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My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

Eat Your Vegetables, They're Good For You

I can recall sitting tablside years ago in an eye to eye standoff with a heap of Brussels sprouts that my mother had shoveled onto my plate. I had no doubt that those little green balls of torture had literally been shoveled onto the plate because a mound so large could not have been made by hands alone. I prodded them with my fork, half in... Read moreChevron
posted 06/25/2014, comments (0)|
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Dr. Oz and the Supplement Industry: The Truth Behind the Claims

For years, many in the medical and scientific community have taken issue with the bold claims by Dr. Mehmet Oz about weight loss products.  So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he recently was called before a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection to defend his boosting of what have been described as “bogus”... Read moreChevron
My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

The High Emotional Cost of Plastic Surgery that No One Tells You About

    I sometimes have posted about the emotional trauma that I have been through with my body contouring plastic surgery. And now even 14-months post my tummy tuck plastic surgery the emotional toll continues. Women often have told me how brave I am to have gone through all of this. But very few people know the full extent of what... Read moreChevron
posted 06/24/2014, comments (0)|
My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

New Study Shows Possible Link Between Parental Obesity and Autism

A new study from the Norweigan Institute of Public Health suggests that parental obesity can be a greater risk factor for autism among children than the previously suspected link of maternal obesity to autism. Dr. Pal Suren, the first researcher to study the paternal link, is quick to point out that his research is still only theory and more work... Read moreChevron
posted 06/24/2014, comments (0)|
My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide

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I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I've maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!

Reflections One-Year Post Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) Plastic Surgery

This past week I saw one of my "before" photographs that my plastic surgeon had taken of my body pre-operatively in his office. Already I have forgotten just how awful I looked before my tummy tuck. I told him how terrible it had been to have my nude photos taken back then and how wonderful it is to now no longer be ashamed of my body. It was... Read moreChevron
posted 06/23/2014, comments (0)|

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