Jamie Eberle is the Chief Financial Officer of BeLiteWeight. BeLiteWeight has helped over 7,000 patients have safe, affordable and successful weight loss surgery over the past eight years. Jamie has had bariatric surgery and knows the ins and outs of the different procedures, including: gastric sleeve surgery, gastric sleeve plication, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery, and other bariatric surgery procedures. BeLiteWeight focuses on each patient's needs to help them choose the right procedure and get started on the path to a healthier life.
Buns are with us in our diet invariably. As children a handful of rolls could satisfy our hunger. We eat sandwiches for lunch, rolls for breakfast, and every burger has a bun. It is a convenient and tasty product. However, it is generally quite caloric.
Today we would like to show you that you don’t have to give up on tasty buns at all. We have a great & healthy recipe for your favorite roll. Also, the best thing is that 25 minutes will be totally enough and you can enjoy taste this really delicious and wholesome buns right now.
The recipe prepares about 4 small or 3 bigger buns
Wet Ingredients :
1 egg (important to rest at room temperature)
3 egg whites, also at room temperature
¼ cup hot water
Dry Ingredients :
1/4 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tsp baking powder seeds for topping (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, I recommend the – ‘Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend’ from Trader Joes.
Preheat the oven to 356 Fahrenheit.
First mix all your dry ingredients. Then put all ingredients (dry and wet) into a food processor and mix until smooth. Don’t over-mix the dough though 😉
Let mixture sit for a while ( 5 min)
Separate the dough into 3 or 4 equal portions and form buns.
Place the buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with seeds of choice and bake for around 25 minutes.
The key to everything is balance. If we are talking about hormones balance is even more important. A healthy and energetic body is exactly connected with harmony between various hormones.
If one part of the body is disturbed it can cause chaos. All body parts are one working organ connected to each each other.
Hormonal disorders can have a variety of symptoms. In women, it can lead to disorders of the menstrual cycle and increased nervousness. In men it often leads to erectile dysfunction and lack of energy. Hormonal imbalances are also one of the most common reasons for weight gain.
Hormones are controlled for the balance of the physical and mental parts of the body. The action of hormones is interdependent. For example, you cannot pay attention to estrogen by itself without paying attention to your thyroid hormones. The hormone system is also called the endocrine system and can be compared to a structure in which each hormone is like a separate stone. If just one of the stones falls out of place then the whole structure may be destroyed.
Hormone Imbalance :
Balanced Hormones :
Full of energy
Cortisol : The Stress hormone. Get good sleep, recognize stressful thinking, practice relaxation.
Progesterone: Secondary stress hormone. Vitamin C and veggies can help ( Paprika, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, black currant, kiwi, strawberries, white cabbage)
Estrogen The most important function is to control the proper development of the reproductive organs. (Fermented vegetables, onion vegetables, food rich in omega-3, mushrooms, herbs teas)
Testosterone – This is the most important sex hormone in men. It is produced the testes for men and in the ovaries for women. (Scientists have found that due to its high content of antioxidants and vitamins one cup of pomegranate juice a day can increase testosterone levels)
Hormones influence the functioning of every tissue in your body. Therefore it is important to pay attention to every part and make sure they are each in balance with each other.
Life is full of all kinds of random events and unfortunately some are sad and difficult. Freak accidents can happen like a car accident which took place in the life one of our patients – Jericho.
All of us know that even small health problems like a minor ache can make our daily life difficult.But for Jericho it was not a minor ache. Our patient who experienced this tragic event wrote about the constant pain that accompanied him throughout his everyday activities.
Fortunately, thanks to his weight loss surgery (and personal dedication!) Jericho was able to lose a significant amount of weight which gave him the power to overcome his struggles with recovery. Today Jericho can not only function 99 percent normally but he can even run and exercise!
Please read yourself what Jericho has to say. BeLiteWeight is really glad that our team was part of his great recovery.
