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My Diet Is Not Working Nov 2nd, 2021

Dieting is popular. About one-third of the population is on a diet at any given time. It can be especially frustrating to try so hard, only to lose a little bit of weight and then gain it back and maybe even more. If you’re one of the many who isn’t...

When to See a Specialist About Heartburn Oct 6th, 2021

Over 15 million Americans have symptoms of heartburn every day, and 60 million of the US population experience it at least once a month. So, if you suffer from symptoms of this condition, you aren’t alone.  Whether you have mild or severe heartburn, you should come see us at The...

5 Reasons to Consider Weight Loss Surgery Sep 6th, 2021

Do you have a lot of weight to lose but don’t know where to start? We understand. Dr. Scott Stowers leads our team at The Bariatric Experts, providing weight loss surgeries to help you achieve your goals.  When you come in to meet with our team, we evaluate your health,...

5 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery (daVinci) Aug 10th, 2021

The popularity of minimally invasive surgery continues to grow as more surgeons are trained and as the technology becomes more available. It is being dubbed as “a new weapon” for fighting obesity.  At The Bariatric Experts, Dr. Scott Stowers leads our team in minimally invasive surgery using the daVinci® Xi...

Why Is Fiber Important for Weight Control? Jul 13th, 2021

Losing as little as 5% of your body weight can make a big difference in your body, improving health problems and helping you feel better, too. At The Bariatric Experts in Frisco, Denton, and Abilene, Texas, Dr. Scott Stowers leads our expert team in weight loss and weight control. We...

Will Medical Weight Loss Help Me in My Weight Loss Journey? Jun 30th, 2021

Did you know that almost 37% of American adults are obese and close to 33% are overweight? Obesity and being overweight can lead to serious health issues when ignored.  We understand that losing weight on your own can be difficult. That’s why we suggest a medical weight loss plan. It...

Can a Gastric Sleeve Surgery Improve Your Energy? May 26th, 2021

Being overweight can affect your body negatively in many ways. However, when you make the choice to lose weight and take action, the end result can greatly benefit your health. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or if your BMI is between 35 and...

Foods To Avoid if You Suffer from GERD Apr 21st, 2021

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) develops when acid in your stomach travels back into the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach. The result? Irritation to the lining of your esophagus.  This condition affects about 20% of America’s population, but that percentage could decrease simply by knowing which foods to...

Am I a Good Candidate for Gastric Bypass? Mar 1st, 2021

People who are obese, as in those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, are at increased risk for many serious health conditions, including: High blood pressure High LDL (bad) and low HDL (good) cholesterol High triglyceride levels Type 2 diabetes Coronary artery disease Vein disease...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jan 11th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

The Bariatric Experts Now Offers Telemedicine Apr 28th, 2020

Most Americans have distanced themselves socially to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. However, for many, being in quarantine for extended periods of time can lead to boredom binges! This may be a good time to contemplate weight loss options like bariatric surgery. To counter the spread of infectious disease, but continue...

Diabetes and COVID-19 Apr 13th, 2020

The United States – and the world – is currently battling a pandemic. The coronavirus has taken over virtually every aspect of life for just about everyone, but there are some people who may be more vulnerable than others to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control...

Boosting Your Immune System Mar 30th, 2020

Many people rely upon supplements to build their immune system. A lot of these supplements do provide vitamins and minerals and can help strengthen the immune system. However, absorbing these nutrients from natural sources proves to be the best way to boost overall health. Ultimately, diet is an essential way of building...

March is National Nutrition Month Mar 11th, 2020

March is National Nutrition Month, and it is a time for individuals to recognize how important it is to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Nutrition is essential because food is what provides the body with the energy and nutrients necessary to live a healthy life. Managing proper nutrition is also required...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb 20th, 2020

Now more than ever, society seems to put a lot of pressure on individuals to maintain a particular physical image. There is so much pressure that some people resort to starving themselves to fit in. From February 24th through March 1st, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) would like to spread awareness...

