Food Friday: Zucchini Pizza Bites

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Craving Pizza for the big game day?

Try these yummy and Guiltless Zucchini Pizza Bites! We love this tasty bariatric friendly recipe because it fits the bill for a healthy and fun “anytime” meal. Rich in healthy nutrition and it favors your bariatric waistline! Enjoy!


  • 4 slices large zucchini 1/4″ thick (or 1 medium zucchini cut on diagonal)
  • Olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp quick marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella


  • Cut zucchini about 1/4 inch thick. Spray both side lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Broil or grill the zucchini for about 2 minute on each side.
  • Top with sauce and low fat cheese and broil for an additional minute or two.

**Chef’s note: Careful not to burn cheese!

  • Servings: 1, Serving Size: 4 pieces
  • Calories: 124.8
  • Protein: 8.2 grams
  • Carb: 10.4 grams
  • Fat: 5.7 grams

This recipe appears courtesy of skinnytaste.com


Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?

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Weight loss can be a difficult battle, but it can be especially difficult if the battle has raged on for many years.

One solution to overcome the war is bariatric or weight loss surgery. Each year, bariatric surgery offers thousands of people numerous benefits of weight loss such as the relief of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, just to name a few.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery or plan to seek consultation, below is what you can expect before, during and after surgery.

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Top 5 Strategies to AVOID Using Food For The Wrong Reasons!

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Here are 5 key strategies to help you avoid using food for the wrong reasons and stay healthy! It’s an important part of your Weight Loss Surgery journey to learn healthy habits like this that will help keep you on track for a life-long healthier you!

Become a more mindful eater.

  • Think about where the food came from.
  • Think about whether you want the food for your body or your mind.
  • Start to notice mindful, enjoyable moments in your life that are unrelated to the eating experience.

Strengthen your endurance to counter stress eating.

  • Often it is the anxiety and need for escape, feeing good or a checking out that can throw you into the “mode” of eating or eating mindlessly.
  • Mindfully recognize the emotion to eat and grow your mental endurance to stay with the moment until the “eating wave” dies off.

Set your inner critic straight.

  • “I am a failure at this!” ….
  • “Hmmm, there’s that judgmental commentary of my emotions and my desires for food.”

Respect your body when your mind wins.

  • If you choose to eat for a reason other than for your body, make a choice that is good for your health to preserve the sensitivity of your palate for simpler foods.

End secret eating.

  • If you want it, eat it publically.


Food Friday: Cream of Zucchini Soup

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This super low calorie and bariatric friendly recipe looks simple and it is a favorite in the house! It is so easy and so yummy you will not believe your eating your vegetables! Your friends and family will love this and especially for the cold weather!


  • 1/2 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 medium zucchini, skin on cut in large chunks
  • 32 oz fat free chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Combine chicken broth, onion, garlic and zucchini in a medium pot and cook on medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Purée: Add the sour cream. Using an immersion blender, purée untill smooth.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve hot.
  • Optional: Top with 2 tsp parmesan cheese – 1 point extra


  • Servings: 4, Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 65.3
  • Protein: 3.5 grams
  • Carb: 11 grams
  • Fat: 1.0grams

This recipe came from skinnytaste.com


Khalili Center Support Group For Men Dealing With Obesity Issues

Khalili Center has established a Men’s Support Group, specifically recognizing support needs for male patients.

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Fat Chance: TLC’s My 600-lb Life Premieres Tonight (1/21)

21st January 2014 by April Neale

Courtesy of TLC

Fat Chance: TLC’s My 600-lb Life: Video Clip for Tonight (1/21)

How does someone become 600 pounds?

It’s a loaded question, and one that invites criticism of committing the sin of fat shaming and discrimination. But still, at what point does someone stop the weight gain?  At what point does the lie of being grossly overweight as acceptable end?
There are real answers and help for those willing to put an end to the madness.
Eraj Basseri, MD, a general and bariatric surgeon with the Khalili Center in Beverly Hills, CA, agrees with the new research recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine dispelling the myth that obese people are considered “healthy” if they have normal metabolic markers such as low cholesterol and low blood pressure.
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Break the Graze Cycle

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Do you find yourself snacking or grazing between meals and a little too often?

Tips to break the Graze Cycle:

  • Designate your meal time and stick to it!
  • Drink water between your meals, it helps!
  • Sit down at a table to eat.
  • Eat off a plate, with a fork and a napkin.
  • Do not snack out of a bag or box, you’re not a raccoon!
  • Do not eat while standing at the kitchen counter, hydrate instead!
  • Do not eat in the car, hydrate instead!
  • Do not eat on the couch, hydrate instead!
  • Do not eat in front of the television, hydrate instead!
  • Do not eat your kids’ leftovers, they’re not for you!
  • Do not have seconds, even if it’s “just” a small scoop.
  • Do not eat after dinner, unless it’s a scheduled snack that you’ve planned and logged in your food journal.