Before any PreOp I weighed I believe 368. So I am down 200# in 13 months. I was in a car accident in 2003 and I hade been in pain everyday since then till about July/Aug of 2020. Since then I have been pain free, no more back or ankle pain. I am able to work out.. run. Since my car accident I was unable to walk up and down stairs.. now running up and down stairs is part of my workout routine. I am no longer snoring or using a CPAP machine. I am still struggling with what I can and cannot eat. But overall all the struggles in the beginning are all worth it. I went from a 4X short to a Small, A 54 Jean to a 33 Jean/ with a belt. Thank You Guys
The New Year is a unique date for all of us. The old year ends, the new begins. It’s a bit like a new chapter with a new clean page that we get to write down from scratch. That is why we summarize our last year and plan many fresh goals during the New Year’s Eve. Among the most common goal is losing weight. Is this a good time to start a diet? It can be! Here is how to start the new year positively and reach your new weight goals next year.
1. Specify your goal
Focus on what you really want. “I want to lose weight” is not enough. Be more specific “I want lose 5lb by the end of next month”
2. Don’t wait for the “right moment” to make a change
Change doesn’t have to start with the New Year. Every moment
is good to start working on yourself.
3. Use the rule of small steps
You don’t have to change your whole life right away. Several
resolutions at once usually require too much time and energy.
4. Appreciate the support of your friends and family
They are the ones who will motivate you in the moments of
5. Enjoy your small successes
Did you lose the first pound? Celebrate it (but not with a piece of cream cake 😉 ) Don’t wait to be joyful when you lose your those couple pounds. Appreciating yourself and your successes during the process helps you keep your resolve.
6. Think about change as often as possible
New habits require the creation of new neural connections in the brain. The sooner this happens, the easier the new habit “gets into blood.” It is important to visualize the new behavior and think about it frequently.
7. Live for today
Focus on the present and what you can do today to achieve your goal.
Although it’s gray weather outside lately, our ”BeLite Sky” is quite the opposite! We hope that our recipe for colorful orange pumpkin muffins will evoke a beautiful GOLDEN autumn in your homes. Especially, since this tasty vegetable has so many advantages.
Remember, always choose pumpkins with an intense orange color – they are the most valuable. These muffins also contain vitamin A, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. If you are following a particularly low-calorie diet, the good news for you is they are only 28 calories per 100g.
Ingredients (recipe for 6 pieces)
1 3/4 Cup Raw pumpkin (Hokkaido variety works best) 3 eggs 1/3 Cup Coconut flakes 1/3 Cup Coconut flour 1 1/4 Tablespoon Cocoa 1oz Chopped Dark Chocolate Half Teaspoon of spices (mincemeat) Flat teaspoon of cinnamon Half teaspoon of baking powder
1. Peel the pumpkin, cut into small cubes, and mash in a blender.
2. Add the eggs and keep mixing until smooth
3. Put the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
4. Toss in the coconut flakes and pour into muffin molds. Be sure to sprinkle some on top for decoration.
5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. It may seem that the top of the muffins is not baked, but after cooling in the refrigerator they will solidify and the melted chocolate will solidify too.
Dear readers, we invite you to listen to another beautiful story directly from our patient Savannah. It is so amazing what she has done in little more than one year!
“To say the last year has been easy would be a lie but was gastric bypass worth it? Absolutely! Let me tell you a little bit about my journey…” A slim and slender figure is everyone’s dream. Sometimes, the road to success can be difficult because not only temptations, but also because of many different obstacles. Today, with great admiration, BeLite can tell the story of our patient who, after tedious efforts, found her way to find herself, so that with help our team to be on the better side of life.
After the first 6 weeks, I questioned if I did the right thing and even considered having it reversed at my year mark if I wasn’t any better. I got really sick, I became unemployed, I missed out on my children’s activities and I became even more bed ridden. I was losing weight and that felt great. I found a new doctor when I had had all I could take.
She ran blood work and sent me to every specialist that she could think of. I was hospitalized for several weeks and went through every test imaginable. Nothing came up. Everyone would tell me it’s a bad reaction to the bypass. I didn’t believe that because 10 years prior to my surgery I struggled with the same symptoms so it couldn’t be the bypass. I was finally sent to an immunologist and much to my surprise, this was the last place my doctor knew to send me. After this we were at a brick wall. After many blood tests, allergy testing and immune testing we finally have it!!!
I was diagnosed one month ago with an immune deficiency. I have probably suffered with this all my life after reviewing my medical history as a child. I was diagnosed with S.A.D. (specific antibody deficiency). My body makes antibodies to fight off infections and bacterias but my antibodies don’t work, leaving me with no immune system and vulnerable to recurrent infections.