Sleep and Weight Gain Feb 13th, 2020

Losing weight can be difficult. Consistently sticking to a healthy diet and having a regular exercise regimen doesn’t always come as second nature to some people. But diet and exercise aren’t the only things that need attention for weight loss. Many people argue that the most important thing someone can...

Sugar and Diabetes Jan 28th, 2020

For years, people have touted the widely popular theory that sugar can cause diabetes types one and two. While the United States has seen diabetes cases rise dramatically from 1990 through 2010 (cases have tripled), the link between the disease and sugar consumption isn’t valid. The fact is, obesity is one of the biggest...

Thyroid Awareness Month Jan 9th, 2020

The New Year has officially begun, and this month is National Thyroid Awareness Month. January is a time for understanding what the thyroid is, how it functions in the body, and why it is essential for good health. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating weight levels. Facts About the...

Restaurant Healthy Dining Tips Dec 17th, 2019

During the holidays, dining in restaurants is fun, sociable, and it gives us a break from the kitchen. However, eating out in a restaurant can negatively influence a person’s diet. Studies suggest that people are more likely to steer from their diets and make poor food choices at restaurants. They...

Healthy Holiday Meal Tips Dec 13th, 2019

Holidays can be hard on the waistline, so altering holiday meal recipes to reduce their calorie and fat content is a good idea. While it is said that people on average only gain one or two extra pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, that excess weight tends to stay...

Holiday Weight Gain Nov 25th, 2019

During the holidays, it is even more challenging to focus on weight loss goals. Some may see the fall and winter seasons as their reward time after slimming down for the summer, so they loosen up their diet and exercise plans. Add in the unhealthy foods which are typically served at...

Inflammation and Weight Gain Nov 14th, 2019

People sometimes find that despite dieting, exercise, and commitment to losing weight, the results are less than desired. In these cases, the problem may be inflammation. White blood cells produce substances that battle viral and bacterial infections in the body. The result is called inflammation, and it also hinders weight loss...

No Gym Weight Loss Oct 31st, 2019

Weight loss can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. No matter how much effort is put in, it may not always feel the desired results are achieved. For those who are disabled or have trouble getting to the gym, weight loss can be especially difficult. Some individuals may not be...

Some Health Foods Are Fattening Oct 9th, 2019

Dieting can be tricky. When the goal is to lose weight, what may work for one person may not work for someone else. But one thing is sure, a healthy diet is an essential factor for weight loss. Many foods are packed with metabolism-boosting energy, and others have the protein needed for...

Symptoms of Obesity Sep 29th, 2019

Obesity in America has been on the rise for decades. It is responsible for many dangerous health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Doctors diagnose obesity by using the body mass index (BMI), which is essentially a calculation using a person’s height and weight as variables. Doctors will determine...

Weight Loss Supplement Risks Sep 5th, 2019

Some people who are seeking to quickly drop pounds will turn to weight loss pills or over the counter weight loss supplements to get the ball rolling. Taking healthy dietary supplements is considered to be a simple, sensible lifestyle change that is easy and cost-effective, however, the key word is HEALTHY. There...

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables Jul 29th, 2019

Not to be confused with the buzzword ‘superfood,’ powerhouse fruits and vegetables are those that contain a dense amount of multiple vitamins and minerals that maintain weight and fight off disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has comprised a list of these powerhouse foods containing 17 essential...

Obesity and Chronic Pain Jul 1st, 2019

As if there weren’t enough reasons to lose weight, consider the fact that, from mild to severe, people struggling with obesity are also suffering from the ongoing physical pain that comes with it. Excess weight is something that the body has to carry 24 hours a day, and many people...

Bariatric Lab Tests Jun 6th, 2019

It is natural for patients to want to know everything they can before and after weight loss surgery, so their surgeon will make sure to provide the necessary information for these procedures. Part of the process is having appropriate lab testing done before the surgery, and to continue utilizing the...

