Your Weight Loss Surgery Options

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If you are considering weight loss surgery, you are not alone. I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy and I want to share some real information to help you decide which surgery might be right for you.

Why Consider Weight Loss Surgery Options?

Anyone who tells you this is the easy way out is a complete asshole and knows nothing about this topic. Weight loss surgery is by no means easy. It’s a long, hard process; but, it does give you a tool that is much needed: long term food restriction. Most people who have gotten to the status of needing weight loss surgery are food addicts. (see my post about food addiction here). Food is the worst type of addiction. As a food addict, you have to find a way to still use our drug of choice and moderate it. If you have gotten to a high enough weight to be eligible for weight loss surgery, you probably use food for a plethora of cases. Weight loss surgery gives you a tool that helps moderate the usage of your drug (food).

Weight happens

Listen, weight happens. It happens to a lot of us at certain times in our lives or sometimes it’s been your whole life. Food can be used for happy times, sad times, celebrations, punishment, gatherings, loneliness, boredom, the list goes on and on. Some people can find acceptable weight loss on their own and some people need extra help. There is no shame in reaching for help. Be proud of yourself for making way for a change in your life. The goal is not to be skinnier, but healthier.

3 Weight Loss Surgery Options:

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as VSG, is a surgery where 70%-80% of your stomach is removed. The stomach left is about the shape and size of a banana. It helps you feel full after eating a small amount of food. VSG is considered less invasive than gastric bypass. VSG does have many cases of increasing GERD; so, if you already battle with acid reflux or GERD, talk to your doctor to see if another surgery might be a better fit. VSG is used for patients with a BMI of 40 or greater.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is another option of weight loss surgery where the stomach is divided into a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The small intestine is then rearranged to connected to the smaller pouch. Food will go into the small pouch and then directly into the small intestine, bypassing most of your stomach. You will definitely need to stay on vitamins lifelong after this surgery. Of course, that is true for all the surgeries but you are less likely to get the vitamins needed daily from the food you consume after Gastric bypass. It’s used for patients with a BMI of 40 or greater.

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal switch, officially named biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS), is a less common weight loss surgery. It has two steps. The first step is a sleeve gastrectomy (described above). The next step bypasses most of the intestine by connecting the end portion of the intestine to the duodenum near the stomach. Even though there are two steps, it is generally performed as one procedure. Malnutrition is a greater risk with this option. This is usually for a BMI greater than 50.

Extra Weight Loss Surgery Info

  • Each surgery can cause malnutrition and requires lifelong vitamin substitution.
  • Surgery is not a stand-alone cure. Proper meal planning and prep will be necessary to achieve weight loss and prevent regain. Click here to receive FREE meal planning tools!
  • Each surgery has different pros and cons and discussing each with your doctor is the best way to figure out your path.
  • Exercise is the best aid to your new meal plans to help you lose and keep weight off.
  • You will most likely have many improvements to your health such as joint pain, blood pressure, sugar levels etc.

Start now, with your new eating habits. Get my FREE Dump & Go Recipes for Bariatric Moms Ebook. These recipes are so freaking easy and totally delicious while still keeping that healthy factor!

Consult With Your Doctor

As always, after some basic research online, consult with your doctor. You will need to find the bariatric surgeon of choice and location and make an appointment with them. There you can discuss all your options, details, health history, and more.

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5 Top Keto Chicken Recipes

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These keto chicken recipes are sure to be a hit whether for the family or entertaining.

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Best Tips to Cook Chicken Keto Dishes

  • Chicken is a sure-fire staple for any keto diet. The only problem is it can get boring. I love to find recipes to spice up the normal chicken dish.
  • Chicken is also an easy dish for the kiddos. Again, it can easily get boring for them as well.

Chicken Alone is Too Lean

  • When following a ketogenic lifestyle, you need to amp up the fat content to keep you full longer. Chicken alone is a lean protein.
  • A sure way to increase taste and fat content is to either use the skin or add a creamy or cheesy aspect. The more things you can mix the better. Heck if you can sneak in some veggies, you’ve got a well-rounded meal for your kids.

