Cheesy Cauliflower ‘Breadsticks’ (Low-Carb + Gluten Free)

cheesy cauliflower breadsticks low carbThe craving for bread on a low-carb diet can come up from time to time, which is why we love recipes that feel indulgent but are still GreenLite-friendly.

Caulliflower, when diced very fine or put into the food processor, can make an excellent base for crusts or “breads.”

These “breadsticks” firm up very well in the oven thanks to eggs and cheese. With some garlic and seasoning, they taste delicious warm or cold, alone or with some dipping sauce. (They also make the perfect portable snack!)

Hint: these will go fast, so we recommend doubling the recipe. Continue reading

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues + Keep the Pounds Off

IMG_1567The start of a new year can bring about steadfast resolutions to become healthier, but it can also deliver a post-holiday funk: the weather is cold, the celebrations are over, and bulky sweaters or layers make it easy to cover up and forget the extra pounds you may have gained during the holidays. 

Seasonal depression is a very real phenomenon – the most severe kind is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), while other people may suffer from a more mild form of the blues.

Being down in the dumps can significantly affect your motivation, your diet, and your willingness to reach your goals. But with a few simple strategies, you can ward off the winter blues and keep the pounds off:

1. Learn a winter sport.

Living in California, we don’t have to worry about harsh winter weather conditions, but the cold and dreary skies can be enough to keep you indoors. To avoid being a couch potato, vow to learn a winter sport this year, like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, or snow-shoeing. If weather permits, you can also pick up a new sport that isn’t winter-related, but that gets you outside and moving. Exercise will boost your mood, burn calories, and a daily dose of sunshine can help improve your vitamin D levels – which are important for both a healthy weight and a healthy state of mind.

2. Get a goal planner.

Resolutions are fine, but even better are small, realistic goals that you can track by month – or even by week. Buy a yearly planner or download a goal-tracking or note-taking app that can help you put your desires in writing and achieve them step-by-step (try The Desire Map Planner or Evernote). A realistic goal, for example, might be to cut out dessert five nights a week or to give up alcohol for a month. Reward yourself with non-food “treats” when you reach your goals. This will give your brain a dose of feel-good dopamine and will inspire you to set other goals.

3. Plan a trip.

It’s easy to throw in the towel on your weight loss goals when swimsuit season seems so far away. But planning your spring or summer vacation now can not only help keep your diet on track, but it can also give you something to look forward to. Get your spouse or family involved and make the planning process a fun activity.

4. Tackle those backburner chores.

January tends to bring into focus what we need to clear out from our lives in order to start fresh. So if you’re battling the winter blues or the winter buldge, distract yourself and find a sense of control by tackling long-standing items on your to-do list: cleaning out closets, doing home-repair projects, organizing your junk drawers, or other similar tasks.

5. Get support. 

A feeling of isolation can set in during winter, when we swap going out and socializing for staying indoors. Make sure you’re well-connected to a support system, whether it’s to help with your weight loss or to keep you motivated in other areas of your life. If you’re a GreenLite client, joining our Facebook group is a great place to start (click here and then click “join group”). All in all, make sure you have a network of people you can talk to that can provide encouragement when needed.

Bill Lost 193 Pounds (His Initial Goal Was 20!)

billMy wife’s parents have been very successful with the GreenLite program and have been good about keeping the weight off.

When my wife started thinking about doing it, I jumped at the opportunity to support her by joining too. I wasn’t sure it would work on me, and on my original questionnaire I only put 20 pounds as my goal weight! I’ve lost a lot more than that and am lighter than I’ve been in 20 years.  Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions About Bloom Wellness

Portrait of smiling young woman sitting in front of christmas treeIt can be overwhelming trying to decide which type of anti-aging creams, potions, or procedures are best for you.

And for many of us health-conscious individuals living in Silicon Valley, we’d rather opt for more natural solutions.

Dr. Sooji Rugh has been offering natural filler procedures in a practice called Bloom Wellness for several years, and we’re now opening up these services to GreenLite clients (with special discounts in place if you purchase by December 31st, 2014.)  Continue reading

Product Review: Just the Cheese

Just-The-Cheese-Crunchy-Baked-Cheese-White-Cheddar-740505442102One of the hardest things about a low-carb diet is undoubtedly snack time.

