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  • Are you unclear what life might look like after bariatric surgery? Or do you have high expectations that all of your struggles will be cured post-op? In our bariatric support group meetings, we often have people with unclear expectations, or even disappointment when it comes to their post-op results. This week, Dr. Mimi Tan joins us while we talk about the most common unrealistic expectations people have, and how to approach surgery in a realistic way. Dr. Tan explains how she prepares her clients pre-op, and we talk about the fear of failure that some people might experience after surgery. Tune in to learn more about expectations and what life after surgery may look like.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [1:29] Dr. Tan introduces herself.

    [3:56] What are the most common unrealistic expectations that Dr. Tan sees patients have when it comes to recovery and their life after surgery?

    [8:22] Why does Dr. Tan think people go into their survey having unrealistic expectations?

    [10:44] What does Dr. Tan think is the most important thing to do as a patient going into surgery?

    [13:51] How does Dr. Tan set her clients up for success?

    [18:44] What is the fear of failure that some people might experience after surgery?

    [25:10] Dr. Tan talks about regain and insufficient weight loss.

    [27:12] What are realistic expectations Dr. Tan talks to her patients about?

    [32:46] What is one thing that Dr. Tan wishes listeners and bariatric patients everywhere knew about what life after surgery is like?

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    Having open communication with your surgeon is essential for your post op journey. Talking about your wins, but also your struggles to understand what further options there are is so important.

    Bariatric surgery is an imperfect tool and it will not fix all of your issues.

    Life after bariatric surgery is complicated. Obesity is a lifelong disease and is a lifelong struggle for most people.

    Remember that everyone’s journey is their own. Comparison is a thief of joy, don’t compare your results to someone else’s. Comparing yourself to yourself is really the only marker you should use.

    RESOURCES:

    Eviva Bariatric Services Website

    Dr. Mimi Tan, MD Instagram

    Join the BariNation Membership community meetups to support you on your journey with obesity treatment - https://barination.com/pages/join-our-community

    Want to see bonus content? Head over to Patreon to get more and to support the podcast for as low as $5 per month! https://www.patreon.com/BariNationPodcast

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Dr. Mimi Tan is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship trained bariatric and metabolic surgeon. She currently practices in Seattle, WA. In her free time, she likes hiking and listening to podcasts!

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • Do you feel like you are falling off track with your habits and routines now that summer is here? It can feel easy to lose your regular practices when kids are out of school or you are going on vacation, or attending summer BBQs, but there is hope! This week we discuss adapting to new routines during summer and how to make your new schedule successful. We also talk about how you may even find that something new you implement is something you want to continue with well into fall. Tune in to learn more about switching things up.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [1:05] April discusses how summer can change our routines.

    [4:41] How does April adjust her schedule during summer?

    [8:12] How can you incorporate new things into your schedule?

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    Summer is a great time to try new habits, routines, or things you’ve been wanting to implement into your bariatric journey.

    You may find things in your summer routine that you want to implement into your routine permanently.

    Give yourself grace for how things shift in each season, remember your goals and keep moving forward!

    RESOURCES:

    Join the BariNation Membership community meetups to support you on your journey with obesity treatment - https://barination.com/pages/join-our-community

    Want to see bonus content? Head over to Patreon to get more and to support the podcast for as low as $5 per month! https://www.patreon.com/BariNationPodcast

    BIOGRAPHY:

    April Williams is the Founder and CEO of BariNation. She is a passionate educator with two decades of experience in public teaching and leadership. She is utilizing her skills to create a safe and inclusive online support community for bariatric patients in every stage with her co-founders Jason Smith and Natalie Tierney and the leading experts in obesity medicine and care. She lives in Washington State with her amazing husband and adorable Havanese floof.

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • Are you three to six months past surgery, and finding yourself feeling more hungry? Are you starting to panic? Today we are joined by Dr. Eric Smith and Dr. Sarah Hayek from the Kentucky Bariatric Institute to discuss what is normal when it comes to your hunger cues after recovery. Many people find themselves in a panic that they can suddenly eat more, however throughout this episode you will uncover that it is completely normal and a great sign that you are experiencing hunger and fullness, which is an important sign of recovery. Tune in to understand why it’s important to eat more food, and what Dr. Smith and Dr. Hayek would say to a patient who is struggling with eating more.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [2:17] Dr. Smith introduces himself.

    [3:56] Dr. Hayek introduces herself.

    [5:32] What is the relationship between BariNation and Kentucky Bariatric Institute?

