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I’m Finally Back with a Video! My Pre and Post Op Gastric Sleeve Experience.

Hey everyone! This video is so long overdue, I’m sorry it literally took me three months post vsg to post this. I really do want to do more YouTube videos, and now seeing how…large I looked in my first one I feel that I have […]

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm I had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful day at a local farm in San Diego.  My friends Kristan and Matt, and I got to spend our morning practicing yoga in a lovely shaded area on Suzie’s Farm […]

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results.  I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with my results, but post-op I am still having some struggles with certain foods, as expected.  I haven’t been completely 100% keto because to be honest, I’ve had a hard time adjusting to eating such a large quantity of fats, plus, with my low caloric intake, I can’t properly hit my macros because I need protein.  With that said, I have decided to change up my diet and I’m looking into more Paleo options: Macros aren’t really stressed, and you are still eating wholesome fats, just not as much.

But what is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is basically a very pure version of Paleo.  You could even consider it a jump start to Paleo.  It’s essentially a 30 day challenge to abstain from all sugars, and eat only whole foods.  No sugar, coffee/caffeine, artificial sweeteners, dairy (oh lord help me),  sulfites, soy, alcohol, legumes, and junk food.  By junk food, they specifically state that you can’t recreate paleo-friendly versions of junk food:  so goodbye cinnamon rolls, and pankcakes.  With that said no sugar substitutes as well, no Splenda, erythritol, or any form of sugar alcohols.

The idea behind this is that this purge of any bad food, or healthy alternatives to bad food allows you to change your relationship with food.  I know on keto I live off my keto-friendly dupes, so this will be a challenge for sure.  However, even though I’ve had my stomach shrunken, I can without a doubt say that the cravings are still there!  I’m hoping this detox of sorts will help curb my cravings.

I can have complex carbs; potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, fruit; with the exception of grains.  Grains are a giant no-no, FYI corn is considered a grain.  According to the Whole 30 Guide, I can have unlimited fruits, fruit juices, and almost type of vegetable.  There is a lot of overlap with Whole 30/Keto, and I can have avocados, bacon, meats, and mostly everything else that isn’t on the “No” list.  If you are curious, there is a comprehensive guide here.

So what does that mean for the blog and your keto recipes?

So, with that said, you can be Paleo/Whole 30 and Keto, so I’m going to try to incorporate as many meals that are friendly to both lifestyles.  However, there will be some exclusively Paleo recipes.  I’m not sure if how long I’m going to stay Paleo, so this may only last 30 days.  I’m going to give this Whole 30 a go, and I’m going to take it from there.   I’ve been doing it for a week, and it’s been fine, although I’m missing dairy something fierce.

Have any of you tried being Paleo or done the Whole 30 Challenge? Let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear about your experiences.




Post WLS Life: 5 Week Update

Post WLS Life: 5 Week Update First of all I would like to preface this with an apology that I really haven’t done a single update post op.  I have more updates on my instagram, but  I think I’m over due for a formal blog […]

And So It Begins

It’s really happening. After this long journey, I sit here in my bed, getting ready to take a shower; I can’t believe this moment is finally happening. You would think I would be flooded with emotions and excitement,  but in a sense, I’m almost numb. […]

Bariatric Success: Finally Taking Care of Me

Bariatric Success: Finally Taking Care of Me

How to be Successful With Weight Loss Surgery

From my Pre-Op Bariatric Success: Finally Taking Care of MePoint of View

One of the first few subjects during our pre-op program was hugely about “taking care of me”. Often times we are finding that we find ourselves in this state of obesity because we simply do not care for ourselves. We push our feelings aside to appease others, we eat poorly, and maybe we even put our mental health aside. In a way, we take pride in how selfless we are. We love that we put others ahead of our own, because it makes us feel good.

However, as Sherri says, we can’t keep giving ladles of ourselves away, because eventually there will be none left for ourselves. And that’s exactly what has happened. I have tried to appease everyone in my life for the sake of getting along, for the sake of making them feel good about themselves, for the sake of being accepted and well-liked. Sure, that “good feeling” feels nice, so it’s all worth it in the end. But then, suddenly you find yourself caring about others more than yourself; you always make yourself available to them. You find that after years of putting others first, you have completely deteriorated. In my experience it was obesity.

I did not care about myself enough to take care of myself. I ate what I wanted because it made me happy, nor did I want to create positive changes because I was too worried about others, ultimately creating the situation that I’m in.

Again, I felt good giving to others. I don’t blame anyone for being in the position I’m now finding myself in: I truly felt happy helping others. But, in turn, I put more effort to others than I had myself, without even realizing it, and the only person to pick up the pieces is myself.

Not anymore. Changing your body is just the beginning. As bariatric patients, we really need to focus on so much more than just the weight. It is imperative that we get in tune with how we got there. We are so blessed to have a second chance at life. Don’t mess this up. Give yourself some time for YOU. That would be my biggest piece of advice thus far. You are worthy of giving yourself all your attention and so much more, you deserve to be cared for, and you absolutely must put yourself first.  Even as a pre-op patient, I truly believe this is the key to a successful weight loss journey.

You deserve to take care of you.