The Impact of Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes


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There are many ways in which obesity can negatively affect one's health. From sleep apnea to high blood pressure, the added weight can impact the body in many ways. In particular, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases drastically as a result of obesity. Many studies have shown that losing weight can lessen that risk, as well as help, bring the disease under control for those who have it.

Losing weight can be very difficult, however, especially if one is suffering from other health conditions. Bariatric surgery is a method of permanently or temporarily reducing the size of a patient's stomach which causes a change in the digestive process. There are three different types of Bariatric surgeries. There are restrictive surgeries like adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. There are also malabsorptive/ restrictive surgeries like gastric bypass (or Roux-en-Y). In addition, there are electrical device implantation surgeries such as the Maestro rechargeable system that is put into the abdomen to lessen food intake.

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It's always best to go by a doctor's recommendation, but bariatric surgery has consistently proven to be an extremely effective and long-lasting method for putting diabetes into remission. Although changing diet and exercise is always recommended, these methods alone may not be enough to sufficiently reverse life-long habits that contributed to the onset of diabetes, and patients who have had surgery are statistically proven to have more permanent positive changes in lifestyle as well as better health.

Andrei Keidar conducted an analysis that showed enormous benefits for bariatric surgery patients who had diabetes. Studies have shown that gastric bypass is among the more successful procedures in regards to treating and reversing diabetes, in many cases the patients' insulin levels return to normal mere days after having surgery. In 87% of cases, patients who had bariatric surgery not only lost weight but showed significant improvement in their diabetes.

Although having surgery will always come with risk, the studies have shown that the benefits of surgery far outweigh the risks.

 

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2422341

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Healthy, Five Ingredient Recipes!


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Life at home might seem a lot busier for some now that school is back in session. It can be hard to find the time to grocery shop and plan out a good meal. Here are some great meal ideas that only require five ingredients, making them much faster and easier to prepare!

5- Ingredient Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

 

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https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-mexican-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/

This recipe uses fresh ingredients and quinoa, which is a great source of fiber and a great substitute for those wishing to avoid gluten!

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium bell peppers (any color), tops cut off and cores removed
  • 1 package Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Crumples, cooked according to package instructions
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) freshly-shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup good-quality salsa (I used a salsa verde with corn)
  • optional toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, extra cheese

Directions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cooked black bean crumbles, cooked quinoa, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese and salsa until combined.  Spoon the mixture evenly into the cavities of the six bell peppers.  Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or until the peppers are cooked and soft and the cheese is all melted.  Serve immediately, topped with optional toppings if desired.

 

 

Roast Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

 

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http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250549/roast-chicken-sweet-potatoes/

This delicious chicken recipe doesn't need a lot of ingredients but packs in a lot of flavors. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, iron, and calcium, and also have beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant!

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons whole-grain or Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
    • 1½-2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges

Directions

  • 1 Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
  • 2 Combine mustard, thyme, 1 tablespoon oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl; spread the mixture evenly on chicken.
  • 3 Toss sweet potatoes and onion in a bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and spread the vegetables on it. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
  • 4 Return the pan to the oven and roast, stirring the vegetables once halfway through, until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into a chicken thigh registers 165°F, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

 

Salmon and Asparagus in Foil

 

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https://www.cookingclassy.com/salmon-and-asparagus-in-foil/

 

This simple salmon recipe uses fresh dill an asparagus for a delicious, healthy, and filling meal.
 
Ingredients

 

 

 

  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends trimmed

 

 

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or chopped fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley

 

 

 

Instructions

 

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four sheets of aluminum foil about 14-inch long. Divide asparagus into 4 equal portions (about 8 spears per foil packet) and layer in center of each length of foil.
  2. In a small bowl stir together oil with garlic. Drizzle 1 tsp of the oil over portion of asparagus then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rinse salmon and allow excess water to run off, then season bottom of each fillet with salt and pepper. Layer fillets over asparagus.
  3. Drizzle top of each salmon fillet with 1 tsp of the olive oil mixture and season top with salt and pepper to taste. Top each with about 2 sprigs dill and 2 lemon slices (if using fresh thyme or rosemary use about 3/4 tsp per each if using parsley use 1 1/2 tsp).
  4. Wrap sides of foil inward over salmon then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose.
  5. Place foil pouches in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until salmon is cooked through, about 25 – 30 minutes. Unwrap and serve war

 

Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.bhg.com/recipe/shrimp-and-quinoa-salad/

This shrimp and quinoa salad is the perfect, light and refreshing meal that is easy to prepare and convenient when you don't have a lot of ingredients on hand.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen large shrimp
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cara cara oranges
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 5 ounce package baby spinach or arugula
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  • Directions

    1. Thaw shrimp if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired. Rinse shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Thread shrimp on four 8-inch skewers.* For a charcoal or gas grill, grill skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, turning once halfway through grilling.**
    2. Meanwhile, rinse quinoa; drain. In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water to boiling. Add quinoa. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
    3. Finely shred 1 teaspoon peel from 1 orange; set aside. Using a paring knife, cut remaining peel and white pith from oranges; discard. Holding an orange over a very large bowl to catch juices, cut segments from orange (set segments aside). Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl. Repeat with remaining orange. Stir in finely shredded orange peel, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Add shrimp, quinoa, and spinach; toss gently toss to combine.
    4. To serve, divide salad among four shallow bowls or dinner plates. Arrange orange segments evenly on top.