Best Tips for Keto Chicken Casseroles

The great thing about these recipes is that they are casserole type dishes. If you have leftovers, they can be used as part of meal prep for future meals. You can also cook them solely as meal prep to have ready-made lunches or dinners during your week. Meal planning and prep is definitely a huge key to success

1:Keto Chicken Nachos


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Ingredients:
1 bag pork rinds
1 cup shredded cheese
2 slices sandwich cheese
Toppings of choice (I use black olives and sliced jalapenos)
1 pound chicken breasts
1 packet enchilada seasoning

Cooking Instructions:
Boil the chicken and shred, then mix in the enchilada seasoning packet
Line a baking sheet with wax paper
Pour entire back of pork rinds into pan
Layer pork rinds with sliced cheese (more or fewer slices depending on how cheesy you want it)
Next layer shredded chicken
Layer shredded cheese
Layer any additional toppings desired
Bake at 425 degrees for 5 mins

2: Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients:
2 lbs shredded cooked chicken
6 oz ham cut into bite-size pieces
4 oz butter melted
6 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
5 oz swiss cheese

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put chicken on bottom of a 9×13 pan, layer pieces of ham on top
In a large bowl, combine melted butter, cream cheese, salt, mustard, and lemon juice. Blend until thick sauce forms.
Spread sauce over chicken and ham in baking dish
Lay slices of swiss cheese over the sauce
Bake for 30-40 minutes until hot.

Click here to see a video of the casserole on joyfilledeats.com

3: Keto Crack Chicken

Ingredients:
2 lbs shredded cooked chicken
2 cans cream of chicken
1 lb shredded Mexican blend cheese
Bacon
1 pack ranch seasoning packet

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cook bacon and break into pieces
In a large bowl combine chicken, cream of chicken, half of cheese, bacon and seasoning packet and blend
Pour blend into 9×13 baking dish
Layer the rest of cheese on top of the casserole
Bake for 20 minutes until hot

4: Keto Pesto Chicken

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts, about 1.5 lb sliced in half widthwise to make 8 pieces
3 tablespoons basil pesto
8 oz mozzarella, thinly sliced or shredded cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Place chicken in the bottom in a single layer and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Spread the pesto on the chicken. Put the mozzarella on top
Bake for 35-45 minutes until the chicken is 160 degrees and the cheese is golden and bubbly. You can broil it for a few minutes at the end to brown the cheese if you want.

5: Keto Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Ingredients:
1 lb shredded cooked chicken
8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
9 oz frozen spinach, thawed, drained
1 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese grated
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven 400 degrees
Put 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil to pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and saute for a few minutes.
After mushrooms are browned, add a little more butter to the pan then add the garlic and saute for 20 seconds.
Combine the rest of the butter, chicken stock, heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, salt and pepper and stir until melted.  Finally, add in the parmesan cheese and parsley, continue stirring until everything has melted.
In a large mixing bowl, add in the chicken, mushrooms and spinach.
Stir in the 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
Pour the sauce over the top and mix to combine.
Pour the mixture into a 9″ X 9″ casserole or glass baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray
Spread the mixture evenly and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for 15 minutes.  For For more golden cheese, increase the temperature to 425F and bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes!

8 BEST Quarantine Tips To Stay Sane And Make It Through A Shortage Supply

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  • Quarantine, Shortage, Pandemic, OH MY! Ok, I was trying to make you chuckle but in all seriousness, I really want to share these 8 tips with you to help your period of quarantine go as smooth as possible.
  • If you try to go to the grocery store, you will likely be met with a bit of chaos mixed with a complete shortage of “normal” groceries. By normal, I’m referring to water bottles, bread, toilet paper, meat, and more! Take note of the vision most of us see the past couple of weeks. On top of a shortage, we are all dealing with quarantine as well! Here’s a picture from my last grocery trip.

Why is there a shortage?

