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  4. Brittany Risher

    Eating at Your Desk: Is It Healthy?

    1. You may eat more mindfully Photo by Pablo Merchán Montes on Unsplash Have you ever eaten lunch at your desk, then felt hungry an hour later? If so, you're not alone. In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,1 researchers served the same lunch to two groups of people. Half ate while playing solitaire on a computer and the other half ate without distraction. The gamers not only reported being less full immediately after lunch, they also ate almost twice as many cookies as the non-distracted group did 30 minutes post-lunch. The study authors believe that distraction may blur our memories of eating and our sense of fullness. Stepping away from your desk may help you eat more mindfully, which also may help you consume less food, research indicates.2 Over time, your weight loss may also benefit. To practice mindful eating, try focusing on every sense of your meal: the colors on your plate, enticing aromas of the food, and the different flavors and textures in each bite. Find a place to enjoy your food where you won’t be easily distracted by digital devices. If it’s nice out, consider eating your lunch outside, or take your lunch to a peaceful lookout. Even eating in your office’s breakroom is a great way to give your eyes some rest from staring at your computer screen — plus, you can take the time to savor every bite of your meal! 2. You may be more productive and creative Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash As hard as we try to do two (or three or five) things at once, research indicates we can’t efficiently do two tasks at the same time.3 In fact, one study found that only 2.5% of people can multitask effectively.4 Trying to focus on more than one project — like eating and working — may lead you to make three times as many errors as you would mono-tasking5 and may make you up to 40% less productive.6 But it's not only multitasking that may be making you less productive — forgoing a lunch break may reduce your output. In one study, University of Illinois researchers gave 84 people a 50-minute task. Those who took two brief breaks did not experience a drop in their performance over time, while those who didn't take a break saw a dramatic decline in their productivity. The lead researcher commented, "From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long tasks, it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task!"7 What’s more, research suggests that scheduled breaks may boost your creativity.8 Simply using another part of your brain to chat with coworkers or immersing yourself in a nutritious meal could help you come back to your task with a fresh mind and new perspective — one that allows you to see solutions and make connections that your worn down, hungry brain could not. You may be able to get more done in less time and still get out the door in time to take your child to soccer practice. 3. Socializing is good for your health Photo by kupicoo on iStock It's never a bad thing to spend some time away from your cubicle with your colleagues. Your work and health may benefit from the interaction — whether that be by the water cooler or a lunchtime walk. MIT researchers discovered that employees who frequently interacted face-to-face with their coworkers were more productive than less-social workers.9 Other studies show that “real-life” interactions and relationships (that is, not over social media or the phone) may help prevent depression10 and memory loss,11 and may reduce inflammation associated with certain diseases.12 So why not ask the new employee or intern to join you for lunch? They're sure to welcome the company. 4. Most of us can benefit from moving more Photo by Paul Bradbury on iStock You're likely aware that too much sitting can have an adverse effect on your health. But you may not realize just how: Research shows that people who spend more time being sedentary may be at a greater risk of metabolic syndrome,13 cardiovascular disease and diabetes.14 Do like you would with a workout: Schedule time in your calendar to take a lunch break and plan to meet a friend for a walk to keep yourself accountable. If it's available to you, consider walking to a nearby park to eat outside when the weather is nice for a little extra activity. 5. You may avoid getting sick Even if you have your own office, eating at your desk in the workplace actually means eating with others — in the form of bacteria. Most of us are oblivious to the fact that, at the office, more germs hang out on our office desks and keyboards than on the toilets in the bathrooms, according to a University of Arizona survey.15 Instead, head to the cafeteria where you know the tables are cleaned properly every day. And keep washing your hands and wiping down your desk area with sanitizing wipes. What’s your plan for lunch today? Hopefully, you won’t be eating lunch at your desk! We hope you use these tips and take the time to enjoy your meal away from your workspace — while savoring every bite! Do you need help with meal prep during the week? Too tired or busy to grocery shop? Take one thing off your to-do list and let Jenny Craig do the work! Enjoy chef-crafted, healthy meals while staying on track with your health goals. Learn more about our personalized weight plans and start eating healthier meals today. Sources: [1] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/93/2/308/4597636 [2] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/97/4/728/4577025 [3] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/science-clear-multitasking-doesnt-work/ [4] http://www.psych.uncc.edu/pagoolka/seminar/PBR2010p479.pdf [5] https://science.sciencemag.org/content/328/5976/360.abstract [6] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170425092429.htm [7] https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/205427 [8] https://hbr.org/2017/05/to-be-more-creative-schedule-your-breaks [9] https://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/111766/news-flash-workplace-socializing-productive.aspx [10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437566 [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18511736 [12] https://www.nia.nih.gov/about/living-long-well-21st-century-strategic-directions-research-aging/research-suggests-positive [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3325927/ [14] https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2091327/sedentary-time-its-association-risk-disease-incidence-mortality-hospitalization-adults [15] https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/where-do-germs-lurk-new-survey-shows-most-americans-dont-know 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 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!)
  5. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    Hi Jen. Thanks for your feedback. You can add any Fresh and Free additions to your meals to bulk them up if you'd like. Zoodles are great in the Chicken Margarita and Chicken Primavera.
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    New Foods are Here! Check Out Our Spring Menu

