3 Foods to Avoid After a Tummy Tuck

Guest blog post is by Dr. Robert Tornambe. Dr. Tornambe is considered one of the top plastic surgeons in New York. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Learn more about Dr. Tornambe.

After a tummy tuck, what do you do?

Are There Foods I Should Avoid After a Tummy Tuck?

If you have recently lost weight or had a baby, you may have excess saggy skin hanging around your middle. While in some ways this is a badge of honor, speaking to what you and your body have been through together, it can also be a sore spot.

For those wanting to get back to feeling and looking like their true selves, getting a tummy tuck is an appealing option to remove the excess sag and reveal the true form beneath.

But if you are like many considering this operation, you may also be worried about the recovery process and ensuring that you do whatever it takes to heal faster and keep your new look. Many wonder if there are foods that should be avoided (or consumed) to help post-op.

In fact, there are quite a few foods that you should avoid after your tummy tuck operation. Keep reading to see what these foods are, as well as what foods you can add to your diet to help the healing process.

What Is the Typical Tummy Tuck Recovery Time?

After a tummy tuck, individuals should expect at least 1-2 weeks of very strict rest. Afterwards, most physicians agree that a patient may return to their typical work.

Exercise, strenuous activity, and really any activity that would put extra strain on the abdominal muscles should be avoided anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months.

3 Foods to Avoid

There are some foods that may slow the healing process or even cause added discomfort post-op. Since it is only for a short time in the long run, it is worth avoiding the following foods to help your body heal and prevent adding additional post-surgery discomfort:

  1. Alcohol: Alcohol is well-known for its effects of slowing the body’s healing process as well as for thinning the blood. Especially after a surgery, you need your body’s amazing healing capabilities to help you recover as fast as possible. You don’t want to slow that down!Additionally, alcohol and pain medications are also a dangerous mix, and it is likely that you’ll either be prescribed or recommended some form of over the counter pain medication after the surgery. It is always advised that you not combine the alcohol with pain medications. In the end, it is easier just to avoid alcohol during your recovery time, rather than trying to figure out when is a good time to sneak a drink in.
  2. Salt: Salty foods, especially when consumed in larger portions, can actually cause your body to bloat. This would put a lot of undo and very uncomfortable pressure on your surgery site and stomach. As such, it is a good idea to avoid salt as much as possible.
  3. Soda: Sodas, or carbonated beverages, are another substance that can lead to gas and bloating. As we discussed above, this is definitely not a desirable condition right after a tummy tuck, so it is best to avoid these as well.

Essentially, you want to avoid foods that are going to make your body work hard just to process them without doing much to feed your system the nutrients it needs. Avoid foods that may cause gas and bloating or food/drink that will rob your body of what it needs to heal quickly.

What Foods Can Help?

Just as there are foods and substances that hinder healing, there are definitely those that can help your body heal and recover more quickly.

If you want to help your body along and also get a jump start on a new, healthier lifestyle of eating, then make sure you consume plenty of the following:

  1. Water: On a good day, dehydration can lead to all sorts of health problems. Especially after the physical stress of a tummy tuck surgery, not drinking enough water could cause serious complications including nausea and further hospitalization.Drinking water is a simple task, will help you recover faster, and is a healthy habit to get into.
  2. Lean Protein: Protein that you can get from beans, eggs, meats, and yogurt will all contribute to your recovery process and will also help you establish healthy eating choices for maintaining your new look.
  3. Infection Fighting Vitamins: Food truly can be our medicine because of all the vitamins and nutrients they carry. This is particularly true of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables.Foods that contain lots of Vitamins A and C are fantastic at fueling your body with infection fighting power. You can get Vitamin A in your system by eating dairy, eggs and cod liver oil. You can get Vitamin C by consuming strawberries, tomatoes, citrus fruit, and leafy greens.
  4. Bruise Reducing Vitamins: Your surgery site is very likely to have bruising. To help your body naturally recover, you can consume foods that contain Bromelain and Arnica, which decrease inflammation and will help reduce bruising around your incision.

