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  3. Blanched Asparagus and Mushroom Dijon Salad This dish is one delicious way to add more healthy produce to your day. Asparagus and mushrooms are packed with antioxidants and nutrients to help support your health. Plus, these veggies pair extremely well together. This recipe can be flexible, based on how much time you have in the kitchen. Chop the asparagus spears into smaller pieces, or to save some time, leave the asparagus uncut: Simply toss the dressing with the mushrooms and spread everything over the spears. Ingredients: 5­-10 asparagus spears, chopped ½ cup chopped baby portabella mushrooms ½ small lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon) ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard Salt and pepper Instructions: Blanch asparagus in boiling water until al dente, about 5 minutes. (Or, use a microwave: Place the asparagus on a plate with some water and cook on high for 2–3 minutes.) Immediately after cooking, submerge the asparagus in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and place in a single-serving salad bowl with the mushrooms. Whisk the lemon juice and mustard together and pour over veggies. Toss until vegetables are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Red, White and Orange Watercress Salad This is one colorful salad! Containing vitamins A, K and calcium, watercress is an incredibly nutrient-dense vegetable.2 And the other ingredients are just as good for you: Radishes are a solid source of vitamin C, carrots contain plenty of vitamin A, and mandarin oranges have a low glycemic index to help keep your blood sugar stable.3,4,5 (If you’re a Jenny Craig member, two small mandarin oranges count as one fruit serving.) Ingredients: 1 cup watercress 2-3 radishes, sliced 1 carrot, sliced into thin rounds or matchsticks 1 mandarin orange, cut in half 1 teaspoon olive oil Pepper Instructions: Place watercress, radishes and carrot in a single-serving salad bowl. Juice one half of the orange into a separate small bowl and set aside. Peel the other orange half, slice and place in the bowl with the other veggies. Whisk orange juice with the olive oil, then pour over veggies. Toss until the vegetables are coated. Add pepper to taste. Green Beans and Bell Peppers with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette Whip up this dish when you’re in the mood for something a little spicy that is low in calories but high in nutrients. Not only does 1 cup of raw green beans contain almost 2 grams of protein, but this vegetable is also packed with fiber — 4 grams in just 1 cooked cup.6 Bell peppers are full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and potassium.7 The vinaigrette adds a kick, and it may also support your weight loss efforts — research indicates that the capsaicin found in peppers and hot sauce may help reduce appetite and slightly boost metabolism.8 Ingredients: 5-10 green beans, trimmed ½ cup diced red and orange bell peppers 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Cholula 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice Instructions: Blanch green beans in boiling water until al dente, about 5 minutes. (Or, use a microwave: Place the green beans on a plate with some water and cook on high for 2–3 minutes.) Immediately after cooking, submerge the beans in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain green beans and chop into bite-size pieces about 1 inch long. Place green beans and diced peppers in a single-serving salad bowl. Whisk the hot sauce, olive oil and lime juice together and pour over veggies. Toss until vegetables are evenly coated. We hope these simple recipes help you change up your typical salad routine. Give them a try and let us know what you think in the comments below! Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983 [2] https://bit.ly/2LmVCfl [3] https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/the-benefits-of-radishes#1 [4] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/carrots [5] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311220.php [6] https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/green-beans - heart-health [7] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/bell-peppers - vitamins-and-minerals [8] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666312001717?via=ihub Nicki Miller Nicki is a journalist with expertise in healthy eating and exercise. The former editor in chief of Competitor Running and managing editor of Women's Running magazines, she writes articles and designs recipes for a variety of websites and publications. She also loves cycling and making music and is wild about cats, dogs and other animals. Favorite healthy snack: anything with nut butter! Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified personal trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, Calif. She is passionate about using food as functional and preventive medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
  4. Progress is an awesome thing. When you KNOW you are doing the little things every day that ADD UP to big results, this is motivation! When the data on the scale doesn't want to reflect what you feel you're putting in, have faith in what you KNOW you are doing everyday. I'm SO EXCITED to be nearing my 1st JC goal. I set my weight loss goal at 80 lbs because I knew this was attainable. I knew I could do this. It has not been easy. There have been good days and bad days, challenges, and victories... it's ALL part of the journey. & the journey CONTINUES. There's no end once I reach a certain number on the scale. This journey is called a healthy lifestyle. It's one we should take pride in every day. Living healthfully and loving ourselves everyday. Showing ourselves grace, kindness, and most of all love. A healthy weight, a healthy lifestyle, healthy choices - including self-control - this is SELF LOVE. So friends, please remember, to love yourself first! Be proud of the progress you are making. Be proud of the little steps in the right direction. YOU GOT THIS!!!
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    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    We create our menus to make sure we are appealing to the taste of many. We keep our menus fresh and full of variety so our clients don't ever get bored. Indian meals are a great idea! Thank you for that suggestion, we'll make sure to pass that along to our food team!
  7. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    Hi Ashley! It's still on the menu! Your center should be in stock soon!
  8. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Amy R. Made Self-Care a Priority and Lost 40 lbs.*