    [6:42] What was Jason’s experience about hunger returning post surgery?

    [8:33] Why do people’s capacity to eat larger amounts of food change as you recover from bariatric surgery?

    [16:28] Why is it important to eat more?

    [24:41] Dr. Smith’s advice to people who are concerned that they are now able to eat ½ cup to 1 cup of food.

    [28:04] Dr. Hayek’s advice to the same people.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    It is normal to start feeling more hungry 3-6 months after surgery, and it’s necessary to eat more to fuel your body!

    Maximizing your nutrition is a major factor in you not only losing weight, but having the best chance to maintain weight loss.

    Eating high quality foods will get you fuller faster and for a longer period of time.

    RESOURCES:

    Join the BariNation Membership community meetups to support you on your journey with obesity treatment - https://barination.com/pages/join-our-community

    Want to see bonus content? Head over to Patreon to get more and to support the podcast for as low as $5 per month! https://www.patreon.com/BariNationPodcast

    https://kentuckybariatricinstitute.com/meet-our-team

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Dr. Smith’s Bio

    Dr. Eric Smith is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon who has been in practice since 2006. He is the Medical Director for the Kentucky Bariatric Institute, a SRC Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, a national proctor, speaker, and teacher for Intuitive Surgical in the specialty of robotic bariatric surgery. He is board certified in bariatric and robotic surgery, member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He is an engaged, caring and dedicated physician who has completed thousands of bariatric surgeries.

    Dr. Hayek’s Bio

    Kentucky Bariatric Institute (KBI) is pleased to welcome Sarah Hayek, MD, to Georgetown and central Kentucky communities. Dr. Hayek will expand the bariatric program’s availability by offering robotic bariatric surgery, as well as a number of general surgery procedures. Dr. Hayek completed medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth in Scranton, Pennsylvania and completed residency in general surgery with an additional year in surgical education research at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. She has been a practicing surgeon for over two years with experience and training in general and bariatric robotic surgeries.

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • Happy Pride Month! On this episode of Bari Nation, we are excited to have BariNation Community Member, Maddie Allen, join the show. Maddie discusses how she found the courage to explore a different way of living when she decided to try dating women. She describes what it was like to explore her sexuality, as well as any fear she had around telling others that she was interested in women. Maddie is now happily married to her wife, and shares what she would like others to know when it comes to supporting love. Tune in to hear how her Bariatric journey led her to take new chances.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [1:39] How did Maddie find the courage to explore a different way of living and explore her sexuality?

    [6:18] Was it a weird experience to explore her sexuality? Was she worried about judgment?

    [10:06] How did Maddie get to the place where she decided she was just going to trust herself?

    [14:44] What Maddie hopes people can leave the conversation with today.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    If you don’t give something a try, you’ll never know!

    Nobody else has walked in your shoes, and nobody else has to. Trust yourself to know that your journey is the right journey for you.

    Open your mind up to try something new, whether that’s a new hobby, a new style, a new dating preference, just keep an open mind and try something different.

    RESOURCES:

    Join the BariNation Membership community meetups to support you on your journey with obesity treatment - https://barination.com/pages/join-our-community

    Want to see bonus content? Head over to Patreon to get more and to support the podcast starting at $5 per month! https://www.patreon.com/BariNationPodcast

    BIOGRAPHY:

    My name is Maddie, I had bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) in 2017. I have lost 170 lbs and this year I’m coming back from some serious health conditions. I just married the love of my life, Angelina!

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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    BariNation - Podcast

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  • While it may be a newly federally recognized holiday, Juneteenth is not new for those in the African American community. Today, the CEO of Bariatric Society, Nerissa Stewart joins the show to talk about Juneteenth, the importance of the holiday, where some of the traditions come from, and how the day is celebrated within black communities. We encourage you to listen to this episode to learn more about a day that celebrates freedom.

    Comment “Juneteenth” below, and we will DM you links to the BariNation podcast playlist, amplifying black voices and expertise in our community, an educational resource, and a robust website to find and support black-owned businesses local to you.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [1:16] Nerissa describes what it means to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth.

    [3:24] What opportunities does Juneteenth open up?

    [5:38] How is Juneteeth celebrated?

    [9:12] What are some ways Nerissa enjoys seeing people commemorating the day?

    [14:08] Where can you find Nerissa?

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    Take the time to pause and think about and really understand the deeper meaning of what other communities went through throughout history.

    Juneteenth is celebrated in the black community with togetherness!

