Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Costco Shopping List - Weight Loss Surgery Friendly?

You'd think there wouldn't be a whole lot at Costco for us after we have weight loss surgery. I mean everything is in such LARGE quantities but I've found a few things that are weight loss surgery friendly and have been very helpful on my journey. Click on the linked items to see usage ideas and recipes.

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Here's my Costco Shopping List:

Premier Protein Shakes (ready to drink kind, watch for sales every few months)
Ground Beef & Turkey (I portion out in 1/2 lb. sections & freeze)
Frozen Freeze Portions (Tilapia, Salmon)
Tortilla Crusted Tilapia
Silk Almond Milk 3 pk (best price),  Blue Diamond Shelf Stable Almond Milk
Foster Farms Turkey Meatballs
Cheeses (current favorites Wensleydale Cheddar with Cranberries & Fresh Asiago)
Quick'N Eat Fully Cooked Choice Angus Patties
Frozen Shrimp
Frozen Fruit (for Protein Shakes)
Tribe Single Serve Hummus
Dietz & Watson Cold Cuts (London Broil is great & can be frozen/defrosted for casseroles later)
Fresh Seafood (Shrimp, Scallops, Crab Legs, Clams, SALMON)
Rotisserie Chicken Best, biggest & cheapest!
String Cheese
Coach's Oats
Turkey Jerky
All Natural Fruit Crunchies and Almonds (purse snacks)
Canned Beans (great pantry staple)
Canned Crab Meat
Canned Chicken
Chicken Broth (sometimes Bone Broth too)
Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
Madras Lentils
Mini Peppers
Mushrooms (big ones to stuff)
Fresh Mango
Fuji, Pink Lady or Honeycrisp Apples
Driscoll's Raspberries
3 packs of Hothouse Cucumbers (my crackers)
If you use 0% Fage Greek Yogurt they carry a HUGE tub at a great price. I use 2% more.
Cello Cheese Whisps
Pro-Go Egg, Cheese, Nut Boxes
Kellogg's Special K Crustless Quiches
Crystal Light Drink Sticks Variety Tub

Photo printing for when you are dropping sizes
I've gotten a few cute outfits, underwear, socks
Lowest prices on prescriptions (P.S. You don't need a membership to get prescriptions, buy booze or get your eyes checked, little-known facts)

If I think of more I will add them but that's the main stuff. Well, there is always the "Costco Buffet" as I call it... a sample of cheese, a hunk of meat or two and I'm full. I'm a cheap lunch date.

My Weight Loss Surgery Pantry Essentials
My Trader Joe's Shopping List
My Liquid Stage Shopping List 
My Pureed Food Shopping List

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September is Self–Care Awareness Month

September is Self–Care Awareness Month, a month designated to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is essential. You can't be the best friend, mother, father, girlfriend, employee, boss, daughter, or son if you don't first start making sure your tank is full. I've said this before on the blog but it bears repeating like the flight attendant says, "put your oxygen mask on first before helping others."

For those of us that have had bariatric surgery, this is a reminder to...

  • Plan some healthy meals: head over to Pinterest create a board and save some recipes you want to try. Check out my Pinterest Page for some ideas.
  • Is it time to get your annual labs done? Make that appointment now. Be sure you requesting a bariatric panel (includes more than regular panel, things like iron, ferritin, and B12) 
  • Find time to do some things YOU love to do. Put "ME TIME" on the calendar. Seriously, make an appointment and treat it like an appointment with a VIP (Very Important Person) because that is what it is! 

and self-care doesn't have to be expensive. Here are a few ways I practice self-care:

  • Turn up the music and dance. 3-4 songs = 10 minutes. If you do this 3 times in a day you have a 30-minute workout. I love Spotify.
  • Catch a sunrise or a sunset (bonus if you can get both in a single day) or spend some time looking at the starry night sky (make some wishes.)
  • Research a place you hope to visit one day (or just learn more about.) 
  • Give yourself a DIY Spa Day. I'd love to do the real deal spa weekend but that's not in my budget $$$ so if it's not in yours try this alone or with someone you love.
  • Grab a box and fill it with stuff to donate. Free up some space, it's good for others and the environment too.

*** Now head over to my Instagram account to enter to win a super cool Self Care Kit: a few things to get you started taking care of and celebrating YOU!***

The Prize: For US Mailing Addresses Only

Some great items from Celebrate Vitamins (sponsored):
30 Stick Variety Pack  Celebrate Vitamins Essential Multi 3 in 1 (Multivitamin, Calcium Citrate, and Fiber) in Citrus Splash, Wild Cherry, and Raspberry-Lemonade flavors.
7-Single Serve Packets (a week of yum!) of Celebrate Vitamins Protein 20 (20 grams of whey protein isolate, 1-3 grams of sugar and only 90 -120 calories per serving) in Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Cookie, Iced Decaf Coffee, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate, Caramel Vanilla Swirl, and Wildberry.
Celebrate Vitamins Shaker Bottle
Celebrate Vitamins "Celebrate Life" Mug
and a few more goodies:
A super cool Bento Box (take your lunch outside)
Aloe Socks (after your DIY spa day put these on they will change your life)
Spotify Premium Service Gift Card (create a favorite songs list) and
Earbuds (take a walk with your new playlist)

