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There is a lot of pressure in our society to fall within a certain weight range. The best way to reach a healthy size is by mindful eating and reasonable amounts of exercise. Unfortunately this pressure doesnt magically disappear with pregnancy- it often gets worse. Many moms to be struggle with weight concerns during pregnancy. And if you are anything like me, and you gained 40-50 lbs while pregnant,your doctor may be concerned. And you might want to know: can you lose weight while pregnant?

Most professionals agree dieting to lose weight is not advised while pregnant. A desire to do whats best for both your baby and yourself might level you with questions. What if your weight gain has lead to health concerns? One of the most common is likely How to safely lose weight when pregnant?

Reasons for weight concern during pregnancy

You might be considering losing weight during pregnancy if you were in an unhealthy weight range prior to pregnancy. Or experienced rapid weight gain, like I did.

Weight issues before giving birth often led to labor complications like higher instances of cesarean section, gestational diabetes, and hypertension. Severe weight issues during pregnancy are also linked to premature births and long term consequences.

Talk to a medical professional about how much weight you can safely gain during pregnancy. decisions involving diet or weight loss during pregnancy.This figure is on a sliding scale based upon how close you are to healthy weight range.

Instead of telling women to aim for weight loss, women who are obese are told to reduce weight gain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that weight loss during pregnancy might be a consequence of holistically changes like eating and exercise but not the goal.

The National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases also provides healthy tips for pregnant women. Among those are suggestions of how to manage weight in a healthy way.

Speak to a nutritionist

A nutritionist is a wonderful source of information on diet and weight during pregnancy. After scheduling an appointment, you will discuss short, manageable lifestyle changes that wont hurt you or your baby.This is done by evaluating where you are vs. where you can get within a reasonable amount of time. Nutritionists and dietitians are also an excellent resource for developing eating plans.Your nutritionist will inform you of changes to make like reducing calories. You can reduce your daily calorie intake significantly by eating smaller portions more frequently and cutting out bad fats.

Eating healthy

During pregnancy, it is important that you have a wide variety of nutrient-filled foods. Increasing the amounts of fruits and vegetables whole grains vitamin D and protein that you have from day today is an important part of establishing a balanced diet during pregnancy.

Limiting salts solid fats and sugar sweetened foods and drinks will increase the amount of nutrients you are getting while decreasing the amount of fat filled calories you are getting from day to day.

Incorporating reasonable amounts of exercise

Adding 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a significant difference in weight related issues. Exercise during pregnancy does not have to be Hardcore gym workouts. Light walks swimming and yard work are all examples of acceptable forms of physical activity.

Many weight-related pregnancy concerns can be resolved by avoiding pregnancy myths. An example of this is that once you become pregnant, you are eating for two- This is not accurate and the number of extra calories required per day increases gradually depending on what stage you are in your pregnancy. The first three months of pregnancy many women dont require extra calories at all, and for some, the same applies during the last few weeks.

Can you lose weight while pregnant? Yes, however, it is important that this is done with the intention of long-term health changes as opposed to short, intense diet plans with the goal of using large amounts of weight. If you wonder if you should lose weight while pregnant, always speak with your doctor first. Together, you can determine your best course of action.

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Aug 18th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

BYH Winterville PD, you have some of the nicest, professional officers. Other small towns would benefit by following their lead.

BYH ECU state employees. Welcome to the real world; the gravy train of benefits is over!

As I was driving around the city noticing all the large construction cranes, I also began to notice new roads. Greenville, you look good in your new suit.

Stanford University has introduced a course to discuss the possibilities of abolishing whiteness, according to the course description. I am not too sure where this is headed. I am pretty sure I was born the color I am and just thought it was part of the natural process. I would like to lose weight and grow more hair, but changing color seems a might drastic.

Bless your heart, Vidant, for being one of the dirtiest hospitals I have ever seen. You should be using some of the ridiculous profit from the outrageous prices charged in the cafeteria to keep the hospital clean!

I have been studying all the campaign promises made by city council and mayoral candidates over the past 25 years. By my calculation, if all of their promises had come true, then we would be living in a city of over 40 million people with a greenway that would stretch to Kathmandu. Please remember to discount campaign promises by a factor of 110 percent. Then forget them and you will not be disappointed.

BYH and welcome back, ECU students. Just one favor, please put your devices in the glove compartment when you drive. Thank you.

BYH to the painters and planners of the bike lanes that are on less than 1 percent of our roads. It is great that Greenville is starting to realize that many of us wish to be able to safely bike and walk. However, a few token bike lanes that never connect with each other just makes sharing the roads even more dangerous. Drivers of cars speed too much, run red lights and refuse to share the roads with others. City leaders need to see what cities like Raleigh are doing to improve the quality of life for the people who live there and make every street safe to use by everyone.

NO BYH to NCDOT. Where is the road going from Dickinson to 10th Street? I would say 50 percent of the cars going down Dickinson would turn right onto 10th. Theres no road anymore!

Bless his heart, candidate Trump said Im not going to have time to play golf, believe me if elected, and Who the ... wants to leave the White House? Well, today marked the 50th day he has spent at one of his golf resorts as president, making those words as empty as everything else hes said.

