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.

Pleasantly Surprised – Jessie 12 Days After Bypass


In this post, we would like to introduce one of our patients, Jessie. She had her Sleeve to Bypass revision with our team and sent over this video to answer some questions she felt would be helpful for you. She also gave some thoughts about her overall experience.


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Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Healthy Way Of Life:Tabitha 3 years After Gastric Sleeve


Weight loss changes not only your fat. Many of our clients reduce and often eliminate prior health problems such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid problems and more. Here is what Tabitha wrote to us 3 years after having her Gastric Sleeve:

I have greatly enjoyed the journey over the last 3years. I have felt awesome! My High weight was 303lbs. I Currently weigh 135lbs and I am in a size 6 petite. I would have never dreamed to be that size ever! Belite weight has given me the opportunity to achieve a more healthy way of life! 3 yrs ago I never would have dreamed that this was possible for me. I was on blood pressure meds, metphormin for pre diabetes, thyroid problems also now all take is a vitamin Wow! Life is truly amazing! I am more active now and have lots of energy that never had before. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

This is one of the many happy BeLiteWeight stories. We are extremal happy that again we were able to be a big part in the improvement of Tabitha’s health ailments. So if you are also still struggling with weight loss or need the inspiration to make a personal change we hope that you learn from Tabitha. Her story offers the courage and confidence to help others take brave steps for their self improvement too. Thank you Tabitha!

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Andrew 2 Years After Gastric Sleeve


“I truly am finally living life the way it was supposed to lived.”-Andrew

What a beautiful thought. After seeing Andrew’s progress 2 years after having weight loss surgery we feel even more confident about being the CEO’s of our own lives. Looking at just his before and after pictures we really can’t argue with the human potential for change! He looks stunning, posing proudly with inner strength and confidence in the eyes. Andrew knew exactly what he want and he got it. Here is the rest of his letter:

“I am doing amazingly well. Holding steady at 189 lbs. I have gone from a waist size of 54/56 in pants to a 34 and a 6 XL to a medium-large in shirts. Started at 375 in August 2018. Overall loss 186lbs, about 1/2 of my prior weight. I couldn’t have done it without y’all!”

Results are only achieved if somebody really wishes to cooperate and puts in the work. It is thanks to the courage and determination of Andrew that we can share another BeLiteWeight success story.

Bravo! Remember that each of you can also take such strong control of your life! If you want to change and you are reading this right now, then you are closer than you think 😉 Give us a call today 800-215-6497

Keith & Camilla 2 Years Wight Loss Success


Keith & Camilla had their metabolic mini gastric bypass surgeries 2 years ago on the same date. Diabetes is now in remission and they are doing great… Pictures speak a thousand words.

For more information on Gastric Weight Loss Surgery and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

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Low Carb Loaded Corn Tortilla Pizza


Pizza is one of the most popular dishes in the world. On all continents, this Italian dish has millions of fans. Well-made pepperoni, vegetarian, marinara, margherita or capricciosa is not only delicious, but also, unfortunately, quite caloric. Well, we have some good news for you! There are ways to prepare pizzas in a healthy way, we know how and after reading this recipe, you will too! So let’s go. 🙂

Ingredients 

-2 corn tortillas
-1 Cup of your favorite Pizza Sauce 
     Our next article will show you how to make our homemade family recipe!
     link:  https://www.beliteweight.com/blog/authentic-italian-pizza-sauce/ 
-1 small onion
-2 teaspoons of oregano
-1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese
-fresh basil
- 20g mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices of salami or any spiced meat
a handful of mushrooms
a few broccoli rosettes or a few slices of zucchini
- a few drops of olive oil
You can always use your other favorite vegetables too*   
Preparation is Easy ! 

1 Brush the tortillas with sauce 

2 Put on the cheese and vegetables given in the recipe (with extra of your favorites!)    

3 Bake for 5-7 minutes in an oven preheated to 425 degrees.  

4 Serve with olive oil and fresh basil.
 Simple right? Plus, you don't have to feel super guilty about eating these pizzas. 

 Buon Appetito 

For more information on  weight loss surgery , please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Happy Birthday Dr. Rod!


With big smiles the BeLiteWeight Family celebrated Dr. Rodriguez’ birthday this past weekend! Having performed thousands of bariatric surgeries this exceptional man is highly honored within the international surgical weight loss industry and deeply loved by his own community as well. Just look at some of the comments from his patients! Thank you so much for everything you do Rod, & happy birthday again!

Here are some of the touching messages from his patients! He should be so proud!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Weight Loss Surgery Is Effective When Diets Don’t Work


Losing weight through diet and exercise seems like it would be the easiest option but sometimes despite one's best efforts, they are not able to see significant results. For those that do lose weight, keeping it off can also prove to be difficult, as it tends to creep back up much faster than it took the time to lose it. Studies by the Memorial University of Newfoundland have proven that weight loss surgery is a significantly effective way to lose and keep off weight. Not only will it help reverse many of the adverse effects of obesity but it can also drastically improve quality of life. Most all patients who get weight loss surgery do not regret it and often recommend it anyone who suffers from obesity-related health issues.

