Category Archives: Holidays

80/20 rule

Earlier this week I attended a meeting about how to handle eating during the holidays. I had been looking forward to this meeting for quite some time as I was hoping I would get some new information on how to handle the holidays. Sadly that wasn’t the case. The same old information that has been going around for years was regurgitated throughout the session. I left the meeting thinking I might have outgrown the program I am in or I am just more determined to stay on track. Be warned I am about to rant.

One of the things that struck a nerve with me was being told to follow the 80/20 rule. If your not aware of the 80/20 rule let me break it down. You eat healthy 80 % of the time and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. In a perfect world this rule works. In reality with this rule we are feeding the disease we have by giving ourselves permission to eat crap. If you can follow this rule I tip my hat off to you. However in my case if I was able to follow the 80/20 rule I would never have gotten to 274 lbs. I would have been successful on the many diets I tried that told me I shouldn’t deprive myself. But guess what it didn’t work for me. I find with all the information available to us now we shouldn’t be encouraging the 80/20 rule. We should be looking for healthier alternatives. How does that saying go If you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results that’s insanity or something along those lines. This applies to food as well. If you keep allowing yourself to eat cakes laden with sugars and fat and empty calories and then step on the scale and gain weight that’s pretty much to be expected. But what if you found a healthy dessert that was high in protein, low in sugar, low in carbs and healthy for you. Guess what craving is satisfied and you are fuelling your body properly.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule? How is it working for you? Have you found alternatives to your favourites? How are you handling the holidays?

As you guessed I won’t be following the 80/20 rule. I am making meal plans and figuring out my protein intake and finding healthy alternatives or eliminating certain foods altogether from our spread like mashed potatoes. The holidays can be stressful enough without going thru them feeling bloated and overstuffed. This year make sure to treat your body right.

 

For breakfast tomorrow I wanted to make the kids and myself something we could grab and go ¬†So I made muffins. These muffins below are what I baked. There’s no added sugar, there’s no refined flour and they taste amazing! If we are serious about our weight loss journeys and wanting to be healthy, we need to put extra work and effort into it. We didn’t get obese by eating one piece of cake or one treat meal but clearly we need to change our ways it we want to be healthy.

Ingredients:

2 cups quick oats ground in food processor

2 medium bananas mashed

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup applesauce(unsweetened)

1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt

1 egg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder ( I used GNC ISO BURST french vanilla)

1/2 cup no sugar added chocolate chips

What to do

preheat oven to 400.

Mash bananas. Stir in yogurt, applesauce, extract and milk. Once that’s mixed together add ground oats, baking powder, protein powder and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Let rest for a couple minutes then divided into 12 cup muffin pan and bake till toothpick comes out clean. I baked these for 22 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to hearing how you are going to handle eating during the holidays.

Holiday Cooking Part 3

So I have to be honest I thought I would have a lot more time to cook and show off all the amazing holiday recipes I have tried and tested. Sadly I tend to forget to take pictures and I just don’t have time to cook everything again. So instead what I’m going to do is give you tons and I mean tons of links to holiday foods. I usually make a recipe as it’s written at least once and then tweak it to my families liking after that. Have some fun with these recipes and make them your own ūüôā

Starters and Sides

https://www.foodcoach.me/recipe/oven-roasted-cherry-tomatoes/

Garlic Roasted Carrots

https://www.foodcoach.me/recipe/honey-mustard-roasted-brussel-sprouts/

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50127/cauliflower-stuffing-recipe/

Simple Nine-Layer Dip

High Protein Edamame Hummus

https://www.froedtert.com/bariatric-surgery/recipes/spicy-deviled-eggs

https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/protein-infused-cranberry-sauce-featuring-bipro-usa-protein-water/

https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/jens-green-bean-casserole/

Meats ( I’m only putting the turkey here but my previous post I did do lamb)

Roasted Turkey – Breast Down

Desserts

https://www.foodcoach.me/recipe/bariatric-friendly-creamy-hot-cocoa/

https://www.foodcoach.me/recipe/frozen-peanut-butter-bites/

https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/bariatric-foodies-no-flour-low-sugar-cookie-collection/

https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/protein-strawberry-cheesecake-cheeseball/

https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/mint-mocha-protein-pudding/

I hope you are able to create a delicious Christmas spread with all these ideas. Let me know what you will be cooking this holiday season.

 

 

Holiday Cooking part 2 What Turkey?

If your like me and think of the holidays as time to spend with family and not in the kitchen then do I have the recipe for you today. Traditionally we cook turkey for Christmas but it can be time consuming to make a turkey. First you brine it, then you dry it and let the chill come off of it, then we season it and then finally you put it in the oven but not all but most baste their turkeys. Turkey is delicious and I am one of those people that tends to buy a turkey and then just cook it on a random Sunday because a craving has hit, but today we are going to talk about a rack of lamb. That’s right I am breaking tradition and giving you an alternative to turkey. Now there’s a few reason I love cooking lamb instead of turkey. 1. If you have a small family you won’t have leftovers for months. 2. You barely spend any time in the kitchen! 3. Depending on how fast you are in the kitchen you can have all your sides ready to come out at the same time as the lamb. You can roast some veggies with the lamb, or boil your potatoes for your mash, make your gravy etc. In only thirty minutes you will have a delicious meal and you will be able to socialize the night away and spend it with the family laughing and making memories.

Here’s a picture of my rack of lamb:

This delicious moist, tender rack of lamb took me about 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. Here’s how I like to make my ham.

