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 […]
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Chocolate Lovers Keto-Friendly Cheesecake Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts, keto or otherwise . Creamy, tangy, and just a tiny bit salty, it just hits so many flavor notes, while not being overly sweet. My problem with most sweeteners is they just don’t […]
Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Keto/Paleo Blondie
Uhm, yum! Dessert time! Here is a recipe that can easily be modified whether you’re keto or paleo. I hope you, my lovely and amazing readers don’t mind that I list alternatives for the recipes. The eating styles can be so similar I just think it’s great to have options available for all, especially since I’m trying out Paleo because of my post op life. Since my current lifestyle is paleo, I am listing paleo ingredients first, and then keto alternatives. If you are keto, paleo, low carb, or just looking for healthy recipes, please let me know! Anyways, more important things, like how amazing these chocolate chip blondies are.
I’m going to mostly let the picture speak for itself, but seriously, these were a huge hit. I am sometimes not a huge fan of copycat recipes because they can often leave much to be desired. But, these (and well, all my recipes, haha) are the exception to the rule. They’re soft, chewy, and just melt in your mouth. The best way to enjoy them is fresh out of the oven. By the way, these store well and are very easy to make. Oh yes!
- 1 & 1/2 c almond meal or almond flour
- 1 whole egg +1 yolk
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 1/4 C coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c Paleo chocolate chips
- sugar-free chocolate chips for keto
- very dark chocolate can also work
Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a 10 inch cast iron skillet (or similar size baking dish), coat a thin layer of coconut oil and set aside. Obviously, the bigger the skillet, the thinner the blondie, and visa versa. It just really depends on your preference.
Combine almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla and add to dry ingredients.
Then, once combined, mix in chocolate chips and spread in an even layer in cast iron pan.
Just bake for 25 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
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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 […]
How to be Successful With Weight Loss Surgery
From my Pre-Op Point 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.