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We’re delighted to announce the third anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can take one of the over 100 menu items provided by Jenny Craig and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan. So roll up your sleeves and remix your dish in a creative way.
 
Here are some tips to follow to help you effectively design a recipe to enter our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where, if selected, you can win $3,000 and have your recipe included in our Simple Inspirations recipe book*
 

 
Before crafting your recipe, consider the following to help your success:
 
1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan.
 
2. Think about the category where your recipe would best fit. There are 5 categories to choose from:
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Shakes and Sides Desserts & Shakes Fresh & Free Additions (If you’re entering the Fresh & Free category, you don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need food from the list of Limited Free Foods.)
  3. Shoot high quality images or have a good camera. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when shooting.
 
3. Document every ingredient and preparation step as you create the dish. This way, you’ll be listing everything in the right order and won’t forget anything.

4. Be creative with your recipe name. Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat.
 
Now that you’re ready to document your recipe, make sure to:
 
5. Monitor your measurements. Measure all your ingredients with standardized cups and measuring spoons. Be exact, especially with seasonings – there’s a big difference between 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder! Also, note pinches, dashes and “to taste” notes for finishing the dish, such as for salt and pepper.  
 
6. Be specific about the type of ingredients.
Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe – taste, calories and food groups will vary, depending on your choice.
 
7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes?
 
8.  When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each one, did you chop, slice or dice?
When filling out the forms, remember to:
9. Add each ingredient in separate lines. List the ingredients in the same order as you name them in the preparation steps. If your recipe has more than 7 steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field.
 
10. Include recipe prep time and cook time. Prep time is the period you spend cutting and preparing all the ingredients. Cook time is when everything is transferred to the oven, microwave, or stovetops.
 
11. Specify heat levels. Did you sauté, simmer, boil, bake at 350°, roast at 450° or broil at 500°? Name a prep time, plus a descriptor, for example: “Sauté onions for 10 minutes or till golden brown”.
 
Additional prizes can include $1,500 toward a high-end digital camera, $1,000 of gourmet cookware, Jenny Craig swag and so much more!*
 
Looking for inspiration? Check out last year’s winning recipe, then get cooking. Good luck!
 
The Simple Inspirations Contest will be taking submission from July 17, 2017 – August 13, 2017. A voting period of the semi-finalists will be between August 28, 2017-September 10, 2017. A winner will be chosen in each category on October 23, 2017 and, if selected, will receive $3,000 and have their recipe printed in our new Simple Inspirations recipe book, which will be available beginning in 2018! 
 
 
*To be eligible for the Member Category, you must: (a) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, DC, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec and Arizona) and (b) 21 years of age or older at time of entry and (c) have a non-expired Jenny Craig program; program renewal or purchase may be required to participate. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/13/17.  Void where prohibited. Prizes: (5) Member Prizes - a $3,000 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $3,050 USD ea.); (2) Employee Prizes - a $2,000 USD check or gift card and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.);  (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card,  and gourmet cooking/baking goodie bag to include pans, pots, and other kitchen and baking utensils to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,000 USD); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and $1,500 to purchase a high-end digital camera and lenses to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,500 USD). See Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) for online voting information and complete details at http://www.jennycraig.com/simpleinspirations or http://bit.ly/SimpleInspirationsContestRules. 
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

Body-esteem is linked to self-esteem; the worth we assign ourselves. As much as one-third of your self-esteem is related to how positive  or negative your body image is. And negative body image is a predictor for weight regain. So developing ways to trade negative, judging thoughts about your weight for positive, affirming ones will not only boost your self-esteem, but also strengthen your weight maintenance success.  
 


How Culture Impacts Body Image

Once weight was necessary for survival; now it’s a risk factor for disease. In the past, our culture valued the abundantly round figure as an ideal symbol of fertility for women and of wealth for men. Now, it’s a different model – one that’s both thin and athletic. But for most of us, this ideal body is not realistic or healthful. When it comes to weight, fashion and the media set expectations for women that are impossible to achieve, unhealthy and harmful to body image.
 