The desire for something crunchy, salty, and satisfying can take over and before you know it, you’re reaching for a bag of chips.

We recently discovered a client-recommended option, however, that’s both low-carb friendly and tasty (at least according to popular opinion among GreenLite staff!)  Continue reading

The Secret to a More Youthful You

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(Special discounts are now available on purchases made before December 31st, 2014 – see end of page for details!)

At Greenlite Medicine, helping people lose body fat is what we do best. By losing the fat and our weight, we feel more energy and we improve our longevity. But believe it or not, there are situations where the little plumpness of fat provides a good thing.

Fat naturally adds volume and support to the face that keeps wrinkles from forming and your skin looking youthful. However, we start to lose facial fat as early as our 20s, and it’s a downhill slide from there – normal wear and tear, gravity and hormonal changes can speed up the process.

When this happens, we start to see less definition around the face, including sunken temples, forehead and brow wrinkles, the corners of the mouth turned down, hallowing around the eyes, flatter cheeks and slack skin around the jaw.

Luckily, there is a non-invasive way to restore facial volume and achieve smoother skin.

Fullness can be restored through a variety of fillers including temporary (like Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane), or long-term (Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse). 

Dr. Rugh is now offering these procedures exclusively to Greenlite Medicine clients, through Bloom Wellness!

The Procedures


Restylane & Perlane

Restylane and Perlane are both hyaluronic acid filler products that are injected into areas of the face for wrinkle reduction and facial “plumping.”

We like to use these more natural fillers, since they are restoring hyaluronic acid, something your body naturally makes, but loses with the aging process. The results with these fillers average around 9 months, however if restored fully, the treatment can last upwards to 18 months (based on clinical trials).

Fillers can be used for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases running from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth, also known as parentheses or smile lines). Fillers may also be used to correct the loss of volume in your lips and in your cheeks.

Training & Expertise


GreenLite’s Dr. Sooji Rugh has been doing these procedures for over 5 years, under a separate practice named “Bloom Wellness.” We have not advertised it to our GreenLite clients until now because we did not want to take away from building GreenLite’s reputation as an expert company in weight loss.

Due to the rewarding results we’ve seen in clients, however, we were motivated to expand on the practice (and include some special discounts for trying it out this holiday season!)

These fillers are particularly nice because the effect is immediate. People may walk out feeling 5-10 years younger and the procedures are very painless and simple.

Naturally, we started to feel like these treatments are a good fit for our clients who work so hard with their weight loss and want to further reward and celebrate their new bodies. (Hey, it’s a non-food reward you can really enjoy!)

Here are some before and after photos that showcase the results:

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Get a Discount!


We’re currently offering discounts on these procedures at GreenLite Medicine. All offers end 12/31/14. All procedures are administered in-office at our Mountain View location.

Buy one, get second for half off!
Restylane 1st syringe= $520 , 2nd syringe = $260
Perlane 1st syringe= $560, 2nd syringe = $ 280

DISCOUNTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2014

 

How to Get Started


Click the button below and you’ll be directed to our online scheduler. From there, click “Book a Consultation.”

Click Here to Get Started!

 

Procedures after Weight Loss: What Are Your Options?

bodyWhile shedding pounds is an accomplishment worth celebrating, many people find themselves with another problem after losing a significant amount of weight: loose skin.

Different areas of the body – such as the face, the stomach, and underneath the arms – may suddenly take on a saggier texture, which is clear evidence that you’ve lost fat but are stuck with the extra skin. Continue reading

Sample Menu for Weight Loss

asparagusHaving a sample menu for weight loss can help give you the guidelines necessary for shedding fat while keeping your appetite satisfied.

In addition to calories consumed, meals should also reflect the right balance of macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

This ensures that you’ll put your body into the fat-burning zone while eliminating cravings for junk food.

The following sample menu for weight loss is based off of real menu plans we give our clients. Feel free to mix things up so you have variety during the week. Continue reading