Drinking Alcohol After Bariatric Surgery

By: Jessica Basso; RN, BSN

For individuals that have undergone bariatric surgery specifically the gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy the effects of alcohol can be stronger and faster. You may feel the effects from drinking much sooner than you would prior to having surgery because our bodies change and so will the way that your body metabolizes alcohol.

The Greatest Challenge: Dealing with Head Hunger

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Statistically, the greatest concern of pre-op bariatric patients is dealing with hunger. “Will I feel hungry after surgery?” “Will I be able to keep hunger pangs at bay?” This article will address these issues and will give you a few suggestions on how to deal if hunger strikes.

Bariatric Surgery & NSAIDS

By: Jessica Basso, RN

Let’s discuss the definition of NSAID’s. NSAID stands for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. There is a broad range of drugs that contain NSAIDS. The most well-known drugs would be Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Aspirin, all of which, fall into this category of medication. The two main uses for NSAIDS are for fever reduction and to help decrease inflammation and/or pain.

Why is it Important to Keep a Food Diary?

By Jeanne Karson, CBN, ANP-C

Studies show that keeping a food diary is one of the most successful ways to lose weight. In fact, it has been the cornerstone of many successful weight loss programs. Research shows that those who keep a food diary is a great way to be objective about what it is that you’re eating.,

Weight Gain and Menopause

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Most women gain weight as they age. Is this inevitable? Is there a connection between menopause and weight gain? Can anything be done to prevent this weight gain?

Statistics show that during a two year period, menopausal women gain between two and ten pounds. Many women notice their clothing fitting more snugly,

What Happens To Our Bodies When We Don’t Consume Enough Protein

By Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

Our bodies are always working hard to keep all of the essential body processes working. Optimal nutrition plays an integral role in the efficiency of these processes. Neglecting our diet and particularly our protein intake, will begin to display negative effects. Over time, these negative effects can cause a lot of stress and harm to our bodies.

Mindful Eating

By Jody MacHugh, CBN, FNP-BC, RNFA

Has this ever happened to you?

You see a candy bowl on someone’s desk at work and before you know it, you’ve already eaten 5 pieces? You’ve finished an entire meal and didn’t even recall what it tasted like? You are stressed at work and suddenly find yourself reaching for potato chips to “make yourself feel better?”

Why am I so gassy?

By Laura Greaney, MSN, Nutritionist

Passing gas is a part of normal day life and everyone does it. However, sometimes after bariatric surgery people begin to recognize it more. It may be louder, smellier or more frequent but patients say they notice it more. This often leads to people feeling embarrassed in social settings or increasing anxiety.

The Powerful Benefits of Walking

By Jessica Basso, RN

Walking is a very beneficial form of exercise. It is estimated that 80% of Americans do not get enough exercise. The Surgeon General suggest that Americans need to start walking because it can help reduce and treat chronic illnesses. Walking is considered a moderate form of exercise which helps prevent and reduce the severity of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Tips for Meal Preparation

By Vincenza Garcia, RD, CDN, CPT

If you’re thinking about losing a few pounds, there are a few ingredients you need to ensure your success. First, you should have a sensible eating plan that is in line with your goals. Second, you should structure a reasonable exercise routine that incorporates both aerobic activity and strength training to ensure you receive maximum benefit from your efforts.

Reading Food Labels: The Why and The How

By Susan K. Manez MS,RD,CDN

Why

  • Allows you to choose foods and beverages that fit within your eating plan
  • Provides you with information about the nutrition quality of the foods and beverages you are consuming
  • Helps you compare items so you may make the best choices for you and your family

How

    Below are the steps you need to take to properly read nutrition facts labels:

  1. Serving Size – This is the portion that all nutrients listed on the Nutrition Facts label are based on.

The Power of Protein Powders

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Protein supplements are very important to Bariatric Surgery patients. After surgery, the stomach is so small that it becomes a challenge consuming adequate protein through the foods you eat. As a result, protein shakes are an excellent way to get the protein you need. The problem is that there are literally dozens of protein shakes to choose from.

Mindless or Boredom Eating

By Erin Bradley-Petersen, CSW

Do you often find yourself “picking” or “grazing” throughout the day? Sometimes picking or grazing isn’t even a conscious decision. It usually happens when you’re attention is focused on another activity such as TV, reading, preparing a meal, talking on the phone, working on the computer. Mindless or boredom eating can cause weight gain.

