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  • Diet Beverage Drinkers Make Up the Calories With Unhealthy Foods


    Diet Beverage Drinkers Make Up the Calories With Unhealthy Foods

    According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people who choose diet beverages make up the calories by snacking on unhealthy foods. Ruopeng An, PhD, of University of Illinois and his colleagues studied 10 years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They looked […]

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  • September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


    September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    One is 3 American children is overweight or obese. Their weight can wreak havoc on their health. Some children are now showing signs of health problems once thought to only affect adults, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It can affect not only their physical health, but their emotional health, as well. […]

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  • Food Highlight: Fennel


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    Fennel is probably one of the vegetables you’ve seen at the grocery store and walked past without really knowing what it was or how to use it. Fennel is a white and green bulb with leafy stalks, slightly reminiscent of a bunch of celery growing out of an onion. The bulb, stalks, leaves, and seeds […]

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  • Consider Getting Your Groceries Delivered


    Consider Getting Your Groceries Delivered

    While it may seem like a luxury, getting your groceries delivered may be quite practical. Once upon a time the thought of ordering food from a restaurant and having it delivered to your home seemed a luxury, too. But just as ordering take out has it’s advantages, so does grocery delivery. More grocers are offering […]

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  • Ways to Use Leftover Chicken


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    When you roast chicken, you get a great meal. You also will likely get leftover chicken. While this is often a good thing for some, for others it can create a challenge. For fear of hearing “Chicken again?” at the dinner table, getting creative with chicken leftovers can be crucial. For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, […]

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  • Fitting in 30 minutes of Exercise to Your Day


    Fitting in 30 minutes of Exercise to Your Day

    The best way to deal with something that is too big to handle at once is to break it apart into more manageable pieces. That can be said for projects at work, moving, home renovations, kids’ science fair projects, and yes, even exercise. While at least 30 minutes a day is recommended to maintain good […]

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  • Food Highlight: Chia Seeds


    Chia Seeds

    You might remember chia seeds from spreading on your chia pet and watching them grow. Years later, we are eating them instead of growing them. Chia seeds are small, dark seeds that are slightly bigger than strawberry seeds. They can be found in most grocery stores and health food stores. They can be eaten […]

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  • Celebrities Who Have Been Sleeved


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    Some people who have had gastric sleeve surgery, or another type of bariatric surgery, keep quiet about their procedure. This can make it difficult for those seeking advice about the weight loss procedure to know who to ask. This is one reason it’s good that some celebrities are becoming more open to discussing their gastric […]

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  • 5 Anti Inflammatory Foods


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    Inflammation seems to be a hot topic in the news lately. Inflammation is the body’s response to outside threats, such as stress, infection, or environmental factors. The immune system responds to these threats by activating proteins in the body to protect its cells and tissues. However, when the body overreacts or there is chronic inflammation, […]

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  • Odds Stacked Against Nonsurgical Weight Loss


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    Doctors and clinicians hear it all the time. Overweight and obese patients say they’ve tried every diet and every exercise routine, only to fail to achieve their weight loss goal, or to lose weight and then gain it back. Now there is statistical evidence that shows just how difficult it is for overweight and obese […]

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  • 5 Ways to Make Exercise a Habit


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    One of the most important things you can do for your heart, your health, and your weight is be physically active. Exercise can help us feel better, get stronger, improve muscle tone and balance, improve sleep habits, improve weight, and even improve mental function. But, the hard part can be fitting it into your lifestyle […]

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  • Ham and Cheese Muffin Tin Omelets


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    These muffin tin omelettes are great because they are already in manageable portions, are packed with protein thanks to the eggs, ham, and cheese, and can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. Leftovers reheat quickly. You can easily change the ingredients to suite your taste, such as swapping bacon or sausage in place […]

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  • Food Highlight: Stevia


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    With all the buzz around sugar, sugar substitutes, and low carbohydrate diets lately, sweeteners have become quite confusing. Many people are shunning real sugar to lower their carbohydrate intake, others are shunning sugar substitutes to avoid potentially harmful chemicals, and others are left scratching their heads when deciding how to sweeten their morning coffee. One […]

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  • Metabolic Syndrome: Reduce Your Risk


