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    Fall is almost here — but you don't have to wait for the leaves to change to enjoy these new foods! Scroll through the latest additions to our healthy menu options. Enjoy!
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    If you’re considering weight loss, you may have the best results by following a structured program like Jenny Craig that provides dedicated support throughout your journey. Research shows that having one-on-one support can make all the difference: A recent study showed that those who followed structured weight loss programs with personalized support were more likely to lose weight and keep it off.1 We hope you find these weight loss tips useful! Here’s what our members (and their consultants!) had to say: Find your “why” Sue My consultant Meaghan said, "Just do it for you!" after I listed all of the reasons I wanted to lose weight. She pushed me to dig deeper and is truly happy when I lose weight! Karen My consultant Mare advised, “You have to be persistent and determined. You must keep your “why” front and center and vision clear.” Also, my husband has been ill. Her advice was I must be strong and healthy to be his advocate. I am finding this to be true. Empower yourself to change your life Nat The best advice my consultant ever gave me was never to be discouraged, no matter what. Every ounce counts! This is a life change, not a momentary change. That forever stayed with me and motivated me for the rest of my journey and helped me to succeed and continue to succeed throughout my weight loss journey. ❤️ Christine The best advice she ever gave me was the Christine of the past is not the Christine of today. I have the power to change my life and make it everything I’ve always dreamed of! Your past has no power over your future. Kimberly She keeps reminding me that it’s in me to do this 🙌🏽 “You’re doing it!” Love my JC Laura! 💙 Matthew Never stop learning. There is always room to grow! Luce The best advice I got from my consultant is to be honest with myself!! 🙌 Practice mindfulness and celebrate your wins Natalie Pay attention to how you feel when you make good food choices and also to all of the non-scale victories! Michele The best advice my JC consultant gave to me is we keep moving forward. Even if it does not reflect on the scale, sometimes the non-scale victories mean even more. 💜 Marcy Michelle kept me grounded and told me, “This is a journey; enjoy it while you can.” I wanted to lose 20 pounds for my daughter’s wedding, and I found myself getting in a rush about dropping the pounds. After Michelle told me it’s a journey, I realized like many things in life, one needs to be mindful of what they’re doing, and not just turn the page. I took her advice, and it helped me through the weight loss, but other important events as well! Thanks, Michelle and JC! Sarah The best advice was to celebrate every victory, no matter how small. And that I’ve got this. ❤️ Corey One day at a time ... Rome wasn’t built in a day! Francesca My consultant, Jill, told me to celebrate every ounce I lost, no matter how small. A minus on the scale is a minus, and that’s awesome! Her encouragement got me towards my goal, and my life has changed forever! Jenny Craig was the best decision I ever made! Be kind to yourself Jenny Be kind to yourself and take it one day, one meal at a time 💕 Heather My consultant told me to be gentle with myself and to give myself grace. If I fall, to muster the strength to get back up and continue. Michele It is the fact that my consultant Gail has been understanding. My father just passed away, and I went from doing very well on the program to not eating enough when he was sick, to overeating. She was not hard on me and said I just suffered a big loss and to go easy on myself, but to pick up as soon as I can. Just knowing she was not pressuring or judging me is everything. She really cares about her customers! Marlene My coworker said to take small steps and that they will add up. Steps to walk around the office. Steps to making better food choices. Steps to being kinder to myself. Try healthy food hacks Nequi The best advice or plan of action that was given to me after weeks of fluttering around the same weight range was to shake things up with my menu. Meaning for me to drink the shakes daily, eat salads daily, and to increase my water intake as much as I can (comfortably). Angie The best advice my consultant gave me was to plan ahead when dining out — decide what you are going to eat and then order first. Then you will not be tempted to change your mind by what others order. Mandy The best advice was to take it one meal at a time and PLAN ahead. I had many parties to go to that I would have never survived had I not taken her advice, planned ahead, and ate a little before I went. It kept me from overeating and made me mindful of my plan. Margaret Treat your body like a well-functioning machine. Every once in a while, you can give it a boost with a treat! I thought, how true ... sometimes we treat our cars better than we treat ourselves. We wouldn't put anything in it that would impede its top performance ... don't our bodies deserve the same maintenance? Sara Treat your food like a prescription for your health! Just like you would for a medication. This resonated with me to my core! Holly I'm only on my second week, but my consultant has already given me a great tip that has helped me already. I know it’s going to benefit me in the future: She encouraged me to take the food out of the containers and put it on a plate. This will get you used to proper portion sizes. I can see it already! It is also more attractive on the plate. Work the program, and the program will work for you Mike The best advice my consultant gave me was to follow the menu, eat all my food, stay hydrated and get some activity. So simple yet it changed my life. I met my goal over ten years ago, and I still meet my consultant once a month 14 years later. 😊❤️ Check out Mike’s incredible story and get his best tips for weight maintenance! Franca Weight loss is like baking a cake: Follow the recipe and add exactly those ingredients! So with Jenny Craig, eat the food and follow the plan, and just like the recipe, you will see results. Barbara My best advice is to stay faithful and follow the plan exactly! Also, I exercise six days a week. Make lasting changes Noelle My consultant, Kathy, shared this powerful quote that changed so much about how I look at healthy eating, choices, & overall health. “It’s only when we alter our eating habits out of love and respect for ourselves that lasting change has a real chance to take root in our lives.” Cathy Yvette, my consultant, gave me homework. For each pound I lost, I had to write a difference in my life since starting the program. It was easy and fun, and made me appreciate the changes in my life, looks, clothes, health, etc. So when I need a boost, I go back and re-read my list and continue adding as I lose more weight. Thanks, Yvette❤️ Linda Best advice from my consultant Jessica “If nothing changes, nothing will change.” Conquer cravings Madeline My consultant gave me the advice that when a craving is coming on, take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember why I chose to adopt a healthier lifestyle for myself! Your weight loss consultant is your biggest advocate and personal cheering squad – who wouldn’t want that kind of encouragement? Get the personalized support you need and get started on your weight loss journey with Jenny Craig today! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #LifeCantWait and tagging us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
