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  1. 9 points
    Part of the weight loss journey is celebrating yourself throughout the process. One of the biggest moments during your journey is when you notice how your clothes are fitting you—or really, not fitting you anymore! Clothes that you wore before your weight loss will get looser and baggier, and will hide your new shape. We encourage everyone to celebrate milestones throughout the weight loss journey, and one of the ways you can celebrate is with buying new clothes or tailoring your current clothing. When you go clothes shopping, consider finding items that can be easily tailored later, as well as making sure you have a few basic pieces along the way. Here are the best clothes for transitioning weight loss. 1. Dresses. Dresses are always a fantastic staple to have in your closet. They can be dressed up for work or kept casual for a day out with your family or friends. You can also belt a dress to define your waist. Matte jersey is one fabric that may experience some shrinking with washing, which in this case plays well for a body in transition. Image by My Wifestyles 2. Button down shirt/blouse. Button down shirts can be tailored as you continue to lose weight. They also provide a few options for work/play, as you can tuck them in during work and wear it out with a great pair of jeans. 3. Stretchy pants. Stretchy pants are not only comfortable, but they can also adjust to your changing body! Look for what type of band these pants have, such as an elastic waist or sweatband with a tie, so you can continue to wear them at different sizes. Avoid pants that are too baggy. Many stores carry stretchy pants with a slimmer leg for a flattering look. 4. Undergarments. Get measured every few months for a proper fitting bra, and look for a band that can be easily adjusted. 5. Jeans. Another basic item that can be easily tailored as you reach your goal. A dark wash may look more slimming, but look for jeans that flatter your shape. Jeans with 2% stretch will also help slim over your figure and not feel as tight from the get-go. 6. Accessorize! Fun accessories can add a splash of color and trendiness to any outfit and can be worn at any stage in your journey. Look for patterned scarves, statement necklaces and bold earrings. Just as your body transitions, so does your mindset: You’ll be feeling more confident with how you look and feel. And you should feel proud of your success as you’re one step closer to your goal weight.
  2. 9 points
    With fall just around the corner, we’re excited to share with you new Jenny Craig foods we know you’re going to love. Indulge in these delicious foods for the new season. Available August 18th. Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken & Veggies Classic and comforting, this hearty bowl is filled with tender noodles in a delicious broth combined with chicken, red bell peppers, carrots and mushrooms. “Ramen is all the craze and inspired our Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken & Veggies,” Director of Brand & Product, Lindsay Ostenson said. “It’s a perfect dish as the weather cools off. It’s packed with veggies, but you can add your own favorites too. I like to spice mine up with some jalapeno, fresh lime and cilantro.” Pecan Glazed Chicken (US) & Maple Pecan Glazed Chicken (Canada) Warm up this season with something hearty. Roasted chicken glazed with a sweet sauce, alongside a blend of savory butternut squash, wild rice, orzo, onions and topped off with chopped pecans. “Sweet and savory, and oh so delightful! Our new Pecan Glazed Chicken is a hearty dish featuring a favorite fall vegetable— sweet potatoes,” Ostenson said. “It pairs perfectly with a side of crispy, roasted Brussel sprouts.” Pumpkin Loaf A seasonal favorite. Jumpstart your morning with a classic pumpkin loaf baked with cinnamon spice and topped with tart cranberries and streusel. Available for a limited time. Pumpkin Spice Cakes A favorite dessert is back for a limited time! This real pumpkin cake is perfectly blended with cinnamon, nutmeg and topped off with a cream cheese icing drizzle. “Nothing says fall like pumpkin! We are so excited to bring back our Pumpkin Spice Cakes and Pumpkin Loaf for the 7th year in a row,” Ostenson said. “These are fan favorites, but they are limited editions so hurry and stock up while you can! My favorite is the Pumpkin Spice Cakes with the cream cheese drizzle. And since there’s 2 in each package, I can have one and save one for later!”
  3. 9 points
    One way to add variety to your Jenny Craig meals is with Fresh & Free Additions, our list of vegetables and fruit you can pick and choose at a moment’s notice that keeps you fuller longer due to being rich in fiber and water content. In fact, you have an unlimited amount of vegetables to choose from to bolster your meals. If you’re looking for staple vegetables to add to some of your meals, here are 3 awesome starting points: Spinach Spinach can be used as-is or cooked, making it perhaps the most versatile leafy green around. You can create a spinach side salad with tomatoes, onion and Balsamic Vinaigrette, or build a bed of fresh spinach to place your Cheesy Potatoes & Chicken on top for a subtle crunch. Steamed spinach can be added to your Cheddar Cheese Omelet, as well as any lunch/dinner entrée, like our Beef Merlot. Cauliflower Steamed and roasted cauliflower are classic preparations, but this vegetable has become trendier because of its adaptable flavor and texture. Cauliflower can be thrown into a food processor to create “rice” that is easy to cook. Add riced cauliflower flavored with cumin, cilantro and a toss of lime to your Chicken Street Tacos. Chop and steam your cauliflower and add it to your Chicken Tortilla Soup for a nourishing and filling meal. You can also pair cauliflower rice with the Asian Style Chicken for a tasty, protein-packed meal. Bell Peppers For a splash of color, red, orange, yellow and green peppers are the way to go. Not only are they great raw as a crunchy snack, but you can add fresh or cooked peppers to your entrees, too! Roasted peppers are great to top your Breakfast Scramble, Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Chicken Fettuccine, making it another vegetable that can be used throughout the day. If you’re looking for more inspiration for your Fresh & Free Additions, check out the guide to Perfect Vegetable and Spices Pairing!
  4. 6 points
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week From four fast food breakfast sandwiches in the morning to running a half marathon. We are so proud of our member Jessica L. from Bentonville, AR who lost 117* lbs. on the Jenny Craig program and who was featured in People for losing half her size! Scroll down for the before and after. By Jessica Linz I wasn't always heavy. I was a cheerleader in high school, but started gaining weight when I went to college. I stopped exercising and the pounds piled on year-by-year. I gained most of my weight during my pregnancies. I didn't deny myself anything. I would eat big bowls of ice cream every night and would go to the fast food drive though in the morning and order 4 breakfast sandwiches and a hash brown for each. I had tried fad diets in the past with little success. I had such a poor image of myself and would lie to myself saying ‘I would start my diet tomorrow’ as I went through the line at a fast food restaurant. At my heaviest, I weighed 256 pounds. I was a work-at-home and stay-at-home mom who dressed in yoga pants, a nursing tank and a robe. I really didn’t care about myself. I was a mommy to two little babies and busy trying to work in my down time. Exercise was not a priority. Pushing a stroller around the block or running the vacuum was my only cardio. After the kids went to bed, my husband would go out and pick up fast food or take out for our dinner. That was our routine and something we did way too often. As the kids started to get bigger, I had more time for myself. My husband has always been fit but, he had put on weight just like me during the pregnancies. He started running and I supported him, but never in a million years would have thought to get out there and join him. I envied him and started to even resent him a little just because he was doing what he said he would, and was seeing results. Turning Point I remember January-May 2015 being a very dark time for me. I was about to turn 30 and nothing fit me. I was squeezing into my Spanx and wished they had one I could wear all over my entire body. I was so soft and doughy. I’ve kept a journal on and off since I was 12-years-old, and going back to read entries from those months are hard. I was so depressed. I literally hated myself. I hid it well, no one ever knew of my struggles or the way I viewed myself during that time. I knew I needed to change, but I honestly didn't know what to do. I had tried so many different diets and although I did lose a few pounds initially, I felt that I could never sustain the loss. My answer came when my mom called to tell me that she and my younger brother were joining Jenny Craig to lose weight and get healthy. I was so ready to try something new and decided to join too. I loved the idea of having my own personal consultant who would help me stay accountable during my weight loss journey. The Journey The Jenny Craig program worked well for me. During my first week at Jenny Craig, I lost 6 pounds and started to exercise. Each week, I met with my consultant and learned about portion control, balanced nutrition and the importance of drinking water. Having the weekly consultations was exactly what I needed to be successful. I consistently followed my Jenny Craig menu plan. I loved the food and I loved not having to think about what to eat. My consultant taught me that I can seriously eat anything I want as long as it's portioned correctly. I've grown close to my consultant and to all the Jenny Craig staff at the center. They have supported me tremendously, and shared their own struggles and successes with weight loss. Becoming active was also important to me. I decided to set a goal of running a 5k that year. I started walking or running almost every day. At first, I couldn't run one lap around a track but I kept at it, gaining confidence as my stamina and endurance increased. Transformation I lost 117 lbs.* on Jenny Craig and a grand total of 134 lbs. from my heaviest weight! My mom and younger brother also had great success on the program. We had each other to lean on during this amazing experience and could not be more proud of our results. Maintaining my healthy eating habits and my commitment to fitness keeps my weight where I want it to be. When I prepare meals, I serve lean meats and fish with lots of veggies. I now run 10 miles a week and love to mix up my routine with dance exercise, cycling and toning classes, which helps me stay lean without adding bulk. I am energetic and more flexible now and can even do a back bend again! My upcoming goal is to run my hometown half marathon in April 2017. In the past, I struggled with new things. Starting something new filled me with the fear that I would eventually fail. Joining Jenny Craig and my success at losing weight has given me my confidence back. I am now the mom and wife I’ve always wanted to be because I feel good about myself. I love knowing that I am setting a good example of healthy living for my kids. I’ve learned that starting something new doesn't have to be scary. The scariest thing for me was feeling like I had no control. Thanks to a weight loss plan that was right for me and becoming more active, I am in control of my life and confident to do anything. My fear is gone! *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week
  5. 5 points
    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. Breakfast Cinnamon Rolls Breakfast Scramble Cranberry Almond Barscotti Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito Entrees Kung Pao Beef Turkey Burger Chicken Fettuccine Chicken Pot Pie Loaded Baked Potato Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Desserts Lemon Cake Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Apple Crisp Chocolate Lava Cake Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake
  6. 5 points
    Start your day with a parfait that's certain to sweeten up your morning! Sandwich your Chocolate Muffin between spoonfuls of nonfat vanilla yogurt. Garnish with fresh berries for seasonal goodness. Ingredients: Jenny Craig Chocolate Muffin 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt (vanilla or your favorite flavor) 1 cup mixed berries Directions: 1. Cut Chocolate Muffin into 3 layers. 2. Place bottom later into a 4 oz canning jar. 3. Add 3 tsp of yogurt on top. 4. Place second layer of Chocolate Muffin and add remaining yogurt. Add top of Chocolate Muffin and garnish with mixed berries. Submitted by Robin W. from Indianapolis, Indiana
  7. 5 points
    1. Broccoli Broccoli can be used in many different ways — roast it to create a crunchy treat or blanch or steam it to bring out its bright color. We personally love it stirred into our Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, or you can enjoy steamed broccoli on the side with some red pepper flakes and lemon juice for a zesty and flavorful twist. Mix up your broccoli by adding different herbs and spices or add a splash of balsamic vinegar for a healthy flavoring. If you’re following the Jenny Craig menu, take advantage of the free flavor enhancers or add broccoli to any of your meals to add bulk to your healthy meal. 2. Cauliflower Just like clothes, vegetables can be trendy too! Cauliflower has been a hot food vegetable for a few years now. You can toss it into the food processor to create rice or cut huge chunks to resemble a veggie “steak.” Plus, it can take on tons of flavor — try it roasted with some curry powder or a touch of hot sauce for a bit of spice and beautiful color. Additionally, cauliflower has endless health benefits and is known to be an excellent veggie that aids in weight loss.1 Next time you are heading to the store, make sure to put cauliflower on your grocery list and see for yourself just how versatile this vegetable is. 3. Spaghetti squash One spaghetti squash can make multiple meals in a snap. Once you roast and create the “spaghetti” strands with a fork, you can mix spaghetti squash into your next leafy salad or top it with your Spaghetti with Meatballs for a delicious and filling dinner. Spaghetti squash is a great low-carb option compared to your go-to pasta dish. Another bonus? Squash is a good source of dietary fiber which can help you feel full, longer.2 Photo by Cole Patrick on Unsplash 4. Kale Whether it’s raw or sautéed, kale is a leafy green that is great cold or hot. Its subtle bitterness complements sweeter items, such as carrots or tomatoes, and can also add a textural crunch when baked in the oven. Kale is also an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamins, which will have you feeling great from the inside out. Add kale to your grocery list for a nutritious addition to any meal. Helpful tip: if you’re using kale as the base of your salad, make sure to massage the kale a little. This may sound silly, but massaging kale helps tenderize it and transform the taste and texture. 5. Cucumber Cucumbers have a bright crunch that works well in salads or as a tasty snack. Cucumbers also have a sweet, grassy flavor, so you can drop slices into your water for an added touch of freshness. Cucumbers belong on the list of excellent plant-based foods that are great for low-fat diets. Since cucumbers are all-natural, they are free of trans fats and other fats you would typically find in popular snack foods. 6. Tomatoes Tomatoes can cross cultural cuisine boundaries. Create a fresh Mediterranean salad with cucumbers, teardrop tomatoes and oregano, or a Mexican salsa with diced tomatoes, red onion and jalapenos. Another idea: roast tomatoes with garlic to create a fresh Italian sauce for your spaghetti squash! Photo by Thomas Martinsen on Unsplash 7. Onions Onions come in a variety of types, so you can mix and match depending on what you want to use them for. White onions will be sharper and more pungent (and are great sautéed with tomatoes for an easy and healthier pasta sauce). For a crisp bite in a salad, add thinly sliced red onion for a pop of color and added flavor. Onions are a staple in every grocery store, which means you will never have trouble finding them. Keep them in your kitchen for some added flavor! 8. Mushrooms Mushrooms have umami — that meaty flavor that gives a decidedly rich flavor to any dish. Portobello mushrooms are a great healthy burger alternative or fill Portobello mushrooms with sautéed garlic, kale or other cooked greens and bake. We also love adding sautéed mushrooms and onions to top off your Beef Merlot. These eight vegetables and fruits can be used in multiple ways and can easily become go-to pantry staples! Aim for colors and choose new fruits or veggies to mix into your diet. Vegetables are an affordable and healthy snack and go great with any main course. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, another way to include more vegetables into your diet is by adding them into your healthy, ready-made meals. If you are looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into your diet, try getting the whole family involved. Visiting the local farmers market to pick out fresh vegetables and fruit together is one great way to help your family adopt healthy habits while supporting your weight loss goals. Plus, kids can take a look and sample different kinds of produce — maybe they’ll even ask to try something new! Are you ready to start incorporating healthier foods into your routine? Get started on the path to better health today! Sources: [1] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cauliflower [2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20044318