    Think of different ways that you can support the black community - refer someone to an opportunity, donate to an organization, learn more about the history of the day, think about the presidential candidates and what they support, and find a business that you can support!

    RESOURCES:

    RissaRecharged Instagram

    RissaRecharged Popular Links

    National Museum of African American History - Juneteenth

    By Black Website

    PMI Inc. Online Website

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    Want to see bonus content? Head over to Patreon to get more and to support the podcast starting at just $5 a month! https://www.patreon.com/BariNationPodcast

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Nerissa Stewart is the CEO of Bariatric Society and four years post-op VSG. Aside from her work within the Bariatric Community, Nerissa is a respected leader and speaker in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) field with over 15 years experience leading diverse teams and initiatives. In her corporate roles, Nerissa has worked for the inclusion of all and has received numerous awards including the distinction of Outstanding Black Alumni by her Alma mater Mary Baldwin University.

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • We cannot believe we have made it to our 200th episode! Come celebrate by getting a peak into a BariNation Community Member meeting. This is a safe place for our community members to share their wins, struggles, and goals with likeminded people. During this episode, you will hear from several of our BariNation members, with a focus on self love and self talk throughout your bariatric journey. You’ll understand why having a support system is so important after bariatric surgery. Tune in today to learn more about the community and connect with others.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [2:29] BariNation Member shares their experience seeing other members in person and the difficulties they experience getting back to "real life"

    [9:12] How to handle negative self-talk about your journey.

    [10:46] A BariNation Member shares one of his wins around movement!

    [15:25] Another BariNation member talks about the power of community and support as well as his struggles with love.

    [22:15] BariNation member, Margaret shares how she feels about self love.

    [24:00] Andrea shares about her journey with self love and learning to put herself first.

    [26:52] BariNation member, Christine, shares about her wins and realizations during one weekend with friends.

    [28:56] Natalie shares her thoughts on self love and celebrating wins.

    [31:52] BariNation member, Ashlea, shares a win for her getting back to habits consistently.

    [33:17] BariNation Member, Tony, talks about the importance of support.

    [35:57] BariNation Member, Tabitha, shares about her current win, struggle, and goal and onboarding with Ozempic.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    Each body is individual. Just because someone else had a huge weight loss post surgery, doesn’t mean that your body will react the same. You will go back and forth between commitment and life and maintenance stages.

    One of the best things you can do while you navigate your journey is to have a community and support group. People you can lean on to celebrate wins and struggles.

    The BariNation Membership Community is a network of experts and peers where you can connect with the support, education, and resources that you need in the moment to move through your bariatric life with confidence.

    RESOURCES:

    BariNation - Website

    BariNation - Podcast

    Join the BariNation Membership community for daily meetups just like the one you're listening to or watching - https://barination.com/pages/join-our-community

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.
    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • Welcome to the very first professionally produced episode of the BariNation Podcast! Your hosts, April Williams, Jason Smith, and Natalie Tierney, are thrilled to embark on this journey with you. In this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Pesta, a renowned expert in bariatrics. Dr. Pesta starts the discussion by sharing the critical markers of obesity. He then delves into the various preliminary approaches to overcoming the disease of obesity, including bariatric surgery. He also highlights how different cultures are affected. The conversation continues with an in-depth look at post-surgery medical approaches, weight loss statistics, the safety of bariatric procedures, insurance considerations, and the importance of patient readiness for surgery. Finally, Dr. Pesta leaves us with an essential tip: don’t give up. Take the first step and commit to weight loss for long-term good health.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    [0:33] Hosts April Williams, Jason Smith, and Natalie Tierney are excited to welcome you to the first professionally produced BariNation Podcast. [8:38] Dr. Pesta shares his background and profession. He provides the markers of obesity [15:17] Dr. Pesta explains the different options patients should explore going from a preliminary approach to bariatric surgery and how cultures are affected differently [22:50] Discussion of continuation of various medical approaches after surgery [28:59] Dr. Pesta discusses weight loss in percentages, the safety of bariatric surgery and insurance coverage [33:47] Discussion of readiness of a patient to have surgery [37:36] One consideration is that once you start the weight loss medication, it is a lifelong decision [41:22] Explanation of the BariNation Community and why membership is beneficial

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    [10:05] Obesity is a disease. A doctor can diagnose a patient to determine whether they are obese by establishing the patient’s BMI. [15:34] Research shows that improving a patient’s BMI earlier helps them return to a normal body mass index under 25. [30:05] Data supports that bariatric surgery is even safer than having your gallbladder out because of all the workups done before weight loss surgery.

