15 healthful gluten-free meals to try

Making healthful, filling gluten-free meals is easier than many people think. In this article, we provide 15 gluten-free recipes that people can use to make breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

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Holiday Breakfast: Snow People Ricotta Pancakes

After all the gifts are opened Christmas morning how about making snow people. What? There's no snow where you live? Well, that's no problem. Here's a Christmas (or all winter long) protein-packed, low carb, bariatric surgery post-op friendly breakfast idea that will become a fun holiday memory for the whole family.

Christmas Breakfast Low Carb Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Protein Kid Friendly

Snowpeople Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar-Free Torani Syrup (Sugar-Free Vanilla, Caramel or Brown Sugar Cinnamon)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix

Snowpeople Parts:
A few Raisins or dried Cranberries or Blueberries for eyes and buttons
A couple of pieces of cooked Bacon slices for a scarves
Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and/or No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream "snow"

Mix all ingredients together. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Spoon a dollop of the mixture into pan and pat flat. You'll want some bigger circles and some smaller for your snowman or snowwoman's head. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Gather your snowpeople parts and let everyone build their own. Makes enough for about 7-8 snowpeople.

Christmas Breakfast Low Carb Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Protein Kid Friendly

Do you want to build a snowman? I'd love to see your snow people. If you snap a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter tag me or add #Eggface

Christmas Breakfast Low Carb Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Protein Kid Friendly

More Eggface Christmas Ideas
10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays Post Weight Loss Surgery

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Possible reasons weight loss is not working

Efforts to lose weight may not work for a range of reasons. A person may be following an ineffective fad diet, or consuming sugary drinks, or exercising more but making no dietary changes, for example. Learn more here.

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Workout Motivation Photos for Men

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Workout Motivation Photos for Men

Continuing on the theme for workout motivation photos, this article includes photos of men who have worked hard to get a physique most of us quite frankly envy (if you didn’t see the Women’s edition go to Weight Loss Motivation Photos for Women).

Considering the fact that it’s no longer women who are getting airbrushed to heck in magazines today, men also have to remember this one point and not take it so hard on ourselves. But having a photo of a celebrity to keep your motivation high is a very powerful method that works wonders with your mental game.

With that said, even though these goals are demanding I want you to be as motivated as I am to continually challenge yourself even when your life is super busy and it seems next to impossible to follow a proper workout schedule.

If you’re going to walk away with one nugget of wisdom after reviewing this article remember that the mental game is always what it is about especially when you are focusing on gaining lean muscle mass. If you think you’ve exhausted your repetitions in a workout, push for one more!

This kind of mental exercise is what will really show you the most impressive results. Furthermore, get on a workout and nutrition schedule and stick to it. Take a look at the workouts I have prepared for you on males celebrities by going to the workouts and training section of this site or by visiting these links…

Celebrity Weight Loss Workouts for Men:

These will appeal to guys of all ages and body types but I’m always open to suggestions on ideas for new workout plans of male celebrities so please make sure to leave a comment below.

One other workout and nutrition plan that I invite you to take a look at is this special article – Workout Plan for Men

You’ve got the workouts but I also thought it’d be fun to provide you with some workout motivation photos for ripped men. Take a look at these photos and remember to bookmark this page so anytime you start to feel like your motivation is wavering you can reference this page and bring your focus back to achieving your objectives.

Whatever you do, don’t give up and remember I am always writing new articles with secrets and short cuts to keep you challenging yourself one day at a time.

Check out these motivation photos…

Workout Motivation Photos for Men

  • Kellan Lutz
    Kellan Lutz workout motivation

  • Channing Tatum
    Channing Tatum workout motivation

  • Chris Evans
    Chris Evans workout motivation

  • Jake Gellenhaal
    Jake Gellenhaal workout motivation

  • Joe Manganiello
    Joe Manganiello workout motivation

  • John Cena
    John Cena workout motivation

  • Matthew Morrison
    Matthew Morrison workout motivation

  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker workout motivation

  • Robert Buckley
    Robert Buckley workout motivation

  • Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds workout motivation

  • Sean Faris
    Sean Faris workout motivation

  • Taylor Lautner
    Taylor Lautner workout motivation

Workout & Weight Loss Motivation Tips

Train smart and train hard and if you want to keep your motivation high here are a few other articles for you to reference periodically:

P.S. I will also be writing more articles on workout motivation addressing specific problems that we all face on a regular basis. If you have any angles that you would like for me to cover please leave me a comment below…

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What are the most healthful oils?

Healthful oils are an essential part of all diets. In this article, we compare some of the most popular oils, looking at their health benefits, nutrition, and uses in cooking. We include olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil.

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It's almost halfway through the month already. I thought I should give a progress report.

