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  2. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Healthy Aging Tips for Every Decade

    Hi Ron, We have a Type 2 plan that can help you meet your weight loss goals. We're happy to have a Membership Specialist speak with you regarding our different programs that can fit within your budget. Give us a call at 1-866-706-4042. Thank you!
  3. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    New Spring Foods Are Here!

    Thank you for your suggestions! We’ll make sure to share them with our team!
  4. Liz78

    New Spring Foods Are Here!

    I would like to see more seafood dishes. I would also like to see ice cream for dessert.
  5. Liz78

    Scared

    You can do this at any age!! My mom is 80 and she has 40lbs to lose. After 4 weeks... she has already lost 10.5lbs. I’m so proud of her. She feels so much better/lighter on her feet. I lost 12.3lbs after 4 weeks! It works! Stick with it. Just eat the JC meals and believe in yourself. Once you start seeing results it will motivate you to keep pushing on! Cmon....you got this!
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  7. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    4 Lifestyle Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

    If you’ve ever stubbed your toe or whacked your funny bone (ouch!), you have experienced a touch of acute pain. And while it’s never fun to experience, thankfully, the pain passes, and you can resume your daily routine. But while acute pain is your nervous system’s standard “alert system” to notify you of an injury, chronic pain is the persistent firing of pain signals for weeks, months or years, even after any evidence of bodily harm has vanished.1 And it’s more common than you may think—affecting around 100 million Americans—more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.2 Although the absence of visible injury can make chronic pain challenging to treat, there are a number of lifestyle changes that may help your symptoms become more manageable. Here are four simple shifts you can make to help reduce chronic pain. 1. Nourish Your Body. If you’re living with chronic pain, one of the best things you can do to manage your symptoms is to focus on your diet. Why? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to substances it perceives as toxic—and sometimes, these “toxins” are in unexpected places, like junk foods such as candy and soda.3 According to pain management experts, a healthy diet can help control insulin, cholesterol levels and potentially reduce inflammation.4 So what’s on the menu? Fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, legumes and fish, with moderate amounts of poultry, dairy, eggs and red meat. If you’re looking for ways to cut down on prep time while improving your diet, Jenny Craig follows expert guidelines with chef-crafted, nutritionally sound, ready-made meals. 2. Stay Active. You probably know that regular physical activity is an integral part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but did you know research has found that exercise may help decrease inflammation markers in patients with chronic pain?5-6 Not only is it possible to potentially reduce inflammation, but your pain perception may also improve with a consistent exercise program.7 Although moving when you’re in pain may not be your first choice, try finding an activity that you enjoy, such as walking or swimming—you may be more likely to stick with it. But make sure to consult your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program. 3. Get in the Rhythm and Eat with the Sun. Following your body’s natural circadian rhythm, by staying active when it’s light out, sleeping when it’s dark, and eating with the sun—can have a dramatic, positive impact on your overall health.8 So it should come as no surprise that staying in sync with your natural rhythm may also help ease your chronic pain in a couple of different ways. First, following a daylight nutrition strategy, such as time-restricted feeding, may help you manage insulin levels9 and reduce inflammation10, which are often key players when it comes to chronic pain. How can you get started? Focus on eating the majority of your food during daylight hours, specifically during a 12-hour time frame and letting your body rejuvenate for the remaining 12-hours, which includes sleep (making sure to refrain from late-night meals). So, if you have your first meal of the day at 7 a.m., you would have your last by 7 p.m. and then resume your routine the following day. Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, was developed with this daylight nutrition strategy in mind. Researchers also believe that getting enough sleep (7–9 hours a night) may help keep pain levels in check.11 It’s during these evening hours that the hormone melatonin is naturally produced, and can serve as a powerful anti-inflammatory.12-13 4. Practice Self-Care. Living with chronic pain can be frustrating and stressful at times. Making time for yourself and regularly practicing self-care, along with your other healthy lifestyle habits, may help provide some stress relief and calm in your everyday life. While self-care may look different for everyone, a few ideas include a warm bubble bath, yoga, meditation, massage therapy or even a carefree afternoon of retail therapy. Focusing on your well-being can nourish your mind and body in significant ways. For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you start living an active and healthy lifestyle, book a free appointment to meet with one of our personal weight loss consultants. Sources: [1] https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/understanding-pain-management-chronic-pain [2] https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20110629/100-million-americans-have-chronic-pain [3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/can-diet-heal-chronic-pain [4] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/anti-inflammatory-diet-can-relieve-pain-age/ [5] https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/meeting-summary/exercise-improves-chronic-pain-biomarkers [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5931150/ [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25988939 [8] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [9] https://www.endocrineweb.com/professional/diabetes-complications/circadian-rhythm-disruptions-may-alter-sleep-propelling-some-peo [10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4549297/ [11] https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20121130/more-sleep-less-pain#1 [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001216/ [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4912970/
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  9. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Is Negative Self-Talk Hindering Your Weight Loss?

