NJBC Eats: Dana’s Protein-Packed Quiche

  With winter in full swing, I’m excited to be in the kitchen cooking warm, comforting and healthy meals for my family. One of my favorite recipes is a spinach bacon quiche from Low Carb Maven that is made without a crust.  It also makes an ideal bariatric meal when you substitute unsweetened almond milk or 1% milk for the heavy cream. It’s so full of flavor you won’t miss the crust or cream one bit! You can also change up the vegetable and protein ingredients for whatever you have on hand. My kids like it made with ham and
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Setting SMART Goals for 2019: New Jersey Bariatric Center Nutrition Webinar Series

Setting SMART Goals for 2019 What are my weight loss goals for 2019? How do I even start sticking to my new year resolutions? With the new year in full swing,  we’re all making goals we are looking to achieve in 2019. Join New Jersey Bariatric Center dietitian Meagan Butler as she gives us tips on making healthier choices in the new year and how to set up attainable goals to reach long term success. WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm WHERE: Online – Register at https://njbc.webinato.com/webcasts About Our Presenter Meagan Butler is a registered dietitian and is New Jersey
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January 2019 Weight Loss Support Group

Join us for our FREE monthly Support Group meetings for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues.   Springfield: Tuesday, January 15 @ 6:30pm at New Jersey Bariatric Center, 193 Morris Ave., Springfield Moderator: Meagan Butler, RD  Somerville: Tuesday, January 22 @ 6:30pm at RWJ-Somerset, Steeplechase Building, 30 Rehill Ave., Somerville Moderator: Tia Hagins, RD    No RSVP needed but please call 908-481-1270 to confirm before coming. Dates are subject to change. 
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Treating Type 2 Diabetes With Bariatric Surgery

Type 2 diabetes is a long term metabolic disorder in which afflicted patients have elevated sugar (or glucose) in their blood.  It is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for approximately 95% of all cases according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Type 2 diabetes occurs because of a condition called Insulin resistance.  Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas in response to a meal containing sugar or carbohydrates.  Insulin’s job is to lower the amount of sugar circulating in the blood by making it enter the cells.  When people are Insulin resistant, their bodies
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Celebrating 2018’s Non-Scale Victories

  In any weight loss journey, it is important to set realistic and achievable goals to keep you motivated. As 2019 is quickly approaching what better way to reflect on this past year than giving thanks for achieving some of our non-scale weight loss goals? Sometimes we put so much focus on the number on the scale that we forget about all of our non-scale victories.  Using what our November support group attendees are thankful for accomplishing in 2018, the word cloud below sums up the most popular non-scale victories our patients achieved this year.   What are some of
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Weight Regain and the “Pouch Reset” Diet

Occasionally,  I see a gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patient who, after some time post-surgery, has started to regain weight.  Understandably she’s concerned, and often her  concern is that she can eat more than she did immediately after surgery.  This frequently leads to questions about the “pouch reset” diet. Even with gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, the volume of food a patient can consume after surgery will increase over time.  What you tolerate at one week will not be the same as it is at one month or at one year after surgery.  It does not, however, keep increasing
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Sweetness Overload: Understanding Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

    “Which one is better, sugar or artificial sweeteners?” It’s a question I am asked all the time by patients trying to make sense of confusing labels in the grocery store and the mixed messages in the media. Sugar is Sugar is Sugar…. the Metabolic Impact of Added Sugars Regardless of the type of added sugar you consume, the body breaks them all down the same way.  The consumption of added sugars has been linked to an increased risk for obesity, as well as an increasing risk factor for cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
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Getting Back to Work After Weight Loss Surgery

                                               Part of NJBC’s Bariatric FAQ Series   When can I…..?  Is the start of many questions patients ask about recovery after bariatric surgery.  Whether you are scheduled for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or LAP-BAND®, these questions come up all the time and our Bariatric FAQ series is here to give you answers.    When can I … go back to work? The biggest question on everyone’s mind after bariatric surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, LAP-BAND®
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Healthy or Not? Trader Joe’s Caramel Apple Flavored Granola

  If you’ve been at your local Trader Joe’s recently, you might have spotted their newest product, Caramel Apple Flavored Granola. Is this granola healthy or not? Just like many other granolas out there, it might be marketed as “healthy” but it provides many calories in a small serving and has added sugar.  Take a look at the nutrition facts and ingredients:     Nutrition Facts Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 250 Total Fat: 8 grams Saturated Fat: 1 gram Total Carbohydrate: 39 grams Dietary Fiber: 4 grams Total Sugars: 13 grams Includes 11 grams Added Sugars Protein: 6 grams
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November 2018 Weight Loss Support Group

Join us for our FREE monthly Support Group meetings for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. This Month: Surviving the Holiday Season- From overflowing turkey buffets with all the sides to plate-loads of Christmas cookies at the office to New Year’s eve bubbly with friends, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is one of the hardest to get through without putting on a few extra pounds. Join us to discuss ways to make healthy choices during this time. Springfield:
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