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This is my story.I have always struggled with my weight since I was a young child. I was always the heaviest kid in my class. The only time I was picked first for a sports event was tug of war. (LOL) Wonder why? Being a confident person, I managed to go through life being a larger person. I can recall many times, events, scenarios where I was very uncomfortable due to my weight and managed to smile on the outside but was crushing emotionally on the inside because I KNOW that society does judges larger people. I have tried many...

According to an article published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology, almost half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of those, however, only 8% are likely to succeed. Among all the various resolutions, the most common one is losing weight.  Some might ask if it's worth it to make a New Year's resolution if the  success rate is so low. According to University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Maurice Schweitzer, resolutions do have some value. “The new year provides a salient reference point for  setting a goal — How much did I weigh at the beginning of the year? — and forming resolutions helps...

The best way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy what's in season when they are at their most abundant. There's also a bonus that money can't buy: fruits and vegetables just taste better when they are in season. The produce in your region are harvested closer to the peak of freshness than those that have to spend a lot of time in shipping containers that cover thousands of miles in transport. Seasonal fruits and vegetables may be brief, but they are literally the pick of the crop. And as one season passes into another,...

Happy New Year Gang! If you are like me, you have made the New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and  save money by preparing and eating more meals at home. So far I’m off to a good start, but let’s be  honest— I’m only on day 3 of this New Year! As things pick up and life happens, I’m sure I’ll be in…. THE  DRIVE-THRU, so let’s take a look at a personal favorite Chick-fil-a and discover better choices.  Chick-fil-A is a popular fast food restaurant known for its chicken sandwiches. Aside from chicken  sandwiches, you’ll also find a selection of...

Every year at Christmas it shows up. It is a popular gift around the holidays that — let’s face it — most of us dread receiving. The dense cake is filled with sugar-soaked fruit that makes for an overly sweet, hard bite. The historic Christmas cake, inherited from the British and wedding cake of both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, is actually edible for up to 25 years after it’s made. Shockingly, this doesn’t make it more appealing. But love it or hate it, fruitcake never goes away. What’s the story behind this sturdy seasonal dessert?What’s in it?It’s not just...

I’ve always been a large person the majority of my life and battled with my weight for years. Had two major events happen in my life that helped me decide it was time for a change. The first was a major back injury that prevented me from working. This lead to major issues with depression and massive weight gain. I went up over 600 pounds. The second was the passing of my father. Made me re- evaluate my life and got me focused again. I needed to do something other than just diet to ensure I’d be around to take...

In my family, we use food for every situation of life.  Someone’s birthday?  Let’s have dinner.  Had a bad day?  Have some comfort food.  Busted your lip?  Here’s a popsicle.  New job, promotion, funeral, someone broke up with you, Sunday after church, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day – food is at the center of all of it.  It’s no surprise that by the time I was in fifth grade, I weighed right around 200 lbs.  In my adult life, I tried multiple diets hoping to lose the weight.  Weight Watchers had been the most successful.  In my early 20s,...

My name is Greg Emmons.  I had tried numerous diets over the last twenty years and with each diet there was failure.  My weight had ballooned up to 325lbs.  I had Type 2 diabetes was on insulin, and was taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medications.  I had always led a very active lifestyle, but with this tremendous weight gain I found it very difficult to even accomplish simple tasks.  I attended the first weight loss seminar class at Georgetown Bariatrics and after listening to each of Dr. Smith’s team members, I felt this might be for me.  But...