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What’s more fun than listening to Connie Stapleton, Ph.D and Slimpressions Owner & CEO, Dawn Hurlebaus. Listen to these broadcasts as they reveal their true ... Read More

What’s more fun than listening to Connie Stapleton, Ph.D and Slimpressions Owner & CEO, Dawn Hurlebaus. Listen to these broadcasts as they reveal their true and authentic self. You’ll hear answers to not only fun questions, but real life challenges as well. (more…)

Slimpressions is proud to introduce Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach, Jennifer Hnat. SEVEN WAYS TO AVOID OR REVERSE WEIGHT GAIN AF... Read More

Slimpressions is proud to introduce Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach, Jennifer Hnat.

SEVEN WAYS TO AVOID OR REVERSE WEIGHT GAIN AFTER WLS

Many of these may seem like common sense but make sure to find support to resolve any personal food issues before surgery.  Most patients will regain a little bit of weight after hitting their lowest weight.  This is considered normal.  In order to keep that weight regain to a minimum here are 7 key tips:

  1. Join and participate in a good weight loss surgery support group like Bariatric Weight Loss Family on Facebook.  Research shows that WLS patients who actively participate in support groups have a lower BMI (approximately 10% lower) than those who do not.
  2. Get a grip on binge eating well before surgery.  Patients with a history of binge eating disorder (BED) may lose less weight after surgery.  Treatment for BED prior to WLS will increase your chances of losing a higher percentage or weight after surgery.
  3. Make your mental health and nutritional health a priority.  In order to be successful post surgery mental, emotional, and food stability is essential.  If you struggle with mental well-being and/or increased food cravings connect with your bariatric doctor and health care team immediately to prevent weight gain.  Patients who don’t take a proactive approach to resolving these issues tend to gain more weight back and possibly gain all their weight back.
  4. Lose as much weight prior to surgery as possible.  Your surgeon will stress this since it will only make their  job easier when you are under the knife.  As a dietitian, I always encouraged my patients to make the surgery process as seamless as possible!  Patients with lower BMI’s pre-surgery (ie: BMI between 40 and 49.9) had a 15% higher chance of maintaining at least half of their excess weight 10 years post op than the super obese (BMI of 50 or more).  Surgery will only take off approximately half of the weight, your job is to do the other half  so starting early in the process will only help with your long-term success.
  5. Your doctors advice is golden – follow it to the “T!”  In order to be successful with WLS, you must follow your surgeon/doctor’s recommendations not just for the first year or so, but as long as you want to keep your weight loss off.  Stay in touch with your surgeon and nutritional team for long-term success.
  6. Address alcohol and drug abuse issues.  You are highly encouraged  to discuss this during your psychology evaluation so be honest with your healthcare practitioners.  They are there to help support you for long-term success.  If you are not 100% honest with yourself and/or your team, it can hurt you in the long run.
  7. Patients who continue to self-monitor their diet with the help of a professional dietitian have better long-term results.  According to the Bariatric Surgery Source: “The key is to never stop seeing your dietitian.  The importance of this cannot be understated and needs to repeated:  the key is to never stop seeing them.” If you have never seen a dietitian before and after surgery, you must connect with one to be successful with your weight loss surgery and relationship with food.  Surgery doesn’t change your food demons.

by:

Jennifer Hnat
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach
https://www.nutritionatlanta.com

Join Dawn Hurlebaus, Owner & CEO of Slimpressions with special guest & classmate Jennifer Hnat, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach as... Read More

Join Dawn Hurlebaus, Owner & CEO of Slimpressions with special guest & classmate Jennifer Hnat, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach as we talk Nutrition.
Visit www.nutritionatlanta.com to learn more about Jennifer and her Nutrition expertise.

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My summers with Nana: “Oh I smell something yummy baking in the oven.” I don’t even have to ask what it is.  The smell of brown sugar, vanilla and cho... Read More

My summers with Nana:

“Oh I smell something yummy baking in the oven.” I don’t even have to ask what it is.  The smell of brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate only means one thing … chocolate chip cookies!  I would turn the oven light on and just sit and watch, fascinated by the rising of the cookies and melting of the chocolate.  Being my Nana’s sou chef (AKA mix, lick the bowl, spatula, mixers, taste tester and dish washer) brought and taught me some of my greatest lessons in life but as a kid, the baking and tasting was where it was at!