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Why I messed up using the Glam Glow #GlitterMask – #InstaFail

While at a Sephora with a couple of fellow beauty junkie friends, I fell under the spell of the legendary #GlitterMask by GlamGlow. One friend with me, a makeup artist named Melissa, wanted to buy it – and she asked for a sample. The Sephora sales rep said, “Well, we only have enough left for one sample.” Melissa generously let me have that sample, saying, “Since Angela’s a beauty YouTuber.” 😉

Once I finally got around to trying it, I was excited at the social media opportunities it presented. A black facial mask with flecks of glitter and tiny silver stars, this treatment was bound to be #InstaBait and get me tons of likes and engagement. One friend messaged me that she would be worried about glitter in her eyes, but I had no such qualms. I fearlessly smeared the stuff all over my clean, damp face.

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Melissa’s mom had seen some photos of bloggers trying the mask, and she commented publicly, something to the effect of, “How can people go around wearing this?” Her mom had misunderstood that it was a mask – she thought it was a new makeup trend, like black blush! To be funny, I decided that’s how I would put it on my face for my first Instagram post, like a football player’s stripes.

Once I let the product sit all over my face, I felt like it was an “out of this world” experience…

#GlitterMask is definitely eye-catching

The next part is where I MESSED UP. See, y’all, I try to stay abreast of beauty news and trends. I am constantly reading beauty articles, watching beauty YouTube videos, following beauty influencers to see what’s hot… but sometimes I don’t do my homework thoroughly. CLEARLY this was the case in this instance, when I tried to remove the mask.

It just WOULD NOT COME OFF. I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed… finally resorting to using a washcloth to scrub off what was left on my skin. I thought to myself, “Of course you will have exfoliation and extra-soft skin – you’re scrubbing off the top layer of your facial epidermis just to get this mask off!”

My skin after the mask did feel softer

Then, as I was about to write this beauty blog, I decided I had better do some more homework about this particular mask. That’s when I realized I USED IT INCORRECTLY! You don’t splash or scrub it off – you PEEL IT OFF! My bad, y’all. That was completely my bad.

So even though it was “user error,” I still overall thought it was a fun (and social-media worthy) experience. I am a fan of GlamGlow, as I think the brand has made a solid name for itself in the skincare/mask world.

Would you give the #GlitterMask a try? Let me know if you would, or if you already have tried it! Thank you for reading my GlamGlow #GlitterMask review.





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3 Reasons Why Dysport is Better Than Botox

“How do my wrinkles look?” I asked a good friend, not sure what type of response I would get. Little did I expect her to candidly say, “Your forehead has a big line.” I mean, I KNEW about the line, but I didn’t THINK about it, ya know what I mean? So I decided then and there it was time to do a little research into the field of “preventative facial maintenance.”

I wanted to try low-commitment procedure, and I was fortunate that V Boutique Aesthetics had answers for me. After a quick consultation with “Dr. V” (Neda Vanden Bosch) — who, incidentally, is a walking testimonial for looking great at any age — I was ready to try Dysport.  BYE, unsightly forehead wrinkles!

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Dr. V and me

My first question was, honestly, “Is it gonna hurt?” Dr. V patiently explained that it is a teeny-tiny needle and it’s a super-fast procedure. She then injected 32 units of Dysport into my forehead and between my brows. The entire thing took about 90 seconds! She was precise, and although I can’t say it was completely painless, it was just a little pinch. It didn’t bother me at all. Here are my before and after photos:

Dysport injectable

Before on the left, After on the right

Angry face, LOL! Before on the left, after on the right. At least I can’t look too mad now! 🙂

Here are 3 reasons why Dysport is a superior option over Botox, according to dermanetwork.org:

  1. Faster results. Allegedly Botox takes 5-7 days to see results. I personally saw results in about 48 hours. Literally, that fast!
  2. Longer lasting effects. Botox is supposed to last about 3-4 months. Dysport can last up to 6 months.
  3. Competive price. Galderma has priced Dysport slightly lower than Botox – and if it lasts longer for you, then you don’t have to go as frequently, thereby saving you costs long-term.

Personally, I was blown away with my results almost immediately. My forehead no longer has a wrinkle! I look back on some of my YouTube videos, and I’m like, whoa, the wrinkled forehead is definitely noticeable. I’m glad it’s gone now!

