Apple Cheesecake

22 Feb

Updated: 6/19/18

Treat yourself to something sweet! Our Apple Cheesecake is the perfect recipe for anyone craving a sweet treat!

AppleCheesecake

Servings:
• 1 Protein
• 1 Fruit
• 1 Starch
• 1 Supplement
• 1 Snack

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Cottage Cheese
• 1/2 pkg. Sweetener
• 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
• 1 1/2 oz. Water
• 1 pkg. Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 1 Butter Pecan Snack Bar
• 1 Crumbled Bread Stick
• 1 small Apple (peeled, cored and diced)
• 3 Tbsp. Water — Sprinkle Cinnamon and Brown Sugar to taste

Preparation:
– Blend the following until smooth:
• 1 serving Cottage Cheese
• 1/2 pkg. Sweetener
• 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
• 1 1/2 oz. Water
• 1 pkg. Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
* Microwave the apples until tender and let them cool, then layer mixture from blender.

Topping:
Microwave 1 Butter Pecan Snack Bar with 2 tsp. water until melted (30 seconds). Add crumbled Bread Stick to melted bar to use as crust. When the mixture is cool, add this topping and enjoy!

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Bobbie’s Blog: Weight Loss & Relationship Survival

17 Feb

No one warns you how relationships will change when you start losing weight. The assumption is: you lose weight and relationships will improve, friendships will blossom and you will look as good as Jennifer Aniston.

Friends ask, “How are you doing it?” or “What do you eat?” while watching what I order or put on my plate. My sister recently said, “I used to be the skinny sister.” As though my identity as the big-boned sister somehow disappeared and now her identity has changed. Husbands often struggle with changes in a household not only due to menu changes, but because their partner is doing what they know they should—eating healthier. Sometimes the people we expect to support us the most are least likely to stand by us and may even sabotage our efforts. Especially when they are afraid of how change will affect them for the better or worse.

My challenge has been learning to handle the offense people express when you decline a piece of birthday cake or a boozy drink.  It’s a slippery slope when I have to deal with other people peer pressuring me to eat or drink to make them feel better about their own choices. I’ve had to make it clear with friends and family my goals or how far I’ve come in order to gather their support. Including them in the journey whether that be meal or party planning makes them less critical of food and lifestyle changes that affect them also.

My husband and I had to make a lot of changes. Without realizing it, our relationship revolved around food. We love to socialize and he’s Polish, so culturally, food is significant to holidays and entertaining. Date nights consisted of indulging and drinks out. We were eating and drinking buddies!  As I started the program, I realized our emphasis on food contributed to my unhappiness in my size. We’ve worked hard to find solutions meal planning for our family, it hasn’t always been easy but we are learning together to make better choices.

Here is how I have tried to make the program a family affair:

Include Partners & Family in Meal Planning

Take your favorite meals and learn how to modify them with your clinic staff. Simple swaps can be delicious and healthy and your family may never know the difference. Now we get frozen yogurt instead of ice cream and my kids still get the thrill of a cold treat. My clinic recommended a tasty low-fat frozen yogurt from our fro-yo shop so we can still all go out together.

A family favorite treat!

A family favorite treat!

 

Focus on Activities not Eating Out

When I started the program, I knew I needed to exercise, so I signed up my husband and I for a 5k run. Changing our date nights to activities still gives us the time together but takes the emphasis off food. Bowling, walks, or a concert – make time out with friends and family about activities instead of eating.

Eating Out

We still go to our favorite Italian restaurant but I don’t order the delicious penne I used to. Instead I order a salad and an appetizer for my meal—steak tips with mushrooms. I feel satisfied and my husband doesn’t feel deprived of his favorite meal. I plan ahead by looking at menus online and determining what I will order before we arrive, it takes the guesswork and temptation out of ordering.

Ask For Help

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It requires some creativity and I’m never afraid to ask at the clinic what can I eat if we have plans out. They always give me the ammunition to still live my life and stay on track whether I’m at a holiday party, girls’ night out or a potluck at work.

At the end of the day, your weight loss isn’t just about you. Your family, co-workers and children are impacted as well. Including those around you makes everyone your cheerleader instead of your critic. If you don’t have a strong support network, dig deep to stay motivated and show up every week at the clinic where you are guaranteed to find cheerleaders.