I spent my summers in upstate NY. Nana and I walked around the block just holding hands as I skipped and sometimes she skipped too.  We never got more than a few houses down the street and we were always stopped. “Oh I see your granddaughter is here again, would you like some goodies?”  uh, heck yeah!  I was an athletic, skinny kid and goodies screamed love. Then she brought out 2 huge Zucchinis that were grown in her garden. I went from being joyous to sad in seconds.  My job was to thank her and hold them.  After all, we had just begun our walk around the block.  I could have just ran across the street and dropped them off at the porch, but I guess it was like walking with a green trophy (but it was still a giant zucchini).

Off we go again, talking and skipping.  3 more houses down the street was as far as we got and we were stopped again.  “Hi Gertrude! Looks like you have a helper this summer.”  We laughed and smiled. “I’ve been waiting for you and have something special for you!”  Whoo hooo …. Chocolate, ice cream or a tasty treat maybe I thought. We walk around to the back of the house and Mr. Laz gives me 2 HUGE zucchinis.  REALLY??? I remember him looking at the 2 I was holding in my hands and he said, “well we have 2 bigger than those … here you go!”  My Nana smiled, thanked him and off we go again, walking and skipping. I was totally confused. I just didn’t get what was fun about getting these dumb, big green things.  Very frustrating to a teen.

We were on the otherside of the block now. I petted all the dogs. No cats as my Nana was afraid of them. I wondered if Nana called everyone on the block to tell them I was in town because after petting another animal, I heard “Gert ???? Is that you ???” Sigh, I knew what this meant, more zucchini. The woman invited us in her home.  My grandmother and her would have a cup of coffee together and me tea … AH HA!!!! Tea means cookies are on the way … sadly no, but she did say, “wow, I see you have 4 good size zucchinis. I am really sorry I don’t have any, but how about some berries I just picked?” I loved berries! It was a welcome change.

We finished our walk and arrived home.  My grandfather would be reading the paper on his recliner when I showed him our zucchini “goodie” bag.  He chuckled.  It seems I was left out of this joke and had no idea what was in store.  I went into the back bedroom and sulked. There was lots of pots and pans clanging down the hall. I perked up … (sniffing twice), Oh my something smelled really good.  I ran into the kitchen and asked what was she making.  She said have a seat and started to explain.

Nana’s secret ingredient:

“Many people often follow the same recipe. However, everyone’s recipe usually tastes different. Your mom makes good cookies, but you and your brother only want mine.”  You see, she was so right. With every bite, we felt her love. We felt her arms wrapped around us, encouraging and supporting us. When we were sick and homemade cookies arrived by mail, our spirits were lifted and we felt amazing.  When we thought we were alone and no one cared, one bite proved to us we were wrong, we always had her.

“You need 1 zucchini to make 1 loaf of bread. The neighbors give me 2 so I can make one for them and keep 1 for us.” Hmmm, I thought.  “You see just as you feel about the cookies I make for you children, the neighbors feel the same way eating my bread.”  They sat on the porch instead of laying in their bed.  They tended to their garden instead of the veggies dying (or themselves withering away). Her neighbors were lonely and usually forgotten about by family. Many simply loved to talk to my grandmother because she listened and that made them feel important.  How excited they were for days waiting for her to come back with the bread.  Finally they had something to look forward to. So off we went again delivering these warm loaves.  This time I wasn’t sad because the goodies I wanted weren’t sweet.  I had my grandmother’s hand, and the spirit of giving simply consumed me as it did her.  We talked to everyone, they smiled, thanked and waved goodbye.

As I sit back and think of my life, how many people are forgotten, feel alone and just need someone to listen.  We can all cook for ourselves, but for some reason when you receive, it always tastes better.  Why, because they have included a secret ingredient … LOVE.  Love can make you feel so many things. It’s time we ask ourselves … are we well stocked? Do we have enough of this secret ingredient to share?

I loved my grandmother and today wanted to honor her by spreading some of her love … my gift to you … her recipe … a family favorite.  Enjoy!

Peace & Blessings,
Dawn Hurlebaus, Owner & CEO
Slimpressions

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You can’t get any more authentic then to have children ask a mom tough questions.  Watch the interaction between Dawn Hurlebaus, Slimpressions Owner & CEO a... Read More

You can’t get any more authentic then to have children ask a mom tough questions.  Watch the interaction between Dawn Hurlebaus, Slimpressions Owner & CEO and her two young daughters, ages 10 and 14.