Hiatal Hernias

By Jessica Basso, RN

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach). Ultimately, all hernias are caused by a combination of pressure and an opening or weakness of muscle or fascia;

Ways to Burn 100 Calories

By Diana Nunziato, RN

We burn calories throughout the day with almost every activity we do. Calories can be burned gradually over a period of time or rapidly with intense periods of exercise. The amount of calories burned is proportional to the length and intensity of the activity. According to Erin Whitehead, a Health and Fitness writer for the website,

5 Common Myths of Bariatric Surgery

By Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

  1. Myth: I am guaranteed to lose weight after weight loss surgery
  2. Reality: Nothing in life is a guarantee. Chances are that, YES, you will lose weight. But just because you had weight loss surgery does not guarantee you will lose weight. Surgery is designed to help ASSIST with weight loss efforts by controlling hunger and letting you feel full with far less food than you used to eat.

The Multivitamin Patch

By Laura Greaney, MSN Nutritionist

If you have been to the office lately, you may have heard the buzz about a multivitamin patch. It’s a great way to receive all of your vitamins, in a more cost effective way. The multivitamin patch delivers your vitamins in the same way as topical prescription pharmaceuticals.

Calcium and Vitamin D After Bariatric Surgery

By Susan Epstein, MS,RD,CDN

Most people know that calcium is “good for your bones” and protects against Osteoporosis, but how does calcium affect your bones and what role does Vitamin D play? Calcium is very important since it’s basically a “building block” of bone. Calcium plays a role in maintaining bone strength throughout life.

Kick Off the New Year with More Activity

By Dr. Kristin Allison

Many people dread the word exercise. So, to alleviate the dread, lets think of exercise as more movement. Any physical activity is encouraged; such as parking the car further away and taking stairs. Consider household chores, yard work, and errands as ways to keep you moving.

Find ways to increase your daily activity level by standing and incorporating gentle stretching.

Exercise

Exercise

By: Jody Machugh, CBN, FNP-BC, RNFA

When considering starting an exercise program, choose an activity that you may enjoy. The best activity is the one that you will actually do, not the one you think you should do!

  1. WARMING UP

    Every exercise should begin with a warm-up.

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How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

By: Susan Manez MS,RD,CDN

Working as a dietitian two of the most common complaints I hear are that “eating healthy is too expensive” and “it’s too hard to find healthy options”. This does not have to be the case.

Hair Loss and Bariatric Surgery

By: Laura Greaney MSN Nutritionist

One of the concerns of patients before having bariatric surgery is if they are going to experience hair loss. Unfortunately it is not something that is easily predicted. The safest guess is to assume you may lose a little hair. Your hair has two phases that it goes through,

5 Reasons Why Protein is Good For Weight Loss

5 Reasons Why Protein is Good For Weight Loss

By: Enza garcia, RD, CDN, CPT

With the continued excitement for eating low-carb and Paleo–two diets known for having higher protein intake– the popularity of protein is reigning high. As you undergo your weight loss journey, you might question why protein is so prized.

HAPPY (HEALTHY) HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY (HEALTHY) HALLOWEEN!

By: Dr. Kristin Allison

Healthy Eating Trick-or-Treating?

Keeping health in Halloween can be challenging when it has typically been associated with lots of candy. Try seeing Halloween from a new perspective to keep the fun in it without excessive calories and sugar. Start by not buying Halloween candy early even though the stores and ads suggest otherwise.

Vitamins Post Bariatric Surgery

Vitamins Post Bariatric Surgery

By: Jessica Basso, RN

After weight loss surgery one of the things that individuals will have to adapt to is taking vitamins daily. The reason being is that due to the very low restricted calorie diet individuals are on after surgery they will not obtain the nutrients the body requires solely from their diet.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin in everyone’s diet. Bariatric surgery enhances the need for this vitamin for a few reasons. Vitamin b12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is a water-soluble B vitamin. B vitamins help support adrenal function, help maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes.

Tips for Dining Out

Tips for Dining Out

By: Diana Nunziato, RN, BSN

Dining out used to be an event reserved for special occasions. In today’s society, now dining out has become part of our everyday routine. With busier and more hectic schedule, we need to eat out or eat on the run. Some individuals eat out several times a week or even once a day.

