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About punkie BREWESTER

Elizabeth began her career in… broadcast journalism as a reporter, producer and anchor in her native state of Maine. She decided to get a Master’s Degree in Nutrition after realizing health science was more her style than covering crime stories, snowstorms and (snooze-fest) board meetings. Elizabeth has been a registered and licensed dietitian for 15 years and loves every energizing minute. Her passion for weight management and bariatrics was born out of her own struggle with food, weight and that inner critic. Elizabeth strives to listen deeply, without judgment and help each person set free the glorious being held hostage by weight wars. Elizabeth's philosophy takes the best from evidence-based science and mixes it with love to make the world taste good!

CrackerJack of the Month: Michelle Vicari

When I first started CrackerJack Nutrition in 2013, an industry insider told me, "The most important thing you need to do is connect with 'Eggface'; she's a real EF Hutton in the bariatric community. When she talks, people listen." 'Eggface' is the blogging name for Michelle Vicari. Michelle is a successful gastric bypass post op [...]

Are You Stuck on a Weight Plateau?

The miracle of technology! I’m writing this at 36,000 feet in the air-- on my way to Portland OR to present “Parachuting Off the Weight Plateau” at the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America’s annual convention. I mention this because I’m really excited to meet the hundreds of WLS post ops who will be there [...]

By | 2017-05-24T14:39:53+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

CrackerJack of the Month: Joe Nadglowski from the Obesity Action Coalition!

  I'd like to brag that it's because of my close personal friendship with Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) CEO Joe Nadglowski that he took the time to talk with me about weight, the disease of obesity and his passion: patient advocacy.   The straight scoop however is that I've only met Joe briefly and [...]

3 am Ice Cream Cravings: Grab a Spoon?

Did you know I write a monthly column for the online site: MyBariatricLife.org? It occurred to me that it might be helpful to share some of these Q and A’s with you too. Here’s a link to an earlier post:  http://www.mybariatriclife.org/weight-control-successful-losers/ It’s super fun to answer readers’ questions. Let me know if you're craving to [...]

Does WLS Cause Eating Disorders? 5 Questions & Answers.

“Is there any connection between bariatric surgery and eating disorders? I’ve heard you’re at higher risk for getting an eating disorder if you have weight loss surgery. Is that true?” First, there’s a lot of information about WLS that is anecdotal—or based on a personal story, not evidence-based research. As a health professional, I’m obligated [...]

‘Bariatric Girl’ Yvonne McCarthy, April’s CrackerJack of the Month.

Yvonne McCarthy is one of the most recognizable faces in the post-op WLS world. Yvonne is the creator of the website “Bariatric Girl” and had WLS in 2001. “ I told the surgeon to ‘fix me or let me die on the table’.  I just couldn’t deal with living in my body for one more [...]

CrackerJack of the Month: Size 24 to Size 2, Miss Cheryl Ann Borne

I'm pleased to present your inspiration for the lucky month of March, Cheryl Ann Borne. Cheryl is a force of nature, health care expert, advocate, entrepreneur and creator of MyBariatricLife.com. Check out her story and her blog! 1.    Was there an event or 'straw that broke the camel's back' that convinced you to have WLS? [...]

By | 2017-03-09T09:41:36+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No More Black and White Thinking: 50 Shades of Gray

Bariatric Living: 50 Shades of Gray. The second installment in the movie trilogy for 50 Shades is now in theatres. I haven’t seen it yet but I no doubt will. I DEVOURED the book series. But that’s not unlike me. I have a tendency to do things 100% or not at all. This intensity has [...]

Today, We’re All Patriots: Lessons in Resilience.

It's the day after here in New England and we are basking in the afterglow of a shocking upset at Super Bowl 51. I recognize that we’re not all Patriots fans. I can also see how many would feel we’ve won enough. If it were any other team against Atlanta, I would’ve been cheering for [...]

By | 2017-03-09T09:41:37+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Comfort without Food: A guest post from Susan Hyatt

I love, l-o-v-e, LOVE Susan Hyatt. She's a Martha Beck certified Master Life Coach, author and brilliant #LadyBoss who is on my dream-team board of directors. I wanted to share her recent post of comforting yourself without food because this area is a great mystery to many of us who struggle with food. You can [...]

By | 2017-03-09T09:41:37+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments