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    “New year, new you” is a phrase that becomes very popular around the beginning of January—everyone seems to be making resolutions to improve their health and happiness! And while you may be sticking with a resolution or two, studies have found that by February, only 58% of people are still committed to their resolution!
    How can you keep your New Year’s resolution and not feel discouraged? Follow these tips:
    ·      Write down your resolution.  It’s easy to think about your resolution, but having it written down in a place you will see it every day is a great way to remind yourself of your goals.
    ·      Change your mindset. If your resolution is to go exercise four times a week, and you were only able to go work out three times this past week, that’s okay! The fact that you did it three times this week is more than what you were doing, so take a moment to appreciate and give yourself a pat on the back!
    ·      Celebrate your success. Having a specific resolution, like saving a certain amount of money per month or hitting your goal weight, deserves a celebration! Set up a small rewards system for yourself, and when you hit a milestone, celebrate!
    ·      Sleep more. You may have quite a bit on your plate, with work, family, friends, the gym, cooking, etc. That being said, you can’t be on the go all the time. Resolutions are about commitment, and when you do not get enough sleep, impulse has a more likely chance to take the wheel.
    ·      Pair up with someone on your resolution. If you and a friend or family member have similar resolutions, check in on each other! Ask about their progress via a text message or call, or plan activities together that match your goals.
    ·      Discuss your goals with your consultant. Having someone hold you accountable is key to sticking to a resolution. Your Jenny Craig consultant is there for you, and you can discuss your progress and strategies that will help you stay committed to your resolution.
    Resolutions are meant to help you create change toward being a better version of yourself. With a strong support system and a flexible mindset, you can make your resolution a reality! And if your resolutions deal with health and weight loss, Jenny Craig would love to be a part of your journey. Find a location near you today, or call 1-866-706-4042 to discuss your weight loss goals.

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    Habits That Healthy People Love Practicing

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    When one thinks of what healthy people practice, the first things that come to mind are sticking to their diet and exercise. But there is so much more to health than that! Physical health is only one pillar of self-care— relaxing activities, connecting with others, adequate rest and hydration are the others. Let’s look at some habits that healthy people love practicing, and how to incorporate them into your lifestyle today.
    Strive to Embrace a “work hard, play hard” mentality.
    Just like your body needs moments of recovery after a workout, you should practice balancing your work life with activities you enjoy. We recommend moderation in everything and balancing your professional role with personal goals. Make time for your favorite TV show, plan a game night with your family or treat yourself to a massage.
    Be active outside.
    Part of your play can be finding activities outside of your typical exercise routine. David’s success story mentions how much he’s enjoyed going on hikes with his wife as one of his most joyful activities, so invite your friends and family to explore a trail with a beautiful view at the end!
    Sleep 7-9 hours per night.
    Sleep prepares your body for the day’s activities, and is one of the ways the body does its most reparative work. If you’re looking for ways to catch more zzz’s, try to step away from electronics sooner, since the light interferes with your brain’s signals that it’s bedtime. Put your phone away, get under the covers with a good book and find a new ritual to set yourself up for the next day.
    Prioritize your health.
    Creating a list of your priorities and activities for the week comes in handy. That way, you can plan ahead for your busy days! Portion carrots to go along with your Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers, or bring an extra Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal to keep in your drawer when you have to be at the office early or need a snack on hand.
    Find laughter and support in daily conversation.
    Dr. Lee Berk has spent thirty years studying laughter, and told Time magazine that laughter ignites feel-good hormones that can calm you down. While TV sitcoms and comedies can be full of laughs, it’s important to also find company to laugh with.
    Sloane says that part of her Jenny Craig success story attributes to being able to spend 20 minutes per week with her personal consultant, Nancy, to discuss her current week and plan ahead for the next. Just like you want to find balance in your work/home life, you want to find people who can laugh with you and offer support when you need it the most.
    You can discuss these healthy habits and discover more with your Jenny Craig consultant today. Find a location near you or call 866-706-4042 to begin forming healthy habits that can stay with you for a lifetime!