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The study followed patients for five to twenty-five years after having weight loss surgery and compared them to those who did not. The studies showed that those who had the weight loss surgery were much happier, physically healthy, and more socially active than those who did not. The patients who had surgery reported that their symptoms in depression lessened, they were able to have more mobility, as well as loss of chronic pain. 

The studies also highlighted the enormous medical benefits of having weight loss surgery, including curing sleep apnea, lowering blood sugar and even helps with those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The small percentage of patients who didn't lose weight still experienced positive benefits to their metabolism. Having surgery is also much safer than it was even ten years ago, and less than 1% of patients who would qualify are utilizing it. This costs the health system a lot more when factoring the cost of obesity-related conditions that could be potentially reversed through surgery. It also saves patients money on the medications they used to take from health issues that they no longer suffer from after having surgery.

Ultimately, the studies prove that weight loss surgery is the best preventative method to avoid more costly health issues in the future and also provides patients with overall better health and a much higher quality of life.

 

 

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

* Sourced from The Newfoundland and Labrador Bariatric Surgery Cohort Study

Heather’s Year: From Bypass to Non-Scale Victories!


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BeLiteWeight is so grateful to share the success of Heather, who was kind enough to give her experience with us after having bypass surgery one year ago. You are amazing Heather!

There is so much I could say that has happened in a year since my surgery! So much good! If numbers are what you need to hear, my HW was 466, my weight on surgery day was 458 and as of a couple days ago my current weight is 235!! And I feel aaaawwweeesooome! However, it's the non-scale victories that have made me the most happy from day to day. I can now bend over without feeling like my airways are cut off. I can now sit in any adult sized chair without being crammed painfully at my hips. I can comfortably squeeze through passages without having to turn sideways. I can also go to festivals, events without worrying if they will have that rocking teeshirt in my size! One more victory, in my health journey family and friends have also been motivated for taking their own, it's become a team sport. We have my mother planking at 64!

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Hard ships?  The surgery doesnt account for my decision making, however it was a valuable tool in relearning food and my body. Now that my weightloss has slowed down due to muscle gain, it's a fine tuning process. I'm always excited for the next challenge. I did my first 5K in April and even though it was soo hard, the whole time I was blown away by my drive and ability to keep moving, keep smiling. My body felt like a powerhouse! Loose skin? Yes, this is a reality, one I expected– does it stop me? No! The way I see it, I will tighten as much as I can, and once I can no longer do so then it's to considering removal surgery. As far as worrying about the opinions of others? We all can get insecure at times, but this isnt even my final form! If a person can not celebrate my body's progress and its resulting look now, then I don't feel they should get access to once I've reached my desired shape! sorry I am a saucy southern gal! 
 
Thank you everyone at BeLite for your help, encouragement, and just passion for helping others feel this good! Keep on dreaming and hoping and doing what you can, you will get there!! 
Thank you so much, Heather! There is nothing better than hearing about your incredible achievement!
 
For more information on Gastric Bypass and other weight loss surgical operations, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Savory Summer Soups


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One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that become available. A great way to enjoy the delicious variety of seasonal produce is to make an easy, healthy soup. Although some might say that summertime is too hot for soup, it can actually make a great light meal when you don't want to be weighed down by heavy food in the heat. Here are some different soup recipes that will satisfy your taste buds while keeping you full and satisfied.

 

First, we have a scrumptious recipe that uses roasted corn and peppers. The char from the roasted corn and peppers adds the perfect smoky flavor.

Smokey Roasted Corn Chowder

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                                      http://www.thebeautifulbalance.com/smoky-roasted-corn-chowder/

Ingredients

*To roast corn spray baking sheet with coconut oil and bake corn in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until corn looks roasted
**To roast red bell pepper either place under broiler in oven and continue to rotate the pepper until it is black or roast on an open gas flame on the stove and rotate until the entire pepper is black. Immediately place in plastic bag and zip close and allow to cool. Once cooled peel charred skin off.
  • 16 oz (2 cups) roasted sweet corn*
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 16 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper**
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbls smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional (I used hickory)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in large stock pan and sauté onion, bell pepper, corn, and garlic until soft.
  2. Add chili powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper
  3. De glaze pan with vegetable stock, add liquid smoke and bring to a boil
  4. Turn off heat and separate half of the vegetable mixture in the pot in a separate bowl
  5. Pour the broth and other half of vegetables into a blender and blend until smooth
  6. Return the blended mixture back into the pot on the stove, add the separated vegetables, and pour coconut milk into the pot
  7. Bring back to a boil and adjust for salt, pepper, and smokiness

 

This delicious summer minestrone is packed with tons of summer vegetables as well as zucchini, peppers, and beans. 

