About Jamie Eberle

Jamie Eberle is the Chief Financial Officer of BeLiteWeight. BeLiteWeight has helped over 12,000 patients have safe, affordable and successful weight loss surgery over the past decade. 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.

Jose’s Gastric Sleeve: Life Changing


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The BeLiteWeight team would like to give a HUGE pat on the back to our dear patient Jose for his incredible progress with the Gastric Sleeve. Having just had his surgery in late September of 2018 the amount that he has changed in such a short amount of time is truly inspring. His message to all of you is short but clear!

” I am so thankful for everything BeLiteWeight has done for me, a life changing experience.”

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Thank you for sharing your success with us Jose! Our team is so proud to have such an effect on other peoples lives!

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

Weight Loss Surgery and Sickle Cell Disease


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Sickle Cell Anemia News has recently released an article which reviewed the results of Obesity Surgery’s study, “Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Outcomes of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: a Nationwide Inpatient Sample Analysis, 2004-2014.”

Although not seen as a definitive cure for the disease there were significant reductions in the rates of vaso-occlusive crises. These are more commonly known to those with the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) disease as VOCs and are a painful reality of its effects.

The red blood cells of those with the SCD  are shaped irregularly which causes the blood to be more receptive to blood clots and circulation problems. However with modern medicine and treatment those with SCD disease are shown to find success recovering and thriving after weight loss surgery.

Patients with SCD who underwent weight loss surgery did not have a higher risk of severe health complications and were less likely to experience VOCs afterwards!

Even with SCD the incredible human body and modern medicine are capable of great benefits to the quality of living! If you or someone you care about is personally affected with SCD and obesity we suggest reading the article below from Sickle Cell Anemia News:

https://sicklecellanemianews.com/2019/03/12/weight-loss-surgery-may-help-reduce-vocs-in-obese-scd-patients/

For more information about Weight Loss Surgery please visit us at www.beliteweight.com or call BeLiteWeight at 1-800-215-6497 now!

Blended Cheese Crisps


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These keto friendly blended cheese crisps are extremely delicious while also very simple to make! Cheese is known to be a good source of protein that can also help suppress hunger so this recipe is a great snack idea to curb your cravings in between meals.

All you need to enjoy are these five items!

Ingredients

1 1/1 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella

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1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan

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4 Green Onions

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1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder & Black Pepper 

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Three Easy Steps

1 Put Mozzarella in to Colander and shake to separate smaller and larger shreds

2 Very thinly slice the green onions and add to the cheese along with chili powder and pepper (to taste)

3 Spray skillet with cooking spray and cook for 60 to 90 seconds until golden brown on medium/high heat

 

Remember to let it cool down and crispen up before you enjoy! 

 

*This recipe has been modified from pilcookbooks "Keto Recipes: More than 40 quick and easy favorites"  and is 100 percent keto friendly!

 

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

 

Protein Packed Ham Rolls


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One week in to March with Spring right aroung the corner now is the perfect time to start trying new snacks that are energy boosting and clean fuel for the body! These protein packed ham rolls are guaranteed to make you coming back for more, but not too soon. They are filled with the right balance of protein and natural fats to keep you feeling full off of less food!

They are super simple to make too!

Ingredients:

4 Sliced of your local deli’s ham

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1 package of cream cheese (softened)

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4 thin slices of American/Cheddar

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1 Red Bell Pepper

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1/2 Cucumber

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Directions

Lather the ham in cream cheese and then slice it in 4 inch pieces along with the cheese, pepper, and cucumber.

Then roll them up! Place Place the cucumber and red pepper on one side of the ham and use it as the center to create teh roll.

It can be really helpful to keep a paper towel around to remove any excess moisture.

*This recipe has been modified from pilcookbooks “Keto Recipes: More than 40 quick and easy favorites”  and is 100 percent keto friendly!

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

Hydrating Low-Carb Summer Refreshers!


