Whether it is in the initial months or years post-surgery, it easy for old habits to creep back in. Old habits can come in many different forms, but one we commonly see is forgetting to read nutrition labels on foods. Over time, label reading can get lost, as it can add extra time to the supermarket shop. When label reading dissipates, often we revert back to buying brands and products that we recognise or used prior to making lifestyle changes, despite the sugar and the fat content. It also allows us to be lured in by cool packaging, change of product names and something with “NEW” displayed on the outside. This leads us to becoming unconscious about what’s really in the food we buy.
A couple of weeks ago at the January retreat, Andrea mentioned that she had entered two WLS teams into a small triathlon the next weekend, but sadly the person who was doing the bike leg for one of the teams had just pulled out. Andrea was clearly disappointed. Before engaging my brain I asked how far was the ride? She said 6-7km and it will be flat (she lied). So before I had time to engage my brain and ask questions, I opened my mouth and said I would do the bike ride… Doh!
Protein bars are targeted towards those who want a convenient source of protein that doesn’t require preparation. They are a nutritional supplement that adds protein and potentially other nutrients to your diet. Whilst protein bars aren’t intrinsically good or bad, how you use them as a part of your overall eating habits can be the difference between them being beneficial or detrimental to your health and energy needs.
I've struggled with my weight from an early age. I remember watching my parents go from diet to diet, so it seemed the norm for me to as well who I reached my pre-teen years and gained weight. I used food as a source of comfort and reward. As I gained more, I was teased, bullied, ridiculed - that pain and feeling of bewilderment wondering why friends/family/strangers would say such things to me was crippling.
Andrea shares with you her favourite protein shake, a Jaffa Frappe, perfect for a hot summer day. This is a low sugar, healthy, creamy breakfast or lunch alternative, and also combines some/all of your vitamins and Calcium in the one drink!