bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

Small WOW Moments

05/07/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

It’s that time of year when I start to dream about warm summer days, green grass and a multitude of colors to brighten the day. I love to be surrounded by the smell of a fresh cut lawn, plants and bright flowers. Looking back I remember driving around town, seeing people working in their yards and being completely jealous because I never had the energy to do that. This past Sunday was one of those days when I realize how amazing it is to be a gastric bypass patient. I started planting a flower…

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News article: Clothing Industry Cashes In On Obesity

05/07/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I guess this really isn't hot news, but it shows how American stores have had to adapt to our ever growing waistlines. It's not to say that this is something new (there have always been stores dedicated to people of all shapes and sizes), but it looks like mainstream stores, like Target and Forever 21, are trying to appeal to teens. What do you think? Is this a good idea? Do you think it shows complacency with the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in America? You can read a snippet of the…

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Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity

05/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all you have to do in a day, not only for others but for yourself? Often we do for others before we take care of ourselves. Here are some tips that might help you manage your time more wisely so that you can do things for yourself like go to the gym, plan a meal, pack your lunch with healthy foods, etc. Realize that time management is really a myth….. there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn’t change. We can only manage ourselves and what…

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Did you celebrate?

05/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday? Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more enthusiastically by Mexican descendants in the United States than in its native Mexico. The day celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army versus the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Often it is mistakenly called Mexican Independence Day. Mexico actually declared its independence on September 16, 1810, fifty years earlier. Celebrations include not only wonderful Mexican foods, but also parades, mariachi…

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News article: Reason for Weight Gain Discovered

05/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Well maybe not the only reason, but this is an interesting study none the less. I picked up this article from the May Obesity Action Coalition newsletter: Liwei Chen MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, is the lead author of a research paper showing that weight gain and obesity are more linked to an increase in liquid calories, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages, than calories from solid food. To our knowledge, this…

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Chicken Salad Recipe

05/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Here is a quick bari-friendly recipe I love for summer! Chicken Salad 16 oz Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless, cooked and chopped (Rotisserie chicken from Wal-mart, Meijer, Kroger is excellent for this recipe) ½ Cup plain, fat free yogurt ¾ Cup fat free mayo ½ Cup sliced almonds, walnuts or pistachios ¾ Cup seedless grapes cut into quarters ½ Cup scallions, chopped Salt & pepper to taste I also use garlic pepper which adds good flavor! Mix the chicken, yogurt…

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Barriers

05/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

When you decide to change a habit, the best of intentions may not be enough to stay on track. Have you considered what it is that has prevented you from sticking with the changes you have decided to make regarding bariatric surgery? Events in your life can derail your efforts at establishing new habits. The environment around you might tempt you into giving up your diet or exercise routine. Maybe some friends unwittingly sabotage your efforts. What do all of these have in common? Each is a barrier…

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Bari Friendly Recipe for Next Year’s Kentucky Derby

05/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? It is one of my favorite sporting events each year. I love that it is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions have played a large role in the Derby atmosphere. Burgoo, typically a thick stew of meat and vegetables is served from iron pots sometimes 10 feet in diameter. Burgoo has long been standard fare at Kentucky political…

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Oh My!

05/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

So sorry to not have written in a while, but I have fallen victim to the “oh my world.” You know what I mean, you wake up and the hot water is on the fritz, the kids are arguing at the top of their lungs, and nobody made any ice tea when they finished the pitcher (they did leave it on the counter as evidence). We all have those days or even weeks, as a weight loss surgery patient and it is important to realize that these days could sabotage your journey. Pay attention and not fall prey…

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Fueling for Bariatric Fitness

05/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Since our bodies burn our nutrition choices as fuel, it is important to fill ourselves with the best fuel available. And since food is our fuel, it has a strong affect on our energy levels during exercise as well! I have received a few questions about what choices would be best to help boost energy levels during exercise sessions—so here are a few examples for post-surgery exercisers looking to keep their tanks healthy! Low-calorie, electrolyte-enhanced beverages like Powerade Zero and SmartWater…

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