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  • Addictive Chickpea Salad

    Addictive Chickpea Salad

    This yummy dish is a different kind of salad since there’s no lettuce.  The earthy heartiness of the protein packed chickpeas, combined with the crunch of red onions, the sweetness of the tomatoes and cucumbers, and the creaminess of the feta cheese makes for an explosion of flavors and textures in your mouth.

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  • Vitamins and Bariatric Surgery

    Vitamins and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of ≥ 30 Kg/m2. There are many medical conditions that are associated with obesity. Some of these conditions include, but not limited to sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, venous stasis ulcers, arthritis, infections, sex-hormone abnormalities, hypertension, breast cancer, and colon cancer.

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  • Gallbladder Surgery

    Gallbladder Surgery

    The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located under the liver that stores and concentrates bile to help digest fat. Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, or blockage (obstruction) of the gallbladder. The most common blockage is a gallstone. Gallstones are pebble-like and solid and can be as large as a golf ball or as small as

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  • Lap Band Cost

    Lap Band Cost

    A recent scientific study has concluded that patients who underwent Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding saw a return in their investment in less than two years. The study included data representing millions of cases between 2003 and 2009 and featured patients with Body Mass Indexes ranging from 35 to above 40, encompassing all of the levels of

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  • Ethiopian Lentil Stew

    Ethiopian Lentil Stew

    This flavorful soup is made with a spice blend called berbere and the spiced, clarified butter known as Nitter Kibbeh ( instructutions below ). Berbere spice blend can be made easily from scratch, or purchased in most spice stores. The unique and rich flavor makes this dish well worth the minimal effort to make. Recipe

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  • Bariatric Surgery: A New Outlook on Life

    Bariatric Surgery: A New Outlook on Life

    In many ways bariatric surgery is a chance to shift life to a whole new direction and for some, it provides an opportunity for a fresh start. Managing a healthy lifestyle after bariatric surgery in the short and long term involves a multidisciplinary approach including behavior modification, and nutrition. While the nutritional implications following weight

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  • Sleeve Gastrectomy Diet

    Sleeve Gastrectomy Diet

    A Sleeve Gastrectomy diet revolves around good choices, perhaps even more so than the regular diet. This is because of the relatively lower quantity of food that a smaller stomach can hold at any given time. A stapled stomach holds an average 3 oz of food This being said, it is imperative that the right

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  • Gastric Sleeve Meal Plan

    Gastric Sleeve Meal Plan

    In a previous post, Dr. Shillingford recommended maintaining a diet largely composed of lean protein and healthy carbohydrates. Today, we share with you some simple high protein, low fat recipes that will guide you to success during each meal of the day. (A big thank you to one of our patients from Jacksonville, Florida for

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  • Holiday Sweet Tooth Control

    Holiday Sweet Tooth Control

    With the holiday season at full swing there is no better time to be thankful for good health. This time of year in particular provides a chance to indulge in time with loved ones around the dinner table. This also is a great opportunity to practice self-constraint when faced with decadent desserts from all directions.

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  • Weight or Waist ?

    Weight or Waist ?

    Dr. Shillingford’s weight loss surgery practice in South Florida oversees the care of clinically obese patients for surgical treatment of their conditions. Much in the same way that the place in Florida they call home varies between Miami, Daytona Beach, Naples, and Jacksonville so does their level of obesity. Patients range from obese to morbidly

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