    If you’re just beginning a weight loss journey, your emotions can range from excited, to motivated to anxious. And while it’s perfectly normal to feel an array of emotions before committing to any big change, sometimes negative self-talk can hold you back from achieving your goals. We’ve compiled some of the most common excuses that can impact your journey to a healthier life—and ways to reframe your perspective. Fear of failure, experts consistently point out, is commonly based on a negative perception of one’s self.1 The remedy? Flip the fear of failure to trust in success. Work on thinking positively. Know that you can and will reach your goals with dedication and hard work. When you’re faced with a small challenge—such as a happy hour after work—remember how good it feels to opt for a healthier option instead of something that will have you feeling less than stellar a few hours later. Trust in the process: every little choice can add up to significant changes. Everywhere you turn, there seems to be new or conflicting information on nutrition, exercise and the latest diet trends. It can be easy to feel stressed or overwhelmed by just the thought of where to begin. If information overload has you feeling frazzled, try finding a program that is simple and straightforward—one that takes the guesswork out of the equation. If you’re unsure where to start, Jenny Craig does the meal planning for you and offers healthy, ready-made meals and a personal consultant to be your support system throughout your journey. In today’s fast-paced world, there’s not much downtime. Between work, family and social obligations, making yourself a priority may fall by the wayside. But by taking a step back and putting your health first, you’ll gain quality self-care that will be worth every minute. Here are a couple of idea starters: Replace time-consuming habits with more constructive ones. Instead of couch and television time, take a walk. Skip scrolling through your social media feed first thing in the morning and take the time to journal—or enjoy a warm cup of tea while you lay out your plans for the day. Make a checklist or keep a calendar. Commit in writing when you will see your Jenny Craig consultant, or get your heart pumping with some exercise, and take some time for yourself—soon these habits may become automatic. While it’s certainly important to focus on consuming the majority of your calories from healthy sources such as complex carbohydrates, lean meats, dairy, eggs, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, you shouldn’t have to give up all your favorite foods entirely, as long as they are enjoyed in moderation. In fact, a program that eliminates entire food groups should raise concern.2 If you’re following the Jenny Craig plan, expect to enjoy satisfying meals, snacks and desserts like pepperoni pizza, kettle corn and chocolate lava cake. With the right portions, you can still eat your favorite foods and not feel deprived. The more specific and challenging your goals are, the better your chances of succeeding at them.3 Creating a vision board of what you want from your new healthy lifestyle may help you reach those goals4: places you want to go, physical challenges you want to accomplish, opportunities you’ll gain. Even if it’s a small collage on your fridge, keeping your inspiration close by and revisiting it daily or weekly can help you stay motivated—and remind you why you started this journey in the first place. Taking on a big challenge doesn’t mean that success comes only at the finish line. Enjoy the victories along the way, and reward yourself for them. Be open about your achievements with people you trust and share your excitement! Are you ready to start a weight loss program that lets you enjoy your favorite foods while giving you the support you need to reach your goals? Book your free appointment with Jenny Craig to get started. Sources: [1] https://ibcnj.com/fear-of-failure-self-perception-and-the-power-of-positive-thought/ [2] https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/healthy-diet-mistakes#1 [3] Locke, E. A., Shaw, K. N., Saari, L. M., & Latham, G. P. Goal setting and task performance: 1969–1980. Psychological Bulletin. (1981). http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1981-27276-001. [4]https://www.forbes.com/sites/eilenezimmerman/2016/01/27/survey-shows-visualizing-success-works/#5ed26526760b
  10. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    New Fall Foods

