New Product Tuesday: Body Trace Scale

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Congratulations! You’ve lost the weight, now let’s help you keep it off. The Body Trace might be the perfect companion! Imagine your scale reporting back to the GreenLite team, graphing your trends and emailing you if your weight begins to creep up. Continued accountability and feedback increases your chance to maintain your weight goals by teaching you how to better monitor yourself.

The Body Trace scale is a truly unique tool to help support you in your weight loss and weight maintenance efforts. While typical bathroom scales simply show your current weight, this clever re-invention charts your daily weight online without any complicated configuration.

REVIEW:

5/5 greenlite stars

Tracking your weight and your progress in general is a key aspect to maintaining your weight loss and reinforcing healthy habits to become part of your routine. The Body Trace scale is the ultimate tool to support this tracking and offers a visual reference to where you are in terms of your weight loss progress or weight maintenance. The scale uses cellular technology to track your weight and sends the information to their daily log which then charts the numbers online. This scale allows you to monitor the changes in your body and take action when needed. Seeing your progress charted in such a visual way truly helps reinforce healthy habits and identify some of the things that may be interfering with your progress towards health.

The Body Trace Scale retails for $79 (plus shipping), which includes a year subscription to their online weight charting database. Considering other high tech scale retail for about the same price, we think this price is more than reasonable.

Since discovering this amazing tool, the GreenLite team and BodyTrace have teamed up to incorporate this tracking system as an option in our maintenance program. Daily weight information is tracked through body trace and sent to our GreenLite database, if your weight goes out of a “normal maintenance range”, your educator will send you an email of support to maintain the accountability that lead to your success on the program. Our new and improved maintenance program works on a 6 month subscription basis and includes 8 visits (monthly +), your body trace scale and subscription and the same wonderful GreenLite community support.

New Product Tuesday: doTerra Essential Oils

GreenLite New Product TuesdaysHow many times have you opened the food cabinet looking for something to eat despite having had a meal only an hour before, or maybe seeking food to give yourself a “lift”, or get past the boredom, or ease the stressful feeling under your skin? In our fast paced, post industrial world, it is extremely easy to be unaware of why we seek food. Sometimes we may think we feel hungry, but if we truly “check in” with our body, we may just simply want to eat. We may realize that our attempt to fill our stomach or stimulate our taste buds may simply be a call to fill an emotional void or relive stress from a hectic day.

At GreenLite we try to provide our clients with as many tools as possible to support them in their weight loss efforts. We think aromatherapy and doTerra essential oils can be an extremely useful tool to not only help manage your stress levels but can also help to curb emotional eating.

REVIEW:

5/5 greenlite stars

“A scent is worth 10,000 words.” You simply need to experience essential oils in order to fully understand and believe in its power, even WE were skeptical at first. Many of us at GreenLite Medicine were new to aromatherapy but became advocates after we experienced the oils first hand. Watch for yourself and check out the video below to see how the high stress environment of Vanderbilt’s Emergency Room was affected by the oils:

Aromatherapy can induce feelings of relaxation or alternatively elevate the mood, depending on the oils used. The olfactory (smelling) organ in the nose is closely located to parts of the brain that influence emotions and influence the reward centers of the brain. Aromatherapy can influence various emotional problems and stress levels which can sometimes result in overeating.

For the past month we have been sampling doTerra essential oils in our Mountain View office for our clients to experience first-hand. Although there are many essential oils available on the market, we were particularly impressed by doTerra’s exceptional level of quality control. DoTerra is the only company who’s oils are classified as Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® and are 100% natural, free of any contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. The herbs used for their oils surpass organic standards and special care is taken so the oils are properly extracted and distilled. Many of their oils are pure enough to be ingested internally (one drop of peppermint oil equals 20 cups of peppermint tea!). The more common ways to experience the aroma is to drop the oils on pressure points or to place the oils in a diffuser (a machine that heats and disperses the oil in the air).

DoTerra offers a wide variety of single oils, (lavender, peppermint, orange) as well as oil blends (serenity, purity, elevation) and even has a blend specific to appetite control, called “Slim & Sassy”, which is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon. The price of the oils range from $14 to $50 depending on the type and blend of oil, and considering the outstanding quality of doTerra products, this price is relatively reasonable compared to other oils on the market.

Experience the oils for yourself and sample them in our Mountain View location. You can also enter our raffle for a chance to win yourself a complementary bottle of essential oil! If you are a client that doesn’t come to the Mountain View office and you’re interested in sampling the doTerra products, simply ask the front desk and we can arrange an aromatherapy experience for you at your GreenLite location. GreenLite is currently selling a limited quantity of the essential oils, but if you are interested in the full spectrum of doTerra products, they are available online.

