Hello everyone, it’s approaching the end of August and the end of summer is quickly upon us – with children going back to school and workloads returning to normal. And if you’re like me you may have just taken one of your children back to college.
This past weekend we just took our youngest son Noah to Penn State University for his first year. (If you are one of our weight loss patients, you probably have seen Noah working with us in the office this summer) And yes we are now empty-nesters, except for our 3 dogs who hopefully will never go off to college. So today my wife and I are feeling kind of blah and missing Noah quite a bit and because of this I have decided to make this post about some of my son’s favorite smoothie recipes but of course I will make them weight loss and fat burning friendly.
And yes you can still lose 2 – 5 pounds a week on our medical weight loss program while enjoying these delicious recipes. I am going to give you some of Noah’s favorite summertime fusion tea recipes because tea is especially good for speeding up your fat burning metabolism, detoxing your body and improving your overall health and wellness.
Summer Blast Iced Tea*:
- 4 teabags – green tea or black tea
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1/2 cup of agave
- 1/4 cup of crushed fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup of unsweetened orange juice
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
- ice cubes
- 1 1/2 quarts of carbonated water
Directions: For the concentrate, place the tea bags in a medium bowl and add boiling water and steep for approximately 10 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and add the agave and mint and makes this very well. Mix the fruit juices and 1 quart container. Then add to tea mixture and refrigerate until you are ready to use it. For the tea, fill a 12 ounce glass with ice cubes and then add a half cup of the tea concentrate and fill the glass with carbonated water. This makes about 6 servings.
Tapioca Nut Tea*:
- 3 1/2 cups of water
- 2 black tea bags
- 4 teaspoons of Stevia or any other sugar substitute
- 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
- 1 tablespoon of instant tapioca
- 4 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk
- ice cubes
Bring the water to a boil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the tea bags in a teapot or in 2 cup heat proof measuring cup. Steep the tea for 4 minutes or until it’s a very dark and then remove the teabags. Stir in the sugar substitute and almond extract and let this cool to room temperature. Then add the tapioca to the remaining 1 and half cups of boiling water and let this boil for 3 to 4 minutes over medium – high heat until the tapioca is translucent and cooked through. Next drain the tapioca and rinse under cold water until it’s cool. And divide the tapioca between 2 tall glasses, poor 2 tablespoons of the unsweetened almond milk and to each glass. Fill each glass three fourths full with ice. Divide T between the glasses and stir to combine and serve this immediately. This makes about 2 servings that are 10 ounces each. If you’d like you can even substitute the black tea with any other type of tea either one of your favorite herbal teas or even a fruit flavored tea. And instead of using the almond extract you can even use vanilla, I have done this and it’s very tasty.
Lime & Ginger Iced Tea*:
- 1 quart of water
- 2 thin slices of fresh ginger – approximately 1 inch in diameter
- 4 green tea bags
- 1/2 cup of Stevia or any other sugar substitute
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice – this should be about 2 – 3 whole limes
- ice cubes
Instructions: Bring the water and ginger to a boil in a large saucepan. Pour the water over the tea bags in a teapot or a 4 cup heatproof measuring cup and let the tea steep for approximately 3 minutes. Next we removed teabags and the ginger. Stir n 1/4 cup of unsweetened sugar substitute and let this cool to room temperature. and now mix the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar substitute with the lime juice and add this to the tea, finally pour the tea into 4 ice filled glasses and enjoy. This makes approximately force servings.
Lemon-Berry Ice Tea*:
- 3 cups of boiling water
- 16 bags of your favorite tea
- 1/2 cup of Stevia or any other sugar substitute
- 3 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice
- 3/4 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice – approximately 5 lemons
- ice cubes
Directions: in a very large pitcher, pour the boiling water over the tea bags. Cover and let this steep for about 5 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar. Next we add to cranberry and lemon juices and chill in the refrigerator for a bit. Serve this over ice and you can always garnish it with a nice slice of lemon or lime. This makes approximately 7 servings that are 8 ounces each.
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as Noah does. And I do thank you for reading this article. Typing this article has actually been therapeutic for me and I am not quite as blah as I was before writing this.
If you are one of our weight loss patients I invite you to come back to this blog next week because I try to post at least 3 – 5 great tasting recipes a week that help you burn fat and lose weight.
If you are not one of our weight loss patients and you need help with losing weight I invite you to call us and schedule a free medical weight loss consultation. It doesn’t matter how much weight you are looking to lose, whether it’s just 15 pounds or 200 pounds we have programs that can assist you in achieving your weight loss goals. Call us at 215-821-7336
* The recipes in this post were taken from the book by pil sensational smoothies and drinks
In our Philadelphia weight loss program our goal is to have our weight loss patients lose 2 – 5 pounds per week and we try to make this an easy and tasty process. So here are a 4 great recipes for 400 calorie meals that will make losing weight simple and delicious.
