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Protein Packed Eggnog

December 3, 2021

‘Tis the season for delicious holiday treats – we have put together a recipe for eggnog that will leave you with the holiday spirit and without the guilt. This eggnog recipe uses egg and sugar substitutes that allow for you to enjoy some eggnog with less calories and less sugar.

Protein based eggnog recipe offers lower calorie option for those watching their weight

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Getting Over the Hump of Bariatric Preop Testing

November 26, 2021

One of the biggest hurdles to patients looking to have bariatric surgery involves preop testing. And while we would love to provide each patient with a quick way to push through to surgery, pre op testing plays an incredibly important role in the safety and effectiveness of the bariatric procedure. Cardiovascular and pulmonary testing helps ensure that the patient is suitable for surgery and that the anesthesia and trauma to the body from the surgical procedure doesn’t cause significant issues. Psychological testing is also used to make the patient aware of their responsibilities after surgery dash mostly that surgery is not a magic bullet dash and prepare them for what’s to come.

Patient and provider complete required pre-op testing before bariatric surgery for a safe procedure and to meet insurance guidelines for weight loss surgery

Most of our patients start their weight loss surgery process with a great deal of enthusiasm and motivation. But as they start navigating what can be up to six months of pre-operative preparation, they can become frustrated and ultimately drop out from the process. So, what can we do to keep that motivation level up and push through the pre-op process as quickly and efficiently as possible?

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Protein Packed Peppermint Mocha

November 19, 2021

The winter holidays are coming up and nothing makes you feel as warm and cozy as a warm peppermint mocha. Flavored coffee is usually packed with unwanted sugar, however, this tasty drink recipe is a guilt-free way to enjoy all of the holiday flavors. Keep reading to learn how to make our protein packed peppermint mocha!

Peppermint mocha made with protein supplement for better nutritional balance

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Decoding Labels: What is the Skinny on Sugar and Fat with Jenny Hamm, MasJax Nutritionist

November 16, 2021

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Talking To Family and Friends About Your Weight Loss Surgery Decision

November 12, 2021

You are in an incredible place. You’ve done the research, met, and chosen a surgeon, feel comfortable with the staff and the support plan, and above all else, are putting yourself first for probably the first time in quite a while. You are ready to have bariatric surgery and are committed to whatever it takes to ensure the success of your procedure and the long-term results.

Friends exercise together and discuss the choice to have weight loss surgery and how to support your friend through their bariatric surgery journey

What many of us forget to add to our checklist are the very real conversations that need to be had with family and friends. Some of you have already done this, weighing their opinions and thoughts during the decision-making process. While some have family and friends who are solid sounding boards and cheerleaders for their life decisions, not everyone has that type of support system. Some actually have friends and family who have not only challenged their decision to undergo surgery but have probably even contributed to the negative feelings about themselves and led to the coping behaviors, like food, which medicated these tough relationships for years.

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Protein Packed Cinnamon Roll Donuts

November 5, 2021

Cinnamon donut holes made with protein supplement for better nutritional balance

There is nothing better to wake up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. However, there is a catch that comes with it, and that catch is a lot of sugar and calories. Luckily, we are sharing a recipe that quenches that cinnamon craving without throwing away empty calories. Behold our recipe for protein packed cinnamon roll donuts – a delicious alternative that is low in both sugar and calories.

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What To Eat and What to Avoid for Optimal Gut Health

October 29, 2021

Most Americans are concerned about their health to some degree. And while there are certain diseases that rightly get plenty of attention, others, including those of the colon don’t get nearly as much press as they deserve. In fact, colon cancer is a leading killer of men and women in the United States, but it also represents one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. Unfortunately, however, many patients do not prioritize their colon health the way they should. Cancer is not the only concern when it comes to colon health. Several conditions that affect the colon can be disruptive, or in some cases, even life-threatening if left untreated. While gut health is often a sign of general health, there are certain foods we can eat and others to avoid to keep our guts as healthy as possible, even in our later years.

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Hernia Mesh – Truths and Myths

October 22, 2021

Surgeon reaching for a piece of hernia mesh to repair an abdominal hernia is Jacksonville, FL

Hernia mesh can be a touchy subject for some. To be sure, there has been some controversy over the use of hernia mesh, even though it represents one of the biggest advances in hernia repair technology. In fact, mesh makes for a much more reliable hernia closure and longer-term repair than traditional tension repairs, which typically have a far higher rate of recurrence. As a result, most hernias today are repaired with mesh.

With that said, there’s still a lot to discuss about hernia mesh, and in this article, we want to separate the truths from the myths.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Frappe

October 15, 2021

Are you bored of your typical morning coffee routine? Well, we have a recipe that will have you jumping out of bed to make. This simple recipe combines delicious ingredients that will make a perfect chocolate hazelnut frappe to leave you happy, well caffeinated, and ready to conquer the day.

Two clear cups filled with Chocolate Hazelnut Frappe

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Best Low Impact Exercises for Bariatric Patients

October 8, 2021

You’ve been cleared to exercise. So now what?

This is far less daunting than it sounds. For some of us, the gym was not our first hang out pre-surgery. Neither was spin class, the tennis court, the weekend hikes or the stand-up paddleboard. But guess what? Your new life is the golden ticket to some of life‘s best experiences that will broaden your free-time horizons, increase your health-conscious circle of friends, and lead to tremendous success in your weight loss journey.

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