MWLC’s New Culinary Advisor: Introducing Chef Bobby

30 Jun

We have some fun news to share with you all this Friday!  We are happy to announce that Chef Bobby Nahra of Lakeland Banquets & Event Center, is now also Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Culinary Advisor!  If you are familiar with WJBK Fox2 in Detroit, you may recognize him as a regular face on Fox2’s Cooking School segment.  Bobby is an accomplished chef with a long resume, cooking for high profile venues, companies and celebrities alike.

As MWLC Culinary Advisor, Chef Bobby will handle media opportunities where food or cooking is involved.  Not only will he also develop new recipes (with and without Nutritional Supplements) for our patients to enjoy, Chef Bobby will also help us show the public that healthy food can be tasty too!

If you are in the Detroit area, please visit the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 22nd on the West Patio.

Red, White, and Blue Salsa

30 Jun

Will you be going to a BBQ this weekend or throwing a Fourth of July party?  Our Red, White and Blue Salsa is the perfect appetizer for this holiday weekend! 🍎

Servings:
1 Vegetable
2 Fruits
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
2/3 cup fresh Blueberries
1/4 cup Strawberries, diced
1/2 small Apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
1/4 medium Red Onion, diced
1/4 medium Jalapeno pepper, diced
Juice from 1 fresh Lime

Preparation:
In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, apple, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice.  Stir until well combined.  Enjoy!

5 Tips for Surviving the 4th of July Holiday

27 Jun

The Fourth of July Holiday and barbecues can be a challenge when it comes to sticking to your diet, but you can still have fun without sacrificing your weight loss.

Here’s some tips to help you enjoy the Holiday, AND stay on track. 

1. Think Before You Drink!

Even the smallest amount of alcohol (for example, wine, beer, and liquor) can directly affect our fat metabolism. Some studies have even shown that our body can burn around 73% less fat after consuming just one ounce of alcohol!  When alcohol passes through the liver, a by-product called Acetate is created, which slows down our body’s ability to burn fat. As we consume alcohol, our whole body lipid oxidation (the rate our body burns fat) greatly decreases, while Acetate rises in our body. In beverages, the higher the alcohol content, the slower the fat metabolic rate.  Try water with lemon, ice cubes, and Stevia if available to create a ‘Lemonade’ or try adding coconut or rum extract to a diet soda to curb the alcohol craving.

2. Use Small Plates!

Research has shown that individuals who choose smaller plates eat up to 50% fewer calories without even noticing.  Try borrowing a kid’s plate or a plate from the appetizer table.

3. Focus on Friends, Not Food!

Barbecues are a great opportunity to have fun outside – keep your focus on socializing.  The more you’re chatting and visiting with family and friends, the less you’re eating.

4. Eat Vegetables!

Fill up your plate with the healthiest stuff!  Load up on grilled vegetables to avoid overeating higher calorie options.

5.  Bring Your Own Dessert!

Barbecues and family gatherings are a wonderful time to bring a dish to pass – try bringing a diet-friendly dessert with you, such as a fresh fruit bowl.

Have a Happy and Healthy Fourth of July!

Spiralized Tuna Vegetable Salad

27 Jun

Ready to try out a new cooking technique?  Check out this ‘Spiralizer’ recipe!

Servings:
1 Dairy
1 Protein
2 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 serving Plain Low-Fat Yogurt
1 serving Water-Packed Tuna
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 medium Cucumber, spiralized
1 cup Zucchini, spiralized
2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
Pepper, to taste
2 tsp. Mustard

Preparation:
Add the Plain Low-Fat Yogurt into a mixing bowl with the Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Pepper. Next, use a spiralizer for the zucchini and cucumber. Drain the can of water-packed Tuna and place the Tuna in the mixing bowl. Combine the spiralized vegetables into the same bowl and gently stir all of the ingredients together. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to chill, then serve.

WSYM: Feel Satisfied and Lose Weight?

26 Jun

Find out how MWLC can prevent you from feeling deprived or hungry during your weight loss journey.  Tracy explains more on Fox 47’s The Morning Blend.

 

5 Key Tips to Selecting the Best Watermelon

26 Jun

Did you ever wonder what to look for when selecting Watermelons?  Do you give it a good thump on the rind or do you look for unblemished melons?

Consider these aspects when picking out your next Watermelon and let us know what you think!

  1. Field Spot
  2. Webbing
  3. Boy or Girl?
  4. Size
  5. Tail

Menopause and Dietary Choices

23 Jun

Did you know eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms of menopause? Menopause can affect our health in many ways!

Menopause may cause weight gain, hot flashes, mood changes or a feeling of tiredness. To boost energy, mood, metabolism, and overall health you should make sure that you consume low calorie, high fiber fruits and vegetables. This will help to give you a full feeling and keep your weight in check.

Menopause can also cause dry skin, bone loss and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  Osteoporosis can be caused by decreased estrogen levels during menopause. This is when our body starts losing bone density. Calcium and Vitamin D are very important for our body during this time. Some calcium-rich foods you should consider adding to your diet are dark leafy greens, plain non-fat yogurt, and low-fat milk.

Post-Menopausal women are also at a risk for developing heart disease, caused by weight gain in their mid-section. Our heart is the most important organ in our body. To protect your heart you should consume Omega 3. A few good source examples that contain Omega 3 are salmon and spinach. These food choices will also help improve stamina and mood. Vitamin B, folic acid, and fiber are also needed to promote a healthy heart. A good source for this nutrition is from whole grain foods such as brown rice, quinoa, etc.

Exercise is also important during menopause and will not only will help reduce or alleviate side effects of menopause, but it can help you emotionally and mentally deal with other symptoms. Exercise may help you to fall asleep easier and to stay asleep during the night.

Original Article Here:  https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2017/04/05/dietary-tweaks-to-consider-as-you-enter-menopause/

Coconut Oil – Is It Healthy?

19 Jun

Coconut Oil – Is It Healthy?

Coconut oil is commonly marketed as a health food, but is it really healthier for you?

Recent research reported by the American Heart Association indicates that coconut oil is just as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter. Coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, which can raise ‘bad cholesterol’ in the body. According to the AHA, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated.  That’s more than in butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).

A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a “healthy food” compared with 37% of nutritionists.  This difference in opinion is largely due to how coconut oil has been recently marketed.

Some believe that the mixture of fats in coconut oil make it a healthy option, but the AHA states there is no solid evidence for this claim.  Other myths that surround coconut oil are that it is good for your skin, that it increases your metabolism, that it’s heart healthy, but these claims do not have sufficient evidence.

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can raise LDL levels.  LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, can clog arteries, and increase risk of heart disease, or stroke.  Scientific research from the AHA indicates that limiting saturated fats helps to prevent heart disease and other serious health risks. One source of bad cholesterol is animal fats – try to limit eggs, red meat, and other fatty meats to help reduce bad cholesterol. Fiber rich foods and certain green vegetables will help to lower bad cholesterol. HDL, also known as good cholesterol, carries the bad cholesterol to our liver, where our liver gets rid of it.  It is important to limit saturated fats in our diet. To help achieve this, you can replace some saturated fats with unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, and vegetable oil.

While saturated fat should be limited in our diets, fat is essential for a balanced diet, so it shouldn’t be completely cut out. Vitamins A, D, and E are absorbed by our body and fatty acids feed off particular fats in our diet to aid in this process. To help keep a healthy balance of fats in your diet, try trimming meat of skin, fat, and bone before cooking.  Also grill, bake, broil, or steam your food,  instead of frying.

Original Article Here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40300145

AHA Research Here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/06/15/CIR.0000000000000510