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    Episode 1: It’s All in the Family Meet Catie and James! As the parents of two little girls (and two big Labradors), Catie and James’s busy lives have brought them to another milestone: Catie’s sister’s wedding. What should be an exciting occasion has Catie feeling overwhelmed — she doesn’t feel confident or healthy at her current weight. As the maid of honor, she wants to look her best when she stands next to her sister, Christy, at the altar. James is feeling the pressure too; he also wants to be healthier and feel good about being in the wedding photos. Tonight, Catie and James take the first step on their journey: telling their family that they’ve committed to Jenny Craig. The family gets together to celebrate James’s birthday with big plates of his favorite foods: spaghetti and meatballs, cake and ice cream. Over dinner, Catie and James announce that they’ll be joining Jenny Craig to lose weight before the wedding … but there are only 12 weeks until the big day! Will they be able to put their unhealthy choices aside and make real changes to lose weight? Episode 2: A Fresh Start Catie and James are just starting their Jenny Craig journey! Catie tries on her dress options for the wedding and definitely isn’t happy with the results. As a working mom with two active kids, Catie focuses on making them healthy meals, but has trouble finding the time to do that for herself. While in the kitchen with her girls, Catie vents to her sister Christy about feeling insecure in her dress. Later, Catie and James meet their Jenny Craig consultant, Patrick, and Catie shares her goals: losing weight, feeling more confident, and maintaining her goal weight by following a healthy lifestyle. After her consultation, Catie leaves with some great advice and is ready to take on her weight loss journey! Episode 3: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun After following Jenny Craig’s Rapid Results™ program for six weeks, Catie’s lost 15 lbs.*, while James has lost 20*! With just six more weeks until the wedding, Catie and James are more determined than ever to reach their goals. Just before the bachelorette party, the bride and bridesmaids decide to meet at Catie’s house to make plans. Catie meets with her consultant, Patrick, to figure out her own plan: what to eat during the get-together. But just because Catie is sticking to her meal plan doesn’t mean she has to miss out! She and James enjoy Jenny Craig’s Homestyle Turkey & Mashed Potatoes while their daughters have their own turkey dinner. When she’s tempted with wine and chocolate fondue, Catie sticks to the program and still has a great night! *Catie lost 15 lbs. and James lost 20 lbs. in 6 weeks on our Rapid Results Program. Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Catie & James received promotional consideration. Episode 4: Travel and Temptation With Catie away at the bachelorette party in Florida, James holds down the fort at home. He creates a game plan with his consultant, Patrick, to handle meals for the week while staying on track with his weight loss. However, all doesn’t go as planned when the kids bring home cupcakes. James talks to Catie on the phone and finds out she’s deviated from her healthy eating plan, which makes him frustrated (and he copes by eating a cupcake). With his suit fitting quickly approaching, he knows he needs to get back on track. Episode 5: The Home Stretch Catie is back from the bachelorette party and it’s time to get James’ suit fitted for the wedding. With the big day only two weeks away, both Catie and James are feeling the pressure to reach their weight loss goals. At the tailor, James finds out he’s dropped a pant size and feels confident that his hard work is paying off — but Catie is feeling discouraged and is worried her dress won’t fit as well. When they return to the house, James organizes a workout for the entire family in an effort to lift Catie’s spirits. The countdown is on! Will Catie and James reach their goals in time for Catie’s sister’s wedding? Stay tuned for the final episode of "My Full Plate" when it airs June 14!
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    We tapped Jenny Craig’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Briana Rodriquez, who is also a certified personal trainer, to share some of her insights on strength training. Whether you’re new to strength training or are just starting to try new exercises, these easy-to-follow tips will help you incorporate physical activity into your day. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. What is strength training? Strength training, or resistance training, is a type of physical activity that activates your muscles by making you work against resistance. To create resistance, start by using your own body weight. After you can comfortably and confidently complete your exercises, consider adding additional weight and resistance equipment, like dumbbells or resistance bands. Why is strength training important? Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as you age, and can be replaced by body fat if it’s not gained or maintained.1 While this change in muscle mass is normal, you can support muscle health and combat weight gain by keeping up with a strength training routine. That’s not all — strength training may provide you with a variety of other health benefits, including the potential to: Combat bone loss by stimulating bone-building cells;2 Reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes;3 Improve cognitive function in older women by enhancing attention and conflict resolution.4 Here’s how to start a strength training routine 1. Familiarize yourself with the lingo. While you’re considering some exercises to try, you might come across some words or abbreviations that are unfamiliar. Here are a few important ones:5 Rep (repetition): The number of times you do an exercise or lift and lower a weight in one set. Set: A group of reps. Rest: A pause between sets that allows muscles to begin recovering. There are also “rest days,” where you’ll give your body time to recover from your workout. Form: The correct way to perform an exercise that’s most likely to help you avoid injury while getting the most benefit. Free weights: Weights that aren’t connected to a larger piece of machinery. Examples include dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc. 2. Always warm up before a workout. Before you begin your