Repost: Sh*t just got real! Digestive issues after bariatric surgery

Originally published May 27, 2017

I’m reposting this article in honor of a friend of mine that just had the sleeve yesterday.  Good luck to you!


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Me in Puerto Rico at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro – 2015

Remember that time when you got smart with ya momma, talked back to your teacher, and rolled your eyes at your dad?  How about when you threw that house party when your folks went out of town or snuck your boyfriend/girlfriend into your room and they never found out?  Welp, get ready to pay for all the things that you’ve done in the past and gotten away with.  And exactly what does does the above pic have to do with digestive issues?  To illustrate that after weight loss surgery, what’s going to come out of you might feel like one of those cannonballs. Continue reading

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NSV: Exploring the world with a new body and a new attitude

I just flew back home from visiting my sister in Seoul, South Korea for a week.  And I had an AMAZING time!  Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel and explore, and there’s so many activities I’ve always wanted to do, but I was limited by my weight.  Now that I’m 97 lbs down, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and go to the other side of the world.

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August EOTM – “But I don’t like drinking water!”

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Nothing like a nice, cold glass of H20 to hit the spot, right?

So many of us have such a hard time getting in enough water, for a variety of reasons.  In my opinion, whenever I hear someone say they “don’t like water” or “water is boring,” what they are really saying is that they are more used to drinks that are sugary and carbonated and need that “fix”. Continue reading

July EOTM – “My great-grandma, my grandma, and my momma all ate like this and they were ok, so it’s ok for me too.”

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My dear granny died about two years ago at the golden age of 90.  I miss her, but I consider it a blessing that she lived almost an entire century.  And she was additionally blessed to be in her right mind and able to speak, hear, and walk independently until the time of her passing.  She personally had a front seat to some developments in history and pop culture that I can only read about today — everything from the end of the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression to the civil rights movement; 14 presidential administrations – to include our first president of color – and the advent of color tv, walkmen, cd players, computers, the Internet and cell phones. Continue reading

June EOTM – “I can’t exercise, it’s raining/cold/hot outside!”

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Any of my family and friends can tell you how much I hate rain and typically won’t even leave my house at all.  To add to the issue, Atlanta traffic is a BEAST when there is just a few drops of rain water on the roads…but your body doesn’t know that.  You might not like cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you can go the whole winter without exercise!

I’m certainly not suggesting that you go outside and workout if there’s a monsoon going on.  But because unfavorable weather is inevitable, you need to consider both indoor and outdoor exercises so you don’t get too far off from your regimen.  Continue reading

Sh*t just got real! Digestive issues after bariatric surgery

Castillo San Felipe del Morro 5 (1).jpg

Me in Puerto Rico at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro – 2015

Remember that time when you got smart with ya momma, talked back to your teacher, and rolled your eyes at your dad?  How about when you threw that house party when your folks went out of town or snuck your boyfriend/girlfriend into your room and they never found out?  Welp, get ready to pay for all the things that you’ve done in the past and gotten away with.  And exactly what does does the above pic have to do with digestive issues?  To illustrate that after weight loss surgery, what’s going to come out of you might feel like one of those cannonballs. Continue reading

Meal prep week of 5/7/2017, special edition: boyfriend-approved meals

So….lots has transpired over the past few weeks.  I’ve started a relationship with a really wonderful guy.  Big, macho, brawny Alpha male.  Solid, strong, handsome, and walks with a confident swagger. A real guy’s guy.  The kind of guy that you probably imagine eating a juicy steak and potatoes with an ice cold beer while shouting at the football game on the big screen…a pretty big difference from the “salad and water” diet that many imagine you have to eat to lose weight, especially as a bariatric post-op.  Luckily, he was open to trying some of the meals I’ve made and actually like them and felt satisfied.  His open-mindedness has helped encouraged me to stay focused on one of the major objectives of my blog – to present my audience with a variety of foods that are not only healthy, but taste great.   Continue reading