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    Memorial is giving hope to heart patients!

    Last updated 16 hours ago

    Memorial Hospital is one of a small number of hospitals in Northeast Florida that offers the TAVR procedure. TAVR can help patients with severe aortic stenosis feel better and live longer. It is the only valve replacement option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not well enough to undergo traditional surgery.

    Visit our webpage to find out if you or someone you love is a candidate.

    Diet Myths, Fact or Fiction

    Last updated 1 day 17 hours ago

    There are so many ways to get nutrition advice these days – the internet especially has a wealth of information available to everyone. You also get nutrition advice from your doctor, infomercials, television shows, your friends and family, the health food store employee, and the news. Some people who are reporting on a nutrition topic may not know fully understand the information themselves. Some of those who are talking about nutrition are trying to sell a product such is vitamins, supplements, cookbooks, etc. So what should we believe?

    Let’s set the record straight and get to the bottom of some of the most common diet myths.

    Myth: Certain foods will make you burn calories

    Fact: I have had people ask if eating celery will actually make you burn calories, saying celery has “negative” calories. This is simply a myth. You will never burn off more calories than the food contains, simply by eating the food.

    Myth: If you eat after 7pm or 8pm, you will gain weight

    Fact: It is simply calories in versus calories out. It will not matter what time of the day you eat. If you are consuming more calories than you are burning, no matter what time of day, you will gain weight.

    Myth: If you don’t eat fat, you won’t gain weight

    Fact: It is easy to go overboard with fat intake. And yes, if too much fat is consumed, it will contribute to weight gain. However, fat is an important nutrient that our body needs and it can actually help with weight loss by increasing satiety, helping you feel full so you will eat less. Remember, fat has more calories per gram than carbohydrates and protein. There is nothing wrong with cutting back on your fat intake, but cutting it out completely will not help with weight loss.

    Myth: Low carbohydrate/high protein diets are the healthiest way to lose weight

    Fact: When most of your calories come from high protein/high fat foods, you are not consuming a balanced diet. Eating mostly foods such as meat, eggs, and cheese may cause you to consume too much fat and cholesterol, raising your risk for heart disease. You may also not be getting enough fiber, vitamins and minerals, and may not be eating enough fruits and vegetables. This type of diet may cause quick weight loss, but it is not long term. The best thing to do is eat a reduced calorie diet that includes a balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

    Myth: Skipping meals will help you lose weight

    Fact: Skipping meals can cause you to feel hungrier and cause you to eat more than you normally would at a meal. Research studies have shown that people who eat less throughout the day and skip meals weigh more than people to eat 4-5 times per day.

    These are just some of the diet myths that exist today. There are many more myths and misleading information out there. So who can you trust? You can trust what you read or see on the television or other media source if it is written by a registered dietitian, quotes sources such as the Dietary Guidelines, MyPyramid, or other government sources. Be weary if the main goal is to sell a product, the authors are “nutritionists” or “nutrition counselors”, or the source recommends fad diets, fasting or large doses of a certain supplement.  

    Need a doctor? Call Consult-A-Nurse!

    Last updated 2 days 21 hours ago

    Consult-A-Nurse® is a free service designed to provide you with physician referrals and health information. Our nurses and referral specialists can help you:

    You can contact our nurses 24 hours a day at 1-800-530-3244.

    Special Beginnings at Memorial Hospital

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Choosing your physician and your birthing center are two of the most important decisions you will make. Here’s what you need to know about us. Our staff values the entire family. We have programs for dads, moms, and children that are about to have a new brother or sister. Our birthing center is the place where families grow, and we know a happy family makes a happy mom!

    Memorial Hospital is a U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital. We designed our state-of-the-art birthing rooms with your home in mind. We want you to be comfortable, and our caring staff of doctors and nurses will provide you with unmatched care. 

    Here’s something else you should know about us. We were the first hospital in the area to have OB Hospitalists onsite 24/7. Why is that important? Well, we have an OB here every minute of the day. So, no matter what time you deliver, you won’t have to wait for a doctor. This is something that should make moms-to-be feel more secure.

    Visit our website to take a virtual tour!

    Tips For Eating Out

    Last updated 8 days ago

    You can eat out and eat healthy, too.  Most restaurants offer delicious dishes that are lower in calories and healthier than normal restaurant meals.  Here are some tips to help you eat out and make better choices:

    • Order water, flavored water, or unsweetened tea to avoid added sugars.
    • Start off with a salad.
    • Limit your intake of the bread that is offered while you wait for your meal. If you can’t resist, just ask your server not to bring any to the table.
    • Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of fried or sautéed meals.
    • Avoid ordering dishes with sauces or order the sauce on the side.
    • Order your baked potato with condiments on the side.
    • Choose a “small” or “medium” sized portion.
    • Ask for a to-go box with your meal. Don’t just sit there and continue to eat your food after you are full so you don’t “waste” any food. Ask for a box ahead of time and put half of your food in the box and take it home. If you do this you have two meals for the price of one and instant lunch for tomorrow.
    • Share a dessert. Desserts are twice as sweet and half the calories when you have someone to share them with. 

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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