strength training routine, get your body ready for the workout by warming up. When you start moving, you’ll increase your body’s core temperature.6 This is helpful for two reasons: you’ll encourage the tissues around your joints to loosen, which will help with the flexibility and full range of motion you’ll need to safely perform strength training exercises.6 Without this step, cold, tight muscles may be more likely to tear and cause injuries.6 To warm up, try dynamic stretching, a type of continuous movement that will help get your muscles ready for physical activity. Try to stretch the muscles you know you’ll work on during your strength training. If you are focusing on your upper body, try stretches that work your arms, shoulders and back. Pay the same attention to dynamic stretching with your lower body. Stretch for about 5 minutes to get the most benefit.6 Examples of dynamic stretching include: Arm circles Jumping jacks Lunges For added benefits, you can massage your muscles with a high-density foam roller to help ease muscle tension before you start your workout. 3. Try using your bodyweight first. No need to break out the dumbbells just yet! Performing the exercise correctly with only your bodyweight as resistance is more important than the amount of weight you use, Rodriquez says. “You don’t have to do fancy exercises to create resistance,” Rodriquez explains. “Your body weight is sufficient. Once you are comfortable with the exercise and your form is good, you can start using weights.” If you’re new to strength training, just using your body weight is a great way to get started. Put your muscles to work with simple exercises like planking, pushups and squats that will help with balance and work your core (abdominal muscles), upper body and lower body. Check out these strengthening and toning exercise videos for an introduction to strength training. 4. Less is more when you’re just getting started. Aim to do strength training exercises at least once per week and gradually increase the number of days each week as you get stronger. If it’s your first time trying strength training exercises, remember to start with your bodyweight and a decent amount of repetitions. Twelve to 15 reps per set is a good number to start with, says Rodriquez. Using your body weight or a lesser amount of weight will help you ease into these new movements and perfect your form – you can always add more weight later! 5. Cool down and stretch after your strength training routine. After your workout, it’s the perfect time to do some static stretching. This type of stretching will help your body wind down after physical activity and may help lessen soreness the next day. Unlike dynamic stretching, where there’s more movement, static stretching involves extending a group of muscles, then holding a position for about 30 seconds.7 Aim to stretch for about 5-10 minutes.8 Start by stretching most of your major muscle groups like your hamstrings and quads, arms and shoulders. Breathe slowly and evenly as you hold each stretch (try to avoid holding your breath). If something starts to hurt, relax and stop stretching – you may have gone a little too far.8 “If at any point you feel pain, stop, and take your time before going back into your workout,” Rodriquez cautions. “Concentrate on performing the exercise correctly.” After stretching, you can use your foam roller again to help your muscles recover further. “The warm-up, the cool down and the time you spend stretching are all incredibly important steps to a safe and healthy strength training session,” Rodriquez says. “Prior to the workout you’ll want to loosen up the muscles and afterwards you’ll want to relax them.” 6. Don’t forget to rest! Aside from taking short periods of rest between sets, rest days are crucial to your exercise success. When you begin working out and start to amp up your routine, it’s important to remember to rest, says Rodriquez. “Resting gives the muscles time to repair and get stronger,” she explains. “Constant stress on the body can also affect how it processes and stores the food you consume. Rest can be just as important as the food you eat and the workouts you perform.” How much rest do you need? Everyone is different, so if you still feel sore a day or two after a strength training session, you can always give your body more time. But taking rest days doesn’t mean you need to avoid all physical activity – try something less intense, like going for a walk or doing some simple yoga poses. By continuing to be active, you’ll promote blood flow and circulation – flooding your muscles with oxygen and nutrients.9 Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, new to exercise, or somewhere in between, strength training can help you develop more powerful lean muscles. As with any new exercise routine, Rodriquez says starting slow is key. By easing your body into a new routine, you can avoid getting burned-out or feeling overwhelmed. Remember, if you ever feel uncomfortable or experience pain, back off and take it easy. Don’t feel like you need to push yourself, especially in the beginning. As you continue to practice your strength training routine, it’ll become easier – and you’ll become stronger. A balanced eating plan along with physical activity can help support your weight loss goals. Learn more about Jenny Craig’s delicious, convenient meals and one-on-one support by booking your free appointment today! Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/strength-training/art-20046670 [2] http://time.com/4803697/bodybuilding-strength-training/ [3] https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4162/nrp.2010.4.4.259&vmode=FULL [4] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/415534 [5] https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/fitness/strength-training/a706202/strength-training-for-beginners/ [6] https://www.self.com/gallery/best-5-minute-warm-up-strength-workout [7] https://www.acefitness.org/fitness-certifications/resource-center/exam-preparation-blog/2966/types-of-stretching [8] https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/16-post-workout-static-stretches [9] https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-science-says-you-should-take-more-rest-days-ncna822941 Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
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    How much do you know about the most important meal of the day? Take our quiz and find out!
