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Don’t fall for a “quick fix!”

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Obesity is a growing epidemic in Indiana and many of us are looking for the “quick fix” for our disease. I know first hand what it feels like to be morbidly obese, and to be terrified of how to get my weight under control. I have a 45 minute drive to work each morning, and I was flabbergasted at the amount of weight loss pill commercials I heard in that time frame. I counted five different types of ads for the quick fix weight loss pill. We all have different circumstances of why we have…

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Spring Cleaning: Inside and Out

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Are you feeling the spring bug? Are you itching for sunshine, flowers and warm breezes? Me too. Every spring I start my spring cleaning from the inside out. I know, you think what is she talking about? You know those cobwebs that gather on our unused treadmill, sewing machine and stationary bike. They gather in our minds and hearts as well. The springtime is a perfect time to start over, clean out the old and face the new. March is Women’s Health Month. When is the last time you visited your…

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Nerves, the good kind

03/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This week has been a big one. I wrapped up midterms earlier in the week (just two more months and I officially have my MBA!), we are moving our marketing offices today (gotta love new beginnings) and tomorrow I will run my first competitive 10K in more than five years. I'm not good with change. I never have been, and probably never will be. With the three things I mentioned all happening in one week, I have been a ball of nerves since Sunday night, and I don't see it stopping until I cross…

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The Art (Not Science) of the Gastric Band Adjustment

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I think the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is a fantastic tool to combat morbid obesity. I have the pleasure of working with our post-operative gastric band patients and, along with our dieticians, helping to determine when a patient needs an adjustment to provide more, or less, restriction from their band. To me, the science is in the surgery, the art is in the adjustment. Each patient is an individual and has unique expectations when it comes to their band. I have a few patients who have…

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Roll Out the Rewards

03/05/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Creating a rewards system for yourself gives you that extra motivation to keep moving forward despite the struggles that come up. Examine your goals and find little benchmarks in your program that you can reward yourself for achieving. For example, if time has always been your issue, try setting a goal to make it to the gym at least four days every week for a month. Then make a list of things you have been wanting to do or wanting to buy yourself (big and small things) and keep it along with your…

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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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