    Jenny Craig new fall foods are here!
  11. Ms Jam

    Scared

    I started on JC when I was 54 (57 now) and I will tell you IT WORKS! Yes you must follow the prescribed plan for it to work - but unlike ANYTHING else I ever tried - THIS is actually easy to stay on, because the food entree's are EVERYTHING you ever dreamed of eating and never knew you could eat while loosing weight! The biggest lesson I learned - was RE-learning PORTION CONTROL! I am now almost 18 months maintaining!!!!! That is HUGE from someone who "dieted" their way through life!!! I don't diet anymore! I've truly CHANGED the way I look at food, eat food and look at "what's healthy for me. Keep us posted on your Journey!
  12. Ms Jam

    Jenny and Me

    Congratulations Tricia!! I love this post! I am SO trilled for you! I find that negativity really is a true tell of people that will struggle with ANY self improvement process. It's almost like people need to heal from a negative mind set before, or certainly at the same time as embarking on lifestyle changes. I see it over and over - I can be like a JC commercial too - It's hard not to when you find something that ACTUALLY works!!! I really love the fact that you have followed this all the way through - to the point that YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO from here out!!! I have learned HOW to eat - HOW MUCH TO EAT - and WHAT TO DO WHEN I GET OFF TRACK in this Jenny Craig journey! I just LOVE IT! Congrats again!!
  13. Ms Jam

    Alcohol & Weight

    I recently read this in a fitness newsletter - I think it's worth the read! How Alcohol Makes You Fat If you glanced at the title of this article, you might have cringed. When it comes to fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and overall health, many of us have trouble areas. There are some individuals who have a glass of red wine with dinner every night. Others skip the drinking completely on the weekdays, then start throwing a few back on Thursday or Friday night, and keep it up until Sunday. Still others won’t drink for two to three weeks, then have a weekend binge of a few dozen drinks or so (you know who you are!). Finally, while there are scores of individuals out there who don’t drink any alcohol at all and really won’t find this article personally useful, I encourage you (if you are one of those people) to read it anyways, and share the information with someone you think it might help. So…how does alcohol make you fat, especially when it doesn’t have any fat in it? To understand how this process occurs, let’s examine the consumption of a 5 ounce glass of red wine by a fictional character named Vinny. Vinny takes a drink. As the alcohol enters into digestion, it is split into two compounds: fat and acetate. The fat is taken through the bloodstream and stored wherever Vinny tends to deposit fat. The acetate is taken into the bloodstream and used as Vinny’s primary energy fuel. If you take anything away from this article, read that last sentence again. The acetate is used as Vinny’s primary energy fuel. This means that rather than burning carbohydrates, protein, or fat as a fuel, Vinny’s body relies on the acetate for energy. It completely stops burning anything else. Suddenly, Vinny has a surplus of carbs, protein, and fat circulating in the body with nowhere to go. So where does it all end up? You guessed it…it’s converted to fat and deposited on Vinny’s waistline. But that’s not the only effect on Vinny. Alcohol also acts as a potent appetizer. Ever heard of anapertif? It’s an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to increase the appetite, and many restaurants realize that this is a great way to get you to order more food! Several studies exist that show a sharp increase in caloric intake when an alcoholic drink is consumed before a meal (compared to a glass of water, or even a soda!). So now Vinny wants either: A) another glass of wine or food (probably something salty or greasy). That’s not all! Let’s say that Vinny succumbs to his appetite and finishes the bottle. Just a single bout of heavy drinking will vastly increase the levels of the hormone cortisol, while significantly decreasing the levels of the hormone testosterone. In addition to his headache, here’s why Vinny should be concerned: cortisol causes the body to breakdown muscle and suppresses recovery from exercise, while low testosterone makes the body less likely build lean muscle or to burn fat as a fuel. So Vinny’s getting a big belly, and skinny arms and legs. Now let’s consider the actual caloric content of the glass of red wine. Before we begin, bear in mind that at most parties, social gatherings, and restaurants, a typical glass of red wine is really more like 6-8 ounces. But we’ll be conservative. So Vinny’s glass of wine contains about 110 calories. Contrary to popular belief, there are very few carbohydrates in the wine – only about 5 grams. This is because when grapes are made into wine, most of the fruit sugars are converted into alcohol. For purposes of comparison, this glass of wine has about the same amount of alcohol and calories as a 12 ounce light beer or a shot of 80 proof spirit (yes, that means a shot of tequila = about a whole glass of wine). A regular, non-light beer, is even higher in calories, since it contains over twice as many carbohydrates as light beer. But realize that alcohol itself contains about seven calories for gram, making it almost twice as calorie-laden as carbohydrates or protein, which contain only four calories per gram. However, these calories contain no beneficial nutrients, vitamins, or minerals. Sure – Vinny gets some benefit from the compounds present from the grapeskins and grapejuice, butif he drinks a big glass of red wine every night with dinner, he consumes over 1000 additional calories per week, and gains a dozen extra pounds of fat a year! I haven’t really discussed mixed drinks and won’t say too much. If you read my article on how sugar makes you fat, you know about sugar’s potent effect on fat levels in the body, and if you’ve read the label lately on any soda or mixer, you know how much sugar it contains. A ton! Basically, you can take everything I just illustrated in the case of Vinny, and multiply by 4-5. Margaritas, Long Island Iced Tea, Mudslides, and other sweet mixed drinks can do more damage to your diet than a Big Mac with cheese. Ben Greenfield M.S. PE, NSCA-CPT, CSCS
  14. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired Peach and Caramelized Onion Pizza

