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6 Healthy Outdoor Activities to Try This Summer

Now that the weather has changed and summer is in full swing, it’s the opportune time to try some new outdoor activities. By embracing the summer season and getting outside, you may be surprised by how many simple activities can get you moving and your heart pumping. After all, sneaking movement into your day doesn’t need to be boring or even feel like exercise.   Read on for six different ideas to get you, and your family, moving this summer. 1. Explore a Nearby Park Enjoy a relaxing (and affordable) day in the great outdoors by taking the whole family on a hike or a walk at a nearby park. Not only will you be able to revel in nature’s beauty, but you’ll also be incorporating some quality physical activity. Plus, you don’t have to climb a mountain to reap the health benefits. Even just thirty minutes of walking a day can have a significant impact on your overall health.1 2. Hit the Beach (or Lake!) Warm summer months and aquatic activities go hand in hand. Whether it be a lake, the beach or even a pool, try finding a body of water in your area to enjoy before colder weather encroaches. From kayaking to canoeing and swimming, there are an array of different activities to try out. An added bonus: activities like these tend to be easy on the joints, making them excellent low-impact exercises. 3. Join a Group Class Many fitness and yoga studios offer outdoor classes during the summer months, and they can be a great way to break up your usual routine while getting your heart pumping in a group setting. Check out your local community forum or do a quick search on the internet to find a class near you.  4. Try Out a New Sport (Or Revive an Old One) There are a plethora of outdoor sports that are fun and provide an incredible workout, such as tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball…the list goes on. Whether you’re trying one for the first time, or you were the team captain in high school, summer is the perfect opportunity to suit up and have some fun! Check out your local intramural sports league and choose one that’s up your alley. 5. Volunteer Interested in sprucing up a nearby park or helping to maintain a local hiking trail? Volunteering is not only fulfilling, but it’s also a great way to get outside and get moving. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to meet like-minded people while giving back to your community. 6. Plant a Garden Although gardening may not be the first activity that comes to mind when you think of summer outdoor activities, it’s more of an aerobic workout than you might suspect. From bending down to tend to various plants to reaching and twisting to pull weeds, gardening is an excellent form of exercise.2 Growing your own produce also comes with the upside of being able to incorporate fresh vegetables into any meal.   Are you ready to incorporate more activity and healthy meals into your life? Jenny Craig can help. Book your free appointment to get started today!     Sources: [1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/the-many-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day/2015/10/19/cf12c938-71e1-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ea1ed5dff992 [2] https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/health-benefits-of-gardening-fd.html
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The 6 Best Foods For Digestion

We’ve all experienced a time when we ate something that didn’t agree with our stomach, leaving us feeling less than stellar. But there are foods that can help with digestion and keep the system running smoothly. Check out our top 6 foods for digestion!
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10 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep - Infographic

Here are ten ways to help you get a better night's sleep!  
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5 Natural Ways to Aid Digestion (And Keep Your Gut Happy!)

Ah, digestion—a bodily function almost everyone wants a better handle on. The digestive tract comprises four major parts:  the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.1 Together, this master system of processing nutrients keeps your body running. If one or more of these components gets stuffed up or compromised, digestive issues can arise.   When gut grievances do pop up, instead of reaching for the usual over-the-counter suspects, try some natural ways to help get your stomach back on track. Follow these tricks to safely clear the way and boost your overall health. Follow an eating schedule Paying attention to your circadian rhythm can benefit your digestion in significant ways. Our bodies feel hunger based on an internal clock,2 also known as our circadian rhythm. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences defines circadian rhythms as one’s mental, behavioral and physical changes over a 24-hour cycle, dictated by lightness and darkness. By eating the majority of your calories during daylight hours when you’re most active and giving your body adequate time to rejuvenate during the night, you can work with your metabolism to optimize not only your digestive process but also to promote weight loss.3 What’s more, eating according to this timeline can keep your system regular and your metabolism functioning efficiently.3-4   How can you incorporate eating with your natural circadian rhythm into your daily routine? Start by following a daylight nutrition strategy, or time-restricted feeding pattern. Consume your calories within a 12-hour time-period and then refrain from consuming food besides herbal tea or water for the next 12-hours, which includes sleep. For example, if you start your day with breakfast at 7 a.m., you would have your last meal by 7 p.m., resuming your consumption of food the next morning at 7 a.m. Rapid Results, Jenny Craig’s newest program, incorporates this daylight nutrition strategy. Manage your stress Many of us have heard time and again: stress can wreak havoc on your body. Your digestive system is no exception. Stress can trigger our "flight or fight" response,5 which can interfere with digestion while your body uses all its energy to fight against the stressor instead. Keeping your stress levels in check can help ensure things keep moving smoothly. Drink more water Your gut needs water to keep moving your meals along. Fibrous foods absorb the water that helps them do their job: keep things moving through your system.6 Think of it as a constant stream of water to clear the pipes and help all the things you eat move efficiently and easily through. Embrace probiotics These are the good guys—also known as the good bacteria that boosts gut health. Studies have suggested that consuming more of these live bacteria can help aid digestion, promote regular bowel movements and help alleviate symptoms of IBS or IBD.7 Looking for an easy way to incorporate probiotics into your day? Grab a cup of yogurt to accompany your breakfast. Look for the phrase “live active cultures” on the packaging and try opting for one that is low in added sugar. Not only is yogurt an excellent source of protein, but it’s also a valuable source of calcium—which may help prevent the onset of osteoporosis.8 Move more Regular exercise can help you stay, well, regular. Going for a walk can help move things along if you're feeling constipated, and a normal routine can promote ongoing healthy digestion. The more frequently you get your heart pumping, the stronger you and your digestive system can get as well. Stronger muscles mean less blood diverted from your digestive tract during movement because your muscles are working more efficiently.9   For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you achieve your health goals, contact us to book your free appointment.   Sources: [1] National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Your Digestive System & How it Works, December 01, 2017, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/digestive-system-how-it-works [2] Advances in pediatrics, Gut clock: implication of circadian rhythms in the gastrointestinal tract, April, 2011, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21673361 [3] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [4] CNN, How your gut's circadian rhythm affects your whole body, January 02, 2017, https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/02/health/gut-microbiome-circadian-rhythm/index.html [5] Harvard Health Blog, Stress and the sensitive gut, https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/stress-and-the-sensitive-gut [6] NHS Choices, https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/good-foods-to-help-your-digestion/ [7] Harvard Health Blog, Health benefits of taking probiotics, https://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics [8]https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/good-protein-sources [9] Manhattan Gastroenterology, How Exercise Affects Your Digestion, July 18, 2017 https://www.manhattangastroenterology.com/exercise-affects-digestion/
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Simply Inspired Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Summer Rolls

Our Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowls get a fresh upgrade into on-the-go spring rolls! You’ll love our refreshing take on this classic dish.   Ingredients: 1 Jenny Craig Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowl 1/3 cup of julienned carrots 1/3 cup of julienned red radish ½ cup rice vinegar unseasoned (for pickling carrots and red radish) 3-4 rice paper rolls  ½ lime wedge Siracha or chili flakes to taste Cilantro sprig Basil sprig Instructions: Pickle your veggies: ½ cup rice vinegar (boil) 1 carrot, julienned 1 small radish, julienned Soften a rice paper wrap in water for 30 seconds Fill with 1 prepared Jenny Craig Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowl Remove rice paper wrap from water and layout on flat surface Garnish to taste with your prepared veggies Create your wrap and enjoy!
