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    Weight Loss Surgery Can Help You Change Your Life

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If excess weight prevents you from keeping up with the pace of your life or limits how active you can be, it might be time to consider bariatric surgery. When excess weight is lost, risk factors for certain diseases decrease as your health and energy levels improve. Imagine how much different your life would be – and look – if excess weight wasn’t part of it.

    Weight loss surgery is an option for people who:

    • Are 100lbs or more over ideal body weight
    • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
    • Have a BMI of 35-39.99 with a diagnosed health problem
    • Are at least 18

    Memorial Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center will be hosting free informational seminars this month. Each will be hosted by an affiliated bariatric surgeon and members of our weight loss team:


    Start the day off right!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Starting out with a healthy breakfast has been shown to improve overall food choices for the day.  A bagel may sound quick and appetizing, but if you only eat refined carbohydrates, you won’t feel satisfied. The hunger pains will likely return in two hours or so. When you have breakfast, don’t forget to include protein.  It helps to stabilize blood sugars and keeps you satisfied longer.  Here are some more tips for starting your day right:

    • Never skip breakfast. Research has shown that regularly skipping breakfast puts you at increased risk for developing type 2 Diabetes.
    • Skip the drive-thru if at all possible.  
    • Pick a smarter cereal.  Choose a cereal that is made with 100% whole grains.  The first ingredient on the list should be a whole grain. If the box says that it contains anything “partially hydrogenated,” don’t buy it. “Partially hydrogenated” is a nice way of saying “Trans Fat”.
    • Oatmeal is an excellent way to get the morning started. You can dress oatmeal or cereal up with raisins, craisins, any kind of fresh or dried fruit will do. You can also include nuts, like pecans or walnuts, as well.
    • Don’t be surprised, but if you are over the age of 2, your body doesn’t “need” whole milk anymore. 2% or skim milk is the way to go. If you, like many people, are used to whole milk, try mixing 2% and whole milk at first and gradually use more 2% than whole. That will help you make the transition a little easier.
    • Yogurt is a quick grab and go solution. You can always add granola or fruit to it.
    • For those of you who don’t like breakfast foods, even a sandwich on the go is better than nothing. A quick ham and cheese sandwich tastes just as good in the morning with a side of fruit. 

    Memorial is giving hope to heart patients!

    Last updated 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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.

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