It appears you have to pay to keep your blog active. Hello. *tap tap, is this thing on?*
I will find you, BABY SHARK makers.
This is the first child of mine with early knowledge of YouTube. This kid (like millions out there, is obsessed with toy unboxing videos, specifically dinosaurs if you wanted to know...) and it's all. on. YouTube.
Thousands of toy unboxing videos, from around the globe, made ... badly. With the same background music. "Look at this VELOCIRAPTOR! LET'S CHECK OUT THE SET!"
I did not even know This Was A Thing, and I used to Make (bad) Review Videos (with no edits, because I don't know how) and here is my 2.5 year old telling me!! to "DINOSAUR SHOW!" and BABY SHARK.
- Dave's Killer Bread + Light Butter
- Two bites protein cookie, the rest donated to the kid
- Frozen chicken a la king, tossed some of the chicken away
- And it's nearing 5pm. Typical. I'll eat dinner at bedtime.
*On that topic which some of you don't like to read, but it's a huge part of my life/day -- I'm taking lots of medications, which need a little tinkering (again, usually once a year I'm in the hospital for a tune up) since I am obviously having lots of seizure activity. I currently take ONFI, Topamax, Banzel, and as needed Lorazepam. They are treating my various types of seizures. I just tapered off of a huge amount of Keppra. I suspect these will change in the near future, because me.People ask me if I blame my gastric bypass for this "condition" or it's increasing changes/etc. No. I was born with the brain malformation that causes seizures, and at this point in my life I believe I had seizure activity longer than anyone knew (maybe since I was very small, in the form of smaller seizures that no one noticed, I understand the symptoms now) -- but the gastric bypass caused a trigger by changing my gut. The science shows that the gut can affect the brain -- and I feel that in some way the WLS lowered my seizure threshold by altering my gut, and making my malformation -- "turn on" and show it's full power. I feel that there's a cure in my lifetime, if it's fecal transplants, brain stimulators or who knows what else - because there are many of us out there with post WLS seizures.
There was a time, long long ago, where I'd buy a bag of glazed mini-donuts and They Were My Crack. That waxy chocolate covering -- and cakey interior -- a carby, sugary calorie death.
This is not that product. That is what triggered me to PICK IT UP.
These "Protein Cake Bites" look suspiciously like a carby-sweet product on the packaging, but I'm going to tell you IT IS A TRICK.
What I found were miniature waxy glazed protein pucks. The outside is a white yogurt covering with sprinkles, leading to a thick and pasty protein center. (Not cake. Disappointment.) It is like you took two scoops of protein, pressed them in an espresso maker with ... oil. Maybe that's cake enough for you?
The nutrition, better than cake. Protein *first*, anyway. Twenty grams of the stuff - if you eat all 240 calories and three pucks. I do not feel I could eat more than one at a time, texturally it was a difficult sell.
I had one last night, one in the middle of the night and threw the last away.
For what it's worth, these are better as a snack in the middle of the night than something else (...even if it's not my thing) I might have sitting bedside. I always have bedside OMG LOW BLOOD SUGAR snacks. They'd probably last a year.
I have some other flavors to try and for photographing. I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to enjoy these more. YouTube told me I should.
- Product - Optimum Nutrition Protein Cake Bites
- Price - About $2.10 per pack
- Purchased - Local GNC, here's an Amazon link.
- Pros - Pretty little package, the graphic initially reminded me of donuts from 15 years ago, **sprinkles**, three separate protein snacks in one sleeve, a good to-go shove in your bag snack, 20 grams protein
- Cons - I can't with the texture. Lots of carbohydrates if you're counting.
- Rating - Pending, based on the next flavor I try. Maybe this was an off pack?
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And guess what.
I refuse. Again.
Resolutions fail. And we PAY PEOPLE to help us fail.
Suck on that WEIGHT WATCHERS AND YOUR ZERO POINTS PLAN. (AIN'T NOBODY CAN EAT THAT MUCH CHICKEN OR FRUIT COCKTAIL AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT.)