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Time-Restricted Feeding vs. Intermittent Fasting

Have you been watching what you eat and exercising consistently only to feel frustrated when you’re still not seeing the results you want? The reason could be related to when you’re eating. If you’re trying to lose weight, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about what you eat. But new research is showing that when you eat may be just as important.1 This is the idea behind time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting.   As more research is being conducted on the timing of meals, both time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting are two emerging, scientifically researched methods of feeding. The research has also demonstrated that utilizing these methods could lead to weight management and health benefits including disease risk reduction.  Although both work around when you eat, they are not entirely the same. In fact, if you complete a quick internet search on time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting, you’ll quickly discover how much information there is on both eating methods.     With so much information about these strategies, it can be overwhelming to decipher between the two. We’re sharing the nuances of time-restricted feeding vs. intermittent fasting to help you determine if incorporating one of them into your daily routine could support your weight loss goals. What is Time-restricted Feeding? Time-restricted feeding is a type of intermittent fasting that requires you to limit your eating to a certain number of hours each day.2 For example, you might decide to eat during a 12-hour period, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. For the remaining time, which includes sleep, you would not ingest any additional calories besides water or herbal tea.     Time-restricted feeding focuses less on what you eat, and more on when you eat. However, that doesn’t mean you should reach for unhealthy foods if your goal is weight loss and health management. Unlike the other types of intermittent fasting programs, you can keep the same eating schedule each day, and you do not have to skip breakfast. As a result, people may find that this eating strategy is simple to follow and potentially easier to stick with. How To Incorporate Time-restricted Feeding How do you incorporate time-restricted feeding into your routine? It may not be as hard as you think. The primary focus is to make sure to eat your calories for the day within a 12-hour window (for example, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.). When you focus on eating during the main hours of the day, you’ll be working with your metabolism as it burns calories most efficiently during this time.3 This is also called a Daylight Nutrition Strategy.   If you are using this eating strategy to lose weight, you should aim to shorten the time frame when you normally consume food. For example, if you usually eat over a period of 16 hours a day (from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.), you would want to work to reduce that time frame to 12 hours (7 a.m. until 7 p.m.). Time-restricted Feeding for Weight Loss It’s pretty common to eat from the time you wake up in the morning until almost when you go to bed at night. In fact, grabbing a late-night snack before you head to bed may be impacting your weight loss goals. By adopting a time-restricted feeding strategy, it may lead you to naturally eat less food, which, in turn, will decrease the number of calories you consume.     However, merely adhering to this type of eating pattern doesn’t guarantee weight loss. It’s still important to focus on a balanced diet and healthy food choices, regardless of the timing of your meals. When followed properly, multiple studies have shown that time-restricted feeding may help prevent obesity and improve metabolism.4-5   Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, leverages the science of your body’s circadian rhythm and combines it with the principles of a Daylight Nutrition Strategy to help optimize weight loss. What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent fasting might sound like a complicated weight loss term, but the concept is relatively simple. Basically, it is an eating pattern that alternates between periods of consuming food and refraining from ingesting any calories.6 Because intermittent fasting focuses on the time frame when food is consumed, many people prefer to call intermittent fasting an eating pattern and not a diet.   While there are different types of intermittent fasting strategies, many of them focus on fasting for longer periods of time than time-restricted feeding and may be more difficult to follow.  Usually, each method splits the day or the week into eating and fasting periods. For example, the 16/8 method requires you to condense your daily eating schedule to eight hours. You will then fast for the remaining 16 hours of the day. For example, you would eat between noon and 8 p.m. and then refrain from consuming calories until noon the next day. The History of Fasting The concept of fasting itself dates back to ancient history.7 Humans have fasted since the beginning of time, however usually out of necessity. After all, our hunter-gatherer ancestors couldn’t drop by the supermarket or sit down at a restaurant whenever their stomach was growling. Because they couldn’t always find food, our bodies evolved to be able to function without it for extended periods of time. Intermittent Fasting & Weight Loss The goal of intermittent fasting is to reduce calorie consumption by minimizing your eating time frame. If you don’t overeat during the allotted period, intermittent fasting may be an effective approach to weight loss.8   Intermittent fasting may do more than reduce calories. It could also result in positive changes in your body that may promote weight loss. One study found that men who followed an eating pattern that included fasting saw their levels of human growth hormone (HGH) increase.9 This increase may be beneficial for weight loss and muscle gain.10 Fasting may also improve insulin sensitivity as well as drop insulin levels, which are other factors associated with weight loss.11-12 Other Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting & Time-Restricted Feeding While research on all of the health benefits linked to intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding is still being conducted, studies on both humans and animals show that intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding could beneficially impact your health in other ways besides weight loss.13-14   Research suggests following an intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding routine may reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides­—improving heart health and potentially reducing one’s risk for cardiovascular disease.15-16   Additionally, If you’ve ever experienced or dealt with inflammation, you may be surprised that a study suggested intermittent fasting could reduce markers of inflammation.17   Although more research is needed to conclusively evaluate all of the benefits of time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting, integrating one of them into your routine may help with your weight loss and overall wellness goals.     To learn more about a weight loss program that integrates time-restricted feeding and the latest scientific research, contact Jenny Craig for your free appointment.        [1] https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/health/weight-loss-circadian-rhythms-drayer/index.html [2] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/time-restricted-eating [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425165/ [4] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4257368/ [6] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide [7] https://www.britannica.com/topic/fasting [8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25540982 [9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC329619/pdf/jcinvest00482-0014.pdf [10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19723558 [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5394735/ [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24176004 [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24176004# [14] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17379343/ [15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24739093 [16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24739093 [17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17291990/
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What is Emotional Eating?

