I do this instead of that!

I do this instead of that! Instead of Tortilla or Taco shells my husband and I use Romaine lettuce…he’s never been happier too, since he can have an extra Taco or two just by eliminating that high carb/calorie tortilla! What do you do “instead of” since having had Bariatric Surgery or if you’ve not had Bariatric Surgery just because you are trying to eat cleaner/healthier food? Ready, go!

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Keeping “fatbrain” satisfied one meal at a time!

Some days I feel mentally ravenous. Other days not so much.  On the days when “fatbrain” has me reeling with head hunger and I begin to long for the days of cookies past I have to do something about it…to keep myself from going off the wagon, or down the hill to a bakery!

Initially after I had my surgery I literally survived on Quest Bars… first 1/4 of a bar at a time, then half, then a whole bar…and then I’d had so many Quest Bars that I couldn’t do it anymore and I stopped having Quest Bars.  I hadn’t really had cravings or head hunger until winter hit hard and we were indoors and bored this 2016/2017 winter.

I began experimenting with coconut flour banana peanut butter muffins and other low net carb “goodies” that would satisfy my “fatbrain” head hunger.  Those too got old and fairly quickly.  While they have good fiber they still have too many carbs to be partaken of on a regular basis.

I also was tired of the same old protein day after day…I’d started out with Premier but after 9 months was tired of it so put that on the back shelf until recently when I found that I was finally able to order the Caramel and Banana flavors on Costco.com.  So the old became the new again.  And get this, Costco has a very Quest Bar like protein bar that comes in “cookie dough” and “brownie” flavor.

Color me happy!  One of the protein packed bars cut into 4 and either nuked on reduced power for about 35 seconds or baked in the oven at 350 for 3 minutes per side is a warm, yummy very cookie like treat for “fatbrain” and gives my head hunger the satisfaction that it needs and keeps me from going off the deep end and driving to said nearest bakery!

(to bake in the oven I nuke the bar for a few seconds to soften it, make 4  balls and press them flat on parchment on a cookie sheet. Bake for 3 minutes, turn over and bake for 3 more minutes.  YUMMY!)

And 1st prize for Skinny Ankle Goes To…

…ME!!!!

I’ve been saving left ankle real estate for years for a tattoo I’ve had in my head for some time.  I did not want to get it until I’d earned the Skinny Ankle Award though!

It hurt like hell getting it, and it hurts like hell today (fire and ice) but it was beautifully done by a skilled professional so it’s going to be awesome when it’s healed (if I do say so myself!)

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The Easter Glutton Is Coming…Or NOT!

Good morning all! Sitting here having my protein coffee thinking about the upcoming gluttony holiday next weekend otherwise known as Easter. We (my husband and I) don’t typically celebrate food holidays, but it still has me thinking…what can a WLS person enjoy if they are participating in an Easter Celebration with their family. Well…a lot really… Devilled Eggs (no carbs) Turkey or Ham (no carbs) A lovely ambrosia jello salad…if it’s made with sugar free jello and real heavy whipping cream! Fill up on the Devilled Eggs, ham, turkey and be the one to bring the sugar free real cream jello salad, and avoid the starchy carby sides, cakes and candy! Only you can do it! In experimenting I have found I can go high on fat and protein on occasion and still maintain as long as the carbs are low low low. Happy Thursday!

Carbs will always matter…

As will Protein, Fat and other nutrients.

If you find yourself “stalled”, “not losing”, “gaining” etc look at your daily nutrient levels. As a bariatric post-op you will have to pay attention every day for the rest of your life if you want to 1) reach your goal and 2) maintain your goal weight.

There’s no such thing as a 6 month stall (for example)…be honest, you simply are not following the WLS rules…admit it to yourself and that’s when you can begin to get back on track!

I am fortunate that thus far I have had very good success with my WLS tool ie “Sleevana”, but I live a life that allows me to be far away from many temptations that others have to deal with on a daily basis. For this I am thankful.

If I had to endure the typical “day at the office” and a commute I may not be having the success that I am…I truly feel for anyone who’s got to deal with the rest of the world on a day to day basis.

That said, I won’t be apathetic or very sympathetic in regard to how I respond to “I just don’t know why I am not losing” …because everyone knows why they stop losing, and why they start gaining.  Not following the Post WLS rules is the main reason.  I choose to respond with facts and information.

I wish anyone who goes through the WLS process the greatest success, but also know that they first have to be honest with themselves, police themselves and be accountable for themselves.  As do I.

That said, a good reminder of “how many carbs do we need” came up in a group today so I’m sharing it here!

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< 50g Carbs = Early Bariatric Loss
Where we land after surgery and why we drop so much weight in the first weeks. Eventually, extremely low carb & calories will stall fat loss, destroy muscle and cause massive hair loss unless paired with protein drink fuel.
50g – 85g Carbs = Optimal Fat Burn
The “Bariatric Sweet Spot”, Protein First! Your body can burn through these few Good Carbs for fuel and begin burning stored body fat. Keep protein and nutrient levels up to maximize weight loss.
85g – 125g Carbs = Bariatric Maintenance
Most can remain at goal if they choose Good Carbs and Living Foods and not slide back into processed foods. Be careful though as some will regain at the higher end of this zone.
125g – 300g Carbs = FAT Storage
Carb Source Matters!!! Too many high glycemic, processed and convenience carbs…NOT a good place to be as a bariatric post op, even though it may be below pre-op levels.