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Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)

Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)

Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin) If you didn’t know, I just had a recently revalation that Brussels Sprouts can actually be incredibly tasty with this awesome Sweet and Sour Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe.  Today, I bring this incredibly gooey “Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake […]

Creamy Cashew Hummus (Keto & Paleo Friendly)

Creamy Cashew Hummus (Keto & Paleo Friendly)

Creamy Cashew Hummus (Keto & Paleo Friendly) I think the hardest part about being on a keto diet is not missing out on breads or sweets or even fruit because there are substitutes for those, or you can just have them in small quantities. But […]

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

An Afternoon of Yoga at Suzie’s Farm

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Me trying to look zen,

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 in Chula Vista.  It was hosted by a local meetup group, called Women, Wine, and Yoga and nearly 100 people showed up.  It was such a cute and invite place to be able to practice yoga.  Everyone had a very warm and welcoming energy and the vibe on the farm was so quaint and cozy;  there were even dogs roaming around while we practiced our yoga, accompanied with a nice cooling breeze and live meditative music.  I’ve been only practicing yoga at my

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local studio, Yoga Six, which has been so amazing, so I was a little “nervous” doing yoga else where, because the sessions can be so different depending on where you go.  However, minus an excessive amount of “ohm-ing”  it was absolutely perfect, and it was so nice to be able to enjoy yoga outdoors for a change.

After yoga, we got the pleasure of being able to stick around and tour the farm.  The owner of Suzie’s Farm, Lucia, was an absolute joy to be around.  Her passion for the outdoors and her farm was absolutely infectious.  She just had such a warm energy, I just wanted to give her a giant hug, plus she looked adorable in her little butterfly shawl.   Lucia even allowed us to harvest her fruit and vegetables as we toured the farm.  She taught us so much about growing, and how her farm works.  We were able to pick some strawberries, and they were the most incredible ones I have ever tasted.  Fresh from the earth, picked right from the stem, filling my taste buds with the sweetest tasting fruit.

We also got to pick a variety of delicious peppers, ranging from orange and red bell peppers, to some spicy ones including Hungarian black peppers, which honestly I’ve never heard of.  I hear they make for a great salsa, and can’t wait to cook with them.  Don’t worry, there will be a recipe of sorts up soon enough!

My favorite part of the day, hands down was getting to visit the sunflower fields.   Sunflowers are my absolute favorite!  Lucia was gracious enough to allow us to pick as many flowers as we wanted.  I could have seriously picked the entire field of flowers and that wouldn’t have been enough.  I’ve never been to a farm, but this is something I’d love to do again.  What made our trip very special, is that this was unfortunately the last day that we would be able to visit Suzie’s farm as it now closed for business. However,  it was very fun, and honestly a great form of exercise too!  Who knew bending over and picking produce was so hard?

The most wonderful thing about losing weight, going from over 320 pounds to 252 is that I’m starting to feel like myself again. By any means am I content at my current weight?  Absolutely not.  But, I feel physically lighter as well as spiritually free.  I feel more comfortable, I don’t feel like hiding nearly as

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much anymore.

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Surgery has given me the strength to keep going even though at this point I would usually get discouraged by the fact that despite losing 70 pounds, I still need to lose at least another 100 lbs.  It sounds so counter productive (it is), but sometimes that’s how the mind works.  And how I’ve ended up always self sabotaging myself in the past, despite prior success.   Now,  I feel so confident that I’m going to reach my goals, and I can hardly wait.  I know I say that all the time, especially on my Instagram, but it’s so true.

My life has been on hold for many, many years; for my entire adult life.  Now I can be free and really learn what it’s like to LIVE.  I don’t feel like I stick out like a sore thumb nearly as much anymore. I don’t automatically feel like I’m the fattest person in the room (even if I may be), I just feel any other person.  Is this what it’s like for “normal” people?  I don’t think a lot of people understand the constant thought process that goes through someone’s head who is severely overweight.  It’s constant mind games, self-doubt, lack of confidence– you name it.  These thoughts can plague us all the time, especially if we’re in any type of public setting.  But not for much longer.  Finally.  After thinking I was doomed to have this body and these burdens forever,  I finally feel the (metaphorical) weight lifted off my shoulders.  And it feels great.

Anyways, I think I’m going to start sharing more blog posts like this.    I love posting recipes, but I think my new eating habits only covers half of my WLS journey, and I want to document every step of the way, since this is my weight loss surgery blog, afterall.

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Medallions

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Medallions

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Medallions If anyone has gone to a Brazilian steakhouse, they know that they serve a lot more than steak. One of my favorite items that’s often on the menu is the hunks of pork, covered in garlic and Parmesan.  I’m sure […]

Freshly Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

Freshly Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

Freshly Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Caprese salad is the quintessential Italian dish. It screams the very definition of what Italian cuisine preaches, which is use the best ingredients while keeping it simple. I do not eat tomatoes often, as they are quite carby, so when […]

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps

Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps

I’ve heard about how amazing those little broccoli crisps at Trader Joe’s, but I refuse to buy something I can easily make…so voila.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe for some Quick & Easy Crunchy Air Fried Broccoli Crisps.  This recipe is actually super simple.  and can be done in a normal oven, but will take much longer.  Take a look at my Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips Recipe for some tips on how to dehydrate veggies in the oven.

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But Why Use an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are awesome. they are not fryers however.  First of all, if you are wondering, an airfryer is basically a mini convection oven:  A convection oven heats like a normal oven, but circulates air by way of a fan. this circulation of air keeps the humidity low, and in turn, will give you a crisper “fried” like exterior on certain items.  Plus, it cooks your meals quickly, which I’m all about on weeknights.

I know if you’re keto, you may prefer to deep fry thinks, which is fine, but frying is definitely more caloric and I am trying to keep my calories as low as possible.  Plus, if you’re also a Bariatric patient like me, you may be a little sensitive to fats.

The Air fryer, if used at a lower temp, can also replicate a dehydrator, and if used in between, give you a bit of the best of both worlds.  Okay, enough about Air Fryers, hope you enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Crowns of Broccoli
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil; enough to coat lightly
    • I honestly used closer to 1 tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp of Tajin
    • Tajin is a blend of Mexican chilies & lime

Not super keen on lime?  Try changing it up these seasonings.  I promise you, they will all be delicious.

As for the Steps…..

Cut the broccoli florets into bite size pieces.

Coat in oil and then spices.

Set air fryer to 200 degrees for 30-35 mins.

Let cool for 20-30 mins (or don’t), and enjoy!  Do you have any other seasoning

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suggestions or requests? Let me know in the comments!

 

Just A Quick Note:

As with all dehydrated veggies, this isn’t going to yield a ton of crisps.  You may want to double or even triple this recipe if you’d like to have a decent amount saved!  Just a thought.