February 2017 Newsletter

Patient Spotlight:

Leslie has lost 130 lbs. since having her gastric sleeve in January 2015 and her health problems are now resolved!!!

“My ‘ah-ha’ moment was the first day I was able to go into any store I wanted and NOT have to shop in the “big girl” department. I have gone from a size 26W to a size 6! My energy level is higher now than it has ever been considering I weigh less now than what I did when I was 11 years old! And my self-confidence is amazing.

The staff and doctors at My Bariatric Solutions are absolutely amazing. The most caring and professional medical team I have ever been around!! My only regret is not having this tool done when I was younger.” ~ Leslie

The Truth on Artificial Sweeteners

Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD
February Newsletter

Artificial sweeteners seem to always be highlighted on the news and what is being said is almost always different – so what’s the truth?? Can artificial sweeteners cause harm to your body if consumed in excessive amounts (like 40 packets a day)? In short, quite possibly. The exact harm has yet to be determined. Many previous research results are not accurate due to flaws in the data collection and inferences made that did not exist.

Will incorporating a modest amount of artificial sweeteners in your diet be harmful?

NO. There is no validity that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain or cancer, particularly in modest amounts.

It’s important when watching the news or reading something online that you view the source of their findings. Your friend’s Facebook post on what happened with their body because of artificial sweeteners is NOT a valid resource.  It is so important to do your research before making a decision on excluding a food group or group of products. Check the source to make sure REAL research is being used to make their decision – NOT an opinion, a story someone heard, research on animals that are not human (their bodies are different), or research funded by a company who would benefit with the findings. Just about anything can be posted out there – it’s YOUR responsibility to sort through the junk and find the treasure.

Quote of the Month

“In the six months following surgery, be your own best friend when eating out and DO NOT order your own meal.  This imparts depression for some because they can’t finish the meal and failure for others because of the inherent/ingrained attempt to clean the plate.  Embrace your surgery, learn your tool, and maximize your potential for success.”

~ Mistey Patterson RN CBN


Many of us may have New Year’s resolutions to exercise more in 2017. It can be difficult to maintain these resolutions as the pains of life start to consume your schedule again. So how can you stay true to your resolutions and continue to increase your physical activity and exercise routines or even start one at this point?  By setting SMART goals and making a commitment.

SMART goals are:

By setting these goals you begin to hold yourself accountable to a timeline. It’s also a great idea to share your goals with friends, family, and also on social media for additional accountability and support. If your motivation decreases in the process, remember why you wanted to achieve your goal in the first place. If your “why” is strong enough, the “how” will work itself out. For help setting SMART goals contact your exercise specialist. We have some great resources to help lay out a path to achieve your fitness goals in 2017.


Deciphering Bariatric Surgery Myths

Aleisha Green LVN

Myth: Bariatric Surgery is the “Easy Way Out” or “Quick Fix”

Surgical weight loss is a tool, to help the morbidly obese develop a healthier lifestyle. It takes a lifelong commitment to be successful with the weight loss and also to keep the weight off. Eating habits, vitamins, along with exercise are crucial for success and to prevent weight regain…

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Produce of the Month: ZUCCHINI


As another versatile vegetable, zucchini has gained popularity for those in search of low-carb substitutions to their favorite foods. Zucchini is often found added as a vegetable serving into bread or as a substitute for spaghetti noodles. This tasty vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked, as well as hot or cold, depending on your preference.

Zucchini is not only tasty, but also can benefit your health. The vegetable contains an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants that have been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve eye health, and lower cholesterol. It is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber. Not to mention it is low in calories, overall making it an excellent addition to your diet. Zucchini is an abundant vegetable and can be found year round in stores. When purchasing, choose zucchini that are firm, small to medium sized, and with bright green skin.

Recipe of the Month: Zucchini Ravioli


1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese

1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil

3 large zucchini

1/2 cup pasta sauce of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel zucchini vertically into strips.
  3. Mix the ricotta cheese, garlic, and basil together in a small bowl.
  4. On a baking sheet, place two slices of zucchini on top of each other to form a “T”.
  5. Add one tablespoon of ricotta cheese to the center of the “T”.
  6. To make into ravioli, take the bottom strip and fold both sides over the center (the filling.) Then take the top strips and fold over the center. Place on baking sheet with seams down.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all zucchini and cheese have been used.
  8. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and top with your favorite pasta sauce.


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