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.

Favorite Four Power Smoothies


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It’s getting hotter and hotter! Can’t believe we are already a few days in to May. To help keep you cool, BeLiteWeight gathered our favorite four smoothie recipes for you to enjoy! Each one is packed with unique healthy nutrients and can be supplemented with your favorite protein powder for maximum nutrition.

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Photo: http://www.driscolls.com/recipes/view/10141/Blueberry-Peach-Smoothie-with-Flaxseeds

Blue-Berry Peach With Flaxseeds

Blueberries are one of the worlds most nutrient dense foods. Classified as a superfood, their proven benefits are insane. Research is developing which suggests the anthocyanins in blueberries can even produce anti-diabetic effects! Flaxseeds are full of omega-3s and fiber to make you feel full too. With this tasty recipe, there is no reason not to build blueberries in to your diet!

Recipe Credits Go To: http://www.driscolls.com/recipes/view/10141/Blueberry-Peach-Smoothie-with-Flaxseeds

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Healthy Cocoa Banana Peanut Butter

Not all chocolate is bad! In fact, pure cocoa powder is so packed with antioxidants that is considered a superfood by nutritionists as well! While you shoudln’t go to the grocery store and pick out any chocolate you find if you choose the right powders and use this recipe you can create a delicacy which is both tasty and healthy!

Recipe Credits Go To: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/244224/healthy-cocoa-banana-pb-smoothie/

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Kale & Pineapple Blend

We already went over the crazy amount of kale’s health benefits last week, but did you know Pineapple fruit has powerful anti-inflammatory and immuninty benefits? Pineapple contains large amounts of Bromelain and Vitamin-C and with this recipe can be mixed with Kale in a smoothie so deliciously.  

Recipe Credits Go To: http://www.wellplated.com/kale-pineapple-smoothie/

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Photo: http://thealmondeater.com/2014/08/raspberry-orange-smoothie/

Raspberry-Orange Smoothie

Our last recipe is too good to pass up. The creamy yet tart punch of this raspberry-orange is the perfect ‘pick me up’ on a hot day. But it is still packed with nutrient power! Rasberries contain high amounts of ellagic acid which has been shown to be both anti-inflammatory and slows the growth and development of cancer!

Recipe Credits Go To: http://thealmondeater.com/2014/08/raspberry-orange-smoothie/

 

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Cites to Info

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries/

www.livestrong.com/article/331715-cocoa-powder-health-benefits/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34

http://jonbarron.org/article/truth-about-ellagic-acid-and-red-raspberries#.VyfGg0d5N8E

 

Water and Hydration After Weight Loss Surgery


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Water: The Most Essential Element For Life

Did you know that just as earth’s surface is made of two-thirds of water our human body too consists of almost 75% of water?? 

Water is one of the key elements responsible for life on earth. Water helps the earth by passing through the surface carrying and transporting with it nutrients, organic matter, and waste material. Within our body water similarly helps circulate substances by transporting nutrients and flushing out toxins and waste material. It further regulates body temperature and activities of tissues, cells, lymph, blood and glandular functions.

Water is absolutely essential to the mechanics of the human body. The entire structure of human body depends on water for its functioning. The human brain is made up of 75% water, our blood consists of 82% water and our lungs contain 90% of water. A mere 2% drop in our body's water supply can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty focusing on smaller print, and daytime fatigue: all signs of a condition known as dehydration.

Water is further essential for all bodily functions such as digestion, assimilation, elimination, respiration, regulation of temperature (homeostasis) integrity and the strength of tissues, cells and organs of the body. Some of the essential functions of water are as follows:

Water acts as a lubricant

Waters lubrication properties are indispensable to all bodyily functions and assist in digestion, joint, and a number of other processes. Water content in our saliva not only helps in chewing and swallowing, but also ensures that the chewed food slides down the esophagus easily. Water lubricates our joints and cartilages thus allowing free, easy and friction free movement that avoids bone injuries, pain and arthritis. It further protects our spinal cord as it acts as a lubricant and cushion for the spinal cord. Water also gives our eyes needed lubrication for them to work well and remain healthy.

