I’m excited to let you all know about my very first online webinar, being held next Monday, November 12th at 12:00/NOON, EST! It’s hosted by my newest sponsor, Vita4Life.net, and I’ll have both Greg and Aaron Race on as guests to answer any and all of your vitamin and supplement questions.
We’ll also be doing another prize package giveaway for an online participant. Greg will speak directly to the winner to make sure you get the best formula for your needs. Prize packages include:
Bariatric Vitamins: Vita4Life! Multi-Standard Formula
Quantity: 360 Capsules – Retails for $57.95
Our multi-standard formula has been formulated to provide essential micronutrients in both fat and water-soluble vitamins and amino acid chelated minerals. We included a high concentration of B-complex vitamins and folic acid to aid in woman’s health. We use calcium in citrate form to ensure maximum absorption.
Calcium Malate Chelate Support
Quantity: 260 Capsules – Retails for $24.95
Vita4Life! Calcium Malate Chelate formula is designed to meet the calcium supplementation needs of patients who have undergone all weight loss surgery procedures. We use only the highest quality ingredients in our calcium product. Calcium chelate has been proven to offer maximum absorption properties.
THIS VITA4LIFE! PRIZE PACKAGE IS AN $82.90 VALUE!!
“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, damn right it’s better than yours…”
Come on, I couldn’t resist.
So, it’s officially summer-ish here in the Boston area, and when the warm air starts coming in, people go absolutely crazy around here for ice cream. Me too, except ice cream makes me sick. It’s one of the only things that I can have literally one single bite of before my body revolts, so I just don’t have it. But I crave it every now and then – particularly milkshakes. And of course, every fast food restaurant sign in town and showcasing milkshakes right now, so it feels like torture at times. But I found a way to get my shake on: Celebrate Vitamins ENS Vanilla Cake Batter (Milkshake).
I’ve long been a fan of this Multivitamin/Calcium/Protein shake drink, but realized it could totally curb my milkshake craving too. I threw about 6 small ice cubes in a blender and from the directions, replaced water with 1% low-fat milk. I also keep mugs chilled in my freezer, so after I blended this up and threw it in an icy mug, I was in milkshake HEAVEN:
Here are the nutritional details, since I know you’re clambering to know how awesome this milkshake is going to be for your bod:
Next up: more milkshakes including fruit (particularly bananas and pineapple), PB2, and other flavor change-ups. But honestly, the straight-up Vanilla Cake Batter is rockin’ my milkshake world right now.
And also because I can’t resist out-dated pop culture references:
I have long been wanting to get a bento box system after seeing all of Shelly’s Bento Box Meals on The World According to Eggface. Small portions have never looked so yummy! I just had no idea where to buy one, so imagine my excitement when LaptopLunches.com sent me this rad Bento Box system to review:
From the website: Stay mobile with this Urban Swing Lunch Kit! It is perfect for the working professional on the go! The insulated sleeve keeps food fresh for hours and the collapsible side drink pouch is ideal for bringing your water bottle (not included) with you! Includes: the Laptop Lunches® Bento Lunch Box 2.0 with a plum outer container and magenta inner containers, a plum messenger bag with a fuchsia insulated bento sleeve, and an all-stainless fork and spoon set.
The timing of receiving this could not have been more perfect: I started my new gig teaching voice and piano at The Real School of Music, and because I teach and travel at multiple schools, I need to have solid gear to travel around with. This seriously rocks my world, I love it!
For a weight loss surgery post-op patient like me, small portions are key. I’m one of those people that needs variety at almost every meal (hence my love of buffets in my former life), and all the little compartments allow me to take small portions of multiple things to eat: hooray! Not only that, but it includes an insulated zip storage unit, a fork and spoon, and a super-cute carry bag that could totally double as a pocketbook.
I’ve used it every day I’ve gone to work, and my students have all commented on how cool (and pretty) the system is. I feel like the kid at school who has the most popular lunchbox. Except I’m 40, and when I type that out it sounds a little pathetic. lol But seriously, my bento system ROCKS, yo!
You know I wouldn’t be posting this unless I had a nice little discount to offer you too! Use the coupon code DIVAT, and get 10% off your purchase – good for one week only starting tomorrow ( 6/8/12). Go and get yourself some lunch happiness!
I’m here to give some pimpy sponsor love to Wellesse, makers of the yummiest liquid bariatric supplements on the planet. Yes, they’re my sponsor, but even if they weren’t, I’d still love them – because they’re 1) yummy and 2) EASY. The perfect solution for newbie post-ops who can’t take pills – but great-tasting for any wls-er, really. They’re fast-absorbing, easy to take, and most are gluten-free (score)!
