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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
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    To add more flavor to your veggies, you don't have to add butter or salt! Often, the perfect seasoning can really bring out the flavor, making other additives unnecessary. You can add herbs and spices prior to roasting, steaming or grilling your favorite vegetables.
  18. 3 points
    Submitted by Lydia D. from Las Vegas, Nevada Create your own breakfast skillet with your Sunshine Sandwich and a sensational mix of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and zucchini. Ingredients Jenny Craig Sunshine Sandwich ¼ cup spinach ¼ cup tomatoes ¼ cup mushrooms ¼ cup zucchini Dash of garlic powder Directions Separate Sunshine Sandwich and defrost egg and ham. In a nonstick pan, sauté tomato, spinach, mushroom and zucchini Cut egg and ham into cubes and mix with sautéed veggies Add garlic powder to taste, and serve scramble with English muffin on the side. Per serving Sunshine Sandwich (2 Starch, 1 Protein, ½ Fat) + 1-2 Vegetables 1 Free Food
  19. 3 points
    We’re all familiar with stopping to smell the roses, but when was the last time you put it into practice? Mindfulness is the act of slowing down, being attentive and aware to the here and now. Applying the habit of mindfulness when eating is a positive skill that we at Jenny Craig encourage all the time because it enables you to savor your meal and eat the right amount of food. We understand that a full schedule can derail healthy eating habits, especially when the norm is to eat quickly and move onto the next thing in your day. However, giving yourself the gift of mindful eating will renew your pleasure in eating and reframe your relationship with food as you learn how to tune into your body’s nutritional needs. Mindful eating doesn’ t have to be an all or nothing act. Just making small steps will help encourage positive habits. Here are six tips to help with mindful eating: 1. Start with a peaceful environment Eliminating distraction is key to mindful eating. If you are at home, turn off the TV and instead listen to music. If you are at work, leave your desk and find a quieter place to eat. Dine away from your computer to focus on your food. 2. Take the time to plate your Jenny Craig meal Thoughtfully arrange it next to a serving of vibrantly colored vegetables and enjoy how appealing it all looks together. 3. Breathe Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before you take your first bite noticing the aroma of your food. 4. Acknowledge the flavors Take a bite and chew slowly to savor the flavors and textures. 5. Slow your rate…know your state Pause in between bites, to check in with your physical hunger cues. Experiment with putting your fork down between bites, or taking a sip of water. This allows you the time to recognize the subtle transition from “ready to eat” to “ate just enough.” 6. Stop when you’re feeling satisfied When you have reached a satiated point, put your fork down, fold your napkin on your plate - acknowledging you are nourished and fully satisfied - and mindfully move on with your day. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can not only help you reach your weight loss goals, but also appreciate the little things in life! Go ahead, and slow it down and add some mindfulness into your life.
  20. 2 points
    Understanding healthy food portions is an essential part of any weight loss plan—and it’s one of the key foundations of the Jenny Craig program. Here's a nifty guide to remember the perfect portion for serving sizes! Mastering visual portion cues is a critical first step to smart eating for life. But there are lots of other ways you can ensure that you’re always “dining by choice—not by chance.”
  21. 2 points
    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. 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!)
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. 2 points
    Seeking a creative way to eat more vegetables? Try ‘spiralizing’ your potassium-rich zucchini or beta-carotene packed carrots into noodles aka zoodles. Zoodles are a healthy, low-carb replacement for traditional pasta and are a nutritious addition to your next Jenny Craig entrée. Whether you want to infuse it into your Chicken Fettucine Alfredo or add a fresh twist on a salad, spiralizing your vegetables is a fun and easy way to pair veggies with your meals (and sneak in nutrition for your kids, too). Just pick up an inexpensive spiralizer tool and start turning to create thin vegetable noodles from zucchini, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. Fall in love with these five ways to eat zoodles and other delicious veggie noodle pairings. Pair it as a side Firm and fresh vegetables are perfect for spiralizing and taste great when tossed with a dash of olive oil and your favorite herb seasoning in a hot skillet. Pair your zoodles with a variety of Jenny Craig meals, such as the Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken & Veggies or Loaded Baked Potato. Make a salad If you’re tired of romaine lettuce, you can instead create a salad full of tasty textures with your spiralized medley of zucchini, carrots and yellow squash. Add more Fresh & Free Additions, including diced onions and tomatoes, and then toss with Jenny Craig’s light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing for a fresh, unique twist on a garden salad. Replace pasta Zoodles are a delicious and low-carb alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. Just spiralize and microwave your serving of zoodles for three minutes and then top with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, garlic, chopped onions and Italian seasoning. Buon appetito! Top your sandwich Amp up your veggies on Jenny Craig sandwiches, like the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Classic Cheeseburger, by making a zoodle slaw. Swap out cabbage by spiralizing zucchini and carrots and mix it with 1 tablespoon of fat-free mayonnaise and a dash of fresh or dried herbs. This slaw is also a great topping for the Tuna Dill or Chicken Cranberry Salad Kits. Bulk up soup Turn a bowl of soup into a nutritious, hearty meal with your zoodles. Bulk up Jenny Craig’s Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup or the Chunky Vegetable Medley Soup with spiralized zoodles and carrots for a rich, homestyle soup perfect for those first chilly autumn days.
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    Jenny Craig is here to help. Schedule a free appointment with one of our weight loss consultants today! We can all agree that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions to make for the New Year! And this is the year you’re ready and committed to making changes every month, not just in January (and we couldn’t be more excited for you!). But after you’ve clinked glasses, cleaned up the gold and silver confetti, it’s time to get down to business. Having a weight loss resolution for the new year is a great start, but breaking your resolution down into mini-resolutions will help you meet your year-end goal–to be the best version of you! Here’s how: Make measurable goals With pen and dedicated notebook in hand, brainstorm and write down a list of measurable goals that will actually help your weight loss journey and help you conquer that weight loss resolution! The more specific the goal, the more attainable it is. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started: ● Commit to taking the stairs wherever possible ● Sign up for a 5K in your city even just walk ● Commit to a 30-minute fitness class at least twice a week ● Rid the pantry of chips, cookies or any unhealthy snacks ● Commit to a weight loss program meal plan with Jenny Craig and stick with a low-calorie diet to help you hit your long-term weight loss goal. ● Support a healthy metabolism by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night and waking up at the same time each day. ● Ditch the office break room at lunch and go for a 30-minute walk to get your body moving. ● Watch your media content on a stationary bike instead of your couch ● Trade in your soda (which has unnecessary calories) for tea, sparkling water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon. If you can give yourself a gold star after accomplishing a goal just as you might have done as a kid, then you'll know it's measurable. And using a chart to track each goal with an accompanying gold star sticker pack isn't such a bad idea! Take it week-to-week That long list of goals seems just as overwhelming as the resolution to “lose weight,” doesn’t it? Don’t worry–you don’t have to start doing everything tomorrow. Instead of fretting about changing bad habits to good ones overnight, spread your mini-resolutions throughout the year. For each week, assign a few goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you'll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable, testing out a new spice on your meal, or engaging in physical activity at least twice a week. Because you took baby steps and reached smaller, specific goals through the year, not only will you likely lose weight, but you will look and feel your very best! Treat yourself Because your mini-resolutions are measurable, it’s time to treat yourself. With all of those gold stars you’ve collected, set a non-food reward for the end of each month. Get a manicure in March, pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May, and splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since we know you’ll be needing a smaller size! Additional New Year's Resolution Weight-Loss Tips ● Stick with your routine and stay motivated. If this means marking off each day on a calendar to show your progress than go for it! Find a way that works for you to keep yourself motivated toward your weight loss goal. ● Avoid eating out as much. While eating out, you'll most likely be faced with larger portions and unhealthier options. By cooking for yourself, you can monitor your portion size and know the exact ingredients you are consuming. ● Get moving and keep moving. This doesn't have to be a structured gym session or class. Whether it is a walk around the neighborhood or a bike ride, all that matters is you keep your body moving. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. ● Find a group or a buddy who is working towards the same goal as you. Having support from peers is one of the keys to long-term weight loss success. So now when mid-January rolls around, instead of giving up on your New Year's weight loss resolution, keep going and make it to the finish line. The next time you think you can't do it, think again. You can do it and the above tips can help you reach your goal and keep the weight gain at bay. We hope that these weight loss resolution tips will help you to build a foundation for a healthy, happy, and successful new year!