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    Staying away from fats is a strategy many people use to lose weight. However, you may actually be doing more harm than good, because there is such a thing as healthy fat and you may not be getting enough of it. Good fats help increase good cholesterol (HDL, high-density lipoprotein), deliver nutrients throughout your body, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol (LDL, low-density lipoprotein) and triglyceride levels. It's important to understand the difference between healthy good fats vs. bad fats for maintaining proper nutrition. 
    While all types of fats will expand your waistline, it's best to cut the bad fats and take in the good, in moderation, of course. Fat is a fundamental part of your diet and not getting enough of it can be a detriment to your health. It is important that you are eating enough fat in your diet and to make sure you are choosing the correct fats. The recommended daily value of fat is 20-30%. So, if you are trying to lose weight (about a pound per week), you should be eating 33-50 grams of fat per day (based on a 1500 calorie menu). Now let's dive into how to tell the difference between the healthy and not-so-healthy fats.
    The Good Fats
    Healthy, dietary fats are unsaturated, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. These good fats are the ones you want on your team when it comes to keeping your heart ticking, as they lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL (the good cholesterol) and decrease your risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils (corn, soybean, safflower) and walnuts, poultry and omega-3 fatty rich foods, such as fish (salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, tuna), flax and pumpkin/chia seeds.
    Monounsaturated fat is solid when refrigerated, but liquid when on your kitchen counter. You'll find this vitamin E rich fat in foods you probably already like, such as olive oil, canola and peanut oils, olives, almonds, hazelnuts and avocados. So, pass the guacamole, please!
    The Bad Fats
    Bad fats include trans fats and saturated fats. These types of fats increase bad cholesterol (LDL), while decreasing good, HDL cholesterol, and ultimately increase your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. A mostly man-made fat, trans fat is primarily created by taking a healthy oil and turning it into a solid through a process called hydrogenation.
    In the early 20th century, it was found only in vegetable shortening and margarine, but it can now be found in everything from cookies to French fries. Be sure to check food labels for "partially hydrogenated oil" to avoid trans-fat in your diet.
    Saturated fat can also be considered a “bad guy.” Saturated fat occurs naturally in animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and vegetable fats that are liquid at room temperature (palm and coconut oils). It’s best to limit saturated fats to just 10% or less of your total calories, according to the US Dietary Guidelines.
    How To Spot Good & Bad Fats on Nutrition Labels
    Now that we know what bad fats and good fats are, how do you ensure you are getting enough of the good, healthy fats and staying away from the less healthy stuff? A great place to start is by reading the labels of the food you are purchasing. With a few easy tricks, you will be able to decipher the healthy vs not so healthy.
    On the Nutritional Facts Panel, there will be a section called Total Fat which is further broken up into saturated fat and trans fat. Ideally, you should look for foods with labels that state 0 grams of trans fat and aim for those with less than 20% of the Daily Value (DV) for saturated fat or 2 grams saturated fat per serving.
    While the Nutrition Facts Panel does not include amounts of good fats from polyunsaturated/monounsaturated sources, you can read the ingredient list to look for heart-healthy fat sources like canola, corn, cottonseed, flaxseed, grape-seed, olive, peanut, soybean, and sunflower oil, as well as nuts like almonds, walnuts and peanuts, seeds that support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
    A great step on the pathway to a healthy lifestyle is understanding the ingredients in the foods you are eating. And always remember the 80/20 rule! If most of your choices include lean and low saturated fat choices, there's room for an occasional splurge in your day. Dessert- yes, please!
    Healthy Fats & How We Design Our Menu
    With the Jenny Craig menu, you can enjoy healthier versions of your favorite foods. Our team of nutritionists and professional chefs work to make sure that the Jenny Craig food is developed with strict specifications for regarding the amount of fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar as well as to emphasize the inclusion of vegetables, whole grain/fiber and heart-healthy fats.
    The Jenny Craig Planned Menu reflects the Dietary Guidelines for Americans* that say a healthy menu should emphasize:
    Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and reduced-fat dairy products Lean proteins, including beans, fish, poultry and low-fat cuts of meat Heart-healthy oils and nuts  
    The Jenny Craig Planned Menu follows expert guidelines by:
    Limiting added sugars to less than 10% of total calories Meeting or exceeding fiber recommendations Keeping saturated fat calories to less than 10% of your daily total  
    *Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, 8th Edition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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    That sweet, gooey, chocolate candy bar has you convinced you need to eat it right now. Whether it’s because you’re stressed, bored, anxious or are searching for some sort of relief, trying to cure your food craving with a handful of almonds or carrot sticks may not cut the mustard. So you cave, and for a brief moment, everything in the world is just fine. But afterwards as that candy wrapper is staring you down, you know it wasn’t just hunger, but a craving.
    “That’s because cravings arise not from your stomach, but your brain–the areas that are associated with memory, pleasure and reward,” explains Lisa Talamini, Jenny Craig’s Sr. Dietitian. “And foods that are typically craved usually include a combo of fat and sugar.”
    That makes chocolate, pizza and chips hard to resist, but like anything else in life, this too shall pass in about 10 minutes. Talamini suggests “surfing the urge” and controlling your sweet tooth with these 5 tips:

    Say it and breathe
    Say to yourself exactly what you’re feeling: “This is a craving, and it will pass.” Then, breathe. Allow yourself to go into a meditative state and search for how you’re feeling. Are you tense, bored, anxious, stressed or scared? Keep breathing, allowing yourself to then focus on how you inhale and exhale, reaching a peak and falling downward. With each breath, your craving will begin to fade and over time, with practice, you will learn how to ride your cravings out through breathing.
    Talmini says to use the HALT tactic. “Beware of getting hungry, anxious, lonely, or tired–all common triggers for unplanned eating,” she explains. Recognize these cues and respond with self-care. Eat regular meals and snacks, talk to a friend and get plenty of rest. 
    Replace it
    If you just can’t give up a certain food, like chocolate, either reduce the portion or choose a lower-calorie, alternative version of the same food, such as the many food options Jenny Craig offers. If eaten slowly and mindfully, your craving will subside with the lower-calorie version and you won’t derail your weight loss journey.
    Plan ahead
    Fight back against unplanned eating by keeping portable, healthy snacks with you. Try keeping a small zipped bag of heart-healthy nuts in your purse or a low-fat cheese stick and non-starchy vegetables (carrot chips, cucumber slices and mini bell peppers) in the refrigerator at work. 

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    The majority of your meal planning is already done, thanks to your Jenny Craig pre-planned menu. But to truly make your meal complete, you need to go grocery shopping for your Fresh & Free Additions! We know how grocery shopping without a list can go – you end up buying everything down the aisle, which can easily break your budget and block your weight loss progress! To help prevent that and to stay on track, here are eight healthy and versatile foods to include:
    1.    Broccoli
    Broccoli is so diverse—roast it to create a crunchy treat or blanch or steam it to bring out its bright color. We personally love it stirred into the Chicken Fettuccine or you can enjoy steamed broccoli on the side with some red pepper flakes and lemon juice for a zesty and flavorful bite!
    2.    Cauliflower
    It’s funny to think vegetables can be trendy, but cauliflower has been a hot food item for a few years now. You can toss it into the food processor to create rice or cut huge chunks to resemble a veggie “steak.” Plus, it can take on tons of flavor—try it roasted with some curry powder or a touch of hot sauce for a bit of spice and beautiful color!
    3.    Spaghetti squash
    One spaghetti squash can make multiple meals in a snap. Once you roast and create the “spaghetti” strands with a fork, you can mix spaghetti squash into your next leafy salad or top it with your Spaghetti with Meatballs for a delicious and filling dinner.
    4.    Kale
    Whether it’s raw or sautéed, kale is a green that is great cold or hot. Its subtle bitterness complements sweeter items, such as carrots or tomatoes, and can also add a textural crunch when baked in the oven.
    5.    Cucumber
    Cucumbers have a bright crunch that works well in salads or as a tasty snack with your Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit. Cucumbers also have a sweet, grassy flavor, so you can drop slices into your water for an added touch of freshness.
    6.    Tomatoes
    Tomatoes can cross cultural cuisine boundaries. Create a fresh Mediterranean salad with cucumbers, teardrop tomatoes and oregano, a Mexican salsa with diced tomatoes, red onion and jalapenos or roast tomatoes with garlic to create a fresh Italian sauce for your spaghetti squash!
    7.    Onions
    Onions come in a variety of types, so you can mix and match depending on what you want to use them for! White onions will be sharper and more pungent (and are great in pasta sauces). For a crisp bite in a salad, go with a red onion not only for their color, but for their thin slices, too.
    8.    Mushrooms
    Mushrooms have umami—that meaty flavor that gives a decidedly rich flavor to any dish. Top off your Beef Merlot  with sautéed mushrooms and onions, or buy Portobello mushrooms to bake and fill with garlic and kale or other cooked greens.  
    While these eight vegetables and fruits can be used in multiple ways and can easily become household staples, remember that these are just a delicious sample of what you can experiment with by reading your Jenny Craig Grocery Guide! Aim for colors and choose a new fruit or vegetable to mix in. Visit our Recipes page for more veggie inspiration and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more ideas. Happy eating!