It's 2018. I have not blogged in for-ever. Here's something.
I've maintained this exact weight for two years. (173 lbs since Elliott was born GOD DAMN IT) I keep saying that "...if I would just exercise again" I'd be at goal weight immediately. That is truth -- I have just spent the time peeling my most hyperactive child (of mine) to date from the furniture and ceiling while being sedated with more anti-epileptics and tapering from others. See also, the spouse who has taken on two new jobs and working near two seven days a week since we last spoke at LEAST.
Maybe there is a "...motivation" in there somewhere. Maybe it is to Get More Active So I Can See My Goal Weight More Clearly Again while still on too much medication? That'd work. I realize that I don't eat out of my range of calories much at all -- my weight does NOT change -- so obviously the movement needs to.So easy it's stupid. I don't need to pay WW for that. I just have to do it.
Me, plus all of my crotch-spawn looking like zombies on the holiday.
ONE IN FIVE. ONE. IN. FIVE.
One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery.
The finding -- reported online today in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery -- indicates that bariatric surgery patients should receive long-term clinical follow-up to monitor for and treat alcohol use disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and dependence.
"We knew there was an increase in the number of people experiencing problems with alcohol within the first two years of surgery, but we didn't expect the number of affected patients to continue to grow throughout seven years of follow-up," said lead author Wendy C. King, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She and her team discovered that 20.8 percent of participants developed symptoms of alcohol use disorder within five years of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). In contrast, only 11.3 percent of patients who underwent gastric banding reported problem alcohol use.
Starting in 2006, King and her colleagues followed more than 2,000 patients participating in the National Institutes of Health-funded Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2 (LABS-2), a prospective observational study of patients undergoing weight-loss surgery at one of 10 hospitals across the United States.
RYGB, a surgical procedure that significantly reduces the size of the stomach and changes connections with the small intestine, was the most popular procedure, with 1,481 participants receiving it. The majority of the remaining participants, 522 people, had a less invasive procedure -- laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding -- where the surgeon inserts an adjustable band around the patient's stomach, lessening the amount of food the stomach can hold. That procedure has become less popular in recent years because it doesn't result in as much weight loss as RYGB.
Both groups of patients increased their alcohol consumption over the seven years of the study; however, there was only an increase in the prevalence of alcohol use disorder symptoms, as measured by the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, following RYGB. Among patients without alcohol problems in the year prior to surgery, RYGB patients had more than double the risk of developing alcohol problems over seven years compared to those who had gastric banding.
"Because alcohol problems may not appear for several years, it is important that doctors routinely ask patients with a history of bariatric surgery about their alcohol consumption and whether they are experiencing symptoms of alcohol use disorder, and are prepared to refer them to treatment," said King.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery currently recommends that patients be screened for alcohol use disorder before surgery and be made aware of the risk of developing the disorder after surgery. Additionally, the society recommends that high-risk groups be advised to eliminate alcohol consumption following RYGB. However, given the data, King suggests that those who undergo RYGB are a high-risk group, due to the surgery alone.
The LABS-2 study was not designed to determine the reason for the difference in risk of alcohol use disorder between surgical procedures, but previous studies indicate that, compared with banding, RYGB is associated with higher and quicker elevation of alcohol in the blood. Additionally, some animal studies suggest that RYGB may increases alcohol reward sensitivity via changes in genetic expression and the hormone system affecting the areas of the brain associated with reward.
In addition to RYGB, the LABS-2 study identified several personal characteristics that put patients at increased risk for developing problems with alcohol, including being male and younger, and having less of a social support system. Getting divorced, a worsening in mental health post-surgery and increasing alcohol consumption to at least twice a week also were associated with a higher risk of alcohol use disorder symptoms.
