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Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas

Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas

Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas So as my previous post explains, I am doing (Paleo) Whole 30 for a month, so I think it’s safe to say I’m long overdue for a food post.  Plantain tortillas are absolutely incredible, two to three tacos should […]

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 […]

Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew

Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew

Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew

This Asian-Inspired Pork and Kimchi Stew great and light! The Tonkotsu pork broth base encompasses all the tasty notes of ginger, and pork. All you have to do is add a little bit of pork meat, kimchi, and shiitake to the Tonkotsu broth and you have yourself a very Asian-inspired dish.

I have already created the Tonkotsu Pork broth, just click here for the recipe!  The broth isn’t too difficult to make at all (it mostly takes time).  I also am going to use it for upcoming recipes in my blog, so you can always freeze the excess and save it for later.

This recipe is also very versatile: you could add a variety of vegetables like daikon, eggplant, or even some shirataki noodles/rice to if you’d like a more ramen feel to it.

If you decide to add anything else to this recipes, let me know,  I would love to hear how it turns out!

  • 1 cup of Tonkotsu pork broth
  • 4 oz of fatty pork, like shoulder or belly
  • 1/4 C of Kimchi
  • 2 tbsp kimchi juices
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 inch slice of ginger slicedpork and kimchi stew

Cut pork into one inch chunks and sear either in a pan or a cast iron skillet if you’d like a little bite to your meat.

Add broth, shiitake, ginger, and kimchi juices and simmer until pork is tender, for approximately 20 minutes.

Remove shiitakes and chop into bite size pieces.

Add kimchi and simmer for an additional 5 mins.

Serve (and for extra kudos serve in a Korean stone bowl and enjoy!)


Pork & Kimchi Stew


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. […]

Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Broth

Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Broth

Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) Broth Here  is a recipe for a great Japanese broth.  It tastes delicious as a standalone broth,  and its also going to be a great base that I’m going to incorporate into some upcoming recipes, starting with our keto Pork Stew with […]

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.