My First Post-Op Thanksgiving #NaBloPoMo


This year is my first Thanksgiving after weight loss surgery. I’ve already read many a website that have lists on how to “survive” your first holiday post-op… quite frankly I don’t understand. Maybe it’s because everyone I am going to be eating with knows I had gastric bypass surgery. I imagine there are post-ops who are dining with people who don’t know about their surgeries… I can venture a guess that nosy Great-Aunt Nora would interject comments like “What? You don’t like the food?!” Or worse yet, you could be stuck with relatives that INSIST on plating more food for you when your dish is empty- scooping a BIG HELPING of mashed potatoes and drowning them in beef gravy for you and then staring at you dumbfounded when you look at them perplexed, like, “THE FUCK, UNCLE WALTER?” I mean, really, there are people out there who are honestly offended if you don’t eat their food- that in and of itself baffles me. This year I’m thankful that I have never had any family- mine or Austin’s- where someone would be insulted if I didn’t gorge myself into a tryptophan slumber.

Alright, I went off on a little tangent there.

I just wanted to mention that in case anyone was wondering, I am not panicking about this holiday. I’m not afraid of all the food I’ll be surrounded with. I’m not cooking dinner (just a side dish; broccoli casserole- the recipe is at the bottom of the page!) and I’m not going to stare longingly at the crescent rolls. And while I respect the post-ops that alter all their recipes to be weight-loss-surgery-friendly, I won’t be doing that either. In fact, even if I was serving a whole dinner I wouldn’t do that because, guess what? I’m the only post-op amongst a 20 person dinner, and I’m not going to force everyone to nom on TVP stuffing (is that even possible?)

I have a plan this year, and that is to actually enjoy the holiday instead of subjecting myself and my family to an awkward third-cousin-twice-removed-on-your-uncle’s-brother’s-side Holiday dinner. In previous Thanksgivings, we have hopped family to family and ate 4 separate dinners to try and appease every in-law, ever. Then, in 2007 (or so) there was a revelation that you can celebrate Thanksgiving, or just have a family dinner, NOT ON THANKSGIVING DAY OHMYGOD…WHAAAAAAAAT? After that little epiphany, we chose to celebrate Thanksgiving with Austin’s friends’ family (who are like our family too) and that’s what we’ll be doing again this year.  I’ll find something to eat that is high in protein, and maybe have a bite of a side or 2.  Other than that, I’ll enjoy the company, the new puppy, and forget about obsessing over the things that my pouch can’t handle.

Recipe: Broccoli Casserole


  • 1 large bag frozen broccoli cooked, drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup- drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 16oz cheddar cheese
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c rice


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a Kittchen Aid mixer (or mix in a large bowl by hand)
  2. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes on the middle rack

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)


  1. Jenn says:

    My first post-op Thanksgiving was a week after my gastric bypass surgery, and I was ridiculously excited about tasting, and also scared to eat, mashed potatoes. Fun times.

    I’m glad you’re not sweating eating with “normal” people (stomachs?). I personally don’t understand that. It’s about the food, yes, but most importantly it’s about the PEOPLE.

  2. Winnie says:

    Sounds like you have a great plan for the holiday! Enjoy the fun. I do two Thanksgivings on the day, one at home with hubby and 87 year old FIL, then we go to my sisters to see my family who travel down. It is a large group and my FIL is not used to groups and noise, so it works better this way.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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