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    How much more Jenny Craig food can you eat compared to the typical food available in grocery stores or fast food restaurants? Turns out, a lot more! We've calculated the approximate calorie to portion ratio of outside foods and as you can tell, we're all about providing you with delicious, perfectly portioned meals so you'll never feel like you're missing out. We're committed to helping you get closer to your weight loss goal. In the infographic below, which dish are you most surprised about?
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    Leafy greens are great for filling you up without feeling muddled down or heavy. One green that can be found all year long is spinach. Whether it’s served raw or cooked, this dark leaf provides nutrients, like vitamins A, C and K, and iron, fiber and magnesium in just one cup—no wonder Popeye couldn’t get enough! As the weather cools down, we decided to look at ways on how we could incorporate spinach into our meals outside of the typical (yet delicious) salad. Here are 7 ideas we’ve come up with! 1) Stir into soups and stews. You can either add your spinach toward the end of the soup-making process or cook it down before adding it to the broth. You can also substitute spinach into recipes that call for other leafy greens, like kale. 2) Spin in your smoothies. Spinach doesn’t have a distinctly strong taste, and as our other suggestions have shown, it’s easy to mix into recipes you love. You can create a great smoothie and get extra nutrients by taking spinach, blending it with water, then adding a ½ cup of banana, mango or pineapple for a touch of sweetness. 3) Top your pizza. Spinach is not only a great topping for pizza as it pairs with tomatoes, but it can be used raw to dress a pizza as well! Take spinach, raw onion, tomato and a dressing of your choice for a simple way to add more veggies to your pizza. 4) Toss into pasta. Pasta is a great vessel for many flavors. You can keep your dish simple by tossing the spinach with the noodles once they’re cooked, then add some tomatoes and a touch of oil for seasoning. You can also add spinach straight into your sauce, and let it cook down. 5) Blend into pesto. One fresh sauce to consider for adding spinach is pesto, which can be used on pasta, as a salad dressing or cooked meat. You can also cut some of the basil out and substitute that amount with spinach as well. 6) Sautée into eggs. Spinach cooks down very quickly—you can take a few handfuls and it wilts down in minutes. Try it scrambled in your eggs, or make an omelet with mushrooms and diced tomatoes for a veggie-packed breakfast. 7) Stir-fry your spinach. While stir-fried sides typically consist of peppers, onions, garlic and snap peas, adding spinach is another way to gain more density and nutrients in your side dishes can help you feel fuller longer. Spinach has so many possibilities, and all it takes is adding a handful (or more!) to add some additional brilliance to your dishes. [RESOURCES] http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/eat-your-spinach https://saveourbones.com/6-savvy-ways-to-use-spinach/ http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-spinach https://www.kitchenstewardship.com/monday-mission-recipes-to-use-up-your-spinach/ https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/green-smoothie-recipe/
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    The benefits of getting moving are undeniable. Increasing your activity level can aid your heart-health and overall well-being. However, you don’t necessarily have to go for a rigorous walk or break a sweat at a fitness class. In fact, you may be surprised at all the simple opportunities there are in everyday life to get moving. It can be something unassuming, such as dancing in the kitchen or even working in your garden. Check out these six activities that don’t even feel like work. Stand up Sitting all day at work can be detrimental to your health, raising your risk for heart disease and weight gain, so take the time to stand up, shake out your legs and renew your focus with your work. Ask your employer to provide a sit-stand desk, or schedule walking meetings with colleagues to get moving and some fresh air. Ask a colleague to take a walk around the building with you if your meeting together doesn’t require anything more high-tech than a conversation. Play in the water Splashing in the waves at the beach or swimming a few laps at the pool is always a nice leisurely way to have some fun in the sun. However, swimming is a low-impact exercise and the perfect activity for all physical levels because of its gentle resistance and overall benefit in improving endurance. Even if you are not the strongest swimmer, grab a kickboard and get in some laps trying out different kicks. Go to the park with your kids If your kids have been logging too many hours on smartphones and tablets, you can feel good knowing that getting them moving outside is good for their health, too. Head over to the park and play fun games, such as ‘pirates’ on the play equipment, ‘Simon Says’ or kick around a soccer ball. All these activities can be a positive bonding experience and get in some serious movement. Be a dancing machine Crank up the tunes and get your groove on–it’s time to dance! Whether you’re at a special event that calls for getting on the dance floor or doing the two-step around your kitchen, dancing is one activity that certainly does not feel like work. It’s a cardio exercise that works your core while strengthening and toning muscles. Go to a theme park Going to your nearest fair or theme park is an easy way to rack up your daily steps and have fun with your family and friends. By walking around all day, you’ll boost your calorie burn, work those leg muscles and even get to enjoy your favorite attractions. Grow your food From tomatoes to zucchini, the vegetables and fruit you’ll reap from a garden you tend will provide healthy, nutritious food to positively supplement your meal plan. Plus, did you know gardening is also an activity that can burn additional calories? Just getting your hands dirty with a little weeding or shrub trimming can help burn around 180 calories in 30 minutes.
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    Our professional chefs and nutrition team have been crafting some delicious new additions to the Jenny Craig menu. You’ll be saying ‘yum!’ to these savory foods that are soon-to-be-favorites. Creamy Penne with Vegetables This premium edition and classic comfort dish features penne pasta, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots delicately combined in a rich Parmesan and Romano cheese sauce. “We get many requests for new vegetarian dishes so we are excited to introduce a Creamy Penne with Vegetables,” Lindsay Ostenso, Jenny Craig Brand and Products Director, said. “It’s everything you love about the Chicken Fettucine, but filled with crisp vegetables all in a creamy, cheesy sauce.” Cheddar Cheese Crisps Bursting with cheddar cheese flavor and a bunch of crunch, these tasty crisps are enjoyable anytime, anywhere! “Part cracker and part potato chip! Our new Cheddar Cheese Crisps are a little of both,” Ostenson said. “Crispy satisfaction and my new snacking favorite!” Look for these new foods coming to your local neighborhood Jenny Craig Center or Jenny Craig Anywhere delivery.