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    Weight loss is like a roller coaster—you jump into the cart of your life, venture up the hill before the big drop with anticipation about what your weight loss journey will be like, and then the drop comes toward success! 
    If you haven’t started the Jenny Craig program yet, you might be surprised to learn that there are a few sneaky things that can lead to weight gain (or what appears to be weight gain). See what habits can potentially increase your numbers on the scale and what you can do about it.
    1.    Sitting all day
    Don't underestimate the power of a walk. "Sitting all day is not natural and to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity," says Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Schedule some time to take a walk around the block or office building, and find time throughout your week for longer outdoor or fitness activities. Even if it is just a few 5 minute breaks throughout the day, or a quick walk around your desk every hour, getting up to stretch and move is important.
    2.    Water retention
    Water retention can occur for many reasons, temporary sodium imbalance from too much salt in your diet or the normal cycle of hormones each month. Some women, can sometimes experience sudden weight gain during their menstrual cycle. While this is not actual weight gain, it could show on the scale. Make sure to drink plenty of water (at least eight 8 oz. glasses a day is a good goal) to help your body remove toxins and metabolize nutrients.
    3.    Stress
    During stress, your body produces a hormone, cortisol, which cues the “fight or flight” response that typically goes away if the body uses that energy up. Cortisol can affect how the body stores fat including abdominal fat. Find a physical activity or non-food treat that allows you to step away from the stressful parts of your day, such as taking a few deep breaths or treating yourself to a massage or movie outing. While these practices won’t necessarily make you lose any actual weight, keeping your cortisol levels in-check may help with how your body stores it.
    4.    Not getting enough sleep
    Sleep is when your body recovers from the day. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body cannot perform to its optimal potential, which includes a functioning metabolism. Professor Shahrad Taheri noted in her 2015 presentation at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting that even 30 minutes of sleep loss a day makes you more likely to gain weight. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, which will also help with your stress levels, too! 
    5.    Medical Issues
    Another factor to keep in mind is that certain medical conditions can contribute to weight gain or weight loss. Conditions such as having an underactive thyroid, Cushing syndrome and diabetes can affect metabolism and possibly lead to extra pounds. With an underactive thyroid, your thyroid gland isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormones. These hormones play an important role in regulating your metabolism, and with this hormonal imbalance it can contribute to unintentional weight gain.1 By maintaining regular medical appointments with your healthcare professional, they can potentially flag any medical issues that may cause weight gain and speak to you about treatment options.
    6.    Medication
    In addition to some medical conditions, some medications may affect appetite and/or metabolism. Discuss your medication’s side effects with your doctor, especially if it’s a new prescription and you are experiencing unexpected weight gain. For example, certain insulin medications, some antidepressants, and a handful of steroid hormones can affect weight as a side effect.2
    7.    Portion size
    Your choice of dish size can make all the difference! Our brains sometimes trick us to not understand appropriate portion sizes, we might think we should fill the plate with each item until there's no space left.
    Luckily, Jenny Craig has already done the work to help out with this one. Our 100+ menu options are pre-portioned to teach you what your plate should look like. If you're following the Jenny Craig program, you're setting yourself up for success. If you're ready to surprise yourself with weight loss, call us at 866-706-4042 or find a location near you!

