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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? 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
    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
  21. 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.”
  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. Important Milestones Here are a few of the important milestones you may experience along your weight loss journey. 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 weight loss journey is the same — we hope this information has helped explain a few of the phases and emotions you may experience during your 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.
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    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
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    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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    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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    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 coaches!) 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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    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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    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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    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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    You were the first to see the number on the scale dropping, the way your jeans began gaping around the waistline, and now your new healthy lifestyle is starting to pay off, because you feel an uptick in your energy and others are catching on to your newfound confidence. The compliments of “you look great!” are flying, but there is more behind those acclaims than just looks. Here are three things people really notice when you lose weight. Pep in Your Step You’ll notice your energy level is at an all-time high and you’re ready to take on the world. You have no trouble bouncing out of bed and getting stuff done, thanks to your recent weight loss. Regular physical activity (even a daily walk) increases your energy level, but eating a balanced diet, including protein, whole grains and lots of fresh produce, also puts an extra pep in your step. And other people will take note of it, too. Whether it’s your boss at work noticing an upsurge in productivity, or your kids, who are certainly loving the extra play time with you at the park. Your increase in stamina and strength is hard to deny by everyone else, so go ahead and plan an outing to the mountains with your friends or a fun date night roller-skating with your spouse. Your new energy and sense of adventure is contagious! You're Glowing You’re wearing a smile that cannot be wiped off these days, you’ve got the confidence to take on the world, and you’re feeling good. Those extra endorphins from getting active and eating healthy foods, such as fish, low-fat dairy, and leafy green veggies, boost your mood, and it’s apparent to those around you. Bask in the compliments and be sure to compliment yourself; after all, you’ve worked hard to get healthy and it’s showing! Seeing is Believing Overall, it doesn’t really matter what others notice or think about your weight loss. What matters most is your personal development and happiness. An added perk to reaching your weight loss goals is that as you start to see and feel the results of your weight loss, you start believing in those results and can develop improvements in your body image and health-related quality of life, according to one study. If you’re feeling happier and more confident, reward yourself with tangible gifts that make you feel pampered. Make an appointment with a salon for that haircut you’ve always wanted to try, a shopping trip to the cosmetics counter for a bold new lip color, and take an afternoon to buy yourself a new, on-trend outfit for a date night. So go out and celebrate every little milestone with your weight loss and be proud of the healthier and happier you.
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    It’s important to find moments that commit you to the reason why you’re losing weight in the first place, especially when you’re finding yourself unmotivated. You may have heard the travel saying, “It’s not about the destination, but about the journey.” Weight loss is results-oriented and we all love seeing the results every week to keep us motivated. However, weight loss is about getting to know yourself—and your body—as you go through a lifestyle change. And when change comes into play, you should keep your sources of inspiration nearby as weight loss isn’t always a straight road. Inspiration can come up in the most surprising ways, and here are simple ways to re-ignite your motivation to keep you going. Big Picture Focus on your “why.” As mentioned above, make sure the reason why you’re wanting to lose weight is clear. Write it down somewhere where you can read it every day to motivate you. Keep a weight loss journal. Write about your experience and feelings, and keep track of sources of inspiration. You can then look back on where you started, and discover how far you’ve come! Use your social network. You have support all around you, and can choose how to use it to your motivational advantage. Whether it’s talking to friends and family or posting progress photos on social media, you’ll discover a group of cheerleaders to keep you going. Self-care. Sometimes life can come in with something that may throw your planning out the window. This is where you have to remember that you are human, and life happens. Try and plan for stressors or those moments where