Remember You Are Not Your Weight

Think of all the things in your life that give you pleasure and make you feel good about yourself: 
 
»    Relationships with Others
»    Volunteer Activities
»    Professional Accomplishments
»    Physical Activity/Sports
»    Spiritual Endeavors
»    Healthy Eating
»    Personal Hobbies
 
Stopping to consider all these other ways to measure your happiness helps keep your weight in perspective. Maintaining a (realistic for you) goal weight is a priority – just as all the other important areas of your life are priorities. Be patient – it may take time to undo the habit of making everything about weight, but keep returning to your list. The more you do, you’ll find that all these things represent your whole “pie” – a healthy, balanced lifestyle you can sustain for the long term.
 
Don’t Get Hooked by the Number

What if your weight settles in at three pounds more than your goal? For some, this signals the difference between success and failure. The trouble with this all-or-nothing thinking is that it maximizes the value of a single number, and minimizes the worth of all your healthy changes in eating, activity and body composition. Take a tally of all your positive changes and see if today’s weight is not just good “enough,” but great!

Scan Your Body for “Phantom Fat”

Do you still feel heavy even though you’ve lost the weight? Whether you have lost 10 or more than 50 pounds, you may be mentally holding onto that weight. Like amputees who know they lost a limb but still feel its presence, people can still believe their bodies are unchanged. They may focus on a single area of their body, like their stomach or hips, or they may reject their whole body for the potential to regain the weight. A good question to ask is: Am I criticizing my body or am I celebrating my successes?

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/body-measurements.htm
http://www.newsweek.com/2016/02/19/high-fashion-low-bmi-424763.html
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Kick up the heat with your Tuna Dill Salad Kit and fill it in a delicious tomato! This dish was a winner of our 2016 Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest for 5 Ingredients or Less. 
 

 
Ingredients
Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit
Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing 
1 tomato, washed and cored 
1/4 jalapeno, finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
1/4 cup sliced, peeled cucumber 
 
Direction 
1. Mix Tuna Dill Salad with jalapeno and pepper. 
2. Stuff Tuna mixture into cored tomato
3. Drizzle with Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing.
4. Crush Tuna Dill Salad Kit crackers over top of tomato or serve on the side. 
 
Exchanges
per serving 
Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit
Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing 
(1 1/2 Starch, 1 Protein, 2 Fat) 
+1 Veg, 3 Free Foods 
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
 
I weighed my heaviest at 175 at a height of 5'1. I have always been a heavy weight person, but never did anything to change it. I always thought this is how I would be in life and there was no way to change it. I had always been a chubby child and had always been okay with my weight and just had accepted myself.
 

My Jenny Craig Moment
One day I was at work, I had looked at my entire self in the mirror and couldn't believe how much of myself I truly let go. The next day, I had gone to the doctor for a physical and he confirmed that I was morbidly obese and needed to lose a lot of weight or I would get diabetes. Shortly after that, my parents had sat me down and told me that it would be in my best interest to lose weight so I would feel better about myself and not have any health risks.
 
After this event, I had made it my life mission to lose weight and get into the best shape to become a better me. I knew my mom was on the Jenny Craig program and was doing pretty well on it. I had decided to call the program when coincidentally Joy, her consultant, called my home to confirm my mom's next appointment. That phone call changed my life forever!
My Journey
After that, I started on the program and followed it. Joy and every consultant I had thereafter changed my life for the better. Everyone at Jenny Craig for the past two years have taught me better eating skills and have taught me to manage the program and make it my own. I was able to maintain the program and understand what healthy eating finally meant. I was able to eat the food from the program and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
My Results
Over the course of 11 months, I had lost about 45 lbs* from being on the Jenny Craig program and also following a kickboxing routine. I started out as a size 12 in clothing, weighing 175 lbs and have since lost 45 lbs! I can't express enough how the Jenny Craig program has changed my life!
 

