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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Eat This, Not That: Fast Food Edition

Have you ever found yourself in any of these predicaments? You didn’t get much sleep last night and need a “pick me up.” You see a Starbucks, so you pull in for some coffee. You forgot your protein shake at home, but know it’s important to eat breakfast, so you stop at the closest Dunkin Donuts. In the rush to get out of the house, you left the healthy meal you packed last night in the fridge. Now with just a half-hour for lunch, it looks like the Wendy’s across the street will have to do. It’s really easy to
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July 2017 Support Group Recap: Getting Your Mind Into Gear

You know the saying “old habits die hard”? Isn’t this the truth? It’s especially true after weight loss surgery. Behavioral changes to prepare for surgery don’t happen overnight. At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we try to impress upon every patient that if you don’t work on changing your mindset and habits, long-term success after surgery will be very difficult. This was the topic of July’s weight loss surgery support group, where we read an article by psychotherapist Kristin Lloyd, MS, LPC/LMHC. Lloyd says that the way to avoid weight regain after surgery is to develop a new mindset. She writes,
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New nutrition facts are here and they are an RD’s dream!

While at a vitamin store the other day, a new protein bar caught my eye. All my weight loss surgery patients know I am always on the lookout for tasty and easy ways to get your daily dose of protein, so of course I picked up the bar to check it out. What was the first thing I did after picking it up? I looked at the nutrition facts, of course.  What I saw next was NOT what I was expecting to see.  Instead of the old nutrition facts, I was pleased to see the redesigned label on the back
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Maintaining Weight Loss Surgery Success with Mindfulness

We’ve all seen how effective weight loss surgery is at helping your body shed weight. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s our minds that get in the way of progress. That’s why we were fortunate to have James A.R. Glynn, Psy.D., join us as a guest speaker at our May support group. Dr. Glynn is a licensed psychologist who has been with New Jersey Bariatric Center for several years, providing patients with guidance in the psychological aspect of their weight loss journey. Dr. Glynn provided his top six tips for long-term weight loss success. Be realistic.  Don’t set unrealistic targets that are nearly
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Healthy or Not? Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Bottled Beverage

Dunkin’ Donuts recently launched a new bottled beverage Dunkin’ Iced Coffee, and we’ve been seeing it pop up everywhere – convenience stores, pizzerias, supermarkets. The doughnut and coffee chain is aiming to give you one more way to “keep running on Dunkin’.” Great, you may be thinking, now I can have my favorite iced coffee without making a special trip to get it. But before you grab one out of convenience, remember one of the very first things you learned from your doctor and dietitian: “Don’t drink your calories.” With that in mind let’s take a closer look at whether
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Healthy or not? “Probiotic Trail Mix” is not worth the sugar

You’re out running errands for the day and as the clock approaches noon, you’re starting to get hungry. As you head to the checkout at the local drug store, a bag labeled Probiotic Trail Mix catches your eye. You think to yourself, “What would my RD do?” Is it healthy or not? There are many benefits to probiotics, such as improving digestive function and immune function, so this must be a healthy choice.  But what else are you consuming to get the benefit of the “probiotic bacillus coagulans gbi-30 6086” found in this product. Here at New Jersey Bariatric Center,
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