Bariatric Surgery

Get the Facts About Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Metabolic and Bariatric surgery has become an effective and popular solution for treating obesity. Educate yourself on what metabolic and bariatric surgery is, the common misconceptions, and the differences between procedures.

Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. It is a tool for weight loss and needs to be used properly to be effective for long-term weight control. In order for it to work one must be ready to change their view of the world, family and relationships in respect to food.

Nutritional Guidelines Video in Preparation for Bariatric Surgery:

Dietary Guidelines After Bariatric Surgery

Watch video of gastric sleeve

 

Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

file9971339962220Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD signs and symptoms.

Lifestyle changes may help reduce the frequency of heartburn. Consider trying to:  See more

Meal Planning for Various Cultures

 

Asian meal planning

Oldways’ Asian Diet Pyramid was developed in 1995 in conjunction with the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health and Environment, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mexican/Hispanic Meal Planning

The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series provides consumers and professionals with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format. These are perfect for posting on a refrigerator.

These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you. These tips are also available in Spanish.

Meal Planning Tools for Southern Traditional and Mexican-American Patients

Sample Diabetic Meal Plans:  1400 Calorie & 1800 Calorie
 

 

 

 

 

Lupus and Nutrition

There are no foods that cause lupus or that can cure it. Still, good nutrition is an important part of an overall treatment plan for the disease. In general, people with lupus should aim for a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It should also include moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish. If you have lupus, following a varied, healthy diet may help:

  • reduce inflammation and other symptoms
  • maintain strong bones and muscles
  • combat the side effects of medications
  • achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • reduce the risk of heart disease

 

Here’s what you need to know about lupus, diet, and nutrition to gain these important benefits. 

ChooseMyPlate.gov

Meal Planning wtih ChooseMyPlate.gov

The Supertracker feature is a great weight loss tool.  You set up a profile and establish goals.  There are tools to look up nutrition info on the foods you eat, create a food diary and exercise log, and track weight loss.  There is also a report function for monitoring trends and progress to keep people motivated to achieve their goals.  Best of all, it’s free!

The site also has great information for healthcare professionals.  The education materials, nutrition tips, are easy to read and copy well.

Mona Lisa Franco, RD

Eating Disorder Test

This survey is designed to gather information in significant areas of your life. This information is very important in helping to determine whatestt level of care is appropriate for your needs. Your honesty in answering these questions is a significant step in beginning the process of recovery.

After filling out the survey you will receive a score immediately and recommendations based upon your score.

We want you to know regardless of how high your score is, There is Hope! After taking this evaluation survey you will also be able to e-mail The Center your score to receive feedback from The Center including suggestions on how to obtain help to overcome an Eating Disorder.

For yourself or someone you know, rate the following questions: Take the Test

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.

Eating Disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder — include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

What is an eating disorder, and how do you know if you or a loved one needs eating disorder treatment?anorexia

Diet for Gout

Following a gout diet can help you limit your body’s uric acid production and increase its elimination. It’s not likely to lower the uric acid concentration in your blood enough to treat your gout without medication, but it may help decrease the number of attacks and limit their severity. Following the gout diet and limiting your calories — particularly if you also add in moderate daily exercise, such as brisk walking — also can improve your overall health by helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

 

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Principles for Weight Control

scale feetIf you are overweight, you are not alone. Sixty-six percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

Eating too much or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. A weight-control strategy might include

  • Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Being physically active

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Diverticular Disease

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Most people with diverticulosis do not have any discomfort or symptoms. However, some people may experience crampy pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen, bloating, and constipation. Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers cause similar problems, so the symptoms do not always mean a person has diverticulosis. People with chronic symptoms should visit their doctor or health care provider.

Diverticulitis

The most common symptom of diverticulitis is abdominal pain. The most common sign on examination is tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen. Usually, the pain is severe and comes on suddenly, but it can also be mild and become worse over several days. The intensity of the pain can fluctuate. A person may experience cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, or a change in bowel habits.

More Information and Diet for Diverticular Disease