Stomach Ulcers and Bariatric Surgery

Stomach Ulcers and Bariatric Surgery

By: Laura Greaney, MSN

Stomach ulcers deliver a burning sensation in your stomach that is quite painful. There are many factors that can cause a stomach ulcer, and bariatric patients should take extra precaution. Specifically bariatric bypass and sleeve patients. A stomach ulcer is when you have open sores along your stomach lining.

Purpose of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Purpose of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

By Susan K. Manez MS,RD,CDN

Both before and after surgery you are advised to begin taking multiple vitamin and mineral supplements, but you may be wondering why. There are many vital nutrients that can be lacking in your diet when you are trying to lose weight.

Banned: Protein Bars After Bariatric Surgery

Banned:Banned:Protein Bars After Bariatric SurgeryProtein Bars After Bariatric Surgery

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Protein shakes are recommended to assist patients after Bariatric Surgery to achieve optimal nutrition. People often wonder, if protein shakes are recommended, why aren’t protein bars? Some bars provide 15-25 grams of protein making their protein content very similar to protein shakes.

Tips to Manage Binge Eating

How to Overcome Binge Eating

By: Erin Bradley-Petersen, LCSW-R

Binge Eating: The consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time.

Dangers of Binge Eating after Weight Loss Surgery

  • Strictly adhere to the phases (meal consistency and amount), under the supervision of the Dietician.

Is Procrastination Keeping You From Losing Weight?

Is Procrastination Keeping You From Losing Weight?

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

The act of procrastinating has a strong impact on everything you do. We put off household chores, making phone calls, or setting appointments. Losing weight could also be one of the things that you have trouble starting or completing. We all want to be the best we can be,

Gluten Free Diets and Bariatric Surgery

Gluten Free Diets and Bariatric Surgery

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Gluten free diets are in the news more than ever. In this article we will examine gluten free diets and how they impact people who have bariatric surgery.

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in grains such as wheat,

Constipation after Bariatric Surgery

Constipation after Bariatric Surgery

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

One of the most common complaints following any type of bariatric surgery is constipation. Constipation is generally described as having fewer then 2-3 bowel movements per week. In addition to this, patients who suffer from constipation also complain that stool is very difficult to pass.

Food Journaling 101

Food Journaling 101

By Enza Garcia, RD, CDN, CPT

Keeping a food journal or diary gives you an accurate picture of what you eat every day. It’s a good way to gain more control over your diet, without recording what you eat you might not notice how many calories you’re consuming or if you have indigestion or another medical issue,

The Most Common Back Up

The Most Common Back Up

By: Laura Greaney, MSN

Bloating, gassy, and discomfort are all signs that 80% of Americans have felt at one time or another. Constipation is a common issue among people. Most cases of constipation can be relieved with minimal effort, however, there are chronic cases of constipation.

Mindful Eating and Living

Mindful Eating and Living

By: Diana Nunziato, RN, BSN

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Obesity Treatment and Prevention Conference in Baltimore, Maryland where Phillip Snider, DO, MS, RD presented on “Mindful Eating.” He defines mindfulness as, “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.” To be mindful you must accept what is happening in the present state.

Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity

By: Michelle Amundson, FNP-BC, RNFA

Obesity in children is increasing at an astounding rate throughout the world. Childhood obesity within the United States has risen to epidemic proportions. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.

A Few Facts about Sugar

By: Jessica Basso, RN

If you’re like many people, you may be eating and drinking more sugar than you realize because it’s added to so many foods and beverages. “Added sugar” adds calories without adding nutrients. Some evidence suggests there’s a relationship between added sugars and obesity, diabetes and heart disease. All sugar,

Can Music Enhance Your Workout

Can Music Enhance Your Workout

Everyone knows that exercise plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle. What is less widely known is the role that music can play in this equation. Could listening to your favorite music enhance your exercise?
For people who jog, bike, lift weights, or use cardio equipment music is needed to help achieve peak performance and a satisfying workout.

The Most Common Back Up

The Most Common Back Up

Bloating, gassy, and discomfort are all signs that 80% of Americans have felt at one time or another. Constipation is a common issue among people. Most cases of constipation can be relieved with minimal effort, however, there are chronic cases of constipation. For people who are feeling distress,

Mental vs. Physical Hunger

Mental vs. Physical Hunger

Do you know what role food plays in your life? Food can be a major companion in your life-for comfort, stress relief, a reward, to celebrate, social engagements, end boredom, etc. It’s always there when you need it. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix the problem-it actually creates more problems.

