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Loaded Low-Carb Bell Peppers

Try this protein-rich, low-carb recipe this week. It’s hearty and delicious, and it’s sure to become a new family favorite.

stuffed bell peppers

Loaded Bell Peppers

4 bell peppers (green, red, or yellow), tops removed, seeded

1 pound lean ground beef (may substitute ground turkey or chicken)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ yellow onion, finely diced

1 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms

1 zucchini, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup fresh spinach

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano

1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ teaspoon prepared garlic

Fresh, chopped basil for garnish (optional)

Shredded low-fat Mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Wrap the bell peppers (with tops and seeds removed) in aluminum foil, and place in a baking dish. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from heat.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown. Drain any excess oil and set aside. In the same pan add oil and cook onion, prepared garlic, mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper and spinach until tender. Return beef to the skillet. Mix in the tomatoes and tomato paste, and season salt and pepper. Stuff the green peppers with the skillet mixture, and garnish with fresh chopped basil and shredded cheese (optional).

Return peppers to the oven, and continue cooking 15 minutes.

Why Appetite Suppressants?

friut scale photoThere are several factors that often hinder dieters from meeting their weight loss goals. The most common and obvious hindrance is that dieters are not able to make the proper changes to their everyday eating habits. Choosing foods that are tasteless and unappealing, setting goal caloric intake too low and waiting too long between meals are all common sabotages.


This is where appetite suppressants can come in. These stumbling blocks can be overcome with the use of proper appetite suppressants. First and foremost, and most obviously, they suppress your appetite. If your body is accustomed to over eating, your stomach is likely stretched. As a result, when dieting, you will not likely feel full. This leads to dissatisfaction and binge eating. Secondly, because you aren’t starving, appetite suppressants curb your hunger and give you the opportunity to make smarter food choices. You can stick to the foods that you set out to eat – stick to the plan. Dieting doesn’t mean eating tasteless foods, it means eating smart foods filled with vitamins and nutrients that fuel the body.


Lastly, when taking appetite suppressants, you are more in control of when you eat. It is recommended that you consume six small meals each day. Eating small frequent meals keeps your metabolism working optimally and makes sure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs throughout the day.


Eating the right foods, in the right quantities, at the right times is the key to healthy and lasting weight loss. Appetite suppressants are often just the jumpstart that the body needs. At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, we offer physician-supervised medical weight loss programs with the use of appetite suppressants and other healthy supplements. Call us today for your appointment. We look forward to helping you meet your health and wellness goals.

Bee Healthy Spotlight

Pam amick photo 2We love hearing our clients’ success stories. We love hearing how their lives are forever changed through hard work and determination.


Prior to coming to Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness in Irmo, Pam weighted 277. She had already begun her weigh loss journey, down 33 pounds when she came to Bee Healthy. Since her fist appointment at Bee Healthy, in March of 2015, she has lost 27.5 more pounds and a total of 4 inches in her waist.


Pam is very dedicated to her goal of “bee-ing” healthy and reaching her weight loss goals. She  maintains a positive attitude even when she has difficult weeks. She is diligent in coming in to the clinic every week to receive her injections do her weigh ins. Pam never misses her follow-up appointments.  We are so proud of the work Pam has done, and we look forward to celebrating with her as she continues on the path of health and wellness.


Here is what Pam had to say about her journey with Bee Healthy…


Bee Healthy: What motivated you to start your weight loss?


Pam: I felt horrible, I was in a size 24 and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. I knew with heart disease being in my Dads family that if I didn’t do something about it now it would get worse.


Bee Healthy: What was the hardest lifestyle change for you to adjust to?


Pam Pic CollagePam: Trying NOT to eat CARBS after 3pm and I am still adjusting.



Bee Healthy: Are there specific foods that you chose to “give up”?


Pam: Mountain Dew and SWEETS, but now I don’t want either.


Bee Healthy: What is your favorite exercise, and how often do you do it?


Pam: I enjoy walking, but I don’t do it nearly enough.


Bee Healthy: What’s your favorite healthy snack?


Pam: Almonds or Peanut Butter


Bee Healthy: What did you do to get past the weight loss plateaus?  


Pam: I just tried to eat more protein and NO carbs after 3:00.


Bee Healthy:What’s been most rewarding about your weight loss?  


Pam: My clothes getting smaller, and people telling me how great and healthy I look.


