All posts by proteinartist

I had RNY gastric bypass weight loss surgery in June 2014. Prior to my surgery, I was determined to prepare meals in advance to satisfy my 60-80 gram requirements per day. As a student with a meager income, I had to find a way to make my food intake be as protein-rich as possible, and made from scratch to save me money. My total prep for six weeks of post-op food cost me $75. Unable to afford protein powders, I was amazed at how successful I was with my meal ideas. I hope you can enjoy these recipes and make weight loss surgery work for you, no matter your budget.

Eucalyptus Oil on Zits and Post-WLS Acne

After weight loss surgery, my hormones began to fly up and down without warning. Suddenly, I began to look like a teenager again, both in size, and with the pimples on my face! I tried face washes and zinc vitamins. ultimately, I wanted something that would dry up the zits before they got to the point where I would want to pop them. I read online about the virtues of eucalyptus oil, and it also happens to be my absolute favorite scent. I purchased a…

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Pineapple Meatballs with Protein Powder, 17 grams protein, 340 calories

This sweet meatball recipe with protein powder to hold the meat together instead of flour or breadcrumbs. For this recipe, I use lunch buddies cups because they are easier to find with no sugar added than the ordinary canned varieties.  I also use ground beef chuck rather than lean beef, so that I have all the fats that I need from this meal. Ground beef chuck comes from the shoulder and neck area of the cow and is usually very fatty but also has an…

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Steelcut Oats Chocolate Chip Cookies, 3 grams protein, 108 calories each

You really want to grab a cookie and run to do your errands. Well, then why not? This one has protein and all the flavor you need, plus the chocolate you might crave. The oats offer a gluten-free alternative to flour and still add protein.  With the bananas, you don’t need to use eggs, making this a vegan staple. Finally, in this recipe, I used cashew butter which has the mildest nut taste, for those who are not wild about peanut butter but still want…

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Green Eggs and Ham, 15 grams protein, 283 calories

Yes, I do like them! However, I paired my deviled green eggs with turkey bacon in this photo. Three deviled eggs with three slices of bacon should fill you up and be a really delicious meal. The eggs are really easy to make.  If your cooking skills are exceptional and you are capable of burning water, then try this tip.  Place the eggs into a small saucepan and fill with water only until the eggs are covered.   Boil on high for about two minutes until…

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Omega + C Orange Salmon Endives, 19.5 grams protein, 290 calories

The perfect winter lunch to pack in the nutrients and prevent the sniffles.  Endive is enriched with Vitamin A and ß-carotene, which have antioxidant properties. Carotenes convert to vitamin A inside the human body.  The orange delivers your vitamin C right in between the smoked salmon, which is high in omega fatty acids. All ingredients combined are sweet and moist, perfect for chewing. Ingredients: 2 ounces skinless boneless smoked salmon 4 Tablespoons Cream Cheese, with chives if possible ½ naval orange 4 endives slices Directions:…

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Underarm odor from ketosis and rapid weight loss

After gastric bypass surgery, the high protein diet causes a chemical imbalance in the body. As your body tries to adjust, it enters the state of ketosis. This is not dangerous, but a sign that you are burning fat. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. With ketosis comes a few minor annoyances…

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Thinking of chickening out? Don’t!

You will ROCK this! Today, I wore a size 10 outfit! I started at 258 lbs six months ago. Forget the people who have problems. They are the people who have problems with everything else… because they are not having brain surgery. They are only having gastric bypass, or sleeve, or the lap-band. If you disrespect your pouch, you will not benefit. If you commit to building a ‘relationship’ with this new tool, you will do phenomenally. I’ve never dumped, or had any ‘issues’. Just like those…

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Dressed to the Nines Turkey Patties, 23 grams protein, 203 calories

This is the ultimate gluten-free flourless turkey burger recipe that will make you want to party! Easy to prepare in advance, refrigerate the mixture and cook later in time for dinner. You may also freeze the leftover patties cooked or raw.  You might be tempted to skip the oil in the mixture, however, it is needed to hold the form and allow the onions to ‘fry’ inside the patty. Olive oil is an important and necessary fat for after gastric bypass and weight loss surgery.…

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Pastrami Stuffed Delicata Squash

Delicata winter squash is high in vitamin A and C. Besides for its beautiful designs, the skin is edible after roasting or baking, which saves you time in the kitchen. It also boosts your nutrient intake — the skin of vegetables often contains fiber and other vitamins and minerals.  This squash bakes very quickly in the oven.  Ingredients: 1 Delicata Squash 4 slices pastrami deli, 4 ounces   ) 1 ounce fresh spinach leaves 1 shallot, about 1 ounce ½ fresh red grapefruit, peeled 2…

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Mango Ginger Chicken Dinner, 11.5 grams protein, 169 calories

The most exciting part of this chicken dinner is not the sweet taste, but the mango bits that help with the chewing of the chicken. You may skip the cornstarch if you don’t favor a thick creamy sauce.  Mango might aid in decreasing risk of macular degeneration and colon cancer, while improving digestion and bone health, as well as skin and hair. Ingredients:  2 Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh Cutlets (40g, 220c) 1 teaspoon chopped Ginger (2c) 1 Tablespoons Coconut or Olive Oil  (120c) 1 mango, peeled and…

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