June is ‘National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month‘! Celebrate by planning ahead to eat healthy and adding more color into your diet.
A simple way to add more color to your meals is prepping your ingredients ahead of time. Make a plan to wash, prep & store the fruits and vegetables you’ll need for the coming week, so you’re prepared for healthy meals and snacks.
1. Keep sliced vegetables in a container in the fridge for a quick and easy snack (carrots, cucumbers, peppers.)
2. Pack sliced fruits or vegetables when you’re on-the-go to help avoid fast food and vending machine temptations. Grapes are a great no-mess option.
3. Before grocery shopping, create a meal plan for the week and make a list of all the items you will need to buy, including quantity. Include a variety of colored food.
Learn more at http://heart.org
Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members 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 2,616 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 65,644 pounds (just under 33 TONS!) That’s an average of 25 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.
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DON’T FORGET! This weekend is the CCFA Take Steps Walk!
This Saturday, June 10th, 2017 is the Royal Oak Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk at Meininger Park! We encourage all MWLC patients to join the MWLC Talking Team to come out and walk with us this weekend! It’s a great way help raise awareness about Crohn’s and Colitis, healthy living, and being physically active.
Don’t forget to register for the walk! Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!
Something NEW this year….MWLC patients that participate in the June 10th CCFA Walk, will earn a FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services and an MWLC Team Shirt. And by making an online donation, patients can receive an additional FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services! Walk registration and/or donations must be made through Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Team Page.
We hope to see you at the walk this weekend!
Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders
Recipe Yields: 6 Sliders. 1 Slider = 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Morning Cheese, 1 Fat.
3 medium Sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and spiralized
3 Tbsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
6 slices fresh Mozzarella
1 large Egg
Fresh Basil, for garnish
Unflavored Cooking Spray
Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spiralize sweet potatoes and place in medium-large bowl. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add in “noodles”. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper and additional olive oil if needed. Cook for about 7 minutes then set aside in bowl to let cool for a few minutes. Beat the egg and mix into the sweet potato noodles.
Using the bottom of a muffin tin tray, form spiralized sweet potato into the bottom of the pan. Press down with foil if needed. Do this until all sweet potato is used up. Place these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to form a solid structure.
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with unflavored cooking spray. Place the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and cook for 4-5 minutes in the oven on 1 side, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side. When done, remove from baking sheet and top with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with MWLC Raspberry Vinaigrette salad dressing if desired.
As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 481 HAP members lose 12,721 pounds! That’s an average of 26 pounds and an average BMI decrease of 4.35 per member!
HAP employees and HAP 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 offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.
FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.
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This crunchy vegetable is the ultimate snack – healthy, satisfying and packed with nutrients.
10 Health Benefits of Cucumber
A recent study in 2017 by scientists at the University College London suggests that children who have television sets in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than children who do not.
The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, analyzed data from over 12,000 young children in the United Kingdom that indicated if the children had a TV in their bedroom or not. A parent rating of how many hours per day the children spent in general, watching television, was also analyzed. The first astonishing fact, was that more than half of the children had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of 7.
A few years later, when the children were at the age of 11, researchers analyzed their body mass index and looked at their percentage of body fat.
Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30% more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by around 20%. This data shows that there is a link between having a TV in the bedroom as a child and being overweight a few years later.
This link is not clear, but the researchers suggest it may be a result of children getting less sleep due to watching TV or eating too many snacks in front of the television screen. They hypothesize that girls have a stronger link because they are less physically active at this age than boys.
Researchers encourage strategies to prevent childhood obesity to do more to tackle this issue.
Writing in the journal, they say: “While our screens have become flatter, our children have become fatter.”
Original Article Here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40120286
Pork Chops with Apple, Celery and Thyme
2 tsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
2 Boneless Center-Cut Pork Loin Chops (~3/4 inch thickness)
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 tsp. fresh Thyme leaves, chopped and divided
1/2 cup sliced Celery
2 Apples (one granny smith, one gala), spiralized or cored and thinly sliced
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a small baking sheet in foil. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil on the foil. Set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Season both sides of pork tenderloin with pepper, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the thyme leaves. Place pork chops in hot skillet and brown for 2 minutes per side, when you flip the pork add the garlic for the last 2 minutes. Transfer the pork/garlic to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees (do not overcook). In the same skillet that you cooked the pork, add another teaspoon of oil, add the spiralized apples (or sliced), celery, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon thyme and a dash of pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. You don’t want the fruit/veggies to be soggy. Divide apple mixture between 2 plates. Top with one pork chop. Enjoy!
Fresh and tasty!
Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad
Recipe Yields: 6 Servings. 3 Fats, 8 Vegetables and 1 Morning Protein.
For the Dressing:
1 1/2 Tbsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
2 tsp. fresh Lemon Juice
1 packet MWLC Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp. fresh Oregano, minced
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
3 Cucumbers, spiralized*
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/2 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 oz. crumbled Feta Cheese
*If you don’t own a spiralizer, you can dice the cucumbers!
In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano and garlic. Season with pepper to taste, if desired. Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and feta cheese to a large bowl. Add the desired amount of dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!
A recent study from Stanford University suggests that fitness trackers (such as Apple Watch, Fitbit Surge and Basis Peak) are good at measuring heart rate, but not accurate at measuring calories burned. As a result, the study encourages individuals to be cautious about using these devices to determine eating habits.
The study recommended that companies release data that indicated how their devices determine measurements. The accuracy of seven wrist fitness trackers were tested with 60 participants that walked, ran or cycled. The devices used in the study were the Apple Watch, Fitbit Surge, Basis Peak, Microsoft Band, PulseOn, Mio Alpha 2 and Samsung Gear S2. The study showed that six out of seven of the devices had an error rate of less than 5% when it came to measuring heart rate.
When it came to keeping track of energy used during exercise, every device had an error rate of about 20%.
Dr Euan Ashley, co-author of the study from the department of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University, stated “If you go to the gym, and you think you’ve lost 400 calories, then you might feel you’ve got 400 calories to play with. That could be an issue if people were basing their diet on what they thought they had burnt off.” There is also a very wide difference in calories burnt between one person and another, and fitness trackers do not seem to accurately calculate calories burned for every individual.
Fitness trackers may have a positive effect on activity levels, so complete accuracy may not be necessary if the devices are encouraging more exercise overall. However, other trials have recently suggested that wearing fitness trackers doesn’t always result in a positive outcome or improved weight loss.
Full article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40030457