    Metabolic Syndrome: Reduce Your Risk

    Metabolic syndrome refers to a condition when an individual has 3 or more risk factors (high cholesterol, high fasting glucose, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, and abdominal obesity) present. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, people with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as […]

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  • Stir-Fried Chicken Salad


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    Cooking Light A light, weeknight dinner can be on the table in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders. 4 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon bottled chopped garlic 2 teaspoons sugar 1 pound skinless, boneless […]

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  • Cinnamon: Spice Up Your Food and Your Health


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    Cinnamon is an aromatic and delicious spice that has been highly prized for centuries. Throughout history cinnamon has been used in cooking and for medicine, and was regarded as a gift fit for a king. Luckily for us, cinnamon can be now be found in regular grocery stores and at reasonable prices. While cassia cinnamon […]

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  • Smartphones and Exercise


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    It seems you can’t look around without seeing people using a smartphone everywhere these days: at the beach, in the car, while grocery shopping, waiting in line, and even while exercising. Researchers at Kent State University delved deeper into the effects common smartphone uses (talking, texting, and listening to music) may have on our exercise […]

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  • Add More Vegetables to Your Barbeque


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    Barbeques often seem to be all about the meat. Hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken, fish, kabobs, ribs… the list for barbequing meats goes on and on. But, adding vegetables to your barbeque menu may be easier than you think. Corn and potatoes are usually tops on the list of BBQ items, but they don’t have […]

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  • Better Diet, Better Mind


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    A recent study published in the journal Neurology, shows a link between a better diet and improved brain function in people over the age of 55. Nearly 28,000 adults over 55 were studied for diet quality and cognitive decline over an average period of 5 years. Cognitive function, thinking, and memory skills were tested at […]

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  • Black Beans: An Easy, and Delicious Way to Add Protein and Fiber to Your Diet


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    Black beans are a versatile and flavorful addition to both a vegetarian and nonvegetarian diet. As a member of the legume family, they have a reputation for being high in protein and fiber, and they don’t disappoint. With 7 grams of fiber per ½ cup cooked beans, they provide a good portion of your daily […]

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  • Summertime Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites


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    With summer on the way in South Florida, two things there will be more of for sure are barbeques and watermelon. Fresh watermelons can be found in local farmer’s markets in South Florida from April to July. Perfect timing for summer barbeques. But watermelon doesn’t have to be just for dessert.

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  • Smart Swaps


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    A few smart snack swaps may help reduce your caloric intake and be better for your health without forgoing taste. By making small changes in food choices, you can reduce your sugar and fat intake and increase your intake of vegetables, nuts, and heart healthy fats. Instead of this Try this Cake, cookies, or brownies […]

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  • Which Type of Exercise is Best?


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    Medical experts widely recommend a reduced calorie diet along with exercise as a first line of defense against obesity. But opinions vary greatly between which type of exercise is best for achieving weight reduction (strength training, endurance, or a combination of both). A new study suggests that the type of exercise you choose may be […]

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  • Mighty Mint


    Mighty Mint

    Mint is a collection of herbs, including peppermint and spearmint, that many people grow in their homes or gardens. People associate mint with products such as candy, gum, tea, and toothpaste, but often don’t know how to incorporate it into cooking. Mint’s fresh and lively taste can be combined into recipes to add variety and […]

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  • Effectiveness of Commercial Weight Loss Programs


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    With a third of the American public overweight or obese, physicians are in a prime spot for encouraging weight loss during scheduled visits. However, physicians are often unclear of which weight loss programs to recommend for long term weight loss success. The benefits of weight loss are enhanced by the positive side effects that weight […]

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  • Peach Smoothie


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    In honor of National Peach Cobbler Day, Dr. Shillingford’s staff would like to offer you a lower calorie, weight loss surgery friendly Peach Smoothie recipe. ½ cup nonfat milk or almond milk 5 oz vanilla greek yogurt 1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches ¼ tsp vanilla extract ⅛ tsp cinnamon dash of Nutmeg Put all the […]