To Enter: Head over to my Instagram for complete rules on how to enter this giveaway. Don't have Instagram it's free to start an account.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Healthy Snacks: Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

To stay on track, I always have some fun protein-forward snack around. Preparation is key to making better-for-you choices. An hour spent on the weekend planning, prepping or making a few items makes it so much easier during the week when life gets busy. Mix it up, hit up Pinterest and create a board of ideas you want to try and you'll be able to try something new when you find a little time to whip something up. Here's my Pinterest page for some inspiration.

This week with all the Pumpkin Spice talk starting I modified my Apple Protein Ball recipe. These come together in no time and are perfect for tossing in a snack-sized baggie in your purse or a container in your office desk when the candy, donuts, brownies or whatever other treat someone brought to the break room are calling you.

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Shelly's Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls 

1/2 cup Dehydrated Apples (you want the crunchy dehydrated type, freeze dried not dried)
3 Dates, whole, pitted
1/4 cup Protein Powder (I used Premier Protein Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Powder)
1/4 cup Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor, SF Pumpkin Spice, SF Caramel, SF Salted Caramel are my favs for this)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
2 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree (not Pie Filling)

Whiz everything in a mini food processor till mixture comes together like a soft dough. Roll into quarter sized balls. Makes 16-18.

Optional: You can roll them in toppings to change them up. This time I made some with chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds, and a roll into some pumpkin spice sugar (1 teaspoon Coconut Sugar or you could use Sugar Substitute & 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice) Other topping ideas: SF Chocolate Chips, Unsweetened Toasted Coconut, Crumbled Protein Bars.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. What's on my menu today? How about a burger, fries and a shake? What?! Think that is a no-go post Bariatric Surgery? Well, in fact, I ate that very combo today. Well, I did space the shake out since I don't drink with meals. Check out my fun spin on the classic combo.

Breakfast: I started my day with a protein shake that tasted just like a Root Beer Float.

Shelly's Root Beer Float Protein Shake

1 cup Milk (any kind you use)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/3 of a packet of A&W Root Beer Sugar-Free Drink Mix Singles to Go!
A few cubes of Ice

Whiz on high in blender.

I used Celebrate Vitamins Vanilla Bean Protein Meal Replacement. I found the A&W drink packets at my 99 cent store but here's an online source not much more expensive if you don't have them in yours. 1/3 of a packet is perfect for me, the perfect amount of root beer flavor.

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More Eggface Protein Shake Recipes

Lunch: A lettuce-wrapped 1/2 a Burger Patty topped with Bacon, Cheese, Grilled Onions and Persian Cucumber Spear "Fries" with a Greek Yogurt Onion Dip.

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If you have a Trader Joe's pick up some of this Onion Salt, the name is really deceiving though it's not salty at all the ingredients are granulated onion, granulated garlic, minced onion, kosher salt, green onion, and dried chives.

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Trust me, get some. It's sooo great to add to Greek yogurt to make protein packed savory dips for veggies or meat, or sprinkle it on egg salad or tuna salad, scrambled eggs.

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Dinner: Leftover rotisserie chicken. Thank goodness for Costco this summer when the temperature was too hot to turn on the oven. I picked up a Rotisserie Chicken and turned it into a couple of meals. Today I had a webinar for work so I made up my bento box and sat outside with my webinar on mute so they didn't hear any birds, planes or chewing.

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Pink Box (top left): Rotisserie Chicken
Orange Box (top right): Greek Yogurt Onion Dip (see recipe above, I made more at dinner)
Blue Box (bottom left): Tomatoes and Cucumbers (with a sprinkle of the Onion Salt)
Green Box (bottom right): Mini Mozzarella

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them
My Bento Pinterest Page (Tons of Lunch Ideas)

Snacks: Coffee and I made another batch of those Frozen Faux "Cheesecake" Bites so a couple are on-deck tonight when I sign-off and go watch TV.

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I saw on my Amazon Prime account I can watch old episodes of Amazing Race and my Mum who loves the show never saw the first season so we are watching that and LOL I C.R.S. (Can't Remember Shit) so it's new to me too. If you have an Amazon Prime account you should check out all the awesome shows and movies included each month (or Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial) It's not cheap each year but 2-day shipping is really cool and free shows and movies are a bonus.

More Days in my Pouch

P.S. Check back I have a post going up with a few other fun, new (or at least new to me and hopefully some of you too) product finds. Oh, and it might be time for a giveaway this weekend. and and most importantly, sending prayers for safety to my many friends and family in the path of Hurricane Irma this weekend and those in Texas still feeling the results of Harvey. 2017 has been a hard one... we deserve some good things now. Sending wishes for them to all. xo Shelly