Linda Wilhelm RD, CDE, LMNT

Giving Up Gluten to Lose Weight? Think Again!

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Eating a gluten free diet isn’t necessarily harmful for people who don’t need the medically required diet – but how healthy is this lifestyle? Will it provide adequate sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber? Can it overload one with refined carbohydrates and fat? Will it put one at risk for obesity, diabetes or heart disease? People following a gluten free diet often consume less than the recommended amounts of folate, B-vitamins, iron, calcium, fiber and grain servings. A 2002 study showed that a strict adherence to a gluten free diet for 8-12 years resulted in a higher total plasma homocysteine level than the general population, indicating poor vitamin status (especially folate, B6 and B12). Elevated cholesterol is also prevalent in individuals following the gluten free lifestyle. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Is the BMI Chart Actually Accurate?

Weight Management, Wellness

One of the first pieces of literature a patient receives when walking into our Weight Management department is a BMI (body mass index) chart.  Over the years I have observed hundreds of patients and their facial expressions while they locate their own BMI number.  Once the patient realizes just what the chart is saying, those facial expressions usually morph to some blend of curiosity, frustration, and a where-did-they-get-this-bogus-information grimace.  Not long ago I had an overweight gentlemen look up at me from his BMI chart which he had just received, and in an agitated tone said, “this says I’m extremely obese” – I think he wanted me to tell him that he was fine and the chart was wrong…  Either … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugary Drinks

Weight Management, Wellness

There are fingers pointing every which way when it comes to the cause of obesity. There is new technology which allows us to do more without getting out of our seats, the high fructose corn syrup found in all sorts of food items, and fast food industry which spends unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising their foods and building locations at every corner: all topics which have received some sort of criticism for the obesity epidemic. One of the latest concerns is the amount of calories we consume from sugary beverages. Whether it’s the giant soda we grab at the gas station, the juice that usually comes with the statement “it comes from fruit so it must be … Continue reading

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Weight Management Team

5 Festive Tips for a Healthy Holiday Waistline

Weight Management

As we all know, the holidays provide several more reasons (as if Americans needed any more) to sit at the table or on the couch, and eat.  Thanksgiving is our one national holiday that’s absolutely devoted to overeating.  And Christmas meals are just like Thanksgiving, with some added presents and a tree. Then there’s New Years with far too many calorie-packed beverages.  Every year around November come all the helpful tips on how to have a successful healthy Holiday season.  Even so, many times it still turns out to be yet another very unhealthy, overindulgent season.  Here are some down-to-earth steps you can take to prevent your December and January from being filled with guilt and regret. Structure Unfortunately this … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

…But She Gained All Her Weight Back!

Weight Management

On, Tuesday October 8, Alegent Creighton Weight Management sponsored a ‘Weight of the Nation’ event for the community where we showed a portion of HBO’s extremely well-done documentary, The Weight of the Nation, which explores the obesity crisis in the US .  Immediately following the screening was an engaging Q&A with four panelists, each chosen for their ability to speak to various aspects of the obesity crisis: 1. Mary Baluff, Division Chief, Community Health and Nutrition Service at Douglas County Health Department 2. Becky Vinton Dorn, Executive Director, WELCOM (Wellness Council of the Midlands) 3. Michael Hovey, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon 4. Jim Phillips, Alegent Creighton Health Weight Management patient (has lost -155 lbs.) During the Q&A there were some probing … Continue reading

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