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The Bari-Heart of It

The Bari-Heart of It

By Bariatric Fusion
Welcome to the Bari-Heart of it, presented by Bariatric Fusion. Our goal? To get to the Bari-Heart of all things bariatric. New Episodes on the 1st & 15th of every month!
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Episode 34: Collagen - What is it?

The Bari-Heart of It

Episode 53: The importance of Calcium
Today we talk about why calcium is so important after bariatric surgery!
May 15, 2022
Episode 52: Prebiotics and Probiotics
In this episode we learn about Prebiotics and Probiotics!
May 01, 2022
Episode 51: Tips for Friends and Family
In this episode, we go over how those around you can best support your bariatric journey. 
April 15, 2022
Episode 50: Dehydration after Bariatric Surgery
Is dehydration a risk after bariatric surgery? Find out today! 
April 01, 2022
Episode 49: Factors that affect weight loss
In today's episode, we talk about factors that could affect weight loss! 
March 15, 2022
Episode 48: Healthy Cooking Options After Bariatric Surgery
Learn some healthy cooking tips with our dietitian Megan! 
March 01, 2022
Episode 47: Eating Healthy on a Budget
Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski teaches us about eating healthy on a budget! 
February 15, 2022
Episode 46: Navigating a convenience store with bariatrics
Staff Dietitian Megan teaches us how to navigate a local convenience store or corner store after bariatric surgery! 
February 01, 2022
Episode 45: Depression After Bariatric Surgery
Depression and Mental Health is serious topic. Do you know the signs and symptoms? 
January 15, 2022
Episode 44: Caffeine After Bariatric Surgery
Can you still drink caffeinated beverages after surgery? Find out more. 
January 01, 2022
Episode 43: Carbonation After Bariatric Surgery
Staff Dietitian Megan gives us her thoughts on consuming carbonated beverages after bariatric surgery. 
December 15, 2021
Episode 42: The Importance of Vitamin B1
Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski fills us in on why B1 is important for all Bariatric Patients. 
December 01, 2021
Episode 41: Energy After Bariatric Surgery
Have trouble keeping up your energy levels? Learn more!
November 15, 2021
Episode 40: The Importance of Vitamin D
Do you know why Vitamin D is so critical? Bariatric Fusion Staff Dietitian Megan fills us in on this important guideline from the ASMBS. 
November 01, 2021
Episode 39: Holiday Readiness!
Are you prepared for the holidays? Listen to this bariatric guide. 
October 25, 2021
Episode 38: Alcohol After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric Fusion Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski goes over some recommendations for Alcohol post-bariatric surgery! 
October 01, 2021
Episode 37: Gallbladder issues?
Bariatric Fusion Dietitian Megan Sits down with us to talk about Gallbladder issues after surgery! 
September 15, 2021
Episode 36: The Importance of B12
In this episode, we dive into Vitamin B12, what it does and why it matters to YOU!
September 01, 2021
Episode 35: Iron Deficiency
In this episode, we break down the importance of Iron after Bariatric Surgery! 
August 15, 2021
Episode 34: Collagen - What is it?
In this episode, we learn all about collagen and when to add it into your routine! 
August 01, 2021
Episode 33: Vitamin A
In this episode, we break down Vitamin A, What it does, and why it matters! 
July 15, 2021
Episode 32: Bariatric Summer Vacation
Karli Burridge is Back!, a nationally recognized expert in obesity medicine. She is a physician assistant and founder of Join us as she gives us her tips for a successful summer! 
July 01, 2021
Episode 31: Complications After Surgery
Looking into Bariatrics? Our staff dietitian covers some nutritional and surgical complications to be aware of before having surgery. 
June 15, 2021
Episode 30: Weight Plateau?
Scale not moving? Don't be alarmed. Today we dive into weight plateau after bariatric surgery! 
June 01, 2021
Episode 29: Weight Regain Post Surgery
Today we are joined by Karli Burridge, a nationally recognized expert in obesity medicine. She is a physician assistant and founder of Join us as we seek to understand weight regain post-bariatric surgery. 
