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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Relationship Challenges After Weight Loss Surgery

The decision to tell others about surgery is one that most patients grapple with. Whether to tell or not to tell, who to tell and how to deal with the resulting challenges in your relationship is something that everyone faces at some point. At this month’s support group, we used an article on this very topic as the starting point for our discussion. “Relationship Challenges Before and After Weight-Loss Surgery,” by Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Walter Medlin, appeared in a recent issue of Your Weight Matters magazine. Many patients related to the advice in the article and shared some of their
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How to Set SMART Goals for Weight Loss

Support Group is back for 2017 and with an appropriate topic to kick off the New Year – making your goals SMART.   How many people make goals in the beginning of the year only to lose sight of them after a few months or even a few weeks?  At support group, we worked on ways to have more accountability to achieve your goals using the SMART goal technique: Specific: When you make a goal specific, there is a clear way to tell if you have or have not met your goal. Think about what you want to accomplish, why the
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The December Dilemma: So Many Celebrations, So Little Time

Thanksgiving and December will be here before you know it so it was fitting that our November support group was all about how to navigate the holidays. Some of those who attended the support group this month have already been through several holiday seasons after having bariatric surgery while others are approaching their first. It was great to hear all of the advice and recommendations from everyone. We took a look at a Weight Loss Surgery Guide to Surviving the Holiday Season and talked about which pieces of advice work best. Our experienced post-ops said these were their top 3
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Weight loss conversations… with yourself

October’s Springfield Support Group had a great showing of over 20 people from various stages of their weight loss journey – ranging from those who had surgery years ago to those who were pre-op and every stage in between! It seems like everyone benefited from attending, regardless of where they are in their journey. This month’s topic was “Weight Loss Conversations… With Yourself. If you could go back in time and talk to yourself before surgery, what would you say? Was there something you know now that you wish you’d known then?” Let’s take a look at some thoughts and
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