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Southwest Omelette

Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to find variety in foods. It is probably one of the most common questions I have on a daily basis….”What can I have for breakfast?!” The typical scrambled eggs can get old fast, but this southwest omelette can be just the thing you need.

If you are stuck in a rut with this early meal, then get creative!

This is one of my favorite omelettes. The southwest omelette adds flavor and a little spice to your breakfast meal. It was actually made by my dear husband for dinner last night! Mr. A is pretty darn good at making omelettes….I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed not cooking supper!

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Meats & Veggie Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toss

Pizza pizza party, pizza pizza chomp chomp, pizza pizza toot toot, everybody pizza train! 
This is the song I sing every time we have the pizza, the Cauliflower Crust Pizza, or anything resembling pizza in my house. My husband and friends are so used to it now, they just sing right along with me. You can thank Jimmy Fallon (if you haven’t seen this skit, do yourself a favor and watch it). You can even sing it when making this Pizza Toss.
Pizza is great but the carbs can get you into trouble. And I love cauliflower crust pizza. But sometimes I don’t have the energy to invest in making it. So that’s when the pizza toss comes in. You get the great flavor of pizza without the carbs and work.
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Bariatric Vitamins vs. Over-the-Counter Vitamins

vitamins_clockEveryone needs vitamins. Everyone. There is no exception to that rule. But not everyone may require a vitamin supplement because their food intake is sufficient in the food sources that provide needed vitamins.

Why are vitamins (also called micronutrients) needed in the body?

Vitamins are not synthesized in the human body, meaning our body cannot make these nutrients. That is why vitamins are required in our food or supplement form. Vitamins are need for many body  functions and the absence of these can lead to lasting diseases. 

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Spiced Vanilla Breakfast Bowl

spiced vanilla breakfast bowl 3During the hot summer months, my stove does not get much exercise. Even in the early morning hours, I do not like heating up my kitchen. So that means I either make a big breakfast casserole or egg muffins once a week to keep my kitchen cool or I eat something straight from the fridge. Things like cottage cheese or cheese sticks are quick and easy, but can get old fast.

Try this spiced vanilla breakfast bowl for a change of pace. It is quick, tasty, and full of protein. The recipe can be made in under 5 minutes so it is perfect for a last minute breakfast. It also can be made the night before so you can snooze one more time! 

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Breakfast Mousse

chocolate brownie breakfast mousse 4Breakfast is the most commonly skipped meal of the day. With all that goes into getting out of the house in the morning, I understand that breakfast can get moved to the back burner. Even though you might not have time or not all that hungry in the morning, breakfast is an important component of weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Not all breakfast foods are created equal. A breakfast of cereal or pastry can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Some great breakfast options can include an omelette, breakfast egg casserole, turkey sausage, or protein bars. But what if you are craving chocolate and maybe need something other than eggs? This breakfast mousse has you covered! The breakfast mousse can satisfy a craving, but is also packed with protein, potassium, and calcium!

**Remember: softer textures after weight loss surgery should be limited. If you get hungry between meals when eating a soft texture or drinking a protein shake, it is best to eat more solid foods. 

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Weight loss options: What is the ReShape Dual Balloon?

Bariatric surgery can be a highly intimidating decision for anyone to make. However, the ReShape Dual Balloon is designed for significant weight loss without surgery. If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle, but have been hesitant to try bariatric surgery because of its potential risks and long recovery time, the ReShape Dual Balloon could be the solution you’re looking for.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Memories of going wild mushroom hunting in the canyon on my grandma’s farm come rushing back every time I make sauteed mushrooms. Even though we have all of these warm fuzzy memories, I have a confession to make…I am not an adoring fan of mushrooms. But Mr. A loves them so I make them from time to time to appease his taste buds.

Sauteed mushrooms can be used in so many ways. One of the favorites in my house is to top steak with mushrooms or make mushroom burgers. And that is exactly what we did last week…grilled hamburgers with sauteed mushrooms. Here’s how you do it…

whole mushrooms

sauteed mushrooms

What is your favorite wait to eat sauteed mushrooms? 

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Will gastric bypass help my type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is an incredibly common disease that millions of people live with around the world. About 90% of the people that have type 2 diabetes have the disease because of obesity, lack of physical activity, family history, and older age. Diabetes can lead to other serious health issues like kidney failure, amputations, blindness, or heart disease.

Traditionally, therapy for type 2 diabetes includes exercise, change of diet, insulin injections, or oral anti-diabetic drugs. Unfortunately, these do not totally eliminate the disease and, oftentimes, surgery is used to help with the patient’s extra weight. Gastric bypass surgery is a common surgical method that is used for weight loss and it can have a positive impact on a patient’s type 2 diabetes.

What is gastric bypass surgery?

During this procedure, the doctor leaves only a small part of the stomach, known as the pouch, inside the patient. The pouch holds very little food, generally only less than an ounce. This means that the patient eats less and has the ability to lose significant weight.

This procedure also alters the whole process of digestion. When the patient eats, the food travels through the esophagus into the new stomach pouch in the small intestine. Because the digestion process changes, doctors have seen that the surgery may help cure type 2 diabetes for many patients.

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How does it cure type 2 diabetes?

The small intense will spontaneously produce a molecule called GLUT-1 that can help the body use glucose. A recent study that included 20,000 patients found that 84% of people that went through gastric bypass saw reversal of their type 2 diabetes. Even before they started seeing a difference in weight loss after the surgery, they saw quick improvement in blood sugar levels and didn’t have to take as much diabetic medication.

Currently, researchers and doctors are looking at ways to mimic the bodily processes that lead to type 2 diabetes improvement after gastric bypass surgery without actually doing the surgery.

If you have lived with extra weight and developed type 2 diabetes as a result, you know how difficult it can be on a day to day basis. Talk to your doctor about gastric bypass surgery to see if you’re a candidate for it, then contact our team at Weight Wise for additional information on how weight loss can put you on the path toward healthy living.

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