Indoor Exercise Tips During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, more and more people are worried about gaining weight or staying on their weight loss paths. Not only are we spending more time indoors, but it’s actually healthier to do so right now. Sticking to weight loss goals when we’re not allowed to go to the gym and are restricted to being inside can a bariatric patient’s nightmare.

Healthy Bariatric Approved Snacking

Written by Susan Epstein

Healthy snacking after Bariatric Surgery is very important. Your stomach size is much smaller, and you can’t afford to waste space on empty calorie foods.

The first step in making good snack choices is embracing “conscious eating”. Snacking for nourishment is different from mindlessly grazing.

Food Shopping After Bariatric Surgery

How to Make Healthy Eating Simpler and Less Expensive

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. In fact,

Breakfast Ideas

Written by Laura Greaney, nutritionist

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it twice, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.  It helps to stabilze your sugars, get your metabolism going and wards off hunger.  However, the old saying “something is better than nothing” is not necessarily true. 

Creating a Bariatric-Friendly Kitchen

By: Vincenza N. Garcia, RD, CDN

Healthy meal preparation is a key component to successful weight loss after bariatric surgery. One of the first steps to meal preparation is making sure your kitchen is set up with the right tools and appliances. Listed below are my favorite kitchen items that I recommend to patients when preparing for bariatric surgery:

  • Cooler/Tote Bag with optional ice pack – Great for packing food on the go,

How regular daily activities can be exercise

Little things can be exercise which make it easier and sometimes fun.

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.

How to make exercise that is fun

Little things can be exercise and make it less painful.

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.

Don’t spend your day worrying about eatting (or NOT) …Christmas & Hanukkah Bariatric Style!

Here’s some things to help all our patients and anyone else wanting to stay on a good eatting habit for the holidays.

Christmas & Hanukkah Bariatric Style!

The end of the year is quickly approaching and with that comes the holiday season. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.) The holiday season and food tend to go hand in hand.

Thanksgiving Controled Eating Tips for Weight Loss

 

Eat before the big meal.

Yup.  That is what we said.

Showing up to Thanksgiving dinner with your stomach growling is a terrible idea.  You need to pre-game with a healthy snack, a smallest low-calorie one. Butternut squash soup or a veggie soup about an hour before will control your hunger. 

Dr. Wayne Weiss has been appointed Director of Bariatric Services at Phelps.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Phelps Hospital announces the addition of bariatric services to their surgical expertise.  Bariatric services offer weight-loss surgery and a comprehensive support program to assist morbidly obese individuals in improving their health.

Morbid obesity has been identified as an epidemic by numerous healthcare organizations and medical experts. People who are morbidly obese are more likely to have serious health problems such as diabetes and sleep apnea,

Sleeve Weight Loss Surgeons in Suffern NY

A reminder that if you have friends or family that have any questions, we have a Suffern, NY practice open to calls or visits for FREE.

It is located at:  Suffern, NY 10901 – 156 Route 59, Suite A2

Direct Number: (845) 517-2870

Our Suffern location borders New York and New Jersey and is conveniently located just off the NYS Thruway near Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Safety, Effectiveness Guide St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Leading-edge bariatric care will now be more accessible, thanks to Dr. Wayne Weiss, MD, FACS, and his team of bariatric surgeons at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s (SLCH) Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Read more >

 

 

Wedding Day Motivation for Weight Loss

An upcoming event such as a wedding can be great opportunity for you to focus on your weight loss goals. You want to look and also feel your best on this important day. Tap into this enthusiastic mindset to include healthy eating and fitness as part of your overall wedding planning. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What do you want to accomplish?

Tri State Bariatrics Welcomes New COO Jeanmarie Falco

25+ years of Drive and Agility have Yielded Leadership Positions for Healthcare Practices under Her Guidance

New York, Release: 28th July 2018

Jeanmarie Falco is a cat person, loves her family and is devoted to her husband and their son. She is also an ardent believer in giving back to the community,

$9 million upgrade to the Bariatric helps our patients

We are so proud to be partnered with this hospital in the Bariatric capacity.

Here’s the news we’d like to share.

Good Samaritan Hospital Kicks Off a $9 Million Refurbishment of the Bariatric and Orthopedic Surgery Units

SUFFERN, N.Y. (July 24, 2018) – Good Samaritan Hospital,

Great Medical Programs – Awarded by Hudson Magazine

Great Medical Programs – Tri State Bariatrics’ Integrated Health Team Provides Compassionate Patient-Centric Care, Pre-Surgery to Aftercare

More than one-third of the American adult population is overweight or obese. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase in 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight constitutes a health risk.

Summer Diet: How to Make Healthy Food Choices This summer and Still Have Fun

Summer has finally arrived and with regards to diet and food choices, it presents its own set of challenges.  On my way home from work, I pass several seasonal ice cream stands. I also have several outdoor parties to attend.  I ask myself, “How can I participate socially and be a part of the party without undoing all the work I put in over the winter?” Read on below to find out how to have a healthy summer diet that will keep the weight off.

Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Increased Body Fat

How Getting a Good Night’s (Or Day’s) Sleep Affects Your Weight

By Susan Manez MS,RD,CDN

Adequate sleep duration and good sleep quality are of utmost importance in promoting healthy weight loss and maintenance. Sleep can affect your weight and overall health. This is according to multiple studies that have established that a lack of sleep can lead to increased body fat.

Behavioral Tips to Help Sleep Apnea

How Your Weight Could Be Causing Sleep Apnea and What to Do About It

By: Dr. Kristin Allison

Sleep Apnea is a serious but treatable sleep disorder.  The mainstay of treatment is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a machine that uses a steady stream of air to gently keep your airway open throughout the night.  

Another Accreditation We are so Proud of!