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    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
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    It’s often misconstrued that you only need to join a weight loss program if you have a lot of weight to lose, but that’s absolutely not the case! “The person who just wants to lose 10 pounds has felt the same frustration and challenge that someone else who has 50 pounds to lose has experienced,” said Jenny Craig’s Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Interventions, Lisa Talamini. We offer a support system with proven results. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants have also been in your shoes, and can discuss what works for the last 10 pounds. Our equation for success also includes more than 100 delicious foods and a meal plan with your goal in mind. “Ultimately, it’s not about how much you have to lose—it’s about finding what works,” continues Talamini. “And Jenny Craig has clinical proof that it does. Losing those stubborn 10 or so pounds means more than a drop in a dress size—it signals reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure and ends the cycle of gain, lose and regaining, which can be so frustrating.” Joining Jenny Craig allows for you to discover a community of people who are currently working on their own weight loss or have been through it before, and are invested in your success. We’ve been able to support members with various weight loss goals, and look forward to helping you with yours. Learn about their success stories, then call 866-706-4042 or find a local neighborhood Jenny Craig center near you.
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    Fruit and vegetables are fun to use when they’re fresh, ripe and in-season, but there may be times when you’ve either bought too many to use or continue to buy so many delicious items that some get left to the wayside to spoil. While you can plan your shopping list using our Simple Inspirations, which are found on the back of many Jenny Craig entrees, or discover a new recipe, you can also buy a few items that will last longer than others. Here are some of the best fruits and veggies that last in your fridge and/or pantry: Fruits that last Apples (up to 2 weeks in refrigerator) Canned/frozen fruit (up to 2-3 months) Lemons (1-2 months in refrigerator) Oranges (2-3 weeks in refrigerator) Watermelon (up to 2 weeks) Vegetables that last Beets (up to 2 weeks) Cabbage (up to 2 weeks or longer in refrigerator) Canned/frozen vegetables (up to 2-3 months) Carrots (2-3 weeks in refrigerator) Celery (1-2 weeks in refrigerator) Garlic (2-3 months in a cool, dry area) Onions (4 weeks or longer) Potatoes (4 weeks or longer) Turnips (up to 4 weeks) Winter squash, such as pumpkin, butternut squash, etc. (up to 3 months) Keep in mind how you store these items, too. Carrots in bags can have an extended shelf life by placing a paper towel in the bag to absorb excess moisture. Apples should be placed in a plastic bag in the fruit crisper section of your refrigeration and away from vegetables, since the ethylene gas apples produce makes produce ripen faster. Finding fruits and veggies like the ones listed above allows you to enjoy these items for weeks to come, and not have to worry about replenishing them with every trip to the grocery store. Discover other Fresh & Free Additions recipes and strategies by reading our articles and discussing them with one of our Jenny Craig consultants. Schedule a meeting with a consultant today by finding a location near you or calling 866-706-4042—we can’t wait to help you with your health and nutrition goals! [SOURCES] Jenny Craig Unlimited/Limited food list (PDF) http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/12-fruits-vegetables-that-wont-go-bad http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18518 http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips/tips/g1381/how-long-do-vegetables-last/?slide=9 http://www.stilltasty.com/articles/view/75
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    Whether you’re just beginning your weight loss journey or are pounds away from your goal, it’s important to have support and inspiration to keep you on track. Your support system includes your personal consultant, friends and family members, but it’s truly up to you to wake up in the morning with your weight loss goal in mind. Here are some inspiring weight loss quotes to keep you motivated: 1. Weight loss takes time, so remember that every change you make, even small changes, adds up. 2. Having a strong reason for why you’re losing weight is important. Remember: You are the reason you’re losing weight so you can be your very best self! 3. Even if you fall off plan, you always have the opportunity to get back on track toward your goals. 4. Now is the time to take action toward your weight loss goals, and every choice you make is putting the work in toward it. 5. Every day gives you a chance to be proud of the choices you’re making. Do what makes you feel good, and you can accomplish anything in front of you. Having a weight loss goal in mind is important, but the changes you make along this journey impact your weight maintenance once you reach your goal. Stay motivated with these short quotes that can fit on a post-it, in your notebook or carried in spirit throughout the day. You can reach your weight loss goals, and Jenny Craig would love to be a partner in your success. Learn more by visiting one of our 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you or calling 866-706-4042 today. [SOURCES] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20706008,00.html#give-today-your-all-0 http://www.fitnessforweightloss.com/helpful-weight-loss-quotes/ https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/35584930/image/35720538/Chalkboard-Weight-Loss-Quotes
  34. 2 points
    You step on the scale. The number is the same–and it’s been the same for days. Despite following your plan, the scale just won’t move in the right direction. It seems like you’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and fall back into old habits. Instead, talk to your consultant and check out these ways to get back on track and past the plateau. Stalled out Being stuck at the same number on the scale happens to everyone at some point during their weight loss journey. It’s totally normal. Weight loss plateaus happen because your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight. After your body has burned up glycogen stores (carbohydrates) in your muscles and liver, you’ll see a significant drop on the scale due to water weight loss. Then, as you lose weight, you’ll also lower your calorie requirement and this can translate to slower weight loss on the scale. And remember, a few days isn’t always enough time to make a scale budge. Push past the plateau If you’re dissatisfied with the number on the scale and are frustrated by hitting a plateau, talk to your Jenny Craig consultant. Your consultant is there for you and can help guide you in the best direction to kick start your weight loss once again. Sweat it out Add just 15-30 minutes of walking or other physical activity to burn extra calories. Consider increasing the intensity if you’re doing a workout, which will help push past a plateau by burning more calories for the same amount of time. Try adding resistance exercise to tone and build muscle to boost your metabolism, since stronger muscles mean more calories burned. Weight lifting, circuit machines and bodyweight exercises are all options as well. Eat your greens To stay satisfied, fill up on fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli and more from Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions list. These foods are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The fuller and more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to have a potential lapse. Mix it up Look beyond the gym for getting extra physical activity and burning more calories. Finding new ways to move is fun and mixes up your day. Try taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn or raking leaves, having a daily dance party in the kitchen with your kids while making dinner, vigorously vacuuming and cleaning the house, and riding your bike to work to squeeze in more exercise throughout your day.
