Out with the Old, In with the New: Give Your Weight Loss a Clean Start

  When you tackle clutter, where do you start? Is it in your closet, basement or garage?   What about your eating and sleeping habits, in addition to physical clutter? Cleaning up and organizing your habits at home, in addition to traditional clutter, can put you on a path to sustained weight loss.   Kitchen Clean Up Have you ever opened your refrigerator and found a salad dressing that expired two years ago?  When looking for a healthy snack, have you found nothing but high sugar snacks in your pantry?  Now is the time for a complete clean out of your
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Healthy or Not? YQ by Yoplait

  I was at the yogurt section of the supermarket yesterday and noticed a new product by Yoplait called YQ.  The packaging says it is 99% lactose free, has 15 to 17 grams of protein per serving and claims to not have the tart, tangy or chalky aftertaste of Greek-style yogurts. Could this be true?  Food labels can be tricky to navigate or be misleading so I took a closer look.  I started with the plain flavor.     Plain Calories 110 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 2g Total Carbohydrate 2g Sugars 1g Protein 17g Ingredients: Pasteurized Grade A Ultra-Filtered
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Newly Post-Op and Experiencing a Weight Loss Plateau? Here Are Three Things NOT To Do

You’re only a couple of weeks out of surgery. You’ve been losing weight at a rapid pace. You step on the scale and your weight is the same as last week. You haven’t changed any behaviors, so why has the scale not budged? The most common reasoning I hear from patients is, “I don’t think I’m eating enough. That’s why I’m not losing.” A lack of calories is not the reason your weight loss stalls after bariatric surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery explains it best: “Your body is very effective at trying to maintain {your} weight
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March Support Group Recap: Putting Your Nutritional Knowledge to the Test

We put a fun spin on support group in March in honor of National Nutrition Month: Trivia Night! Some questions were a little challenging but it gave everyone the opportunity to learn something new to incorporate into their healthier lifestyles. Want to test what you know? Answer these questions below and share your results with us. Good luck! Fruit   Which serving of fruit has the most fiber? a. One cup of raspberries b. One apple c. ½ cup grapes 2. Which serving of fruit has more carbohydrates? a. ¾ cup frozen blueberries b. One medium banana c. ¾ cup
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February Support Group Recap: Putting Bariatric Surgery Fears to Bed

One of the great aspects about support group is that the patients who attend are all at difference stages in their weight loss journey: Some have not had bariatric surgery yet, some are only a few weeks or months out, others had weight loss surgery years ago and some are revision surgery patients who had a gastric band and then converted to a different procedure after the band failed. This diversity means that we have lots of different experiences, tips and strategies to help you. With all these differences, the one thing that everyone has in common is fear. Everyone
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Managing Weight Loss When You’re A Shift Worker

Not everyone has the typical 9-to-5 work schedule. Think about police, firefighters, nurses, doctors, security guards, bakery workers, bartenders; the list goes on and on. While most of the population is sleeping when it is dark out, some people are up and working, fighting against the internal system that makes us alert during the day and sleep at night. Disruptions in this system – known as the circadian rhythm — are linked to weight gain and a host of other health issues. So what is exactly is a circadian rhythm and what can you do to prevent your nontraditional work
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Confessions Of Your Dietitian: How Mindfulness Changed My Relationship With Food

I played sports year round from a very young age until I graduated from high school. Aside from my dad making me eat carrots daily or have an apple before eating something “unhealthy,” I never really paid close attention to what or how much I ate on a daily basis and never felt I had to since I was so young and active. It wasn’t until after my fall semester of college at Virginia Tech that I realized my eating habits and patterns were catching up to me. I went from being an extremely active athlete through organized sports to
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October Support Group Recap: Flavors of Fall

When I think of fall, the first ingredient that comes to mind is pumpkin! So what’s more appropriate for our October support group meeting than sharing some recipes for pumpkin-inspired dishes and our favorite comfort foods. Skinny Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait To start your day off in true autumn style, this skinny pumpkin breakfast parfait is a great way to get your protein in first thing in the morning! When choosing the granola, make sure it is a low-sugar granola. Also, cut back on the amount. Try 2 tablespoons of Bear Naked Original Cinnamon Granola. Most of the sugar found in this
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Improving Your Relationship With Your Scale

Do you find yourself hopping on the scale every morning? Maybe you’re the person who only weighs themselves once a week or maybe you don’t weigh yourself at all and go by the fit of your clothes. I know of some people who, disagreeing with the results on the scale, decide to move the scale over, thinking the floor is somehow throwing off the reading. After weight loss surgery, our relationship with our scale is no less complicated than it was before surgery. Patients often ask me how often they should weigh themselves and my answer to them is that there
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August 2017 Support Group Recap: The Many Names of Sugar

“Sugar, ah honey honey.” Did you know honey is just one of the many different names for sugar? There are actually more than 50 different names for sugar that may be found in the ingredient list of your foods. At the August support group, we looked at the different names for sugar and how to recognize an added sugar when reading a food label. (Click here to view the full list) You may already be familiar with some of the names of sugars in food products. It’s pretty easy to spot the words “sugar” and “syrup” in a food’s ingredients
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