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Managing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet & Jenny Craig

The body is pretty amazing. It houses multiple systems that are constantly at work from digesting the food we eat to contracting different muscles to perform physical exercise. However, various diseases can harm your natural body functions. Read on as we look at how to manage Type 2 Diabetes with proper nutrition — and how Jenny Craig can help. How Type 2 Diabetes Affects Your Body Your body naturally keeps your blood sugar in a steady, healthy range, unless you have Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes your body is not using insulin properly to process glucose. Blood glucose levels rise and drop throughout the day depending on a variety of things like, but not limited to, what and when you eat, how active you are, and what medications you are taking.   Learning how to manage Type 2 diabetes with diet is one of the first steps after a diabetes diagnosis. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you with the task — your doctor, diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and Type 2 support groups. In addition, Jenny Craig’s Type 2 weight loss program can help you adjust your diet and accomplish most of the diabetes management objectives recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators which include eating healthy, being active, problem-solving, potentially reducing risks for other health problems and healthy coping.1 Jenny Craig for Type 2 Diabetes Learning how to control Type 2 diabetes with your diet is made simple with the Jenny Craig Type 2 program. The program supports you with healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity guidance. Plus, your consultant meets with you every week to review your goals, strategies, and offer encouragement. As your personal weight loss coach, they will help you find solutions to any challenges you may encounter as you implement lifestyle changes that not only can help you with managing Type 2 diabetes, but also lower your risk for diabetes-related complications. A clinically proven approach to managing Type 2 diabetes with diet A recent one year study comprised of 227 overweight adults with Type 2 diabetes compared the weight loss and diabetes control results of the Jenny Craig for Type 2 program with usual care for diabetes.2 Individuals on the Jenny Craig program received weight loss counseling with trained program staff who offered recommendations on diet and exercise and provided monthly check-ins via email or phone. At the end of a year, those who followed the lower carbohydrate Jenny Craig menu lost 9 percent of their initial weight. In comparison, individuals who followed usual care only saw a 2.5 percent decrease in their weight. Additionally, the Jenny Craig participants saw a more significant improvement in the control of their blood sugar levels than the usual care group.2 Jenny Craig’s Program - The Best Diet for Type 2 Diabetes What makes Jenny Craig’s Type 2 program for diabetes so effective? It’s a comprehensive approach that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and portion control. Here are a few reasons why Jenny Craig is one of the best weight loss programs if you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.   Easy meal planning. One of the keys to keeping blood sugar — and hunger — levels even throughout the day is consistent meals and snacks. The Jenny Craig menu provides you with well-balanced, pre-portioned meals and snacks, so you'll enjoy eating six times a day. Not only is the Jenny Craig meal plan for Type 2 diabetes and weight loss easy to follow, but it’s also delicious — without cutting out any of your favorite foods.   The right mix of nutrients. Studies have indicated3 that a lower carbohydrate diet may benefit Type 2 diabetes patients by lowering blood glucose levels, which is why Jenny Craig bases its Type 2 program off these findings. The Jenny Craig program takes the guesswork out of meal planning. With the program, you receive a fully balanced daily menu with the optimal proportion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.   Personalized support. Another distinguishing feature of the Jenny Craig program is the one-on-one consultation appointment you receive every week. Your personal consultant is your partner to help you learn how to manage Type 2 diabetes with your diet, set eating and activity goals, solve challenges and practice making healthy changes that positively impact both your weight and your diabetes. While your consultant cannot address the medical aspects of your condition, she can reinforce your lifestyle strategies (like the self-monitoring of your food, activity and blood glucose levels) to support your weight loss and management of diabetes.   Our diabetes management plan is created by nutritionists and clinically supported to provide our members with one of the best diabetic weight loss plans. With Jenny Craig, helping to control Type 2 diabetes with your diet can be a whole lot easier.   Learn why Jenny Craig’s meal plan program is one of the best diets for Type 2 diabetes. Book your free appointment today!         Sources: [1] https://www.diabeteseducator.org/patient-resources/aade7-self-care-behaviors <br> [2] Weight Loss, Glycemic Control, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Response to Differential Diet Composition in a Weight Loss Program in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24760261  
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How to Handle Friendly Peer Pressure with Food

