Did you know that more than 40 professional chefs have a hand in creating our Jenny Craig meals? Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the foods you love. At Jenny Craig we have more than 100 meals and snacks items, where 40 chefs make all the difference.
We’ve recently compiled a list of our most popular foods that consistently win among our members. We do encourage you to stick to your preplanned menu to help improve your weight loss potential, as you have discussed with your personal consultant.
Cranberry Almond Barscotti
Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito
Kung Pao Beef
Chicken Pot Pie
Loaded Baked Potato
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Lava Cake
Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake
We’re all familiar with stopping to smell the roses, but when was the last time you put it into practice? Mindfulness is the act of slowing down, being attentive and aware to the here and now. Applying the habit of mindfulness when eating is a positive skill that we at Jenny Craig encourage all the time because it enables you to savor your meal and eat the right amount of food.
We understand that a full schedule can derail healthy eating habits, especially when the norm is to eat quickly and move onto the next thing in your day. However, giving yourself the gift of mindful eating will renew your pleasure in eating and reframe your relationship with food as you learn how to tune into your body’s nutritional needs.
Mindful eating doesn’ t have to be an all or nothing act. Just making small steps will help encourage positive habits. Here are six tips to help with mindful eating:
<br>1. Start with a peaceful environment
Eliminating distraction is key to mindful eating. If you are at home, turn off the TV and instead listen to music. If you are at work, leave your desk and find a quieter place to eat. Dine away from your computer to focus on your food.
<br>2. Take the time to plate your Jenny Craig meal <br>
Thoughtfully arrange it next to a serving of vibrantly colored vegetables and enjoy how appealing it all looks together.
<br>3. Breathe <br>
Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before you take your first bite noticing the aroma of your food.
<br>4. Acknowledge the flavors <br>
Take a bite and chew slowly to savor the flavors and textures.
<br>5. Slow your rate…know your state <br>
Pause in between bites, to check in with your physical hunger cues. Experiment with putting your fork down between bites, or taking a sip of water. This allows you the time to recognize the subtle transition from “ready to eat” to “ate just enough.”
<br>6. Stop when you’re feeling satisfied <br>
When you have reached a satiated point, put your fork down, fold your napkin on your plate - acknowledging you are nourished and fully satisfied - and mindfully move on with your day.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can not only help you reach your weight loss goals, but also appreciate the little things in life! Go ahead, and slow it down and add some mindfulness into your life. <br>
Put your best foot forward with an optimistic mindset to help you make this year your best yet!
Leading the new year with a positive and optimistic mindset, will make you more motivated to accomplish your goals! Re-train your brain to make positive choices, workout more, and break bad habits, so you can look and feel your very best. Here are 6 tips to jumpstart your training.
Practice the idea of positive affirmations and think positive. Write and say out loud your goals for a healthier lifestyle. Say when you will go to the gym and what you will (instead of not) eat for lunch. Be positive and look at the bright things in your life. Thinking about the positives instead of the negatives on a daily basis will help make you feel better and happier overall.
Unhealthy influences can cause you to restart those bad habits. Surround yourself with people who support you and your goals. Your Jenny Craig consultant can also support you on healthier alternatives and meal planning to help you toward a weight loss goal. You can also visit the Community for inspiration and motivation from fellow Jenny Craig members. And instead of following unhealthy restaurants on social media, take time to absorb information about health, fitness and nutrition from a website, or subscribe to a fitness magazine to learn fresh workout tips.
Whether it’s first thing in the morning with the sun streaming through your windows or it’s at a yoga class after work, take a few minutes to meditate every single day. Meditation is proven to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and clear your mind and improve your immune system, while connecting and healing your mind and body.
Pick and choose
Happy hour or a jog around the park? You know which one is definitely healthier for you. Retrain your mind to make healthy choices. Instead of eating out with your partner or friend on Friday night, try going ice skating together. It’s okay to suggest to the friend who only wants to eat junk food and watch a movie that you two should grab tea and go for walk. Fill your kitchen with healthier snack alternatives, so when you’re on-the-go, you can make the choice to eat a handful of veggies, rather than hitting the drive-thru.
Make it a game
The key to re-training your mind is to exercise it. We know it seems counterintuitive to sit in front of a computer to play a memory game, but doing just that for only a few minutes a day can actually help you make healthier choices throughout your day. Memory games improve your ability to concentrate and choose the better option, like picking an apple over a bag of potato chips in the afternoon.
Exercise your willpower
Exercising 30-minutes of day can actually re-train your mind. Researchers now know that the same chemicals that are released when you get moving, like dopamine and serotonin, are directly linked to creating positive thoughts when you exercise. So not only are you building muscle while in a cardio class, but you’re also creating new nerve cells and boosting production of neurons that say working out is fun!
Committing to getting healthy and losing weight can be no easy task, and we’re glad you’re here to do it with us. Jenny Craig is proven to be an effective weight loss program, and we know our combination of dedicated, personal support and nutritious (and delicious) full meals can help you reach your goal.