  8. 4 points
    We were impressed by all the entries for our third annual Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where Jenny Craig members created fun dishes to tantalize our taste buds and demonstrated what’s possible with a little inspiration, creativity and Fresh & Free Additions. Recipes were submitted for the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks & Sides, Desserts & Shakes, and Fresh & Free Additions. Here is a sneak peek at the winning recipes in each of the categories, as well as a few special categories we added on. The full recipes will be available soon in our upcoming e-book that will be featured on our website! Breakfast This Very Berry Barscotti Parfait submitted by Jamie B. combines sweet cherries with a crunch using our Barscotti with Cranberries and Almonds. It’s smoothed out with nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt, which adds another sweet and protein-packed punch. Not only do you get a delicious texture from all the ingredients, but you also get a crumble from the bar and the bite from the cooked cherries. It’s also gorgeous to look at with its deep red syrup and layers of flavor. Lunch & Dinner Cooking a Jenny Craig entrée into two different dishes was a clever way to go for our Lunch & Dinner category. Maria R. created a Chicken Zoodle Soup using our Chicken Pot Pie. She removed the crust and heated up the filling in combination with chicken broth and zucchini noodles to create a warm, hearty meal. She then took it a step further, using the crust for an Apple Tart! With a bit of apricot preserves, cinnamon and apples, she baked up the perfect ending to a delightful lunch or dinner, and showed anything is possible with one Jenny Craig entrée! Snacks & Sides Nothing gets our mouth watering like crunchy snacks, and these Snappy Ranch Rings created by Robin W. had us savoring this snack down till the very last bite! These Snappy Ranch Rings replace your typical fried onion rings with Ranch Snaps for a crunchy, flavorful coating that works perfectly when baking these onion rings in the oven. Desserts & Shakes Chocolate on its own is already a treat, but Cheryl B. created this Velvety Chocolate S'Mores Shake that had us feeling like we were indulging on a decadently delicious dessert. Not only does this shake combine our S’mores Bar and Vanilla Dream Shake, but it also has two surprising elements: A can of diet cream soda and frozen riced cauliflower. The cauliflower provides a velvety texture without as much sugar as a banana would! Fresh & Free Additions This Tasty Mediterranean Veggie Tomato Soup recipe created by Shelley B. is a savory starter and takes only minutes to prep and cook, thanks to sautéing vegetables like yellow squash, peppers, mushrooms and zucchini and adding it to our Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup. Employees We had our very own Jenny Craig employees participate as well and found two recipes we couldn’t get enough of! Sherry S. took our Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup to create a Cajun Style Gumbo (pictured below) bolstered with okra, peppers, onions and Cajun seasoning for a warm, spicy bowl of flavor. Olivia V. surprised us with her Breakfast Burrito Bowl, where she takes our Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito and, with the help of a tortilla pan, creates a shell that holds the filling along with some spinach and delicious salsa. Photographer’s Choice A picture is worth a thousand words, and with food pictures being all the rage on social media, we wanted to award someone for appearance and making our mouths drool. Daphne L. submitted her recipe for a Salisbury S hepard Pie in our Lunch & Dinner category. We were drawn to all the colors of this dish that included Salisbury Steak, mixed vegetables, rosemary, and garlic, followed by a fluffy layer of mashed cauliflower and potato, and then sprinkled with crushed Cheddar Cheese Crisps to top it off! No Thanks to Cake Choice This was a bonus winner, picked by one of our blogger’s No Thanks To Cake. Jessica H. submitted the Game Day Trio for the Lunch & Dinner category. Jessica took our Loaded Baked Potato and transformed it into bacon-cheddar potato balls and a stuffed potato with spinach and artichoke, plus baked some cauliflower with a red pepper hot sauce that she blended herself! Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered! Keep an eye out for our Simple Inspirations Recipe book to be released later this year. In additional to including these delicious winning recipes, we’re also including all types of tasty ideas to inspire your Jenny Craig creations year round.
  9. 4 points
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. In October of 2016, I stepped on the scale and realized that my weight exceeded my husband’s weight and tears came to my eyes. Even though my husband never said a word about my weight gain, I felt terrible about myself and was embarrassed about my weight. A month prior, I was told by my physician that I had elevated cholesterol and blood sugar. During this time, I found myself avoiding being photographed. I didn't want to go out in public. I only went to work. I had not weighed this much during pregnancy. I didn't want to feel embarrassed any longer and I knew I needed to lose the weight. When I came to Jenny Craig, I set a goal weight of 150 lbs. As I gained confidence in my ability to lose, I lowered my goal weight to 140 lbs. with the support of my consultant. I wanted to feel good about myself both physically and mentally. My consultant, Michelle, explained the importance of sticking to the planned menus and my motivation helped me stay true to my menu plan. I don't think that I ever missed a weekly consultation. The encouragement, accountability and helpful information that I received from my consultant were also a huge part of my success. After a few weeks of starting the program, I started walking. I walked 5 to 6 days per week beginning with 20 minutes. I now walk an hour most days of the week. As my weight came off, I found myself feeling good about myself and regained a confidence that I haven't had for years. I now find myself looking forward to social engagements rather than finding excuses to avoid them. During my weight loss journey, I noticed improvements in my overall energy, mood and with my health, such as lowered blood glucose and cholesterol levels. In March of 2017, after losing 30 pounds*, my doctor was thrilled to report that my blood sugar and cholesterol were in the normal range and my blood pressure was excellent! Thank you, Jenny Craig!
  10. 4 points
    We’re delighted to announce the third anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can take one of the over 100 menu items provided by Jenny Craig and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan. So roll up your sleeves and remix your dish in a creative way. Here are some tips to follow to help you effectively design a recipe to enter our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where, if selected, you can win $3,000 and have your recipe included in our Simple Inspirations recipe book* Before crafting your recipe, consider the following to help your success: 1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan. 2. Think about the category where your recipe would best fit. There are 5 categories to choose from: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Shakes and Sides Desserts & Shakes Fresh & Free Additions (If you’re entering the Fresh & Free category, you don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need food from the list of Limited Free Foods.) 3. Shoot high quality images or have a good camera. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when shooting. 3. Document every ingredient and preparation step as you create the dish. This way, you’ll be listing everything in the right order and won’t forget anything. 4. Be creative with your recipe name. Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat. Now that you’re ready to document your recipe, make sure to: 5. Monitor your measurements. Measure all your ingredients with standardized cups and measuring spoons. Be exact, especially with seasonings – there’s a big difference between 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder! Also, note pinches, dashes and “to taste” notes for finishing the dish, such as for salt and pepper. 6. Be specific about the type of ingredients. Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe – taste, calories and food groups will vary, depending on your choice. 7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes? 8. When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each one, did you chop, slice or dice? When filling out the forms, remember to: 9. Add each ingredient in separate lines. List the ingredients in the same order as you name them in the preparation steps. If your recipe has more than 7 steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field. 10. Include recipe prep time and cook time. Prep time is the period you spend cutting and preparing all the ingredients. Cook time is when everything is transferred to the oven, microwave, or stovetops. 11. Specify heat levels. Did you sauté, simmer, boil, bake at 350°, roast at 450° or broil at 500°? Name a prep time, plus a descriptor, for example: “Sauté onions for 10 minutes or till golden brown”. Additional prizes can include $1,500 toward a high-end digital camera, $1,000 of gourmet cookware, Jenny Craig swag and so much more!* Looking for inspiration? Check out last year’s winning recipe, then get cooking. Good luck! The Simple Inspirations Contest will be taking submission from July 17, 2017 – August 13, 2017. A voting period of the semi-finalists will be between August 28, 2017-September 10, 2017. A winner will be chosen in each category on October 23, 2017 and, if selected, will receive $3,000 and have their recipe included in our new Simple Inspirations recipe book, which will be available beginning in 2018! *To be eligible for the Member Category, you must: (a) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, DC, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec and Arizona) and (b) 21 years of age or older at time of entry and (c) have a non-expired Jenny Craig program; program renewal or purchase may be required to participate. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/13/17. Void where prohibited. Prizes: (5) Member Prizes - a $3,000 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $3,050 USD ea.); (2) Employee Prizes - a $2,000 USD check or gift card and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and gourmet cooking/baking goodie bag to include pans, pots, and other kitchen and baking utensils to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,000 USD); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and $1,500 to purchase a high-end digital camera and lenses to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,500 USD). See Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) for online voting information and complete details at http://www.jennycraig.com/simpleinspirations or http://bit.ly/SimpleInspirationsContestRules.
  11. 3 points
    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. Eat your favorite foods Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love. 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. 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.
  12. 3 points
    Do you have questions about the right foods to eat, portion sizes, weight loss, or the how-to’s of a healthy lifestyle? Sarah V., our Jenny Craig Nutritionist, answers some of the most commonly asked questions. Please use the comment box below if you have any additional questions! 1. Is eating gluten-free healthier? There’s a lot of misinformation and questions surrounding gluten-free diets and foods. Are they healthy? Is gluten-free low-carb? Gluten-free diets are typically followed by people with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune condition. Eating a gluten-free diet without having celiac disease, or a sensitivity to gluten, does not necessarily contribute to weight loss or a healthier diet. 2. How can the Jenny Craig program work with foods such as cupcakes, lasagna, etc? We seek to emphasize healthy ingredients, while minimizing added sugar, non-nutritive sweeteners, sodium and saturated fat. The Jenny Craig program is designed by nutritionists to incorporate whole-grains, lean protein, healthy fats, low-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits which reflect the guidelines of major government and health organizations for a proven and balanced approach for weight management. 3. Why can’t I eat a lot of fruit to lose weight? Of course, fruits are rich in water, high in fiber and full of nutrients. Members should be encouraged to eat whole fruits rather than juice or dried fruits. However, fruits do contribute calories (about 60 calories per serving) and sugar to your diet and therefore should be consumed in moderation. It is important to consume healthy amounts of each food group so that you have a well-balanced diet. 4. How much does fitness and exercise matter? Physical activity, whether moderate/vigorous, natural, recreational or strengthening, contributes to various health benefits as well as assisting your body in maintaining weight loss. To achieve the health benefits of physical activity, 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days is suggested. However, on maintenance it is recommended to strive for 45-60 minutes. 5. Do you need to adjust your diet as you age? Yes. As you age it is important to continue to consume a healthy diet, stay active and monitor your health. Nutritional needs do change as you age, and it is important to educate yourself and understand nutrient requirements specific to your body. 6.What’s the most important tip, post-Jenny Craig? Portion control. Moderation is key to enjoying your life and maintaining your healthy weight. Use visual cues to remind yourself of proper portion sizes. It’s important to continue those healthy habits that you have acquired along your weight loss journey, while maintaining a good support system. 7.How can I watch for sodium? Staying mindful, monitoring your food and paying attention! Keeping yourself aware of your sodium intake is important. Reading the nutrition labels on your foods and keeping track of how much salt you add to your cooking can help you monitor your sodium intake. 8. What are the most notorious things that cause weight gain on maintenance? Old habits are one of the biggest reasons why people can’t lose weight or keep it off. Stay motivated, be consistent and continue to incorporate positive changes into your life. 9. Why is there so much bread on the program? The program currently consists of 50-60% carbohydrate, 20-25% protein and 20-25% fat. The menu balances a variety of grains, as well as vegetables, fruits and low-fat milk products that all contribute to the carbohydrate content. These parameters reflect the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines and are not considered high in carbohydrate. 10. Do you recommend meal prep? Post-Jenny Craig, meal prepping allows you to incorporate a healthy and balanced diet into your busy lifestyle. It is a helpful way to plan pre-portioned meals and have them ready for you throughout the busy week. Preparing your own meals in advance puts you in control of what you eat and provides you with simplicity and convenience.