Renowned Psychologist and Leader in the WLS community Connie Stapleton, Ph.D. discusses Fat Shaming.  How often were we fat shamed growing up or in our live... Read More

Renowned Psychologist and Leader in the WLS community Connie Stapleton, Ph.D. discusses Fat Shaming.  How often were we fat shamed growing up or in our lives? Can you recall all the diet books you got for special occasions? Did you even call yourself “too big” to do this or that? Did you look at yourself as ugly?

Stop Fat Shaming (Yourself) by Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

If ever there were a combined pair of words that had the bariatric world buzzing, it’s these two: FAT SHAMING. These two words can evoke intense emotions for those who have, or who are, suffering from the disease of obesity. Similarly, the family members and loved ones of those who suffer from the disease of obesity are highly sensitive to the numerous varieties of “fat shaming” that takes places in our society.

The words that come to mind when I think about the cruelty imposed on people whose physical bodies carry excess weight include “tragic, cruel, thoughtless, ignorant and completely unnecessary.” Of course there are many others, and I’m sure anyone who has been victimized by this sort of bullying could supply a plethora of words to describe the anger, shame, humiliation, sadness and dejection they experience.

Anger and disgust are two emotions that capture what I feel in reference to the fat shaming done by others to those who are struggling with excess weight. Intense sadness is what I feel when I hear persons who are suffering from obesity engage in fat shaming of themselves. Much is being done to help stop the public and organizations from engaging in fat shaming. Several national groups have major campaigns geared toward highlighting negative attitudes and behaviors related to fat shaming. Clearly, more efforts are needed in this area and the tide continues to move in favor of this happening.

What about the ways in which the person suffering from obesity fat shames him/herself? Every day I hear patients shame themselves in ways that are no less critical, demeaning, tragic, or cruel than the comments of those “others” we target in the campaigns designed to stop fat shaming. “I’m a failure.” “I don’t believe I’m lovable.” “I hate myself.” “I’m not worth it.” “I look disgusting.” “No one would want to be with someone like me.” “I feel filled with shame.”

While I applaud the efforts of everyone participating in putting an end to fat shaming, I would love to see as much public and personal emphasis placed on encouraging individuals to refrain from engaging in shaming self-talk that is often directly or indirectly related to their weight.

When strangers, family members of co-workers engage in fat-shaming comments, gestures or behaviors, they diminish and dismiss the fact that they are referring to a human being who has thoughts, feelings, talents and unique qualities that have nothing whatsoever to do with their physical size. When a person suffering from obesity engages in negative self-talk that is somehow related to their weight, they, too, diminish and dismiss so much of who they are as a human being. So much of their goodness.

Engage in the public outcry against fat shaming. Equally as important, get and please, please refuse to fat shame yourself. Are you upset with others who engage in fat-shaming, yet you are actively engaging in the fat-shaming of yourself?

Use the 4 ACES to eliminate self fat-shaming:

  • AWARENESS: Listen to your self-talk. Become aware of when you talk negatively to yourself about yourself, particularly if it has to do with your weight. Replace your negative thought with a more neutral or positive self-statement.
  • ACCEPTANCE: Accept that it will take time (a LONG time) for you to consistently engage in positive self-talk. Every time you say something compassionate and loving about yourself, you are moving in the right direction!
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Ask your closest friends and family members to help you become aware of when they hear you being critical of yourself. Then take responsibility for rephrasing what you said into something neutral or positive.
  • ATTITUDE: “I tried that. It didn’t work.” That’s not the attitude that will get you to where you want to be. “I’ll work on this because I’m worth it,” is a more useful attitude!

COMMITMENT: Every. Single. Day. For the rest of your life. That kind of commitment.

EFFORT: See above. That kind of effort.

SELF: YOU. YOURself. You’re worth it.

 

To learn more about Dr Stapleton, visit:  www.conniestapletonphd.com 

Sharing is Caring! Celebrate Vitamins is helping share the gifts of giving, love and support in the community for the month of December. Do You Know Dawn? Ha... Read More

Sharing is Caring!

Celebrate Vitamins is helping share the gifts of giving, love and support in the community for the month of December.

Do You Know Dawn? Have you Heard about Slimpressions?

Be sure to check out our Facebook Live from this week to meet Slimpressions CEO,  Dawn Hurlebaus and hear all about her story.
Find all about how she left a very high profile career in Information Technology and Marketing to pursue a passion. Listen in to learn about Slimpressions and how it drives Dawn to carry out her mission in the bariatric community. We can’t wait to share her story with you!

