April 2017 Newsletter
My Bariatric Solutions 300
April 8, 2017
We are proud to announce that Wise Health System has signed a multi-year agreement as entitlement sponsor for April’s Nascar Xfinity Series Race, which will be re-branded as the My Bariatric Solutions 300. The race is Saturday, April 8th.
Wise Health System is also now the official healthcare provider of Texas Motor Speedway and will be on-site to provide services to the competitors throughout NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends for the next 5 years!
Patient Spotlight: JEN
Jen has lost 110 lbs. since having her gastric sleeve in May 2015 and has maintained her weight loss at her goal weight !!!
Jen states her “ah-ha” moment as “being able to wear what I WANT, not just what FITS. I see clothes on TV or in ads online and I still have to remind myself that I don’t have to limit myself to WOMEN’S/PLUS SIZE clothing. I can wear whatever I want! I LOVE sports and I don’t have to buy a men’s XXL shirt with my favorite team logo!” She also states, “I don’t feel limited by my weight. I am more confident.
When my husband and I go out to dinner, I don’t worry about being the heaviest woman in the room. I don’t feel like people see me and criticize me – I can actually think that maybe they’re complimenting me. The best part is meeting new people who didn’t know me before surgery. They can’t believe I used to be heavy. They tell me that I look like I’ve always been naturally healthy and fit. Hearing that NEVER gets old!!!
Dr. Islam was wonderful. She provided personal care, beyond my expectations. When the time came that my husband needed hernia surgery, Dr. Islam was the only person we wanted to perform his surgery. She really cares. I had back surgery in January 2017 and I could call Dr. Islam to ensure my bariatric surgery was addressed by my spinal surgeon – more than a YEAR after my surgery.
Staff Update from My Bariatric Solutions
Mistey Patterson RN CBN has accepted the Director of Bariatrics position. She will also continue her previous job responsibilities as the clinical coordinator.
Lisa Greene has accepted the Assistant Director of Bariatrics position. She will continue her previous job responsibilities as supervisor of the Call Center in addition to her new responsibilities.
Missed March’s Support Group?
Did you miss March’s Support Group with Dr. Heath Smith and Bariatric Director Mistey Patterson, RN?
If so, no problem. Click the link below to watch the webinar. Enjoy!
Recipe Substitutions: Making Existing Recipes Bariatric-Friendly
Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
Do you have trouble being creative with meal options due to your new bariatric lifestyle? You are not the only one! Many people who have had weight loss surgeries (WLS) have difficulty creating and finding recipes to make that fit their new diet, but it does not have to be that hard. A lot of recipes that you grew up with can be adjusted to fit your new lifestyle while still maintaining its flavor.
- Omit rice from recipes
- Eat the stir fry without the rice
- If rice is on the side replace it with some cooked vegetables, even a small baked sweet potato
- Replace rice that is mixed into the dish with quinoa
- Quinoa is still a starch but is higher in protein versus rice and is whole grain
- Use half of what the recipe calls for in rice for quinoa
Exercise Tip of the Month
Chart your progress! A great way to stay consistent is to keep record of what you do, how far you go or the weight lifted and how often you do it during that week. This can even mean keeping a picture log. All of these can help you see how far you have come and the progress that you have made. This can help you to stay motivated, overcome plateaus, and keep you consistent.
Need to contact your Exercise Specialist?
You can reach Jessi Treadaway via email at email@example.com
Produce of the Month: Beets
Jordanne Hellman MS RDN LD
If you are looking for a nutrient powerhouse to add to your diet, think beets! Beet roots are deep purple in color, making them a colorful addition grated on a salad or as a roasted side dish.
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, as well as important vitamins and minerals, including folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6.
Many phytonutrients unique to beets function as anti-inflammatory compounds.
Beets also contain betaine, a key nutrient that helps regulate inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
As one of the vegetables with higher sugar content, beets can also be added to sweets, like the fudgy beet cupcake recipe below!
Don’t forget about the green leafy tops of your beets! They are also packed full of nutrients including phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. These greens actually contain more iron than spinach! Just use the beet toppers in place of spinach (steamed, sauteed, braised, add to soups, or eat raw) and enjoy.
TIP: When cooking with beets, be sure to protect surfaces as beets will stain clothing and cutting boards.
Recipe of the Month: Fudgy Beet Cupcakes
Jordanne Hellman MS RDN LD
2 medium beets
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp white vinegar
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 heaping tbsp. all-purpose flour
Scant ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove the stem and most of the root from your beets, and wash them in water until clean.
- Place beets in foil and drizzle with canola oil. Wrap tightly and roast for one hour or until soft. They should be tender. Set in the fridge in a bowl until cooled.
- Place cooled beets in a food processor and puree with small amount of water to help mix. Measure out ½ cup and set aside.
- Whisk together the almond milk and vinegar in a large bowl and set aside for few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and ½ cup beets and beat until foamy.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the wet ingredients while mixing. Beat until smooth.
- Pour batter into lined muffin pan, filling ¾ of the way full. Bake 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
- Dust with cocoa powder and store in an airtight container.
We hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As always, we are appreciative of your decision to choose My Bariatric Solutions for your care!
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