  13. 3 points
    With its long stem and spiny leaves, artichokes have a reputation for being hard to prepare just to get to the delicate meat at the center of the artichoke and under the petals. In reality, you can prep and cook an artichoke in about 20 minutes! Here’s how to prepare an artichoke: 1. Wash the artichoke under cold water to get any dirt washed out of the petals. Pat dry. 2. With a long, serrated knife, cut the artichoke about an inch from the top to reveal its heart/open it a bit. 3. Next, address the stem. You can slice about halfway up the stem or remove it entirely if your plating requires the artichoke to sit upright. The stem is edible and a continuation of the heart (the meat), so feel free to save the stem to cook later. 4. With a pair of kitchen shears, cut away the thorny petal tips. If you don’t have kitchen shears, a pair of scissors will work just fine. 5. Now, spread the petals of the artichoke to open it up a bit. That way, your seasonings can fall between the petals. 6. Once the artichoke is prepped, you have a few ways that you can cook it. Add lemon juice to the artichoke, which will help keep it from browning, and then try one of the following: Oven-Roasted Artichoke Begin by preheating the oven to 425°. With the artichoke standing up on a sheet pan, take a knife to the center of the artichoke and create a space to insert a few garlic cloves. Season the artichoke with salt, pepper, and a light drizzle of olive oil, then tightly wrap each artichoke with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Check the artichokes after about 20 minutes, when they should be sizzling. Steamed Artichokes For a fresh, bright appearance try to steam your artichokes. Fill a large pot with a few inches of water. Flavor the water with aromatics, such as a clove of garlic, bay leaf and slice of lemon. Place the artichokes on top of a steamer, then cover the pot. Once the water boils, reduce to a simmer and steam the artichokes for an additional 25-45 minutes. Once the outer leaves can be pulled, they’re ready to eat! Grilled Artichokes You can also take advantage of the season and the great weather by grilling your artichoke, which brings out some of its smoky flavors. Cut the artichoke in half or quarters, then follow the steam instructions above. Brush each artichoke with oil, season with salt and pepper, then put the artichokes on the grill, leaf-side up, for about 8 minutes over medium heat. Artichokes make for a beautiful side dish alongside our Pepperoni Pizza or can become your main dish by stuffing an artichoke with our Turkey Burger . Keep an eye out for other Fresh & Free Addition ideas to continue exploring delicious, nutritious vegetables that can help you meet your weight loss goals. [Sources] http://allrecipes.com/recipe/221071/simply-roasted-artichokes/ http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cook_and_eat_an_artichoke/ http://toriavey.com/how-to/2013/07/how-to-grill-artichokes/
  14. 3 points
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I weighed my heaviest at 175 at a height of 5'1. I have always been a heavy weight person, but never did anything to change it. I always thought this is how I would be in life and there was no way to change it. I had always been a chubby child and had always been okay with my weight and just had accepted myself. My Jenny Craig Moment One day I was at work, I had looked at my entire self in the mirror and couldn't believe how much of myself I truly let go. The next day, I had gone to the doctor for a physical and he confirmed that I was morbidly obese and needed to lose a lot of weight or I would get diabetes. Shortly after that, my parents had sat me down and told me that it would be in my best interest to lose weight so I would feel better about myself and not have any health risks. After this event, I had made it my life mission to lose weight and get into the best shape to become a better me. I knew my mom was on the Jenny Craig program and was doing pretty well on it. I had decided to call the program when coincidentally Joy, her consultant, called my home to confirm my mom's next appointment. That phone call changed my life forever! My Journey After that, I started on the program and followed it. Joy and every consultant I had thereafter changed my life for the better. Everyone at Jenny Craig for the past two years has taught me better eating skills and have taught me to manage the program and make it my own. I was able to maintain the program and understand what healthy eating finally meant. I was able to eat the food from the program and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle. My Results Over the course of 11 months, I had lost about 45 lbs* from being on the Jenny Craig program and also following a kickboxing routine. I started out as a size 12 in clothing, weighing 175 lbs and have since lost 45 lbs! I can't express enough how the Jenny Craig program has changed my life! I never thought this could actually happen and never thought I would see the day that I would become skinny, but healthy! I had completed my mission! Every day I get stopped by people I know and they tell me how great I look. I always tell others, it's not a one day change, it’s a lifestyle change, you have to stay committed and focused— the outcome is worthwhile! Jenny Craig changed my life, but more importantly SAVED my life! I am so glad I made that phone call to change my life two years ago. Thank you, everyone, at Jenny Craig! Natalie's success story is one of the inspiring weight loss stories. Find your inspiration and book and appointment to get started with Jenny Craig today.
  15. 3 points
    Just in time for summer! Enjoy this refreshing and minty classic with this fun recipe. Ingredients: - ¼ cup pineapple juice - ¼ cup orange juice - ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice - ¼ cup diet ginger ale - 15-20 mint leaves - ½ cup ice Directions: 1. Gather all materials, suggested materials include: 1 shaker, and 1 mason jar. 2. Fresh squeeze lime, and pour into shaker. 3. Add pineapple, orange juice, and diet ginger ale to shaker. 4. Chop mint, and then add to shaker. 5. Add ice to shaker. 6. Shake it up! 7. Pour into mason jar, and add ice. 8. Garnish with mint leaves or lime wedge. Exchanges: - 1 Fruit Exchange
  16. 3 points
    Inspire mouthwatering satisfaction with a low-calorie pasta revelation. Delicious zucchini noodles will transform your Chicken Fettuccine into a gourmet veggie delight. Ingredients: Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine 1 zucchini 1 tomato, diced 2 garlic cloves 1/3 cup steamed spinach 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 bay leaf parsley, chopped nonstick cooking spray (optional) 2 tbsp water Spiral vegetable slicer Directions: 1. Use spiral vegetable slicer or mandolin to turn zucchini into fettuccine-like noodles. 2. Place zucchini noodles in microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes. 3. In a pan, mix the spinach and garlic together. 4. Over medium heat, add the tomato and seasonings, stir to combine. 5. Add water and heat for 2-3 minutes until tomato breaks down. Add zucchini noodles. 6. Prepare Chicken Fettuccine as directed and add to the pan, stirring well. 7. Remove bay leaf and serve with fresh parsley on top. Per serving Chicken Fettuccine (2 starch, 2 protein) + 3 Veg 6 Free Foods Submitted by Lauren D. from Staten Island, New York
  17. 3 points
    To add more flavor to your veggies, you don't have to add butter or salt! Often, the perfect seasoning can really bring out the flavor, making other additives unnecessary. You can add herbs and spices prior to roasting, steaming or grilling your favorite vegetables.
  18. 3 points
    Submitted by Lydia D. from Las Vegas, Nevada Create your own breakfast skillet with your Sunshine Sandwich and a sensational mix of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and zucchini. Ingredients Jenny Craig Sunshine Sandwich ¼ cup spinach ¼ cup tomatoes ¼ cup mushrooms ¼ cup zucchini Dash of garlic powder Directions Separate Sunshine Sandwich and defrost egg and ham. In a nonstick pan, sauté tomato, spinach, mushroom and zucchini Cut egg and ham into cubes and mix with sautéed veggies Add garlic powder to taste, and serve scramble with English muffin on the side. Per serving Sunshine Sandwich (2 Starch, 1 Protein, ½ Fat) + 1-2 Vegetables 1 Free Food
  19. 3 points
    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: 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. 2. Take the time to plate your Jenny Craig meal Thoughtfully arrange it next to a serving of vibrantly colored vegetables and enjoy how appealing it all looks together. 3. Breathe Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before you take your first bite noticing the aroma of your food. 4. Acknowledge the flavors Take a bite and chew slowly to savor the flavors and textures. 5. Slow your rate…know your state 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.” 6. Stop when you’re feeling satisfied 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.
  20. 2 points
    Understanding healthy food portions is an essential part of any weight loss plan—and it’s one of the key foundations of the Jenny Craig program. Here's a nifty guide to remember the perfect portion for serving sizes! Mastering visual portion cues is a critical first step to smart eating for life. But there are lots of other ways you can ensure that you’re always “dining by choice—not by chance.”
  21. 2 points
    Here are 4 unique ways to remix your macaroni entrée: Roasted Pepper and Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese This recipe has a southwest flavor you'll love. Roast one halved red pepper on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven until blackened. Let the peppers cool at room temperature, then peel. Purée the peeled peppers with a pinch of chipotle spice. You’ll have a vibrant red mixture to stir into your macaroni that will leave your eyes —and taste buds — delighted. Wisconsin-Style Macaroni & Cheese Mix in a teaspoon of spicy brown mustard to give a surprise punch to your Macaroni & Cheese. You can also sauté onions with nonstick vegetable spray until glistening or caramelized for a truly zesty bite with more vegetable goodness. Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese For those looking to add literal spice to their macaroni, add roasted cauliflower florets and stir in a dash of hot sauce and a splash of vinegar to create a buffalo-sauce-inspired mac and cheese. Mexican-Inspired Macaroni & Cheese For a flavorful zest to your macaroni entrée, stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro and 2 tablespoons of diced tomato. While these are only a few unique ways to spice up your mac & cheese, your Fresh & Free Additions allow for tons of possibilities to discover flavor combinations that you’ll love to add to any of your Jenny Craig meals in minutes. Take these as inspiration, and make sure to reference your Fresh & Free Additions list to discover your favorite combination today! Sources: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-mac-and-cheese-recipes
  22. 2 points
    PHASE 1: THE BIG DROP When you first start focusing on making healthier food choices and reducing your calorie intake, you’re likely going to see the impact on the scale. Typically, the biggest weight loss you’ll experience is in the first week. Your body is responding and adjusting to the healthy changes you are making. Just be mindful that sometimes this initial weight loss can include water weight, which makes it even more important to keep hydrated and remember this is an amazing start! PHASE 2: THE LITTLE DROP By the second week, your body is starting to adjust to your new habits. Usually, the drop in weight this week will be a little smaller, but don’t get discouraged. Enjoy your win — one of many you’ll experience on your weight loss journey. PHASE 3: THE SLOW AND STEADY By week five, aim for an average weight loss of one to two pounds per week, or one percent of your body weight. If you lose weight more rapidly, you’re likely losing more muscle, which isn’t healthy. While it might not be as much weight as you lost in the first couple of weeks of your journey, just know that this is a healthy rate at which to lose weight. The goal here is to aim for sustainability! Another tip is to take monthly measurements so you can also see how your body is changing in other ways beyond the scale. Now that you know the three phases of weight loss, let's look at some of the important milestones you might encounter along your journey. Important Milestones Here are a few of the important milestones you may experience along your weight loss journey. Remember: every milestone is an accomplishment! Whether it is weight loss or a non-scale victory! 5% and 10%: By losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that it’s possible to reduce your blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.1 Additional scientific studies backs this up.2 The CDC also mentions that you may be able to reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases associated with obesity by losing as little as five to ten percent of your weight.1 You've Hit Your Halfway Point: When you make it halfway to your goal – we bet you’ll be feeling amazing. It’s a huge accomplishment – so we suggest celebrating by treating yourself to a new outfit, a night out to the movies or perhaps a night in pampering yourself with a spa treatment. By now, you’re starting to get the hang of this new way of life, and you’re consistently making healthy choices and reaping the rewards. If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to look at your exercise routine and perhaps start to slowly add some walking or other low-impact activities into your day. Just remember to always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise plan. Goal: Yes! Give yourself a high five! You’ve achieved your ultimate goal! Reaching this milestone is more than just about the number on the scale. It’s about all of the non-scale victories you’ve also achieved over the course of this journey. We bet you feel more confident than ever before. You may even feel like you have more energy to do the things you enjoy — or perhaps you’re sleeping more soundly through the night — the benefits associated with weight loss are plentiful, and we bet you’ve experienced quite a few non-scale victories along the way. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, once you reach your goal, your consultant will introduce you to the maintenance phase of your program. Here, you’ll develop skills to help you learn how to keep your weight off and sustain your healthy lifestyle. Because once you’ve reached your goal, it’s all about making sure you can maintain the new you! Emotions Along Your Weight Loss Journey When you’re discouraged — seek support. No matter how closely you’re following a program, everyone experiences challenging days when they think to themselves, "Why am I gaining weight?" You might feel as if your goal is a long way off, frustrated that you can’t fit into your favorite pair of jeans just yet, or anxious that you won’t be able to break through a plateau. We get it — all of these emotions are totally normal! When you feel your positive attitude wavering, reach out to someone who has been instrumental in supporting you throughout your journey — whether that be your Jenny Craig consultant, a friend, a family member, or a loved one. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, your consultant is always there to support you when you need a pick-me-up. A simple call or text may make the difference in your day — so don’t hesitate to reach out! When you’re stressed — take some “me” time. It happens to the best of us: you’re feeling stressed and you find yourself mindlessly grazing through the office candy jar for a quick pick-me-up, only to experience a sugar crash later, typically followed by feelings of guilt. But don’t worry — there are simple ways you can check in with yourself to prevent this from happening. First, remember this: strong food cravings are usually not hunger, and will pass within 15 minutes if you don’t indulge them. Have a glass of water and a serving of your favorite non-starchy vegetable — or even take a walk around the block — it’s a great way to distract your mind. If stress-related cravings are creeping up regularly, that’s a good sign that you could use a bit of me-time! Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to do something that makes you feel relaxed…perhaps it’s taking a short walk, listening to some music or simply enjoying a good book. When you’re thrilled—share it! When you experience the wonderful feeling of watching the number on your scale get smaller, and the other non-scale victories that come with better health, you may feel like you want the whole world to share it with you — and you should! Your success didn’t come from luck; it came from your hard work and healthy choices. For those days when you really want to celebrate your victories, pick a non-food reward to celebrate, (like a spa day or a new outfit) and enjoy it with someone close to you. After all, you’ve earned it! While no one’s journey is the same — we hope this information has helped explain a few of the phases and emotions you may experience during your weight loss journey. Keep up those healthy habits! *Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Sources: [1] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html [2] http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/34/7/1481 Elisa Hoffman Elisa is a Content Marketing Manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico. Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple 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!)
