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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


You deserve to feel good about your body. Although it may be hard to believe, you can move past self-criticism to self-acceptance to even appreciating your body and all it can do. Here are six ways to better befriend your body.
 

1. Make a Body Can-Do List
If you’ve long-held a negative image, you might have overlooked all the things your body has been able to do. Make a list of all the physical or sensual pleasures you can enjoy regardless of your weight. Do you like how it feels to walk, run, dance or do yoga? Do you feel good when someone hugs you? These things are a result of what your body does/has done for you – allow yourself the time to appreciate it fully.
 
2. Check Yourself Out – In New Ways

 
People who have a negative body image often engage in negative self-talk, especially in front of the mirror. Next time you start to “over-check” yourself in the mirror, pause to practice the S.T.O.P. technique to take a pause and practice something more positive.
 
 
Stop!
 
I have choices here.
Think
What am I thinking, feeling and saying to myself? “I look so fat in these jeans. I should be embarrassed to be seen in public.”
 
Overview
How true is this? What do I deserve to feel? “Truth is, 6 months ago, I couldn’t fit into these jeans. I am looking more fit and healthy than I have in ages. I deserve to enjoy how I feel in well-fitting clothes.”
 
Pick
Pick a more balanced view. “I’m looking pretty good today, and I’m proud of all the changes I made to get here.”
 
 
3. Tune-In to Your Physical Experience
When you walk, lift weights, practice yoga, etc. focus on the flex of your muscles and the energy of your movements. Simple activities like raising a barbell, stretching in the morning or relaxing in bed at night enable you to positively experience your body in motion.
4. You Can Wear It Well
The same physical confidence you exhibit while working out can be transferred to the rest of your activities. Make it a practice to stand tall, walk briskly, hold your head high, and you will begin to communicate body-mind confidence.
5. Enjoy the Pleasure of Touch
Deep tissue massage can release tension, relax your muscles. It also enables you to practice being kind to your body.
6. Give Yourself a Makeover

 
Practice a double act of compassion – donate your larger size clothes to charity and then invest in clothes that flatter your body type, reflect your personal style and express your confidence in maintaining your healthy changes. Updated cosmetics, skin-care products and haircuts can also strengthen body confidence.
 
Friends for Life
You and your body can become good friends. The friendship requires love, attention and patience to grow and overcome often years of bad feelings. Know that you can let go of these negative feelings, come to enjoy your body and find it easier to maintain your healthy choices for life!
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

Food trends are fun to follow, as they’re a way to explore various ways that food can be prepared to bring out its flavor and versatility. We’ve highlighted gadgets like the air fryer and the many ways cauliflower can be used as a nutrient-rich substitute for carbs, and now it’s time to shine the spotlight on a small vegetable that packs a spicy punch: Radishes. Let’s find out why everyone loves radishes right now, and the various ways to enjoy them.
 

 
Variety
 
You’ll typically see radishes as small, bright pink bundles in the produce section of grocery store, but did you know that there are multiple varieties with different spice levels? Here’s a list of the variety of radishes you can choose from:
 
·         Watermelon Radishes: When cut, you’ll see patterns of pink and white, which makes for a stunning presentation.
·         Cherry Belle Radish: This is your standard supermarket radish.
·         French Breakfast Radish: The name alone sounds delicious! This variety is mostly oblong in shape with a white tip and roots.
·         Easter Egg Radish: These are more petite than Cherry Belles, but have a similar taste and texture. You’ll also see them in a variety of colors, like purple, white and crimson color.
·         Black Spanish Radish: The spiciest—and largest—radish of them all! You’ll see them with a black or brown skin.
 
Consumable from leaf to radish
 

 
You can even use the leaves and stems to make a quick salad, or sauté the greens into eggs or as a side dish with some ginger, garlic and shallots. 
 
Raw spice
 
When we say spicy, we don’t mean that the radishes will heat you up like a pepper. Rather, the radish has a bite that can be peppery or similar to horseradish, with a spicy tingle typically felt in your nose.
 
Raw preparations of radishes are very easy and fun, as you just have to wash the radish then slice or dice however thinly you’d like. You can use the watermelon radish for a bright, colorful salad, or some Cherry Belles on your Chicken Street Tacos to add some crunch. Black radishes and watermelon radishes are particularly delicious when pickled, which can lend itself to a salad or adding it on top of a sandwich or Turkey Burger.
 
