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  4. missbumble

    Great Facebook Post

    his young woman called Holly Butcher posted her advice to the world, 24 hours before she died of cancer. This was her message... “It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts. That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right. I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands. I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit. I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most! 1) Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days. 2) Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe. 3) You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling. Let all that **** go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more. 4) I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them. I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it. 5) Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling **** about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being. 6) Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is **** but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away. 7) Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more. 😎 Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people. 9) It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives. Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them. 10) Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are **** at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister. 11) This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on. 12) Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material ****. 13) Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water. 14) Get amongst nature. 15) Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone. Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else. Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females 🤔. 16) Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises. 17) Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best. 18) Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that. 19) Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay? 20) Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not. 21) Work to live, don’t live to work. Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy. 22) Eat the cake. Zero guilt. 23) Say no to things you really don’t want to do. 24) Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay. 25) Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have. 26) Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true. Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind! Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple. Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year - a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life. ..’Til we meet again. Hol Xoxo”
  5. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Check Out Our New Fall Foods!

    You can locate the information for week 2 in our mobile app. Just search Jenny Craig in your Google Play Store or iOS App Store, it's a free download!
  6. Guest

    Check Out Our New Fall Foods!

    I left my menu at work, and want to know what's for breakfast and lunch, tomorrow. Why can't I just find a week two anywhere, like I used to be able to?
  7. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Genetics 101: What is DNA and How Is It Connected to Weight Loss?

    What is DNA and what is a gene? To better understand DNA and its relationship to weight loss, it’s helpful to know what DNA is, what genes are, and what they do. While genetics is an extremely complicated topic, an easier way to think about it is like a set of cookbooks. Think of your cells as “cookbooks,” your DNA as the “recipes” each cookbook contains and genes as the “ingredients.” Here are a few definitions of key terms related to DNA and genetics: Cells The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes cells as, “the basic building blocks of all living things.”1 Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Cells perform essential functions such as metabolizing food and absorbing nutrients from the food you consume. Cells also contain hereditary information within the nucleus, known as DNA.1 Chromosome Chromosomes are located within your cells. A chromosome is a protein that is tightly wrapped by a molecule of DNA. This structure allows DNA to be copied and evenly spread throughout the cells in your body.2 DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) DNA is a molecule found in the nucleus of each of your body’s cells.3 Under a powerful microscope, a molecule of DNA resembles a twisted ladder known as a double helix. DNA is the “recipe” containing the biological information that makes you unique. DNA tells your cells how they’ll grow, reproduce and survive.3 Genes Genes are segments of DNA and define your individual characteristics.4 They are inherited in pairs, one from each parent. Genes may contribute to physical traits, like eye color and hair texture, and may also provide more insight into your weight loss experiences. Every cell in your body only expresses or “turns on” a fraction of the genes it contains — the others are “turned off.”5 This is a normal process, known as gene regulation. Gene regulation also helps cells to react to environmental changes. Genotype Your genotype is your own unique DNA sequence.6 Genetic marker A genetic marker tells scientists where a DNA sequence can be found on each chromosome, and it helps to map the inheritance of other genes.7 Many DNA tests use these markers to identify specific genetic traits. You also inherit genetic markers from both parents. If you’ve had trouble losing weight before, the information and genetic markers stored in your genes could shed light on other useful strategies geared toward healthy weight loss. How is your DNA connected to weight loss? Photo by stockvisual on iStock DNA testing offers a unique opportunity to learn more about your body’s weight loss tendencies. There are genes that may influence certain behaviors connected to weight loss such as your likelihood to overeat and your likelihood to crave sweet or high-fat foods. You can even find out if you’re genetically predisposed to becoming overweight. With the help of a simple DNA test, you can unlock the information that’s stored in your DNA and use it to support your goals. Jenny Craig’s new DNA-based weight loss program, DNA Decoder Plan, tests for 15 specific markers connected to weight loss and gives you a tailored menu with exercise suggestions to match your results. Dr. Mark Sarzynski, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM, Director of Genomics Research at a genetics-based health management company explains, “Your unique genetic makeup may naturally predispose you to certain behaviors that influence your weight, as well as predispose you to respond to various weight loss methods in different ways. By understanding those genetic tendencies, you can gain insight into how to best work with your body to support healthy weight loss.” When it comes to DNA weight loss, knowledge is power Photo by Gesina Kunkel on Unsplash Your DNA results indicate your body’s potential to exhibit certain characteristics, but learning that you might be more likely to gain weight doesn’t mean you’re destined for weight loss failure. Knowing your body’s tendencies around food, exercise, sleep and other factors gives you the power to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Sarzynski explains, “Although humans share the same genes, not all genes are expressed (or ‘turned on’). Each individual has a unique genotype and a unique set of genetic markers. So if your test results indicate that you are predisposed to being overweight as an adult, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are destined to become overweight. However, your likelihood may be greater than someone that doesn’t have that particular genotype. By knowing your genetic profile and genetic tendencies, this information can be used to better match your behaviors (diet and exercise) to your weight loss and health goals.” Whether you’re new to joining a weight loss program or are still looking for one that works best for you, a DNA-based weight loss program could be the right fit. If you’re ready to learn more about healthy ways to lose weight, Jenny Craig can help! Learn more about Jenny Craig’s newest DNA weight loss program and sign up to be notified when the DNA Decoder Plan launches nationwide. Sources: [1] https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/basics/cell [2] https://www.genome.gov/about-genomics/fact-sheets/Chromosomes-Fact-Sheet [3] https://www.livescience.com/37247-dna.html [4] https://history.nih.gov/exhibits/genetics/sect1a.htm [5] https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/howgeneswork/geneonoff [6] https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/genotype [7] https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/Genetic-Marker Stephanie Eng-Aponte Stephanie Eng-Aponte is a copywriter for Jenny Craig and has written for the health and wellness, tech, and environmental industries. Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. They employ an “eat first, write later” approach to food blogging and enjoy the occasional Oxford comma. Outside of writing, you can find them photographing a muttley crew of rescue pups, brewing kombucha, or exploring San Diego. Favorite healthy snack: Green apple slices with sunflower butter 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!)
  8. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired DIY Granola