King and her team found that although RYGB patients were nearly four times as likely to report having received substance use disorder treatment compared with banding patients, relatively few study participants reported such treatment. Overall, 3.5 percent of RYGB patients reported getting substance use disorder treatment, far less than the 21 percent of patients reporting alcohol problems.
"This indicates that treatment programs are underutilized by bariatric surgery patients with alcohol problems," said King. "That's particularly troubling given the availability of effective treatments."
Materials provided by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
- Wendy C. King, Jia-Yuh Chen, Anita P. Courcoulas, Gregory F. Dakin, Scott G. Engel, David R. Flum, Marcelo W. Hinojosa, Melissa A. Kalarchian, Samer G. Mattar, James E. Mitchell, Alfons Pomp, Walter J. Pories, Kristine J. Steffen, Gretchen E. White, Bruce M. Wolfe, Susan Z. Yanovski. Alcohol and other substance use after bariatric surgery: prospective evidence from a U.S. multicenter cohort study. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2017.03.021
I am in my third month of sciatica pain, the kind that makes you consider stomach ulcerations by taking All Of The Ibuprofen In The House over the course of the last twelve weeks.
After two or three urgent care appointments and an orthopaedic doctor visit, I saw my primary care doctor and asked her what I could do. I am no longer able to walk normally, lay down or sit. It is a bit ridiculous how stupid this pain is, if I sit (like right his very moment) it takes me quite a long time to get out of this position and fix my hip, leg and back so that I can move at a decent pace. If I stay moving, I'm okay. It is unrealistic to stand and pace every minute of the day so I do get "stuck" like this a few times a day, particularly when this happens:
The primary care physician sent me for an MRI on my lumbar and sacral spine, and it's just a mess. I already knew I had some degeneration, but it's gotten worse and obviously now there's a nerve root issue.
Super! GREAT! Fun! Love it. The problem here is that I want my normal range of motion and movement back (HA HA) and without pain relief that works, this is impossible. Taking NSAIDS after gastric bypass surgery is asking for a bloody ulcerated gut death and I'm currently risking it just to lay down at night.
I am not writing this for pity - there's a million of you out there with similar conditions, and I was told "GO EXERCISE, THAT WILL FIX YOU!" and yes, please, I want to, but HOLY HELL. Exercising by just picking up a toddler's thrown breakfast is like being stabbed in the asscheek. Picking HIM up? YEEEOUCH.
Forget pants. Socks? Nope.
"Degenerative disc disease L3-SL L4-5 broad-based central and posterior paracentral disc
protrusion with mild to moderate indentation on ventral thecal sac centrally and
bilaterally slightly greater on the left, with contact on the descending left L5 nerve
root in the lateral recess.
Central and right posterior paracentral L5-S1 disc protrusion with mild indentation on
ventral thecal sac centrally and eccentrically to the right.
Minor L3-4 midline disc protrusion.
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Don't shoot the messenger, I'm sharing this for my blog's historical reference because it's AMAZING INFORMATION -- and even if you "don't agree," because it's not your experience, it's science!
“Bariatric surgery is probably the most effective intervention we have in health care,” says Laurie K. Twells, a clinical epidemiologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She bases this bold claim on her experience with seriously obese patients and a detailed analysis of the best studies yet done showing weight-loss surgery’s ability to reverse the often devastating effects of being extremely overweight on health and quality of life.
“I haven’t come across a patient yet who wouldn’t recommend it,” Dr. Twells said in an interview. “Most say they wish they’d done it 10 years sooner.” She explained that the overwhelming majority of patients who undergo bariatric surgery have spent many years trying — and failing — to lose weight and keep it off. And the reason is not a lack of willpower.
“These patients have lost hundreds of pounds over and over again,” Dr. Twells said. “The weight that it takes them one year to lose is typically back in two months,” often because a body with longstanding obesity defends itself against weight loss by drastically reducing its metabolic rate, an effect not seen after bariatric surgery, which permanently changes the contours of the digestive tract.
