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Chula Vista Latino loses 125 lbs., changes his life

on Jun 29, 2015 in Inspiration, Nutrition, Patient Testimonials

By Pablo J. Sáinz A typical breakfast for Guillermo Ybarra was basically coffee and donuts or cookies. And for lunch, a big burrito or a burger from a fast food place would do it. It’s no wonder that last year Ybarra reached 369 pounds. “I was eating very unhealthy,” said the 36 year-old Chula Vista resident. “I got to a point when I asked myself, ‘How did I let myself get to that?’” The turning point for Ybarra came last July, when driving home, his vision blurred for two consecutive days. A few days later, he was told he was diabetic, just like his mother and his father. “For several months I didn’t want to believe it,” he said. “But at one point I said, ‘Enough is enough.’ I don’t want insulin, I don’t want medication.” Last September, Ybarra enrolled in Kaiser Permanente’s Positive Choice Integrated Wellness Center, where after five months of dedicating and committing himself to group support, classes, and a special diet, he lost 125 pounds, lowered his cholesterol and blood pressure, and completely changed his appearance and attitude. “Before, I would be always tired, half way of the day I always felt like taking a nap,” said Ybarra, who now weighs 248 pounds. “I feel a lot better, I sleep better, I walk better. I feel full of energy.” Ybarra, who works in the finance department of Kaiser Permanente, is so motivated, that he now organizes events for the American Diabetes Association, and has found an interest for cycling and running. “My goal is to be 200 pounds or a little bit under 200 pounds,” he said. Dr. Michael Moreno, medical director of the Positive Choice Integrated Wellness Center in San Diego, said Ybarra’s story could inspire other Latino men to take charge of their health, especially when June is National Men’s Health Month. “It was as if Guillermo was reborn,” Moreno said. “If we can get everyone to make the changes he made, we could change the face of the world in a matter of years. I hope Guillermo’s story can empower Latino men.” Moreno, whose father was from the Mexican state of Veracruz, said Latino men should “put machismo aside and make them...

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The Cutest Couple Ever Conquers Their Health Together

The Cutest Couple Ever Conquers Their Health Together

on May 7, 2015 in Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

Fred and Agnes participated in the Healthy Balance — Full Food Weight Management Program. They have supported each other every step of the way. Together they each lost 30 lb.s and they have both been able to cut their needed medications in half. They rely daily on each other’s support to stick with their mutual exercise routine, in making lifestyle choices, and eating healthy. Here are some of Fred and Agnes’ Healthy Swaps ideas… Switch from pasta to zucchini noodles Eat sweet potatoes in place of white mashed potatoes Eat turkey bacon instead of regular Eat grilled not fried-ed More of Fred and Agnes tips for success… Measure food, watch portions Keep your plate colorful with lots of fruits, greens, and veggies Read labels carefully – know what your eating Aim to walk 10,000-15,000 steps a day and keep track of what you are...

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Weight loss group achieves an all new high!

Weight loss group achieves an all new high!

on May 5, 2015 in Fitness, Patient Testimonials, Wellness Blog

Participants in the Fasting Weight Management group #2854 enjoyed each others company so much, they decided they wanted to have fun together in addition to their weekly weight loss group meetings. By starting a hiking club, they have achieved all sorts of new altitudes! See the ladies and gentleman pictured here on top of Cowles Mountain. Keep climbing to new heights group...

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Guillermo has reason to Celebrate!

Guillermo has reason to Celebrate!

on May 5, 2015 in Inspiration, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss, Wellness Blog

Now 125 pounds lighter, Guillermo no longer needs medication for high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.  At his last doctor’s appointment his physician told him, “You are no longer a diabetic!” The Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center is honored to have been part of Guillermo’s journey as he lost weight in the Full Fasting Weight Management program. We look forward to supporting him in his continued success and new found health. Congratulations...

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Gretel says good-bye to diabetes and hello to a new life!

Gretel says good-bye to diabetes and hello to a new life!

on May 5, 2015 in Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss, Wellness Blog

Gretel is currently losing weight in one of the Positive Choice Wellness Integrative Wellness Center’s programs. Now half way through her program, she has been able to discontinue her diabetes medication and is now no longer a diabetic! Inspired by her new found health, she decided to start an exercise routine. Pictured here is Gretel completing her first 5K run. She felt great, wasn’t out of breath, and was exhilarated with her sense of achievement. Congratulations Gretel we are proud of...

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