Obesity, Cancer – and Millenials Apr 30th, 2019

Conditions such as diabetes and heart disease have been associated with obesity for a long time. Surprisingly, Cancer hasn’t received as much attention in its connection to obesity, even though it happens to be one of the most common causes of death in the United States. Scientific research has already proven there...

Whole Grain Quinoa Meatballs Apr 23rd, 2019

Whole Grain Quinoa Meatballs Ingredients 1 lb 90% or leaner ground beef or mix half ground turkey ¾ cup cooked quinoa (frozen or from scratch) ¼ cup diced onion ¼ cup grated carrot ¼ cup grated zucchini 2 tbsp. low sugar ketchup 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp. low sodium...

Greek Spaghetti Squash Bowls Apr 23rd, 2019

Greek Spaghetti Squash Bowls Recipe type: dinner Prep time: 30 mins Serves: 4-6 Cook time: 10 mins   Total time: 40 mins   From Fit Mitten Kitchen, here are Greek Spaghetti Squash Bowls packed full with red peppers, onion, artichokes, Greek seasoned ground turkey, and topped with feta for a satisfying, low carb...

Protein Loaded Brown Rice Cakes Apr 23rd, 2019

Yields: 1 Serving Ingredients: 1 Brown rice cake 2 Tbsp. low fat plain Greek Yogurt ½ scoopful protein powder or about 1 tbsp. Sweetener is optional if using unflavored protein powder or Greek Yogurt (try sugar-free maple syrup) ½ banana, sliced 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or ground flaxseed 1 tsp....

High Protein Breakfast Ideas Apr 23rd, 2019

Smoked Salmon Avocado Sweet Potato Toast 22g protein, 292 calories, 12g fat, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 7g sugar   1/2 Medium Sweet Potato 1/4 Avocado 2 oz Smoked Salmon 1 fried or poached egg 1 tsp chopped red onion   Croque Madame Toast 21 g protein, 262 calories, 13g fat,...

Medical Tourism Mar 3rd, 2019

Medical tourism refers to people traveling to a country other than their own to obtain medical treatment. Recently, traveling out of the United States for weight loss surgery has become a topic for discussion. Some patients are willing to take this chance in hopes of lower prices for a procedure to...

What are Hunger Hormones? Jan 30th, 2019

GHRELIN vs. LEPTIN: How Bariatric Surgery Affects Hunger Hormones The brain and body work together to either increase or decrease the desire for food consumption using what are referred to as hunger hormones. These are amino acids which alter a person’s interest in food consumption and can also have both...

Post-Op: What to Expect Jan 17th, 2019

What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery Succesful Starting Tips The first 1-2 weeks after surgery are arguably the most challenging. The transition back into employment and personal routine can be somewhat difficult, so doctors recommend allowing time to gradually create a positive lifestyle change. During this time, diet and exercise should not...

New Year, New YOU! Jan 11th, 2019

New Year, New YOU! It is no surprise that the #1 New Year’s Resolution is – you guessed it – lose weight. Doing it right is the best way to ensure success so that next year, a brand new resolution can take its place! Weight loss goal: CHECK! Here are...

Ricotta Bake Dec 11th, 2018

Yield: 1 pan Ready in 30 minutes Courtesy of https://www.geniuskitchen.com Ingredients Nutrition 8 ounces lower fat ricotta cheese 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon italian seasoning salt & pepper 1⁄2 cup marinara sauce 1⁄2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese Directions Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan, beaten egg, seasonings together and place in a oven...

Bariatric and Weight Loss Apps Nov 28th, 2018

Specific Apps for Bariatric Patients As the saying goes, “There’s an APP for that!” and weight loss is no exception. When it comes to weight loss and bariatric surgery, there is a plethora of apps from which to choose. Navigating the maze to find the one which best suits you can...

Food Intolerances Post-Surgery Nov 27th, 2018

It is not uncommon for patients to experience food intolerances after having bariatric surgery, especially during the months when “regular” foods are being incorporated back into their diet. Setting realistic expectations and making careful food choices will help avoid most discomfort. Know what defines a “normal” food intolerance, and learn which...

