I’m Going to Miss Cooking

5 on October 12, 2019

I really love watching the Food Network, experimenting with new recipes, and cooking. I know that after surgery, my diet, as well as my portion sizes are going to have to change a lot. I don’t have a partner or family to cook for. So I won’t need to cook as much. It makes me sad that I’ll have to give this up. 

Did you all develop any new or different hobbies after surgery? I think I’m going to need something to fill that time. 

 
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0 5 days ago

There’s really no need to give up cooking.  You just need to adapt and social media can help.  If it was me, I’d wait until I finished the restrictive diet and had been cleared to eat regular foods  just to avoid unnecessary temptation. Then search Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest for bariatric recipes for one serving.  FoodCoach.Me is a website that offers quite a few recipes that suit this need, plus they have a strong social media presence. 

I didn’t give up any hobbies after surgery as I didn’t feel the need to.  I added a new hobby though.  To help get myself through the first two phases of the diet I picked up adult coloring.  Maybe you could try that?  I thought it was great for stress relief. 

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0 4 days ago

I get what you mean, Lewis78, because one of my favorite hobbies was creating specialty brews at home.  Since having weight-loss surgery means severely limiting alcohol intake, I’ll need to find a different passion if I want to avoid temptation.  Homebrewing was a creative outlet for me.  I’m not sure what I’d like to do next, but here’s hoping we both find our way.  

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0 4 days ago

I can relate, Lewis. I used to watch the Food Network a lot. I tried watching it after surgery, but I found it too tempting so I don’t watch it much at all anymore. I have found joy in cooking for myself. If I make a meal with more than a couple of servings, I’ll put a couple of servings in the fridge for the next couple of nights and the rest in the freezer. I have gotten into the habit of sharing meals I cook with my parents, who are getting older, too. I think it helps them out a bit and I don’t feel like I’m wasting food that way. 

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I’ve stopped making fancy desserts.  I could continue the hobby, but weight-loss surgery or not, I’m afraid I’ll fall back into my old habits too easily.  It’s all downhill after licking the spoon you know. Instead of baking I’ve started crafting things for my cats.  I’ve made a cat scratcher out of cardboard boxes and a cat tree out of left over carpet and wooden planks. It’s a fun hobby that benefits my cats and won’t lead me into temptation.  

 

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0 23 hours ago

I like to do powerlifting, but it’s something I’ll probably have to forgo once I’ve had weight-loss surgery.  If I continue I think there’s an increased risk for developing a hernia.  I haven’t decided what I’ll do instead of that hobby. 

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