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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WSYM: MWLC Patient – Dwayne

27 Nov

Medical Weight Loss Clinic Lansing patient Dwayne G. joined Bob and Tracy on WSYM’s The Morning Blend to discuss his personal weight loss journey.  He lost 45 lbs in 16 weeks with Medical Weight Loss Clinic!  Congratulations Dwayne on your inspiring accomplishment!

“Discipline = Freedom.  If you can discipline yourself to do what you need to do to lose the weight, you can have the freedom to do what you want later on.”

– Dwayne G.

Book a free consultation today by calling 1-800-GET-SLIM or https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

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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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WJBK Fox2 Detroit: Green Onion Cauliflower Soup Meatless Monday with Chef Bobby

7 Nov

In case you missed it, MWLC Culinary Advisor Chef Bobby and Business and Wellness Development Coordinator Tracy Strieter made a delicious Green Onion Cauliflower Soup.  This vegetarian and vegan friendly soup will not only warm you up but it will satisfy your belly too!  Enjoy this low sodium soup recipe!

Green Onion Cauliflower Soup

All Freedom plans, all Freedom Vegetarian plans, FT 2.0 approved

Counts as: 2 ½ vegetables


Ingredients:

1 clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp of Chili Powder
1 ½ cup Cauliflower florets (1/2 reserved for garnish)
5 Green Onions (chopped)
1 ½ cups Water
Juice from ½ of a Lemon
Pinch each of Curry, Ginger and Turmeric (to taste)
fresh Thyme (to garnish)
Black Pepper (to taste)
Lemon zest (to garnish)
Unflavored non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

SOUP:  Add a little water to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and chili powder; saute stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of cauliflower and chopped green onions, cook for a couple of minutes. Add water and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are softened, about 20 minutes. Use a hand blender to puree the soup. Stir in the lemon juice, thyme and pepper. If the soup is too thick, add a little more water. Taste and adjust seasoning.

CAULIFLOWER GARNISH:  Combine ½ cup of remaining cauliflower florets, unflavored non-stick spray and ¼ teaspoon of curry powder in a mixing bowl. Pour the contents on a baking sheet and roast the curried cauliflower mixture at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve topped with curried cauliflower, fresh thyme and lemon zest.  Serve!

For more healthy recipes, visit www.mwlc.com/recipes

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Diabetes and Your Health: A Letter to Diabetes

3 Nov

November is American Diabetes Month.

You can’t ignore Diabetes.  But you can do something about it.

Are you a Medical Weight Loss Clinic patient living with diabetes or prediabetes?  We want to know your diabetes story!   Medical Weight Loss Clinic and the American Diabetes Association would love to know how your weight loss has impacted your diabetes and health.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes – a staggering number.  If you’re lucky enough not to have diabetes yourself, the odds are someone you love does.  Many don’t believe diabetes is serious.  But it is, and it can be deadly.

Diabetes doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, or how healthy you feel.  It visits one of us every 21 seconds!  This November, for American Diabetes Month, we invite you to do something about it by writing a letter to Diabetes.

  1. Consider what you would say to Diabetes. How does it make you feel?
  2. Write a letter to Diabetes expressing your feelings. Not a writer?  Record a video or audio message.
  3. Send your letter to Diabetes to info@mwlc.com and we will share it on social media using #DearDiabetes

 

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Is Popcorn Healthy?

1 Nov

Is Popcorn Healthy?

When prepared the right way, popcorn can serve as a healthy snack!  The healthiest way to prepare popcorn is by “air-popping”.

To air pop your popcorn, use an air pop popcorn maker, or simply use the microwave!  To use a microwave to air pop, spray the inside of a brown paper lunch bag generously with unflavored cooking spray, add the serving of plain kernels into the brown bag, fold over the top of the bag twice to seal it closed, and microwave for about 2 minutes, or until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. (Cook time will vary based on microwave.)

Bagged microwave popcorn may be quick and easy, but it has its drawbacks!  These types of popcorn typically contain added salt and fat, even when choosing light or low-fat varieties.  The delicious flavor of salt and butter can be achieved by adding seasonings and other ingredients to your popcorn.  The MWLC Recipes page has tons of popcorn seasoning recipes!

