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Nutrition Down-FALL

Category Diet, Health


Fall can be an incredible time of year with the weather cooling down and the trees changing colors.  However, Fall can also be a pitfall for many of us when it comes to nutrition.  With the cooling weather we start to crave comfort food and aren’t as motivated to cook and/or exercise.  There are also Read More…

Chicken and Capers

Category Diet, Health

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This is a super easy, fast dish that is a favorite in my normal cooking rotation.   Ingredients:  2-3 Chicken Breasts 1 can artichoke hearts (quartered) 1 package sliced mushrooms 2-3 Tbsp capers and juice   Directions:  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch chunks.  Heat pan (I like to use my cast iron skillet) and Read More…

Apps to keep you on track

Category Diet, Exercise, Health, Surgery


I recently received the fall issue of my Food & Nutrition magazine from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Inside they listed some new apps that can help patients and dietitians alike.  Apps can be a great way to help you stay on track and motivate you.  Here are a few apps that can be Read More…

Purpose and Importance of the Liquid Diet

Category Diet, Health

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Recently, I’ve received multiple questions about why we have a liquid diet following surgery and/or people who want to skip ahead to solid food. I promise there is a “method to our madness”, which I wanted to further explain. Following any type of stomach or gastrointestinal surgery, it is very important to gradually progress the Read More…

Diabetes Forecast Recipe-Blueberry Chili Chicken

Category Diet, Health


Check out this delicious recipe from Diabetes Forecast: Ingredients Sauce 4 tsp. olive oil, divided 1 large shallot, minced 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (from a can), diced 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. fresh minced mint 1 tsp. fresh lime zest 4 boneless, Read More…

Grilled Garlic and Vegetables-Diabetes Forecast

Category Diet, Health


This recipe is copied from the July/August 2015 Edition of Diabetes Forecast.  Pair these vegetables with a grilled lean protein of choice and enjoy this summer time meal! Garlic-Vegetable Foil Purses Ingredients Aluminum foil 1 med. zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds 1 med. yellow squash, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds 1 med. red bell pepper, sliced Read More…

Combination Exercise

Category Exercise, Health

In the office we encourage our patients to include resistance exercises in their exercise routine.  Combination exercises are resistance exercises that go one step further. Combination exercises are those that combine more than one movement or exercise occurring either simultaneously or directly following each other.  These types of exercises help to build muscle and strength and Read More…

Bariatrics and Soda

Category Diet, Health


Many patients wonder why we require that soda is eliminated prior to surgery.  The reasoning behind this is two fold. First, most of our soda intake is unnecessary. If we are drinking regular soda, we are taking in calories throughout the day that our body doesn’t need. These calories are solely from sugar and are Read More…

The News on Trans Fats

Category Diet, Health


This week, news came out that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has reviewed evidence and determined that partially hydrogenated oils (also known as Trans Fats) are NOT “generally recognized as safe”.  The GRAS term is used by the FDA when evaluating and reviewing foods and supplements.  Food manufacturers are given a timeline of 3 Read More…

Spitting Seeds-Watermelon Season

Category Diet, Health


Summertime is coming upon us quickly and tons of fruits and vegetables are in season.  One of those being watermelon! Watermelon is a juicy treat, but it also has great health benefits to make it worth eating.  Watermelon is made of ~92% water, making it a low calorie snack at only ~43 calories per cup Read More…