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Taking Your Protein on Tour

Protein.

It’s the first thing we learn about when it comes to nutrition in our post-operative bariatric surgery lifestyle.

I really wish that I was the sort of bariatric surgery patient that possess the kitchen savviness that has me creating protein shakes so yummy you’d think you had just hit the Tropical Smoothie Café or Smoothie King drive-through, but alas I am not. That sort of play with your food creativity is what lead me to follow blogs like Bariatric Foodie and The World According to Eggface.

Me, I am the exactly opposite. My protein shakes are a matter of fact, matter of convenience type thing. I typically put 1-2 scoops of protein powder in a blender bottle add 8-16 oz. of almond milk, and off I go. It’s not pretty, in truth it’s not even tasty, but it does the job and it gets me the 15-30 grams of protein that I need to add to my day.

The problem I run into is that I am always on the run. Literally. I’m either rushing to the studio for an appointment with a client, rushing out the door to walk the dog, or rushing out the door to squeeze that run in. Which presents an obvious problem for me, I don’t always have almond milk and a couple scoops of protein powder sitting around for me to mix up that shake when I need it.

BariLife Protein Supplements As a weight loss coach and personal trainer one of my jobs is to help my clients recognize their obstacles and find solutions to them that allow them to get past them so that obstacles do not become barriers. I try very hard to practice what I preach in this regard. Which is exactly where the Protein Drink Bottles from BariLife come into play for me.

With these handy-dandy protein bottles, I don’t have to worry about being creative with my protein shake. I don’t have to worry about having something on hand to mix my protein shake with. I just grab a bottle, add some water to the fill line, shake, and instantly I have a great tasting protein shake that offers me 15 grams of protein.

I keep bottles of the Bari Life Protein Bottle shakes in my gym bag, at the studio I work at, I even keep one in the glove compartment of my car. This is my way of making sure that no matter where I am I can mix up a great tasting protein drink any time I need to.

If you happen to be traveling, they are wonderful for throwing in the suitcase or carry-on and having on hand to mix up on the plane or first thing in the morning. Plus, since you can just throw the bottles away when you are done using them, there is extra room in your bags to bring back from your travel destination when you’re done. This is my game plan for getting my morning protein shake in during my upcoming Paris trip next month!

BariLife Cappuccino Protein DrinkThe BariLife Protein Bottle drinks come in several great flavors including chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla, strawberry, kiwi strawberry, pineapple orange. My absolute favorite is the cappuccino, because with this one I get all the taste of a sweet coffee treat without all the unneeded calories that those yummy coffee store drinks add to my day.

From a nutrition standpoint the BariLife Protein Drink Bottles offer up 15 grams of protein for 80 calories. That meets and exceeds the 10:1 calorie versus protein ratio that I look for when selecting protein-based products to help me meet my protein goals for the day.

BariLife Chocolate Protein DrinkBeing a bit of a caffeine junkie here’s a little Pandora Pro-tip for you. If you don’t have time to finish that pot of coffee you brewed this morning. Pour the last few cups in a to-go container, put it in your fridge and add that to the chocolate flavored BariLife Protein Bottle instead of water and you’ve got another sweet coffee treat that is reminiscent of a café mocha with half the calories and twice the protein!

Being a Nutrition Rock-star is an important element of being an Obesity Rebel. A Nutrition Rock-star is someone who knows that the key to making healthy food choices is to make sure that you always have healthy food on hand to choose from. Rock-stars are usually on the go, so it’s always important to make sure that you’ve got healthy nutrition choices that can be on the go with you. I call this “Taking your food on tour.”

I use the BariLife Protein bottles to help me insure that I am living the best version of #MyBariLife. If you want to use these delicious protein bottles to make sure that you are living the best version of #YourBariLife, then head on over to the BariLife website and place an order today.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.

Make #YourBariLife the best it can be.

Visit the BariLife Website for all your Protein and Vitamin Needs!

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A Protein Bar Packed Pantry Helps Me Be A Successful Obesity Rebel

Protein Bars. This Obesity Rebel loves them. To me a protein bar is like a candy bar.  One of the things I often tell my clients is that when it comes to healthy lifestyle changes you must find food substitutions that help you through daily life without constantly feeling deprived.

Feelings of deprivation do not motivate us in a weight loss journey. They hinder us. Dieting fails people. This is largely because it leaves us with feelings of starvation and deprivation and those feelings lead us to eating things we shouldn’t have and end up making dieting a full circle experience that usually ends in with us left feeling like we failed.

Now the old food addict in me, when I hear the word candy bar, I want to run to the nearest store, pick out eight different varieties, bring them all home and eat ever single one of them. If my healthy lifestyle meant that I could never have a candy bar again, I’d be a sad Obesity Rebel.

But you won’t find me snacking on Snickers and Almond Joys. Instead, you’ll find my pantry well stocked with protein bars that make me feel like I am having a sweet treat while packing in the protein. Which makes a good protein bar a Pandora Pantry must have.

Now y’all know that BariLife is the company that decided to help me get my mojo back and is the company behind my Paris Redux, they are sending me back to Paris to help me try to find my love of running.

If you’ve been following that journey my recent broken toe has me sitting on the bench itching to get back to training for the event. I’m still mad I left that suitcase in the middle of the floor to be “unpacked later.” I unpacked that thing, with my TOE and it’s been buddy tapped to the one next to it trying to heal for almost 6 weeks now.

So, since I don’t have much to tell you about training for Paris right now I wait out this toe, instead I’m going to tell you about 3 of the yummiest protein bars BariLife sells.

Bari Life Crispy Chocolate CoconutBari Life Crispy Chocolate Coconut– So it’s got coconut in it. Which makes it my favorite. Because I am a lover of all things coconut. Mix that with the crispy texture and chocolate and there is no question it is my number one pick.  I mean it’s got chocolate and coconut in it and that’s like the two best ingredients in a protein bar.

 

 

 

Bari Life Peanut ButterBari Life Peanut Butter – Back in the day I was a peanut butter cup junkie. Any protein bar that can remind me of eating a peanut butter cup is going to make my list of favorites, and the texture on this bar did just that. This bar would have been my number one pick if it wasn’t for the mere fact that chocolate and coconut wins over peanut butter any day. But it was really a close tie for the number one and number two slot here.

 

 

Bari Life Oatmeal Bari Life Oatmeal – So when I think oatmeal I think oatmeal cookie. Not like actually eating oatmeal. Because really if you ask me the entire reason oatmeal exists is so someone could make treats out of it. Eating it as a breakfast cereal was just a bonus perk. This protein bar tasted very much like a frosted oatmeal cookie, or at least the closest thing my brain remembers to a frosted oatmeal cookie. It was delicious.

 

 

If you’re anything like me and you’ve got to keep nonfat Greek yogurt in the fridge to keep you feeling deprived of sour cream heaven, you can’t imagine life after weight loss without a sweet treat, I’m not kidding, pack your pantry with these Pandora protein bar picks!

You won’t find me curbing my cravings with a peanut butter cup or dipping that spoon into the peanut butter jar. But you will find me standing in the kitchen at 2am snacking on a BariLife Peanut Butter protein bar! After all, this is #MyBariLife and I have to live it as healthy as I can. What does #YourBariLife look like? What’s in your pantry?

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.

Make #YourBariLife the best it can be.

Visit the BariLife Website for all your Protein and Vitamin Needs!

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Author: Pandora Williams

Author of Desperately Seeking Slender

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BariLife has decided to send me back to Paris to represent the WLS Community as I attempt to find my love of running again.
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