NOTE: GreenLite has NO financial incentive or arrangement with Do Terra’s representative for the sales of their oils. We only offer the purchase of the oils as a convenience to our clients.

GreenLite New Product Tuesdays: Questbars Apple Pie & Chocolate Brownie

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The Facts:

If you are as obsessed with Questbars as our staff here at GreenLite is, these brand new flavors of Questbars will rock your world, and your GreenLite diet. We just can’t get enough of the outstanding nutritional stats of Quest Bars, and the 17-19g of fiber each bar packs (which we all know is something tricky to incorporate on the GreenLite program). So if you’ve gotten a bit bored with your go to Almond or Peanut Questbar flavors, these Apple Pie and Chocolate Brownie flavors will not only add some variety to your routine, but your taste buds will definitely thank you for it.

Review:

Apple Pie

Apple Pie Questbars available at GreenLite

Taste:

4/6 greenlite stars

 

Apple pie has never been so healthy! These bars contain real pieces of dried apple, with a wonderful hint of cinnamon. The Apple Pie flavor is noticeably sweeter than it’s Quest bar cousins, but they’re the perfect fix for anyone with a sweet tooth! These bars have the same texture as the Almond and Peanut flavor, but the added apple pieces do make the bar and bit less dense. Granted, this bar does not taste exactly like an apple pie, and does still have a bit of the “protein bar” flavor, but the overall taste definitely suggests grandma’s home-made classic.

Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar available at GreenLite

Taste:

4/6 greenlite stars

 

For those of you with an weakness for chocolaty treats, the Chocolate Brownie Quest Bars will definitely fulfill your chocolate hankering. We think the Chocolate Brownie bar is perhaps the most “authentic” tasting of mock-dessert treats. This bar has a rich chocolaty flavor and great brownie-like texture. Try it warmed up in the microwave for 15 seconds for an even more authentic brownie experience.

Availability:

5/5 greenlite stars

 

GreenLite has just started carrying both flavors in all our offices! Quest bars are definitely a top seller here at GreenLite, so pick up a bar and try each of the new flavors at your next visit. If you haven’t jumped on the Questbar bandwagon, you’re missing out!

Cost:

4/6 greenlite stars

 

In our offices, we are selling Apple Pie and Chocolate Brownie bars sell for the same price as the Peanut and Almond flavors. Considering the nutritional stats, small ingredient list (no preservatives!), and decadent flavoring, we think $2.80 is a more than reasonable price. We haven’t been able to find Quest bars in any type of retail store, so if you’re not active on our program and want to give these bars a try, feel free to stop by!

Summary:

We are loving the new variety of Questbar flavors and GreenLite, because variety is an huge factor in sucess while on a diet program. Questbars are perfect when you’re on the run, and don’t leave you feeling deprived (in terms of hunger and taste!). The folks at Quest make low-carbing seem easy as pie. If you’re feeling adventerous, try combining Questbar flavors! Cut 2 different flavored Questbars in half and then squish the two different halves together. Try Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Apple & Peanut butter or Chocolate & Almond, get creative with these tasty treats!

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

GreenLite New Product Tuesday: BlenderBottles

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THE FACTS:

Here at GreenLite we believe that preparation, education and PROTEIN are the foundation to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss success. This week’s New Product Tuesday is all about a tool that could not only help to aide in your protein consumption, and make some of cumbersome tasks that go along with living a healthy “do it yourself” lifestyle, much more convenient.
This week we are raving in favor of BlenderBottles!! BlenderBottles are essentially a hybrid between the average kitchen blender and your typical wire whisk. While the common application of Blender Bottles are protein shakes, these handy little tools can be used to so much more.  While prepackaged protein shakes may truly be the most convenient option for those in a hurry, we think the quality of freshly mixed protein shakes and customization that Blender Bottles provide, far surpass that convenience factor. The surgical-grade, stainless steel wire ball banishes all traces of clumps and chunks in every blended concoction, and the wide, pourable spout makes drinking and pouring mess-less and effortless. Simply add ingredients and shake to your heart’s content!