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Homemade Keto Electrolyte Drink

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Having a deficiency in electrolytes can cause many symptoms, including fatigue and irritability. This summer refresher will help keep your electrolytes up and leave you hydrated.
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups water (~ 1.5 l)
  • The juice of one medium lemon ( 55ml)
  • ½ tsp potassium chloride or lite salt.
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan Salt.
  • 2 tsp Natural Calm magnesium supplement.
  • Sweetener to taste.
  • Optional: 2 squeezes of Water Enhancer ( Fruit Flavored, Naturally sweetened with Stevia)

 

 

Rehydrating Infused Lemon Ginger Turmeric Water

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Two indredibly powerful ingredients are tumeric and fresh lemon juice. Tumeric works as an anti-inflammatory, while lemon juice helps boost white blood cells. This recipe utilizes both to create a healthy drink that will revitalize you and quench your thirst

Ingredients

  • Lemon -1
  • Ginger- 1-inch piece
  • Turmeric -1/2 tsp
  • Salt- a pinch
  • Water-400ml 

Clean and cut the lemon into slices. Clean the ginger root and slice it. In a glass bottle layer the lemon and ginger root. Add the turmeric powder. Fill it with water, put the lid on and you’re ready to go.

 

 

Carrot Apple Protein Smoothie

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Here is a recipe for an easy and delicious smoothie that is high in protein and fiber. Protein helps to build and repair tissue, while fiber helps to help you feel fuller, longer.

Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4 oz carrots – chopped
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 avocadopitted
  • 1/2 cup cup apple sauce(one container)
  • 1/2 limejuiced
  • 1 tbsp pea protein
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

 Pro tip: For an extra creamy smoothie, or if you don’t have a high-powered blender, lightly steaming the carrots for a few minutes will help them blend quickly and smoothly.

 

 

Natural Hydration Drink Recipe for Kids

 

 

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It's also good to make sure that our kids are staying hydrated after long days spent playing in the sun.  This drink is more fun than plain water but not unhealthy like sugary juice or soda.

Ingredients

  • 3 cup – sugar free coconut water
  • 1 cup – raw apple juice
  • 1 cup – ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon – sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon – honey

Optional:

  • 1/4 medium – lime
  • 1/4 medium – orange

Directions:

 
  1. Put all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Pour into containers and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later. Will stay good in the fridge for 1 week.
  3. Optional:  add a squeeze of lime and orange juice!

 

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

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There are also ways to stay hydrated that don't involve drinking. There are many foods that contain a high water content, like cucumbers, which can make a delicious meal that keeps you feeling refreshed despite the heat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 large Hass avocados (halved, pitted, peeled, and cubed)*
  • 6 medium Tomato (cut into wedges)
  • 2 cups English cucumber (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh dill (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)

Instructions

 

 

 

 

  1. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and black pepper. (Alternatively, place in an airtight container and shake vigorously.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh dill, and fresh parsley.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Keto Diet: A Helpful Short-Term Tool


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Everyone is talking about The Keto diet! Many celebrities swear that it is the fastest and most effective way to shed weight. The diet is essentially an extremely low carb regiment. By eliminating carbohydrates, your body goes into a natural state of ketosis where it breaks down the fats in your liver and produces ketones. This is a process called beta-oxidation, and the ketones are used to fuel your brain and body, instead of what your body normally uses for fuel, which is glucose, or sugar. Anyways, all that science means that your body is actually burning fat instead of using its other sources of energy!

There can be many other benefits to switching to a low carb diet too. Not only is it an effective method for weight loss, but it can also help prevent and maintain diabetes by controlling your blood sugar. Additionally, making this change can also improve brain functionality as well. Studies have shown that increased fatty acid intake can aid your concentration and focus. Keto benefits don’t stop there either! The diet has also been shown to be good for your skin and help clear up acne!

So what exactly is a Keto diet? When following a keto diet, it's good to avoid things with sugar, such as bread, fruit, or starchy foods like potatoes and beans. What you should be eating are things like meat, greens, seeds, nuts, and other fatty foods like milk and cheese. The majority of food to be consumed is fat, followed by protein and then a small number of carbs. Green, leafy vegetables are best, such as Kale and Spinach!

There are some potential side effects associated with the Keto diet. It is possible to experience cramping in the legs as well as constipation. In order to best prevent this, it is important to keep hydrated. When switching to a high fat, low carb diet the body goes through a transitional period where it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. During that time you might feel tired but that is normal! Your energy levels will return to normal after your body has finished adapting to using a new fuel source.

It is truly fascinating the way the human body works and how what we eat directly affects our ability to function. Whether or not you're interested in trying the Keto diet, it's best to do your own research and formulate a plan that is best for you!

Summer Exercise Tips: Avoiding Joint Pain


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Sunshine summertime is almost indisputably the best time to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of Earth. Take advantage of the good weather and go outside and get some exercise! Here are some great ideas that won't stress your knees but will get your bodies engine fired up! 

