Bariatric Cooking – Where to Start

Choosing to have bariatric surgery, is a big step. Patients are very motivated to make multiple changes in their diet, exercise plan and entire lifestyle in order to be successful. The changes patients make in their diet can be overwhelming at times, but start slowly and find one or...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: The Beginning

Life is a journey and bariatric surgery is too! We are constantly evolving and re-inventing who we are. As a matter of fact, the name of my practice is the “New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery” because when seen in the pre-operative area so many of my patients volunteered...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Taking Control of Your Care

In my last blog post, I went over some pretty scary experiences that bariatric post-ops have had when they’ve sought treatment at emergency rooms or urgent care centers. It might surprise you to know that there are some very easy ways bariatric patients can think ahead to help ensure...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

I know the title of this blog post sounds alarmist, but a few months ago my friend Pam told me a disturbing story. Pam is six years post-op gastric bypass. Her mother and sister have also had bariatric surgery. A few months ago, Pam’s mother brought her sister to...



Part 2 – “Reality…Plan B to the rescue”

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that “Just Do It” doesn’t always work for me either. Should it? Why doesn’t it? Why is the sky blue? If I knew the answer to any of these I’d probably be sitting on a 60’ yacht out in the Caribbean sipping...



Weight Bias – It’s NOT Trendy

As editor of Your Weight Matters Magazine, I receive dozens of pitches on a daily basis for possible article topics. Earlier this week, I received a pitch with “Why is being a FAT head the trend of 2014?” as the subject line of the email. The gist of the...



NEW BLOG SERIES – Holiday Stress

“So much to do and not enough time to do it.” “I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day.” You’ve all heard of and probably even spoken these statements before.  What is it about the holidays that intensifies these and other stress-related feelings?  That’s easy….  Shopping...



Healthy “Cross-Addictions” to Food

In the first two installments (Part 1 & Part 2) of this 3-part blog series, I discussed the dangers of developing cross-addiction by substituting food with other substances like drugs and alcohol, and possible predictors of cross-addictions in patients who undergo bariatric surgery. While the risk of cross-addiction is...



Risk Factors for Cross-Addiction

In the previous blog post, I discussed the concept of cross-addiction, also termed “addiction-transfer,” particularly as it might relate to patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Alcohol and drug addictions, as well as other compulsive behaviors, are contraindications for bariatric surgery in patient eligibility screenings. While the concept of...



NEW BLOG SERIES! – What is cross addiction, and does it really exist?

Cross-addiction is a phenomenon that has been unofficially observed for some time. It is defined as the instance when one compulsive behavior is exchanged for another compulsive behavior, and is also sometimes referred to as addiction transfer. Cross-addiction has been recognized by participants of 12-step programs, such Alcoholics Anonymous,...



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