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    Typically, Thanksgiving Day races are the length of a 5K (3.1 miles) and are held in communities across the country. If running three miles seems daunting, some events offer one-mile “fun runs” instead. Not ready to run? No problem — these family-friendly events are perfect for any fitness level and welcome runners, joggers and walkers alike. If you’ve committed to your first turkey trot and are unsure of what to expect or how to prepare, we’ve got you covered. Check out our complete guide to your first turkey trot — and remember, having fun is the most important part! What to eat before a turkey trot Whether you’re walking or running, listen to your body and make healthy choices before heading to the start line. For shorter distances, such as a 5K, a light snack or meal should do the trick if your stomach is growling pre-race. And if you want to save a full meal until after the race, no problem, just be sure to snack before so you don’t get too hungry, be mindful of your portions and make healthy choices after your trot. If you’re up early and want to enjoy breakfast before the event, Jenny Craig RD, Briana Rodriquez, recommends eating at least two hours prior and choosing something light and nutritious that you regularly eat to avoid any stomach issues on course. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, your consultant can help you pick the best breakfast. Also, hydrating is just as important as what you eat! Rodriquez recommends skipping any sugar-laden sports drinks and opting for refreshing water. Make sure to sip water before, during and after exercising. What to wear for a turkey run Dress for the weather: and know your body will heat up once you start moving. According to Runner’s World, a good rule of thumb is to dress like it’s 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.1 Wear easy-to-shed layers that you can tie around your waist or tuck into your pockets. Try layering a lightweight jacket over a tee or tank to stay cool and dry. If it’s chilly outside, bring a hat or headband and gloves. If you pick up a few new items of clothing before the race, look for sweat-wicking, technical material and try to avoid wearing all-cotton products, as they tend to soak up moisture and may cause blisters and chafing.2 Some turkey trots encourage costumes, so get creative with fun props or matching t-shirts! Finally, pick a pair of comfortable running shoes you’ve worn before — you won’t want to break in new ones on the day of the race! Race Day Check the event’s website to ensure you have everything you need, then follow these quick tips before the race starts to have the smoothest possible turkey trot experience. Arrive early to check in and collect any race materials, like your bib, safety pins and a t-shirt. Note where bathroom and water stops are along the route. Choose a spot to meet your team/family members before and after the turkey trot. It’s the best way to get a great group photo and makes it easier to find your fitness buddies. Fill up your water bottle to stay hydrated during and after the race. Additionally, you may want to consider packing a small “race day bag” of items that you can carry with you, leave in your car, or with someone cheering you on. Anti-chafe stick or petroleum jelly Bandages ID, keys, phone and a small amount of cash Change of clothing Post-race snack (half of a banana, a small amount of almonds or cashews, etc.) Remember to pace yourself during the turkey trot. If you feel tired, slow down or take a short break. Enjoy yourself and the time you’ll spend with your loved ones. No matter how far or fast you go, crossing the finish line is a huge accomplishment! Post-race Tips Congrats, you’ve made it to the finish *virtual high five!* After the race, you’ll want to make sure to cool down properly. Try walking for an additional five to ten minutes and take some time to stretch gently.3 These movements will keep your muscles from feeling too tight and promote healthy blood flow.4 Change into clean, dry clothing and slip on comfortable shoes with support. Most importantly, make sure to rehydrate with water. Sipping H2O throughout the day will help you to feel your best. It’s also a good idea to eat a small snack with protein and carbohydrates within 30 to 60 minutes after exercise to replace any lost nutrients during physical activity. If you’re wondering what you should eat, Rodriquez recommends reaching for a banana with a teaspoon of nut butter or a Jenny Craig Essential Nutrition Bar. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal later in the day by creating a balanced plate, which should contain lean protein, a moderate amount of carbohydrates, and a small amount of healthy fats, such as avocado or olive oil.3 Make It a Tradition What better way to create a new, healthy family tradition than by participating in a turkey trot? You’ll get to spend quality time with your loved ones and fit in a little exercise, all before sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Pick an event and a goal that feels achievable this year, and then challenge yourself a little more next year. It’s also a great way to foster a little friendly competition! To learn more about balancing exercise with healthy food choices, contact Jenny Craig to book your free appointment with a consultant today! Sources: [1] https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20803133/what-to-wear/ [2] https://www.fleetfeet.com/blog/runners-pains-6-common-skin-irritations-and-how-to-avoid-them [3] https://www.active.com/running/articles/how-to-recover-after-a-5k [4] http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/21/increase.flexibility.realsimple/index.html 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.
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    A delicious addition to our Blueberry and Oats Square, this Mint Berry Compote topping will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more! Ingredients: - 1 Jenny Craig Blueberry and Oats Square - ¼ cup cherries - ¼ cup blueberries - ¼ cup strawberries - Chia seeds - Cinnamon - Fresh mint leaves Instructions: - Chop the strawberries and combine in a saucepan with the blueberries and cherries. - Stir over medium heat until they become a jam-like paste (about 10-12 minutes). - Spread the berry compote on top of the Jenny Craig Blueberry and Oats Square - Top with Chia seeds, cinnamon, and a fresh mint leaf. - Serve and enjoy!
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    Transform these fresh and free ingredients into a delicious salsa for a refreshing summer side! Ingredients: 2 small tomatoes, diced 1 green pepper, chopped ¼ red onion, diced ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 small garlic cloves, crushed Juice from ½ lime Pepper, to taste Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with your Jenny Craig street tacos or use it as a dip with carrot chips! *Counts as 1 cup veggie serving
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