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Movement as Medicine

When you think about your weight, whether you want to lose weight or maintain, what do you think about? Food? Sure. Your diet? Of course. Plus we all know exercise is an important part of the puzzle, right? Is exercise considered movement? Or how is it different? Is movement just as beneficial? Does it burn calories? Let's talk to exercise physiologist Jennifer Smallridge and find out. When she’s not working with clients, Jennifer is an academic lecturer in the fields of Exercise Science...


Stop Avoiding Carbs Now

We see a lot of chatter about carbohydrate in our Bariatric Surgery Eating Group on Facebook. Some people think carbs are bad and try to never eat them, others fear carbs and still others love carbs… especially the less healthy ones. Are you confused and don’t know what to believe about carbs? Every friend tells you something different? To make it more confusing, some post surgery medical teams advise very little carbohydrate in the diet while others caution their patients not to cut...


Fertility, Pregnancy and Your Weight

Are you struggling to become pregnant and don’t know what to do? You’re already well aware there’s a list of reasons why women don’t get pregnant and you’re feeling frustrated. But did you know that what you eat in the months leading up to conception drastically impacts your chances of conceiving? Weight problems are common among reproductive age women putting them at increased risk for problems with fertility and pregnancy. Some women have chosen bariatric surgery specifically to improve...


New Year's Resolutions: Bust or Benefit?

Do you feel like you blink and it’s another New Year? Have you thought about the New Year and what you want to accomplish? Do you have dreams that you hope come true? I do. Do you set goals or resolutions with a plan of action or do you wait and see where life takes you? A new year is the time for a fresh start with a clean slate…your motivation’s high and anything seems possible…right? Did you know that over 40% of people make new year’s resolutions yet 80% of those resolutions fail...


Holiday Food Traps: 7 Ways to Steer Clear

Do you gain weight during the holiday season? Many people do. What can you do differently this year and still indulge in all of the festive fun? Amanda Clark, bariatric dietitian and our podcast content director, joins me to share seven real world tips to help you steer clear of those holiday food traps.


The Food-Mood Connection, part 2

Did you know that food and what’s in food meaning the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as protein affects your mood? Food, your brain and your mood are so interconnected. In part two of the food-mood connection, let’s talk more about the food you choose to eat, what’s in the food you choose to eat and how it can influence your mood. She’s back…joining me on the podcast is our content director and bariatric dietitian Amanda Clark. In part one of the food-mood connection we...


Vitamin B12 and Bariatric Surgery

Has a friend told you to have your vitamin B-12 level checked or to take vitamin B-12 for your brain? Did you know it’s important after bariatric surgery too? Vitamin B-12 plays a role in keeping your brain healthy and helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a critical nutrient that your body cannot make and it’s very important after bariatric surgery. Let’s talk about why you need it and where to get it. Joining me on the podcast from Orlando Florida is bariatric clinical dietitian...


Binge Eating Disorder: A Problem for Bariatric Surgery?

Are you considering bariatric surgery? Do you think you may have binge eating disorder? The trifecta of binge eating, obesity and bariatric surgery can create a complex health situation. We'll share information that's very real, honest and helpful. If you are thinking about bariatric surgery, you have come to this place for different reasons. No two of you are challenged by food or have gained weight for the same reason. Take the time to talk with a professional trained in eating...


Interval Training to Boost Metabolism

Are you struggling to lose weight following bariatric surgery? Maybe, you have stopped losing weight. Do you remember our guest Joanne Ballantyne who stopped losing weight very soon after her surgery? Amanda Clark, Joanne’s dietitian, sent her for a metabolism test to find out what was going on. In this episode, I’ll talk with Mark Barrett, the physiotherapist who performs these tests. For the past 10 years Mark has used gold standard equipment at his Jupiter Health Metabolism Clinic...


Sleep and Your Weight

Do you notice you’re hungrier when you’re tired? Does lack of sleep or poor sleep affect your weight? We live in a world that goes 24-7, which makes it difficult to turn off, doesn't it? I’ve wondered how much of the weight problem we have today is influenced by sleep – we’re up late, we’re on electronic devices, we have 24-hour retail outlets and shopping online. What do you think? Let's talk to Amanda about how sleep or lack of it could affect your body and your weight. Joining me...


