Redefining A Passion For The Kitchen—And For Food

When you have weight loss surgery, you make some pretty significant changes in the way you eat and the way that you cook. And no one here at the St.Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence is saying that those are easy changes to make. But, at the same time, we’ll tell you that, while they’re not easy changes, they can still be fun and exciting. Of course, you don’t have to just take our word for it.

Chef Woody Duncan had weight loss surgery a number of years ago and has, since then, become a bit of a local cooking celebrity around here at the St.Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence.

No stranger to the taste of butter and dishes high in carbohydrates and sugar, Chef Woody began his ventures into healthier cooking not for himself but for his wife after she had bariatric surgery. Woody admits that he was cooking two different dishes for quite awhile before he realized that he wanted to take similar steps toward a healthier, fuller lifestyle, too.

After his own surgery, Woody’s become an avid biker and has started his own food blog, chefwoody.com. Full of recipes and cooking tips, this blog is an excellent place for patients who’ve recently had weight loss surgery and for people who just want to be more conscientious about what they’re eating.

So check out his site and see for yourself that bariatric surgery doesn’t mean you have to give up food. It just means you’ll need to think about it in a new way. Woody’s has been able to successfully redefine his passion for cooking and food, and we know that you can, too!

Be sure to “like” Chef Woody on Facebook to get updates about new events and recipes!


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2 Responses to Redefining A Passion For The Kitchen—And For Food

  1. Kim Perdue says:

    Hi!!!!! My name is Kim Perdue. I had my surgery on May 8th, 2009. Dr.John Huse was my surgeon!!!!! Before My surgery…….October of 2008 I had to have a paniculectomy(my starting weight was 526lbs.!!!!)..a paniculectomy is where they take off the hanging skin on your body(I had to have it off due to sugar ulcers had infected and though they had healed it would be safer for it to be taken off) anyway…….I have lost a total of over 350lbs.!!!!!!! I had been attending a Bariatric Support Group in Marion, In and(they were not credited through St.Vincents) Tracy Sharfman was our group leader!!! She was sooo nice and was so gracious to us all!!!! We usually had around 5-10 at our meetings!!! We were all able to share!!!! She had to step down due to overwhelming things in her life.(we still try and keep intouch with her through facebook!!!!) There wasn’t anyone interested in taking over…….since I was from Wabash I thought GOD was pointing me in the direction of starting a Support Group in Wabash!!!!! With the help of Ted Eads, Mary Schaeffer(Wabash County Hospital Dietician and our connection to St.V’s) , The Wabash Bowen Center(where we have our meetings), The Paper(the local free paper), The Wabash Plain Dealer, Kiss Fm95.9(who announces are meetings on the radio), My Husband…Jerry Perdue and my Family, Friends and Churches(the Church we attend.New Life Baptisit Church(Wabash) , Sweetser Wesleyan Church(my parents Church and my former Church) and My Uncle Paul and Aunt Thelma Kingrey’s Church in Glasgow, Ky) and the most important………GOD!!!!!! Wabash Bariatric Support Group had their first meeting on Sept. 12th, 2010 with 12 in attendance!!!! And as of Today…September 30th(our meeting was the 13th) we had 35 in attendance and our average is around 25-30 now!!!!!! We have over 55 on our list!!! We have accepted a fellow by the name of BOB Ulshafer as he is a cancer survivor and had to have his stomach removed. He has to eat the same as us and wanted some ideas for his eating!!!!! He and his wife Ladonna come regularly!!!! I met Ladonna through Aqua arobics at Whites Institute!!!! We have people from:Wabash, Marion, Warsaw, Huntington, Peru, Macy, Kokomo, and the surrounding areas!!!!! So you see ya just never know how things open up in your life!!!!! We are a Great group and discussion is Fantastic!!!!! I wish everyone Great Success and if your around Wabash onthe 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm…come and join us at The Wabash Bowen Center!!!!! Hey…A BIG THANK YOU to Missy Tuck for her joining us at the Wabash Healthfair!!!!! Sure was nice meeting her!!!!! Take Care, Goodluck and GOD Bless Everyone!!!!! Kim Perdue

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