Cooked
           
When cooked, radishes lose their heat and become sweet with a slight kick. The French Breakfast radish is particularly delightful when roasted, but you can also roast Cherry Belles. You can add cooked radishes to your Turkey & Wild Rice to elevate a fall favorite, or complement the pecans in your Pecan Glazed Chicken, as radishes can be a touch nutty. You can also use an air fryer to lightly fry a radish to add a crispier component to a salad or other meal!
 
You always have options to add some spice to your culinary life, and now you have another Fresh & Free Addition to explore! And when you find a radish preparation or recipe you can’t get enough of, be sure to share it with your Jenny Craig Community.
 
[SOURCES]
https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/lets-hear-it-for-the-radish
https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/radish-guide
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,


“A friend is someone who knows your song in your heart and can sing it to you when you have forgotten the words.” -Author Unknown
 

 
Ongoing support is critical to helping weight loss success. Researchers in one study compared people who decided to lose weight with the support of family and friends to those who decide to go it alone. Ninety-five percent of those who joined with support completed the program, while only 76% of those who joined alone followed through*.
 
Thinking back on your weight loss journey, did you have a friend and/or family member who supported your weight loss efforts, volunteered to be your walking buddy, encouraged you to stick with your program, etc.? How did having their support make a difference in your success? 
 
During your weight loss, it will be important for you to identify friends and family who will continue to positively reinforce your goals and actions.
 
To maximize the benefits of these relationships focus on two skills:
Communication Skills
When juggling a variety of roles as spouse, partner, parent, friend and/or working professional, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of telling, informing or instructing versus connecting, where both parties are truly heard and understood.
 
Remember the real intent of communication: to make a connection. That means expressing yourself in a way that you are heard and understood, and actively listening so that your partner is heard and understood also.
 
To Be Heard + To Hear = To Connect
It’s not what you say…it’s how you say it!
 
Often, unintentional meaning creates miscommunication. Determine which words match your current style. Which ones would best express your intention to connect?
 
“You make me so angry I could scream!”
versus
“I am so angry I could scream!”
“You” statements generate defensiveness.
They minimize your ownership of your feelings.
“I” statements generate concern.
They reinforce you own your feelings.
“You should get your weight back in control.”
versus
“I’m worried that your weight is affecting your health.”
“Should” statements generate resentment. They put you in an authoritarian position.
“Feeling” statements generate concern.
They show you genuinely care.
“I think you’re rude to tease me about my weight.”
versus
“I feel hurt by what you said about my weight.”
Thoughts are debatable.
A common response:
“No, I’m not rude…I was just kidding”
Feelings aren’t arguable.
A common response:
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for you to feel that way.”
 
Support Skills

 
What does it mean to be supported through change? It means being accepted, cared about, listened to, understood and believed in – even when you are challenged to believe in yourself. During your weight loss, your Consultant supports you, empathizes with you and helps fuel your motivation to reach your goals. However, it is key to have a supportive environment outside as well.
 
Expand Your Network
If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to build a wider network of family, friends and others who can support you in strong, positive, nurturing ways. Start by assessing your current relationships.
 
Do You Have a Supporter or a Saboteur?
This is an important question. Sometimes the most logical person - your spouse, partner, friend or family member – isn’t necessarily your best bet. Changes in your looks and lifestyle can upset the previous balance of your relationships. For some, your changes are exciting; for others, they may be a bit threatening. Give everyone time to adjust. In the meantime, ask for support from those who can easily give it.
 
Here are some questions to help separate potential supporters from saboteurs:
 
1.
Does this person understand what I am going through?
Y
N
2.
Will this person be there for me when I need them?
Y
N
3.
Is this the right person to talk to if I was struggling?
Y
N
4.
Does this person know when to be “tough” and when to be “tender”?
Y
N
5.
Can this person and I openly communicate?
Y
N
 
Good to Know…
 
In a study comparing weight maintainers to weight re-gainers, researchers found that weight maintainers received more compliments on their healthy eating habits and higher levels of dietary support**. Weight re-gainers, though, received more verbal reminders, encouragements and offers but few compliments or shared participation with their eating and activity behaviors. The takeaway: positive versus instructive support may be more helpful to supporting successful weight maintenance – and if that’s the case for you, it’s important you ask for it!
 