Ramon Rivera, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute,

and Maria Scaffidi, MPA, RD, CDN, Bariatrics Coordinator, announce that Good Samaritan Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMC Health), has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®),

How To Control Diabetes in Its Early Stages

Does Diabetes have initial symptoms that can be controlled by immediately eating differently?

By Susan K. Manez MS, RD, CDN

Diabetes is a condition that effects millions of Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of the population had diabetes. Even more alarming is that a whopping 1.5 million more Americans are diagnosed each year,

How to Cope with a New Diabetes Diagnosis

4 Main Tips to Help You Cope With a New Diabetes Diagnosis

By: Dr. Kristin Allison

Learning of a new diagnosis of diabetes can feel devastating. This is especially true if you are surprised by blood work results when you weren’t aware of symptoms. Some respond with fear of the possible complications of diabetes and changes ahead.

Factors that Affect Bariatric Surgery as a treatment option for diabetes

Bariatric Surgery and its Impact on Diabetes

By: Jeanne Karson, Adult Nurse Practitioner since 2010.

Bariatric surgery  as a treatment option for diabetes associated with obesity  has become an established treatment option for diabetes associated with obesity.  Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is superior to conventional medical treatment and is effective in the resolution of Type 2 diabetes.

How To recover from Sleeve Gastrectomy in the Shortest Time

Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Recovery From Sleeve Gastrectomy

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

The sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that is typically done laparoscopically. That means you will only have 5-6 small incisions on your abdomen. Successful recovery from sleeve gastrectomy begins as soon as you leave the operating room and you have rested enough.

Are you Suffering From Sagging or Loose Skin After Weight Loss Surgery?

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Loose Skin After Sleeve Gastrectomy

By Susan K. Manez MS, RD, CDN

Weight loss has a lot of positive “side effects”. Some of them include:

  • Increased energy,
  • Improved health,
  • Better confidence,
  • Greater mobility.

But weight loss can also have a few less pleasant consequences as well.

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

By: Jeanne Karson, Adult Nurse Practitioner since 2010.

Operations for weight loss include a combination of volume restrictive and nutrient malabsorptive procedures that affect satiety, absorption, and insulin sensitivity. Practitioners use these procedures in conjunction with behavior modification to achieve and sustain weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a single stage primary operation procedure.

Intimacy after Weight Loss Surgery: Learning to be Comfortable with Your New Body

How to deal with body image issues and improve intimacy after weight loss surgery

By: Elizabeth Handler, ANP-BC

Prior to weight loss surgery, patients are eager to think about all the exciting changes that will be happening. They are excited about

  • The possibility of no longer needing medication for diabetes or high blood pressure,

What Diets Go with My Sleeve Gastrectomy in Order to Lose the Most Weight?

How to Lose the Most Weight with The Right Diet After a Sleeve Gastrectomy

By Lisa Deguzman, RD, CDN

Losing weight successfully after a sleeve gastrectomy depends largely on an appropriate diet plan. There are many bariatric programs available now. Each of these programs has its own specific dietary and behavioral guidelines.

What do I do with the extra skin after Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Handling Extra Skin after Sleeve Stomach Surgery

By: Jessica Basso, RN, BSN

Firstly, what is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

This is a surgical procedure to help aid individuals with weight loss. With the Sleeve Gastrectomy (Sleeve Stomach Weight Loss Surgery) you can expect to lose an average of about 60-70% of your excess weight the first year.*

With that significant amount of weight loss,

Can Loose Skin from Sleeve Bariatric Surgery be Handled Without Plastic Surgery? – Loose Skin from Sleeve Bariatric Surgery Solutions

How to Prevent Loose Skin after Sleeve Gastrectomy. It doesn’t have to require surgery.  You can do it on your own.

By Susan K. Manez, MS,RD,CDN

Read how ‘slow and steady’ is a loose skin from Sleeve Bariatric Surgery solution…

 

Weight loss has a lot of positive “side effects”. 

The Health Benefits of Yoga, Part II

The Health Benefits of Yoga

Part II

By JSCepeda

Yoga is widely known to reawaken the mental and physical body, when
practiced on a consistent basis, through a series of different asanas
or poses. However, the vast array of benefits range from overall
muscular flexibility to joint mobility and postural alignment.

To Snack Or Not To Snack

To Snack Or Not To Snack

By Susan Epstein; MS, RD, CDN,

Snacking. Everyone does it. A handful of pretzels at work. A bag of popcorn while at the movies. Is this really going to slow my weight loss? What about after Bariatric Surgery? Doesn’t it make sense to eat small snacks throughout the day since the stomach is so small?

Meal Planning Tips

Meal Planning Tips

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

When it comes to eating well after Weight Loss Surgery, meal planning and preparation play a major role. Our eating schedule varies depending on work our schedules, family commitments, social activities, and travel plans. As long as you stay organized and mindful,

Exercise in old age. 65 Reasons to stay active even in your golden years

By Diana Larson, RN

As you age, your body undergoes certain changes, and you may find yourself making excuses for why you can’t exercise like you used to. Changes in mobility, flexibility, and joint stiffness may leave you feeling like exercise isn’t always possible. However, the benefits of exercise greatly outweigh the risks.

Eating The Rainbow

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

To help educate people on the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables in their diets, Heath and Wellness professionals use the phrase “Eat The Rainbow”. Let’s examine why it is important to include a variety of colors in your diet.

  1. Red: Fruits and vegetables with the red color contain multiple nutrients and antioxidants.

The Health Benefits of Yoga(Part One-Yoga’s Origins)

By JSCepeda

The origins of yoga began well over 5,000 years ago. Yoga is the Sanskrit word “to join” or “to unite” which melds the physical, mental and spiritual practice with breath. Therefore, yoga is the practice of joining all three aforementioned components to create a level of conscious harmony.
To better understand the origin of yoga,

BUST the Top 6 Excuses for Skipping Exercise During the Winter Months

By Vincenza Garcia, RD, CDN, CPT

EXCUSE #1 It’s too cold.

