About Jamie Eberle

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.

The Most Delicious Bread Recipe, and it’s Grain Free!


 

 

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There are few things that smell better than a fresh loaf of bread baking in the oven. Many people don't realize how easy it is to make their own bread at home, and the benefits are more than worth it. There are numerous advantages to baking your own bread versus buying it pre-made.

Bread from a grocery store is often loaded with sugar; sometimes white bread has as much as three grams of sugar per slice. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your child can contain up to 6 grams of sugar in the bread alone. Consuming large amounts of sugar is linked to various health issues, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Wheat bread is a healthier option, but it can still have up to 1 gram of sugar per slice.

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A great alternative is a grain-free bread, but a loaf at the store can cost anywhere from $5-$7. This recipe for a grain-free loaf is an easy way to make delicious, healthy bread at home. It uses almond flour, arrowroot flour, and coconut flour, which are excellent grain substitutes for those who are sensitive to gluten. Almond flour is low in carbohydrates and tastes slightly sweeter than wheat flour. Arrowroot flour is easier to digest, and much healthier when used in place of cornstarch. Coconut flour has a content high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Crusty Boule Bread Recipe

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (100g)
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour (120g)
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour (40 g)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ tbsp very finely ground chia
  • 2 tbsp organic psyllium husk powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, or honey
  • 1 egg yolk + tsp water for egg wash (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour and sea salt.
  2. Heat water to 105–110°F. Add maple syrup and stir. Add the yeast and let stand 10 minutes. The yeast should bubble or foam. If it doesn’t, start over.
  3. Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture. Let stand 1 minute to thicken, then whisk.
  4. Pour the thickened yeast-chia mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.
  5. Put kneaded dough back in the bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  7. Divide dough into two balls. Place dough balls on a square of parchment paper or a pizza peel. Dip your hands in water and shape into nice rounded shapes. Brush with egg wash, if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a tic-tac-toe pattern on the top.
  8. Slide the prepared boules onto the preheated stone. Bake 35-40 minutes. PLEASE NOTE – baking time can vary – the measure of doneness is an internal temperature of 205-210 F.
  9. Let cool completely on a wire rack. (Not allowing the loaf to fully cool before cutting may result in a gummy interior.) When completely cool, slice and serve or store in an airtight container. To re-crisp crust, toast or reheat in a 375 F degree oven for 5-10 minutes.                                                                                

Not only is this bread recipe healthy, but it's also extremely delicious and tastes as good as anything you could buy at the store, if not better. 

 

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

 

 

Turmeric: A Super Root


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In order for our bodies to work properly, we have to keep them well fueled. What you eat can make a huge difference in your energy levels, your mood, and of course your overall health. It's important that your diet is giving your body the best fuel possible.  A super food that has been proven to contain many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is similar to ginger, and it can be found most notably in curry. (It's what gives curry it's beautiful yellow color.) In India, the belief that turmeric holds various health properties has persisted for thousands of years, and now science is proving that belief to be correct.

The main ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin, which is where it derives its numerous health benefits. One of its perks is that it's an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract the effects of aging and disease that are caused by the oxidation of tissue. Curcumin also increases the productivity of the antioxidants that are already present in our system. So not only does it block oxidants from damaging our tissues, but it also strengthens the other antioxidants in our body so that they work better. 

In addition, curcumin works as an anti-inflammatory. Low-level, chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for a variety of chronic illnesses that afflict many people, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other degenerative diseases. It can help to prevent heart disease by improving the function of our blood vessel lining, which regulates things like blood pressure as well as blood clotting. In addition, curcumin has been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, as some patients have reported that it works just as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin also has the ability to help elevate levels of a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is shown to prevent brain-related diseases, and low levels of BDNF correspond with certain health issues such as depression and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is in part caused by inflammation as well as oxidation, and curcumin works to counteract them both.

A powerful remedy for cystic acne is a relatively simple mixture of turmeric with equal parts fresh lemon juice and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It creates a paste that is extremely effective in preventing and healing acne cysts. The only downside is that it can temporarily dye the skin, so it's best to do it at night before bed.

