Honesty….it is the best policy. Many people have asked what weight loss program I am on and I realized I have not really disclosed what I am doing to lose weight in 2018. This blog is about my journey to live a healthier lifestyle and losing weight is part of that plan. I am currently on a weight loss plan (I cringed typing this because it sounds so cliche for the New Year) that supports my health profile. I have struggled with my weight for years and really took last year to take control of my own body. I was able to shed 30 pounds with a combination of Weight Watchers and Flexible Dieting. Both programs were great with many advantages and disadvantages. I knew I needed something else and my body was screaming “I need something more!” I went to the people I trust most with my health, my doctors at Collaborative Health Partners. Together we brainstormed and they made me feel so good on the journey I took in 2017. I had food allergy testing done by a naturopathic physician which indicated a high sensitivity to many different foods but gluten and dairy were at the highest level. As much as I would like to deny that these food give me problems, I do notice a huge difference in my energy level and health when I eliminate them from my diet. I knew I needed to find a weight loss program that would support these new “restrictions”.
My Current Health Journey
Currently, I am working with a certified nutritionist through the POP Weight Loss Program. When the summer ended and my life got crazy again Flexible Dieting was not working for me. I needed something to hold me accountable weekly and was more personalized for my dietary needs. When school started I quickly spiraled out of control with my food choices. I dreaded going back to Weight Watchers only because I have done it so many times and always got to the same point where I would lose motivation and stop. The only thing I liked was the weekly weigh-ins because facing the scale kept me accountable. I loved working with Coach Paige virtually this summer but needed an even more personal approach. I knew I needed person to person consultation to make this work. I researched different options in my area and found POP. I reached out for a consult and immediately fell in love with the nutritionist and the approach.
What is POP? (From their website)
It is a medically supervised personal, one-on-one, program specifically customized just for you. It will teach you how to lose weight and keep it off forever.
Pop was founded by Dr. Rebecca Cipriano, a board-certified medical doctor, and author, with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. Pop Weight Loss is a dynamic and unique program that offers continual, personalized support from certified practitioners and nutritionists throughout your entire weight loss journey.
I began the program in November to get my feet wet into what life would be like using the POP program. I officially started on January 2, 2018. I will let you know how it is going in a few weeks. I will tell you I am loving my journey thus far!
On that note here is a quick recipe that I have used as a quick snack on the go that is high in protein and so filling. This snack helps with those salty crunch cravings that sometimes happens in the afternoon hours. I have seen them in bags already done at Natural Food stores, but I wanted to use a surplus of chickpeas that have been hiding in my pantry. These are simple to make and even the kids can’t stop snacking on them.