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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

I have been drinking a variation of this pumpkin protein shake at my gym since before Thanksgiving -- and I adore it.  I finally decided that since my kitchen is (...it is a long story) finally half-complete -- the blender is coming back out.  

It's shake time.

  • 1-2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk  (30 calories per cup)
  • 1/4 cup real pumpkin puree 
  • 1 serving low-carb vanilla (... or cinnamon, oatmeal, coookie, the possibilities here are pretty endless...) flavored protein powder, any brand will do, low sugar, low carb!
  • cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste  or "pumpkin pie spice" would work, just a few shakes, less is more - to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sugar free maple syrup
  • Splenda or Stevia if needed
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Crushed ice

1. Pour all ingredients into blender, blend.  

Enjoy.

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Stomach Balloon For Weight Loss

Terrifyingly simple.

This is the Obalon system. It is a pill that has a balloon inside. Obalon is a weight-loss device, marketed as an alternative to bariatric surgery, that claims to help people eat less and "push back from the table sooner."

Obalon begins to work when you swallow Obalon and it lands in your stomach. Obalon remains temporarily attached to a thin tube, through which doctors can inflate it. They then remove the thin tube, and the balloon stays in your stomach for up to three months, bobbing around like buoy in gastric waters. You can take up to three at a time, the manufacturers say. The idea is that balloons partly fill your stomach to make you feel full, so you eat less. They are too big and buoyant to pass beyond the stomach. After twelve weeks, a doctor deflates the balloons and pulls them back out through your mouth.

  

 
 
 
 
 
 

“This balloon will act to educate [people] about portion size and retrain their brain and their mindset a little,” Dr. Sally Norton, a U.K. bariatric surgeon, told CBS News.

The Obalon balloon pill is approved for investigational use only in the U.S. However, it is approved in the E.U. and is available in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain. What better way to see Europe than with expensive stomach balloons?

Would you do it -- would you swallow a belly balloon for twelve weeks for weight loss and have it removed?

Balloon-pop

I suppose I'd have to see the size of the "pill" first.  I kid you not.   (Hey -- I had my stomach and intestines realigned, I cannot judge one who chooses something LESS invasive.)

The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/this-weight-loss-pill-turns-into-a-balloon-to-fill-your-stomach/283399/


Bariatric Advantage Advanced Multi EA Formula

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A complete chewable mixed fruit bariatric vitamin formula designed to specifically meet the nutritional needs of those who have undergone bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass. This formula is made of the highest quality, most bioavailable nutrient forms. It is designed to be hypoallergenic, great tasting, and easy to digest and absorb. Includes a comprehensive B-Complex and trace minerals.

Nutrient Amount %DV *
Calories 10    
Total Carbohydrates 2 g 1%
Sugar <1 g
Vitamin A (from Beta Carotene) 7500 IU 150%
Vitamin C (from Sodium Ascorbate USP, as Ascorbic Acid) 120 mg 200%
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 1000 IU 250%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 30 IU 100%
Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Mononitrate) 6 mg 400%
Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin) 3.4 mg 200%
Niacinamide 50 mg 250%
Vitamin B6 (from Pyridoxine HCI) 4 mg 200%
Folic Acid 800 mcg 200%
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 100 mcg 1667%
Biotin USP/FCC 600 mcg 200%
Pantothenic Acid (from Calcium D-Pantothenate) 20 mg 200%
Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) 200 mg 20%
Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate) 50 mg 13%
Zinc (from Zinc Citrate) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 100 mcg 143%
Copper (from Copper Citrate) 2 mg 100%
Manganese (from Manganese Sulfate) 2 mg 100%
Chromium (from Chromium Picolinate NF (Chromax®)) 120 mcg 100%
Molybdenum (as Sodium Molybdate) 75 mcg 100%
Sodium 10 mg < 1%
Citrus Fruit Peel Bioflavonoids Complex (50% Bioflavonoids) 12.5 mg
Inositol USP/FCC 5 mg
Choline (from Choline Bitartrate FCC) 2 mg
Vanadium (from Vanadium Citrate) 25 mcg
Per 2 tablets

Directions: Take 2 tablets per day or as recommended by your physician.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
✝ % Daily Value not established.


Why do we not HAVE THIS!? Gyms for people of size!

EXACTLY.  Do you know how long it took me to put my butt inside a gym?!  Listen at this link.

I talk all the time about having enough money to open gyms for all-sizes-and-levels.  Regardless of my size, I am still 320 lbs in my head and I am more comfortable surrounded with women of size.

It's one of a number of companies and organizations that are marketing fitness to people who are overweight or obese. It's not a bad business strategy, considering that 69 percent of American adults fit in that category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Planet Fitness chain touts its "Judgment Free Zones". In Omaha, Neb., Square Onepromises you won't find "size 2's in sports bras sprinting on treadmills." This gym, started by Marty Wolff, who competed on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," says it is for "people of size." And many YMCA facilities feature photos of the faces and bodies of actual members – "real people" – instead of supermodels or body builders.

Schrantz used to be a chronic gym quitter. She'd sign up, go once and never return. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.

"My thought on that is why are you looking at me when I got off of the couch, I got off of my bed and I'm actually doing something about it?" Schrantz said, during an interview at the gym. Still, she says, "It's hard."

As she said that, she began to tear up. Other members of the gym came to comfort her. They put their arms around her while she cried.

Here, members sweat together – and shed tears together.

Kishan Shah is the CEO of Downsize, which has hundreds of members across the U.S. They weigh anywhere from 200 to 700 pounds. Shah used to weigh 400 pounds and have a 62-inch waist. Today, he's half that weight and always finds time for a yoga or cardio class in between business meetings.

Fitness is about a lot more than just looks, Shah says.


How sugar affects the brain - or - why we are crackheads - or - why your diet failed - or - or - or

THIS!  I saw Dr. Avena (the voice in this video) at OAC #YWM2013 and she was amazingly informative.  WATCH.

As the video shows, the key player in the reward system of our brain — where we get that feeling of pleasure — is dopamine. Dopamine receptors are all over our brain. And doing a drug like heroin brings on a deluge of dopamine. Guess what happens when we eat sugar?

Yes, those dopamine levels also surge — though not nearly as much as they do with heroin. Still, too much sugar too often can steer the brain into overdrive, the video says. And that kickstarts a series of "unfortunate events" — loss of control, cravings and increased tolerance to sugar. All of those effects can be physically and psychologically taxing over time, leading to weight gain and dependence. The takeaway is pretty clear: If you're sensitive to sugar and inclined to indulge in a supersugary treat, do it rarely and cautiously. Otherwise, there's a pretty good chance that your brain is going to start demanding sugar loudly and often. And we're probably better off without that extra voice in our head.


10 things the weight-loss industry won’t tell you

 

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1 in 3 - Alarming

Future diets: Obesity is on the rise globally
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One in three adults in the world (1.46 billion) were overweight or obese in 2008, up by 23% since 1980. Read more of the findings of this ODI report at http://www.odi.org.uk/future-diets
 

FTC Announces Initiative Against Deceptive Claims Made by National Marketers of Fad Weight Loss Products

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Finally, maybe?!  I can't wait to see some rules slapped down on these irresponsible companies.