Water helps in thermoregulation

A unique property of water helps our body in thermoregulation. Water has a has a high heat capacity, meaning it takes higher temperature for water to get heated up. Our bodies have a natural mechanism to control heat through perspiration and sustain cold temperature by conserving heat. When the outside temperature is higher than that of our body, water in our body evaporates from sweat glands and the skin, which produces a cooling effect. Conversely in a cold environment, the skin maintains proper body temperature by shunting the blood away from the exterior surface thereby conserving heat within the body. The movement of water within our cellular systems is mainly through blood plasma, which is 92% water. Our blood plays a vital role in regulating the body’s pH, circulating antibodies from the immune system, and regulating osmotic balance. This all leads to better regulation and maintenance of basic bodily functions.

Water transports and metabolizes

Water helps remove toxins and impurities from our body. The kidneys, liver and intestines use water to flush out waste from our body. Water also helps prevent constipation by softening stools and helping to move the food eaten down the intestinal tract. Water is necessary for digestion of soluble fiber thereby ensuring better bowel health.

Furthermore, water transports nutrients and oxygen that are essential to our body from one part of the body to other and is responsible for biological breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and the many vitamins and minerals required by the body. This all ensures proper functioning of muscles and also aids in weight loss.

Why is hydration important after bariatric surgery?

Water is not just vital for quenching thirst and regulating body temperature; it is equally important for sustained weight loss. Hydration after weight loss surgery is important and may be a challenge for many patients. All weight loss surgeries are aimed to reduce the size of the stomach in order to limit the food intake capacity. It is this reduced capacity of the stomach that enables one to lose weight significantly. One tends to eat less and feel satisfied quickly. This holds true not only to the food that one eats but also for the liquids that one consumes.

Water is extremely vital to weight loss procedures. What is required at this time is organized meal planning with adequate intake of water. When on a losing weight regime, the body has heavy loads of waste products to eliminate, mostly in the form of urine. A high water intake helps the body to rid itself of waste products efficiently, promoting better weight loss.

Water fills your stomach and helps to prolong the sense of satisfaction with food. If you feel a desire to eat between meals, sipping water gives you a sense of fullness. This way one consumes less food even eliminating the cravings for food gradually.

Hydration is vital to bariatric surgery patients. BeLiteWeight recommends to stay hydrated with water more than any other fluid. Water is low in calories, free of sugar and carbonation, and is not a diuretic which leads to the retention of liquid in the body. Instead, water helps the body with so many of its natural functions!

So sip water all and jumpstart your weight loss with a good H2O regime. Stay hydrated!!

 

For more information about Weight Loss Surgery and how it can lead to a healthier lifestyle call BeLiteWeight today!

LINKS TO INFO

http://www.laleva.cc/environment/water.html

http://www.hellawella.com/5-critical-roles-water-plays-your-body%E2%80%99s-conditioning

http://www.livestrong.com/article/539337-how-does-sweat-help-to-maintain-body-temperature/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/water-health/water-body-health.aspx

http://www.nestle-waters.com/healthy-hydration/water-fonctions-in-human-body

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/clark2.htm

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education/water-health.htm

http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/153447/bypass-bariatric/

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs008/1101189349792/archive/1104373094445.html

http://www.longstreetclinic.com/bariatrics/life-after-gastric-bypass-surgery/

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/dietary_guidelines_after_gastric_bypass/

 

 

Mental Health & Weight Loss Surgery


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Obesity not just effects physical health but has far reaching consequences on mental health as well. Studies have established that mental health conditions such as depression, mood swings, and anxiety are actually common among patients seeking weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery has been shown to reduce the severity of the symptoms of depression by between 40 and 60 percent!

However, new studies hint that bariatric procedures not only help with reducing physical ailments of the body but also help with curing mental health conditions, especially depression, which is a prevalent issue for some patients seeking weight loss procedures. While it is well documented that mental health conditions, in some form or another, are widespread in the obese population until recently not much research was done on the benefits of weight loss surgery for these conditions. Fortunately, Dr. Aaron Dawes at the School of Medicine at UCLA conducted a study on the effects of weight loss surgery for patients preexisting mental health conditions. The results were powerful.