EXCUSE BUSTER:

 

With the temperatures dropping and the holidays around the corner, Mother Nature becomes a great excuse to avoid the gym or experience the great outdoors. If this is the case for you, bring the gym home — literally.

A Calorie-Conscious Valentine’s Day

By Diana Larson, RN

There are some surprising facts about the number of calories in your favorite Valentine’s Day treats. SparkPeople blogger, Melinda Hershey, compared the calorie, fat, and sugar content in the most popular Valentine’s Day goodies. She concluded that, “keeping these numbers in mind can help you make smarter choices when it comes to choosing the right treats for you and the special people in your life.”

She found that eating five Hershey’s Kisses (112 calories,

How Your Weight Affects Your Joints

By Laura DeAndrade, MSN, ANP-BC

Obesity affects all organs of the human body. It does not discriminate. One of the major systems affected in the body is the musculoskeletal system. People of any age, including teenagers, can start to feel the effects of weight on their joints even if they are only ten pounds overweight.

The 5-Day Pouch Test: Fact and Fiction

By Jessica Basso, RN, BSN

In 2007, Kaye Bailey developed what is called the 5-day Pouch Test. Kaye had gastric bypass surgery, but seven years after her surgery, she started to regain s weight. Her doctor suggested she get back to the basics. Following, her doctors order, the 5-day pouch test was born.

Excuses Take Up Time, Exercise Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Greaney, MSN, Nutritionist

I don’t have time to exercise. I can’t afford a gym membership. I’m too tired. These excuses are things I hear daily about reasons why people do not exercise. Exercise is an essential part of not only losing weight, but also having a healthy, longer life. The main point of exercise is making sure heart rate elevates.

How to Get Back on Track After the Holidays

By Susan K. Manez MS, RD, CDN

If visions of sugarplums are dancing through your head and you’re ready to settle in for a long winter’s nap, it may not just be your nostalgia for Christmases past. The cause for your malaise is the overindulgences at the many holiday parties and gatherings clouding your brain.

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,

The Importance of Attending Bariatric Support Groups

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

People are often hesitant to attend a support group. They may wonder, “Will it be relevant to what I’m going through?” “Will I be put on the spot?”. People attend support groups for various reasons. This article will look at what you can gain from attending a support group.

Obesity – Associated Health Risks

By Jeanne Karson, NP

Obesity can cause severe damage to your body. It is the major cause of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea as well as some cancers. These diseases can lead to disability, poor quality of life and early death. The following outlines the associated risks:

So, how do we combat obesity?

What to Expect at Your Behavioral Evaluation

By Dr. Kristin Allison

Everyone entering our program at Tri-State will meet with either our staff psychiatrist or social worker at the beginning of your journey. This behavioral evaluation is different than an outside appointment with a mental health professional that may be intended to diagnosis and treat a condition, usually because you are experiencing certain symptoms that concern you.

The Mental Game of Weight Loss

By JSCepeda

The scale and your feet meet for the trillionth time in the last thirty-five years. Meetings include, but are not limited to the night before a blind date and your favorite dress couldn’t zip. Distressed, but determined to get into the dress, you duct taped the zippered sides together and paired it with a black sequined cardigan,

Your “Wow” Moments

By Susan Epstein MS, RD, CDN

Patients often describe one of their favorite added benefits of their weight loss surgery as a “WOW” moment. These are moments when patients realize their lives have changed drastically and it’s an awesome feeling!
At times when the journey is more challenging, these moments are easily forgotten.

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

By Michelle Lossino, LCSW

Besides being an important part of weight loss, there are many mental health benefits of exercise.

  • Reduces stress.
  • Can assist in alleviating anxiety and depression; regulate mood.
  • Releases endorphins – which create feelings of happiness and euphoria.
  • Improves self-confidence and positive self-esteem.

Fall into Healthy Eating

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

The days are getting shorter. The leaves are changing color. Sweaters are coming out of the closet, to hide the definite weight gain the colder months bring. Fall has arrived and it’s the time of year we indulge in festive holiday foods that makes Mr. Sweater our close friend in hiding our new bulge.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

By Laura DeAndrade, MSN, ANP-BC

Metabolic syndrome is the clinical term for a series of risk factors that can put you at risk for other health conditions like coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. When a person meets three out of the following five criteria’s, they are said to have metabolic syndrome.

  1. A large waistline – otherwise known as “abdominal obesity”.

Maintenance Dietary Guidelines

By Susan Manez, MS, RD, CDN

Now that you have achieved your goal weight, the most difficult part of your journey has begun. When actively losing weight your diet plan is much more structured and restrictive, but when it is time for you to maintain your weight there are a lot more variables.

Cooking for Your Family After Bariatric Surgery

By Susan Epstein MS, RD, CDN

We all know how important sitting down to a family dinner is. With everyone on busy schedules, it’s a time to connect and hear about one another’s day. Often patients are concerned that after Bariatric Surgery, they will not be able to eat dinner with their families.

The Secret First Step for Successful Weight Loss: Getting Organized

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

We often hear about the “fundamentals of weight loss”, eating less, exercising more, staying motivated, and getting enough sleep. However, we rarely hear how critical a role “organization” plays in weight reduction. Setting a routine and planning ahead are very important. Often this is the first step in achieving successful weight loss.

