Cornbread Muffins

7 Dec

Looking for the perfect afternoon snack?  Try whipping up MWLC’s Cornbread Muffins!  

Servings:
1 Starch
1 Nutrient
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Pancake Nutritional Supplement
1/4 cup Corn, blended in blender
1 Egg
1 packet Stevia
2-3 oz. Water

Preparation:
Blend all ingredients together, put in small muffin tin, and bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Enjoy!

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Blue365 Weight Loss and Discount

6 Dec

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365?

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 3,457 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 92,528 pounds! That’s an average of 26 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

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HAP Weight Loss and Discount

4 Dec

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 652 HAP members lose 19,114 pounds!   That’s an average of 29 pounds lost per member!

HAP employees and members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This HAP discount offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

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7 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain this Holiday Season

1 Dec

The holidays don’t mean you have to gain weight!  Try these 7 tips to help you avoid weight gain while enjoying your favorite holiday festivities.

1. Don’t give up on keeping a journal!  Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight this holiday season, keeping a detailed journal of your food intake is crucial.  By being aware of what you are eating, you’re more likely to stay on track with your goals, and your journal is one of MWLC’s best tools to help you meal plan and achieve success.

2. Listen to your breathing!  When you sigh or begin to breathe more deeply, your body is telling you it has had enough to eat.  Listen to the cues your body gives you and let it be a guide to help you determine when you’ve had enough to eat.

3. Limit alcohol!  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!

4. Pay attention to portion control!  Put a small portion on your plate, eat it slowly and savor it.  While you fill your plate, focus on seeing the plate and not over-piling the food.

5.  If you feel like you must eat foods off of your meal plan, rate all holiday foods from 1 to 10, ten being your favorite.  Eat only your 9s or 10s, leaving out foods you do not rate highly.

6. Don’t deprive yourself!   Do not stay home – go, have fun and socialize.  Planning ahead will help make you successful and you will still be able to enjoy yourself.

7. Have a plan!  Arrive at holiday parties and gatherings knowing what you will eat and prepare accordingly.  Bring a dish to pass that you can enjoy and still stick to your meal plan.

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Survival Tips

28 Nov

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a challenge when it comes to sticking to a diet.  With this time period being filled with parties, alcohol, and food, here’s some tips to help you survive the holidays!

1. Think and plan ahead. Use a large calendar to record events that will be challenging for you. Schedule rewards for yourself that will enhance your enjoyment for the holidays. (Examples: Manicures, Pedicures, Clothing, Jewelry, Massages, etc.)… No Food!

2. When you do have a party to attend, go there KNOWING what you plan to do about eating (don’t stay home instead of going!)

3. If you are going to a dinner party, ask what is being served (if possible) and plan accordingly.

4. If you will be at a party where hors d’oeuvres will be served, eat before you arrive.

5. Carry an MWLC snack or bar with you at all times (as a back-up).

6. When attending a party, wear clothing that is well fitting (as opposed to loose fitting – comfortable – stretchy).

7. Focus on the friends and/or family that you will be seeing (not the food).  Spend time talking with each and every guest that you know at a party (this will leave little or no time to visit the snacks).

8. If dinner is served “buffet” style, use only one plate and fill it primarily with raw veggies, salad and fruit (foods on plan). Select a small plate if possible. See your plate – don’t pile up or overlap food.

9. Do not eat anything that is served in gravy or sauce.

10. Avoid all food that has been “fried”.

11. Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day throughout the holidays.

Remember that you are making a choice…that you have made a commitment…that you have a plan, and that YOU WANT to be successful!

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Cinnamon: How Does it Affect Weight Loss?

28 Nov

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

Cinnamon is more than just a popular spice added to many foods and drinks.  Recent research from the University of Michigan indicates that cinnamon may have small weight loss benefits. The study, published in the journal Metabolism, shows that cinnamon can promote weight loss and kick start your metabolism, due to an agent it contains that burns energy in human fat cells. This agent is an organic compound called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon trees and is what gives cinnamon its flavor.

The team of researchers from the University of Michigan obtained fat cells called adipocytes, from various human volunteers who had undergone liposuction. After treating these cells with cinnamaldehyde, the researchers noticed some interesting changes. When the cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, the cells went through a process called thermogenesis, which is when the cells start to burn energy.  Researchers still are unsure how much cinnamon should be safely consumed for weight loss, but adding an extra dash to your foods or drinks may help to improve your metabolism.

