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Unprocessed foods may be more fattening than healthier fast-food options

Unprocessed foods may be more fattening than healthier fast food dining alternatives, says one expert


An article recently published by The UK Daily Mail describes the controversy surrounding Author David Freeman, whose argues that fast food industries should focus on expanding or changing their menus to include healthy options instead of completely banning fast foods. Freeman argues that the majority of the population will not be content to eat unprocessed “real” foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Freedman believes that despite their efforts, the media is ignoring fast food chains when it comes to their attempts to create healthier fast food menu options. Take McDonalds, for example. They have fresh yogurt, egg white mcmuffins and oatmeal available for people to purchase, but because they still contain processed ingredients the media has criticized their efforts. Freeman also explains that many “clean” and “real” foods have many more calories, carbohydrates, and fat than ingredients such as the Egg White Delight McMuffin. According to Freeman, Trader Joe’s “Inner Peas” (a product that contains fried peas that have been smothered in sunflower oil) have six times the amount of fat as something relatively simple at a fast food chain.

Given the rising rates of obesity related diseases and associated healthcare costs, Freeman has caused major controversy among experts and unprocessed foods. Professor of Illinois, Lisa Powell, disagrees with Freeman. “If the government came into these communities and installed Brita filters under their sinks, they’d drink water instead of coke.”


Green Pizza Recipe

At CURE Program, we encourage others to try healthy recipes. We love the green pizza recipe from eating well and would like to share it with you.

Makes: 6 servings

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  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 ounces arugula ,any tough stems removed, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Position oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook broccoli and water in a large skillet over medium heat, covered, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in arugula and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread pesto evenly over the crust, top with the broccoli mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.


  • Per serving: 323 calories; 13 g fat ( 4 g sat , 7 g mono ); 19 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 15 gprotein; 3 g fiber; 511 mg sodium; 241 mg potassium.
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Calcium (34% dv), Vitamin A (31% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

Perspective is important

Always choose to make your perspective the most positive that you can imagine.  When you ask for what you need, don’t assume that you are going to get a “no.”  Take that risk to ask for whatever you need and want.  As we discussed last month, we know that there will be a lot of “so called ” rejection along the way – but all you have to do is look at  that “no” as something that brings you one step closer to the “yes” answer you seek.

1.      As you go through your day today, notice how you tell your own story.  Where does your attention and conversations go – past, present or future?  Ask yourself, “Is my dominant thought around this subject positive?” Why do I always seem to go to the past, present or future?  What would be the value of shifting that?  How can I live in the moment of “now?”

2.      Notice where others’ attention and conversations tend to gravitate. Where does their focus predominantly lie? Are they focused on positive aspects? Focusing mostly in the past can hold you back from achieving your goals and your dreams – unless you are focused on something that gave you great pleasure and has you feeling good in the present moment.

If you notice that your (or another’s focus) is on the negative, or geared to the past or future – stop the conversation right there, and intentionally change the conversation.  For example, rather than having a meeting to discuss how badly things are going in the economy and choosing to discuss whether or not we are going to have to raise our office fees, we can consciously choose to stop and deliberately change the focus to how we want things to be right now, what values and mission drives our business, and how we can become even better at what we do.  We can deliberately and intentionally focus on what went right for our practice in the past, what is going right currently with the approaches we are taking, and ask ourselves what will make it better  moving forward.

The power of reframing

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?” ~Author Unknown

Almost everything in life can be reframed! Do you think that the cup is half empty or half full? Is this a crises or is this an opportunity for growth? Are you fearful or are you simply excited? At one point or another, everybody in the self-development field has addressed the concept of reframing, or changing the frame of reference of a situation.  This month we are going to talk about reframing the story that you tell others about your life, so that it is presented in the most positive perspective possible. Why is this important?

The key point to understand is that after reframing an event, a new meaning is created. When that meaning is activated or validated by a person (when he or she says, “yes, that is true”) it becomes a belief. As you have heard all your life, whatever you believe becomes your reality.

Reframing is the strategy to change the meaning of something (an event, experience, news, or situation) by creating another frame (reference point) to it. Basically, reframing creates a new and different interpretation that reaches a different conclusion. It allows you to feel and behave in a different way. It is a very powerful tool for mastery if one is committed to a successful and enjoyable life.

A basic example of reframing can be someone who attempted to do something and she did not get the desired outcome she wanted. Under this scenario, the outcome was a failure. Well, an empowerment coach could help that person to reframe the meaning of that event, and instead of labeling it a “failure, ” can decide to label it as “one more way you have learned how not to do something”, or “getting one step closer to your goal.” Does that make sense?

Below I have listed some simple Thriving Techniques that can help you to reframe a situation and connect the dots of your own story in a more positive, empowering way:



·        Connect the dots in your life and reframe your story as a powerful, positive journey.

·        Choose to be positive; remember, rejection is merely a concept that exists only in your head.  When you experience rejection, you are no worse off physically than you were before.

·        See perceived obstacles as opportunities to grow and to stretch

·        Persistence allows you to pursue your goals.  In the face of obstacles, and feedback, you can adjust your course and reach your ultimate goal!  Persistency equates success.  Persistence is the difference between mediocrity and excellence.

