What Are You Thankful For?


So, this will likely be the last newsletter reminding you about the Holiday Party, wait…is that a collective sigh of relief I hear out there!     All kidding aside this is the week we give thanks.  Speaking for myself I am constantly thankful for the patients I have the privilege to work with, it really is an amazing source of satisfaction.  My hope is that many of you are thankful for the results you've obtained from the surgery…no more diabetes, no more high blood pressure, no more sleep apnea etc….

The Venetian 546 River Drive Garfield NJ 07026 December 3rd 2012 6pm-10pm. Check out their website here: www.venetiannj.com

So, if you've benefited from this surgery and have something to be thankful for..come celebrate with us!  The Holiday Party will be in 2 weeks, December 3rd (Yikes!..I can't believe it's only two weeks!) at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ from 6-10pm.  It really is a beautiful place, you can see for yourself at their website: www.venetiannj.com

If you read the last two newsletters I hope you've noticed the little puzzle we had in the green shaded area to the right.  If you haven't take a look now and see….basically it is the amount of time a person loses from their life from being morbidly obese.  I really can't emphasize this enough, this surgery really does give the 'gift of life'…not only do you life better (less medical problems, less aches and pains) but you life longer!

With that in mind we are having a special event at the Holiday Party for one hour (from 6:30 to 7:30) where your guests can find out about this surgery and see if it something that would benefit them.  It is very informal, low key event and then afterwards they will rejoin you at the party and can talk to other patients who have had the surgery to get a sense of what other patients experiences has been like.

So, if you are planning on being there and bringing your friends, family members, co-workers etc please let us know how many guests you will be bringing this week.  We have to give a head count to the Venetian by Friday!  Please email us to let us know at: laurie@gsbwc.com  Lets make 2013 the year you "Pay it Forward" and make sure your friends and family are part of the 1% who got into action and took back control of their own health!

If you read this newsletter regularly I hope you enjoy Glynn Fluitt's column (From the Gut)…I know I do!  It's always refreshing to get the perspective of someone who has gone through the surgery and really engages with the issues that patients deal with after they've had the surgery.  I hope you find that you can relate.  If so you can tell Glynn yourself on December 3rd because he will be at the Holiday Party and I am sure he would love whatever feedback you have to offer.

Have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving and I hope to see you (and your guests) on December 3rd!  


From the Gut... by Glynn Fluitt
Mr. Fluitt is a patient that has graciously offered to contribute to the newsletter – his column is a welcomed addition to the GSBWC newsletter and its readers!


Hostess, with the Mostest



Earlier this week the news came across the internet … "Hostess prepares to file bankruptcy!"

I sat in shock. Hostess!! All those years of enjoying Twinkies! Donuts!

Sno-Balls! Cupcakes! Ding Dongs!! Say it ain't so!!!

Then I realized, I actually hadn't enjoyed those "bakery" items for years.

For four-plus years!! Okay. Every once in a while I'd taste one just to remind myself why I didn't need them. My body still reacts to something that … that … that … Ugh!

Now, I realize that these Hostess products were enjoyed by millions of people all around the world. And I also realize that not all of them are morbidly obese. It helps remind me, though, that I had an "addiction". If I could eat one Ding Dong, I could eat a dozen. That's the difference between me and the majority of people that would eat one Twinkie and go on about their business. Realizing THAT is what helps me keep on the path that I'm on, post-WLS.

To ensure, I'm not celebrating the pending extinction of the Hostess domain. But the news of the company's financial woes is another opportunity for me to take stock in who I am as an ex-morbid and what assisted me in getting to that 46 BMI. Sometimes that muscle memory of picking up a pack of Cupcakes at the Seven Eleven is still strong enough to make me wonder if I want to buy one just to remember its taste.

An admission here. I stopped this morning at a gas station snack store (that even SOUNDS revolting!) and picked up a 2-pack of iced blueberry flavored donuts. It was a weak moment. By the time I got to the car, I had gained my strength back. I had had about half of one donut and taken another bite. I sat in the car, leaned out and spit out what was in my mouth, took the other donut out of the pack and dropped it on the asphalt where I knew I'd be able to run over it. Symbolism at its finest!