     

     

     

     

     

 

5-Ingredient Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 

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http://www.realfoodwholelife.com/blog/5-ingredient-mediterranean-pasta-salad-recipe

If you're feeling a craving for pasta, this delicious mediterranean dish is simple to prepare, with most ingredients only needing a quick chop.

Ingredients

8 oz pasta (gluten-free or whole wheat, any shape)

1 12-oz jar artichoke hearts, drained

1 1.5-oz jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

1 12-oz jar kalamata olive, drained and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (regular is fine, too)

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Add-Ins

Chopped flat leaf parsley, thinly sliced red onion, chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, baby spinach, baby arugula, cooked crumbled sausage, shredded rotisserie or roasted chicken, one can of drained and rinsed chickpeas, one can of drained tuna, crumbled feta cheese.

Instructions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then cook the pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook. When the pasta is just tender, but not mushy, drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives.

3. Add the warm, drained pasta to the bowl, stirring to combine. Add any optional add-ins at this time as well. Pour over the olive oil and vinegar, and sprinkle with salt. Taste and add additional salt or vinegar to taste. 

4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4-8.

 

Super Fast Mexican Soup

 

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https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/super-fast-mexican-soup/

If you're short on time, this soup recipe is a convenient way to get a lot of flavor without a lot of work.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in taco seasoning.
  • 2. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Skim fat before serving.

 

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Does Your Sleep Schedule Affect Your Weight?


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Your sleep habits can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life, including your weight. If you are working on losing a few pounds, a good place to start is to track how many hours of sleep you're getting each night. Obesity rates have been rising, while hours of sleep have been dwindling, due to busy schedules and work life. While lack of sleep is most likely not the primary cause of weight gain, it can affect it in many ways.

There are four hormones that are associated with weight gain, and they are disrupted when we don't get enough sleep. The first is Ghrelin, which is released by your stomach and is responsible for letting your brain know that you're hungry. The second is Leptin, which is responsible for letting your brain know that you're full. The third is insulin, which is what your body uses to turn food into energy, and the last is cortisol, which is released when you're under stress and causes your body to store your energy as fat. When you lose sleep, your body increases the production of ghrelin so you feel hungry more, and reduces the amount of leptin, so you feel less full. 

Lack of sleep also disrupts your body's ability to turn carbohydrates into energy, which causes your blood sugar to rise and that can lead to insulin resistance, as your body produces more insulin and cortisol as a result. This causes your body to store fat and sugar instead of processing it.

Losing sleep also makes it harder to control your eating habits overall, and you are more likely to make bad decisions regarding what you eat. When you're not getting enough sleep, you tend to eat later at night and crave food with a lot of fat and carbohydrates. 

Studies have shown that losing weight can be good for your sleep habits. Not only can it help reduce snoring and sleep apnea, but it also reduces daytime fatigue because it greatly improves your quality of sleep. So make sure that you are getting at least 7 hours or more sleep per night, and you might experience some great benefits.

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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!
 
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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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                            https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/summery-fresh-tomato-soup

 

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The Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


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There are few substances that are as versatile as apple cider vinegar. You can drink it, apply it on cuts, use it as a food preservative, or even employ it as a house cleaning agent. The numerous beneficial properties of vinegar have been known to humans since the beginning of history. Many ancient races including the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Babylonians had been utilizing the benefits of apple cider vinegar for thousands of years. The Egyptians consumed it as a weight-loss supplement and also used it as a disinfectant for wounds. The Greek physician Hippocrates would prescribe a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey as a tonic for colds, and he also used it for cleaning wounds and burns. It can be used as a preservative for pickled fruit and vegetables as well.

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In order to make apple cider vinegar, a combination of yeast and bacteria is added to the juice of crushed apples, and the mixture is allowed to ferment until the sugar is turned into an alcohol. Then the concoction is fermented again with an acid-forming bacterial, which turns the alcohol into vinegar. The word vinegar means "sour wine".

Apple cider vinegar is able to kill bacteria and other harmful pathogens, which makes it effective for cleaning your house and as well as something that can be used for cleaning wounds. It's also been traditionally used to treat lice, infections, warts, and even nail fungus.