·        Live in the magical moment of “NOW”.

And remember what John C. Lily said, “Every belief is a limit to be examined and transcended.”

Good luck on your journey, and the joy the empowering, exciting process of effective communication! 


In Love We Trust,

Lisa Waldrep  

Dr. Waldrep has been named Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Los Robles

invite LR

We are proud to announce that

Dr. Waldrep has been named Medical Director

for Bariatric Surgery at Los Robles Regional Medical Center

in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Dr. Waldrep is the guest speaker

at a free Open House at Los Robles Hospital this

 Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 in

 classroom 1 on the main floor in Tower 2

Please feel free to let anyone you know who might be interested that they are more than welcome!

And we would love for you to come and share your story with others who may be seeking information on weight loss surgery or are simply wondering “what life is like” afterward.

For more information call Kristina or Vanessa

at (805) 230-0030

We look forward to seeing you there!

Processed Foods linked to Food Addiction and Obesity


A recent study conducted at Harvard Medical School sought to find out why some people can’t lose weight, despite how hard they try.

Twelve overweight but otherwise healthy men were given two milkshakes, with almost the same amount of calories and similar tastes. However, one shake was high-glycemic and the other low-glycemic. High-glycemic foods are identified through the High Glycemic Index and contain a large quantity of starches and sugars, most of which are processed.

Results from the study indicated that the participants who consumed the high-glycemic shakes had a stronger appetite than the participants who consumed the low-glycemic shakes.

The research team also performed individual MRI testing on each participant and found that there was a strong activation in a part of the brain named the nucleus accumbens that regulates eating, craving, reward and pleasure.

Considering that many people are developing serious medical issues from obesity and related diseases, this study makes sense. Research has suggested that processed and refined foods are partly responsible for the alarming growth rate of obesity in the US.

Although more research is needed, this study makes an important claim that we need to take into account. More focus needs to be placed upon the theory of food addiction in relation to the brain. If sufficient evidence is found, additional forms of treatment may be discovered to help prevent and treat weight gain.

You can read here about the findings.


Shake & Chat Success!

Last week we had a great turnout for our “shake & chat” where we discussed the importance of relationships and how the “rules” have changed over the years. One of our guests commented that the LA area is a difficult place to meet men who are interested in settling down. Interestingly enough,another woman expressed that she feels that marriage can sometimes be boring and that it really isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It was a real eye-opener!

It was interesting to listen to everyone’s different perspectives and we got a lot of positive feedback from the group. Some of the topics that we are going to discuss in the next few weeks are anti-aging topics including weight loss, toning, beauty detox juice cleanses.

Join us next Tuesday when we discuss the psychology of eating and how our relationships can often influence our eating behaviors.

Make sure to reserve your seat & RSVP with you shake flavor!

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Lower Stress Through Superior Self Care

Women today need Self-Care More than Ever
Lisa Waldrep explains the importance of self-care for the modern day woman

Lisa Waldrep explains the importance of self-care for the modern day woman

Imagine this scenario: A woman gets on a plane with her two small children, on her way to visit family across the country. Suddenly, the flight attendant announces that the plane is experiencing extreme turbulence and instructs all passengers to put on their oxygen masks. The woman does not place the oxygen mask on either of her children. She places the mask on to her mouth and inhales deeply several times. She then places the oxygen mask on one of her children and tells him to take a deep breath. She then switches the oxygen mask onto her other child, instructing her to do the same. Together the three of them continue to take turns breathing in the oxygen. The mother wasn’t being selfish- she had to put the mask on herself before her children so that she would be alive and able to help them receive enough oxygen. She was forced to put herself before them.

Women experience so much stress today and the need for women to practice self-care has never been more urgent. Yet many of the women whom I have worked with struggle with the concept of self- care. They feel guilty. They feel selfish for putting their needs before anyone or anything else. I use what I like to call the “airplane analogy” to explain to my clients that in order to be the best possible YOU, you absolutely have to consider self-care top priority.

I am certainly no stranger to stress. My two beautiful twins are the light of my life. They came to me eight years ago and were diagnosed with Autism shortly after. In addition, my husband and I also own several small businesses specializing in weight loss and wellness, where my husband is a weight loss surgeon and is on call at all times for his patients, which many times requires him to leave unexpectedly. It’s a lot to handle, and sometimes I don’t feel like I can do it. Self-care is what gets me through the rough days and unexpected challenges that come along with a marriage, motherhood, and running a business. If I didn’t have my “me time” I wouldn’t be able to function.

Here are some of the techniques that I make sure to practice regularly:

1. Prayer & Meditation. Every day at the same time I set aside a half hour for myself to reflect and get in tune with myself. I do this first thing in the morning- before the kids wake up, before I start responding to e-mails and phone calls and before I get dressed for the day.

2. Schedule and separate time alone with your significant other. Some people are skeptical of this, but I have found that it is essential for me to schedule AND separate work from pleasure. Because my husband and I regularly attend business mixers, I make sure that we have at least one night per week where he and I have a private dinner together- no business calls, no technology, no kids. Unless it’s an emergency, it can wait.