I was supposed to be at the vendor table in Las Vegas, but as you probably heard, I had a personal emergency and could not attend. I was wicked-super-sad about that, but mostly because I was looking forward to finally meeting Leslie from Wellesse. I let her know I couldn’t make it, and she was really understanding and nice about it. The very least I could do is put up a blog entry to tell you how much I love the stuff, because I really do.
Everything tastes really great – honest. I always get a little suspicious of anything in liquid form because, let’s face it, there’s a ton of stuff out there that’s pretty gag-inducing. Wellesse is on the total opposite end of that spectrum. In fact, I even stated before that I think they should create some Wellesse-brand of Snoopy Snow Cone Machines, because that would be a hella fun way to get your vitamins in, don’ t you think? I’d be on that every single day in the summer.
But for those of you without a snow cone machine (you know, those of you who are actual adults), Wellesse designed these bottles with cute little shot glasses right on the top. Swig! You’re done. Easy. And you can feel really grown up about it without the nasty hangover. Vitamin shots! (Disclaimer: Beth, aka Melting Mama has been pimping them out as shots for way longer than I have. I always jump on her bandwagon. But she loves them too, and for good reason.)
Want more health information? Check out these links from Wellesse.com:
We offer the following ways to access information on health benefits related to nutritional supplements:
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As many of you know, I have a strict no-negative review policy. Because of this, I’m very selective about my sponsors and I only partner with the companies and products that I truly do love. And love, I do, my newest sponsor: Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Solutions:
For any new post-operative patient, these are FANTASTIC. The doses is small, liquid, and tastes GREAT. In fact, the calcium tastes like a creamsicle smoothie to me! Even though I’m four years out and don’t need to have liquids, I have been using them for the past week to try them out, and I’m pretty happy with all of them. They can be taken as a quick 2 oz shot all on their own, or you can mix them into juice, water, OR try out MY brilliant idea:
Come ON! How fun would this make taking your vitamins? I’m serious. Whip up your little snow cone with any of the great berry and citrus flavors they offer. I think that this is really stroke of genius on my part. Just sayin’.
Most of their products are sugar-free AND gluten-free (score!), and they’re naturally sweetened with Stevia (note: not ALL of their products have Stevia – some do have sucralose (the Calcium, Glucosamine, B complex) and the Vitamin D 1000 IU is not sugar free, but they do use Stevia whenever possible!). Honestly? I think this stuff rocks and you should try it – especially if you are a brand new post-op searching for vitamins and supplements that are easy on to get down. And you know I have a Diva discount for you!
In fact, I think you should have a collection of your own, so I’m of course going to do a super-happy giveaway. Here’s how it works:
(2) Wellesse Bariatric Starter Packs valued at $55 that includes 2 bottles of the Multivitamin, 2 bottles of Calcium, 1 Liquid Iron, 1 Vitamin D3 and 1 B-12 plus a $25 Wellesse gift card.
HOW TO WIN:
Get one entry into a raffle for each of these entries:
Two winners will be drawn at random on the Monday, April 23rd radio program at 8:00pm EST. Wellesse is now an official sponsor of The Backstage Pass Radio Program, and I heart them for that. Good luck! :)
My Friday Five series usually focuses on positive topics, ideas, and people, but sometimes something so unbelievable comes my way that I have to bring it to light. This week’s Friday Five includes one of the most disturbing and blatant examples of weight bias (and racism) that I’ve ever seen. Please remember: you have a voice and can be an advocate for change. With that, today’s Friday Five:
Citizens Medical Center: Weight Discrimination
In my inbox today was a story about Citizens Medical Center’s no-hiring policy for the obese. Ironically enough, this was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, who you may remember featured an extremely insulting “comedy” article about XXL patients (written by Dr. John Kelly, who later apologized for his lack of judgement and sensitivity in the article, although the magazine never apologized for publishing it). I am appalled by what I read.
The CEO has instituted a no-hiring policy for the obese because, as reported in the magazine:
The majority of our patients are over 65, and they have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance,” David Brown, head of Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, told the Texas Tribune. “We have the ability as an employer to have a policy that says what’s best for our business and for our patients.
Mr. Brown claims overweight workers are absent from work more often than their slim colleagues, although the hospital’s decision to pass on obese applicants isn’t based on health insurance premiums. The hiring policy, notes the report, points to physical appearance and the desire to promote overall health to patients as the hospital’s basis for omitting overweight applicants from consideration.”
The Rudd Center also reports:
“Turning down qualified job applicants because of their body weight is blatant discrimination, and prevents these applicants from making meaningful contributions to their community as competent health care professionals,” says Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Rudd Center Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives. “The body weight of health professionals, like the general population, varies considerably. A health professional’s body weight is irrelevant in his or her ability to provide appropriate, sensitive, and evidence-based health care to patients.”