    My weight was never an issue until high school. I remember gaining weight and wanting to lose 20 pounds. As I got older and had children, those 20 pounds became 30 pounds. As a single mother with little time for myself, my own needs were never my priority. 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I counted points, avoided carbohydrates and even used weight loss pills. I was unhappy with the way I looked and felt. I was uncomfortable in my clothing and wore layers to cover up my figure. Carrying around the extra weight left me feeling tired with little energy for the things I needed to do. Constantly thinking about wanting to lose weight made me feel irritable and less confident. In February of 2017, I hit a low point in my life. My role at the company where I had worked for 15 years ended, and I was out of a job. This event, combined with my negative self-image, helped me realize that I needed to make positive changes in my life. I decided to join Jenny Craig and it changed my life! At Jenny Craig, I had a menu plan that was easy to follow, nutritionally balanced, and taught me portion control. I learned it was important to drink lots of water and to eat everything on my menu plan to fill up on the right foods and still lose weight. I was also paired with a Jenny Craig consultant who personalized my weight loss experience. She has been my partner through this entire transformation and has become a friend, coach, and therapist all in one. A weight loss journey is very private and having a knowledgeable professional to speak with weekly, one-on-one, was critical to my success. I successfully lost 40 lbs.* on the Jenny Craig Program, and I feel fantastic! I truly believe that I now look and feel better than I’ve ever felt before. Losing weight gave me the confidence I needed, which led to many significant life changes for me. I landed an amazing new job and I am in a new relationship! I also think I’ve been a better mother because I lead by example, show what hard work can do, and celebrate the changes it can bring about. Shopping is now one of my favorite activities. I also enjoy taking spin classes and working out at the gym to stay fit. One weight loss tip that I want to share is to believe in yourself! Find the right program, surround yourself with support and think positively! I did it and you can do it, too! Click here to read Amy’s full story on Family Circle. Feeling inspired by Amy’s success? Ready to start making healthy changes in your life? rel="external">Your journey is just one click away! *Weight loss on Classic Program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Received promotional consideration.
  9. Carole Anderson Lucia

    What's the Difference Between HDL and LDL Cholesterol?