Healthier Curried Chicken Salad with Apples Oct 31st, 2018

We swapped out the mayonnaise and salad dressing for a lower fat version of the classic chicken salad. Servings: 5Calories 236Created by: Christel Oerum from Diabetesstrong.com Ingredients:1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt1 tbsp. tahini4 tsp. curry powder1 tsp. ground cinnamon½ tsp. salt¼ tsp. pepper1 lb. Chicken breast, cooked, diced1 granny smith...

Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas Oct 31st, 2018

Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 25 minutesTotal Time 40 minutesServings 12 people (1 per person)Calories 154 kcal Ingredients:1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil1 large onion choppedsalt and black pepper to taste2 cloves garlic minced or 2 tsp. garlicpowder1 tsp. ground cumin2 tsp. chili powder2 tsp. smoked paprika¾ cup red cabbage, diced3 c. Chicken, cooked, shredded2 (10 oz)...

Gestational Diabetes Oct 30th, 2018

What is Gestational Diabetes? November is National Diabetes Month, and NIDDK (The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease) has chosen “Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)” as their theme for 2018. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is diabetes in women which occurs during pregnancy and is defined as a “carbohydrate intolerance leading...

Relationships and Weight Loss Oct 3rd, 2018

Relationships and Weight Loss Navigating a weight loss journey, especially bariatric weight loss, is difficult for the person trying to lose weight, but many people don’t realize how it affects their partner. There can be misunderstandings that lead to heated discussions, which creates additional stress for everyone. Managing weight is a...

September is “Better Breakfast Month” Sep 28th, 2018

September is “Better Breakfast Month” Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it is also the most important meal of the Month in September. Yes, Fall is here and we have football, pumpkin carving and the brilliant colors of Autumn leaves on our minds, but it’s...

Get Creative with Greek Yogurt Aug 30th, 2018

Marinate Chicken and Fish with Greek Yogurt Combine yogurt, lemon peel and juice, oregano, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use Dijon mustard as optional flavor. Put the chicken into a dish and spread about 1/2 cup yogurt over the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Swirl Greek Yogurt into Soups Greek yogurt can...

The Obalon Balloon System Aug 27th, 2018

The Obalon Balloon System is a perfect option for those who are considering a weight loss procedure, but aren’t sure if surgery is the answer. To help patients lose weight, the Obalon Balloon System offers the first and only FDA Approved swallowable, non-surgical balloon system to facilitate weight loss. What is The...

Bariatric Surgery Diet Jul 5th, 2018

The Bariatric Surgery Diet and Your Family  Following a restricted diet after bariatric surgery is already an alteration from the patient’s regular routine. But it gets even more complicated when there are other people in the household who are not on a bariatric diet and are used to having their cake...

Parmesan Crisps May 20th, 2018

Eating right is part of our post-bariatric surgery weight loss plan. Michelle Pollock, our Dietitian, recommends these tasty Parmesan Cheese Crisps inspired by VeryWellFit.com as a tasty, yet healthy, snack. Michelle’s version does not use any oil in the preparation, a nonstick baking pan or nonstick Silpat baking sheet will do the trick so the cheese won’t...

Kitchen Gadgets for Weight Loss May 17th, 2018

Kitchen Gadgets for Weight Loss Kitchen gadgets for weight loss can be found in kitchen specialty stores, online, in specialty household stores and discount super centers. They will range from complicated and expensive to simple and affordable. We have put together a list of the latter to include practical items that no bariatric...

Quality Protein Supplements Apr 21st, 2018

Quality Protein is Key! Forms of Protein Protein supplements come in many different forms. There are 2 very common types of proteins; whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Products can have one or the other, or a combination of the two. If you are lactose intolerant, you may tolerate...

