It has been awhile since we had a nice dose of motivation on here. And what better way to kick of the holiday season than with a patient spotlight story of someone who transformed her life?!
Maggy puts it best when she says, “One of the best things to come of this is that I’m now in a position to help other people.”
Weight loss surgery does not happen in a vacuum. You will make life long friendships with your team at WeightWise and the people you confide in at support group. They will help pull you through hard times and you will help lift them up and motivate others toward their goals.
Since we are on the brink of a difficult few months of weight loss (or weight loss maintenance) during the holiday season, I hope you find some motivation in our Patient Spotlight with Maggy’s story.
A holiday meal is hardly complete without stuffing, but traditional bread or rice based stuffing varieties are loaded with carbohydrates. But don’t fret, because Cauliflower has stepped up in the world to become a low-carb powerhouse.
Cauliflower has become very popular as a substitute for rice, potatoes, and bread-based dishes.
Give this Cauliflower Stuffing a try during this holiday season for a great low-carb stuffing substitute.
Try these other Thanksgiving recipes this year including Roasted Chicken Legs!
Sometimes a full turkey is just too much. Using chicken legs or turkey legs in place of an entire bird is a great option for smaller families that don’t need such a large portion. Another benefit of using just the legs instead of the whole bird is that you don’t need to spend hours watching the oven and basting the turkey. This is a great way to make a smaller portion and save you time to spend with your family instead of in the kitchen!
Enjoy this recipe for roasted chicken legs this year.
Look for more recipes in our Thanksgiving Menu coming soon!
As football season is gearing up, you might be looking for some new ‘football party’ recipes. I know I have been looking to mix it up with new options from last year. These stuffed mini peppers fit the bill and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! You should definitely put Stuffed Mini Peppers into your Saturday rotation.
Let’s get cookin’…
It has been a busy week at the clinic. It is great to be busy, but cooking dinner after a long day is not as great. So when going through my recipe binder looking for slow cooker recipes- I sadly became aware about how many non-chili slow cooker recipes I have (very few). So I set out to not only try out a few new recipes but to use different kinds of protein in the slow cooker. To get out of my rut, I chose to make a slow cooker asian pork recipe.
Chicken is very common in my slow cooker. I opted this time to use a pork tenderloin for this slow cooker asian pork which turned out amazing. When looking for new slow cooker recipes, I typically look for one with a good protein and seasonings. Anything other ingredients, I can easily modify to be low carb and bariatric friendly.
Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to find variety in foods. It is probably one of the most common questions I have on a daily basis….”What can I have for breakfast?!” The typical scrambled eggs can get old fast, but this southwest omelette can be just the thing you need.
If you are stuck in a rut with this early meal, then get creative!
This is one of my favorite omelettes. The southwest omelette adds flavor and a little spice to your breakfast meal. It was actually made by my dear husband for dinner last night! Mr. A is pretty darn good at making omelettes….I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed not cooking supper!
Pizza pizza party, pizza pizza chomp chomp, pizza pizza toot toot, everybody pizza train!
This is the song I sing every time
we have the pizza, the Cauliflower Crust Pizza
, or anything resembling pizza in my house. My husband and friends are so used to it now, they just sing right along with me. You can thank Jimmy Fallon (if you haven’t seen this skit, do yourself a favor and watch it). You can even sing it when making this Pizza Toss.
Pizza is great but the carbs can get you into trouble. And I love cauliflower crust pizza. But sometimes I don’t have the energy to invest in making it. So that’s when the pizza toss comes in. You get the great flavor of pizza without the carbs and work.
Everyone needs vitamins. Everyone. There is no exception to that rule. But not everyone may require a vitamin supplement because their food intake is sufficient in the food sources that provide needed vitamins.
Why are vitamins (also called micronutrients) needed in the body?
Vitamins are not synthesized in the human body, meaning our body cannot make these nutrients. That is why vitamins are required in our food or supplement form. Vitamins are need for many body functions and the absence of these can lead to lasting diseases.
During the hot summer months, my stove does not get much exercise. Even in the early morning hours, I do not like heating up my kitchen. So that means I either make a big breakfast casserole or egg muffins once a week to keep my kitchen cool or I eat something straight from the fridge. Things like cottage cheese or cheese sticks are quick and easy, but can get old fast.
Try this spiced vanilla breakfast bowl for a change of pace. It is quick, tasty, and full of protein. The recipe can be made in under 5 minutes so it is perfect for a last minute breakfast. It also can be made the night before so you can snooze one more time!
Breakfast is the most commonly skipped meal of the day. With all that goes into getting out of the house in the morning, I understand that breakfast can get moved to the back burner. Even though you might not have time or not all that hungry in the morning, breakfast is an important component of weight loss and weight loss maintenance.
Not all breakfast foods are created equal. A breakfast of cereal or pastry can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Some great breakfast options can include an omelette, breakfast egg casserole, turkey sausage, or protein bars. But what if you are craving chocolate and maybe need something other than eggs? This breakfast mousse has you covered! The breakfast mousse can satisfy a craving, but is also packed with protein, potassium, and calcium!
**Remember: softer textures after weight loss surgery should be limited. If you get hungry between meals when eating a soft texture or drinking a protein shake, it is best to eat more solid foods.