Bento, Shopping & Old Man Wisdom

It rained most of last week so my everyday walk was replaced with an exercise tape and power shopping... err walking the mall. Yesterday was the first day I was able to get out. It felt so good to be out in the fresh air. I walked a few times around the lake near my house and found a picnic table that had dried out to eat dinner. Here's what I packed in my super cool bento box...

Blue Box (top left): Celery & Snow Peas
Green Box (top right): Shelly's Egg Nog Protein Pudding
Pink Box (bottom left): Shelly's Faux Chicken Fajitas (Cooked Chicken tossed with Roasted Peppers & Onions)
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's BLT Yogurt Dip for dipping veggies

Shelly's Egg Nog Protein Pudding

1/2 cup Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding (prepared with Soy Nog instead of milk) and 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Protein Powder added. Topped with SF Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a dash of nutmeg.

Shelly's BLT Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt (I use 2%)
1 teaspoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Bruschetta Sauce (in fresh pasta section)
1 Tablespoon Bacon Bits
Kosher Salt to taste

Mix together. Great to top salads or use as a dip with veggies or soy crisps. B = Bacon, T = Tomato Bruschetta, L = Love of course ;)

One of the things I spotted while shopping would solve a common post-op problem. If it works like it says it does. The problem: after you have weight loss surgery you have to be sure you thoroughly chew your food. It's also important to pause between bites to pick up on our new body's cues telling us: "if you take one more bite it won't be pretty." Meals are eaten at a slightly slower pace, no more pre-op power shoveling. This means that the last few bites of any meal are usually cold. This gadget would solve that. My pal Amelia from the WLS Twibe ordered one and is doing a test drive. I'll let you know what she has to say.

Is everyone ready for the holiday? Got your shopping done?

Luckily my family doesn't really exchange Christmas presents anymore. My Mum and I usually do something special (a play or day trip, etc.) and the rest of the people in my life get treats I make at home. It really reduces the holiday stress.

I have to share this with you. If you are on Twitter you probably know the twitter account @shitmydadsays but if you aren't it's basically tweets by Justin Halpern who lives with his 73 year-old Dad. Justin's Pop says some funny stuff which Justin then posts to Twitter. It's gems of wisdom wrapped up in a coarse, sometimes vulgar but always hilarious package.

Justin's Dad on Christmas presents...

"Everybody's broke, so here's the rule for Christmas this year; if you still shit your pants, you get a present. Otherwise tough shit."

I agree. Wise man.