REVIEW:

Quality & Utility:

4/5 greenlite stars

 

BlenderBottles are available in both plastic and stainless steel containers. The uses of these shakers surpass those of a convenient and wonderfully blended protein shake. They can be used for scrambling egg with milk and spices, mixing home made salad dressings, maranades or sauces. Check out the recipe section of the BlenderBottle website for more creative ideas. The plastic version ( and the original BlenderBottle invention) is BPA free and dishwasher safe and available in 20 oz. and 28 oz. sizes. The overall quality of the shaker is great, the lid fits snugly, with no leaking, which makes it perfect for throwing your purse or gym bag while running out the door. The wire ball does a fantastic job mixing the contents, and because of the precise fit of all the parts, no shake is too hard for these bottles. There are even convenient liquid measurement markings on the outside of the bottles to make portion control a breeze!
The stainless steel variety are available from Fit & Fresh in a 26 oz. size, these may come in handy for those who have an aversion to plastic containers, a common gripe with the plastic BlenderBottle is that over time and after repeated-use, the plastic does began to degrade and the plastic can absorb various smells from food products. However, the con’s with this stainless steel version is that the lid can often be tricky to close tightly (a strong point of their competition) and some people notice a bit of a metallic after taste.

Availability:

4/5 greenlite stars
Great news for GreenLite Clients! We just recently started carrying 20 oz. Blender Bottles in our offices! The original plastic bottles can also be purchased online from blenderbottle.com in a variety of sizes (as well as a convenient carrying sling). The stainless steel container is available from Fit&Fresh.com.

Cost:

5/5 greenlite stars

In our GreenLite offices we are selling our BlenderBottles for $10 each. However, for a limited time we are having a 20% off sale, which means you can steal them for $8 a piece! Through the BlenderBottle website, the 20 oz. version goes for $8.49, before shipping and handling. The stainless steel version is availble for $14.99 through the Fit&Fresh website. Considering the endless applications of this bottle and the ammount of clean up time that can be saved as a result of using it, this product is more than worth these retail prices.

SUMMARY:

BlenderBottles are a great and convenient tool for maximizing your protein intake ( and minimizing your clean up) in the most convenient way possible. The over all quality of the bottle and whisk are durable, sturdy and completely functional. When using the BlenderBottle, it should be noted that powders mix best when liquid is added first and make sure you press the lid down until you hear a “snap” for zero leakage. We love BlenderBottles here at GreenLite and have said farewell to lumps and clumps for good!

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

GreenLite New Product Tuesdays: PB2

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One of the most common questions we get in our GreenLite front office is about the mysterious jar of powdery substance on the top shelf of our product case. This weeks edition of New Product Tuesdays is set to clear up that mystery. That peculiar powdery product is none other than Bell Plantain’s Powdered Peanut Butter!! (also famously known as PB2). A food product this atypical or “strange” may be off-putting or intimidating at first glance, but PB2 could be a wonderful, delicious and healthy addition to your GreenLite program (even the decadent chocolate flavor!).

Nutritional Info 

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp

Calories:45

Fat: 1.5g

Carbs: 5-6g

Protein: 4-5g

Sugars: 1-3g

Fiber: 2g

Protein Exchange:1/2

Carb Exchange: 1/2

THE FACTS:

PB2 is essentially, high quality roasted peanuts with almost all of the oil squeezed out of peanuts, and what’s you’re left with is the roasted peanut powder. There are no chemicals involved in this process, so PB2 is still an all-natural peanut butter alternative. Simply add water, milk or a non-dairy milk alternative in order to “reconstitute” the powder, into your more typical, peanut butter substance. PB2 has all of the protein and peanut-y flavor but a fraction of the fat and calories! Which means none of the guilt that goes along with eating it right off the spoon!

REVIEW:

Taste:


While PB2 doesn’t taste exactly like its’ full fat competitor, you definitely get more than what you bargain for in terms of taste vs. calories. PB2 still has that distinct, nutty flavor, with the salty-sweet undertones that real peanut butter is renowned for. The chocolate flavor is especially delicious and decadent, you’ll feel like you’re “cheating”, but you’ll really be right on track. The consistency of this product is not as “sticky” as regular peanut butter, but ultimately the consistency or thickness is entirely up to the consumer. The packaging recommends 1 TBS of liquid per 2 TBS of powder, but play around a bit with the powder to water ratio until you find the consistency you like.

Availability:

4/5 greenlite stars
Both flavors of PB2 is conveniently sold in all of our GreenLite offices! Pick up a jar and see what we’re raving about at your next visit!

Cost:

We sell jars of PB2 for $9 in our offices. While this may seem a bit pricey for your average jar of peanut butter, think of it as paying a few extra pennies to save tons of excess calories and grams of fat. We think of it as money well spent, and once you try it, you just might get hooked!

