A Bit Surreal: Shanille’s Bypass


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Here at BeLiteWeight the one thing that makes us all happier than anything else is the success of our patients and the honor that we have to share their stories with you! The next incredible success story is the wonderful Shanille and her adventure with the gastric bypass. The relationships that her weight loss has helped reinforce within her friends and family make her story so inspiring! Nevertheless, let’s let her own photos and actual words do the rest of the talking! 

 

“Starting Weight 264….Current Weight 162. This journey have been amazing and a bit surreal. I never thought I would be this weight again, ever. I was in such a dark hole not loving myself and developing all these medical issues. Now I’m free of it all and love the reaction my friends and family have when they see me. My life changed in such an amazing way. There are still days that you can believe this is real. I’m at my high school weight. My husband can’t keep his hands of me. I have energy to run around with my 21month old and my teenage loves that her friends think I’m her sister, the fact that I look younger. Over-all happy.”

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Thank you so much for sharing your success with us all Jennifer! Your story is a true inspiration for others and we are so happy to see you are taking advantage of your decision!
 
 
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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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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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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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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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Hydrating Low-Carb Summer Refreshers!


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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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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!

 

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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/

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

 

Water and Hydration After Weight Loss Surgery


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Water: The Most Essential Element For Life

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

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

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

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

Water acts as a lubricant

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

Water helps in thermoregulation

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

Water transports and metabolizes

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

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

Why is hydration important after bariatric surgery?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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