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Food & Recipes

We believe strongly that we should be able to enjoy a wide variety of tasty foods with our lap bands.  We should enjoy dining!

This is the section for the Banded Living™ community to share recipes and food ideas for eating in, eating out, and taking to work with you, that you have created or discovered on your journey.  We are looking forward to receiving great recipes including ethnic cuisine of all types.

If you are wondering where to get started you can take a look at the staples that we always stock in our kitchens.  Bon appetit!

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Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Success - Holiday Appetizers That Are Easy, Inexpensive And Always A Hit
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Today is Thanksgiving. I wish you and yours a Happy and a Healthy Thanksgiving! My family dinner is simple this year - roast turkey, cauliflower stuffing and baked sweet potatoes. My daughter is making pies for the group and I will probably have a thin slice of her bourbon pecan pie because this lifestyle is not about depriving me of anything I truly want, it is about knowing how much and how often is reasonable while still maintaining my health and my weight. . . . keep reading
Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery - Sugar TRULY Is Evil, The Saga Continues
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
As I move through my 14th year after weight loss surgery, Lap Band Surgery to be specific, I continue to learn that sugar is NOT my friend. And yet I am still taken in by the smells, the tastes, the ease with which I can swallow and digest it no matter how many times I remind myself. So I'd like to share my Jewish Holiday saga with you all today since Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, New Year's Eve and the mad rush of food and festivities will soon be on us. . . . keep reading
How I Streamline Meal Planning And Prep To Keep my Success After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Most of you know I had Lap Band Surgery in 2004. I lost 270 pounds and am maintaining that loss. Did the Lap Band - or any weight loss surgery for that matter, do it for me? NO… As you all know, we have to do the work as well. I admit it - I LOVE food and I will only eat delicious food. I am NOT on a Diet. I am, 13 years later, living a life I never could have imagined when I hobbled along, in constant pain, at 424 lbs. . . . keep reading
I Love Food!
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I love food, I love to eat, and I love to write. My love of food has transitioned into a way of being since I had my Lap Band surgery in 2004. That love has resulted in our newly published cookbook, Eat Your Way to Success And Learn How To Control Hunger - A Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Cookbook. . . . keep reading
Fabulous Breakfast After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This morning I decided to try another take on the flourless pancakes and share my step by step with you. This recipe will easily feed 2, I chose to serve it with some Trader Joe's Maple Brown Sugar chicken Sausage which are delicious and come in at 50 calories and 5 grams of protein each. I had one, I gave my husband 2 of them. He is not a weight loss surgery patient and he is totally satisfied with his food quantity, and he mentioned the delicate flavor of the pancakes so all is good with my world. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Look at What's On Your Plate And How It Got There
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I want to live a "normal" life. I want to be a "normal" size. I want to continue to increase my strength and endurance and flexibility each year instead of losing strength, endurance and flexibility each time the calendar moves forward a year. I managed to attain all of that. I reached weight loss goals after my LAP BAND surgery, I have reached fitness goals I never in my wildest dreams thought possible for me, so what's this rant all about? . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - All Is Well With My Weight Loss Surgery AND I Have Pizza Back In My Life
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This has been a very positive couple of weeks. First of all I had my annual endoscopy on Friday and my bariatric doctor gave me a green light - my stomach is free of erosion, my band is in a perfect place, and all is right with my weight loss surgery world. THAT is always good news for a WLS patient 12+ years post op. Then! I discovered that I can have pizza back in my life. . . . keep reading
Making It Through The Holidays Again Maintaining My Long Term Lap Band Success
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This will be my 13th holiday season since I had weight loss surgery in 2004. Every year is a little bit different because every year I am a little bit different. There are a few constants that remain for me so I thought I would share them and see if anyone else feels the same way. . . . keep reading
Dealing With The Challenges Of Sugar/ Carbs For Long Term Success After Lap Band, Or Any Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I decided to ask folks on Facebook what the most challenging part of their journey has been. The #1 answer was sugar or carb addiction. So is sugar addiction real? It is for me. This is how it works in my body. I eat a cookie or a cupcake or some ice cream, and within less than 30 minutes I am wanting more. . . . keep reading
Success After Weight Loss Surgery - Eat This, Not That!
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I am comfortable having fun in my kitchen and creating swaps that please my palette and my waistline both. It is possible. Here are a few quick and easy swaps that, if you haven't yet, you must try if you want to enjoy tasty food and your favorite investment denim: . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Fifty Shades of …Yogurt
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I posted a picture of my 6 ounce container of Fage 0% Greek yogurt with a note that the entire container was 100 calories and 18 grams of protein and I just added hot salsa to it for a taste treat. I asked for everyone else's ideas on how they used it and thought I would share some more of mine today as well. We can never have too many ways to use a high protein low calorie food that tastes good now can we? . . . keep reading
Fifteen Minute Chicken Salad - As YOU Like it
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
You all are getting used to me finding great and easy ways to use rotisserie chicken that I get from Costco. It is good, meaty chicken and each one yields between 1 ½ to 2 lbs of meat. I take this and weigh out 8 ounces and use my vacuum sealer to get these packages ready for freezing. When opened and thawed this meat tastes like you just peeled it off the chicken. . . . keep reading
Pastrami and Swiss Cheese - Not On Rye Bread
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Trader Joe's once again made it possible for me to enjoy one of my old favorite deli meals - Pastrami and Swiss. Just how did they do that for me? . . . keep reading
Fabulous Breakfast After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This morning I decided to try another take on the flourless pancakes and share my step by step with you. This recipe will easily feed 2, I chose to serve it with some Trader Joe's Maple Brown Sugar chicken Sausage which are delicious and come in at 50 calories and 5 grams of protein each. I had one, I gave my husband 2 of them. He is not a weight loss surgery patient and he is totally satisfied with his food quantity, and he mentioned the delicate flavor of the pancakes so all is good with my world. . . . keep reading
Success After Weight Loss Surgery Means Enjoying Food Not Dieting
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I have said many times before that I am NOT on a diet although I track my calories and protein. I do that to live in awareness so that if the scale goes up or my clothes feel snug I know why. It's quite simple really. It also gives me the opportunity to change what I am doing to "unsnug" those clothes because I can easily look back and clearly see where I can improve. . . . keep reading
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