The amount of curcumin in turmeric is relatively small, so it's recommended to use a turmeric extract in order to receive the full benefit of its potential. Another way to boost your body's ability to absorb curcumin is by eating it with piperine, which is the chemical in pepper that makes it spicy. It's also recommended to consume turmeric with a meal heavy in fat because curcumin is fat-soluble, which means it needs fat to break down.

The best health plan is prevention, and using turmeric is a great way to help your body fight against the degenerative diseases that are prevalent in today's society.

 

 

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

 

 

An Incredible Year: Wally’s Sleeve Success


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There is nothing more gratifying than hearing the inspirational success stories of our patients. Our team at BeLiteWeight would like to give special recognition to our amazing patient Wally, who was able to achieve incredible success with a Gastric Bypass procedure. His surgery was about a year ago and since then has sent us two inspirational updates throughout his journey.

Along with a couple photos below Wally also wrote this message for us to share.

I am doing great! I weighed 375 on the day of my surgery, and this morning I weighed in at 182.8. That put's me down 193 lbs since my surgery. My high weight was 425, so I am down 243 lbs overall.

It has been an incredible year, and it feels so good to be healthy again!!

…I am sooooooooooooooooo happy that I found BeLiteWeight! My life has been forever changed.

…I've been recommending you guys to everyone I talk to about weight loss surgery! You're the BEST!!

Wally's first update came just four months after his procedure when he had already lost a total of 106 lbs!

 

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Just recently, around the one year anniversary of his Gastric Sleeve Wally gave us an update of his outstanding progress! He can easily fit his whole arm in his pants when he wears his old clothes!

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You are awesome Wally! Thank you for sharing your success with everyone!

 

For more information on Gastric Bypass and other weight loss surgical operations, please call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss Surgery: An Unlikely Remedy?


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With over 12 years facilitating weight-loss surgeries for people with many different levels of obesity and weight related health histories BeLiteWeight can attest that obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea come hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, it is far too common for those reaching out for help losing weight to also be battling a number of other medical conditions with the most common including diabetes and hypertension as well. The good news is that BeLiteWeight's long history also substantiates the beneficial effects that weight loss surgery has had on patients with Sleep Apnea. With over 10 thousand prior patients BeLiteWeight has had countless first-hand encounters with obesity and Sleep Apnea which have nearly all resulted with major improvements following the Gastric Sleeve or Bypass. Just one example comes from one of our amazing patients Torre who in just 6 months had no more signs of sleep Apnea! Here is her before and after picture and what she had to say about the process. 

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"I've lost 65 pounds since my surgery on July 18, 2015. I went from a size 16 to a size 7. I'm happy to report that I'm medication free. I'm no longer on High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and no longer in danger of being on diabetic medication. I no longer have sleep apnea and no longer sleep with that dreaded CPAP machine at night. I want to thank BeLiteWeight and their staff for saving my life and giving my life back. I love me and that hasn't been the case in a very long time. – Torre"

While BeLiteWeight cannot guarantee similar medical results due to bariatric surgery, a 2013 study established by the Obesity Surgery Journal also further validates the correlation between OSA and obesity. The study found that out of nearly 14 thousand patients over 75% found improvement in their sleep apnea following their procedures. BeLiteWeight's own history not only supports this figure but suggests that it could be even higher. Nearly all of our patients who are suffering from Sleep Apnea see tremendous results within just months! 

 

There is no reason to wait. For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now! 

4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:

 

"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""

 

Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

In With The New: Mairim One Year Post Sleeve


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Nothing makes the BeLiteWeight team more overjoyed than the continued success of our amazing patients. Since Mairim's three month update is now a bit out dated, she recently sent in a one year update containing the hilarious photo above. Mairim is literally carting off her old self while proudly embracing her dazzling new body. We love it so much we had to share. Here are more photos from her journey!