    Serving Size: 1 2 starch, 1 ½ fat Ingredients: 1 Jenny Craig Blueberry Oats Square ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sliced almonds Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Crumble Blueberry Oats Square in small bowl and toss with cinnamon, salt, and sliced almonds. Spread oats onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Enjoy!
  9. My weight issues started in my late twenties and continued until my early forties. Looking back, I realized that I ate way too much food, frequently dined out, and didn’t get enough physical activity. Years of this lifestyle took a toll on my body, and I ended up overweight and very unhappy. I felt unattractive, discouraged and sad, especially when I needed to keep buying larger clothes. My health suffered too. I had acid reflux, sleep problems and a sore back. Being overweight also affected my job, as my weight prevented me from doing certain tasks. I was at a low point in my life and I didn't know what to do. 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Each week, I met with my Jenny Craig consultant to review my progress and any challenges, weigh in and plan for the week to come. My consultant’s support was and is priceless. Meeting one-on-one makes a huge difference and helped me to succeed. I was educated, motivated and focused on achieving my goals. I understand the importance of portion control and I know how to plan my meals each day. I enjoy the food I eat, I'm more in tune with my body, and I enjoy being more active. Joining Jenny Craig was the best decision I ever made. I lost 80 lbs.* on Jenny Craig and it changed my life! I am now a better version of myself. No pills, no gimmicks, no surgery. Just results! I continue to check in at my Jenny Craig center for support, accountability and to stay focused on maintaining the good habits that I learned during my weight loss journey. I'm a happier person, my clothes fit better and I have more endurance. My favorite activity is hiking. I wake up early on weekends just to go for a hike. I get a good workout and enjoy nature at the same time. Jenny Craig works because it’s convenient, easy to follow and the consultants are wonderful. It’s the “science of weight loss made simple.” I tried other weight loss programs, and none of them gave me the kind of long-term success I found with Jenny Craig. I am a Jenny Craig fan for life! Check this out: Mike shared his 9 best tips for maintaining his weight with Jenny Craig and walked us through a typical day on the Maintenance Program. Feeling inspired by Mike's story? Get started with Jenny Craig today. *Weight lost on Classic Program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Mike received promotional consideration.
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  11. 5:00 - 5:30 a.m. Yawn … Waking up early to start the day! The alarm on my phone shakes me out of my deep sleep and signals my 30-minute countdown until I get out of bed. Before I know it, it’s time to get up and start my day. I find a quiet part of the house and begin my morning routine of reading, meditation and prayer. Today is a good day: My son is still sleeping, and I’m able to take care of myself before I attend to him. I’m a father, a husband and someone who feels like there are more things to be accomplished than there are hours in the day. I didn’t like my body, I was larger than I had ever been in my life and I was always tired. Looking back at that time in my life, I was probably a little depressed. At the time, I was 49 years old and helping to raise a 9-year-old boy (who is every bit of what you would expect from a 9-year-old!). I felt like I was failing him as a father. I wanted to do better, I needed to do better. I lost 30 lbs.* with Jenny Craig by making my health and weight loss a priority. As a result, I’m able to fit more things into my day. I feel better about my health and who I am. 6:30 - 7:00 a.m. – Waking up my son and making our breakfast. For breakfast, now that I’m on Jenny Craig’s Maintenance Program, I have a Jenny Craig-friendly coffee with a protein boost and a little bit of healthy fat. 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Time to work out. I am not the biggest fan of exercise. 😩 It was great being able to lose weight without exercise, but now that my body is changing, I’m willing to put in a little more work to improve my health and my body. Finding the motivation to work out is tough, but I like to set fitness goals and work toward them. After 15 minutes of interval running, it’s time to shower and get ready for work. 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Dropping my son off at school before I leave for work. This is the most important part of my day. The 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted time I spend with my son on the way to his school are so special to me. My job and other commitments keep me away from home for most of the day, so it’s important for me to use this time to make sure he knows he matters and I love him. 9:00 a.m. Ready to work. I walk through the doors where I work as a financial analyst with a smile on my face — I’m ready to take on the world. Once I check in, I go straight to the cafeteria and grab my fruit and a 64 oz. water to enjoy with my Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bar. 11:00 a.m. Time for lunch. I’m so happy there are no meetings at lunch! If I do have a meeting around lunchtime, I’m ready: I’ll open up my drawer and pull out one of my Chicken Cranberry Salad Kits. I absolutely love this meal — it doesn’t need to be refrigerated or microwaved, and the box fits in my pocket if I need to take it on the go. 2:00 p.m. Snack time! I had a few meetings and helped out some coworkers, and now my stomach needs some attention. I grab a bag of Cheese Curls and pair it with a tea from the cafeteria. I realized during my weight loss journey that work is where I struggle most with food choices. The Jenny Craig meals and snacks help me stay on track. 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Staying satisfied at after-work meetings. I have a meeting after work, but I’m not worried about getting too hungry — I eat during the first 12 hours of the day and let my body rest for the next 12 hours. I’m committed to the 12 hours of rejuvenation that help make Rapid Results successful. If I eat dinner now, I have time for an evening snack before I take a break from eating for the night. I keep a few meals in the community refrigerator at work and heat up a plate of Butternut Squash Ravioli. Yummy! 8:00 p.m. Home sweet home! I spend some quality time with the family, decompress from the day, and plan to do some reading and meditation before turning in for sleep. Wait … do I need to do laundry? 10:00 p.m. Time for bed. I’ve finished meditating, the laundry is in the dryer, and we’ll start all over again in the morning. Goodnight! Rashid’s determination to lose weight and dedication to the program helped fuel his success. Ready to lose weight and support your health? Get started with Jenny Craig today. *Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rashid lost 30 pounds on Rapid Results in 19 weeks. Rashid received promotional consideration.
  12. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Quiz: Are You a Time-Hacker?

  13. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired Iced Teas

    Lemon Basil Iced Tea Ingredients: Makes 6 servings 1 serving = 1 cup ½ lemon, thinly sliced 6 fresh basil leaves 4 green tea bags 6 cups of hot water Blackberry Mint Iced Tea Ingredients: Makes 6 servings 1 serving = 1 cup ½ cup fresh blackberries 6 leaves fresh mint 4 bags of green tea 6 cups of hot water Peach Ginger Iced Tea Ingredients: Makes 6 servings 1 serving = 1 cup 1 small or medium peach, pitted and sliced 4 green tea bags 4 ginger coins 6 cups hot water Instructions: Add all ingredients to 1 quart glass jar or pitcher. Pour hot water into container and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags. Chill container in the fridge for 3-4 hours for flavors to release. Serve with ice and enjoy!
  14. Aliza - Jenny Craig

    • Aliza - Jenny Craig
    • missbumble

    Hi! As an active member of the Jenny Craig community, I am wondering if you are aware of and/or using the Jenny Craig mobile app? If so, would love to know which features you like the most. And, if not what would inspire you to use it? Thanks!