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Aug 15th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

After I had my daughter via cesarean section, I diligently tried to breastfeed. I kept my baby latched as directed, and maintained skin-to-skin contact. But milk was not coming in, and my baby was not happy about it. If she was awake, she was screaming. My husband and I were worried, but the hospital-issued lactation consultants assured us that she was fine. I recalled something from the breastfeeding class we had taken at the hospital while I was pregnant. The lactation consultants told us that even a drop of nutrient-dense colostrum (the substance present in breasts from pregnancy until mature milk comes in) can satisfy a newborn. Not my newborn! Eventually, a pediatrician took notice of our babys abnormal weight loss and procured a bottle of formula, against the lactation consultants orders.

I was so relieved as our baby sucked down that tiny bottle and finally seemed satisfied! Then I felt crushing guilt that I had allowed her to starve. In my post-op drugged state, I didnt really feel that I had been offered a choice. The lactation consultants orders did not seem to be optional. She lost more than 11 percent of her body weight before that doctor stepped in. Lactation consultants didnt want us to supplement with formulaeven a few ouncesbecause of nipple confusion (when a baby wont breastfeed because they think of the bottle nipple as normal, or they prefer it due to its faster flow of milk) and interference with breast milk production, resulting in a low supply. But those things never happened. Eventually my milk came in, and from that point, we didnt need to supplement any more. My daughter was exclusively breastfed with no issues whatsoever despite this brief flirtation with formula.

Eventually I discovered that many new moms had similar stories; lactation consultants pressuring them into avoiding temporary formula use, despite weight loss, dehydration, or jaundicewhich infants are at higher risk for if theyre dehydrated or not getting enough calories. Lactation consultants are specialists in breastfeeding. They help new mothers learn to breastfeed and help troubleshoot when problems arise. But I began hearing tales of overbearing decision-making rather than gentle guidance from consultants. So who is really in charge of a babys early nutrition, and whats best? What are the guidelines? How much weight loss is actually worrisome?

I delivered at a Los Angeles area hospital in 2013, when it was working toward becoming a baby-friendly hospital (It received that designation in 2016). The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991 as a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. BFHI was designed with babies health in mind. The existing evidence indicates advantages for breastfed infants in terms of neurodevelopment, growth and immune-related outcomes, says Sarah A. Keim, the principal investigator at the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. Hospitals seeking that Baby-Friendly designation must adhere to certain guidelines promoting breastfeeding such as treating breastfeeding as the norm and providing breastfeeding assistance, and staff must follow step six in the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Facilities Seeking Baby-Friendly Designation: Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated. In fact, according to the guidelines, hospitals must track their rate of formula supplementation in breastfed infants, and are told that information will be analyzed. Furthermore, they need to see that rate decrease over time.

Hospitals seek Baby-Friendly designation because (as mentioned in the guidelines) it carries credibility and prestige, its marketable to the community, and it increases demand at that particular hospital. Many hospitals are aspiring to meet these requirements, at least partly because its a good marketing tool to encourage women who want to breastfeed to deliver at those hospitals, notes Keim. Its changing hospital policies around pacifiers and when to offer formula.

But the best-intentioned lactation consultants and Baby-Friendly guidelines may be contributing to a crushing pressure to breastfeed at all costs. And its not just the hospitals. First-time mothers are generally poorly prepared for breast feeding, yet the societal pressure to breastfeed these days is enormous, says Keim.

Devin Garcia, a new mom from San Bernardino, California, had a more extreme situation than I did. When her son Nolan was born, despite help from lactation consultants, Garcias milk wasnt coming in. I kept asking the hospital for formula and they refused to give me any; they kept assuring me he was getting enough, she recalls. The family went home from the hospital and Nolan began cluster feedingbreastfeeding in sessions close togetherto no avail. I was told by the professionals that this is normal and it's okay, Garcia says. Nolan was born on a Thursday; by Sunday morning, he had lost 23 percent of his body weight, as Garcia and her husband discovered when they brought him back to the hospital.

My poor baby was deemed dehydrated, lowblood sugar, high-jaundice, and we were admitted to [neonatal intensive care] to stabilize, she says. Nolan stayed in the NICU for four days, getting IVs, his blood drawn every two hours to check blood sugar levels, and was on the light treatment for the jaundice. It was the hardest thing in the world to see. Once her mature milk came in, Garcia had issues with low supply, but Nolan is now two months old and doing fine on formula. Breastfeeding isn't for everyone and my body sure as heck let us know that, Garcia says.

Lactation consultants understandably want to encourage new mothers to breastfeed; its their job, and they believe passionately in it. And theres science to support the idea that breastmilk is healthy for babies. But while formula mimics many of the same nutrients found in breast milk, its not a perfect match. For instance, there are substances in breast milk produced by the maternal immune system that babies use for their own immune protection, and those are not mirrored in formula, explains Keim. Also, emerging science indicates that breast milk contains beneficial bacteria that helps the infant gut.

However, there is some evidence that while breast milk is healthier for infants, it may not be vastly better. Keim describes a study led by Michael Kramer at McGill University. It was a randomized controlled trial that compared children who were born in baby-friendly hospitals to children born in hospitals that had not joined the baby-friendly program. Children in the intervention group had fewer respiratory infections as infants, and there might have been some limited benefit to neurodevelopment, but in general the benefits were limited, Keim says. For instance, the children in the intervention group were not less likely to be obese and not less likely to have allergies. So if mature milk simply isnt coming in, how far should hospital staff and lactation consultants go to prevent formula supplementation?