    We wanted to share our take on a popular flatbread favorite! Peppery arugula helps to balance the sweet caramelized onions and ripe purple figs layered on top of our Margherita Pizza! Ingredients: 1 prepared Jenny Craig Margherita Pizza 1 tbsp low-fat feta cheese Arugula Peach slices (grilled) Caramelized onions Instructions: Caramelize your onions. Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the onions with a pinch of salt and cook until golden brown. Grill your peach slices until soft. Layer on the arugula, onions, and peaches to the prepared Jenny Craig pizza. Top off with a sprinkle of feta cheese. Enjoy every delicious bite!
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    • ChristiS

    Hi Christi,

    You are doing great! Continue to give yourself positive affirmations.

     

    Yes, the smoke can make you exhausted. That, along with the stressfulness of the fires. I went through it in December here in Santa Barbara. Fires everywhere, had to evacuate twice (with two dogs and two cats)  and then we had flash floods. I was wiped out. So, give yourself a break.

    I get that it's a bummer in the summer. So sorry.

    Cate

  17. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    How Long Summer Days Can Affect Weight Loss

    Daylight saving time is in full effect, and the long stretches of daylight paired with a break from the normal routine can impact the best of intentions for losing weight, which can lead to weight gain during the summer. But fear not, with deliberate planning, you can keep on track with your weight loss goals during the warmer months. Several seasonal factors can contribute to summer weight gain. When there are more daylight hours, your usual routine may be shifted or altered, which can impact your eating habits. For example, it can be easy to dismiss dinner until the sun has gone down. But there’s a good reason to be mindful of when you eat: late-night meals and snacks have been linked to weight gain.1 What’s more, as our bodies are conditioned to wake and sleep with the sun, fewer nighttime hours may lead to less sleep. Sleep is a crucial part of your maintaining your body’s natural circadian rhythm, also known as your internal clock, and can have a significant effect on your health, mood, immune function, and even your weight.2 Here are a few ways to get more sleep during the summer and work with your natural rhythm: Stick to a Schedule. If your kids are on summer vacation, it can be easy to stay up late watching movies or playing games, but having a schedule that consists of a similar bedtime and wake time each day may help your body ease into sleep—and out of it—more regularly.3 Be mindful of your caffeine intake. If your go-to afternoon pick-me-up includes an iced coffee, you may want to reach for something else like an herbal iced tea. While caffeine affects everyone differently, having it later in the afternoon can make falling asleep at night more difficult.4 Most experts recommend avoiding caffeinated beverages in the late afternoon or evening.5 How Does Heat Affect Weight Loss? Even though the summer season is filled with outdoor activities, treats like ice cream and sugary drinks to cool down in the heat can add up. Luckily, it may be simpler than you think to replace those decedent summer foods with healthier options. Summer Treats to Avoid and Healthy Swaps Sugary drinks Lemonade, fruit juice, and soda, just to name a few, can be packed with empty calories. A healthier alternative is to infuse water with fruit like watermelon or cucumbers for a similar, satisfying thirst quencher. Sweetened yogurt Not all yogurt is created equal. Sweetened yogurt can contain upwards of 20 grams of sugar in one serving, which is almost an entire day’s worth of the recommended amount for women.6-7 Instead, reach for a Nonfat Plain Greek yogurt for an excellent source of protein and calcium.8 Add your own natural sweetness by throwing in some fresh fruit. Fried foods Fried chicken, French fries and the like are usually served everywhere you turn during summer street fairs. Instead, try a flavorful rub on lean meats such as chicken or pork, and toss them on the grill. Happy hour cocktails Forgo the sugar-laden mixers and booze—not only can alcohol impair your judgment when it comes to making healthy food choices, but it can also pack on unwanted calories. Instead, opt for club soda with a lemon or lime. Decreased Motivation to Exercise in High Heat When it’s hot outside, it can be easier to lose the motivation to exercise. So if you know midday walks will feel unpleasant, try adjusting your routine. Walk earlier or later in the day to beat the heat and still reap the benefits! Tips for Summer Weight Loss With a little planning, you can stay on track! Here are a few other tips to keep up your healthy lifestyle this summer: Get Inventive with Veggies Sneaking more vegetables into your routine will not only help fill you up on fewer calories, but it’s also a great way to get more essential nutrients. Not sure how to creatively add more greens to your plate? Here’s a quick guide on how to incorporate veggies into any meal. Become Sugar Savvy Start by checking out nutrition labels to become aware of how much added sugar may be hidden in your food. Learn more about sneaky sugar-packed foods and how to cut down on them. Be Mindful When Eating There are numerous benefits to eating mindfully. Slowing down and eating with intention may even reduce the amount of food you consume.9 Why? Because when you eat slower and savor your food, your stomach has the time to signal to your brain that it’s full, which can take up to 20 minutes.10 Are You Ready to Lose Weight this Summer? If you want to learn how to use your body’s natural clock to improve your overall health and wellness, Jenny Craig can help. Book a free appointment with a weight loss consultant and begin making strides toward a healthier you! Sources: [1] https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/people-who-eat-and-sleep-late-may-gain-weight [2] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [3] http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/what-can-you-do/good-sleep-habits [4] https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/caffeine-and-sleep [5] http://www.sleepeducation.org/news/2013/08/01/sleep-and-caffeine [6] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/26/yogurt-sugar-twinkie_n_5379590.html [7] http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption.html#.W2i-a2uweUk [8] https://www.healthyeating.org/Milk-Dairy/Nutrients-in-Milk-Cheese-Yogurt/Yogurt-Nutrition [9] http://time.com/5144169/eating-more-slowly-weight-loss/ [10] https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/09/we-found-out-if-it-really-takes-20-minutes-to-feel-full_a_21602736/
  18. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired: Carnitas Lettuce Wrap Tacos

