Join Us for the LA Big 5K Fun Run!

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Join us for the LA Big 5K Fun Run, March 8th, 2014

The cost to register for the 5K Fun Run on March 8th is $40.00 per person. After registering below, please arrange to pay in person by credit card or mail a check made out to Khalili Foundation to:

Khalili Foundation
Attn: Hillary Downs
9033 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Click here to register now!


Study on Safety of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

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Initial results of a first and largest of its kind study focusing on the safety of adolescent bariatric surgery were published in JAMA Pediatrics. The “Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery” (Teen-LABS) study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is being conducted at five sites in the U.S., including Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is the study’s principal investigator.


“This NIH-funded study is benchmark research in the field of adolescent bariatric surgery,” said Marc Michalsky, MD, surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s and a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Participating in a study of this magnitude with colleagues around the country, collaborating to gather integral safety data, is both gratifying and hugely beneficial to adolescents suffering with severe obesity and health complications we used to diagnose only in adults. While the research continues, these initial findings should provide encouragement to adolescents and their families as they consider bariatric surgery.”


Click here to read the full article at TheAlmagest.com


Food Friday: Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelets

Khalili Center - Broccoli and Cheese Omelets
We love this recipe to inspire your bariatric friendly, high protein breakfast appetite! Make ahead and freeze for your “grab-and-go” busy mornings!

4 cups broccoli florets
4 whole large eggs
1 cup egg whites
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar (Sargento)
1/4 cup good grated cheese like pecorino romano
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and fresh pepper
Cooking spray

*Preheat oven to 350°. Steam broccoli with a little water for about 6-7 minutes.
When broccoli is cooked, crumble into smaller pieces and add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
*Spray a standard size non-stick cupcake tin with cooking spray and spoon broccoli mixture evenly into 9 tins.
*In a medium bowl, beat egg whites, eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Pour into the greased tins over broccoli until a little more than 3/4 full. Top with grated cheddar and bake in the oven until cooked, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer to enjoy during the week.

Servings: 4 ½, Size: 2 omelets
Calories: 167
Protein: 18 grams
Carb: 5 grams
Fat: 8.5 grams

Recipe by Skinnytaste.com


Artificial Sweeteners

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One of the benefits of having bariatric surgery is that often patients report increased taste sensations and sensitivity to the flavors of foods post operatively and for years to come. This is beneficial to health because you have the opportunity to enjoy more foods in their natural state often without heavy sauces and other additives like extra salt and sugar.

It is a known fact that the more sweet or salty or what I call “high sensation” foods we consume the more we desire, and the more often we desire them. Over time this can change your palate preference for these types of foods and the desire to consume these types of foods all the time.

With this occurrence, someone may consume a plain apple and report that it has no flavor and is therefore not as pleasing as a sugary energy bar. This may leave the individual constantly “looking” for something more savory. You can see how eating healthy and weight control can become more of a concern in this scenario.

Overall, it is best to consume whole foods day to day that are in their more natural state and less often those high sensation foods like pastries or heavy saucy gourmet recipes.

If however you are in question about what to sweeten your coffee or dessert with an alternative sweetener such as sucralose or aspartame commonly sold on the market now the answer is yes! It may help you save calories and it may not be as sweet or heavy tasting on your palate therefore potentially conserving your palate preference for simpler foods. Often applesauce and other sweet natural foods are used in place of sugar in certain recipes to increase the nutrition and also preserve your palate preference for simpler treats. So if you still choose to consume artificial sweeteners, try to limit these additives and always remember not to substitute the healthy meal or not to do it all the time anyway!


Tuesday Bariatric Tips: Sugar Detox

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7 Facts

Do you, like many, struggle with feelings of addiction when it comes to sugar?

If you do, you are not alone! Sugar can be detrimental to any healthy diet. Knowing this information can help Bariatric surgery patients to resist sugar temptations even when it gets tough.

