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. 

 

bad  food after weight loss surgery vsg bariatric bypass gastric band lap sleeve mini bypass vsg  apple rice bread pasta chicken liquid calories ice cream 5. Liquid Calories & Ice Cream

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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Dangers of Simple Carbohydrates For Pre Diabetics


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 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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Cooking Fish: Tips & Recipes


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Cooking fish takes skill, but when equipped with the right knowledge it is not very hard and quite rewarding! Being high in protein and essential fats like Omega 3's, eating fish properly can be a tremendous weight loss aid. Three of the most common ways to cook fish include baking, grilling, and poaching. Here are some basic tips for each:

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Baking

Coat baking sheet with cooking spray or oil and season as desired

Cook between 350 and 450 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

No need to flip the fish, just bake and enjoy!

Grilling

Warm up a charcoal grill for 30 minutes, and a gas grill for 10 minutes on high.

Lightly oil the fish with olive or canola oil so it won’t stick to the grill.

Direct heat: Cook between 375 and 425 degrees for 4-6 minutes on each side per inch of thickness.

Indirect heat: Cook on the cool side of the grill for 15 minutes. Can be done after direct heat.

Poaching

Best for firm fish like halibut and salmon

Barely cover the fish in wine or dressing and simmer on medium heat.

Cook fillets for 8-10 minutes and full fish for 15-20 minutes.

Optional: Use the poaching liquid as a base for a sauce.  

Here are some BeLiteWeight approved recipes for you to try!

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce

Remember: choose Pacific over Atlantic Salmon.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/66066/grilled-salmon-with-cilantro-sauce/

Dijon Crusted Halibut

Halibut is just too tender and delicious!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/22540/dijon-crusted-halibut/

Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli

Protein packed and very tasty! This one is a must…

http://homemadehooplah.com/recipes/honey-garlic-shrimp-and-broccoli/

Olive Oil Poached Tuna with Caper and Olive Vinaigrette

Skipjack and Pacific Tuna have less mercury than Atlantic Albacore.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/olive-oil-poached-tuna-caper-olive-vinaigrette.aspx

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Links to Info:

https://www.heb.com/recipe/recipe-article/7-easy-ways-to-cook-fish/1392677044436

http://www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/how-to-cook-fish

http://dish.allrecipes.com/5-healthy-ways-to-cook-fish/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/66066/grilled-salmon-with-cilantro-sauce/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/22540/dijon-crusted-halibut/

http://homemadehooplah.com/recipes/honey-garlic-shrimp-and-broccoli/

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/olive-oil-poached-tuna-caper-olive-vinaigrette.aspx

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g2768/shrimp-recipes/?slide=18

5 Reasons to Eat More Apples!


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  1. Better Dental Health

Eating more apples increases the amount of saliva your mouth produces which lowers the levels of bacteria and significantly reduces the decay of your teeth!

  1. Reduced Risk of Cancer

Apples are rich in flavonol and compounds called ‘triterpenoids’ which are found in the peel. These nutrients are strong at fighting the growth of cancer in the liver, colon, and breasts! 

  1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Increased consumption of apple’s highly soluble fibre slows the arterial buildup of cholesterol plaque. This is likely due to apples soluble fibre ability to connect with fats in the intestine.

  1. Liver Detox

Apples contain a specific antioxidant known as Phlorizidin which combats high glucose levels and has already been shown to treat diabetes in animals! Along with apples other nutrients, Phlorizidin specifically targets the liver and stimulates bile flow!

  1. Low in Calories Yet Feel Full

Last but not least, apples are rich in fiber. For example, the average apple has about 116 calories with a staggering 5.4 grams of dietary fiber! Apples will make you feel full with very few calories. A perfect snack if you are trying to lose weight!

 

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Links to Info:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples/

https://www.verywell.com/untrendy-superfoods-every-kitchen-needs-2506859

http://thedetoxspecialist.com/blog/detox/why-the-apple-cleanse-diet-is-good-for-your-liver/

https://www.caloriecount.com/calories-apple-i9003

 

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

 

Kale: 7 Science Backed Benefits


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Kale is considered the king of healthy greens. This leafy vegetable is among the healthiest and most nutritious dense foods in existence placing it in the class of a ‘superfood’

This super green leaf is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds. Here are 7 science supported benefits:

1. Extremely Low in Calories: A single cup of kale contains only 33 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein!

Kale also contains very little fat, but a large portion of the fat is in form of a healthy omega-3 fatty acid called alpha linolenic acid.

2. King of Anti-Oxidants: Kale is rich in anti-oxidants. Antioxidants are substances that help counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in the body.

This allows kale to be cardio-protective, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, anti-depression issues, and fight cancer!

3. Lowers Cholesterol and the Risk of Heart Disease: Cholesterol plays an important role in the body’s ability to make bile acids, which are substances that help us digest fats.

Kale contains bile acid sequestrants, which lowers cholesterol levels and leads to a reduced risk of heart disease over time.

4. Best Sources of Vitamin K: Vitamin K is an important nutrient. It is absolutely critical for blood clotting because of “activating” certain proteins that bind calcium.

Kale is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin K, with a single raw cup containing almost 7 times the recommended daily amount.