Studies have shown that vinegar is capable of helping people keep their blood sugar levels down and also improves insulin sensitivity, which is especially helpful for those with Type 2 Diabetes. Apple cider vinegar can also be useful to assist in lowering blood pressure as well as cholesterol, both of which are primary causes of heart disease.

Drinking apple cider vinegar before meals have been proven to assist in losing weight as it can help with feeling more fuller, longer. It is typically consumed by adding a tablespoon to a glass of water but it can also be used as a healthy alternative for making things like salad dressing. Although it's very cost effective (A bottle of unfiltered apple cider vinegar will usually retail around $3-4) it can easily be made at home, using apple scraps and sugar.

Whether cleaning your house, disinfecting a cut, or trying to lose weight, apple cider vinegar has been effectively used for thousands of years.

                                                                                    

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Tracey’s Gastric Sleeve: Fighting for Her Life


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It's a great honor for BeLiteWeight to be able to share the incredible success stories of our patients' post-operative journies! We are always so inspired when we hear about the life-changing victories that people gain as a result of their surgery. Our patient Tracey was kind enough to tell us her story and allowed us to share it with others so that they can feel inspired too!

 

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I had always been a big girl but was comfortable in my own skin and pretty much went and did everything I wanted to go and do.  After moving to a new state I began working for call centers.  Didn't realize how much being in an almost completely sedentary job would affect me.  I started having less energy and having a lot more headaches and generally just didn't feel good.  My weight kept going up.  This continued until I landed in the hospital with cellulitis after a fall.  I was off work for almost 8 weeks because my wounds would not heal.  About a year later I had another scare with cellulitis and spent another week or so in hospital.  Another hospital stay that summer suggested congestive heart failure. Then 6 months later my weight jumped almost 50 pounds in just a couple of weeks.  My feet and legs were so swollen I could barely walk.  Ended up back in the hospital and diagnosed with congestive heart failure, again.  It was at this time that I was also diagnosed with previously missed sleep apnea and type II diabetes that was just feeding into my weight gain and edema which was, in turn, feeding my sleep apnea and diabetes.  It was a vicious circle that nothing was going to fix except extreme weight loss.  The only problem is I had gained so much weight that I COULDN'T exercise.  I couldn't breathe good enough and my legs hurt too much to walk.  Dieting was going to help, but not enough. 
 
I started looking into the option of gastric sleeve surgery.  I talked it over with my primary care doctor and he agreed and supported this.  I started the process with an approved surgeon here in the states, went through all of the testings, got to TWO WEEKS prior to my scheduled surgery and was then told that I could not have the surgery.  My insurance would not pay for it unless I first lost 30 pounds!!!!  I was livid.  My primary care doctor was floored.  He even wrote Blue Cross a letter but they would not budge.  I knew at this point that if I did not do something I was not going to be alive much longer.  I was miserable. 
 
 
Finally I found Beliteweight and they literally saved my life.  I was nervous and a bit scared of going to Mexico, but I did my research and realized that this was the only way I was going to be able to do this.  So, after being given a MUCH easier to follow liver-shrinking diet for the 2 weeks prior to the surgery, my best friend and I headed to El Paso for the trip across the boarder.  I am so very thankful I made that trip.  I owe my very life to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villareal and the staff at Star Medico Hospital in Juarez.  I weighed 430.6 pounds on the morning of my surgery, July 15, 2017.  Today, May 8, 2018 I weigh 229.4 pounds – a weight loss of 201.2 pounds and have shed 25 inches off of my waist.  Thank you Beliteweight for being there for those of us that Medical Insurance wont help.
-Tracey T
 
You are amazing Tracey! We at BeLiteWeight are so excited to see the incredible progress you've made, and we're so grateful that you shared your story with us!
 
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The Most Delicious Bread Recipe, and it’s Grain Free!


 

 

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                                    https://www.annmariegianni.com/a-grain-free-bread-recipe-from-a-nutritional-biochemist/

There are few things that smell better than a fresh loaf of bread baking in the oven. Many people don't realize how easy it is to make their own bread at home, and the benefits are more than worth it. There are numerous advantages to baking your own bread versus buying it pre-made.

Bread from a grocery store is often loaded with sugar; sometimes white bread has as much as three grams of sugar per slice. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your child can contain up to 6 grams of sugar in the bread alone. Consuming large amounts of sugar is linked to various health issues, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Wheat bread is a healthier option, but it can still have up to 1 gram of sugar per slice.

