Birthday Treats Post Weight Loss Surgery

My first birthday post weight loss surgery in 2006, I was 8 days post-op so right in those first few weeks of WTH?! What the heck did I do to my body, anesthesia and pain medication induced blues. They are normal feelings and will subside, for me the more I was able to walk and breathe fresh air the better and better I felt but I must admit I cried like a baby when I was eating a couple of tablespoons of refried beans for my birthday dinner, then smelling the 4th of July neighborhood BBQ's the following weekend. I couldn't see the light at the end of the healing tunnel 8 days post-op but it was right around the corner. If some of this rings true for you... know this.... celebrations will be in your future again but hopefully in a healthier way.

Here are 10 Tips for Celebrating Holidays and Special Days Post Weight Loss Surgery that have helped me. Hope they help you too.

This weekend is my birthday (my brother is coming to visit, it's actually his birthday weekend too, we are 1 day and 12 years apart) and I was beginning to do some menu planning. I thought of all the different birthday treats I have made since having weight loss surgery. I wanted to draw attention to a few of my favorites in case someone (or someone you love) is celebrating soon too. There are even a couple early post-ops should be able to partake in. Remember: when in doubt, print it out and ask your medical posse for their thumbs up.

Shelly's Protein Ice Cream Cake

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Shelly's It's My Party Birthday Cake Shake

1 single serve packet (or 2 scoops) Celebrate Vitamins Vanilla Cake Batter ENS
8 oz. Soy Milk (any milk will do)
a few cubes of Ice (or my High Protein Frozen Yogurt Cubes)

Blend on high. Top with Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream and a few multicolored nonpareils.

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Shelly's Birthday Cake Protein Pudding Cups

2 cups Premier Protein Shake (Ready to Drink RTD, any flavor)
1 (1 oz.) small package Sugar Free Instant Pudding Mix (dry, any flavor)
Optional: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Syrup (any flavor)

Pour the shake (about 1 1/2 containers), pudding mix and optional syrup flavoring into a shaker bottle (or mason jar works too.) If you choose to add a flavoring put one less Tablespoon of the shake. I often change it up by adding SF Caramel or SF Hazelnut Syrup, etc. Shake for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly. Pour into individual dishes. Place in the fridge to set (about 5 minutes or so.) You can top with all sorts of things to make them festive: a squirt of Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream, Nuts, Berries, Crumbled Protein Bar, and of course Birthday Sprinkles (nonpareils)

I make a few versions here's a Grasshopper one (my fav I think)

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I can't really complain about getting older... I actually feel healthier now than I did 20 years ago!

P.S. They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights ;)