Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 6/3/2015

What is in our food that is making us Fat?

Sometimes I walk down the aisles of the supermarket and I am so amazed at the number of products that are marketed as food, yet you read the label you can’t even understand the ingredients that are used to make the product.  This is coming from a dietitian!  What are people eating these days?  Once there was a blueberry package label that I read that didn’t even have any blueberries in it!  How does that work...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 4/27/2015

…for my daughter

I am always interested in why patients want to lose weight.  One of the most popular answers is that “I want to be a good example for my daughter.”  I don’t want to leave little boys out of the equation here, but little girls tend to be especially hard on themselves as they begin to mature.  Puberty can be a very difficult time for any teenager and it is especially challenging when a little girl is overweight as she transforms into a woman. 

Much...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 3/30/2015

Time to Shed Some Layers

We all know this was one of the toughest winters ever in the North East.  Many people struggled with their weight loss and added on a few pounds this winter.    People were cooped up in their homes, unable to get out and move much and settled in with many carb filled comfort foods.  It is time to start shedding some layers and I mean that in more ways than one. 

Spring is finally here.    I can hear the birds singing and see the buds...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 3/2/2015

 

Why go Meatless?

This is the time of year when many people go meatless for religious reasons.  Others choose to go meatless as a way of trying to improve their health.  We also have a few patients who go meatless because eating meats can be a little more of a challenge post surgery. 

In the “Healthy People 2010 Report”, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends that Americans decrease their consumption of meat by 15% as an attempt to decrease...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 1/27/2015

A Very New Challenge

Our patients are those who have struggled most of their lives with their relationship with food.  The issues vary, but the one commonality is an abundance of calories.  Many times this is a result of less than optimal nutritional choices, but just as often, the struggle has just been excessive quantities of food.

Both the Lap-Band and the Sleeve work by reducing the amount of food needed to feel satisfied.  Patients with the Lap-Band, who...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 12/22/2014

My New Idea for Resolutions in 2015

I am just like everyone else when it comes to making and keeping New Year’s resolutions.  Last year my resolution was to be more thoughtful and remember and acknowledge in a special way all the people in my life.  I am terrible at this.  I vowed I would change.  I even wrote birthdays and anniversaries…on my electronic calendar.  Unfortunately, a number of birthdays still came and went without being acknowledged.  Just like those who...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 11/25/2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Most people have their own unique holiday stories to tell.  I grew up where the holidays meant there would be bowls of candy and nuts everywhere.  Our dinner included every type of starch you could think of.  My mother would mash everything with butter and heavy cream from potatoes, winter squash, carrots, yams and even turnip.  We once had a guest who said “”ooohh something that isn’t mashed” referring to the broccoli and cheese dish.  ...

By Adam Glasgow - 11/15/2014

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an important international conference held annually for bariatric surgeons and allied health professionals from around the world. Our meeting this year was in Boston, which of course was a great...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 11/5/2014

Menopause, Age and Weight

I know that life is not fair.  Some people can eat anything they want and not gain an ounce.  Some people feel that is they look at a piece of chocolate the wrong way; they may gain a pound or two!  There are so many factors that contribute to one’s weight.  These factors can include anything from genetics, hormones, and medications and of course food intake and activity level.  

Menopause plays a role as well.  With menopause, our...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 10/1/2014

Do You See What I See?

I can’t tell you how many times I tell a patient how wonderful they look after their weight loss and they just don’t see it.  The weight loss can be significant and the patient still sees him or herself as “fat.”  This problem has been brought up multiple times in support group.  The response to “you look great” should be “thank you.”  What happens when you lose your desired weight and you are still not happy with your body? ...

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