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A great alternative is a grain-free bread, but a loaf at the store can cost anywhere from $5-$7. This recipe for a grain-free loaf is an easy way to make delicious, healthy bread at home. It uses almond flour, arrowroot flour, and coconut flour, which are excellent grain substitutes for those who are sensitive to gluten. Almond flour is low in carbohydrates and tastes slightly sweeter than wheat flour. Arrowroot flour is easier to digest, and much healthier when used in place of cornstarch. Coconut flour has a content high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Crusty Boule Bread Recipe

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (100g)
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour (120g)
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour (40 g)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ tbsp very finely ground chia
  • 2 tbsp organic psyllium husk powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, or honey
  • 1 egg yolk + tsp water for egg wash (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour and sea salt.
  2. Heat water to 105–110°F. Add maple syrup and stir. Add the yeast and let stand 10 minutes. The yeast should bubble or foam. If it doesn’t, start over.
  3. Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture. Let stand 1 minute to thicken, then whisk.
  4. Pour the thickened yeast-chia mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.
  5. Put kneaded dough back in the bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  7. Divide dough into two balls. Place dough balls on a square of parchment paper or a pizza peel. Dip your hands in water and shape into nice rounded shapes. Brush with egg wash, if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a tic-tac-toe pattern on the top.
  8. Slide the prepared boules onto the preheated stone. Bake 35-40 minutes. PLEASE NOTE – baking time can vary – the measure of doneness is an internal temperature of 205-210 F.
  9. Let cool completely on a wire rack. (Not allowing the loaf to fully cool before cutting may result in a gummy interior.) When completely cool, slice and serve or store in an airtight container. To re-crisp crust, toast or reheat in a 375 F degree oven for 5-10 minutes.                                                                                

Not only is this bread recipe healthy, but it's also extremely delicious and tastes as good as anything you could buy at the store, if not better. 

 

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Turmeric: A Super Root


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In order for our bodies to work properly, we have to keep them well fueled. What you eat can make a huge difference in your energy levels, your mood, and of course your overall health. It's important that your diet is giving your body the best fuel possible.  A super food that has been proven to contain many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is similar to ginger, and it can be found most notably in curry. (It's what gives curry it's beautiful yellow color.) In India, the belief that turmeric holds various health properties has persisted for thousands of years, and now science is proving that belief to be correct.

The main ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin, which is where it derives its numerous health benefits. One of its perks is that it's an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract the effects of aging and disease that are caused by the oxidation of tissue. Curcumin also increases the productivity of the antioxidants that are already present in our system. So not only does it block oxidants from damaging our tissues, but it also strengthens the other antioxidants in our body so that they work better. 

In addition, curcumin works as an anti-inflammatory. Low-level, chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for a variety of chronic illnesses that afflict many people, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other degenerative diseases. It can help to prevent heart disease by improving the function of our blood vessel lining, which regulates things like blood pressure as well as blood clotting. In addition, curcumin has been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, as some patients have reported that it works just as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin also has the ability to help elevate levels of a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is shown to prevent brain-related diseases, and low levels of BDNF correspond with certain health issues such as depression and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is in part caused by inflammation as well as oxidation, and curcumin works to counteract them both.

A powerful remedy for cystic acne is a relatively simple mixture of turmeric with equal parts fresh lemon juice and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It creates a paste that is extremely effective in preventing and healing acne cysts. The only downside is that it can temporarily dye the skin, so it's best to do it at night before bed.

The amount of curcumin in turmeric is relatively small, so it's recommended to use a turmeric extract in order to receive the full benefit of its potential. Another way to boost your body's ability to absorb curcumin is by eating it with piperine, which is the chemical in pepper that makes it spicy. It's also recommended to consume turmeric with a meal heavy in fat because curcumin is fat-soluble, which means it needs fat to break down.

The best health plan is prevention, and using turmeric is a great way to help your body fight against the degenerative diseases that are prevalent in today's society.

 

 

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Hydrating Low-Carb Summer Refreshers!


hydrating banner Summer is just around the corner which means that the hot weather is on its way. One of the most important things we can do for our body when its hot outside is to stay hydrated. We tend to sweat a lot more in the heat, and we need to make up for the water that our body has lost. Not only does it give you more supple skin, but staying well hydrated is beneficial to your brain, heart, muscles, joints, and basically anything else that helps your body keep moving. Drinking water is great, but there are other options for making refreshing beverages that are not only fun for the summer, but very beneficial to your health.

 

 

Homemade Keto Electrolyte Drink

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                                                                                                         https://www.lowcarbspark.com/homemade-keto-electrolyte-drink/

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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                                                                                                                              https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/recipes/8-natural-rehydrating-drinks-make-home/

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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                                                                                                         https://greenblender.com/smoothies/recipes/carrot-apple-protein

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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                                                                                                                                                  https://www.superhealthykids.com/natural-hydration-drink-for-kids/

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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                                                                                                         https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/cucumber-tomato-avocado-salad-paleo-low-carb/

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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