Veggie Marinades & Recipes Apr 21st, 2018

Healthy Vegetable Marinades and Recipes Incorporating healthy vegetable marinades and recipes into your diet is easier when they are prepared properly and have a zesty flavor. As part of the Life After Bariatric Surgery healthy diet plan, try these tips and marinades to give your vegetables an extra zing! 1st tip: Don’t boil vegetables....

Reach Your Protein Goals Apr 20th, 2018

Why Our Bodies Need Protein Protein is essential after weight loss surgery and plays a critical role in the body. It is a requirement! The body does NOT store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. How Protein Helps the Body Protein...

Spring Veggies are Here! Apr 10th, 2018

Avocados These green Tex-Mex favorites are nutrient dense in many vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, C, and potassium. They also contain healthy fats. One serving is ¼ of an avocado, which provides 60 calories – so enjoy these in moderation! Store cut avocados with the pit inside, and coat...

Why Buy from a local Farmers Market? Mar 21st, 2018

Why Buy from a local Farmers Market? Each year, March is designated as National Nutrition Month. This year’s motto for National Nutrition Month 2018 is “Go Further With food.” This means making our best effort to achieve the numerous benefits of healthy eating habits, choose the right foods and help reduce...

Baked Radish and Beet Chips Mar 8th, 2018

Oven Baked Radish and Beet Chips Beet Chips are packed with anti-oxidants and have a plethora of health benefits. They are great for your heart, can help improve your blood pressure and increase stamina. Get into the habit of keeping this delicious Oven-Baked Radish and Beet Chip snack handy to stave off hunger. READY...

Apple Cider Protein Shake Mar 8th, 2018

Creamy Apple Cider Protein Shake Make this delicious Apple Cider Protein Shake for a healthy and filling treat when you’re on-the-go! Ingredients 1/2 cup skim milk 1 packet of sugar-free spiced apple cider powder 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp. of Stevia or Splenda sugar-free sweetener (optional) 1/2 cup ice...

Apple Pie Protein Shake Mar 8th, 2018

This protein shake fro our Dietician, Michelle Pollock, is better than Thanksgiving Day! When you get a hankering for apple pie, here’s a healthy twist that satisfies any craving. Ingredients 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein (Try our Bariatric Advantage Protein Powder!) 1/2 Cup Apple or Applesauce 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract ½-1 tsp Pumpkin...

Obesity and Kidney Disease Mar 7th, 2018

March is National Kidney Month, and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is reminding Americans to be aware of their risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Over 30 million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease and some are not even aware of their condition because symptoms may not appear until the disease advances....

Cauliflower Cheesy Breadsticks Feb 24th, 2018

Ingredients Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 Total Time: 30 min 1 large head of cauliflower or 1 bag of store bought rice cauliflower½ cup + ¾ (for topping) part-skim Mozzarella cheese and Fiesta Blend Cheese (or another favorite yellow cheese blend)¼ cup egg whites OR 2 large eggs1 tsp...

Eating Clean for Weight Loss Feb 20th, 2018

Eating Clean for Weight Loss These days, it is next to impossible to walk past a magazine rack in the grocery store without reading headlines promoting articles about Clean Eating and Clean Living. Caloric intake should still be watched, even when eating clean. However, this nutrition option is a helpful path toward achieving healthy weight...

How to Pay for Bariatric Surgery Feb 6th, 2018

Does Insurance Cover Bariatric Surgery? After the decision has been made to explore weight loss surgery, the next question we are commonly asked is, “Does insurance cover Bariatric Surgery?” If cash payment is not an option, the good news is that insurance will often cover various types of weight loss procedures. What...

What Causes Obesity? Jan 12th, 2018

Understanding the Causes of Obesity It is widely understood that weight gain is both genetic and environmental, but it’s also important to think of obesity from a physical and mental health standpoint.  PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CAUSES OF OBESITY Genetics: Whether it’s from mom or dad’s of the family, genetics do play a...

