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Breakfast Perspective

by Morgan Robbins, RD, LD at LMC

Breakfast has been under ridicule lately that it may not be the most important meal of the day. Let’s get back to the basics: think of your body as being in a fasting state while you’re sleeping until the moment that you wake up (breaking the fast = breakfast, clever right?).

banana_2Eating an early meal soon after waking up will jump-start your metabolism and get your body ready for the day. Remember, FOOD is fuel; it’s what helps you get through the day. You get out what you put in, if you don’t put fuel in the tank or put poor quality fuel in, you’re not going to go very far (example: you skip breakfast or eat foods lacking in quality nutrition more than likely you’re going to be starving by lunch time and make poor choices). This will help put the meals and foods you choose into a new perspective.

breakfast9What to eat always seems to be the question. Too many people are choosing high fat, high cholesterol, high sodium breakfasts that are lacking the nutrition needed to give your body the energy it requires. I’m talking bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, chicken nuggets and hash. These are all foods to be consumed in moderation and preferably not as the meal you chose to give your body the fuel it needs to start your day.

Let’s compare a healthy breakfast with a not-so-healthy breakfast:

Whole wheat toast w/ 1 Tbsp peanut butter
½ cup blueberries
1 banana
Greek yogurt

411 calories
27 gm protein
8 gm fiber
22% calories from fat
3 mg cholesterol
287 mg sodium

Sausage biscuit
Grits

618 calories
14 gm protein
2 gm fiber
54% calories from fat
33 mg cholesterol
1,373 mg sodium

In addition to being the better choice, you’re getting whole grains, healthy fats and more vitamins and minerals with the healthy breakfast compared to the not so healthy breakfast. You’re also getting more food with the healthy breakfast – so enjoy!

When doing so in moderation, you can make all foods fit into a healthy diet. Moderation is the key. When planning or ordering your breakfast tomorrow, keep in mind this is the fuel your body will use to start your day off right!

Heart Surgeries and Procedures Continue at Lexington Medical Center

This week, a court ruling instructed Lexington Medical Center to close its third catheterization lab and second open heart surgery operating room. Acting in complete compliance, we will close them by the end of the week. Despite the closure of these two rooms, it’s important to note that Lexington Medical Center’s heart program continues to be operational. Heart surgeries and catheterizations will continue as they have for the last two years in our Duke-affiliated program.

LMC Open Heart SurgeryLast year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced a “suspension” of the Certificate of Need (CON) program because the governor and the legislature failed to fund the program. DHEC advised Lexington Medical Center and other providers to proceed with needed projects during the “suspension” of CON. Projects that were undertaken would still require a license from DHEC.

At the time, our hospital operated two cardiac catheterization labs and one open heart surgery suite. Lexington Medical Center had the need for an additional catheterization lab and an additional open heart surgery suite. Lexington Medical Center requested and DHEC provided licensure for an additional catheterization lab and an additional open heart surgery suite. With DHEC’s approval, the units began providing care for our patients last year.

LMC’s heart program has been very successful in terms of quality, patient satisfaction and volume. This year, our team will perform more than 300 open heart surgeries. As the program has been very successful, we felt the need to add capacity to care for the increasing number of patients who choose to rely on our physicians and facilities.

A Columbia hospital filed a lawsuit asking that Lexington Medical Center not be allowed to use the new units to care for our patients. This week, a judge ruled that DHEC should not have granted the licenses without having already approved a CON for them.

What does this mean for LMC’s heart program? LMC will comply with the judge’s ruling and discontinue operating the units that were added until LMC receives a CON to do so, or until the CON law is reformed or repealed. We will continue to operate the previously existing catheterization labs and open heart surgery suite, and our Duke-affiliated heart program will continue to thrive and provide great care for our patients.

Unfortunately, in South Carolina, heart health is a significant issue and that will not change in the near term. We are responding to the health needs of the people we serve. All we can do is offer the best possible care for the people within our community, and have sufficient capacity to meet their needs.