  23. 2 points
    Enjoy these easy and minty recipes just in time for St. Patrick's Day. JENNY CRAIG’S LUCKY SHAKE** Ingredients: Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup ice cubes 1/2 tsp or more to taste of mint extract 5 drops of green food coloring, or more to enhance color* Garnish with fresh mint sprigs Directions: 1. Add Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake, banana, ice cubes, mint extract and food coloring* into a blender. 2. Blend on high speed until smooth. 3. Garnish with mint sprigs. 4. Serve with a straw. Exchanges per serving: Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake (1 Milk) + 1 Fruit *For a version of this drink without using food coloring, try tossing in a handful of naturally green spinach instead! ----- JENNY CRAIG’S CHOCOLATE LUCKY SHAKE** Ingredients: Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup ice cubes 1/2 tsp or more to taste of mint extract Garnish with fresh mint sprigs Directions: 1. Add Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake, banana, ice cubes, and mint extract into a blender. 2. Blend on high speed until smooth. 3. Garnish with mint sprigs. 4. Serve with a straw. Exchanges per serving: Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake (1 Milk) + 1 Fruit **Clients following the classic program may top the shake with 2 Tbsp whipped topping (counts as 1 Limited Food).
  24. 2 points
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Eden lost 107* lbs. on the Jenny Craig program and is featured in PEOPLE Magazine’s Half Their Size Issue, on newsstands now! Eden's Jenny Craig story in her own words: I had been a ballet dancer since I was 3 years old, dancing up to about 5 days a week in my youth. I hadn’t struggled with my weight until I was 11 years old when I broke my ankle after my first performance as ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker, the lead role. I was so upset that I had to give up dancing until it was healed. My parents also started going through a divorce around that time, so I spent a lot of time being a teenager and hanging out with my friends, eating junk food. My favorite go-to snacks were chips and cookies. I had no portion control, which was my downfall. If I opened a box of these snacks, I’d finish the whole package in one sitting. My parents were always healthy eaters; my dad is a nutritionist and my mom is in the medical field, so I grew up learning healthy eating habits. But when I became a teenager and gave up dance, coupled with my parents’ divorce, I just gave into my cravings and junk food eating habits. However, I missed dance, so I decided to go back and lost some of the weight I had put on when I quit dance. When I went to college, I was a typical stressed student short on time and gave up ballet again. I picked up a job as an assistant at a gym and worked my way up to become a personal trainer. Even though I was in such a healthy environment and telling my clients how to eat healthy and increase their activity, I was gaining weight, and a lot of it. I was stressed by the workload of going to college full-time, working part-time and was just not living a healthy lifestyle. I was making poor choices with food, friendships, relationships and was drinking and eating more than I should to help cope with the stress. My Moment: When I was 26, I had a pulmonary embolism. My doctor told me that I needed to take medication and change my eating and lifestyle habits. I was supposed to give up drinking alcohol and smoking was off-limits, but I didn’t listen to the doctor’s orders. I was also a big fan of BBQ and loved to barbecue meat. During this point, for lunch, I’d be able to eat two, foot-long sandwiches, with all of fixings and a large regular soda, with alcohol mixed in. All against doctor’s orders. At that time, I was around 255 lbs. After 3 years of not taking my medication and continuing to make poor eating choices, I had a massive stroke. I tried to get dressed one day and had forgotten how to do it. I was 29. When my family brought me to the hospital, I couldn’t write my name, remember my colors or remember how to touch my nose. I couldn’t talk. When I checked into the hospital, I weighed 275 lbs. My doctor told me that my life was going to be different than it was before and it would be a long road back. I had to learn how to speak again. Being young helped my recovery, but I knew that I needed to take my health back into my own hands. I had been given another chance to get it right. I went home and while I was working on my recovery, my mom recommended I try Jenny Craig to help get my eating and portions on track. My Transformation: In May 2015, I joined Jenny Craig and had my first consultation. Being in ballet and constantly in pursuit of losing weight, I had been on various diets and had tried almost everything. Nothing worked for me because it didn’t help me with how I should be eating healthy portions, the right foods to eat and the support to help make those decisions. Jenny Craig finally taught me how to do that. And I really clicked with my consultant, Nicole. She and I are like the same person and I cannot thank her enough for all that she helped me get through. I had no idea what a proper portion was before Jenny Craig. I would eat 3-4 times beyond the recommended amount and was drinking so many calories. I thought that the only way to lose weight was to not eat. I slowly learned how to eat 6 times a day, throughout the day. I would have a Jenny Craig meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then would add in 3 snacks with fruit, vegetables and dairy throughout the day. I started going to the gym with my dad as well. I started slowly on the elliptical bike because I couldn’t run. Now, I can run up to 10 miles! I followed the Jenny Craig plan and lost 107 lbs.*! I still eat all the time without being hungry, I’m just eating the right things in the right amounts. At my last doctor’s visit, he was thrilled with my results. My cardiologist reduced my medications and took me off one of them completely because my heart is doing so well and my numbers are looking so good. I still can’t believe I had a stroke in my 20’s. I felt like I lost some of my youth. But I am so blessed and thankful for everything that I have in my life and the progress that I’ve made. I’ve been lucky to have such good speech pathologists and of course my Jenny Craig consultant, Nicole, to help me regain my health. I feel like a new person with a second chance at life. My new goals are to get my master’s degree and pursue a career in rehabilitative therapy. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone embarking on their journey, it would be to not take your youth and health for granted. Do what you can to protect it now. *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
  25. 2 points
    Seeking a creative way to eat more vegetables? Try ‘spiralizing’ your potassium-rich zucchini or beta-carotene packed carrots into noodles aka zoodles. Zoodles are a healthy, low-carb replacement for traditional pasta and are a nutritious addition to your next Jenny Craig entrée. Whether you want to infuse it into your Chicken Fettucine Alfredo or add a fresh twist on a salad, spiralizing your vegetables is a fun and easy way to pair veggies with your meals (and sneak in nutrition for your kids, too). Just pick up an inexpensive spiralizer tool and start turning to create thin vegetable noodles from zucchini, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. Fall in love with these five ways to eat zoodles and other delicious veggie noodle pairings. Pair it as a side Firm and fresh vegetables are perfect for spiralizing and taste great when tossed with a dash of olive oil and your favorite herb seasoning in a hot skillet. Pair your zoodles with a variety of Jenny Craig meals, such as the Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken & Veggies or Loaded Baked Potato. Make a salad If you’re tired of romaine lettuce, you can instead create a salad full of tasty textures with your spiralized medley of zucchini, carrots and yellow squash. Add more Fresh & Free Additions, including diced onions and tomatoes, and then toss with Jenny Craig’s light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing for a fresh, unique twist on a garden salad. Replace pasta Zoodles are a delicious and low-carb alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. Just spiralize and microwave your serving of zoodles for three minutes and then top with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, garlic, chopped onions and Italian seasoning. Buon appetito! Top your sandwich Amp up your veggies on Jenny Craig sandwiches, like the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Classic Cheeseburger, by making a zoodle slaw. Swap out cabbage by spiralizing zucchini and carrots and mix it with 1 tablespoon of fat-free mayonnaise and a dash of fresh or dried herbs. This slaw is also a great topping for the Tuna Dill or Chicken Cranberry Salad Kits. Bulk up soup Turn a bowl of soup into a nutritious, hearty meal with your zoodles. Bulk up Jenny Craig’s Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup or the Chunky Vegetable Medley Soup with spiralized zoodles and carrots for a rich, homestyle soup perfect for those first chilly autumn days.
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    Jenny Craig is here to help. Schedule a free appointment with one of our weight loss consultants today! We can all agree that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions to make for the New Year! And this is the year you’re ready and committed to making changes every month, not just in January (and we couldn’t be more excited for you!). But after you’ve clinked glasses, cleaned up the gold and silver confetti, it’s time to get down to business. Having a weight loss resolution for the new year is a great start, but breaking your resolution down into mini-resolutions will help you meet your year-end goal–to be the best version of you! Here’s how: Make measurable goals With pen and dedicated notebook in hand, brainstorm and write down a list of measurable goals that will actually help your weight loss journey and help you conquer that weight loss resolution! The more specific the goal, the more attainable it is. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started: ● Commit to taking the stairs wherever possible ● Sign up for a 5K in your city even just walk ● Commit to a 30-minute fitness class at least twice a week ● Rid the pantry of chips, cookies or any unhealthy snacks ● Commit to a weight loss program meal plan with Jenny Craig and stick with a low-calorie diet to help you hit your long-term weight loss goal. ● Support a healthy metabolism by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night and waking up at the same time each day. ● Ditch the office break room at lunch and go for a 30-minute walk to get your body moving. ● Watch your media content on a stationary bike instead of your couch ● Trade in your soda (which has unnecessary calories) for tea, sparkling water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon. If you can give yourself a gold star after accomplishing a goal just as you might have done as a kid, then you'll know it's measurable. And using a chart to track each goal with an accompanying gold star sticker pack isn't such a bad idea! Take it week-to-week That long list of goals seems just as overwhelming as the resolution to “lose weight,” doesn’t it? Don’t worry–you don’t have to start doing everything tomorrow. Instead of fretting about changing bad habits to good ones overnight, spread your mini-resolutions throughout the year. For each week, assign a few goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you'll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable, testing out a new spice on your meal, or engaging in physical activity at least twice a week. Because you took baby steps and reached smaller, specific goals through the year, not only will you likely lose weight, but you will look and feel your very best! Treat yourself Because your mini-resolutions are measurable, it’s time to treat yourself. With all of those gold stars you’ve collected, set a non-food reward for the end of each month. Get a manicure in March, pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May, and splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since we know you’ll be needing a smaller size! Additional New Year's Resolution Weight-Loss Tips ● Stick with your routine and stay motivated. If this means marking off each day on a calendar to show your progress than go for it! Find a way that works for you to keep yourself motivated toward your weight loss goal. ● Avoid eating out as much. While eating out, you'll most likely be faced with larger portions and unhealthier options. By cooking for yourself, you can monitor your portion size and know the exact ingredients you are consuming. ● Get moving and keep moving. This doesn't have to be a structured gym session or class. Whether it is a walk around the neighborhood or a bike ride, all that matters is you keep your body moving. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. ● Find a group or a buddy who is working towards the same goal as you. Having support from peers is one of the keys to long-term weight loss success. So now when mid-January rolls around, instead of giving up on your New Year's weight loss resolution, keep going and make it to the finish line. The next time you think you can't do it, think again. You can do it and the above tips can help you reach your goal and keep the weight gain at bay. We hope that these weight loss resolution tips will help you to build a foundation for a healthy, happy, and successful new year!
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    How much more Jenny Craig food can you eat compared to the typical food available in grocery stores or fast food restaurants? Turns out, a lot more! We've calculated the approximate calorie to portion ratio of outside foods and as you can tell, we're all about providing you with delicious, perfectly portioned meals so you'll never feel like you're missing out. We're committed to helping you get closer to your weight loss goal. In the infographic below, which dish are you most surprised about?
