Healthy Expectations

“Magic Pill,” “No Diet and Exercise required,” “Nature’s Secret”….Enough already! There is no magic pill, and nature does not have a secret that it’s keeping from you! Throughout the years, our culture has been conditioned by deceptive advertising to believe that losing large amounts of weight can and should...



CrossFit: Know Your Program, Know Your Trainer!

CrossFit is founded on the beliefs of Greg Glassman. He states, “CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in… cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy,” . Any sport that does this will...



10 Questions with Pam Davis

As Director of Communications for the OAC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. In 2006, in the early-days of the OAC, I had the opportunity to meet Pam Davis. Well, I met her via email. She had just joined the OAC and wanted to get more...



Bariatric Cooking and Your Family

Last week, we talked about bariatric cooking, changing your lifestyle and being successful after bariatric surgery. When I talk about diets after surgery with patients, I commonly hear, “That’s great, but I can’t do this, because I have kids.” Preparing meals that fit into your plan is one thing,...



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...



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