I am a Food Addict – How I Live In Spite of Myself!

I am a food addict and the following is how I live in spite of that addiction, in spite of myself. NOTHING gets my day going like a nice cold Spark, my morning run, and my daily 30-45 min exercise/weight lifting. I have come a long way in a short amount of time and I refuse to fail at the healthiest best me I can be. Everyday isn’t all roses but I push on and I’m happy with where I’ve made it so far. I have battled something … Read more…


What Can I Eat? The Solid Food Stage

What Can I Eat? The Solid Food Stage

The solid food stage – the fourth and final stage in your bariatric weight loss journey. Perhaps the most favorite stage, as you are through all the other stages and can now begin to add foods back in that are more pleasing and of a greater variety than all the other food stages combined. This solid food stage can be a fabulous reward for all the hard work you have put in so far. And though we have to be careful (in not rewarding ourselves with food), we … Read more…


Nothing Tastes as Good as Healthy Feels

Tastes

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. I have heard this on and off forever. I never really put much thought into it until I had my weight loss surgery. Now I can totally understand this statement. I would much rather be healthy and live a longer healthier life than to eat junk food and things that do absolutely NOTHING for my body except make me feel terrible. Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. I have learned along the way that when I put good things in … Read more…


What Can I Eat? The Soft Food Stage

soft food stage

We have covered the first two stages relating to food and weight loss surgery. Today, we are talking about the next stage, the soft food stage. According to the Weight and Wellness Program here in Maine, this stage happens beginning at week 3 after surgery and goes until week six. During this soft food stage, you may increase your volume of food to around 1/4 cup per meal. Remember, as with the other stages, this may or may not match what your weight loss surgery program says to … Read more…


20+ Bariatric-Friendly Cauliflower Recipes – A Pinterest Roundup!

Did you know about all the different ways you can make cauliflower? Did you know? Seriously. Because I’ve heard about cauliflower being a great substitute for so many things, but it wasn’t until I hit up Pinterest (again), that I realized just what you can do with it and it’s GOOD. Yah. I know. Of course I had to bring it here to share, maybe you didn’t know… Related: 44+ Easy Bariatric Surgery Recipes… I am thoroughly enjoying discovering new foods to try on my path to better … Read more…


4 Months from Weight Loss Surgery (graphic images, stats, and more!)

Weight Loss Surgery

When I had weight loss surgery 4 months ago, it was born out of a need to be healthy all over. When I was approached about the possibility of weight loss surgery, my weight wasn’t even on the list of all that was wrong with me. I’d been overweight for most of my adult life, but given what I had been through since October 2013, we hadn’t considered the weight. I had gained throughout my illness, mostly due to one really bad drug, but weight loss surgery? Yah. … Read more…


What Can I Eat? The Pureed Food Stage

Pureed Food Stage

Here we are, breaking down the pureed food stage for you. As with the pre-op diet stage, your program may have different guidelines for you to follow during this stage. You will want to make sure you are sticking to your own individual plan – this post will give you plenty of ideas for just how to do that. Related: What can I eat? The pre-op diet.  This pureed food stage may last anywhere from 1 week to six, again, depending upon the guidelines of your own program. Our weight … Read more…


18+ Bariatric Slow Cooker Recipes – A Pinterest Roundup

It is getting to the season. The reason for slow cooker recipes. Fall into Winter. And I can’t wait to get my crock pot out and start smelling dinner all day long (working from home. A blessing and a curse 😉 ). I figured that if I was on the hunt for some tasty bariatric-friendly slow cooker meals, maybe you are, too. Of course, I turned to Pinterest, once again. Let’s see what kinds of yummy-yums we can find… Related: 44+ Easy Bariatric Surgery Recipes for you 18+ … Read more…


What Can I Eat? The Pre-Op Stage

The pre-op stage can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 days before your weight loss surgery, depending on your program. What follows is what my experience has been, going through the Weight and Wellness Program here in Maine. It is best to check with your individual program and/or PCP, Surgeon about what they recommend for your own pre-op diet. You’ve come this far, let’s make sure you are on the right path. See also: The 4 Weight Loss Surgery Stages – food planning Our program recommends a 2 week … Read more…


The Stall – 3 Ways to Handle the Psychological Effects – LAWLS

The Stall - 3 Ways to Handle the Psychological Effects

In a stall? Just broke through a stall? Afraid you will stall? For many of us who have had (or will have) bariatric surgery, worrying about whether we will stall at some point throughout our weight loss journey, happens. We can’t help ourselves. After everything we’ve done to get to here, to step on that scale day after day and not see it move, or worse, have it go up, can be absolutely devastating in the worst psychological way. Related: Are you a slave to the scale? Having just … Read more…