Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Off to #YWM2017 Your Weight Matters National Convention

I'm heading to New Orleans this week for the Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2017 this week. I am proud to be part of the Convention Planning Committee. I can't wait for everyone to experience the wonderful speakers and education in the agenda this year. I am super jazzed about the diversity of topics... nutrition, sleep, stress, regrouping after setbacks, saboteurs to your health... we even have a topic on the connections between our pets and human obesity, really cool science and studies and practical tips and tools you can use come Monday morning.


And my main reason for attending every year...  the wonderful community, reconnecting with friends and making lots of new ones! I've heard from a few of you reading that you are coming!! Yay! Can't wait to meet you all!

Thursday at the ENGAGE! Discover the Power of Your Voice Training I will be presenting: Why You Should Tell Your Story! and How Social Media Can Help Your Advocacy Efforts.

Friday: I will be taking part in the Event Welcome: The Power of Coming Together: The Harm of Accepting Weight Bias and then in the evening find me dancing at the Costume Party... look for flying feathers from my homemade costume which may or may not hold up, fingers crossed.

Saturday: I'll be presenting some of the awards at the OAC Reception and Awards Ceremony.

I'm also hosting two coffee talks: Tips and Tricks for Staying on Track in Social Situations on Friday and Logged-on: Online Resources to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals on Saturday.

Sunday: I'll be helping with the AM Send-Off.

Other than those... I am attending sessions, checking out all the awesome exhibitors and making new friends. If you are close... come! There's 3-day and single day on-site registration, health professionals can earn up to 18 CE hours too if you need added justification ;) Oh and locals can get a FREE Pass for the Community Outreach Day Event on Saturday. Lots of free samples and swag in the exhibit hall. See the link for more info and if you have a pal in the area tell them to come by.

If you are not headed to #YWM2017 this year, please consider attending the event next year. Psst... the 2018 location will be announced Friday night at the costume party. Watch my twitter feed for the breaking news!

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It really is an event not to be missed. For me... it's a way to renew my commitment to my health. It energizes me and the inspiration and motivation carries me throughout the year. Well worth the price of admission! I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Catch a glimpse of all the fun on social media: I will be tweeting, snapping pics, maybe even taking a few videos from inside the action (and behind the scenes) so if you want to follow along be sure to follow my social media accounts:

Twitter (where I will be the most active)
Instagram
Facebook

The official hashtag is #YWM2017 and be sure to follow the Obesity Action Coalition's (convention hosts) tweets too.

In honor of my trip here are some favorite bariatric surgery-friendly, low carb, protein packed New Orleans inspired recipes:

Shelly's Award Winning Jazzy New Orleans Muffaletta Salad

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Shelly's Banana Fosters Protein Pudding Jars

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Shelly's Cheesy Crab Imperial

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Shelly's Muffaletta Soup

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Shelly's Pecan Praline Mini Protein Muffins

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Looking forward to seeing everyone soon... and if you are not joining us this year... make these recipes, follow the tweets and make plans to come next year! You will be glad you did!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Pecan Praline Mini Protein Muffins featuring Premier Protein

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share this new recipe featuring Premier Protein 100% Whey Protein Powder with you.

Flying this week to New Orleans for the Your Weight Matters National Convention. It's not a long flight but I have a layover without switching planes so I'll need little something more protein packed and sturdier than a packet of peanuts. I plan on drinking a Premier Protein Shake on the shuttle to the airport so BOOM with 30 grams of protein in each shake right there I already have a great start to my day and then in my carry-on bag I'll have a couple of these delicious Pecan Praline Mini Protein Muffins.

What's in my carry-on bag?

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Folder with all my #YWM2017 handouts for my presentations
Ipad, cellphone and charger
Pens
Sunglasses/Eyeglasses
Umbrella
Vitamins
Wallet
My famous Coin Purse (starting to fade a bit over the years)
Chill Pill Essential Oil
Business Cards with all my social media contact info (saves time swapping info with new pals at the #YWM2017 convention)
Mints
Sugar Free Drink Sticks
Chocolate Strawberry Protein Granola
and a couple of these Pecan Praline Mini Protein Muffins

Pecan Pralines or "praw-leen" as the locals call them are a traditional confection full of sugar, butter, cream and pecans. In New Orleans, it used to be a tradition for young ladies to make pralines before going to a ball and then enjoy them with their beaux (escort) at their homes afterward. These protein packed muffins have the same nutty caramel flavors of those yummy Pecan Pralines without the sugar shock. I hope you give them a try.

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Shelly's Pecan Praline Mini Protein Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Syrup (find in coffee aisle I used this)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry
2 Tablespoons Almond Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix, dry
1/4 cup Premier Protein Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Powder
Pinch salt
Chopped Pecans for top

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond flour, pudding mix, Premier Protein Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Powder and salt.

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Tip dry into wet and stir till combined.

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Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top each with a few chopped pecans.