 
Make Your Own Personal Support Checklist
Affirms me when I do well.
Eats healthy meals with me.
Participates in physical activity with me.
Compliments me on my physical activity habits.
Shares healthy self-care activities with me.
Listens to wins and challenges.
 
Assert Yourself Graciously
To be assertive means to express yourself in a way that is neither passive or aggressive, but balanced. It requires you to be clear and direct about your wants and needs while considering the wants and need of others. It takes practice to find the middle ground, but when you do, you are more likely to stay on top of your weight goals and gain the support you need.
 
Assertiveness Tips:
1.     Recognize the other person’s point of view.
2.     Take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions.
3.     Be direct and specific when stating your wants and needs or refusing a request.
4.     Invite the other person to support your decision. 
 
When Others Try to Change Your Mind
Temptation
Passive Response
Aggressive Response
Assertive Response
Husband eats ice cream in front of you
Walk away hurt.
“You’re just trying to tempt me to fail.”
“I know how much you love your ice cream.Still, it’s easier if I am not exposed to it.It would mean a lot to me if you ate it when I wasn’t around.”
Friends at work want to go and eat fast food for lunch.
Say nothing and eat high-calorie food.
“The only place we ever go is where I can’t find a healthy choice. I guess I’ll just skip eating out with you.”
“I love going out to eat every week. My challenge is that I have trouble finding food I like to eat. Why don’t we try a new place this week? That would help me find some new healthy options.”
Wife wants you to skip your walk for a TV show.
“Okay…just tonight.”
“You’re trying to make me feel guilty for walking instead of spending time with you.”
“I understand how much you want some time together, but I know I’ll be much better company if I go on my walk first.”
Partner urges you to have seconds at a dinner party.
“Alright, if you insist.”
“Just because you want to go crazy with the appetizers doesn’t mean I have to!”
“It’s delicious, isn’t it? I’ve had enough though, thanks anyway.”
Forgive and Move On
Ultimately letting go of those who can’t support your efforts and be focusing on those who can and will serve your weight maintenance efforts best. Hanging on to frustration, anger and resentment drains your emotional energy, can take a toll on your physical health and may set you up for weight regain. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting; it just means freeing yourself up from the influence others have over your success so that you can move on to maintain your goals. That means expressing yourself in a way that you are heard and understood, and actively listening so that your partner is heard and understood also.
 
* J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999;67: 132-138.
** J Behav Med. 2016 Jun;39(3):511-8
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

Leafy greens are great for filling you up without feeling muddled down or heavy. One green that can be found all year long is spinach. Whether it’s served raw or cooked, this dark leaf provides nutrients, like vitamins A, C and K, and iron, fiber and magnesium in just one cup—no wonder Popeye couldn’t get enough!
 

 
As the weather cools down, we decided to look at ways on how we could incorporate spinach into our meals outside of the typical (yet delicious) salad. Here are 7 ideas we’ve come up with!
 
1)      Stir into soups and stews. You can either add your spinach toward the end of the soup-making process or cook it down before adding it to the broth. You can also substitute spinach into recipes that call for other leafy greens, like kale.
 
2)      Spin in your smoothies. Spinach doesn’t have a distinctly strong taste, and as our other suggestions have shown, it’s easy to mix into recipes you love. You can create a great smoothie and get extra nutrients by taking spinach, blending it with water, then adding a ½ cup of banana, mango or pineapple for a touch of sweetness.
 
3)      Top your pizza. Spinach is not only a great topping for pizza as it pairs with tomatoes, but it can be used raw to dress a pizza as well! Take spinach, raw onion, tomato and a dressing of your choice for a simple way to add more veggies to your pizza.
 
4)      Toss into pasta. Pasta is a great vessel for many flavors. You can keep your dish simple by tossing the spinach with the noodles once they’re cooked, then add some tomatoes and a touch of oil for seasoning. You can also add spinach straight into your sauce, and let it cook down.
 
5)      Blend into pesto. One fresh sauce to consider for adding spinach is pesto, which can be used on pasta, as a salad dressing or cooked meat. You can also cut some of the basil out and substitute that amount with spinach as well.
 
