7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan – EatingWell

Eating good fats may be better for you than red meat. Olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables. Beans and fish, but be careful. We have contaminated a lot of fisheries with mercury. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor. Even if you aren’t you should limit fish. That is sad, isn’t it? Fish has become a healthy food that may not be as healthy as we would wish.

From eatingwell.com

The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as one of the healthiest ways to eat. The Mediterranean way of eating is not only delicious, it’s also been linked with improved heart health and decreased obesity risk. The concept of the Mediterranean diet is simple—fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, legumes and fish and enjoy moderate amounts of red wine. This week’s meal plan makes it even easier to follow the Mediterranean diet with seven days of fresh and healthy dinners.

Source: 7-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan – EatingWell

Student at Cornell University Amazing Weight Loss!

Warning! This is referred to as an ‘advertorial.’

An advertorial is not science. It is not an advertisement. It is something between. The remarks here may or may not be true. They could be dangerous.
Folk lore has been lauding the virtues of vinegar for a long time. Whether there is scientific evidence to support this claim remains to be seen. Beware of easy solutions! And crash diets are not good for you.

We like Braggs, by the way! Great on salads.

Amanda Haughman, a student at Cornell University, was able to drop 27lbs off her waist in 1 month without ever using a dime of her own money. Amanda is studying nutrition sciences at Cornell, and for a required research project Amanda thought it would be perfect to use university funds to find out how to ‘hack’ her weight loss. According to Amanda, “the most expensive piece of it all was actually finding what worked. But the actual solution only cost about $5.”

What is a gastric band?

The formal name is a Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band.

A gastric band is just what the name says, a band around your stomach. It is performed using laparoscopy.

  • Your surgeon places a ring with an inner inflatable band.
  • This creates a small pouch at top of your stomach.
  • When you eat, the food fills the pouch
  • This makes you feel full after eating only a small amount of food
  • The inflatable band has a circular balloon inside that is filled with salt solution
  • Your surgeon adjusts the size of the opening from the pouch to the rest of your stomach by injecting the salt solution.

After surgery, you will need several follow-up visits to adjust the size of the band opening.

  • If the band is too restrictive, your surgeon can reduce the size to allow more food to enter your stomach.
  • Likewise, the band may be increased by adding more salt solution, thus making it more restrictive
  • The band may also be removed if it is causing you complications.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved use of the gastric band for

  • People with a BMI of 30 or more
  • People who also have at least one health problem linked to obesity.


Laparoscopic or Open Surgery?

What is the difference ?

Bariatric surgery is the preferred method for many reasons, but primarily because of recovery times. Open bariatric surgery, involves making a single, large cut in the abdomen. That cut takes a long time to heal, and affects muscles and tissue.

Most surgeons now use laparoscopic surgery.

  • They make several small cuts
  • Thin surgical tools are inserted through the cuts
  • A small camera allows the surgeon to view the procedure on a video monitor
  • Laparoscopic surgery has fewer risks
  • Open surgery and may cause more pain and scarring
  • Recovery times are faster with laparoscopic surgery

There are advantages to open surgery if you have certain conditions.

  • If you are extremely obese
  • If you have had prior surgery
  • If you have complex medical problems (called ‘comorbidities’)