    I enjoy the Chicken Marguerita and Chicken Primavera. It is nice to see carb-light entrees. But they are seriously small... I would like some volumizing suggestions for these items, and any others. Having a little trouble getting inspired!
  7. While most of us live a relatively ordinary life, we still encounter moments – getting a dream job or finding true love – that change our lives, our way of thinking, and ourselves. These special moments don’t happen all the time, but when they do, you feel their impact deep inside your soul. I’ve been lucky enough to experience one of these life-changing moments. For me, it was my weight loss. My experience of losing over 100 lbs.* on Jenny Craig will be with me forever. I believe that when most people think about weight loss, they think “thin equals happy.” It’s true, I do feel happy. 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Jenny Craig provided that balance with its healthy meals and portion control. The menus are more than just a list of foods you’re supposed to eat that day. They are a layout of nutritious meals that provide what your body needs to lose weight and be properly nourished. The menus also helped me to learn new eating habits. Most people eat three meals a day, but the Jenny Craig menus included three meals and three snacks, which kept my hunger at bay. I learned that keeping my body fueled throughout the day would help to stop those extra food cravings. As I mastered my new healthy eating habits, I was able to plan, prepare and eat meals on my own based on what I learned from the program and my Jenny Craig consultant. When I started at Jenny Craig, I weighed 311 lbs. As I followed the Jenny Craig menu plan and successfully lost weight, I started to notice positive changes to my health. I no longer slept until 2 p.m. in the afternoon or needed coffee to wake up. My back pain disappeared, I noticed my hair was fuller and my skin cleared up. My sleep was more restful with less tossing and turning. Along with improved health, I found that my lifestyle was changing, too. I had the energy to do things I couldn’t do before and the urge to try things I’ve never tried before. Now, I can ride a bike comfortably, lift weights and go rollerblading. I’ve lived next to a nature preserve my whole life, but it wasn’t until I lost weight that I had the urge to go out and explore its many beautiful trails. When I set my goal to lose weight, I never expected it to change my lifestyle in this way. Losing weight also gave me a confidence that I never knew existed. If I could lose over 100 lbs.*, how hard could it be to try other new foods, a different style of clothing, or a new adventure? My confidence in everything I did skyrocketed after losing weight. I was never one to try new things, especially when it came to food. Now, I look forward to it! After losing weight, I started to push myself harder to achieve the things I wanted in my life. I lost 115 lbs.* on Jenny Craig and I feel great! I have learned so much on my weight loss journey and hope to inspire others with my success. One tip that works for me is to not rely on food for my happiness. My motto is “don’t indulge on food, indulge in life.” I know that losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, but Jenny Craig gave me the support I needed. The best advice I can give is to not give up. The benefits are well worth the effort. The feeling of having my life back in my control is indescribable! Feeling inspired by Bailey'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. Received promotional consideration.
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    4 Unique Ways to Remix Your Macaroni and Cheese

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    4 Unique Ways to Remix Your Macaroni and Cheese

    I threw out the box, how long do I cook the mac n cheese?
  10. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Fact or Fiction: Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