6)      Sautée into eggs. Spinach cooks down very quickly—you can take a few handfuls and it wilts down in minutes. Try it scrambled in your eggs, or make an omelet with mushrooms and diced tomatoes for a veggie-packed breakfast.
7)      Stir-fry your spinach. While stir-fried sides typically consist of peppers, onions, garlic and snap peas, adding spinach is another way to gain more density and nutrients in your side dishes can help you feel fuller longer.
 
Spinach has so many possibilities, and all it takes is adding a handful (or more!) to add some additional brilliance to your dishes.
[RESOURCES]
http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/eat-your-spinach
https://saveourbones.com/6-savvy-ways-to-use-spinach/
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-spinach
https://www.kitchenstewardship.com/monday-mission-recipes-to-use-up-your-spinach/
https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/green-smoothie-recipe/
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,



 
It’s important to find moments that commit you to the reason why you’re losing weight in the first place, especially when you’re finding yourself unmotivated.
 
You may have heard the travel saying, “It’s not about the destination, but about the journey.” Weight loss is results-oriented and we all love seeing the results every week to keep us motivated.
 
However, weight loss is about getting to know yourself—and your body—as you go through a lifestyle change. And when change comes into play, you should keep your sources of inspiration nearby as weight loss isn’t always a straight road.
 
Inspiration can come up in the most surprising ways, and here are simple ways to re-ignite your motivation to keep you going.
Big Picture
Focus on your “why.” As mentioned above, make sure the reason why you’re wanting to lose weight is clear. Write it down somewhere where you can read it every day to motivate you.
 
Keep a weight loss journal. Write about your experience and feelings, and keep track of sources of inspiration. You can then look back on where you started, and discover how far you’ve come!
 
Use your social network. You have support all around you, and can choose how to use it to your motivational advantage. Whether it’s talking to friends and family or posting progress photos on social media, you’ll discover a group of cheerleaders to keep you going.
 
Self-care. Sometimes life can come in with something that may throw your planning out the window. This is where you have to remember that you are human, and life happens. Try and plan for stressors or those moments where you do go off plan, and re-commit to your future decisions and reactions.
Small Wins
You have many opportunities to focus on goals outside of your scale. We like to call these “small wins,” and when you think about all the times this has happened to you, it can help put your journey into perspective and show that you’re making progress!
 
Turning down a fattening food. Did your friend offer you a piece of cake, or are you at a potluck that is full of fries, nachos and cookies? You have all the tools to turn it down politely—and give yourself a high five for doing so.
 
Going on a longer walk. Getting your body moving is a great way to clear your head and feel powerful, and one activity that is great for both is walking. Not only is it free, walking can be done at a leisurely pace or quickly during a break at work. You can increase your distance gradually, or even go for different elevations—either way, it’s a way to track your journey and feel great as you are literally going the distance.
 
Trying out a new veggie. Adventure is out there, and available to you via your local grocery store. Trying out a new veggie, like artichokes or cauliflower, allow you to experiment in your kitchen and discover how enjoyable it is to try something new.
 
Looser pants. One of the easiest ways to track progress outside of weight is the sensation of recognizing that your clothes are no longer fitting you. Plus, it offers a chance to reward yourself with new items that can transition with you while you’re losing weight.
 
When you re-ignite your inspiration, you can find ways to seize opportunities and moments that have been in front of you all along. We’re inspired by your weight loss journey and are always happy to share other moments of inspiration with you as we cheer you on.
 
[Sources]
 
http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/weight-loss-motivation-tips - section18
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

The aging process varies from person to person and depends on various factors, such as genetics and lifestyle choices. One thing that is consistent, however, is that lean tissue (your muscles and organs) begins to shrink through a process called atrophy, where cells shrink in size. In turn, fat goes up steadily, especially around the center of the body, and combined with a slowing metabolism, you’ll most likely experience weight gain.
 

 
One way to combat the aging process is through keeping a healthy lifestyle—especially when it comes to your diet. If you’re not following the Jenny Craig program, here are a few diet changes you should make when you’re 40 to help deter weight gain:
 
·         Eat regular meals—and snack, too. If you’ve been one to typically skip meals, now is the time to commit to eating three meals with snacks in between. Skipping meals makes you more susceptible to eating higher calorie foods, especially when you’re on the go and fast food options are everywhere. So, make sure to eat and have healthy snacks on hand to keep your blood sugar even to avoid an energy crash later.
 
