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An Ode to Growing Pains
Katie Jay, msw
An Ode to Growing Painsby Katie Jay, MSW, Certified Wellness CoachDirector, National Association for Weight Loss Surgeryfont . . . keep reading
Now You Can Maintain Your Weight Loss and Be at Peace with Your Life
Looking at your problems as opportunities is a way to practice a "can-do" attitude. It's a concrete way to begin to change the way you think. . . . keep reading
13 Strategies to Avoid "Bad Luck" with Holiday Eating
Sally Myers, RD, CPT
If you struggle to avoid high-calorie holiday fare, these tips are for you. . . . keep reading
Just for Today
Sibyl Partridge
The writer and author Sibyl Partridge wrote a wonderful piece that inspires motivation around the world. Read this poem every morning and spend one or two minutes imagining and planning how yo . . . keep reading
Why You Gain Weight
Katie Jay
As surely as David knocked down that big menace, you CAN knock off a few pounds -- if you will stop telling yourself you can't do it. . . . keep reading
Bowel Obstruction: Common yet Dangerous
Tonya Luiz
The digestive track of a gastric-bypass patient will never be normal, and post-ops need to be aware of complications that can arise. The most common complication for Roux-En-Y patients is a bowel obstruction. . . . keep reading
How to Say NO to Yourself without Feeling Deprived
Katie Jay
I didn't want this little girl in me to hurt anymore, but until recently the only way I knew to soothe her sadness and rage was to feed her whatever she wanted. . . . keep reading
How to Fill the Food Void
Katie Jay
The deep longing has lessened, but it is not gone. And after weight loss surgery, I have lost my most reliable tool for filling the void -- overeating. Here is how I have worked on this issue in my life. . . . keep reading
What You Need to Know About Transfer Addiction
Katie Jay
The tragedy of addiction is that the substance (or behavior) that soothes you also harms you. If you don't want that substance or behavior to "own" your life, you have to let go. Here's where to start. . . . keep reading
How a Thankful Heart Will Save You
Katie Jay
How a Thankful Heart Will Save You Have you ever felt like you were in a churning sea of challenges? Getting tossed around by events that you felt powerless to control? Did you feel so discouraged you sought comfort in food or other compulsive behaviors? . . . keep reading
Go for the Grains
Sally Myers, RD, CPT
Go for the Grains Whole grains are often put on the back burner after bariatric surgery. Even though it is important to include protein, vegetables, or fruit at your meals, whole grains should still be included at least twice a day. Whole grains are a nutrition powerhouse that provide fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and the minerals magnesium, copper, zinc, and selenium. They will also help you feel full and delay hunger. What are the best whole grains to eat? . . . keep reading
Article from Small Bites for Your Life Newsletter
When you turn your mistakes into lessons, you take control of your life. You move forward to places you never thought you could go. . . . keep reading
How to Defeat Your Dark Side Without a Fight
Katie Jay
How to Defeat Your Dark Side Without a Fight Once inside the cave, despite his true desire to resist the dark side, Luke draws his light saber. He is unable to resist the temptation to engage his enemy in battle. Likewise, are you battling food temptations? . . . keep reading
Beware of Transfer Addiction
It's not uncommon for a person who gives up one addictive behavior to pick up another addictive behavior. Here's how it happens. . . . keep reading
How to Save Yourself
Katie Jay
How to Save Yourself Have you ever felt like you were in a churning sea of challenges? Getting tossed around by events that you felt powerless to control? Did you feel so discouraged you sought comfort in food or other compulsive behaviors? What else could you have done? . . . keep reading
The Mourning After
Katie Jay
The Mourning After Weight loss surgery is the beginning of many losses -- ultimately for the good. But it's big adjustment, until you realize a new day has dawned. . . . keep reading
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