In the classes I took at the hospital while pregnant, we were assured that breastfeeding would be easy and convenient if we simply learned the right ways to hold the baby, and they had the physical ability to latch on at the breast. It wasnt even supposed to hurt if we were doing it right (this turned out to be very false for me), and nothing was mentioned about the fraught time when milk has yet to come in, except that the colostrum would be enough to sustain the baby. Perhaps the optimism is to keep from scaring pregnant women, and I know lactation consultants want to give breastfeeding a positive spin so that more moms will want to breastfeed. But if they had been more forthcoming about common challenges (delayed milk, pain, and a host of other issues), I wouldve felt more prepared. Instead, I felt a bit deceived.

With her first newborn, digital media coordinator Jessica Dickiesons milk didnt come in for three weeks and she was eventually allowed to supplement. So when supply issues happened with her second child, and nurses wouldnt give her formula for her newborn son, the Los Angeles mother of two saw the signs. The baby was starving, I knew it. I'd been through it before, she says, recalling that her sons weight was down 12 percent at his pediatrician visit four or five days after birth. Formula has saved my kids from starving. I wish I could fully breastfeed them but also wish it wasn't looked down as such a terrible thing and to make moms feel guilty for needing it.

Janet Guida-Davis, a mom from Grants Pass, Oregon says her doctor warned her about lactation consultants. She said they mean well but they have their own agenda. Take what you want and leave the rest! Follow your instincts. After a C-section birth, Guida-Daviss newborn got jaundice and started losing weight, so the new mom asked for formula. He started gaining weight and Guida-Daviss milk eventually came in and all was well. Her son could even switch from bottle to breast with no issues. It would have been nice if somebody at the hospital would have suggested that sooner, she says of supplementing. I don't understand why nobody suggested that option.

Despite a great latch, Melissa Forestas newborn wasnt getting any milk. The screaming baby had lost 14 percent of her body weight before Foresta, a mom from San Clemente, California, demanded formula, threatening to get it herself. She sucked that first bottle down so fast, Foresta says. I felt terrible that she was so hungry and that I had let myself be manipulated and guilted into not supplementing.

Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and author of What to Feed Your Baby, says a good way to ensure your baby stays healthy in the early days of breastfeeding is to find a pediatrician who checks them frequently. A few days after leaving the hospital and every few days until baby has regained birthweight and is growing well, she recommends. Altmann doesnt feel that the threat of nipple confusion, for instance, warrants avoiding supplementing if its needed. Most babies can go back and forth well, especially once breastfeeding is well-established.

Altmann says there are no actual medical guidelines to offering formula when milk doesnt come in, but she wouldnt let her infant patients lose more than 10 percent of their body weight. It all depends on baby and how baby is growing and developing, if baby is losing too much weight or getting jaundice, she says. It isnt a number of days, but the overall picture of mom/baby health.

Altmann also recommends finding a lactation consultant. Despite the bad experiences some mothers have, lactation consultants can be invaluable in guiding new mothers in feeding their babies. Hurdles like tongue-tie (a condition that restricts the tongues range of motion), thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth), or latch issues can be resolved with a good lactation consultant. Babies arent born experts and neither are moms, Altmann says. With a little help, time, and patience, everything usually begins flowing fine and breastmilk is really the best nutrition for baby.

I had an amazing lactation consultant who saved my breastfeeding, says Melissa Miller, a mom in Los Angeles. I had all the issues. My baby was tongue-tied and tongue-thrusting and my milk came in late ... I got mastitis and had clogged ducts. This woman got me through all of it with my nipples and sanity intact. Miller says that the pain caused by her early breastfeeding issues caused her to have panic attacks and postpartum anxiety. When the lactation consultant gradually helped me fix my breastfeeding issues, that went a long way in reducing my anxiety to manageable levels.

Amanda Sitko, a writer who lives in Los Angeles, eventually found a wonderful lactation consultant after the birth of her baby. She was the first LC I came in contact with who didn't make me feel stupid/ashamed and broke it down in a mathematical way that made sense to me when I had to supplement, Sitko explains. The other LCs I came across were pretty gruff and just grabbed my breasts without asking.

Julie Matheney is a preemie feeding specialist and certified lactation educator, counselor and consultant. She says that cesarean births delay the natural switch from colostrum to mature milk, which is what happened in my case.

I asked Matheney how long it is safe for a mother to wait for mature milk to come in before supplementing with formula. This is a loaded question because every story is different, she says, noting that in hospitals that call is usually based on bilirubin numbersan indicator for jaundice, a liver condition commonly associated with infants. In my practice, if a baby has not had the recommended number of wet diapers by day three we're supplementing at the breast using an SNS at the very least. (An SNS is a supplemental feeding tube designed to simulate breastfeeding.) She says there are no set rules as to when formula should be offered. Unfortunately there are no guidelines and every practitioner comes from their own experience and setting.

Ten percent is normal weight loss for all infants, she explains. Birth weight needs to be regained by two weeks. Red flags that should prompt supplementing also include lethargy, sleeping more than four hours in a row, or not producing enough soiled diapers by 48-72 hours.

When it comes to looking for a lactation consultant, Matheney says the gold standard are consultants certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

The earlier you get help, statistics show, the longer mothers will breastfeed. If breastfeeding is your goal, get help in the first 7296 hours, says Matheney. Enlisting help gives mothers the confidence in knowing subtle changes in positioning and latch that can make a world of difference. An LC can also identify if there is something wrong, like a tongue tie, inverted nipple, swelling of the breast from fluids at birth, etc., that is impacting feeding.

