Everyone deserves to feel as good as they can, and there are any number of factors that go into feeling positive rather than negative, energetic rather than fatigued and healthy rather than unwell. Finding resources to address your concern and find a health solution isn’t difficult in a city like New Orleans which boasts an abundance of quality health care providers – it just takes the drive to address your concern and a quick phone call or click online to schedule a consultation. From heels, to head, to heart, we’ve sought out advice and new techniques that might just offer a health solution for you.
For many people the key to their weight lies not solely in what they eat, but how much they eat. An enthusiastic appetite coupled with overly generous food portions can lead to a lot of unnecessary calories that the body has to work much harder to burn.
Entrepreneur Ingrid Rinck has designed a solution to this problem with her growing Louisiana-based prepared food program, Sensible Meals.
“So many people fail at diets throughout their life because they can’t stick to the rigorous, monotonous, bland and expensive options available, leaving them frustrated and feeling like a failure,” says Rinck. “We change that by giving clients food they like, portion sizing it, shipping it right to their door and giving it to them for the best price around,” she says.
Sensible Meals provides meal portions sized to meet the body’s nutritional needs, and can stay under 1,500 calories a day depending on your meal plan.
According to Rinck, within the first week clients typically lose two to six pounds as their body is retrained to eat the correct portion sizes of their favorite foods. The company offers a few low-carb meal programs depending on clients’ goals and also includes a female weight loss plan, a double protein plan, a paleo meal plan and a double paleo plan.
Primary Care/Family Medicine
Another way to feel better is to stay on top of your health. While this seems obvious, many people choose to neglect their health by avoiding doctor visits or by ignoring warning signs.
This is where the help of a primary care physician – someone who treats patients at all stages of life – comes in handy.
“Whether you’re transitioning into adult medicine, battling chronic illness or staying healthy with annual check-ups, our goal is to provide the best care possible to keep you well,” says Dr. Meredith Maxwell, a Touro Family Medicine Physician.
Maxwell recommends women stay on top of their health by scheduling and maintaining regular wellness visits in addition to screening tests that can unveil diseases before symptoms appear. Examples of helpful screenings include blood pressure checks and mammograms. Some screenings you can receive in-office and some may require a quick jaunt to an imaging center or lab, which is always worth the results that guide your next steps toward better health.
“Patients know their own body better than anyone else. Always tell your health care provider about any changes in your health or other concerns that you have,” says Dr. Maxwell.
Achieving Balance & Peace of Mind
Various stressors in life can cause depression, anxiety and disruptions to our moods and productivity, from family or relationship issues to traumas, which could be physical, emotional or sexual. According to Gerard Woodrich, LCSW and Owner/Psychotherapist at Positive Family Solutions, problems arise when emotions, anxiety and stress start affecting other areas of your life and manifest in lack of concentration, lower libido and irritability with family, peers or children – among other behaviors.
There are preventative measures we can take to maintain a healthy outlook and healthy behavior, which include learning the triggers and stressors that create anxiety, irritability, anger, frustration and lack of confidence. Woodrich recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with mindfulness strategies, such as meditation and positive thought restructuring. Finding a licensed professional to assist you with these therapies could be helpful in keeping your mind and actions balanced, healthy and productive.
At Positive Family Solutions, Woodrich specializes in trauma, depression and anxiety, family or environmental stress as well as stress and bullying issues for children.
Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery
In the field of aesthetics and plastic surgery, one of the most common concerns that women want to address is a generalized tired appearance and the desire to look and feel better, says Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist Dr. Sean Weiss. With a focus on treatments for and procedures of the head, neck and face, Dr. Weiss is fellowship-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.
“We take pride in developing a comprehensive plan that may involve both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to optimize our patients image in a subtle and effective manner.
Frequently we use combination therapy to achieve results that are better than we could achieve using one treatment type by itself,” says Dr. Weiss. He adds that both surgical and non-surgical approaches can provide outstanding results, and an in-person consultation is the best way to start working on a plan that works best for your lifestyle and budget.
Dr. Weiss’s recommends the non-surgical neck lift using ThermiTight® as an ideal solution for those wanting to improve the neck and jawline with little if any downtime and no incisions. Other helpful procedures include the local anesthesia facelift, local anesthesia eyelid lift, liquid rhinoplasty, platelet rich plasma injection and other facial enhancements.
At Khoobehi & Associates, female patients most commonly seek ways to rejuvenate the face and body and restore a youthful appearance. At times, the practice sees women who have undergone previous cosmetic procedures and are unhappy with the results. According to Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, the doctors specialize in revision cosmetic procedures and take pride in helping women who are unhappy in their own skin. Drs. Khoobehi and Walters perform plastic and reconstructive surgery for the face, breast and body, and Dr. Mai, a board-certified dermatologist, offers ways to restore youth in a non-surgical approach.
“At Khoobehi & Associates, we offer fat grafting with a majority of procedures. Fat grafting is using one’s own fat to refine different areas of the body. For example, we often incorporate fat grafting to breast augmentations to help the patient achieve a more natural result,” says Dr. Khoobehi.
When seeking any face or body procedure, Dr. Khoobehi recommends doing your research and ensuring that you are seeing a board certified plastic surgeon by visiting ASPS.com.
Cosmetic dermatologists are another specialty that can help with body contouring and facial rejuvenation. Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Kyle Coleman and Dr. Lisa Donofrio own Etre Cosmetic Dermatology, a practice centered on aesthetics.
“Most commonly women seek us out to address signs of sun aging from discoloration to fine lines and sagging skin. Early intervention and prevention are paramount in slowing down the signs of aging. From topical therapies to injectables, the earlier patients start treatment, the better,” says Dr. Coleman.
Drs. Coleman and Donofrio are excited to introduce Silhouette InstaLift to the practice, which is a non-invasive procedure that incorporates dissolvable threads that hold and lift facial tissue to counter gravity’s unwanted effects on the face.
“InstaLift threads are a revolution in minimally invasive procedures, bridging the gap between what can be accomplished with fillers and invasive skin lifting techniques,” says Dr. Donofrio. “In about 20 minutes, sagging tissues can begin to be supported by the injection of thin absorbable threads under the skin.”
Like Dr. Khoobehi, Drs. Coleman and Donofrio emphasize that home research is paramount when deciding to pursue a cosmetic procedure, and when in doubt, always seek a second opinion – one size doesn’t fit all.
Etre Cosmetic Dermatology
1224 St. Charles Ave.
Khoobehi & Associates
4500 Magazine St., Suite 1
3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Positive Family Solutions
7100 St. Charles Ave., No. 224
Dr. Sean Weiss
2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 408
Touro Family Medicine
3525 Prytania St., Suite 301
Note: St. Charles Avenue magazine doesn’t advocate plastic surgery except under certain conditions. Please consult your doctor before undertaking any medical procedure.