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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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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

October 1, 2021

Fall is among us! It is now time to consume every pumpkin creation possible before it’s not socially acceptable anymore… and we have a recipe for you. Indulge in a delicious, protein packed, autumn favorite: pumpkin cheesecake! This quick and simple recipe will provide you with a delicious fall treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

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Why Long-term PPI Therapy May Be Hurting Our Health

September 24, 2021

Long term use of PPIs for GERD may be damaging to your health according to Memorial Advanced Surgery.

Statistics estimate that GERD affects about 20 percent of the population in the United States. To manage this condition, many people look to proton-pump inhibitor, or PPI therapy. PPI therapy is a medication, usually over the counter, that reduces the amount of stomach acid production. It is nearly impossible to completely inhibit the production of stomach acid.

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Frozen Yogurt Berry Bark

September 17, 2021

“Time for dessert!” – everyone’s favorite words to hear. Dessert is usually associated with high calorie and high sugar treats, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can create a delicious dessert item with healthy ingredients that still work to quench that after-meal sweet tooth. Try out our quick and easy recipe for frozen yogurt berry bark and see for yourself.

Three glass cups of yogurt topped with raspberries and berries on a wooden table. MasJax logo in top left corner.

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What Is Dumping Syndrome? (And Why It Might not Be All Bad)

September 10, 2021

High sugar foods like this donut can trigger dumping syndrome in bariatric patients, but that may be helpful according to Memorial Advanced Surgery.

No surgery is 100% risk and consideration free and the gastric bypass is no different. In many cases, when we talk about the side effects of surgery, we focus on the decidedly negative ones. However, dumping syndrome is one of those very interesting side effects that, while very uncomfortable for the patient, may actually have some long term beneficial value. When we discussed dumping syndrome, we limit our discussion to the gastric bypass because of the way that the stomach is changed and. The outlets from the stomach into the small intestine, known as the stoma is removed and rebuilt during a bypass surgery. The new valve is not as efficient or as strong as the natural valve. This means that food and drink can enter into the more sensitive small intestines faster without being fully procesed in the stomach. This is known as rapid gastric emptying or dumping syndrome.

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Strawberry Mini Waffles

September 3, 2021

Waking up in the morning is a lot easier when you know you have a delicious breakfast on the way. Our recipe for mini strawberry waffles combines all of your favorite breakfast treats to create a meal to remember. Did we mention that it is also won’t break your calorie count for the day? Read on to see if this is too good (and yummy) to be true.

Waffle on white plate topped with sliced fresh strawberries. MasJax logo in the bottom left corner.

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To Wait or Not To Wait – Buying Clothes After Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2021

It is exciting to see results after bariatric surgery. You start to shed pound after pound and your clothes do not fit quite like they used to. The first place your mind may jump to is going shopping and investing in an entire new wardrobe. You have come a long way and worked so hard to get to where you are now – you are deserving of a little reward. However, buying a whole new wardrobe after the first signs of weight loss may be premature, and may end up costing you more money than necessary.

Woman stands in front of mirror holding up a dress as she debates if it is the right time to buy clothes after weight loss surgery at Memorial Advanced Surgery.

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Protein Peanut Butter and Chocolate Truffles

August 20, 2021

Protein packed chocolate peanut butter truffles sprinkled with cocoa. Memorial Advanced Surgery logo in top left corner

Is your stomach already growling from the title? This an absolutely delicious dessert recipe that will quench all your sweet tooth cravings. Replace a high sugar snack or dessert with these chocolate peanut butter truffles to reduce your sugar intake and increase the amount of protein in your diet. It doesn’t get better than this.

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5 Myths About Bariatric Surgery

August 13, 2021

With today’s technology, you have virtually unlimited information at your fingertips. This can be a great resource, but it can also lead to the spread of misinformation. Bariatric surgery often falls victim to this reality. We are here today to shine some light on the truth about the bariatric journey and what you should be aware of when researching the procedures.

A bariatric surgeons weighs out myths versus facts about weight loss surgery at Memorial Advanced Surgery in Jacksonville, FL.

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