Matheney disagrees with the Fed is Best campaign (as opposed to breast is best), which posits that mothers should be supported in however they (safely) feed their babes (after all, shes in the breastfeeding business) but admits that sometimes formula cant be avoided. There are obviously cases when supplementation is absolutely necessary and mothers should never be ashamed of needing to supplement, she says. They should also be encouraged to get professional help as soon as possible to facilitate breastfeeding from the beginning. So many issues can be prevented before they're a problem.

I think everyone seems to assume LC support is helpful and positive, but its not always, says Keim, who found that 30 percent of the women she studied as part of upcoming research reported negative experiences with their lactation consultants. Part of this could be womens expectationsmaybe because women are not well-prepared for the reality of breastfeeding they may have a rosy picture of how it should be and then disappointment hits hard. Part of it could be that not all LCs are well-trained in or really skilled with the counseling part of offering this support. Part of these negative experiences with lactation consultants could also be that hospital pressure to obtain or maintain Baby-Friendly designation. But the more information expectant and new mothers have about early breastfeeding, the more confidence theyll have in feeding their babies, and the more prepared theyll be, should things go wrong.

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Aug 15th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Brigantine Farmers Market

Brigantine Farmers Market runs 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 12at 15th Street and Revere Boulevard, rain or shine. There will be more than 50 vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and cooking demonstrations. The market is plastic free, so bring your own shopping bag.

The Sons of The American Legion will be hosting their annual barbecue 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the post. There will be live music and a variety of food including ribs, chicken, crabcakes, shrimp, hot dogs, burgers and sausage and peppers. Take outs available. No admission fee. Rain or shine.

Brigantine Flotilla 85 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct About Boating Safely classes 9 a.m. Saturdays,Aug. 12at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each class lasts eight hours and includes lunch. Upon passing the test at the end of the class, a NJ Boating Safety certificate will be issued. A $60 prepaid registration is required. To register call 609-926-7607 and leave a message or email For class information see

The Brigantine library hosts an adult board-game program 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,Aug. 16for ages 18 and older. The monthly event is free, however registration is requested. The branch will provide complimentary pizza and soda. Come and socialize by playing more contemporary board games such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, and Love Letter, as well as traditional board games, like Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. For information call 609-266-0110.

Temple Beth Shalom will hold its annual bazaar 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. There will be a variety of merchandise including books, dishes, pictures, linens, toys and games, jewelry, knick-knacks and more. The event is rain or shine. For information call the office at 609-266-0403.

The Brigantine Community Education and Recreation will present the Tri County Symphonic Band in concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, 301 E. Evans Boulevard. The Tri County Band is one of the most widely respected Symphonic groups in the entire South Jersey area. The band is under the direction of Ron Willoughby. This is a free concert.

The Brigantine library invites all to learn about the solar eclipse 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Registration is requested. The special program will feature activities to teach about solar eclipses. Everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe are expected to see at least part of the solar eclipse that is occurring on this day. For information call 609-226-0110.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a seven-day, five-night trip to LondonSept. 7-13. Flight leaves from Philadelphia Airport. Bus transportation to and from the airport is provided. Guests will stay at the Copthome Tara, a four-star hotel in the Kensington section of London. Price includes daily breakfast, two dinners with water and wine or beer, one pub lunch with beer and one additional lunch with beverages. There will be a full-day guided orientation tour of Londons highlights with a visit to the British Museum; a full-day guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Blenheim Palace and a visit to Oxford; a half-day guided tour to Windsor and a visit to Windsor Castle; and a musical theater performance in Londons Theatre District. The price is $2,299 double occupancy. For single occupancy add $425. For a brochure or information, call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1 or stop by the Community Center and pick up a brochure.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a 10-day trip to IsraelSept. 30-Oct. 9. Thetrip begins in Tel Aviv with a welcome dinner, then goes on to visit the Latrun Area, Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Nazareth, Cana, Kibbutz, Mount of Beattitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Bet SheAn, Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea. The price is $4,295 double occupancy, $4,277 triple occupancy and $5,783 single occupancy and includes eight nights accommodations at first-class hotels, 14 meals, eight breakfasts and six three-course dinners. For information call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

The seventh annual Brigantine Community Prayer Breakfast is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at St. Philip Hall of St. Thomas Church. This year's keynote speaker will be former five term Congressman and three-time Olympian, Jim Ryun. Cost of the Prayer Breakfast is $20 and includes a buffet breakfast. For tickets call Andy Solari at 609-264-1040.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a 10-day trip to Apuglia and Rome April 8-17. Participants can expect to see Romanesque and baroque cathedrals and monuments, and in Rome, an open air museum that is home to two millennia of architecture, art and culture; and spend hours exploring ancient wonders, traveling between attractions or hunting for the best gelato. Apuglia is a escape to South Italy for a warm Mediterranean breath.Price is $2,895 double occupancy and $3,590 single occupancy and includes eight nights at first-class accomodations, breakfast daily, four lunches and three dinners. For information call at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Brigantine CER is sponsoring a seven-day trip trip to Chicago June 16-22. On the way participants will visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and lunch at historic Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. In Chicago there will be a guided tour to include Millennium Park, Grant Park, Navy Pier and more, and visit the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, take a narrated Chicago River Cruise and a visit Shed Aquarium. The return trip will feature a campus tour of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a sightseeing cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh. Price is $2,025 double occupancy, $1,771 per person triple occupancy, and $2,790 single occupancy and includes six nights hotel accommodations, two breakfasts, one lunch and four dinners including a dinner cruise.For information call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Brigantine Community Education and Recreation hosts a Course in Miracles Study Group 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the center. Call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Crossroads Youth Group meets 7-8 p.m. every Sunday. Sponsored by the Community Presbyterian Church, the group is open to sixth- through eighth-grade youths in Brigantine. They meet weekly, and the meetings or outings consist of community service, fun and fellowship, spirituality and current issues. It is a positive atmosphere that stresses acceptance and is a true example of how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. Crossroads sponsors a Halloween hayride, an Easter egg hunt and the junior high dances that are held once a month. Open registration is extended each Sunday.

