Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight

Special Considerations Post-Baby if You are Affected by Excess Weight by Nicole Avena, PhD  Unfortunately, giving birth does not mean you will magically have the same stomach you had before you got pregnant. However, before jumping right into an exercise and diet routine to return to pre-baby status, take...



8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant

8 Foods You Should Eat while Pregnant by Nicole Avena, PhD  There are many key nutritional needs during pregnancy, which can make it difficult to know if you are getting enough of each nutrient. Even when you’re not pregnant, eating a well-balanced, varied diet can sometimes be harder than...



Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity and Pregnancy by Nicole Avena, PhD  We have known for quite some time now that maternal weight can have drastic effects on the health outcomes of a child. But what about how your weight affects your ability to get pregnant, and once you get pregnant, how do you...



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,...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Long Term Issues

Issues-everyone has them! In our life’s journey, there are always issues. Actually, I prefer the word “challenges.” That is life, if you are growing and changing. What matters is how we respond to the challenges in which we are presented. It’s important to recognize that there is no personal...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Successful Weight-loss after Surgery

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is a complex journey to improved health that varies from person-to-person. I spoke previously about “Changing Your Mind” and I believe that is a process too. I do better with that some days than others. However, it warrants working on daily so that the rest of...



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...



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 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...



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...



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