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    Leafy greens are great for filling you up without feeling muddled down or heavy. One green that can be found all year long is spinach. Whether it’s served raw or cooked, this dark leaf provides nutrients, like vitamins A, C and K, and iron, fiber and magnesium in just one cup—no wonder Popeye couldn’t get enough! As the weather cools down, we decided to look at ways on how we could incorporate spinach into our meals outside of the typical (yet delicious) salad. Here are 7 ideas we’ve come up with! 1) Stir into soups and stews. You can either add your spinach toward the end of the soup-making process or cook it down before adding it to the broth. You can also substitute spinach into recipes that call for other leafy greens, like kale. 2) Spin in your smoothies. Spinach doesn’t have a distinctly strong taste, and as our other suggestions have shown, it’s easy to mix into recipes you love. You can create a great smoothie and get extra nutrients by taking spinach, blending it with water, then adding a ½ cup of banana, mango or pineapple for a touch of sweetness. 3) Top your pizza. Spinach is not only a great topping for pizza as it pairs with tomatoes, but it can be used raw to dress a pizza as well! Take spinach, raw onion, tomato and a dressing of your choice for a simple way to add more veggies to your pizza. 4) Toss into pasta. Pasta is a great vessel for many flavors. You can keep your dish simple by tossing the spinach with the noodles once they’re cooked, then add some tomatoes and a touch of oil for seasoning. You can also add spinach straight into your sauce, and let it cook down. 5) Blend into pesto. One fresh sauce to consider for adding spinach is pesto, which can be used on pasta, as a salad dressing or cooked meat. You can also cut some of the basil out and substitute that amount with spinach as well. 6) Sautée into eggs. Spinach cooks down very quickly—you can take a few handfuls and it wilts down in minutes. Try it scrambled in your eggs, or make an omelet with mushrooms and diced tomatoes for a veggie-packed breakfast. 7) Stir-fry your spinach. While stir-fried sides typically consist of peppers, onions, garlic and snap peas, adding spinach is another way to gain more density and nutrients in your side dishes can help you feel fuller longer. Spinach has so many possibilities, and all it takes is adding a handful (or more!) to add some additional brilliance to your dishes. [RESOURCES] http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/eat-your-spinach https://saveourbones.com/6-savvy-ways-to-use-spinach/ http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-spinach https://www.kitchenstewardship.com/monday-mission-recipes-to-use-up-your-spinach/ https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/green-smoothie-recipe/
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    The benefits of getting moving are undeniable. Increasing your activity level can aid your heart-health and overall well-being. However, you don’t necessarily have to go for a rigorous walk or break a sweat at a fitness class. In fact, you may be surprised at all the simple opportunities there are in everyday life to get moving. It can be something unassuming, such as dancing in the kitchen or even working in your garden. Check out these six activities that don’t even feel like work. Stand up Sitting all day at work can be detrimental to your health, raising your risk for heart disease and weight gain, so take the time to stand up, shake out your legs and renew your focus with your work. Ask your employer to provide a sit-stand desk, or schedule walking meetings with colleagues to get moving and some fresh air. Ask a colleague to take a walk around the building with you if your meeting together doesn’t require anything more high-tech than a conversation. Play in the water Splashing in the waves at the beach or swimming a few laps at the pool is always a nice leisurely way to have some fun in the sun. However, swimming is a low-impact exercise and the perfect activity for all physical levels because of its gentle resistance and overall benefit in improving endurance. Even if you are not the strongest swimmer, grab a kickboard and get in some laps trying out different kicks. Go to the park with your kids If your kids have been logging too many hours on smartphones and tablets, you can feel good knowing that getting them moving outside is good for their health, too. Head over to the park and play fun games, such as ‘pirates’ on the play equipment, ‘Simon Says’ or kick around a soccer ball. All these activities can be a positive bonding experience and get in some serious movement. Be a dancing machine Crank up the tunes and get your groove on–it’s time to dance! Whether you’re at a special event that calls for getting on the dance floor or doing the two-step around your kitchen, dancing is one activity that certainly does not feel like work. It’s a cardio exercise that works your core while strengthening and toning muscles. Go to a theme park Going to your nearest fair or theme park is an easy way to rack up your daily steps and have fun with your family and friends. By walking around all day, you’ll boost your calorie burn, work those leg muscles and even get to enjoy your favorite attractions. Grow your food From tomatoes to zucchini, the vegetables and fruit you’ll reap from a garden you tend will provide healthy, nutritious food to positively supplement your meal plan. Plus, did you know gardening is also an activity that can burn additional calories? Just getting your hands dirty with a little weeding or shrub trimming can help burn around 180 calories in 30 minutes.
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    Our professional chefs and nutrition team have been crafting some delicious new additions to the Jenny Craig menu. You’ll be saying ‘yum!’ to these savory foods that are soon-to-be-favorites. Creamy Penne with Vegetables This premium edition and classic comfort dish features penne pasta, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots delicately combined in a rich Parmesan and Romano cheese sauce. “We get many requests for new vegetarian dishes so we are excited to introduce a Creamy Penne with Vegetables,” Lindsay Ostenso, Jenny Craig Brand and Products Director, said. “It’s everything you love about the Chicken Fettucine, but filled with crisp vegetables all in a creamy, cheesy sauce.” Cheddar Cheese Crisps Bursting with cheddar cheese flavor and a bunch of crunch, these tasty crisps are enjoyable anytime, anywhere! “Part cracker and part potato chip! Our new Cheddar Cheese Crisps are a little of both,” Ostenson said. “Crispy satisfaction and my new snacking favorite!” Look for these new foods coming to your local neighborhood Jenny Craig Center or Jenny Craig Anywhere delivery.
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    It’s often misconstrued that you only need to join a weight loss program if you have a lot of weight to lose, but that’s absolutely not the case! “The person who just wants to lose 10 pounds has felt the same frustration and challenge that someone else who has 50 pounds to lose has experienced,” said Jenny Craig’s Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Interventions, Lisa Talamini. We offer a support system with proven results. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants have also been in your shoes, and can discuss what works for the last 10 pounds. Our equation for success also includes more than 100 delicious foods and a meal plan with your goal in mind. “Ultimately, it’s not about how much you have to lose—it’s about finding what works,” continues Talamini. “And Jenny Craig has clinical proof that it does. Losing those stubborn 10 or so pounds means more than a drop in a dress size—it signals reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure and ends the cycle of gain, lose and regaining, which can be so frustrating.” Joining Jenny Craig allows for you to discover a community of people who are currently working on their own weight loss or have been through it before, and are invested in your success. We’ve been able to support members with various weight loss goals, and look forward to helping you with yours. Learn about their success stories, then call 866-706-4042 or find a local neighborhood Jenny Craig center near you.
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    Fruit and vegetables are fun to use when they’re fresh, ripe and in-season, but there may be times when you’ve either bought too many to use or continue to buy so many delicious items that some get left to the wayside to spoil. While you can plan your shopping list using our Simple Inspirations, which are found on the back of many Jenny Craig entrees, or discover a new recipe, you can also buy a few items that will last longer than others. Here are some of the best fruits and veggies that last in your fridge and/or pantry: Fruits that last Apples (up to 2 weeks in refrigerator) Canned/frozen fruit (up to 2-3 months) Lemons (1-2 months in refrigerator) Oranges (2-3 weeks in refrigerator) Watermelon (up to 2 weeks) Vegetables that last Beets (up to 2 weeks) Cabbage (up to 2 weeks or longer in refrigerator) Canned/frozen vegetables (up to 2-3 months) Carrots (2-3 weeks in refrigerator) Celery (1-2 weeks in refrigerator) Garlic (2-3 months in a cool, dry area) Onions (4 weeks or longer) Potatoes (4 weeks or longer) Turnips (up to 4 weeks) Winter squash, such as pumpkin, butternut squash, etc. (up to 3 months) Keep in mind how you store these items, too. Carrots in bags can have an extended shelf life by placing a paper towel in the bag to absorb excess moisture. Apples should be placed in a plastic bag in the fruit crisper section of your refrigeration and away from vegetables, since the ethylene gas apples produce makes produce ripen faster. Finding fruits and veggies like the ones listed above allows you to enjoy these items for weeks to come, and not have to worry about replenishing them with every trip to the grocery store. Discover other Fresh & Free Additions recipes and strategies by reading our articles and discussing them with one of our Jenny Craig consultants. Schedule a meeting with a consultant today by finding a location near you or calling 866-706-4042—we can’t wait to help you with your health and nutrition goals! [SOURCES] Jenny Craig Unlimited/Limited food list (PDF) http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/12-fruits-vegetables-that-wont-go-bad http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18518 http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips/tips/g1381/how-long-do-vegetables-last/?slide=9 http://www.stilltasty.com/articles/view/75
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    Whether you’re just beginning your weight loss journey or are pounds away from your goal, it’s important to have support and inspiration to keep you on track. Your support system includes your personal consultant, friends and family members, but it’s truly up to you to wake up in the morning with your weight loss goal in mind. Here are some inspiring weight loss quotes to keep you motivated: 1. Weight loss takes time, so remember that every change you make, even small changes, adds up. 2. Having a strong reason for why you’re losing weight is important. Remember: You are the reason you’re losing weight so you can be your very best self! 3. Even if you fall off plan, you always have the opportunity to get back on track toward your goals. 4. Now is the time to take action toward your weight loss goals, and every choice you make is putting the work in toward it. 5. Every day gives you a chance to be proud of the choices you’re making. Do what makes you feel good, and you can accomplish anything in front of you. Having a weight loss goal in mind is important, but the changes you make along this journey impact your weight maintenance once you reach your goal. Stay motivated with these short quotes that can fit on a post-it, in your notebook or carried in spirit throughout the day. You can reach your weight loss goals, and Jenny Craig would love to be a partner in your success. Learn more by visiting one of our 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you or calling 866-706-4042 today. [SOURCES] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20706008,00.html#give-today-your-all-0 http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/helpful-weight-loss-quotes/ https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/35584930/image/35720538/Chalkboard-Weight-Loss-Quotes
  34. 2 points
    You step on the scale. The number is the same–and it’s been the same for days. Despite following your plan, the scale just won’t move in the right direction. It seems like you’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and fall back into old habits. Instead, talk to your consultant and check out these ways to get back on track and past the plateau. Stalled out Being stuck at the same number on the scale happens to everyone at some point during their weight loss journey. It’s totally normal. Weight loss plateaus happen because your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight. After your body has burned up glycogen stores (carbohydrates) in your muscles and liver, you’ll see a significant drop on the scale due to water weight loss. Then, as you lose weight, you’ll also lower your calorie requirement and this can translate to slower weight loss on the scale. And remember, a few days isn’t always enough time to make a scale budge. Push past the plateau If you’re dissatisfied with the number on the scale and are frustrated by hitting a plateau, talk to your Jenny Craig consultant. Your consultant is there for you and can help guide you in the best direction to kick start your weight loss once again. Sweat it out Add just 15-30 minutes of walking or other physical activity to burn extra calories. Consider increasing the intensity if you’re doing a workout, which will help push past a plateau by burning more calories for the same amount of time. Try adding resistance exercise to tone and build muscle to boost your metabolism, since stronger muscles mean more calories burned. Weight lifting, circuit machines and bodyweight exercises are all options as well. Eat your greens To stay satisfied, fill up on fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli and more from Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions list. These foods are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The fuller and more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to have a potential lapse. Mix it up Look beyond the gym for getting extra physical activity and burning more calories. Finding new ways to move is fun and mixes up your day. Try taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn or raking leaves, having a daily dance party in the kitchen with your kids while making dinner, vigorously vacuuming and cleaning the house, and riding your bike to work to squeeze in more exercise throughout your day.
