Support Group Recap: Fall Back Into Good Habits

  Fall is in full swing. Gone are the summer graduation parties, barbecues and vacations when we might have indulged in some not so healthy eating habits or didn’t have the time to plan out our meals and pay attention to portion sizes as we hoped.  At September’s support group we talked about ways to fall back into good habits.  Here are our favorite tips the group came up with to get back on track: Attend Support Groups Having the right amount of support in your weight loss journey is crucial to long-term weight loss success.  Attending a monthly support
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NJBC Eats: Meagan’s 100-Calorie Protein Snack

We all know that time between lunch and dinner when the afternoon can start to drag and we find ourselves needing a pick me up.   Choosing a healthy protein-filled snack can be that pick me up that you need. After bariatric surgery, we stress the importance of not grazing so one good option for a snack would be Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Nuts.  My favorite are the Cocoa Roast Almonds so I can satisfy my chocolate craving! I particularly like these 100 calorie packs since they’re ready to go without having to measure which helps you to avoid grazing. Remember
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Healthy or Not? Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Cauliflower is  generating quite the buzz lately in local supermarkets, healthy food blogs and with dietitians everywhere. The latest in cauliflower-based foods – cauliflower pizza crust. But, is it healthier to eat than traditional pizza crust?  I decided to put it to the test and researched the different brands out there to see if they’re a healthier choice than flour pizza crust. Should you choose cauliflower crust to satisfy your next pizza craving?  The answer is yes if you’re looking to cut calories and carbohydrates, however not all cauliflower crusts are created equal.  Cauliplower crust for example, provides double the
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Physical vs. Emotional Hunger: Understanding the Difference

  Hunger- It’s something we feel every day, but how much do we know about hunger, the different types and ways to tackle it? At our June support group NJBC dietitian Meagan Butler discussed ways to identify physical hunger versus emotional hunger, what triggers hunger and strategies to tell the difference between the two.     Imagine that you’re outside doing yardwork all morning into the afternoon.  You suddenly realize that you haven’t eaten in over four hours so you head inside to make a healthy lunch. You feel satisfied after eating and head back outside to finish gardening. This
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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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