    Salsa would be great too!
  19. DennyEllen

    Simply Inspired: Carnitas Lettuce Wrap Tacos

    Always trying to find new ideas for meals; this looks so good. Maybe salsa instead of tomato?
  20. Ms Jam

    Sad... today ... Checkin In

    OHHHH Sweetheart - I'm SO sorry to read about your Mom 😢 I remember when she was dealing with Chemo last year and can't believe she is gone. I lost my Mom to cancer 9 years ago and still miss her like crazy. I know you wrote this back in June - but I am now just catching up. Love to you dear girl.
  21. Ms Jam

    Date #2 Playa del Carmen

    Well now I've caught up some!! You just look fantastic! And so HAPPY!!! I LOVE it - LOVE it - L O VVVVV E it!!!!!
  22. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Why It's Important to Monitor Your Stress

    We all have busy lives that require us to play many roles—from parent to spouse to business professional and more, our time is usually spread thin between all of life’s demands. On top of the daily hustle and bustle, life can even throw at you very stressful events such as moving or buying a house, taking on care for parents as they age, or life-changing illness, suffered by you or a loved one. Over time, chronic stress can take a toll on not only your body but also your mind.1 What’s more, it may be increasingly difficult to take care of your own health and reach your weight loss goals if you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed.2 Although it’s nearly impossible to control every stressor in your life, you can take steps to help monitor your response. Read on as we explain why it’s important to monitor your stress and provide healthy tips to help you unwind. How Stress Affects Your Body Your mind and body go hand-in-hand, and uncontrolled stress can wreak havoc on both.3 Stress can show up in a variety of ways, from physical symptoms to emotional and mental symptoms, and it’s not uncommon to experience a combination of all three. Some of the most common physical effects of stress are fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, sleep problems, and muscle tension. Long-term, unmanaged stress may lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.3 Stress may also be responsible for anxiety, inability to focus, and restlessness.3 These physical and mental changes may impede your weight loss progress, especially because food can be used as an outlet to cope. How to Monitor Stress Levels You might feel overwhelmed by the idea of monitoring your stress levels, but know that you don’t have to solve all your stressors right now. That you are bringing awareness to the fact that you are stressed and that there are triggers for those stressors can help you get on the path for stress management. Think of it as taking a step back and evaluating your feelings and emotions, to help you become more in tune with your body. Understanding Your Response to Stress The first step in monitoring your stress is to understand your body’s response to it. When you encounter a stressful situation, your body’s fight-or-flight response is activated: your heart rate and blood pressure increase and several hormones enter your bloodstream, including adrenaline and cortisol.4 These hormones and bodily changes may boost our performance to a certain extent. However, our focus and memory can take a hit when our stress exceeds a certain level.5 Everyone’s reaction to stress is different, and not all stress is bad. Someone may find a high-pressure situation to be invigorating, while someone else may find it taxing. How people exhibit symptoms of stress also varies.6 Part of monitoring your stress and acknowledging when it’s not serving you involves knowing how you respond to it. The following questions may help you in this process: ● Attention. Is it hard to maintain your focus? ● Mood. Do you feel overwhelmed and pessimistic? ● Stamina. Do you feel exhausted or like you’re running out of steam? ● Body. Do you have heartburn, a headache, a racing pulse or dizziness? ● Thoughts. Are you falling into negative thought patterns? Managing Stress Once you understand how you react to stress, you can identify when your stress levels are heightened. When you feel feelings of anxiety creeping up, you can take steps to help control the stress before it becomes overwhelming. If you’re in the middle of an intense activity, such as finalizing an important project for work, take a moment to step away from it. Taking a walk or the time to stand up and stretch may help reset your mind and body. You can also take a few minutes to meditate. It doesn’t have to be time intensive or complicated. All you need is a relatively quiet place to focus on a repetitive activity, such as a breathing pattern or a word. When you recognize thoughts popping into your mind, calmly disregard them and go back to focusing on your breath. Meditation may activate the relaxation response by breaking the train of everyday thought.7 It may also help lower your blood pressure and slow your heart rate and breathing.8 In addition to taking breaks or using meditation, you can also adopt lifestyle changes to help minimize stress. Some examples include getting at least seven hours of sleep each night9, engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week10 and eating a balanced diet. Although it’s close to impossible to eliminate stress entirely, you can take steps to monitor it and help reduce its adverse effects. When you monitor your stress levels, you may feel more in control of your response to situations and know when it’s time to de-stress and take a break. Did you know that at Jenny Craig, you get a personal consultant to help guide you on your path to better health and help you navigate any stressful situations that may impact your weight loss goals? Contact Jenny Craig for a free appointment to get started and being your journey today! Sources: [1] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml [2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/why-does-chronic-stress-make-losing-weight-more-difficult [3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987 [4] http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cells/fight_flight/ [5] https://www.heartmath.org/articles-of-the-heart/science-of-the-heart/stress-and-cognitive-decline/ [6] https://hbr.org/2009/03/monitor-and-manage-your-stress [7] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/using-the-relaxation-response-to-reduce-stress-20101110780 [8] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/using-the-relaxation-response-to-reduce-stress-20101110780 [9] https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html [10] https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm
  23. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Jenny Craig Anywhere: At Home & On Your Schedule

    Jenny Craig is a comprehensive weight loss program that provides you with routine and structure. Meeting with weekly with a Consultant is part of that routine that will help you maximize your weight loss. We're happy to give you more information, give us a call at 1-866-706-4042.
  24. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    4 Of The Worst Foods for Weight Loss

