Bariatric Surgery

What Bariatric Surgery Does For You?

From May 1-4, 2016 the bariatric team here at Hotel Dieu Hospital will be sharing their latest research on diabetes and bariatric surgery at the International Congress on Obesity in Vancouver. This research project explored how people living with diabetes are affected by bariatric surgeries.

Celebrating Your Best

When we start on this journey of lifestyle changes to manage our weight we can sometimes fall into some of the ‘diet mentality’ traps. One of the most common traps is the unrealistic weight loss goal. Thinking that we need to lose as much as possible by any means necessary will lead us to make changes to our lives that we can tolerate but not enjoy and to do things that we can’t maintain. This approach can leave us frustrated when we don’t see progress, make us feel like a failure, and lead us to give up.

The Year of Pulses!

Did you know the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses? Pulses are a fibre-rich, low fat, source of protein that are inexpensive, good for the environment, and easy to add to your diet.

Pulses are part of the legume family and include chickpeas, lentils, dried or split peas, kidney beans, navy beans, mung beans, black-eyed peas, several varieties of lentils, and the list goes on.


Help! I’m at a weight loss plateau 1 month out of bariatric surgery.

One of the most common frustrations we hear from our patients at three to six weeks after bariatric surgery is lack of weight loss progression. There seems to be an expectation that after surgery, weight loss will be fast and steady. But, weight loss is much more complicated. It is quite normal and expected to experience slowing weight loss, especially early after surgery. You are not doing anything wrong – but you do need to trust that if you take care of your body and allow it to heal, you will see a progression in months to come.

How do you nourish your body?

It’s a question that we ask in our clinic every day. And the answer is too often ‘I don’t know.’

Apples to Zen

Welcome to Apples to Zen, a newsfeed brought to you by the Kingston Bariatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre (RATC).

Every day in our clinic, we hear about the information and advice that patients gather from various social media sites. From eating well and supplements to weight and coping with post-bariatric surgery problems, everyone seems to be an ‘expert.’