bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

Self-Healer Stories: Blogger LYN’s Fight for Quality of Life

03/12/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Lyn isn't associated in any way with Clarian North, or Clarian Health, so I might get in trouble for posting her story (blame this ignorance on me being an intern and a huge supporter of personal blogs). But, she's an award-winning blogger---who is also a mom fighting obesity. She's got grit, she's real, and she's working really, really hard to make herself healthy. That alone should give her words the right to be reposted here for you to read them. In her controversial March…

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Self-Healer Stories: KRISTEN’s Story: Part Two

03/11/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Story by Kristen Clark, collected by contributors Erin Light and Terri Hohlt   An airplane seatbelt, my dream car, and a half marathon—this is my story… Part Two: A New Set of Wheels By February of 2009, I had lost around 75 pounds. I was very happy with my progress, but was starting to get frustrated. Losing 75 pounds was hard work! It is not easy to follow the lifestyle changes that come with a Roux-En-Y procedure, and I felt like I needed to celebrate my progress somehow. I had…

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Daily Inspiration by Katie Jay

03/10/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Find the answers inside you: Let’s face it; many of us had Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) because we were desperate to be healthy and productive. We wanted to chase our kids, grocery shop without the “go cart,” or sit comfortably in a theatre seat. Now that you are smaller, you have different needs. You feel restless, but you don’t know what you want. Know that the solution resides inside of you. Your smaller inner voice knows what you need to do differently, knows what you are…

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Preventing Foodborne Illness after Bariatric Surgery

03/09/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

After bariatric surgery, eating and drinking can be challenge for a few days, and for some, a few weeks. Preventing foodborne illness or food poisoning is critical. Symptoms of food poisonings--vomiting and diarrhea--increase the risk of dehydration and damage to your newly-formed pouch or the placement of the gastric band. You can prevent food poisoning from bacteria and viruses by following four simple steps when you prepare food: Clean: Wash your hands and clean surfaces that touch food often.…

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Clarian North Patient Shares Story of Change with Indianapolis Star

03/08/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I love reading stories about our patients. Angela is a true self-healer. At 34, she has really turned her life around, and with the help of her post-weight loss surgery regimine, her supportive mom and sister, and her own motivation to reach her healthy weight goal, she's not slowing down! She shares a lot of her worries and concerns during her journey in this article that are very relatable and honest. Here's a teaser from the article on the Indianapolis Star website: "About 12 years ago,…

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Weekly Wrap-up: HALT, A Great Four-Letter Word

03/06/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

It's been a busy week full of acronyms and advice about setting goals. And while all of this can help us to move towards a great future, I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that the present is usually what trips us up. Blogger Marissa Beck over at has written a great article about her here-and-now way to prevent self-sabotage when her goals are at stake: the acronym, "HALT!" The full article is here, but first, have a little teaser: "Imagine this. You’re home…

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Meal Planning: Plan Your Week of Meals!

03/05/2010 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

One key to bariatric success is planning! Meals, fluids, and exercise need to be scheduled each day. If you don’t plan, you will be more likely to make poor choices due to eating on the run. Get started today, not tomorrow. Any plan is better than no plan. Make it cost-effective by planning around the latest sales if you can. Use the blank food plan as your guide. Look each day in your week and decide how much time you have. (ie. Quick breakfast on work days, simple dinners for game nights,…

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Setting Goals: KRISTEN’S STORY: Part One

03/04/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Here's a real story of an inspiring goal-setter named Kristen, a bariatric surgery patient (and nurse) who offered to share her journey with us through our blog contributors, Erin Light and Terri Hohlt.   Story by Kristen Clark An airplane seatbelt, my dream car, and a half marathon at Disney World—this is my story… Part One: Up in the Air I started my weight loss journey in the spring of 2008 when I was fortunate enough to fly to Atlanta for a work conference. The trip was…

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Daily Inspiration by Katie Jay

03/03/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Move forward with optimism: Practice an optimistic outlook – a hopeful and eager view to multiply your chances of success. Optimism puts into play a powerful source on your behalf. Even with life is hard, know that nothing lasts forever. As you have heard before, “This too shall pass.” It’s easy to get discouraged when you have had a lot of practice being discouraged. But now it’s time to practice optimism. Action for the day: Pay attention to your thoughts today. When…

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Article from OH Magazine regarding making your goals SMART…

03/02/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I recently read an article in the OH Magazine about making your goals SMART, written by Cathy Wilson, ACC, CLC. The idea is to adapt the term SMART and using it with our weight loss goals. S= Specific - ex: I want to get back on track by not grazing, drinking 64 oz. of water and eating 60-80 grams of protein each day. M = Measurable - ex: Track the days you did not graze, when you reached your goal of 64 oz. of water along with your protein intake. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage…

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