Gastric sleeve surgery is quickly becoming the top choice for patients seeking a permanent solution to their weight loss needs. In this procedure, a portion of the stomach is surgically removed creating a smaller pouch. The portion of the stomach that is removed is responsible for secreting Ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone, thereby reducing appetite
Black eyed peas are a traditional symbol of good luck and fortune as they resemble the shape and size of coins. As such, they are a staple for many households on New Year’s Day. Hoppin John is a classic dish of black eyed peas, pork, and rice. While the black eyed peas are low in
January is a great time to start an exercise regime. Lots of friends, family, and coworkers may also be starting to work out (maybe thanks to some New Year’s resolutions), so it’s easy to find support and encouraging words. If you’ve been cleared to exercise by Dr. Shillingford after your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or
Dr. Shillingford’s surgical schedule has recently been populated by patients from Michigan. While Dr. Shillingford often sees patients from around the country, including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and even Hawaii, having multiple patients come from Michigan was new. New, but not all that surprising. Michigan residents have a higher than average rate
We all face stressful situations in our lives, some are minor (like a forgotten umbrella in the rain) and some are major (like our health, safety, and security). Stress can often make our hearts pound, our muscles go tense, our teeth clench, and our breathing more rapid. We feel stress physically as well as emotionally.
Some of our blog readers may have read Food Highlight: Cabbage and thought of cole slaw. While cole slaw is certainly the one cabbage dish that leads cabbage to being the tenth most commonly consumed vegetable in America, it definitely isn’t the healthiest way to eat this otherwise very healthy vegetable. Another very delicious way
Thursday, February 9th is National Pizza Day. Are you surprised to hear that pizza has it’s own day? Maybe you shouldn’t be and here’s why: Pizza is enjoyed by many countries around the world It’s one of the only foods that can be topped with meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, or fruit and still be delicious
If you read our Food Highlight: Cabbage, you’re probably waiting impatiently for more ideas on how to eat cabbage. Why? As we pointed out, cabbage is low in calories (40 per cup!), loaded with vitamins and minerals (including significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate), and chock full of antioxidants (20 different flavonoids
Social media is full of pictures and recipes that use vegetables in creative ways to reduce and replace carbohydrates. It’s a great idea for two reasons: you can lower your carbohydrate intake and increase your vegetable intake in one move. This means overall less calories and more fiber all you still get to eat foods
According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 20 million Americans have gallstones. Most do not even know it. Gallstones, or solid deposits of cholesterol or other crystals that form in the gallbladder, often produce no symptoms. When symptoms do present, they often lead to pain in the abdomen and nausea, often after meals.