When eating by yourself, you most likely feel more empowered to make—and stick—to your healthy choices. But in some situations, such as dinners at a restaurant to a cocktail mixer for work, you may have people who may peer pressure you into eating foods you know are not part of your planned menu.   Your friends, coworkers, family and new acquaintances may look at it like a one-time thing and not understand that you have a larger goal you are working toward. You may hear phrases like: “We’re celebrating! Enjoy these treats!”, “You’ve got to try these—they are the best thing I’ve ever had!” and “I made them from scratch – don’t miss out!” While one bite will not hurt the work you’ve done for your weight loss, it’s all about how you want to feel when making your food and drink choices.   Many of our consultants like to recommend a response system called the PRP technique, which stands for Polite, Reason, Polite. It allows you to have a cordial way to say no when people peer pressure into eating food and allows you to be in control of your situation.   Let’s say that you’re at a party, and someone offers you a piece of cake that’s not on your plan.   First, start by being polite. You can say a compliment and acknowledge the offer by saying, “Thanks, that cake does looks delicious!”   Next, you’ll want to state your reason for refusing the cake. You can say, “Dinner was perfect, and I couldn’t imagine eating another bite.” That way, you’re setting a boundary, but couching it with a compliment of the meal. This makes it difficult for the person offering you food to push further.   Finally, follow up with another polite nod to their offer. “I’ll have to try it next time” is a fantastic way that shows that you’re interested in it, and that you may some time—but that choice will be up to you!   If you would like to discuss other strategies for situations that may come up in social gatherings, schedule a consultation with a Jenny Craig consultant. Find a local center near you if you would like to talk face-to-face, or if you’re unable to make it in, you can meet with a consultant via phone or video chat! We’re here to help you on your weight loss journey, whether that’s from providing over 100 delicious meal options to keep you satiated or how to plan for your weight loss goals, we’re happy to be by your side.
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Diet vs Exercise

Diet and exercise are a pairing that go together like salt and pepper. So it's hard to determine whether diet or exercise is more impactful in the weight loss process. Both commitments are crucial for your overall health, but If you're looking to just slim down, you may want to put more emphasis on portion control.   Dr. Tim Church, a renowned expert in exercise and weight loss and member of the Jenny Craig Medical Advisory Board, notes "It's been known for some time that, calorie for calorie, it's easier to lose weight by dieting than by exercise."    There are many possible answers for this weight loss quandary. One theory is that people tend to more easily stick to low-calorie diets versus an exercise regimen. In addition, the saying, “you can’t out-run a bad diet” might have been confirmed by The New York Times, which looked at several studies that revealed if weight loss is your ultimate goal, eating less is more effective than exercising more.    For optimal weight loss success, it is also important to slim down your portions, understand how calories work and eat foods that will make you feel fuller longer.   1. Sensible Portions. <br> Let’s be clear: it’s not that you shouldn't exercise; you definitely should, but it’s important to keep your eating habits and activity levels in proper perspective. The study mentioned above found that the impact exercise had on weight loss was smaller than the impact of simply consuming less food.   Portion control as part of a structured, nutritionally-balanced menu, has always been a key component of our weight loss philosophy. With Jenny Craig on your side, you know that every meal, snack, salad dressing and dessert is the amount your body needs rather than the amount your cravings might dictate. By adding in vegetables and fruits to your main meals, you’re adding more food for less calories.   2. Superlative support systems. <br> Here’s another interesting statistic: Jenny Craig clients lose 3x more weight* than people dieting on their own. So what’s the “secret sauce” that makes our programs work? We think it’s the unique combination of delicious food, and pre-planned menus—plus the compassionate one-on-one support of our incredible consultants. Your weekly consultation keeps you accountable to someone besides yourself, which can help you refrain from overeating.   3. Guilt-free goodies. <br> Have you ever eaten a whole box of reduced-fat cookies or bag of “healthy” baked potato chips? Yeah… we’ve all been there. Jenny Craig understands that certain things in life—cookies, cake and chips among them—should not be forsaken forever. That’s why we have such a great selection of snacks and desserts, each one perfectly portioned like our entrees and extras. When a truly satisfying treat is an option, you’re less likely to keep mindlessly munching.   4. Healthy habits for life. <br> Yes, Jenny Craig is designed to make weight loss a little easier, with pre-planned menus that don’t require you to count calories or spend all day cooking. But part of what makes our programs so successful is our commitment to helping our members learn how to gradually shift their behavior toward healthier habits. That might mean taking the stairs more often; enhancing your meals with low-calorie foods like carrots and bell peppers; using visual cues for portion control; learning from your lapses; and lots of other little tricks you’ll learn along the way.   Leading an active lifestyle is important for your health and your body's ability to burn fat, but exercise alone is not going to give you the weight loss results that you want. Your body may not be the slim figure you dreamed of overnight, but over time, your body can improve. A diet change and a few revitalizing workout sessions each week are recommended for anyone wanting to be a little more comfortable in their own skin.   We like to say it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle—so we go out of our way to make it enjoyable and sustainable!   Source: *Rock, CL et. al., JAMA. Oct 2010, Vol 304, No 16, 1803-1811.        
