1) The most important person to bring onto your team the person with whom you have your most significant relationship. For many, that will be a spouse or adult partner. For others, a child, sibling or best friend. Whoever it is, make sure you communicate about the changes you’re making, especially if they share the same kitchen. Let this person know specifically how he or she can help you. To the extent you’re comfortable, discuss why you’re investing in your health with a gastric balloon and how it will affect your eating habits. Ask your partner to read the patient information on the Spatz Medical website. Assuming your relationship is otherwise strong, the more your significant other knows about your journey, the more support you can expect.
2) Is there someone in your life who would also like to build healthier habits? Even if you’re the only one with a gastric balloon, making healthier food choices and increasing the amount of movement in your life are good habits worth sharing. A spouse or coworker might be interested in cooking new, healthier recipes along with you, becoming your walking buddy and/or being accountable to one another for the behavioral changes you’re both making.
3) If your family isn’t interested in joining you, at least set up a healthy food zone in the kitchen so you don’t have to constantly bump into the foods that aren’t good for you. If they can be kept out of the kitchen, all the better. That way, your family members can have their snack foods and you won’t have them tempting you by being in full view all the time.
4) Watch documentaries about the food industry, healthy eating and the relationship between food choices and good health together. This will help strengthen your resolve and also educate your family about why you’re investing in a gastric balloon and in your health. Some good ones to start with are Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc., Super Size Me, Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
Try some of these tips for enlisting support on your gastric balloon journey and see if you can’t change a few minds along with your body.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.