    What is cholesterol? Although it tends to get a bad rap, cholesterol is actually a necessary compound, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),1 as it is used to make important substances in your body, including bile acids, hormones and vitamin D. A fat-like, waxy substance, cholesterol is produced in your liver and then carried throughout your body via your bloodstream.1,2 It is transported by substances called lipoproteins.1 Good vs. bad cholesterol There are two types of cholesterol: LDL, or low-density lipoprotein; and HDL, or high-density lipoprotein. LDL makes up the majority of your cholesterol and is often referred to as the “bad” type because it transports cholesterol to tissues throughout your body, including the arteries.1 Having too much LDL can cause cholesterol to build up in the walls of your arteries; this, in turn, increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.1,3 HDL is considered the “good” type of cholesterol because it transports cholesterol away from the tissues to the liver, where it is broken down and then removed from your body.3 According to the American Heart Association, having too much LDL or too little HDL can cause cholesterol to build up in your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.2 What causes unhealthy levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol? According to Harvard Health,5 there are several factors that can contribute to having low levels of HDL cholesterol. Your genetics play a part by helping to dictate how much HDL your body produces, but other – often controllable – factors also contribute, including the following: Being overweight or obese Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and sugar Not being physically active Smoking In addition to lowering your HDL cholesterol, smoking can increase your LDL cholesterol; so can eating large amounts of saturated and trans fats. Genetics can play a role here, too, as can age, since your liver becomes less efficient at removing LDL cholesterol as you grow older, the NHLBI reports.5 How to tell if your HDL and LDL cholesterol are in the healthy range Your cholesterol levels are determined by blood tests called lipid panels. While your age, risk factors and family history will help your doctor determine how often you should be tested, the National Institutes of Health recommends the following as a general guideline for people aged 20 and older:6 Men between the ages of 45 and 65 should be tested every one to two years Women between the ages of 55 and 65 should be tested every one to two years Younger adults should be tested every five years What are normal HDL and LDL levels? According to the NHLBI, healthy, normal cholesterol levels differ according to your age and sex:5 For men aged 20 or older: Your total cholesterol should be 125-200 mg/dL, your LDL should be less than 100 and your HDL should be 40 or higher For women aged 20 or older: Your total cholesterol should be 125-200 mg/dL, your LDL should be less than 100 and your HDL should be 50 or higher How to improve your cholesterol levels If your cholesterol levels could use some improvement, the NIH recommends the following strategies:7 Limit the amounts of saturated and trans fats you eat. Both of these fats increase your LDL levels.8 Choose a variety of healthy foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Consider losing weight if you are overweight. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can help lower your LDL levels; this is particularly important if you have metabolic syndrome. Get regular exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes on most days. Manage your stress. Chronic stress has been shown to raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol in some instances. Quit smoking. Stopping smoking can raise your HDL cholesterol. In addition, the experts at Harvard Health9 recommend including certain foods in your diet, as they either contain ample amounts of soluble fiber (which helps bind cholesterol in your digestive system and expel it from the body before it enters your circulation) or polyunsaturated fats (which lower LDL directly). Following are some of the foods they recommend: Apples, citrus fruits, grapes and strawberries Oats (like this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal) Whole grains (like whole grain bread, brown rice and quinoa) Beans (like chickpeas, pinto beans and black beans) Fatty fish (like salmon, tuna and halibut) Nuts (try garnishing your next dish with a few nuts, like this Pecan Glazed Chicken) If your goals include weight loss, remember to keep your portion sizes in check – especially high-calorie options like nuts and oils. Check out this handy portion size guide for some helpful visual cues. Interestingly, while some experts say that eating cholesterol-rich foods can increase the levels of cholesterol in your blood, the Cleveland Clinic10 reports that research has shown a weak correlation, at best, between the cholesterol in foods – called dietary cholesterol – and the cholesterol in your blood. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic explains, scientists have discovered that dietary cholesterol does not raise blood-cholesterol levels for most people, and that your genetics play a more significant role when it comes to your cholesterol levels. Experts do point out, however, that trans-fats (which are found in most baked goods, vegetable oils and fried foods) are still a concern. Also, people with certain health problems, including diabetes, should avoid cholesterol-rich foods. Be sure to check with your doctor to see what he or she advises. We hope our guide to the differences between HDL and LDL cholesterol have helped clarify this important topic, and maybe even inspired you to make lifestyle changes that can help get your numbers into the healthy range … or to keep them right where they should be! Are you looking to create a healthier diet? Jenny Craig can help! Contact us for a free appointment and get started on the path to better health today. Sources: [1] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf [2] https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/about-cholesterol [3] https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/hdl-good-ldl-bad-cholesterol-and-triglycerides [4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/hdl-the-good-but-complex-cholesterol [5] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/high-blood-cholesterol [6] https://medlineplus.gov/ldlthebadcholesterol.html [7] https://medlineplus.gov/howtolowercholesterol.html [8] https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia/the-skinny-on-fats [9] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/11-foods-that-lower-cholesterol [10] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you-should-no-longer-worry-about-cholesterol-in-food/ Carole Anderson Lucia Carole is an award-winning journalist based in Southern California who specializes in health and wellness topics. Her work has appeared in Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, Yahoo News, Viv magazine and Lifescript. She's won several national awards for her work including a National Science Award and two National Health Information awards. A frequent contributor to Jenny Craig’s Blog, Healthy Habits, she enjoys gardening, spending time at the beach and adopting far too many rescue animals in her spare time. Favorite healthy snack: jicama dipped in homemade hummus Reviewed By Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
  10. Guest

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    I just started doing JC and noticed a lot of peppers in the meals. Aren't there any other veggies that can be used? The blueberry bar for breakfast was overly sweet and I usually am a fan of sweet things, but this was way overboard. Any chance you will have some Indian inspired meals or more grains?
  11. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    7 Signs You're More Stressed Than You Realize

    That's great, Carrie! Good for you!
  12. Guest

    7 Signs You're More Stressed Than You Realize

    I am new to Jenny Carig, and I identified with your article. Gained 60 pounds in one year. I have identified the program stress! Now taking the proper steps to help myself. Lose weight and get a new job.
  13. Ms Jam

    2 Words of Wisdom

    I love that! When I'm eating a meal that looks "small" at first glance ...... I think "I get to have lemon cake tonight!!" I suddenly don't feel deprived! I think so many of us have lived on diets of "lettuce and chicken breasts" that we developed an ALL OR NOTHING mentality. Jenny Craig rewires our thinking - that we can eat cake, egg burritos and pasta. We just have to eat small amounts and let ourselves learn how to be satisfied, because we can eat good food again - in a few hours like you said! Good stuff - thank you!
  14. Guest

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    I’m excited about the new food! However, I am curious to know if Turkey and Wild Rice has been taken off the menu. It’s my absolute favorite and know its been on back order for a few weeks now.
  15. Brittany Risher

