Three Reasons Some Longer-term Post-Ops Don’t Attend Surgical Support Group

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated. In the first part of this blog series, I expressed the sentiment that I...



Diets – They’re Complicated.

You would never think that writing three blog posts about diet would be hard. Especially since this is more or less my profession, and I am rarely at a loss for words when it comes to talking about nutrition. But when you get right down to it, diet –...



The Dynamics of Surgical Support Group from a Longer-term Patient Perspective

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated.  In my last blog post, I told you that I, as a longer-term...



The Life-long Journey – Bringing Long-term Bariatric Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

My name is Nikki Massie, and as I write this, I am five years, eight months and 18 days post-op from gastric bypass surgery. And because I know that this information is customarily paired with success statistics, I have the following to offer: The day I walked into St....



Why We Do What We Do: A Look back at the 2013 Convention – Part 2

I loved taking a walk down memory lane in my first Blog shared last week, especially when it comes to the planning and set-up of what is one of the most inspiring events I’ve had the privilege to be part of. With the Convention being an annual event, we...



The Paleolithic Diet

Here is the basic question: “Would you be healthier (or fitter or thinner) if you ate like a cave man?” Sometimes called the “Paleo” or “”Primal” diet, this concept actually emerged in the 1970s but has gained popular momentum today as the trend of high-protein/low carb continues and the...



Why We Do What We Do: A Look back at the 2013 Convention – Part 1

It was 7:15 am on Monday, August 12, and Joe Nadglowski, OAC President/CEO, and myself were traveling out to Phoenix for the OAC’s 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention. Joe and I traveled out on the very early flight to Convention, while the rest of our team took...



Low-fat Diets

Low-fat diets came into popularity in the 1970s and 1980s on the idea that fat would make you fat and cause heart disease. Consumer books like the Scarsdale Diet and Pritikin Diet fanned the fuels of the fire and eventually thousands of individuals were seeking to reduce the amount...



NEW Blog Series – What’s in a diet?

Join Us Next Week for a New OAC Blog Series, ”What’s in a diet?” They go by a hundred different names – “Low Fat,” “Low Carb,” “High Protein,” “Atkins,” “Pritikin,” “Zone,” “Mediterranean,” “Okinawan,” “Blood Type,” “Gluten Free,” and many, many more. Despite their differences they all claim to be the...



Exercise – YES YOU CAN! Part III

Welcome to part three; last month I focused on months four – six and ramping up your movement and play time!  We now continue… Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider. Months Seven – Nine (and beyond) - First thing to do is figure out...



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