In reviewing studies that followed patients for five to 25 years after weight-loss surgery, Dr. Twells and colleagues found major long-lasting benefits to the patients’ health and quality of life. Matched with comparable patients who did not have surgery, those who did fared much better physically, emotionally and socially. They rated themselves as healthier and were less likely to report problems with mobility, pain, daily activities, social interactions and feelings of depression and anxiety, among other factors that can compromise well-being.
Equally important are the undeniable medical benefits of surgically induced weight loss. They include normalizing blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipid levels and curing sleep apnea. Although bariatric surgery cannot cure Type 2 diabetes, it nearly always puts the disease into remission and slows or prevents the life-threatening damage it can cause to the heart and blood vessels.
Even in the small percentage of patients who ultimately lose little weight after surgery, significant metabolic benefits persist, according to findings at the Cleveland Clinic. In a study of 31 obese diabetic patients who had not lost a lot of excess weight five to nine years after surgery, a “modest” weight loss of just 5 to 10 percent resulted in a reduction of cardiovascular risk factors and blood sugar abnormalities, Dr. Stacy Brethauer and colleagues reported.
For the two most popular surgical techniques — the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve — “the metabolic benefits are independent of weight loss,” Dr. Brethauer said in an interview. Both methods permanently reduce the size of the stomach. However, the gastric band procedure, which is reversible, lacks these benefits unless patients achieve and maintain significant weight loss, he said.
Furthermore, as a study last year of 2,500 surgical patients at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C., found, those who underwent bariatric surgery had lower overall death rates up to 14 years later than comparable patients who did not have weight-loss surgery.
Experts in the field regard the reluctance of some medical insurers, including Medicaid programs in many states, to cover the cost of bariatric surgery as a penny-wise, pound-foolish position. Failing to reverse extreme obesity can end up costing far more per patient than the typical $30,000 price tag of bariatric surgery — sometimes even millions of dollars more.
Counter to popular impressions that most people treated surgically regain most or all the weight they lose initially, the latest long-term research has shown otherwise. In a decade-long follow-up of 1,787 veterans who underwent gastric bypass, a mere 3.4 percent returned to within 5 percent of their initial weight 10 years later. This finding is especially meaningful because the researchers at the V.A. center in Durham were able to keep track of 82 percent of gastric bypass patients, a task too challenging for most clinics.
The study, by Matthew L. Maciejewski and colleagues published in August in JAMA Surgery, found that 10 years later, more than 70 percent of surgical patients lost more than 20 percent of their starting weight, and about 40 percent had lost more than 30 percent. Gastric bypass, an operation called Roux-en-Y, resulted in a somewhat greater weight loss at 10 years than the newer gastric sleeve surgery and significantly more than the adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band) surgery, which “has fallen out of favor in the last two or three years,” Dr. Maciejewski said.
Bariatric surgery, regardless of the method used, is also much safer nowadays than it was even a decade ago, said Dr. Jon C. Gould, a surgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee who wrote a commentary on the V.A. study. However, he noted, the surgery is “vastly underutilized,” to the detriment of patients’ health and the nation’s health care costs.
“Less than 1 percent who would qualify for bariatric surgery are actually getting it,” Dr. Gould said. “Although the vast majority have health coverage, insurance companies and many Medicaid programs put it out of reach for most people by demanding that they already have several obesity-related health conditions and are taking a slew of medications to control them.”
For example, he said, to be covered for bariatric surgery, Wisconsin Medicaid requires that a person with dangerously high blood pressure has to be taking three or more medications for it and still not have a normal pressure.
He cited a further deterrent to bariatric surgery: “a perception that it’s dangerous and doesn’t work,” beliefs countered by the research findings cited above. Most of the surgeries are now done laparoscopically through tiny incisions.
Given the well-documented safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery, it is now increasingly being performed in people whose obesity is less severe — those with a body mass index (B.M.I.) of 35 or perhaps even less — but who have a metabolic disorder like Type 2 diabetes related to their weight.