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Effectively Communicating with Your Doctor with Your Health in Mind

When it comes to your health, you and your doctor are a team, but, whether you’re nervous, shy or uncomfortable, it isn’t always easy talking to your doctor. Speaking up about your health is vital for a solid partnership with your doctor and for the right personal care. With your health in mind, make the most of your time in the exam room with these six tips for effectively communicating with your doctor.   Write it down Come prepared with a list of questions and concerns about your health. It’s easy to get caught up in the appointment and forget to ask about specific concerns, especially if you get nervous or are flustered. Write down whatever has been bothering you, list out your symptoms and prioritize your concerns and questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question.  No embarrassment Some things are just plain awkward to ask about, but, trust us, your doctor has heard it all. If you’re feeling timid or shy to broach a particular symptom or subject about your health, don’t be. You doctor has been trained to handle potentially sensitive health care issues professionally. When it comes to your health, be straightforward and honest, so that you can receive the right care for any personal matter.  Take notes Just as you prepared before your appointment by writing down questions, symptoms, or concerns, bring your smartphone or notepad with you to jot down suggestions from your doctor during your appointment. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the conversation and forget just what the doctor said.    Bring support It’s okay to bring someone you trust along with you to your appointment. Having a support person there can relieve some anxiety you have about visiting with your doctor and can also advocate for your health. A parent, spouse, or sibling might think of questions you hadn’t considered and see it from a different perspective.  Learn all you can Collect all the information you can during your appointment. If you don’t understand your diagnosis, ask questions until you do. Request for all the information you can get your hands on–printed material from the doctor or other resources the doctor trusts and recommends.  Contact later Your time is limited with your doctor in the exam room, so make the most of today’s technology. Get contact information from your doctor on the best way to reach them post-appointment. Many offices today allow for patient-doctor communication through a patient portal website that also contains your medical records. It’s okay if you forget to ask a question or have follow-up concerns regarding your health–just reach out to them after your appointment.   
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Know your ALS Risk Factors & Symptoms

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (in reference to its most famous victim), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that damages nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord—affecting our ability to initiate and control muscle movement. While researchers are working on a cure, it’s important to know your risk factors and keep an eye out for symptoms now. Here’s a quick overview of risk factors, common symptoms and how you may be able to reduce your risk. Risk factors Since its discovery in 1869, scientists have been investigating both genetic and environmental risk factors for ALS. The disease generally develops between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of diagnosis. We know that men are 20% more likely than women to contract the disease, that 5–10% of cases are hereditary, and that military veterans are twice as likely to be affected. Exactly why military service might trigger the development of ALS is not known, but doctors think it could be related to exposure to certain metals or chemicals, traumatic injuries, viral infections or intense exertion. Other environmental factors that can increase a person’s risk include smoking and lead exposure. Symptoms ALS symptoms can vary dramatically and manifest differently from person to person—so they are tragically often overlooked. One person might have trouble lifting an object; another might slur their words a bit. But the hallmark “first sign” of the disease is muscle weakness, which occurs in about 60% of patients. Early symptoms can include random tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and uncontrolled twitches.   The extremities are affected first, which can make simple daily activities like buttoning clothes a major challenge. Another symptom that is often overlooked, because it seems unrelated: uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying. As the disease progresses, paralysis can spread inward from the extremities to the trunk—ultimately affecting speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing. If you or somebody you care about exhibits one or more of these potential early symptoms, it’s best to seek medical attention right away. The Future There is not a cure or treatment that helps reverse ALS, but there are significant devices and therapies that can manage the symptoms, help people maintain some independence and prolong survival. Learn more about the research being done at ALS Therapy Development Institute. ALS heroes: omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids In a recent study published in JAMA Neurology, researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health analyzed the diets of more than a million total subjects across five study groups over many years. Among the group of nearly 1,000 ALS cases, the study found that those who ate a diet rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and carotenoids had a reduced risk for contracting the disease—leading researchers to believe that consumption of these types of foods may help to delay or possibly even prevent ALS.   Carotenoids are the antioxidant compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their bright red, yellow, orange and green colors. Beta-carotene, found in carrots, yams and squash, is a carotenoid, as is the lycopene that colors tomatoes. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale are not only rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, but also high in fiber and—unlike other PUFA sources like walnuts, flax seeds and salmon—low in fat. Both carotenoids and PUFAs can help control inflammation and oxidative stress, two bodily processes known to contribute to risk factors for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Sumptuous superfoods Carotenoid- and PUFA-rich veggies have a variety of other health benefits, too. Carotenoids are known to support eye health and reduce the risk of certain eye diseases. Eating a diet rich in carotenoids has been linked to reduced risk of certain cancers as well. PUFAs are known to support heart health, but here’s a benefit that might not have been on your radar: healthy skin! In addition to being among the heartier vegetables, PUFA-rich vegetables are loaded with phytochemicals and nutrients that help keep your skin in tip-top shape. For best results, enjoy these raw or lightly steamed, as overcooking can release key nutrients.  
