Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

By - 11/24/2016

A Heartfelt Farewell

I am writing my last blog with such mixed emotions.  I have taken a new position at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.  I am very excited for my new and increased responsibilities; however I will miss my “family” here at Surgical Weight Loss Specialists.

This position that I have held for the past 7 years has been my favorite job throughout my work history.  I loved all the people with whom I worked.  How many people...

By - 11/24/2016

Living in the Light in the Season of Light

I saw a patient recently who hadn’t been in for some time. She shared with me that the reason for her visit was a particular issue surrounding her weight loss that she had been struggling with. She hadn’t discussed the issue with anyone else and it had really been weighing on her. (No pun intended here!) We chatted for a while, and after a time, I noticed a shift in her demeanor. Her spirit lifted and she seemed, well, lighter. (Again, no pun...

By - 11/14/2016

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving!

It is a holiday with a message of peace and thankfulness….A holiday that values family and home…. A holiday when I can watch football…. A holiday where the stores are closed and we don’t have to worry about the material world.

Okay, so it’s also a holiday about one more thing:  Food.   

Don’t stress. Here are a few tips to help get you through and stay on track:

1.       Make yourself a plan ahead of time...

By - 11/14/2016

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu, wisest of Taoist philosophers

I am often asked by patients if they should change course and typically they are referring to their surgery.  Should they convert from a Lap-Band to a Sleeve or Bypass, or from a Sleeve to a Bypass?   I even occasionally field inquiries from folks wanting to know if they can have a Lap-Band after their Sleeve or Bypass.  Now that Balloon is becoming more...

By - 11/5/2016

A Recipe for Successful Dining Out

 “Let’s go out to dinner!” The siren song of temptation resonates for us all at one time or another.  Restaurants hold so much allure; their appeal is endless. Eating out means no cooking and no clean up. Restaurant dining is an adventure and a fun activity with family and friends. It’s social. It’s relaxing. It is a chance to try new dishes and interesting foods. Restaurants even hold some cache – we like to say we tried the newest “...

By - 10/27/2016


I recently observed the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippor, a day of atonement. This day, one of the holiest of the Jewish calendar, is a fast day dedicated to asking for forgiveness and thinking about how to become a better person. The Hebrew word for repentance is “teshuvah” and it literally means “return.”

This concept of repentance is meaningful – the idea being that when we have somehow lost our way in life, and travelled off the path we were meant to be on, in order to repent...

By - 10/26/2016

Updated Vitamin & Mineral Recommendations:

I promised my next blog would be an update on the nutrition guidelines after receiving my certificate in adult weight training through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I did cover much of this information in the nutrition class I offered through our office.  We had a great turnout and I hope you were able to make it.  Thank you all for all the positive feedback! 

The recommendation for vitamins is to take a complete...

By - 9/28/2016

What I have learned over the years

I was meant to be a dietitian.  When I was 17, I took a test to help me find a career and two options came up:  a gift shop owner and a dietitian.  Go figure?  I still was not convinced.  I went to Assumption College in Worcester, undecided until I took a Nutrition course.  I had to transfer schools because Nutrition was not an option at Assumption.  I transferred to UMASS, Amherst where I started my course of study in Nutrition.  At the same time, I...

By - 9/1/2016

My Summer Secret….

Time to share with you a little hobby I picked up this summer.  You probably wouldn’t guess I’d be doing it, but in fact a lot of people I know do.  It’s not really something I ever thought I would be into and yet I ended up REALLY liking it.  Who woulda’ thought.…

I am a sea glass hunter.

It started out innocently enough.  Jordana and I walked the beach. Good exercise. Good conversation. Cool sea breezes. Over time, our walks...

By - 8/26/2016

Growing up, I spent my summers at overnight camp in New Hampshire. I loved pretty much everything about camp – playing softball, crazy pranks in the bunk, the green “bug juice,” and the “socials” where the last song of the night was always Stairway to Heaven (still one of my favorites, even after all these years.)  I even loved swimming lessons in the pond, murky as it was, with an occasional turtle swimming by. But there was one part of my swimming lessons that I always hated: treading...


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