  • The obvious answer is…panic. Panic from Coronavirus, or panic from the panic itself. It’s ok to feel uneasy. Take a second and just let yourself feel the fear. Then take another minute, and realize it is going to be ok. Tell yourself that…out loud. Let your mind hear it.
  • I know we all may feel out of control but take back your control. Plan for a shortage. Use things like Pinterest for recipe ideas for the groceries you CAN find! While you may not have everything at the grocery store you are used to, there are still options.

Why is a quarantine happening/necessary?

  • Depending on location, at this time, quarantine can be different for each of us. Some of us may be in total lockdown and some of us may just be in a social distancing advisory. Either way, this is for your protection. Plan for this to be your current situation for some time.
  • Again don’t panic. While this may be necessary, life will still go on. The grocery stores and pharmacies will go on. Our country will make it through this. We will all make it through this. Life is about overcoming situations not avoiding them. This is where we are. This is our period and our challenge. Whether you are already on total lockdown or going to be there soon. Look at this situation as the new challenge that you will get yourself and your family through.

8 Best Tips to Stay Sane During Quarantine?

Now is the time to do what you have always wanted but never had the time. Now is the time to explore different avenues of life, using the resources we have to choose from. Be sure to read all the way to #8 (my favorite).

Tip 1: Stick To A No School/Work Daily Plan

  • It could definitely be easy to lose our weekday structure but it’s important to keep one going. Most, if not all of us, are schooling our kids from home. This could get tricky (especially if you’re working from home as well). Keeping some sort of weekday schedule makes the kids feel secure and keeps your sanity.
  • You can make your own schedule or you can CLICK HERE now to visit my previous and get your FREE PRINTABLE! I’ve created a no school daily plan you can use over and over again to get through this confusing time.

Tip 2: Don’t drink too much alcohol During Quarantine

  • Who doesn’t love to relax with a nice glass of wine? Sometimes it’s the perfect evening to curl up on the couch with a glass and unwind from the stressors of daily life. While I’m not knocking anyone for doing this I do think it could be a good suggestion to refrain from drinking too much or too often. It’s important to be present and not hide from our troubles. It could definitely be tempting to drink a lot more often than normal now that you are home and stuck in the house. Not only will this keep you present but it will give you more time to pick up some other habits you haven’t had the time to do during Pre-Coronavirus times.

Tip 3: Give Your Skin A Break From Makeup

  • This may seem unnecessary but I guarantee your skin will thank you. No matter how old you are, we’ve been conditioned to “put our face on” These are unnecessary chemicals we apply to our faces daily. During this time of quarantine, this might be a nice break to give your face a break. Go without makeup on certain days. Maybe on thos days, use a face mask as well. Pamper your skin. Love it more than normal.

Tip 4: Meditate

  • Have you often thought of meditating but haven’t really had the time to incorporate it in your already super busy schedule of work, kids, house, etc.? Well…now you’ve got the time! We discussed creating a daily plan for the kids during the week. Maybe 2-3 days (to start) plan to let the kids sleep an extra hour and use that time to practice meditation. You can research meditation techniques on youtube or google for free.

Tip 5: Exercise When and How You Want

  • If you are anything like the other millions of working moms, finding the energy and time to workout can be hard. A lot of us suffer from physical or mental exhaustion daily. Adding an exercise routine just never quite gets the option to squeeze in daily plans. Guess what? Now that you are quarantined, you can make your daily schedule however you like. That means you can incorporate an exercise routine at any time that is convenient for you!
  • There are many ways to exercise even at home. There are tons of free workout routines on google and YouTube. There are also many apps that will offer routines.
  • There is actually so much freedom to take from this quarantine. You get to finally incorporate exercise that works for you.