Bariatric Friends, Welcome to peace again….


Food Friday: Cilantro Chicken Salad

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We love this easy, every day bariatric friendly meal! High in protein you will be focused and full of energy all day!

7 oz cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
2 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 small scallion, chopped
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch of cumin
Pinch of chile powder
low sodium chicken broth

*To Poach Chicken: Cover chicken breast in broth in a small pot, add water if it doesn’t cover the chicken. Add salt and pepper, a piece of celery and it’s leaves (you could add herbs like parsley, garlic, onion, or whatever you want) and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover tight and let it sit for 15-20 minutes or until thickest part of the breast registers 160 degrees. Chicken will be cooked through. Let it cool and cut into small cubes.

*Combine chicken, mayonnaise, scallions, lime juice, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and chile powder. Add a little chicken broth if chicken seams too dry, 1 tbsp at a time.

Servings: 2, Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
Calories: 163.3
Protein: 23.2 grams
Carb: 2.3 grams
Fat: 6.2 grams

Recipe from SkinnyTaste.com


Obese Men Face Risks When They Delay Bariatric Surgery

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Obese women are four times more likely than men to seek weight-loss surgery. When they do, male patients tend to be older, more obese, and sicker than women.

“It is important for men to realize that obesity poses a serious threat to their health and lifespan,” says Mohamed Ali, senior author of the study and chief of bariatric surgery at the University of California, Davis. “A patient who is 100 pounds or more above his ideal body weight poses a therapeutic dilemma and should be referred to a surgeon.”

For the study, published in Surgical Endoscopy, Ali and his colleagues collected information from 1,368 patients who were evaluated for bariatric surgery at UC Davis between 2002 and 2006. A vast majority of them—nearly 82 percent—were female.

Both men and women in the study were likely to be affected by weight-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, elevated cholesterol and fat levels in the blood, gastroesophageal reflux disease, musculoskeletal peripheral disease, back pain, depression and metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

There were some distinctions, however, between men and women in the study. The male participants:

  • Had more weight-related health conditions as well as more serious forms of those conditions (an average of 4.54 conditions and 3.7 serious conditions for men, compared to an average of 4.15 conditions and 3.08 serious conditions for women)
  • Were more likely to have hypertension (68.8 percent versus 55.3 percent), diabetes (36.4 percent versus 28.9 percent), obstructive sleep apnea (71.9 percent versus 45.7 percent) and metabolic syndrome (20.9 percent versus 15.2 percent)
  • Had higher body mass index (BMI) measures (an average of 48.7 BMI for males compared to 46.6 BMI for females) and were more likely to have class IV obesity, which is a BMI between 50 and 59
  • Were about two years older than the females and more likely to be over 50 years of age

Even though the weight, health, quality of life, psychosocial function, and lifespan of an obese male could be dramatically improved by surgical weight loss, Ali says that he and other bariatric surgeons must balance these potential benefits against the patient’s risk for post-surgical complications.

“This risk would be significantly lessened if obese males were referred to bariatric surgeons before they develop serious disease complications,” says Ali, whose study is believed to be the first in the US to investigate gender-specific health disparities in patients seeking weight-loss surgery.

At the time of Ali’s analysis, 930 patients (70 percent) included in the study had undergone bariatric surgery, but only 14.4 percent of them were men.

The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships helped support the study.

Click here to read the original article at futurity.org


Wellness Wednesday: 10 Easy & Natural Tips for Mind-Body Wellness

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It is possible to live healthy and happy without spending too much time, effort and money. Each of these simple tips will take you closer to your weight loss surgery inspired health goals:

  • Use more herbs and spices in your cooking to reap their antioxidant and immunity-boosting benefits.
  • Eat a slice of fresh ginger before meals to balance blood flow and aid digestion.
  • Chew fennel seeds after meals to freshen breath and encourage good digestion.
  • Discover the healing power of aromatherapy.  Diffuse essential oils of peppermint, lemongrass and rosemary to enhance mental clarity. Harness the relaxing properties of rose, jasmine and lavender to invite calm into your mind and heart.
  • Favor fresh foods over leftovers, processed and packaged foods.
  • Take five minutes before your daily shower to give your body a warm oil massage. An excellent way to improve blood circulation, nourish skin, and calm the mind.
  • Eat a handful of nuts every day.
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. Adequate and restful sleep is one of the pillars of good health.
  • Sip plenty of warm water throughout the day to keep your digestion smooth.
  • Make “balance” your mantra. This simply means try to practice moderation in everything. Too much food, sleep, Internet surfing, stress, exercise and emotional attachment can be dangerous for health.

Read the original article at Care2.org

The information presented in the blog pages of Khalili Center is for educational and informational purposes only and should not considered personal medical advice. Consult with your personal physician/care giver regarding your own personal medical care.