Courage to Change My Life: Jeff’s 4 Year Update


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Earlier this month we received a touching letter from one of our blinding success patients Jeff who has really turned his life around since we first chatted with him on the phone about 4 years ago. Read for yourself!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to the amazing folks are BeLiteWeight.com and give a quick update. It’s been four years since I found the courage to pick-up the phone and change my life.

When I decided to change my life, I was miserable and unable to do so many of the things that I wanted to do. I was always tired, miserable and my life was absent of anything to keep me going – except food.

When I called, I wanted to do the surgery fast! From the time I first called there was only three weeks until I left for the Gastric Sleeve.

The experience was amazing – and the years following the surgery have also been amazing! I feel great, look great and people tell me that I look so much younger now than I did then.

I can’t tell you how greatful that I am to everyone at Beliteweight for the amazing guidance that I received and for the support leading up to the surgery and the post surgical support that was fantastic from the minute I got home until I felt like I had it under control.

The process was worth it, the cost was unbeatable and the way my life was changed cannot be put into words.

The BeLiteWeight team is so proud of you Jeff! Keep up the hard work and you can achieve all of your goals and inspirations!

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

Happy Birthday Dr. Rod!


With big smiles the BeLiteWeight Family celebrated Dr. Rodriguez’ birthday this past weekend! Having performed thousands of bariatric surgeries this exceptional man is highly honored within the international surgical weight loss industry and deeply loved by his own community as well. Just look at some of the comments from his patients! Thank you so much for everything you do Rod, & happy birthday again!

Here are some of the touching messages from his patients! He should be so proud!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

Jose’s Gastric Sleeve: Life Changing


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

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

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weight loss surgery before after vsg gastiric sleeve

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

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

Weight Loss Surgery and Sickle Cell Disease


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blended Cheese Crisps


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

All you need to enjoy are these five items!

Ingredients

1 1/1 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella

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1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan

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4 Green Onions

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1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder & Black Pepper 

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Three Easy Steps

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Patient Process at Hospital Angeles Juarez


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This short and informative video shows you how smooth, clean, and easy the patient admission process for our weight loss surgery patients at Hospital Angels, Juarez. Our BeLiteWeight patients and their guest are greeted at the airport and stay in the hospital the entire duration off their trip! It is so easy it is almost a vacation!

For more information regarding your own weight loss surgery please visit us at www.beliteweight.com or call us at 1-800-215-6497

Jennifer’s Decision: Taking Back Her Health!


It is with great pleasure that BeLiteWeight is able to share Jennifer’s incredible journey! She is truly an inspiration, and we are so proud of her amazing progress!

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For me, the decision to have weight loss surgery came when I was on vacation with my family and I couldn’t walk without getting winded or get around to see the attractions. I had to sit on a bench or in the car and wait for the family to finish having fun. It was a miserable trip and I knew then something had to change. Once I returned home I started looking into weight loss surgery. I knew I couldn’t have the surgery in the United States as my insurance had many hoops and I would still have to pay an enormous amount of money even with a deductible. I did my research on several companies in Mexico and decided on Belite Weight. I am beyond pleased with my decision!! This was absolutely the BEST decision of my life. I took my health back. I chose to have the surgery in Juarez, MX. My mom traveled with me and we were treated exceptionally well from the time we were picked up until they took us back to the airport. There wasn’t much of a language barrier and everyone was so helpful and nice. The staff made sure my mom and I were comfortable and taken care of and the hospital was very clean and nice. I owe everything to Dr. Rodriguez and his staff!! This has been a journey and I have learned so much through it.

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I have lost 200 pounds in a year!! My body has gone through many positive changes and I have become a better ME!! I am so happy and I get complimented on my smile often. I can do things with my daughter that I haven’t ever been able to do such as ride amusement park rides or play basketball with her. I enjoy getting out and exercising and being in nature. I can even do simple everyday tasks around the house without being out of breath. I can live my life!!

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This has been the BEST decision I have ever made and I wish I would have done this sooner!! If you’re on the fence wondering if you should take the leap. I encourage you to do it!! Take your health and life back!!
Thank you
Jennifer W
Thank you for sharing your wonderful success Jennifer! Your story is truly encouraging and we are so greatful to hear how happy you are with your decision!
For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

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

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Weight Loss Surgery Is Effective When Diets Don’t Work


Losing weight through diet and exercise seems like it would be the easiest option but sometimes despite one's best efforts, they are not able to see significant results. For those that do lose weight, keeping it off can also prove to be difficult, as it tends to creep back up much faster than it took the time to lose it. Studies by the Memorial University of Newfoundland have proven that weight loss surgery is a significantly effective way to lose and keep off weight. Not only will it help reverse many of the adverse effects of obesity but it can also drastically improve quality of life. Most all patients who get weight loss surgery do not regret it and often recommend it anyone who suffers from obesity-related health issues.

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The study followed patients for five to twenty-five years after having weight loss surgery and compared them to those who did not. The studies showed that those who had the weight loss surgery were much happier, physically healthy, and more socially active than those who did not. The patients who had surgery reported that their symptoms in depression lessened, they were able to have more mobility, as well as loss of chronic pain. 

The studies also highlighted the enormous medical benefits of having weight loss surgery, including curing sleep apnea, lowering blood sugar and even helps with those suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The small percentage of patients who didn't lose weight still experienced positive benefits to their metabolism. Having surgery is also much safer than it was even ten years ago, and less than 1% of patients who would qualify are utilizing it. This costs the health system a lot more when factoring the cost of obesity-related conditions that could be potentially reversed through surgery. It also saves patients money on the medications they used to take from health issues that they no longer suffer from after having surgery.

Ultimately, the studies prove that weight loss surgery is the best preventative method to avoid more costly health issues in the future and also provides patients with overall better health and a much higher quality of life.

 

 

For more information on Weight Loss Surgery, please call BeLiteWeight today!

* Sourced from The Newfoundland and Labrador Bariatric Surgery Cohort Study

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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