Before and After: 3 Months Update

I want to thank BeLiteWeight and Dr. Rodriguez for being my life saver and changer. I had a friend recommend BeLiteWeight and the doctor. Although nervous and scared to travel to Juarez it was the best decision, I received excellent care better then I would state side…." – Mairim

 

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Before and After: 12 Months

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Congratulations Mairim! The BeLiteWeight team is more than proud!!

 

For information about Weight Loss Surgery & the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

Tammy’s 8 Month Sleeve Surg-iversary!


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Just the other day BeLiteWeight received a picture and a few words from one of our beloved patients Tammy that truly captured the goal of what we aim to do here.  

Tomorrow is my 8 month surg-iversary! Everything is going great, I couldn’t be happier!

The decision to undergo a surgical weight loss was so profoundly life-changing for Tammy that she likened her surgery to a marriage anniversary. She is just too funny! BeLiteWeight could not be happier for her either!

 

 

Come check out our Blog for more weight loss stories and tips! And to learn about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

Second Chance at Life: Nicole’s Gastric Sleeve


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Just over seven months ago one of our patients Nicole made the life changing decision to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery. She could not be more happy and we could not be more proud! This post contains her before and after photo, a link to her testimonial page, and a short little paragraph from Nicole herself. Keep up the great work you look amazing Nicole!

 

"It has been almost 7 months since I had the gastric sleeve done in mexico at Star medical hospital .  I set out on this journey on April the 22nd. I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I had several friends who had gone before me so I knew a little bit about what to expect. I must say that the doctors and nurses all exceeded my expectations, and did a woderful job. I am happy to report that I have lost a total of 59 pounds since I had the surgery .  I feel amazing, and from all the comments I get from people I must look amazing. I went from wearing a size 18/20 to a 9/10. It is a good feeling to be able to walk into a regular store and pick something off the rack and know you can fit it, and not have to try it on first. I am thankful for this second chance at life and I will never take it for granted again. thank you for all your help"

 

Link: https://www.beliteweight.com/testimonial-detail/?id=330

 

Be sure to check out our Blog for more patient stories and weight loss tips! & To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and how it can help you call BeLiteWeight today!


 

Hypertension: Bariatric Surgery & Medical Benefits


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Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has become a common costly illness causing serious global concern. Studies show that one out of every 3 American’s live with hypertension which is costing our nation more than 46 billion dollars a year in health costs! With the burden of illness and mortality associated with high BP being so dangerous and diverse, hypertension should be declared a major public health concern and a national epidemic. Fortunately, the underlying causes of hypertension can be successfully addressed through modern forms of bariatric surgery.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension refers to a condition of body when the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels stands increased or elevated. This force largely depends on the quantity of blood pumped by the heart into the blood vessels (cardiac output) and the resistance of the blood vessels to handle this cardiac output. Basically. when elevated blood pressure occurs it means that the pressure against the blood vessels is raised signaling certain heart, brain, and kidney impairments which often ultimately lead to premature death.

Causes and Symptoms

Hypertension has a variety causes but none is as strong as its association with obesity. The direct correlation between high blood pressure and obesity, and specifically abdominal obesity, is supported with significant medical data. As obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years the rates of hypertension and high blood pressure have risen correspondingly as well.

High Blood Pressure is a very dangerous illness with far reaching consequences. Hypertension is the most prevalent cause of stroke and kidney failure and is always accompanied by obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and other co-existing problems. However, hypertension is usually asymptomatic, meaning it occurs without active signs of the illness and does its damage through its comorbidities. A brief list of these underlying illnesses that obesity and hypertension are associated with include:

·       Type 2 Diabetes

·       Coronary Heart Disease

·       Hyperlipidaemia

·       Sleep Apnea

·       Pulmonary dysfunction

·       Ischemic stroke

·       Osteoarthritis

·       Gallbladder Disease

·       Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis

·       More.

Resolution of Hypertension through Bariatric Surgery

The most medically supported long-term resolution to hypertension is reduction in weight and weight management. The weight loss offered by bariatric surgical options and the corresponding success reducing hypertensions comorbidities are both unmatched.. It has been documented that patients who underwent RYGB or other gastric surgery lose 61.6 and 47.5% of their excess body weight respectively. Research also shows that patients who underwent gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastroplasty, biliopancreatic diversion, or the duodenal switch reported major improvements in hypertension as their weight loss continued.