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    Best Diet Plan for Weight Loss

    By Jenny Craig, in Jenny Craig News,

    Jenny Craig has been recognized for the seventh consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and rankings, as the 2nd Best Weight Loss Diet Plan, 3rd Best Commercial Diet Plan, and 4th Best Fast Weight Loss in its annual Best Diets rankings!
    "At Jenny Craig we take weight loss very seriously in an industry that has more than its fair share of gimmicky diets that waste consumers' time and money.  We work with each member individually because we know each and every weight loss challenge is unique. We are very proud to see our weight loss program consistently recognized as highly effective by leading and independent reports such as U.S. News & World Report and Annals of Internal Medicine. Our personal consultants, who have consistently been acknowledged for Best Support, in conjunction with our meals created by over forty chefs enable us to help our clients achieve their goals time and time again," said Jenny Craig CEO and President Monty Sharma. 
    The U.S. News rankings are determined by a panel of nationally recognized health experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease. The experts reviewed information on 38 diet plans, scoring each in seven categories.
    As one of the best diet plans for weight loss, Jenny Craig focuses on an approach to weight loss and management that has been clinically proven to show people following the Jenny Craig program can lose 3x more weight compared to dieting independently*. Here at Jenny Craig, we focus on portion control, more than 100 chef-inspired foods and providing you with an expert weight loss consultant who will help you every step of the way. On the program, you can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week on Jenny Craig. Our planned menus are filled with delicious food you’ll love and even desserts, such as Chocolate Lava Cake, Apple Crisp and more.
    By starting Jenny Craig, we'll help you on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle and help you with your long-term weight loss goals. Our weight loss program has been proven successful and has helped members for over 30 years. Call us today at 866.706.4042 and learn about our proven weight loss program that will help you get results.
    *JAMA. 2010 Oct 27;304(16):1803-10

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    Thyroid & Weight Gain: What You Need to Know