May 15, 2021
Episode 28: Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino Co-Author of the 2016 ASMBS Guidelines
This is a must-listen episode. We're joined by Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino, a Co-Author of the 2016 ASMBS nutritional guidelines for bariatric patients. 
May 01, 2021
Episode 27: 10 Commonly Asked Bariatric Questions
In this episode, we cover the top 10 questions we get at Bariatric Fusion! 
April 15, 2021
Episode 26: The Types of Weight loss Surgeries
Do you know the common options are for weight loss surgeries are? We break down the four common procedures in this episode! 
March 15, 2021
Episode 25: Vitamin Patches?
Are Vitamin Patches worth the convenience? We get to the Bari-Heart of It! 
March 01, 2021
Episode 24: Addiction Transfer Pt. 2 A Patients Journey
In this very powerful episode, we are joined by Kristen who had RNY in 2018. She fills us in on her bariatric journey including her experiences with addiction transfer post-bariatric surgery. 
February 15, 2021
Episode 23: Addiction Transfer Pt. 1
Today we take a look at addiction transfer with a mental health expert!. We go over the signs, symptoms, and what you can do to recognize them! 
February 01, 2021
Episode 22: The Liver Reduction Diet
Ever heard the term "Liver Reduction Diet" before surgery? Our Staff Dietitian Megan fills us in! 
January 15, 2021
Episode 21: New Year, New Goals
Today we are joined by Bariatric Fusion's Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski to talk about setting New Years Resolutions that you can actually stick to as a bariatric patient. 
December 15, 2020
Episode 20: The Bariatric Center for Success
What a treat! We're joined by Denise Roden, President of The Bariatric Center for Success. Learn about the center, as well as her weight loss journey over 15 years post-op! Visit her website here:
December 01, 2020
Episode 19: The Bariatric Guide to the Holiday's
We're back at it again! This week our staff dietitian Megan Koscinski helps us navigate the holiday season and the many food temptations it has. 
November 15, 2020
Episode 18: Are carbs really the enemy?
Today, We're Joined by Megan Koscinski the Staff Dietitian at Bariatric Fusion to get to the Bari-heart of eating carbs as a Bariatric Patient.
November 01, 2020
Episode 17: Central Ontario Weight loss (Canada)
Today, we're joined by Janet Patterson, founder of Central Ontario Weightloss a support group in Ontario Canada. Not Only does Janet run this group, but she is also an RNY patient herself.  Visit their website:
October 15, 2020
Episode 16: Corrective Vitamins
We're joined by Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski to learn all about corrective supplements.
October 01, 2020
Episode 15: Mentally Surviving WLS During a Pandemic
We're joined by Amy Walling from Bariatric Fusion and Priyanka Pulkur, MA, LPC the clinical director and one of the founders at Advantage Point Behavioral. They specialize in pre-surgical mental health assessments for bariatric patients as well as post-operative counseling.
September 15, 2020
Episode 14: A Patients Journey
Today we are joined by Jodie Selino, who is 18 months post opt from her Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Today we talk about how her journey has progressed and how she has been able to stay successful during COVID-19.  If you want to follow her journey check out her Instagram @jodssleeve_journey
September 01, 2020
Mini-sode: Probiotics- What are they?
We're on summer break this week, but we didn't want to leave you hanging! Ever wonder about probiotics and how they could benefit you after bariatric surgery? Take a quick listen. See you back in two weeks for another full-length episode. 
August 15, 2020
Episode 13: Protein After Surgery
Megan Our Staff Dietitian fills us in on why protein is important after weight loss surgery. Have questions for Megan? Email
August 01, 2020
Episode 12: Healthy Snacking After WLS
Megan Our Staff Dietitian is back again. Today she fills us in on healthy snacking tips after you’ve had weight loss surgery. Have questions for Megan? Email
July 15, 2020
Episode 11: Dr. Nicole Basa & COVID-19
Today we’re joined by Dr. Nicole Basa from Cedar Park Surgeons located just north of Austin Texas. Learn about her practice as well as about staying on track if COVID-19 has interpreted your bariatric journey.