The Brigantine Community Center offers mahjong games 1-4 p.m. Thursdays on the second floor at the Community Center. For information call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

Weight Watcher Meetings are held every Tuesday morning starting with weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. Come in and learn how to successfully lose weight by following a customized food and activity plan to help you look and feel better and have more energy. Weight Watchers also offers a handy food and activity tracker, thousands of meal ideas and practically every healthy-living tool you can imagine. For information call the CER Office at 609-264-7350, ext. 1.

The thrift shop of the Community Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave., is open 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Shop for bargains on gently used clothing for men, women and children, as well as shoes, small appliances, household items and jewelry. New items are received daily. Call the church office at 609-266-7942.

Quizzo is held 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Brigantine Elks Lodge lounge, 400 W. Shore Drive. Prizes are awarded. See

The Running Center is partnering with the Brigantine Fitness Center to present a fitness class for active adults. Treadmilling for Walkers is offered noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Brigantine Fitness Center. The class is led by Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center. She created the class to give seniors a full-body workout. The one-hour classes are open to members and nonmembers of the fitness center. Registration for one or two days per week is available at The fee is $15 for one class per week, or $25 for two per week. For information call 609-246-6974 or email

The Brigantine Beach Community Center hosts senior bingo 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information call 609-264-7350.

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CROWN POINT David Corrie had a good reason for wanting to lose weight.

His 3-year-old son, Luke, requires near constant attention and likely will for the rest of his life. Corrie's family needs him around, and healthy.

He had an epiphany one day watching a friend care for an older son with autism.

"I said there's no way I can do this 10 years from now in my current health," said Corrie, 38, a fifth-grade teacher in Lansing. "At some point, Luke is going to have the strength of a man but still have the mentality of a child."

Corrie's son has isodicentric 15, or idic 15, a rare chromosomal abnormality that leaves him unable to talk, with seizures and low muscle tone.

To prevent the seizures, the 3-year-old has to eat a diet high in fat and low in carbs and protein. Corrie always tries whatever supplements his son is prescribed to make sure they don't have adverse side effects. He decided to do the same thing with Luke's diet.

The more he researched it, he learned it might be able to help him as well.

Under the so-called ketogenic diet, he eats two calories of fat for every one from carbs or protein, consuming no more than 30 grams of carbs a day. He said the diet essentially "fools the body into thinking you're starving," encouraging fat burning.

"I eat a lot of eggs and meat and sausage and low-carb vegetables, bacon, cheese, cashews, avocados," he said.

He said the diet makes him feel full, cutting down on snacking.

"I've been hungry my whole life," he said. "People always say if you eat now you're going to spoil your appetite for dinner. That was not the case for me."

Starting at 311 pounds, Corrie is now down to around 255. He hopes to eventually get to 220.

Besides the changes on the scale, Corrie says he is less grumpy and has lowered his high blood sugar and liver enzyme levels. And he has already noticed the difference in his ability to care for his son.

"I can get to him faster," he said. "My endurance level to carry him around is greater."

He has done some cardio and strength training along the way, but figures the diet is about 80 percent responsible for his weight loss.

"It's improved my health massively," he said.

Corrie has been soliciting sponsors for his weight-loss journey, already raising more than $14,000 that will go toward home modifications for his son. Corrie and his wife hope to build a "Luke-proof room," an addition off the kitchen where he can safely play while his parents watch him through the glass. A contractor, E&K of Chicago, has agreed to donate construction and materials to make the addition a reality.

Corrie's wife, Angela, has been impressed by the improvements her husband has made in his life.

"It's a big change," she said. "He has been diligent to stay on it in a way I couldn't. The weight just melts off him."

"We're really involved with our church. We go to a lot of potlucks, and he's been really good," she added. "We need him around for lots of years."

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Models, athletes and celebrities swear by the ketogenic "keto" diet to help shed those unwanted pounds. The keto diet encourages eating more cheese, butter and bacon; it's a low-carb, high-fat diet akin to the Atkins Diet created in 1972 by cardiologist Robert C. Atkins. The latest fad diet has amassed a following of devoted supporters, including Tim Tebow, LeBron James and Kim Kardashian, but does it really work?

Carol Johnston, professor and associate director of the nutrition program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, explains why the low-carb, high-fat diet is so popular, how it works, and what dieters should be eating to lose weight.

Question: Does the science behind the keto diet make sense? Would nearly eliminating carbs while increasing fat consumption help a person to lose weight?

Answer: The short answer is yes. There is mounting evidence that suggests calorie restricted, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets are effective for weight loss, and the keto diet is an extreme version of this. Low-carb diets can be more satiating, allowing dieters to feel full longer, eat less, and thus experience greater weight loss success. However, calorie restricted, high-carb diets are also effective for weight loss.

