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The Importance of Mindful Relaxation

08/13/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Although I promote a lot of physical activity, I’m a big believer in relaxation as well. Taking time to relax and wind down in just as important to your health as any form of exercise. Relaxation plays a big role in your mental and physical abilities. It helps you recharge so you can maintain mental processes like concentration and awareness as well as your physical energy. It helps you emotionally “reframe” your thoughts and studies have shown it to reduce the effects of stress…

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Are you sleeping well?

08/12/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Did you know that lack of sleep can be related to weight gain? According to the July/August 2009 issue of WebMD magazine, women sleeping five or fewer hours per night are 32 percent more likely to gain weight. One study showed as much as 33 pounds over 16 years. They are also 15 percent more likely to become obese than women who sleep at least seven hour per night. Although a study published by Columbia University and cited in "Sleeping off the Pounds" by Holly F. Lofton, MD, in the Obesity Action…

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Recipe: Cheesy Butternut Bake

08/12/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following recipe is appropriate for liver reduction diet and post-surgery once on soft foods stage. 4 cups cubed butternut squash 2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, room temperature ¾ cup diced onion ¼ cup fat free liquid egg substitute ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp black pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash in a large microwave safe bowl with ¼ cup water. Cover and microwave for 6 minutes. Once bowl is cool enough to…

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Kids Dart. Drive Smart.

08/12/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Although this does not relate directly to weight loss surgery, as a Clarian Health entity, we wanted to take a minute to let everyone know about our annual Kids Dart. Drive Smart campaign led by Riley Hospital for Children. Pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages five to 14. According to the National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control, approximately 42,000 children were injured as pedestrians in 2007, and from 1999-2006,…

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A Big Benefit of Bariatric Surgery

08/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Previously, I wrote about how patients feel that they have an abundance of energy post operatively and part of that is of course due to their weight loss; however, another reason for such a dramatic change in energy may be in part that they are sleeping better. A more restful, sound sleep will definitely allow you to awaken feeling more refreshed, and energized. Many patients tell me they are sleeping better once they have lost weight and are surprised that their obesity affected their sleep. Then…

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The Tour De France is a Long Race

08/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The following post was written by one of my students, Eric Lester, a doctoral student from Ball State University. I was watching an annual cycling race in the past few weeks and noticed some similarities between the cycling teams in the Tour de France and the teams behind patients at Clarian Bariatrics. The similarity that is most apparent to me is that every member of the team plays a particular role. When the riders play their individual roles well the team benefits. The cycling teams are composed…

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Functional Fitness 2

08/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Think about functional fitness as way to tap into a more physically active life. While you are doing daily activities think about ways you can challenge yourself to move more. Use your muscles during everything you do! Try to build up your endurance slowly by taking it one step at a time. For example, this week park one spot farther than usual. Then next week, park the next spot farther. Then continue week after week until you park at the back of the lot every day. Those extra 500 steps per day will…

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What’s Coming Up This Week at Clarian Bariatrics?

08/10/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Whether you are a current/former patient or someone who is interested in learning more about Indiana weight loss surgery, there are tons of events happening at Clarian Bariatrics this week! Support Groups We will be having the following support groups this week! Clarian Health Cicero located at 1160 South Peru St., SR 19 in Cicero. Support group is held on the second Thursday of the month from 6 - 7 p.m. Pre-Surgery Coping Skills Group held each Thursday at the Clarian Bariatrics clinic from 4 p.m.…

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Hair Loss in the Bariatric Patient, Part II

08/08/2009 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

A patient should be concerned of a nutritional problem after bariatric surgery if any of the following occurred: Hair loss continued more than one year after surgery Hair loss started more than six months after surgery Patient has had difficulty eating and/or has not complied with supplementation Patient has shown low values of ferritin, zinc or protein on lab results Patient has had more rapid then expected weight loss Iron: Iron is the sing nutrient most highly correlated with hair loss. While…

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The Importance of Blueberries

08/08/2009 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Did you know that blueberries contain phytochemical’s anthocyanin, proanthocyanidins, flavonols and tannins, which inhibit mechanisms of cancer cell development and inflammation? Other studies have found that blueberry consumption lowered blood cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, which may decrease risk of heart disease. Half a cup or 3 ½ ounces of blueberries contain 60 calories, a very small amount of fat and protein, 2.4 grams dietary fiber, and 10 mg vitamin C. Choose fresh…

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