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    Your thyroid could be thwarting your plans to lose weight. "My thy-what?" you say. Yes, your thyroid. The butterfly-shaped gland in your lower neck could be holding you back, and it could be impacting more than just your weight loss journey. Here's why you should pay attention to your thyroid gland, and what you can do to keep it healthy.
    The boss of your metabolism
    The thyroid gland is so important that the month of January is dedicated to Thyroid Awareness. This gland is a powerhouse and mastermind of hormone regulation for your body. It regulates your metabolism, heart rate and body temperature, which, of course, can affect your weight and your plans to get healthy.
    You already know your hormones are responsible for much of how your body is feeling, both mentally and physically, so if you’re feeling, well, a bit off, your thyroid gland might be to blame. Symptoms of thyroid disease vary, depending on whether you have an underactive (hypothyroid) or overactive (hyperthyroid) thyroid.
    Your thyroid might be kicked into overdrive if you feel nervous or irritable, have a racing heart, and can't sleep. But if you're having trouble shedding pounds even though you are eating healthy and working out, are always severely tired, and feel depressed, it's possible that your thyroid is not helping you out enough. And either way, it might be time to get it checked by a doctor.
    Hypothyroidism and Weight Changes
    Hypothyroidism is a thyroid disorder that causes people to have an underactive thyroid gland. With hypothyroidism the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones to keep the body running as it should. When someone doesn't have the correct levels of thyroid hormone in their blood, their body will start to slow down.
    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
    Feeling cold Tire more easily Dry skin Forgetful and depressed  
    In addition to the symptoms above, hypothyroidism can also cause weight gain.
    Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed by these symptoms or by taking a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test. This test measures how much thyroid hormones the thyroid gland is being called to make. If the thyroid gland seems like it’s being asked to make more than usual, it is a clear sign of hypothyroidism. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have a history of hypothyroidism in your family, be sure to get checked by your doctor to receive proper treatment.
    Hyperthyroidism and Weight
    Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid gland produces too many hormones which rapidly speeds up your metabolism causing weight loss, irregular heartbeat, and nervousness.
    Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
    Sudden weight loss Rapid heartbeat Increased appetite Anxiety  
    Hyperthyroidism runs in families and is typically seen in women more than men. It’s important to see a doctor if you experience unexplained weight loss or any other of the above symptoms because they may be related to other conditions as well.
    Get your thyroid on track
    It’s estimated that 27 million Americans have a thyroid condition, and 13 million of them are still undiagnosed. Additionally, women are seven times more likely than men to develop problems with the thyroid gland, and your risk increases with age. A doctor usually performs a simple blood test to determine if your thyroid gland is either underperforming or going above and beyond its call of duty. Treatment for an overactive or underactive thyroid gland varies per person.
    Always consult your doctor if you have concerns about your thyroid causing weight gain, loss, or even overall health. As you know, being well-informed is the first step to a healthier you.

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    From ‘Does Jenny Craig work?’ to ‘Is the food bland?’ Consultants hear a lot of the same questions about the program. While your dedicated consultant is always happy to help navigate these useful questions, we want to pull back the curtain on some commonly asked questions and provide some additional insight! 

    Will Jenny Craig work for me?
    As you know by now, there’s no magic pill for weight loss. We keep things simple and effective by supplying you with a delicious variety of food and providing guidance and support along the way. Independent research has shown that members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Our members lose 3X more weight than dieting on their own!* We’ll also support you to get more active, which has both health and weight maintenance benefits. We are here for every member through every step of the weight loss journey – no judgment.

    Does your food taste like diet food?
    No! We have delicious foods ranging from Chocolate Lava Cake to Turkey Burgers and was ranked “Best Tasting Diet Food Programs” by NextAdvisor. We recognize that eating delicious food definitely makes the Jenny Craig plan more sustainable and enjoyable for you. That’s why we have more than 40 professional chefs who have a hand at crafting the entrees. 

    Jenny Craig isn’t sustainable for weight loss.
    We wish all our members hit their goal and never put the weight back on, but life frequently gets in the way. Jenny Craig has research-proven strategies not just to lose the weight, but we’ll teach you many healthy habits that can last a lifetime.  Weight loss is a journey, not a destination, we always want to be here to support anyone who wants to lose weight.

    Can I drink wine?
    While it’s best to go light or avoid alcohol to stay on track with your weight loss, your consultant can give you a range of options or alternatives to meet your needs.

    Does the food have a lot of sodium?
    Our planned menus have approximately 2200-2400mg of sodium per day.  We use the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommends reducing dietary sodium to 2300mg per day. If you have a reason to reduce sodium further than the recommendations, please work with your consultant to use the Personalized menu and select the foods lowest in sodium.

