Melissa Bailey Arizpe, Psy.D.

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Mindful Eating means CHEW CHEW CHEW

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Ok. So I know I have gone over this again but it is worth repeating. I have been speaking to a lot of patients lately who are struggling after surgery with either vomiting or weight loss stagnating. When I dig a little deeper, I find that these patients are falling back into their old habits of not chewing up their food and not eating protein first. I hate to be a nag about this issue but chewing up your food is really important! First of all, the actual chewing helps to tell your brain that you are starting to eat and that you will soon be full. If you don’t signal your brain, it will take longer for you to feel full. Also, if you don’t chew up your food you are likely to see it come back up again and that is something WE DO NOT WANT! It doesn’t matter what surgery you had–regurgitation is not recommended and should not be a part of your daily life. I know it is hard but can’t be avoided. You must slow down and take a break when you eat. This is part of your new life. This is part of taking care of yourself! This is what you committed to when you decided to have surgery!

Take time for yourself. Take at least enough time to have a meal! That is not too much to ask! Eat slowly and chew your food. Enjoy your food.

Ok. I know this is short and sweet but this is for all of you who don’t chew and are still struggling! Just a friendly reminder from your favorite psychologist!


Remember Virtual Support Group Tuesday February 8

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Just a reminder that my virtual support group will be help tomorrow on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7pm.

Call in 661-673-8600
participant access 920391#

This is a great way to ask others questions and to ask me any questions that you might have!

Dr. Melissa