    1. missbumble



      No have not used it as it used to e sort of worthless. (Sorry) The main thing I would use it for is the forum. But I'll down load it and try it again (for you)... Stay tuned




    2. Aliza - Jenny Craig

      Aliza - Jenny Craig

      Thanks - yes if you have time please let me know your thoughts. We are working to make it better so any feedback is appreciated. 

  15. Nicki Miller

    The 8 Best Foods to Share with your Kids

    1. Artichokes Photo by Jonas Dücker on Unsplash This spiky vegetable might have a tough exterior, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Your kids will enjoy pulling off each leaf, dunking them in a healthy dipping sauce and taking a nibble. Try making a Greek yogurt dill sauce for dipping by mixing together some plain nonfat Greek yogurt, lemon juice and fresh dill — add other seasonings (like garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper) to taste. You can also offer your kids a variety of other sauces to make it more fun. Show them how to peel down each layer of leaves to reach the artichoke heart, remove the fuzzy “choke” and enjoy! Be sure to cut off the thorny tops to keep little fingers safe. 2. Cabbage You can use raw cabbage leaves like a hard taco shell to turn a variety of dishes into finger food with a healthy crunch. A warm filling will soften the cabbage, but if you’re using a cold filling, like tuna salad, you may want to try blanching, cooling and drying the leaves first. Cabbage can be used in many other ways too, such as in a soup, stir-fry, salad or as a slaw. 3. Jicama This root vegetable can be eaten raw (it’s excellent in a fruit salad) or cooked like a potato. What kid doesn’t like french fries? Make some homemade fries by cutting jicama into strips, spraying with non-stick cooking spray and tossing them with spices like onion powder, cumin or cinnamon. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and keep fries from touching. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway. 4. Pickles Photo by kohei_hara on iStock Did you know research suggests that kids are more likely to eat vegetables if they help to grow them?2 If your kids like making food, pickles are a triple-threat: something they’ll love growing, making and eating! Add sliced cucumbers to equal parts water and vinegar, then add dill and a pinch of salt. Let them chill in the fridge for a few hours and you’ll have a quick, tasty batch of pickles in no time! 5. Cauliflower This versatile veggie is a great substitute for the starches — like rice and mac and cheese — that kids adore. Cooked or raw, cauliflower’s mild flavor make it the perfect choice for a variety of dishes. To make cauliflower “rice,” place a head of cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until pieces are about the size of rice grains. Steam in the microwave for three minutes with a tablespoon of water and seasonings of your choice, fluff with a fork and serve immediately. Toss with diced veggies for a healthy take on fried rice! Raw, “riced” cauliflower can also be added to salads for extra texture and heartiness. 6. Snap peas Photo by Mrushad Khombhadia on Unsplash This is another delicious vegetable to consider growing in your garden, since snap peas are relatively easy to maintain. Sweet and crunchy, you can eat snap peas straight off the vine. Kids will love seeing the tiny peas inside the pods. Try them served with a light dip, like our Creamy Herb Dressing. Researchers say kids may eat more veggies if they can dip them.3 They’re also tasty in salads and stir-fries. 7. Spaghetti squash Despite its name, it’s probably best not to try and fool your kids with this pasta-like squash. Treat it like a fun science experiment and have them help you in the kitchen. They’ll be amazed at how a solid-looking squash turns into squiggly strands. Whether you serve it with a traditional red sauce or a more creative option, this is a veggie that kids will marvel at — and many adults do, too. 8. Turnips Photo by Heather Gill on Unsplash Roasting brings out turnips’ natural sweetness — try roasting them with carrots for a sweet and savory dish. Cut them into 1” cubes and lightly spray with cooking spray. Spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast at a high temp (475 F) for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway. These bite-sized veggies are perfect as a snack, substituted for croutons on a salad or sprinkled onto a dish for extra pizzazz. Make veggies fun! Help your kids get their daily dose of vegetables — without the fuss. Let them help you plant, pick and prepare veggies for a glimpse into how eating healthy foods can help them grow big and strong! Then, take your fresh produce and get creative in the kitchen. Your little ones will make great taste testers, and they’ll love learning and experimenting with you. If you’re the picky eater in your family, don’t let vegetables keep you from working toward your weight loss goals. Jenny Craig’s meals are packed with fresh flavor! You’ll enjoy eating six delicious chef-crafted foods each day, even dessert. Learn more about the delicious weight loss plans Jenny Craig offers today. Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4796330/ [2] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070418163652.htm [3] https://news.psu.edu/story/281072/2013/07/09/research/dip-dip-hooray-kids-eat-more-veggies-flavored-dips Nicki Miller Nicki is a journalist with expertise in healthy eating and exercise. She is the former editor-in-chief of Competitor Running and managing editor of Women's Running magazines and writes articles and crafts recipes for a variety of websites and publications. She also loves cycling, 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, 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!)
  16. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    5 Reasons Why You Should Follow a Personalized Diet Plan

