bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

How to Prepare a Green Colored Food Night for Your Kids

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

To get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit, try preparing a family green colored food night. With all of the green vegetables, fruits and spices available, you can create fun dinner with healthy foods with minimal effort! I’ve also included a sweet treat as well. For an appetizer, serve homemade guacamole with celery sticks. For a main dish, try stuffed green peppers. For a green beverage, how about sugar free lime Kool-aid or green tea with fresh mint. Serve kiwi or green pears in sugar…

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What’s your body mass index (BMI)?

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Today, it is nearly impossible to pick up a magazine, newspaper or watch TV and not see the letters "BMI." BMI is used in determining obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity. BMI is a great tool for simply gauging where you fall on the weight category table, and is one of the tools used to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. To calculate your BMI, follow this link to the Obesity Action Coalition Web site. Do you have an additional question about causes of obesity, bariatric…

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March means the first day of Spring!

03/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

We all associate the spring season with different things: spring cleaning, better weather,etc. However, for me it means INDIANA STATE PARKS! I did not grow up here in Indiana. I grew up way out in the country in Ohio and moved to Florida at 17. I me meet my wonderful husband of 30 years (an Indianapolis native) in Florida and spent 24 of those years listening to him tell me about the most amazing places on Earth: Brown County State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Turkey Run State Park,…

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Mindfulness

03/04/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

"Hey Dad, where are you going?” My youngest child’s voice brought me back to the present after I had driven past the road to his guitar lesson. My mind was clearly not on the present. Instead of safely focusing on the road and taking full advantage of the time with my son, I was preoccupied. As you prepare for bariatric surgery, you may hear our psychologists, dieticians and other staff talk about the importance of “mindful eating.” If you focus solely on your meal, you are…

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A Handful of Community

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Participating in community-oriented health activities is my favorite way to keep fitness a part of my lifestyle. There are plenty of ways you can stay involved with others, give back to the community, and appreciate the resources that we have available to us. It is such a great feeling when you work with others to stay healthy and most of the time it never actually feels like a workout! Here are some of my favorite ways to get involved: 1. Charity Fitness What better way to get healthy than doing…

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I love my job!!!

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Those are the words I’ve been spreading these past few weeks to my colleagues at Clarian Bariatrics. Those of you who are reading this post are the reason I come to work each and every day. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from many of you about your personal struggles, successes and wow moments. We’ve discussed your weight loss procedures, weight loss support system, obesity related problems, questions about bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, gastric banding, support groups, free…

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February Gastric Band Support Group Recap, Part II

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Here are few more recipe modification tips that were discussed at last month's gastric band support group. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions about nutrition after weight loss surgery or bariatric weight loss surgery. EGGS: The purpose of eggs in a recipe is to provide leavening, color, texture, flavor and richness, bind ingredients together and act as a thickener. Substitute two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg. SALT: The purpose of salt…

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How the Bariatric Process Works

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered how the bariatric process works? Then check out this educational video starring Samer Mattar, MD, for a brief overview of the weight loss surgery process. If you have additional questions about causes of obesity, Indiana Weight Loss or Indianapolis Bariatric Centers and the costs of bariatric weight loss surgery then join us at an upcoming informational seminar. Simply click on the photo at the top right of this page to sign up! 

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More Questions

03/02/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Over the past few weeks I've discussed some common questions patients have after weight loss surgery, and I'd like to add a few more to the list: Can I walk up stairs after bariatric surgery? Absolutely, yes. If you are able to walk up stairs before surgery you can walk up them after surgery. Not a problem. Can my family be with me in the hospital before surgery? When you are waiting for surgery you are allowed to have 2-3 people in the pre-op area with you. They can stay with you until they…

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Keeping It Hidden, Part V

03/02/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Think about it for a moment. Your family has known you forever as you are. After weight loss surgery they are not sure if you are still you. You do not look like you anymore. Some feel they have lost the old you, and they have to learn to know and love the new you. It can wreck havoc on your life if you do not play an aggressive role in learning to deal with the process. I encourage support groups, buddy systems and talking to others who have had bariatric surgery. My life is better now than before,…

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