    RESOURCES:

    BariNation - Website

    BariNation - Podcast

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Dr. Carl Pesta is a McLaren Macomb board-certified general surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedures. He is also a “Center of Excellence” bariatric surgeon.

    He earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Pesta completed his residency at McLaren Macomb and a bariatric surgery proctorship at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital. He performs a wide variety of bariatric procedures, as well as revision and conversion procedures.

    Dr. Pesta is leading the comprehensive bariatric program Dr. Carl Pestaat the McLaren Macomb. With 18 years experience as a surgeon, Dr. Pesta has performed more than 5,000 bariatric procedures. The bariatrics program at McLaren Macomb provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to caring for the healthcare needs of patients undergoing bariatric surgery.

    ABOUT:

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

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  • Do you think about food often? Are there constant food-related thoughts racing through your brain every day? This constant chatter centered around food has been dubbed “food noise,” and it seems to be a topic of great discussion lately, but for good reason. For decades, people fighting the disease of obesity knew what it was because they experienced it constantly, we just never had a term for it, and we just didn’t know it was something other people experienced.

    Obesity is an isolating disease, and for so long, April, Jason, and Natalie through their excess weight were 100% their fault. Despite trying every diet, workout program, cleanse, fast, and pill, they could never find and maintain a healthy weight. But after they each underwent bariatric surgery, they noticed that food noise disappeared. It just went away, leaving them in shock at just how much time, energy, and capacity the disease was taking from them.

    In this episode, your hosts shared their experiences with "food noise," the constant chatter in the mind about food, and its impact on their relationship with food post-surgery. They shared strategies for managing this food noise, including visualization, community, education, therapy, mindful eating, and self-compassion.

    They also share some very exciting news at the end of this episode, so listen and watch to the end! BariNation is growing in the most amazing ways and we have YOU, our listeners, watchers, supporters, and community members to thank!

    If you are struggling with food noise and want some professional help dealing with it, join the BariNation Support Community, and connect with fellow patients and experts in our safe and inclusive community. Visit https://barination.mn.co to learn more!

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Is there a right time to have bariatric surgery?

    We always hear this question from BariNation Members, our friends, and followers. Undergoing bariatric surgery requires months to prepare for your procedure and can require a few months of recovery. The process often involves our friends and family and significantly disrupts our daily lives. Many of us will take extended time off work to recoup, and arrangements must be made for the humans we care for. There is a lot that goes into planning and preparing for surgery.

    But at the end of the day, we do think there is a right time to have surgery. And our answer might surprise you!

    In this episode, BariNation hosts April Williams, Jason Smith, and Natalie Tierney have an honest conversation about the process they went through when deciding to have bariatric surgery. Each followed a different path, but their worries and concerns were the same. In the end, the decision to treat their disease of obesity through surgery has been one of the most pivotal moments of their lives, and they would make the same decision again.

    If you have been thinking about having surgery or are committed to surgery but are worried about the timing of it all, this episode is for you! If you have questions, you would love to ask other bariatric patients, join the BariNation Support Community, and connect with fellow patients and experts in the pre-operative stages today! Visit https://barination.mn.co to learn more!

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • The disease of obesity will require a lifelong fight and many different treatment modalities. With the advancements in medication and care, anti-obesity drugs like Zepbound and Wegovy are positioned to become viable options for bariatric patients in their pre and post-operative stages. But what happens if you lose access to these medications? Will you regain some or all of the weight you lost while taking these powerful and effective drugs?

    In this episode, BariNation CoFounder April sat down with BariNation Expert and Professional Chef Stephanie Mitchell, a bariatric patient and professional chef who shares her experience with GLP-1 medication and life after stopping it. Stephanie discusses her journey on the medication, the challenges she faced after stopping it, and how she has maintained the low weight that she achieved while on Mounjuaro.

    The conversation highlights the importance of mindset, self-acceptance, and constant self-reflection in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Stephanie emphasizes having conversations with oneself, setting goals, and staying accountable. The episode also touches on the bariatric community's and BariNation's power in providing support and guidance. In this conversation, she discusses the importance of maintaining healthy habits and mindset after bariatric surgery. She has learned to lean into BariNation’s Pillars of Bariatric Success of Movement, Mindset, Metabolic Wellness, and Community when things started to feel overwhelming.