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    6:45 - 7:15 a.m. Waking up to puppy cuddles … and a delicious breakfast. I hit the snooze button to cuddle with my two dogs just a little bit longer before I get out of bed. Prior to my weight loss journey, I would never imagine getting up so early! I would sleep in as late as I could before getting ready for the day. Now that I’m up, let’s see what’s on the menu for breakfast: Maple French Toast?! Mmm, my favorite! For a little extra sweetness, I’ll add the delicious Breakfast Syrup on top. For a side, I usually have an orange and drink a cup of skim milk. I love the food I eat! With the Rapid Results program, I have been able to lose 92 lbs.* (and counting!). I still can’t believe how far I have come in the last 13 months. I’ll forever be a fan of Jenny Craig and I thank them every day for having one of the best weight loss programs out there! 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sweating it out with a cardio and strength training workout. After walking the dogs, it’s time for my morning workout. Being active in the morning helps me feel energized for the rest of the day, and by 9 a.m. I already feel so accomplished! First, I do a half hour of cardio. I try to run up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) in a half hour. After my cardio workout, I complete a half hour of weight training. I grew up playing basketball, so I was pretty active. After high school, I started working full-time and stopped playing sports. Over the last ten years I gradually gained 100 lbs. At my heaviest, I was still in denial that I was overweight. I never thought I had a problem. When my clothes didn’t fit anymore, it was because I’d “gotten older,” not because I’d gained weight. I remember my friend encouraging me to be active in February 2018. I hadn’t worked out in ages, but I swallowed my pride and worked out with her. I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t just commit to the physical side of weight loss – I need to control what I am putting in my body.” When I went home, I looked up weight loss programs. How could I lose weight and stick to a plan? That’s how I stumbled upon Jenny Craig. Watching members’ success stories inspired me to pick up the phone and join Jenny Craig, too. 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Off to work! After my workout, I grab a quick snack to keep my energy levels up at work. My go-to snack is a Caramel Peanut Delight Essential Nutrition Bar with a small kiwi – delicious! At my job, I get to send people on all their dream holidays. I’m a travel agent, so I love to talk about anything travel-related! I love to travel and I’ve been to 25 countries! But traveling when you are overweight can be hard. In 2017, I visited Southeast Asia. I got ready to ride in a dune buggy and went to put the seat belt on, but I couldn’t get it over my body. I asked the workers for help, and they just stood over me and laughed. It was by far one of the most humiliating moments of my life. I have always been so comfortable in my skin and never felt that my weight was something to be judged and feel ashamed of. Before starting Jenny Craig, I hadn't stepped on a scale for six years. Ignorance is bliss, right? In March 2018, I stepped onto the scale for the first time and my weight stared back at me. 281 lbs. I was in complete shock – this couldn’t be right. There was no way I weighed that much. My consultant said, “Don’t worry; you will never see that number again.” She could not have been more right! I’m tearing up even thinking about that, because at that moment, I finally decided to take my life back. 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. What’s for lunch? I always enjoy the surprise of what I’m going to eat. Today’s meal is the delicious Chicken Ranch Melt. (Are you sure I can eat this, Jenny Craig? It seems too delicious to be on a weight loss menu! 😉) 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Finishing up the day and enjoying a favorite snack. Back at work, a family is planning to visit Mexico! Helping them plan their vacation makes me dream of heading somewhere warm myself. I’m gearing up to go to Jamaica for my 30th birthday and I’m working to reach the 100-lb. weight loss mark by then! For a snack, I love having an unsweetened, fat-free vanilla yogurt paired with a small banana and a small amount of peanut butter. I love that I still get to have peanut butter as a part of my meal plan – it’s my favorite healthy fat! 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoying a delicious dinner and dessert. Dinner time! After a hard day’s work, it’s nice to just relax and enjoy my meal. The delicious Peanut Butter Cookies are my dessert! They’re super tasty and filling, and I just can’t get enough of Jenny Craig’s food. I’m 13 months into the program and I still love every bite! 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Game on! Getting back into basketball has been so much fun! Now, I play basketball in a mixed league. I love my teammates and we have the best time together. Tonight, we won our game by two points – it was a nail biter! Since joining Jenny Craig, I have been able to get my life back. I’m back to playing basketball, a sport I hold close to my heart. I am a runner! A year ago, I could only power walk short distances, but now I am running 5K in under 27 minutes! Who am I?! I have also noticed that I sleep so much better. I would get backaches and they would wake me up at night. Now I don’t have any pain anymore! 8:30 -10:00 p.m. Winding down for bedtime. Before bed, I put on one of my favorite reality TV shows and cuddle up with my dogs. It has been a very productive and great day. I love my new lifestyle! 😊 Thanks for joining me – goodnight! Has Rachael’s story inspired you to embrace a healthier lifestyle? Book a free appointment with a Jenny Craig consultant to learn more about your options! Rachael follows the Rapid Results 1500 calorie menu. *Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rachael lost 92 pounds on Rapid Results in 60 weeks. Rachael received promotional consideration.
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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 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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    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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