Mindfulness-Tips for Mindful Eating

By Diana Nunziato, RN

Mindfulness has been defined in Psychology Today, “as a state of active, open attention on the present” (2016). You are able to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as being good or bad, when you practice mindfulness. Instead of letting your life pass you by,

Sleep and Appetite

By Michele Lossino, LCSW

It is estimated that people spend almost 25 years of their lives sleeping. Sleep affects all aspects of our lives, from our mood to our job performance. On average adults need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Many factors can interfere with your ability to get proper sleep. For example,

Natural Versus Added Sugar

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to defining carbohydrates and sugars. It gets more complicated when you see terms like “natural sugar” versus “added sugar”. What does it all mean?

Carbohydrates are one of the 3 macronutrients which can be used as energy sources (the other 2 are proteins and fat).

The Importance of Weight Loss Support Groups Before and After Bariatric Surgery

By Jessica Basso, RN, BSN

Every patient’s weight loss journey is different and unique. Weight loss support groups provide a place where patients can find help and assist each other throughout the journey, both pre- and post-operatively. Patient support can be from family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other WLS patients.

Studies have found that patient support increases the chances of long-term success for losing and maintaining weight.

Emotional Challenges After Weight Loss Surgery

By Jessica Basso, RN, BSN

Bariatric surgery has become very popular over the years to help individuals weight struggles healthier. With Bariatric surgery, many lifestyle changes need to take place in order for success to be achieved. Not only physically do changes occur but also emotionally, so let’s talk about some of the emotional challenges that may arise with WLS:

  1. Relationship Changes.

Tips to Pre-Plan Meals

By Vincenza Garcia, RD, CDN

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.

5 Tips to Help You Mentally Prepare for Bariatric Surgery

By Vincenza Garcia, RD, CDN

Taking a physical exam before bariatric surgery ensures your body is healthy enough to withstand the procedure. But according to bariatric practitioners, emotional health is just as important for bariatric patients. It is important to be mentally prepared for the surgery and at TriState Bariatrics, we recommend the following tips for getting ready:

Set realistic goals

Whereas we would all want to lose weight overnight,

Losing Weight Prior to Weight Loss Surgery

By Laura DeAndrade, MSN, ANP-BC

Upon your first visit into our office, you will hear our staff stress the issue of not gaining weight during the pre-surgical process. We encourage weight loss of any degree prior to surgery. Not only is this weight loss beneficial for your overall health, but it can reduce your overall risks during surgery.

Body Image Disturbance After Weight Loss Surgery

By Laura DeAndrade, MSN, ANP-BC

Everyone has different perceptions of what they will look like after weight loss surgery. For most, it’s thinking about the thinnest time of your adult or teenage life. Many people assume that losing weight is the best way to boost an already suffering body image. The truth is many who undergo a massive amount of weight loss,

New Changes to The Nutrition Facts Label

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Good news! The nutrition facts label is getting a makeover! On May 20, 2016, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced new rules for food labels. The new food labels will be updated, making them easier to read and understand. As a result, consumers will have an easier time making informed food choices.

What Are Your Bowels Telling You?

By: Laura Greaney, MSN, Nutritionist

Discussing your bowel movements with people seem to be a bit taboo. When I ask people if they are having any issues with their bowel movements their responses normally begin with “I don’t want to be gross.” Paying more attention to your stool can greatly help with determining what you need more and less of.

Are You Being Fooled by Food Labels?

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

Have you ever wondered exactly what your food labels meant?  Are you being lured into purchasing items that are otherwise not very healthy simply because you fell for a marketing scheme?  Chances are that mostly everyone has picked one food over another because it included the words “all natural” or “multigrain”. 

Eating Healthy at a BBQ

By Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Summer is finally here! Part of the fun of summer includes lazy afternoons and backyard barbecues with family and friends. So many classic cookout foods including hotdogs, potato salad, and coleslaw, are not the healthiest choices. How can a person stay on track? Here are some tasty tips to help you enjoy the summer without straying from your healthy eating habits:
1. 

The Unspoken Side Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

By: Laura Greaney, MSN Nutritionist

Prior to bariatric surgery you should have an in-depth idea of possible side effects and complications of the actual surgery. You will learn about possible slipped bands, erosions, gastric leaks, dehydration, and vomiting. However, what about common side effects people fail to mention. Things that most of you will experience but may not realize if it’s “normal.” Remember,

Dealing With 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.

Stocking Your Tool Box: Pt. 2

By: Diane Nunziato, RN

We all need a tool box stocked with the right tools to succeed in life as well as before and after weight loss surgery. Just as a mechanic needs the right tools to repair our cars, without the correct tools, we are just set up for failure.
As we mentioned in Stocking Your Tool Box with the Right Tools Part One,

Surrounding Yourself With Support

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

Changing your lifestyle and reaching your weight loss goal takes a lot of hard work! Doing this on your own can be difficult and lonely. A good support system is vital to help you achieve success. The following are some ideas to surround yourself with the support you need.

Foods that Fight Inflammation

By: Susan K. Manez, MS, RD, CDN

Many people suffer daily with pain, swelling, weakness, and a vast array of ailments. While some of these conditions are incurable and/or must be treated with medications, many are improved or even resolved with dietary changes. There are many foods that are considered “anti-inflammatory”. What does this mean?

Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States and studies now show that elevated body mass index (BMI) in overweight and obese people isn’t simply linked to heart failure – it has been proven to cause it.

BMI is a simple measure of weight-for-height used to classify overweight and obesity in adults.

Eating On the Run

By: Susan Epstein, MS, RD, CDN

We all live busy lives. Sometimes our busy lifestyles make having well balanced homemade meals very challenging. We are all looking for fast, easy, tasty foods that will fit into our busy lives. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy in today’s hectic world:

  1. Plan ahead.

Eating and Drinking After Weight Loss Surgery

By: Laura DeAndrade, ANP-BC

Nearly all bariatric programs will have specific recommendations regarding your eating and drinking patterns after surgery. The most consistent recommendations are to:

  • Focus on good, lean proteins
  • Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of no calorie or low calorie fluids daily
  • Take vitamin supplements
  • Avoid drinking with meals

These guidelines were made many years ago and are still in place today.