    If the number on the scale isn’t budging, there may be a few foods and drinks that are undermining your weight loss goals. Added sugars, seemingly healthy snacks, and empty calories hidden in after work cocktails could be slowing down your progress. Read on to learn about four of the worst foods for weight loss. 1. Granola While it certainly sounds healthy, pouring yourself a bowl full of granola in the morning may not be the best way to wake up. While there are various types of granola, generally, this high-calorie cereal is usually low in fiber and high in sugar and can contain up to 600 calories in just one cup.1 2. Dried Fruit Your mom was right–you should eat your fruit and vegetables; however, you should also avoid snacking on dried fruit and stick to the fresh kind. Although dried fruit still contains most of the vitamins and nutrients found in its fresh counterpart, this snack is typically calorie-dense since all of the water is removed and can be packed with added sugar.2 A simple example: eating a grape vs. a raisin. Although they're the same fruit, eating a handful of grapes will likely fill you up quicker than the raisins. You'd have to eat more raisins to feel just as satiated. And since dried fruit can taste as sweet as candy, it can be easy to eat more than the recommended serving size. 3. Soda It’s a habit that can be hard to kick–but soda can interfere with your weight loss goals. According to WebMD, the problem usually stems from excess consumption of the sugary beverage and how quickly the extra calories can add up.4 And while most of us know sodas aren’t great for our health, the average adult consumes around 145 calories a day from sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda.5 4. Alcohol Not only can excessive consumption of adult beverages damage your liver, heart, and immune system6, but that nightly glass of wine or a weekly happy hour with friends could also be impairing your weight loss goals. Alcoholic beverages can be chalk full of empty calories that can add up quickly, especially with the sugar-laden mixers most cocktails contain. The good news is that cutting out 250 calories worth of wine a night (subsequently eliminating nearly 2,000 calories each week), you could almost lose a pound without doing much else.6 Are you ready to try a weight loss program with balanced, healthy meals that still lets you enjoy your favorite foods? Contact Jenny Craig to book your free appointment to get started! Sources: [1] Rope, Kate. “7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods.” Real Simple, www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/secretly-unhealthy-foods. [2] http://igrow.org/healthy-families/health-and-wellness/dried-fruit-facts/ [3] https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014,00.html [4] Magee, Elaine. “How Can I Stop Drinking So Much Soda?” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/diet/features/how-can-i-stop-drinking-so-much-soda#1. [5] https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/sugar-sweetened-beverages-intake.html [6] Rappold, R. Scott. “Should You Stop Drinking?” WebMD, WebMD, 16 Mar. 2016, www.webmd.com/diet/news/20160316/stop-drinking-alcohol#1.
  25. Connie Saunders

    Scared

    I'm on day 1 Wish me luck I'm sure a night snacked but no more!!!
  26. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    4 Tips for Managing Arthritis

    If you’re one of the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis1, you probably already know that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your condition.2 Carrying excess weight not only adds to the pain so common to this chronic degenerative joint disease, but can also cause further joint damage.2 And if you don’t have osteoarthritis, losing weight now could help keep you from developing it in the future. According to the American College of Rheumatology, you can reduce the chance of developing osteoarthritis of the knee—one of the most common forms—by up to 50 percent for every 10 pounds you lose over 10 years.3 But staying at a healthy weight—or losing weight if you are overweight—isn’t the only way to help you stay in top form. Read on for four other tips to help you live a vibrant, healthy life with osteoarthritis. Tip #1: Get Moving Although the thought of moving your joints when you’re in pain may not sound appealing, it’s important to undertake a regular exercise routine, as staying active can not only help reduce pain, but improve your overall health and keep your weight in check. According to the Arthritis Foundation4, a combination approach is best: Aerobic exercise, such as walking or swimming, to improve your stamina. Muscle-strengthening activities, such as weight training, to build muscle around your joints. Range-of-motion exercises, such as shoulder rolls or arm raises, to improve flexibility in your