    But does drinking water help you lose weight, or is it a myth? Here’s what science says about water and weight loss. Can you drink water to lose weight? Research suggests weight loss may be one of the many benefits of drinking water.1 Try these tips to apply these science-backed benefits to your routine: 1. Drink water before your meals. Photo by Syda Productions on Shutterstock Try to avoid mistaking thirst for hunger pangs by having a glass of water before eating. One study found that middle-aged and older adults who followed a low-calorie diet and drank 16 ounces of water before eating their breakfast, lunch and dinner lost more weight than those who didn’t drink water before their meals.2 The researchers think water intake may have made participants feel more full, which helped prevent overeating. In a separate study, the University of Oxford found that overweight adults who drank 500 milliliters of water (just over 16 ounces) before their meals ate fewer calories and lost approximately 2.8 more pounds over twelve weeks than those who simply imagined their stomachs were full before sitting down to eat.1 2. Skip the sugar-sweetened drinks. Since water is a naturally calorie-free beverage, swapping a sugary beverage for a glass of water is a smart choice to cut out extra calories. In fact, one study showed that those who drank plenty of water throughout the day had fewer sodas and fruit juices, and ate 194 fewer calories per day.3 3. Enjoy a glass of water to help jump-start your metabolism. Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash Water can do more than manage your appetite: Drinking it may also help to temporarily boost your metabolism. An hour after study participants drank 500 ml of water, there was a 30% increase in their bodies’ ability to use energy.4 (These tips may also help increase your metabolism naturally!) Here’s how much water should you drink daily An easy way to remember how much water to drink each day is to think of the 8x8 rule: drinking a minimum of eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This is a basic guideline to follow, but you will likely need to drink more water especially if you’re in a warm environment, feel thirsty or are exercising. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend that healthy, sedentary adult men should aim to get 3.7 liters of water per day, while adult women should have 2.7 liters.5 These amounts include the water found in beverages, as well as in foods. Everyone’s needs will differ, so when in doubt, listen to your body. Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated and stick to your weight loss goals. You can also enjoy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables that are great sources of water. And don’t be afraid to have a cup of coffee or tea – one study suggests that enjoying a caffeinated drink won’t have a significantly negative impact on hydration.6 Additional health benefits of drinking water Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash While you can support your weight loss efforts by staying hydrated, there are other health benefits associated with drinking water. The body expels water in a variety of ways, like sweating and breathing, so it’s important to replenish what’s being lost by eating and drinking. Without enough water, your body may start to feel the effects of dehydration, including fatigue, dizziness, dry skin and dry mouth.7 Keeping yourself well-hydrated may also help support other parts of your body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:8 Joints: Staying hydrated helps promote joint health. Your joints are cushioned by synovial fluid, a natural substance that’s made up of water and several other components.9 It also helps to transport nutrients to cartilage and remove waste. Kidneys: Water flushes out the kidneys to remove waste. The National Kidney Foundation recommends drinking plenty of water to help prevent kidney stones and treat urinary tract infections.11 Digestive system: Drinking water during a meal can help your body to process food and won’t disrupt digestion, the Mayo Clinic states.12 Water helps to break down food and ease bowel movements to prevent constipation. Cardiovascular system: Experiencing less than 2% dehydration – when you start feeling thirsty – could negatively impact how your blood cells function, according to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition.13 Staying hydrated will make it easier for your heart to pump blood through your blood vessels, says the American Heart Association.14 Water is one of the best beverages to help keep you hydrated and assist with healthy weight loss. And unlike soda, fruit juice and sports drinks, it won’t add unneeded calories to your diet. If you’re not used to drinking water regularly, make it easier to quench your thirst by keeping a water bottle close by. For a flavorful twist on plain water, try infusing your drink with fresh fruit! Learn more about how to support your weight loss with a balanced meal plan and personalized support — contact Jenny Craig today to get started. Sources: [1] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/oby.21167 [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2859815/ [3] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1038/oby.2005.266 [4] https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/88/12/6015/2661518 [5] https://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=10925 [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11022872 [7] https://medlineplus.gov/dehydration.html [8] https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html [9] https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/veterinary-science-and-veterinary-medicine/synovial-fluid [10] https://www.arthritis-health.com/types/joint-anatomy/how-do-synovial-joints-work [11] https://www.kidney.org/content/6-tips-be-water-wise-healthy-kidneys [12] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/digestion/faq-20058348 [13] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160302150026.htm [14] https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/staying-hydrated-staying-healthy 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 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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    Tips to Stay Healthy and Vibrant in Your 30s