How Relationships Change after Bariatric Surgery

Have you lost weight and find that the reactions from your family, friends and …even strangers have changed? Lately there’s been conversation in our Facebook Group… Bariatric Surgery Eating… about personal relationships and how they’re affected by significant weight loss. Have you experienced this too? Perhaps this is something that’s worth thinking about before bariatric surgery. Let’s find out in this podcast. Joining me via Skype from the Gold Coast of Australia is registered health...


Bariatric Surgery: 5 Ways to Prep for Success

Are you considering bariatric surgery but feel overwhelmed with all the information? Wondering where to begin and what to do so you have the best success and outcome? Joining me via Skype from Western Australia is Cynara Stalenhoef who’s going to share her story of preparation and success after overcoming major obstacles. A Virtual Assistant specializing in Digital Marketing Automation by day and wife and mom of two kids ages 10 and 8 by night, Cynara had a gastric sleeve in February 2016...


Phantom Fat: Feeling Fat after Weight Loss

Do you still shop for clothes trying on much larger sizes than you need…after your weight loss? Katie said “in my youth I lost 45 kg (99 lbs) dieting and felt fatter than what I was so much so that the shop assistant stopped me and said, you need smaller sizes love.” Mary said… "I lost 70kg (154 lb) but still felt like I was 140kg (308 lbs)." What’s going on here? Joining me via Skype from Boston, Massachusetts is clinical psychologist Dr. Elayne Daniels, a recognized leader in the field...


The Food Mood Connection

Are you worried about money? Have you lost your job and concerned about paying bills? Maybe you’re going through a divorce. Maybe your bariatric surgery is more stressful than you thought it would be. Food and your mood are so interconnected. Let’s talk about this connection and how... what you choose to eat can influence how you feel. Joining me via Skype from the Gold Coast in Australia is bariatric dietitian Amanda Clark who’s also the content director for this podcast. You met her on...


Managing Emotions

When I say ‘zombie eating’ what immediately comes to mind? Mindless eating, emotional eating maybe? Let’s put the brakes on before this zombie eating happens and stop ourselves from needing to eat for emotional reasons. To help us put the brakes on, resident psychologist on Australia’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed, Glenn Mackintosh is back for a follow up interview to our podcast on emotional eating… but with a focus on managing your moods. You can find out more about Glenn on our...


Metabolism Sluggish after Bariatric Surgery?

Joanne had gastric bypass surgery. Four weeks later she stopped losing weight. Has this happened to you? Why is it happening? Joanne Ballantyne joins me via Skype from the Gold Coast of Australia. Joanne’s a businesswoman who runs online training courses in the food industry. At 62, Joanne says she’s lived her life on one diet or another with very little success. You can find out more about Joanne on her website: or on Facebook at:


Self Acceptance thru Tapping

Have you tried tapping…aka…Emotional Freedom Technique also called EFT? In a previous episode we spoke with Dr. Peta Stapleton, the clinical psychologist from Bond University in Australia. She helped us understand how tapping, which she referred to as psychological acupuncture or acupuncture without the needles can help with food cravings. Now it’s your turn to give it a try. Joining me via Skype from Cape Town, South Africa is Helen Mouton who had gastric bypass surgery in 2007 and has...


Tapping Away Food Cravings

Have you heard of a psychology technique called tapping that’s beneficial for food cravings and weight loss including bariatrics? Tapping has also been called psychological acupuncture… or acupuncture without the needles. Joining me via SKYPE from Australia is Dr Peta Stapleton, a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist and Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Bond University. She’s a world-recognised researcher in the field of Emotional Freedom Techniques...


Priceless Perspective: Bariatric Nurse-Patient Measures Her Milestones

What are some of the biggest factors contributing to successful bariatric surgery? How do you measure milestones? Joining me is Brenda Hoehn who has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing and is a member of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She’s the nurse coordinator for the Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Program at Saint Francis Medical Center in Missouri, a part-time Life Coach and a bariatric surgery patient herself. You can find out more about Brenda on...


Kill for a Cookie? Emotional Eating after Bariatric Surgery

Would you kill for a cookie? French fries? Do you eat when you’re hungry, mad or stressed. Emotional eating can affect you, bariatric surgery or not. Resident psychologist on Australia’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed, Glenn Mackintosh, joins me on the podcast to talk about the missing piece in emotional eating…the psychology angle. Glenn is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and consults with bariatric patients pre and post surgery. You can find out more about Glenn on our...


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