joints and help with stiffness. Stretching exercises, such as yoga or tai chi, to lessen stiffness and improve flexibility. Whatever exercise you choose, be sure to check with your doctor first. Also, start slowly; even a slow, gentle walk around the neighborhood can be helpful. Tip #2: Pay Attention to Your Circadian Rhythm Research abounds on the many ways that living your day-to-day life in accordance with your circadian rhythm—the 24-hour cycle of light and darkness—can improve your health, from aiding with weight loss, to regulating digestion and eating habits, to helping with depression and perhaps even enhancing your memory.5-7 Research also indicates that circadian rhythms may play a role in osteoarthritis, with numerous studies suggesting that disrupted rhythms are linked with the development and progression of the disease.8-12 Disrupted rhythms may also affect the severity of symptoms in nearly all rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.13 So follow your circadian clock—sleep when it’s dark, rise when it’s light—not only for your overall health, but to help manage your osteoarthritis symptoms. Also do everything you can to protect your sleep, as disordered sleep likely increases the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis—and, hence, your pain.13 Tip #3: Consider When You Eat If you need to lose weight to improve your arthritis symptoms, consider trying what’s known as time-restricted feeding, or a daylight nutrition strategy, which has been shown to aid with weight loss.14 The premise is fairly simple: Eat within a 12-hour time frame each day, then abstain from food, besides herbal tea and water for 12 hours. This gives your body a 12-hour break from the digestion process, which allows it to burn stored fat.15 The guidelines are simple: Eat according to your circadian rhythm (mainly during daylight hours); avoid late-night snacking; and limit your meals to a span of 12 hours. So if you eat your first meal of the day at 7 a.m., finish your last one by 7 p.m. Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, uses this science-based strategy that comes with many other health benefits such as improved sleep16, boosted energy17 and enhanced mood.17 Time-restricted feeding has also been shown to improve sleep18—an important benefit for all people, but perhaps even more so for those with osteoarthritis. Tip #4: Load Up on Antioxidants Not only can regularly adding fruits and vegetables to your plate help with your weight loss goals19, but research also shows that vitamins C and E, glutathione and plant polyphenols may help decrease the progression of arthritis.20 A few of the top foods loaded with vitamin C include bell peppers, brussels sprouts, oranges, broccoli and strawberries. Spinach, avocado and mango are a few excellent sources of vitamin E. As painful as osteoarthritis can be, rest assured that it doesn’t have to rule your life. We hope these simple lifestyle tips can help you manage your symptoms and live your life to the fullest. If you’re interested in losing weight, Jenny Craig is here to help. Book your free appointment to start your journey to better health today. Sources: [1] https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/osteoarthritis.htm [2] https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/osteoarthritis/treatment.php [3] https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Osteoarthritis [4] https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/osteoarthritis/treatment.php [5] https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/389596946/circadian-surprise-how-our-body-clocks-help-shape-our-waistlines [6] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4385793/ [8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27019373 [9] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S106345841630406X [10] https://www.oarsijournal.com/article/S1063-4584(15)00090-4/fulltext [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4361727/ [12] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877065716300847#bib0605 [13] http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/circadian-rhythms-affect-arthritis [14] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24739093 [15] https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/time-restricted-eating-can-help-weight-loss-researchers-say-n838486 [16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5388543/ [17] Gill S., Panda S. (2015, Nov 3). A Smartphone App Reveals Erratic Diurnal Eating Patterns in Humans that Can Be Modulated for Health Benefits. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26411343/ [18] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5388543/ [19] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/fruits_vegetables.html [20] https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30018-9_130
  27. Guest