    Are there any new foods coming out?
    We are always working on expanding our menu so our members have a wide variety of delicious foods to choose from. We currently have more than 100 delicious menu items. We always share this news via email or social media so please continue to follow us to stay updated on new foods!  
    Can I do the program if I am breastfeeding?
    Absolutely. Nursing mothers will be advised to follow a modified calorie level based on the child's age and frequency of breastfeeding.  All breastfeeding mothers will need to wait until their baby is 6 weeks old to enroll. When you join or restart the program, your consultant will ensure that you are on an appropriate calorie level so that you and your baby receive the proper nutrition you both need during this special time.  
    Overall, we’re committed to your health and weight loss goal. Comment below for any additional questions or visit our FAQ page.
    *Rock CL, Flatt SW, Karanja N, et al. Effect of a Free Prepared Meal and Incentivized Weight Loss Program on Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance in Obese and Overweight Women—A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2010;304(16): 1803-1811.

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    Healthy Food Trends that will Dominate 2017

    By Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

    What’s cooking in 2017? We weigh in on these delicious foods that will be making waves in the new year. Some are great ideas for cooking at home or may be a great complement to your next Jenny Craig meal!  
    Spice it up
    Eaters are slowing down on the salt and turning up the heat by continuing to be more adventurous in flavors. Anticipate seeing warm and Middle Eastern spices like cardamom, turmeric, sumac and cinnamon making an appearance in more cuisines.
    Classic Desserts
    If you’re feeling nostalgic for an oldie (but goodie) dessert, wish no more. Classics that even we have such as s’mores, Apple Crisp and other delicious favorites will be coming back into popularity. Speak to a consultant about what tasty desserts we offer that are just as good as the classics!
    Smokey flavors
    The popular cooking techniques of charring and smoking foods will be coming into favor--- and not just for meats. You’re likely to be seeing it with produce, snacks and desserts.
    Re-inventing vegetables
    Have you tried spiralizing your zucchini, cooking with cauliflower rice or cooking spaghetti squash? These rising stars in the veggie world are adored because they’re a great option for a healthy base and so adaptable to other flavors. They’re also a fantastic Fresh & Free Addition to many of your Jenny Craig foods as one of our members discovered with her Butternut Ravioli Squash.
    So long kale! Collards, mustard and even carrot tops are being eaten for their strong nutritional value and vibrant flavors. They’re great steamed and can be a filling addition to your next Jenny Craig meal!
    Fruit-based ingredients
    People are loving food with a function, which are foods that have potential health benefits such as coconut milk, apple cider vinegar and avocado oil. Coconut milk is having a significant spike in popularity because it’s not only great for those with lactose intolerance, but can also help improve the immune system of the body.
    Asian cuisine
    Asian fast food restaurants sales in the U.S. has grown by 135 percent since 1999 and don’t show signs of slowing. The Kung Pao Beef is even one of the most popular entrees on the Jenny Craig menu and a delicious new Orange Chicken with Vegetable and Brown Rice will be arriving in 2017. Other Asian dishes such as pho and ramen are staples in certain Asian cultures and significantly on the rise in the U.S.  

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    Did you know that more than 40 professional chefs have a hand in creating our Jenny Craig meals? Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the foods you love. At Jenny Craig we have more than 100 meals and snacks items, where 40 chefs make all the difference.
    We’ve recently compiled a list of our most popular foods that consistently win among our members. We do encourage you to stick to your preplanned menu to help improve your weight loss potential, as you have discussed with your personal consultant.

    Cinnamon Rolls Breakfast Scramble Cranberry Almond Barscotti Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito Entrees
    Kung Pao Beef Turkey Burger Chicken Fettuccine Chicken Pot Pie Loaded Baked Potato Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Desserts
    Lemon Cake
    Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Apple Crisp Chocolate Lava Cake Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake  

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    6 Simple Practices to Own Mindful Eating

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    We’re all familiar with stopping to smell the roses, but when was the last time you put it into practice? Mindfulness is the act of slowing down, being attentive and aware to the here and now. Applying the habit of mindfulness when eating is a positive skills that we at Jenny Craig encourage all the time, because it enables you to control cravings, savor your meal and eat the right amount of food. 