Evolve: Concierge-Style Service Jan 5th, 2018

The Bariatric Experts Powered by Evolve Weight Loss Experts The team here at The Bariatric Experts is thrilled to be partnering with Evolve Weight Loss Experts, and we know our patients are going to be also! Evolve is known for their concierge-style service and dedicated Patient Care Managers, who help patients determine the...

Welcome, Dr. Scott Stowers! Jan 3rd, 2018

Dr. Scott Stowers: Medical Director of The Bariatric Experts We at The Bariatric Experts would like to take the time to welcome our new Medical Director, Dr. Scott Stowers! Dr. Stowers is a board-certified surgeon and is recognized as a top gastric sleeve specialist in Texas. His focus is to...

Setting Weight Loss Resolutions Dec 31st, 2017

How to Set New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions, That You’ll Actually Keep 2018 is mere inches away, and along with New Year’s celebrations come New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss resolutions this time of year are quite common, as are plans for getting healthy in general. To keep up with good intentions,instead...

Eating Healthy at Restaurants Dec 13th, 2017

Tips on Healthy Eating at any Restaurant  Dieting at a restaurant can be tough when you’re trying lose weight. Most of the food is packed with butter, cheese, bacon, deep fried and served with ranch. After all, this IS Texas. You can still enjoy healthy eating in your dining experience...

Bariatric Advantage Vitamins Dec 13th, 2017

Bariatric Advantage Vitamins Bariatric Advantage Vitamins for Pre and Post-Op offer a comprehensive line of vitamins for weight loss, as well as nutrition products that are specifically formulated to meet the needs of patients who have undergone weight loss surgical procedures. Ideally, the best way for the body to get the...

Staying Weight Loss Motivated Dec 12th, 2017

Weight Loss Motivation Tips for When You Feel Like Giving Up Weight loss is not only a journey, it is a challenge. With the right mentality and support, your goals to live a healthier happier lifestyle are within reach. There will be many factors that can potentially discourage you from...

Diet vs Lifestyle Change Dec 12th, 2017

The Difference Between a Diet and a Lifestyle Change  Dieting is when one temporarily changes eating habits to promote weight loss. On the contrary, a lifestyle change is when someone adopts healthy overall habits which encourage long-term weight control and consistent health. In addition, diets focus on food intake, while...

Weight Loss Resolutions Dec 12th, 2017

How to Prepare for Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution  If you are like many others who are planning for a New Year’s weight loss resolution, you should consider consulting one of our Bariatric Surgeons. We all know how difficult it is to make a lifestyle change overnight. At The Bariatric Experts, we...

Surgery Misconceptions Dec 6th, 2017

Common Weight Loss Surgery Misconceptions There are many weight loss surgery misconceptions that can dissuade one from getting help when needed. With the obesity rate as high as it is in the United States, many people consider weight loss surgery. If you may be having any doubts about Bariatric surgery,...

Surprise Weight Loss Benefits Nov 27th, 2017

Many benefits attributed to weight loss surgery are already well known. It is common knowledge that high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and Type 2 Diabetes improve after a significant weight loss due to procedures like the Gastric Sleeve. But other, less obvious, perks will also come to light once those pounds are shed. There will be “Aha” moments...

Healthy Holiday Favorites Nov 24th, 2017

During the holidays, it can be difficult to have a family feast while keeping nutritional value in mind. Luckily, there are plenty of low-calorie holiday recipes for the table this year. Yes, healthy holiday alternatives are available without having to forego traditional holiday favorites. After all, it’d be a shame...

Seasonal Affective Disorder Nov 21st, 2017

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Weight Gain When skies turn grey in the winter, our moods can follow suit. This is often due to the effects of a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Referred to by the acronym “SAD”, Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a simple case of the winter blues....

Alcohol & Holiday Weight Gain Nov 17th, 2017

It’s that special time of year when families gather to enjoy a Holiday feast, but it is also time to watch out for weight gain from alcohol consumption. During the holiday season, beverages like butterscotch rum and bourbon eggnog will often pour freely. But before indulging, consider the potential for alcohol weight gain....

