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Beautiful Living with Dr Denton Weiss: On Fasting, Refreshing the Routine and Living Lent

Be Blessed this most Holy of Seasons - and Begin Again. Beautiful Loving - Beautiful Living - Bella Vitae

Ash Wednesday began us on a forty day pilgrimage. We began with cleansing the soul, the mind, and - let us not forget - the body. All three a gift from our Lord, all three waiting for healing, for restarting, for new life! The point here is you are refreshing your life by a simple fast. Even on days when you eat three meals, keep the meals small: Simple fish at night for your protein and whole grain breads and water for your other meals. 

Dr Denton D Weiss

Dr Denton D Weiss


PORTSMOUTH,VA. (Catholic Online) - I am Back! After a wild 8 months - which included a daughter's Wedding and all that was involved in the final successful inspection of our Surgery Center - I am here to ask, "Did I just survive all of that?" Now, I need a new routine. So, with that being said, it is nice to be jumping back into the healthy side of beautiful living.

In our daily lives, the stresses of the days, weeks, and years just seem to engulf everything. As a surgeon I typically say "I can't do such and such .I've got to see the next patient". My lovely bride, when our girls were just girls, would say that I just can't find the time to. She was right.

In the end, we also let the body go. We do so to take care of the obligations that appear to be more important - and in many ways they are important. However, we miss the balance of life. Suddenly, we look at our bodies in the mirror and say "Wow where did I go?"

And, if I look like this on the outside what about the inside? Yikes! Take a look at a bucket of lard or grease, hardened after frying a Big steak. Not so pretty - that's called fat.

I am often questioned why I am a plastic surgeon and not an internist. Interestingly, when you ask most people if they would like to LOOK healthier they typically point to their eyelids and midsection. Both of which are classic representations of what is going on inside our bodies - and our minds.

If you don't believe me look at a President's picture before and after 4 years in the White House. Stress, eating on the move, fund raiser meals, and no time for exercise all lead to a diminished internal health which is seen on the outside.

What I love about plastic surgery is the ability to help both the inward and outward health of my patients. One cannot exist without the other. What we eat - and how we live - are represented in the health of the beautiful body which our Lord Jesus blessed us with.

Each year I long for Lent. I love the thought of fasting and balancing my life. Fasting is such an important part of bringing balance to a world of excess. In my fasting I become one with the world of poverty - and of wanting.

The physical fatigue I feel makes me wonder in awe at the men and women of this world who work a day on just one meal or no meal. I am ashamed of my excess pounds that came from my seeming inability to control my calorie intake - while others long for just a little. In fasting, I can become one with them and, in doing so, I start anew to make our world, not just my world, Beautiful.

A week ago I spoke about the healing found in human touch; today let us speak of the healing found in fasting together as One Church, One Faith, One People. We are Christians, We must be of Love, and that love must be for all, the poor in body, mind and soul are included.

When we fast we not only change spiritually but also metabolically. The stomach growls because we have stopped our usual routine and our brain is telling the stomach, "Hey, what about a little acid to fire up Dr Weiss? I want that donut in here!"

Once we get past the initial attack by our stomach and brain manipulation, a generalized fatigue will set in. The body was preparing for food, so a few gut enzymes and some insulin from the pancreas were released. As this floats through the body it is looking for some food = sugar to use for energy.

Surprise! No sugar and the brain slows down. At this point, the brain panics (Not Really but that sounds Good), and a signal is given to the body to release glucagon. This little baby starts pulling calories from our muscle and fat stores.

If you fast too long your breath will have a sickly sweet smell because of muscle breakdown. Ketones are made when we breakdown proteins for energy..muscle. An extreme example is a person with anorexia. They simply have burned their muscle to survive.

Remember this smell is not toxins coming off your body which is purported by many extreme fasting diets, but simply ketones from the muscle breaking down to feed you.

As we begin these 40 days of Lent let us celebrate the joy of new beginnings. As we reconcile our actions and thoughts, may we also begin a new healthy life. A kick start to any great event is a moment of peace and prayer. Before each surgery I begin with a prayer and meditation.

Ash Wednesday began us on a forty day pilgrimage. We began with cleansing the soul, the mind, and - let us not forget - the body. All three a gift from our Lord, all three waiting for healing, for restarting, for new life!

Ok, Here's my initial thoughts for a beautiful Lent

Ash Wednesday and every day after during Lent: wake-up 5 minutes early and in the shower or at your bedside give the Lord absolute Praise for giving us another day to make the world better. Now go make it better!