Why Does My Breath Smell After Bariatric Surgery?

By: Laura Greaney, MSN

Congratulations, you have foul-smelling breath after bariatric surgery! Though this may seem like a trick, having rotten breath after bariatric surgery usually means you are losing excessive weight rapidly. This is a good thing. Many people often report their mouths feel dry or sticky right after surgery, regardless of what they do.

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. Keeping a food diary will help you to

  • Be objective about what you are 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.

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.

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.

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?”

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;

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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,

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,

12 Tips to Manage Binge Eating this holiday

How to eat healthy and keep losing weight this holiday

Binge Eating is the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time. The holidays can be a tempting time because of the wide selection of food available at the table. While other people may pile up their plates, you have to remember that overeating and eating certain types of food can be dangerous for you.

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.

H.Pylori. What it is, how it affects bariatric surgery and how to test for it

H. pylori and how it affects bariatric surgery

When undergoing bariatric surgery, you are sent for several tests, most of which you may not understand. Some of these tests include:

  • Blood work. To create a baseline for your vitamin and mineral levels, we take blood work. This helps to check for deficiencies and determine if taking more vitamins is necessary after surgery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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,

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,

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.

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?

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.

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!!!

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,

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.

Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery

How will bariatric surgery affect your pregnancy?

Pregnancy after bariatric surgery is an issue that most women grapple with. Though you could diet or change your lifestyle to lose weight before pregnancy, if you are morbidly obese, bariatric surgery is a more viable treatment option.

In fact, studies have shown that bariatric surgery reduces these risks associated with maternal obesity:

  • Miscarriage,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

2 Key Benefits of Bariatric Support Groups

 

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. Some may offer you a reward after you meet a milestone or goal. Although, remember, you should never accept food as a reward.

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,

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.

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),

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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,

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,

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,

Common Excuses that Prevent You from Attending your Weight Loss Support Group.

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, your dietitian will discuss with you the topic of support groups.

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?

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.

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.

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,

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.

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?”.

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,

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.

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.

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;

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 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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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 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…

Strategies for Successful Long-Term Weight Loss

Strategies for Successful Long-Term Weight Loss

While losing the weight is no piece of cake (no pun intended), keeping it off can be even more challenging. This is why so many people are able to lose weight successfully, but struggle with keeping it off in the long term. Below are a few tips that may help you maintain the weight you have journeyed towards and may even help you get to that weight if you are not yet there.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics

You’ve probably heard of probiotics and prebiotics, but do you know what they are? Nutrition research has pinpointed specific functional components of foods that may improve health. Probiotics and prebiotics are two such substances. Probiotics may be helpful after bariatric surgery.

The root word of the word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro,

Tips on Surviving the Holiday Season

Tips on Surviving the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be one of the most joyous, and yet also, one of the most difficult times of the year. This season has also been referred to as the “hurricane” or “tornado season.” The holiday season can cause a multitude of feelings, stress, and anxiety.

Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holidays – like how staying on schedule and getting sleep help…

Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holidays

Category: Holiday Eating Tips for Bariatric Patients

Pay Attention: When eating, concentrate on each bite. By eating on the go or paying attention to other things such as the TV or computer, you probably aren’t realizing how many calories you’re taking in. By focusing on the food you are eating you will be able to eat less and feel fuller quicker.

Balancing Your Relationship With Food (part 1)

Balancing Your Relationship With Food (part 1)

Why you eat is just as important as what you eat. Many of us learn from an early age that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, instead of learning healthy ways to resolve and deal with feelings, many people learn to turn to food for emotional comfort to help reduce negative feelings.

How Much Work it Takes to Burn Off Those Holiday Calories

How Much Work it Takes to Burn Off Calories in your Holiday food

The holiday season is a time filled with joy, family, celebrations and plenty of food. Most holiday food tends to be filled with great flavor and tons of fat, sugar and calories.  You may find these holiday treats very tempting and it may seem impossible to avoid taking a taste here and another there.

How to Control Hypothyroidism and Improve Metabolism

By Laura Greaney

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland isn’t producing enough of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. It is a common medical condition found in a lot of bariatric patients, mostly women. It is also referred to as an underactive thyroid.

The thyroid hormone is responsible for that every important metabolism!

Grateful People are Healthier People

Grateful People are Healthier People

Some people may associate the Thanksgiving holiday with an endless array of food which lasts all day. Other people may think of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football games on television. However, if people want to have the happiest of holidays, they should focus on associating Thanksgiving with gratitude and thanks.

Following a Vegetarian Diet After Weight Loss Surgery

Following a Vegetarian Diet After Weight Loss Surgery-Is It Possible?

Given the small size of the stomach after Bariatric Surgery, it’s very challenging for patients to consume adequate nutrition. There are vitamins and minerals that must be supplemented in the diet and it’s always a priority to eat enough protein. Is it possible to remove “meat” from your diet and still consume enough protein?

Sugar Addiction (part 2). 6 Things You Can Do to Control Your sugar Intake

In part one of this series, we talked about “addiction” to sugar. Perhaps you identified how sugar is affecting you both physically and emotionally. Or maybe you have just decided to avoid sugar to help with weight loss. Americans, on average, consume 20 teaspoons of sugar daily.

6 things you can do to control your sugar intake

  1. Start by examining your food choices and reading labels both in and out of the home.

How to Make Weight Loss LAST

How to Make Weight Loss LAST:

“I’ve failed at losing weight so many times…”

There are key ingredients you MUST incorporate if you want to create an effective recipe for weight loss success. Once you understand the importance of these concepts, you can create specific strategies and approaches that will work for you and that will fit your life,

Thanksgiving Bariatric Style!

