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#28 Prioritizing ME Time

GUEST: Jenne Turner, Health Psychologist

OK, be up front with me. Have you achieved what you set out to do whether it’s your weight, health or other goals? When was the last time your needs, your health, your weight, YOU were a priority? As we wrap up our first podcast season let’s find out why this is so hard plus how to put strategies in place to help prioritize that ME time and achieve what you set out to do.

#27 Alcohol Issues after Bariatric Surgery

GUEST: Connie Stapleton, PhD

Was alcohol part of your lifestyle before you had bariatric surgery? Could alcohol be an issue after surgery? Is it tied to weight loss OR to your desire for food? Let’s ask psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton some of these questions.


#26 Weight Bias: Big Boned, The Biggest Loser and Bariatric Surgery

GUEST: Marty Wolff

Have you ever been called big-boned, chubby, fatty or other hurtful names? I'm talking to Marty Wolff who calls himself the ‘Chubby Whisperer’. He’ll share his experience with name-calling, his struggle with obesity, appearance on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, bariatric surgery and his mission now.

#25 Weight Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Triathlete: From Tragedy to Triumph

GUEST: Dan Grieb

Have you heard the saying “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” Dan Grieb has applied this saying and mindset to every aspect of his life – from fatherhood to business, health to wealth, and everything in between. Dan will share his journey, how he accomplished his ultimate physical goal after surgery as a triathlete and what you don’t want to miss… the belief he had prior to weight loss that he no longer has.

#24 A Story of Hope: Pregnancy, PCOS and Bariatric Surgery

GUEST: Felicity Burton

Have you been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS?

Felicity was rocked by the news that she would never conceive children normally when diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS at only 24.

Struggling with her weight since her early 20s, she was then diagnosed with PCOS and told she would likely never get pregnant. Felicity joins me on the podcast to share with you her story of discouragement followed by hope and a happy ending. You have to hear her story.

#23 Do You Really Need Bariatric Multivitamins?

GUEST: Bariatric Dietitian Amanda Clark

So you’ve had bariatric surgery and you know some people take bariatric vitamins. But you’ve also heard they’re not necessary. Who’s right and why?

On today's podcast, Amanda Clark, bariatric dietitian and our podcast content director is here to help you cut thru the confusion surrounding bariatric multivitamins. Creator and author of the Portion Perfection kits for Weight loss and for Bariatrics, Amanda believes that when you see how much is right to eat, and you have practical tools to help you… you have a much greater understanding of what to do and how to do it. Let’s jump right in and ask Amanda what is a bariatric multivitamin and what makes it different from a general multivitamin?

#22 Body Contouring Surgery after Weight Loss

GUEST: Specialist plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Maxwell

Have you lost a lot of weight whether thru diet and exercise or bariatric surgery? Now that you’ve succeeded with weight loss, are you interested in body contouring surgery to take care of that loose skin but have no clue where to start or what questions to ask?

Stay right where you are. Let’s talk to plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard Maxwell and ask him all kinds of questions.

Joining me on the podcast from Melbourne Australia is specialist plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Maxwell. Gaining extensive experience in post trauma surgery following motor vehicle and industrial accidents, Dr. Maxwell then moved into Cosmetic Plastic Surgery where he has a passion for transforming bodies after extreme weight loss thru diet and exercise or bariatric surgery.

Thank you for sending in your questions. Dr. Maxwell answers them and more.

#21 Movement as Medicine

GUEST: Exercise Physiologist Jennifer Smallridge, B.Ex&SpSci, M.ClinExPhys, ESSAM, AEP

When you think about your weight, whether you want to lose weight or maintain, what do you think about? Food? Sure. Your diet? Of course. Plus we all know exercise is an important part of the puzzle, right? Is exercise considered movement? Or how is it different? Is movement just as beneficial? Does it burn calories? Let’s talk to exercise physiologist Jennifer Smallridge and find out.