Move More to Make a Difference

Move More to Make a Difference

By: Dr. Kristin Allison, ABPN

If the idea of starting a new exercise routine feels a bit daunting, or worse, something you dread, have a goal to move more. Think about adding physical activity in small bursts throughout the day. This approach may feel more natural and easier to accomplish than a scheduled trip to the gym,

Avoiding Weight Gain During Vacation

Avoiding Weight Gain During Vacation

Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and many people have vacations planned. Vacations are a great way to spend time with family and friends but unfortunately with most vacations it’s all too easy to abandon everything we know about eating healthy. During vacation we can make poor food choices and/or decisions that ultimately result in weight gain.

Addiction Transfer After Bariatric Surgery

Addiction Transfer After Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery involves a wide array of both physical and psychological changes to your body. Giving up the one thing you relied on for many years for comfort or during boredom or social events is suddenly not there anymore. Food WAS your addiction for countless years. It got you through stressful times,

Exercise and Continued Weight Control

Exercise and Continued Weight Control

Many weight loss attempts start with dietary modifications and cardio exercise such as walking, swimming, cycling and other activities that increase the heart rate through repetitive movements. Exercise is a key component of the post weight loss surgery lifestyle and may be associated lower weight regain. These two elements are incredibly important but alone they will not always prevent some weight regain.

Protect your Skin

Protect your Skin

It is important when creating a healthier life to take precautions both inside and out. Exercise and eating healthy are essential but don’t forget to protect your largest organ, your skin. According to The Mayo Clinic, skin cancer is the largest of the cancers. Sun is a major threat that people should take more seriously.

Helpful Household Changes

Helpful Household Changes

You may want to prepare your family or roommate(s) for changes after surgery, or if you are already post-op, get household members on board. Your home environment can make a big difference in your weight loss progress. After all, home is where you spend a majority of time and you may be tempted,

Small Steps to Success

Small Steps to Success

Being physically active burns calories and reduces unwanted weight. The ultimate goal is to makes yourself healthier. Adding exercise gradually to your daily routine can have positive long term effects on your body. Being physically active also builds muscle strength and enhances mental wellbeing. Walking is a simple exercise that is inexpensive and can be done anywhere.

Pregnancy and Bariatric Surgery

Pregnancy and Bariatric Surgery

Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman. It is also a time for her body to undergo many changes. Pregnancy and bariatric surgery can go together well as long as proper steps and precautions are taken. Most bariatric programs encourage patients to wait 1-2 years after undergoing surgery.

Trans Fats Facts

Trans Fats Facts

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently issued a statement saying that trans fats are “not generally recognized as safe” for use in human food. What this means is that trans fats, also referred to as partially hydrogenated oils, should not be part of our diets and will need to be eliminated from foods sold in the United States.

Warning: Diet Soda is Harmful to Your Post Bariatric Surgery

Warning: Diet Soda is Harmful to Your Post Bariatric Surgery Health

Everyone understands that sugary carbonated drinks must be avoided after Bariatric Surgery. The sugar content and empty calories would prevent the desired weight loss. Many people initially assume that “diet” soda can be consumed. Why does diet soda need to be eliminated from the post bariatric surgery diet as well?

Pseudotumor cerebri

Pseudotumor cerebri

Pseudotumor cerebri occurs when the pressure inside your skull (intracranial pressure) increases, causing headaches and vision problems. The name means “ false brain tumor,” since its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors. It occurs in 1 to 2 people in 100,000.

The exact cause of pseudo tumor cerebri is unknown,

Snake Safety for Runners

Snake Safety for Runners

Spring has sprung! Finally!! Time to fold up those treadmills and get outside!
There is nothing like a good walk, hike, or run when the winter finally breaks.

Exercising outdoors can add variety to your routine, and give you a fun and challenging workout. However, exercising outdoors also can bring some less desirable factors including unwanted guests….SNAKES!!!

Pets

Pets

According to Tracy Martinez, RN, BSN, CBN, pets can enhance your health by having a beneficial impact on your social, physical, and psychological health. In a recent article in Obesity Action Coalition, she describes the benefits of owning a pet, particularly a cat or dog.

Boosts Immunity

Playing with your pet can increase neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Give Yourself Some Credit! Love Yourself (you deserve it!)

Give Yourself Some Credit! Love Yourself (you deserve it!)

While there is nothing wrong with seeking external validation (e.g. compliments, buying “nice” things, sympathy, confirmation of thoughts, etc.), it is important to give yourself that same love and affection through internal validation. Start giving yourself the same validation you seek from others and build your self-confidence.