5. Powerful Cancer Fighter: Kale is heavily loaded with compounds that fight against cancer.

It is rich in sulforaphane, a substance that science has been shown to help fight the formation of cancer at the molecular level.

6. Excellent Source of Minerals:  A single cup of raw kale Vitamin A (from beta-carotene), Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium etc.

Kale is an excellent source of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium is effective against type 2-diabetes and heart disease while potassium reduces blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease as well.

7. Rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoid antioxidants that are found in large amounts in kale.

These two nutrients protect the body from oxidative stress! If you have not made kale a part of your diet yet, get started now!

For a great healthy kale chip recipe on our blog click here! And to learn more about surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php

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

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

 

Choices: Five Healthy Dinners For Summer!


low carb dinner choices weight loss before after vsg gastric surgery One of the most daunting tasks while trying to lose weight is simply to figure out what to have for dinner.  All the various diet options available is often too confusing and even overwhelming at times. Nevertheless, when trying to slim down, low calorie dinners are absolutely essential.

This week we present to you 5 dinner recipes that are not just skinny but delicious, filling and most importantly healthy!

1. Chicken With White Beans and Tomatoes

This super awesome chicken recipe is not just easy to cook but is also fully loaded with lean proteins. White Beans, tomato and thyme infuse just the right aroma and flavor to the dish!

Check the recipe at http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chicken-with-white-beans-and-tomatoes

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2. Pomegranate Chicken with Almond Couscous

Try out this sweet, spicy and tangy chicken for dinner! It is full of proteins but savory with richness of almond. Not just filling but tasty too!

Try the recipe at: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pomegranate-chicken-almond-couscous

low carb food dinner options vsg vertical gastric sleeve pomegranate chicken *Photo Credit to www.bbcgoodfood.com

3. Loaded Spinach Salad  

This colorful salad is rich in proteins and antioxidants. Eggs impart necessary proteins while spinach enriches the salad with its powerful nutrients and vitamins.

Check the recipe at: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/loaded_spinach_salad.html

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*Photo Credit to www.eatingwell.com

4. Loaded Spaghetti

This is not only a tempting looking dish but delicious as well. The peas and bell pepper are not just colourful but tasty and rich in antioxidants too.

Whole wheat spaghetti is a great healthy carbohydrate option!

Try the recipe at : http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/healthy-dinner-recipes/loaded-spaghetti

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*Photo Credit to www.womenshealthmag.com

5. Summer Farrotto

Farro is an italian grain that is nutty in flavor but packed with nutrients like magnesium, b vitamins, niacin, zinc, protein, and fiber. What a delicious power food!

Try this recipe at: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/healthy-dinner-recipes/summer-farrotto

low carb food dinner options vsg vertical gastric sleeve  farro *Photo Credit to www.womenshealthmag.com

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Breakfast’s Galore: 5 Ways To Start Your Day!


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reason why it is considered so important is because after almost six hours of sleep the body is starved of nutrients that it will need for the rest of the day. Breakfast is the meal that will fuel up the body for it to work at its optimum capacity.

Being the most important meal, your breakfast has to be healthy, full of nutrients, and nonetheless have to be tasty! We at Beliteweight have carefully put together for you some awesome breakfast recipes to jumpstart your day on a healthy note!

1.    GREEN BREAKFAST BLAST

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This is an excellent recipe to start your day. It is full of proteins and rich in anti-oxidants. Feeding your nutrient starved body with this power pack blast will leave you energized throughout the whole day. It’s creamy, hydrating, and an excellent go-to when you are in rush!

Check out NutriLiving's recipe at https://www.nutriliving.com/recipes/green-breakfast-blast

2.    EGGS BENEDICT

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Looking for a filling breakfast? Look no further! This recipe has it all. Power packed with proteins, the recipe brings to your table the goodness of spinach- the megastar weight loss booster! Rich in fibre and loaded with nutrients, check out SlimmingWorld's at http://www.slimmingworld.ie/recipes/eggs-benedict.aspx for a perfect Sunday breakfast.

3.    MIXED BERRY PANCAKE

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Berries are low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are powerhouse of antioxidants and phytonutrients that fend off heart diseases and cancers. This low carb berry pancake recipe will not only keep you full but also satisfy your taste buds. It is as good as having desert for breakfast. Who doesn’t want to sign up!

Check out RealSimple's recipe at http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/list-breakfast-foods

4.    PEACH SMOOTHIE

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Peaches are a rich treasure of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. They are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber. Sip this up to slim down!

Check out Prevention's at http://www.prevention.com/food/smoothie-recipes-for-weight-loss/peach-smoothie


5.    APPLE CINNAMON SMOOTHIE

 

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It’s the season for apples and apples always go best with cinnamon! The twist of cinnamon gives you the right flavor and kick to grab this smoothie all the more. Low in glycemic index and a powerful cleanser for the body, this Blast won't just make you feel good on the inside, but also look good on the outside.

Check out PopSugar's at: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Harley-Pasternak-Breakfast-Smoothie-Recipe-25151750

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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.

Zucchini Chips|BeLite Weight|Weight Loss Recipe

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.