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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!

How This Obesity Rebel Solves Her Vitamin Compliancy Issues

With Summer quickly approaching, it’s time to take a break from my recent blog series “Sex Love and Obesity” and talk about something that this Obesity Rebel just really thinks you need to know exists.

Vitamins delivered in the form of Watermelon goodness.

Let me tell you something about me. My name is Pandora, I’m an RNY Gastric bypass patient and while I am supposed to take my vitamins on a regular basis to avoid malnutrition issues, I don’t.

Why? Because I don’t like taking pills. It’s not just vitamins, it’s anything that comes in pill form. It takes a ridiculous amount of pain to get me to take pain pills doctors prescribe to me after surgery. I’m that person who never finishes a prescription for antibiotics after I start to feel better. It takes a headache that would lay King Kong down to get me to reach for a bottle of Tylenol.

My genuine dislike for all things in pill form have made vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery a continual struggle for me.

Until last year when BariLife came out with their Lemonade Multivitamin Powder.

I know what you are thinking. “Oh, BariLife is sending her to Paris and now she is talking up their products.”

Ok. I’m honest, there is some validity to that, I’m not going to lie. But BariLife wasn’t sending me to Paris last May when this product came out and I started using it.

I started using it because knowing I have vitamin compliancy issues from working with me in the past, they sent me a sample to try, and I kept using it because it has been a way for this non-pill taking post-operative patient to take her vitamins!

I know, I know, there are chewable vitamins and there are gummies.

Here’s my issue with those: Most chewable vitamins taste like vitamins, taste like chalk or taste like, what I imagine, based on his breath and the fact that he is constantly licking himself, a dog’s derriere. The Gummies add calories to my day that I’m not willing to spend on vitamins that taste like candy.

While vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery has been an issue for me. I do drink my water daily.  In fact, I drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. But, I don’t LOVE plain water. I often use sugar-free drink additives like crystal light and those cool little bottles of fruity goodness that let you add a few drops to make your water taste like anything you want. My favorite just happens to be the watermelon lemonade flavor.

Earlier this month BariLife sent me a sample of the new Watermelon Multivitamin Powder – and let me just say, this watermelon-lemonade loving Pandora is in heaven.

On their own, both the Lemonade and the Watermelon multivitamin powders are amazing products and a great way for someone like me that has issues with pills, chewables or gummies to get their vitamins in. They both have a great flavor, and you really do not taste the vitamins in your drink at all when you use them.

But if you asked me, the “Holy Rusted Metal Batman!”, POW!” comes from mixing them both together.

Each product calls for 2 scoops of powder per day. You’re supposed to use one scoop at a time twice a day. But, I take a half a scoop of each, put it in a blender bottle with ice cubes, shake it up and mix them together. Then I’ve got a Watermelon Lemonade flavored drink that I’d gladly sip on any hot summer day. This little concoction of mine has me taking my vitamins without even trying because I enjoy drinking it so much!

If you haven’t tried the Multivitamin Powders from BariLife yet, you can find them here.

BariLife Lemonade Multivitamin Powder

BariLife – Multivitamin Powder – Lemonade

BariLife Watermelon Multivitamin Powered

BariLife – Multivitamin Powered – Watermelon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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