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  • World Health Day


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    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 is World Health Day. This year the World Health Organization’s (WHO) theme is “How safe is your food? From farm to plate, make food safe.” They are asking policy-makers, producers, and the public to think about food safety. Have you considered how safe your food is, where it comes from, was […]

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  • The Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean 15


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    Dr. Shillingford, a South Florida based surgeon specializing in gastric sleeve, lap band, and gastric bypass weight loss surgeries encourages his patients to eat a healthy post bariatric surgery diet. While many of our gastric sleeve, lap band, and gastric bypass surgery patients seek information on incorporating more vegetables into their diets, some also inquire […]

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  • Spring Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Highlight: Kale


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    Our gastric sleeve surgery practice located in south florida has many patients seeking advice on nutrition and health post sleeve gastrectomy/gastric sleeve procedure. Kale is well known to be high in nutritional value and very popular with our gastric sleeve patients. Gastric sleeve patients thrive learning about various ways to use kale in their diet […]

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  • Benefits of Yoga – A Great Exercise for Gastric Sleeve Patients!


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    Yoga is a great form of exercise because it can be done by beginners, masters, or anyone in between and can be modified to meet the abilities of most people. Yoga can be done in your home, at the beach, at a studio, or even in your workplace. Yoga has a host of wonderful and […]

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  • Spinach Balls


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    Hi there, below we have a recipe for spinach balls; yum – although not the lowest in calories yummy and with antioxidant properties of spinach. Kale can be substitute as well. Dr Shillingford’s weight loss surgery in south florida would like to share the following recipe today. Ingredients: 2 cups dry Stove Top Stuffing Mix […]

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  • Yoga, Obesity Surgery and Osteoporosis


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    As yoga grows in popularity as an exercise potentially beneficial for gastric sleeve surgery patients it is also important to look at other benefits of yoga as well. Osteoporosis is a growing concern as many baby boomers continue to age into a vulnerable period for their health. It is well documented that osteoporosis is a […]

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  • Sugar-free Egg Nog


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    Ingredients 3 cups skim milk 2 scoops vanilla protein powder 1 package sugar-free, fat-free vanilla pudding mix 1/4 c. Davinci Butter Rum syrup 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or to taste) 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste) Directions: Place all ingredients in the blender and blend away! Serve chilled in glasses with a sprinkle of nutmeg on […]

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  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal and Quinoa Protein Balls


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    Serves 26 Peanut buttery goodness that will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a protein boost to boot! Ingredients 1/2 c Sugar-free Honey (or the real stuff if you can tolerate) 1 1/2 c Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (dry) 1/2 c Quinoa Flakes 1/2 c Ground Flax 1/2 c Vanilla Protein Powder (I used […]

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  • Tips for Curbing Sugar Cravings


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    At our gastric sleeve/sleeve gastrectomy surgery practice we know the Holidays are a tough time to stay away from sugar and sweet desserts. It is normal to celebrate and enjoy but for our gastric sleeve patients we always like to give many tips to help them for their road to their celebrated health and weight […]

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  • Holidays Snack Recipes for Kids


    Snack Recipes for Kids

    With the holidays around the corner, Dr. Kahlil A. Shillingford would like to share a healthy snack for your kids that is easy to make and your kids will enjoy while they are on their holiday school break. Snack Recipes for Kids Maple Walnut Granola Makes about 6 cups 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup […]

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  • Raw Broccoli Salad


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    Ingredients Apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp Light mayonnaise, 2 tbsp No-calorie sweetener, 2 tbsp Broccoli florets, 4 cups (finely chopped) Red onion, ¼ cup (chopped) Sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp. (salted and roasted) Raisins, 3 tbsp. (seedless) Directions To prepare this healthy salad, combine together cider vinegar, mayonnaise, and sweetener in a large bowl. Add broccoli, […]

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  • Healthy Stuffing


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    Ingredients 1 tblsp light butter 14 oz stuffing bread ( Pepperidge farm or mrs cubbison) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced mushroom 2-3 cloves of garlic 2 21/2 cups of chicken broth poultry seasoning to taste ( usually 1-2 tsp) pepper to taste around 1 tsp Directions: Preheat oven to […]

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  • Chicken with Salsa – Paleo Diet


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    Chicken with Salsa – Paleo Diet The paleo (caveman) diet is gaining increasing popularity in weight loss surgery regimens. Many patients with weight loss surgery are seeking new lifestyles of various health options and new eating regimens. The paleo diet is consistent with eating basic foods including avoiding complex carbohydrates. The following recipe makes four […]

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  • Going Organic and Weight Loss – Is it worth it?


