March 2017 Newsletter

Patient Spotlight:  Sara

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Has lost over 100 lbs. since having her gastric sleeve last February!!

Sara states her “ah-ha” moment was “fitting in a restaurant booth without that paralyzing fear of getting stuck, RUNNING, and playing basketball with my children. I feel like having surgery gave me my life back! I’m so much healthier now. BONUS – no more back and knee pain! I finally have the energy to LIVE life again! From the first appointment, I was so impressed with the entire staff! So kind and helpful. Dr. Smith saved my life and I will forever be grateful.”

Wednesday, March 8th is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day

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Thank you Cecilia for all the hard work and dedication you provide to our patients day in and day out!

Non-Scale Victories


Weight loss plateaus can be frustrating and disheartening following weight loss surgery. You look at the scale after weeks of eating healthy and exercising regularly, and the number did not budge. While it is so easy to get caught up in the numbers, the scale is not the only sign that you are succeeding in your weight loss efforts. Non-scale victories are the personal achievements that have nothing to do with the scale, but show you how far you have come in your journey to a healthier lifestyle.  Examples of non-scale victories could include:

  • You’ve lost inches and clothes are fitting better
  • Stairs are easier to climb
  • You have more energy
  • You can cross your legs with ease
  • You feel more confident in yourself

There are truly so many small victories worth celebrating in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Take a step back and look at your overall progress. Always remember—weight is just a number!

Support Group: Q&A with Dr. Smith


Learn about the most common bariatric procedure(s) performed in the country and gain knowledge as patients contemplating and post bariatric surgery ask questions.


“Don’t overlook the small victories along the way. Embrace each and every success, such as being comfortable in your own skin, playing with your children or grandchildren, having more energy, and even walking faster while performing your daily tasks. Successes such as these are great motivators that quietly encourage us to become more active and more confident. Allow yourself to shop for the clothes you’ve waited to fit into for so many years and even go for the hairstyle you’ve always wanted to fit your new, slender facial structure. Bask in these moments and never allow anything or anyone to minimize these “small” victories that are so big to many of us.”

~ Lisa Greene, Assistant Director of Bariatrics

Exercising through Obstacles and Plateaus

Jessi Treadaway BSK


Remember… Good things come to those who work hard!

Lack of Motivation:

Problem: Not enough motivation to want to work out or be consistent with the workout.


– Set easy to reach goals so as to see yourself succeed

– Set monthly or weekly challenges as to bring out the inner competitor

– Work out with someone (friend, family or trainer) for an outside motivator

Not enough time:

Problem: Not being able to “find” time to work out due work, kids, etc.


– Schedule it into your day. This means set aside a time on your schedule so that you will always have that time available.

– It doesn’t have to be an hour. Even just 30 min out of the day can be used for a good workout, such as HIIT, Tabata, Zumba or even just walking or riding a bike.

– Remember, anything is better than nothing.

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Produce of the Month: BELL PEPPER

Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD


Bell peppers come in a variety of colors – red, orange, yellow, green, and many others we do not typically see in our local supermarket. Each bell pepper color has its own taste profile, for example red, orange, and yellow varieties have a fruit-like taste and are much sweeter than the green bell pepper. Bell peppers are not spicy like other peppers, because the amount of capsaicin (it gives peppers the spicy taste) is very low. So don’t let the word “pepper” scare you away from giving it a try!

These delicious peppers are great eaten raw or cooked and provide high amounts of vitamin C. A cup of bell pepper has more vitamin C than TWO oranges! So next time you’re in search for a “pick me up” to fight the common cold, try crunching on a bell pepper. When choosing bell peppers, look for fresh green stems, no blemishes or spots, and a firm texture. Happy eating!

Recipe of the Month: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Cecilia Sanchez MS RDN LD


6 – bell peppers (multiple colors)

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 c. uncooked quinoa

1/2 c. diced onion

1 – 12 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 – small can tomato sauce


  1. Cook lean beef and onion in skillet on medium heat until brown.
  2. Once meat is cooked, add the can of diced tomatoes (with juice), uncooked quinoa, and half of the small can of tomato sauce. Mix well, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. While meat mixture is covered and simmering, wash the bell peppers and core them. (You can remove the seeds or leave them.)
  4. Once meat mixture and quinoa are cooked, stuff each bell pepper with the mixture. Top off stuffed bell peppers with remaining tomato sauce.
  5. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 minutes or until bell peppers are tender.
  6. Serve with a side of vegetables and enjoy!


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