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Great day for a bike ride in Indianapolis!

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/22/2014 1:00:00 PM

Get up and go! Today, the Indiana Pacers BikeShare is officially open. Pay just $2/hr or $8/day or get a pass to rent one of many bright yellow bikes at 25 cultural trail locations throughout downtown Indy. The new eight-mile landscaped bike and pedestrian pathway is a great way to rediscover the city. 

This family-friendly, healthy activity is supported by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation. BikeShare is managed by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. For more information and maps, visit

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Seven reasons to bicycle for weight loss

According to Bicycling Magazine, biking can burn lots of calories in different ways and strengthens muscles for faster weight loss. Try a bike ride today!

  1. No jarring of the knee joints.
  2. Great calorie burn. A person who weighs 250-300 lbs. can burn 450-500 calories in 1 hour. Calculate your bike calories burned >>
  3. Biking strengthens your biggest muscles, your quads, glutes, hamstrings and glutes.
  4. Biking delivers more oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles.
  5. The fitter you get, the more oxygen you can use, and the more fat you can burn.
  6. Even at a recreational pace of 13 to 15 miles per hour, you can burn 500-600 calories in 1 hour. In contrast, walking burns about half of that amount and varies based on walk, jog or run.
  7. Cycling coaxes your body to continue burning calories after you’ve parked your bike.

Hip-hopping good egg ideas

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/18/2014 7:30:00 AM

Creative ways to use hardboiled eggs for EasterDuring these spring holidays, it’s time to get cracking on new protein-rich recipes that use hard-boiled eggs. Remember, 40° is the top temperature to store any kind of eggs including hard-boiled. Avoid leaving hard-boiled eggs out (for the egg hunts) for more than two hours. Plus, they will keep in the refrigerator for a week.

Try these creative ways to use hard-boiled eggs for your next snack or meal!

Egg critters: Hard boil eggs and peel. Now decorate with a beak and comb inserting a small piece of raw carrot, a tail of green peppers and eyes made by inserting two cloves. Wrapping the hard-boiled eggs with a cloth napkin and tying it with a ribbon gives the illusion of a rabbit.

Cobb salad: Cut up hard boiled eggs, adding chicken and bacon pieces, sliced avocado and chopped tomatoes to your favorite lettuce to make a colorful addition to many celebrations.

Pickled eggs: Save your pickle juice, peel the hard boiled eggs and cover them the juice. After a couple of days you have homemade pickled eggs.

Pea salad: Chop up at least three eggs and add to a small bag of rinsed, frozen peas. Add chopped onion, a tablespoon of pimientos and mix in several tablespoons of fat-free mayo and salt and pepper to taste. continue reading ...

The Dean’s Lap-Band journey: Two in the family

Written by Keith McEwen, M.D. on 4/16/2014 7:30:00 AM

This is Part 1 of a series about Brad and Jamie Dean, a couple who had Lap-Band surgery together, on the same day. In the blogs, they share their experiences before and after Lap-Band, and how they have worked together to realize their personal transformation and weight loss goals.

How many couples do you know that have had their weight loss surgery on the same day back to back? In Dr. McEwen’s eight years as a bariatric surgeon, Bradley and Jamie Dean are the first couple to have the Lap Band® AP System procedure on the same date. Married for five years, Bradley and Jamie recognize their different personalities complement each other—a great support system for their individual Lap Band journeys. It’s now been more than five months since the surgery.

Meet Dean

“At 350 pounds I knew I needed to do something, I drew the line in the sand and said no more,” remembers Bradley Dean, 42, a husband, father and systems analyst, who steadily found himself gaining weight since his high school years. “After a lot of questions and research, Jamie and I felt this could be a safe solution. I was committed to moving ahead with the band surgery and then Jamie asked Dr. McEwen if they could do it at the same time.”

Meet Jamie

At age 38, Jamie is a project manager for a custom home builder and an assistant director for the Indianapolis Syrens, the dance squad for the Indianapolis Tornados, a local semi-pro football team. She has a different weight-loss goal: “I was an insulin-dependent, type 2 diabetic and being overweight only made my symptoms worse. Now I’m off the insulin pump and I take oral medication. The Lap-Band is a tool that is helping me manage my diabetes.” It helps that Jamie is a very organized person, so she found it easy to follow the new food guidelines and work with her endocrinology nurse to adapt portion sizing and the timing of her meals. It’s been a smooth transition.

Preparing for surgery

While Jamie’s parents were there for the outpatient surgery and took them home after, Bradley and Jamie took it from there. They credit their successful start by doing their homework, asking lots of questions, prepping with the prescribed nutritional pre-surgical shakes and planning their soft food menus after surgery. continue reading ...

Dramatic rise in diabetes

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/15/2014 12:00:00 PM

Experts report in the Annals of Internal Medicine that the number of cases of diabetes has doubled over the last two decades. Researchers state that the number of Americans with diabetes has risen from 5.5% to 9.3%, paralleling the rise in obesity over the last 20 years.

According to the article, the number of Americans with diabetes could reach 44 million by 2034 if changes are not made in healthcare diagnosis, access and education.


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Blending bariatric meals with family meals

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/11/2014 7:30:00 AM

How much will you need to change your lifestyle and home cooking to be successful after bariatric surgery? The process actually starts before surgery, during supervised weight loss. Talk to our staff about what you currently eat and how you cook. 