The findings discovered that having a bariatric surgery resulted in a dramatic drop in both the frequency and severity of the depression and its symptoms after the operation was noticed.

Findings after Bariatric Procedure

Decrease in rate of depression                

8% – 74%

Drop in severity of depressive symptoms   

40% – 70%

In light of the statistics reported, for many patients with severe obesity, certain mental health conditions should be considered as part of the physical disease itself and not treated as a separately. Furthermore, this research offers the intriguing hint that bariatric surgery not only helps in remission of physical ailments like diabetes and sleep apnea but also offers considerable improvements for mental health conditions as well.

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other Weight Loss Procedures Call BeLiteWeight today!

 

LINKS TO INFO:

http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Obesity+Surgery+May+Ease+Depression/story.xhtml?story_id=020000F8XTP0

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/asdfa-293ce06f-a98f-6bcd-e053-0100007f4081-365740941.html

http://articles.philly.com/2016-01-24/news/70038684_1_bariatric-surgery-weight-loss-surgery-depression

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/those-seeking-weight-loss-surgery-often-depressed

http://gulfnews.com/leisure/health/weight-loss-surgery-may-reduce-depression-1.1659622

 

BeLiteWeight’s 5 Rules To Attain Your New Years Goals


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#1 –  MAKE SPECIFIC GOALS

               How much weight do you want to lose?

               How long will you give yourself?

#2 – WRITE A PLAN

               What changes will you make to your diet?

               Schedule your meals into your day

#3 – TEST YOURSELF OFTEN

               Every day of the week a different task

               Keep track of your performance

#4 – REWARD SUCCESS

               Follow your plan? Buy yourself that outfit!

               Stay away from guilty pleasure food though..

#5 – USE FAILURE AS FUEL!

               Falling down is to be expected..

               The right attitude is half the battle!

 

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

Eat Thin: Crispy, Zucchini Chips


Want to make your own healthy snacks, but don’t know where to begin or which recipes are the best? Here’s one that will surely make you crave more without all the added fat, sugar, and other bad things that can be found in normal snacks and junk foods like potato chips. In fact, these are a completely different kind of chip.

This recipe calls for zucchini and turning them into thin, crunchy, and tasty chips that happen to be a great alternative to other junk food cravings. You can make a big batch for the entire family to try. All it takes is about two hours to make these zucchini chips.

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Here are all the ingredients you will need. These measurements will make about fifty or so zucchini chips.

  • One large zucchini
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Kosher salt

And here’s how to make these super easy and healthy zucchini chips:

  • First preheat your oven to approximately 225 degrees. Next take two large baking sheets and begin lining them with parchment paper or other nonstick baking paper.
  • Then slice the zucchini. It is best if you use a mandolin in order to achieve the best thinness as a mandolin is going to have different settings, but it isn’t required. Once you have thinly sliced your zucchini, place all the slices on a paper towel or multiple paper towels if they all don’t fit together, and press them in between another sheet of paper towel. This will draw out moisture and help them cook quicker.
  • Begin lining up all the zucchini slices on the baking sheets row by row, make sure that none of the slices are overlapping or they won’t cook properly.
  • Have your olive oil in a small bowl and use a pastry or grilling brush to lightly brush the olive oil on the zucchini slices. You only need a little bit.
  • Finally sprinkle the salt on the slices and bake for about two hours until they start to brown and are crispy, not soggy.

What to Eat for Dinner: Caramelized Onion Lasagna


Hardy, warm, but still low calorie, cholesterol, and fat, this lasagna is perfect for anyone looking for a heart healthy recipe. This lasagna includes whole wheat noodles as well as fresh Portobello mushrooms, baby spinach, basil, and all sorts of delectable cheeses such as Gorgonzola and ricotta that makes this recipe also a great go-to dish for the holiday season.