    Read on for eight steps you can take, starting today, to keep yourself healthy and radiant throughout your third decade — and for many decades to come. 1. Keep your metabolism humming Photo by Gesina Kunkel on Unsplash Even if you eat and exercise as you always have, you may notice that your metabolism just doesn’t seem as efficient as it once was. And you might be right: Researchers have found that people’s resting metabolic rate decreases an average of about 1% to 2% every decade after the age of 20.1 To help compensate for a slowing metabolism, experts recommend the following: Get regular aerobic exercise. Try to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity, such as walking, cycling or swimming, every day.2 Not sure where to start? Check out this beginner’s guide to exercise. Fit in extra movement where and when you can. Any extra movement can help rev your metabolism, so try making a few simple adjustments to your day. For example, park at the far end of the parking lot or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk over to your coworker’s desk instead of sending an email. Another idea: Take a brisk walk during your lunch break or when your kids are at soccer practice. Small bouts of activity can add up in a big way! Add strength training to your exercise routine. Experts recommend doing strength training, such as weightlifting or working out with exercise bands, at least 2-3 days per week to help boost your metabolism.2 As an added bonus, strength training can make your bones stronger and boost your weight loss efforts.3 It can also help slow the age-related muscle loss that often starts around the age of 30.4 2. Schedule an annual health screening According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health,5 a regular visit with your doctor is necessary for good health. If you’re concerned about the cost, don’t be: Since it’s considered preventive care, an annual checkup shouldn’t cost anything extra as long as you have health insurance. 3. Get your thyroid checked The American Thyroid Association6 recommends getting a screening test for thyroid function at the age of 35, followed by another test once every five years. Women are more likely to experience thyroid issues than men, which can impact metabolism function and weight.7 If you are considering pregnancy, it may also be beneficial to get your thyroid checked as proper thyroid function is critical for the development of the brain and nervous system.8 4. Monitor your weight Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash According to the National Institutes of Health,9 after age 30, lean muscle mass begins to diminish, and body fat starts to increase. This includes visceral fat, or the type that builds up in the center of your body and around your internal organs. In fact, research10 indicates that visceral fat may increase more than 200% in men and 400% in women between the third and seventh decades. Why is abdominal fat a concern? It’s linked to a range of serious health problems, including heart disease; stroke; Type 2 diabetes; sleep apnea; and certain types of cancers.11 To help combat visceral fat — and for all-around good health — the Heart Foundation recommends the following:11 Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains; increase your intake of soluble fiber; choose lean protein sources, such as chicken; limit your intake of processed meats; opt for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as the type found in fish and nuts; and limit your consumption of saturated fat, such as that found in meat and high-fat dairy products, including cheese and butter. Steer clear of excess sugar. In addition to avoiding extra sugar from foods such as baked goods and candy, beware of all types of sugary beverages — including soda, juice and sports drinks — as they appear to increase visceral fat. Limit or avoid alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol causes you to gain belly fat by adding empty calories to your diet. If you drink, do so in moderation: up to one drink per day for women, two per day for men. If weight loss is your goal, try to avoid alcohol consumption altogether. Get enough sleep. Routinely getting five hours or less of sleep per night increases visceral fat, research shows. Aim for eight hours of quality sleep every night. Reduce stress. When the stress hormone cortisol courses through your body, research indicates that you may be more susceptible to gaining weight around your mid-section.12 Exercise and meditation can be great ways to help reduce stress. So can reading. Do strength training. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, research shows strength training can help keep you from gaining abdominal fat.13 5. Keep your bones strong After age 30, your bones may begin to lose some of their minerals and become less dense.14 To help keep them strong, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you:14 Get plenty of calcium. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for women in their 30s is 1,000 milligrams a day. Good sources of calcium include almonds, broccoli, dairy products, kale, sardines and certain soy products, such as tofu. Be mindful of vitamin D. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, so focus on incorporating foods into your diet that contain this essential nutrient. Good sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fortified milk and oily fish, such as tuna. Sunlight also contributes to the body's production of vitamin D. Do weight-bearing exercises. Walking, jogging, tennis and climbing stairs are examples of bone-building, weight-bearing exercises you can do. Don't smoke. In addition to causing chronic lung disease, heart disease, and lung and esophageal cancer, smoking is a risk factor for bone fractures and osteoporosis.15 6. Nurture your personal relationships Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash Not only is meaningful, intimate social interaction important at all phases of life, but research16 shows that having close relationships at the age of 30 is associated with better social and emotional adjustment in later life. 7. Watch your skin According to the American Cancer Society,17 melanoma is one of the most common cancers among young adults, especially young women. Experts recommend you do a head-to-toe skin check once a month to look for new moles and make sure any existing ones have not changed shape, size or color. This is particularly important if you have a personal history of sunburns or a family history of skin cancer, or if you have a large number of moles.18 8. Protect your eyes Photo by Craig Garner on Unsplash According to statistics,19 people in the millennial generation spent an average of 223 minutes per day on their mobile devices in 2017. And that doesn’t account for time spent in front of computer screens — which, in the average workplace, can add up to several hours every day. This is a concern because the blue light emitted from such devices may increase the risk of an eye disease called macular degeneration, which can lead to vision loss over time.20 To help prevent such damage, try to reduce your screen time. Also, consider wearing protective glasses, often called blue light glasses, while using your phone or computer to help reduce the amount of blue light that reaches your eyes. And make sure grab your sunglasses before you head outdoors, as the sun also produces vision-damaging blue light.20 We hope these tips help you to live your healthiest and most vibrant life — whether you’re in your 30s or any other decade of your life. If you’re ready to make a change to your diet and improve your eating habits — Jenny Craig can help — with a weight loss program that fits your lifestyle. Contact us to get started today. Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2818133/ [2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/metabolism/art-20046508 [3] https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/March-2018/Health-tips-for-women-20s-30s-40s-50s.html. [4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/preserve-your-muscle-mass [5] https://www.womenshealth.gov/healthy-living-age/your-30s [6] http://www.endo.org/club/ata.pdf [7] https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/thyroid-disease [8] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/pregnancy-thyroid-disease [9] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003998.htm [10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4018766/ [11] https://theheartfoundation.org/2017/04/14/belly-fat/ [12] https://news.yale.edu/2000/09/22/study-stress-may-cause-excess-abdominal-fat-otherwise-slender-women [13] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/weight-training-appears-key-to-controlling-belly-fat/ [14] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/bone-health/art-20045060 [15] https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/conditions-behaviors/bone-smoking [16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4363071/ [17] https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/about/key-statistics.html [18] https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection [19] https://www.statista.com/statistics/283138/millennials-daily-mobile-usage/ [20] http://utnews.utoledo.edu/index.php/08_08_2018/ut-chemists-discover-how-blue-light-speeds-blindness 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 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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    Overindulged? It's OK. Get Back on Track with These Tips.