    If you have been thinking about onboarding an anti-obesity medication but are worried about what could happen if you ever stop taking medication, this powerful episode is for you. We hope you leave this conversation knowing that you can maintain your low weight, with or without medication; you have the tools you need to find lasting success.

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About our Guests: Stephanie Mitchell is a professional chef, wife, and mother living in Bear, Delaware. After battling obesity since childhood, she decided to have VSG surgery in 2020 and introduced Mounjaro as an adjunct treatment in 2022. After reaching her goal weight in 2023, she has been inspired to help others maintain with or without anti-obesity medication. Follow Stephanie on Instagram @steph_the_shrinking_chef and listen to her podcast, We Are Losing It.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Moving our bodies is a BariNation Pillar of Bariatric Success, but it is one that so many people struggle with. We know it is essential for short-term recovery and long-term success, but finding joyful movement, building a practice, and sticking with it can be challenging.

    In this episode, April, Jason, and Natalie sat down with BariNation Movement Expert Monique Coleman to understand where we can start when we don’t even know where the start line is. Each shares their personal movement struggles and the strategies they will use during BariNation’s Spring Into Summer Movement Challenge.

    To cross the start line, we have to begin by addressing our movement mindset and understanding what we are telling ourselves about movement. We can embrace starting small and shifting our definition of movement to help us begin where we are, not where we were with movement before surgery or how we hope to move.

    If you have been wanting to move more but are finding it hard to start, this conversation is for you! And if you think moving with fellow patients and friends would motivate you, join our Spring Into Summer Movement Challenge. Visit https://barination.mn.co to join the Support Community and participate in the Challenge. You've got this, and we've got you!

    About our Guests: Monique Coleman is a body-positive fitness instructor, who believes all bodies belong in fitness. She is the Founder of Thick Chixx Fitness and holds it down and keeps it real for the 40+ community. Follow Monique on Instagram @healthylivingwithmonique1 and find her at www.thickchixxfitness.com

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Summer is the best time to start a movement practice! The weather is warmer, we are outside more, and stress usually decreases because our work demands are lower. And all that sunshine just calls us to move more! But there are some other fantastic reasons to spend your summer dialing in your movement routines.

    April Williams sat down with BariNation Expert and friend Rob DiMedio to better understand how powerful it was to establish some movement guardrails in the summer. And if you are just trying to figure out where to start regarding movement, they shared two excellent resources to help you get started!

    Rob is hosting a Busy Bariatrics Summer Camp if you want one-on-one coaching experience. In this boot camp, you will learn how to optimize your nutrition, overcome gymtimidation, and focus on the headwork that might keep you from reaching your movement goals. It kicks off on May 1st and will run through the summer. Click HERE to learn more about this amazing coaching opportunity!

    BariNation is launching its Spring Into Summer Movement Challenge, an accessible opportunity for BariNation Members to set their own goals, move in ways that are accessible to them at this moment, and learn about movement and mindset from experts Kayla Girgen, RD, CPT, Monique Coleman, CFI, Rodolfo Alvarez, CWC, and Jody Boninsigna, RYT2000. Our seven-week Challenge kicks off May 7th and will run through June 20th. Join BariNation today and move with us this spring!

    Are you ready to make movement a part of your summer plans? Start moving with us this spring and set up the sunny days ahead for success!

    If the BariNation podcast helps power your bariatric journey, become a monthly podcast supporter and help us produce the show! Visit www.barinationpodcast.com and help us support people treating the disease of obesity with humor, humility, and honesty.

    About our Guest: Rob DiMedio is a lifelong educator and bariatric patient. Rob holds a Bachelors Degree in Education, A Masters's degree in Educational Leadership, and a second Master's in Athletic Administration. Rob takes those dual certifications in Personal Training and Nutrition by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Next Level Coaching Academy to help his clients understand the importance of movement mindset macros and behavior change after bariatric surgery.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is life-changing. It requires lots of research, soul-searching, and some hard-core commitment to being ok with learning how to live life differently. Our friend and BariNation Expert Timisha MAlone, LMSW, and her husband Tim recently made the decision to sell their home and travel the US on an RV and we wanted to know how they are adjusting to bari life on the road!

    Both Timisha and Tim are bariatric patients, are raising two small children, and learning to navigate some newly diagnosed chronic conditions. Timisha’s health requires her to live with a Service Animal and their dog Winston is a constant companion as they learn how to live life in new, exciting, and different ways. Even when we onboard treatments for our health, other issues can still appear and this conversation is all about learning how they have all adjusted to a life they never imagined.