 
I never thought this could actually happen and never thought I would see the day that I would become skinny, but healthy! I had completed my mission! Every day I get stopped by people I know and they tell me how great I look. I always tell others, it's not a one day change, it’s a lifestyle change, you have to stay committed and focused— the outcome is worthwhile! Jenny Craig changed my life, but more importantly SAVED my life! I am so glad I made that phone call to change my life two years ago. Thank you everyone at Jenny Craig!
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

Macaroni & Cheese has been a staple comfort food item, and has taken on a new life over the past few years with creative recipes that elevate the dish.

 
At Jenny Craig, we’ve always known that the better the food, the more satisfied you’ll feel. That’s why we worked with over 40 professional chefs to create a menu that will never leave you feeling like you’re missing out. Our savory Macaroni & Cheese combines elbow macaroni with cheddar cheese sauce, an additional shredded cheddar topping and a side of green beans and carrots, and while it’s already delicious, it’s always fun to find new ways to enjoy its classic flavor using your Fresh & Free Additions. 
 
Here are 5 unique ways to remix your macaroni entrée:
Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese
A classic pairing that you’ll adore. Complement the carrots that already come as a side with steamed broccoli and a dash of pepper in your mac & cheese. Broccoli adds additional nutrition to your meal and a tender crunch with each forkful of macaroni.
 

 
Roasted Pepper and Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese
Go for a southwest flavor with this recipe. Roast one halved red pepper on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven until blackened. Let the peppers cool at room temperature, then peel. Purée the peeled peppers with a pinch of chipotle spice. You’ll have a vibrant red mixture to stir into your macaroni that will leave your eyes—and taste buds—delighted.
 

 
Wisconsin-Style Macaroni & Cheese
Mix in a teaspoon of spicy brown mustard to give a surprise punch to your Macaroni & Cheese. You can also sauté onions with nonstick vegetable spray until glistening or caramelized for a truly zesty bite with more vegetable goodness.
Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese
For those looking to add literal spice to their macaroni, add roasted cauliflower florets and stir in a dash of hot sauce and a splash of vinegar to create a buffalo-sauce-inspired mac and cheese.
 

Mexican-Inspired Macaroni & Cheese
For a flavorful zest to your macaroni entrée, stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro and 2 tablespoons of diced tomato.  
 
While these are only a few unique ways to spice up your mac & cheese, your Fresh & Free Additions allow for tons of possibilities to discover flavor combinations that you’ll love to add to any of your Jenny Craig meals in minutes. Take these as inspiration, and make sure to reference your Fresh & Free Additions list to discover your favorite combination today!
 
Sources: 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-mac-and-cheese-recipes
 
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It’s often misconstrued that you only need to join a weight loss program if you have a lot of weight to lose, but that’s absolutely not the case! “The person who just wants to lose 10 pounds has felt the same frustration and challenge that someone else who has 50 pounds to lose has experienced,” said Jenny Craig’s Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Interventions, Lisa Talamini.

 
We offer a support system with proven results. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants have also been in your shoes, and can discuss what works for the last 10 pounds. Our equation for success also includes more than 100 delicious foods and a meal plan with your goal in mind.
 
“Ultimately, it’s not about how much you have to lose—it’s about finding what works,” continues Talamini. “And Jenny Craig has clinical proof that it does. Losing those stubborn 10 or so pounds means more than a drop in a dress size—it signals reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure and ends the cycle of gain, lose and regaining, which can be so frustrating.”
 
Joining Jenny Craig allows for you to discover a community of people who are currently working on their own weight loss or have been through it before, and are invested in your success.
 