If you’ve experienced coming home from a stressful day at work and turning to food as a way to cope, you are not alone. For some, certain foods can evoke a sense of comfort, but when your body is getting mixed messages, such as being fed when it’s not physically hungry, this can lead to a pattern that can thwart your healthy eating intentions and weight loss goals. If you identify with this scenario, chances are you’ve experienced emotional eating—eating for other reasons than physical hunger.   Emotional eating isn’t really about food. It is a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, including anger, anxiety, boredom, fear, loneliness, and sadness.1 Daily stresses may lead to emotional eating, but so can major life events, so self-awareness is very important during any stressful scenario, whether it be spilling a carton of milk all over the kitchen floor or dropping your child off at college. Is Emotional Eating Harmful? As you can imagine, using food as a coping mechanism long-term is not a healthy strategy to manage stress and other negative emotions; it doesn’t address the real emotional need and it can lead to unwanted extra calories, as it can be almost automatic to gravitate toward the quick, high-calorie foods when in distress.2 These types of foods usually lack nutritional value, and it can be easy to consume a significant number of calories in a short period of time. Repeating this type of behavior often may lead to weight gain which could increase the risk of other serious health problems, such as diabetes, fatigue, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.3 How to Identify Emotional Eating You may not realize you’re an emotional eater, but there are clues to help you figure out whether you may be turning to food for comfort. One of the signs of emotional eating is eating until you’re uncomfortably full.4 Although overeating happens sometimes, doing this regularly may suggest that you are eating for a reason other than hunger.   Another indication of emotional eating is if you’re not sure why you’re gaining weight.4 While it can be easy to assume that you need to hit the gym more often—you should also consider your emotional state and whether it’s affecting the way you eat. Tips to Identify Emotional Eating If you think you may tend to eat due to emotion rather than hunger, there are alternative, healthy ways to help manage your feelings. And please talk to your healthcare professional if you are experiencing eating issues that you think are tied to your emotions and you or your loved ones have concerns. Monitor Your Thoughts & Feelings Start by actively paying more attention to your thoughts and feelings. If you’re tempted to reach for a pint of ice cream whenever you’re feeling stressed or anxious, take a minute to internalize your true feelings. Is it hunger that is making you reach for the food, or is something else bothering you? Try listing out your feelings and emotions on paper. A lack of awareness may contribute to emotional eating5, but understanding your feelings and thoughts may help you learn how to cope with them. Keeping a food journal may also help you spot patterns in your mood and eating habits.   Once you identify how you’re feeling and what situations may trigger stress, you can try and change your response. If the stressor is something you are having trouble alleviating and you think it’s impacting your health and well-being, please see a trained health professional who can help support. Take A Pause It may also help to pause when you feel the urge to eat during a stressful or emotional situation. During this time, you can check in with your feelings and body to determine if you’re hungry or whether you’re tempted to eat for another reason.   If you find that you’re eating in response to stress, try to incorporate stress management techniques like yoga or meditation. If boredom is the cause, distract yourself with something healthier. A few ideas include watching a movie, taking a walk, or calling a friend.   No matter the cause, it can be helpful to remove temptation from your pantry. Swap chips for crunchy veggies in your fridge, replace ice cream with fresh berries for a sweet treat.    Although it may seem like a difficult task, you can work to edit your emotional eating habits. You may experience setbacks on your journey, but don’t give up—learn from them and focus on the positive changes you’re making in your life!   If you are interested in learning more about Jenny Craig, book your free appointment and get started today!     Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20047342 [2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20047342 [3] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/health-risks-overweight [4] https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/emotional-eating#1 [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3907771/
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8 Simple Ways to Sharpen Your Memory