Would you ever try Dysport or any other injectible? Comment below with your thoughts! I recommend V Boutique in Atlantis, Florida, if you ever decide to make the plunge.

Thanks for reading, as always!



Many thanks to V Boutique Aesthetics for providing the complimentary procedure. All opinions are 100% my own.



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Get Unicorn Hair with oVertone!

Have you heard of oVertone? Maybe you haven’t, but I’m sure you’ve heard of the unicorn hair trend! oVertone is a pigmented conditioner that deposits color into your hair every time you use it — so you can get unicorn hair (or galaxy hair or mermaid hair or whatever your heart desires) without the commitment! The brand carries eight colors (all vivid) that each come in three levels: Pastel, Vibrant and Extreme. This is a game-changing discovery for a lot of people who are looking to create and maintain these looks!

@chrisfairhead shows off gorgeous shades of vibrant blue, vibrant silver, vibrant pink and vibrant purple from oVertone

These are conditioners, not dyes, but their staying power is equivalent to a semi-permanent. If you stop washing with oVertone, the color will gradually fade out. And some colors fade easier than others. The conditioners are also vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, ammonia-free and paraben-free. While the conditioner rinses out, the pigment is meant to deposit and stay in hair longer.
oVertoneMy friend Brittany tried the Vibrant Pink Deep Treatment. I am so obsessed with her results! Check them out below.

Peek-a-boo pink subtle shades in my friend Brittany's hair

Peek-a-boo pink subtle shades in my friend Brittany’s hair

Would you try oVertone to get unicorn hair? Comment below with what shades you would like to try!

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3 Must-Have Gadgets you Need in your Kitchen

It’s no secret that I don’t love cooking — but that I LOVE to eat. I’m not one of those people who is happy to spend hours in the kitchen, but I AM one of those folks who will slap a meal together if it’s convenient… and I’ve discovered 3 items that I believe you NEED if you want to elevate your kitchen game!

Spoon Buddy

1. The Spoon Buddy. This is one of those things you didn’t realize you needed until you saw it, and thought, “GENIUS!” It prevents your stirring spoon from falling into your pot. Do you know how many napkins I’ve wasted by putting them on my stove so my stirring spoon would not dirty up my stove top? This is a great invention! It even has suction on the bottom, so it won’t slip off.

2. The Instant Pot. I purchased this pressure cooker after reading tons of Facebook comments about how much people loved theirs. I caved in and got one, but it sat on my counter for a few weeks before I finally mustered the courage to try it. Now that I’ve figured it out, it has saved me tons of time! I most recently made my mom’s Filipino “arroz caldo” with it, after she did a YouTube live video with me teaching me how to make it. I will confess that my Instant Pot version did not taste as good as my mom’s does. It must be the love she puts in it. 😉 Seriously, though, do yourself a favor and get an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot3. Debbie Meyer’s Green Boxes. They will save your produce and make the fresh items last SO much longer, at least twice as long! I let my neighbor Michelle have one of the boxes to try it for herself, and she came back to my house raving about how much longer her cilantro lasted. It’s saved me probably hundreds of dollars over the years by helping fresh fruits and veggies stay good for significantly longer.

Do you have any must-have kitchen items to recommend? Comment below and let me know!

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Function + Fashion: Aerosoles Review

The busier I become, the less I want to wear uncomfortable footwear. Yet I still want to look stylish, so what’s a beauty blogger to do? Turn to Aerosoles! I’ve rediscovered this brand of footwear, since I am always seeking shoes that will help me go from dawn ’til dusk.

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles
Photos by Mackenzie Morrell

As a plus size would-be fashionista, I look for supportive soles that are hidden beneath an attractive exterior. I tend to get tired feet easily, but these really help alleviate that issue. Back in the day, you’d worry that you would have to wear shoes that might feel good, but look not-so-cute. Nowadays, you can find different styles that would look appropriate as footwear for even the most forward-thinking fashion blogger!

Flower Girl flats by Aerosoles

Obsessed with these shoes!

I already have several pairs of Aerosoles that I adore, and the company sent me to a new fall style to review. It’s the Flower Girl, and they are SO versatile. Love me some metallics!