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Here’s everything you’ll need to make nine servings:

  • Eight ounces lasagna noodles, whole wheat
  • 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large onions, sweet and thinly sliced
  • 4 Portobello mushroom caps, gills removed
  • 1/2 cups red wine, cooking quality
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, low sodium
  • 4 cups of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, non-fat
  • 1/2 cups chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, low sodium
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 3 tablespoons of flour, all-purpose
  • 2 cups milk, low-fat
  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt, low sodium
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1/3 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cups chopped basil

And here’s how to make the lasagna:

  • Start by boiling water in a large pot and cooking the noodles until almost al dente or about two minutes less than package directions. Drain noodles and return back to pot and pour over cool water. Cover pot.
  • For onion filling, heat three tablespoons of oil in large skillet over medium to high heat. Then add in onions and let them cook. Next add mushrooms, let cook, and finally add red wine and one teaspoon of salt. Remove from heat and let sit.
  • For spinach filling, use a food processor or manually mix together spinach, basil, ricotta, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • For white sauce, get two tablespoons of oil and heat in medium saucepan on medium to high heat. Add in flour until bubbling and then whisk in milk and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring it to a boil. Cook until the gravy is consistent and then add in the Gorgonzola. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get a deep cooking pan and spray with cooking spray. Start assembling the lasagna (walnuts go on last!) and let bake for about thirty minutes.

Low Fat Foods: Do They Live Up To Their Name?


If television commercials and celebrity dieters being paid big bucks to endorse products are to be believed, low fat foods are the gateway to weight loss, lower cholesterol and satiated appetites. Grocery store shelves are lined with low fat products—from butter to pretzels to yogurt to candy bars. Yes, candy bars.

But are these lower fat alternatives to the foods people generally know and love really as good as advertised?

The key to the answer likely lies in the labels.

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But first, a quick history lesson on where the low-fat food trend started, and how it has evolved.

Back in the early 1980s, doctors started telling everyone that a healthy lifestyle is one without an abundance of saturated fats. They said everyone needed to consume fewer dairy products, less red meat and eschew the processed foods in favor of fresh alternatives.

It wasn’t long after the doctors made their proclamations that many of the food manufacturers started producing lower-fat alternatives—foods that replaced animal fats with vegetable oils known as hydrogenated fats.

The labels screamed “low fat,” and they were correct. Unfortunately, doctors soon discovered that the hydrogenated fats were no better for the dining public than the animal fats they replaced. They were, in many cases, worse for you because they were loaded with trans-fats and the food manufacturers had to significantly increase sugar levels in their recipes to make their products taste good.

Now doctors know that cutting fats isn’t the key to a healthy diet. Everyone needs fats to help them digest vitamins and make food taste better. But doctors now know that there are good fats and bad fats. Bad fats are found in red meat and dairy products and trans-fats in highly processed products and those that include a lot of hydrogenated fats from vegetable oil.

Good fats, however, are found in lean white meat such as chicken and turkey, fish, nuts, seeds, and un-saturated olive oils.

So should you cut out fats from your diet? Yes—but only the bad ones. The best thing to do is read labels closely and avoid anything with trans-fats or saturated fats.

Your Secret Weight Loss Weapon: Protein


With all the focus on low carb dieting and calorie counting, it’s easy to forget the importance of that one all-important ingredient in all diets, Protein.

The majority of diets we encounter today put a heavy emphasis on making sure we count our calories but often forget to highlight the importance of protein. There is a common misconception that foods heavy in protein are also heavy in calories. They tout the benefits of switching those foods out with vegetables and fruits that have lesser amounts of calories but also lesser amounts of proteins.

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Another misconception is that protein rich foods are also more difficult to find time to eat. Foods that have our essential proteins-fish, meat, beans- often take more time to prepare and thus are not as convenient as eating other foods. Protein-on-the-go isn’t usually easy to find, so to speak. And, it can often be confusing to decide which proteins are best for you. Obviously, protein obtained from fried and processed meat does more harm than good, but consumption of lean meats, like seafood, skinless chicken, and turkey, give your body the boost it needs to burn off those excess calories.