Before I sat down to write this article, I searched high and low for my glasses, looking in every imaginable drawer, upturning couch cushions, even taking a furtive peek in the refrigerator. Well, it turns out my readers were perched smack-dab on top of my head, as my kids were all too happy to point out. And I have zero recollection of how they got there.   Granted, I am in the middle of moving, and as anyone who has been through such an aggravating experience can attest, stress can cause a fair amount of distraction, perhaps even a lapse in memory.1 But is there anything you can do, beyond managing your stress, to help improve your memory? Turns out there is.   Read on for eight ways to keep your memory sharp—and your glasses, your keys and the remote control where they should be. 1. Follow your circadian rhythm. Not only does eating according to your circadian rhythm—the body’s natural 24-hour cycle that follows light and darkness—assist with weight loss2, it also can improve many aspects of your health, affecting hormone release, digestion, depression and more.3   In addition, research4 suggests that the circadian system has a “pronounced influence” on memory and learning. Researchers also have found a link between disturbances in circadian rhythm and Alzheimer’s disease, although they note that they are unsure whether disrupted rhythms increase the risk of the disease, or if the disease itself causes disrupted rhythms.5   So do as your ancestors did: Rise (and eat) with the sun, sleep when it’s dark and avoid late-night snacking … not only will your waistline and your overall health thank you, but so may your memory. 2. Go for a walk. In a study6 of older women with probable mild cognitive impairment, aerobic exercise improved spatial memory and significantly increased the volume of the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in memory and learning. A few simple ways to sneak more cardio into your day: take a walk on your lunch break, choose the stairs instead of the elevator or park at the back of the lot when running errands. 3. Eat your spinach. Research7 suggests that folic acid, (the synthetic version of folate, which is a naturally-occurring B vitamin found in dark leafy green vegetables), may improve cognitive function such as memory and thinking skills. You can find folic acid in supplement form, or if you want to go the natural way, some of the best food sources of folate include spinach, asparagus and Brussels sprouts.8 Compliment your next lunch with a side salad made with spinach or add grilled asparagus to your next meal for an extra crunch! 4. Don’t forget the berries! Evidence9 suggests that flavonoids, a group of compounds found in many plant-based foods, may help improve memory impairment. An extensive study10 of approximately 124,000 people, conducted over 24 years, also suggests that they could help with weight maintenance. Berries, grapes, broccoli, citrus and legumes are good sources; so are teas, particularly white and green.11 5. Get enough vitamin D. Researchers suggest that increased levels of the “sunshine vitamin” may help improve memory, although they say more research is needed.12 Some good food sources include seafood such as tuna, vitamin D-fortified milk, yogurt, and eggs.13   6. Don’t Be Afraid to Giggle. That’s right: Find something to laugh at. Not only does it make you (and others) feel good, but having a good belly laugh can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol.14 That, in turn, can improve your short-term memory, researchers have found.15 7. Meditate. In a study16 of college students, researchers found that just two weeks of mindfulness training, such as meditation, significantly enhanced working memory. Reading ability and the ability to focus on tasks also improved after meditation. 8. Don’t Skimp on Rest. Research abounds on the importance of sleep to your memory—more than a century’s worth, in fact. According to the American Physiological Society17, sleep is a brain state that optimizes the consolidation of memories. What’s more, sleep—specifically napping—can be especially good for the adolescent mind, improving so-called verbal declarative memory, a recent study found.18   As frustrating as memory lapses can be, keep in mind that they’re common among all ages and all types of people. And, by following the tips here, you’re making good progress toward keeping your mind sharp and your memory in top form.   Want more information on how eating according to your circadian rhythm can help you work towards your weight loss? Book your free appointment and start your journey today.     Sources: [1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/7-common-causes-of-forgetfulness-201302225923 [2] https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/389596946/circadian-surprise-how-our-body-clocks-help-shape-our-waistlines [3] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4385793/ [5] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180129150033.htm [6] http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/03/04/bjsports-2013-093184 [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29936555 [8] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/ [9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29892789 [10] https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/high-flavonoid-foods-like-berries-and-apples-prevent-weight-gain/ [11] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids [12] http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/linuspaulinginstitute/2016/07/27/questions-vitamin-d/ [13] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/ [14] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407114617.htm [15] https://lluh.org/patients-visitors/health-wellness/live-it/online-health-show/episode-5-laughter-and-memory [16] http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2013/013489/mindfulness-improves-reading-ability-working-memory-and-task-focus-say-uc-santa-barbara [17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768102/ [18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29929055