Thanksgiving Diet Tips Nov 8th, 2017

The Holidays are lurking like The Grinch waiting for his chance to steal the Roast Beast! It’s wise to plan ahead and avoid the potential for holiday weight gain. Even after having weight loss surgery,Thanksgiving Diet temptations are everywhere. It’s not easy when there are cookies at the office, holiday party buffets every...

Low Carbohydrate Diet Nov 1st, 2017

Following A Low Carbohydrate Diet After Surgery Written by Michelle Pollock, RD, LD Modifying your diet is crucial to long-term successful weight loss after surgery. As a bariatric dietitian, I stress the importance of getting adequate protein each and every day. As you transition to making protein the most important...

Weight Loss for Pregnancy Oct 13th, 2017

Why Lose Weight for Pregnancy? There is already considerable pressure on women who are struggling with excess pounds, and adding the need to achieve weight loss for pregnancy only exacerbates their anxiety. But, studies of Obesity and fertility indicate that being overweight can hinder a woman’s ability to become pregnant. For women desiring...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Oct 7th, 2017

Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most often seen nutritional deficits after gastric bypass surgery, especially the Roux-en-Y procedure. Therefore, B12 supplements are a necessary component to obtaining a well-rounded bariatric diet. Because the liver stores a few years worth of B12, signs of deficiency may not arise until several years after...

Healthy Veggie Marinades Oct 6th, 2017

12 Creative Marinades to Enhance Veggies 1st tip: Don’t boil vegetables. This causes essential nutrients to leach out into the water and where most is lost. 2nd tip: Limit the amount of butter or oil being added to veggies. 3rd tip: Get creative! Try different colored veggies. You never know...

Muffin Tin Meals Oct 6th, 2017

Perfectly Portioned, low carb recipes are the ticket for maintaining a healthy diet for everyone – not just bariatric surgery weight loss patients. From Veggie Wonton Cups to Italian Spaghetti Squash Cups, these easy to make snacks are portable and ready to pop-in-your-mouth! Calories: 137; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat:...

Nutrition Facts Labels Sep 26th, 2017

Nutrition Facts Labels can be a mystery to unravel once we get past the calorie content and serving size, then delve further into the various fat content, carbohydrates, vitamins and nutrients listed on the box. Becoming more aware of what is in the food we eat is an essential component...

Binge Eating Disorder Sep 21st, 2017

Binge Eating Disorder, also known as “BED”, is a dangerous eating disorder evidenced by frequent bouts of consuming considerable amounts of food at one sitting. During a binge, sensations of losing control, feelings of shame, sadness, or remorse are common. There is often such fast consumption of food that it causes...

Non Surgical Weight Loss Aug 31st, 2017

Non surgical weight loss options are safer and more effective than ever before. Typically, people who are considering a non surgical weight loss procedure are tired of the “yo-yo dieting” cycle of losing, then re-gaining the weight. However, they are often hesitant to choose surgical methods. Given that gastric surgery has risks,...

Improve Quality of Life Aug 31st, 2017

When considering surgery for weight loss, many questions come to mind. In addition to deciding which surgical option is right for you, whether it be gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, or a gastric balloon procedure, possibly the most compelling thought is, “What will my life be like once the surgery is done,...

High Protein Snacks Aug 25th, 2017

Cucumber Sandwiches 5-8 g protein Fill with: Deli ham or turkey and cheese Low fat cream cheese & sliced turkey Sliced tomato & tuna Hummus Dippers 6.7 g protein 1/3 cup hummus ½ cup of carrot, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, and asparagus Bean and Cheese Burrito 8.4 g protein 1-2...

Can GERD Be Cured? Jul 14th, 2017

Understanding GERD & Its Treatment Options Sixty percent of adults in the United States will experience acid reflux disease, and many suffer from symptoms on a daily or weekly basis. Around seven million people in the US have some form of this condition and may self-diagnose or try to control acid reflux...