    1. It's made to set you up for success. Photo by Jose Soriano on Unsplash The typical American diet includes excessive amounts of calories in four areas: saturated fats, solid fats and added sugars, sodium, and refined grains, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,1 which may contribute to weight gain. Fine-tuning your eating habits with the help of a personalized program may support your weight loss efforts, compared to a standard diet. A personalized diet can be more nutritionally balanced to fit your weight loss needs — without forcing you to count calories. It doesn’t need to be restrictive: You should be able to enjoy vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, lean proteins and carbohydrates in the right portions. Each of these food groups includes the nutrients you need to support your goals. Healthful foods are just one part of the equation — a diet that takes a personalized approach, like Jenny Craig, can also provide a support system during your weight loss journey with the help of a knowledgeable weight loss consultant, mobile app and an online community. 2. It's tailored to your food preferences. If you didn’t like the food that your weight loss program offered, would you want to keep following it? Probably not! A personalized diet plan with a variety of options gives you the power to make mealtimes more enjoyable. Weight loss starts with nutrition — just consider the 80/20 rule, where you aim to reduce 80% of your calories with a healthy diet, and burn the remaining 20% with physical activity. Following a balanced meal plan that provides you with appropriate portions is at the foundation of healthy weight loss. Jenny Craig’s weight loss program offers several pre-planned menus with over 100 options — everything from delicious entrees and snacks to beverages and desserts — for nutritious meal plans that don’t sacrifice your favorite foods. You can choose from the following plans: Men’s Weight Loss Plan Women’s Weight Loss Plan Meatless Weight Loss Plan Low Sugar Weight Loss Plan Each plan is designed to maximize weight loss and great nutrition with meals you love, from comfort food classics to inspired dishes with global flavors. 3. It’s designed for your lifestyle. When you’re busy, time might feel like it’s in short supply. Some personalized diet plans might call for complicated recipes or difficult exercise routines, but who has time for those? Do a little research to find a program that meets your needs and makes losing weight easier, not harder! Here are a few ways to simplify your search: Look for a program with healthy pre-made meals. Then, kiss prep work goodbye. Find balance. If a diet avoids entire food groups, you probably want to move on. Fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbs and fats can all be good for you — focus on healthy food sources that are served in the right amounts! Embrace a support system. Whether you prefer face-to-face weight loss consultations or online ones, your support system can be one of the keys to your success. Consider delivery. No time to pick up your food? No problem. Some weight loss plans offer convenient delivery services so you can spend your time the way you like, without being stuck in the kitchen. 4. It works with your body — because not everybody is the same. If you’ve tried different weight loss plans before and were disappointed with the results, you might have tried the wrong one! Following a program that works with your body instead of against it can help set you up for success. To better understand your body’s ability to lose weight, Jenny Craig’s new DNA Decoder Plan pairs your specific DNA insights with a personalized diet plan to give you an in-depth look at your genetic make-up. The DNA Decoder Plan highlights 15 important DNA markers: how efficiently your body processes carbs, fat and protein; how it handles exercise; and your likelihood of having a sweet tooth, among others — and what you can do about them. You’ll use this knowledge to actively build healthier habits that will help support your weight loss goals. 5. You may see better results. A weight loss plan that’s tailored to fit your needs may result in a better experience, compared to a one-size-fits-all approach. A recent study demonstrated the benefits of personalized nutrition for individuals following the Mediterranean diet. Those who received genetically-based nutrition advice were more effective in improving the foods they ate, compared to those who only received generic advice based on national dietary recommendations.2 In a separate study, participants who received DNA-based dietary advice successfully lowered their sodium intakes, compared to those who only received general dietary information.3 If you’re interested in following a custom diet plan that includes DNA insights, you’ll be a step ahead: Ongoing research continues to support links between genetics and weight. The best personalized diet plans are tailored to your lifestyle: They offer nutritious versions of foods you enjoy, provide dedicated support to keep you on the right track, and they may even include DNA-specific tools to enhance your weight loss knowledge. Get started on your weight loss journey with a personalized diet plan from Jenny Craig by signing up to receive updates on the DNA Decoder Plan today! Sources: [1] https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/index.html [2] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/104/2/288/4668538 [3] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0112665 Stephanie Eng-Aponte Stephanie Eng-Aponte is a copywriter for Jenny Craig and has written for the health and wellness, tech, and environmental industries. Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. They employ an “eat first, write later” approach to food blogging and enjoy the occasional Oxford comma. Outside of writing, you can find them photographing a muttley crew of rescue pups, brewing kombucha, or exploring San Diego. Favorite healthy snack: Green apple slices with sunflower butter 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!)
  17. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    How Much Does Jenny Craig Cost?

    Sherry, that is fantastic! We wish you continued success on your weight loss journey to better health!
  18. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Hate Working Out? These Tips May Help Change Your Mindset