Always add your flavored mixes while the popcorn is hot, as it will hold the seasonings better. Mix all ingredients together then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Use unflavored cooking spray as needed so the flavoring sticks to the popcorn. You can also use a plastic bowl with a lid and shake the popcorn with the added seasonings so it is evenly distributed.

Try these delicious Popcorn Seasoning Recipes!

S’mores Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Marshmallow Brownie Bar
1 packet Stevia Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Spice
1-2 oz. Boiling Water
Vinegar Powder, to taste

Preparation:
Air pop popcorn kernels. Stir the pumpkin spice and stevia brown sugar together and gradually mix into the popcorn. Next, take Marshmallow Brownie Bar and chunk one half into very small pieces. Place the chunks of the bar in the air-popped popcorn. Microwave the other half of the bar in a glass dish with 1-2 oz. of water for about 1 minute until it turns into a liquid, stirring along the way. Once the bar is runny, drizzle it over top of the popcorn while it is still hot. Last, sprinkle vinegar powder to taste, and enjoy!

Spice Cake Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. Stevia
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together, then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Smoked BBQ Popcorn

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together, then gently sprinkle the mix a little at a time over the hot popcorn.

Visit the MWLC Recipes page for more popcorn seasoning and snack recipes!

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WSYM: Introducing MWLC’s TrimXCEL and ThermoPLUS

30 Oct

Medical Weight Loss Clinic offers customized prescription therapy weight loss plans and weight loss plans without the use of prescriptions.  TrimXCEL is a new non-prescription appetite suppressant and ThermoPLUS is a fat burner, both designed for the patient seeking maximum weight loss results with the use of over the counter weight loss productsTracy Strieter discusses these products with WSYM’s Bob and Mary of The Morning Blend this morning!

TrimXCEL promotes a feeling of fullness, and increases serotonin to reduce appetite and improve mood and happiness!  This special formula will also help you convert food into energy and enhance your fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

ThermoPLUS is a thermogenic fat burner that aids in weight loss because it heightens the activity of your central nervous system. This reaction encourages your body to consume more energy and calories to keep up, which contributes to the loss of pure body fat.

Want to learn more?  Book a consultation with Medical Weight Loss Clinic today!  We can help customize a plan just for you!

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Grocery Shopping on a Budget

25 Oct

You can still eat smart while on a budget!  How?  Check out these 6 tips for eating fresh and staying healthy!

1. It is important to know what foods are in season. When a food is in season, grocery stores have abundance and you will not be over paying. Also, some grocery stores are now offering “misfit” produce at a lower cost. 20-40% of produce that is harvested does not make grocery store shelves due to odd size, shape, color, or scarring. This produce may not look appealing, but is very fresh, tastes great, and costs less!

2. It is a good idea to read ads and compare pricing in different grocery stores. Try grocery shopping at a discount grocery store. When you find a good deal on fruits or vegetables, buy them in bulk. Once you get your produce home, prepare them to be frozen in the serving sizes you want. You may need to wash, cook, and/or cut prior to freezing them. Frozen fruit is delicious in MWLC shakes and smoothies.

3. Buy your meat fresh when it is on sale, cut and weigh serving size to your preference, and then freeze the portions for future use. Buy simple cuts of meat and do the fat and bone trimming yourself. You will pay more for meat that is pre-sliced. Look for other sources of meat in your area, any local butcher shops, meat lockers, or farmers that will sell meat below grocery store price.

4. Don’t forget to shop at your local Farmer’s Markets, some are even open year-round. When you shop at Farmer’s Markets, you are cutting out the middleman (the grocery store) and paying the farmer directly. You will be buying produce in season and in its freshest form. This is a great way to get fresh produce at a cheap price, buy in bulk, and freeze for when produce is not in season.

5. Be conscious of the serving sizes you are looking for when grocery shopping – purchasing a food in bulk (to prepare meals all week long) is often less expensive.

6. Holidays are a good time to fill your freezer! The best discount on turkey is around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday sales can special meat at their lowest prices of the year. Be aware that some grocery stores have a points or rewards system for spending money. These rewards will build up and help discount some of your shopping expenses. Also clip coupons as much as you can to help lower your grocery bill.

Looking for more tips for grocery shopping on a budget?  Give your local Medical Weight Loss Clinic a call today!

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