you do go off plan, and re-commit to your future decisions and reactions. Small Wins You have many opportunities to focus on goals outside of your scale. We like to call these “small wins,” and when you think about all the times this has happened to you, it can help put your journey into perspective and show that you’re making progress! Turning down a fattening food. Did your friend offer you a piece of cake, or are you at a potluck that is full of fries, nachos and cookies? You have all the tools to turn it down politely—and give yourself a high five for doing so. Going on a longer walk. Getting your body moving is a great way to clear your head and feel powerful, and one activity that is great for both is walking. Not only is it free, walking can be done at a leisurely pace or quickly during a break at work. You can increase your distance gradually, or even go for different elevations—either way, it’s a way to track your journey and feel great as you are literally going the distance. Trying out a new veggie. Adventure is out there, and available to you via your local grocery store. Trying out a new veggie, like artichokes or cauliflower, allow you to experiment in your kitchen and discover how enjoyable it is to try something new. Looser pants. One of the easiest ways to track progress outside of weight is the sensation of recognizing that your clothes are no longer fitting you. Plus, it offers a chance to reward yourself with new items that can transition with you while you’re losing weight. When you re-ignite your inspiration, you can find ways to seize opportunities and moments that have been in front of you all along. We’re inspired by your weight loss journey and are always happy to share other moments of inspiration with you as we cheer you on. [Sources] http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/weight-loss-motivation-tips - section18
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    It’s no secret that if you have prepped, healthy options in your refrigerator, you’re more likely to eat healthier. Mason jar salads are the perfect grab-and-go lunchtime answer to boost your nutrition. Because the greens can stay crisp and crunchy for up to several days, try creating a few jarred salads ahead of time on a Sunday evening. The bright, layered ingredients look gorgeous through a glass jar. But did you know: those pretty layers can actually help your salad stay crisp and tasty even after it’s been dressed? How to Pack Your Mason Jar Salad Start with a clean, mason jar and get layering! When you pack your Mason jar salad, put the dressing in first, so it stays at the bottom and won’t leave your ingredients limp and soggy. After that, pack the heaviest, least-porous ingredients (like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or proteins). Smaller items, like diced non-starchy vegetables, can go on top of these and should be packed close together if possible. Make your greens the top veggie—and put any dry ingredients, like seeds (1 Tbsp = 1 healthy fat) or raisins (2 Tbsp = 1 fruit), on the very top. Packed as described, your salads can stay fresh for nearly a week in the fridge. Delicious Mason Jar Salad Ideas Here are some of our favorite transportable and crave-worthy mason jar salad ideas you’ll love. Spring Fling - If you have spring fever, create a salad loaded with seasonal ingredients: Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, sliced strawberries, asparagus, snap peas, spinach and kale. Go Greek - For a salad bursting with flavor, toss together Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and artichokes, sliced carrots, 1 tablespoon low-fat feta cheese (counts as 1 Limited food; Classic Menu only), a pinch of fresh or dried oregano, and finally a combination of spinach and romaine lettuce. Harvest Salad - Put your spiralizer to good use for this salad-in-a-jar. Layer Jenny Craig’s Creamy Herb Dressing, garden-fresh tomatoes, spiralized zucchini and yellow squash. Top with just a pinch of Parmesan cheese. South-of-the-Border Salad - Shake up a fiesta in a jar! Pico de gallo salsa made with fresh tomatoes, onions and jalapenos are a delicious and spicy addition to a salad filled with diced bell pepper, shaved radishes and romaine. A Taste of Asia - Craving your favorite takeout? Make an Asian-inspired salad with 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, diced jicama, carrots, celery and red bell peppers. Pack the top of the jar with cilantro and shredded cabbage. Salad Bar - Keep it simple and classic by including Jenny Craig’s Creamy Herb Dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and your favorite green in a jar. Mama Mia - Combine Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped onions to taste, one finely diced spicy pepperoncini, 1 tablespoon parmesan, julienned basil, and romaine lettuce for a salad approved by mama herself. Apple-Endive Chopped Salad - Starting with Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, layer your favorite diced veggies—we like cucumber and tomato best here—with a quarter of a diced Granny Smith apple to add some tart sweetness. Next, layer a handful of chopped spinach and a head of chopped endive. This one’s great with a tablespoon of Parmesan (counts as 1 Limited food; Classic Menu only) or walnuts, too (four walnut halves count as one healthy fat). Grilled Asparagus and Grape Salad - For this wonderful make-ahead salad, start by grilling a half-bunch of asparagus until tender; add a squeeze of lemon juice, and allow to cool before chopping into one-inch segments. Dress the bottom of your jar with Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. Butter lettuce works very well with this recipe; add a quarter cup each of diced celery, seedless black grapes and cherry tomatoes before layering your asparagus and greens.