Sources:  http://www.metabolismjournal.com/article/S0026-0495(17)30212-3/abstract

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095145.htm

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Vegetable Turkey Stuffed Cups

24 Nov

Looking for a creative way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers?  Instead of the traditional turkey sandwich, try this delicious breakfast recipe!  This recipe is an easy way to keep those turkey leftovers a part of your meal plan all week long.

Vegetable Stuffed Turkey Cups

Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
0.5 Starch
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 portion Turkey Breast, fresh
1/8 cup Corn
1/8 medium White Onion, thinly chopped
1/2 cup Celery, finely chopped
1 cup Mushrooms, diced
1 MWLC Cream of Chicken Soup Nutritional Supplement, dry
1/2 clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Sage
1 Tbsp. Poultry Seasoning
Mrs. Dash, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Unflavored Cooking Spray

Preparation:
Spray the bottom of a medium skillet with unflavored cooking spray. Place the mushrooms, corn, celery, and onion in the skillet. Next, over medium heat, cook them for 4-5 minutes, or until softened. In small non-stick skillet, spray unflavored cooking spray and place the chopped turkey breast. Then, stir and cook the turkey for 5 minutes or until turkey is thoroughly cooked. Mix all the seasonings, the supplement, turkey, vegetables, and starch together in a medium bowl. Add enough water to moisten, but not too much. Spray muffin tin with unflavored cooking spray and place the mixture filling each tin 3/4 way full. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!

(Not recommended to make less than 4 servings. This recipe is for 1 serving.)

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Type 2 Diabetes Awareness

14 Nov

November is ‘National Diabetes Awareness Month’.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose).  When you have type 2 diabetes, your body is resistant to the effects of insulin (insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells) or your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.

Almost 37% of Michigan adults have prediabetes and over 12 percent have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Of the list of risk factors, some are uncontrollable, including age, race, genetics and medical history. However, there are many risk factors that are manageable.

Diabetes Risk Factors that are Manageable Include:
• Weight
o Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.
• Inactivity
o The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.

Studies have proven that controlling diabetes with diet and weight loss of even a few pounds is crucial to fighting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that combining diet and exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Weight loss helps people with diabetes in two ways.

First, it lowers insulin resistance. This allows your natural insulin (in people with type 2 diabetes) to do a better job lowering blood glucose levels. If you take a diabetes medication, losing weight lowers blood glucose and may allow you to reduce the amount you’re taking, or quit taking it altogether.

Second, it improves blood fat and blood pressure levels. People with diabetes are about twice as likely to get cardiovascular disease as most people. Lowering blood fats and blood pressure is a way to reduce the risk.

Fortunately, up to 70% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.  Maintaining weight loss and learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle can reduce diabetes symptoms and help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

At Medical Weight Loss Clinic, our program consists of one-on-one personal supervision and nutrition guidance by our medical staff. It’s the safest and most effective way for you to lose weight. Our programs use regular grocery store foods and the best part is that we’ll teach you to keep your weight off permanently.

We have designed a program specifically for diabetics. Patients follow our diabetic diet with all varieties of food. This is the key to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease, and reducing the symptoms of diabetes.

Learn how to lose weight and reduce your diabetes risk today!

Source:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193

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Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

9 Nov

Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Servings:
2 Vegetables
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1/2 medium Sweet Potato, cubed
1/2 cup Carrots, choppped
1/4 medium Onion, diced
1/2 cup Celery, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 MWLC Chicken Bouillon Fiber Fulfill
2 cups Hot Water
1 tsp. Curry Powder
1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
Black Pepper, to taste

Preparation:
In a bowl, mix MWLC Chicken Bouillon Fiber Fulfill with 2 cups hot water. Add mixture to a medium pot and add all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Turn stove to high and bring to a boil. Once boiled, lower heat to simmer and cover the pot, for about 20 minutes or until carrots and sweet potato are fork-tender. Using an immersion blender, very carefully blend the hot soup into a purée. You may also ladle the soup in batches into a blender (just make sure you have a vented lid, or else the hot soup will explode!)

Recipe and Photo by Sarah in Canton.

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