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    With so much going on in life—projects at work, spending time with friends and family, daily errands, etc.—it’s easy to get swept up in everything and feel like you’re running on empty. Stress comes in many forms, and can pile up to make you feel overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to get derailed from your plan. Part of your wellness journey is to find alternatives so you can focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself overall, which means monitoring your emotional health and how it impacts your physical health. As the saying goes, life is tough, but so are you. Even though there will be many stressful situations throughout the day, there are many positive ways to monitor and manage your stress levels. Curb the negative effects of stress with these creative stress management activities. 1. Get Moving The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting regular exercise and movement to cope with stress, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes every day. Physical activity releases brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which triggers happy feelings to lessen stress, ward off anxiety and can even reduce pain. Feeling extra stressed out by a deadline at work? Even stretching with some yoga poses for 10 minutes can relieve muscle tension. 2. Pursue a Passion Project Finding something you’re passionate about can easily turn into a hobby. If you like painting, take an art class. If you enjoy learning about history, find a biography to read. Once you find something that ignites your curiosity or gets you excited, you’ll make time to incorporate that passion into your life. A few other stress management activity ideas include writing a poem, volunteering, or redecorating your home. 3. Say “no” More Often Committing to too many things throughout the week can cause stress. If you have too many social events one week, reschedule one for the week after. You may be able to apply this at work, too—sometimes “no” just means that you should shift around priority projects, or communicate your needs to your coworkers to assure them that you’ll get to the task when you can. This technique may help relieve you of certain unnecessary work-related stressors in your daily life! 4. Step Away From Your Cell Phone Smartphones have let us stay connected with our loved ones through multiple social media apps. Sometimes it’s just nice to step away from your phone to have some time to disconnect and focus on yourself and the people immediately around you. 5. Make Lists of Tasks & Events—and Cross Items Off Lists are great tools to prioritize tasks and events for the week, and you can check off each item as it’s completed. You can also make lists of your goals for the next year or a list of your favorite movies, songs, books or inspirational quotes that you can turn to when you need a little pick-me-up. 6. Get A Good Night Sleep Did you know that if you are tired, you are more easily agitated as well as less patient? If you are tired because of lack of sleep, it may increase stress or make it harder to deal with stress throughout the day. For adults, it is recommended to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep at night in order to feel rested for the day1. Getting proper sleep is one way to help deal with stress as you are well-rested and better equipped to handle the stressors that materialize2. 7. Spend Time With Your Pet With their friendly faces and lovable demeanor, pets offer a wealth of therapeutic traits that can reduce levels of stress hormones3. If you’re dealing with a particularly stressful day, take your dog for a short 10-minute walk. Seeing your pup appreciate the walk and enjoying the little things will help you come back with a refreshed perspective and may help provide some stress relief. 8. Deep Breathing Another way to combat stress is to engage in deep breathing. Deep breathing helps to activate your body’s natural relaxation response which in turn helps to lower your blood pressure, slow your breathing, increase your levels of nitric oxide, and decreases your metabolism 4. When you are feeling stressed, perform abdominal breathing for 20-30 minutes to act as a stress reliever and bring yourself into relaxation mode. 9. Avoid unrealistic and negative expectations Life has many unexpected twists and turns so you can’t always expect everything to go as planned. But don’t doubt yourself either! Stay positive (because you can do it), go with the flow, be flexible and lean on your family and friends for support. We know that life can throw many curve balls. However, frequently checking in with yourself, finding healthy ways to take care of yourself, keeping a positive perspective during stressful times, and utilizing these stress management tips can help you stay balanced and resilient. Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and anxiety and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss stress reduction strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant. Sources: 1https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times 2https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/tips-reduce-stress 3http://www.health.com/pets/pets-relieve-stress 4https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/
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    Weight loss is like a roller coaster—you jump into the cart of your life, venture up the hill before the big drop with anticipation about what your weight loss journey will be like, and then the drop comes toward success! If you haven’t started the Jenny Craig program yet, you might be surprised to learn that there are a few sneaky things that can lead to weight gain (or what appears to be weight gain). See what habits can potentially increase your numbers on the scale and what you can do about it. 1. Sitting all day Don't underestimate the power of a walk. "Sitting all day is not natural and to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity," says Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Schedule some time to take a walk around the block or office building, and find time throughout your week for longer outdoor or fitness activities. Even if it is just a few 5 minute breaks throughout the day, or a quick walk around your desk every hour, getting up to stretch and move is important. 2. Water retention Water retention can occur for many reasons, temporary sodium imbalance from too much salt in your diet or the normal cycle of hormones each month. Some women, can sometimes experience sudden weight gain during their menstrual cycle. While this is not actual weight gain, it could show on the scale. Make sure to drink plenty of water (at least eight 8 oz. glasses a day is a good goal) to help your body remove toxins and metabolize nutrients. 3. Stress During stress, your body produces a hormone, cortisol, which cues the “fight or flight” response that typically goes away if the body uses that energy up. Cortisol can affect how the body stores fat including abdominal fat. Find a physical activity or non-food treat that allows you to step away from the stressful parts of your day, such as taking a few deep breaths or treating yourself to a massage or movie outing. While these practices won’t necessarily make you lose any actual weight, keeping your cortisol levels in-check may help with how your body stores it. 4. Not getting enough sleep Sleep is when your body recovers from the day. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body cannot perform to its optimal potential, which includes a functioning metabolism. Professor Shahrad Taheri noted in her 2015 presentation at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting that even 30 minutes of sleep loss a day makes you more likely to gain weight. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, which will also help with your stress levels, too! 5. Medical Issues Another factor to keep in mind is that certain medical conditions can contribute to weight gain or weight loss. Conditions such as having an underactive thyroid, Cushing syndrome and diabetes can affect metabolism and possibly lead to extra pounds. With an underactive thyroid, your thyroid gland isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormones. These hormones play an important role in regulating your metabolism, and with this hormonal imbalance it can contribute to unintentional weight gain.1 By maintaining regular medical appointments with your healthcare professional, they can potentially flag any medical issues that may cause weight gain and speak to you about treatment options. 6. Medication In addition to some medical conditions, some medications may affect appetite and/or metabolism. Discuss your medication’s side effects with your doctor, especially if it’s a new prescription and you are experiencing unexpected weight gain. For example, certain insulin medications, some antidepressants, and a handful of steroid hormones can affect weight as a side effect.2 7. Portion size Your choice of dish size can make all the difference! Our brains sometimes trick us to not understand appropriate portion sizes, we might think we should fill the plate with each item until there's no space left. Luckily, Jenny Craig has already done the work to help out with this one. Our 100+ menu options are pre-portioned to teach you what your plate should look like. If you're following the Jenny Craig program, you're setting yourself up for success. If you're ready to surprise yourself with weight loss, call us at 866-706-4042 or find a location near you! [Sources] 1http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/medical-reasons-for-putting-on-weight.aspx 2http://www.obesityaction.org/educational-resources/resource-articles-2/general-articles/prescription-medications-weight-gain http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/health-problems-that-make-you-gain-weight/slide/3 http://www.empowher.com/weight-loss/content/13-surprising-causes-weight-gain?page=0,0 http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-surprising-causes-of-weight-gain.html http://www.nursingdegreeguide.org/2008/50-surprising-causes-of-weight-gain/
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    Healthy Valentine’s Day snacks and meals you’ll want to try Celebrate the love you have for yourself and others by cooking a thoughtful meal — complete with healthy snacks and appetizers. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, check with your consultant before making any swaps or changes to ensure you’re staying on track. 1. Overnight oats We’re sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — it’s true! Enjoy every minute of Valentine’s Day and keep your energy levels up with a breakfast that’ll help support your weight loss goals and your heart health: oatmeal. Enjoying whole-grain oats is linked to lower cholesterol levels, which may prevent cardiovascular disease.1 Oats are an excellent source of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that could effectively reduce LDL cholesterol, one study found.2 Smart swap: A plain bagel (without any toppings!) contains almost nine grams of sugar, but a half cup of plain oatmeal doesn’t have any added sugar.3,4 And if weight loss is one of your goals, oats are a great choice for another reason: The soluble fiber they provide can help slow down the way your body processes food, which could help you feel full and satisfied.1 Photo by JeniFoto on Shutterstock 2. Crispy beet chips Ruby red beets are one of the most Valentine’s Day-friendly veggies we can think of! Thinly sliced baked beets make a savory, crunchy chip that’s perfect for snacking. Beets are loaded with nutrients that may help with inflammation and cardiovascular health. Many studies focus on the benefits of beet juice or powder, but experts say eating whole beets could provide similar effects.5 Smart swap: Crispy beets are the perfect swap for another crunchy snack that delivers over 30 grams of sugar per serving: caramel corn.6 Although beets can be higher in sugar than other vegetables, they’re a good source of fiber. Along with slowing digestion, fiber helps to slow down sugar’s absorption into your bloodstream,5 helping to prevent a dramatic energy spike and crash. Photo by srz on Unsplash 3. Roasted red peppers If you’re planning on hosting a Valentine’s Day party, these easy-to-make roasted red peppers make a fancy addition to a vegetable platter and can even be used make a light and delicious salad dressing. Smart swap: Salad dressing can be a surprising source of added sugar. French dressing made with corn syrup and brown sugar can pack four grams of sugar in just two tablespoons.7 Make your own flavorful, sugar-free dressing by blending roasted red peppers, red wine vinegar, olive oil and fresh garlic together. Plus, red bell peppers are a great source of nutrients and antioxidants, including vitamin C, potassium and vitamin A.8 4. Tomato basil soup Creamy, savory and topped with fresh herbs, this warm and comforting tomato basil soup is a great dish to enjoy with your loved ones. And like red bell peppers, tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C. Smart swap: Did you know? A single can of tomato soup could be hiding 18 grams of sugar.9 (That’s over three teaspoons!) Warm up with some homemade soup instead — you can control the amount of sugar that’s in your meal by making it yourself. Photo by kaizennguyen on Unsplash 5. Fruit-infused sparkling water It’s not just festive — refreshing infused water and other non-caloric beverages, like unsweetened tea, can help you to stay hydrated and satisfied between meals. Smart swap: Trading alcohol for water on Valentine’s Day is a simple swap to help you stick to your weight loss goals and avoid added sweeteners. One rum cocktail could have as much as 36 grams of sugar.10 Photo by Natalia Fogarty on Unsplash 6. Fresh fruit and dark chocolate Instead of eating chocolate bars and caramels, why not satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh or frozen fruit? Fruit is filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber, making it a healthy choice when you want something sweet. Try to keep your fruit servings on the smaller side if you’re trying to lose weight: a small apple, half of a large banana or ¾-cup of berries will help you stay on track. You can still have a little chocolate with your fruit — just keep an eye on your portions. Smart swap: Love chocolate? We do, too! But consider this: Just two chocolate truffles can contain 18 grams of sugar.11 Cut back on sugar by reaching for the darkest chocolate you can find. Chocolate with 70% to 80% cacao solids12 can contain less sugar than types with 45% to 59% cacao.13 7. Portion-friendly desserts If you don’t have time to make a Valentine’s Day dessert from scratch, that’s OK! We suggest enjoying premade options in moderation. Support your weight loss goals by aiming for smart portion sizes. Smart swap: Looking for a frozen treat to finish your Valentine’s Day dinner? An ice cream sandwich can have as much as 17 grams of sugar.14 For a healthier dessert, try a half cup of plain, nonfat frozen yogurt (or better yet, this banana ice cream) with berries, a ⅛-inch slice of pie, or two small cookies to end the evening on a sweet note, without overdoing it. Healthy options for Valentine’s Day and beyond When Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, finding good-for-you foods that support your weight loss goals can be challenging. Take the stress out of weight loss with Jenny Craig: Just choose your menu, and we’ll take care of the rest. We emphasize healthy ingredients, and no foods are off-limits. Every day, you’ll enjoy a delicious snack or dessert, along with chef-crafted meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ready to get started? Book your free appointment with a weight loss coach today. Sources: [1] https://time.com/5368076/is-oatmeal-healthy-good-for-you/ [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27724985 [3] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/339590/nutrients [4] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/734348/nutrients [5] https://www.consumerreports.org/healthy-eating/are-beets-good-for-you/ [6] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/533738/nutrients [7] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/465893/nutrients [8] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/342633/nutrients [9] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/709978/nutrients [10] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/344440/nutrients [11] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/515310/nutrients [12] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170273/nutrients [13] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170271/nutrients [14] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/565258/nutrients 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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    If you're following the Jenny Craig Program, we've noted the fruit amounts for each recipe to help you stay on track! Each banana ice cream recipe makes enough to serve two, so split it with a friend or store half in the freezer for later. Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Ingredients: 1 ripe large banana, sliced, frozen – 2 fruit 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder Makes 2 servings: 2 fruit Per serving: 1 fruit Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Ingredients: ½ ripe large banana, sliced, frozen – 1 fruit ½ cup strawberries – ½ fruit Makes 2 servings: 1 ½ fruit Per serving: ¾ fruit Green Tea Banana Ice Cream Ingredients: 1 ripe large banana, sliced, frozen – 2 fruit 1 ½ teaspoons green tea powder Makes 2 servings: 2 fruit Per serving: 1 fruit Instructions: Add frozen bananas to food processor with flavoring of choice (strawberry, green tea, or chocolate) and blend. Occasionally turn off blender and scrape down the sides. Continue to blend until smooth, approx. 3-5 minutes. Scoop into bowl and enjoy immediately as soft serve! For firmer ice cream, place in airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour.
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    Having snacks on hand to bridge the hours between meals is a great way to keep your hunger at bay and your metabolism active. As you look around for snack ideas, there is one Jenny Craig snack everybody has to have—our Cheese Curls! Why are our Cheese Curls so popular? • Crunch factor: These curls are delightfully crunchy and light, making them the ultimate snack food that still fills you up. • Cheesy: We use natural cheddar cheese flavoring and a light sprinkling of sea salt, making this a savory snack. • Low calorie: As opposed to similar snacks, you can eat the whole bag knowing that it’s only 130 calories! Plus, these curls are low in saturated fat. • Perfect to pair with other snacks: Bolster your Cheese Curls with Fresh & Free Additions, like a half-cup of jicama, carrots and radish for an additional crunch. For more information on our bestselling Cheese Curls, visit our food menu.
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    Just by tuning into the rhythm of your breath, you can get help to reduce the tension in a stressful situation. When you’re relaxed, your breathing is slow and deep. When you’re anxious or excited, your breathing tends to be more rapid and shallow. By simply slowing down the rate or your breathing and focusing on its rhythm, you can begin to restore calm and clarity. You might even consider counting out 10 full breaths: Breathing in, say “one,” then slowly breath out. Then breathe in again, saying “two,” then slowly breathing out again – and so on, up to ten. Notice how your energy changes. Here is a short technique for building mind-body balance: 1. You can sit comfortably with your back straight, lie down with your hands by your sides or even lie in a downward dog position. Close your eyes; allow your body to become still and calm. 2. Begin to focus on your breathing, and take several full, deep breaths. Let your breath find its own natural rhythm. Don’t try to control it; just observe it. 3. Bring your attention to the feeling of your breath as it comes into your nose, down your throat, into your belly, then back out again. Feel your belly rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale. Feel the cool air entering your nostrils and the warm air flowing out. With each exhale settle in a little more. 4. You may find that your attention drifts away from your breathing, and you think of other things. Watch these thoughts float by, like bubbles. Then, gently bring your attention back to your breathing. 5. Continue paying attention to your breath. If your attention drifts to an emotion, observe and accept it. See yourself riding it, like a surfer on a wave, and then gently bring your attention back to your breathing. This is practice for learning how to observe your emotions without reacting to them. 6. Try not to judge the thoughts and emotions as they pass through your mind. Gently return to the rise and fall of your breathing for several minutes. Imagine each inhale brings peace and each exhale releases tension. 7. As you finish, congratulate yourself for bringing yourself back into mind-body balance. Research continues to demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness as beneficial to the management of pain, anxiety and stress. For weight management, the practice of being mindful creates a mental gap or “choice point,” that gives us the clarity to make lifestyle decisions in a more conscious way.