Thanksgiving Bariatric Style!

The end of the year is quickly approaching and with that comes the holiday season. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, etc.) The holiday season and food tend to go hand in hand. In fact, people tend to gain an average of 5 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Trying to prevent that extra weight gain is a challenge for anyone so to make this thanksgiving holiday bariatric style remember to be wise,

Mindless Munching

Mindless Munching

Picture yourself out for dinner with a good friend. You order grilled salmon with steamed vegetables, an excellent, healthy selection. Your friend orders chicken nuggets and fries, but cannot finish all of the fries. As you are chatting, you help her finish them. Alternatively, you are at home, preparing dinner and taste the foods you are cooking.

Maintaining Exercise During Thanksgiving

Maintaining Exercise During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends and family while eating some delicious food. Unfortunately, physical activity and healthy eating are placed pretty far down the list of priorities. Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate exercise into the Thanksgiving holiday while still spending time with those you care about.

Measuring Weight Loss Without a Scale

Measuring Weight Loss Without a Scale

Most people calculate the success of their weight loss journey based on how many pounds they have lost. However, there are many other ways to measure success and aim for the ultimate goal of overall good health. Aiming to be in a good health state is the benchmark for success.

Sugar Addiction (part 1). 7 Parallels Between Sugar and Drugs.

It is a well-known fact that drugs and alcohol are addictive. There is now more acceptance that certain foods, particularly sugar, can be addictive in some people. Studies show that sugar produces a similar brain response as drugs and alcohol by directly releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain associated with the reward center. This can cause loss of control and lead to overeating.

Navigating the Holidays

Navigating the Holidays

We have made it through most of the year and now is when we embark on months of holidays. Though holidays typically mean celebrations and happiness, it also means food buffets, desserts and stress. The holiday season can bring on a lot of stress and emotional eating due to loved ones not being around,

Gout

Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis which causes pain and swelling in the joints. It happens in people with too much uric acids in the blood. Uric acid is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down certain foods. Uric acid can form sharp, needle like crystals that build up in the joints and cause pain.

Why Frozen Food is Sometimes Better Than Fresh Food During Winter Months

Winter months are fast approaching. This means our access to quality fresh produce is becoming more and more limited. During the late spring and summer and even the early fall it is very easy to purchase fresh local produce in the supermarket and at local farmers’ markets. This is because there is a variety of fruits and vegetables in season in our area during these warmer months.

Tips to a Healthy Halloween

Tips to a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated by millions of Americans. During the Halloween season people dress up in costume, attend costume parties, visit haunted houses, go on hay rides, pick pumpkins, carve jack-o-lanterns, and go trick or treating, and so much more. It’s so important for bariatrics patient to stay on track during the Halloween season and we all know there can be many temptations that can be hard to resist.

H. Pylori is a Bacteria

H. Pylori is a Bacteria

Stress, spicy foods, type A personality, which of these cause most stomach ulcers? The answer is none of them! Research shows that most ulcers develop because of an infection named helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Patients are tested for H. pylori prior to bariatric surgery to decrease the risk of developing ulcers after surgery.

Thirst Quenchers

Thirst Quenchers

Now that the heat of the summer is here, what can be more refreshing than an iced coffee, a frosty smoothie, or a cool fruit drink? Without even realizing it, many of us consume 300 or more calories daily from sugar sweetened beverages including soda, sports drinks, fruit drinks, and sweetened teas and coffee.

How to Practice Mindful Eating

How to Practice Mindful Eating

Slow down, you eat too fast.

Have you finished your meal lately without even tasting it? It takes 20 minutes for the brain to catch up with the gut and register satiety (fullness). Eating too fast can lead to overeating. With the start of a new school year and the holidays fast approaching,

Consuming Beverages with Empty Calories

Consuming Beverages with Empty Calories

Many of the foods and beverages Americans consume are full of empty calories. Empty calories do not satisfy hunger or add any vitamins, minerals, and fiber of nutritional value. They are found in sugar-sweetened beverages, juices, fast foods, processed foods, and many snack foods. These empty calories are adding to the presence of obesity in America,

Does Weight Loss Lead to Improved Brain Function?

Why body weight and brain function go hand in hand

Obesity works on a number of different metabolic pathways that can affect the way your brain operates. A growing body of evidence has suggested that obesity is linked to cognitive deficits and that weight loss leads to improved brain function. More so, obesity is a known risk factor for

  • Alzheimer’s disease,

Enjoying Fall

Enjoying Fall

As sad as it may seem your summer is now just a sight in the rearview mirror. The relaxation that summer brings is behind you and schedules, though hectic, seem to resume. Getting back on track is ideal during the fall season. Many people experience that nostalgic feeling that the first day of school brings and it feels like a new year.

Water: One of the Keys to Good Health

Water: One of the Keys to Good Health

Water is vital for maintaining good health and is more important to our body than any of the other nutrients we require daily. We can survive weeks without food, but we would last only 3 to 4 days without water.

Although most people are at least generally aware of the importance of water,

Eat Your Way to Health with Broccoli

Eat Your Way to Health with Broccoli!

Broccoli is often not people’s first choice when asked what their favorite food is. It is one of the most nutritious food selections one can make. It is often referred to as a “superfood” because of its vast nutritional value. It’s not only a great source of fiber,

Don’t Let the Halloween Treats Trick You!

Don’t Let the Halloween Treats Trick You!

Now that summer is over, the stores move on to their next money making scheme. Every October 31st, we buy tons of candy and dress our kids in their favorite Halloween costume. If you’re not careful, a few careless handfuls of your favorite mini treats, and you’ll have sworn you’ve been tricked next time you step on the scale.

What is Normal Eating?

What is Normal Eating?

