Nutrition Fact Check: Brunch Makeover

Who doesn’t love brunch? Just the word alone reminds me of get-togethers with a full house of family and friends. Hosting a brunch is a great way to feed a crowd at a cost comparatively lower than most other meals. But there are other costs if you’re not in the know. A typical spread can derail your diet and your digestion, leaving you sluggish and bloated long after you’re done with your meal. NUTRITION FACTS While the offerings can vary greatly from one brunch menu to another, a typical brunch lineup can contain up to 4,000 calories. That’s approximately what the
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Bariatric Surgery: Not the Easy Way Out

As a bariatric dietitian, every week I counsel dozens of patients who turn to weight loss surgery to help them lose weight and get healthier.  Rarely does a week go by when I don’t talk with at least one patient who shares a common story with me. Someone in their life – it could be a spouse, friend, parent, child or co-worker – feels their decision to have bariatric surgery is taking the easy way out. That if they just really committed themselves to losing weight, they would (and should) be able to do it on their own. Since this is my
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Overindulged? 10 ways to get back on track

Partied a little too much last weekend? It happens to everyone. What not to do is let it set you on a self-sabotaging behavior path of more bad behavior. What to do? Follow our dietitian approved steps to getting back on track, with a bonus 3-day menu plan!
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Eating Out After Weight Loss Surgery

Whether you’re ordering in Chinese, going out to a big chain restaurant or grabbing a quick bite at gas station convenience store, ordering after weight loss surgery doesn’t have to be challenging if you know what to look for.
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Detox Diets: Do they work?

Detoxes are everywhere these days. There are juices, powders, teas, even concoctions of spices and maple syrup. The one thing almost all have in common is the claim that they rid your body of toxins, build-up and other poisons. Many promise increased energy, improved mental clarity, better bathroom visits and, of course, weight loss. Who wouldn’t want all this in a few short days? We all would, but as usually is the case, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anyone who’s been through the rollercoaster ride of on-again, off-again diets, and especially those who have
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Thanks But No Thanks – Dealing with Food Pushers and the Food Police

There are few events in our lives that don’t involve eating and food. Holidays, work functions, girl’s night out, poker night, book club, the list goes on and on.  Having gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or LAP-BAND® surgery doesn’t change this. At some point after weight loss surgery, your changing relationship with food will not exist in the safety of a private bubble.  You will have to eat in front of others — with your new and improved eating habits on display.  While it would be nice to think family, friends and co-workers would be supportive of efforts to improve your
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Weight Loss Surgery Guide to 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. If you are trying to lose weight, the holiday season is even harder. Add the rush of holiday shopping or late nights working for vacationing colleagues and it’s enough for many pre- and post-op weight loss surgery patients to say they’ll just put their weight loss goals on hold till January. Sound familiar? But help
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Halloween Weight Loss Hacks

Whether you’ve had weight loss surgery – Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve or LAP-BAND® – or you’re just looking to stick to your diet this Halloween, you don’t have to be scared by the thought of easy access to barrels of candy. You can still celebrate Halloween and stick to your eating plan. Just try these weight loss hacks for Halloween.
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Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

New Jersey Bariatric Center® patient Deborah is a weight loss surgery success story. She speaks regularly at our bariatric surgery seminars, telling people about her weight loss journey. One recent morning, I sat in on one of these seminars in our office and listened as she asked attendees to raise their hands if they or someone in their family had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Almost every hand in the room was raised. Deborah went on to tell the story about how she had battled with her weight and rising blood sugars for years before finally being told that
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