Board member, Augie Nieto has been living with ALS for over 11 years and in October, we worked with his organization, Augie’s Quest to raise money for ALS research. We not only wanted to support Augie’s cause, but also honor VP of Operations Lauren Witsenburg who passed away in 2013, and our Jenny Craig employees and community members who have shared their experiences regarding ALS. Each Jenny Craig center and the corporate office set a donation goal, and we’re thrilled to report that we were able to raise over $75,000 to Augie’s Quest. All donations directly fund the ALS Development Institute, whose sole focus is finding a cure for ALS.
ALS, which is the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, which leads to muscle weakness and eventual loss in control of muscle movement.
Augie is also the subject of a documentary, titled “Augie.” Filmed by “Walk the Line” director James Keach, “Augie” follows Augie and his wife, Lynne, as they discuss living with ALS and fight to find a cure. With “Augie” having a successful run in the 2017 film festival circuit and set to premiere in theaters 2018, we are empowered to continue focusing on causes that are near and dear to our community. To find out more about ALS and ways to get involved, visit Augie’s Quest’s official website.
ALS is a cause that is near and dear to the Jenny Craig Family. We are partnering with Augie’s Quest to ‘CURE ALS this October 2017’ by funding ALS research to bring us closer to effective treatments and eventually a cure. YOU can make a difference. We're sharing two employees' experiences in caring for a loved one with ALS. To donate to ALS, please visit here.
By: Heidi R., Jenny Craig Director of North America Sales Center
My mom was diagnosed with ALS on March 15th, 2016.
I knew so little about this disease, only that it was a death sentence. The best advice I received early on was “become an expert on this and stay one step ahead of it." And so I did. I learned that most of the medical community knows very little about this disease because only about 6,500 people a year are diagnosed.
I found that society knew nothing of this disease except for a celebrity-endorsed ice bucket challenge. So many people all over social media dumped freezing cold water on themselves and donated money, but still didn't really know what it was.
ALS destroys the body's muscles and leaves the brain perfectly intact, fully functional. As her body slowly died, my mom told me she felt her nerves ‘popping’, her muscles ‘burning’ and it was very painful. Her neurologist told her that unfortunately, this was ALS running its course. This pain continued and worsened every day.
Within 3 months of diagnosis, she lost her voice and we only talked through texting after that. By month 6, she lost her ability to swallow any food and had a feeding tube surgically implanted into her stomach. Her hands became so weak that every day, I would grind up her medications and food and then feed her through a tube. I did this before work, when I ran home for lunch and every night for dinner. I helped her go to the bathroom, take a shower, everything. She was so embarrassed. According to the state, she wasn’t ‘bad enough yet’ so she didn’t qualify for any type of home care. (How bad did it have to get?!?!) I did this every day, every weekend, I rarely left my house. Meanwhile, I still had a family of my own to care for and provide for financially and emotionally. I came to work every day, no one really knowing I was running on fumes. Doing all of this was the most difficult thing I had ever done.
My mom never let ALS get her down, I never talked to her like she was dying. Together, we fought through red tape and ignorance to get her the support she needed.
In April 2017 her diaphragm started to fail and on April 9th, my mother lost her battle with ALS. She passed at home with me by her side, from beginning to end. I was her voice, her strength, her daughter.
She survived 13 months from diagnosis.
In all, I have learned that ALS isn’t an untreatable or even an incurable disease, it’s just an unknown one and therefore, an underfunded one. I will forever be a warrior fighting the front lines for a cure on behalf of my sweet mother, Linda and the 1,000’s of others fighting this fight.
The money we raise as a company, will fund research for ALS that will eventually lead to a treatment and possibly save someone’s mom, dad, husband, wife or child and I am all in for that.
To donate to ALS, please visit here.
By Alan Blake, Jenny Craig JDE Consultant:
In October 2012, we were sitting in the exam room at our neurologist's office as he finished the EMG (Electromyogram) test that measures how well the nerves conduct electrical signals. He was kind, but very straightforward, there was little doubt that my wife Patty had ALS. The words were chilling. He left us alone for awhile. We had been on this journey for about 18 months already as Patty had gone through test after test to try and figure out why she was tripping and falling and why her legs were getting weaker. Other diagnoses had been made and other therapies had been tried, but to no avail. In that exam room, we hugged and we cried and I think I said that somehow we will get through this together. What we did not say, but it was in both of our minds, was that we knew this was a death sentence.
Our road ahead was difficult both from her aspect as the person with ALS and from my role as caregiver. Patty passed away in May of 2016 but in those four years, we both changed as individuals. After 38 years of marriage, we became closer than ever and we depended on each other more than ever. A very important part of Patty's coping ability was her gift of writing. She started writing a blog in early 2012 before diagnosis and continued up until about two weeks before she died. In August of 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge took place and Patty wrote about her feelings in this blog entry: http://alsn.mda.org/blogs/buckets-hope
She finished the entry with this uplifting passage, “Today I feel drenched in buckets of hope. Hope that ALS will someday be just a chapter in history.” <br>
We were impressed by all the entries for our third annual Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where Jenny Craig members created fun dishes to tantalize our taste buds and demonstrated what’s possible with a little inspiration, creativity and Fresh & Free Additions. Recipes were submitted for the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks & Sides, Desserts & Shakes, and Fresh & Free Additions.
