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10 Easy Ways to Begin a Healthy Eating Plan

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 03-03-2015

African-American-Man-with-SaladPerhaps your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy fell by the wayside at that Super Bowl party (and on Valentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday … why are there so many food-related happenings in winter?!). Or, perhaps you were waiting for just the right time to launch your new eating plan – and that time hasn’t quite happened yet.

No worries. Any day is a good day to launch healthier eating habits. Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, offers these 10 tips to get you started. These tips are so easy, you’ll have no problems sticking to them. Read the rest of this entry »

A Healthier You? Try These 10 Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 14-01-2015

Think-HealthyHave you ever thought about why you eat? Do you turn to food out of true hunger or boredom or habit? Do you plan your snacks or just head to the pantry when the feeling strikes?

Your attitude about food and exercise may be creating barriers that could be preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals and achieving great health. How you approach food and exercise could mean the difference between success and yet another attempt.

What To Do?

Read through these tips from the experts at the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. These tips enable successful weight loss and will help you overcome your personal barriers to weight loss so you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

See if you can try one idea over the next week and then observe the overall difference in your attitude toward eating and exercise. Then leave a comment below to share your experience with others! Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking through the Buzz: Are Trendy Diets All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-01-2015

infographic Template brain social line link concept vector illusAs we make our new year’s resolutions, going on a diet is always a popular choice. But, which diet? With so many trends filling our newsfeeds and Pinterest boards, we asked the experts at the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to separate fact from fad fiction.

The Paleo diet

Is it the life-saving wonder its denizens claim? Or is it something that should have been left in the Stone Age?

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Keep Your Weight on the Nice List this December

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 09-12-2014

greek-style-chicken-recipeFor many of us, a blizzard is the least of our worries this time of year. December’s perfect storm comes in the form of cookies, candy, egg nog, cold weather, early sunsets and busy schedules that often lead to hurried, fast-food dinners and decreased outside activity — which adds up to a few extra pounds.

If a person who weighs 160 pounds gains just one pound, he or she will need to walk at a moderate pace for more than two hours daily for a week to burn that pound off.

It’s no surprise that most Americans gain weight during the holiday season, said Jude Clapper, a registered dietitian, diabetes instructor and wellness advocate at the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center.

“One way you can prevent weight gain is to prepare healthy meals at home,” she said. “You’ll avoid the traps of fast food and overeating at parties.”

Clapper said preparing healthy meals doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

We gathered a few of our favorite recipes that are easy to make ahead and store as leftovers throughout the busy holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »

Worried About Type 2 Diabetes? Take this Quick Test to Assess Your Risk

Posted by | Posted in Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-11-2014

risk-test-paper-versionWe all know it’s important to eat a balanced diet and stay active. Those are simple proactive strategies that improve your health both in the present and future. However, if you’ve been procrastinating on either of these fronts, consider this new motivation to spark action.

This November, as part of National Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association is encouraging people to take a quick and simple risk assessment–seven straightforward questions–aimed to determine your risk level for developing Type 2 diabetes. If the test results indicate you are at high risk, the first step is to see your doctor. It’s that easy. Don’t wait. Take the test nowRead the rest of this entry »

One Woman’s Formula for Weight Loss: Diet, Exercise, Encouragement

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Physician Services, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 13-10-2014

Shirley-Black-Patient-OptimizationAfter coloring on the floor with her 2-year-old niece last September, Shirley Black knew it was finally time to get serious about knee-replacement surgery.

She couldn’t get up without help.

Shirley, who lives just outside of Springfield and has been married to her husband, Robert, for nearly 30 years, knew surgery wasn’t an option until she lost weight. She had tried everything, but nothing seemed to work.

A few weeks later, she scheduled an appointment with her new primary care physician, Nicole Florence, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill.

“I told her I needed to come up with a plan,” Shirley recalls. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways to Become Faithful to Fitness

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 17-07-2014

Mature-Woman-Doing-YogaStarting a fitness routine may be easy. However, sticking with the routine seems to be the hard part. The first few weeks, we’re pumped to start working out, then life gets in the way, or we don’t see the results we want and give up.

Here are some tips from the experts at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to help you become a long-term exerciser, if you are will to give exercise just one more try! Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top 3 Myths about Weight Loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-07-2014

Man-getting-on-scalesWhen it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth: If I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m not working hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Healthy Tips for Cooking for Two

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-07-2014

Couple Cooking for TwoCooking for two can oftentimes be a daunting task when trying to make healthier menu changes. Recipes yielding larger portions, fear of not using produce quickly enough, or making the most of the ingredients we have can be common issues when cooking and grocery shopping each week.

Luckily, there is a way to make and maintain healthy eating habits to fit any household number. Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, recommends these seven easy tips to scale your menus and recipes down to fit your table for two. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Food Logs Made Simple

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 26-06-2014

Food-LogIt’s easy to think, “Oh, I didn’t eat too much today,” until you actually start listing off everything you ingested.

That’s the thinking behind the need to log food intake. According to Angie Sebree, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, patients who log their eating habits have greater success at achieving their health and weight-loss goals.

“Writing down your daily food intake, even your exercise and how much fluid you drink, can help to increase awareness of behaviors,” Sebree said. “Awareness can be the first step in figuring out what needs improved and changed.”

Unfortunately, she admits, many of her patients don’t particularly love to log. They can see it as a daunting task, just another item on the to-do list they don’t have time for. Read the rest of this entry »