Overwhelmingly, the most important factor in weight loss success is diet adherence. In research trials, most individuals who lose weight regain most of it within a year, regardless of which diet they were on. The downside of many of the fad diets you see today is the lack of emphasis on long-term lifestyle changes, which is necessary for long-term weight loss success.

Q: In your opinion, why is this diet so popular?

A: The keto diet is popular because it is easy to follow and on the surface seems effective. In the first few days after starting the keto diet, a person can experience a significant loss of water weight. When carb intake is restricted for a few days, glycogen stores in the muscle are reduced. Glycogen is responsible for water retention, so when its levels fall, so do our water levels. To the average person, the diet appears to be working. The number on the scale is going down. But, since most of this weight lost is water weight, it will return when the person consumes carbs again. While most people rely on scales to monitor weight loss and think any weight loss is good, the goal is actually to lose fat, which isn't always reflected on the scale. Additionally, the elevated levels of satietyfeeling fullmay help people stick to the diet longer and experience greater weight loss success.

Q: Is the keto diet healthy?

A: Keto diets have safely been used as an effective therapy for epilepsy for years. There are some risks associated with an extremely low-carb, high-fat diet, including elevated blood triglycerides (linked to elevated cardiovascular risk), increased urinary uric acid (which may lead to the formation of kidney stones), and lethargy. Adults on a low-carb diet are also at risk for adverse impacts to their bone health.

Q: We're always hearing about the evils of carbohydrates when it comes to losing weight. How important are carbs to our health and what role do they play in weight loss?

A: Carbs play a critical role in our health. We get energy either by burning glucose from carbs, or by burning fat. The keto diet focuses on the latter. Though carb-restricting diets are popular, carbs are actually less likely to convert into body fat than dietary fat.

Carbs are important for our brain and muscle health. Our brains rely entirely on glucose for energy productionthey can't get it from fatmaking the consumption of some carbs necessary. Our muscles can use either glucose or fat for energy, but during high-intensity exercise, they prefer glucose.

When we eat more carbs than we need, they convert to body fat, which contributes to obesity. In general, average Americansthose with a relatively sedentary lifestyleconsume more carbs and calories than they actually need. Athletes, on the other hand, need to keep their carb intake elevated to support their energy output. Balance between energy intake and output is key to maintaining a healthy weight.

Q: For people who are trying to lose weightwhat foods should they avoid? What foods should they include in their diet?

A: Energy-dense foods should be avoided (gravies, dressings, sauces, sweets, pastries, cakes, cookies, sugary drinks, etc.) and low-energy, nutrient-rich foods should be prominent in the diet (unprocessed plant foods, low fat dairy and lean, unprocessed meats).

Q: What should people know about the effectiveness or safety of fad diets like Atkins, keto, liquid diets, paleo, calorie restriction, etc.?

A: Any diet that restricts calories will typically result in weight loss if a person sticks with it. What is important when following a calorie-restricted diet (about 500 less calories per day) is that it has healthful attributesa diet composed of plant-based, unprocessed foods with low fat contentsuch as the Mediterranean diet. (Note, 500 calories equates to two 12-ounce sodas and a large chocolate chip cookie!)

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Aug 11th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) stock was up over 17% in Mondays after-hours trading session, to end at $4.49, after the company announced a loss of $6.8 million in its second quarter. Revenues came in at $93,000 less than what was expected. However, on a per-share basis, the St. Paul, MN-based, medical device company lost (-$0.91) which beat street estimates by $0.02.

Importantly, implantations of the companys lead revenue generator, the vBloc, was up over 83% from the same quarter last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company placed 50 units, primarily from the vBloc Now program, a 72% increase compared to 29 units for the same period in 2016. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $11.2 million and it had no debt.

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) is a developer of medical devices that cater to the weight-loss market. The company developed the FDA-approved vBloc neurometabolic therapy. The vBloc therapy is delivered by a pacemaker-like device called the Maestro Rechargeable System. This device is designed to help patients feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve thereby allowing patients to safely lose weight by helping patients feel less hungry, reduce the amount of food eaten at a meal, and feel full longer in between meals. The vBloc Therapy is a non-anatomy altering or restricting, and is reversible. therapy that allows patients to safely lose weight by helping patients feel less hungry, reduce the amount of food eaten at a meal, and feel full longer in between meals.

Bariosurge Inc. was recently acquired by EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) which gave the company an additional revenue stream originating from the weight-loss market. Bariosurge is the developer of the Gastric Vest System. The Gastric Vest is being developed as a minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device for weight loss in morbidly obese patients. The device wraps around the stomach, emulating the effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to reduce the size of the stomach without permanently changing ones anatomy.

EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) continues to address the primary cause of drag on the stock price a lack of coverage by major insurance companies. It is important to remember that the stock blasted over 700% on the news that the company had two new facilities agree to be used for device implantation. It appears the market will reward the company for any advancement of its device into the medical mainstream.

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ONTARIO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For those looking to quickly, safely lose weight and improve their health markets, Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center ( offers the KE Diet as part of its innovative Jump Start to Health program. This medically supervised intervention has already helped patients achieve tremendous results; more information about the program is available by calling 844-695-4331.

"Burning fat is key to losing weight and reversing lifestyle diseases like hypertension and type 2 diabetes," says Dr. Tanya Scurry, founder and medical director of Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, "and the KE Diet has proven to be the best and safest way to turbocharge the fat-burning process. That's why it's an important element of our Jump Start to Health program. At Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, we're helping people embrace a better way of life."

