8 Questions You Can Ask Me – Your Bariatric Wellness Program Coordinator

July 6, 2021

As the Bariatric Wellness Program Coordinator, Cristin Polizzi’s goal is to help patients navigate and enjoy their journey, as well as achieve long-term physical and emotional success.

We want our patients to know that they’re never alone, Cristin says. “They can come to me with any question – big or small – whether they’re 4 months or 4 years out from surgery.”

Below are just a few important questions you can ask Cristin:

1. Why do I have to get this test done?

Whether it’s an EKG, sleep study, or pulmonary function check, I can explain what the test is for and what you can expect.

2. What will my hospital stay be like?

Naturally, this is a big concern. Everyone’s hospital stay is a little different. I’ve had bariatric surgery myself, so I’ve had an inside look. I can let you know how to prepare, what you should bring, how long it should take, and more.

3. How can I adjust my diet and lifestyle before and after surgery?

Alongside our dietitians, I can help guide you through the pre-op and post-op diets to meet your individual needs. Sometimes it’s a simple timeline tweak to better fit peoples’ schedules or advice on food alternatives. Other times, people need help with sleep habits or coping with stress in a healthy manner. We can discuss it all!

4. What are some diet myths I should avoid?

There are countless nutrition misconceptions out there. Often, people will share well-intentioned advice that, unfortunately, isn’t true. For example, tracking macros (or macro-nutrients) or following low-carb and/or calorie-restrictive diets is not something we recommend. It’s important to stick to the meal plan we provide. If you’re unsure of something, ask me!

5. What kind of exercise is right/safe for me?

As a Certified Personal Trainer, I can explain how to incorporate movement safely and enjoyably depending on where you’re at in your journey. Whether you’re early in recovery or several years out and getting back on track, there’s always something you can do.

6. I’m struggling to take care of my mental well-being. What can I do?

Self-care is huge (and not just in terms of body products). Many adults are caregivers and/or parents; they rarely prioritize time for themselves. Learning to slow down, focus on your health, and enjoy all aspects of your life can foster a healthier relationship with yourself and with food. In addition to discovering self-care, I encourage people to join our support groups, so that they can learn from others who’ve experienced similar challenges (and victories). If you think you might need professional psychiatric help, we can point you in the right direction.

7. How can I get back on track?

I wish more people asked me this. You shouldn’t feel ashamed for needing a “tune-up.” Life happens. Things change. Maybe something that worked for you a couple of years ago no longer helps. Maybe you need more visits with your dietitian or surgeon. That’s okay. You’re not supposed to do it all on your own.

8. Is something wrong?

It is incredibly important to listen to your body. If you feel like something is off, and there could be a complication, let us know as soon as possible. You should never struggle or suffer.

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