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NJ Gov Chris Christie & weight loss!

caroliretonjones PNT, Registered Dietitians, weight loss Leave a comment   , , , ,

By now we all know that Governor Chris Christie had weight loss surgery in February.   The surgery he had is called gastric band surgery which is considered restrictive weight loss surgery in that it restricts the amount of food a person can consume.  An adjustable band is placed around the stomach and is filled with saline which makes it tighter over time so that weight loss continues.  Gov. Christie has already lost 40# according to some sources, of his 350# weight.  At 5 feet 9 inches tall, he has a ways to go.   Good for him for making these changes.

There are other types of weight loss surgery such as gastric sleeve procedure or Roux – en – Y gastric bypass surgery  in which the stomach is made smaller and part of the small intestine is bypassed causing both restriction and potentially some malabsorption of nutrients.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I hope that Governor Christie and anyone who undergoes weight loss surgery understand some important nutrition considerations:

  1. This restriction is for life.  Your golf ball size stomach is not just for a few weeks but forever. That means you need to eat small meals (about 1/2 cup food)  and watch the types of foods you eat from now on. (Although some people do have their band released or removed).
  2. Drink liquids between meals – having liquids with meals can fill you up before you take in adequate nutrients.
  3. Make sure you take in adequate protein.  However, meats may be difficult so you must chew these very well or even use pureed meats.  Protein supplements may be necessary.
  4. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar.  High sugar foods may cause dumping syndrome (diarrhea) and while cakes, cookies and pies may come to mind first, fruit juices are high sugar and should be diluted at least 50/50.
  5. Avoid carbonated beverages.
  6. Breads can be challenging foods so very small bites.  If not you may have an obstruction or vomit.
  7. Take a multi-vitamin every day – often these need to be liquid or chewable – and watch for the sugar content of these – this can also cause diarrhea.
  8. Each weight loss surgery has specific additional vitamin and mineral requirements to assure adequate nutrition is received.

Bottom line – anyone who has gone through weight loss surgery needs to be followed closely by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Your life will change with the weight loss and the way you eat will be changed forever.  That can be great news or it can be a challenge – especially over time.

As a colleague RDN said after her weight loss surgery – “It is not a quick fix – without any sacrifice or change – you have to change to be successful – eating habits must change permanently and exercise is critical.”

Whether you want to lose with with diet, exercise, specialized meal replacement or weight loss surgery, contact PNT – we can be your partner in the journey!   Call 972-238-1811.

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Recipe for Zucchini Cupcakes or Sweet Potato Strips! Yum!

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 Zucchini will become more plentiful in the warmer months. Try this chocolate zucchini cupcakes recipe for breakfast!      http://sm.eatright.org/choczuccupcake

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    Or how about Sweet potatoes  – they taste great and are a nutrition superstar. Try these Sweet Potato Strips next time your child wants a snack – great for you too!!!
http://sm.eatright.org/sweetpotstrp

Sweet Potatoes

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Coping with the aftermath of the Boston tragedy

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Our hearts and  thoughts are with the people of Boston and the Boston marathon runners and team.  One of our own was running in Boston and she is safe and sound we are happy to report!

In such a tough time, food may become solace or your appetite may diminish.  Some people “stress-eat” and others “forget” to eat.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Comfort foods are great – just watch portion sizes and frequency.
  • Quiet reflective time with your favorite non-caloric beverage such as hot tea.
  • Schedule your eating if you are missing meals and try to join friends or family for meals.

Try these techniques for managing your stress during this tough time:

  • Turn off the television. You want to stay informed, but try to limit the amount of news you take in. Watching a news report once informs you; watching it over and over again just adds to the stress and contributes no new knowledge.
  • Reach out to your friends and family and other support systems – use this time as an excuse to strengthen those relationships.
  • List all the things you have to do and prioritize. Do the top few and leave the rest for the next day.
  • Do something for someone else. It will help to forget your problems and make you feel good about yourself.
  • Go to a quiet place. Noise and chaos might contribute to your state of mind.  (from the University of Rochester http://www.rochester.edu/ucc/help/info/tragedystress.html)
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Nutrition All Stars – Refueling for you!

caroliretonjones Carol Ireton-Jones, CDE, Martha McHenry, Registered Dietitians Leave a comment   , , ,

This weekend there are two conferences in Austin Texas that Martha McHenry, RDN, LD, CDE and Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RDN, LD are attending.

Carol is attending the Texas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition and will have the privilege of introducing Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories.  This will surely provide some info for this blog!

Martha is a Certified Diabetes Educator and will be attending lectures to maintain her CDE credential and expertise.  Martha completed an on-line diabetes management program for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes that is featured on our web site this month – check out http://www.foodtherapyrd.com/dawn

Our team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at PNT  keep updated regularly so we can best serve our clients!

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Manage your blood sugar with our new, on-line diet and diabetes program!!

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Everyday nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million more with pre-diabetes struggle to control their blood sugar. Read about it here in this press release

Check out our new online program, DAWN Online!, (Diabetes Awareness, Wellness and Nutrition) which offers hope to those trying to keep blood sugars in check.

Easy, effective and not expensive!  

Mention that you saw this blog or our press release and receive $50 off the usual price (until April 16, 2013!)

Call 972-238-1811 today!

 

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