5 Reasons To Try Jenny Craig for Weight Loss

Cheating is Allowed and Encouraged!

 

Struggling with your weight in menopause is nothing new. Should you cut calories, eat less carbs, take a weight loss supplement?

Sometimes it helps to have a structured program that gives you clear instructions on what to do. Jenny Craig has been around for years, and has had many success stories.

You will have an enrollment fee, a monthly fee, and of course the cost of food. However, you may feel like it’s worth it if it helps you reach your weight loss goal.

Here are five reasons to try Jenny Craig for weight loss:

You Don’t Have to Decide What to Cook

Deciding what to cook can be a chore under any circumstances, but when you’re trying to eat nutritious and delicious meals it can be very frustrating.  Meals feature entrees such as meatloaf with barbecue sauce, chicken fettuccini, and tuna and chicken salad packs. Sweets lovers can indulge in cheesecake, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

Calories Are Already Counted

Calories range from 1200 to 2300 and are tailored around your current weight, exercise habits, and how motivated you are to drop the pounds. You can eat three meals a day plus a snack, so you won’t feel like you’re starving to death.

You Can Still Party

If you’re going to a party or out to eat, you can allow yourself 250 extra calories so you can indulge in your favorite foods. What’s even better is that you can cheat a couple of times a week if you balance it out with extra exercise.

You Have Your Own Personal Consultant

It never hurts to have someone cheering you on, and with Jenny Craig you have your own personal consultant. You typically meet in person, or talk on the phone once a week. This is the time to bring up any questions you have, or any struggles you’re facing. Your personal consultant gives nutrition tips, helps you plan out your weekly diet, and gives you positive feedback on your progress.

Once you reach your goal, you’ll learn how to maintain your weight loss, read nutritional labels, and maintain an exercise program.

Teaches You How to Cook at Home

You can’t stay on the program meals forever, so when you’re halfway to your goal, you’ll start cooking at home twice a week.  When you reach your goal, you spend four weeks transitioning to making your own meals and eating slightly more calories.

 

 

Pros and Cons of Weight Watchers Diet Plan

33 Tasty Smart Points™ Desserts You Can Make at Home

 

When you’re in menopause it doesn’t take long for the pounds to pile on, and you need a diet that helps you slowly lose weight, but you’ll still be able to enjoy your food.

Weight Watchers has been around a long time, and has certainly had its share of success stories. But like everything else in life, it has its good and bad points.

Here are the pros and cons of Weight Watchers:

Good Variety of Food

Flexible eating plans like Smart Points™ doesn’t make you feel deprived and recipes are easy to follow. The idea of this plan is to assign numbers to each food you eat. If you’re eating something that is high in sugar or fat, your point count is higher, while lean proteins are assigned a lower number.

Group Support

It can be reassuring to know you’re not the only one that’s overweight. Members can share their struggles, and the group leader offers encouragement, and nutritional advice.

You Can Have Dessert

Who hasn’t fallen off the diet wagon when you had to give up desserts? Make your own Smart Points™ desserts or indulge in a frozen Weight Watcher’s Chocolate Cake or ice cream cone.

It’s Expensive

What you pay will depend on how much weight you have to lose, and that can take a bite out of your wallet. Thankfully, there are special financial plans that allow you to pay over a period of time, and watch for specials that offer discounts.

Weekly Weigh-In

You don’t have to worry about your weight being announced over a loudspeaker, but it can be humiliating to weigh-in when you’ve had a few too many food binges and your jeans are tighter. You may have done everything right, but still that one person who is supervising the scale knows how much you weigh.

It’s a Drag Counting Points

Points can add up mighty fast, and you may find yourself out of points before the day ends. That can be so discouraging that you drop out before you meet your goal.

 

Foods That Fight Pain

Get Your Starbucks Fix Without Feeling Guilty!

When you’re in pain, you don’t want to waste time researching the problem, and it’s much quicker and easier to pop a pill and go on about your day.

Medications do have their place, but there are certain foods that fight pain, that are a lot more pleasant than swallowing some foul-tasting medication. Here are four foods that fight pain:

Watermelon

Watermelon is a favorite in the summer and why not? It tastes good, it’s easy to pack, and easy to eat. When you have a throbbing headache, you may be suffering from dehydration from the loss of potassium and sodium. Watermelon has a high water content, and can help replace those essential nutrients.

Garlic

When you have dental pain, you can’t always get an immediate appointment, so use crushed or chopped garlic to soothe that aching tooth. Garlic forms allicin, which is made up of antibiotic and topical pain relieving properties. Add a sprinkle of salt to one clove of garlic, and put it on the affected area for several minutes. Then, rinse your mouth with warm water.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

That same tasty oil that you use for your spaghetti sauce also helps relieve joint pain. It contains oleocanthal, which is similar to the anti-inflammatory used in ibuprofen. To get the maximum benefits, buy extra virgin olive oil that is cold-pressed. Drizzle it on salads, French bread, or any recipe that calls for oil.

Coffee

It’s a well-known fact that coffee gives you extra energy, but it can also relieve those sore muscles from your workout. Research conducted by the University of Georgia found that two cups of coffee can reduce workout pain by up to 48%. If you combine coffee with a pain-killer such as ibuprofen, you’ll reduce your pain even more.

 

Are You Taking a Daily Baby Aspirin?

Why It Might Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

 

When I turned 60, my doctor told me that I needed to start taking a baby aspirin every day. That was easy enough. Aspirin are pretty cheap, and I would just add it to the rest of my daily vitamins and medications.

If you are a woman aged 55-79, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends low dose aspirin to prevent a heart attack and stroke. In addition to preventing stroke, doctors may prescribe a daily baby aspirin to help prevent heart disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease.

However, aspirin therapy is not right for everyone and comes with its own set of complications. Here are four reasons to avoid daily aspirin therapy:

Allergic Reaction

When you have an allergic reaction to aspirin, you may develop a rash, or break out in hives. Your nose may be runny, or congested, and it can be hard to breathe. Other makes-you-miserable symptoms include headache, or swelling in your throat.

GI Bleed

Aspirin makes it harder for your blood to clot and that can cause bleeding in the GI tract. You may notice blood in your stools, or black tarry stools. Other symptoms of a GI bleed include weakness, fatigue, pale skin, and shortness of breath.

Bleeding Stroke

Daily aspirin therapy can help prevent a clot-based stroke, but you may be at increased risk of a blood vessel bursting in your brain. Bleeding causes the brain cells to die, and the affected part of the brain doesn’t work correctly.

Ringing Ears

Ringing ears usually occur with higher doses of aspirin, but some people report ringing ears from a lower dosage. Make an appointment to have your hearing tested, and see your doctor to rule out any other medical conditions that may be causing the problem.