We’ve been able to support members with various weight loss goals, and look forward to helping you with yours. Learn about their success stories, then call 866-706-4042 or find a local neighborhood Jenny Craig center near you.
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


 
Is there anything better than a picnic with friends and family on a sunny summer’s day? We don’t think so either. That’s why Jenny Craig has several on-the-go menu options that are perfect for your next picnic. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike to a lunch spot in the mountains, or just an afternoon at the park to play catch with the kids, check out these five portable Jenny Craig foods to bring with you on your next outing.
Tuna Dill Salad Kit
If you’re dining alfresco at the park, bring along the Tuna Dill Salad Kit with your picnic blanket and your favorite tunes. This salad kit features premium tuna salad with a dill and Greek yogurt dressing and crispy wheat crackers. For a unique pairing, stuff the Tuna Dill Salad into a hollowed out tomato or yellow pepper, then serve over a farmer’s market green salad with crackers on the side.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar
Don’t forget to pack a pick-me-up snack for your next picnic in the mountains! Jenny Craig’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar is the ideal food to keep you fueled for any activity. A crunchy peanut butter bar topped with chocolate morsels and a peanut butter drizzle packs an 8 gram protein punch, as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, to give you the energy you need to keep up with the group.
 

Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit
This on-the-go salad kit is perfect for your next beach excursion! The Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit combines white meat chicken with a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, sweet cranberries and crunchy celery and is served with crispy crackers. Pack it up with a stack of romaine or endive leaves and you get an easy combo of ingredients for refreshing lettuce wraps.
Cheese Curls
Everyone loves Jenny Craig’s Cheese Curls, and it’s easy to taste why–a delicious, crunchy snack seasoned with cheddar cheese and sea salt. Yum! One of Jenny Craig’s best-sellers, this is the ideal snack to take to your next park outing.
Fresh & Free Additions
Don’t forget to eat your veggies! Pack up some carrots, celery sticks and dip them in Salsa Ranch Dressing, or sprinkle some lemon juice and pepper on your cucumbers or snap peas for a savory treat.
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We love to hear about your experience with the Jenny Craig program. Here are a few bloggers who recently tried our program and not only lost weight, but also loved the experience*. Here’s what they had to say:
 
Tove from Mama in the Now  
 
“I am blown away at the service I received and how incredibly awesome I feel I am so proud to have been a part of this. THANK YOU again— the lessons our kids learned were so powerful too. I was proud to teach them about Jenny Craig and why I chose to join the program.” 
 
Jenn from From Comeback Momma 
  
“Really enjoyed this program. Had no idea how successful the program would be for me. Thanks, Jenny Craig!!”
 
Kaysha from Style Weekender 
 
“Loved the ease of getting meals. The staff, especially my consultant, were exceptionally supportive and that made my experience such a delight.”
 
Rachel from Rachel Teodoro
 
“I had so many great discussions about this program with friends and family. My first blog post even encouraged a friend of mine to join our local Jenny Craig. I didn't know it until I ran into her in the office for my last consult!”
 
*Bloggers received promotional consideration
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Life has a funny way about it. There can be a moment of time where you are achieving a string of accomplishments, goals and experiencing joy all around you, and then all of a sudden something happens that diverts your attention from your goals or gets you down. When life presents a challenge, it’s normal to want to seek out something comforting to diffuse your stress. For some, that comfort is food that is not a part of your meal plan. Left unattended, a lapse can turn into a relapse, which typically results in regaining weight. 
 
While weight gain may make you feel disappointed, the thing to recognize is that it’s OK if you have yo-yoed in weight. 
 
“Life happens, and it sometime takes you off track,” says Lisa Talamini, Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Intervention. “Even everyday distractions can lead you to fall into a lapse. That’s why it’s essential to stay consistent with your weekly consultations. Your consultants can help you stay in tune with what’s most important to you – keeping your personal goals a priority.” 
 
Talamini also mentions that a lapse is just a single event, where you can lose sight of your goal. If stress is your trigger for unplanned eating, then it’s a matter of finding non-food-based, but equally rewarding alternatives that enable you to proactively prevent a relapse from ever happening.
 
“Too often, people think of it as an excuse to quit, when what you really need is just to restore your focus,” she said.  
 