July 01, 2020
Episode 10: @JourneyOfaCurvyGirl (5 Months Post Op)
Shelley is Back on the podcast! She may be more commonly known by her Instagram Handle @JourneyofaCurvyGirl. She last joined us 5 months ago as she was preparing for surgery. Now we have the opportunity to hear how it's going, the struggles, the successes, and any new tips she has for people considering bariatric surgery.  Check out her Instagram: @JoruneyOfaCurvyGirl
June 15, 2020
BONUS: Fusion TV Support Group May 2020
Join us for a special bonus episode, which is a rebroadcast of our May Facebook Live Support Group. We were joined by Bariatric Fusion CEO Marc McCabe. 
June 08, 2020
Episode 9: Hair Loss After Bariatric Surgery
Today we're joined by Staff Dietitian Megan Koscinski to talk about hair loss after bariatric surgery.  Have a question for our dietitian? Email her at
June 01, 2020
Episode 8: Bariatric Weight Loss Family Online
Today we sat down with Gail Reeves, Founder, and Owner of the Bariatric Weight Loss Family. They are a not-for-profit foundation that also offers an online Facebook support group for bariatric patients and has 20,000 members! They host an annual "Family" reunion that is bariatric focused and it will be held October 16th-18th, 2020.  For more details: visit Find their Facebook support group here:
May 15, 2020
BONUS: Fusion TV Support Group April 2020
We’ve gone live with Fusion TV Facebook Live Support Groups. Listen now to this rebroadcast.
May 08, 2020
Episode 7: The ASMBS Foundation
Today we are joined by a very special guest. Dr. Paul Enochs, President of the ASMBS Foundation. Learn about the foundation & its mission. They are responsible for the Walk From Obesity and have gone digital for the spring with hashtag #KeepWFO. Looking to Support the Foundation? Check out the information below:  Follow the Foundation on social media ( Facebook and Instagram) @WalkfromObesity Donate if possible, $35 or more, we will send you our 2020 commemorative WFO t-shirt, as well as other gifts based on donation level LINK: AWARE (Awareness, Wellness, Access, Research, Education) Campaign: the monthly giving gift to support the Foundation. For as little as $10/month you can support the Foundation’s research for obesity research AWARE LINK: Contact Info: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
May 01, 2020
Episode 6: Working out with Holly Kerr
Today we explore exercise with our friend Holly Kerr, a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Nutrition Specialist and mom! Let's get to the Bari-Heart of It!
April 15, 2020
Episode 5: Nutrition & Meal Prep With Megan Moore RD, CSOWM, CD
Let's get to the Bari-Heart of it! Today we sit down with Megan Moore, the author of The Complete Bariatric Cookbook and Meal Plan: Recipes and Guidance for Life Before and After Surgery and Owner of Megan helps us understand why healthy plates, meal prepping, and planning is so important. 
April 01, 2020
Episode 4: The Road Map & Mental Readiness w/Nichole Pavlus
Today we're joined by Nichole Pavlus a bariatric patient, former bariatric group facilitator and has her masters in the field of mental health. Today we discuss the road map to surgery and mental preparedness with some advice sprinkled in. Join us as we get to the Bari-Heart of It. 
March 15, 2020
Episode 3: Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA)
Today we're very excited to sit down with Laura the President & CEO of WLSFA to talk about their work in the bariatric community as well as their annual fundraiser that is being held in Las Vegas, April 17th-19th this year! Interested in attending? There's still time!  To find out more visit 
March 01, 2020
Episode 2: On the way to surgery with IG: @JourneyofaCurvyGirl
Today we are joined by Shelley or more commonly known by her Instagram Handle @JourneyofaCurvyGirl. As she prepares for surgery we get to the bari-heart of what led her to choosing surgery, and her advice to others considering it as she is just days away from having it herself. 
February 15, 2020
Episode 1: James Jones: My 600 lbs Life
Today we're joined by co-host Amy Walling from Bariatric Fusion, and James Jones a cast member from the TLC Show My 600 lbs Life. James has lost over 500 lbs since starting his journey nearly 7 years ago. 
February 01, 2020
The Bari-Heart of It Trailer
Welcome to the Bari-Heart of it, presented by Bariatric Fusion. Our goal? To get to the Bari-Heart of all things bariatric. New Episodes will be coming on the 1st and 15th of every month! 
January 13, 2020