    The Beginner's Guide to Yoga

    6 quick tips for a great yoga class: Before booking a class: Call the yoga studio to find out which class is best for you. Ask if you'll need any props: The yoga studio should provide any items you may need, such as a block or strap, to help support you and make poses more accessible. Still, it’s a good idea to check ahead of time. Show up early: Introduce yourself to the instructor and let him or her know you are new. Get in the zone: Avoid distractions and leave your phone in your bag or locker. Take this time for yourself! Avoid eating right before class: To avoid discomfort when trying different poses, refrain from eating two to three hours before class. Try child’s pose: If you feel tired during class or find a pose doesn't work for you, you can always go into child's pose. We’ll explain what that is below. Which yoga class should I take? There are many styles of yoga, and each one can target different areas of your body, emphasize certain movements or encourage a specific mindset. When you're first starting the practice, look for classes labeled as beginner or level 1. These classes move more slowly and your instructor will explain each pose to help you safely transition into them. These three types of yoga are great for beginners: Hatha yoga: All physical types of yoga fall under the hatha umbrella.5 This type of yoga is more stationary and moves at a slower pace than others. You’ll focus on holding different poses and taking several breaths while maintaining each pose. Vinyasa yoga: Unlike with hatha yoga, which involves holding poses for long periods, you’ll “flow,” or move, from pose to pose throughout the class while focusing on your breathing. Vinyasa yoga will help you work on your strength and flexibility.6 Iyengar yoga: This form of yoga is slower and more methodical, and encourages you to maintain different poses. It often incorporates props (such as blocks, a chair or cushions) to help you ease into, and hold, your poses.6 Beginners will learn how to correctly align themselves for each posture.7 What should I wear to a yoga class? There's no need to go out and buy a new wardrobe to practice yoga (unless you want to, of course!). The key is to wear comfortable clothes to class — you're going to be moving around quite a bit, so choose items that allow you to move freely but won’t get in your way. Tank tops, t-shirts, shorts and leggings are all great options. You’ll be barefoot during your class, so stash your shoes and socks in your bag or locker. What do I bring? Ask the studio or gym if they provide mats; many offer them for free or require a small fee. If you prefer to use your own, look for a non-slip mat that’s easy to clean. Consider bringing a small towel and an insulated water bottle, especially if you’re taking a hot yoga class or are exercising outdoors. What will the yoga class be like? Most classes begin with slower, more basic poses to help you connect with your body and let go of distractions. Then, you'll go through a series of sun salutations, which are specific sequences of poses that flow from one to the next and help warm up your body. After more standing poses, you'll come to the floor for seated and prone poses before ending in savasana, or corpse pose, where you lie on your back. After the class begins, most teachers will let you know if they provide hands-on adjustments. This means they will help you find the best alignment for a pose by gently using their hands to guide your body. If you do not wish to be touched, your instructor will let you know how to decline correction. Some classes include a short meditation, talk or chanting before or after class. Chanting isn’t mandatory, but it can help participants find a deeper connection to their practice. The instructor may use Sanskrit words, rather than English ones, to name poses or lead chants. Why is it important to focus on your breath during a yoga class? Ujjayi breath, which is also known as victorious breath, is encouraged in most yoga classes, as these slow, controlled breaths are meant to help relax your body and mind. Here’s how to do it: Slowly inhale through your nose to fill your lungs with air while slightly contracting your throat. Slowly exhale through your nose while keeping your throat slightly constricted.7 For a more fluid experience, try to match your inhales and exhales with your movements, as your teacher directs. For help with Ujjayi breathing, arrive early to talk to the instructor, or ask for help afterward. What if I'm not flexible? You don’t need to be flexible to take a yoga class! To avoid injury, however, always listen to your body to find a comfortable position and avoid pushing yourself deeper into a pose. Simplicity is key: Don’t worry about trying complicated movements when you’re starting out. Many yoga poses can be modified to fit your flexibility and experience level — be sure to ask your instructor for help so you can find the position that works best for you. And know that with practice, the poses will become easier! These basic yoga poses are good for beginners and are used in many classes: Downward dog: Lower yourself onto your hands and knees on the mat, placing your hands and wrists under your shoulders. Position your knees under your hips. Slowly lift your hips and knees as you press your heels back toward the ground. Keep your knees bent slightly and press down through your palms. Tighten your abdominal muscles and draw them in toward your spine. If this feels like a difficult position to hold, gently lift your heels, one foot at a time, to shift your weight back and forth. In time, you may be able to hold this pose with your legs straightened.8 Warrior 1: This pose allows you to work on your strength and endurance while stretching your hips and thighs. Standing in an upright position, take a big step backward with your left foot and turn your toes to the left at a 75-degree angle. Keep your right toes pointed forward and align your right heal with the arch of your back foot. Lift your chest, then lift your arms above your head and press your palms together. Let your back bend slightly backward. Hold this pose for a few breaths before stepping forward and switching to the opposite leg.8 Warrior 2: Beginning in a standing position, step forward with your right leg and point your toes out 90 degrees. Gently bend your right knee so it’s positioned over your ankle. Turn your left foot inward at a 45-degree angle. Keep your back straight and your torso even between your hips. Stretch your arms out on either side and look out over your right hand. Hold for a few breaths before switching to the left side.8 Child’s pose: This relaxing pose allows you to stretch and rest after more challenging movements. Get onto your hands and knees and bring your knees and feet together. Sit back on your heels and stretch your arms in front of you. Slowly move your forehead down to your yoga mat or the floor and relax your body. Breathe, holding this pose to loosen your muscles and rest.8 As with any new activity, some yoga poses may feel a bit awkward, but they should never hurt. And remember: As you progress in your yoga practice, these movements will begin to feel more natural. Don’t want to attend a class alone? Invite a friend and try it together! Ready to get started? Check out this handy guide for starting a new workout class! Brittany Risher Brittany is a writer, editor and digital strategist specializing in health and lifestyle content. Her clients include Men's Health, Women's Health, SELF and Yoga Journal. Brittany earned her master's and bachelor's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. To stay sane from working too hard, she turns to yoga, strength training and meditation. Favorite healthy snack: smoothies Sources: [1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/605355/us-yoga-participation/ [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22502620 [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23246998 [4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29988397 [5] https://www.womenshealth.com.au/what-is-the-difference-between-hatha-and-vinyasa-yoga 6 https://seattleyoganews.com/whats-the-difference-hatha-vs-vinyasa-yoga/ [6] https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/which-style-of-yoga-is-best-for-you [7] https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/what-is-ujjayi [8] https://www.doyouyoga.com/the-10-most-important-yoga-poses-for-beginners-25270/
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  17. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    Glad to hear you love the new Homestyle Vegetable and Beef Chlil! We love it too! We'll make sure to share your suggestions with our food team. Thank you!
  18. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    7 Principles That Can Positively Impact Your Weight Loss Journey - Infographic