The KE Diet is administered during the first 10 days of the Jump Start to Health program. Patients receive a complete education on the diet during their intake and throughout the program. Under local anesthesia, a small naso-gastric tube is inserted to continuously deliver a specially formulated feeding solution rich in protein and fat. An obesity medicine physician closely monitors the patient throughout the diet, with no less than three follow-up appointments. Lab tests before and during the KE Diet ensure patient safety by checking electrolyte levels, ketones and other important markers.

Originally developed in Italy, the KE Diet has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose significant amounts of weight in a short time. At Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, a 56-year-old male with hypertension, high cholesterol and an increased amount of abdominal fat shed 22 pounds in only ten days.

The KE Diet works by forcing the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates for energy. The feeding solution has zero carbs, which acts as a "hard reset" for the body. While carbs are an important part of a balanced diet, the standard American diet of today suffers from an excess of this macronutrient. Simple, highly palatable carbs are especially a problem. Many preventable health issues are a direct result of excess fat and obesity caused by carb-rich diets. The 12-week Jump Start to Health program offers the tools and resources to learn healthier food choices and eating habits.

To qualify for the KE Diet, patients must have a body mass index (BMI) over 30, or over 27 with a medical condition related to obesity sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. Patients of normal weight but high body fat percentages (over 25 percent for men, 32 percent for women) may also participate.

Once the KE Diet portion of the Jump Start to Health program concludes, patients work with a registered dietitian to develop a personalized meal plan to sustain their progress and set them on a path for a lifetime of better health. Patients also receive a personal fitness assessment by a personal trainer. The goal, according to Dr. Scurry, is to be successful in fat loss, not just weight loss.

About Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center

Under the leadership of Dr. Tanya Scurry, the goal of Body & Mind Weight Loss Center is to provide a helping hand to those struggling with obesity, to provide an ear to listen to their pain, to lift them up in encouragement and support, and to provide a safe place for them to heal.


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Aug 8th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely

Guy Sebastian had eight weeks to get into shape for his Mens Health Australia cover. Picture: Jason Ierace

The ketogenic diet has gained popularity in recent years, with some claiming this way of eating can have incredible benefits to long-term health.

Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian says its the diet that helped him get shredded in eight weeks for his Mens Health Australia cover.

But what is a ketogenic diet, and does the evidence truly stack up to back up the claims? This is what you need to know, according to accredited practising dietitian Chloe McLeod.

Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules. Picture: Jason IeraceSource:Supplied

What is a ketogenic diet?

A ketogenic diet is a diet very low in carbohydrates and very high in fat. The reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates places the body in a state of ketosis, which is a metabolic state where fat provides most of the fuel the body requires to function.

What constitutes a diet thats low-carb and high-fat?

A standard ketogenic diet is usually comprised of approximately 20 per cent protein, 75 per cent fat, and 5 per cent carbohydrates, where approximately 10-50g of carbohydrates are consumed each day. When compared to a general healthy diet, the distribution is far more even, with approximately 20-30 per cent protein, 20-30 per cent fat and 30-40 per cent carbohydrates.

Who should do it?

Ketogenic diets are reportedly useful for weight management. When reducing carbohydrates, it is normal to see the number on the scales go down, due to the body losing water as a result of carbohydrate stores being used up. Fat and protein are also very satiating, meaning that it is possible you will feel fuller. This means potentially fewer calories are consumed, so weight loss is as a result of reduced calorie consumption, rather than the low-carb diet. That said there is some research which indicates that low carbohydrate diets can assist with weight loss, particularly in severely obese individuals.

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The cons?

Some of the claims of the efficacy of a ketogenic diet are overstated, particularly in relation to weight loss, increased lean mass and increased longevity. More high quality research is needed to support these claims.

Also, following this diet can be really difficult, particularly in the long-term. Fruit, grains, beans and legumes, starchy vegetables, most dairy, along with most processed foods need to be removed from the diet. This usually means that day to day eating needs to be highly structured and planned, and eating out and social arrangements can become much more difficult.

This lifestyle also means significantly less fibre and prebiotic foods going into the diet, which can have a negative impact on many aspects of health particularly in gut health. New research has shown a high-fat diet can change the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, with potentially wide ranging effects on health, not to mention, an increased risk of constipation.

How to do it safely (if at all)

If someone needs to follow, or wants to try out a ketogenic diet, it is recommended to work with a dietitian who is skilled in this area to help ensure all nutrition needs are covered. Its also a good idea to have a chat with your GP, and get some blood tests done first to check key vitals before commencing.

Low carbohydrate, ketogenic diets may have some positive health benefits, but it is important to not view it as a cure-all as for most of us, it wont be.

This article originally appeared on Body and Soul.

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Aug 8th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely


The late-night spoons of ready-made frosting were the best. The preteen thrill of sneaking downstairs to the fridge and plunging a spoon into an open can of sweet and creamy vanilla sludge made the treat all the sweeter as it melted over my tongue and then slid down my throat.

My parents caught onto my clandestine snacking. My pediatrician had already warned my parents to rein in my eating habits and my growing belly. Dadwho overindulged without shame in the light of dayteased me about it. Mom had even made me wear a snap-on modesty apron below my bikini top to hide the pooch.