SUMMARY:

While PB2 may not be as “indistinguishable” from real peanut butter, as the label claims it to be, this product is a delicious and healthy alternative for dieter’s and non-dieters alike. There are even times when perhaps PB2 would be a more suitable option than regular, sticky peanut butter, in terms of flavor or consistency. Th applications of this product are limitless! Add a serving to your Greek yogurt for a rich and creamy tasting “peanut butter pudding”, mix it in with your protein shakes, or make your own fruit dip for a mid morning snack. You can even use it for savory dishes, like stir-frys or marinades. Check out the recipe section on Bell Plantain’s website for more fun and tasty ideas!


If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

GreenLite New Product Tuesday: Tivolo Popsicle Molds for Summer!

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The temperature is rising, and it finally feels like summer. Nothing is more refreshing than an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day. However, we can do without the high carbs and loads of sugar that comes along with the average popiscle sold at most groceries.  Here at GreenLite we believe in taking health into our own hands, so we thought why not make our own GreenLite friendly summer treats!

 

Product Info
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  • Comes in a set of popsicle molds with freezer-friendly base; measures 7 by 5 by 8 inches 
  • Crafted of durable, BPA free, plastic for many summers of icy treats
  • Easy to use and clean (they’re dishwasher safe!)
  • The insulated plastic keeps the the molds colder, for longer 
  • Handy drip guard for when things get a bit hot and sticky

The Facts

These Popsicle molds are not only a great way to treat yourself to something refreshing and healthy, but could be a great summertime activity for you and your kids.  Turn your favorite smoothy concoction into a frozen treat! Experiment with sugar-free Crystal Light, or sugar free jellos or puddings. (Stay posted for GreenLite blog posts of fun popsicle recipes)

Review:

Availability:

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These molds are available at Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel and good old Amazon.com and various other online retailers. Pick up your healthy popsicle supplies and your molds at your next grocery shopping trip to whole foods or have them delivered to your home with a few clicks of the mouse. 

Cost:

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The durabilty and quality of these molds more than make up for the price which run around $12. Because they are crafted from insulated plastic, the molds won’t crack or break and will last for many summers to come. 

 

Size

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The molds hold a total of 4 ounces and we recommend to fill these molds with 1 inches to spare at the top.   

Summary

Overall, these pops provide a wonderful way to create GreenLite friendly desserts.  Here are a few helpful tip when making your popsicle concoction: 

#1.  If you make your shake into a popicle, make it a little sweeter to taste before placing in the mold as the sweetness factor decreases when eaten frozen. 

#2.  Jello mix will hold their taste longer than a water based, juice mixes which become more icy and lose taste as you get towards the bottom of the pop.

#3.  Avoid yogurt.  It tends to separate into an ice mixture when frozen.

#4.  Run the frozen mold under warm water and squeeze from the bottom of the mold as you pull from the top, and the popsicle will “pop” right out!

Experiment and don’t forget share your favorite recipes with the rest of us! 

 

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

GreenLite New Product Tuesdays: Teeccino Herbal Coffee

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Teeccino Herbal Coffee

 

Nutritional Info

Calories:18 teeccino family

Carbs: 4g

Sugars: 1g

Potassium: 48mg

 

The Facts

This “no caf” Tea-Cappuccino hybrid is naturally caffeine free and a perfect alternative to your morning cup of Joe. This herbal coffee will give you a natural energy boost from nutrients, not stimulants, and is non-acidic. Made from carob, nuts, chicory root, cocoa and dates, the naturally occurring inulin helps support digestion and intestinal health. Since we recommend abstaining from caffeine while on the GreenLite program, Teeccino is perfect morning pick me up or a great substitute for a late night sweet tooth. Teeccino is available in individual “Tee-Bags” and pre-ground (just like coffee). 

Review:

Taste:

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Available in a variety of different flavor and roasts, Teeccino offers a robust and earthy flavor, unlike herbal drink on the market. Although the product is available in a tea bag, Teeccino has a very dark, rich and nutty flavor, this is not your typical cup of tea. This herbal coffee is really a tea-coffee hybrid, the name “Teeccino” says it all! Some flavors are superior to others, while brewing the herbal blend provides and much fuller flavor (more coffee like flavor) than using a “Tee-bag”. Some flavors are subtly sweet and offer a wonderful pick-me-up, when you’re looking for something sweet and substantial.

Availability:

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Teeccino can be found at Whole Foods, Sprouts in Cupertino, Piazza’s Fine Foods, Mollie Stones and Country Sun in Palo Alto. The product is also available for purchase through the company’s website at http://teeccino.com/. While Teeccino may not be as convenient as Starbucks, the product is available a most natural food stores in the tea section.