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    With so much going on in life—projects at work, spending time with friends and family, daily errands, etc.—it’s easy to get swept up in everything and feel like you’re running on empty. Stress comes in many forms, and can pile up to make you feel overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to get derailed from your plan. Part of your wellness journey is to find alternatives so you can focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself overall, which means monitoring your emotional health and how it impacts your physical health. As the saying goes, life is tough, but so are you. Even though there will be many stressful situations throughout the day, there are many positive ways to monitor and manage your stress levels. Curb the negative effects of stress with these creative stress management activities. 1. Get Moving The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting regular exercise and movement to cope with stress, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes every day. Physical activity releases brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which triggers happy feelings to lessen stress, ward off anxiety and can even reduce pain. Feeling extra stressed out by a deadline at work? Even stretching with some yoga poses for 10 minutes can relieve muscle tension. 2. Pursue a Passion Project Finding something you’re passionate about can easily turn into a hobby. If you like painting, take an art class. If you enjoy learning about history, find a biography to read. Once you find something that ignites your curiosity or gets you excited, you’ll make time to incorporate that passion into your life. A few other stress management activity ideas include writing a poem, volunteering, or redecorating your home. 3. Say “no” More Often Committing to too many things throughout the week can cause stress. If you have too many social events one week, reschedule one for the week after. You may be able to apply this at work, too—sometimes “no” just means that you should shift around priority projects, or communicate your needs to your coworkers to assure them that you’ll get to the task when you can. This technique may help relieve you of certain unnecessary work-related stressors in your daily life! 4. Step Away From Your Cell Phone Smartphones have let us stay connected with our loved ones through multiple social media apps. Sometimes it’s just nice to step away from your phone to have some time to disconnect and focus on yourself and the people immediately around you. 5. Make Lists of Tasks & Events—and Cross Items Off Lists are great tools to prioritize tasks and events for the week, and you can check off each item as it’s completed. You can also make lists of your goals for the next year or a list of your favorite movies, songs, books or inspirational quotes that you can turn to when you need a little pick-me-up. 6. Get A Good Night Sleep Did you know that if you are tired, you are more easily agitated as well as less patient? If you are tired because of lack of sleep, it may increase stress or make it harder to deal with stress throughout the day. For adults, it is recommended to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep at night in order to feel rested for the day1. Getting proper sleep is one way to help deal with stress as you are well-rested and better equipped to handle the stressors that materialize2. 7. Spend Time With Your Pet With their friendly faces and lovable demeanor, pets offer a wealth of therapeutic traits that can reduce levels of stress hormones3. If you’re dealing with a particularly stressful day, take your dog for a short 10-minute walk. Seeing your pup appreciate the walk and enjoying the little things will help you come back with a refreshed perspective and may help provide some stress relief. 8. Deep Breathing Another way to combat stress is to engage in deep breathing. Deep breathing helps to activate your body’s natural relaxation response which in turn helps to lower your blood pressure, slow your breathing, increase your levels of nitric oxide, and decreases your metabolism 4. When you are feeling stressed, perform abdominal breathing for 20-30 minutes to act as a stress reliever and bring yourself into relaxation mode. 9. Avoid unrealistic and negative expectations Life has many unexpected twists and turns so you can’t always expect everything to go as planned. But don’t doubt yourself either! Stay positive (because you can do it), go with the flow, be flexible and lean on your family and friends for support. We know that life can throw many curve balls. However, frequently checking in with yourself, finding healthy ways to take care of yourself, keeping a positive perspective during stressful times, and utilizing these stress management tips can help you stay balanced and resilient. Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and anxiety and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss stress reduction strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant. Sources: 1https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times 2https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/tips-reduce-stress 3http://www.health.com/pets/pets-relieve-stress 4https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/
  36. 2 points
    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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    We tapped Jenny Craig’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Briana Rodriquez, who is also a certified personal trainer, to share some of her insights on strength training. Whether you’re new to strength training or are just starting to try new exercises, these easy-to-follow tips will help you incorporate physical activity into your day. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. What is strength training? Strength training, or resistance training, is a type of physical activity that activates your muscles by making you work against resistance. To create resistance, start by using your own body weight. After you can comfortably and confidently complete your exercises, consider adding additional weight and resistance equipment, like dumbbells or resistance bands. Why is strength training important? Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as you age, and can be replaced by body fat if it’s not gained or maintained.1 While this change in muscle mass is normal, you can support muscle health and combat weight gain by keeping up with a strength training routine. That’s not all — strength training may provide you with a variety of other health benefits, including the potential to: Combat bone loss by stimulating bone-building cells;2 Reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes;3 Improve cognitive function in older women by enhancing attention and conflict resolution.4 Here’s how to start a strength training routine 1. Familiarize yourself with the lingo. While you’re considering some exercises to try, you might come across some words or abbreviations that are unfamiliar. Here are a few important ones:5 Rep (repetition): The number of times you do an exercise or lift and lower a weight in one set. Set: A group of reps. Rest: A pause between sets that allows muscles to begin recovering. There are also “rest days,” where you’ll give your body time to recover from your workout. Form: The correct way to perform an exercise that’s most likely to help you avoid injury while getting the most benefit. Free weights: Weights that aren’t connected to a larger piece of machinery. Examples include dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etc. 2. Always warm up before a workout. Before you begin your strength training routine, get your body ready for the workout by warming up. When you start moving, you’ll increase your body’s core temperature.6 This is helpful for two reasons: you’ll encourage the tissues around your joints to loosen, which will help with the flexibility and full range of motion you’ll need to safely perform strength training exercises.6 Without this step, cold, tight muscles may be more likely to tear and cause injuries.6 To warm up, try dynamic stretching, a type of continuous movement that will help get your muscles ready for physical activity. Try to stretch the muscles you know you’ll work on during your strength training. If you are focusing on your upper body, try stretches that work your arms, shoulders and back. Pay the same attention to dynamic stretching with your lower body. Stretch for about 5 minutes to get the most benefit.6 Examples of dynamic stretching include: Arm circles Jumping jacks Lunges For added benefits, you can massage your muscles with a high-density foam roller to help ease muscle tension before you start your workout. 3. Try using your bodyweight first. No need to break out the dumbbells just yet! Performing the exercise correctly with only your bodyweight as resistance is more important than the amount of weight you use, Rodriquez says. “You don’t have to do fancy exercises to create resistance,” Rodriquez explains. “Your body weight is sufficient. Once you are comfortable with the exercise and your form is good, you can start using weights.” If you’re new to strength training, just using your body weight is a great way to get started. Put your muscles to work with simple exercises like planking, pushups and squats that will help with balance and work your core (abdominal muscles), upper body and lower body. Check out these strengthening and toning exercise videos for an introduction to strength training. 4. Less is more when you’re just getting started. Aim to do strength training exercises at least once per week and gradually increase the number of days each week as you get stronger. If it’s your first time trying strength training exercises, remember to start with your bodyweight and a decent amount of repetitions. Twelve to 15 reps per set is a good number to start with, says Rodriquez. Using your body weight or a lesser amount of weight will help you ease into these new movements and perfect your form – you can always add more weight later! 5. Cool down and stretch after your strength training routine. After your workout, it’s the perfect time to do some static stretching. This type of stretching will help your body wind down after physical activity and may help lessen soreness the next day. Unlike dynamic stretching, where there’s more movement, static stretching involves extending a group of muscles, then holding a position for about 30 seconds.7 Aim to stretch for about 5-10 minutes.8 Start by stretching most of your major muscle groups like your hamstrings and quads, arms and shoulders. Breathe slowly and evenly as you hold each stretch (try to avoid holding your breath). If something starts to hurt, relax and stop stretching – you may have gone a little too far.8 “If at any point you feel pain, stop, and take your time before going back into your workout,” Rodriquez cautions. “Concentrate on performing the exercise correctly.” After stretching, you can use your foam roller again to help your muscles recover further. “The warm-up, the cool down and the time you spend stretching are all incredibly important steps to a safe and healthy strength training session,” Rodriquez says. “Prior to the workout you’ll want to loosen up the muscles and afterwards you’ll want to relax them.” 6. Don’t forget to rest! Aside from taking short periods of rest between sets, rest days are crucial to your exercise success. When you begin working out and start to amp up your routine, it’s important to remember to rest, says Rodriquez. “Resting gives the muscles time to repair and get stronger,” she explains. “Constant stress on the body can also affect how it processes and stores the food you consume. Rest can be just as important as the food you eat and the workouts you perform.” How much rest do you need? Everyone is different, so if you still feel sore a day or two after a strength training session, you can always give your body more time. But taking rest days doesn’t mean you need to avoid all physical activity – try something less intense, like going for a walk or doing some simple yoga poses. By continuing to be active, you’ll promote blood flow and circulation – flooding your muscles with oxygen and nutrients.9 Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, new to exercise, or somewhere in between, strength training can help you develop more powerful lean muscles. As with any new exercise routine, Rodriquez says starting slow is key. By easing your body into a new routine, you can avoid getting burned-out or feeling overwhelmed. Remember, if you ever feel uncomfortable or experience pain, back off and take it easy. Don’t feel like you need to push yourself, especially in the beginning. As you continue to practice your strength training routine, it’ll become easier – and you’ll become stronger. A balanced eating plan along with physical activity can help support your weight loss goals. Learn more about Jenny Craig’s delicious, convenient meals and one-on-one support by booking your free appointment today! Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/strength-training/art-20046670 [2] http://time.com/4803697/bodybuilding-strength-training/ [3] https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4162/nrp.2010.4.4.259&vmode=FULL [4] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/415534 [5] https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/fitness/strength-training/a706202/strength-training-for-beginners/ [6] https://www.self.com/gallery/best-5-minute-warm-up-strength-workout [7] https://www.acefitness.org/fitness-certifications/resource-center/exam-preparation-blog/2966/types-of-stretching [8] https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/16-post-workout-static-stretches [9] https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-science-says-you-should-take-more-rest-days-ncna822941 Briana Rodriquez, RDN Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
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    How much do you know about the most important meal of the day? Take our quiz and find out!