    via GIPHY 1. Don’t give up before you’ve gotten started. Whether your exercise hiatus has spanned two weeks or two years, it’s never a bad time to get back into the swing of things. Planning is key: If you feel too busy, tired or stressed, will you really take the time to work out? A little preparation can go a long way when it comes to committing to a more active lifestyle. Set yourself up for workout success with a little prep! For a morning workout, try these tips: Put your running shoes near your bed. Get up and go without searching for your sneakers. Eat a healthy breakfast. The most important meal of the day is the fuel you’ll need for your workout. If you’re an early riser and don’t feel hungry when you wake, just make sure to refuel after your workout — the key is to listen to your body! Don’t hit the snooze button. As tempting as it may be to slumber a few extra minutes, you may be more likely to skip your workout. Try placing your alarm clock across the room so you have to get up to turn it off! Place a water bottle by the door. Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Wear your workout clothes to sleep. Roll out of bed and crush your workout first thing in the morning. Or, lay them near your bed so they’re easy to slip on once you wake up! If you prefer afternoon or evening workouts, try these: Pack a bag the night before. Toss your gym clothes, sneakers, water bottle, towel and a healthy snack into a bag and leave it by the door so you can grab it on your way out. Change into your gym clothes at work. Avoid the temptation of trading your sneakers for slippers at home and head right into your workout once you’ve wrapped up your day. Take advantage of your commute. Put on some music and crank up the volume! Choose an energetic playlist to pump yourself up for your workout or a more mellow playlist to unwind after a long day. via GIPHY 2. Ready, set, go(al)! Any effort you make to exercise — no matter how small it might seem — is something worth celebrating. You don’t have to settle for an all or nothing attitude: Set yourself up for success by creating small daily goals and aim to reach them each day. If your goal is to participate in a 5K, going for a brisk five-minute walk is a good place to start. Once you feel comfortable with a certain level of activity, gradually increase it. Turn that five-minute walk into a ten-minute one, and try walking faster than you did before. Give your walk a little extra boost by trading your loop around the block for a few flights of stairs, or a steep hill. By creating micro habits,2 you’re breaking down a larger goal into several of them, making them easier to accomplish. Remember: Every bit counts! Over time, you might not even notice you’ve been exercising for longer periods with more intensity. via GIPHY 3. Change it up. There are plenty of ways to fit in your workout for the day (and some don’t even feel like exercise!). If you’re not sure where to start, our Beginner’s Guide to Exercise will teach you some basics that you can use at any time during your fitness journey. Switch up your same-old workout routine to keep things fresh and exciting. Increase the difficulty of your workout by upping your speed, test out a new workout class, or try adding lightweight dumbbells. If you’re short on time, try interval training, where you’ll switch between short, intense periods of activity and taking brief rests. You can apply interval training to practically any form of exercise: walking, swimming and cycling are all great options to try.3 To start, do a minute of high-intensity activity, rest (by stopping completely or slowing your pace) and repeat. via GIPHY 4. Put healthy habits into practice. What’s keeping you from working out? Take a moment to identify some of your biggest hurdles and look for productive ways to move past them, like these: If you’re feeling too tired to exercise: Try out these 10 tips to improve your sleeping habits. If you’re distracted by your hectic schedule: Check out these helpful organization hints. If you don’t have time to cook a meal and complete a workout: Try these fast meal-planning hacks. Developing healthier habits helps build a foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Once those are in place, it’ll be easier to add more activity into your day, whether that’s squeezing in a quick jog, making a trip to the gym, or talking walks during your breaks at work. via GIPHY 5. Find your #fitfam. Need a little extra fitness motivation? Phone a friend! Exercising with your peers has great benefits: Committing to a workout with friends helps keep everyone accountable, which means you may be more likely to stick with your chosen activity.4 Researchers say people who exercise with friends, a spouse or coworkers enjoy their workouts more than those who exercise solo — and who doesn’t want to make a workout more fun?5 For a less intense activity, consider getting a group together: Participating in an outdoor walking group may help improve body fat, total cholesterol and quality of life.6 If your fitness motivation is lacking, getting a friend to join in could give you the boost you need to start — and finish — your workout. Take this fun quiz to find the perfect workout buddy! via GIPHY 6. Give your mindset a makeover. Try to push aside any negative thoughts you might have around working out and losing weight — they might actually be affecting your goals. Instead, lift yourself up! It’s not all about how you’ll look at the gym or how long you’ve been absent from your fitness class. Consider the bigger picture: your overall health. These are just a few of the amazing benefits of exercise: weight loss, better management of HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels, and even maintaining your muscles as you age. When you engage in physical activity, you’re giving your body the tools it needs to get stronger, work efficiently and maintain its functions, all of which are great for your health. Plus, if your job involves physical activity, your mindset could also make a difference. In a small study of 84 hotel room attendants, 44 participants were told their housekeeping work met the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidelines for a healthy lifestyle.7 Exercise was explained as something that didn’t need to be painful or difficult to be beneficial. These participants were also told their work was a good form of exercise and they received a breakdown of how many calories they’d burn per task (for example, vacuuming for 15 minutes would burn 50 calories). The remaining 40 participants received the same information as the previous group, but weren’t given information about how their work qualified as a form of exercise. By the end of the study, the better-informed group of 44 hotel employees lowered their blood pressure by 10 points, lost an average of two pounds, and had healthier BMI readings in just four weeks! Because participants didn’t report any changes in their workloads, diet or exercise during the study’s four-week duration, researchers concluded that their mindset — and not a change in their behavior — was the driving force behind improvements in their health. By taking the time to exercise, you’re making an investment in your health, physically and mentally. A positive mindset can take you far — and help boost your motivation! If you’re struggling to start working out, taking that first step can seem daunting. We’ve all been there! Sometimes all you need is to find the right motivation. We hope these tips will help make your workouts easier and more fun — and we can’t wait to see your progress. If losing weight is part of your inspiration to begin working out, we’d love to help! Jenny Craig’s DNA Decoder Plan identifies 15 unique genetic markers that may change the way you think about weight loss. Your DNA Decoder results will reveal everything from your likelihood of having a sweet tooth to your likelihood of being intrinsically motivated to workout, plus helpful tips you can use to support your goals. Your DNA markers are expertly paired with a delicious meal plan that’s tailored to your results. Want to learn more about your DNA’s impact on your weight loss? Get early access to the DNA Decoder Plan by signing up today! Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=24805993 [2] https://www.nbcnews.com/better/one-small-thing/how-use-micro-habits-tackle-big-health-goals-n766691 [3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/interval-training-for-a-stronger-heart [4] https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-you-should-work-out-crowd-ncna798936 [5] https://www.livescience.com/40977-exercise-enjoyment-friends.html [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4453623/ [7] https://mbl.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj9941/f/crum_exerciseplacebo_psychsci2007.pdf Stephanie Eng-Aponte Stephanie Eng-Aponte is a copywriter for Jenny Craig and has written for the health and wellness, tech, and environmental industries. Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. They employ an “eat first, write later” approach to food blogging and enjoy the occasional Oxford comma. Outside of writing, you can find them photographing a muttley crew of rescue pups, brewing kombucha, or exploring San Diego. Favorite healthy snack: Green apple slices with sunflower butter 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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    How Much Does Jenny Craig Cost?

    My family has a history of high blood pressure and strokes and I was headed that way with being very overweight. After 2 1/2 months on Jenny Craig, I was down 20 lbs and at my last Dr's visit, my physician told me I was no longer pre-diabetic and took me off of one of my blood pressure meds because my blood pressure was constantly at a normal level. I know it seems like a lot of money to spend in one week, but I consider it an investment in my health, saving me thousands of dollars in the future in healthcare bills.
  20. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    The Most Common Questions Jenny Craig Consultants Get (But Love Answering!)

    Hi Melo. More information can be found here about the cost of Jenny Craig!
  21. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    What to Expect At Your First Consultation

    Hi Denise! We can help you no matter how big or small your goal. Several over our clients only want to lose 10 lbs. or so. We're happy to give you more information on how we can help you. Feel free to chat with us or give us a call at 1-866-706-4042. Thank you!
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    What to Expect At Your First Consultation

    Doesn't it matter if I want to lose only 12 lbs? O des it have to be more weight loss to Join?
  23. Hi, I have my FIRST Jenny Craig appointment coming up. I am very excited and optimistic after reading several articles, blogs, inspiration and success stories. My question is on average, how much in terms of costs, will I have to spend weekly to supplement or round out my Jenny Craig purchased meals?
  24. Carole Anderson Lucia

    Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference?