Because of this I have had many many surgeries and almost felt like a pin cushion. Now I have an answer and a treatment. I receive Immunoglobulin infusion therapy 2 times a month. I sit in a small room with an IV hooked up to plasma and I sit for several hours. I just received my first treatment and I feel so great and I am starting to wean off my nausea medicines and pain meds.
With all of that said, I just want you to know that I am living my best life since being diagnosed and starting treatment and I am 120lbs lighter and I have so much energy and getting to actually enjoy my weight loss. I had to walk through a storm to get to the sunshine but having the bypass saved my life in more ways than one. If I hadn’t had it done most doctors would keep looking at my weight as ALL my problems, and I wouldn’t be the mom I am able to be right now. I am active, I play softball, I just recently started going back to the gym and lifting weights and I feel free!!! I love myself again and I am so happy I made the decision that I did 1 year ago on my actual birthday. I had a wonderful staff that was so sweet and caring in a very nice facility. I would tell anyone that is considering weight loss surgery it is hard mentally the first several months but if you really want change and stick with it you can get through the mental part and have a better life. I eat normally now but I have learned to push away and make better choices with food. It is a tool that can really help you.
Thank you so much for all your help and patience with me when I was making my decision. It was the best thing I ever did!!!
I am so grateful for all of your help and that in the end the struggle was worth it all!!!”
The team at BeLiteWeight is thrilled for you Savannah! It is always such a pleasure to see such powerful success from our past clients.
It might be time to focus on your health goals. The latest report from Newsweek claims that even the “mildly obese” are at a higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 complications. Here is some more startling information:
The World Obesity Federation has called for the government to intervene after gathering evidence to prove a link between obesity and the severity of COVID-19. A second global entity, the World Health Organization, now lists obesity as a risk factor for getting seriously ill with COVID-19. Thirdly, a report out of the UK suggests that two thirds of those with severe COVID-19 were overweight or obese.
An Italian report suggests that 99% of the deaths occurred in patients with pre-existing conditions that are commonly seen in obese people: hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. While this is very upsetting that is not all…
Newsweek just declared that even being mildy obese puts a person at a higher risk of developing severe complications COVID-19 and death. A study with over 4,000 patients in New York City found obesity may be one of the main risk factors of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
On May 28, 2020 the FDA issued a press release announcing they contacted five manufactures of the diabetic medication, Metformin and recommended they voluntarily recall the drug due to contamination.
The FDA will update their website as the companies respond (Link found HERE). As of the time of our blog only one company, Apotex Corp, has responded.
This is a good time to mention that many studies have shown that weight loss surgeries have a 45-95% remission rate on Type 2 diabetes. This depends on the type of surgery the patient has. Surgeries such as the Gastric Bypass have shown to have the most effective long term weight loss and a higher effect on the glucoregulatory gut peptides producing one of the highest rate of remission (Study HERE).
From our own observations, many of our patients have reported back to us an immediate effect on their blood sugars. Some have not taken diabetic medication from the day of their surgery onward.
For more information on the surgeries offered and our surgeons call 1-800-215-6497
The full press release is below:
FDA News Release
FDA Alerts Patients and Health
Care Professionals to Nitrosamine Impurity Findings in Certain
Metformin Extended-Release Products
Agency Continues Investigations of Nitrosamine Impurities in Drug Products
For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing today that agency laboratory testing has revealed levels of the nitrosamine impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above the agency’s acceptable intake limit in several lots of the extended-release (ER) formulation of metformin, a prescription drug used to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. The agency is in contact with five firms to recommend they voluntarily recall their products. Company recall notices will be posted on FDA’s website. There are additional manufacturers of the metformin ER formulation that supply a significant portion of the U.S. market, and their products are not being recalled. The FDA is continuing to work closely with manufacturers to ensure appropriate testing. Assessments are underway to determine whether metformin ER recalls will result in shortages and the agency will work closely with manufacturers to prevent or reduce any impact of shortages.
