Registered Dietitian Donna Simon explains how managing your diet with a food journal helps you succeed and discusses how Banner Gateway Bariatric Center helps you achieve your weight loss goals. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Food journaling definitely helps patients become more successful and not just bariatrics but what it is, is that you are becoming accountable.
You are taking responsibility of what you are putting in your mouth but not just writing down what you are eating but writing down your portion sizes, writing down the grams of fat, the calories. How many grams of protein?
You are becoming more aware and studies have shown that people that do food journals lose twice as much weight as those that don’t.
So food journaling is one of the important things to do when you are on any type of diet, even besides bariatric.
Banner Gateway’s bariatric program is so special because it’s a full program.
It encompasses not just the surgeon and the dietician, you know the bariatric nurse or the exercise physiologists and psychologists, we have a lot of family involvement and patient involvement – they are the most important part of our team.
And they are all welcome to attend our support groups and most of them do. They always bring some type of support whether it’s a child or a parent or spouse or a friend and we make that available to them.
As far as other programs I can’t compare them to because I haven’t checked their other programs. I just know what our program is about and we are working to be the best in Arizona.
About Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D., earned her B.A. in Food and Nutrition and her M.S. at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She practiced extensively in the state of New York. She was a Dietetic Technician at St. John's Hospital in Elmhurst. She held the position of Food Service Supervisor at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, and Food Service Supervisor and Dietitian at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.
Ms. Simon worked as Director of Dietary Services and Dietitian at Nesconset Nursing Home in Nesconset, and as a Dietitian at Patchoque Nursing Center in Patchoque. She was a Consultant Dietitian at Long Island Development Center. She served as a Registered Dietitian at Parkview Nursing Home in Massapequa, and at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview. Ms. Simon was a Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Nutritionist at Banner Mesa Medical Center in Mesa, and is presently Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Weight Management, BMI, Body Mass Index, Portion Control, Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Food Journal
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234
Expert: Registered Dietitian Donna Simon, Donna Simon, R.D., Clinical Dietitian Donna Simon, Bariatric Nutritionist Donna Simon
Expertise: Bariatric Nutrition, Food, Nutrition, Eat Right, Healthy Eating, Dietetics, Meal Planning, Caloric Restriction, Diet, Weight Management