Perfect for fall

It’s an embossed snake leather ballerina flat with scalloped edges. Mine are in gun metal, but you can also get them in pink metallic, or black snake embossed leather. I need footwear that can run errands with me but go from day-to-night from my office job to a night out on the town, and these flats truly go with everything.

Form plus function? Yes, please!

According to the company, each Aerosoles shoe is packed with comfort technologies and features to enable you to do more with every step:

**Heel Rest Technology – Custom design distributes weight toward your heel and away from the ball of your foot.

**Stitch N’ Turn – Soles so flexible they twist and flex. No break-in required.

**Diamond Pattern Sole – Impact absorbing with every step. Feels like walking on “aer.”

**Memory Foam Foodbed – Cushy memory foam footbeds provide incomparable softness and comfort.

Work the shoes, work the shoes…

I have found these comforts to be crucial, so much as that I am unwilling to wear any other shoes that are not as supportive. Would you give Aerosoles a try? Comment below with the styles you think you would like the best!

Focus on the feet!

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Aerosoles provided complimentary products for review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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If you have been following my Instagram stories, you probably already know how much I have been using The Sleep Styler. It took sooo long for it to come in, because the demand was high and production was slow. So while I was waiting, I created this DUPE video where I achieved the look I wanted from The Sleep Styler with kitchen dish sponges.

Meantime, I finally got both the Original and Mini Sleep Styler products in, and I have been sleeping in them nightly with no problems. I love the way they curl my hair, and I use both of them – the Original on the lower half of my hair, and the Mini on the top half with bobby pins pushed underneath so they don’t flop over.

If you use them, I do recommend putting some form of hairstyling product in your hair and blow-drying the roots. You don’t have to fully dry your hair, I leave dampness in it, but I noticed that when I didn’t use product or a blowdryer, that my hair was limp and tended to get greasy at the root.

I recommend the Saints and Sinners Diving Styling Potion – it made my strands really smooth, and the curls are lasting longer.

Check out my YouTube video review of the product to show the before and after!


Let me know in the comments below if this is a product you would like to try. Do you love heatless curls? I know I sure do!

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5 reasons why you should protect your skin from sun damage: Coppertone Whipped

I’m pretty religious about applying some form of SPF to my face on a daily basis. I believe that’s why I don’t have very many wrinkles – despite the fact that I’m in my 30’s (bonus points for you if you thought I was younger). It always troubles me when people I know and love don’t protect their skin, because it’s more than just for cosmetic reasons: you want to avoid cancer!

According to Dr. Wendy Roberts, here are the top 5 reasons why everyone should wear sunscreen:

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise, and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

I was excited to attend the Simply Stylist x Coppertone pop-up event in Miami, because the theme was all about protecting your skin. South Florida is the perfect place to promote the new Coppertone products, as we see sunshine ALL YEAR! I loved seeing all the beautiful bloggers/vloggers milling around, enjoying the sunshine — and highlighting sun protection.

Best of all, two lovely bloggers that I adore, Becky Boricua and Annie A to Z, unexpectedly popped up in the pop-up event! Stay tuned to my YouTube channel, because I plan to do a vlog of the good times.

Becky is so good at selfies! She took this pic 🙂

I’m really passionate about convincing you to take protecting your skin seriously! I enjoyed trying on the new Coppertone CLEARLY Sheer Whipped Sunscreen (SPF 30) because it wasn’t greasy, and it absorbed immediately into my skin. My favorite thing about it was that it has a citrus scent.

Let me know your thoughts about the importance of sun protection by commenting below!

Many thanks to Coppertone for the complimentary samples of these products. All opinions are my own.



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DIY tutorial: MAGNETIC LASHES! How to make your perfect magnetic eyelashes

In my latest YouTube tutorial on my channel Beauty News with Angela Cruz, I teach you how to make your own perfect set of false magnetic lashes that you will want to wear every day!

This video shows you how to make your most PERFECT magnetic eyelashes on your own, based upon the One Two Cosmetics magnetic false eyelashes.

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I have a couple of complaints about the One Two Cosmetics magnetic lashes: 1. They are too straight, with no curve. 2. They are only half lashes. This video solves these problems, and I have been loving wearing the ones I made!

Click here to watch my in-depth review and how I put on the One Two Cosmetics “original” magnetic lashes.