Eating means something different to everyone throughout their lifespan. Some people view food simply as fuel for their body. Others take pleasure in enjoying every bite. Some mindfully eat every bite, while others stuff food in to cope with their feelings. Some people are filled with anxiety while eating and have a fear that eating what they want will make them gain weight.

Optimizing the Laparoscopic Gastric Band

Optimizing the Laparoscopic Gastric Band

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding enables obese patients to achieve significant, lasting and safe weight loss. This can help reduce or resolve multiple diseases and enhance quality of life in patients with obesity. It is performed for the purpose of affecting physiological function in weight loss and appetite control.

Non-weight/scale Measures of Weight Loss Success

Non-weight/scale Measures of Weight Loss Success

Often when we are on a weight loss journey, we forget about all the non-weight related milestones and accomplishments we achieve. There is often a laundry list of successes that we need to remember when we are questioning our overall success. By looking at each one of the different aspects of our lives,

The Definition of Success

The Definition of Success

While there are a number of ways to measure success after weight loss surgery, the bariatric surgery community defines the concept of a “successful” outcome in terms of percentage of excess weight loss (%EWL) following surgery. Longer-term studies of bariatric surgery outcomes extend the definition of success from excess weight loss to excess weight lost and maintained over a longer period of time.

Snack Attack

Snack Attack

It’s not quite dinner time and lunch is just a distant memory, but what’s this? Is it hunger? Is it a crave wave? Or is that a snack attack I’m feeling? Before reaching for those extra snack calories, consider the possibility that you may not really be hungry, but are rather a bit under-hydrated or perhaps letting boredom get the better of you.

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?

Finding Reliable Information on the Internet

Finding Reliable Information on the Internet

In this day in age, when people don’t know an answer to something they very quickly run to the internet to “Google It.” People no longer use dictionaries or even use the more dated Encyclopedia to find their answers. These sources are all monitored by organizations to make sure they were putting out correct information.

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

Many of the patients we see are women of childbearing age. Questions often arise about the safety of having a child after surgery and how long one needs to wait in order to become pregnant. The bottom line is that pregnancy after weight loss surgery is perfectly safe.

The Survival Race

Survival Race

Goals are meant to be reached, accomplished, achieved and surpassed. Everyone should set a goal to achieve, whether it is a daily goal, monthly or long term goal. Walking into the office and watching patient’s eyes light up because they met a personal goal or a Tri State goal is one of the best parts of my job.

10 Weight Loss Mistakes Bariatric Patients Make

10 Weight Loss Mistakes Bariatric Patients Make

Weight loss surgery (WLS) also known as bariatric surgery is considered the most successful form of treatment for morbid obesity. Surgery helps provide patients with a tool to get to a healthier lifestyle and in order for surgery to be successful there are many behavior modifications,

Jumping Out of An Airplane with Our Patients

Reaching a Goal

Goals are part of life, but when weight truly prevents you from reaching your goals, it becomes very frustrating, to say the least. As individuals begin their weight loss journey, I, as the Nurse Coordinator and Support Group Leader, encourage people to think beyond the obvious reasons they want to have weight loss surgery,

The D’s of Dealing with Cravings: Part 2

Having strategies to resist food temptations can be helpful when those nagging urges strike to eat starchy or sugary foods. Last time we covered decode (determine why you are having a craving), and delay (wait out a craving). Now try the rest of the Ds:

Distract Make a list of all the things you can do before eating a poor food choice.

A Real Life Treasure Hunt

The longer days and warmer weather brings urgency to get out and be active. Many of us remember being outside all day when we were younger but as you grow up and more responsibility comes your way, you find less time to do what you want. Make this summer a time to let your inner child out.

Benefits of Exercising

Let’s start by defining Exercise, it is an activity that requires physical effort. It has the ability to help patients lose weight by the burning of calories. We exercise to sustain and improve our overall health and fitness. Exercise is an essential part of any weight-loss program and should become a permanent part of your lifestyle.

Understanding Health Claims on Food Labels

After having Bariatric Surgery, maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging. The dietary recommendations after surgery are specific and it can be confusing when you are trying to make the best choices at the grocery store. For example, if a food label for a protein bar states that the food is “carb conscious”, does that mean it is a good,

Understanding Calcium and Iron Supplementation

After you have bariatric surgery you are required to take various vitamin supplements. Included in these requirements are a Calcium + Vitamin D and an Iron supplement. What many people do not know is that there is can be a right way and a wrong way to take these vitamins. Timing can be essential regarding how our bodies absorb certain vitamins.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy

When patients come to the office for their first visit, some know which procedure they would like to undergo. Others, are unfamiliar with bariatric surgery or are skeptical about the outcomes and are fearful of complications. Some patients hesitate to consider the sleeve as they think we do not have long term data to document its success and safety.

Beat the Heat

Quite frequently during the summer we hear patients say I’m too hot to ______. Whether it’s I’m too hot to cook for myself, I’m too hot to be active, or something else, the heat can throw you off track. Keep your motivation going. Most people know that when they stop eating on a regular schedule or stop moving,

The D’s of Dealing with Cravings: Part 1

You may or may not have heard about the Ds of Dieting. There are different variations of this phrase, including Decode/Determine, Delay, Distract, Distance, and Delight/Decide. These are all catchy tips to help you stay away from poor food choices. Although TriState Bariatrics doesn’t encourage “dieting” (mainly because people who go on a diet, eventually go off of one),

Buying Fresh

As the weather warms up, our food choices often become lighter. Salads are craved more and produce is often increased. If you are one of these people who find themselves increasing their fruits and vegetables during this time, do yourself a favor and buy locally. We are lucky to be in an area that offersseveral farmer’s markets.

Why Walk?