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    1. Avoid these: sweetened cereals & yogurts Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash Despite sounding healthy, many cereals, flavored instant oatmeal, breakfast bars and flavored yogurts can be as high in sugar as a cookie. Starting your day with a sugary breakfast isn’t the best way to fuel your body — and may even lead to a sugar crash before lunch. Enjoy these: Unsweetened versions of cereals, oatmeal and yogurt. Sweeten them with a little honey, or better yet, fresh fruit and spices. You’d be surprised how well a diced apple sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom pairs with plain nonfat Greek yogurt or oatmeal. 2. Avoid these: energy bars Did you know that some energy bars can contain as many calories and added sugars as a typical candy bar? Don’t be fooled by a list of healthy ingredients like oats, nuts and grains. Make sure to take a look at all of the added ingredients. Enjoy these: Get natural energy from whole foods. Non-starchy vegetables, protein-rich foods and fruit are all great snack options that are high in fiber and low in sugar content. String cheese and fruit or a piece of whole-grain toast with two tablespoons of mashed avocado are quick and easy foods to satisfy your hunger. You can also make deviled eggs out of one hard-boiled egg and use a little mashed avocado or Dijon mustard with the yolk instead of mayonnaise and top it with smoked paprika for a snack that’s rich in nutrients. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, Jenny Craig Snack Bars contain less than half the amount of sugar and calories compared to some popular energy or protein bars.4 3. Avoid these: specialty coffee drinks and smoothies Photo by Sebastian Coman Photography If you want to reduce your sugar consumption, your morning routine is the first place to start. A small frozen mocha coffee can contain more grams of sugar than a bowl of ice cream!5,6 Enjoy these: Create a specialty drink yourself! Pre-make flavored ice by pouring cooled coffee into ice cube trays. Combine 3-4 coffee ice cubes in a blender with ½ of a frozen banana, one scoop of protein powder or a Jenny Craig shake mix, and about ½ cup low-fat milk or plain, unsweetened yogurt. If you’re using a milk alternative, such as almond milk, opt for an unsweetened version. Make it a little more decadent by adding a teaspoon of cacao powder or instant espresso powder. If you want more of a fruit flavor, replace the banana with ½ cup frozen fruit of your choice. Top it off with a splash of coconut water and blend. For a well-balanced diet, make sure to measure the fruit since typical smoothies can contain over the recommended two fruit servings a day. Remember, ½ to 1 cup of fresh/frozen fruit counts as one fruit choice. Even quicker: Jenny Craig shake mixes featuring probiotics. They contain perfectly portable protein, fiber and nearly half the amount of sugar and calories of a typical shake or smoothie.7 4. Avoid these: cookies, cakes & candies While avoiding treats loaded with simple carbohydrates might seem like a no-brainer, they sometimes can be tricky to spot. Labels like “gluten-free” and “all-natural” can lead you to believe that certain snacks are healthier than they actually are. Enjoy these: Instead of a calorie-dense and sugar-packed dessert, try one of these six healthy low-sugar desserts, featuring yogurt and fresh fruit. Even quicker: Jenny Craig’s Chocolate Lava Cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on track! Garnish with a few raspberries or sliced strawberries and enjoy every bite. 5. Avoid these: sugar-sweetened beverages Photo by Julia Zolotova on Pexels Soda isn’t the only drink loaded with added sugar. Sugar-sweetened ice teas, sports drinks and energy drinks can contain upwards of 50 grams of sugar per serving!8 Enjoy these: Reach for seltzer water with a splash of no-sugar-added juice. Even better: Try infusing water with cucumber and crushed mint, lemon and chopped basil, or slices of mixed citrus. 6. Avoid these: specialty cocktails You know the usual suspects: margaritas, mimosas, mojitos and more. They’re all specialty cocktails that are loaded with sugar. Many of these drinks include sugary-mixes on top of the empty calories that alcohol already provides. Enjoy these: If you’re trying to lose weight, we recommend avoiding cocktails altogether. However, if you do imbibe, try to keep the ingredient list simple. For example, instead of ordering the house margarita, order a drink made with tequila, fresh lime juice and soda water. If you like it spicy, ask for a jalapeño-infused one, which will make you sip it even slower. If mimosas are more your thing, try and avoid premixed varieties, which are typically half champagne and half orange juice. Ask for plain champagne with a small glass of fruit juice on the side to control how much juice you add. A tablespoon should be enough! Always consume in moderation. Better yet, order a nonalcoholic drink. Soda water with lime, unsweetened iced tea or water with lemon slices are all great options. Focus on enjoying your company during happy hour and we bet you’ll still have a great time! Cheers! 7. Avoid this: Premade tomato sauce Photo by Misky on Unsplash Just a cup of premade tomato sauce can contain almost nine grams of sugar, which is surprising for a savory condiment.9 Add that to a cup of spaghetti, and you’ll reach 10 grams of sugar very quickly.10 Enjoy this: Make your own sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic and a little water. Simmer for a few minutes until the tomatoes have broken down and season with pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and fresh herbs, like basil and parsley. Cook the tomatoes with chopped onions and peppers for extra flavor. Try this: Our tender Cheese Ravioli and hearty Spaghetti with Meatballs are delicious ways to enjoy pasta and red sauce without the extra sugar. The bottom line You don’t have to eliminate sweets entirely from your diet to reach your weight loss goals, but scaling back on your sugar consumption is a great place to start. Use the tips above to make healthy swaps and get on the path to living a healthier lifestyle. Want some assistance when it comes to making smart meal choices? Jenny Craig can help. Contact us today for a free 15-minute consultation to get started. Sources: [1] http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption.html#.Xkcw0biIaUm [2] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/health-risks-overweight [3] https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/dga_cut-down-on-added-sugars.pdf [4] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/340162/nutrients [5] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/344212/nutrients [6] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/592291/nutrients [7] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/336252/nutrients [8] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/344582/nutrients [9] https://bit.ly/39N7MWd [10] https://bit.ly/2SKNqHH Elisa Hoffman Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico. Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple 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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    Board member, Augie Nieto has been living with ALS for over 11 years and in October, we worked with his organization, Augie’s Quest to raise money for ALS research. We not only wanted to support Augie’s cause, but also honor VP of Operations Lauren Witsenburg who passed away in 2013, and our Jenny Craig employees and community members who have shared their experiences regarding ALS. Each Jenny Craig center and the corporate office set a donation goal, and we’re thrilled to report that we were able to raise over $75,000 to Augie’s Quest. All donations directly fund the ALS Development Institute, whose sole focus is finding a cure for ALS. ALS, which is the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, which leads to muscle weakness and eventual loss in control of muscle movement. Augie is also the subject of a documentary, titled “Augie.” Filmed by “Walk the Line” director James Keach, “Augie” follows Augie and his wife, Lynne, as they discuss living with ALS and fight to find a cure. With “Augie” having a successful run in the 2017 film festival circuit and set to premiere in theaters 2018, we are empowered to continue focusing on causes that are near and dear to our community. To find out more about ALS and ways to get involved, visit Augie’s Quest’s official website. [SOURCES] http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html
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    There’s no need to ‘cheat’ when you’re losing weight with Jenny Craig because the foods you love are on the menu, even dessert! You'll be happy with chef-crafted dessert options that feature rich chocolate, creamy vanilla, fun sprinkles and even gooey marshmallow. You’ll never feel like you’re missing out on all your favorite treats. Here are our four most popular desserts. S’mores Bar This quick and indulgent snack will have you reminiscing of starry summer nights by the campfire with your family. Traditional s’mores are a sticky mess, but Jenny Craig’s version is just as delicious, without the hassle. A layer of gooey marshmallow sits on top of crisp graham cracker, all covered in creamy chocolate. It’s the perfect dessert to throw in your bag for an on-the-go confection. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Triple the chocolate, triple the treat! Our luscious cheesecake is a smart choice because it’s made with fat-free cream cheese and under 200 calories. This treat includes semi-sweet chocolate chips and each slice is topped with a chocolate drizzle. Chocolate Lava Cake Often a favorite dessert menu item in restaurants, Jenny Craig’s version of the chocolate lava cake is just as delicious and decadent, but you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home! Indulge in this rich chocolate cake that features a warm and heavenly chocolate center. This divine dessert is merely 150 calories. Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake It’s a party for your taste buds! Celebrate with our scrumptious Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake topped with sprinkles - it doesn’t even have to be your birthday. It’s a low-fat satisfying sweet with 4 grams of fiber and only 140 calories. Lemon Cake You can’t go wrong with this tasty and delightful cake. It's a delicately soft cake with a lemon glaze both bursting with tangy flavor. The ultimate way to end a delicious meal!
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    What Is Dietary Fiber? According to the Mayo Clinic, dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods that travel through your digestive system.2 Unlike macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) that are broken down by your body, fiber does not get digested. Instead, fiber helps food travel through your digestive tract. Foods high in fiber fulfill an important role by assisting with your digestive processes, even though dietary fiber is not digested itself. Fiber is divided into two different types — soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and then forms a gelatinous substance as it goes through the digestive system, whereas insoluble fiber remains solid the entire time.2 Here are some benefits and examples of each. Photo by Melissa Belanger on Unsplash Soluble fiber Enjoying a healthy diet that includes foods rich in soluble fiber could have the following benefits:2 Feel more satisfied. According to the Mayo Clinic, foods high in fiber tend to be more filling than foods low in fiber. Try comparing an apple to a pack of fruit snacks.3-4 While their caloric content is similar, an apple is filled with fiber (over 4 grams!) which will digest slowly — compared to the fruit snacks that don’t contain any fiber and are packed with added sugar. Lower your “bad” cholesterol. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, known as the “bad” kind of cholesterol, can contribute to heart disease and other health conditions.5 Foods filled with soluble fiber can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic reports 5-10 grams of soluble fiber a day could help decrease your LDL levels – but more is recommended!6 Regulate blood sugar levels. Foods rich in soluble fiber can also help regulate blood sugar levels since they tend to slow the absorption of sugar.2 Foods high in soluble fiber include: Oats Nuts Peas Beans Apples Blueberries Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash Insoluble fiber Insoluble fiber can also help you feel full, but it’s best known for keeping your digestive system working regularly. Foods high in insoluble fiber include: Peas Brown rice Carrots Whole grains Beans Cauliflower Recommended daily fiber intake While everyone’s dietary needs differ, experts recommend getting the following amount of dietary fiber per day:7 25 grams for women 38 grams for men It might seem like a lot, but it’s actually not too difficult to attain. You can get this amount of fiber by consuming about one cup of fruit and three cups of non-starchy vegetables a day. Veggies and fruits with the skin on them typically contain more fiber — so try your best to consume more whole foods rather than peeling or juicing them to get all of the beneficial fiber other nutrients.7 Snacking on high-fiber foods like fruits and veggies instead of chips or sweets can help you get to the recommended amount of fiber in no time. 5 ways fiber can boost your health and support weight loss Your weight loss journey would be incomplete without plenty of fiber-rich foods. Here are a five reasons why adopting a high-fiber diet for weight loss could help you reach your goals and boost your overall health in the process. #1. Healthy digestion Digestive issues can be frustrating — especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Consuming a high-fiber diet helps support healthy digestion by bulking up your stool, ensuring that waste moves through your colon at a healthy pace.8 Just remember that for fiber to do its waste removal duties, you need to stay properly hydrated! Make sure you’re drinking an adequate amount of water and other non-caloric beverages throughout the day.8 Here are 10 tips to drink more water every day. Certain fibrous foods also contain prebiotics (not to be confused with probiotics, which are found in things like yogurt and other dairy products). According to WebMD, prebiotics are special plant fibers that help the good kind of bacteria to grow in your gut.9 Research indicates that prebiotics can help reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).10 #2. Regulate blood sugar Fiber has benefits beyond supporting healthy digestion. If you have Type 2 diabetes, a high-fiber meal plan might help control your blood sugar levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar and may help to improve blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity.11,12 Photo by vaaseenaa on iStock #3. Stay full High-fiber foods are, by nature, satisfying. They’re hearty and filling, and since they metabolize more slowly than low-fiber foods, they tend to help us feel full longer. Oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, apples, carrots and legumes like garbanzo beans and lentils are just some examples of high-fiber foods. Although these foods do not have magical fat-burning properties, they can help you feel full longer — which may help you avoid reaching for other foods that are less nutritious and may contribute to weight gain. #4. Strengthen your bones Bone density — the amount of calcium and minerals measured in a section of bone — decreases with age, which may lead to brittle bones that are easily broken.13 However, some types of soluble fiber may help postmenopausal women to increase their bone calcium retention, which could lead to better bone health.14 #5. Stay healthy overall Making fiber an important part of your diet isn’t just helpful for weight loss — it may also lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, contributing to better health in the long run. A recent study found that people who followed a high-fiber diet were able to significantly reduce their risk of several cardiovascular risk factors.15 Plus, experts say that fiber may help to feed healthy bacteria in the gut, which help to create good-for-you fatty acids that could help control blood sugar.15 Fiber supplements — good or bad? Supplements can be a helpful shortcut to get more fiber into your diet, but they shouldn’t replace fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating fresh and frozen produce is a more nutritious option. Experts suggest eating high-fiber foods in their natural forms to make the most of powerful vitamins and minerals.16 Try adding smaller portions of fruits, oats, chia or flax seeds, and larger