Lapse vs. Relapse: How to Stay Focused During Challenging Times

After the holiday season, staying on track with your health goals may feel like an uphill battle. Your motivation may lessen with the cold weather, winter comfort foods, and the mix of advertisements that promise a quick fix to optimal health.  But, despite the temptations, don’t lose sight of the progress that you have made (even in the face of challenging times).

New Intentions

It’s that time of year. We reflect on a year that’s past and look forward to living our best in the year to come. January is an especially rich month filled with resolutions, goals, and promising dreams for the New Year.

But, too often, our resolutions fizzle. We fumble through the cold months until we renew our resolutions before the summer season arrives.

What if this year, instead of making goals that often bear little rewards (such as ‘Lose Weight’), we approached our year with little intentions that may slowly and meaningfully transition us to lasting life presence?

Written Food Journals vs. Journal Applications: Pros and Cons

Food journal apps, like myFitnessPal and Lose It!, allow for easy tracking of dietary intake and exercise. But don’t ditch the old pen-and-paper method of journaling just yet! Here is a list of some pros and cons comparing written food journals versus journal applications.

Written Food Journals


Successful Weight Management: Beyond a Number

You see it everywhere, standing in line at the grocery store or while watching television: flashy weight loss programs that promise immediate results and dramatic drops on your bathroom scale. The truth is weight loss does not work that way! In fact, managing your weight is more like a rollercoaster ride rather than a steady decline. It can be discouraging when you dictate your weight loss journey by numbers on a scale…but you aren’t alone!

Self-Monitoring: The Benefits of Writing Things Down

Writing down your daily meals and snacks can sometimes feel like a chore. But did you know that it comes with a pack of benefits?

What is self-monitoring?
Self-monitoring is the act of observing and recording your behaviours and practices (think food, activity, moods) to help you reflect and change your behaviours. Some common self-monitoring tools include food diaries, food recalls, exercise logs, or equipment such as pedometers. 

Navigating Social Media

The Facebook site said …

I’m a part of the online community network and they suggest …

I’ve been supplementing with (____) because someone on the peer network used it …

This is simply a snapshot into the ‘doctor internet’ comments that we receive in our daily practice at the bariatric clinic. Indeed, we support the strong network of peer support for bariatric patients. However, we must advise caution about sharing and receiving health advice online and with peers.
When engaging in online discussions and forums, consider:

Defuse the negative

Here in the bariatric clinic, we are home to some of the most vulnerable conversations that folks will have. We open up discussions about raw, human experiences around body, weight and food.

Cooking for Camping

Hot dogs, chips, marshmallows, bacon, watermelon …

Yes, we understand. There are memories, traditions and conveniences to consider when it comes to camping fare. But we don’t need to compromise a healthy lifestyle for a few days or weeks of vacation fun. A body’s need for healthy food never goes on vacation. It may take some extra planning and a step outside of the food comfort zone, but these healthy camping options will keep your taste buds happy for your next campground cookout.


I’m addicted to food.

We’ve heard it before: people can live without alcohol or tobacco but no one can go a day without food. For many folks, the thought of changing typical food choices or eating habits can evoke anxiety and fear. A feeling of I can’t live without.

Even when I look at food, I start to gain weight.

If you’ve ever struggled with weight or body image issues, this is a familiar grumble. It’s acting in defeat and surrendering your own worth without first acknowledging your patience, determination and value.

Spot the problem: When we believe our thoughts more than our rational mind, we lose the fight before we begin. Kindness, understanding and self-respect go a long way in sustaining behaviour change.