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    Make your picnic healthier by packing a nutritious meal and everything you need for a fun activity after you eat. Spend a summer afternoon or evening soaking in the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air with these tips for a healthy, perfect picnic. Sneak in extra exercise for you and your family by pedaling to a nearby park for your picnic. Skipping the car and choosing to ride your bike can burn around 100 calories in 20 minutes, even at a leisurely pace. To make packing your food easier, have everyone carry their own, individually packed lunch in a backpack, and don’t forget to wear a helmet! Pack refreshing, low-calorie drinks Healthy Drinks Ditch the sugary soda and fill water bottles with flavor-infused water. While you’re making breakfast in the morning, drop a cup of freshly sliced fruit into a pitcher of water and stir before chilling in the refrigerator. Your flavor-boosted H2O will be ready to go at lunchtime. Experiment by pairing different fruits with herbs, such as strawberries and mint, blueberries and basil, or lemon and rosemary. Healthy Picnic Food Choices Jenny Craig has several on-the-go menu options that are perfect for your next picnic. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike to a lunch spot in the mountains, or just an afternoon at the park to play catch with the kids, check out these five portable Jenny Craig foods to bring with you on your next outing. Tuna Dill Salad Kit If you’re dining alfresco at the park, bring along the Tuna Dill Salad Kit with your picnic blanket and your favorite tunes. This salad kit features premium tuna salad with a dill and Greek yogurt dressing and crispy wheat crackers. For a unique pairing, stuff the Tuna Dill Salad into a hollowed out tomato or yellow pepper, then serve over a farmer’s market green salad with crackers on the side. Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar Don’t forget to pack a pick-me-up snack for your next picnic in the mountains! Jenny Craig’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar is the ideal food to keep you fueled for any activity. A crunchy peanut butter bar topped with chocolate morsels and a peanut butter drizzle packs an 8 gram protein punch, as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, to give you the energy you need to keep up with the group. Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit This on-the-go salad kit is perfect for your next beach excursion! The Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit combines white meat chicken with a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, sweet cranberries and crunchy celery and is served with crispy crackers. Pack it up with a stack of romaine or endive leaves and you get an easy combo of ingredients for refreshing lettuce wraps. Cheese Curls Everyone loves Jenny Craig’s Cheese Curls, and it’s easy to taste why–a delicious, crunchy snack seasoned with cheddar cheese and sea salt. Yum! One of Jenny Craig’s best-sellers, this is the ideal snack to take to your next park outing. Fresh & Free Additions Don’t forget to eat your veggies! Pack up some carrots, celery sticks and dip them in Salsa Ranch Dressing, or sprinkle some lemon juice and pepper on your cucumbers or snap peas for a savory treat.
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    Master BYOB By taking your own drinks, like this delicious mint julep mocktail, you won’t be tempted to indulge in the calorie-laden alcoholic drinks. While you’re at it, take some veggies to grill on the barbecue and other Fresh and Free Additions so you know you will have options. Stick to the green If you can’t take your own Jenny Craig foods, stick to greens, garden salads and avoid creamy potato and pasta salads. Swap rich desserts for fresh berries and summer fruits – think watermelon, passion fruit and strawberries! Don’t go hungry If possible, eat a healthy meal or snack beforehand. Some of our favorite snacks include carrot sticks and a small amount of nuts, apple slices and a teaspoon of nut butter or an apple with low-fat string cheese. If you're following the Jenny Craig program, try to either eat your meal before you go to the party, or bring a snack with you to enjoy. You can always enjoy lots of veggies and sparkling water while at the event. Eating something before you go to a summer BBQ can help you avoid feeling hungry and tempted by the party foods. Be prepared Go in prepared with the Polite, Reason, Polite tactic. It allows you to have a cordial way to say no when friendly peer pressure occurs. For other ideas, talk to your consultant for a plan of attack for the day.