·         Eat healthy fiber. Foods that are high in fiber help keep you fuller longer, and can help with weight maintenance. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are high in fiber, and vegetables and fruits are also high in water content. Some delicious vegetables to start with are carrots, broccoli, leafy greens (spinach, kale) peppers and onions.
 
 
·         Eat lean protein. Protein can help with muscle health. Your protein choices also contribute to your overall health, such as the omega-3s from fish, which helps with heart health. Choose lean proteins like chicken, fish, legumes and Greek yogurt, but also keep an eye out for how they are prepared, as each preparation adds calories, too. When it comes to preparations, look out for words like “grilled” and “baked” and limit choosing the “fried” option.
 
·         Drink plenty of water, and monitor other drinks. Water flushes your system and helps nutrients circulate around your body to help with normal bodily functions. Keep an eye out for how many alcoholic beverages you may be consuming, too, as those can be calorie-laden choices. If you are going to drink, consider using seltzer water as your mixer, and have a glass of water next to you to ensure you’re hydrated.
 
·         Know your portion sizes. While choosing leaner, lower calorie foods is great, it may all get thrown off by overindulging. For example, you may have a square of dark chocolate, but if you know that once you have one square you typically eat a whole bar, then that’s something to be mindful over. If you find that you’re still hungry even after eating your portioned-out meal, consider drinking water since hunger can sometimes be mistaken for thirst, or bulking up on more vegetables since they are low in calories.
 
These diet changes are all wonderful places to start, but remember that your overall lifestyle plays a role in how aging affects you. Stress and lack of movement may allow signs of aging to become more prevalent, so find ways to deal with stress and move more throughout the day. Whether you’re making these changes earlier or later than 40, the important thing is that you’re starting now to help your body stay strong, healthy and active to experience all life has to offer.   
 
 
[SOURCES]
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003998.htm
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/004012.htm
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20404740,00.html#find-a-diet-that-fits-0
https://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/lose-weight-over-40
http://observer.com/2017/06/diet-changes-to-make-when-you-turn-40/
 
 
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ALS is a cause that is near and dear to the Jenny Craig Family. We are partnering with Augie’s Quest to ‘CURE ALS this October 2017’ by funding ALS research to bring us closer to effective treatments and eventually a cure. YOU can make a difference. We're sharing two employees' experiences in caring for a loved one with ALS. To donate to ALS, please visit here.
 
By: Heidi R., Jenny Craig Director of North America Sales Center
 

 
My mom was diagnosed with ALS on March 15th, 2016.
 
I knew so little about this disease, only that it was a death sentence. The best advice I received early on was “become an expert on this and stay one step ahead of it." And so I did. I learned that most of the medical community knows very little about this disease because only about 6,500 people a year are diagnosed.
 
I found that society knew nothing of this disease except for a celebrity-endorsed ice bucket challenge. So many people all over social media dumped freezing cold water on themselves and donated money, but still didn't really know what it was.
 
ALS destroys the body's muscles and leaves the brain perfectly intact, fully functional. As her body slowly died, my mom told me she felt her nerves ‘popping’, her muscles ‘burning’ and it was very painful. Her neurologist told her that unfortunately, this was ALS running its course. This pain continued and worsened every day.
 
Within 3 months of diagnosis, she lost her voice and we only talked through texting after that. By month 6, she lost her ability to swallow any food and had a feeding tube surgically implanted into her stomach. Her hands became so weak that every day, I would grind up her medications and food and then feed her through a tube. I did this before work, when I ran home for lunch and every night for dinner. I helped her go to the bathroom, take a shower, everything. She was so embarrassed. According to the state, she wasn’t ‘bad enough yet’ so she didn’t qualify for any type of home care. (How bad did it have to get?!?!) I did this every day, every weekend, I rarely left my house. Meanwhile, I still had a family of my own to care for and provide for financially and emotionally. I came to work every day, no one really knowing I was running on fumes. Doing all of this was the most difficult thing I had ever done.
 
My mom never let ALS get her down, I never talked to her like she was dying. Together, we fought through red tape and ignorance to get her the support she needed.
 
In April 2017 her diaphragm started to fail and on April 9th, my mother lost her battle with ALS. She passed at home with me by her side, from beginning to end. I was her voice, her strength, her daughter.
 
She survived 13 months from diagnosis.
 