Tip 6: Try Not To Panic About Groceries

  • This is a tough one I know! Every ounce in our body tells us to prepare for trouble and take care of our family. Our instinct is to run straight out to the grocery store and buy enough groceries to feed our family for months. The problem is, pretty much everyone else is doing that as well. Chances are when you get to the grocery store a lot of items are going to be sold out. This will immediately be alarming to you and frighten you. Don’t panic though. While a lot of the staple items are sold out a lot right now, just remain calm and get creative. Look at the items that ARE available. If you want noodles but there is only rice, grab the rice. Grab a little of everything you need for a week, even if it’s a different version. Groceries are going to remain open. Even though a lot of people are panicking, the groceries won’t stop. Try to take solace in that.
  • I have an ebook called DUMP & GO RECIPES FOR BARIATRIC MOMS. There are a couple of weeks worth of easy, no-nonsense meals that require very little ingredients (since we don’t have many available anyways haha). CLICK HERE to get your copy!
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Tip 7: Play Boardgames With Family During Quarantine

  • This is an oldy but a goody. You are going to have a lot of time on your hands. Use this time to reconnect with your family face to face. We have all gotten so lost on our devices and fell into a daily routine that wasn’t as connected as we’d like. This is your chance to recreate that. There really is a silver lining here. All the extra time you wished you had is now there. Whip out those board games, decks of cards, etc and get busy with your family! Build those memories!!!

Tip 8: Skype or Facetime Friends and Family

  • Lastly, even if you a loner like me, and enjoy alone time, our circle of friends and family means a lot. We might not have know quite how much until were impacted with social distancing. The beauty of the time we are in is that we have apps, programs, social media and more to keep us connected. Instead of comparing your wellbeing to others on social media, facetime or skype your loved ones as often as needed. My family is 2 hours away in another state and we can’t see each other right now in person. We skype though and talk often. I still feel very connected to them because of it. Also, think of the elderly who can’t get out and don’t know how to work modern technology as well as us raised with it. Take time to reach out via a phone call as often as possible to help any elders in your family or circle. We are all in this together.

The Last Thing You Need to Know About Getting Through This Emergency

  • Find the good in this situation for you and for your kids to build strength off of. You could actually use this time to get more in touch with yourself mentally and physically. Think of this as building memories. Your kids will grow up to tell stories of all of this to their children and so on. Make these memories count. Use this time to rediscover yourself. Explore all the hobbies and interests you always wish you had the time to do.
  • What are some hobbies and interests you used to do/have or have always wanted to pursue? What are you going to do with your quarantine time?

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The Beginner’s Guide To Meal Planning

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  • If you have never really done meal planning before, you may not realize the importance of it. This one step, as simple as making your lunch the night before, or doubling a recipe for leftovers, will change your bariatric momma life!
    • Cooking my family a meal like Alfredo Penne, for example, could leave me open to a catastrophe! It’s a super simple option to cook for the family since it’s the end of the day and I’m tired. It would be way too easy to serve myself a heaping portion and set me back on my weight loss journey. That’s why I did a meal plan a few days ago and am already prepared to make my version of alfredo with zoodles!
    • I made a decision to change my behavior when I decided to have VSG Surgery. Doing the short meal planning sessions whether, on paper, whiteboard on my fridge, or my phone calendar helps me be prepared for those crazy hunger moments, tired cooking moments, or binge-worthy days.

The Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning

  • The beginner’s guide to meal planning is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
    1. Decide what and where you will record your meals plans
    2. Take a couple minutes to sit down and plan (make a list of your favorite recipes)
    3. Make the plan and stick to it

What is Meal Planning?

  • Meal planning is the simple act of taking some time to plan any number of your meals for the week. Plan for yourself or plan for your family. You can plan to eat healthy and even include a night out. Options include planning every snack and meal, planning just dinners, or simply plan your lunches so you don’t spend money on restaurant food during the week.
  • It may seem like meal planning is time consuming or will require loads of cooking you’re not really into. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. You don’t have to cook different meals every night. You don’t have to make elaborate meals. Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be more time consuming. Meal Planning itself does not have to be time consuming. And you don’t have to plan 7 meals a week!

