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Yearly Archives: 2020

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge Recipe

October 12, 2020

 The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter can be hard to resist. With this recipe, you don’t have to. Indulge in all the flavor without all of the guilt that comes with a typical dessert. If you have the time, made your own natural peanut butter by grinding roasted peanuts in a food processor or blender. 

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Protein Packed Mole Sauce

September 28, 2020

Protein can feel like a chore for many patients striving to meet protein goals and follow a low carb diet. Fortifying food with protein powder offers extra nutrition while enjoying something other than a plain shake. This recipe features Premier Protein in a mole sauce which can add Mexican flavor to a healthy meal. Utilize this mole on any number of lean protein options or fiber rich veggies. Added bonus? Use the mole on its own during the puree phase of your post-op bariatric diet, just make sure it is blended smooth. As always, if you have questions about your post-op diet progression or if something is appropriate, reach out to your care team.

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Protein Pumpkin Muffins

September 21, 2020

Fall flavors can help usher in the comfort of a new season with cooler weather. While muffins are not typically high on the list of health foods, these protein fortified pumpkin muffins have hidden protein along with. Their spicy fall flavor. They also utilize almond flour, meaning they are gluten free and lower in carbs.

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Protein Enhanced Blueberry Pie Smoothie

September 14, 2020

Typically, smoothies are packed with fruit, making them naturally high in sugar. If you’re picking up a fancy smoothie from a smoothie bar, it may have added sugars or other sweeteners too. What you might think is a healthy, refreshing snack, may be sabotaging your weight loss progress. Making a smoothie at home means you can control what goes in. Better yet, adding protein with a pre-made protein shake helps to balance the natural sugars to help you avoid a blood sugar spike.

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Sticking to the Diet Plan After Weight Loss Surgery

June 24, 2020

Some argue having weight loss surgery is the “easy way out”, but those who have had surgery know it is just the beginning of a lifelong journey.

Sticking to the plan begins well before surgery day. It starts with changing your mind set on food. Food can no longer be used for comfort. Use food to fuel your body! Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients your body needs. Have at least one at each meal. Keep protein a part of your meals. Your body NEEDS it!

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Emotional Eating and What You Need to Do To Succeed

May 27, 2020

If you think about it, many people are overweight because they don’t stick with proper diet plans and self-sabotage with food. They may also be kinda resistant to teaching and accountability. They think…”I can fix this on my own”. As you know, very few people actually lose more than 50 lbs. on their own then keep it off…the studies support this. Numerous studies show that massive weight loss rarely occurs with any diet plan (even keto!).

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The Association Between Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity

May 4, 2020

The general public thinks that cutting sugar from the diet and replacing it with artificial sweeteners is a great choice for weight loss. Research suggests otherwise. A recent article from University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas suggests that artificial sweeteners appear to lead to decreased fullness and alter the processing of sugar in the body.   Sweeteners were also associated with increased caloric intake and weight gain. “Artificial sweeteners are marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar and as a tool for weight loss. Data however suggests that the intended effects do not correlate with what is seen in clinical practice.”

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The Zantac Recall and What You Can Do About GERD

April 20, 2020

Zantac (generic name ranitidine) is a common antacid which has been in use for years. It belongs to the same class at Pepcid, Tagamet, and Axid. It is a different class of drug as Prilosec, Protonix, Dexilent, and Nexium. Zantac has IV and oral forms. It has been used for the treatment of GERD/heartburn, ulcers, gastritis.

The Food and Drug Administration recently revealed that Zantac contains low levels of a cancer-causing contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA was previously identified in a blood pressure drug, leading to recalls. NDMA is associated with increased risk of cancers of the liver, stomach, bladder, kidney, and other organs. The risk is likely higher with prolonged exposure to NDMA. The agency determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures.  

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COVID-19 and Obesity

April 14, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention   suggests that older patients, immune compromised, and obese patients are at greater risk for severe illness with coronavirus. Specifically, they cite a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 as a risk factor. Data from China also suggests that higher weight is a risk factor for more severe disease with COVID-19. Compared to normal weight people, overweight and obese people had a much higher risk of developing severe pneumonia. Obesity, especially in men, significantly increases the risk of developing severe pneumonia. In Louisiana, some 97% of those killed by COVID-19 had a pre-existing condition, according to the state health department. Diabetes was seen in 40% of the deaths, obesity in 25%, chronic kidney disease in 23% and cardiac problems in 21%. Continue reading

COVID-19 and Bariatric Surgery – Part II

April 6, 2020

There is a wealth of information on the internet about the novel coronavirus. Instead of rehashing it, I would like to look at this situation from two other perspectives.


Weight loss matters. We know that COVID-19 infections are worse when patient have underlying medical problems and are immune suppressed. For example, those with emphysema and asthma do worse with COVID 19 infection. Those who are immune suppressed may be more likely to die. Obesity makes all medical problems worse. If a patient has emphysema, it’s worse because of the obesity…the extra weight makes it more difficult to breathe. It’s not rocket science! Imagine lying in bed trying to breathe with a 50 pound weight on your chest! I have had multiple patients tell me that their respiratory problems improved after bariatric surgery.

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