Everyone loves dessert and almost everyone loves a good apple pie so our first recipe is going to be for Apple pie.
- 1/2 cup of graham crackers, crushed
- 5 apples quartered and peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
Spray a microwavable safe pie plate with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Spread the graham cracker crumbs in the plate. Cover with the Apple slices. Sprinkle with the spices. Sprinkle the raisins over top. Pour the juice over this. Cover and microwave for about 15 minutes. This makes 8 servings and each serving had about 81 calories.
*Chile Relleno Casserole
Now this recipe is usually for lunch or dinner but we’re going to add in strict and to it and make it a recipe that’s suitable for breakfast.
- 4 ounces of green chili peppers
- 8 ounces of low-fat cheddar cheese grated
- 4 ounces low-fat Monterey Jack cheese grated
- 1 cup of egg substitute
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 14 ounces of fat-free evaporated milk
- Rinse the chilies and remove the seeds. Place half the Chilies in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle half of both of the cheeses on top of this and then add the remaining chilies. And top this with the rest of the cheese. Beat the egg substitute, flour and evaporated milk together until its smooth. Pour over the top and bake for approximately 45 minutes in 350°F. This makes approximately 3 servings.
- 4 whole-wheat tortillas, 8 inch
- 2 ounces of Monterey Jack cheese
- 8 ounces of turkey sausage
- 1/2 cup of onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup of red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup egg substitute
- 1 cup of skim milk
Heat the tortillas and place in a small dish such as a Super Bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick oil spray. Top with half of the cheese. Cook fish sausage, onion and peppers and then add them to this dish. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over top. Top with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350°F for about 30 to 35 minutes until the eggs are set. This makes 4 servings
- 1 cup of dates, firmly packed
- 1 cup of apple juice concentrate
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 1 tablespoon of walnuts chopped
- 1/2 cup of coconut
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 2 1/3 cups of whole-wheat flour or almond flour
- 2 cups of quick cooking oats
Blend the dates and apple juice concentrate until smooth; add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla and molasses. Blend well and place in a mixing bowl. Add the nuts, Coconut, raisins and flour and mix well. Add the rolled oats and blend, you can use your hands if needed. Spoon this mixture onto nonstick cookie sheet and press with the wet fork or your fingers until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 300°F for about 20 minutes. Each cookie has 86 calories.
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do and if you need help with losing weight I invite you to call us and schedule a consultation. Call us at 215-821-7336
*These recipes are from the book 500 – 400-Calorie Recipes by Dick Logue. You should definitely have this book in your kitchen for delicious low calorie meals.
Today August 7, 2015 I have officially reached a milestone. I have lost 82 pounds over the past several months. In the beginning of this year I weighed 247 pounds and this morning I am 165 pounds. I am literally fitting into skinny jeans. And this morning my wife told me I am too skinny. I never thought anyone would ever tell me that I was too skinny.
If you are one of our medical weight loss patients in our Philadelphia or Bucks County office you know my story. And even if you just follow this blog on our website you probably have read some of the very personal articles that I have written throughout this past year. An abbreviated version is I was in a car accident some time ago and herniated the majority of the discs in my spine. Suffice to say waking up with pain each and every day and not being able to do any type of exercise because of the pain caused me to eat, and eat and eat.
Eating, was the only thing that I can do that did not cause me pain. So I just got plain old fat. And I just accepted this as the way life was going to be after the age of 50. But my overeating and lack of any type of physical activity made me not only fat but I was diagnosed with diabetes at the beginning of the year. This made the picture of growing old with my wife and living to see my 3 children hopefully one day give me grand-children a very dark and gloomy picture. Diabetes increases your chances of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and a multitude of other serious health conditions that can kill you.
This woke me up! I realized that I had to take control of my health. Just because I was over 50 and just because my spine is a wreck – I was not going to accept an early death.
So I set out and researched everything possible on diabetes and the proper nutrition eating plan in the hopes of curing my diabetes. Well it turns out that almost everything that is online and everything that is printed in the pamphlets and all the other materials for diabetes is wrong for me. I followed everything that they said to the finest detail and my diabetes was getting worse, my sugar levels were getting higher.
I have to say I was discouraged and almost lost hope but my Mother always told me that nothing worth having comes easy in life. So I did more research – I dug deep into the Biochemistry of the body and how different foods cause different reactions in our body’s chemistry and our hormones. And I found the answer!
