June 2017 Newsletter
Walk from Obesity North Texas
Join My Bariatric Solutions on Saturday, June 24th for the Walk from Obesity North Texas. You can register online up until the day before the event for $25. Registration the morning of June 24th is $35.
Patient Spotlight: Bryan
“Ah-Ha Moment” – “I get to wear regular sized clothes. Now it is not a problem finding my size. Also, no longer a strain to put my shoes on.”
Surgery Affect on Life – “I get to live my life like a normal person. Now people look at me differently whenever I go somewhere, especially people I have known my entire life. They tell me I look like a different person, and that I look 20 years younger. Also, the medication I no longer have to take (high blood pressure and high cholesterol meds).”
Experience with MBS – “Dr. Stowers and his staff were all very professional. They were great about answering any questions I had and were very supportive. I had a great experience with My Bariatric Solutions.”
We have a new app for our patients to use for FREE to track your progress and access your Patient Education Handbook and other handouts!
Baritastic – Bariatric Tracker
Code to connect: 31302
Quarterly Support Group:
Resetting your Pouch
Sharon McLemore NP-C & Beryl Brigham ACNP-BC
Join My Bariatric Solutions’ nurse practitioners, Beryl Brigham and Sharon McLemore as they explain what is a pouch reset, strategies to reset your pouch, and when you should complete a reset. As always, Q&A will follow the presentation.
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM
Healthy is Beautiful: Overcoming Stereotypes
Cecilia V Sanchez MS RDN LD
Everywhere we turn there is a magazine cover, Facebook post, and story on TV advertising “beauty” and marketing that it’s exactly what anyone would want to look and be like. However, most of those stories and photos are NOT what beauty and being healthy actually are – it is not a specific dress size or pant size, muscle tone, hair color, skin color, smile, and/or body fat percentage. It can be overwhelming to ignore the stereotypes in our media and be the healthiest that you can be without causing harm to your body through meal skipping, starving, overexercising, etc. That is what true beauty is – being the best you that you can be through good diet and exercise, peace of mind, and overall well-being.
Examples of beauty:
- Smiling – happiness is contagious
- Feeling good about yourself – confidence is attractive!
- Healthy, clear skin from a good diet
- Great attitude – people flock towards positive people
Should I have Plastic Surgery?
Sharon McLemore NP-C
Bariatric surgery patients often ask if they will have excess skin after weight loss and if so, is plastic surgery is an option for the removal of that skin? The presence of excess skin after rapid weight loss is dependent on several factors including:
- Elasticity and condition of the skin
- Speed of weight loss
- Location of the weight loss
Elasticity is what helps the skin to bounce back into shape after being stretched. The skins elasticity decreases with age, sun exposure, cigarette smoking, and certain genetic factors. Additionally, skin in regions of your body that are most stretched from the weight gain tend to be less elastic (like the abdomen).
So if you are older, a sun bather, smoker, heavier, or been heavy longer you are more likely you are to have excess skin. Exercise can help with toning after weight loss, but excess skin may persist regardless of how much you exercise. If you feel good about you and the excess skin isn’t diminishing your quality of life or self-esteem, skip the plastic surgery. However, if the excess skin is rubbing and causing skin breakdown or rashes or if you unhappy every time you look in the mirror, then you may want to consider plastic surgery. Not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery. You are more likely to be a good candidate for plastic surgery after weight loss if:
- Your weight has stabilized for at least six months with no further weight loss expected. This may be 18 months or more post bariatric surgery. Some plastic surgeons recommend you wait a full 2 years after the start of any dramatic weight-loss program before considering plastic surgery.
- You are in good health without chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.
- You don’t smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. Most surgeons will require you to quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for results. Plastic surgery doesn’t stop the normal aging process, so skin will continue to age and sag over time.
- You are committed to proper nutrition (protein deficiencies can interfere with healing), fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Quote of the Month
“I cannot stress enough to follow the rules from the beginning. Protein, protein, and protein! Invest in some great vitamin and mineral supplements and change your eating habits at the very beginning! Bariatric surgery is a tool to help you get the weight off – so work with it. Several years down the road you will be glad you followed the rules. It is the way to keep the weight off for good! Take it from someone who has been there – I wouldn’t change a thing and am so grateful I made the weight loss surgery decision. ”
~ Rhonda Greer, Financial Specialist
Exercise Tip of the Month
Alex Jesko BSK
Produce of the Month: Carrots
Jordanne Hellman MS RDN LD
Whether served as a steamed side dish or raw paired with yogurt dip, carrots are considered one of the most popular root vegetables. Carrots are available year round, but are most flavorful in the summer and fall months. As a low calorie, versatile vegetable, carrots should be included in your overall healthy diet.
Carrots are an excellent source of a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients.
- Protect against macular degeneration and cataracts due to the beta-carotene it contains
- Help protect the skin from sun damage due anti-cancer properties
- Lower the risk of heart disease
Strive to eat more carrots not only because they are tasty, but also because of what benefits they can offer to your overall health! See below for a tasty way to eat your carrots.
Recipe of the Month: Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries
Jordanne Hellman MS RDN LD
3 large carrots, peeled, quartered and cut into equally sized quarter-inch thick strips
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parmesan, grated
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange the carrot strips on baking sheet so that no two are overlapping. Using a basting brush, coat tops of each strip with the olive oil. Sprinkle the thyme and garlic over the fries. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook the fries about 10-12 minutes, or until the fries are easily pierced with a fork. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle the fries with parmesan and serve hot!
We hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As always, we are appreciative of your decision to choose My Bariatric Solutions for your care!
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