    We understand that a full schedule can derail healthy eating habits, especially when the norm is to eat quickly and move onto the next thing in your day. However, giving yourself the gift of mindful eating will renew your pleasure in eating and reframe your relationship with food as you learn how to tune into your body’s nutritional needs. 

    Mindful eating doesn’ t have to be an all or nothing act. Just making small steps will help encourage positive habits. Here are six tips to help with mindful eating:   

    1. Start with a peaceful environment 

    Eliminating distraction is key to mindful eating. If you are at home, turn off the TV and instead listen to music. If you are at work, leave your desk and find a quieter place to eat. Dine away from your computer to focus on your food. 

    2. Take the time to plate your Jenny Craig meal
    Thoughtfully arrange it next to a serving of vibrantly colored vegetables and enjoy how appealing it all looks together.

    3. Breathe
    Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before you take your first bite noticing the aroma of your food.

    4. Acknowledge the flavors
    Take a bite and chew slowly to savor the flavors and textures.

    5. Slow your rate…know your state
    Pause in between bites, to check in with your physical hunger cues. Experiment with putting your fork down between bites, or taking a sip of water. This allows you the time to recognize the subtle transition from “ready to eat” to “ate just enough.”

    6. Stop when you’re feeling satisfied
    When you have reached a satiated point, put your fork down, fold your napkin on your plate -  acknowledging you are nourished and fully satisfied -  and mindfully move on with your day.

    Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can not only help you reach your weight loss goals, but also appreciate the little things in life! Go ahead, and slow it down and add some mindfulness into your life. 

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    Put your best foot forward with an optimistic mindset to help you make this year your best yet!
    Leading the new year with a positive and optimistic mindset, will make you more motivated to accomplish your goals! Re-train your brain to make positive choices, workout more, and break bad habits, so you can look and feel your very best. Here are 6 tips to jumpstart your training.
    Be mindful
    Practice the idea of positive affirmations and think positive. Write and say out loud your goals for a healthier lifestyle. Say when you will go to the gym and what you will (instead of not) eat for lunch. Be positive and look at the bright things in your life. Thinking about the positives instead of the negatives on a daily basis will help make you feel better and happier overall.
    Surround yourself
    Unhealthy influences can cause you to restart those bad habits. Surround yourself with people who support you and your goals. Your Jenny Craig consultant can also support you on healthier alternatives and meal planning to help you toward a weight loss goal. You can also visit the Community for inspiration and motivation from fellow Jenny Craig members. And instead of following unhealthy restaurants on social media, take time to absorb information about health, fitness and nutrition from a website, or subscribe to a fitness magazine to learn fresh workout tips.
    Whether it’s first thing in the morning with the sun streaming through your windows or it’s at a yoga class after work, take a few minutes to meditate every single day. Meditation is proven to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and clear your mind and improve your immune system, while connecting and healing your mind and body.
    Pick and choose
    Happy hour or a jog around the park? You know which one is definitely healthier for you. Retrain your mind to make healthy choices. Instead of eating out with your partner or friend on Friday night, try going ice skating together. It’s okay to suggest to the friend who only wants to eat junk food and watch a movie that you two should grab tea and go for walk. Fill your kitchen with healthier snack alternatives, so when you’re on-the-go, you can make the choice to eat a handful of veggies, rather than hitting the drive-thru.
    Make it a game
    The key to re-training your mind is to exercise it. We know it seems counterintuitive to sit in front of a computer to play a memory game, but doing just that for only a few minutes a day can actually help you make healthier choices throughout your day. Memory games improve your ability to concentrate and choose the better option, like picking an apple over a bag of potato chips in the afternoon. 
    Exercise your willpower
    Exercising 30-minutes of day can actually re-train your mind. Researchers now know that the same chemicals that are released when you get moving, like dopamine and serotonin, are directly linked to creating positive thoughts when you exercise. So not only are you building muscle while in a cardio class, but you’re also creating new nerve cells and boosting production of neurons that say working out is fun!