    Why carbohydrates are important Photo by Eaters Collective on Unsplash Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (along with protein and fat) that play a crucial role in your body’s healthy functioning. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health,1 carbs are your body’s most important source of energy, as they’re used to produce glucose, which provides the energy necessary for a wide range of functions, from temperature regulation and muscle contraction to red blood cell production and brain functioning. In fact, while other organs can also use both fat and protein as an energy source, your brain and red blood cells prefer glucose for energy.2 What’s more, avoiding carbohydrates completely can actually be harmful to your health, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine3 reports, as doing so may increase the risk of heart disease. What are the different types of carbohydrates? Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash There are two main types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates include sugar, which can be naturally-occurring, but is usually added to most foods (as in table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners).4 Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as beans, fruit, peas, vegetables and whole grains.5 It’s important to note that while fruit and vegetables do contain some simple carbs, they also boast healthy micronutrients and fiber, as well as complex carbs. What’s better: simple or complex carbs? While both simple and complex carbohydrates are converted to glucose to be used for energy, simple carbohydrates cause your blood glucose levels to rise more quickly than complex carbohydrates do; they also are digested more quickly and tend to be less filling. Photo by ja ma on Unsplash According to the University of Michigan Health System,2 simple carbohydrates in the form of added sugars are the least-healthy type because they cause insulin (which is released in conjunction with glucose to help it enter the cells of your body) to rise too quickly. This rapid rise of insulin causes blood glucose to then drop very quickly, which can leave you feeling hungry and prone to overeating, potentially leading to weight gain. If this pattern continues and you develop consistently high levels of insulin, you may become insulin resistant — which can lead to other serious health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes. Complex-carbohydrate foods, on the other hand, are not only digested more slowly, but they are also often higher in fiber than simple carbohydrates, potentially helping to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. The fiber in complex carbs may also help prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic reports, and it’s vital for your digestive health.6 Research has also shown that a diet rich in complex carbohydrates can lead to reduced body weight and body fat while improving insulin function in overweight people. In fact, the authors of a 2018 study say that healthy carbohydrates in the form of beans, fruit, vegetables and whole grains are “the healthiest fuel for our bodies.”7-8 Now here’s the important point: Since eating foods that contain carbohydrates will cause a release of glucose and insulin, many people assume that carbs are not healthy and can lead to diabetes and other health problems, such as weight gain or obesity. But remember: The type of carbs you eat plays a role. If you eat mostly processed (simple) carbs, you are likely to release greater amounts of insulin, which can lead to health problems down the road. Complex carbs, on the other hand, have been shown to confer a number of health benefits and may even help you lose weight since they can help you feel satisfied and full for longer. Healthy Carbs vs. Unhealthy Carbs Photo by Miguel Maldonado on Unsplash Remember, while carbs are a necessary part of a healthy diet, some are healthier than others. Following is a list of complex-carbohydrate foods that should be included as part of a healthy diet:9 All non-starchy vegetables, including artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes — the list is nearly endless! Beans and legumes, including black, garbanzo, kidney, pinto and white beans; edamame; lentils; and black-eyed, green and split peas Fruit — strawberries, blueberries, apples, watermelon, grapes — the list goes on. Just make sure to keep an eye on how much fruit you’re eating if your goals include weight loss. Nuts (again, try to watch how many you eat, as they are calorie-dense) Starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes — monitor your portion sizes if you’re trying to lose weight. Whole grains, including barley, brown or wild rice, oats, quinoa, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta and wheat Photo by Jessica Henderson on Unsplash At the same time, steer clear or limit your intake of these types of simple carbohydrates, which may lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease if eaten in excess:10 Added sugars, including agave nectar, corn sweetener, high fructose corn syrup and ingredients ending in –ose (dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, etc.) Candy Canned fruit in syrup Highly processed refined foods, such as cookies and crackers Ice cream and similar dairy desserts Pastries and other sweets Sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit juice Syrups Table sugar White bread, white pasta and white rice While groundbreaking research11-15 suggests that some people are inherently able to process carbohydrates more efficiently than others, the fact remains that a certain amount of this nutrient is not only healthy, but also necessary for your body to function normally. We hope we’ve given you the information you need to help you select the healthiest, most nutritious carbohydrates to help fuel your body — and your life! Did you know your DNA can influence how your body processes carbs? Sign up to be notified when Jenny Craig’s DNA Decoder Plan launches nationwide — and find out how following a plan tailored to your unique DNA, including your carb utilization profile, can help your weight loss efforts! Sources: [1] https://medlineplus.gov/carbohydrates.html [2] https://www.med.umich.edu/pfans/_pdf/hetm-2016/0416-sugarcancer.pdf [3] https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nutrition-information/the-carbohydrate-advantage [4] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/imagepages/19534.htm [5] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/imagepages/19529.htm [6] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/carbohydrates/art-20045705?p=1 [7] https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/pcfr-hdl092418.php [8] https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/9/1302/htm [9] https://www.diabetes.org/nutrition/understanding-carbs/get-to-know-carbs [10] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/ [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27581055 [12] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=21747052 [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23372041 [14] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23636237 [15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29641994 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!)
  25. Clint Carter

