at Thanksgiving. The only food I can think of that I haven’t tried since my surgery is pumpkin pie.

7. What advice or tips would you offer those who are trying to lose weight during the holidays?

The best advice I can give is to not get caught up in the moment. Do your best to enjoy the day with family and friends. Oh, and portion control. It's such a big deal. So whether you've had surgery yet or not, start learning it now!

8. On this Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for?

I'm most thankful for having a healthier life. And now that I've made changes to be healthier, I'll be able to celebrate even more holidays with my family and friends.

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