    We hope you leave this episode with some new ideas on how you can keep living aligned with your bariatric goals when life changes course on you. The more we know about other people's stories and journeys, the more open we are to adapting our own life when change happens.

    In this week's bonus podcast episode, Members of the BariNation Support Community and our Patreon supporters of the BariNation Podcast will get a private look into Natalie's own journey of chronic illness and how she is learning to balance her bariatric life with new treatment protocols.

    Connect with Timisha in the BariNation Membership Community where she leads weekly General Support and Bariatric Grief Groups and on on Instagram @time_for_a_change_rny

    About our Guest: Timisha and Tim Malone are bariatric patients who inspire others by sharing their ups and downs as they learn to navigate full-time life on the road. Timisha is a licensed therapist and owner of Time For A Change Wellness, a patient advocate, and a member of the ASMBS. She is also learning to treat her newly diagnosed chronic illness’ as a mother, patient, and advocate.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • We know that movement is one of the most important things we need to focus on after bariatric surgery; it’s even one of BariNation’s Pillars of Bariatric Success. We also know that it can be one of the hardest Pillars to live because of the role exercise played in our lives before bariatric surgery. If movement was how we “punished” ourselves for food-related decisions, we might not be overjoyed to start moving again.

    We sat down with Daryl Perry, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Habit-Based Nutritional Coach, and founder of You Level Fitness to understand the connection between mental health and movement. We want to know what we can do when we know what we need to do but are having a hard time doing it. Our discussion explored some of the elements or things we might be inviting into our lives (looking at you, social media) that could be negatively impacting movement and shared how comparison and unrealistic expectations keep us stuck.

    We hope you leave this episode inspired to look at the things in your life that could be holding you back from moving more and adopting some new mindsets around movement that pull you towards more activity!

    Members of the BariNation Support Community and our Patreon supporters of the BariNation Podcast will get access to the amazing Bonus Episode with Daryl. He shares more about his personal wellness journey and how weight has impacted his life.

    Connect with Daryl online at darylperry.com on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube @darylperry

    About our Guest: Darul Perry is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Habit Based Nutrition Coach, and the owner of Your Level Fitness. He holds a B.S. in Marketing, and produces multiple fitness and motivational podcasts. Daryl helps people embrace who they are, as they are, using his personal story and struggles to guide and inspire.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Every bariatric patient thinks about pain management during their pre-operative journey. We worry about what the pain will feel like after surgery and how we will manage it. It can be something we are nervous about even talking with our surgeon about because we don’t want to seem pushy or rude, or we could be afraid to bring it up because we don’t want to seem desperate for relief. And with millions of Americans and their families impacted by the opioid epidemic, it can be a scary topic.

    Pain management is something we need to consider and discuss with our surgical care team. Ensuring that we can recover at home with minimal pain and have a management plan that we can follow is critical to our short- and long-term success.

    We sat down with Dr. Lucian Panait, a bariatric surgeon who strives to ensure his patients are empowered to onboard a pain management plan that is right for them. In this episode, he explains why having a solid pain management plan before surgery is so necessary and gives us questions we can ask our surgeon and care team in our pre-operative appointments. He also teaches us about non-opioid pain management products that we can ask for and request to maximize our recovery time after surgery.

    We know you will leave this episode feeling empowered to create a pain management plan with your care team that is right for you!

    We are so thankful that Pacira BioSciences, Inc., the maker of EXPAREL, has sponsored this episode. Their sponsorship allows us to ensure that this important educational content can reach you and positively impact your bariatric and surgical journey. Visit YourXFactor.com to learn more about EXPAREL, the pain medication Jason received during this recent bariatric revision surgery.

    If you are a member of the BariNation Support Community or a $5 a month Patreon supporter of this podcast, your Bonus Episode with Dr. Panait will dive deeper into creating a pain management plan that works for you.

    About our Guest: Dr. Lucian Panait is a general surgery specialist and bariatric weight loss surgeon at the North Memorial Health Hospital and Minnesota Hernia Center in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Panait is also the president of the Minnesota Bariatric Center and has 24 years of experience specializing in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Since specializing in laparoscopic gastric bypass or sleeve surgeries, as well as revisions, Dr. Panait is well-versed in bariatric procedures.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie were all bariatric patients inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this, and we’ve got you!

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  • Walking is one of the most accessible yet underrated forms of movement. We often tell ourselves and others that we “just” went for a walk, discounting its tremendous physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.