  1. Sugar may influence the same feel good brain chemicals as some street drugs including the brain chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.
  2. Sugar laden foods alter your body’s blood sugar regulation and may increase your likelihood to consume even more sugary foods.
  3. Natural sugars vs processed sugars produce typically the same result.
  4. Sensitize your palate to prefer less sugar by minimizing sugary foods in your daily diet.
  5. Slowly start enjoying the natural sugars occurring already naturally in whole foods with fruit, yogurts or cooked vegetables…
  6. Research shows that when you naturally incorporate more fruits and vegetables as well as blood sugar stabilizing protein in your meal planning your sugar cravings may subside.
  7. Exercise to help your mind remember healthier food choices.



  • Average American may consume 20 teaspoons a day!
  • Daily recommendation: 6-8 tsp occurring naturally from food.
  • ¼ tsp = 1 gram
  • YOUR GOAL: less than 5 grams of sugar per serving


Food Friday: No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

No Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

We love this quick and easy chili made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes and spices because it is a perfect weeknight meal for the bariatric patient! High in protein and rich in healthy nutrition it has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potatoes without being too spicy! And, for those of you who have trouble finding good protein sources that digest well, this is your answer! Enjoy!!



20 oz, 93% lean ground turkey
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
10 oz can Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
8 oz can tomato sauce
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
Fresh cilantro, for garnish



* In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.
* When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.
* Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve.


Servings: 5, Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 235
Protein: 23 grams
Carb: 14 grams
Fat: 8 grams


This recipe comes from skinnytaste.com


Bariatric Surgery Slows Aging on the Cellular Level

Studies have shown that losing weight helps preserve a cellular aging marker called a telomere. Telomeres cap the ends of our chromosomes, keeping them from deteriorating as we age.

New research has now replicated those results in patients who’ve had weight-loss surgery, showing that they can enjoy the same health benefits as those who don’t go under the knife to shed pounds.

Click here to read the entire article at healthline.com



Tuesday Bariatric Tips: Be Merry and On Track for the Holidays

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Be Merry and On Track for the Holidays

5 Bariatric Friendly Tips:



a. Stimulates your metabolism

b. Refreshes your perspective

c. Increases your energy for the day

d. Decreases your cravings



a. Include a protein to boost your metabolism and mellow your mood.



a. Limits grazing and snacking

b. Decreases cravings

c. Keeps you energized



a. Don’t go to the party hungry.

b. Eat a smart snack pre-party.

c. Drink water during cocktail hour.

d. Prioritize your plate.

e. Plan for a treat, don’t impulsively consume it.

f. Avoid standing around or facing the food area.

g. Avoid high calorie liquids (egg nog, cocktails).



a. Lifelong success is monitored by how you are eating daily and your behaviors around food more than the number on the scale.


Food Friday: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes

Food Friday - Pumpkin Swirl


We love these delicious holiday cheesecake cups made light by using Greek yogurt swirled with pumpkin butter on top! Portion perfect for your healthy bariatric lifestyle.



12 reduced fat vanilla wafers

8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

2 large egg whites

1 tbsp all purpose flour

3/4 cup pumpkin butter or pumpkin pie filling



*Heat oven to 350°.

*Line cupcake tin with liners. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.

*Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat-free yogurt, egg whites and flour. Do not over beat.

*Pour into cupcake liners filling half way. Top each with 1 tbsp of the pumpkin butter. *Using a toothpick, swirl the pumpkin butter into the cream cheese mixture for a marbling effect.

*Bake 25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature. Chill a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.



Servings: 12, Size: 1 cup

Calories: 114.1

Protein: 3.8 grams

Carb: 13.8 grams

Fat: 4.6 grams


This recipe comes from skinnytaste.com



Bariatric surgery isn’t ‘one size fits all’

Connie Cox avoided bariatric surgery for years. The registered dietitian knew how to lose weight — she had done it time and again, dropping more than 75 pounds before gaining it all back.

“The difficulty was in maintaining that loss,” she says. “I’d pretty much given up because it was just so heart-breaking.”

Cox realized she couldn’t do it with diet and exercise alone. She was 5-foot-3 and 293 pounds, and she saw her weight as a professional embarrassment. She decided to undergo a gastric bypass procedure.

Click here to read the rest at CNN.com

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.