    11 of the Best Foods for Men's Health

    Photo by CJ Dayrit on Unsplash 1. Spinach The Popeye effect is real: Spinach contains small amounts of a hormone called ecdysterone, which according to research published in the Archives of Toxicology, can help people gain muscle.1 Spinach is also a great food for weight loss. Slimming down while building muscle? This might just be the superfood you’ve been missing from your diet. Eat it: Spinach is an extremely versatile veggie. Mix it into your next smoothie or top a bed of spinach with lean protein such as chicken or sirloin for a hearty salad. Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash 2. Blueberries The fruit’s coloring comes primarily from antioxidants called anthocyanins, which have been shown to protect mental health. In one recent review of 12 studies, eight of them found measurable cognitive improvements — especially in regards to memory — among people adding blueberries to their diets.2 Eat it: If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, enjoy one of our savory and sweet breakfasts: Blueberry Pancakes and Sausage. Not only are the pancakes made with juicy blueberries, they’re also topped with them! Or, try having some berries for a refreshing and healthy snack. Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash 3. Walnuts Last year, after compiling the results of 26 studies, researchers concluded that people who added walnuts to their diets could expect to lower their triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and apolipoprotein B — a protein associated with cardiovascular disease.3 Eat it: Walnuts are the perfect satisfying midday snack. Just watch the portion size if your goals include weight loss. Another way to incorporate them is to chop the nuts into smaller pieces and sprinkle them on top of a salad for an added (healthy) crunch. Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash 4. Grapefruit After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men.4 But you can fight the odds: University of Oxford researchers found that men in the top fifth of fruit consumers were 9% less likely to develop prostate cancer, and after parsing the data, the effect proved most strongly correlated with citrus fruits.5 So you may want to double down on grapefruits, oranges, and lemon juice. Try drizzling that last one over salad. Eat it: Citrus fruits pair well with breakfast foods. Peel a fresh orange and eat it with a savory omelet. 5. Olive oil More good prostate news: Swapping out butter for olive oil may decrease your odds of cancer. In a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, researchers determined that saturated fat (found in foods like butter and full-fat cheese) increased the risk of prostate cancer by 51%, while the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, on the other hand, presented no increased risk.6-7 Eat it: The next time you’re grilling up some vegetables, add a little olive oil. Just be sure to measure the amount you pour: oils are calorie-dense and can impact your weight loss. If you’re trying to lose weight, focus on adding a teaspoon of olive oil to your daily routine. Photo by Mike Kenneally on Unsplash 6. Coffee In a study of half a million people, researchers determined that coffee drinkers were less likely than non-drinkers to die from any cause during a 10-year period.8 Among the coffee drinkers, the mortality rate decreased by 8% for those who drank one cup per day. And get this: The results even included decaf coffee, which implies the effect has little to do with caffeine. More likely, it’s the result of naturally occurring antioxidants in beans. Drink it: Try to limit your coffee intake to morning hours and avoid drinking it four to six hours before bed as the caffeine may affect your sleep quality. Skip adding creamers or sweeteners — a splash of nonfat milk is a much better option if you’re focusing on weight loss. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, try adding your Vanilla Cream Shake to iced coffee for 12 grams of added protein and a touch of sweetness. Photo by Youjeen Cho on Unsplash 7. Tuna Thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, certain types of fish have been shown to guard your cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure and triglycerides while smoothing out heartbeat irregularities.9a-b The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week.10 You’re probably most familiar with salmon as an omega-3 delivery system, and indeed, it’s an excellent source — as are fresh mackerel and tuna. But canned tuna is convenient and ready to serve, which makes it easier for many men to fit into their meals. Eat it: While fresh tuna is a great source of omega-3s, light canned tuna is a great option: It’s often easier to find, is inexpensive and doesn’t require cooking. If weight loss is your goal, choose tuna packed in water, rather than oil, to avoid added calories. Then, add it to a salad or mix it into pasta for some added protein. Photo by BartekSzewczyk on iStock 8. Eggs Years ago, eggs were charged with the crime of spiking cholesterol. Today, for the most part, the charges have been dropped, which means you now have a green light to take advantage of one of the most potent and easily accessible protein sources on the planet. And that’s good for preserving lean body mass: Men over the age of 30 lose an average of 3-5% of their muscle mass each decade.11 By increasing your protein intake, you may be able to slow the deterioration. Eat it: Start your day with an egg scramble loaded with veggies like spinach, tomatoes and onion. Photo by CJ Dayrit on Unsplash 9. Broccoli The little green trees belong to a family of cruciferous vegetables, which includes cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and other vegetables with high doses of sulfur-rich compounds that may offer natural protection from disease.12 In a large observational study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,13 researchers found that people who ate the most vegetables from this family were 22% less likely to pass away from any disease during the study period. And in a separate study from 2019, researchers found that one weekly serving of broccoli with a high concentration of the disease-fighting compounds altered human gene expression in such a way that could slow the progression of prostate cancer.14 (To get the same effect, you should eat 3-7 weekly servings of standard supermarket broccoli.) Eat it: Broccoli mixes well into a variety of dishes (think: chicken, pasta and broccoli or a hearty grain and vegetable bowl) or eat it solo as a healthy side dish. Need tips on cooking this cruciferous veggie? Start here: 4 Healthy Ways to Make Broccoli Taste Amazing. 10. Milk and nonfat unsweetened yogurt Calcium is critical for maintaining bone density, and men need 1,000 milligrams (mg) of the mineral per day — or slightly more for men over 70.15 And no food delivers more calcium than dairy: For every cup of milk or 6-ounce serving of yogurt you consume, you’re getting nearly a third of you day’s intake. Eat it: The next time you’re enjoying waffles on a Saturday morning, top it with nonfat plain Greek yogurt and some strawberries or blueberries. Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash 11. Tomato soup After looking at more than 260,000 men, researchers at the University of Illinois found that guys who reported eating the most cooked tomatoes were 19% less likely to develop prostate cancer, on average.16 And a separate study from the journal Urology found that guys who consumed more soup of any kind had, on average, 26% lower odds of developing an enlarged prostate.17 Combine those two studies and you have a good case for eating tomato soup. (If you’re opting for a canned version, be sure to check the sodium content before you drop it in your cart. Jenny Craig’s Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup is a great option.) Eat it: Soup makes for a great appetizer or snack since it’s typically low in calories. Eat it before dinner or savor it alongside your next meal on a cold night. Looking for more healthy foods for men? Jenny Craig has over 100 delicious, chef-crafted foods you can enjoy while working toward your goals. Our Men’s Meal Plan was created to help fit your needs and help keep you satisfied. Learn more. Sources: [1] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00204-019-02490-x [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30999017 [3] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/108/1/174/5042152 [4] https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5488166/ [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27595916 [7] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-dietaryfat-prostate-cancer-idUSKCN1271OQ [8] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2686145 [9] (a) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712371/; (b) https://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(05)02190-9/fulltext [10] https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/fish-and-omega-3-fatty-acids [11] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/preserve-your-muscle-mass [12] https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/cruciferous-vegetables [13] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/94/1/240/4597862 [14] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/109/4/1133/5455624 [15] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/high-calcium-intake-from-supplements-linked-to-heart-disease-in-men-201302065861 [16] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41391-017-0005-x [17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16413336 Clint Carter Clint Carter is a reporter with more than a decade of experience in health, nutrition, and fitness, and his stories have appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, Shape, and other fitness-driven magazines. His reporting is driven by the belief that foods are rarely ever "good" or "bad," but rather, their value depends on how they fit into an overall diet. His favorite meals are those consumed at a campsite, and much of his time is spent cycling and hiking around his home in New York's Hudson Valley. Favorite healthy snack: Sardines and avocado on toast. 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. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Bailey W. Lost 115 lbs.* – and What He Learned May Change Your Outlook on Weight Loss