The Facts about Hair Loss And Bariatric Surgery

The Facts about Hair Loss And Bariatric Surgery

It is indisputable that Bariatric Surgery, and the weight loss that accompanies it, has a tremendous positive impact on the length and quality of the life of patients. However, one potential side effect, hair loss, has caused a great deal of concern along with some inaccurate information.

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. It can be beneficial, if it motivates you to make a change. Unfortunately, it can also be negative. If stress starts to affect your health, happiness and wellbeing, then it is time to make a change. One easy, accessible tool to help you manage stress is to work on how you breath.

Getting a Good Night’s (Or Day’s) Sleep

Getting a Good Night’s (Or Day’s) Sleep

Adequate sleep duration and good sleep quality are of utmost importance in promoting healthy weight loss and maintenance. A relationship between a lack of sleep and increased body fat has been found in multiple studies, indicating that sleep can have a major impact on our weight and overall health.

Excess Skin after Weight Loss Surgery

Excess Skin after Weight Loss Surgery

A common concern of many bariatric patients after weight loss surgery is excess skin. While most of the changes that accompany weight loss are positive, loose skin is a concern for many patients. Loose or hanging skin can affect both comfort and self-confidence and can be a daily reminder of past obesity.

Prepping for Your Big Day

Prepping for Your Big Day

Once you have completed the pre-surgical process and have been approved for surgery our staff will guide and educate you in order to insure you have the best and safest outcomes.

Your pre-op appointment (usually 1-2 weeks prior to your procedure) includes blood work (if needed),

Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery

Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery

So you decided to have weight loss surgery and now you are struggling with a few extra pounds that you gained. No one really wants to believe that this can happen but it can and it will if you are not careful. Weight regain can be extremely frustrating to a patient after they have worked so hard to get to their goal weight.

Foods That Sound Healthier Than They Are

Foods That Sound Healthier Than They Are

Don’t be fooled by the healthy claims or statements made on food packaging. The following are some common misconceptions about how heathy a food actually is.

  1. Fruit flavored yogurt. All yogurts contain some sugar in the form of the natural sugar “lactose”.

Support Groups are Here for You

Support Groups are Here for You

At Tristate, we like for you to attend 2 support groups before surgery. Ideally, you will get some education, and have an opportunity to ask questions of those who have had surgery. Once you become familiar with support groups, you may find it easier to attend post-op.

Keeping Your Head in the Game (Part 2)

Keeping Your Head in the Game (Part 2)

The importance of regular attendance to a bariatric support group is key to maintaining weight loss. Many of your friends and family will support you through your weight loss journey and you will find others that will undermine you. Some may offer you a reward after you meet a milestone or goal.

Clean your Produce

Clean your Produce

It’s that time of year again when vegetables and fruits get fresher, farmer’s markets pop up and your overall produce level tends to increase. Most people barely have time to make a dinner, let alone clean their fruits and vegetables properly. But imagine how many fruit and vegetables you touch when choosing what you want.

Taking Your Diet on Vacation

Taking Your Diet on Vacation

Millions of Americans take advantage of the beautiful Summer weather by vacationing all over the country; however when you take a trip away from your normal routine, does your diet go on vacation too? Many of us use vacation as an excuse to over-indulge and take advantage of the food choices we may not eat on a daily basis,

Preparing for Your First Appointment

Preparing for Your First Appointment

Making an appointment to discuss surgery is just the first step in your weight loss journey. Whether you were referred by a Medical Provider, friend, or family member phoning one of our office locations will get you started. One of our staff members will ask you a few simple questions and schedule an appointment for one of the many ways to officially join our program.

How to Avoid Mistakes After Weight Loss Surgery

How to Avoid Mistakes After Weight Loss Surgery

You have decided to have weight loss surgery as a means to a healthier life. Weight loss surgery can be the first step toward a new start, but it is not automatic. For the surgery to be successful, patients need to stick with the recommended guidelines.

The Hunger Hormone, Ghrelin

The Hunger Hormone, Ghrelin

Ghrelin is a hormone that circulates throughout our body, but is mostly produced by certain cells in our stomach. Ghrelin is produced by these cells in the stomach and then a chemical message is sent to the brain to initiate eating (or desire to eat). Ghrelin is associated with regulating mealtime hunger and meal initiation.

