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,...



Bringing Long-term Post-ops back to 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. So now that we’ve talked about the dynamics of support group from a longer-term...



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....



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...



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