    I did the 5 week program and I lost 8#. This is great for me as I can not do a lot of exercising. The food, surprisingly, was very good. There is no JC centers near me so my advisor would call once a week, however, for me a "one on one" face to face would work better. The cost is more than I can afford to continue on the program so I hope I can continue to lose by what I learned so far.
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    Simply Inspired Overnight Oats

    Serving Size: 1 Oatmeal Per Serving: 2 starch, ½ milk, 1 fruit Ingredients: Jenny Craig Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt ¾ cup berries to mix and top 1 teaspoon cinnamon Instructions: Combine oatmeal, almond milk, yogurt and half of berries into sealed container. Let sit in fridge overnight, until mixture has thick consistency. Top with cinnamon and remaining berries. Enjoy!
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    Overindulged? It's OK. Get Back on Track with These Tips.

    All great tips! Documenting what you eat and drink is the key to success! 👍👍👍👍💦💦💦💦💦💦🏊🏻‍♀️🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♀️Get out there and work out but make it fun in the sun go for a run!😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♀️
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    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget - Infographic

    Prices range per location. It's best to speak with your local Center for accurate pricing or call our team at 866-706-4042 for more info.
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    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget - Infographic

    Do you have a menu showing the prices of Jenny's foods on the menu
  18. 6:45 - 7:15 a.m. Waking up to puppy cuddles … and a delicious breakfast. I hit the snooze button to cuddle with my two dogs just a little bit longer before I get out of bed. Prior to my weight loss journey, I would never imagine getting up so early! I would sleep in as late as I could before getting ready for the day. Now that I’m up, let’s see what’s on the menu for breakfast: Maple French Toast?! Mmm, my favorite! For a little extra sweetness, I’ll add the delicious Breakfast Syrup on top. For a side, I usually have an orange and drink a cup of skim milk. I love the food I eat! With the Rapid Results program, I have been able to lose 92 lbs.* (and counting!). I still can’t believe how far I have come in the last 13 months. I’ll forever be a fan of Jenny Craig and I thank them every day for having one of the best weight loss programs out there! 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sweating it out with a cardio and strength training workout. After walking the dogs, it’s time for my morning workout. Being active in the morning helps me feel energized for the rest of the day, and by 9 a.m. I already feel so accomplished! First, I do a half hour of cardio. I try to run up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) in a half hour. After my cardio workout, I complete a half hour of weight training. I grew up playing basketball, so I was pretty active. After high school, I started working full-time and stopped playing sports. Over the last ten years I gradually gained 100 lbs. At my heaviest, I was still in denial that I was overweight. I never thought I had a problem. When my clothes didn’t fit anymore, it was because I’d “gotten older,” not because I’d gained weight. I remember my friend encouraging me to be active in February 2018. I hadn’t worked out in ages, but I swallowed my pride and worked out with her. I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t just commit to the physical side of weight loss – I need to control what I am putting in my body.” When I went home, I looked up weight loss programs. How could I lose weight and stick to a plan? That’s how I stumbled upon Jenny Craig. Watching members’ success stories inspired me to pick up the phone and join Jenny Craig, too. 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Off to work! After my workout, I grab a quick snack to keep my energy levels up at work. My go-to snack is a Caramel Peanut Delight Essential Nutrition Bar with a small kiwi – delicious! At my job, I get to send people on all their dream holidays. I’m a travel agent, so I love to talk about anything travel-related! I love to travel and I’ve been to 25 countries! But traveling when you are overweight can be hard. In 2017, I visited Southeast Asia. I got ready to ride in a dune buggy and went to put the seat belt on, but I couldn’t get it over my body. I asked the workers for help, and they just stood over me and laughed. It was by far one of the most humiliating moments of my life. I have always been so comfortable in my skin and never felt that my weight was something to be judged and feel ashamed of. Before starting Jenny Craig, I hadn't stepped on a scale for six years. Ignorance is bliss, right? In March 2018, I stepped onto the scale for the first time and my weight stared back at me. 281 lbs. I was in complete shock – this couldn’t be right. There was no way I weighed that much. My consultant said, “Don’t worry; you will never see that number again.” She could not have been more right! I’m tearing up even thinking about that, because at that moment, I finally decided to take my life back. 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. What’s for lunch? I always enjoy the surprise of what I’m going to eat. Today’s meal is the delicious Chicken Ranch Melt. (Are you sure I can eat this, Jenny Craig? It seems too delicious to be on a weight loss menu! 😉) 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Finishing up the day and enjoying a favorite snack. Back at work, a family is planning to visit Mexico! Helping them plan their vacation makes me dream of heading somewhere warm myself. I’m gearing up to go to Jamaica for my 30th birthday and I’m working to reach the 100-lb. weight loss mark by then! For a snack, I love having an unsweetened, fat-free vanilla yogurt paired with a small banana and a small amount of peanut butter. I love that I still get to have peanut butter as a part of my meal plan – it’s my favorite healthy fat! 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoying a delicious dinner and dessert. Dinner time! After a hard day’s work, it’s nice to just relax and enjoy my meal. The delicious Peanut Butter Cookies are my dessert! They’re super tasty and filling, and I just can’t get enough of Jenny Craig’s food. I’m 13 months into the program and I still love every bite! 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Game on! Getting back into basketball has been so much fun! Now, I play basketball in a mixed league. I love my teammates and we have the best time together. Tonight, we won our game by two points – it was a nail biter! Since joining Jenny Craig, I have been able to get my life back. I’m back to playing basketball, a sport I hold close to my heart. I am a runner! A year ago, I could only power walk short distances, but now I am running 5K in under 27 minutes! Who am I?! I have also noticed that I sleep so much better. I would get backaches and they would wake me up at night. Now I don’t have any pain anymore! 8:30 -10:00 p.m. Winding down for bedtime. Before bed, I put on one of my favorite reality TV shows and cuddle up with my dogs. It has been a very productive and great day. I love my new lifestyle! 😊 Thanks for joining me – goodnight! Has Rachael’s story inspired you to embrace a healthier lifestyle? Book a free appointment with a Jenny Craig consultant to learn more about your options! Rachael follows the Rapid Results 1500 calorie menu. *Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rachael lost 92 pounds on Rapid Results in 60 weeks. Rachael received promotional consideration.
  19. 4fabhamm

