Time-Out from Holiday Stress, Weight Loss Included 0
'Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to spread holiday cheer, to buy and wrap gifts, to attend holiday programs, and to continue family traditions, all while keeping up with your regular duties, such as work, school, family, and healthy living, of course.
‘Tis the season, indeed. Do you need a break? Here is why stress is harmful and ways you can lower your stress to stay on your weight loss path.
Risks of Stress
Stress gets to you. The dangers of stress are not just in your head. They are real. Too much stress can make you anxious and jittery. It can keep you from sleeping and bump up your blood sugar. It can interfere with concentration, so you have trouble getting to the gym and keeping your resolve to say no to sugar and carbs. Is this happening to you?
Where Is Stress Coming from?
The stress that can be harmful is not only from obvious, overwhelming circumstances such as losing a job or getting into a bad argument with a family member. Harmful stress can come from being too busy, not getting enough sleep, and feeling pressure to please others. Sound familiar?
Nutrients for Stress
Many vitamins and minerals are necessary to properly manage stress, so taking a Multivitamin and Mineral supplement is a good insurance policy against deficiencies. Some nutrients are more closely tied to stress and are commonly deficient, and you may want to look into a product with extra magnesium and calcium to help relax your mind and muscles.
Sharpen Your Focus
You may need laser focus to accomplish all your tasks and stay on track with your diet. For help, turn to Zen Essential Oil Infused Lip Balm. It soothes and prevents parched, chapped lips, which is already a boon after weight loss surgery or during the cold, dry winter months. This lip balm has peppermint and lavender oils to help you focus better while you stay relaxed and calm. By the way, this one is a great stocking stuffer.
A Hot Sip
Millie’s Sipping Broth was not specifically designed for this time of year, but it might as well have been. Curling up with a hot drink is itself comforting and it forces you to take some time for yourself. These steepable bags can rejuvenate you and boost focus with their base of green tea and flavors such as Curry Spice, Spicy Tortilla, Thai Lemongrass, Tomato Basil, Delight Pho, and Smoky Facon. Each flavor is gluten-free and vegan and is available in a 3-pack, 9-pack, or as part of the Variety Pack.
A Hearty Instant Meal
So much is going on these days that it can be hard to get a good lunch during a busy day or a healthy dinner at the end of a long day. An Instant Protein Entrée can give you the weight loss meal you need, while saving valuable time and effort to reduce stress. They can keep you from feeling deprived when you have high-protein, low-carb options such as Turkey Chili, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Gravy with Beef Pot Roast.
A bit of a break can make the difference between staying on track and regretting your choices, so give yourself one!
Protein Soups and Drinks for Warmth and Weight Loss 0
Your body and soul may be craving warm foods as the briskness of autumn progresses to cold winter days and nights. Creamy soups and flavored coffee drinks can heat you up, but weight loss and health still need to come first – especially at this time of year when holiday temptations are everywhere. Instead of choosing to compromise on taste or nutrition, you can have both.
Instant Meal Replacement Soups
A good meal replacement lets you have a meal anytime, anywhere, at a moment’s notice with a minimum of fuss. A better meal replacement is complete with the protein you need to stay full and the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. The best meal replacement fits your mood. If a cold, sweet shake is not going to do the trick, Meal Replacement Soups might be the answer.
BariatricPal Meal Replacement Soups are ready in minutes with hot water for a warming lunch, dinner, or snack. They have 15 grams of protein, 20 essential vitamins and minerals, and with 100 calories, they fit easily into your weight loss plan. You would not guess that they were low fat when you taste Cream of Tomato or Cream of Chicken flavors. Each box has 7 single-serving packets.
Smooth or Chunky Protein Soups
BariatricPal Protein Soups have 80 to 100 calories and are low in fat and carbs. They provide 12 to 15 grams of protein per serving and are suitable for pre-op, post-op, and any diet!
Protein Soups are a perfectly versatile food. You can have them as a meal or snack on their own on a full-liquid diet, or use them in recipes as you would use other soups. You can also make yourself a bowl and add favorite ready-cooked healthy foods of your choice. For example…
- Chicken and mixed vegetables in Chicken Pasta.
