Friday, July 22, 2011

A day in my pouch

I've been having some crazy busy days lately. Between regular old life and preparing for our upcoming sold out Southern California Weight Loss Surgery Meet & Greet things have been hectic in my world. These are the days I am glad I meal plan. I really believe it is a key (at least one of mine) to post weight loss surgery success.

Sometime the day before I sit down and plan out my eating for the next day... it takes a few minutes but it really does avoid the "crap grab" and helps me make the best possible choices. "Crap Grab" happens when you are hungry and have no plan. You grab any old crap that is around ;) You know when you stare into the refrigerator or pantry and you just grab an assortment of any old crap to feel the void... a behavior (my pre-op behavior) that can add hundreds of extra calories to a day. By having a plan in place I rarely get caught in the "crap grab." Meal planning for the day is the antithesis of the crap grab, it makes me sit down and THINK...

Are my meals protein packed?
Is my day balanced?
Am I utilizing things in the fridge or my leftovers wisely?

Basically meal planning helps me set myself up for success. 95% I eat my plan. Sure occasionally someone will call and invite me out to a last minute lunch or life will change and I need to adjust but having a plan in place even makes the adjusting easier.

My yesterday (and yep I planned it):

Breakfast: A dollop of Pineapple Cottage Cheese (Fresh & Easy brand is my favorite) with fruit. A few Strawberries, Cherries and I am addicted to Kent Mangoes right now (Costco - refrigerated section, already cut-up.) Yum!

Lunch: Took my super cool bento outside on the patio. Fresh air, vitamin D, wifi (what did we ever do without this) and a yummy lunch. Perfect.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Greek Deviled Eggs
Orange Box (top right): Shelly's Mini Pistachio Protein Muffin
Blue Box (bottom left): Cucumber Slices and Mini Goat Cheese (I smear this on the cucumber)
Green Box (bottom right): More Mango (told you I'm addicted) & Cherries

Shelly's Greek Deviled Eggs

4 Hard cooked Eggs
2 Tablespoons Feta Cheese
1 Green Onion
2 oz. Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
dash of Greek Seasoning
Kalamata Olive

Hard boil eggs, peel and slice in half. Remove yolk and set whites aside. Mix yolks, feta, yogurt, mayo, onion, salt, pepper and Greek seasoning together in a mini food processor till smooth. Place mixture in a quart size Ziploc bag, snip off end and fill whites or you could also pipe onto cucumber slices, into cherry tomatoes, or celery stalks. Top with a half of an olive.

Dinner: The day before yesterday I went out to dinner. I had some leftover Ahi Tuna I brought home and I turned it into these...

I'm calling them Tuna Tacos. Soooo good. I'm going to do this one more often.

Shelly's Tuna Tacos

Leftover Seared Ahi Tuna
Shelly's Wasabi Yogurt Dressing
Butter (Boston) Lettuce

Slice tuna and serve in lettuce leaves with a dollop of wasabi yogurt dressing.

Shelly's Wasabi Yogurt Dressing

2 oz. Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Wasabi Powder (or more to taste)
squeeze of Lime Juice
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Mix till well combined.

Snacks: Oodles of coffee and a CLICK Espresso Protein Frappe. This one tastes like a coffee flavored candy bar.

Shelly's Chocolate Caramel CLICKacchino

1/2 cup Soy Milk (any milk will do)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
2 scoops CLICK Espresso Protein Powder (your favorite flavor)
2 Tablespoons Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with optional squirt of Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a drizzle of SF Caramel & Chocolate Sauce (I use Smucker's)

Other day's in my pouch.

Speaking of the sold out Southern California Weight Loss Surgery Meet & Greet want to peek at a couple of the giveaway prizes that the attendees will have a chance of winning. Some lucky winner will be CLICK'n, with a CLICK Gym Bag filled with 2 tubs of CLICK's latest All-Natural Espresso Protein in Mocha & Vanilla Latte flavors.

and a HUGE basket of Bariatric Fusion Vitamins and Protein...

This is just 2 of hmmm I think 16 AWESOME prizes, you know I think it's more than 16, I need to count again. I'm getting so excited. If you have a chance to attend an event like this in your area I highly recommend it. It's so nice to get together with fellow weight loss surgery pals. No matter what stage pre-op or post, type of surgery, we all understand the struggles associated with battling obesity and it is an amazing experience when you are surrounded by people who truly "get it."

Your local bariatric program support group is a good resource for meet & greets, the WLSFA Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America, the Obesity Action Coalition, Obesityhelp, or just grab some pals and start a your own get-together tradition!

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Kimberly said...

Im so eggggggcited and have been on count down mode every since the announcement..... :)

vanzare masini said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Kerry said...

I'm so excited about finding you & your blog! For 2 reasons---#1 My husband had THE surgery last week and #2 I manage my own weight by watching the "whites" and am always looking for high protein/SF recipes. I can't wait to try your bites, donuts and cakes!
Thank you for taking the time to share!

Elizabeth said...

I just wanted to say a big THANK you for having so many recipes on here. I recently had lap band and have been looking for eating ideas - especially ones that are easy and my family will eat. You have really made my life a lot easier :)

Shanda said...

I am so looking forward to being further out and be able to actually eat some of the recipes you have listed. What were some of the things that were your favorites early out? I don't do well on meat yet (chicken but my surgeon has said no - I will ask when I see him next week). I do ok with shrimp. Beans, yogurt and tofu all make my pouch happy. I'm going to start trying more of your protein shake receipies but can't do fruit quite yet. Thank you for any thoughts you may have.

P.S. Sorry I missed the get together yesterday. Will definitely come to the next one!

Connie said...

Hi! Just wanted to say that I received my prize of Quest bars on Saturday and they are great! I LOVE the chocolate brownie one heated in the microwave. Yum! Thanks so much, Shelly for your great blog and incredible give-aways. You rock!!


Lisa_Gibson said...

The day in your pouch looks delicious! Wish I could attend the conference. Sounds awesome. :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Vanzare, Kelly, Hope you guys enjoy it!


Kimberly, So excited I feel like a kid before Christmas! See you Saturday!


Elizabeth, Aww Thank you. Hope you enjoy all you try!


Shanda, Some of my early favs: I was cleared for everything I eat now at 8 weeks.


Lisa, I wish you were too!


Connie, Yay! Congrats again. The Apple Pie one is my ultimate fav! Let me know what you think of it.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let u know, I bought a bento box, and love it! i put ur name on my order as to where i heard bout them! so in case u get like a credit for it or something! thanks for all u do! ur blog really helps me stay on the right path! <3 Tammy

Bethany said...

Can you do a post where you compile a make-shift grocery list for your food????????????? I know that sounds detailed and daunting, but I am a college student, just had VSG surgery, and I want a good arsenal of groceries to start with when I move back up to college this Fall.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Awww Thanks Bethany, Well I have this: and this might help too:

Best wishes on your new semester starting!! I loved college (most of it)