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Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes. Edges will be golden, tops dry (toothpick test: stick a toothpick into the center of your muffin. If there is wet batter still on the toothpick, it needs more time in the oven. If it comes out clean, your muffins are done! )

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It's important to eat protein when you are traveling, these muffins and the granola will keep me energized and full throughout my travel day and make me less likely to call up room service when I get to the hotel. Safe & healthy travels everyone!

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This post is sponsored by Premier Protein® #TheDayIsYours For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. Want to learn more about Premier Protein products LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by. Hope to see you at #YWM2017 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Yesterday's menu and a few fun product finds...

Breakfast: A quick and easy favorite breakfast of mine are these little Cottage Cheese Doubles. They come in a few different flavors but my favorite is the pineapple. I was sad a few weeks ago I couldn't find them anywhere in stores but it looks like a packaging change caused a lag in delivery.

Sometimes I top them with a little Protein Granola, crumbled Protein Bar or a few nuts. I just had it as is today. Next week, I'll be heading to New Orleans for the Your Weight Matters National Convention. My to-do-before-NOLA-list is pretty long but I'm chipping away... so I took off on errands to check a few off my list with a Caramel Premier Protein Shake (always a quick & easy way to get 30 grams of protein in.)

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There's still time to join us (on-site registration is available) so if you are in the area or know someone who is please pass on the info: www.YWMConvention.com it always hurts my heart when someone reads my review of the event and messages me on Facebook "I didn't know you were in my town." We advertise everywhere but of course we can't get everyone... so please share with your pals and tell them to come find me and say Hi!

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Lunch: I was excited to try this Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Crab Meat. I picked up the other day. It's a little box in the frozen section that contains 2 (each 4 oz. package is 90 calories = 22 grams of protein) portions of cooked crab (100% crab: lump, back-fin, and claw meat.)

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You just need to defrost one or both packages and add to egg bites, crab cakes, omelettes, salads, soup. I took one and made a sort of play on Crab Imperial (another New Orleans dish) basically a warm crab dip, but I axed the mayo that is usually in it making it way lighter.

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Shelly's Cheesy Crab Imperial Dip

4 oz. Cooked Crab Meat
3 Tablespoons plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Creole Mustard
2 Tablespoons chopped Pimientos, drained (jarred, near pickles)
2-3 Green Onions, diced
2 stalks Celery, diced
1/3 cup Shredded Cheese (Monterrey Jack or any good melter), divided use
dash of Hot Sauce or sprinkle of Cajun Seasoning to taste
Salt to taste

Mix the cooked crab and all but a few Tablespoons of the cheese together. Spoon into shallow baking dishes and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes and then broil the top for a few minutes till golden and bubbly. I served it with sliced cucumbers which are my go-to cracker/bread substitute.

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I think this would also be great spooned into mini peppers or mushrooms or crunchy cheese cups. Mmmm perhaps the other package.

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Dinner: I made a batch of Egg Foo Young Bites (aka Crustless Quiches) which are one of my Mum's absolute favorite versions of my egg bites and served them with steamed Edamame.

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This is another little packaged frozen item I love. Pictsweet Farms Edamame with Sea Salt Farm Snacks (80 calories = 6 grams of protein) which makes fun snack or side dish. You just pop the box open, toss it in the microwave for a few minutes and voila.

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More Eggface Asian Inspired Meals

Snacks: Coffee, Water with sugar free drink sticks and when I finally got a chance to plop down on the couch and watch a little TV.  I had bag of these Pure Protein Crunch Bites. If you are looking for a little crunchy snack to take to the movies or on a flight these might be an option. They come in 2 flavors Double Chocolate & Peanut Butter.

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I'm a little late to the party but I'm loving "This is Us" and want to finish season one before it returns at the end of September. For those watching: I had a flashback watching an episode the other day... the one when Kate (Chrissy Metz) is headed to apply for the foundation assistant job to Jami Gertz's character Marin (who BTW I can't look at without saying her line from Twister "I gotta go Julia, we've got cows") she gets to this huuuuuge staircase, looks up and says, "There is no way in hell, this job better be worth it, see ya world" and started up the stairs. The next scene shows her in the interview, winded, sweaty, fanning herself and trying to answer questions. Watching that scene, my heart literally began to pound as I remembered a similar situation in my life. Why is it that our brains are particularly good at recording bad memories? I actually paused the show. I needed to process the emotions it brought up. Every so often some bad memory will rush back from my unhealthy days like opening a wound you thought had long ago healed... a photo of a desk once had a similar effect. I know you guys understand.

I try to turn those negative memories into a positive by using the memory to reinforce how far I've come with my health and how now faced with a similar situation now I might run up the stairs for fun. It also reminds me that you can have a beautiful garden but you have to get down in the dirt and pull a few weeds now and then or they might take over ;)

So yeah... if you aren't watching the show... it's worthy of some of your downtime.

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