- Spinach, diced tomatoes, and cheese in Cream of Tomato.
- Tofu, bok choy, and mushrooms in Chicken Bouillon.
- Beans and carrots in Beef Bouillon.
Each box has 7 single-serving packets.
Protein Hot Chocolate and More
Hot Protein Drinks are the way to go when you need something sweet, but cannot handle the sugar you would get from a syrupy store-bought drink. Hint: a large size could have up to 100 grams of sugar! BariatricPal Hot Protein Drinks have only a fraction of the sugar, and only 80 calories, while providing 15 grams of protein to make them a smart choice for breakfast, snack, or late-night dessert.
Hot Protein Drinks come in chocolate-based varieties from Classic and Marshmallow to Amaretto, Mint, and Irish Cream, for starters. You can also find Vanilla, Classic, and even decaf Cappuccino, as well as Pumpkin Spice Latte. Great-tasting flavors like these do not leave you with an excuse to hit the local coffee shop! Each box has 7 single-serving packets that you can make with just hot water.
Depend on The BariatricPal Store for your hot soups and beverages with plenty of protein and sugar, calorie, and fat counts you can handle. Stay warm and lose weight!
Fabulous Finds at The BariatricPal Store 0
If you are like a lot of shoppers at The BariatricPal Store, you are a pretty efficient shopper. You know why you visited the store, and which are your favorite products. You may quickly chase them down, fill your cart, and head to the checkout page.
We love your efficiency, and value the choice you made to spend your valuable time with us! But we have a suggestion to consider next time you shop: browse the aisles. You never know which new products and different flavors you may find. For a start, here are a few fabulous finds at The BariatricPal Store that you might want to take a look at next time you are shopping.
You are definitely not alone if you know that brownies can be your downfall. A single brownie can have 200 or more calories and 30 or more grams of sugar, not to mention no more than a scarce gram or two of protein. Worse, you are not likely to be able to stick to a single brownie when you pull a pan of brownies from the oven.
Enter BariatricPal Soft Baked Brownie Mix. It is your ticket to fresh-based brownies without all of the calories and sugar of regular brownies, plus they are packed with protein. Each brownie has 120 calories and 12 grams of protein, along with 5 grams of filling fiber. In other words, these brownies are your guilt-free ticket to a chocolatey, decadent treat. There is no need to fear eating the entire pan, either, since each packet of mix contains only a single serving.
Facon Bacon Sipping Broth
What?! It just may be time to celebrate, because now your liquid diet can include the irresistible flavor of bacon. You may be on a liquid diet before or after weight loss surgery, or when you are trying to jumpstart weight loss or go through a cleanse. Shakes, juices, and water can get pretty boring pretty fast, and leave you struggling to stay hydrated.
Millie’s Smoky Facon Sipping Broth may deliver exactly the help you need to get through your liquid diet with a smile. It is a green tea beverage infused with bacon flavors and herbs and spices. It has 20 calories, and is vegan, natural, and gluten-free. Millie’s Sipping Broth also comes in flavors such as tomato basil, Thai lemongrass, curry spice, and spicy tortilla.
You may love them so much that they become a regular part of your day, even when you are no longer on a strict liquid diet!
We hope you love these fabulous finds as much as we do, and find them to be powerful allies in your weight loss journey. Let us – and other shoppers at The BariatricPal Store – know what you think of them by leaving a product review once you try them. And don’t forget you can always contact us with a product request if you don’t see what you’re looking for.
Ready-to-Shake Protein Drinks
A protein shake is a protein shake, right? Well, not so fast. Some are higher in protein and lower in sugars than others, making them better choices after weight loss surgery and The protein drinks at The BariatricPal Store are the low-sugar, high-protein type.
But there’s one type of shake in particular you might want to check out: our ready-to-shake protein drinks. A single serving of protein powder comes in its own bottle. All you have to do is fill up the bottle with water or milk, shake it, and drink it. These shakes are ideal for when you are on the go or in a hurry, since you do not need to measure anything or clean a blender. Each shake has about 80 to 100 calories and 15 grams of protein, and they come in delicious flavors such as coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry banana.