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How To Select a Mental Health Professional

As both a bariatric patient and a counselor, I am a big fan of behavioral interventions serving as a foundation for long-term weight loss surgery success.  And you may ask, why should we bariatric post-op folks see a mental health professional? It’s very normal that we have behavioral issues after major life changes—and it rarely […]

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7 Tips to Overcome Compulsive Eating

Weight loss surgery (WLS) is a wonderful thing.  It gives people their life back.  I often hear stories of how people were able to stop all kinds of medications after surgery.  They get their health back.  They can get on airplanes without seat extenders and can finally go to the amusement park with their kids.  […]

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The Mental and Emotional Benefits You Get From Exercise

Most of us know the long term benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle. We have our own personal goals and activities that we love to do so an exercise program helps to improve our ability enjoy more. The biggest driving factor for me after a long work day or when the alarm goes off […]

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10 Ways to Combat Cravings & Emotional Eating

Food cravings and emotional eating can be quite challenging when attempting to lose weight. Acting on food cravings and using food to cope with various emotions can lead to overeating and make weight loss or weight loss maintenance difficult. Combat Cravings &  Emotional Eating Create a healthy personal food environment. When you are emotionally distressed […]

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Embracing Stress: Changing Beliefs, Mindsets & Biology

The headlines read – Stress is bad for you! Stress will make you gain weight! Stress will decrease your immune system functioning! Learn how to live a stress-free life! All of these headlines would have us believe that stress is bad and that we need to avoid it at all costs. However, stress is inevitable. […]

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Make a Plan Today to Control the Holiday Hunger Games!

Let the hunger-games begin! It’s the time of year when your access to food increases like no other time during the calendar year. The holiday season is rich in opportunities to stray off course from the lifestyle you’ve tried to maintain over the past months and years as a WLS post-op. Going into the season […]

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Even Bariatric Surgeons Can Get Off Track

I need help! Under the auspices of having some shelf stable snacks for hiking, I bought a box of chocolate hazelnut-filled energy bars.  Each one has 230 calories and, though touted as being organic and having a low glycemic index, each bar has 27 grams of carbohydrates.  They looked so innocent sitting on the shelf in the […]

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Feeling Stressed? 15 Ways To Combat It This Holiday Weekend!

If you’re stressed about the Holidays, you aren’t alone! It is common to be stressed about the food choices, the abundance of sugary “treats” and relationship dynamics. You can stay on track with your healthy lifestyle and combat your stress so you can enjoy the Holidays. Combat Holiday Eating Stress 12 Tips to Overcome a Day […]


10 Tips for an Attitude of Gratitude Every Day

On the fourth Thursday in November, in the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving and being grateful. What about the other 364 days in the year? It has been shown that being grateful can improve many parts of your life! Benefits to an Attitude of Gratitude Gratitude can improve your physical health. The boost gratitude gives to your […]

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Food Addiction and How To Gain Control

People talk about it. But, is it a real food addiction? Certainly, food is essential to human survival but it is also a source of pleasure, enjoyment and often excitement. Highly palatable foods, often rich in sugar, fat, and salt have been discovered to trigger chemical reactions in the brain that induce feelings of pleasure and […]