    Thank you for sharing! And congrats on your weight loss!
  19. Guest

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    Just tried the frozen chili and it is AWESOME! I would also like to see the frozen stuffed shells, and the breakfast scramble make its way back to the menu. The breakfast scramble was my go-to breakfast menu since I am not a fan of many of the current breakfast items. Keep adding good food menu items and I'll keep coming back! Thank you Jenny Craig.....
  20. I began my Jenny Craig plan on February 2, 2019. I am very committed but it is hard. Since I. began I have lost 22 lbs. 1 to 2 pounds a week. I have to work at it constantly. Planning is the key for me. I feel and sleep better than I have in years.
  21. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    7 Facts About Diabetes You Need To Know

    At Jenny Craig you're provided with Full Planned Menus created by our Nutritionists and Dietetics designed to help you maximize your weight loss. If you don't like a certain item, your Consultant can help you replace that item. Give us a call at 1-866-706-4042 and we'd be happy to give you more information.
  22. Guest

    7 Facts About Diabetes You Need To Know

    Are we allowed to pick out our own meals from the selections or is this done for us?
  23. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Find Out How Amanda F., Mother of Two, Lost 40 lbs.* and Maintains Her Healthy Lifestyle

    Hi Evelyn. Weigh loss is different for everyone however on Jenny Craig clients lose on average 1-2 lbs per week. Amanda was picked as a winner of our Success Contest to share her story and received promotional consideration to share her story. If you have questions about how Jenny Craig can help you give us a call at, 1-866-706-4042.
  24. Kelsey Ogletree