The donuts had 230 calories per donut, and 19 carbs each. Wow!! I remember Dr. Bilof telling me to maintain a 900-1200 calorie intake immediately after my surgery. And limit to 60 carbs. I'm past that limitation now, but that would have been almost HALF my intended calorie intake — for the DAY!

Just in those two donuts. And I used to shove those down without even thinking. One of my tools post-WLS is now "thinking". I actually enjoyed rolling over that donut.


I hope to meet some of you at the holiday party. Please PLEASE say hello! I'd like to know who is reading my ramblings and how it is helping or entertaining you. There will definitely NOT be any Hostess products there to tempt us!!

Other than that, follow me…


And keep THINKING.



I see every "follow". I read every comment. And I will respond to direct messages. It is my HONOR to do so.






 Thanksgiving is around the corner and in the spirit of the Holiday, we are giving you Two recipes in this week's newsletter!  Have a safe and healthy holiday!


Turkey Turnovers

Servings: 24



    1 envelope dry onion soup
    1 pound ground turkey (breast meat only)
    1 cup shredded 2% low fat cheese
    3 tubes reduced fat refrigerated crescent rolls (8 in each tube


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Mix soup with meat in skillet and brown well
    Blend in cheese
    Unroll dough, separate rolls, and cut each triangle in half
    Place spoonful of meat mixture in center of each triangle
    Fold over, seal edges, and place on cookie sheet
     Bake for 15 minutes

Calories: 155; Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 9 grams; Carbohydrate: 13grams Cholesterol: 14 mg; Sodium: 472 mg; Sugar: 3 grams

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie

Serves 12


    1 16-ounce can solid-packed pumpkin or 2 cups cooked pumpkin
    1/3 cup spoon-able brown sugar substitute
    2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    12 ounces evaporated skim milk
    1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell, pre-chilled


    Preheat oven to 425�F
     In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, brown sugar substitute, granulated sugar, egg substitute, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
     Gradually add evaporated skim milk, whisking thoroughly    
    Pour pumpkin mixture into pie shell.  
    Bake for 15 minutes  
    Reduce oven heat to 350�F (180�C) and continue to bake for another 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean   
    Let cool before serving. Garnish with baked pastry leaves, if desired


145 calories (32% calories from fat), 6 g protein, 5 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium





Patients are frequently asking for suggestions on how to keep track of what they eat and how they know the mix of what is in what they eat – Protein, Sodium, Fiber,Carbs, Good and Bad Fats) especially when they are out or do not have access to the labels of the food they are eating.  If you want a mobile application to assist you when on the run, out eating or just like having it at your fingertips at all times…there is a Free Smartphone App called "LOSE IT!" that I have been suggesting to patients as an option to work the menu and menu the work for before, during and after surgery.  I have reviewed the app and find it to be a good way to help you work your plan.  

If you are using it now – would love to hear how it is working for you.  

We are not associated with the app in any way or receive any compensation for recommending the application 🙂 –

Upcoming Free Seminars
The next Free Informational seminar is at our Millburn office on Wednesday November 28th, 2012 starting at 6:30pm.  Dr. Yurcisin leads the discussion on weight loss, your surgical options and if 'Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?'.
If you or your guests cannot make the 11/28/12 seminar, Dr. Yurcisin continues to lead our seminars with our next seminar on Wednesday December 12th 2012 at 6:30pm in our Millburn office. Reserve your seat for you and your friends!


Time: 5:30pm for all of our South Jersey guests

Place: Center for Healthy Living 198 Prospect Street Lakewood, NJ – call us today to reserve your seat!

To Find out more, simply click here for Dates and Locations of Seminars!
We welcome your guests and anyone that wants to know more about the benefits of bariatric surgery.

In This Issue 15 Days to Holiday PartyFrom the GutMarisol's Nutritional CornerEnd Quotes

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