How many friends do you have? Perhaps I should rephrase. How many friends do you have that have been there for you in your darkest hour? They know your hurts... Read More

How many friends do you have? Perhaps I should rephrase. How many friends do you have that have been there for you in your darkest hour? They know your hurts, sorrow, pain, joy and love. That special friend loves you on your good days and comforts you on your bad. He/she encourages, motivates and lifts you up when you didn’t know you needed it (but secretly did). They send a text or call at the perfect moment … when you felt alone, then suddenly realized you weren’t. You smile, take a deep breath and know you are blessed.

This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to thank all those people who have imprinted your heart. Those precious blessings that have touched your life. Share with them why you love them and why they are a precious gift. We don’t know what they are going through, but I can promise you your words will give them strength. Simply love the person.  Love who they are.  Be the friend to them that they are to you. Mentor someone so you can inspire like your friend has inspired you.

Friend and Author, Dr. Connie Stapleton, Ph.D has a great article below talking about just this. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Peace,
Dawn Hurlebaus, CEO
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Value The Friend More Than The Friendship
Dr. Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

As many people know, I love to listen to podcasts and Ted Talks and talks by people I consider to be wise. One person in particular I often refer to is Andy Stanley. I was listening to one of his series tonight, in which several speakers participated, on my drive from Atlanta to Augusta. I’ve heard Andy comment in a number of his talks about the importance of having mentors and wise people who will provide us with guidance, direction and insights along our journeys. Successful people in all arenas (and by success, I do not necessarily mean money), note having a number of such advisors to help guide them in their lives. We all need people to help us navigate unchartered territory, to help us through difficult stages of life, and to steer us in a helpful direction when we veer off track.

  • How many of us actually have people in our lives who are willing to tell us the difficult things we might not want to hear, but need to hear?
  • How many of us are willing to say difficult things to the people we love who might not want to hear, but might benefit from, hearing our concerns?

 

It seems easy to refrain from saying to a good friend or family member things like … READ MORE HERE >>>

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Weight Loss Surgery Does NOT Treat Food Addiction

You have heard me talk about my weight loss journey, now let me talk about something critical to my success and the success of anyone who has had or consider... Read More

You have heard me talk about my weight loss journey, now let me talk about something critical to my success and the success of anyone who has had or considering bariatric surgery… taking vitamins. In the past, the medical labs from my yearly physicals have always been great. I was getting all the right nutrients from the food I ate, or so I thought. Well that was until this year. Almost 12 months after surgery (VSG: 7/2016) my labs did not come back good. I was lacking in many areas, ok, ok … lacking in almost all areas despite losing over 100lbs. Like many of you, I am learning throughout my weight loss journey. I may be an expert in women’s shapewear, but not vitamins. Laura Preston at Celebrate has been instrumental in teaching us the importance of vitamins especially with bariatric patients. She has a Facebook Live broadcast every week (with free giveaways too). Make sure you follow them. Here is a great article from Celebrate on Why Bariatric Vitamins are essential.

Peace,
Dawn Hurlebaus, CEO
Slimpressions

Bariatric Vitamins – Why?
by Celebrate Vitamins

While many people take a multivitamin for general health, they may not understand how nutrients truly help their body function to its fullest potential. It is critical for your body to have the right amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly, assist in keeping you healthy, and may potentially assist with reaching weight loss goals. Vitamins and minerals help regulate your body’s systems, such as:

  • Metabolic rate
  • Brain activity
  • Appetite and hunger
  • Metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, including sugar
  • Absorption of other nutrients
  • Thyroid and adrenal gland function
  • Storage of energy
  • Assist with healing

The ideal way for the body to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is through food. However, this may not always be achievable after bariatric surgery (also called weight loss surgery). It is important to keep in mind that getting your vitamins and minerals from food also provides other health benefits, so it is still important to follow a healthy eating plan. Compared to 50 years ago, individuals do not currently achieve the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals due to eating highly processed foods, selecting poor food choices, and a decreasing quality of food. In addition, when individuals have extra fat mass certain nutrients are utilized differently in the body creating potential deficiencies.  Read More >>

Slimpressions is excited to feature blogs written by Jennifer Hnat, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach. Please visit her website at... Read More

Slimpressions is excited to feature blogs written by Jennifer Hnat, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Mindful Eating Coach. Please visit her website at www.nutritionatlanta.com.

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