In recent years, the profession has promoted what Dr. Gould calls “centers of excellence,” where 100 or more bariatric operations are usually done in a year. Practitioners at these centers “learn from experience, share their knowledge and push for quality improvements,” he said.
Dr. Gould suggested that people interested in bariatric surgery seek out programs that have been jointly accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, which have combined forces to promote quality control.
While experts agree that money would be better spent on prevention than treatment, Dr. Twells pointed out that “we have yet to find a way to prevent obesity, and people whose health is compromised by their weight deserve to be treated by the most effective method we have.”
Mini product pre-review because I do things like that because babies suck the life out of you and we're not sleeping ever.
Bariatric Advantage Multi Chewy Bite Strawberry Watermelon
I tore into this package IN PARTICULAR out of all the bags that came my way - and all I am going to say right now because I am sleep deprived and losing my mind is Y - E - S.
These little foil-wrapped multivitamin chews may very well solve my problems and save the world. (Am I allowed to say that? I DON'T CARE. I AM TIRED.)
Bariatric Advantage? Please create caffeine vitamins so that future reviews make sense.
These little fruity-chew-Starburst-esque bites have nearly all the multivitamins a bariatric patient needs, in two chews. They ARE Starburst-esque. You unwrap a little square of fruit "candy" out of shiny foil wrapper, and it's reminiscent of candy, just slightly. The taste is at first, berry, then watermelon. There is a slight touch of vitamin, but not much as it's masked greatly by the fruit flavorings. The taste profiles have improved a lot in the last few years.
Check it out:
Multi Chewy Bites have been formulated to deliver a spectrum of essential nutrients to help address nutrient deficiencies common with pre- and post-surgery bariatric patients.* Available in two great flavors: Dark Cherry and Strawberry Watermelon. Individually wrapped in 60-count bags.
- Delivers 200% or more of the daily value on 16 key nutrients including:
- 5,000 IU of Vitamin A
- 3,000 IU of Vitamin D in D3 form—the preferred form of Vitamin D
- All B vitamins including 1,000 mcg Vitamin B12, 3 mg B1, and Folate
- Meets or exceeds American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines—the foremost authority on bariatric science and nutrition
I am impressed.
- Product - Bariatric Advantage Multi Chewy Bites Strawberry Watermelon
- Via - Bariatric Advantage (Listed in the left hand sidebar under "New Multivitamins" 2/2017)
- Pros - Starburst-esque chews that are super easy to take, before AND after your weight loss surgery.
- Cons - If you can't control yourself with chews, these ARE vitamins. REMEMBER THAT.
- Rating - Pouchworthy
If you have been following me since Ye Olden Days Of WLS (I had roux en y gastric bypass in 2004, and I've blogged and been on social media since 2005), you will know this is my second go 'round with this product. (Or here is to hoping it is the same product I adored back in days of old.)
Proti Wafers. I think I called them "Sugar Wafers, Only Better" in my very first review which I can no longer find.
Sent to me from netrition, I have a box of Proti Wafers in my choice - vanilla.
Netrition's site reads:
Proti Nutrition Proti Wafer Squares are great tasting, high protein squares that will satisfy your hunger. Proti Squares offer a rich taste at 200-210 calories a serving.
The stats -
Ingredients: Protein blend (milk protein isolate, hydrolyzed gelatin, whey protein isolate, pea protein isolate), wheat flour, fractionated palm and palm kernel oil, sugar, fructose, milk ingredients (skim milk powder, while milk powder, butter fat), cocoa butter, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin, soy flour, sunflower oil, water, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, sucralose (non-nutritive sweetener), corn flour.
In each box, you receive five packs of two wafer-bars. Each packet contains two wafers.
The best way to describe these bars: old-fashioned sugar wafers. I can't think of anything else when biting into them. Except these have a chocolate base, and a chocolate drizzle, dressed much fancier than the stacks of sugar-cookies I ate as a kid.
