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,...



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: 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...



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...



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...



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 –...



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