Stefanie Lost 32 Pounds by defying genetics!

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After my uncle had a fatal heart attack at the young age of 28, my doctor began to take a look at my health. I was 5 years old and already diagnosed with high cholesterol. At that point, my health was my parents’ concern, but once I was old enough to take responsibility for my own health, I realized that it was pretty difficult to make good decisions. Continue reading

3 Things to Look for in a Weight Loss Food Program

vegetablesIf you’re searching for an effective weight loss food program, there are certain things to look for to ensure you have the right match.

A weight loss food program is different than other types of weight loss protocols, because it leverages the power of real food – not supplements, shakes, or diet pills that you will eventually have to wean yourself off of. Continue reading

‘Breakfast in Bed’ Vanilla Pancakes (Low Carb + Gluten Free)

pancakesEveryone’s favorite breakfast food can be easily turned into a low-carb option.

These pancakes can be used with any high-quality, low-carb protein powder and topped with a bit of fruit or nut butter for a healthy meal (just make sure to count the extra calories or units!)

Ingredients

1 ½ cups almond flour
¼ cup Isopure whey protein (sold in the office in either vanilla or chocolate)
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Combine almond flour, protein powder, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Give it a good stir to make sure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together almond milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, whisking until it becomes a smooth batter.

Once your batter is ready to go, heat a skillet to a medium temperature, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or cooking spray and pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the pan.

Wait until bubbles start to appear at the surface of your pancake and flip it over to the other side (about 3 minutes on each side) Be careful flipping the pancake as they are a bit more fragile than regular pancakes.

Servings: Makes about 8 pancakes; 1 pancake =  1 serving
Nutritional Information: Calories: 158; Fat: 9g; Protein: 13.5g; Carbohydrates: 2.5g
Greenlite Units: (This is only for the pancake and doesn’t include the fruit on top. Helpful hint: ½ cup of red berries = 1 C) 2P, 1/3 C, 1 Condiment

Free Skin Tightening Treatments for GreenLite Clients

2S0A6936Last month we told you about some new services being offered to GreenLite clients under Dr. Sooji Rugh’s medical aesthetics practice called Bloom Medicine.

And to kick off 2015, we’re adding even more treatments to the menu of services through Viora, an innovative technology that is used for skin tightening and cellulite reduction (and we’re giving away some treatments to GreenLite clients – keep reading!)

You’ve Lost the Weight…But Not Your Body Hangups


In working with GreenLite clients for years, Dr. Rugh found that while patients can experience great success and joy in losing weight, body image concerns are common – especially after significant weight loss.

Loose skin or residual cellulite can make even the most confident people uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are now easy and non-invasive ways to treat these issues, thanks to advancements in technology that make it more safe, affordable, and convenient than ever before.

Services that are coming soon to Bloom produce two types of results:

Cellulite reduction/fat reduction. Minimize the appearance of dimpled depressions on the thighs, stomach, buttocks, or arms by restoring the weak matrix of collagen surrounding the fat cells and by shrinking fat cells

Skin tightening/improvement of stretch marks. Firm and slightly lift sagging skin on the face, neck, abdomen, or other areas, and improve the presence of stretch marks

How It Works


Using Viora CORE technology, we are able to target specific layers of the skin to precisely heat the underlying network of collagen and elastin fibers. As a result of the energy into the skin, collagen remodeling occurs and, over several months, new collagen is stimulated, thereby restoring the skin’s flexibility and thickening the dermis.

The results are tightening of “loose” skin, improvement of stretch marks, or tightening areas of the face where gravity may have left fine wrinkles and bagginess.

By adding the power of “vacuum therapy” to CORE technology, we can maximize the penetration of energy to target the deeper layers of fat cells, shrinking them and restoring collagen – resulting in the smoothing of cellulite and reduction of surface body fat.

These procedures are fast, painless, and don’t require downtime that will interfere with your daily life.

What to Expect


There may be some immediate tissue tightening effects seen with even with the first few treatments, however, the full effect will not be seen for several months and can continue to improve for up to 6 months, as the new collagen stimulation takes effect.

In order to maximize the momentum of collagen stimulation, several treatments are usually needed. (For example, a total of 7-10 successive weeks for the abdomen, depending on treatment goals. We recommend the treatment frequency to be no longer than 1 week apart to prevent a less effective result.)

Once the treatments are complete, maintenance treatments every 3-4 months are recommended to continue the collagen stimulation.

Claim Your 2 Free Abdominal Treatments!


To introduce Viora to our GreenLite clients, we’re giving away 2 free abdominal treatments to 10 qualified individuals (a $600 value!)

If you’re interested, please read the following carefully:

  • Results with the Viora technology are achieved in multiple treatments, so in addition to your two free treatments, we will offer special discount packages to help you complete your goals. (A typical treatment package for 8 treatments would be normally priced at $2400, so with our 2 free treatments AND our special discount, you would receive 8 treatments for $1200, a greater than 50% savings.
  • There is no obligation to continue after the first two free treatments, however expectations should be set that it may take, on average, 3-4 treatments before a visible improvement begins. A large part of the benefits occur as a result of new collagen production occurring months from the initial treatment course (and which builds momentum after a full sequence of treatments). Skipped treatments can affect overall outcomes and results.
  • The free treatments must be completed in 2 consecutive weeks and must start in February 2015.
  • Financing options are available if you choose to purchase treatments (for as little as $49 per month) through Care Credit

To submit your interest, please fill out the fields below and we will contact you with a consent form to determine your qualification for the treatments. (10 qualified participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

 

 

Product Review: Low-Carb Quest Protein Chips

41MJ6EHiilLOn a low-carb diet, chips are pretty much off limits.

Potatoes, while a vegetable, are still starchy and can add significant calories, fat and carbs when they’re sliced, diced, and made into a crunchy snack.

We’ve found a few good alternatives, however, like Healthwise protein chips and Just the Cheese baked snacks, and now Quest Nutrition has joined in on the fun with their new line of Protein Chips.  Continue reading

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.