    7 Signs You're More Stressed Than You Realize

    1. You’re gaining weight Ever notice that your jeans seem to fit a little more snugly when you’re up against a tight deadline at work? You’re not imagining it — stress can cause weight gain for a variety of reasons. One study found that experiencing a stressful event the day before eating even one high-fat meal can slow your metabolism.2,3 WHAT CAN HELP: Focus on making healthy choices throughout the day. Skip the donuts in the office breakroom and opt for a healthier alternative like an apple with a small amount (1 teaspoon) of nut butter. Feeling tense during the work day? Try adding a 10-minute walk to your lunch break to get some fresh air and sneak in some activity. 2. You’re getting sick more often Even if you practice good habits to avoid getting sick — like washing your hands regularly and avoiding others who are ill — stress can still impact your immune system. Not only can being stressed increase your likelihood of catching a bug,4 but it can also make it harder to bounce back. This is mainly due to your body’s release of the hormone cortisol, which temporarily reduces your normal inflammatory response to viruses and bacteria. Research indicates that chronic stress can make your body less sensitive to the hormone — which may make you more susceptible to illness.5 WHAT CAN HELP: Try meditation: you’ll learn to focus your thoughts to reduce your overall stress. Start small by committing to just five minutes a day – try a guided meditation by watching a video or downloading an app. (Here are 4 reasons why you should give meditation a try.) 3. You find yourself mindlessly eating Zoning out in front of the TV with a bowl of ice cream when you’re not hungry can be the result of an old habit, boredom, stress or a combination of the three. When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to reach for high-fat, sugar-filled comfort foods that are easy to overeat (again, because of that pesky stress hormone cortisol).6 WHAT CAN HELP: Before fixing yourself a snack or a meal, rate your hunger level. If you’re not truly hungry, try doing something else, such as calling a friend, drinking a glass of water or going for a walk. 4. You’re low on energy Feeling overwhelmed or just less motivated than usual? Check your stress levels. While constantly being tired can be related to a number of other health concerns, stress can also play a part.7 Research shows stress can be associated with fatigue, which may affect your personal and professional life.7 Women tend to experience this effect more often than men.7 WHAT CAN HELP: Find your happy place. Surrounding yourself with positive energy can help you get yours back, whether that’s through spending time with people you enjoy, or retreating to an environment that makes you feel calm. 5. You’re experiencing digestion problems You know that old phrase about your stomach being in knots? Stress really can impact your digestion process and it can take different forms, including indigestion, stomachaches, bloating and/or gas.8 Stress can also cause flare-ups in people with irritable bowel syndrome.8 WHAT CAN HELP: Focus on eating nutrient-rich foods that are easy to digest. Simplify your routine by designating go-to items for breakfasts, lunches and snacks that make healthy choices easy. 6. You’re not sleeping well Stressful events and major life changes — like divorce, financial problems or the loss of a loved one — can lead to insomnia.9 Less-serious stressors, like worrying about your to-do list, can also cause short-term insomnia for 15-20 percent of adults, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.10 It has a compounding effect, too, because sleep deprivation may actually make you feel more stressed. WHAT CAN HELP: Try scheduling a 20-minute power nap during the day to help you recharge. Also, try to reduce your caffeine intake in the afternoon and evenings. (Here’s how to start getting better sleep tonight!) 7. You’re always forgetting something If you find yourself being more absentminded than usual – like forgetting your grocery store list, constantly misplacing your keys, or panicking that you lost your phone again (when it’s in your hand) – it could be a signal that you are overly stressed. One study’s findings indicate that experiencing prolonged spikes in cortisol can lead to memory lapses as we age.11 WHAT CAN HELP: Improve your time management by taking a few things off your to-do list. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to a request if you feel like there is too much on your plate. We hope these tips will help you unwind if you’re feeling frazzled. Looking for more ways to relax? Check out these 8 surprising ways to de-stress. If meal prep is another item on your to-do list — take it off! Let Jenny Craig take care of your meal planning with healthy dishes that take the guesswork out of weight loss. Get started today! Kelsey Ogletree Kelsey is a Chicago-based journalist specializing in wellness and travel who writes for publications like Shape, Cooking Light and The Wall Street Journal. When she's not working, she loves trying out new healthy recipes and traveling as much as possible. Favorite healthy snack: Plain Greek yogurt with a few chocolate chips Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!) 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  25. 1. Commit to healthy eating Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the key components to living a healthier lifestyle. Don’t worry: that doesn’t mean you need to eat broccoli for every meal. Start by focusing on making healthy food choices the majority of the time and keeping your portion sizes in check. Experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health, which leads National Women’s Health Week, suggest focusing on an overall healthy eating pattern, elements of which include the following:1 Choose healthy foods from all of the food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein and healthy fats. Limit foods with added sugar, sodium, as well as saturated and trans fats. Structure your eating so that about half of each meal is composed of vegetables. Opt for whole fruits instead of fruit juice. Try to get your protein from a variety of sources, including eggs, lean meats, nuts, beans, peas, seafood and poultry. Most women don’t consume enough seafood,1 which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, so keep an eye on your intake. Try incorporating seafood into your diet a couple of times a week. Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-grain bread. When using oils, opt for those made from plants, such as olive oil, rather than solid fats, such as butter or margarine. Be sure to include fiber-rich foods in your diet, such as beans, fresh fruit, dark-green leafy vegetables, squash and nuts. If you’re between the ages of 19 and 30, you should be getting at least 28 grams of fiber per day. If you’re between 31 and 50, you need 25 grams. If you’re 51 or older, you need 22 grams daily. Getting enough fiber helps reduce your risk of developing health conditions common to many women, including heart disease, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. Calcium, vitamin D, and iron are especially important for women, so focus on foods that provide plenty of these nutrients. Dairy products are among the best sources of calcium; other sources include tofu and vegetables such as kale and broccoli.2 Vitamin D can be found in seafood, some fortified dairy products, and in egg yolks. You’ll also get vitamin D through sun exposure (don’t forget your sunscreen).3 Good sources of iron include white beans, spinach and lentils.4 Remember to always consult your physician before starting a weight loss program or making changes to your diet. 2. Stay active No matter your age, experts recommend getting physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. Not only can regular exercise help you maintain a healthy weight (or help support your weight loss goals), but it offers many other benefits. These include a reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes; and an improvement in your physical fitness, functional capacity and mental health.5 New to exercise? We’ve got you covered. Read our Beginner’s Guide to Exercise to get started! While any amount of exercise is better than none, try and aim for at least 30 minutes a day, five days per week6 — and even more if you can swing it, as research has shown additional benefits with longer-duration, more-frequent or higher-intensity exercise. In addition to doing moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on most, if not all, days, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends doing muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.5 3. Practice self-care – for your mind and body When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Self-care is essential for your overall health and well-being, the Cleveland Clinic reports.7 Self-care is just what it sounds like – taking the time to care for yourself – just like you would a family member or loved one. And remember: taking time for yourself isn’t selfish. Sometimes putting your needs first can help you to take care of others in healthy and productive ways, and that’s nothing to feel guilty about! Here are a few self-care ideas you can put into practice: Spend a quiet night in. Make a delicious healthy meal (try one of these 5-minute side dishes), watch one of your favorite movies or get lost in a great book. Take a relaxing bath and tuck in early! Treat