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!

 

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5 Low-Carb Dieting Mistakes


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Middle of January is dieting season! As more and more eating regiments are being constructed for 2017 unfortunately many people are falsely informed regarding the benefits of lowering their carbs. The BeLiteWeight team has put together five simple pieces of advice to hopefully help others avoid the common pitfalls of low carb dieting. Now is the time to diet succesffully! 

1. Not Enough Fat

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It is a very unfortunate myth that a low fat diet helps shed weight when in actuality fats are one of the most important parts of your diet because they make you feel full without packing on the weight!

 

2. Not Enough Vegetables

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It is far too easy to neglect eating vegetables however they are your bodies most healthy fuel! Eating vegetables will help keep you feeling full without processed carbohydrates!

 

3. Low Carb Does Not Mean No Carbs

9-and-0-1165172-1279x788 Despite what you may think the human body needs carbohydrates to function! Rather then cutting all the carbs from your diet  learn to portion and time them for true success.

 

4. Don't Give Up Too Early

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Limiting your bodies carbohydrate intake will make you feel different and that is completely normal! Avoid the impulse to run to those potato chips the moment you are hungry and choose some healthy fat!

 

5. Drink More Water!

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Water is your best friend! Drinking water will not only make you less thirsty but it fills up your stomach curbing your hunger and making you feel full!

 

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Links to info: 

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/10-ways-to-do-a-low-carbohydrate-diet-the-right-way/

https://www.verywell.com/top-low-carb-diet-mistakes-2242042

https://low-carb-support.com/low-carb-mistakes/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/low-carb-diet-mistakes

Four Forgivable Holiday Desserts


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As the days turn in to heart of the holiday season BeLiteWeight wants you to be prepared to eat well but not over indulge on the wrong foods and harm your body. Here are four delicious desserts for you to share with your friends and family that are all low carb and completely (somewhat) forgivable!

 

Pumpkin Delight

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(Picture & Recipe Credit:http://www.briana-thomas.com/pumpkin-delight/)

This Pumpkin Delight recipe is so creamy and light that you will hardly feel it coming down. But don't worry it is flavorful enough that you won't need much!

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One of the best desserts out there is this Caramel Apple Deep Dish Pie & it won't pack on the pounds either! 

Caramel Walnut Crumble

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(Picture & Recipe Credit: http://www.lowcarbmaven.com/cranberry-walnut-crumb-bars/)

Although the original recipe favors bars if you just mash it up in the end you can make the most yummy csimple Cranberry Walnut rumble!

Sweet Potatoe Brulee

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(Picture & Recipe Credit:http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/mashed-sweet-potatoes-brulee/)

With sweet potatoes and yams being one of the latest food fads this Sweet Potatoe Brulee is sure to be one of the most talked about additions to your holiday dishes!

 

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Sources:

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/10-delicious-holiday-desserts/

http://www.lowcarbmaven.com/cranberry-walnut-crumb-bars/

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/mashed-sweet-potatoes-brulee/

https://www.lowcarblab.com/best-low-carb-desserts-recipes-ideas/3/

http://www.briana-thomas.com/pumpkin-delight/

http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2016/02/deep-dish-caramel-apple-pie.html#.VrteD_nhCM8

Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Bread Recipe


Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Bread Recipe


This low-carb and gluten-free bread has a nutty flavor and texture like whole grain bread. It's simple to make and does not crumble when you slice it thin.

Just remember use a small loaf pan. If you use a large loaf pan (or if you try to double the batch), you will end up with it being raw in the middle.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup flaxmeal
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

*If you do not have hemp hearts or chia seeds then use 2 cups of almond flour instead


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
Grease a small loaf pan.

Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, flaxmeal, hemp hearts, chia seeds,  salt & baking soda in a medium bowl until well blended. Add the eggs and applel cider vinegar, mix until all the dry ingredients are moistened.

Put into small loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for at least 2 hours prior to slicing. ENJOY!