What you Can Expect
When you walk into a Jenny Craig center for the first time, you’re walking into a warm, comfortable, judgment-free place. First, your consultant will explain the program and answer all of your questions while getting to know you. Jenny Craig isn’t a one-size-fits-all program, so you’ll work with your consultant to customize a plan for success! Together, you’ll develop a two-sided commitment that keeps you and your consultant accountable to each other. You’ll then complete your profile by recording your height and weight. You and your consultant will review the Jenny Craig menu and discover all the delicious food you get to eat. No foods are off-limits. Your consultant will keep track of your success with weekly support, weigh-ins and teach you how to self-monitor.
<br>Eat your favorite foods
Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love. <br>
At Jenny Craig, we’ve always known that the better the food, the more satisfied you’ll feel. That’s why we work with over 40 professional chefs to create a menu that will never leave you feeling like you’re missing out. Our chefs demand quality ingredients and use state of the art cooking techniques to bring you home-style classics you’ll love, as well as exciting dishes from around the world.
<br>Why it Matters
As a member of Jenny Craig, you’re gaining access to personal one-on-one support. We’ll help you navigate challenges and celebrate your weight loss wins with your very own dedicated consultant who is devoted to encouraging you every step of the way. Because many of our 2,000+ trained professionals are former members, they understand what you’re going through, be it holiday treat temptations, busy back-to-school schedules, or a temporary weight loss plateau. Together, you’ll discover ways to stay on track and help you reach your health goals.
Plus, we make it convenient to connect. You can visit one of over 500 Jenny Craig centers nationwide, or if you don’t live near a center, you can cozy up on the couch to make a weekly weight loss plan with your personal consultant via phone or video chat.
Feel like your best self
Success takes effort, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. As a member of Jenny Craig, you’ll not just lose weight, but create a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced, healthy approach to life. The reward is sweet, because you’ll finally feel like your best self.
Whether a splurge is planned in advance or comes up unexpectedly, you can eliminate guilt or prevent a potential lapse by taking control of your choices. Enter the splurge of choice in your planner or tracker. Aim for 250 calories or less. Then, if you choose, you can offset the extra calories from a splurge by increasing your physical activity.
Use the chart below to see how much exercise it takes to make up for your splurge. This could even motivate you to change your decision on whether to splurge or not to splurge.
Foods That Contain <br>
Time it Takes to <br>
Burn ~250 <br>
(150 lb person)
Time it Takes to <br>
Burn ~250 <br>
(200 lb person)
Brownie (2 1/2” square <br>
Aerobic dance <br>
Chicken Nuggets (6)
Bicycling (5.5 mph)
Cookies (4 small)
1 hour, 10 minutes
Corn Chips (2 oz or 12) <br>
& Salsa (1/4 cup)
Crab Cakes (2)
1 hour, 10 minutes
Frozen Yogurt (1 cup)
Glazed Donut (1)
Mowing the <br>
Light Ice Cream (1 cup)
Single Scoop Ice Cream <br>
Slice of Apple Pie (1/6 <br>
Playing golf, no cart
Small French Fries
Playing tennis (singles)
Soft Taco (1 small, meat <br>
Rowing machine <br>
Champagne 2 (4 oz) <br>
Running (5 mph)
Frozen Margarita (6 oz)
Light Beer 2 (12 oz) <br>
Martini (4 oz)
1 hour, 20 minutes
Soda, medium (21 oz)
Tall Nonfat Mocha w/ <br>
Walking (3 <br>
1 hour, 10 minutes
Wine 2 (5 oz) Glasses
Weight Training <br>
1 hour, 10 minutes
Source: The American Council on Exercise. Available at: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/tools-and-calculators/ Accessed May 21, 2013.
Gain control of your splurges and stay focused on long-term success.
For many of us, eating away from home is just a reality of our busy schedules. Your weekly meal plan can be adjusted to fit changes in your lifestyle such as work or travel. Not only can having a plan can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals and healthy eating habits, it can also save you money.
Meal Planning At work
Plan the night before and have your meals and snacks packed and ready to grab on your way out the door. Reward yourself for making the effort to plan ahead by buying a new, fashionable lunch pack.
Clean and cut veggies in advance for your salad and snacks.
Make “overnight oatmeal”. Place uncooked oats, a few walnuts and a pinch of cinnamon in a jar and add just enough nonfat milk or water to cover. Then, put it in the refrigerator. In the morning at work all you will need to do is heat it up and top with fresh fruit for an energizing breakfast.
Meal Planning On-the-go, vacation, traveling
Pack a cooler full of satisfying and healthy snacks such as apples, grapes, carrot sticks, nonfat yogurt and Jenny Craig snacks.
On long road trips, stop every few hours for an exercise break to clear your mind and boost your metabolism. Plan a side trip to a state park for a quick hike.
When the fast food drive-through is your only option in sight, choose kids size meals or ask for your burger protein-style (without a bun).
Look for healthy foods at the convenient store. Scan the aisles for fresh fruit, low-fat cheese and cottage cheese, whole-grain sandwiches, low-sodium vegetable juice, unsweetened tea, and sparkling waters.
At the airport, walk around the terminal while waiting for your flight. Wear a pedometer and set a goal of a minimum number of steps. Plan ahead to stay fit and pack resistance bands in your suitcase or look online to check if your hotel has a gym.
Make time for a walking tour that your destination offers.
No matter where your busy schedule takes you, planning ahead can help you stay on track. Think of tomorrow or the week ahead, and take the time to prepare and plan with your weight loss goals in mind.
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