How to get started

  • Figure out what works for you. If you have struggled with meal planning in the past, maybe you made it too complicated. Maybe you need an accountability partner to keep you on track. The main thing to get started is to just take a few minutes to pull it together and keep it simple. Start with planning only a few days to start if you’d like. Set aside a time to plan that works for you: during your lunch hour, during your child’s nap, 30 minutes before you go to bed.

Tips for Success

  • Start by building a food list. Put this list on your fridge, in your phone or in your notebook. Put all your go-to meals together. Tweak any with a healthy version for yourself if needed. Add any new ones you come across and like.
  • Try doubling a recipe to create leftovers! If there is a meal you are pretty sure you could add a little more to, take advantage of it. Leftovers can work for lunches or another night of dinner! You’ve already saved time.
  • Check out dump and go recipes. I have an ebook compiled with amazing recipes!
  • Start with meals you know you like and repeat them every week or two.
  • See if you already have some groceries waiting in the fridge to be used. Plan a meal with them.
  • Don’t forget to schedule a lazy night. There might be a night or two in the week that was so stressful you can’t even dream of cooking; or, that you just feel too dang tired. Plan an option for a sit-down restaurant or take out option. Make sure it’s from somewhere that can accommodate your healthy preferences.

EXTRAS:

  • Grab your free Meal Planner here!
  • I have a sample bariatric meal plan here if you’d like to get more ideas about low calories meal planning.
  • If you need an accountability partner, check me out here at Team No Excuse Ninjas. I’ve helped numerous people stay accountable for themselves and stick to their plans!
  • I also have a YouTube Video on my channel: HeatherIsh about Meal Planning. Click the picture to watch meal planning youtube video

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Meal Planning

  • Meal planning is key to stress free meals. Make it your own and keep it simple!
  • What are some of your favorite meal planning tips we didn’t already cover?

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Top Items Needed for the Pre Op Liquid Diet

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Since you have decided to invest in your future with weight loss surgery, you need to invest in the necessary tools for success during the liquid diet phase. These were the surefire tools I used! You will be on a liquid diet before surgery and a bit after surgery. You need items that keep you on track. These were a huge help during my liquid stage but honestly, I still use most of them as well!

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Best Liquid Diet Products

  • Soups, Soups and more soups
    • You will definitely want variety because soups can get old fast. When I first started the Liquid Diet, I only did broths. I was bored immediately, especially since I just came from a diet so poor it kept me above 300lbs! One trick I found was to get all and any soup you love and strain it. It tastes WAY better than just broth because all the other ingredient tastes are marinated in it! I also found this brand of soups that is soooo super good. If you want to try the only soup that made me feel like I was eating good on the liquid diet, you can learn more here.
  • Sugar-Free Crystal Light
    • Crystal Light is a super yummy alternative to water. It’s just flavoring your water. I personally love water more than any other drink but I know many people who don’t. You really need to keep hydrated during this Liquid Diet and need plenty of water. This is one sure way to get it in. I used it as my variety (instead of tea or soda). I drank water all day and had 1 or 2 Crystal Light drinks per day.
  • Gatorade Zero, Powerade Zero, ZipFizz, or Mio Sport
    • Because you are on such a low carbohydrate diet at this point, you need to substitute your electrolytes. Keeping your electrolytes up will keep your energy up as well as keep the icky “keto flu” feeling away. Gatorade and Powers Zero are great y’all but listen….ZipFizz is where it’s at!! It has all these minerals and the perfect amount of B vitamins and sodium to really make you feel human again (when you are feeling like a zombie with hardly any food in your system. There is only one place I can find it. I find my Zipfizz here.
    • I also recommend sports salts to keep your sodium levels up and the icky feelings away. You should only drink 1 ZipFizz per day but you will need to keep your sodium levels up. This is where sports salts come in. When you go low carb (as the liquid diet will inevitably be), your kidneys flush a lot of water weight. This is why you need sodium. We’re not talking about enough to hurt your health folks. We are talking just enough. These are items professional athletes use, so you can trust this.
  • Organifi
  • Sugar free Jello
    • This is one of two items that I was so grateful to have. I really missed the act of chewing on this diet. Granted it is not much to chew but it’s more then soup! Load up on this! I had 1 to 2 a day.
  • Sugar-Free Popsicles
    • This is the other item I was so grateful for. Eating the popsicle felt like I was able to indulge in a dessert.

