Weight Loss & Inspiration Blog

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 2/3/2013

 

February Blog 2013

Lots to Learn

I was preparing the “Bariatric Bingo” game and was wondering how I would ever come up with 40-50 questions regarding the band.  I thought there were so few guidelines and they were very basic.  As soon as I started writing out the questions they kept coming one after the other.  I realized there is so much to learn.  I had even more content than I needed.

The guidelines are not just about eating 3 meals per day,...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 11/28/2012

October Blog 2012

Congratulations to all of you who completed the 4 mile Norwood Hospital Walk/Run.  I was so proud of all of you, many of whom are just starting out.  What a wonderful accomplishment to complete at the beginning of your journey.  I know many of you who have significantly cut your time from last year.  Think back about how far you have come from when you first started. I remember doing the trial run with a patient last year who was huffing and puffing and struggled to...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 11/28/2012

A Present for Yourself

How much can you give of yourself before you realize that it is time to take care of you too?  I challenge you this holiday season to give yourself the gift of good health.  There are so many ways you can do this. 

  • Buy yourself a gym membership.
  • Buy a personal planner (electronic or not) where you schedule in exercise as often as feasibly possible.
  • Plan your weekly meals in your planner too...
By Adam Glasgow - 11/20/2012

 

Thanksgiving

Ah, if it weren’t for the food it would be such a great holiday.  No gifts to buy, a four day weekend, lots of family, lots of football, a time of celebration for everyone regardless of religion, race, politics.  Just a feel good holiday-except for the food.

Turkey-nothing wrong with that.  In fact as a lean protein it is hard to beat.  It can be a little tough so sticking to the dark meat may be a good option.  The dangers of the day are...

By Adam Glasgow - 11/17/2012

From time to time we have the pleasure and opportunity to present a patient perspective. 

This month Gail Deneault shares her thoughts on success with the LapBand.  Thank you Gail.

Head vs. Band ….. 

What a journey I have had the past 4 years.  So many successes and accomplishments, so much to be proud of, yet it has not been a smooth road.  In particular the past year has been a very stressful year both professionally and personally.  There were many...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 11/17/2012

November Blog 2012

A Family Affair

Life is so much easier when the healthy lifestyle becomes a family affair.  How much easier would it be if everyone in the family was on the same page and chose to eat healthy and be more active?  This can start with you.  Someone needs to be the person who turns things around.  Whether you are the mother, father or child you can be the one to influence the other family members in a positive way...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 7/10/2012

I am sitting here on the 4th of July with my family and friends by my side. This is a day of celebration. I couldn't be more appreciative of what I have in my life. I had quite the experience a couple days ago. My husband and I went kayaking with each of my kids (ages 9 and 11) in their own kids' kayaks down the narrow river which is a channel between the open ocean and a brackish inlet in Narraganasett, RI. We were far down the channel when big black storm came upon us with lightening, loud...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 6/4/2012

What does this mean??? One phrase I hear all too often is "I wish I had a band to wrap around my head." It is possible that the band can be properly adjusted and you feel satisfaction after a small amount of food, but for some reason you continue to eat. Unfortunately, you are physically capable of eating small amounts throughout the day and the band won't stop you. This is called grazing.

To get the most benefit out of the band, try to stick with three solid, protein rich meals...

By Jane Sylvestre, RD - 4/18/2012

One of the most popular questions I get as a nutritionist is "how should I fuel my exercise?" Many patients will have a protein bar before or after their workout. Some may opt for a Gatorade type carbohydrate/electrolyte replacement. While others take their trainer's advice and go for a protein drink. I think the greatest misconception is that people need significant carbohydrate or protein to fuel their workouts.

Unless you are training for a marathon or have a marathon workout (2...

By Adam Glasgow - 4/11/2012

………there is always a silver lining, the glass is half full, hard work has its rewards-I could go on and on but you get the idea. The work we do with our bands whether it is coming in for follow up or going to Nutrition classes, taking small bites and chewing slowly, making good choices and separating liquids and solids, going to the gym or just moving more-has a downstream pay-off. Sometimes it just takes longer to realize it. Patience is a virtue and we are in the weight loss/weight...

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