I kind of expected that by now I would be biking a lot more and well on my way to taking off the 9 pounds I regained after the accident, but no. I am not biking (pain came back, had to take a break again, and have been using a different machine at PT) and I weigh 188 pounds, up one pound from January 1. I am going to try the bike again today or tomorrow.

I did go to see my endocrinologist this week. I was up 7 pounds on their scale since my last visit in September. I got a new script for phentermine and have 3 months to drop at least 10 pounds by my next visit, or that's the end of phentermine for me. I also had blood work done and my TSH level was almost nonexistent... 0.021. I find that pretty weird considering it was 7.9 a year and a half ago and has usually been around 2 over the years. They cut my Synthroid dose in half and might take me off it completely at my next visit.

Maybe I do need the phentermine to keep losing right now. I know I am pretty good at maintaining in the 180's even without the drug, so I am hopeful that when I reach a lower weight I will learn how to maintain there without it as well, especially if I am more active.

I have not been super motivated to lose more weight. I just need to get myself in that mindset (excited about losing) because right now, I am pretty content where I am. But I do know ten or twenty pounds off would feel a lot better and be better for my joints. So let's see if I can get a few pounds off before the end of the month!

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Lesson learned….

Hi all! Thanks you for all the nice comments and messages I received all day on yesterday’s post – it totally made my day. Speaking of today….sometimes I can do things so right and others not so much.

Like starting my day off with these Zero Point Southwestern Turkey Frittata Muffins with a super sweet orange.I even got my tall nonfat cappuccino sans caramel drizzle (2 sp).I fit in an hour long walk before coming back to this satisfying and easy lunch.

Banana Almond Butter sandwich (1 slice Nature’s Own Butter Bread topped with 1 Tbsp crunchy almond butter plus banana) – 5 Smartpoints.Plus extra banana “chips” and zero point salt & pepper cucumber chips.Work didn’t really go my way – it seemed like everything I picked up couldn’t be finished or had something wrong.

I had this idea to take a break with my coworker to go buy the 3 new Lays flavors for everyone to try.

We walked there and I am glad the universe knew I can’t have chips as they were all sold out. I settled instead on just an iced coffee.

That is where the problem started…..I wanted chips and I should’ve just bought a small bag because I ‘searched’ to satisfy my craving all afternoon.

I had 3 of these mini cheese balls (3 sp).Then a cheese stick (2 sp) and half a bag Trader Joe’s cashews (3 sp). *Sigh*Lesson learned – omg, just buy what you are craving (single serving) and eat the chips already! πŸ˜€

I did come home to satisfy my salty side and made up this delicious Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad.I couldn’t wait to dive into this salad – cheesy pasta pockets, sweet tomatoes, cool cucumbers, tangy pepperoncini, briny olives….so much to love for only 6 WWFreestyle Smartpoints for my bowl.21 Daily WWFreestyle Smartpoints, 15K steps

Tomorrow is a new day and I will have a bit more self control because I am actually over the chips now lol. It’s amazing how putting it in writing can do that to you.

Night all!

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Wow, That Happened Fast

I was hoping that by February 1, I would be able to reverse the scale and see the regained pounds drop back off with going back to lower carb eating on an intermittent fasting type daily schedule plus exercise. Instead, the scale has kept moving upward, ticking pound after pound onto my body. I'm not liking that but apparently not unhappy enough about it to work harder on weight loss. If I seem ambivalent, I am. The only thing that makes me stop and think and feel a little anxiety about my weight is getting closer and closer to 200 pounds. I worked so hard to get this weight off and I know from past experience that it can easily come right back, one tiny bit at a time, almost unnoticed... especially if I avoid the scale and get in the "maybe tomorrow" mindset. Plus there's the clothing issue.

The phentermine isn't making any difference, so far. The skipping breakfast most days isn't, either, but I am eating much larger portions for lunch and dinner now, including sweets and starchy breads and potatoes. I have the knowledge to fix this but not the drive. Aside from the accident recovery which is still taking place and the new limits on what I can wear, I'm happy. I wake up smiling and go to bed content. I sleep well. My days are busy in the most fulfilling way. I do spend more time eating socially now, but I have not kept my small portions/lower carb limits in place for those occasions. And exercise still hurts, so I avoid it.

Today the scale says 194 pounds. I am up 19 pounds from my low in the fall. I am just going to have to jump in and do this regardless of my feelings about it. I will be more motivated to keep going once I see some results. I forgot all about my line in the sand and it's time to pay attention again.

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Mock Max and Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup

I did not mean for this to post today. My brain is in the gutter. Sorry for the double post! This is a mock-Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe that I started making ages ago. I serve it at get-togethers, because everyone always raves about it. It's super fast to throw it together, and delicious! I always get a lot of compliments when I serve it at a get-together on a cold day. Here is a printer-friendly recipe! Chicken Tortilla Soup 1 onion, chopped 1 can cream of chicken 1 can...