    5 Don't you love it when ...

    People look at you and you can read their minds as they think ..."huh, has Nancy lost weight? Does she look thinner? Hmmm Yes, she definitely has lost weight." I've lost 16 lbs so far and today I reached a new low. I'm just 5 lbs from goal. I get nervous though about stepping off JC once I get there but as I get closer I am starting to think of Jenny Craig meals differently. I am starting to view them more as a help to me - not so much being "on plan" or off plan. The awareness of how many calories and the type of food I'm eating (i.e. protein, low fat, carbohydrates, sugar) to get those calories is a shift in my mental awareness. Last month was my company's annual leadership meeting. Once a year I see people from my former assignment in another state. This year it felt great to show up wearing a new outfit and enjoying the compliments - "Wow, Nancy, you look great. Things must be really going well for you." I just smile and say - Yes, everything is going fantastic!
  20. 1. Eat healthfully the rest of the day. If you overeat at one meal — say, you grabbed a doughnut (or two) from the office break room midmorning, after eating your breakfast — it might be tempting to skip lunch to account for those additional calories. While you should still listen to your body and hunger cues, don’t feel like you need to forgo your next meal to “make up” for your earlier actions. Instead, plan to get back on track at your next meal, and enjoy a healthy, satisfying lunch or snack when hunger calls. 2. Walk it out. Sustainable weight loss typically includes a combination of diet and exercise.1 Although exercise may be the last thing on your mind after eating a little too much, getting some simple movement, like walking, could be just what you need to get back into a healthy mindset. Plus, studies show that getting out for a stroll about 15 minutes after a meal may aid with blood sugar control.2 A post-meal walk may also help with digestion.3 3. Don’t fall for a “quick fix.” Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash A juice cleanse or fad diet may seem like a quick way to bounce back after overeating — but the reality is they’re not healthy — or a sustainable weight loss solution. Taking extreme measures to lose weight quickly isn’t just unsafe; it can also set you up for weight regain. Avoid the gimmicky detoxes and stick to eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. 4. Go to bed early. Sleep deprivation can impact certain hormones like ghrelin and leptin, which are responsible for regulating your appetite. Not getting sufficient rest may be associated with an increased desire to eat less-than-stellar food options to help keep your energy levels up.4 If you’ve happened to overeat after a night of unrestful sleep, try turning out the lights a little earlier than normal to help your body reset. There are many other positive benefits to good sleep, too, like boosting your immune system, reducing your stress levels and supporting your weight loss.5 How to prevent overeating It can be tempting to forget your healthy meal plans for the rest of the day after overeating — but getting back on track is one of the best ways to support your weight loss efforts. Pause and reflect on the progress you’ve made so far toward bettering your health. Then, focus on making your next choice a healthy one. If you’re at home, head outside for a walk; if you’re at a restaurant, ask your server to box up the rest of your meal. Here are some of our top tips to help prevent overeating. 1. Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash We get it: mornings can be hectic — but skipping breakfast or lunch can set you up to overeat later. If you’re not eating enough during the day, it’s easy to become extremely hungry, which may lead to overeating at night. There’s a good reason to avoid late-night snacks and large meals: it may increase your susceptibility to weight gain and other health complications.6 To prevent this cycle, ensure you’re eating balanced meals throughout the day. Jenny Craig recommends eating six times a day, three meals and three snacks, to help you feel satiated and balance blood sugar levels. 2. Stay hydrated. Not only is staying hydrated important for your overall health, but it may also prevent you from overeating at your next meal. One small study found that people who drank two cups of water thirty minutes before a meal ended up consuming fewer calories and tended to feel fuller than the control group who did not drink water.7 3. Scale back on social media. Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash Your Instagram feed is likely filled with images of delicious-looking food, either from accounts you follow or sponsored posts. Ever seen a photo of a decadent dessert, and suddenly felt the urge to eat something sweet — even if you weren’t previously hungry? That’s because simply seeing appetizing foods can influence cravings for them.8 The fix: Try to minimize your scroll time during times of the day when you may be more easily influenced to reach for unhealthy snacks (like the “afternoon slump”). If you’re in the mood for a snack, grab a healthy alternative like an apple with a teaspoon of nut butter or some carrot sticks with a tablespoon of hummus. And if you need a break — try listening to a podcast or reading a chapter from your favorite book instead of picking up your phone. 4. Monitor your thoughts and feelings. Beyond hunger, other emotional factors can prompt us to eat: stress, boredom or loneliness, to name a few.9 If you think your emotions may be influencing your food choices — try to monitor your thoughts and feelings to identify reasons you may be inclined to overeat. A great way to do this is to try food journaling — take note of how you are feeling before, during and after each meal. Try to see if you notice any trends — do you tend to snack on candy at the office when you’re bored? Perhaps you regularly enjoy ice cream while watching television out of habit. Try journaling for a week to see if you can identify any habits that aren’t serving your health. Overeating happens — but it doesn’t have to thwart your weight loss efforts. We hope these tips help you stay on track with your healthy eating habits. If you need help creating healthy meal plans you can stick with, Jenny Craig can help. 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!) Sources: [1] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html [2] http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.abstract [3] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-improve-digestion#section8 [4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3763921/ [5] https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/04/benefits-slumber [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425165/ [7] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/oby.21167 [8] http://www.jneurosci.org/content/29/1/43 [9] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/01/13/3-strategies-to-prevent-overeating/
  21. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    How to Use Jenny Craig's App

    Hi James, For now the Jenny Craig Stars are for personal motivation but we anticipate doing more with them in the future — stay tuned!
  22. Guest

    How to Use Jenny Craig's App

    I see the Jenny Stars are for tracking prigress, but what does it actually mean? What can we do with them?
  23. missbumble

    First Shopping Trip Since Starting Jenny Craig

    You got this.. Being comfortable naked is no easy task.. But I bet your hubby would just love lf you could enjoy it. I wish that for you - and I know what its like.. For me I have extra skin... and now 15 lbs extra as well... but I bet we both can loo spectacular in clothes... And in bed he is just **** happy to be touching your silkiness So glad you found so em great outfits. Can't wait for you to buy Joe's jeans .. or whatever your favorite ones are... Suck you in.. a few nice holes... a half tucked black t-shirt and you will be rocking it! (Or whatever your thing is).... And on vacation you will rock the outfits. Whether you are 3 lbs lighter or not. Because 3 lbs does not a size make (It just is nice for wiggle room literally and figuratively) I so appreciate you showing up here and sharing.. Here's to you - rock star!
  24. missbumble

    20 lbs left to go until my JC goal weight!