The biggest difference? These pack 15 grams of protein per 200 calorie serving. That's pretty super for a snack food. Early in my weight loss surgery life, I will admit to being psychotically wary of the carbohydrate, fat and sugar content of this product, but now, I find it is a great balance.
- Product - Proti Nutrition Proti Wafers, Vanilla
- Price - $14.95 (for ten wafers)
- From - netrition
- Pros - OMG SUGAR WAFER COOKIES WITH PROTEIN POWERS. Portable protein for the purse (or other) sneaky snacks for the movies. Tastes like it should not be a protein product
- Cons - Tastes like it should not be a protein product. Your kids will open them before you get a chance to review them for your blog and ruin the box they came in. Just saying. Your kids will eat them. If you want to save them for your bariatric diet, HIDE THEM from your family because they ain't cheap.
- Rating - Pouchworthy
I've been food journaling.
Here is the damage.
That's about 1500 - 1700 calories a day, with nearly everything in my apathy diet included.
I am remaining in the 170 - 173 pound spot. Obviously, this calorie range keeps me squarely in this weight range. (I have been here for a year and a half?)
I go from 170 to 175. I get excited to see 1-6-9, and then, poof, right back into 170's. I have always shared (in my BBGC support group) that I believe in 10 - 12 calories per pound maintains my size.
Which also means, if I am EVER going to shake off this excess, I must drop back the calories OR ramp up my daily activity by at least 500 - 700 calories per day.
HUGE APATHETIC SIGH FILLED WITH TOAST. "BUT I DON'T WANNNNNNAAAAAA EAT LESS." I have become way too comfortable with over-eating. I can eat me some 1700 calories with ease. I can polish off a bowl of Anycarbs! like nobodies business. Hand me Anycarbs! (...except cereal and milk, gag) and I'll overeat it for you!
What made me realize this? One of my daughters decided to start looking at portions. She pulled out the measuring cups. And DOG KNOWS I AM A PROFESSIONAL MEASURER OF ALL THINGS NUTRITIVE and I can tell you how many calories are in all the things -- but -- do I bother measuring my own foods?
Nah. scoop scoop scoop
When I looked at her wee bowl of pasta and realized (for the millionth time) that 1/2 cup of pasta is only > this < much? And I have been serving myself with > this < much stomach + THIS MUCH + just because it's there? Thud.
Last night while watching My 600 LB Life -- I noted that Dr. Now puts all the patients on a 1200 calorie diet. It works. What I am doing, is not working. It's maintaining my obesity. What does this mean for me? I am going to make a conscious effort to aim for 1200 calories. I know that my aiming for that I may or may not - but it's not a huge deal. If I can hit it some days, I'll make progress. My goal is 150 pounds, so a loss of 20 pounds. To do that, I'll need to CUT THE CARBS back. I may need to cut out a meal or snack or three. Add shakes in? Maybe. I haven't "dieted" in so very long it's hard to even consider? I see lots of my online friends having great success with super low carb plans, some even KETO, but, I need something that is very flexible - even - ready to go - with no planning. I'm just ... chaotic. But I'll follow anything and be likely to succeed if I can get with it, you know?
Are you following any plans right now? Do you have excess weight to lose?
I know I promised to write a bariatric approved product review.
But first, this that showed up in my suggested Google links.
Girl, what are you thinking? Why are we flopping our fupa all over the Instagram and sharing/errr selling it to The Sun UK? We know that shit is real. (Did she really make a single account for, um, skin?)
For a moment I am tempted to pull out the skin I AM IN -- you know -- IN POST WEIGHT LOSS SOLIDARITY, after losing 170 pounds and having two babies and start a fupa social media campaign.
But, uh, no. It's very, very real. We are quite aware. You don't have to flop it on Insta to prove it to any-one.
Loose skin needs a song by Beyonce. Write it?