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    Typically, Thanksgiving Day races are the length of a 5K (3.1 miles) and are held in communities across the country. If running three miles seems daunting, some events offer one-mile “fun runs” instead. Not ready to run? No problem — these family-friendly events are perfect for any fitness level and welcome runners, joggers and walkers alike. If you’ve committed to your first turkey trot and are unsure of what to expect or how to prepare, we’ve got you covered. Check out our complete guide to your first turkey trot — and remember, having fun is the most important part! What to eat before a turkey trot Whether you’re walking or running, listen to your body and make healthy choices before heading to the start line. For shorter distances, such as a 5K, a light snack or meal should do the trick if your stomach is growling pre-race. And if you want to save a full meal until after the race, no problem, just be sure to snack before so you don’t get too hungry, be mindful of your portions and make healthy choices after your trot. If you’re up early and want to enjoy breakfast before the event, Jenny Craig RD, Briana Rodriquez, recommends eating at least two hours prior and choosing something light and nutritious that you regularly eat to avoid any stomach issues on course. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, your consultant can help you pick the best breakfast. Also, hydrating is just as important as what you eat! Rodriquez recommends skipping any sugar-laden sports drinks and opting for refreshing water. Make sure to sip water before, during and after exercising. What to wear for a turkey run Dress for the weather: and know your body will heat up once you start moving. According to Runner’s World, a good rule of thumb is to dress like it’s 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.1 Wear easy-to-shed layers that you can tie around your waist or tuck into your pockets. Try layering a lightweight jacket over a tee or tank to stay cool and dry. If it’s chilly outside, bring a hat or headband and gloves. If you pick up a few new items of clothing before the race, look for sweat-wicking, technical material and try to avoid wearing all-cotton products, as they tend to soak up moisture and may cause blisters and chafing.2 Some turkey trots encourage costumes, so get creative with fun props or matching t-shirts! Finally, pick a pair of comfortable running shoes you’ve worn before — you won’t want to break in new ones on the day of the race! Race Day Check the event’s website to ensure you have everything you need, then follow these quick tips before the race starts to have the smoothest possible turkey trot experience. Arrive early to check in and collect any race materials, like your bib, safety pins and a t-shirt. Note where bathroom and water stops are along the route. Choose a spot to meet your team/family members before and after the turkey trot. It’s the best way to get a great group photo and makes it easier to find your fitness buddies. Fill up your water bottle to stay hydrated during and after the race. Additionally, you may want to consider packing a small “race day bag” of items that you can carry with you, leave in your car, or with someone cheering you on. Anti-chafe stick or petroleum jelly Bandages ID, keys, phone and a small amount of cash Change of clothing Post-race snack (half of a banana, a small amount of almonds or cashews, etc.) Remember to pace yourself during the turkey trot. If you feel tired, slow down or take a short break. Enjoy yourself and the time you’ll spend with your loved ones. No matter how far or fast you go, crossing the finish line is a huge accomplishment! Post-race Tips Congrats, you’ve made it to the finish *virtual high five!* After the race, you’ll want to make sure to cool down properly. Try walking for an additional five to ten minutes and take some time to stretch gently.3 These movements will keep your muscles from feeling too tight and promote healthy blood flow.4 Change into clean, dry clothing and slip on comfortable shoes with support. Most importantly, make sure to rehydrate with water. Sipping H2O throughout the day will help you to feel your best. It’s also a good idea to eat a small snack with protein and carbohydrates within 30 to 60 minutes after exercise to replace any lost nutrients during physical activity. If you’re wondering what you should eat, Rodriquez recommends reaching for a banana with a teaspoon of nut butter or a Jenny Craig Essential Nutrition Bar. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal later in the day by creating a balanced plate, which should contain lean protein, a moderate amount of carbohydrates, and a small amount of healthy fats, such as avocado or olive oil.3 Make It a Tradition What better way to create a new, healthy family tradition than by participating in a turkey trot? You’ll get to spend quality time with your loved ones and fit in a little exercise, all before sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Pick an event and a goal that feels achievable this year, and then challenge yourself a little more next year. It’s also a great way to foster a little friendly competition! To learn more about balancing exercise with healthy food choices, contact Jenny Craig to book your free appointment with a consultant today! Sources: [1] https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20803133/what-to-wear/ [2] https://www.fleetfeet.com/blog/runners-pains-6-common-skin-irritations-and-how-to-avoid-them [3] https://www.active.com/running/articles/how-to-recover-after-a-5k [4] http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/21/increase.flexibility.realsimple/index.html Elisa Hoffman Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico. Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple.
