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Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary On 10/20/17 I was officially 6 months post op.  What the what!  I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months.  SIX MONTHS.  Time flies.  I am no longer a surgery newbie but an experienced vet.  I have […]

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)

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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 the one thing I miss the most is not being able to have beans! I love garbanzo beans, especially hummus, and I crave that so often on keto. Well, lucky for us Cody actually whipped out this incredible recipe for a very near perfect hummus dupe.

It’s really tasty, tastes very authentic, and goes very well with vegetables, especially sugar snap peas.  You may not be familiar with all of these ingredients but I encourage you to use them all for very delicious results.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
    • It is very important that you get raw cashews for this.
  • 1cup tahini
  • 1cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp Ras El Hanout seasoning
    • You can use curry powder, but I prefer this by far
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

To begin, soak cashews in water for 3-5 hours, or until they are soft.

Drain water and add cashews and lemon juice to a blender.  I initially tried to blend this with a food processor, but the results were less than ideal; you have been warned.

Then add tahini, garlic, salt, and Ras El Hanout and continue to blend until a smooth puree is achieved.  Adjust seasonings to your desired taste, you may like it to be more acidic or salty, for instance.

Serve in your favorite bowl, garnish with parsley and olive oil, and red pepper if you like it spicy like I do.  That’s it.  Super easy.

 

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Ras El Hanout

*Ras El Hanout is a Moroccan spice blend.  It’s absolutely delicious mixed into hummus whether traditional or this recipe.  It’s also fantastic on grilled meat. I often use it to add great flavor to chicken, and if I am in the mood to splurge, on lamb.  Most grocery stores that have a decent spice selection will have a pre-mixed blend, and if you are lucky enough to have a middle eastern market near you, they usually have it far cheaper.  But if those aren’t an option, you can make it yourself.  The great thing is, just like curry powder, there is no definitive “recipe” for it, so you can take a template like the one I am posting and add or remove spices you like or don’t like to create a unique spice blend that fits your palate.

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

It’s really as simple as getting the spices, and adding them together, if you want to make it even better, get the cumin, coriander, allspice, and cloves whole, and toast them in a dry pan, then grind them along with the other spices, but that is optional.

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 […]

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)

Crispy Coconut Crusted Chicken (Keto and Paleo Friendly)   Didn’t think that crispy chicken was possible on keto?  Well good news keto fam, it is totally and completely possible!  These crispy, coconut crusted chicken tenders are awesome!  They work great whether you’re keto, paleo, or […]

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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Wish you were here, Cody!

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.