Dr. McEwen has more than eight years of experience with bariatric surgery and the Lap Band® AP System and says at every monthly weight management workshop, 

“Every lap band journey is different, but one thing is the same: You will lose weight and learn to adapt healthier eating behaviors.”   

It's possible to blend the bariatric diet with your family meal planning. You may assume that cooking for yourself is one thing, but you couldn't possibly make menu changes when it comes to cooking for the kids. But have you talked to your family about what may be different? There is actually a very short list of foods you should avoid; it’s really about portion size and eating slowly. Children are instinctively curious and may want to know what you are eating.

Here are some tips for a smooth transition to family meals after bariatric surgery: 

Educate your family.
Let them know the kinds of foods you will be eating or not eating. As you push away the sweet tea and carbonated pop, do the same for your children. Show the children how much sugar is in these sugary drinks: continue reading ...

Sleep deprivation and night light lead to weight gain

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/10/2014 8:00:00 AM

Using computers late at night, keeping your mobile devices on alert so that you don’t miss any messages, or being a night shift worker could all lead to weight gain. Researchers from Ohio State University say nighttime exposure to even low levels of light changes the body’s sleep cycle, which in turn may lead to weight gain. Their review article found evidence that shift workers have prolonged exposure to light during the nighttime and the byproduct is increased health risks that impact mood, sleep cycle, brain function and metabolism.

Another recent study in Nature Communication by Matthew P. Walkers, UC Berkeley, found sleep deprivation is a double hit on brain activity. In this study, adults who were sleep deprived for just one night responded strongly to junk food and couldn’t rein in the impulse to eat that food. Dr. Walker says both the stress hormone cortisol increases and so do the hormones that stimulate appetite. Overall, the human body may be awake for 16 hours, but then the brain wants to go offline and get some rest. Dr. Walker adds, “Sleep is the single most effective thing people can do to reset their brain and body health.”

Get a good night's sleep to manage diabetes

Written by Keith McEwen, M.D. on 4/9/2014 7:30:00 AM

A new review article in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology says people with type 2 diabetes also struggling with obesity need to address their sleep routines to better manage the metabolic disease. Getting short amounts of sleep due to sleep apnea is an obesity-related health condition. The authors reported the importance of raising healthcare providers' awareness about the metabolic importance of sleep for these patients. The researchers also commented on the negative effect of the “24-hour digital lifestyle” that has more and more adults using electronic devices for social media, gaming, online shopping or watching previously recorded television programs.

Overweight man using CPAP to sleep

Keith McEwen, MD, bariatric surgeon said at a recent Community weight management workshop that sleep apnea is a consistent problem for many of the men and women who come in for their first consultation. “We ask about sleep patterns as well as the behaviors that influence poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. In our program, our bariatric team works one-on-one with each patient to identify how to make the daily experience supportive for overall weight loss and that includes getting a good night’s sleep. continue reading ...

Lap-Band® seminar - you're invited!

Written by Cheryl - Outpatient bariatrics, Dr. Keith McEwen on 4/8/2014 7:30:00 AM

You're invited! Our next FREE class about bariatric surgery is tomorrow, April 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. Join us in Noblesville for our monthly seminar featuring Dr. Keith McEwen, Lap-Band® specialist, and members of our bariatric surgery team.

Click the button below to register for the class or call 317-621-2511. If you prefer to stay home, you can also watch a free video to learn more about surgical weight loss options that may be right for you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you start your transformation!

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Be mindful of your breathing, try meditation

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 4/7/2014 5:00:00 PM

Recently we talked about mindful eating, or eating with intent and purpose. Another form of mindfulness is achieved through meditation, which is suggested by doctors for patients with chronic conditions like insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome. Often when our Lap-Band® patients begin their journey, they are juggling the effects of several health conditions, from high blood pressure to anxiety and depression. In this month’s Health Magazine, the article about meditation has a lot of merit. Try it for yourself!

Try meditating to help IBS, anxiety and insomnia

Meditation's health effects

A Johns Hopkins University study reports mindful meditation is just as effective as antidepressants for treating anxiety. Meditation has been found to… continue reading ...

Is grazing a problem? Try mindful eating

Written by Gina, registered dietitian for Keith McEwen, MD on 4/4/2014 9:35:00 AM

Mindful eating is a mindset for after bariatric surgery. Before the surgery, it’s common for patients to have experienced yo-yo dieting and haphazard eating patterns, which may contribute to emotional eating and mindless habits. 

For example, a study about “grazing” among bariatric patients asked, “How does grazing affect you?” A majority replied that they returned to old habits such as not sitting down to a table to eat and eating too fast or taking time to chew the food thoroughly. Some commented they “miss their friend, food,” and lack the skills to manage their triggers and emotions. 

Five tips for mindful eating after bariatric surgery

In a 12-month band surgery study with 129 patients, 22.5 percent felt out of control, unable to gauge food portions or adapt healthier eating patterns. Among these men and women, symptoms of depression were higher. Part of the problem is that some patients see their bariatric surgery as a cure not a tool to a healthier lifestyle, believing they do not need to think about their eating anymore. This is called mindless eating. However, the goal of bariatric surgery is to instill mindful eating so that the surgery becomes a tool to better health. continue reading ...

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