Subject: Healthful Happenings - October 2018

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Healthful Life Happenings  

Happy fall Healthful Life family! The colors are beautiful out there, aren't they? We apologize for the tardiness of our October Newsletter, however, we have had something in the works and wanted to wait until it was finalized so we could make the big announcement!

In this issue: 
  • Announcement - Healthful Life MD Now Accepting 65+ Patients 
  • Dr. Abby Approved Recipe - Oven Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  • Blog Article Highlight - Weight Bias
We have been working hard to bring you the most interesting news in health and weight loss, and we are excited to share with you our latest and greatest. Thank you for joining us on this journey to become healthier from the inside out! 
Healthful Life MD Opts Out of Medicare 
and Accepts 65+ Patients

Healthful Life MD announced they have opted out of the Medicare program. As result, they will now be able to accept patients 65-years-old and older. Up until this point, Healthful Life MD has not been able to work with 65+ patients because of Medicare program regulations. 
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with this new demographic of patient,” said Healthful Life MD founder and head physician Dr. Abby Bleistein. “I have found it heartbreaking to turn patients away simply because they were in the 65+ age group. Now we have the ability to help people of every age get healthy from the inside out, and I could not be more thrilled.” 
Healthful Life MD has always used a fee-for-service payment model. This model allows Dr. Abby to deliver comprehensive medical weight loss programs that incorporate a whole team of specialists, such as registered dietitians, certified nutritionists and certified trainers who are not covered under most medical insurance policies or Medicare. This kind of 360-degree approach to patient care has been proven to be the only way to create long lasting weight loss solutions. READ MORE>>
Oven Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe, courtesy of The Healthy Foodie, is quite simply the easiest, most delicious Butternut Squash Soup ever! It'll undoubtedly become a fall favorite for you and your entire family! 

Roast Butternut Squash
  • 1 large (at least 2.75 lbs) butternut squash
  • 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the guts and seeds with a spoon; place them in a broiler pan and drizzle them with a generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Turn the squash flesh side down and pour about 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Bake in the oven, uncovered, for about 40-45 minutes, until the squash becomes really soft and can easily be pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. When the squash is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes until you can safely handle it.

Make the Soup
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  1. While the squash is cooling, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and then add the onion, garlic, salt, white pepper, cardamom and nutmeg; cook until fragrant and slightly caramelized, about 3-4 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a quick boil, then kill the heat and set aside. With a large spoon, scoop the flesh out of the squash and measure out 4 cups. Put that into your high-speed blender or food processor and then add the reserved broth. Process on high speed until really smooth and velvety, about 2 to 3 minutes, then add the coconut milk and resume processing until well incorporated. Serve immediately or, if the soup isn't hot enough for your liking, transfer it back to the saucepan and heat it over medium heat until the desired temperature is reached. If you have some leftover oven roasted butternut squash, make a few balls with a melon baller and use them to garnish the soup, along with a little bit of coconut milk or heavy cream and a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
Get the full recipe here.
Celebrating World Obesity Day

October 11, 2018 was World Obesity Day, a day focused on weight stigma. Weight stigma is one of the last socially accepted forms of discrimination. It's disheartening to think about how many people are affected by this. As we reflect on World Obesity Day and we take time to stimulate and support practical solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and to reverse the obesity crisis, we wanted to bring your attention back to an article written by Dr. Abby addressing the topic of weigh bias. 

Weight Bias: What You Need to Know and How to Overcome it
By Dr. Abby Bleistein

Weight bias is a very significant and very real experience for most of my patients.  From the judgment or dismissiveness of physicians, to the side-long looks when taking their seat on an airplane, to offensive jokes by the water cooler at work, to open cruelty by colleagues and family, my patients have seen it all.  

One patient described an episode at work that was particularly upsetting. She worked as an emergency dispatch operator. One very busy day, she was managing multiple calls regarding an emergency, from the victims to the first responders and back. She had to put the fire fighters on hold to clarify information from one of the victims. The firefighters, not realizing that they were not on mute complained into the system, “Well, if she would put that doughnut down, maybe we wouldn’t have to wait!”  My patient was angry and hurt, but honestly, the first thing she felt was embarrassment and shame. READ MORE>> 
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