So with the typical ambivalence of a tween girl, I felt both exposed and defiant. I plotted my next secret rebellion: lifting sugar packets from the table at restaurants when no one was looking, excusing myself to go to the restroom and, once safely hidden in a stall, pouring the crystals down my gullet. The seediness of the location made it feel all the more right.

My love affair with sugar was deep, unruly and destructive. Over the years, as my weight fluctuated, the affair would lure me into unhealthy and frequent transactions with the Carrot Cake Man of Philadelphia (his bakery was just down the street from my home!) and convince me that it was totally healthy to eat a massive slice of Mississippi mud pie in one sitting, as long as it was vegan. Even co-editing a book with the words Choosing Health and Wellness in its title and a chapter on Recognizing and Preventing Diabetes couldnt break up the affair. Sugar has the power to make hypocrites of us all.

Eventually I developed a pretty healthy lifestyle in order to control another health condition that I could not ignore: high blood pressure. I avoided most dairy items and fried foods, as well as sodas and sugary drinks. I even ran in the park a couple of days a week.

Then came a series of life-altering breakups. The first happened to my marriage, an upheaval that robbed me of sleep, sending me to the doctor in search of relief. She required me to go through a complete, standard physical exam, and then called me with the news that finally forced me to separate with sugar, too: I was within a hairs breadth of becoming diabetic.

The evidence was the results from an A1C test, one of several that reflect ones blood sugar level. A normal reading is below 5.7. A reading of 5.7 to 6.4 is considered prediabetic, which means that, like more than 1 in 3 Americans, you have a high risk of developing diabetes. Above that, you are diabetic. My reading was 6.3.

Shock is an inadequate word for what I was feeling. I had never had a prediabetic result that I could remember. Sure, I knew that African Americans are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, in which the body doesnt use insulin properly to move glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into the bodys cells. (With the rarer Type 1 diabetes, insulin is not produced at all and must be injected.) I knew that I had high blood pressure, another risk factor, though it was being managed. I even knew I had relatives with Type 2 diabetesyet another risk factor. So why had the doctors diagnosis blindsided me?

It was because I had gotten the message from doctors and health organizations that people get diabetes when they indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. Any black woman who consumes health information is likely to know that we have been singled out as the group with the highest rate of overweight or obesity in the U.S., exceptional for the wrong reason in a society where thin is in.

The diagnosis made me feel like the 11-year-old in the apron bikini pouring sugar down her throat all over again. Having a grandmother and an uncle who had developed diabetes in midlife was reason enough, said my doctor, interrupting my reverie. She advised me to cut back on sugar and food with high glycemic loads that could cause my blood sugar to spike quickly, such as complex carbohydrates (also known as starchy foods). I was to replace them in smaller portions with fiber-rich, low-glycemicload foods that are digested more slowly, and then come back in a month to see if I should be put on medication to avoid developing full-blown diabetes.

As I left her office, the specter of amputated limbs, blindness and painful neuropathyall complications of diabeteshaunted me. Oh no, I thought. That will not be me.

Desserts (yes, all desserts) and energy bars were replaced with homemade dried-fruit-and-nut trail mix and vegan fruit smoothies. As my palate adjusted to less sweetness, I stepped down to healthier fresh fruit, which, in moderation, is now the only type of dessert I haveexcept my once-yearly vegan birthday cupcake. Juicing, which concentrates sugar, is out. I dont miss it. Whole fruits and vegetables are better, and tasty when your palate is no longer stunned by sugar.

Proper portion control with complex carbs rather than simple carbs was the bigger challenge, because they were the real trigger foods for me. Remember the old saying, You cant just eat one potato chip; you have to finish the whole bag? That was me with white rice, regular pasta, noodles, potatoes and any kind of chips. I switched to smaller portions of the whole-grain versions, which made me feel full a lot sooner anyway.

Meanwhile, I had cranked up the twice-weekly running habit with a lifelong dream in my sights: to run the New York City Marathon.

Little more than a month later, I came back to the doctor. After a brief examination, during which she noted that I had lost more than 5 pounds, she said that nonetheless she would put me on medication to prevent diabetes. Most people cant move the needle in such a short time, she explained. Test my blood sugar first, I insisted.

When the results came back, it was time for the doctor to be shocked. My A1C was within normal range, and it has been ever since. Within six months, I would lose another 20 pounds. Within two years (and newly divorced), I ran the Chicago Marathon and, a year later, the New York City Marathon.

Five years since my prediabetes diagnosis, I still have normal blood sugar readings, a continued passion for running, and a clear understanding that I simply have to work harder than others to stay healthy and avoid diabetes. Its simply in my makeup, as it is for many other black people.

Getting past the feeling of being shamed came with having a frank conversation with my physician that went beyond lose weight to here are your numbers and the steps tailored to your life and physiology that you can take to improve them.

That customized approach is key. Theres not one diet that is appropriate for every person with diabetes, or prediabetes, explains William T. Cefalu, M.D., chief scientific, medical and mission officer at the American Diabetes Association. It needs to be a flexible nutrition plan, and it needs to be tailored to the individuals needs, their activityand, basically, what works for that patient. For some, medication is also necessary, he added.

As I had been, 90 percent of prediabetic people are unaware of their condition. With so many people at risk, I recommend that anyone reading this educate him- or herself at or Theres no shame in itonly the risk of having a tawdry rendezvous with better health.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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Aug 6th, 2017 | Filed under How to Lose Weight Safely