#20 Stop Avoiding Carbs

GUEST: Jenifer Tharani, MS, RD, LD

We see a lot of chatter about carbohydrate in our Bariatric Surgery Eating Group on Facebook. Some people think carbs are bad and try to never eat them, others fear carbs and still others love carbs… especially the less healthy ones. Are you confused and don’t know what to believe about carbs? Every friend tells you something different? To make it more confusing, some post surgery medical teams advise very little carbohydrate in the diet while others caution their patients not to cut carbs too low. This idea that carbs are bad is flat-out wrong diet information and leads to unhealthful eating. Let’s get the carb facts you need.

#19 Fertility, Pregnancy and Your Weight

GUEST: Melanie McGrice, Adv APD

Are you struggling to become pregnant and don’t know what to do? You’re already well aware there’s a list of reasons why women don’t get pregnant and you’re feeling frustrated. Weight problems are common among reproductive age women putting them at increased risk for problems with fertility and pregnancy. Some women have chosen bariatric surgery specifically to improve their fertility so they can start or add to their family. How prevalent is infertility related to weight? Let’s talk to fertility dietitian Melanie McGrice.

#18 New Year’s Resolutions: Bust or Benefit?

GUEST: Glenn Mackintosh, psychologist

Do you feel like you blink and it’s another New Year? Have you thought about the New Year and what you want to accomplish? Do you have dreams that you hope come true? I do. Do you set goals or resolutions with a plan of action or do you wait and see where life takes you? A new year is the time for a fresh start with a clean slate…your motivation’s high and anything seems possible…right? Glenn is back to help you kick the ‘but’ out of your life and make sure your New Year’s resolutions are beneficial… not a bust.

#17 Holiday Food Traps: 7 Ways to Steer Clear

GUEST: Amanda Clark, Bariatric Dietitian

Do you gain weight during the holiday season? Many people do. What can you do differently this year and still indulge in all of the festive fun? Amanda Clark, bariatric dietitian and our podcast content director, joins me to share seven real world tips to help you steer clear of those holiday food traps.

#16 The Food-Mood Connection, part 2

GUEST: Amanda Clark, Bariatric Dietitian

Did you know that food and what’s in food meaning the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as protein affects your mood? Food, your brain and your mood are so interconnected. In part two of the food-mood connection, let’s talk more about the food you choose to eat, what’s in the food you choose to eat and how it can influence your mood.

She’s back…joining me on the podcast is our content director and bariatric dietitian Amanda Clark. In part one of the food-mood connection we identified a lot of different foods you can eat more of to improve mood. If you missed episode #8 go back and listen. Thank you for your feedback. You asked us to delve even deeper. Cathy asked "So say we’re already eating really well but are still experiencing some mood issues like depression, are there some particular nutrients that are beneficial for mood?" We answer her question and share even more tips in part 2.

My favorite green smoothie on the Pinterest Best Smoothie Recipes board

#15 Vitamin B12 and Bariatric Surgery

GUEST: Bariatric Dietitian Gayle Brazzi Smith, MD, RDN, LDN

Has a friend told you to have your vitamin B-12 level checked or to take vitamin B-12 for your brain? Did you know it’s important after bariatric surgery too? Vitamin B-12 plays a role in keeping your brain healthy and helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a critical nutrient that your body cannot make and it’s very important after bariatric surgery. Let’s talk about why you need it and where to get it.

Joining me on the podcast from Orlando Florida is bariatric clinical dietitian Gayle Brazzi Smith. Gayle is the Bariatric Dietitian for the Bariatric & Laparoscopy Center at Orlando Health.

#14 Binge Eating Disorder: A Problem for Bariatric Surgery?

GUEST: Registered dietitian nutritionist and certified eating disorder dietitian Karen Beerbower, MS, RDN, CEDRD, LD, F.iaedp

Are you considering bariatric surgery? Do you think you may have binge eating disorder? The trifecta of binge eating, obesity and bariatric surgery can create a complex health situation.

We'll share information that's very real, honest and helpful. If you are thinking about bariatric surgery, you have come to this place for different reasons. No two of you are challenged by food or have gained weight for the same reason. Take the time to talk with a professional trained in eating disorders and bariatric surgery. It can help in the decision process as well as helping in the recovery journey to make your surgery a success.

