Health Notes

Whole Grains (And a Great Recipe) You Need to Try

by Martha Nepper, MS, RDN, LMNT, CDE on July 29, 2015

Whole GrainsWe’ve all heard time and again how whole grains are good for us. But what does “whole grain” really mean?

Whole grains contain all the components of a whole kernel of wheat – bran, endosperm, and germ. These parts contain nutrients (such as B Vitamins) and fiber. Fiber keeps us feeling fuller, which is important to maintain or achieve a healthy weight.

Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, 100 percent whole wheat bread, corn products and oatmeal are whole grains we see a lot of in the store. You may have also seen a few new ones, such as quinoa, millet, and buckwheat. But have you heard of farro?

Farro is a wheat product that’s becoming a more popular whole grain. It has a nutty flavor and is rich in protein and a great source of fiber. A new favorite recipe in our house is Farro with Pistachios and Herbs. Trust me, this is one you have to try… it can easily be packed for a healthy lunch!

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Surgical Weight Loss – Let’s Get Real

by Dr. Daniel Cronk on July 22, 2015

waist measureLet’s get real for just a moment. Having weight loss surgery will not make you supermodel thin.

There’s a distinct difference between getting thin and getting healthier.

It’s critical for anyone considering bariatric surgery to set realistic expectations of the outcomes from surgical weight loss. It’s something we go over right from the first appointment here at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic. Why? Because our goal is to help you achieve your goals –not set you up for disappointment or feelings of failure.

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Recipe: A Berry Healthy Summer

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Nothing says summer like fresh berries. They make not only a sweet and delicious snack, they are good for you, too! The high fiber and lower calories you find in berries can help you feel fuller longer and maybe help you lose weight. They have an added bonus of protecting your brain! Several research studies […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What Should I Bring to My Appointment?”

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Q. Bariatric surgery is something I’ve been considering for a long time, and now I’m finally going to take the leap. I am about to have my first appointment with my bariatric surgeon, and honestly, I’m a little nervous. What do I need to bring with me? A. Your first appointment with your Methodist Physicians […]

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Exercise: It’s Even Better Wet

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When most people hear “water exercise,” they think of lap swimming. But there are many more opportunities for exercising in water than just swimming, and most health clubs with a pool will offer some opportunities to work out in the water. Being in water, especially for a person who carries more weight, offers less wear […]

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Recipe: Beginning the Day Gluten-Free

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Pancakes are a staple for any breakfast food-lover. However, if you are following a gluten-free diet, pancakes are definitely off the list. So what can you do if you want to enjoy the fluffy-goodness of breakfast while watching your gluten intake? Enjoy this gluten-free recipe.

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Your Questions Answered: “How Should I Prepare for Surgery?”

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Q. I’m so excited, my bariatric surgery date is coming up fast. I’m so ready to get my health and my weight under control. And while I’m excited, I’m also nervous. I want to make sure I’m getting off on the right foot. How can I prepare for surgery? A. First of all, congrats on […]

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Exercise: Get Up and MOVE!

June 3, 2015

New research shows sitting for too long can be hazardous to your health. Prolonged sitting puts you at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans, even if you exercise. So how can you add more movement to your day?

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Why Don’t More Men have Bariatric Surgery?

May 27, 2015

When it comes to obesity and weight issues, men and women are fairly evenly split. There’s a 50-50 percent split in obesity rates among U.S. men and women. However, when it comes to taking action, that’s when the proverbial scales begin to tip. New research shows 80 percent of those seeking bariatric surgery are women […]

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Recipe: Springtime Spice on the Grill

May 20, 2015

Springtime is the perfect time to dust off the grill and take your cooking outdoors. So what can you cook up that’s also healthy for your heart? Pork tenderloin is an extra-lean, heart-healthy protein. In fact, it’s been classified by the American Heart Association’s “Heart-Check Mark.” A three ounce portion of pork tenderloin contains less […]

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