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    Transform these fresh and free ingredients into a delicious salsa for a refreshing summer side! Ingredients: 2 small tomatoes, diced 1 green pepper, chopped ¼ red onion, diced ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 small garlic cloves, crushed Juice from ½ lime Pepper, to taste Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with your Jenny Craig street tacos or use it as a dip with carrot chips! *Counts as 1 cup veggie serving
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    What makes “free” food, “free”? “Free” food is based on a “nutrient vs. calorie” scale, meaning foods that are higher in nutrient value and lower in calories make the list. Nutritious foods high in fiber, like non-starchy vegetables, are a great choice because they can keep you feeling full longer with less calories and more nutrients. Why are certain foods considered “free” foods? Certain foods are considered “free” because they complement your weight loss goals. They allow you to get creative, especially in times of hunger, while minimizing excess calorie consumption without hindering your progress. Many times, you’ll see “free” foods consisting of primarily fruits and vegetables to pair with your main part of the meal, such as a protein. If a type of food is considered “free,” the idea is that you can have as much of it as you’d like. It’s important to understand why not all “free” foods can be consumed without limit. Not all foods are created equal. While fruits and vegetables are healthy options, you’re paying a higher calorie cost for fruit than vegetables due to the sugar and carb content. A cup of pineapple is 80 calories and 17 grams of sugar and is comparable to starchier vegetables like corn (1 C. = 153 calories, 17g carb, 5g sugar) and has the same sugar content as a small handful (8 pieces) of jelly beans.1 If you were to have a cup of a non-starchy vegetable like broccoli, you'd consume 30 calories, 6g carbs and 1g of sugar.2 Based on the math, you could have three times the amount of broccoli instead of half a cup of pineapple for the same number of calories and considerably less sugar. Not only would the larger quantity of broccoli keep you full longer because of the fiber content, but it would also be void of the high sugar content that can lead to spikes and falls in blood sugar.3 Another example, fresh dates, while an excellent source of vitamins and fiber contain a high calorie content. Eating approximately four medium-sized dates can pack 277 calories – not exactly something you want to eat in excess. When reviewing a list of foods, whether they seem healthy or not, it’s important to examine the nutritional breakdown to ensure you’re making the best decision. Why moderation is key, even when it comes to “free” foods You can enjoy “free” foods, but it’s important to keep in mind that moderation is key to achieve optimal weight loss. Additionally, make sure to consider the type of foods you choose to add to your daily routine, as it can make a difference in reaching your goal. Jenny Craig provides a delicious menu that supports optimal weight loss and is designed to be nutritionally balanced at each calorie level. Variety is the spice of life, so we provide a list of Fresh & Free Additions that provide members with options to incorporate additional foods into their menu while supporting weight loss. Our list has been scientifically designed to include nutritionally dense foods and highlights the differences between foods that are best consumed in moderation (our “limited” foods) versus foods that are “free” which won’t hinder weight loss (our “free” foods). For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you with your weight loss, contact your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center. Sources: [1] Calorie content according to http://www.calorieking.com/ [2] Calorie content according to http://www.calorieking.com/ [3] https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/causes-blood-sugar-spikes#1 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: Monica Ropar, Nutritionist Monica has over 15 years of experience with Jenny Craig, as an expert nutrition and program resource. She develops content, training, tools and strategies for the program to support clients throughout their weight loss journey, and offers inspiration, weight loss tips, lifestyle strategies and motivation. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Dietetics and Exercise, Fitness & Health from Purdue University and continues to stay current on weight management research, consumer trends and healthcare developments. Favorite healthy snack: raw veggie sticks with homemade hummus.
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    Long weekends are a real treat, especially when you can get together with friends and families. Some weekends, like Labor Day, are typically celebrated with barbecued and grilled items paired with cool salads. Here are a few strategies for how you can stay on track for the long 3-day weekend: Eat your greens/bring a veggie tray. Since you have plenty of Fresh & Free Additions to choose from, have at them! Bring a crudité platter of carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, celery, peppers or other vegetables that provide a crunchy bite. If you’re looking to enjoy something from the grill, create a kabob of zucchini, onions and pepper, or bring some Portobello mushrooms to create a juicy “veggie burger” that you can wrap in lettuce. Watch out for sauces and marinades often used on the grill which can be high in sugar. Remember that fiber equals fuller. Eating fibrous meals and snacks allows you to feel fuller longer. Eat a fibrous breakfast before you go out for the day— you can add a dollop of salsa to your Breakfast Omelet or heat up a bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. When you’re at a barbeque, vegetables, such as broccoli and snap pea, and fruits, like blackberries and raspberries, are high sources of fiber. However, all fruit and vegetables contain fiber, so you can’t go wrong. Let fruit guide your sweet tooth. When it’s time for dessert, delight in some strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew or pineapple—just make sure to watch your portion size. Check out your Getting Started Guide for helpful tips. Get enough sleep. It’s important to make sure that you also allow your body to recover and recharge so that you can actually enjoy all the activities you planned over the long weekend, so aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Not only will you feel well rested, but you’ll be clearer headed, too, which is important to continue making rational versus impulse decisions. Get some extra movement into your day. Whether you’re getting dressed, tidying up, or preparing a side dish to bring to a barbeque, you can get some extra steps into your day by taking 10 minutes to crank up the music and have a dance party in your home! Use the PRP technique. This stands for Polite, Reason, Polite, and allows you to remain in charge of your choices. You can politely acknowledge the food (“Thanks, that looks great!”) then state your reason for refusing it (“I’m already full from these delicious vegetables!”) then politely get out of the offer (“Maybe next time!”). Let your friends and family know about your goals. That way, they can be supportive of your ongoing efforts and choices, too. Talk to your weight loss expert. Image by Rachel Teodoro Your Jenny Craig weight loss expert can help you create countless strategies for your weekend activities. The best way to success is to rehearse your anticipated scenario to make a plan (and maybe even a back-up plan!) to stay focused on your weight loss goals while still enjoying your time surrounded by family and friends. Feel free to schedule an appointment at any of our local neighborhood Jenny Craig centers to meet face-to-face or feel free to reach out to a weight loss expert via Jenny Craig Anywhere. Being prepared for your day allows you to fall into the rest and relaxation long holiday weekends provide. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and we wish you happy, healthy eating!
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    Feeling unsure about what's actually 'healthy' foods when shopping at the grocery store? The Nutrition Facts Label on the back of a package can help you make those healthier food choices. The nutrition label is your guide to identifying nutrients that are good for you like fiber and calcium, as well as those you might want to limit or avoid like saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. It's important to know how to read food labels to make healthy and smart food decisions. Here are some quick tips for how to understand and read food labels: 1. Watch the Serving Size Found at the top of the nutrition label, this will help identify your size of a serving and total number of servings per container. Packages usually contain more than one serving, which requires you to multiply all of the values listed to get an accurate amount of calories, sugar, fat, sodium, etc. per package. If the portion size on the label doesn’t match the serving size you're used to, divide it into the "right size" portion to fit your needs. 2. Know Your % Daily Values (DVs) Scan the nutrition label for the % DV. This is the recommended amount for a nutrient, based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your personal DV may be lower depending on your menu calorie level. A food that has 5% or less of the DV is considered to be low in that nutrient. A food that has 20% or more of the DV is considered to be high in that nutrient. 