Joining me from Orlando Florida is Karen Beerbower, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified eating disorder dietitian. Karen serves on the Senior Advisory Board for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals known as (iaedp), and is an iaedp Fellow. For years she was an instructor training bariatric physicians and brings her knowledge and experience to her patients in Orlando as well as through tele-health.

#13 Interval Training to Boost Metabolism

GUEST: Registered Physiotherapist Mark Barrett

Are you struggling to lose weight following bariatric surgery? Maybe, you have stopped losing weight. Do you remember our podcast guest Joanne Ballantyne who stopped losing weight very soon after her surgery?

Amanda Clark, Joanne’s dietitian, sent her for a metabolism test to find out what was going on. In this episode, I’ll talk with Mark Barrett, the physiotherapist who performs these tests.

For the past 10 years Mark has used gold standard equipment at his Jupiter Health Metabolism Clinic to perform metabolism analysis for people from all over Australia…particularly for bariatric surgery patients at key stages during the process.

Don’t miss Mark’s best tips on how to boost your metabolism and jump starting weight loss with interval training.

#12 Sleep and Your Weight

GUEST: Amanda Clark, Bariatric Dietitian

Do you notice you’re hungrier when you’re tired? Does lack of sleep or poor sleep affect your weight? We live in a world that goes 24-7, which makes it difficult to turn off, doesn't it? I’ve wondered how much of the weight problem we have today is influenced by sleep – we’re up late, we’re on electronic devices, we have 24-hour retail outlets and shopping online. What do you think?

Let's talk to our content director and bariatric dietitian Amanda Clark about how sleep or lack of it could affect your body and your weight.

Besides keeping the podcasts and me on track, you may recall that Amanda has spent 15 + years helping over 2000 patients. Creator and author of the Portion Perfection kits for Weight loss and for Bariatrics, Amanda believes that when you see how much is right to eat, and you have practical tools to help you, you gain a much greater understanding of what to do and how to do it.

#11 How Relationships Change after Bariatric Surgery

GUEST: Linda Valmadre, Registered Health Psychologist, Australia

Have you lost weight and find that the reactions from your family, friends and …even strangers have changed? Lately there’s been conversation in our Facebook Group… Bariatric Surgery Eating… about personal relationships and how they’re affected by significant weight loss. Have you experienced this too? Perhaps this is something that’s worth thinking about before bariatric surgery. Let’s find out in this podcast.

Joining me via Skype from the Gold Coast of Australia is registered health psychologist Linda Valmadre. Founder of Bariatric Psychology Services she’s a member of the Australian Psychological Society with 12 years of experience working across a broad range of issues including complex trauma and domestic violence. Linda has a special interest in bariatric psychology to support her clients with relevant strategies to help them achieve and maintain their healthy weight goals for life.

Don't miss Linda's positive strategies for dealing with relationships after surgery.

#10 Bariatric Surgery: 5 Ways to Prep for Success

GUEST: Cynara Stalenhoef, bariatric surgery patient

Are you considering bariatric surgery but feel overwhelmed with all the information? Wondering where to begin and what to do so you have the best success and outcome? Joining me via Skype from Western Australia is Cynara Stalenhoef who’s going to share her story of preparation and success after overcoming major obstacles. A Virtual Assistant specializing in Digital Marketing Automation by day and wife and mom of two kids ages 10 and 8 by night, Cynara had a gastric sleeve in February 2016 and lost 57 kg / 125 pounds /9 stones. If you're considering surgery, you don't want to miss this episode.

#9 Phantom Fat: Feeling Fat after Weight Loss

GUEST: Clinical Psychologist Dr. Elayne Daniels

Do you still shop for clothes trying on much larger sizes than you need…after your weight loss? Katie said “in my youth I lost 45 kg (99 lbs) dieting and felt fatter than what I was so much so that the shop assistant stopped me and said, you need smaller sizes love.” Mary said… "I lost 70kg (154 lb) but still felt like I was 140kg (308 lbs)." What’s going on here?

Joining me via Skype from Boston, Massachusetts is clinical psychologist Dr. Elayne Daniels, a recognized leader in the field of body image and eating disorders, as well as in yoga-integrated treatment. Dr. Daniels provides psychotherapy services as well as being a Registered Yoga Teacher with specialized training in yoga-integrated psychotherapy for people with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and/or trauma. Listen now as we talk about phantom fat.