Life can get in the way, but the important thing to remember is that you have support whenever you need it. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants are former members who have been on this journey before, and have dealt with many of the challenges you may be dealing with now. They can help you find ways to restore your focus and get back on track for your weight loss goals. Schedule an appointment to meet with your consultant at your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center.
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Move More,

You step on the scale. The number is the same–and it’s been the same for days. Despite following your plan, the scale just won’t move in the right direction. It seems like you’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and fall back into old habits. Instead, talk to your consultant and check out these ways to get back on track and past the plateau.
 

 
Stalled out
Being stuck at the same number on the scale happens to everyone at some point during their weight loss journey. It’s totally normal. Weight loss plateaus happen because your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight. After your body has burned up glycogen stores (carbohydrates) in your muscles and liver, you’ll see a significant drop on the scale due to water weight loss. Then, as you lose weight, you’ll also lower your calorie requirement and this can translate to slower weight loss on the scale. And remember, a few days isn’t always enough time to make a scale budge.
 
Push past the plateau
If you’re dissatisfied with the number on the scale and are frustrated by hitting a plateau, talk to your Jenny Craig consultant. Your consultant is there for you and can help guide you in the best direction to kick start your weight loss once again.
 
Sweat it out
Add just 15-30 minutes of walking or other physical activity to burn extra calories. Consider increasing the intensity if you’re doing a workout, which will help push past a plateau by burning more calories for the same amount of time. Try adding resistance exercise to tone and build muscle to boost your metabolism, since stronger muscles mean more calories burned. Weight lifting, circuit machines and bodyweight exercises are all options as well. 
 
Eat your greens
To stay satisfied, fill up on fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli and more from Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions list. These foods are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The fuller and more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to have a potential lapse.
 
Mix it up
Look beyond the gym for getting extra physical activity and burning more calories. Finding new ways to move is fun and mixes up your day. Try taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn or raking leaves, having a daily dance party in the kitchen with your kids while making dinner, vigorously vacuuming and cleaning the house, and riding your bike to work to squeeze in more exercise throughout your day.
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From birthdays to job promotions and every celebratory moment in between, there seems to be a trend that all these milestones have a food element associated with them. While reaching milestones in your weight loss journey should be celebrated, part of this journey includes figuring out other ways to reward yourself outside of food. Here are 5 ways to reward yourself to put an extra pep in your step and continue to motivate yourself toward weight loss goals:
 

1. Revitalize your wardrobe.
There is nothing like buying a new pair of jeans when you’ve dropped a size. Celebrate yourself by buying a new article of clothing or have an outfit altered for every 10lbs dropped. You can also make room in your closet by donating clothes that are overly baggy.
2. Get your hair styled.
Whether that means getting a haircut or a blowout, we’re all about it! A new haircut or style helps you feel refreshed and can add a boost in confidence about your overall appearance.
3. Pamper yourself.
A massage or a manicure/pedicure are just two ways that you can take an extended amount of time to devote to yourself
4. Plan a field trip for yourself.
Plan a field trip for yourself. Your field trip can take any form. Take a walk along a body of water, go window-shopping at your favorite stores or visit a museum.
5. Join a Club.
Find some like-minded individuals who want to celebrate being healthier too. Join a walking club, meetup or even exercise your mind by joining a book club. You’ll have fun and it will keep you inspired!
 
If you’re looking for other ideas on how to reward yourself instead of with food, ask your Jenny Craig consultant! Visit your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center or meet with your consultant via phone or video chat, where we’ll happily brainstorm and celebrate your weight loss milestones with you.
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
 
Twin sisters and Jenny Craig members Christine & Keisha B. share their weight loss journey in PEOPLE’s 100 lb. Weight Loss feature.* “My doctor said I was morbidly obese,” Christine shares with PEOPLE in the May 29, 2017 issue. "I grew up with food as an expression of love, so I had to change the way I thought about eating." 
 
After being inspired by her twin Keisha’s success on the program, Christine joined Jenny Craig and was paired with her own consultant. The pre-school teachers give each other support to stay on track and now have a different outlook on food. “You have to make a commitment to be good to yourself,” Keisha tells PEOPLE.
 
Read more about their journey here!
 

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