“The FDA has strict standards for safety, effectiveness and quality,
and the agency makes every effort based on science and data to help keep
the U.S. drug supply safe. We understand that patients may have
concerns about possible impurities in their medicines, and want to
assure the public that we have been looking closely at this problem over
many months in order to provide patients and health care professionals
with clear and accurate answers,” said Patrizia Cavazzoni, M.D., acting
director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Now that
we have identified some metformin products that do not meet our
standards, we’re taking action. As we have been doing since this
impurity was first identified, we will communicate as new scientific
information becomes available and will take further action, if
Patients should continue taking metformin tablets even after recalls
occur, until they consult with their health care professional who can
prescribe a replacement. Patients with type 2 diabetes could face
dangerous health risks if they stop taking their prescribed metformin.
The FDA recommends that health care professionals continue to prescribe
metformin when clinically appropriate; FDA testing has not shown NDMA in
immediate release (IR) metformin products (the most commonly prescribed
type of metformin). The agency is working with manufacturers of the
recalled tablets to identify the source of the NDMA impurity. At this
time, the elevated levels of NDMA have been found in some finished-dose
tablets of the ER formulation but have not been detected NDMA in samples
of the metformin active pharmaceutical ingredient.
The agency is also asking all manufacturers of metformin containing
ER products to evaluate the risk of excessive NDMA in their product and
to test each batch before it is released into the U.S. market. If
testing shows NDMA above the acceptable intake limit, the manufacturer
should inform the agency and should not release the batch to the U.S.
In late 2019, the FDA announced
it had become aware of NDMA in some metformin products in other
countries. The agency immediately began testing to determine whether the
metformin in the U.S. supply was at risk, as part of the ongoing
investigation into nitrosamine impurities across medication types. By
February 2020, the agency had identified very low levels
of NDMA in some samples, but at that time, no FDA-tested sample of
metformin exceeded the acceptable intake limit for NDMA. The FDA has
maintained that it would continue with ongoing testing of metformin and
other medications, and if any levels of NDMA or other impurities were
identified, swift action would be taken.
Recently, the FDA became aware of reports of higher levels of NDMA in
certain ER formulations of metformin via a citizen petition filed by a
private laboratory. FDA laboratories tested the same metformin lots that
the private laboratory found to contain NDMA above the acceptable
intake limit. The agency confirmed unacceptable NDMA levels in some, but
not all, of those lots. In other instances, our laboratory detected
NDMA in lots that the private laboratory did not. The agency also found
that the levels of NDMA, when present, were generally lower than
reported by the private laboratory. Given FDA scientists’ deep
experience quantifying these impurities in drugs, the agency is
confident in the reliability of the FDA’s testing method and results and
will continue to take action based on the latest scientific
information. The results have also been consistent with the findings of
other regulatory agencies’ laboratories around the world.
NDMA is a common contaminant found in water and foods including cured
and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed
to some level of NDMA. The FDA and the international scientific
community do not expect it to cause harm when ingested at low levels.
The FDA’s acceptable intake limit for NDMA in drug formulations is 96
nanograms per day. The FDA does not expect nitrosamines to cause harm
when ingested at or below the acceptable intake limit levels (such low
levels of nitrosamines are present in foods in low levels and ingested
as part of usual diets) even over a long period of time (such as a
70-year lifespan). Nitrosamine impurities may increase the risk of
cancer if people are exposed to them at above-acceptable levels over
long periods of time, but we do not anticipate that shorter-term
exposure at levels above the acceptable intake limit would lead to an
increase in the risk of cancer. We are working to ensure medicines on
the U.S. market do not exceed the acceptable intake limit.
The FDA has previously investigated the presence of nitrosamines in
the U.S. drug supply. The investigation began with the blood pressure
and heart failure medicines called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) and later expanded to include heartburn medicines, ranitidine and nizatidine, as well as diabetes medication, metformin and other medicines. In April 2020, the agency requested manufacturers
withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drug
products from the market because of test results showing that NDMA in
some ranitidine products increases over time and, when stored at higher
than room temperatures, may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable
levels of this impurity.
There are multiple reasons for the presence of NDMA in drugs. The FDA
has previously found that the source of NDMA can be related to the
drug’s manufacturing process or its chemical structure or even the
conditions in which they are stored or packaged. As food and drugs are
processed in the body, nitrosamines, including NDMA, can be formed.