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4 Natural Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and 1 in 4 of them don't even know it.1 Though researchers are still working to gain a full understanding of Type 2 diabetes, certain factors are known to increase one’s risk of developing this potentially harmful condition. Some of these factors are out of your control, like your family history, age and where you carry extra weight,2 but some factors you may be able to control by changing some lifestyle behaviors.   The primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes is obesity—something that can be controlled with education and the right support system.3 The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin, the hormone that helps your body absorb and utilize sugar.2 With insulin resistance, sugar builds up in the bloodstream, ultimately wreaking havoc on all your body’s systems.2 So what can you do about it? Here are four natural ways to potentially reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 1. Eat Well  You likely already know that a healthy, balanced diet is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. And, as it turns out, the nutritional guidelines4 for people with a high risk of developing or currently living with Type 2 diabetes include recommendations that basically benefit everyone. So what’s the secret for healthy eating?   The American Diabetes Association recommends the majority of an individual’s carbohydrate intake should come from vegetables, whole grains, fruits, legumes and dairy products.3 Trans and saturated fats should be limited or avoided, while good fats (found in foods like olive oil and nuts) can be enjoyed in small amounts.3 In addition, added sugars should be limited, and an individual’s sodium intake should fall under 2300 mg per day.3   All of Jenny Craig’s menus, including our Type 2 diabetes menu, follow expert guidelines and are also suitable for those with Type 1 diabetes and pre-diabetes. 2. Move More Keeping active is another component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle—regular exercise can help lower blood pressure, control your weight, tone your muscles, prevent bone loss, and improve your mood—to list a few of the benefits.5 But did you know: staying active could also help lower your blood glucose levels?6 When your muscles contract during physical activity, your cells can more efficiently absorb glucose and use it for energy—with benefits that can last up to 24 hours following each period of activity.7 3. Stress Less You may associate stress with an increased heart rate, so it feels like exercise—but it’s actually having the opposite effect on your body. When your brain signals stress, your body reacts by releasing the hormone cortisol into the bloodstream.8 A holdover from our caveman days, cortisol is released during a “fight-or-flight” situation—and can slow other systems that aren’t needed during a crisis—including digestion.9 What’s more, cortisol can provide the body with glucose, which may lead to increased blood sugar levels over time.10 By finding ways to de-stress, you may be able to decrease your cortisol levels, potentially reducing your risk for developing diabetes. 4. Catch More Z’s and Follow Your Rhythm Researchers around the world have long understood that lack of sleep can contribute to poor nutritional choices—which may, in turn, lead to weight gain.11 But recent studies have uncovered even more information: lack of sleep may disrupt your natural circadian rhythm, also known as your body’s internal clock, which can cause further health consequences, including a potential risk for developing diabetes.12   A recent study13 found that sleep disruption from rotating shifts, overnight work, artificial light and erratic eating patterns can affect our body’s internal clock mechanisms—and ultimately have an adverse effect on the way our bodies metabolize blood glucose. Further aggravation was caused by inconsistent bedtimes and eating just before bed—contributing to obesity, increased insulin resistance, reduction in lean muscle mass and a higher concentration of body fat.13   So how can you follow your natural rhythm? Start by trying to integrate a daylight nutrition strategy into your routine. Focus on eating during a 12-hour time period (for example, from 7a.m. – 7 p.m.) followed by a 12-hour break from the consumption of food or caloric beverages (this time includes sleep). During this rest period, your body has time to rejuvenate and “clean house”—repairing and regenerating cells so your body can optimally function the next day.14 Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, incorporates this science-based daylight nutrition strategy.   For more information on how to lose weight and potentially reduce your risk for diabetes, book your free appointment today.     Sources: [1] https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/quick-facts.html [2] https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/library/takechargeofyourdiabetes.pdf [3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193 [4] http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2013/american-diabetes-association-releases-nutritional-guidelines.html [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/ [6] http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/get-started-safely/blood-glucose-control-and-exercise.html [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3587394/ [8] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037 [9] https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/cortisol [10] http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/111609p38.shtml [11] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198 [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5142605/ [13] https://www.endocrineweb.com/professional/diabetes-complications/circadian-rhythm-disruptions-may-alter-sleep-propelling-some-peo [14] http://community.jennycraig.com/perfect-portion-blog/jenny-craig-news/circadian-rhythm-weight-loss-does-it-work-r191/