How to Explain Your Decision to Have Surgery

How to Explain Your Decision to Have Surgery

Once you’ve decided to go ahead and have a bariatric surgery procedure, you’ll find yourself in the tricky position of having to explain your decision to others. Obviously, you’ve probably talked over your decision with close family members and friends, but others may be surprised to learn that you will be undergoing surgery or confused about why you would choose to have a bariatric operation.

Benefits of Exercise

Benefits of Exercise

We all know that exercise combined with a healthy, reduced calorie diet, is a great tool to help you lose weight by burning calories and building muscle, but there is so much more that exercise can help us with. Exercise is one of the most important tools to help us keep off the weight we have already lost.

What’s Hungry, My Body or My Brain?

What’s Hungry, My Body or My Brain?

True physical hunger is not always easy to identify. If you eat every time your stomach growls you may be eating too often and not allowing yourself to feel “true” hunger. Ask yourself these simple questions before you reach for a snack or move meal time up a few hours: “Has it been less than 3 hours since I last ate?

Salads-Are They Always The Healthiest Choice?

Salads-Are They Always The Healthiest Choice?

You are sitting in a restaurant, facing the dilemma of what to order. The menu is overwhelming. You decide a salad is always a safe choice. Is your assumption correct? Are salads always the healthiest choice?

Salads start out as vegetables. However, by the time all of the toppings and dressings are added in to it,

GERD

GERD

Many of those suffering from excess weight or obesity also find themselves having acid reflux also known as gastroesophageal reflux. When acid reflux becomes chronic, it is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD can be very obvious, with symptoms such as sour taste in the mouth, chest pain or waking with a sore throat,

Gallbladder Disease, Obesity, & Weight Loss Surgery

Gallbladder Disease, Obesity, & Weight Loss Surgery

Gallbladder disease is one of the most common surgical conditions seen in our society. The surgical procedure to treat gallbladder disease is known as a cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder. Gallbladder disease is indicated by the presence of gallstones, which can be detected with an ultrasound.

Food Journal Apps

Food Journal Apps

We have all heard of the numerous benefits of journaling; how it helps us stay focused and on track. There are many different type of food journal apps available in today’s market. They serve as visual reminders to keep track of our daily food habits. With modern technology at our fingertips,

Commit to your Weight Loss

Commit to your Weight Loss

Losing weight is a lifelong commitment. It is important to remember that being the weight you are did not happen overnight. Therefore, one should not suspect that it will come off easily. As many people may know, losing weight is much more difficult than putting it on. Whether you are just trying to lose weight or have had bariatric surgery done,

2015 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium

2015 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium

I had the pleasure to attend a recent surgical symposium where a number of scientific discussions pertaining to weight loss surgery occurred. In attendance where some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of weight loss surgery so the educational content was extraordinary. These are priceless opportunities for surgeon’s from different countries to share information and ideas allowing us to then offer to our patients’ the most up to date and innovative treatment approaches.

Weight Loss Surgery & Fitness

Weight Loss Surgery & Fitness

Excess body weight can often restrict an individual’s physical activity and it important to understand how to work around these mobility issues and limitations. Weight loss will always be the number one objective since decreasing weight allows for more mobility and puts less stress on the bones and joints,

Alcohol after Bariatric Surgery

Alcohol after Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery, a lot of talk is put into the foods we eat. Eat these foods and omit those foods, etc. Obviously, the stress of liquid calories also comes into play. A common question from many patients is, “When can I have a drink again?” or “How many drinks can I have?”.

Anemia

Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron the body cannot produce enough of a substance called hemoglobin, which enables the red blood cell to carry oxygen.

Drink Up!

Drink Up!

Everyone knows that they should drink water, yet most people are not drinking nearly enough. Water should be your main beverage throughout the day. Coffee and sugary beverages are not good choices to have in abundance. A minimum of 4 water bottles should be consumed by every female and male, bariatric surgery or not.

Water, Drink Up (Without Guzzling!)

Water, Drink Up (Without Guzzling!)

While you may have heard for years that drinking water can help you lose weight, there are some special considerations after bariatric surgery.

  1. Drink 1 oz of fluids every 5 minutes. A slower rate of fluid consumption can prevent stretching of the esophagus and stomach.

An Update on Dietary Fats

An Update on Dietary Fats

For years, fat was considered detrimental to our diet. We were urged to banish it whenever possible. We switched to low-fat foods. But that shift did not make us healthier, probably because we cut back on healthy fats as well as harmful ones, while adding more processed, refined carbohydrates.