3. Choose Foods with Key Nutrients Look for foods that have at least 20% of the DV for vitamins D, calcium and iron. Pick foods that are rich in dietary fiber: A good source has 3 grams and an excellent source has 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving. 4. Look for Added Fat/Saturated Fat, Sugars and Sodium Refer to the nutrition facts label to see if a food product contains added fat or sugar. That's important because these can be "hidden" calories. Choose foods that are low in added fat, especially saturated fat. Look at the grams of total fat in 1 serving. Choose foods that are <10% of the DV for saturated fat and have zero trans-fat as these both raise blood cholesterol. Choose foods that include unsaturated fat as these support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 5. Select foods that are low in added sugar. Added sugars include these ingredients: brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado, cane sugar, invert, sucrose, polydextrose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, syrup (corn, maple and agave), honey, molasses and agave nectar. Cut back on foods and beverages higher in these components to amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns. Use these tips to limit added sugar: Cut back on package foods that are high in sugar and sodium Skip sugary drinks Cut out candy Choose heart-healthy foods In addition, you can use sugar substitutes to reduce your sugar intake. 6. Check the Ingredient List Foods that contain more than one ingredient must list those ingredients on the nutrition label. The list of ingredients is in descending order by weight, with the largest amounts listed first. If you are trying to cut back on high fructose corn syrup, you will be able to easily determine which food item contains a large amount of high fructose corn syrup right away by looking at the listed ingredients. Use these 6 tips to help you better understand food labels and put you in control of your health. Knowing how to read nutrition labels will also help you to make smart decisions while grocery shopping to ensure the healthy foods you’re buying are in fact healthy and support your weight loss goals. Sources: Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Weight Management, American Diabetes Association and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Diabetes Association, Inc®. http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm
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    Kick up the heat with your Tuna Dill Salad Kit and fill it in a delicious tomato! This dish was a winner of our 2016 Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest for 5 Ingredients or Less. Ingredients Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing 1 tomato, washed and cored 1/4 jalapeno, finely chopped Black pepper to taste 1/4 cup sliced, peeled cucumber Direction 1. Mix Tuna Dill Salad with jalapeno and pepper. 2. Stuff Tuna mixture into cored tomato 3. Drizzle with Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing. 4. Crush Tuna Dill Salad Kit crackers over top of tomato or serve on the side. Exchanges per serving Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing (1 1/2 Starch, 1 Protein, 2 Fat) +1 Veg, 3 Free Foods
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    By Alexandra Y. I have always struggled with weight loss for as long as I could remember. Growing up, I was the funny fat friend who often made fun of herself just to cope with what was really going on inside my head. I lived 22 years of my life feeling extremely uncomfortable in my own skin every day. No matter where I was, I felt as if I was being judged and this created severe anxiety for me. The heavier I was, the more anxiety I felt. I would often feel sick. This anxiety would continue to burden me for years. I didn't put myself out there or do fun things with friends. I limited my life because of this sickness I was feeling. About a year ago, I decided I needed help to lose the weight that was making me miserable. It was out of my control at this point. I had tried every diet, every trick, every little thing and it wasn't working. I looked into Jenny Craig that morning and was at the center that same day. The structure Jenny Craig gave me was amazing. I felt in control, a feeling I had NEVER felt with my relationship to food. I even started to move more – such as taking a quick walk. Yes, the weight started to come off, but I didn't realize how happy I was until I stopped having panic attacks, stopped feeling sick all the time. I actually felt okay. I felt ‘normal.’ I stopped taking my anxiety medication and started running instead. I found a love for exercise and activity. I went outdoors and did fun things with friends. I pushed myself to try new things that I wouldn't even dream of in the past. I felt happy. The physical results from losing weight are awesome and that is what everyone wants in the end, I get that. I love how I look now, but the real "success" in this story for me is the mental success. I have a healthier body, but more importantly a healthier mind. I feel like myself, I feel like this is the person I was meant to be. Being 23 years old, people ask me if I am embarrassed to say I do a weight loss program. I tell them this is what worked for me. In my mind, this is the ONLY weight loss program for me. Having help does not make you a failure, it makes you stronger for reaching out to achieve your goals. I could have never started this on my own, but Jenny Craig has given me the tools to continue this journey for a lifetime. *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Check out other inspiring weight loss success stories from Jenny Craig members.
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    If you’re committed to living a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to stock your kitchen with items that are healthy for you. It’s even better if these foods have multiple purposes or cross cuisine taste profiles! But are you unsure what healthy foods to buy at the grocery store? We’ve put together a healthy food list and shopping guide for your next grocery run. Let’s look at a few of the best healthy foods that every kitchen should have stocked—and how you can use them in various ways, too! Tomato sauce (with no salt added) Tomato sauce is versatile and very healthy containing Vitamin A, C, and lycopene. Take some inspiration and toss vegetables in a tomato sauce, then spoon it over chicken for a zesty meal. Make your tomato sauce cross different cuisines by cooking it with the following spices or herbs: Italian - simmer tomato sauce with garlic, oregano and basil Thai - cook the tomato sauce with lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil and lime Mexican - cook with garlic, chipotle, cumin and cilantro Indian - simmer with curry, garam masala and turmeric Leafy greens Nutritious veggies such as kale, spinach and collard greens are immensely healthy and packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and can help to reduce your chances of heart disease and diabetes. Create beautiful salads with other fresh, roasted vegetables or pile them on the plate. Top off your leafy greens with roasted chicken or broiled shrimp and a light dressing. If the flavors of the leafy greens are too strong, you can even cook them down in a pan with olive-oil and garlic. Enjoy by mixing into your Jenny Craig meal or eating as a side dish. If you end up buying large leaves, like collards, you can even use them as a wrap. We love them with our Asian Style Chicken. Red, Yellow, & Green Bell Peppers This is another vegetable that is filled with vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. What we love about bell peppers is that they can be eaten fresh or cooked. You can cut the peppers into strips to pair with hummus and crackers or salsa (a Fresh & Free Addition) or cook in a vegetable stir-fry with sauce. You can also stuff peppers with ground turkey or chicken. One of our favorites is Stuffed Peppers featuring our Jenny Craig Pasta Ole. Nonfat Greek yogurt Greek yogurt is full of probiotics, high in protein and can help lower blood pressure. Another versatile ingredient, you can pair it with fresh fruits, such as blueberries with a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it a part of your breakfast or a snack. For a savory flare, you can use it for sauce bases, as an alternative for sour cream or even mix it with avocado, tomatoes, diced red onion and lime for a healthier guacamole! Herbs & Spices Step away from simply using salt and pepper, and discover what other seasonings can do to transform produce and meat! Create beautifully golden cauliflower with curry powder, sprinkle cinnamon on some butternut squash for a touch of sweetness, add dill to asparagus, or even sprinkle tarragon to some green beans. Other herbs to consider having on hand at all times are dried parsley, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder to enhance tomato sauces, or for a quick sprinkle on meats and vegetables before roasting or sautéing. Other Healthy Pantry Staples Extra virgin olive oil, canned olives, honey, beans, old-fashioned oats and quinoa. All of these ingredients are great to always have in your pantry and they won’t expire as quickly as refrigerated food items. These pantry staples are excellent for quick meals and will add a little nutritious zest to your dish. If you’re looking to lose weight with a healthy diet or discover your love for cooking nutritious food, these kitchen staples for healthy eating will help begin your journey. Jenny Craig can help with the rest. The tomato sauce, leafy greens, bell peppers and herbs and spices are listed as Fresh & Free Additions that you can have an unlimited amount of, and that you can pair with your Jenny Craig meals throughout the week. For more information about our program call 866-706-4042 or find a location near you. We can’t wait to discuss healthy, fun options for your kitchen and lifestyle! [SOURCES] http://www.cookthink.com/reference/57/Tomato_paste_vs_tomato_purée_vs_tomato_sauce http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated http://www.webmd.com/diet/peppers-health-benefits#1 http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2014/05/05/the-health-benefits-of-greek-yogurt
