Health Notes

Recipe: Warm Up with Chili

by admin on December 17, 2014

Baby, it’s COLD outside! When it comes to warming up, nothing quite hits the spot like a piping hot bowl of chili.

Beans are good for you. They are packed with protein, good carbohydrates and micronutrients such as fiber and folate. They are also delicious and extremely versatile. They can be the basis for a side dish, an entrée or a snack.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests you eat several cups of beans a week. A cup of black beans has 25 grams of fiber, close to a recommended daily level. If you choose to use canned beans, you can reduce the sodium content by rinsing them.

Try this recipe for a quick weeknight dinner that can warm you up and provide plenty of nutrition.

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Your Questions Answered: “What are my surgical options?”

by Dr. Daniel Cronk on December 10, 2014

Questions AnsweredQ. After years of yo-yo dieting, I am sick and tired of the weight battle and the constant knee, hip and joint pains that come with it. I’m exploring my options for bariatric surgical solutions. It seems like there are so many of them. How do I know what’s right for me?

A. When it comes to weight loss surgery, it’s good to do your homework. The right choice for you depends on your goals, your health, your surgeon’s recommendation, and which operations your health insurance covers.

The best place to begin this homework is with your Methodist Physicians Clinic bariatric surgeon. Dr. Gary Anthone, Dr. Brad Winterstein and I offer several different weight loss surgical options, tailored to your individual needs.

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Exercise: Upper Extremity Resistance Training

December 3, 2014

You have probably heard strength training burns more calories. Did you know that’s because strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories? If you build more muscle you will also burn more calories during your cardio workout as well. Weights are pretty inexpensive, but for those of you on a tight budget, there are […]

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Six Tips for Sensible Eating this Season

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During the holiday season we are faced with an abundance of yummy snacks at the office, food gifts from friends and family, and holiday parties where delicious food is always served.  How do we manage our weight during this busy holiday season? As a Registered Dietitian at the Methodist Hospital Center for Diabetes and Nutritional […]

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Recipe: A Nutritious, Delicious Thanksgiving Table

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Just in time for your Thanksgiving table, one of the best food fighters against cold and flu. Winter squash is one of the richest sources of plant-based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotene, important for a strong immune system. The huge timesaver in this recipe is using frozen winter squash, which is surprisingly […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What causes obesity? Is it hereditary?”

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Q. It seems like I’m eternally trying to lose weight and have been yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember. I know I’m not alone… my entire family is overweight. While I know I have a good appetite, is obesity hereditary? A. You’ve asked a very complex question, with a lot of unknowns. […]

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Exercise: Four Ways to Avoid the Winter Workout Blahs

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Congratulations! You set your goals and challenged yourself to start and, most importantly, stay with an exercise program. You overcame many obstacles along the way including fear of the unknown, injuries, boredom and looks from people who have no idea the road you have traveled to get where you are today. But you may be […]

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Building a Healthy Food Home

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When you look in your refrigerator, do you see fruits, vegetables, or low-fat yogurt or milk? Do you have fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter? When it comes to building a healthy home, having these foods on your counter or on the center shelf in the refrigerator at eye level helps you to choose […]

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The RIGHT Reasons for Weight Loss Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is often viewed as a “quick fix” for getting skinny… the easy way to lose a lot of weight without the work. It’s a myth that couldn’t be less true. If you are considering weight loss surgery for cosmetic reasons, surgery flat out isn’t for you. Bariatric surgery and the work afterwards is […]

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Recipe: Savory Nutrition with Squash

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Eating more vegetables is always a great idea… especially when watching your diet and nutrition intake. Squash is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, […]

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