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Tips for Showcasing Your Simple Inspirations Recipe Creation

If you’ve dreamed up a way to make your Jenny Craig meal even more delectable, we want you to share your creation! Read on for tips to submit your recipe for a chance to win $2,500* plus other Jenny Craig goodies and potentially have your dish shared in our Simple Inspirations Recipe Book!   We’re excited to announce the fourth anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can choose from more than a hundred Jenny Craig menu items and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions or Limited Foods to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan.   Think you’re our next culinary master? Before you enter the contest, read these tips to get ahead of the game and submit your best piece of work. Bon Appétit! 1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Do you have an idea to transform your  Turkey Burger with unique fixings? Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan. For example, what kind of burger toppings are you including in your recipe? If you’re making veggies from our Fresh and Free Additions list—the more, the better! (Make sure they’re grilled or baked) And just ensure your added foods are Jenny Craig-friendly! 2. Choose Your Category. Is your dish best served in the morning or later in the day? There are four categories to choose from:   Breakfast Entrees Snacks and Desserts Fresh & Free Additions – (Jenny Craig Meal Not Required) You don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need to use foods from the list of Limited Free Foods and Fresh and Free Additions. 3. Photograph Your Food from its Best Side. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when snapping a pic. A few photos tips: Take multiple shots at different angles—the more, the better! Take shots from above and from the side. Use natural lighting as much as possible and avoid using a flash. Don’t worry too much about the background—your food is the star! Try to use clean and simple dishware to showcase your delicious creation.   4. Record Every Ingredient & Every Step. Start by listing out each ingredient used in your recipe (even your Jenny Craig menu item) along with the specific measurement. Then, outline your cooking instructions, including cook times. 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? Did you use yellow mustard or Dijon?  The taste and calories of your dish depend on your specifications. 7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes? 8.  When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each ingredient, did you chop, slice or dice? Want the quick tour on each term? We love this simple guide to different cooking terms. 9. Outline your steps in order. Is there a method to your madness? Let us know each prep and cooking step in chronological order so we can follow along! Pro tip: be specific when in doubt. Record any and every step you take to ensure we can recreate your dish perfectly! 10. Have fun naming your creation! Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat! Examples we love from our 2017 contest include: Very Berry Barscotti Parfait, Shake It Up S’More, Chicken “Zoodle” Soup.   Here’s an example recipe submission: Very Berry Barscotti Parfait Submitted by Jamie B. from Knoxville, Tennessee     Ingredients Jenny Craig Cranberry Almond Barscotti, crushed ½ cup frozen cherry berry fruit blend 6 oz. nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt Non-stick cooking spray   Directions Turn stove on medium-low heat and spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Cook frozen fruit over medium-low heat, until fruit softens and releases their juice, about 15 minutes— or to desired thickness. Remove skillet from heat and let cool. Layer crushed Barscotti bar in bottom of bowl, reserving 2 Tbsp of bar mixture for top of parfait. Spread vanilla yogurt evenly over Barscotti crumbs. Top yogurt with cooked fruit mixture and reserved Barscotti crumbs. Enjoy! When filling out your submission, remember to: 11. 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 seven steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field. 12. 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. 13. 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 until golden brown”.   Looking for inspiration? Check out one of last year’s winning recipes. We can’t wait to taste your creation — good luck!   *Open to legal residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), 21 + who are members with a non-expired Jenny Craig program as of 7/9/18. Contest open 7:00 a.m. PT on 7/9/18 to 11:59 p.m. PT on 7/27/18. Void where prohibited. Prizes awarded on or before 10/31/18: 8 Winners receive $2,500 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.) Sponsored by JC USA. 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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