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Five Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

Before we get into the tips I’ve amassed for you, let’s deal with one small thing. I know you all. Somewhere out there is a person – might be a pre-op, might be a new post-op – who is thinking, “But, but, but…you can’t overeat after surgery, right???” Breathe. You breathing? Ok. Let’s talk. While surgery makes it harder to overeat, …

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Food for Thought: My Success is More Than A Number on a Scale!

I shared a guest post I wrote on the blog of Dr. Arya Sharma. Shortly after, I gott an email that said the following: “How much did you weigh before? What do you weigh now? How tall are you?” No hi. No “this is who I am and this is why I am asking.” So let’s put aside for a moment …

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Food for Thought: Five Truths About the Bariatric Community

The other day I decided to write down the assumptions on which I moderate Bariatric Foodie, in general. I think it’s a good exercise to make sure what you think you believe is what you actually believe. So here goes. I operate on the assumption that: #1 – You are all adults. You know how to make good decisions for yourself …

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Food for Thought: The Truth About Self-Love

One of the big contradictions I see in our community is this. We are all about getting healthier so we can love ourselves. Yet…by most objective measures most of us…don’t. We don’t love ourselves. When I ask on here for folks to say something they like about themselves, many times folks feel compelled to throw in a negative with the …

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What I’ve Learned About Eating From Different Food Cultures

I’ll start this off by saying I apologize in advance for any inaccuracies about cultures. I’m speaking based on my own understanding. But still. I’ve eaten a lot of different kinds of foods with a lot of different kinds of people. As a lover of international cuisine, I am quite passionate about authenticity so I work hard to seek out …

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Nik Manifesto: Three Ways of Thinking that Can Hurt Your Weight Loss

Every once in a while, when the stars align correctly, I get in the mood to write a manifesto. The disclaimer here is that these are my thoughts. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a registered dietician. I’m not a psychologist. But I am a post-op who comes into contact with a LOT of other post-ops on a day-to-day basis …

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On Surgery & Gimmicks: An Open Letter to People Magazine

This open letter was written in January 2013. Since then, possibly through the advocacy of the bariatric and general community, I’m happy to report People has elected NOT to use the “No Surgery! No Gimmicks!” language on its 2016 weight loss issue.  As it happens every year, this morning I was standing in line at the grocery store and happened upon …

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Nik Manifesto: About Hunger

I guess you can call this another of my manifestos. But I’m not angry about anything so…not sure if that fits. People ask me about hunger a lot. It confuses them. And it is confusing in general. What is hunger? And especially, what is hunger after weight loss surgery? These are good questions (which I’m not even going to try …

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