Summer Minestrone Soup

 

 

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                                             https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/summer_minestrone_soup/

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1/2 cup sliced leeks, white and light green parts only (see How to Clean Leeks), about 1/2 leek
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (about one celery rib)
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/4 of one bell pepper)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 6 cups chicken stock (can use good quality vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (add more salt if using unsalted stock)
  • 2 cups large dice zucchini (or other summer squash such as crookneck or pattypan)
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked small white beans
  • 1/2 cup dry ditalini or any small pasta (omit for gluten-free option)
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1 Sauté onions, leeks, celery, bell pepper, garlic, in olive oil: Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large, thick-bottomed pot on medium high. Add the diced onion, leeks, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until softened, lowering the heat to medium to prevent browning.

Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more, until fragrant.

2 Add stock, seasonings, beans, pasta, vegetables, then simmer: Add the chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a simmer, then add the zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, white beans, and pasta.

Heat to a simmer again and lower the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables and the pasta are cooked through.

3 Garnish with basil and Parmesan: Garnish with thinly sliced fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

 

 

What's a better combination than grilled cheese with tomato soup? This simple recipe is the perfect way to fulfill your craving for fresh summer tomatos!

Summery Fresh Tomato Soup

 

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6 Medicines to None! Mitch’s Gastric Bypass Journey


 

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Nothing warms our hearts more than hearing back from our bariatric patients and learning of their success. One of our remarkable patients shared with us an inspirational letter for us to pass along regarding his results with the Gastric Bypass over the past year. It is truly incredible that his doctor took him off of all of his meds! Here is his story:

 

"My Journey.

 

My journey started in May of 2016. My doctor had told me that if I did not do something about my weight and diabetes, I would be dead sooner rather than later. I had just turned 61, 5’10, weighed 303 lbs., and had an A1c of over 15. Sleep Apnea, neuropathy in my feet, on 6 different medications from diabetes to blood pressure, you name it, and I had it. 


I had considered weight loss surgery in the past, but my insurance would not cover it, and I just could not afford the cost. I went to google and typed “can weight loss surgery be financed?” And voila- Beliteweight! I will admit, the part about going to Mexico to have the procedure done was a little intimidating, but after extensive research and interviewing several people who had already done it, my wife and I decided to proceed. I need to interject here that I would have probably chickened out if not for the incredible support that my wife gave me every step of the way. It gave me great piece of mind having her by my side throughout. 


The people that I dealt with at Beliteweight, JoAnn and Jamie were great! Once, we decided on a date, July 4, 2016, they took care of everything. Any question that I had was always answered immediately. They sent me all the paperwork and made sure that I understood it, and was always clear on what I needed to do. There are some pre-op things you need to do to minimize post op pain and maximize recovery, and it was clear they cared enough to try to make sure I was following these guidelines.


I arrived in El Paso at noon on the 4th. Before I could get my bag out of the overhead bin, my ride to the hospital called and was waiting for me in baggage claim. We got to the hospital between 1 and 2, was in my room by 2:30, taken down to surgery at 4, and was walking the halls at 10 that evening. That is not an exaggeration! I spent all day Tuesday walking the halls, was visited several times by the surgeon and hospital administrator, and learning the next few weeks diet. Wednesday, I was discharged at 10, and driven back to the airport and was home Wednesday night. I went back to work on Friday.


The hospital was incredible. The nurses for the most part did not speak English, but we got good at charades, and they were always so sweet. As an example, the night nurses used the flashlight on their cell phone so they would not have to turn on the room light and wake up my wife. Both doctors spoke perfect English, and saw me several times during my stay. Frankly, American hospitals could take a few lessons from them.


I mentioned earlier that I was on 6 medications before the surgery. I went to my local doctor 3 weeks after surgery, and he took me off all my meds! My type 2 diabetes was in total remission, my neuropathy was gone, and I put my c-pap machine on my closet shelf. That, dear people, is a miracle!


I had lost 20 lbs. before weight loss surgery, so I was at 283 Lbs. and had a 52-inch waist. Last August, I decided to take some of the money I was saving on groceries, and eating out, and hired a personal trainer to help me tone and get some flexibility. On my one-year anniversary of surgery, I weighed 203 lbs. and a 38-inch waist. Heck, I even went extreme zip lining in January in Jamaica. Pretty miraculous for somebody that a year earlier had to sit at a table in a restaurant because he could not fit in a booth.


On July 24, this year on a very hot day, I was at work, and started feeling light headed. I fainted, and was rushed to the hospital where I was told that I was in the middle of a heart attack! I needed to have quadruple bypass surgery. My surgeon gave me a 98% chance of a full recovery and said he honestly believed that the one reason I was not already dead was because of the weight loss and exercising! The surgery was a success, and less than 6 weeks later, he has cleared me to resume normal activities. 

 

I started this journey because I knew I needed to change my life style. I have been able to do things that I thought I would never be able to do. People treat me different since I have lost the weight, I can buy clothes at a regular store, and have more variety. Flying in an airplane is a LOT more comfortable. Things like hang gliding and zip lining are back on the table.


But, more importantly, much more importantly, weight loss surgery saved my life! And If I had not found Beliteweight, well, then I would not have been able to bore, I mean regale you with my journey.

 

The BeLiteWeight team is so proud of your remarkable work Mitch! Keep up all of the hard effort, it is definitely paying off!!

 

For more information about weight loss surgery such as the Gastric Bypass call BeLiteWeight now!