SIDE NOTE:

There is one expense I have kept for myself continually since 2 weeks before surgery. I don’t normally do this kind of thing or even brag about these things to others but this one I just have to. If you are on this post because you are about to embark on weight loss surgery (or you already have), you deserve the best advice. I am 16 months out from surgery and 100 lbs down! Yes, you read that right.

I preach a lot on self care since weight loss surgery. Mostly because I lost myself for so long and gained it again since my surgery. My surgery was a wake up call to never forget little things for myself again. Maybe 1 small thing a day, a week, or a month adds up to big changes in the end! Never forget that!

So here’s my secret: I am a budget mom through and through. I don’t have tons of extra money to spend on myself but I have found different ways to put aside $10-$20 a week for myself to add up to this expense. About once a month, I order about $60-$75 worth of products from Thrive Market.

Yes, there are some products at Thrive that you can find at grocery stores, BUT there are a lot that you will not for various reasons (whether not local or just sold online). Thrive lets you shop by Diet, shop for clean wines, shop for bath and beauty products, or snacks. And allllll of them are as clean as clean can get! That’s what I love about them. You don’t have to do the research for good, clean products, they are all in one affordable place for you!

Click below and check them out now, for a short time you can get a phenomenal deal of a $20 shopping credit! I originally started out buying collagen peptides, electrolyte products, and my soups from them.

  • Protein shakes
    • This is a MUST! You have to continue to get your protein in. Protein shakes are the ideal way to do this on the liquid diet. You also need to be sure that the nutrition facts match your surgeon’s requirements. Be careful to notice different brands have different nutrition facts. They must be low calorie, low fat, low carb, and high protein. My favorites were Premier Protein and Slimfast.

You’re gonna want variety!

  • Listen this is not going to be easy! Go ahead and be ready. What I can suggest is to make sure you have variety!
  • I had a SUPER hard time mentally adjusting to the liquid diet. I didn’t really diet or make many changes up until approval for surgery. I was still craving all the terrible highly addictive fatty foods I was used to every meal of every day. The struggle for me was not that all my food was liquid, it was the addiction to food that I didn’t realize I had. At least not to that extent. I cheated, and I don’t recommend it but I did. The important thing though is that I got right back on track after. The cheats were fewer and farther in between until finally around 3 days before surgery I was completely adjusted to the liquid diet (which was good since you have it for another 2 weeks after surgery)! Variety saved me once I committed myself though. To see any of my journey through my liquid diet on my YouTube Channel (Heatherish) Click this link (there are multiple videos).

The problem is emotional!

  • You may or may not be a food addict. Either way, the additives in the food and constant poor choices in food that got us to the high weight to qualify for weight loss surgery will make you go through withdrawals. If you are like me, I didn’t realize how much I was using food to cope with EVERYTHING! My eyes were opened big time during the Liquid Diet. I took my own inventory. I went through all the emotions. The trick is not getting caught up in the feelings where you can’t separate or move forward from them.

Best Tips to make it to the finish line with the liquid diet

  • Tip 1: Ingest enough protein
    • Protein fills you up. Hunger was never a problem for me because I kept up with my protein intake through shakes. That’s one less thing you have to conquer (since you’ll probably have cravings).
  • Tip 2: Feel the feels but don’t get trapped in them
    • Journal if you realize you are using food to cope. Either way you will need to address the issues you are battling. Above all, remember this Liquid diet is temporary.
  • Tip 3: Keep Busy
    • I work part time at my shop with my Hubby and part time marketing at home. I noticed when home I couldn’t ward off my cravings as well. When I kept busy the time passed faster and much easier.
  • Tip 4: Keep Variety
    • The last thing you want to do is be bored with your already boring options! Use different flavors of soup and protein shakes to keep things interesting.

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