I signed on with a company to do a monthly product review of bariatric-approved products. My first product arrived this weekend, and in the spirit of full disclosure before I even start the review I have to tell you (...before I laugh, cry, or other?) that I hand-picked the first product because I know I like it. It's something I used to promote back in The Day of Blogging. (I do not know when the day ended, but it's no longer that day.)
The reason I am oversharing with you -- is because -- when I sniffed around the blog to find the first post about said product and it was written or even re-written MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO. Guys. This means I could have written about this item nine or ten years ago and I am about to throw it back in your faces because I am:
- Old As Hell (Did you figure out how long has been? Because I just had a minor heart failure.)
- Still Around (Sorry?)
- Crazy (...to still be around? LOL)
- Have Five Kids To Feed And Free Product Sounds Amazing Right About Now
- You Pick
What's worse? I deleted the initial URL for whatever reason, so the copy and paste of my words is showing up online in scraped feeds on other sites. Or on sites I used to frequent.
I just wanted to know how much this stuff cost back in ye olden days. (Yes, this is how I think. Post tomorrow.)
One of the first "rules" (....bahahahaha, rules?) of gastric bypass I learned early on - was not to add concentrated sources of extra calories where they were totally unnecessary. A food that qualifies the unnecessary category for me is - peanut butter and nuts.
I don't like peanut butter, so I was not bothered by not enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after weight loss surgery.
However, one of the other things you learn later on is YOU NEED EXTRA FAT SOMETIMES. To, uh, make your body work, and to make your skin not fall off. (This is just personal experience. Your mileage may vary. Your body should vary, yadda yadda yadda.) Many of us find that we under-eat fat.
A few weeks ago, I saw in the peanut butter aisle while picking up the nasty creamy gallon jug of peanut butter for my kids, this:
To be fair, I was drawn to it because it read CREAMY and COCONUT. Perhaps I thought it was going to taste of sweet coconut? (I AM A SWEET COCONUT FAN, and I think I might have picked this up thinking it'd be a decadent macaroon-y flavor. Sweet macaroons are asking for sweet death.) Instead, I bought the almond spread -- I made toast. I opened the glass jar, and mixed, it's got a slight oil on top, but nothing like natural peanut butter and it's more creamy like coconut butter - and I smeared it onto my bread. It's a very subtle taste, a teeny bit nutty, lesser sweet, and creamy. Not at all thick like emulsified peanut or other creamy butters.
- Made with whole coconut pulp.
- MaraNatha All Natural Coconut Almond Butter Creamy. No stir.
- Combines the delicious taste of roasted almonds with the unique flavor of coconut into a smooth nut butter to enjoy every day.
- Liven up your favorite sandwich, spread on toast, apples, pancakes or add to your favorite hot cereal for a unique meal, or simply enjoy straight from the jar!
- It's a delicious treat you can feel good about enjoying each and every day.
- Please recycle this container.
- Comments or questions?
- Call 1-800-749-0730 or visit www.maranathafoods.com.
Warning Text: Contains: almonds, coconuts. May contain traces of peanuts, soy and tree nuts.
I loved it. I ate the whole jar over breakfasts in the next couple of weeks, every single morning. I must have really really liked it. When I returned to the store yesterday, however, I noted that it costs double what the peanut butter cost, at least, and I couldn't justify buying it this week. Maybe next time. (You know, I had to get my bread, which costs way too much. :x ..... )
- Product - Maranatha No Stir Almond Butter Coconut
- Price - $7
- Bought from Wal - Mart, I know, I know, but I am an unemployed parent of five.
- Pros - Healthy oils, HELPS YOU POOPS, subtle taste, easy to eat, good source of calories if you need them. I would put this in a protein shake for added calories in TWO SECONDS.
- Cons - Um, same.
- Rating - Pouchworthy, MMBBGC
- Check them out here - https://www.facebook.com/maranathanutbutters/