St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss

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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…

Protein Packed Chia Seed Pudding

Category Diet, Health


We all want a sweet treat every now and again, but what about a sweet treat that boasts excellent protein content as well!  This protein packed pudding contains chia seeds.  Chia seeds are a great source of protein and also have an gelatinous property, making them fantastic for puddings and smoothies.  Give this recipe a try!   Read More…

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…