Mindfulness-based Interventions for Post-Bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders by Supatra Hanna

I presented this oral presentation at the 96th Annual Southwestern Social Science Association Meeting in Las Vegas, NV in March of 2016. Bariatric surgery is very hard on the body, both physiologically and emotionally. However, there are some effective treatments for disordered eating post-surgery. If you or someone you love is thinking about this surgery, prepare your mind and heart before surgery to enhance the best outcomes.

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Grab-n-go Breakfast Ideas


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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10 Tips for a Healthy 4th of July



  1. Grill with Care: Remember that you can’t tell just by looking when meat is done. Invest in a quality food thermometer and make sure you follow the temperature guides provided by foodsafety.gov.
  1. Stay Hydrated: With Southern California temperatures soaring and the current water shortage on our minds, it is easy to neglect our own hydration needs. Drink plenty of water, keep water-packed vegetables and fruits on hand for snacking, and try to minimize sun exposure and excessive sweating. Fruits high in water content are watermelon and grapefruit, and vegetables high in water include lettuce and zucchini.

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A Report From The Field


Hello! I am back after a little blog-writing break! I took the last few weeks off to cram like crazy for midterms and am proud to report back good grades so far. I was recently asked to write an article for my student dietetic association’s newsletter about the work I do with the H.E.L.P. program at White Memorial Medical Center. The article is below. If you are curious at all about the type of work I do in the community, read on! It is fulfilling and gratifying and truly makes me feel as if I am making a difference in children’s lives. Cheers to good health!

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ABC News Follow Up

Here is the ABC News follow up to the story about the sweet kid from the hospital where I work. He didn’t end up in my class but in the YMCA class. It’s a great class too. So happy for him!


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NutritionFacts.org Video

This is a great speech given by NutritionFacts.org founder Michael Greger, MD. His site is a nonprofit, science-based community with easy-to-digest short video segments. I invite you to watch and subscribe to his videos. They are wonderful. Thanks to my friend, Todd, who passed this along to me. Enjoy and have a happy Sunday.
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10 Reasons To Make Fiber Your Best Friend


What is fiber and why is it so important? It is surprising that not many people truly understand the importance of fiber in the diet. In fact, Americans consume only an average of 15g of fiber a day, well below the recommended intake of around 25g/day for women and 28g/day for men. What are some food sources of fiber and why is fiber so important? Read on to find out. Continue reading



I am lucky enough to have a job at a great hospital called White Memorial Medical Center where I teach obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle choices to kids ages 5-12 and their parents. It is a wonderful, interactive program filled with fun activities and great lessons. It makes me feel like I am doing something good and of value to the community.

Recently, the local news ABC7, did a story about a sweet young boy who was diagnosed with hypertension and obesity. He was a patient at White Memorial. Below is the news story.  These are the kinds of kids I teach. I love the work I do. ABC7 is going to be featuring my class sometime in the near future so I will keep you posted!


You Are What You Eat (McDonald’s vs Chipotle)

English: This is the picture of the original R...

English: This is the picture of the original Ronald McDonald. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have no idea why anyone ever wants to eat at McDonald’s unless it is the last place on Earth, or you are desperate for a latte and stuck in rural North Carolina. (McDonald’s was the ONLY place and I just HAD TO.) But perhaps this comparison will make you turn away from the golden arches and, if you are in a bind and need something quick, straight into the loving arms of Chipotle. Continue reading