Support Group Minutes

Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Coker, Clinical Psychologist One of the triggers for eating is our emotions.  We use food to soothe ourselves in many stressful situations, but it can be controlled with some awareness.  Dr. Coker talked about a simple way to clarify why we are eating called HALT:             H – Hungry:     Do I need something physically or emotionally?  Find what will fill you.             A – Angry:       What…

January 25, 2018 – HALT Emotional Eating's Story »

 

Facilitated by Chris Bovos, BSN, CBN The following is an outline summary of the food label presentation given at the January 2nd support group meeting.   This information has been written up in more detail and presented in a blog article that can be viewed on our blog page:  Healthy Eating - The Importance of Understanding Food Labeling Certified Organic Most meaningful Cannot be grown with fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or sewage…

January 2, 2018 – Food Labels – What Does It All Mean?'s Story »

 

Facilitated by:  Kari McKeown, RPT  and Barb Cashman, RPT Our two new physical therapists in the office were introduced and they spoke briefly about how they would be meeting with all patients pre-operatively to do a physical evaluation of mobility and making recommendations for activity that can be started prior to surgery.  Kari shared the information from an article that states “Sitting is the New Smoking,” and how we spend…

November 7, 2017 – Setting & Meeting Activity Goals's Story »

 

Facilitators: Laura Hernandez, RD & Anne Epp, RD [caption id="attachment_3454" align="alignright" width="300"]                 Bariatric Apple Pie Protein Bars[/caption] Laura and Anne, our new dietitian, made some no-bake bariatric Apple Pie Protein Bars.  The recipe is below.  Everyone got to try them, and discussed ways that the recipe can be modified for individual tastes.  One 1” square of the bars contained 38 calories, 1.9…

October 19, 2017 – Making Seasonal Protein Bars's Story »

 

The different components that the body is composed of are: Bones Organs Muscles Fat Along with water, these are what our bodies are made up of.  When we talk about your “fat free mass” we are talking about water, bones, organs and muscles.  Once you have finished growing, your bones and organs don’t grow anymore – they continue to weigh about the same throughout adulthood.  The two areas that you…

October 3, 2017 – Body Composition's Story »

 

  Facilitator:  Michelle Coker, PhD Dr. Coker is a clinical psychologist at the Bariatric Center if Kansas City, and sees patients both before and after surgery.  She defined cross addiction, or transfer addiction as it is sometimes called, as “…the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice that is psychologically or physically detrimental to your health and well-being.  The body and brain crave and adapt to the substance…

September 21, 2017 – Cross Addiction or Addiction Transfer's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN : Chris spoke about Willpower, which most of us wish we had more of, to stop us from making choices that turn out to be bad for us.  Since temptations never stop, it is important to understand that we can improve or strengthen our willpower. There has been a great deal of research regarding will power done by social workers and psychologists over the last…

September 5, 2017 – The Science Behind Willpower's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Gina Daugherty, CM Gina has been involved in fashion since she was in high school, when she worked at Jones Store to coordinate outfits for fashion shows.  She pulled a number of clothing items from the clothing exchange closets to show how to put together different outfits using just a few items of clothing.  She started with a few “rules” that she always abides by: Leggings are NOT pants.…

August 17, 2017 – How to Dress Your Body Type's Story »

 

  Facilitator:  Stephanie Wagner, MS, RDN Stephanie started with the two most important issues in getting back on track whenever you find you’ve regained some weight and stopped following your guidelines:  Motivation and Accountability; the “mental side” of getting back on track. Key 1:  Motivation – what motivated you a year ago is different than what motivates you today.  A year ago, or whenever you first had surgery, you were…

August 1, 2017 – Key Steps for Getting Weight Loss Back on Track's Story »

 

Facilitator: Kathi Williams, LMFT-T Kathi started with an exercise that helped show us how much we associate food with relationships. Some of those associations are good, and some are bad, but they frequently involve family and a lot are about comforting ourselves with food. Then she did another exercise where we did some “self-soothing” and talked about how good that felt. She pointed out that frequently, our self-talk is negative…

July 20, 2017 – Loss of Control Eating's Story »