Preventing Diet Hunger

Glycemic Index Pyramid Diet Hunger

Glycemic Index Pyramid

Diet Hunger

A common problem with reduced calorie diets is the nagging hunger that is generally experienced. So understanding which foods and combination of foods that offer optimal satiety be can be ideal for mitigating “diet hunger”. The longer it takes for foods to be digested and absorbed the greater the satiety. Meat, fish and fowl, contain fat and protein.. the two nutrients with the slowest gastrointestinal transit time (slow digesting).

Glycemic Index: All Carbohydrates Are Not Equal

All carbohydrates are not equal and have a great deal variability, some digest quickly and some very slowly. Continue reading

Ayana Gates PA-C Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Ayana Gates, PA-C, CBC

Ayana Gates, PA-C, a Licensed / Certified Physician Assistant from Edinburg, Texas has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Currently at South Texas Heath System in McAllen, TX, she provides comprehensive care and treatment for hospitalized cardiac patients. At AYANA Mind Body Lifestyle, in Edinburg, TX, she performs personalized Functional Medicine consultations and treatments, implements corporate wellness programs and designs, and teaches Pilates and Barre fitness classes.

Ms. Gates received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree from the University of Texas and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Fitness and Wellness Management.

Her pursuit of life-long learning, recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized training in bariatric medicine led to her fellowship with AABC. Her unique scholarship and commitment to health and fitness will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

American Association of Bariatric Counselors

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator:

Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Dr. Denise Hall Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

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Dr. Denise Hall, CBC

Dr. Denise Hall, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Norfolk, Virginia, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Dr. Hall has more than 15 years of experience in private clinical practice with specialty in conducting the requisite psychological assessment and evaluations for patients seeking bariatric surgeries. Currently she is practicing at a bariatric division of Sentara Medical Group located in Norfolk, Virginia. She continues to conduct psychological evaluations as well as actively facilitate several support groups for patients post bariatric surgery. Continue reading

Mystery of 4th of July BBQ Solved

BBQ Mystery

Case History

Jack had a gastric sleeve surgery and is able to sustain his 75 lb weight-loss for over 4 years His BMI went from 38 to 27 and he no longer had diabetes, or hypertension, had no evidence of disease and was an excellent example of a successful and healthy WLS patient. He was compliant with post-surgery dietary guidelines, and followed a keto styled diet. Being a Southerner he attributed much of his success to his love for BBQ (rib eye steak, baby back ribs, pork belly, pork chops etc).

Symptoms Begin

Several hours after one of his Sunday BBQs he developed a headache. had stomach cramps , became dizzy, nauseous and itchy  He had a sleepless night and just attributed to have eaten something that was spoiled. During that week he started recognizing similar symptoms in the early afternoon and more severe symptoms that would wake him at night. He reported this to his internist who thought it might be related to his gastric sleeve surgery. He made and appointment with his surgeon who then referred him to a GI doctor that performed an upper endoscopy and found nothing that could explain Jacks symptoms and referred him to an allergist. Continue reading

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, Awarded Board Certification

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, CBC

Chelsea Capella Johnson, MS, RD, LD, a registered and licensed dietitian from Houston, Texas, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric
Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Johnson currently serves as a clinical dietitian/nutritionist at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston. She is an integral member of their NewStart program’s interdisciplinary team that is committed to helping individuals overcome obesity. Treatment modalities include nutrition counseling, support programs as well as bariatric surgeries.

Her professional education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas in Austin, a dietetic internship at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

Recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her clinical experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of those suffering from obesity and related disorders.

For more information, please contact Carrie Moraites, Fellows Coordinator: Email: carrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org 

Devrah J. Otten LCSW Awarded National Board Certification

Devrah J. Otten LCSW

Devrah J. Otten, LCSW CBC

Devrah J. Otten, a licensed medical social worker (LCSW), from Houston, Texas, has been awarded Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science she was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Otten, currently serves as the primary social worker for the kidney transplant program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She is an integral member of the multi-disciplinary transplant team that provides counseling, care and treatment for children and their family’s pre and post kidney transplant.

Devrah completed her professional education at the University of Texas in Austin and now has more than 17 years of clinical, medical social work experience, including geriatrics, orthopedics, oncology and emergency medicine. Her vast clinical experience and recognition of the obesity pandemic and the need for specialized competency in bariatric science inspired her post-graduate training and certification with AABC. Her experience, scholarship and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment of obesities for children and adults. Continue reading