That being said, it is essential to make sure you consume the proper proteins because the benefits of protein easily outweigh their drawbacks. For example…

Protein Consumption burns calories. Because protein is such a complex molecule, our body uses a lot of energy to break it down and reform it into what we need. This process often burns far more calories than the consumption of fats, sugars, and carbs.

It stays longer in your stomach. Protein-rich foods, because of the time of process, stay longer in our stomach, which leaves us feeling fuller for a longer period of time. This helps curb hunger cravings and keep off excess calories from over eating.

Proteins are the building blocks of muscle. Without the consumption of protein, our bodies would find it impossible to adequately build the muscles we need to function. Plus, the more lean muscle our bodies have, the more calories our bodies are capable of burning just performing everyday tasks. Proteins literally burn off fat just by being present in the body.

Whatever your diet plan is, make sure to get your daily intake of proteins and watch that weight just fall right off.

Oven Baked Plantains Chips


Who doesn’t love chips? They are crunchy, salty, and filling, but they are also a great way to stall any weight loss plan. Made from potatoes and fried to give it that crunch, chips often pack loads of sodium and grease that lead to a huge load of unwanted calories. Instead, why not opt out for some equally delicious and equally crunchy oven baked plantains?

Plantains come from the same family as Bananas and are equally as healthy. Loaded with potassium and fiber, they are a great addition to anyone’s diet, provided they are cooked right. Plantains are usually fried, which can lead to unwanted calories, but bake them, and you have the same rich flavor, minus the calories. To start we’ll need:
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  • 1 plantain for every 2 people, depending on their sizes. Be sure to check for large black spots.
  • Canola oil, a spray or brush will do for application.

Once we have our ingredients in place, we’ll need to:

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Cut off the ends off of the plantain. Cut a line down the Plantain to remove the peel, and then chop up your plantains into 1/2-inch thick diagonal (slanted) slices.
  • Apply a silicone-covered baking sheet lightly with oil. Place the plantain slices on it on a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until they’re bottoms are visibly browned. Pay close attention to them because they can burn very easily and quickly. Flip the slices over. Bake until both sides are golden; usually takes about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

If you’re craving a sweet dipping sauce to complement the plantains, try this sweet coconut dipping sauce! All you need is:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix well both ingredients well in the bowl and enjoy!

7 “All- Natural” Foods: Do They Live Up To Their Name?


Their labels say that they are “all natural,” so everyone assumes that they are nutritious, healthy and safe to eat. In reality, labeling has a lot more to do with lobbying Congress and passing laws than it does about ensuring that consumers know what it is they are eating.

Big food manufacturers hire people to persuade lawmakers to allow the manufacturers to make certain health claims on labels. Lawmakers pass the laws … and you, the consumer, are left trying to figure out whether or not a food item is actually good for you.

Here’s a look at a few “all natural” products that might not be all Congress says they’re cracked up to be:

Granola bars
The labels say they are “all natural.” Most of the ingredients look like things you’ve heard of. But when you really break it down, many granola bars are far from being “all natural,” much less good for you. Many are full of corn syrup, fructose and invert sugar–all of which might be “all natural,” but none of which is actually good for you.

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Yogurt
The problem with yogurt isn’t usually from the dairy product itself. The problem comes from the fact that the “fruit” being mixed into it is rarely real.

Non-dairy cheese
It’s not real cheese–you know this. But what you don’t know is that much of it contains added colors and flavors that make them more “cheese-like.”

Bottled iced tea
It’s not all just leaves and water that makes up a lot of your favorite bottled iced teas. Many include corn syrup and artificial lemon flavors.

Salad dressing
There are very, very few “all natural” salad dressings on the market. Truth is, most include artificial flavors.

Honey
This one is surprising, but the fact is this: Most of the honey you buy at the grocery store is anything but “all natural.” In fact, most of the pollen in most of the honey has been removed by the time it’s bottled.

Ice cream
This one is not so surprising. Most ice creams–even those with “all natural” status–are full of artificial flavors.