    Healthy Aging Tips for Every Decade

    Curious at the age of 61 (male) with type 2 diabetes on SSDI ....Can I afford the cost of your plans?? Could stand to loose 85 lbs.... Thanks Ron M.
  28. Tricia_Marie

    Jenny and Me

    I have had ups and I have had downs since starting this program, but it has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Comparing who I am today with who I was just a year ago, is completely shocking. I have a whole new perspective on life, and I feel like I have been given another chance. An opportunity to lengthen my life, strengthen my marriage and just be truly happy with who I am. Today marks day 402 since joining Jenny and I am down 146.4 pounds, that is more than I currently weigh! When I started this program it was a dream to lose half of myself, and I have done that and so much more. I currently weigh 132 pounds and have a healthy BMI, something that I have never been able to say, as I have been overweight my entire life. I reached my Jenny goal at 137, but I wanted to get to 130 on my own, showing others that Jenny Craig also taught me how to eat, what I needed to do to be successful. I wanted to prove that I could lose the 7 pounds on my own, using everything that I have learned while on program, and guess what! I'm doing it! Anytime that I had a gain, it was a result of a choice that I made. I feel like my blogs always turn into Jenny commercials (not my intent) I am just so excited about my life now, in ways that I never thought that I could be. From a 20 to a 4 pant size, from a 3x to a women's medium, from a 10.5 ring size to a 6 (knuckles won't let me go smaller). Just too many to mention. Recently, I have read a lot of negative things, whether it be about Jenny, weight loss, or just in general. I am choosing to talk about the good things, and be thankful for all that I have. Even if you are having a bad day today, tell me three good things that have happened this week, today, heck even this month. Let's not let the bad derail our focus and determination, we've got this! My good things: 1. I have a wonderful support team: My family, these forums, my Jenny consultant, and my friends always there to lift me when I am down. 2. One of my leads comforted me, and told me that she needed me. 3. I am a officially a senior in college and this time next year I will have a bachelor's in HR Management with a minor in Logistics Management. I will be the first member of my family to attend and graduate from college! 4. I have been smoke-free since 12-24-16 What are yours?
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