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Coconut Buttermilk Pancakes

#FlashbackFriday and make these 2  Smartpoint Coconut Buttermilk Flapjacks for one tasty breakfast.

Happy Friday all!  Do you ever have mornings where you wake up starving in a way that you just need to have a real, hearty, breakfast?  I think that is what happens to me whenever I have a light dinner the night before.  Believe it or not, I actually didn’t feel like eggs or an egg roll…I am normally a savory breakfast eater, however, sometimes I just crave Flap Jacks.

I wanted these deliciously, healthy, Coconut Buttermilk Pancakes!


I have to call them Flap Jacks as you all know because The Husband will only eat waffles or flap jacks (don’t mind that it’s the same batter ~ he can be so funny sometimes).


What he doesn’t know is that I snuck in some healthy “stuff” into his flapjacks.  He can always tell whenever I use whole wheat flour in anything I make or bake.  However, I have found I can make flapjacks using Wheat Germ and he can never tell the difference when mixed with white whole wheat flour.

The peeps over at Krestchmer asked if I’d help them develop a few recipes using their super food Wheat Germ and I gladly accepted the challenge.


I usually keep a jar of Wheat Germ on hand to mix in granolas, to add moisture when making meatballs or meatloaf (just like adding bread crumbs), and for sprinkling in oats or cereals.


I love that you can boost the nutrition of almost any recipe you use by cooking with wheat germ without breaking into your calorie budget.


When you are craving pancakes or waffles, whip up a batch of these fluffy decadent, buttermilk pancakes with a coconut twist in less than 20 minutes for a breakfast that is both delicious and nutritious.




  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk*
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white

* TIP: Make your own buttermilk by combining 1 1/2 cups milk with 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar and letting it stand for a few minutes.


1.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through coconut).  Add the buttermilk, oil, coconut extra, egg and egg white mixing just until combined.

2.  Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look slightly browned or cooked, about 3-4 minutes per side.

3.  Enjoy as is or top with your favorite toppings ~ melted whipped butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flakes and fruit.

Make 16 pancakes, 2 WWFreestyle Smartpoint, 2 points+ each, excludes toppings

Nutritional information per pancake for all ingredients:



Whisk together the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients mixing just until blended.


Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour pancakes onto the prepared griddle and cook until bubbles form at the top and the bottoms look slightly golden/cooked.


Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.  The baking powder and baking soda are what make these flapjacks light and puffy!


Add coconut “snowflakes’, whipped butter and pure maple syrup.


I served mine up with “coconut banana chips”….


and Macadamia Cookie Coffee thanks to my fantastic Hair Dresser.  I love her and the fact that she searched to buy and give me one of my favorite coffees.


Work flew by this morning and before I knew it, it was time to break for lunch.  Guess what?? I didn’t have ham πŸ™‚ We actually headed out to Panera for a You Pick Two soup combo.

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with the dressing on the side.  I actually never use the dressing because the BBQ sauce adds enough flavor.


French Onion Soup


Plus the bread that 99.9% of the time always sounds better than an apple or chips.


All together my meal comes in at (SF + 2 WPA) or 15 points+.


I had a 1/4 of the red velvet cake cookie that we shared…it was ok.  The thing I liked the most about it was the crunchy and chewy texture. (3 points+)


After work we headed out to see the movie Jack Reacher.  Now I know that Tom Cruise is nothing like the character described in the books, but, the movie was actually pretty good.

My movie snack included 2 Tbsp. of these Blue Diamond Habanero BBQ Almonds we picked up.  I really like this flavor ~ it’s slightly sweet and only a little spicy and it totally reminded me of fried BBQ chicken for some reason LOL.


2 points+ for 2 Tbsp. (a 1/2 ounce serving)


The Husband said he was in charge of dinner when we walked in the door.  Best buttered noodles I’ve ever had πŸ˜‰ (6 points+)



What toppers do you put on your pancakes, flap jacks or waffles?

Night all!

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Living Room Makeover: Before and After Photos!

If you missed it, I shared photos recently of our completed dining room transformation. You can find the makeover pictures on this post. Moving on to the living room... I'm doing the home makeover in three different parts, one for each room, because I have SO many pictures. So, I broke it up into each room. I'm saving the kitchen for last, because it was definitely the most work. Unfortunately, I don't have any great photos of our living room "before". I searched and searched through my...

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An Experiment with Caffeine and Anxiety (and Wednesday Weigh-In)

I was laughing while trying to take this photo because Estelle, once again, insisted on appearing in the picture ;) With my anxiety having been SO bad for the last few weeks, I was getting really desperate to figure out what was different or what I could change to help manage it. The major change I made recently was to quit drinking, and that was on January 1st. As I thought about it, I realized that I had started drinking coffee at around that time--I would have one cup in the morning (well,...

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