In all, I have learned that ALS isn’t an untreatable or even an incurable disease, it’s just an unknown one and therefore, an underfunded one. I will forever be a warrior fighting the front lines for a cure on behalf of my sweet mother, Linda and the 1,000’s of others fighting this fight.
 
The money we raise as a company, will fund research for ALS that will eventually lead to a treatment and possibly save someone’s mom, dad, husband, wife or child and I am all in for that.
 
To donate to ALS, please visit here.
 
 
 
By Alan Blake, Jenny Craig JDE Consultant: 
 

 
In October 2012, we were sitting in the exam room at our neurologist's office as he finished the EMG (Electromyogram) test that measures how well the nerves conduct electrical signals. He was kind, but very straightforward, there was little doubt that my wife Patty had ALS. The words were chilling. He left us alone for awhile. We had been on this journey for about 18 months already as Patty had gone through test after test to try and figure out why she was tripping and falling and why her legs were getting weaker. Other diagnoses had been made and other therapies had been tried, but to no avail. In that exam room, we hugged and we cried and I think I said that somehow we will get through this together. What we did not say, but it was in both of our minds, was that we knew this was a death sentence. 
 
Our road ahead was difficult both from her aspect as the person with ALS and from my role as caregiver. Patty passed away in May of 2016 but in those four years, we both changed as individuals.  After 38 years of marriage, we became closer than ever and we depended on each other more than ever.  A very important part of Patty's coping ability was her gift of writing.  She started writing a blog in early 2012 before diagnosis and continued up until about two weeks before she died. In August of 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge took place and Patty wrote about her feelings in this blog entry: http://alsn.mda.org/blogs/buckets-hope
 
She finished the entry with this uplifting passage, “Today I feel drenched in buckets of hope. Hope that ALS will someday be just a chapter in history.” 
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


 
 
New to cooking? Cooking your own food allows you to control how it’s prepared and how much seasoning is used. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to create your own flavor combinations! Whether you’re just starting to cook more often, have just moved to a new place or are curious as to what you may be missing, here are our essential tools for every starter kitchen.
 
Appliances
 
Here are a few extra appliances you may consider to help you with meal prep and cooking:
 
·         Toaster oven. We’re not talking about your traditional bread-only toaster oven; rather, we’re into the smaller counter version of your oven. You can use it for broiling, toasting or heating up smaller items without using as much energy as your oven would.
 
·         Slow cooker. If you want to make meals in bulk and not worry about having to make dinner when you get home from work, this is the appliance for you. Slow cookers allow you to “set it and forget it” since most come with timers. They’re capable of making stews, soups, sauces and chili, as well as slow-cooked meat such as chicken, pork or even vegetables in bulk.
 
·         Blender.  Ideal for smoothies or even soups, investing in a high-quality blender is a great way to get creative in the kitchen.  Plus you can use it to puree vegetables and even herbs.
 
Tools
 
Here’s what you can fill your cabinets and drawers with (outside of forks, spoons and knives):
 
·         Chef’s knives. You’ll want to have at least a few sharp knives for slicing and dicing. Look for one with a smooth edge and long blade. You can also add a serrated (bread) knife to help with slicing tomatoes or skinning squashes with tough exteriors.
 
·         Cutting board.  A cutting board provides a steady, clean surface to prep your food or cut it up for servings later. Look for one with rubberized grips if you want to enforce the steadiness or have a slippery counter. Also, make sure to always use one side for meat and one side for vegetables to avoid cross-contamination.
 
·         Pans/skillets. Cooking pans range in size, material and quality. Ideally, you’ll have a few different sizes of nonstick pans to sauté vegetables and make eggs/omelets. If you’re looking to bake in your skillet, or have a recipe that requires the skillet to go into the oven, invest in a cast-iron skillet as well.
 
·         Spatulas/spoons. Food needs to be tossed, flipped, stirred and mixed, so spatulas and spoons are a must for all of your cooking.
 
·         Colander. Colanders allow you to wash fruits and vegetables, rinse canned items and drain pasta.
 
·         Measuring cups and spoons. Having measuring cups and spoons allows you to portion how much of each seasoning is used, especially in regards to salt and oils. Plus these are required for baking.
 
·         Baking sheets.  You will want to have a few different sizes for all your roasting and baking needs.
 
