New Jersey Bariatric Center moves to Telemedicine

Telemedicine now available at NJBC In our effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and accommodate our patient’s needs, New Jersey Bariatric Center now offers telemedicine appointments. Scheduling a Telemedicine Appointment Call our office at 908-481-1270 or click here to schedule a telemedicine appointment. After scheduling, patients will receive a confirmation email from us with a link to access their appointment.  Telemedicine appointments will be conducted via Doxy.me. The platform is secure, easy-to-use and allows patients to stay connected with their New Jersey Bariatric Center doctors.  Telemedicine appointments are available for current and new patients.    What to Expect during
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Revision Surgery: Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass

In the past six months, I’ve increasingly had patients ask me about gastric sleeve and gastric bypass revision surgery.  One thing I tell patients is that obesity is a disease that weight loss surgery doesn’t cure.  Surgery is simply a tool, along with a healthy diet and exercise, to help you lose weight and get healthy. And sometimes, no matter how hard you work, life’s circumstances get in the way and you need a second chance. And a global pandemic certainly has made the past year tough for many of us. For patients who have gained the weight back or
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Hit a Weight Loss Wall? Fight Back When the Scale Won’t Budge

You’ve been working out and following a healthy eating plan, but now the scale won’t budge. What happened? You might have hit a weight loss plateau. A plateau happens naturally when weight starts to stabilize after a period of active weight loss. Don’t give up! There are ways to jump-start the weight loss again. Check your measurements.  How do your clothes fit?  Often, when the scale doesn’t move, body composition is changing. Muscle weighs more than fat, although fat takes up more volume. Evaluate your eating habits.  Have you been keeping a food journal?  Review it to see if you’ve
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Scheduling Surgery and the COVID-19 Vaccine

As more vaccination appointments become available, patients have been asking what to do if their vaccine appointment is near their weight loss surgery or general surgery date.  If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, whether first or second dose, near your surgery date we recommend it be 7 days before or 7 days after your surgery.   Here’s why – after vaccination some people experience side effects, particularly after the second dose, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and soreness at the injection site.  It’s difficult to immediately determine if the symptoms are vaccine-related or surgery-related, therefore causing a
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My Experience with the Whole30 Diet

I like to start my year with the “new year, new me” mindset. After enjoying many delicious holiday treats, my sister, my mom and I decided to do the Whole30 together. As someone with a degree in nutrition and food science, I was interested to try it and see if it works. If you haven’t heard of it, Whole30 is a 30-day eating plan focused on the elimination of sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy and is said to help improve overall health. According to research, these foods are often identified as causing inflammation in the body that can
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Bariatric Friendly Food Staples

  One of the most common questions I get as a registered dietitian is “which foods should I have in my kitchen?”. It’s important to keep your fridge and pantry stocked with healthy foods to ensure that you’re sticking to your pre or post-op diet and to resist temptation. Here are a few staples to stock up on:     Canned Tuna/Salmon/Chicken – These are convenient and packed with protein. Throw them on top of a salad or eat them with sliced veggies Snacks – Look for snacks that are low in calories, less added sugar and high in protein
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What Am I Eating? Creamy Vegetable Soup

My family and I have recently started making soup. Not only is it a healthy and hearty meal, but it’s a great way to keep my kids occupied and learning about nutrition now that we are indoors more often. One of our favorite soups is a creamy roasted carrot soup.  I start off by roasting my carrots in olive oil and a few of my favorite seasonings like salt, pepper and coriander. Ginger is a great addition to the recipe if you like the flavor. Then I let the carrots cool, chop them into smaller pieces and add them to
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Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery

  “How long is the recovery?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from patients when they’re thinking about weight loss surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure. They want to know what to expect – both in the hospital and when they return home.       Hospital Recovery The length of time you stay in the hospital depends on the type of weight loss procedure you undergo. After the gastric sleeve, I tell patients to expect to stay in the hospital for approximately one day.  For the gastric bypass, it’s one to two days.
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What am I eating? Chia Seeds

  Lately, I’ve been adding chia seeds to anything I can think of. I like to add them to my protein shakes, overnight oats or on top of yogurt. Sometimes I even sneak them into pancakes for the kids. Why? Chia seeds are a tiny, nutrient dense powerhouse. They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your heart, fiber which is good for digestion and calcium that’s good for your bones. They’re packed with health benefits and very few calories making them really easy to add to your favorite foods.  Let’s break down the nitty gritty of
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Obesity Now a Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in NJ

The state of New Jersey has announced that individuals at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications,including those with obesity, severe obesity and medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Obesity is classified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher but less than 40, and severe obesity with a BMI greater than or equal to 40. You can calculate your BMI here. To find out if you are eligible for the vaccine, check out NJ’s Covid19 Information Hub. If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there are many ways
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What am I eating? Pad Thai Noodles

If you are looking for something that is quick, tasty, and convenient, Miracle Noodle makes Ready-to-Eat Pad Thai. Pad Thai is a traditional dish in Thailand made of stir fry rice noodles. I found it while grocery shopping at Whole Foods and decided to try it. For someone who has traveled to Thailand multiple times and tried their authentic cuisines such as Pad Thai, this version is a great low carbohydrate option while still having an array of delicious, authentic  flavors. The Miracle Noodles are shirataki noodles made from the Konjac plant, native to southeast Asia. The noodles are 97%
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