St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss

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How Much Protein

Category Diet, Health

portion size chicken

We focus so much on lean protein intake for surgical weight loss patients due to the quick weight loss following surgery.  The goal is to sustain muscle mass and protein is one component that assists in that. We even know that high protein intake doesn’t harm the kidneys or body’s organs.  So the sky is the Read More…

All about that Protein

Category Diet, Health


When most of us think protein we think meat. We know that meats can be excellent sources of this necessary meal component that help us sustain muscle and allow our body to function. However, there is so much more to know about protein and where we can get it from. There are 3 types of Read More…

Overall Success

Category Diet, Exercise, Health

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A recent article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics discusses counseling and interventional avenues for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.  A specific quote from the article is as follows: “It is important to note that longer-term comprehensive lifestyle interventions (>1 year) produce greater weight losses, and that long-term interventions Read More…

Convenient and Healthy!

Category Diet, Health


Many many times I hear patients stuck in the rut of choosing unhealthy foods for snacks because they are more convenient. Junk food has a longer shelf life and virtually needs no refrigeration so it can be left in a bag or purse for months. However, i’m here to tell you that healthy food can be convenient too! One Read More…

The Stress Connection

Category Health


I recently read an article on Yahoo Health that led to a great discussion[]. Many patients come into my office and tell me that they are stressed. They either have family situations that require extra care, work is more demanding or a variety of other stressors that can arise in life. They are always amazed when Read More…

The Beautiful Little Food Known as Hummus

Category Diet, Health


Hummus had become quickly known as an easy snack and great appetizer to meals. This food is raved about in the Mediterranean lifestyle and we’re catching on in the U.S. Hummus is a dip that is derived from chickpeas. This dish is created by blending chickpeas, tahini paste, garlic, olive oil and other desired flavors. Read More…

Timing of Workouts

Category Exercise, Health

am v pm workout

People always claim that certain times of the day are better for working out than others.  The personal trainer in the gym wants you to workout in the mornings, while your coworker tries to persuade you that evening walks are even better for you.  The good news is that you don’t have to listen to Read More…


Category Diet, Health

chia seeds

Chia seeds have become all the rage lately, but many of us still can’t get the picture of the green fur of a Chia pet out of our heads. So, what exactly are chia seeds? Chia seeds come from a desert plant that is a member of the mint family. They are believed to have Read More…

The Importance of Exercise

Category Exercise, Health

Last night at support group we were lucky enough to have a special presentation from Dustin Lewis.  Dustin is a personal trainer at Pivotal Fitness in Taylors.  He discussed the importance of exercise and gave some great ideas to get you jump started on your fitness goals. Dustin talked about how cardiovascular exercise can be a Read More…

Small Changes Make Big Impacts

Category Health

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I have gotten the opportunity over the past few weeks to work with multiple sports teams at a local university. The experience has been amazing because it makes me realize so many things about how health is perceived at different life stages. Even though these athletes are around 19 years old, I have seen how Read More…