    20 lbs left outstanding!!!!1 We got this!
  25. mia'smom

    The weekends can be difficult

    I do OK on Jenny during the week. The alarm rings, I get up, meditate, eat breakfast, shower, wash up, and get ready for the day. It is easy to incorporate Jenny into the errands, chores, and tasks of everyday life. Stop for a snack. It's lunchtime now! And, at the end of the day, the joy of sitting down to dinner. Weekends? Weekends are different. Weekends are time off, of course. That's what they are meant to be. But everything feels a little bit "off" to me. My husband wants to sleep in, which is fine. Except it leads to my sleeping in and often just skipping meditation. I eat breakfast late, so then maybe I skip my morning snack. I eat lunch . . . whenever, and half-heartedly. My afternoon snack turns into a disaster, as I realize I need to eat, but I don't want to run into dinner. By dinnertime, I just feel a bit down. The whole notion of going out -- to the movies, to the theater, somewhere, anywhere -- no longer appealing. And it's a lot my own fault. I used to associate going out with going out to dinner and then going to the movies or to the theater or wherever. Now that I am doing Jenny, the first half of going out is gone, and I am at loose ends with it, I think. I don't know.
  26. mia'smom

    20 lbs left to go until my JC goal weight!

    Well done! And you're right that healthy living and showing ourselves kindness and grace is loving ourselves. It's so important to remember that.
  27. I went shopping earlier this week. My favorite little store had a sale that was ending soon, and I didn't want to miss out. I knew I should look and see if they had some basics I need. But I was still feeling unsure. Insecure about my looks, my body, my weight loss. Is this the body I want to have? The me I want to be? I want to buy clothes for a trip my husband and I will be taking in the fall. I want to think that I will be at my goal weight (3.5 lbs lighter than I am now) by then, and I will think of myself as thin and beautiful. Well, life doesn't work that way, but that is both good and bad, something I will come to realize by the end of my shopping trip. At first, I try not to stand in my underwear in front of the mirror. I tell the saleslady, with whom I have worked so many times before, that it is a matter of modesty, and realize how silly I sound. In reality, I am uncomfortable with seeing my body, essentially unclothed (it is summer, and I am wearing nothing but a pair of underwear and a triangle bra), reflected in so many mirrors. Suddenly, all I can see are flaws: the protruding tummy (it matter little how many sit-ups I do, it's always there), the beefy upper arms, the ample thighs and hips (my husband loves to run his hands over my small waist and down my hips and thighs -- all I can feel is how much darn fat my hips and thighs accumulate). It seems no matter how much weight I lose, the fat accumulates in the same troublesome spots. I feel the confidence drain from me. I want, now, desperately, to pull my jeans, tank top, and jacket back on and run out of the store. I don't belong there, I am a fat slob. The saleslady comes in with clothes for me to try on. I am trying to cover my upper arms with one hand and my stomach with another. I want somehow, to be a tall, willowy model type. Why am I so short, so chubby? Nothing fits me as I try it on. Then, suddenly . . . A beautiful blue tank top that will work perfectly in my wardrobe . . . fits. I breathe a sigh of relief. Of course, it's just a tank top. But it's a start. Then, a mock turtleneck. Oh, so cozy. Perfect for the fall. Oh, did I mention the size? It's a small! Moving on to other things. Hmm . . . I like a leather jacket. But it's a size 0. No way. Moving on. Then they bring out some leggings. I mean, they are just leggings. I figure I am a small. But I am actually a petite! Listen, I am well aware of vanity sizing, but still. I will take my victories where I find them. Finally, the most beautiful suit. The jacket (open cut) is a size 0. The skirt I initially tried on in a size 4, but it was huge. We finally settled on a size 2. It still required a bit of tailoring (to turn the A-line into a pencil, more flattering to my current figure). And suddenly I realized, I don't have a tall, willowy figure. But I can still look good in clothes. And I can still be proud of my weight loss. Even if I am not losing five pounds a week. Even if I have beefy upper arms and a flabby stomach. Because each week, I am losing weight, and making strides towards my goal. And I don't have to be a tall, willowy creature to be a success.
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