    In 2023, our friend and BariNation Expert Bariatric Therapist Lora Grabow, LMSW, walked daily and joined us to share her aha moments and most significant takeaways from 365 days of movement. She ran into the same setbacks we all do regarding motivation and willpower and often laced up her shoes mad, angry, and sad. In this episode, she talks about the power of accountability and the many forms it can look and feel like, the importance of community when looking to accomplish a big goal, and why it can be so difficult to keep the promises we make to ourselves.

    We are so thankful that Lora shared her personal walking story with us. We often look to our experts as superhuman figures who do not share our struggles. In this powerful episode, you will learn about Lora’s personal struggles in 2023 and how she used walking to get through it all.

    Members of the BariNation Support Community or a $ 5-a-month Patreon supporters of the BariNation Podcast will get access to the amazing Bonus Episode with Lora. She shares with us some very personal stories of strife and helps us understand how movement can really help us through the darkest of days.

    Connect with Lora in the BariNation Support Community, in her online digital courses, and online at @bariatric.therapist on Instagram!

    About our Guest: Lora Grabow is a Licensed Master Social Worker with 21 years of experience serving the bariatric community. She is an accomplished practitioner, course author, speaker, and trainer who is on a mission to connect patients with the missing piece she calls Headwork™. Connect with Lora at www.loragrabow.com

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Hunger is something every human can experience, but in people who suffer from the disease of obesity, hunger is more than a physical experience. Hunger can be ever-present, insatiable, and a constant worry. Emotional or “head” hunger can drive what many people recognize as “food noise”- the continual thought of food. How can we learn to recognize when our hunger is real or emotional? What can we do to honor not only our physical hunger but our emotional hunger?

    We sat down with Jane Stoltz, a Registered Bariatric Dietitian from Australia, to better understand and honor hunger in all the ways we might experience it. Our hunger might completely disappear after surgery or always be present, even when we wake up from our bariatric procedure. We want to help you take the fear out of hunger and give you tools to understand what drives hunger and creative ways you can honor it in ways that are aligned with your bariatric goals.

    Join us for this robust conversation on hunger. We know you will leave this conversation with new insights into your hunger and a fresh perspective on how you can honor it. Follow Jane on Instagram and connect with her online at https://www.bariatricnutritioncoach.com.au/

    If you are a member of the BariNation Support Community or a $5 a month Patreon supporter of this podcast, your Bonus Episode will dive deeper into understanding emotional hunger and how the cues are different from physical hunger. She shares some “aha” moments her clients have had over the years and helps us better understand how to control physical hunger with balanced nutrition.

    About our Guest: Jane Stoltze has been a dietitian for nearly 30 years, specializing in bariatric nutrition for the last 6 years. She is passionate about providing excellent nutritional care for people before and after their bariatric surgery. She believes support and education are fundamental to a successful outcome from weight loss surgery.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Our relationships with family and friends can change after bariatric surgery, and we wanted to know why. Many of us feel these changes but struggle to articulate how and why they change. Sometimes, our loved ones will tell us we have changed and express worry about this “new” person they see us becoming. As patients, we go through massive changes that can cause shifts in our relationships. How do we cope with this change, as so much is changing around and in us?

    We sat down with Amber Boyd, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to understand the causes of these relationship changes and how we can navigate them. She helped us understand that some relationships might not be worth saving and that moving on from them might be our best action. She also taught us some fantastic tools for working with our loved ones on our relationship before and after weight loss surgery and offered some personal advice. Amber is a bariatric patient who has experienced these relationship changes.

    Join us for this robust conversation on relationships with expert and fellow patient Aber Boyd. We know you will leave this conversation with new insights into your relationship and actions you can take to strengthen the ones that serve you and move on from the ones that don't. Follow Amber on Instagram and connect with her online at https://amberboydtherapy.com

    If you are a member of the BariNation Support Community or a $5 a month Patreon supporter of this podcast, your Bonus Episode will dive deeper into understanding how connected our mindset is to your nutrition and helping us reach those goals, how to ensure we hit our nutritional goals if the medication makes us feel nauseous, and if the medication impacts how our digestive system breaks down food.