Keeping Your Head in the Game (Part 1)

Keeping Your Head in the Game (Part 1)

Recent studies show that bariatric patients’ regular attendance to support groups is the key to long term success. Some patients receive support from their families and others receive it from their friends. However, support groups have welcoming atmospheres that encourage you to attend. As you begin your journey towards weight loss,

Probiotics: What are they??

Probiotics: What are they??

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that help maintain the normal flora of the digestive system. When we think of bacteria, we generally think of something negative. Your body also has good bacteria. Probiotics are helpful, because they keep you healthy. Literally probiotic means: “promoting life”.

Probiotics have always been around both in your body and in the food we eat,

Pre-Operative Weight Loss

Pre-Operative Weight Loss

Bariatric Surgery is a tool that helps aid in weight loss. Weight Loss prior to surgery may be required from your insurance and/or surgeon and whether or not is it required it is something we highly recommend. Weight loss before surgery has been shown to make surgery safer by reducing surgical risk factors and decreases the time it takes to perform surgery.

The Importance of Meal and Snack Timing

The Importance of Meal and Snack Timing

The time you eat can be just as important as what you eat. If you are skipping meals or going very long times between eating you may encounter a variety of issues that may impair your weight loss or lead to unhealthy weight or nutrient changes.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a term used to describe the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. That fat that accumulates can cause inflammation scarring in the liver. This more serious form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is called nonalcoholic steatohepatits. At its most severe, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

The topic of food allergies has been a growing conversation over the last few years. With all the increasing nut and gluten allergies it seems like everyone has an allergy to something. However, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) less than two percent of the population is affected by allergies.

High Fructose Corn Syrup and its Role in Obesity

High Fructose Corn Syrup and its Role in Obesity

Obesity is a disease that has become a major epidemic in our country. There are several factors that have contributed to this disease and epidemic. It is our genetics, our environment, our behaviors, certain medications and illnesses all play a role in contributing to this epidemic in our country.

Ways to Stay Active This Winter

Ways to Stay Active This Winter

Keeping up with your exercise routine in the cold winter months can seem nearly impossible, especially if your typical routine involves trudging to the gym or walking outdoors. Not to mention that the colder, darker weather tends to weaken our motivation to get moving. But just because the snow is falling outside,

Make a Resolution that Stays

Make a Resolution that Stays

Every year 50% of Americans make New Year Resolutions according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, but how many of those resolutions actually get carried out? If this is your first year making a resolution make sure it is something realistic and you set a timeframe. If this isn’t your first time,

Balancing Your Relationship With Food: (part 2)

Balancing Your Relationship With Food: (part 2)

So what can we do about emotional eating? First we need to start to be aware of some of our emotional eating cues; what are the emotions that cause us to overeat. If we can be alert to the why of our problem then we will be better equipped to deal with the how of fixing it.

The Power of Self-Love

The Power of Self-Love

Self-love is the prerequisite for being loved by others. According to Deborah Khoshaba, Psy.D., self-love has been defined as, “a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support your physical, psychological and spiritual growth.” There is a seven day prescription to self-love:

  1. Forgive yourself
    We are all humans and we all make mistakes;

The Effects of Smoking Before and After Surgery

The effects of Smoking Before and After Surgery.

Smoking is an unhealthy habit that 1.1 billion people partake in and the amount of people smoking tobacco products is estimated to increase to 1.6 billion in next two decades. Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemicals and some of those chemicals have been known to cause cancer.

The Secret to Success: Keeping Your Momentum

The Secret to Success: Keeping Your Momentum

When most people begin a weight loss or exercise program, they feel excited, motivated, and enthusiastic and usually see immediate results. How does one maintain this enthusiasm?

Weight loss after bariatric surgery is often referred to as a journey, because it takes time to lose the desired weight and to adjust to a new way of life.

Sugar Addiction (part 3)

Sugar Addiction (part 3)

In this 3rd part of a series on “Sugar Addiction”, the goal is to increase your commitment to avoid excess sugar. After taking a personal inventory of how sugar is affecting you, and learning what sugar sources to avoid, you may need a way to help you “kick the sugar habit”.

The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

Selecting a product in the supermarket can be as confusing as doing your taxes. There is an abundance of products, new and old, on the grocery shelves. How do we as customers know what to select as the healthiest option. Each product touts its own bells and whistles…

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