 

Go Walk Around

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 Even if it just a few minutes extra each day just moving your body more than it is accustomed to will get your body processes started and burn more calories. Don't even worry about jogging or running, a brisk walk is more than enough to get your heart beat moving faster. 

 

Swim at the Pool

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While the sun is strong and the days are longer there are no good reasons why you shouldn't go out for a swim every few days! Swimming places your body in a zero gravity environment and is the perfect place to move your body without stressing the joints! 

 

Find a Partner

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Having an exercise buddy can be highly beneficial for two main reasons. First, you can hold each other accountable and boost the chances that you both will continue working out. Secondly, you have someone to enjoy the time with while you are exercising! And remember even going for a walk together counts 😉 

 

Play a Game

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Even if you are just throwing around a frisbee, or shooting some hoops, playing games makes exercise engaging and fun! BeLiteWeight wishes all of you a memorable and bright summer. Make hay while the sun shines and go outside and enjoy the weather! 

 

For information about surgical weight loss options such as the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

References

https://www.livestrong.com/article/537088-the-best-exercise-for-someone-morbidly-obese/

http://www.rd.com/health/fitness/exercise-for-overweight/

Turn My Life Around: Michael’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team is so overjoyed every time our prior patients send these inspirational and positive progress updates. A few weeks ago our team heard back from Michael, who in just 8 months almost looks like a completely new individual! Your progress is amazing… keep it up! Here is Michael's heart warming update in his own words: 

I have been overweight most of my adult life trying every diet and scam plan available. I decided to to have the surgery although I was very nervous about doing this in Mexico. After the initial shock or being overwhelmed from being in another country having this procedure done I relaxed and enjoyed the great care and treatment I received from all the staff. I have lost around 70 pounds and feel great and my friends and family say I look great. This was the best decision I could have made to turn my life around. I can now enjoy my granddaughter and going to buy clothes. Went from XXXL to XL and some large shirts. From 42 waist to 36 and some 34's. 52 jacket to 48 regular. I think shopping is the most fun now when I used to hate it. Thanks again to BeLiteWeight and Dr. Jose Rodriguez and staff.

To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and how it could change your life as well call BeLiteWeight now! 

Health, Confidence, Happiness: Debi’s Gastric Sleeve


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Over the holidays BeLiteWeight received some touching words and a few photos from one of our Gastric Sleeve patients Debi. Our team is truly honored to share her heart warming story with you!

Appreciate you all and the great job your team does for those of us that needed the help and benefits I feel regaining so much back like my health, confidence, and overall happiness.  Doing great about 15 or 20 lbs away from my goal of 175lbs.  Best decision I ever made.  Refer alot of people to yall. 

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For more stories and weight loss tips come check out our Blog! To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now!

How to Start Working Out: First Steps


howtostartworkingout       Happy new years from the BeLiteWeight team! As we begin the new year many of us are contemplating a shift in our lifestyles towards a more healthy and active balance but don't even know where to begin. Our team is here to help! Here are four very important tips to remember that will hopefully help push you through those first few weeks!

Choose Your Motivation First

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     The first thing you need to do is ask yourself why you want to make this lifestyle change. For most people this is as simple as wanting to lose weight and be a healthy functioning person. Once this reason is clear to you don't lose your focus! If you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel how are you going to get there!

Realize Improvement is Dynamic

waves-1216356-1277x503       The way the body responds to working out is scattered and varies from person to person. Often progress is delayed in the beginning, picks up very quickly, and is delayed again after sustained progress. Don’t stop in any of these situations!

Don't Rush, Start Slow!

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      It happens all too often that people begin an exercise routine and in less than two weeks they have strained a few different muscles all over their body. Start off your lifestyle transition really slow. This means walking low distances and stretching slowly as well. Trying to rush will always hold you back in the end.

Always Do What You Feel Like

beach-1404880-639x424       Some days your body is just tired. It may not have the right nutrients. It may have worked harder the day before. Sometimes there is no reason. If you aren’t feeling up to it there is a reason your body feels that way and you should be focusing on changing that.. Rest and recovery is just part of the cycle. But if you feel like getting up and going out for a walk, just go do it! Sometimes the only thing stopping you is you!

 

For more weight loss tips, recipes, and success stories come check out our Blog! To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now!

 


Works Cited

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/8-things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-first-started-working-out/

http://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-to-finally-start-working-out-even-if-you-hate-it-1729593891

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/how-to-avoid-the-4-most-common-beginner-workout-mistakes/