portions of non-starchy veggies to your meals instead of taking fiber pills or supplements. Fiber and Jenny Craig Looking for more ways to add fiber to your diet while supporting your weight loss goals? Our menus and balanced meals are designed to meet fiber intake recommendations. While the amount of fiber in Jenny Craig entrées vary, each day is balanced with the addition of fruits and vegetables. Try these delicious meals that are good sources of fiber: Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken and Vegetables: 4g fiber, 19g protein, 10g fat, 200 calories Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bowl: 4g fiber, 19g protein, 10g fat, 250 calories Margherita Pizza: 4g fiber, 12g protein, 4.5g fat, 220 calories Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce and Vegetables: 4g fiber, 19g protein, 11g fat, 270 calories Stuffed Green Bell Pepper: 4g fiber, 19g protein, 8g fat, 190 calories Thai-Style Curry with Cauliflower Rice: 4g fiber, 19g protein, 11g fat, 220 calories Add more healthful fiber into your meals, all while supporting your weight loss goals with Jenny Craig. Get started today and have delicious, balanced meals delivered right to your door. Sources: [1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/making-one-change-getting-fiber-can-help-weight-loss-201502177721 [2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983 [3] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/341508/nutrients [4] https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/344080/nutrients [5] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16866-cholesterol-guidelines--heart-health [6] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192 [7] https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/easy-ways-to-boost-fiber-in-your-daily-diet [8] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/rethinking-fiber-and-hydration-can-lead-to-better-colon-health [9] https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/prebiotics-overview [10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705355/ [11] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983 [12] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/healthy-eating-for-blood-sugar-control [13] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002062.htm [14] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/104/3/837/4668548 [15] https://www.healthline.com/health-news/fiber-can-help-with-t2d-and-heart-disease [16] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/fiber-supplements/faq-20058513 Elisa Hoffman Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico. Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple 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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    Your reasons for wanting to lose weight begins with you: You’re the one choosing to change your eating habits and activity toward a healthier lifestyle every day, so it’s essential to have a strong sense of self-motivation. That being said, part of your weight loss journey is discovering the support around you. Here’s why talking about your weight loss truly helps you with your goals: It keeps you accountable. Hearing yourself discuss what you’re doing to work toward your goals reinforces your new habits. You can acknowledge milestones along the way. Losing weight is no small feat, and discussing where you began and the steps you’ve taken to get where you are today allows you to acknowledge pivotal moments along the way. You’ll discover your support system. Loved ones are great people to open up to about your goals. When other people, like co-workers or acquaintances, notice your weight loss, it’s an opportunity to open your support system a little wider, too. Allow yourself to be open with those who ask about your progress, and make sure to listen to how they respond—their positive reinforcement is another way to acknowledge all the work you’re doing, and keep it up! You may impact someone else’s weight loss journey. Now that you’re building out your support system, you may be the person who jumpstarts a loved one’s or acquaintance’s weight loss journey. Maybe one of your loved ones will bring you up as an inspiration to one of their friends who are contemplating their own health, too, which makes your reach even more impactful. New tips and strategies. Your support system may include people who are also losing weight or have been in your shoes. As you share what has worked for you—and what hasn’t—you allow yourself an opportunity to learn along your journey. Every little bit of support can help you be one step closer to hitting your weight loss goal.
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    Long weekends are a real treat, especially when you can get together with friends and families. Some weekends, like Labor Day, are typically celebrated with barbecued and grilled items paired with cool salads. Here are a few strategies for how you can stay on track for the long 3-day weekend: Eat your greens/bring a veggie tray. Since you have plenty of Fresh & Free Additions to choose from, have at them! Bring a crudité platter of carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery, peppers or other vegetables that provide a crunchy bite. If you’re looking to enjoy something from the grill, create a kabob of zucchini, onions and pepper, or bring some Portobello mushrooms to create a juicy “veggie burger” that you can wrap in lettuce. Watch out for sauces and marinades often used on the grill which can be high in sugar. Remember that fiber equals fuller. Eating fibrous meals and snacks allows you to feel fuller longer. Eat a fibrous breakfast before you go out for the day— you can add a dollop of salsa to your Breakfast Omelet or heat up a bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. When you’re at a barbeque, vegetables, such as broccoli and snap pea, and fruits, like blackberries and raspberries, are high sources of fiber. However, all fruit and vegetables contain fiber, so you can’t go wrong. Let fruit guide your sweet tooth. When it’s time for dessert, delight in some strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew or pineapple—just make sure to watch your portion size. Check out your Getting Started Guide for helpful tips. Get enough sleep. It’s important to make sure that you also allow your body to recover and recharge so that you can actually enjoy all the activities you planned over the long weekend, so aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Not only will you feel well rested, but you’ll be clearer headed, too, which is important to continue making rational versus impulse decisions. Get some extra movement into your day. Whether you’re getting dressed, tidying up, or preparing a side dish to bring to a barbeque, you can get some extra steps into your day by taking 10 minutes to crank up the music and have a dance party in your home! Use the PRP technique. This stands for Polite, Reason, Polite, and allows you to remain in charge of your choices. You can politely acknowledge the food (“Thanks, that looks great!”) then state your reason for refusing it (“I’m already full from these delicious vegetables!”) then politely get out of the offer (“Maybe next time!”). Let your friends and family know about your goals. That way, they can be supportive of your ongoing efforts and choices, too. Talk to your weight loss expert. Image by Rachel Teodoro Your Jenny Craig weight loss expert can help you create countless strategies for your weekend activities. The best way to success is to rehearse your anticipated scenario to make a plan (and maybe even a back-up plan!) to stay focused on your weight loss goals while still enjoying your time surrounded by family and friends. Feel free to schedule an appointment at any of our local neighborhood Jenny Craig centers to meet face-to-face or feel free to reach out to a weight loss expert via Jenny Craig Anywhere. Being prepared for your day allows you to fall into the rest and relaxation long holiday weekends provide. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and we wish you happy, healthy eating!
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    Do you spend a lot of time worrying about things that may or may not occur? If you may be over worrying or potentially suffering from chronic worrying, it seems natural, almost like a good luck charm, to anticipate the worst. But this thought process doesn’t give you any more control over the outcome. As an alternative, try these five techniques to help learn how to overcome worry get a handle on distressing situations. 1. Assess the Odds of a Negative Event Experts have studied how worry and fear predict actual results. It turns out that 85% of what we worry about never happens. So, the worst-case scenarios you focus on are a waste of energy. A more productive approach is to review the situation and ask yourself how likely is that negative event REALLY going to happen. If the odds are >50%, then identify one action you can take to control the situation. If odds are <50%, then accept that you’ll have to wait it out and move on. 2. Set Realistic Expectations for Yourself If you have an Inner Critic mindset, you may have unrealistic expectations of what makes for a “productive” day. One way to find out is to ask yourself to what standards you’d hold a good friend or respected colleague. Then consider holding yourself to the same standards. 3. Rely on Your Role Model We all know someone who seems to be cool under pressure – use that person as your role model. Stop to think about how that person responds versus reacts to a situation, and next time try to approach anxiety the way they do. Instead of engaging in negative self-talk, think positively and overcome your fears. 4. Chunk Your Time to Better Manage It As someone who worries, it can feel like you are paralyzed by the enormity of a situation. But, breaking it down into multiple mini-projects will make the job easier to tackle. Most importantly, remember to delegate your day-to-day life responsibilities when possible! 5. Trade “Balance” for “Fit” Instead of “Work-Life Balance,” which implies two competing forces that take equal parts of your time, consider the idea of “Work-Life Fit.” With our 24/7 accessibility, a 50/50 balance isn’t realistic. But by thinking of all your priorities (work, family, relationships, community and healthy self-care) as intersecting pieces in a puzzle allows you to fit them together in flexible ways that result in a more satisfying, less stressful life. 6. Take Deep Breaths If you feel yourself overcome with worry or anxiety, engaging in deep breathing exercises may help manage your fear. Start by first breathing out and try to completely empty your lungs. Then, take long, slow deep breaths through your nose as this helps to slow your breathing. Other tricks that may help you feel calmer include counting and saying "relax" in your mind when you breathe. 7. Get Moving Another way help keep your excessive worrying at bay is to get moving. Studies show that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise may help reduce anxiety. Even a simple walk or jog may provide hours of relief from stress and anxiety. Federal guidelines recommend at the minimum 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity and 1.25 hours of vigorous activity each week. Take the time each week to get up and move to help boost your mood and worry less! The next time you feel anxious or worried, think about the tips above and how you can overcome those gloomy thoughts and lead a life of positivity. Although overcoming the everyday worrying will take time, there are many ways to curb your stress and anxiety. Remember, you are in control of your thoughts and can turn them from negative to positive.
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    Just like choosing healthy foods and watching your portions is important for weight loss, incorporating activity is just as important for your overall health. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, physical inactivity for long periods of time can impact many health factors, such as blood pressure and blood sugar. Here are nine ways to get some activity—all for free: 1. Warmer weather means you can get out to the park. Meet friends or family at the park for a day of play. You can bring a ball or Frisbee to toss around or climb on the play structures with your kids or grandkids, then eat a delightful picnic (don’t forget your Jenny Craig-friendly snacks!). 2. Get a dog. Dogs are great companions for walks, and also love to play with toys. You can toss balls, play tug-of-war or run around with your dog—and then relax together! 3. Soup can arm lifts. Instead of having your cans of soup sit in your pantry, use them for some arm lifts during a commercial break. You can also substitute the soup for milk, laundry detergent or water jugs as well. Simply sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your elbows straight and at your sides. Bend your right elbow lifting your right hand toward your shoulder. Be sure to focus on your bicep muscle. Lower your hand back to your side, and repeat on the opposite side. 4. Watch a workout video. Whether it’s a stretching video or a simple leg workout, watch something that will inspire you to get moving. You can work out at your own pace and you’ll feel great afterwards too! Check local programming or online for some free options. 5. Make chore time workout time. Need to scrub the bathroom down, dust the house or vacuum? Turn on some upbeat music and try to do these activities as quickly as possible. You can also throw in a few push-ups, jumping jacks or squats between rooms or floors if you want as well! 6. Stretch with some yoga. These stretches can make your body and mind feel refreshed. You can learn many yoga poses by looking up images online or watching a video. 7. Speed walking. Aim to get 10,000 steps a day. If you have a break during work or running errands, incorporate some speed walking to get your heart pumping. If you happen to be shopping, try to take the stairs instead of an elevator. You might also consider taking an extra lap around the mall while running errands as a way to get in some extra steps. 8. Dance at home. It’s fun to let loose and dance the night away—especially from the comfort of your own home. If you have kids at home, you can put on some music and get everyone involved in a dance party. 9. Download an app. There are plenty of apps out there that encourage you to exercise. You can find ones with unique workouts to match your goals or even an app that encourages you to walk by setting up friendly competition amongst your friends. Spend some time looking for the right app for you. If you’re looking for more ways to get moving, talk to your personal consultant at your nearest neighborhood Jenny Craig center. We look forward to helping you eat—and move—your way to a healthier you.
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    Identify the root and acknowledge the issue Habits exist because there is a trigger or behavioral trend that you react to. It could be stress, boredom, depression or even laziness. By identifying why you fall back on this habit, you will be able to acknowledge the issue and devise a plan to change to a more positive reaction or trigger. For example; if you eat mindlessly when you are bored and watching TV, identify the impulse to reach for a snack and instead, do a few simple exercises like jumping jacks in front of the TV. You will establish a new routine and increase your fitness, not your waistline. Give yourself time Research shows that it can take three months to fully establish new habits and break old ones. While that may seem like a long haul, every day is one step closer to a new you and it will get easier with every passing day. You also don’t need to try to do it all at once. Start with one key change and work toward it. Once you feel more confident, add another one to the list. Create a plan and write it down The best laid plans are the ones that are indeed planned, so sit down and make a plan for the changes you want to make and devise steps on how to achieve them. You will feel more in-control and confident with a clear plan of attack and those bad habits won’t stand a chance. Treat yourself when you succeed We all know we are more likely to succeed if there is a tangible reward at the end, so when planning your changes set yourself a reward when you hit the one, two and three month marks. Things like a pedicure or getting your hair blown out can be fun non-food rewards. Allow for slips No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes and slips off. By understanding there will be times you fall off the wagon, you can better prepare yourself to get right back on. One bad day does not equal failure, keep going and keep challenging yourself to do better.
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