The FDA is taking a systematic approach to identify medicines with
nitrosamines above the acceptable intake limit and remove them from the
market. Improved technology enables the detection of even trace amounts
of impurities in drug products and may be the reason why more products
have been found to have low levels of NDMA. Today, better testing
methods exist, and the FDA better understands the specific manufacturing
steps that may increase the risk of nitrosamine formation. The FDA
works closely with international drug regulatory agencies, who have also
been testing drug products for NDMA and are collaborating to
investigate the sources of these impurities.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety,
effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and
other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency
also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food
supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off
electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
We are so excited to resume our scheduling efforts for Dr. Rodriguez Villarreal, Dr. Elmo Aramburo and the entire team of surgeons!! The last several weeks have been hard for us all, so we are thrilled to be coming back with renewed enthusiasm to help our patients.
Our team is EXCITED to be performing weight loss surgeries again after being quarantined for the last month. For the safety and well-being of our staff, our patients and all families involved, we are monitoring CDC recommendations and taking ALL necessary and required precautions when performing surgeries. The hospital has also been compliant and testing their staff on a regular basis.
Currently, there is a limited number of surgeries each day, to help prevent exposure. The doctors will also do a CT-Scan upon arrival, to ensure you do not have COVID-19 prior to having surgery.
As the last several weeks have had a bit of uncertainty in the air, we are confident that we will still provide the same great level of service and continue to do our best to help as many people as we can. We encourage you to spread the word of BeLiteWeight. About 40% of our patients come from direct referrals, and we appreciate every single one of you for sending your friends, family and co-workers to us. Please, continue to help us help them!
BeLiteWeight (800) 215-6497 or email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
One decision can change your whole life. Once again, BeLiteWeight is very happy to hear another beautiful story from one of our newer patients Heidi. It makes us especially proud to see her with such a big bright smile & writing such kind words in her recent letter. She gave us permission to share it!
At my heaviest I was 225 pounds at only 5’2. I was so physically tired carrying around the weight. I have an office job and kids that were older so my lifestyle really supported my obesity. I could get away with sitting most of the day at work and then when I got home I could do the same. Each day I would sit more and more because it was so exhausting to me to do anything else. So I just stopped trying.
One day when I was bringing groceries into the house I really lost my breath. I had to take a break between each trip back to the car. It was that day in 2018 that I decided I HAD to do something. I had been on every program you can think of before that, but I went right back online to sign up for a paid program. Once there I decided to look into weight loss surgery. I wanted something that would work this time! Then I saw how much it cost! No way I thought. It wouldn’t be an option for me and my insurance didn’t cover it. So, I google weight loss surgery without insurance and magically Beliteweight came up in that search! Being able to talk to real people and use a company that is based in the US sealed the deal for me. I had my surgery on December 7, 2018. I was still 225 pounds on surgery day.
I am now one year and 2 months post op. I hit my goal weight of 125 one year post op. I am now currently at 118. I am healthy and active! I just returned from a trip to Cabo where I was able to wear a regular bathing suit. You know what I mean, one that I didn’t have to be completely covered. I had spent many years avoiding trips and being around the water. I had to wear bathing suits that covered my entire stomach and shorts or a skirt kind of bottom to hide the thighs. I felt like to go to the beach or the pool I was still fully dressed. During my trip I never once felt like people were staring at me. I spent most of the days by the pool or at the beach… in my bikini!!! It felt amazing.
I have so many non scale victories I could continue typing for the next month. Everything I do is physically easy to me now. It doesn’t even cross my mind anymore. I think about something I want to do and I just do it. No regrets after at all. This has changed my life. It was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I am finally living again.
The support that you get from the people at BeLite is amazing. They have continued to stay in touch. The trip to Mexico for my surgery was amazing. The hospital there was better and cleaner than any I’ve ever been to here in the states. The surgeons are very attentive and really spend the time with you that is needed. I met my surgeon the moment I walked into the center. I had absolutely no issue communicating with any of the staff there. I literally speak zero amount of Spanish. They took great care of me before and after my surgery.
If you’re ready to start living again… this is the way to go!!! I’m so excited about my life I’m living right now and look forward to the life I get to live in the future.
Thank you for being such a great role model for others who are struggling to reach their target weight. In such a short time