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    There has been much discussion recently about GMO (genetically modified foods) and the concerns and risks of eating such foods. It has been estimated in the United States 80 percent of all foods in supermarkets are GMO; it has even been suggested that baby foods have traces of pesticides. It has been clearly established in […]

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  • Power Snacks


    Power Snacks

    At our weight loss surgery practice in South Florida patients are frequently asking for snack and nutrition ideas. Blood sugar and protein are two areas of interest when it comes to power snacks in South Florida. These areas are of particular interest to Weight Loss Surgery patients. Instead of reaching for a granola bar, you […]

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  • Coconut Oil and Weight Loss Surgery


    Coconut Oil and Weight Loss Surgery

    Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients are always interested in learning more about weight loss both pre and post weight loss surgery. From Palm Beach to Miami, Florida Dr Shillingford’s gastric sleeve surgery patients are keen to learn more about weight loss, metabolism and nutrition. Coconut oil has been discussed to promote weight loss. Researchers have discovered […]

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  • Benefits of Protein Shakes Recipes – courtesy of Dr Shillingford’s Gastric Sleeve Surgery Practice in South Florida


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    A protein shake can be very helpful especially during a hectic and busy morning schedule. It can help with weight loss but even more importantly with overall nutritional status. Some advantages towards weight loss: Simplicity; protein shake is a portable grab-and-go meal. Cost effective, kick, healthy and fast. Avoids sugar crash. It provides steady, sustained […]

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  • Comparing Bariatric Surgeries


    Comparing Bariatric Surgeries

    Are you struggling with weight loss? Then come see Dr. Shillingford in Boca Raton, for your free consultation, regarding the different types of bariatric surgeries he performs, such as the gastric sleeve, lap band, and bypass. The most common of these procedures are the gastric sleeve and the lap band and the differences between these […]

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  • Concerns about Obesity Worldwide Including the UK and the connection to Florida


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    In England similarly to Florida the risks of obesity are greatly discussed. The NHS system of healthcare in the UK does cover obesity surgery including gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy. In England there is a concern that half of adults will be obese by 2050; they do have similar to Florida an Obesity Awareness […]

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  • Is the Gastric Sleeve surgery right for you?


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    In this society that we live in, individuals are continually attempting to push the envelope farther on how to lose weight with the least possible amount of complications. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure that produces quick and uncomplicated weight loss. The gastric sleeve’s rising popularity can be due to the […]

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  • Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third – Good To Know for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patients in Dr Shillingford’s Palm Beach Gastric Sleeve Surgery Practice


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    Eating a diet of three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of flavoinoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate […]

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  • Delicious Mango Salsa Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery


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    Mango Salsa can go well with party platters, tortilla chips and salads. After gastric sleeve surgery it is important to learn more about yummy recipes so you keep a keen interest in nutrition and eat in a healthy manner. Gastric Sleeve patients frequently enjoy learning more about what fruits are in season, at this time […]

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  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Pilates


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    Pilates is a rigorous form of exercise which emphasizes core strength and improvement in posture. During the gastric sleeve surgery journey it is important to take up a form of exercise that you feel committed and passionate about. For some it is walking or running, for many it is weight training or yoga and pilates. […]

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  • Gastric Sleeve Post-Ops Achieve Glycemic Control


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    Gastric Sleeve surgery can be a major contributor to glycemic control in management of type 2 diabetes. Those who underwent gastric sleeve surgery and continued medical therapy had significantly greater success than those who received medical therapies only, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Additionally, the group who had […]

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  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Nutrition and Antioxidants


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    A healthy diet is a healthy you! Read here more about Top Ten Antioxidants Post Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Vitamin C – Yes Age Old Vitamin C; one of the best antioxidants! You probably don’t need us to tell you where to find your vitamin C – orange and grapefruit juice (be careful of combining certain […]

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