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    Take your taste buds on an international stroll with Chicken Faux-Lo-Mein. Add roasted spaghetti squash to your Asian Style Chicken for a low-calorie dish that is full of flavor! Ingredients Jenny Craig Asian Style Chicken 1/2 of a spaghetti squash Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. 3. Place cut side down in a shallow baking dish. 4. Add a little water and cover with foil. 5. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender. 6. Prepare Asian Style Chicken as directed. 7. Using a fork, remove squash and place in a mixing bowl. 8. Add the prepared Asian Style Chicken, mix and serve. Per serving Asian Style Chicken (1 Starch, 1 Veg, 1 1/2 Protein, 1 Fat) +1-2 Veg Recipe by Amy T. from Parma Heights, Ohio
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    Adding flavor with herbs and spices is an ancient culinary art form. The great news is you can do it too without adding salt, calories, fat or sugar. Many of the common and not so common seasonings bring a nutritional benefit while enhancing the flavor of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Enjoy trying some new taste experiences while experimenting with some of the delicious choices below with your side vegetables and salads. Start out with adding a small amount, you can always add more. Taste between each addition until you have just the right color, flavor, and aroma. Dry spices and herbs have much more flavor than fresh, ¼ teaspoon of powder = ¾ teaspoon of dried or 2 teaspoons fresh. Have fun and bon appétit! Basil A member of the mint family, basil is an extremely popular herb used in all kinds of recipes. You might enjoy it as a topping on pizza - like our Margherita Pizza, layered with tomatoes or in hot tea. There are more than 60 varieties of basil some with chocolate, Thai, and lemon flavors. Basil is considered an excellent source for vitamins K, A and C along with many minerals that are essential to your health. This is one herb you can buy fresh and freeze in ice cubes to add later to your sauces and soups. Coriander/Cilantro The coriander plant (in the parsley family) is a spice and an herb because you can use both the seeds and the flat green leafs of this plant. Fresh cilantro lends a light peppery taste when added to salads, dips and veggies. Coriander is used in Europe and the Americas to add flavor to soups, marinades and even in salads. This spice has been researched extensively and is known for its high level of phytonutrients. For best results with cilantro, wash right before use to minimize bruising. Cinnamon This is a super spice! Fragrant and sweet, cinnamon can be sprinkled in your morning coffee to give you a pleasant, sweet (without the sugar) lift to your morning routine. Traditionally associated with desserts in the West, cinnamon is added to many main course dishes in the Middle East. The spice is an essential oil that is extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree and it is rich in antioxidants. Cinnamon is great on top of fruits, yogurt and steamed carrots. Cumin An ancient spice used in many countries worldwide, cumin is a component of most curry and chili powder formulas. It has a warm aromatic and peppery taste. To bring out the fullest aroma and flavor, lightly roast seeds before using them. Cumin is considered an excellent source of iron and has a reputation for promoting digestive health. A great addition to almost any vegetable or side dish, try experimenting and create your signature recipe. Dill This herb/spice is a beautiful feathery green plant with concentrated flavor in the seeds. Used extensively in Northern and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean, dill weed has a unique and delicious flavor. Try fresh or dried dill in your yogurt with cucumbers or over your green beans. Fresh dill does not last long so keep it wrapped in a damp paper towel in the refrigerator and use within two days. Dill is high in calcium, iron and magnesium—enjoy often! Ginger Ginger is a rhizome, or stem, grown underground and can be used fresh or powdered. Pungent and spicy, ginger adds wonderful aroma and flavor to many Asian inspired recipes. Known for its anti-nausea properties, ginger has been used as digestive aid for centuries. Delicious and full of nutrients, try adding ginger to sautéed vegetables, shaved over tropical fruits or to your night time cup of tea. Paprika This gorgeous red spice can taste smoky, sweet or savory. Made from red mild and hot peppers in the capsicum family, it is a very versatile addition to your spice rack. Hungarian and Spanish recipes often feature this distinct spice. Paprika is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, nutrients that can help in keeping your eyes and skin healthy. Paprika is delicious when sautéed with eggplant, spinach or zucchini and will add color and flavor to your scrambled eggs. Enjoy! Turmeric One of the super spices! This beautiful deep yellow root has been used for centuries as spice, medicine and even for dyeing textiles. Turmeric has a very deep, fragrant, pepper flavor with a little bitterness. It is delicious on roasted cauliflower or eggplant. Scientists are studying turmeric for a variety of potential health benefits based on its anti-inflammatory properties. Start sprinkling!
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