Here is a sneak peek at the winning recipes in each of the categories, as well as a few special categories we added on. The full recipes will be available soon in our upcoming e-book that will be featured on our website!
This Very Berry Barscotti Parfait submitted by Jamie B. combines sweet cherries with a crunch using our Barscotti with Cranberries and Almonds. It’s smoothed out with nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt, which adds another sweet and protein-packed punch. Not only do you get a delicious texture from all the ingredients, but you also get a crumble from the bar and the bite from the cooked cherries. It’s also gorgeous to look at with its deep red syrup and layers of flavor.
Lunch & Dinner
Cooking a Jenny Craig entrée into two different dishes was a clever way to go for our Lunch & Dinner category. Maria R. created a Chicken Zoodle Soup using our Chicken Pot Pie. She removed the crust and heated up the filling in combination with chicken broth and zucchini noodles to create a warm, hearty meal. She then took it a step further, using the crust for an Apple Tart! With a bit of apricot preserves, cinnamon and apples, she baked up the perfect ending to a delightful lunch or dinner, and showed anything is possible with one Jenny Craig entrée!
Snacks & Sides
Nothing gets our mouth watering like crunchy snacks, and these Snappy Ranch Rings created by Robin W. had us savoring this snack down till the very last bite! These Snappy Ranch Rings replace your typical fried onion rings with Ranch Snaps for a crunchy, flavorful coating that works perfectly when baking these onion rings in the oven.
Desserts & Shakes
Chocolate on its own is already a treat, but Cheryl B. created this Velvety Chocolate S'Mores Shake that had us feeling like we were indulging on a decadently delicious dessert. Not only does this shake combine our S’mores Bar and Vanilla Dream Shake, but it also has two surprising elements: A can of diet cream soda and frozen riced cauliflower. The cauliflower provides a velvety texture without as much sugar as a banana would!
Fresh & Free Additions
This Tasty Mediterranean Veggie Tomato Soup recipe created by Shelley B. is a savory starter and takes only minutes to prep and cook, thanks to sautéing vegetables like yellow squash, peppers, mushrooms and zucchini and adding it to our Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup.
We had our very own Jenny Craig employees participate as well and found two recipes we couldn’t get enough of! Sherry S. took our Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup to create a Cajun Style Gumbo (pictured below) bolstered with okra, peppers, onions and Cajun seasoning for a warm, spicy bowl of flavor. Olivia V. surprised us with her Breakfast Burrito Bowl, where she takes our Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito and, with the help of a tortilla pan, creates a shell that holds the filling along with some spinach and delicious salsa.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and with food pictures being all the rage on social media, we wanted to award someone for appearance and making our mouths drool. Daphne L. submitted her recipe for a Salisbury S hepard Pie in our Lunch & Dinner category. We were drawn to all the colors of this dish that included Salisbury Steak, mixed vegetables, rosemary, and garlic, followed by a fluffy layer of mashed cauliflower and potato, and then sprinkled with crushed Cheddar Cheese Crisps to top it off!
No Thanks to Cake Choice
This was a bonus winner, picked by one of our blogger’s No Thanks To Cake. Jessica H. submitted the Game Day Trio for the Lunch & Dinner category. Jessica took our Loaded Baked Potato and transformed it into bacon-cheddar potato balls and a stuffed potato with spinach and artichoke, plus baked some cauliflower with a red pepper hot sauce that she blended herself!
Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered! Keep an eye out for our Simple Inspirations Recipe book to be released later this year. In additional to including these delicious winning recipes, we’re also including all types of tasty ideas to inspire your Jenny Craig creations year round.
We know choosing the right weight loss program is hard. We also understand not all plans are created equal—some focus solely on food, such as eliminating food groups or focusing on calories, while others emphasize finding activities, such as physical activity or meetings to hone in on other aspects of well-being.
Jenny Craig offers a more complete, personalized plan to fit your unique needs with the dedicated support of a consultant and delicious food. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all cleanse or crash diet filled with dehydrated food. Before learning more about Jenny Craig, you may have heard of another program that focuses on using real food in a similar manner: Nutrisystem. Let’s learn about both programs, and find out what the key differences are between both companies.
Nutrisystem does not focus on counting calories or eliminating carbs—instead, it also focuses on offering high-fiber, lean protein food options to help fuel your body for the day’s activities. All of their menu items also contain no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors, as well as zero trans fat.
Nutrisystem offers various 4-week plans, where you’ll eat 4-5 times a day. During your first week on Nutrisystem, you’ll eat 6 times a day. You’ll eat meals, bars and shakes from the program’s Turbo Takeoff box. Your second week, you’ll continue eating Nutrisystem foods while incorporating vegetables and fruits. You’ll also have a flex option, where you can dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, or use a Nutrisystem recipe as a flex meal. Your meal options do depend on which plan you decide to go with, so you may experience limited choices.