Click here to read my blog post about these magnetic lashes.

Comment below with whether you would be interested to try these lashes!

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Loving Yourself, at ANY Size! Try Dia&Co for $20 off


Growing up, I never saw people on television or in movies who looked like me: I’m bi-racial, since my mother is Filipina and my father is Caucasian. Thankfully, that’s changed, and we now see far more diversity. However, I still feel that our society has some work to do when it comes to celebrating #RealWomen with #RealBodies and portraying them in advertising campaigns. I love that young girls can now see models like Ashley Graham and Alex LaRosa, who are making a splash and proving that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

To say that my weight has been a struggle my entire life is an understatement. In fact, the first word I learned in my mom’s native language was “tabachoy.” I won’t publish the literal translation from Tagalog, because it’s not flattering — and it was the first word people would say when they met me as a child.

When I put my mind to it, I CAN lose weight. Last summer, I slimmed down enough to where my father-in-law mistakenly thought I was my teen niece. But the moment I quit dieting, I gained back every pound I had lost, plus 5 extra!

My size directly impacts my confidence level, although I wish I could say it didn’t. I admire my fellow bloggers Sahily with Pretty in Pigment and April with April GoLightly, who are positive body advocates and beautiful role models. But if I’m being 100% honest with myself, I know I’m not mentally where I need to be.

Earlier this month, another blogger friend, Christina with Mascara Maven and More, asked me, “Why haven’t I seen you posting as frequently on your Beauty News YouTube channel?” I told her that I felt my face looks bloated, and she responded, “It makes me sad to even hear you say such a thing.” She was right — we shouldn’t bash ourselves, even in conversations with friends.

One moment that I recall vividly from back in my news anchoring days was when a viewer wrote “Angela has shoulders like an NFL linebacker.” That stung me deeply – it still does! – but my former clothing selections of boxy jackets certainly didn’t flatter my body type like they could have.

Thankfully, I’m blessed with excellent health, a supportive husband who frequently tells me I’m beautiful, and good energy. I’m trying to prioritize a sustainable, healthful way of eating, so it’s a work in progress. Meantime, one of the problems with my perpetual yo-yo dieting is that the costs add up, and I’m not talking about food – having to buy an entire new wardrobe every time I lose or gain weight is expensive. In my closet right now, there are literally RACKS of clothes that I don’t fit.

That’s where wardrobe subscriptions come in handy. Dia&Co is plus sized clothing and wardrobe styling for real women, and when they reached out for me to try their subscription service, I was excited to see what they offered.

I feel so much more confident when I have on a stylish outfit that’s flattering and comfortable – and I’m thrilled to report that the clothing I was sent from my stylist, Ashby, made me feel fierce! I tried on the first item I unboxed, which was a patterned dress I normally would not have chosen. I styled it exactly as Ashby advised, by pairing the dress with a denim jacket and a neutral wedge shoe. When I looked in the mirror, I felt trendy and fashionable.

Information about Dia&Co from the website: “Dia&Co is a body-positive styling service for women who wear sizes 14 and up. You’ll get a Dia Box with five garments hand-picked by your stylist. The $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase you make from your Box. Keep what you love, send back the rest. Shipping both ways is always free!”

I sent back a couple of items from my first box (you have 5 days to try everything on), but my second box was spot-on for my taste and style. I also loved that Ashby’s personal note referenced a dress she chose for me — she wrote that it would “look great on TV,” which was so sweet! But I loved the colored pants and black jacket so much, I’m actually planning to wear those instead for my appearance next week – so tune in to see how they look on air! Too bad I can’t carry this purse with me to the studio, because it is super-cute. Can we say, “Date Night Inspo”?!

My hope with sharing my story here is because I believe we need to show the next generation that style is style at any size. You’ve heard me say in recent videos that I want to help you “look your best, so you can feel your best.” I know that’s so much more than what we’re wearing; it’s a mindset – and we should be accepting, not ashamed, of all women’s bodies. I want my nieces to see me loving myself on my social media, and that starts with me challenging conventional beauty standards. Let’s celebrate all kinds of diversity!

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Disclosure: Dia&Co sent me complimentary boxes to try their service. This is not a sponsored post, I just like this company. All opinions are my own.



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