Medical data further shows that bariatric surgery is associated with a high rate of complete obesity and hypertension remission. A majority of patients after having had bariatric surgery saw complete resolution or improvement of their diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and other comorbidities. This further underscores the fact that patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience remarkable long-term improvement and often complete resolution of their hypertension and its comorbidities.

The correlation between the remission of hypertension and bariatric surgery is likely due to the standard treatment for hypertension including the same diet restrictions as patients with bariatric surgery. Bariatric patients already undergo many of the same recommended restrictions on salt, fats, carbohydrates, and alcohol which help to reduce blood pressure levels. Gastric surgery is the perfect tool for those suffering from obesity and hypertension seeking empowerment over their disease.

Conclusion

Hypertension’s dangerous association with obesity and other major health concerns including stroke and heart failure classify the illness under the most serious category of diseases. In light of recent medical data, one can safely assume that bariatric surgery offers the highest rate of improvement, and often complete resolution, of obesity’s comorbidities including high blood pressure and hypertension.

If you would like to hear more about how the Gastric Sleeve and can potentially help your hypertension click here and inquire today!

 

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Types of Hypertension

Primary hypertension, also called essential hypertension, is a condition when the causes for high blood pressure are indeterminable. Primary hypertension gradually develops over the years and is affected by general factors such as size, family lineage, and pregnancy. Secondary hypertension develops when high blood pressure is the direct result of some other problem or condition in the body such as kidney disease, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperplasia, hyperthyroidism, or something else.

Measuring Hypertension

Blood pressure is usually expressed as two measurements: systolic pressure that is the pressure of the left ventricle of the heart while contracting or pumping the blood and the diastolic pressure that is the force or pressure of the left ventricle when it is relaxed. The normal blood pressure is measured when body is at rest. In general your systolic number should be more than 120 but less than 140 and your diastolic measure should be over 80 but less than 90. When the blood pressure at rest is higher than this, the condition is termed as high blood pressure or hypertension.

Forms of Treatment

A list of recommended treatments for hypertension include:

·       Lifestyle Changes

·       Salt, Carb, and Fat Diet Restriction

·       Moderate Alcohol Consumption

·       Reduction of Weight

·       Regular Physical Activity

·       Prescribed Medication

·       Bariatric Surgery

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Emotional Eating: How to Stop it Before it Starts


People who eat to satisfy an emotional need are often compared to those who have other types of addictions. In some ways, an addiction to food can be harmful, much like a drug addiction.

When people eat for comfort, they often choose foods that are high in sugars and satisfy a specific taste. If allowed to continue, the depressed feelings that cause them to over eat and can lead to diabetes, chronic digestive problems along with obesity.

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With emotional eating, it isn’t so much the food that is addicting. Instead it is the behaviors that cause a person to crave the way a certain food makes them feel. Individuals, who deal with emotional eating, often find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of depression, overeating and weight gain.

Breaking the cycle isn’t easy, but it can be accomplished if you realize you have a problem and are willing to face the ugly truth about how your eating is affecting your body.

There are several things you can do to curb your emotional craving for foods once you understand the connection between your feelings and your desire to eat when you are upset. They include:

  • Know your triggers
  • Address the addiction
  • Keep a food journal
  • Swap eating for exercise
  • Learn to breathe
  • Listen to music
  • Create a support system

Once you can pinpoint what causes you to eat more, you can address the fact that your addictive behaviors are affecting your lifestyle and your health. Write down what you eat and when. If you are upset or need an emotional boost get up and move around. Exercise can and will help you break your food addiction.

Learn to breathe. Deep cleansing breaths are beneficial in bringing in more oxygen and eliminating toxins. Listen to music that makes you want to get up and move. As you begin your journey to better eating, create a support system that includes individuals who are familiar with your situation. They can help you deal with your problems without bringing food into the mix.