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The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Healthy Smoothie of the Month

After undergoing bariatric surgery, patients can expect to stick to a liquid diet for a period of time. Even after transitioning to solid foods, patients may still use low-calorie smoothies to meet their protein requirements and increase their intake of fresh vegetables. Consider trying this Power Gold Smoothie, which was developed by Fruits & Veggies-More Matters.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice, no sugar added
  • 1 cup orange juice, no sugar added
  • 2 1/4 cups grated carrots
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Add the grated carrots to a blender and pulse on high until the carrots are well-pulverized.
  • With the blender on, drizzle in several tablespoons of pineapple juice. Continue to blend until the mixture is a smooth puree.
  • Slowly add in the rest of the pineapple juice, all of the orange juice, and the honey. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Add the ice cubes and pulse on high until smooth. Stop the blender.
  • Spoon in the yogurt, replace the lid, and blend until smooth.
  • Divide into four chilled glasses.

Nutritional Information and Tips

When divided into four portions, each smoothie contains just 143 calories. Each smoothie also has three grams of protein, two grams of dietary fiber, 32 grams of carbohydrate, 75 milligrams of sodium, and negligible amounts of fat. This nutritious blend is a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. To further improve the nutritional profile of this beverage, consider replacing the yogurt with an equal amount of silky smooth tofu. If you try this, consider adding one-half teaspoon of imitation vanilla extract to adjust for the differences in taste.

Undergoing weight loss surgery in Atlantis requires a great deal of preparation. When you become a bariatric surgery patient at The JFK Bariatric Institute, you’ll receive access to all of the resources and information you need to successfully navigate the pre-operative and post-operative periods. You can request a referral to a gastric band surgery specialist by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).


Healthy Recipe of the Month

Before and after your weight loss surgery, you’ll be encouraged to try new recipes that are both nutritious and low in calories. One smart strategy is to swap out your favorite comfort foods with recipes that are similar in taste, yet much healthier. If you’re a meatloaf fan, for example, try this Mushroom and Walnut Meatloaf recipe from the American Diabetes Association.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. mixed mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 1/3 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  • After assembling your ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Gather four ramekins that hold eight ounces and spray with the cooking spray.
  • Warm the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onions and mushrooms, and sauté until they are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and sun-dried tomatoes, and continue to cook for another eight minutes. Lastly, add the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and sauté for one minute.
  • Pour the cooked vegetable mixture into a large bowl. Set aside to cool for two minutes. Gently mix in the egg, milk, walnuts, and breadcrumbs.
  • Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins, pressing down as needed.
  • Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until browned.

Nutritional Information and Tips

Each individual meatloaf round contains 300 calories, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of proteins, and 10 grams of sugar. Each ramekin also contains six grams of fiber, two grams of saturated fat, and 340 milligrams of sodium. Consider serving this meal with a refreshing garden salad. If you do not have ramekins, you can use jumbo muffin tins.

When you’re ready to reclaim your health, The JFK Bariatric Institute can help. Our bariatric surgery team works one-on-one with each patient who is considering a bariatric procedure. If you would like general information about our bariatric surgery program in Atlantis, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).


National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Playing sports is a great way to maintain weight loss and manage stress, but winter sports do come with certain risks. During National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month this January, the bariatric surgery team at The JFK Bariatric Institute encourages our patients to take all necessary safety precautions. Athletes can sustain various injuries during winter sports that can land them in the emergency room. including traumatic brain injuries.

How TBIs Occur

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), also referred to as a concussion, occurs as a result of physical trauma to the head or body. Some TBIs involve penetrating wounds, but it’s more common to sustain closed head injuries while playing sports. When the head or body is struck with sufficient force, the brain can shift within the skull. It sustains trauma when it strikes against the inner walls of the skull.

Which Problems TBIs Cause

TBIs can be mild to severe. Some people lose consciousness, while others may appear dazed. A concussion can result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and headache. It can cause sensory problems, including ringing in the ears, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or sound, and changes in the ability to detect odors.

How Sports Enthusiasts Can Protect Themselves

Basic precautionary measures can reduce your risk of sustaining a brain injury. If you’re vacationing at a ski resort this year, wear an appropriate helmet and only go on courses that match your skill level. Do be aware of the warning signs of brain injuries and seek emergency care if they develop after a blow to the head.

If exercise and diet are not helping you attain your weight loss goals, you might want to seek out other options. To find out whether you might be a good candidate for weight loss surgery in Atlantis, you can turn to the team at The JFK Bariatric Institute. Our surgeons are committed to upholding the highest standards of patient safety while performing gastric bypass surgeries and gastric band surgeries. Contact a registered nurse at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).


January Is Thyroid Awareness Month

How well do you know your thyroid? Even if you’ve been diagnosed with thyroid disease, you might not know much about this important gland. During Thyroid Awareness Month this January, consider taking a few minutes to expand your understanding of the thyroid gland and the role it plays in your health. You might be surprised to learn, that it is possible for bariatric surgery to help stabilize hormone levels in patients with obesity or morbid obesity.

Know Your Thyroid

Touch your fingers to the base of your neck. This is where your thyroid gland is located. This small gland, which is often described as being in the shape of a butterfly, is responsible for producing, storing and secreting hormones that influence the function of critical bodily structures, including the heart and brain. With the help of the iodine it extracts from the bloodstream, the thyroid gland produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland knows when to release these hormones thanks to the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that the pituitary gland sends to the thyroid.

Understand Thyroid Disease

The two primary types of thyroid disease are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The former occurs when there are sufficient levels of thyroid hormone and the latter occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is generally associated with the slowing down of bodily systems. For instance, patients may develop weakness, fatigue, cognitive sluggishness and a slower metabolism that leads to weight gain. This last problem is of particular concern for most patients who are contemplating bariatric surgery. In contrast, hyperthyroidism is characterized by a fast heart rate, hand tremors and unintentional weight loss.

Explore the Effects of Bariatric Surgery

The connections between thyroid hormone levels and bariatric surgery are not yet well understood; more research is needed in this area before forming conclusions. However, one study published in the journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery determined that there was a “statistically significant positive association” between normal levels of TSH and body mass index (BMI). The researchers concluded that weight loss surgery could improve thyroid hormone levels.

At The JFK Bariatric Institute, our weight loss surgery team in Atlantis has helped countless patients with co-existing conditions achieve better health. Our highly-trained surgeons routinely perform gastric band and gastric bypass surgeries. Contact our Consult-A-Nurse hotline to learn more at 561-548-4JFK (4535).


Summer Fitness Activities Indoors

  • Yoga .
  • Spin Classes
  • Barre Workouts
  • Indoor Rock Climbing

When you’re ready to reclaim your health and overcome obesity, The JFK Bariatric Institute is here to help. Our team of weight loss surgery specialists near Atlantis, FL, routinely perform procedures, such as gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. Contact us at (561) 548-4JFK (4535). Your healthy lifestyle after weight loss surgery will include regular exercise. This doesn’t have to mean that you’ll spend hours on a treadmill; you should find a few exercises that are genuinely enjoyable to you because you’ll be more likely to adhere to your workout program. During the hot summer months, it may be preferable to exercise indoors to avoid the risk of heat-related illnesses.


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