    That's great @stacey100 congrats on your weight loss!
  27. This story is so inspiring to me. Especially since I’m a guy and am doing the classic menu. I’m 23 lbs down in 3 months. Reading this story helps me want to try harder.
  28. How to meal plan for the school year Photo by asiseeit on iStock Just as you settled into your summer routine fairly quickly, you can ease back into your school schedule with some time and practice. Here are seven tips to help you start off on the right foot. 1. Plan ahead. As anyone who has been left scrambling to put together a suitable lunchbox meal at 7:30 on a weekday morning can attest, it’s not the most enjoyable activity. That’s why it pays to plan ahead. While sketching out a full week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners is the pinnacle of meal-planning success, just planning out your kids’ lunches and snacks can go a long way toward easing weekday stress. So the weekend before school starts, make a list of all five lunches your kids will eat for the week, plus any snacks they may need — and don’t be afraid to get creative! Lunchbox meals don’t need to consist of peanut butter sandwiches day in and out — from cottage cheese and fruit to meatballs and marinara (yes, it can be done!), there are plenty of options to keep your kids eating a healthy, varied diet. (See “Healthy School Lunch Ideas,” below, for more inspiration.) Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash 2. Keep nutritional guidelines in mind. When planning healthy school lunches for your little ones, pay attention to these nutritional guidelines from the Mayo Clinic (which also happen to be good for you, too!):1 Include protein sources such as beans, eggs, lean meat and poultry, peas, seafood, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. When choosing fruit, choose a selection of fresh, canned (try to choose fruit that is canned in water or its own juice, not in a syrup) or frozen fruits rather than dried fruits or fruit juice. If your family enjoys dried fruit, consider that ¼ cup of dried fruit is equivalent to 1 cup of fresh, canned or frozen fruit. (Dried fruits are more calorie-dense than other forms.) When choosing vegetables, go for variety. Eat the rainbow! Encourage your family to eat a selection of dark green, red and orange vegetables, as well as beans, peas and non-starchy vegetables. As with fruit, you may opt for fresh, frozen or canned, although you may want to watch the sodium content when eating canned veggies. Choose whole grains over processed ones. Limit refined grains such as white bread, pasta and rice; choose whole grains such as brown or wild rice, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa and whole-grain bread instead. When choosing dairy products, opt for fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified soy beverages. Limit added sugar, such as brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup and honey. Note that naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit and milk, are not considered added sugars. Limit saturated and trans fats. These include fats that come from animal sources, such as full-fat dairy products, red meat and dark meat poultry, and foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil. Healthier fats include those from olives, nuts, avocados and seafood. 3. Shop before the school week starts. If you can get the majority of your shopping done over the weekend, it will save you tons of time — and stress — during the week. (And it can give you the opportunity to get back to your own goals!) Be sure to keep plenty of staples on hand to avoid midweek stop-offs at the grocery store after school pickup, sports practice or work. Photo by courtneyk on iStock 4. Stock up on essentials. Lunchboxes or bags, thermoses, reusable water bottles, freezer-safe food storage containers, compartmented food containers, refreezable ice packs: Make sure you’ve got everything you need to make packing school lunches a snap. Also consider getting one or two extra of whatever you’ll need so you’re never left in a pinch. 5. Do some prep work over the weekend. Based on your meal and snack list for the week, do whatever meal-prep work you can ahead of time. For instance: Peel and chop any vegetables you’ll be using throughout the week. Ditto for fruit as long as it won’t turn soggy or brown. Portion out snacks into individual serving sizes. Assemble any lunches you can over the weekend. If something risks getting soggy or otherwise unpalatable, plan on doing it the night before. Making pasta salad? Boil the noodles and refrigerate them in single-serving containers. Or prep the entire salad, minus the dressing, and add the dressing the morning of. Got smoothies on the menu? Mix up a batch and freeze in single-serving containers (glass jelly jars are the perfect size). Be sure to thaw them in the refrigerator the night before you plan to send them to school. Make a batch of whole-grain waffles and freeze them. Whether you use them for a healthy breakfast (smear some non-fat plain yogurt on them with fresh or frozen fruit for a healthy, filling morning meal) or a tasty lunch, these are a great staple to keep on hand. Just remember to thaw them the night before. 6. Do some batch cooking. Making dinners that could double as school lunches? Soups, stews, whole-grain pizza: All of these could easily do double-duty, so plan on cooking a batch or two over the weekend and making extra to freeze for your kids’ lunches. 7. Get your kids involved. If your children are old enough, let them help with some of the prep work and planning. Not only will doing so ease your workload, but research2 has shown that when kids are involved in meal preparation, they tend to not only eat more vegetables, but they also report increased feelings of positivity and control. Healthy school lunch ideas While there’s nothing wrong with the school lunchbox staple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they can get old — for you and your kids. Try some of these ideas for a healthy twist on the traditional school lunch: Pasta salad: Toss cooked, chilled whole-grain rotini with sliced raw carrots, cucumber and celery; cooked, diced chicken breast; and a bit of oil and vinegar or another salad dressing for a refreshing lunch on a hot day. Or dress it in pesto for an extra boost of vegetables. Fruit smoothie: Fresh or frozen fruit, non-fat plain yogurt and a bit of coconut or almond milk make for a delicious lunch treat. For extra ease, whip up a batch and freeze in single-serving glass jars. Hummus with vegetables: Jarred or homemade hummus is delicious and healthy. Virtually any type of raw vegetable makes for a great sidecar, as does whole-wheat pita bread. Turkey meatballs: Yes, you read that right! If you’re whipping up a batch of meatballs and marinara for a healthy weeknight dinner, make some extra to double as lunch for your kids. Heat it up in the morning and toss in a thermos — your kids will thank you come lunchtime! Soup: Same goes for soup — heat it up in the morning and pack in a thermos. Lunch wraps: Turkey, tuna salad, egg salad: All can be wrapped in a whole-grain tortilla or lettuce leaves with some shredded carrots and diced cucumber for a delicious, refreshing lunch. Bento boxes: Invest in a few meal-prep containers with different compartments and fill with a selection of fruit, vegetables, protein and whole grains and let your kids build their own lunches. Whole-grain waffle sandwich: Whole-grain waffles make for a healthy, filling lunch. Try spreading them with a small amount of nut butter or diced fresh fruit — delicious! Low-fat cottage cheese with chopped vegetables or fruit. Filling and oh-so-yummy! As bittersweet as it can be to watch the days turn shorter and the school year approach, this transition can also be an opportunity to make a tune-up to eating habits that may have slipped during the more laid-back days of summer. We hope you use these tips to get back on track to healthy eating for your entire family — lunch included! Too busy to plan, prep and cook? Contact Jenny Craig today to find out how our meal-delivery service can help you reach your weight-loss and health goals without adding more to your to-do list! Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/nutrition-for-kids/art-20049335 [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24709485 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!)
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