CrackerJack Cameo: September 2017 Jaime Fivecoat

She’s been on the Today Show. She’s been featured in the New York Times. And now the trifecta, appearing on the CrackerJack Nutrition Blog?! Obviously Jaime Fivecoat is generous with her time and very gracious to share her weight story with CrackerJack Nutrition. Jaime told me her battle with obesity began when she was a [...]

I Get Knocked Down. Part 2.

In my last blog post I gave a brief synopsis of the amazing dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner’s presentation, “What’s Your Comeback Rate? How to Turn Struggles into Your Greatest Strengths.” Dawn gave this talk at the annual Your Weight Matters Convention in New Orleans last week. Dawn’s premise is based on research showing self-compassion (not [...]

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I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again.

  This is Dawn Jackson Blatner’s ‘good luck jumper.’ That’s what she called it on her social media post the morning before her talk at Your Weight Matters or YWM2017. The Obesity Action Coalition’s annual advocacy and education convention for everyone touched by obesity. Dawn is a registered dietitian and nationally known personality for her [...]

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CrackerJack of the Month: BariBelle Pam Davis

Oh that gorgeous hair! It was 2014 and I was attending ObesityWeek in Boston. Pam Davis was speaking at the Integrated Health session and I couldn't stop drooling over her gorgeous curly hair. Heaps and heaps of delicious blonde curls on this amazingly smart and beautiful woman! Then I noticed her cool, fire-engine red glasses. [...]

After Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Gains and Losses.

A reviewer on TripAdvisor describes it like this: “… If you have any trouble at all with long walks or steep hikes do not do this. This requires a lot of walking--over and hour and a half." She’s describing the Flume Gorge nature walk in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Before weight loss surgery, my client [...]

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 [...]

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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: 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: 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 [...]