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    We all know how hard it is to stay on track and fight the temptations at social events and BBQ’s, so with summer here we have some great tips that will ensure you make it through with your weight loss plan unscathed. Master BYO 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 Unlimited Free Foods 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 beforehand. Have your Jenny Craig meal or snack before you go to avoid feeling hungry and being tempted by 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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    What Does Hangry Mean? “Hangry” or “Hanger” is a phrase used when one can trace their anger back to their state of hunger. But why does being hangry happen in the first place? Scientists traced the “hangry response” to two things: low blood sugar level (glucose) and increased levels of “fight or flight” hormones. Why Do I Get Hangry? Skipping meals or delaying eating for too long can lead to a reduced delivery of blood glucose to the brain, a perceived “danger” that stimulates the release of stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline, which cause the “fight or flight” response), as well as the brain neuropeptide Y. This cascade of events is experienced as anger/anxiety, and the natural response might be to eat! That’s why starvation weight loss diets are so counter-productive. Understanding the signs of HALT (hunger, anger, lonely, tired) will help you know before you get hangry and learn how to get your body back on track. How can you check for signs of HALT? Here is a quick checklist you can use: Hunger: “Becoming Hangry” begins with hunger, so evaluate when the last time you ate was and what you ate. Was your meal satisfying, or were you still feeling ravenous? If you were still feeling hungry, make sure to add more healthy snacks available, like classic hummus and wheat crackers that you can add additional vegetables like carrots or bell peppers, or have a crunchy snack, like celery or an apple. If you're on Jenny Craig, add more Fresh & Free Additions to your meals. Anger/anxious: If you're experiencing extreme anger when hungry evaluate your state of mind and body to figure out what may be making you anxious or angry. What has happened so far in your day, or are you anxious about an upcoming situation or deadline? If so, make a plan for how you can approach the situation to make it less stressful. It’s important to find time to step away from a situation, too, so if you need to go out and get some fresh air, go for it! Lonely: Loneliness can creep up on you, especially if you’ve had a busy week where you haven’t been able to check-in as often as you like with friends or family. Send a quick text to a few friends or call them to let them know you want to catch up. Making plans to get you out of your work/home routine will break up the loneliness and give you something to look forward to. Tired: Depriving your body of the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep can take its toll. When you get enough sleep, your body is better able to regulate the hormones that make you feel hungry and full. Tips To Avoid Becoming Hangry You may think that you are practicing self-control if you are not eating as much food throughout the day, but skipping meals can lead to a drop in blood sugar which can then make you hangry. Eat snacks and meals throughout the day to keep your belly satisfied. These do not have to be unhealthy snacks, try almonds, carrot sticks, or apples to keep your body fueled. Being hungry and angry is no fun, at Jenny Craig, we encourage frequent meals and snacks—6 of them in a day to maintain even blood sugars and to keep pre-meal hunger at a “mild” vs. “maniac” level. In fact, we encourage clients to practice the HALT strategy to consciously tune in for signs of getting too hungry, angry/anxious, lonely or tired, all of which can lead to a binge.
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    Looking and feeling your best is an attainable goal, especially when fueled by a positive attitude. We've all been there - the scale hasn't budged even after a week of healthy eating and exercise. Don't let a small setback, set you back on your weight loss goals. The important thing is to use motivation tips regularly to steer you toward your final destination and to re-motivate yourself on the days when you need it most. Train your brain to power through and creatively spark your will to reach your goals. Check out these inspiring mind hacks to stay motivated. Visualize The Future Close your eyes. Now, picture a slimmer more vibrant you. How do you look? How do you feel? Where are you, what are you wearing? Who are you with? This is the image you want to keep with you each and every day. When you go to bed at night and wake in the morning keep that image with you. Whenever your motivation is low, hold that image in your mind and remind yourself that you deserve to be the best"you"! Move To Some Tunes Music can be very motivating; it can even lead you to exercise longer. On the days when your motivation might be low and you're feeling a little stressed, listen to music that makes you smile and get moving! Put on your favorite song and dance, and feel the stress melt away. Track your progress Self-monitoring is a great tool for following your results and keeping you motivated. Weigh yourself weekly take measurements (chest, waist, hips) monthly and track your progress using our online tools mobile app or with your consultant. Seeing your progress can be very motivating! Taking before, during and after photos is also a great way to see how far you've come. No judgment First and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Let go of being perfect as we’re all human. One lapse does not mean it’s the end of the road for your weight loss journey. Instead of criticizing yourself, decide that you can make choices at your next meal that support your goals. Celebrate each mini-milestone That goal to lose 30 pounds by your birthday seems pretty daunting, right? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, try setting attainable mini-milestones that will help you reach your big goal. Pull out a weekly planner and write down goals you can accomplish in one week. For example, aim to take the stairs up to your office every day. The next week, tell yourself you will incorporate vegetables in every meal. Each time you reach a small goal, you are forming positive habits and will be one step closer to a healthier, fitter you. Treat yourself The big reward, of course, is feeling happier, looking great, and taking care of yourself, but treating yourself throughout your weight loss journey can help you stay motivated along the way. Choose monthly non-food rewards, such as a new outfit, a manicure, or tickets to a concert, as a way to boost your confidence and your motivation. Find support Your Jenny Craig consultant is like having a supportive coach along with you for the journey. Connect with them each week, as your consultant is there to guide you through your trials and your weight loss wins. Additionally, find support from those closest to you–talk to your friends and family about your new, healthier lifestyle. Get even more positive motivation and inspiration by connecting with other Jenny Craig members on the Jenny Craig Facebook page or by visiting the Jenny Craig community. Try something new If you’re stuck in a routine that has you yawning, try something new. Renew your will to reach your goals by refreshing your menu with new, fresh foods and trying a healthy recipe. Kick up your workout by trying a new fitness routine or workout class. Test yourself Stay motivated by giving yourself a test. If you feel like giving up, ask yourself: If I stop now, what will my health be like? and What will I look and feel like in 6 months if I do keep going? Your answers will remind help yourself of why you even set a goal. Clear the closet Progress is more than just a decreasing number on the scale. Take an afternoon to inspire yourself to keep going by cleaning out the clutter in your closet, and by clutter, we mean all of those clothes that are now too big for you. Try on pieces and if they no longer fit, throw it in a box to donate. Actually seeing that you are accomplishing your goals is excellent motivation–and a good excuse to reward yourself with a little shopping.
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    A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine1 recognized Jenny Craig as a potential treatment against obesity through its weight loss and weight management program. Further, the study "Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity" underscores the key elements of treating obesity which include live counseling, a low-calorie diet, physical activity and behavior modification – all of which are fundamental elements of the Jenny Craig program. Obesity is a leading cause of chronic diseases. Within the study, researchers Dr. Heymsfield and Dr. Wadden provide a thorough review of the causes, health consequences and treatment of obesity. Their review underscores the complexity of the condition and the challenge its epidemic proportions present to the healthcare system. "We are gratified that Jenny Craig was specifically named as a commercial program for physician referral. The study is further validation of the importance of regular contact with a trained counselor to provide behavioral strategies, set goals and engage in problem solving for both weight loss and weight maintenance. All of these are key components of our one-on-one personalized approach," said Monty Sharma, CEO of Jenny Craig. In particular, the study references that a commercial weight loss program, such as Jenny Craig, can be prescribed by physicians if the program's safety and efficacy have been reported in peer-reviewed journals as is the case with Jenny Craig. According to obesity researcher and Jenny Craig Science Advisor Frank Greenway, MD, "Most physicians recognize obesity as a chronic disease. They recommend diet and exercise for weight management, but need referral resources to support their patients to succeed. The highly respected New England Journal of Medicine recommends that referrals be made to weight loss programs that have evidence of safe and effective weight loss published in high-quality medical journals. Only two programs were mentioned as fulfilling that criteria and Jenny Craig was one of those." For more information, visit the full press release. 1Heymsfield, Steven B. & Wadden, Thomas A. Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity. (2017). New England Journal of Medicine, 376:254-266. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1514009
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