Bee Healthy: What are some things you enjoy doing now that you didn’t enjoy so much before your weight loss?  


Pam: I can walk without getting winded or tired.


Bee Healthy: How did you remain disciplined in today’s fast-paced society?  


Pam: I just focused on me.


Bee Healthy: How has the staff at Bee Healthy helped you to reach your goals?  


Pam: They encourage me and send me little text messages. When I lose they jump for joy, and when I gain they want to cry with me but they get me right back on track.


Bee Healthy: How have your friends and family reacted to the “new you”?


Pam: Most of them didn’t really notice until I put up a before and after picture. Then they were like, ‘ Wow’. All of my family and friends have been supportive and are so proud of me and how healthy I am becoming.


We are so proud of Pam. We love being a part of her journey, and we hope she inspires you. You CAN lose weight and “Bee Healthy”. Call one of our clinics to set up your appointment.

Tasty, Healthy Carbohydrates!

summer veggiesSummer is on the way, offering a bounty of colorful, nutritious and low-carb vegetables, and it’s time to leave the heavy foods of winter behind! Fresh produce, outdoor cooking and eating, and a focus on simply-prepared, delicious foods makes summer a great time to learn healthy eating habits, lose weight, and feed your body the fuel it needs for increased energy. At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, we can help you control your appetite, plan your meals, and gain the energy you need to get outside and exercise.

Here’s a great guide to use when choosing your veggies each day.


Vegetables (100g/ 3.5 oz) Carbohydrates (g)
Asparagus 4
Broccoli 1.8
Brussel Sprouts 3.1
Carrots 6
Cauliflower 2.3
Celery 0.9
Cucumber 1.5
Eggplant 2.2
Kale 1.4
Romaine Lettuce 1.7
Mushrooms 3.4
Okra 3
Spinach 1.6
Squash, butternut 7.4
Tomatoes 3
Zucchini 1.8


*Root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes’, parsnips and yams are usually high in complex carbohydrates, so if you are trying to lose weight it is best to limit your consumption.

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Sugar Is Making Us Fat

Most of us are aware that too many calories from any source will be stored as fat if not burned. What we may not know, however, is the toxic affect that simple carbohydrates (sugar) have on the body.

The lack of nutrients in sugar makes it easier to over consume. Consuming equal calories from sugar as foods rich in fiber, fat and protein does not provide the same full feeling. This is why you can snack on candy and shortly after be hungry for a full meal. Consuming sugar only causes your body to crave more sugar. It’s addictive!

It’s important to note that not all sugars are equal. Naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in milk and fruit, do not have the same negative effects on the body, as they are also rich in vitamins and fiber.

Take an inventory of the sugar you consume, and create a plan of action. You decrease your overall sugar consumption without feeling deprivation. Here are five simple and practical tips to help you lose weight and increase your energy level by simply “getting off the sugar”.

  1. Quit drinking sugary drinks! The empty calories in drinks, such as soda, sports drinks or sweet tea, can add up to weight gain. A can of soda contains about 38 grams of sugar and 150 calories. If you are accustomed to drinking two cans per day, eliminating soda and switching to water could cause you to lose about 2 pounds per month without changing your diet otherwise
  2. Eat regularly. Waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger.
  3. Avoid refined carbohydrates. Foods as white bread and white pasta cause dramatic spikes and drops in blood sugar levels and lead to hunger and sugar cravings. Replace refined carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, like whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and whole-grain bread.
  4. Replace refined sugar with natural sugars. When a craving hits, opt for a piece of fruit. The natural sweetness will satisfy your sugar craving, while the fiber will help stabilize your blood sugar, decreasing your sugar cravings.
  5. Read labels. Make sure you KNOW what you are eating. Always look at the labels. Stay away from high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars. Foods marketed as “healthy” can often be misleading. At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness we offer a complete line of healthy protein-rich snacks.

How can Bee Healthy help you cut the sugar habit? We offer physician-supervised medical weight loss programs utilizing appetite suppressants, supplements, and nutrition counseling. Appetite suppressants help you to take control of your eating habits, training yourself to choose the right foods to fuel your body, without feeling hungry and deprived. Our injections and supplements provide you with increased energy and boost your metabolism.

Our staff is dedicated to helping you change your habits and CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Call one of our clinics to set up your appointment TODAY! You will be glad you did.

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