As it turns out all I had to do was tweak the diet that we normally give to our patients who are weight loss resistant. Because of this diet I have lost 82 pounds and my blood sugar levels are normal.
For the record, I think my wife is correct and 165 pounds is a bit too skinny for me. I think I look better somewhere between 168 pounds and 171 lbs. So now I have to tweak my diet just a little. Quite honestly I do not mind fluctuating between 165 pounds and 171 pounds, when I weighed 247 pounds at the beginning of the year.
If you need help with your health, if you need help with losing weight I invite you to call us. It’s not easy to find the answers on your own. It’s not easy to do it alone. Call me and allow me to help you.
Our weight loss program has worked wonders for me. The great thing is that the weight loss medications really controlled my hunger and cravings. This made it easy for me to eat the right foods, especially in the beginning when I first started.
So if you need help with losing weight, if you need help improving your overall health – call us. Call 215-821-7336
Thank you for reading my story. I hope I did not bore you.
Have a wonderful day.
Our medical weight loss program in Philadelphia has been helping people safely lose weight for many years. We have helped thousands of people achieve their weight loss goals and may have possibly helped one of your family members or friends lose weight. We have helped people that weighed over 300 lbs when they started with us and we have helped people that just needed to lose that last 10 lbs.
Our weight loss program is based on clinically proven weight loss protocols and weight loss medications that help reduce your appetite and boost your fat burning metabolism. And when combined with sensible eating plans is one of the safest ways that has been medically proven to help you lose weight.
Our weight loss program is firmly rooted in medical science and our weight loss results speak for themselves.
But with this being said often times it’s hard not to notice all of the glitzy weight loss programs that are being marketed to us. Sadly, the majority of these glitzy programs are based not so much on medical science but the marketing budget of the weight-loss guru that is selling them. It amazes me that these weight loss gurus can write a new book almost every other month. Just go to Amazon and search for weight loss books and click on one particular author and you will be amazed at how many weight loss books that person has written. It also amazes me how their opinions and methods of losing weight change with almost every book. In one book they might be promoting a low-carb high-fat diet, similar to the Atkins diet. And in the next book they could be promoting a weight loss regimen of just drinking smoothies all day long. Then the following month they could actually switch it up to promoting a high carb and low-fat weight loss program. And let’s not forget with each and every new book they come out with they also have a totally new brand of weight loss supplements for you to buy.
So with this being said; I confess I have a library that is filled with these glitzy type of weight loss books. Yes! I am just as susceptible to the marketing as you are LOL. I also read them in the hopes of gaining some new medically sound way of losing weight (to help our weight loss patients) and improving my overall health. Most of the time I’m disappointed because the new book that I purchased is just a rehash of something that has been written or promoted years ago.
My weakness for buying glitzy weight loss products struck again when I was standing in the cashier line at my supermarket and I noticed that in the August 3, 2015 Woman’s World Magazine the main headline stated the following in bold print, “Lose up to 400 Pounds! The Simple Trick Dr. Oz Discovered That Works like Gastric Bypass! Controls Hunger and Cravings!” Of course with a title like that who could resist buying it? So I bought it.
Paraphrasing the article; All you have to do is eat good healthy fats and drink a large glass of water 30 minutes before lunch and dinner. This is their simple trick that works like gastric bypass to help you lose up to 400 LBS.
So all I have to do is eat raw almonds and drink water twice a day and I could potentially lose 400 LBS? Sign me up!
I don’t know about you but this sounds too good to be true for me…
But let’s give them a chance to explain.
Quoting the article from Woman’s World Magazine, “The good healthy fat combined with a large glass of water stimulates a valve at the end of your stomach to close down and then the food must slowly push its way through the constricted valve – so it reaches the digestive tract very slowly, keeping you full longer and preventing sudden rises in blood sugar.” They go on to say that the strongest cravings that we have – are brought on by sudden highs and lows in blood sugar.
Now believe it or not there is some validity to this article. The strongest cravings that we have are usually brought on by sudden spiking and then the quick crashing of our blood sugar. These highs and lows in blood sugar are usually brought on after we eat candies, pastries, cakes and drinks that are loaded with sugar like regular soda. That’s why in our weight loss program we have you eat things like this in moderation.
And in our weight loss plan we know that good healthy fats help reduce your appetite and cravings. This knowledge that good healthy fats help decrease your appetite and also help burn your body fat has been known for years by the medical community. So this is nothing new. And if you have been working with healthcare professionals that specialize in weight loss you would already know this.