    About our Guest: Amber Boyd is a distinguished Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, esteemed CEO/Owner of Healing Through Authenticity, PLLC, accomplished Author, innovative YouTube creator, and engaging Podcast Host, originally from Oakland, CA, now based in Houston, TX. With over a decade of experience in therapy provision, Amber is renowned for her expertise in dispelling the misconception that mental health is dispensable for marginalized and maligned communities. Her practice focuses on addressing a spectrum of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, boundary setting, and trauma, with a commitment to promoting wellness and authenticity in every individual she serves.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • Obesity is a lifelong and chronic disease that millions of Americans battle every day. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment of the disease, but weight loss medication advancements are making them a viable treatment option. A recent Goldman Sachs study estimated that by 2030, 15 million Americans would be taking an anti-obesity medication to treat the disease and live at a weight that allows them to metabolize well. These medications are promising, but are they the “magic pill” many people hope for?

    Without focusing on all of the pillars of bariatric success, these medications, like bariatric surgery, will not be as effective or safe. BariNation co-host April Williams sat down with Jeannie Boyter, RD, CSOWM, for a conversation about the importance of nutrition while taking anti-obesity medications. Jeannie explains how these new obesity medications work from a nutritional standpoint, how Setpoint Theory can explain regain (weight recurrence) after surgery, and practice steps we can take to ensure our nutrition adequately fuels our bodies and cells for optimal health when our appetite and capacity have been reduced.

    Jeannie is leading a class in the BariNation Support Community on March 26th at 5 pm PST / 8 pm EST about GLP1 Nutrition. If you are taking one of these medications and are worried about hitting your nutritional goals, join BariNation and attend her class! This class will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from an obesity nutrition expert and ask your questions in real-time. Join us today to connect, learn, and grow with experts and bariatric peers.

    If you are a member of the BariNation Support Community or a $5 a month Patreon supporter of this podcast, your Bonus Episode will dive deeper into understanding how connected our mindset is to your nutrition and helping us reach those goals, how to ensure we hit our nutritional goals if the medication makes us feel nauseous, and if the medication impacts how our digestive system breaks down food.

    About our Guest: Jeannie Boyer is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management who has over two decades of clinical experience working with bariatric patients. In her one-on-one work with patients, she connects each personal obesity story with their goals to craft nutritional plans that meet their unique needs. Visit Jeannie online at www.bariatricsuccessrd.com to work with Jeannie!

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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  • We are told that resistance movement is critically important after weight loss surgery, but why? We had so many questions about this topic. We sat down with Dr. Shannon McMann, a board-certified Internal and Obesity Medicine specialist who is also a bariatric patient, to understand why muscle matters before and after surgery.

    In this conversation, we asked her why maintaining and building muscle is so important for short and long-term recovery and why the quality of our muscles matters. We wanted to know if there were specific kinds of movement that would help us build more high-quality muscle and where the best place to start is. And she helped us understand how tied our nutrition is to our ability to keep and grow our muscles.

    We are so thankful to have such a fantastic expert in BariNation who can help us understand the why’s behind the things we are asked to focus on as patients. Get to know Shannon more in the BariNation Membership Community by attending our weekly support groups, classes, and meetups!

    If you are a member of BariNation or a Patreon Supporter, check out this podcast's bonus episode, where April, Jason, and Natalie learn about tweaks they can and should be making in their movement efforts to maximize muscle retention and growth!

    About our Guest: Dr. McMann is a board-certified doctor in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. She practices at a teaching clinic where we train medical students and internal medicine residents in Clinton Township, Michigan.

    Her undergraduate and medical school was at Michigan State University, and she completed her residency training in 2002 at McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center. Dr. McMann is also a bariatric patient, undergoing RNY gastric bypass in 2020 with Dr. Carl Pesta. After gaining the upper hand in her lifelong battle against the

    disease of obesity, she decided to pursue additional training to help other patients and give back to the bariatric community.

    About Your Hosts: April, Jason, and Natalie are all bariatric patients who were inspired to create the community and support they needed. BariNation empowers people to treat their disease of obesity in kind, compassionate, and caring ways through the community they founded. As they learn to live the pillars of bariatric success (movement, mindset, metabolic wellness), they share their experiences and “aha” moments with their friends and followers.

    About BariNation: BariNation is a bariatric educational organization on a mission to empower patients to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to find and maintain personal wellness. We connect patients with the support they need, when and where they need it. BariNation produces an award-winning weekly podcast distributed on all major podcast and video platforms and hosts a support membership community that teams up with credentialed and licensed bariatric experts and clinicians.

    Follow BariNation on Instagram and TikTok, and visit us online at www.barination.com. You can also connect with each of the hosts personally on Instagram; follow April @actively_april, follow Jason @tha_smithsonian, and follow Natalie @breakingbari_ers.

    You’ve got this and we’ve got you!

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