There are plenty of other tools out there that will enhance your kitchen abilities, but these tools are the perfect place to start your culinary adventures. Keep an eye out for more articles about recipes we love and what kitchen gadget (spiralizer, anyone?)  or culinary trend has us running to our kitchen to prepare and enhance in true Jenny Craig fashion.
 
 
[RESOURCES]
http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/06/basic-starter-kitchen-equipment.html
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


 
It’s no secret that if you have prepped, healthy options in your refrigerator, you’re more likely to eat healthier. Mason jar salads are the perfect grab-and-go lunchtime answer to boost your nutrition. Because the greens can stay crisp and crunchy for up to several days, try creating a few jarred salads ahead of time on a Sunday evening.
 
Start with a clean, pint-sized jar and get layering! Begin at the bottom with your dressing and follow with other juicy vegetables and fruit. We encourage adding veggies that won’t get soggy, such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and then topped with leafy greens. Then, just shake and eat! Utilizing Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions and the help of some Limited Foods, here are seven transportable and crave-worthy mason jar salad ideas you’ll love.
 
Spring Fling - If you have spring fever, create a salad loaded with seasonal ingredients: Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, sliced strawberries, asparagus, snap peas, spinach and kale.
 
Go Greek - For a salad bursting with flavor, toss together Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and artichokes, sliced carrots, 1 tablespoon low-fat feta cheese, a pinch of fresh or dried oregano, and finally a combination of spinach and romaine lettuce.
 
Harvest Salad - Put your spiralizer to good use for this salad-in-a-jar. Layer Jenny Craig’s Creamy Herb Dressing, garden-fresh tomatoes, spiralized zucchini and yellow squash. Top with just a pinch of Parmesan cheese. 
 
South-of-the-Border Salad - Shake up a fiesta in a jar! Pico de gallo salsa made with fresh tomatoes, onions and jalapenos are a delicious and spicy addition to a salad filled with diced bell pepper, shaved radishes and romaine.
 
A Taste of Asia - Craving your favorite takeout? Make an Asian-inspired salad with 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, diced jicama, carrots, celery and red bell peppers. Pack the top of the jar with cilantro and shredded cabbage.
 
Salad Bar - Keep it simple and classic by including Jenny Craig’s Creamy Herb Dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and your favorite green in a jar.
 
Mama Mia - Combine Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped onions to taste, one finely diced spicy pepperoncini, 1 tablespoon parmesan, julienned basil, and romaine lettuce for a salad approved by mama herself.
 
 
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
 
My name is Amanda and I lost 19 pounds* with Jenny Craig. I decided to start my weight loss journey with Jenny Craig when I looked in the mirror one day and realized I was not confident, nor happy with my appearance or the way I felt on the inside. At first, I was hesitant to start Jenny Craig because I didn't know if other girls my age were doing it too.
 
I started my journey at 160 pounds and today I am 141 pounds. Jenny Craig taught me so many important things and having a personal consultant really kept me accountable and on track throughout the whole process. I also became close with my consultant and we are very close to this day! In the past, I never really knew about portion sizes or how much sugar or calories I was putting into my body daily. With Jenny Craig, it was all right there for me. It is easy to prepare and it's perfectly portioned for weight loss, which is so helpful!
 
My biggest milestone through this whole process was when I realized how many people told me that I looked great.  And I realized the difference when I compared my before and after pictures side-by-side. I noticed how much happier I look now compared to my previous weight. Before Jenny Craig, I tried to watch what I ate and I worked out on and off, but I was never consistent. Now, I work out 5 to 6 days a week and watch my daily sugar and calorie intake!
 
Growing up, I was never told what to eat and what not to eat. I started drinking soda and eating fast food at an early age, which led to gaining weight over time. My lifestyle and health have improved tremendously ever since I lost weight with Jenny Craig. I have so much more energy and self-confidence. I'm not afraid to put on a little black dress and go out with my friends. Not only do I feel more secure with myself, but I also suffer from depression and having a healthy lifestyle has helped me cope with it in a better way. 
 
My goals moving forward are to keep pursuing my healthy lifestyle and to keep motivating and inspiring people who are in the same situation I was once in. I hope to help girls my age step out of their comfort zone and to let them know they aren't alone. Jenny Craig is for all ages and genders. It's great for anyone who is stuck in a rut and can't seem to get out of it on their own. My biggest piece of advice for anyone looking to lose weight is that everyone starts somewhere! 
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

How much more Jenny Craig food can you eat compared to the typical food available in grocery stores or fast food restaurants? Turns out, a lot more! We've calculated the approximate calorie to portion ratio of outside foods and as you can tell, we're all about providing you with delicious, perfectly portioned meals so you'll never feel like you're missing out. We're committed to helping you get closer to your weight loss goal. In the infographic below, which dish are you most surprised about? 


