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Importance of Stabilization Training

Category Exercise, Health

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Last week at Support Group we had the chance to hear a presentation from a Personal Trainer in the area.  We were able to discuss various ways that personal training has changed over the years and how to best approach a new training program.  I was interested to find that the the presenter, certified through Read More…

Italian Pork Meatball Kebabs

Category Diet, Health


This delicious recipe is a repost from Diabetes Forecast.  You can find Nutrition Facts on the associated link. Makes: 8 servings Serving Size: 1 kebab Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Chilling Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 16 (12-inch) wood skewers 1 lb. lean ground pork 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs 1 egg 1 Read More…

Grocery Store Tips

Category Diet, Health


One of the most confusing places when trying to eat right is a Grocery Store.  So many options and so many different things to think about.  I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make better choices in various areas of the store: Produce: Find a list online of in-season fruits and vegetables. In-season Read More…

Bariatric Pyramid

Category Diet, Health


Lately, as I’ve been having discussions with you all, I’ve been trying to explain the nutrient priorities of a bariatric patient. Most of us understand that protein is necessary and is a top priority following surgery. However, we often forget how we should be prioritizing other foods as well. I searched to see if anyone Read More…

Low Carb Spaghetti

Category Diet, Health


My love for spaghetti runs deep, but it also means that I usually have a food coma after eating it due to too many carbohydrates.  Recently, i’ve been playing with different types of noodles to try and cut down on the carbohydrates in pasta while still enjoying one of my favorite meals.  Most recently, i’ve Read More…

Strawberry Season

Category Diet, Health


It is officially Spring and with the change in season comes my favorite season of fruit…strawberries!  Strawberry season begins in March and you’ve probably started to see the influx of this delicious red fruit in grocery stores.  The best part about buying this fruit in season is that not only is it more delicious and Read More…

Activity versus Exercise

Category Exercise, Health


You all have heard my many rants about increasing exercise and how important exercise is for the support of weight loss and weight maintenance.  The biggest point that I try to differentiate is between activity and exercise. Many of you are very active in your everyday lives: at work, yardwork, shopping.  You are standing or Read More…

Getting in the Green Vegetables

Category Uncategorized


Many of us struggle with getting in vegetable intake throughout the day.  This is especially difficult when we try to get in a good variety of vegetables with all sorts of different colors because the options are endless.  Green leafy vegetables have abundance of nutrients that can help our bodies, including fiber, folate, antioxidants, Vitamin Read More…

The Relationship between Diabetes and Weight Loss Surgery

Category Health

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In a recent edition of the American Diabetes Association Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, a study from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology was discussed.  This study looked at 2,167 overweight and obese adults who had undergone bariatric surgery.  These individuals were studied over the next seven years following their surgery.  During those seven years, only 4.3% of Read More…

Caffeine and Exercise

Category Uncategorized


Being a personal trainer, i’ve discussed how I receive a Magazine from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) that has a great deal of excellent tips and information.  The most recent magazine discussed the impact of caffeine on exercise.  I feel as though this is an important topic since athletes are constantly looking for ways Read More…