Here's a full video on how to make it from start to finish:

 

Potential Trigger Foods After Weight Loss Surgery


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After having weight loss surgery the digestive system of the body is altered and its response to the same food you have always eaten may change. Although each surgery is unique, and each body responds to different foods in their own way, these are the certain foods groups that BeLiteWeight recommends caution. Feel free to try each of them out and test them, but be careful! Don't eat too much or too fast, and always remember to chew thoroughly! 

 

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Bread can expand when in contact with different liquids and chemicals in your stomache. You may want to forgo the bread basket when eating out. Save room for your meal! 

 

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Apple skins are hard to fully chew potentially causing problems with the stomaches digestion and issues smoothly going down.

 

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It is very easy for chicken to be too dry! Make sure your chicken is very moist, maybe with a sauce, and be sure to be chew it thoroughly. 

 

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As with bread,  pasta can easily absorb liquids and expand. It is also easy to take too big of a bite which can cause the uncomfortable "stuck" feeling. 

 

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These are the worst possible food after weight loss surgery! Sugary liquids sneak their way down to your stomache without much discomfort and quickly start packing on weight!

 

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Much like bread and pasta rice can expand a lot. Just be careful and don't eat too much or too fast!

 

Many of these foods are high in carbohydrates which takes up room in your stomache causing you to not be able to eat the protein rich foods that you need for your hair, muscles, and bodily functions. Focus on your protein first and then just a couple of bites of carbs.

 

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Detrimental Foods & Chemicals


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With so many options of different foods to eat in this modern age certain items are simply harmful for your body. BeLiteWeight recommends that you do your very best to avoid, or at least minimize, the consumption of these core detrimental foods and chemicals.

#1 Simple Carbs & Sugar

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#2 Trans Fat / Partially (Or fully) Hydrogenated Oils

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#3 MSG

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#4 BHA & BHT

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#5 Sodium Nitrate

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#6 Sodium Benzoate / Benzoid Acid

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#7 Potassium Bromate

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Cites to Info

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/avoid-these-9-worst-food-ingredients?page=2

http://www.livescience.com/36206-truth-potassium-bromate-food-additive.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/488257-the-dangers-of-sodium-benzoate/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/sodium-nitrate/faq-20057848

http://my.xfinity.com/slideshow/news-DangerousIngredients/3/

http://www.greenpasture.org/fermented-cod-liver-oil-butter-oil-vitamin-d-vitamin-a/why-hydrogenated-oils-should-be-avoided-at-all-costs-submitted-by-dr-donald/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/msg-dangerous-science/

 

 

Diabetic Approved High Protein Recipes


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Pesto Chicken Kabobs

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-Photo and Recipe Cred http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2016-07-pesto-chicken-kabobs.html

High Protein Egg Pizza

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Steak With Roasted Tomatoes & Scallions

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Shrimp and Fennel Risotto

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Dangers of Simple Carbohydrates For Pre Diabetics


simpel carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss If you are diabetic, pre diabetic, or even just concerned about your body composition, simple carbohydrates can be very dangerous for your blood sugar and body fat storages. This is because “Simple Carbs” are made up of only one or two sugar molecules making them very easy for the body to break down in to your bloodstream. These simple carbs are found in processed foods such as bread, pasta, white flour, soda, & sweets, but and also in fruits and vegetables as well. simple carbs white rice glycemic index load unhealthy diabetics yams health carbohydrates protein weight loss

 The rate at which sources of simple carbs affect your blood sugar is measured by a system known as the glycemic index (GI). This number is multiplied by the serving quantity for a measurement known as the foods glycemic load(GL). Foods with either high GI’s or GL are known to spike blood sugar levels and should be avoided by diabetics, pre-diabetics, and probably everyone else too. It is also best to eat a variety and not be excessive with one food or source of carbohydrates.

