Due to Covid-19, we are not scheduling in person seminars. Rather, please watch our online seminar. Nutrition classes will be held via Zoom meeting. Please call Leslie Albers at 901-881-0602 for details about class or any other questions. We ARE currently scheduling patients for visits and surgeries and you can easily start the program by watching our online seminar.

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April Recipe Remix

April 20, 2019

Meatloaf Cupcake s- Adapted from SixSisterStuff.com



  1. 5lb lean ground meat (turkey, 96-98% fat free beef, chicken)
  2. 1 onion (finely diced)
  3. ½ cup carrots (finely diced)
  4. ½ cup celery (finely diced)
  5. 1 tsp dried oregano
  6. 1 tsp dried parsley
  7. 2 tsp minced garlic
  8. 1 cup low sugar ketchup
  9. 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  10. 2 Tbsp of mustard
  11. 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  12. ¼ tsp black pepper
  13. 2 eggs

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The Exercise Gameplan

April 9, 2019

Now that Spring is here, we’re finally are able stretch our legs, rise from our hibernation, and venture outside into the modestly warm weather. The significance of this change is meaningful in many ways, depending on who you talk to. For bariatric patients, this means that the excuse of using cold weather to not go outside and walk, will be coming to a close! As of March 10th, sunlight is lingering around for several more hours. Thus, exercise before and /or after work is more reasonable with the extra hours.

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Melissa’s Story

February 4, 2018

Dr. Robert Wegner performed my RNY gastric bypass surgery on November 9, 2015. I was 36 at the time, and while I’ve never been skinny, I have an athletic build and played three sports throughout high school. I started struggling with my weight my first year of college when I was 18 years old. I have tried just about every diet on the market. I had some success with many of those plans, but I never lost more than 50 pounds, and each time I re-gained, I gained more. At my heaviest, I was 353 pounds. I had high-blood pressure, GERD, pre-diabetes, no energy, chronic pain, and depression. The summer of 2015, my employer-provided health insurance changed and no longer excluded weight loss surgery.

I made a decision to change my life and get healthy. I scheduled my initial seminar, and decided to more forward with the process. I was lucky to have 6 months of documented efforts to lose weight with my Primary Care Provider, so it only took a few months to schedule my surgery. Within months of the surgery, I was taken off of all of my medications. I stuck to the prescribed nutrition and supplement plan, and the weight started to fall off. All of the conditions I listed disappeared. I felt great about myself, I had so much energy, and I decided that I was not going to waste the second chance I was given with the surgery. I have lost a total of 173 pounds, and I maintain a weight of between 180-185. I am an exercise enthusiast. I enjoy running, cycling, and CrossFit. I have completed countless 5K, 10K, endurance, and obstacle course races. I ran the St. Jude Half Marathon in December of 2017. I completed the Spartan Trifecta in 2016.

I had the courage to change careers, I met and married my husband, and I love my life. I am setting a positive example for my two children, and I know I will be around as they get older. Dr. Wegner and the St. Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss team gave me a second change at life, and I feel like I am finally living the life I have always wanted. I will forever be grateful.

Chip’s Amazing Story!

January 10, 2018

I have always struggled with weight ever since I can remember. In the Navy, I had to join the “Fat Boy” program because my BMI was too high. When I got out of the Navy, I started working in a fast food restaurant. This started a 20+ year career in the restaurant industry ranging from fast food to family dining to casual dining finally to fine dining. As one can imagine, a manager has access to all the food in the building in whichever type of restaurant he manages. Therefore, when I finally moved out on my own, buying meals was never a priority for me. I always just ate at the restaurant. The other part of restaurant management is the long and typically late-night hours. This would usually lead to sleeping in very late and very little to no exercise. My wife and I both worked in a restaurant when we met. We married and with 2 ½ years had two children. After our kids were born, she herself struggled with weight loss. She tried every diet known to man with little success. Her doctor suggested Gastric Bypass and after careful research, she had it done. She lost @180 pounds.

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Leslie Albers, program manager, discusses the benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

January 9, 2018

Resolve to Take Care of You- 4 Ways How

December 27, 2017

Approximately 45% of Americans usually make at least one New Year’s resolution.  More than half of those forfeit their resolution within six weeks and only 8% actually achieve their resolution by the end of the year.  Here is an idea, don’t make a resolution!  Instead, embark on a journey to resolve to take care of you…

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10 Tips to Maintain Weight Loss over the Holidays

December 20, 2017

With the holidays approaching, food is going to be more accessible.   Holiday parties, cooler temperatures, shopping and traveling may also hinder our exercise program.

Below are some tips to help maintain weight loss and stay in control during the holidays!!

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Quick meal and snack planning tips.

December 14, 2017

Planning our meals and snacks helps us stay on track and make better food choices!  If we have quick and healthy options on hand, we are less tempted to frequent the vending machine, run through the drive-thru, or grab that donut or cookie in the break room, etc.

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White Bean Chicken Chili

November 21, 2017

As the temperatures continue to drop those comfort foods start to sound more and more enticing.  This is the time of year people start to get derailed from their weight loss and weight maintenance plans.  It’s so much more appealing to cuddle up with a blanket on the couch with a comfort food than it is to get your workout in and make healthy choices.  Luckily you can do both!  Remember there are ways to adapt recipes so you can stay on track this winter season.  My favorite foods for this time of year are generally made of chili and different soups and stews.  These types of foods can be packed full of protein!  Make sure you’re choosing lean meats and adding extra beans for added protein.  Try to avoid creamy soups since they have more fat and calories.  Below is one of my favorite recipes for these colder temps!

White Bean Chicken Chili

  • 2 uncooked chicken breast
  • 2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans (or 3 cans if you really like beans)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups salsa verde

Combine chicken, chicken broth, cumin, and salsa verde in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-5 hours.  Add beans (drained) during the last hours of cooking.  Shred chicken and you’re ready to eat!  I love to add diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and plain non-fat greek yogurt.  If you like a little crunch with your soup try adding a few baked tortilla chips.

How to Exercise in the Winter

November 15, 2017

When the weather gets colder outside it is easy to make the excuses and start hibernating. However, it is still possible to stay healthy and active in the winter.

Go to a gym

The good news about gyms is that they stay the perfect temperature all year round! Many gyms have exercise machines, indoor courts, indoor pools, and group exercise classes. Many local community centers, workplaces, and schools have free gyms you can use. If not you can always buy a gym membership at your local YMCA, planet fitness, etc.

Work out at home

If you do not have the time or money to get a gym membership, don’t worry! You do not need to leave your house to exercise. There are plenty of resources available in your own home.

  • Follow a YouTube exercise video
  • Run up and down the stairs
  • Play music you like and dance as hard as you can for at least 30 minutes
  • No equipment? No problem. Many household items such as chairs, sports balls, or cans of food for example can be used instead of expensive exercise equipment.
  • Do as many jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, burpees, squats, etc. as you can during commercial breaks

Try out some winter sports

Memphis is not known for getting piles of snow. That does not mean that you have to miss out on the fun.

  • Go ice skating downtown at the Fourth Bluffs (Downtown Memphis)
  • Go to an indoor ice arena to try out a a new sport such as ice hockey
  • Take a trip and go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding

Reward yourself with warmth

If you want to go on a walk or job but need that extra push, try rewarding yourself at the end of the work out so you have something to look forward to while you are cold outside.

  • Take a long hot bath/shower
  • Snuggle up under some blankets with some hot tea
  • Treat yourself to a massage at the end of the winter

Written by: Vidisha Paranjpe, University of Memphis Dietetic Intern

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