#8 The Food Mood Connection

GUEST: Amanda Clark, Bariatric Dietitian

Are you worried about money? Have you lost your job and concerned about paying bills? Maybe you’re going through a divorce. Maybe your bariatric surgery is more stressful than you thought it would be. Food and your mood are so interconnected. Let’s talk about this connection and how... what you choose to eat can influence how you feel.

Joining me via Skype from the Gold Coast in Australia is bariatric dietitian Amanda Clark who’s also the content director for this podcast. You met her on the first podcast…3 things someone should have told you about bariatric surgery. Besides keeping me on track you may recall that Amanda has spent 15 + years helping over 2000 patients. Creator and author of the Portion Perfection kit for Bariatrics, Amanda believes that when you see how much is right to eat, and you have practical tools to help you, you gain a much greater understanding of what to do and how to do it. Listen now!

#7 Managing Emotions

GUEST: Glenn Mackintosh, Resident Psychologist for Australia’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed

When I say ‘zombie eating’ what immediately comes to mind? Mindless eating, emotional eating maybe? Let’s put the brakes on before this zombie eating happens and stop ourselves from needing to eat for emotional reasons.

To help us put the brakes on, resident psychologist on Australia’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed, Glenn Mackintosh is back for a follow up interview to our podcast on emotional eating… but with a focus on managing your moods. Download Glenn’s free More Marvellous Methods to Manage your Moods here. Managing your moods today - join our course now.

#6 Metabolism Sluggish after Bariatric Surgery?

GUEST: Joanne Ballantyne

Joanne had gastric bypass surgery. Four weeks later she stopped losing weight. Has this happened to you? Why is it happening? Joanne Ballantyne joins me via Skype from the Gold Coast of Australia. Joanne’s a businesswoman who runs online training courses in the food industry. At 62, Joanne says she’s lived her life on one diet or another with very little success. Now into her third surgery, Joanne very openly shares her story.

#5 Self Acceptance thru Tapping

GUEST: Helen Mouton

Have you tried tapping…aka…Emotional Freedom Technique also called EFT? In a previous episode we spoke with Dr. Peta Stapleton, the clinical psychologist from Bond University in Australia. She helped us understand how tapping, which she referred to as psychological acupuncture or acupuncture without the needles can help with food cravings. Now it’s your turn to give it a try. Helen Mouton from Cape Town, South Africa had gastric bypass surgery in 2007 and has been regularly using tapping as part of her ongoing success since 2015. She will talk us through the actual tapping process that she follows.

#4 Tapping Away Food Cravings

GUEST: Peta Stapleton

Have you heard of a psychology technique called tapping that’s beneficial for food cravings and weight loss including bariatrics? Tapping has also been called psychological acupuncture or acupuncture without the needles. Joining me via SKYPE from Australia is Dr Peta Stapleton, a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist and Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Bond University.

#3 Priceless Perspective: Bariatric Nurse-Patient Measures Her Milestones

GUEST: Brenda Hoehn

What are some of the biggest factors contributing to successful bariatric surgery? How do you measure milestones? What continues to motivate you and help you succeed on a daily basis? Brenda Hoehn who has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing is a member of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She’s the nurse coordinator for the Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Program at Saint Francis Medical Center in Missouri, a part-time Life Coach and a bariatric surgery patient herself. She talks about why she decided to have surgery, how she stays motivated on a daily basis and her biggest milestones.


GUEST: Glenn Mackintosh

Do you eat in response to uncomfortable feelings? Do sadness, loneliness, anger, boredom and stress sabotage your good eating intentions? Emotional eating predicts less weight loss post bariatric surgery and a greater risk of weight regain BUT you can work through this by working on your psychological wellbeing. Find out how with Glenn Mackintosh, Psychologist for The Biggest Loser Transformed in Australia.


GUEST: Amanda Clark, Bariatric Dietitian

How you eat, when and what you eat are critical to your success. There’s at least 3 things about eating after bariatric surgery someone should have told you. Bariatric Dietitian Amanda Clark helps you understand and apply some simple tools and strategies that will help you along the way.

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