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Sourdough Bread: A series of fortunate events

Here in Ontario, Canada we are well into our third lockdown and unfortunately the worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people ventured into homemade bread making during the first lockdown over a year ago. Me, I’m a little late to this game. This weekend I had my first attempt at making sourdough bread and it was such a journey I just HAD to … Read More Sourdough Bread: A series of fortunate events

To all the Diets I’ve Tried Before

As I adjust to my new lifestyle post bariatric surgery I find myself also settling into a new way of looking at the food I eat. As mentioned in a previous post, dieting and tracking calories, protein, sugar etc. all used to have a very negative connotation for me. Now – in the post op bariatric life I rely on reading nutrition labels and … Read More To all the Diets I’ve Tried Before

First Month Post Op Struggles

I’ve been struggling this weekend to find the creativity and motivation to write about some vulnerable topics like family support and stigma around surgery. I really want to do these topics justice and my head is not in the game. Instead this weekend I’ve been feeling a lot of the frustrations and post op struggles boiling to the surface. So I thought – hey- … Read More First Month Post Op Struggles

Favourite Foods from the Pureed Diet Phase

As I prepared for surgery I did a lot of research on different foods I can eat during the liquid, pureed and soft diet phases of the post bariatric surgery recovery. Pinterest had a few ideas that were helpful and this cook book is extremely informative: The Complete Bariatric Cookbook and Meal Plan. If you are new to cooking for yourself and struggle with … Read More Favourite Foods from the Pureed Diet Phase

Mental Health, Food and Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery is on your stomach not your Brain – This is a phrase that you will hear often when preparing for Bariatric Surgery. There is a reason you need to see a full interdisciplinary team of health professionals before being approved to go ahead and have this life changing procedure. You need to have a plan for how you’re going to eat high protein, … Read More Mental Health, Food and Weight Loss Surgery

Dreaming of Mexico

The last calendar year has been a strange one to say the very least. Before the COVID-19 pandemic affected international travel I would get on a flight at least twice a year if not more. I still have a long to do list of places to visit – waiting for the day it is safe to do so again. In the meantime I would … Read More Dreaming of Mexico

Is Food a Moral Compass?

Is food good or bad? Does what we eat provide us with a moral compass on how to view ourselves? Is a french fry and a baked potato not the same thing at the end of the day – a potato? Then why have I have had extreme feelings of guilt and worthlessness after eating the french fry versus feeling healthy, and successful after … Read More Is Food a Moral Compass?

Hunger Hormones & Bariatric Surgery

How does bariatric or bypass surgery change your body to help you lose weight? Is it just a smaller stomach so you eat less? In short the answer is hunger hormones! I’ve been looking forward to writing this post, and I am very excited to share some knowledge about the hormones in our bodies that affect our appetite. Before I started my own journey … Read More Hunger Hormones & Bariatric Surgery

From Referral to Surgery

I wanted to stay on the same theme from yesterday’s post and talk a little about the process of getting approved for surgery (in Ontario) from your first referral to the date of surgery. For me – it was a 1.5 year long process but there were definitely delays due to COIVD-19 outbreaks. Orientation Class I was initially referred to the bariatric surgery program … Read More From Referral to Surgery

Choosing Bariatric Surgery

I realized – I was no longer afraid to die having the surgery – I was afraid to not be able to live my best life without it.