Author: joec46252002

Public Perceptions on Obesity & Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is one of the most significant health problems we face today.  Nearly one third of the world’s population and about 40% of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese. Obesity has become “the new smoking” and is a leading cause of premature death due to noncommunicable disease.

Bariatric Surgery Being Underutilized

Doctors and scientists who research diseases provide these statistics on obesity and warn us of the dangers to our health if we fail to take action.  And yet we see that obesity rates have not declined and our most effective treatments, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, are being used by less than .5% of the people who could benefit from them.  Why is this?

Some people fear surgery and resulting complications.  And while it is true that a very small percentage of bariatric surgery patients do experience complications, this risk is much lower that an obese individual’s risk of developing a life-threatening condition due to their fail… Read More


Swimming to Lose Weight – 100 Pounds Lighter Now

Matthew at Start of Weight LossMatthew after losing 100 pounds

Matthew weighed 469 pounds about five months ago. He’s lost an incredible 104 pounds since then. He still wants to lose another 150 pounds but realizes this may take quite a bit longer.

Matthew did this by completely overhauling his diet and exercising almost every day.

His exercise of choice is swimming and his almost daily schedule includes 225 yards easy freestyle, 100 free sprint, 50 easy free, 100 butterfly sprint, 75 easy free, 100 backstroke sprint, 50 easy, 100 sprint free and 200 more yards to cool down.

I’m not sure what this means in terms of mileage and whether it would be something like a one hour workout or much more? (Please let me know in the comments).

He’s limited animal products to less than 20% of his daily diet. He also cut out all sodas and now just drinks water. He’s got a really good suggestion about adding nutritional yeast to your diet. Nu… Read More


Birdseye Veggie Goodies…

These are really handy to have in the freezer whether you’re a vegetarian or not… The veggie fingers in a wrap with a load of roasted peppers is a fab lunch!
Anyone tried them?

BirdsEye Veggie Fingersper 4 fingers, 114g- 7SP

BirdsEye Veggie Quarter Poundersper quarter pounder, 114g- 7SP

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Super Simple Cucumber Salad

Sound the alarms!  I have a new salad in my life.  It’s become my warm-weather obsession, and it’s the EASIEST salad EVER to throw together.

When I was young, we always at lots of cucumber and tomato salad (which I love), but I never tasted this salad until I moved down south.  I mean, let’s be honest… any salad with cucumber is my jam!

It took WAY too long for me to try this at home, but I do believe I’ve perfected the recipe for a simple vinegary cucumber, onion, and dill salad.  Voila!

This salad is perfect to make ahead and is even easier to prepare if you have a mandolin slicer handy.  (I use this one!)  Just a few ingredients, you toss it in a bowl, refrigerate, and that’s it!

Super Simple Cucumber Salad

Serves 4


2 english cucumbers, thinly sliced

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Gluten Free??? Me???

Good news- I have finally come down from my post race high. I’ve had to do a lot of serious thinking about my fitness routine after the 5K- deciding whether I would continue to train for another 5K or even a longer distance or choosing another fitness route definitely plagued my mind for a solid week and although I’m still not completely sure, I think I’ve finally come to a decision I’m happy with, just not yet quite ready to share just yet as I’m still processing a bit. 
So something that I haven’t talked about on the blog is that for the last 7ish months I’ve been dealing with some pretty severe digestive issues- I’ll spare you the details but essentially, seemingly out of nowhere, everything about my digestive process changed. Over the last 7 months I have had almost every possible test you could think of done, been to the ER twice & seen 3 specialist, all without any answers. Zero. Zilch. 
2 weeks ago while feeding into my paranoia (aka: surfing web MD)… Read More


It Rubs The Ointment On Its Skin


On today’s menu, I’ve made healthy vegan wakeup muffins to get the day started right, and because they fit perfectly with the book I’m reviewing, so stay tuned for that!

Let’s talk about stereotypes, shall we? Namely, a weird stereotype that still abounds to this day, in spite of all evidence to the contrary that’s been present for several years — or at least since millennials came into their adulthood. Tattoos. Once only the epidermal parlance of maligned communities like the Hell’s Angels and sailors who’ve seen a few too many ports, they’re now as ubiquitous as $6 coffee and beards on dudes. However, when it comes to tatted up women, we’re still somewhat apart from traditional society. Rockers or punk rock chicks. We’re rebels with decoration. Sure, a little tattoo here or there is fine, but a sleeve, a large back piece, or G-d forbid, leg art is still seen as too much. 

It matte… Read More


laparoscopic lower esophageal sphincter augmentation using LINX magnets

Esophageal Sphincter Augmentation for the Treatment of GERD

There’s a new technique to fight GERD, heartburn or reflux. These symptoms occur because the lower end of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter, is not tight and not creating a high pressure zone.

The esophageal sphincter, in patients without GERD, creates a high pressure zone so that food and fluid that is in the stomach doesn’t reflux back into the esophagus. When food refluxes from the stomach, so usually does acid. The reflux gives patients the sensation of burning which occurs behind the sternum- hence, heartburn. Patients also can feel the food reflux up into their chest and sometimes note a sour brash or acrid taste in their mouths. Some patients have a cough or throat pain.

Many people self medicate for these symptoms, including taking TUMS, Mylanta and over the counter acid reduction meds like Pepcid AC or Prilosec OTC. Other people will see their doctor and get a prescription for a… Read More


Holy *&$#!

Holy crap guys! Look at that! I’m less than 10lbs from goal!

I am in utter shock!

When I started this journey waaaaay back in 2009, I honestly never pictured myself at goal. It was impossible to do so. I mean, I can’t remember a time when I had weighed 150lbs. I’m sure it was in my way younger years. So I had no idea what to expect and honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure I would stick it out.

But I did, through all the ups and downs, I stayed with it. And if I did veer off track, it never was for long and I would hope back on. All that persistence has paid off.

I now sit here (actually lay here since I’m typing this on my phone in bed. Lol) with goal within arm’s reach. It’s so close I can taste it and man is it sweet.

It’s so close and I’m oh so ready for it!

Oh and slightly freaking out! 😉

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Two months of physical therapy a.k.a “How was your weekend?”

I decided to go to physical therapy because the arm I broke in February was still hurting when I used it in certain ways, and it was sort-of-but-not-really free. I didn’t have to pay any extra for it, but I did have to pay my $6600 out-of-pocket maximum and $4779 in annual premiums, so that shit was not free. It’s more like I paid for the all-you-can-eat medical buffet and I took it to heart, or, um, to stomach? A few years ago I’d done 5 or 6 physical therapy appointments when I sprained my ankle, but this treatment was more intense and longer since my injury was worse. Ultimately I had 17 appointments over the course of two months.

Personal trainer
Physical therapy is as close as I’ve ever come to having a personal trainer, and it made me see why having a trainer can really help. Having a regular schedule forced me to show up two days a week to exercise for an hour. Most of the time I did not want to go exercise for an hour, but I&#8217… Read More


8 ways to physically battle sugar cravings

While it’s true that some may crave sugar for emotional reasons, most of the time your body will crave sugar when it’s missing and craving actual nutrients. The most ideal way to stop sugar cravings once and for all is to eat healthy foods indefinitely, and not just when you go on a diet to lose weight. The more you nourish your body with healthy foods, the less you’ll find that you crave sweets and sugar products. As you become healthier, you’ll also notice that you’ll start turning to other ways to ease stress, such as exercising or engaging in your favorite activity.

If you’re ready to lose weight and battle sugar cravings for good, follow these eight tips to physically get over your sugar cravings.

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