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Inspiring Mind Hacks to Stay Motivated & Reach Your Goals

Looking and feeling your best is an attainable goal, especially when fueled by a positive attitude. We've all been there - the scale hasn't budged even after a week of healthy eating and exercise. Don't let a small setback, set you back on your weight loss goals. The important thing is to use motivation tips regularly to steer you toward your final destination and to re-motivate yourself on the days when you need it most. Train your brain to power through and creatively spark your will to reach your goals. Check out these inspiring mind hacks to stay motivated.  Visualize The Future  Close your eyes. Now, picture a slimmer more vibrant you. How do you look? How do you feel? Where are you, what are you wearing? Who are you with? This is the image you want to keep with you each and every day. When you go to bed at night and wake in the morning keep that image with you. Whenever your motivation is low, hold that image in your mind and remind yourself that you deserve to be the best"you"! Move To Some Tunes Music can be very motivating; it can even lead you to exercise longer. On the days when your motivation might be low and you're feeling a little stressed, listen to music that makes you smile and get moving! Put on your favorite song and dance, and feel the stress melt away. Track your progress  Self-monitoring is a great tool for following your results and keeping you motivated. Weigh yourself weekly take measurements (chest, waist, hips) monthly and track your progress using our online tools mobile app or with your consultant. Seeing your progress can be very motivating! Taking before, during and after photos is also a great way to see how far you've come. No judgment First and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Let go of being perfect as we’re all human. One lapse does not mean it’s the end of the road for your weight loss journey. Instead of criticizing yourself, decide that you can make choices at your next meal that support your goals.  Celebrate each mini-milestone That goal to lose 30 pounds by your birthday seems pretty daunting, right? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, try setting attainable mini-milestones that will help you reach your big goal. Pull out a weekly planner and write down goals you can accomplish in one week. For example, aim to take the stairs up to your office every day. The next week, tell yourself you will incorporate vegetables in every meal. Each time you reach a small goal, you are forming positive habits and will be one step closer to a healthier, fitter you. Treat yourself The big reward, of course, is feeling happier, looking great, and taking care of yourself, but treating yourself throughout your weight loss journey can help you stay motivated along the way. Choose monthly non-food rewards, such as a new outfit, a manicure, or tickets to a concert, as a way to boost your confidence and your motivation.  Find support   Your Jenny Craig consultant is like having a supportive coach along with you for the journey. Connect with them each week, as your consultant is there to guide you through your trials and your weight loss wins. Additionally, find support from those closest to you–talk to your friends and family about your new, healthier lifestyle. Get even more positive motivation and inspiration by connecting with other Jenny Craig members on the Jenny Craig Facebook page or by visiting the Jenny Craig community. Try something new If you’re stuck in a routine that has you yawning, try something new. Renew your will to reach your goals by refreshing your menu with new, fresh foods and trying a healthy recipe. Kick up your workout by trying a new fitness routine or workout class.  Test yourself Stay motivated by giving yourself a test. If you feel like giving up, ask yourself: If I stop now, what will my health be like? and What will I look and feel like in 6 months if I do keep going? Your answers will remind help yourself of why you even set a goal.   Clear the closet Progress is more than just a decreasing number on the scale. Take an afternoon to inspire yourself to keep going by cleaning out the clutter in your closet, and by clutter, we mean all of those clothes that are now too big for you. Try on pieces and if they no longer fit, throw it in a box to donate. Actually seeing that you are accomplishing your goals is excellent motivation–and a good excuse to reward yourself with a little shopping. <br>  
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