Depending on your plan, you would log in your measurements and weight online through the website or an app, as well as receive access to dietitians and counselors.
Jenny Craig is built on a three-part process that focuses on giving you the support you need, delicious food you’ll love, so you get the results you want. While some weight loss programs provide food and some programs provide coaches, not many provide both. Jenny Craig is a complete program that provides everything you need to succeed.
Every single member is provided with a consultant, who is included with every membership. It’s the key difference between Jenny Craig and other food-based programs.
You meet with your consultant once a week, to do weigh-ins and discuss your plan for the week. They provide you with personalized support and skills to help you develop healthier habits and a healthy relationship with food. The menu is a guide to help you easily make the right choices each day.
Our weight loss consultants have gone through rigorous training, which focuses on active listening, motivation-based counseling, and education on nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral strategies for weight loss and lifestyle change. This education is essential for equipping Jenny Craig members with information so it can help sustain their healthy lifestyle.
The second part of our program is our food. We offer delicious food, so there is no chopping, meal prep or measuring required so you can make healthy choices easily. The food is crafted by chefs and nutritionists for superior taste in flavors you’ll love, like Chicken Fettucine, Margherita Pizza, and Beef Merlot. And then there’s dessert—yes, dessert!—with options like Chocolate Lava Cake, Apple Crisp and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake!
Our consultants create a menu featuring items that you will love to enjoy six times a day. The menu also includes fruits and vegetables for variety from our Fresh & Free Additions list. This includes non-starchy, high-fiber fruits and vegetables that can help you stay fuller longer.
How the Jenny Craig program works
The details: <br>
You get to eat often—six times per day. Three meals and two snacks are included in our delicious menu , and you supply one healthy snack.
No food groups are eliminated. The name of the game here is a balance of carbs, protein and fat. You also add in fresh vegetables, side salads, fruits and dairy for additional balance.
No calorie counting! No counting of calories or macro tracking.
The food and menus are developed by chefs and nutritionists.
The goal isn't to keep you on Jenny Craig food permanently—it's a tool to help you reach your weight loss goal. You are encouraged during the weight loss part of the program to follow the plan to obtain the best results, but as you approach your goal, you are encouraged to start eating more of your own foods, or meals on your own. Your consultant will work with you on healthy meal planning and food preparation, as well as strategies for dining out and managing social situations. The goal is to develop a healthy, sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle you can live with.
The Jenny Craig program is proven and recognized by top news outlets and medical journals. US News and World Report ranked Jenny Craig as a top diet overall for weight loss for 7 years and counting. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) also backed Jenny Craig's value, citing that the program resulted in greater weight loss, compared to usual care1. The Annals of Internal Medicine also identified Jenny Craig as one of the most effective weight-loss programs2.
We’re very proud of our accolades, but that’s only one part of our success. When someone is looking for recommendations regarding weight loss programs, oftentimes it’s hearing from people who have been successful on that program that brings us together. Here is one from our success story, Sloane:
“Most diets give you a lot of margin for error. Measure this, count these, keep track of that, which I found put too much initial control in my hands. Knowing my meals were planned gave me the confidence and security to continue.”
You can learn about other members’ success by listening to their Success Stories, or visit one of our local neighborhood Jenny Craig centers near you to find out how the amazing combination of personalized support and food can help you reach your goals.
1Rock CL, Flatt SW, Karanja N, et al. JAMA. 2010;304(16):1803-1811
2Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. Ef cacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238
We’re so excited to be kicking off the New Year with some new and tantalizing entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Here’s the scoop on these delicious chef-crafted foods and why you’re going to love them.
New York Sesame Bagel
Made in the heart of New York! Kickstart your morning with a multi-grain bagel topped with sesame seeds, making it an energizing meal to start the day.
“The best bagels are made in the heart of New York, and ours is too,” says Director of Brand and Product, Lindsay Ostenson. “On busy days, you can top it with cream cheese as you run out the door with your coffee. On weekends, I like to toast it and top it with some avocado, tomatoes, arugula and cracked black pepper for a delicious avocado toast.”
Ham & Swiss Baguette
A warm baguette roll filled with sliced Black Forest ham, melted Swiss cheese and balanced with a creamy spread.
“If I have one weakness, it’s fresh French bread and that’s why I love our new baguette sandwich,” Ostenson said. “Fresh French bread with thinly sliced ham and a cheesy spread. I add cucumbers and sprouts to mine and imagine I’m strolling through the streets of Paris!” <br>
Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowl
Savory shredded pork carnitas are served over brown rice and topped with a salsa blend of diced tomato, onions and roasted poblano pepper. This bowl is a delicious medley of southwest style flavor with a mild kick!
“South of the border carnitas is popping up on menus everywhere,” Ostenson said. “Our new carnitas bowl captures that authentic taste with poblanos, tomatoes and onions atop brown rice. I like to add extra sautéed peppers, pico de gallo and a jalapeno for some spice!” <br>