Post-bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders WPA Conference Poster by Supatra Hanna

I presented this poster at the 2016  Western Psychological Conference in Long Beach, CA. It highlights some aspects of my dissertation on Post-bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders. Bariatric surgery is a very dangerous and life-altering procedure that tends to have dangerous medical and health complications if the person seeking the surgery does not follow a strict diet and attend to his or her mental health. More awareness of these complications before and after surgery is needed so that we can better help as clinicians.

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Supatra Hanna’s Pre-election Recommendation

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-7-25-23-pmElection got you down? Feeling anxious, depressed, and worried? This is the best time to decompress and focus on self-care. So turn off the TV, shut down the social media (after reading this blog!), and find your center. As anyone who knows me will attest, I am an ardent proponent and advocate of meditation and mindfulness. And I cannot recommend it highly enough. I began my practice over four years ago and know it has profoundly changed my life.

Mindfulness can be defined as an essential quality of consciousness characterized by an attunement to the present in a non-judgmental manner, with an emphasis on having an open mind and heart. With the nasty vitriolic bile spewed forth during this election season, this negativity is taking its toll on our health. I recommend even a small amount of mindfulness meditation a day to reconnect to your center, find your empathy and compassion, and recharge with loving kindness.

The health benefits of meditation are amazing. Research has shown that mindfulness affects certain areas of the brain involved in these particular areas:(a) attuned attention regulation, (b) the cultivation of pro-social behaviors, (c) enhanced emotion regulation (d) the application of extinction and reconsolidation of maladaptive thoughts (e) enhanced meta-awareness via a change in perspective of the self via non-attachment and de-centering and (f) increased intention and motivation to achieve mindfulness.

Take ten minutes out from your day. That is all it takes to start reaping the benefits of a daily meditation practice. I will guarantee your body and mind will thank you for it. There are plenty of great, free programs out there. Check out these great programs:

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Headspace

Brain Wave Mind Tuner

 

Supatra Hanna Recommends The Hirshon Algerian Berkoukes Soup

This looks simply delish!

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The Hirshon Algerian Berkoukes Soup – بركوكس – The Food Dictator
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The Consequences of Weightism

I recently presented this poster at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Conference in Culver City, CA October 15, 2016. Weightism carries serious psychological and physical health consequences and it is up to us as health practitioners and good citizens to put an end to this insidious form of discrimination and bias. Check it out!

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

My favorite holiday is rapidly approaching and I stumbled upon some great, healthy recipes to try out this year. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think!

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photo courtesy of http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43811/crispy-butternut-squash-spinach-salad-with-bacon-shallot-vinaigrette-recipe/

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Chicken Karahi

This recipe looks amazing! I think I will have to give it a go!

Recipe: Chicken Karahi

Grab-n-go Breakfast Ideas

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Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas

If you live a ridiculously busy life, it can be really hard have a balanced diet, let alone even make time for breakfast. But with some careful planning, a fast, easy, on-the-go breakfast is possible. Here’s some great, easy, healthy ideas:

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Slow Cooker Posole

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1 bone-in pork roast

1tbsp cumin

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

1 large can hominy

1 large tomato, diced

1 small onion, diced

1- 1 1/2 boxes of organic chicken broth

cilantro

diced avocado

lemon wedges

tortilla strips

cotija or Parmesan cheese

Rub the pork in the spices and set in the slow cooker.  Top with hominy, onions, tomatoes, and broth. Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Remove the pork and shred. Add it back to the soup, ladle into bowls, and top with avocado, cilantro, more diced onion, cotila or Parmesan cheese, and tortilla strips. Serve with hot sauce and lemon wedges.

Tips for Dining Out

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Many people ask me for tips about staying healthy while eating out. These tips can be great for your waistline and your wallet. You don’t have to suffer when dining out! Continue reading