Cost:

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A box of 10 “tee-bags” sells for $4.99, while an 11 o.z. bag of the herbal coffee grinds sells for $9.99 (makes about 30 servings). A box of Teeccino is a far more reasonable option than a daily trip to Starbucks, and your nervous system and intestines will thank you for it!

 

Summary

While a serving of a Teeccino drink does contain 4g carbs, we think the pros of this product outweigh the carbs. Teeccino could be a wonderful crutch for the far too common coffee habit and because one serving packs 48 mg of potassium, it’s a much smarter option than an acidic cup of decaf.  It can provide a tasty pick me up in the morning or perhaps save you from the late night munchies, when you’re craving something rich and sweet. Drink it plain if you like it strong or make your own caffeine-free latte with some soy or fat free milk.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

Greenlite New Product Tuesdays: Carb Watch Pitas

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We’re starting a new, weekly blog segment here on the GreenLite blog. So watch keep your eyes peeled for our Tuesday product reviews of amazing, GreenLite friendly products for our fantastic clients!

Middle East Company Carb Watch Pitas

Nutritional Info:

Low Carb Pita, Carb Watch

1 Serving: 1/2 Pita
Fat:1g
Calories: 35
Carb:6g
Fiber:3g
Protein:2g
Carb exchange: 1/2

The Facts:

When you’re hankering for a carb fix, these low carb pitas are the perfect “indulgence” to satisfy your carb craving. These pitas are deliciously soft and chewy with that quintessential pita taste. They’re made with all natural ingredients and soy flour, which adds a boost of protein and allows them to last a while in your pantry and freeze well.
 

Our Review:

Taste:

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5/5 GreenLites

You’d never guess these pita’s are low carb, except for their chewy texture, but we view that as a plus! Their nutrition stats are phenomenal and we’re loving the protein AND the fiber. We think these pitas taste exactly like their high carb cousins.

Availability:

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3/5 GreenLites

These pitas are a bit difficult to find around town, but can be located Milk Pail in Mountain View, The Real Food Company in San Francisco, Piazza in Palo Alto, and Molly Stone Locations, but they are definitely worth the trek!

Cost:

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5/5 GreenLites

At $2.50 for 6 pitas, we think this deal is a steal!

Our Suggestions:

Since the serving size is for half a pita, cut them in half right away and put them in the freezer. This way you won’t be tempted to over indulge or eat them all before they spoil. Although these are a low carb, healthier version of a pita, they still do contain half a GreenLite carbohydrate exchange per serving, so be sure to watch your portion sizes.  They hold up well in the toaster or microwave, and for a special lunch or dinner treat, make a pita pizza with salsa or pasta sauce, some low fat cheese and your protein topping of choice. You can also dip them in some babganoush (a great low carb option) or make a Mediterranean quesadilla with Low-fat Feta cheese.

Because these are an actual bread product, these pitas are more ideal for the GreenLite Maintenance and Transition Phases. If you are in the Acute Weight Loss Phase, limit these pitas to once a week, and reserve them for intense carb cravings, just make sure to keep a track of your carb count for the day.

Can sleep help you lose weight?

Over the past several decades, obesity has grown to epidemic proportions.  In parallel with this rise in weight is the rise in chronic sleep deprivation. According to annual surveys done by the National Sleep Foundation, by 2005 only 26% of American adults were obtaining 8 hours of sleep and 40% of American adults report obtaining <7 hours of sleep.

Evidence has grown over the past decade supporting a role for short sleep duration as an independent risk factor for weight gain and obesity.

Total sleep deprivation experiments in animals and humans have consistently found sleep deprivation produces increased intake of food, especially high fat and high carbohydrate foods. These changes corresponded with elevations in serum ghrelin (a hormone that stimulates hunger and food intake) and reductions in serum leptin (a hormone associated with satiety and feelings of fullness).    

In a large sleep study that has been going on in Wisconsin for over 15 years, researchers found that people who slept less were on average heavier. People who slept less had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, which is likely to increase appetite. In other words, short sleep might stimulate appetite, which increases weight. 

Similar findings were seen in the Québec Family Study where short-duration sleepers (5-6 hours of sleep) were found to have leptin values significantly lower than predicted values and correlated with increased body fat mass and risk of being overweight/obese.

A study restricting sleep for six consecutive days found a similar reduction in leptin that persisted throughout the 24 hour day.

Although there may be other mechanisms which link short sleep duration and increased weight, optimal sleeping hours may positively influence the hormones which regulate appetite and body weight, and should be a lifestyle factor to address when managing weight loss and long term weight maintenance.

 

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