The first person you see. Reach out and touch them. Really Doc! Yes really. Shake their hand; give them a kiss, or just a big old hug. Remember last week... Touch someone - it's OK!

Next begin the usual day in the shower, bathroom you know the general stuff. Now Floss your Teeth. If you don't have floss then swish and spit with Listerine or scope. Don't have any? Alright brush again, your gums need a little extra and this will make your mouth feel NEW again.

The point here is you are refreshing your life by a simple fast. Even on days when you eat three meals, keep the meals small: Simple fish at night for your protein and whole grain breads and water for your other meals. 

The fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, your brains food! The bread should have grains you can literally see. The B vitamins and protein found in the grains will be great and the carbohydrates present will sustain your body's basic needs. The body is made up of many things mostly Water. So Drink!

When you get home - go for a walk. Don't change into work out gear, just get off the bus, out of your car, or off your motorcycle and walk in those clothes. If it is too cold then walk up and down a flight of stairs 4 times. IF YOU ARE NOT BREATHING DEEPLY AFTER THE WALK that was a stroll get back out there! Remember this is a new beginning!

Now sometime during the day you were honored with the placing of an Ash Cross upon your brow. This was the mark of a new beginning. Thank you Jesus for second chances! Be Blessed this most Holy of Seasons - and Begin Again. Beautiful Loving - Beautiful Living - Bella Vitae.

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Dr Denton D. Weiss, M.D. is board certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Weiss' approach to his medical practice flows from his convictions about the meaning of life which are deeply rooted in his Catholic Faith. He and his wife, Michelle strive for an integrated approach to life which recognizes the unity of the body, mind and soul. They call this approach "Bella Vitae" or "Beautiful Living". He, and Michelle, are contributing writers to Catholic Online.

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  1. Elaine Bourgeois
    2 years ago

    I have been living with Trigeminal Neuralgia and unsuccessful surgeries for it over several years. I have two wonderful Doctors, a Pain Management Doctor and a Dermatologist, who realize that my drooping eye lids are adding to my negative self esteem. They have recommended that I see Dr. Weiss. Today, I was searching the Internet for information on Dr. Weiss. It seems that not only is he the best one to fix my drooping eyelids, but by reading his beautiful insights on the Catholic/Christian values... I know that more than just my Doctors led me to Dr. Weiss.

    I look forward to meeting Dr. Weiss!

  2. Christie Roberson
    2 years ago

    Dr. Weiss has a saint like persona. He proves it daily in
    his work of sculpturing God's beauty.

  3. karen carey
    2 years ago

    How refreshing indeed....such is the encouragement to the mind, spirit and body. Thank you Dr. Weiss for reminding us to take care of the whole person. To come into His Presence with praise and to share His love with others.(including ourselves in the physical person and by being renewed in our hearts and spirit through fellowship with others and in the living word)
    Even with the best intentions any of us can get "caught up in the fast pace of life" I am reminded during this time of reflection on the sacrifice the Lord made of the scripture:
    Micah-6:8
    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to show mercy, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
    It is my prayer and act of sacrifice unto the Lord to apply this scripture to my life, not just durning the season of Lent but though out the gift of days that I have been honored to have here with those I love and those God puts in my path on the journey of life.

  4. Daniel
    2 years ago

    May all of those at Mass this Lent show the respect and love that is due to our Lord. This means refraining from unnecessary coughing, hacking, and making other disruptive and unholy bodily noises. With discipline (and prayer) each of these distractions can be controlled, and the distracter can become conscious of God's presence in the Church and their daily lives. Understandably, some irritations cannot be easily controlled. But to give into every temptation to clear one's throat or sinuses, for example, is to give into the devil's way of distracting them and those around them

  5. abey
    2 years ago

    Faith comes from hearing the word of GOD & to every work in the Faith there is some amount of sacrifice involved as in the case of fasting to self controls against the desires of the body & to the words of Jesus during the temptation "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of GOD", even though fasting itself does not bring faith, it helps by 'Lightening" the bodily desires to the faith, in the controls against indulgences & to the saying "Let not habits control one but let one control the habits", further as Jesus Christ states in revelations "Just as I overcame so should you" which is again to controls against temptations in the life & is more clearly understood from the garden of Eden " Had the first parents resisted the temptation of satan, by keeping the word of GOD, they would have developed what is known as the "Power of Resistance" & as the Bible says "Resist the devil & he will flee" & this resistance comes by & through the word of GOD.

  6. ALIRI TINA
    2 years ago

    The article help me to learn more i do not know about lent

  7. H. Ortiz
    2 years ago

    I would like to receive this articles. Thanks

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