Preheat oven to 450. While oven is preheating take a baking sheet.

Place lamb rack fat side up  on a baking sheet.

In a small bowl mix together 2 tbsp dijon mustard, a dash of salt and your favourite seasoning ( I used about 1/2 tsp of Mrs Dash garlic and herb season). Spread mustard mixture over lamb making sure to coat.

Cook lamb for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 20 minutes.

Once Lamb is cooked to your desired doness take out of the oven and lightly cover with foil for ten minutes.

After 10 minutes cut lamb between bones and serve with your choice of side.

Holiday Leftovers

Now I know your probably thinking what? Did I miss a post? No no you did not but since I cooked a ham the other day which is on many tables at Christmas and had leftovers I decided why wait lets show them some delicious meals they can have with leftovers as well as do the holiday cooking posts.

So here’s the recipe

Egg wraps ( this is just an egg cooked really thin into a crepe or wrap, you can   add seasonings if you wish I usually add a bit of Italian seasoning)

1 pepper diced ( I used yellow)

1 small to medium onion diced

Diced leftover ham ( I had about a cup finely diced but you can put more or less)

Pasta sauce

Cheese of choice

In a bowl mix pepper, onion and ham. Take one egg wrap and put in about 3 tbsp of ham mixture. Add 1/2 tbsp pasta sauce and sprinkle of shredded cheese. Roll up and top with 1-2 tbsp pasta sauce and another sprinkle of cheese. Repeat to make as many as you need.  Put in microwave for 30-40 seconds or until cheese is melted and filling is warm.

I usually make one ham roll at a time for myself so what I like to do is actually saute the ham mixture before putting it in the wrap but that step in optional. I would only saute the 3 tbsp I was going to use.

The best part about this recipe is you can have it for breakfast, lunch of supper!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and look at how delicious this looks before its cooked and after.

 

Holiday Cooking part 1

As I mentioned in my last post I want to arm you with some recipes that are healthy and tasty this holiday season. I know I really should start with the main course or the veggies but I’m going to break the rules and go straight to dessert.

A few months after my weight loss surgery I rediscovered protein balls. These delicious little balls packed with flavour and meeting my nutritional requirements while allowing me to feel like I was have a treat. So today I am going to share with you a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake protein balls. I made these ones cherry but you can you a mixture of dried fruit of mango if you prefer.

This recipe will make 8 servings of 2 protein balls per guest. I didn’t fancy these ones up as I really like the flavour of them as they are.

Here’s what you need

1 cup quick oats

1/4 cup dried cherries ( I used unsweetened)

3 tbsp ground flaxseed

1.5 scoops of vanilla  protein powder ( I used GNC Iso burst French Vanilla)

3 tbsp light cream cheese

1 tbsp all natural almond butter

3 tbsp of milk

In a food processor add oats, cherries, protein powder and flax seed. Process by pulsing until it’s crumbly. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese and the almond butter once combined add to the food processor along with the milk and pulse till it starts to come together in clumps. Using a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out the mixture into your hand and roll. Refrigerate or freeze and pull out when needed to entertain or just a quick snack while shopping for the holidays.

Here’s a little secret with these delicious Cherry Cheesecake balls you can eat them year round! you can have them for breakfast, snack or a dessert that doesn’t require ustencils.

Just in case you were curious here’s the nutritional information for two protein balls(1 serving) I used MFP to calculate the nutrition.

Calories 134

Carbs 14 g

Sugar 11g

Fiber 1 g

Protein 8 g

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to sharing some more tasty ideas with all of you.

My Thoughts on Everything In Moderation

Since having my gastric sleeve almost two years ago(it will be two years in January) I have joined many Facebook support groups. Although these support groups can sometimes be very helpful in not making you feel lonely there is tons of misinformation you have to sift thru. I know that we don’t all get a great program like the one that I had the privilege of being a part of and all our dieticians etc give us different guidelines. However with the holidays coming up I am finding these groups are giving us almost permission to slip up on our eating habits. I have scrolled past many post and not left comments but I feel like I have this platform that I want to use here to voice my concerns which I hope don’t come across as judgemental to some of you. And this is my point of view based on my life and I can’t say it will be true in your life. Anyways here we go….

With the holidays approaching us I have seen tons of Facebook posts ¬†about can I eat this or can I eat that ¬†and there is always a few people that say this surgery isn’t about deprivation it’s about everything in moderation. These comments really get to me. Why? Because 1. You shouldn’t be feeling deprived and if you are maybe it’s time to evaluate your relationship with food, I have found tons of bariatric friendly recipes that are delicious treats and desserts and that meet our nutritional requirements. 2. If everything in moderation really worked for us would we really have needed the surgery in the first place? ¬†Wouldn’t the countless diets we have put ourselves thru have worked? ¬†The fact is for some reason certain foods do trigger us. The sooner we accept that the sooner we can enjoy having food freedom.

With all of these people feeling deprived I kind of want to start a blog series on the Holidays. I don’t want to do the typical posts about how to avoid food pushers and eat before you go to the party etc type blogs but blogs with recipes to help all of us see that we are not missing out on anything by not going back to bad food habits. I know that high fat pumpkin pie is your favourite and it’s only once a year but what if you could eat a pumpkin pie that didn’t make you dump or feel terrible after you ate it? And let’s be honest it starts with one holiday and then there’s birthdays and a night out and a friend is getting married and before we know it we are back in the same traps we were before surgery.

So here’s the thing I can scroll past the posts but let’s help each other in a constructive way instead of enabling ourselves to self destruct.