How have your relationships changed since starting your journey?

Bobbie

 

 

 

Mock Doughnuts

10 Feb

Reach for something sweet with MWLC’s ‘Mock Doughnut‘ recipe below!

MockDoughnuts

Servings:
• 1 Nutrient
• 2 Supplements
*Great for MWLC Freedom Plan patients

Ingredients:
• 1 Vanilla Caramel Crunch Supplement Bar
• 1 Oatmeal Nutrient
• 1 Mocha Pudding Shake Supplement

Preparation:
Chop supplement bar into small pieces. Add packets of Oatmeal and Mocha. Add enough water to hold mixture together. Form into balls and enjoy!

Guest Blogger Bobbie: A Mom’s Journey

9 Feb

Hi – I am Bobbie. I am wife, a mother of four and a woman who has lost a sense of herself in the chaos called life. I have struggled with attempts at being healthier and finding work out regimes, only to remain in the same place and frustrated.

In 2015, I couldn’t help but notice how amazing a friend and mother of three looked. When she told me she lost weight with MWLC, I was shocked! I thought you needed a medical condition to participate in the programs. I called the next day and was happy to learn that they had a New Mom’s Program for moms like me seeking to lose the baby weight that had stayed with me since the birth of my 3rd child. I signed up the next day at the Brighton clinic and began my adventure. I figured if she could do the program as a mother of three, it was worth giving a try.

May 2013 Beach Vacation with baby #3 - 196 lbs and holding

May 2013
Beach Vacation with baby #3 – 196 lbs and holding

January 2016 Spending time with baby #4 before a night out on the town - 155 lbs and feeling great!

January 2016
Spending time with baby #4 before a night out on the town – 155 lbs and feeling great!

 

 

Seeing results almost immediately, I began enjoying the convenience of fresh foods and shakes. Instead of fast food and late night snacks, I was now reaching for healthier options like fruit and veggies. The accountability and clinic staff guided me in losing 40 pounds and 4 sizes!

Today, I continue to move forward hoping to lose more weight and refine a work-out routine. I have an upcoming 5k this spring that I am nervous to complete, but eager to take on the challenge.

I still am learning how to balance putting my health first–nutritionally and physically when I’m accustomed to putting everyone else first.  As a current patient and guest blogger, I will be sharing my goals, challenges, and successes.  If you have any questions or comments for me, please register and comment on the blog.

Bobbie

Mini Taco Salads

8 Feb

Give our delicious MWLC Mini Taco Salads a try today!

MiniTacoSalads

Servings:
• 3 Vegetables
• 1 Dairy
• 1 Nutrient
• 1 Snack
*Great for MWLC Freedom Plan patients

Ingredients:
• 
1 Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Nutrient, prepared
• 1 serving Lettuce, shredded
• 1 serving Tomato, diced
• 1 serving Green Onion, diced
• 1 serving Plain, Low Fat, Yogurt
• 1 bag of MWLC Double Bites-Cheddar Cheese Snacks
• Cumin, Pepper,and Garlic Powder to taste

Preparation:
Mix yogurt with seasonings to create a “mock sour cream”. Layer ingredients in mini serving cups. Makes 5-6 “mini” snack servings of taco salad.  Garnish or dip with MWLC Double Bites!

Onion Rings

2 Feb

Updated: 5/25/18

Are you on MWLC’s Freedom Plan? We’ve got a great afternoon snack for you for National Onion Rings Day! Homemade Onion Rings!

MWLCOnionRings

Servings:
• 0.5 Protein
• 1 Vegetable
• 1 Nutrient
• 1 Snack
*Great for MWLC Freedom Plan patients

Ingredients:
• 1/2 Medium Onion, sliced into rings
• 1 MWLC Pancake Nutrient
• 1 Bag of MWLC Tasty Bites – Party Mix Snack
• 1 Egg
• Garlic Powder

Preparation:
Mix MWLC pancake nutrient with one egg, crushed MWLC party mix and garlic powder. Slice onion into rings and coat with batter mixture. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until onion rings are crispy brown on the outside.