New Year, New Me… Where Do I Start?


The New Year is upon us — a time when many people evaluate the past year and make a plan to better themselves in the year ahead. Unfortunately, studies show that only eight percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually stick to them. We want you to find success in 2016 and encourage […]

Christmas ‘Elves’ Brighten Patients’ Spirits


Spending the holidays in the hospital is probably not what our patients had in mind when thinking about the most wonderful time of the year. We always try to bring cheer to our patients when they are sick or injured, but during the holidays we try extra hard to make them smile. Once again, our […]

9 Foods and Nutrients You Should be Eating During Pregnancy


The holidays are in full-swing, and so are the food temptations. At 31 weeks pregnant, I’ve learned that being pregnant during the holidays can be challenging. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends women in their second trimester consume an extra 340 calories per day, while women in their third trimester consume an extra 450 […]

About Kathryn Fakier

Kathryn Fakier is a registered and licensed dietitian and manager of Clinical Nutrition at Our Lady of the Lake. She is also a Board Certified specialist in oncology nutrition.

Why You May Not Need to be Gluten Free


Gluten free diets have become very popular in the last several years, but this diet is not recommended for everyone. Gluten is a protein found in grains, including wheat, barley and rye. The name comes from the Latin word for glue and it is what helps dough rise and keep its shape. Gluten gives food […]

About Dr. Elizabeth McDonough

Elizabeth McDonough, MD is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. She specializes in pediatric nutrition and its impact on the digestive track. She is Board Certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. Click here to learn more about Dr. McDonough.

Slam Dunk Smiles: LSU Basketball Brings Christmas Cheer


An annual holiday tradition, the LSU Basketball team visited the patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital this week donning Santa hats with bags of basketballs in tow. The team went room-to-room singing Christmas carols to patients and even stopped at the nurses’ station along the way. After receiving autographed basketballs and posters, […]