 
 
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Jenny Craig offers over 100 delicious items for your Menu Plan, but have you ever wondered what some of our favorites are? We asked 6 Jenny Craig employees, including President and CEO of Jenny Craig, Monty Sharma, what foods they love and why.
 
Monty Sharma President and CEO of Jenny Craig
“One of my favorites is the Philly Cheesesteak. The steak, sourdough bread, delicious cheese, topped with peppers and onions creates an awesome taste, keeps me full and always has me coming back for more."
 


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Doug Battista, President, North America Field Operations
“I have an Anytime Bar every day for a mid-morning snack. I switch between the Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. The bars are delicious, satisfying and provide me with good nutrition.”
 

 
Norma Chaves, Weight Loss Consultant
“Who can resist the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake? Rich, creamy, it’s a pure slice of heaven. I’ve served it to guests without them ever being the wiser. It just goes to show you never have to sacrifice taste and still be healthy, too!”
 

 
Darcie Andersen, Senior Nutritionist
“The Turkey Burger is tasty—really tasty. My favorite way to eat this plump, juicy burger is to add golden and caramelized roasted mushrooms and onions. Then, I pile on several leaves of fresh spinach and Dijon mustard to taste—so good! Also, this savory sandwich is extremely convenient—it turns out this is very important to me as I am a busy and ‘get as much as I can out of my day’ type of woman. Lastly, but not the least important, Jenny Craig’s Turkey Burger is a nutritious choice that leaves me satisfied all afternoon.”
 

 
Amber Collins, Weight Loss Consultant 
“Hands down, I love the Egg, Cheese and Turkey Sausage Burrito. Not only does it taste incredible, but it’s incredibly convenient to eat on the go. I feel like having that burrito is a real treat. I could eat one every day! But I also love the Chocolate Lava Cake—it’s incredibly comforting. You heat it up and it’s so gooey and hot. Add a dab of sugar-free whip cream, and it’s as though you put a little bit of ice cream on top to melt all over the cake.” 
 

 
Amy Ferrel, Social Media Engagement Expert
“The Stuffed Pizza Bites are the perfect meal to heat up and take on the go. They’re better than a lot of the other pizza pockets I’ve tried, and they feel like a delicious indulgence.”
 

 
Did we mention your favorites? You can discuss these mouth-watering options with your Jenny Craig consultant, or feel free to tell us your favorites via our Community Forum.
 
 
 
 
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
 
In October of 2016, I stepped on the scale and realized that my weight exceeded my husband’s weight and tears came to my eyes. Even though my husband never said a word about my weight gain, I felt terrible about myself and was embarrassed about my weight. A month prior, I was told by my physician that I had elevated cholesterol and blood sugar. During this time, I found myself avoiding being photographed. I didn't want to go out in public. I only went to work. I had not weighed this much during pregnancy. I didn't want to feel embarrassed any longer and I knew I needed to lose the weight.
 
When I came to Jenny Craig, I set a goal weight of 150 lbs. As I gained confidence in my ability to lose, I lowered my goal weight to 140 lbs. with the support of my consultant. I wanted to feel good about myself both physically and mentally.
 
My consultant, Michelle, explained the importance of sticking to the planned menus and my motivation helped me stay true to my menu plan. I don't think that I ever missed a weekly consultation. The encouragement, accountability and helpful information that I received from my consultant were also a huge part of my success.
 
After a few weeks of starting the program, I started walking. I walked 5 to 6 days per week beginning with 20 minutes. I now walk an hour most days of the week. As my weight came off, I found myself feeling good about myself and regained a confidence that I haven't had for years. I now find myself looking forward to social engagements rather than finding excuses to avoid them.
 
During my weight loss journey, I noticed improvements in my overall energy, mood and with my health, such as lowered blood glucose and cholesterol levels. In March of 2017, after losing 30 pounds*, my doctor was thrilled to report that my blood sugar and cholesterol were in the normal range and my blood pressure was excellent! Thank you, Jenny Craig!
 
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