yourself! Go to the spa for a facial, get a manicure or pedicure (or both!), or go shopping and pick out a new outfit. Unwind in nature. Find a local trail or path and take in nature’s beauty. Want more? Check out these 10 self-care tips. 4. Get enough quality rest The importance of sleep has been getting a fair amount of attention recently, and for good reason: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, getting enough high-quality sleep is important not only for your mental and physical health, but for your quality of life and your safety.8 Sleep deficiency — which includes not only sleep deprivation, but a number of other factors, including not sleeping well, not getting all the different types of sleep your body needs or having a sleep disorder — is linked to a number of health conditions, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity and stroke.9 It can also change the activity in some parts of your brain, leading to increased difficulty with decision-making and problem-solving; and it can affect your ability to control your emotions and behavior. So treat your sleep with the reverence and respect it deserves. Commit to getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and do everything you can to make sure the sleep you get is of the highest quality.9 5. See your doctor at least once a year Even if you aren’t sick, it’s important to see your healthcare practitioner every year for a well-woman visit. Depending on your age, these visits often include routine screenings and tests to help make sure you’re healthy, such as cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, Pap smears and osteoporosis screenings. They’re also a chance to make sure you’re up-to-date on other health screenings, such as mammograms, as well as your vaccines. Since the recent measles outbreak, experts suggest that some adults may need a booster to confer maximum immunity; be sure to check with your doctor.10 In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we hope you take some of these tips and put them at the top of your list. After all, you deserve to feel your best and live your healthiest life! If you’re looking to improve your health, Jenny Craig can help! By following our newest program, Rapid Results, you may experience a variety of health benefits beyond the scale. In fact, by losing as little as 5-10% of your body weight, you could experience benefits like improved cholesterol levels,11 better sleep12 and more. If you’re ready to lose weight or start your journey to better health — we’re here to help with delicious, balanced meals and dedicated one-on-one support. Your journey is just one click away — get started today! Sources: [1] https://www.womenshealth.gov/healthy-eating/healthy-eating-and-women#5 [2] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/ [3] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional [4] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/ [5] https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf [6] https://www.womenshealth.gov/getting-active/how-be-active-health#3 [7] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-self-care-isnt-selfish-advice-for-women/ [8] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency [9] https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/good-mental-health/sleep-and-your-health [10] https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/29/716894110/measles-shots-arent-just-for-kids-many-adults-could-use-a-booster-too [11] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/hdl-the-good-but-complex-cholesterol [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4340776/ Carole Anderson Lucia Carole is an award-winning journalist based in Southern California who specializes in health and wellness topics. Her work has appeared in Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, Yahoo News, Viv magazine and Lifescript. She's won several national awards for her work including a National Science Award and two National Health Information awards. A frequent contributor to Jenny Craig’s Blog, Healthy Habits, she enjoys gardening, spending time at the beach and adopting far too many rescue animals in her spare time. Favorite healthy snack: jicama dipped in homemade hummus Reviewed By Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
  26. Congratulations Amanda! If I missed it, I’m sorry but how long did it take for Amanda to lose 40#? What does it mean by “Amanda received promotional consideration”?
  27. 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Starting the day off with some activity Susan: I like to work up a sweat first thing in the morning. I feel so much healthier since losing almost 50 pounds with Jenny Craig!* My weight loss success motivates me to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have a workout room in my basement with an elliptical machine for cardio and I stream videos for my strength training workouts. Sometimes I’ll go swimming for my workout and then relax in the hot tub. I feel so much more confident in my swimsuit now! *Weight lost on Classic program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Susan received promotional consideration. Stephanie: Jenny Craig has helped me in so many ways. Before starting the program, I didn’t have much confidence in myself or the way I looked. After being on the program, a year later and almost 50 pounds lighter*, I not only feel that I look better – I just feel better. Ever since I started the program I’ve been going to the gym, playing more volleyball, and have even gotten myself back into the dating world. *Weight lost on Classic program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Stephanie received promotional consideration. 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Time for breakfast Susan: My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. The waffles are one of my favorites! I add sliced banana and pour the Breakfast Syrup over them. It’s so satisfying. Another one of my favorites (I have many because the Jenny Craig breakfasts are so good!) is the Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito and I pair it with a side of fruit like an orange. Sometimes I add salsa to give it a little kick. Stephanie: After I get myself ready for work, I heat up my Jenny breakfast – the Garden Vegetable Frittata is my favorite. I never had a frittata before I joined the program and now I love them! 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Our favorite lunches have some special add-ons! Susan: To save some time, I can easily prep the sides for my lunch at night when I’m getting dinner ready. Then, I can just grab my lunch from the freezer in the morning and pop it in my bag when I leave for work. I especially enjoy the Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowl for lunch. I add some extra broccoli and bamboo shoots (both are Fresh and Free Additions!), and it makes me feel like I’m eating out at a restaurant for lunch. Stephanie: After working hard at the office, I always look forward to lunch. A Jenny Craig cheeseburger with a juicy pickle on the side keeps me full. After enjoying lunch, I’ll usually go for a walk with my co-workers for a little afternoon activity. 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Staying active and going to our consultations Susan: My weekly meetings with my consultant, Christine, are always fun and I enjoy going into the center. Not only do we laugh and talk about what’s going on in our lives, but we also focus on the challenges I may have during the week and discuss the best ways to handle them. This way I’m prepared and can tackle them successfully. Christine has taught me how important it is to have a plan. The tips and tricks she shares keep me motivated and she helps to get me back on track when needed. Stephanie: Before I joined Jenny Craig, I wasn’t as active, motivated or energetic. I would sleep in late, would never prepare/think about my meals ahead of time and would never be conscious of how much I ate. Being on Jenny Craig has totally changed my lifestyle and I could not be happier I joined the program. If it wasn’t for the delicious food and amazing consultants, my journey would not have been as successful! 6:00 p.m. Ending the day with a delicious dinner and a relaxing night Susan: I get home from work around 6 p.m. At the end of a long week, Friday night is always pizza night. I can still enjoy our family tradition with my Margherita Pizza! After dinner, one of my favorite desserts is the Chocolate Walnut Brownie warmed up with a dollop of fat-free whipped cream on top. I like to unwind at night by watching some of my favorite television shows and try to go to bed around 10:30 p.m. I work to keep my bedtime schedule consistent. Since I’ve lost weight, my sleep quality has improved! Stephanie: I like to wind down for the night by enjoying my favorite show or movie. For dinner, I make myself a salad to pair with my Jenny Craig meal. I really like the Chicken Marsala – it’s hearty, has delicious green beans and a great sauce. Depending on my menu, I’ll enjoy a Jenny Craig dessert or a savory snack after my meal. I love the Cheese Curls – I think they taste better than the ones I’ve bought at the supermarket! We’re always thrilled to hear from our members and we’re so excited to celebrate Stephanie and Susan’s successes! Interested in learning more about living a healthier lifestyle? Get in touch with us and start your own journey today!
  28. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired Cinnamon Apple Muffins

    Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes Ingredients 2 Jenny Craig Apple Crisps 2 cups almond flour 2 large apples, chopped into cubes (Red Delicious or Granny Smith is preferred) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt 3 eggs 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons coconut oil Olive oil spray Baking Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F and grease the muffin tin with olive oil or use muffin tin liners. 2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. 3. Mix the defrosted Jenny Craig Apple Crisps, cubed apples, and lemon juice in a food processor. 4. In medium bowl, combine all wet ingredients with Jenny Craig Apple Crisps, cubed apples, and lemon juice. 5. Combine ingredients in medium bowl with dry ingredients in the large bowl. Mix together well. 6. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, fill the muffin tins 75% of the way full. 7. Place the tin in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. 8. Cool for 30 minutes on a rack before eating and enjoying. Exchanges Per serving / makes 12 muffins Per muffin: ½ Fruit, ½ Starch, ½ Protein, 2 Fat Recipe submitted by Lindsay B. from Beaufort, South Carolina.
  29. At Jenny Craig, we believe life is all about balance (hello, Chocolate Lava Cake), and that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice great tasting food when it comes to weight loss. Our chef-crafted foods will not only delight your taste buds, but will leave you feeling satisfied. While we have around 100 menu items to choose from, sometimes, you may want to change things up or add some more veggies to your plate. So we’ve created this Simple Inspirations cookbook for when you want to spice things up — while staying on track with your goals. Download a free copy of our Simple Inspirations Cookbook and transform your next meal. Bon appétit!
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