Bariatric Surgeon Encouraging Eating More, Instead of Eating Less.


Dr. Nicholas Bertha of NJ Bariatric Institute of Morristown and Somerset, New Jersey, has spent eighteen years dedicated to reducing the amount of food people consume. Ironically, this week he has done the opposite. Through his donations to the Interfaith Food Pantry, Dr. Bertha is helping to increase food availability for those less fortunate. Dr. Bertha is working with the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County to help this non-profit organization improve the health and wellbeing of Morris County residents in need.

The Interfaith Food Pantry is an organization dedicated to feeding those less fortunate, along with other services. The fact that it is a true community effort is seen by all those that have donated on the ‘giving tree’ which can be seen behind Dr. Bertha and Carolyn Lake, Associate Director of Interfaith Food Pantry. Carolyn Lake stated, “that if all that have given food, time and donations had a leaf on the giving tree, their walls would be filled”, Carolyn continued, “that they also get contributions from other community programs run by churches and other local organizations”. While Dr. Bertha and his staff were there, they observed volunteers sorting, bagging, and warehousing various food items while others helped with paperwork. The tour of the facility was an inspiration to Dr. Bertha and his staff and the camera man. The tour provided an overwhelming insight of need to help feed those who are less fortunate in our backyard, and channel the generosity of our community.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

This is a healthy Carb – the rich color tells you this vegetable is full of Beta Carotene Vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are good for you – it’s the marshmallows, brown sugar and pecans that aren’t. Simply roast your sweet potatoes and savor the flavor.

Italian Sausage & Apple Lower Carb Stuffing

If you’re going to choose one carb at a holiday meal, this one is worth it. Everyone likes to have stuffing with turkey, but all that bread crumb makes it very filling and not necessarily what you want to eat. Way too many carbs. With less bread and more vegetables, you get the flavor you crave but not all the carbs.

Note the first four ingredients are meat and vegetables. One way to keep this stuffing lower in carbs, moist and flavorful is to have lots of sausage, sautéed vegetables and apples to crowd out the bread cubes.

A key ingredient is Bells Seasoning, a New England standard that has been around for 150 years. A must have for your holiday cooking. If you want to make this dish for a vegetarian just leave out the sausage.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

This recipe only contains a few ingredients but tastes great! So, delicious you will want to make it for more than just Thanksgiving. Sure, to satisfy your sweet tooth and really make you think twice. Can I eat this!

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Spinach, some say ick, but one taste of this creamed spinach and you’ll say Wow! If you are going to eat carbs, make them the vegetable kind. Making the spinach more flavorful and delicious doesn’t have to be bad for you. Adding the right things such as low-fat milk and skim evaporated milk is key to keeping the fat down but flavor up.

A Bariatric eating tip: moisten your turkey bites with bites of this delicious dish.

Super Juicy Turkey Breast

Tis the season when we think of having turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Making your own turkey breast is simple, instead of buying a cooked turkey and not knowing everything in it.

Getting the turkey, the right temperature is VERY important but having to take the turkey out every time you want to check is a hassle. Use a meat thermometer you can leave in while cooking the turkey so all you have to do is look through the glass door. When you see 140-degrees, bingo you know it’s done.

Bariatric Surgery Reduces Risk for Microvascular Complications in Prediabetes Type 2 Diabetes

Patients with obesity and either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes saw a reduced, long-term risk for microvascular complications (diabetic retinopathy, diabetic kidney disease) after having bariatric surgery compared with similar patients who received usual care, according to new findings from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study. Researchers analyzed data from 4,032 patients aged 37 to 60 years recruited for the non-randomized SOS study between September 1987 and January 2001. The most common observed microvascular complication was diabetic retinopathy, which was reduced after bariatric surgery across all glycemic subgroups. “Our research shows that prediabetes is a serious condition that should be treated, and that this can be done by bariatric surgery,” the study’s lead investigator commented.

Once again, diabetes and bariatric surgery in the news.

Once again, the data demonstrates effectiveness in treating this chronic, relentless, deadly disease.

Once again we reiterate that we specialize in this care with the desire to make it as patient friendly and widely available as possible because of the MANY success stories which we have seen.
Once again, it’s up to you. Eyesight and kidney function are good things.

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The Team at NJBI

American workers may amount to billions in lost productivity

The indirect costs of absenteeism and presenteeism associated with overweight and obesity among American workers may amount to more than $900 billion ($6,000 per employee) in annual lost productivity. The numbers are sobering, and U.S. employers may be increasingly open to implementing policies that recognize the interconnectedness of community health, workplace environments, employee productivity, and company profitability.

This is one reason why American businesses may no longer be competitive in the world markets. It’s only a matter of time until the employer pushes the healthcare costs to the employee, or begins to stratify their employees based on cost to the company.  In either case, the decisions will be business based and forced due to the costs cited above.  We at NJBI exist to aid our patients in avoiding the real consequences associated with their weight, both medical and social.  Obesity is a growing problem with many layers affecting the lives of those who have it.

Bariatric surgery works. Its an effective means of getting out of the trap created by the obesity. Its what we do, and why we do it.

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The Team at NJBI