It just amazes me how people with huge amounts of money for large marketing campaigns can take something that is known for decades and promote it as the latest and greatest new trick to lose weight, get rid of your belly and get your bikini body.
But be careful! Because eating too much fat is not good. So don’t start eating a pound of almonds two times a day. Nuts are good fats but they are also carbs and eating too many nuts can spike your blood sugar and make you fat. Our weight loss patients know that if you are trying to lose weight you should eat no more than ¼ cup of nuts a day.
You see the article has some good tips but it left out a bunch of detailed information that you need in order to be successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
That’s why you need to work one on one with a healthcare provider who focuses on weight loss.
As of today August 5, 2015 we are offering a free weight loss consultation, for a short time. If you need help losing weight come in for your free consultation. During the consultation we will let you know if you are a candidate for our weight loss program and help you finally lose weight.
If you need help call us now at 215-821-7336.
In our Philadelphia medical weight loss program probably the number one question that we are asked all the time is “What is the best exercise or exercise programs for weight loss?”. And in this article I will answer that question.
Now the answer to what is the best exercise for weight loss is truly different for each and every person. So in our medical weight-loss program we will custom design an exercise program for you. We take into consideration your age, your weight, your level of physical fitness, the amount of time that you are able to exercise during the week and of course we ask you what type of activities that you enjoy doing. The most important thing about exercise is doing something that you like to do.
Some people do well with just walking every day while others like to do short burst of high-intensity training. And then we have people that are totally to the extreme. Some people are doing very aggressive and physically demanding exercise programs like crossfit, boot camps and just the other day we had a young lady who came in and she injured herself while doing some type of gymnastic exercise program where she was actually was exercising on gymnastic rings and doing maneuvers like the iron Cross and hanging upside down on the rings. Honestly, for most of us these extreme type of exercises are not necessary. Now, if you happen to really enjoy these high intensity physically demanding exercise programs that’s fine by me, you should be doing exercises that you like – just make sure that you do not injure yourself while doing them. But for pure weight-loss it really doesn’t take all that much physical intensity to burn fat and lose weight. If you are short on time we have weight-loss exercise programs that are perfect for you because they only take about 12 to 15 minutes of time and you will do them only two or three days a week.
Personally my favorite fat burning exercise is walking. But we are talking about walking keeping your heart rate at specific levels to make sure that you are burning calories and burning fat. Just walking your dog and stopping every 2 or 3 feet really does not count as a fat burning walking program. (When you come in for your weight loss consultation I will calculate what your target fat burning heart rates are for you.)
I also like walking because almost everyone can do it. Quite a few of our patients have bad backs, hips and knees and really cannot do any other type of exercise besides walking.
Because I choose walking as my personal favorite exercise I am going to list a few of the benefits that you get from walking. Surprisingly walking has a large number of benefits besides helping you lose weight and burn fat and here is a list of some of the documented benefits of walking:
- Prevents up to 91% of cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Prevents up to 50% of all cases of heart disease
- Reduce stroke by 25-30%
- Prevents up to 50% of all stroke deaths
- Reduces congestive heart disease deaths by 63%
- Reduces hospital readmission for heart failure patients by 70%
- Normalizes blood pressure and reduces risk of developing high blood pressure
- Restores or maintains heart and blood vessel health
- Restores and maintains normal cholesterol triglyceride levels
- Reduces risk of breast cancer by up to 60%
- Reduces pancreatic cancer in overweight people by 50%
- Reduces lung cancer, even in smokers, by 72%
- Reduces melanoma, that’s right, skin cancer apparently from the sun, by over 72%
- Prevents up to 50% of colon cancer
- Reduces risk of developing, and improves outcomes of those with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Prevents osteoporosis and increases new bone formation
- Increases strength, flexibility and balance
- Decreases gallbladder removal by 20% and decreases gallstones
- Improves digestion and decreases indigestion
- Improves bowel function and elimination
- Increases immune system function
- Increases macrophage (anti-tumor) activity and antioxidant levels
- Decreases all causes of mortality by 67% in the general population
- Decreases all causes of mortality by 50% in 61-81 year olds
- Prevents up to 47% of cognitive impairment, prevents up to 62% of Alzheimer’s and 52% of dementia
- Improves physical function in older adults
- Decreases chances of ever being in a nursing home
- Decreases rate of aging
- Enhances learning by 12 times
- Increases dopamine and serotonin levels
- Decreases depression by 20%, including relapses
- Increased growth and healing hormones
- Decreases stress and body breakdown hormones
- Decreases body fat, obesity and weight gain
If you need help losing weight just call us now and schedule your Free Medical Weight Loss Consultation. Call us at 215-821-7336