If you have been considering using your voice to end weight bias and discrimination, please join the cause now. This is not an isolated incident of weight bias and discrimination – it happens all the time. Need to start somewhere? Consider joining the Obesity Action Coalition and go to their GET INVOLVED page to find out how you can help.
TheTurtleRiot – New YouTuber!
H20 HOME – Yes, please!
An American Company builds these underground homes on Request. It’s like an underground Submarine made of Glass! Would you want a home like this?
I love anything in, on, or around the water. I’d live in one of these in a hot underwater second!
Mega Millions Jackpot: $640 Million
The Washington Post reports that I have a better chance of dying by bee sting than winning the $640 Million Jackpot. I’m still buying a ticket – and staying away from bees.
Introducing my new sponsor: Wellesse Bariatric Liquids!
If you are a pre-op or baby post-op, you definitely should check out Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Solutions. I am pretty selective about my sponsors, and I only showcase and feature products that I really like and stand behind. I had never tried these (I’m four years post-op and don’t have to worry about pills, etc), so they sent me out all of the products to try and I have to tell you: I LOVE them. I think they taste great and are PERFECT for little pouches that need their vitamins and supplements. I also want to buy a Snoopy Snow Cone machine just so I can make slushies with these, because I’m pretty sure they’d be AWESOME. I’ll be doing a giveaway on the radio show soon, so keep an eye on the Backstage Pass Radio Program page, and also check then out at www.wellesse.com!
Did you tune in last week for the 2011 WLS Awards Show? Happy to hear that some of your favorites were nominated and awarded? Interested in trying out some products from the nominees and winners? Well this week, as our thanks for your support we’re giving away TONS of great prizes from all your favorites! Listen for giveaways, discount codes and more. With the holidays coming up, this is a great way to win some of your favorites AND to shop for the bariatric patient you love!
CALL-IN TO WIN AT 347-857-2052 when prompted!
TWO OF THESE PRIZES:
Carnie Wilson Gift Pack: includes both of her WLS-Related Books (Gut Feelings & I’m Still Hungry) and her CD “A Mother’s Gift.”
Click Expresso Protein
Winner: Favorite Protein Drink!
Special Promo Code Discount Using “DIVAT” :
A FREE Click Mug with every purchase of canister of Click!
Please note: this promotion is exclusive to my readers! It doesn’t go live until Cyber Monday, so enjoy your free mug before everyone else!
Please be sure to “LIKE” Click on Facebook:
Official Website: www.drinkclick.com
(2 ) -A 30 day supply bag of Bariatric Advantage
Chewy Bites – one bag per caller
Special Promo Code Discount Using “DIVAT” :
Free shipping on your purchase!
BONUS RAFFLE GIVEAWAYS!
GastricBypassSupplements.com will also be giving away TEN Blender Bottles in a raffle giveaway! You can get up to 3 raffle entries by doing the following:
Copy of Connie Stapleton’s Book: ”Eat It Up”
Please be sure to “LIKE” Connie on Facebook – CLICK HERE
Official Website: www.eatitupbook.com
PRIZE: High-Waisted Control Shaping Panty
Your choice of color!
Winner: Favorite Shaper or Compression Garment
Winner: Favorite Shapewear or Compressions Company
PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT USING “DIVAT”
Save a whopping 40% off your purchase!
Please visit the Diva Taunia Slimpressions Store:
Please be sure to “LIKE” Slimpressions on Facebook - CLICK HERE
Official Website: www.slimpressions.com
Star of the show:
HealthSmart Chicken Bouillon by Nashua Nutrition
Quick Fact Nutritional Label (Seven 1 serving packets in this box – stats per serving)
Fat: 0g | Sodium 180mg | Carbs 1g | Protein 15 g
DIVA TAUNIA’S BALLSY BOUILLON SOUP:
1) Heat sautee pan and olive oil to get hot.
2) While that’s heating, add the three packages of bouillon to the rock pot. Slowly whisk in the four cups of boiling water until everything is desolved. (Note: this turns into a CREAMY chicken soup – so it shouldn’t be clear like a broth.)
3) Add the can of tomatoes and frozen peas to the liquid and cover rock pot.
4) Add all chopped veggies to the saute pan, and saute on medium high for about 20 mins, until onions start to get translucent. Add garlic in at the end to avoid burning it.
5) Transfer all veggies to rock pot, cover, heat on LOW until ready to eat.
NOTE: this is super hot with the hot peppers. You can omit those and add regular green peppers, and I would suggest adding 1 tsp of cumin and 1 tbsp of McCormicks Steak Seasoning in place of the peppers.
This is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! With 15 g of protein in every serving, it will totally keep you full for many hours. Perfect soup – tons of healthy veggies, low cal, and lots of protein. Enjoy!!