3. Practice good nutrition, not depravation. Good nutrition is so important, but I don’t eat healthy 100% of the time. Being trained as a specialist in psychology of eating often gives people the impression that I practice a “strict diet” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when in reality, I make sure to get plenty of fresh foods and eat mindfully. I will indulge once in awhile if I really feel like I have to have that scoop of ice cream.

4. Make a conscious effort to do at least one activity a day that makes you happy. Even if it’s just something small, like writing someone you love a handwritten note, or walking your dog. The little things in life can make a big impact.

5. Reach out to friends and family for support. I cannot imagine if I did not have my friends and family to reach out to. All of us need a little help sometimes and turning to your family and friends during times of need is one of the best uses of self-care that one can practice.

Obese to Marathon Runner-How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed Man’s Life

Obese to Marathon Runner-How Weight Loss Surgery transformed man's life

Our patients are so inspiring! Here is Jason Harper’s transformational story of how he went from barely mobile to an ultra-marathon runner.  Read his weight loss journey:

My Story By Jason Harper


 It seemed illogical. How could I have such discipline in some areas of my life yet not be able to win the battle over my ever increasing bulge. That battle had evolved into a complete war unraveling my emotion, confidence, and my hope of ever being healthy. The decision to pursue gastric bypass with Dr. Waldrep was over a decade ago. Like it was this morning, I remember the ping of pulsating noises that echoed through the weighting room. My hearts cry was for a hope in tomorrow that was being crushed under my nearly 330lbs frame.

At home I had a wife that never pressured or pushed me to lose weight. Instead she offered constant encouragement. My dream was to take a short walk with her; our hands clasped and I was able to walk a mile without having to stop and gasp for life’s breath.

She reminded me of how much our kids loved their daddy. My two-year-old daughter wanted daddy to have enough energy to play with her. For my newborn son, someday, I wanted to be able run with him in the park or even coach his Little League.

Wheeling in for the procedure the thoughts of “what could be” soothed me. I was convinced that the best had yet come. Because of how I was educated and informed by Dr. Waldrep before the process, I had faith in the process. Comfort
whispered to me, “This is your moment of hope.”

In the days after the procedure, I told only those closest to me. I was fearful that if it didn’t work, I would not be able to tolerate the shame. Yet, Dr. Waldrep and his team, taught me that if I did my part, it would work. When asked how I was
losing weight, I spoke complete honesty. I said, “I have an incredible doctor who has helped me make drastic changes to my life. I have nutritionist and I am committed to daily exercise.” All truths, yet to this day, I have only spoken publicly about my weight on a couple occasions.

Now a decade removed, I had no idea how great I would feel and how healthy I would become. I never dreamed that Dr. Waldrep would not only give me life through Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, but through an on-going friendship, he and Lisa would speak encouragement and hope to my on-going pursuit of becoming the best version of me.

Today, I am physically healthy and emotionally whole. Those long walks with my wife became addicting. After finishing a walk with her, I would head back and jog for a few minutes. Those minutes turned to miles and miles turned into hours. In 2005, I completed the Big Sur International Marathon of 26.2 miles. I stood at the finish line and I held up my left hand with three fingers pointed to the sky. The hand signal I raised wasn’t for the number three. The symbolic “w” wasn’t for “weight loss” or that I had just “won.” The “W’ was to acknowledge that I had not forgotten who had gotten me to the finish line of one of life’s greatest accomplishments. The “W’ was for Waldrep.

I still take it one day and one bite at a time. Exercise is crucial and grazing is deadly. Identifying the root-cause of my eating disorder has helped me identify the addictive bent within me. I now find myself invigorated with the possibilities ahead of me.

For you, for me, for us, the best has yet to come.


Stuffed Chicken With Sweet Potato Fries

Healthy Stuffed Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

Here is a recipe for Stuffed Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries, approved by our Nutritional Coach

Stuffed Chicken With Sweet Potato Fries1


Serves 1

Ingredients & supplies needed:

  • Cooking spray
  • Baking Sheet
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, (4-oz.)
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 cup brussel sprouts or vegetable of your choice, halved or chopped
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • black pepper
  • chopped parsley, if desired

For Stuffing:

  • ¼ cup broccoli, chopped.
  • 3 tbsp cheddar
  • 1 tbsp salsa
  • 1 small sweet potato


  • Heat oven to 350. Cut a slit in a 4 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast. In a bowl, combine ¼ cup chopped broccoli, 3 tbsp shredded cheddar, 1 tbsp salsa; stuff inside chicken.
  • Slice a small sweet potato into 1/4-inch-thick fries. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place fries, & 1 cup halved brussel sprouts or veggie of choice. Spray veggies with cooking spray; sprinkle with ¼ tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp garlic powder, & black pepper.
  • Bake 15 minutes; flip veggies.  Add the chicken to the sheet; bake until internal temperature reaches 165, about 20 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (with Brussel Sprouts):

  • 445 calories
  • 13 g fat (6g unsaturated)
  • 36 g carbs
  • 8g fiber
  • 47g protein