Popular Foods With High Glycemic Index / Loads

White Bagel – 72 / 25

Fanta Soft Drink – 68 / 23

Sweetened Cranberry Juice – 68 / 24

Instant Sweetened Oatmeal – 83 / 30

White rice –  73 / 43

Fruit Roll-Ups – 99 / 24

Baked Russet Potato – 111 / 33

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100% Whole Grain Bread – 51 / 7 * Be sure to read the label even bread marked as wheat often contains white flour.

Tomato Juice – 38 / 4

Unsweetened Orange Juice  – 50 / 4

Unsweetened Oatmeal – 55 / 13

Quinoa – 53 / 13

Yams – 54 / 20

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Foods with high rates of absorption quickly pass through the bodies digestive systems and are stored as fat for future energy. Therefore, it is of no surprise that those with high Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets have been found to be at much higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are many dietary studies that have found low Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets provide substantial weight loss and glycemic control benefits. Patients of bariatric surgery tend to feel full without the need of excessive carbohydrates which can be a remarkable tool from those suffering from terrible simple carbohydrate food cravings. It may be hard to stay away from processed foods with simple sugars, but your body will thank you for it!

 

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Works Cited

https://www.verywell.com/simple-and-complex-carbohydrates-and-diabetes-1087570

http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/glycemic-index-glycemic-load

 

More Nuts In Your Meals: 4 Tasty Recipes


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Stay healthy this summer with these new great recipes that give your body the wonderful gifts of nuts. These recipes are all fantastic and will help your weight loss by making you feel full and nourished with proper vitamins!

Almond Lemon Fish With Spinach

Almonds are great for your heart! This recipe goes well with almost all kinds of fish!

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/almond_lemon_fish_with_spinach.html

Paleo Spiced Nuts

The paleo diet is gaining in popularity and it doesn't have to be bland!

https://elanaspantry.com/paleo-spiced-nuts/

Macademia Crusted Halibut

This Macademia nut Halibut dish has mono-unsaturated fats and protein!

http://arismenu.com/macadamia-crusted-halibut/

Pecan Almond Butter

Pecans & Almonds blend really well and help with weight loss by helping you feel full too!

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/pecan_almond_butter.html

 

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Nuts for Nuts: Weight Loss & Health Benefits


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When utilized properly nuts are an excellent source of high protein, nutrient dense, & low carbohydrate fuel for your body. Most nuts contain heart healthy omega-3 fats along with other specific life enhancing nutrients. However, not all nuts in the grocery store are the same!

Nut Rule #1: Minimize Carbs
The most important rule to follow when eating nuts as a weight loss tool minimize your carbohydrate intake. A lot of nut butters and trail mix come loaded with sweeteners and chocolate. Make sure to avoid these and your body will begin to rely on your body fat as energy. Don’t worry though, the healthy fat from nuts will keep you from feeling starved!

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Health Benefits from Different Nuts
    Almonds – Almonds are packed with Calcium and Vitamin E and their skins are full of flavonoids! They are also the lowest calorie nut per ounce at only 160!
    Macademia Nuts – Although high in fat, macademias contain mono-unsaturated fat which are actually essential and healthy. They are also full of fiber and other minerals, but they do go rancid quickly!
    Pecans – Great for the heart, pecans contain oleic avid (the healthy fat known from avocados) and plant sterols which are both known to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.
    Pistachio’s – Uniquely important for its vitamin B6, and the antioxidants Lutein and zeaxanthin, pistachios are also full of potassium and fiber which help you feel full!
    Cashews – Important for vegetarians, cashews contain important minerals like zinc and iron and are also jam packed with quality protein.
    Walnuts – Walnuts, like Pecans, are also especially healthy for their contribution to your heart because of a specific acid. Walnuts contain alpha linoleic acid, ALA, which reduces inflammation and oxidation in the arteries!

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Links to Info:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20585485,00.html/view-all
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-nuts
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20585485,00.html/view-all
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20585485,00.html#best-nuts-for-your-heart-0