The spring season is finally upon us and after this cold, cold, winter it’s about time we get out and get moving. Walking has a ton of health benefits attached to it for people in all different circumstances. Also, the best part about this exercise is that it’s free! Gyms can be crowded, dark and expensive.

Thiamine Deficiency (Vitamin B 1)

Nutritional deficiencies are common after bariatric surgery, however, they are avoidable. There needs to be careful monitoring of nutrients. These include Iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B 1, Folic Acid and Vitamin D.
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin and is absorbed in the small intestine. Approximately 5 mg of thiamine is absorbed through the small intestines.

A Stampede Toward More Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric surgeons have been extolling the virtues of weight loss surgery for some time now. However, it has taken some time to convince our colleagues in other medical specialties that this was in fact the case. The evidence to support that claim has expanded as researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have released the results of their clinical trial,

Staying Motivated through Weight Plateaus

While you are bound to have some blips in the road along your way to your weight loss goal, it is important to stay positive to help you move forward. Perhaps you no longer feel you are losing weight fast enough, or you’ve reached a weight plateau. One key is not to focus too much on the number on the scale.

Weight Cycling

Weight cycling, yo-yo dieting and disordered eating are common. If not addressed, mindless habits, emotional eating, and maladaptive eating may contribute to challenges after Bariatric surgery.

Some bariatric patients will come to realization that they “miss their friend, food” and are not able to manage triggers emotions.

Some patients may believe that they will not have to think about their eating,

The Significance of the Shopping List

Going food shopping can give people an array of emotions. Some find it an annoyance, others therapeutic and for some it gives them anxiety. Whatever emotion you may have towards food shopping one thing is certain, a list makes it easier. Food stores tempt you with unnecessary purchases every second you are there. Often, people spend more than they plan to due to impulse purchases.

Say “No” to Poor Food Choices

In order to lose weight, there are going be many times that you will have to turn down food that is available at work, social events, or even leftovers at home. More than willpower, you may need to change your thinking to get through these temptations without going off your meal plan. First of all,

Planning for Vacation

Getting stressed about your upcoming island getaway or drive down to the beach? Maybe it’s a calorie-laden cruise that has got you worried? You’re asking yourself when, where, what am I going to eat? How am I going to keep up with my exercise routine? Don’t fret! Putting a little effort into planning ahead can save you a lot of calories and set your mind at ease.

Getting Started with Exercise

It is becoming that time of year when the weather is warming up and the day is slowly becoming
lighter longer. It makes you want to get outside and enjoy every minute of it. Many people want to begin an exercise regime but the thought of starting is so overwhelming and they generally don’t know where to begin.

How Do We Measure Success?

It is not uncommon for many individuals who are beginning their weight loss journey to focus on the numbers on their scale. One week we may step on the scale and there may be a gain, the next week we may have a loss. There are times where losing weight can be an emotional rollercoaster,

Eating Right While on Vacation

Everyone looks forward to vacations.It’s a great time for family, fun, and travel. But, when we go on a trip, do our good eating habits go on vacation as well? On vacation, it is very easy to eat foods that we wouldn’t normally eat, leaving us with a little extra pounds for the trip home.

Building Self-Motivation

Even the most motivated of us can feel unmotivated at times. In fact, sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult.But it’s not hopeless. With some small steps, you can get started down the road to positive change.

Make a Plan

From personal experience,

Mindful Eating

Have you ever finished a meal and felt completely full and uncomfortable or eaten a few chips and realized the whole bag was gone? These are symptoms of unconscious or mindless eating. Many of us don’t slow down to realize how our food tastes or to receive the first signal that our body is satisfied.

How A Vegetarian Diet Can Be Adequate For a Bariatric Patient

There is a popular misconception that “meat” is the only real source of protein and thus a vegetarian diet is inherently unhealthy due to its’ lack of protein. That statement could not be further from the truth. A vegetarian diet can be both nutrient dense and satisfying and with a little extra attention it can also be low in carbohydrates.

The Importance of Food Journaling

Ok, so you’ve already heard enough about food journaling, or you’ve already tried food journaling before but you stopped for some reason. We’re revisiting it today because monitoring what you eat is an essential part of your weight loss program. Try thinking of beyond just listing your daily food intake. Mood/food journaling is where you also record your emotion,

Celebrating Non-Scale Victories

It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers when you’re weighing in every week. And who can blame you? You worked so hard and you want your scale to say your hard work is paying off, right? However, there is a danger in depending solely on the scale for feedback. If your scale shows that you didn’t lose weight or that you gained,

Back on Track

Has this cold winter left you with a few extra pounds? Perhaps you slipped
into some old habits? Lacking motivation to exercise or choose the right foods?
Spring is just around the corner…I hope? Time to get BACK ON TRACK!!

Remember, you can’t beat yourself up for falling off track, all you can do
is move forward.

Obesity Increases the Risk of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Obesity increases the risk of Iron deficiency anemia

Obesity and iron deficiency anemia appear to be unrelated. But according to studies, there is an increased risk of iron deficiency among people with obesity. Researchers(Cepeda-Lopez AC1, Aeberli I, Zimmermann MB., 2011), say that an obese person is likely to get anemia because of:

  • Impaired iron absorption,

The Importance of Food Journaling

The Importance of Food Journaling

Ok, so you’ve already heard enough about food journaling, or you’ve already tried food journaling before but you stopped for some reason. We’re revisiting it today because monitoring what you eat is an essential part of your weight loss program. Try thinking beyond just listing your daily food intake.

Vitamin B 12 – Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency After weight loss surgery

Research shows that most patients with obesity suffer from a deficiency of micronutrients such as Vitamin B12 before surgery. These deficiencies persist even after surgery. In this post, we will discuss Vitamin B12 deficiency, its symptoms, why it is prevalent after gastric surgery, and, what to do about it.