A Simple Reminder
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving
A Great Big congratulations Gary.
Gary’s story to amazing health goes way beyond his weight loss of 70 lbs.
With hereditary high cholesterol and high blood pressure in his family Gary thought maybe with his weight loss
and working on improving his health it would might improve these two areas of his health also,
though not overly confident due to it being hereditary.
Today no high BP or Cholesterol, no medications and Gary is Thriving Daily with amazing Health.
The Holiday Plan
About this time every year, you probably start gearing up for your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and start a regular exercise routine. Then, just before tacking the new calendar to the kitchen wall, you empty your home and office of all those off-plan snacks and goodies.
Sometimes you give them to friends and coworkers; other times, you muster up a great deal of strength and toss them in the trash. But far too often you polish off every crumb yourself—and start the new year about ten pounds heavier, your body full of leftover holiday pies and cookies.
What if you could get through the holidays and reach January 1st with a loss, instead?
If you limit splurges to the holiday meal, like Thanksgiving dinner, you can keep your weight in check and reach your health goals even faster.
So what about Thanksgiving? We know what the traditional turkey-day table looks like: buttery mashed potatoes, syrupy sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans with potato sticks, and a big, juicy bird. Don’t even look at the dessert table! You know what’s there: pumpkin and pecan pies, carrot cake, cookies.
To get you through the day—and the holiday season—with ease, we have added a new, healthy twist to a few old favorites: mashed cauliflower, green beans amandine, and pumpkin pie.
Mashed Cauliflower and Gravy
2 cups cauliflower, fresh or frozen (4 green)
1 Tbsp. light margarine (1 healthy fat)
¼ tsp. salt (1 condiment)
½ cup Blue Diamond® Almond Breeze Milk (1 condiment)
½ tsp. pepper (1 condiment)
½ tsp. garlic powder (1 condiment)
½ cup light or fat-free turkey gravy (optional) (8 condiments)*
1. Cook cauliflower until soft and warm, approximately 6-8 minutes in the microwave for frozen, 8-10 minutes steamed for fresh.
2. In a food processor, combine cauliflower, almond milk, and seasonings to taste.
3. Blend until cauliflower is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
4. In a bowl, combine mashed cauliflower with light margarine, and heat in the microwave until hot, about two minutes.
5. Prepare light gravy according to manufacturer’s directions.
Nutrition information: 1 Green, 3 Condiments* (gravy), and ¼ Healthy Fat
*Nutrition content may vary due to type and brand of gravy
Green Beans Amandine
¼ tsp. salt (1 condiment)
½ tsp. ground pepper (1 condiment)
4 cups green beans, stem end trimmed (8 green)
2 tbsp. slivered almonds, un-blanched (1 healthy fat)
1 tsp. olive oil (1 healthy fat)
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
3. Add green beans; cook until bright green and tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water, and pat dry.
5. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven until golden brown and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
6. In a large bowl, toss green beans with oil; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish, and garnish with toasted almonds
Nutrition Information: 2 Greens, ½ Condiment, ½ Healthy Fat
Pumpkin Pie—Medifast Meal Makeover
1 packet Medifast Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast Vanilla Pudding (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast Chai Latte (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast scrambled eggs (1 Medifast Meal)
1 tsp. baking powder (2 condiments)
1 tsp. cinnamon (2 condiments)
1 Tbsp. canola oil (3 Healthy Fats)
1 cup water
4 Tbsp. sugar free vanilla, macadamia nut or hazelnut syrup (2 condiments)
5 sprays cooking spray (1/2 condiment)
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix oatmeal, pudding, latte, eggs, baking powder, and cinnamon.
3. Combine canola oil, water, and sugar-free syrup in another medium bowl.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
5. Pour into a 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
7. Serve with 1 tablespoon sugar-free whipped cream per slice if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information: 1 Medifast Meal, 1½ Condiments, ¾ Healthy Fat
Headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, reflux – Sharon had a list of ailments, and it was growing. When she saw a doctor for gastric bypass surgery, the doctor told her that diabetes would be next.
Sharon’s husband worked with a Health Coach, and he’d seen his coworkers have success with Take Shape For Life. He shared the Health Coach’s details with his wife and asked what she thought about the program. “I said, ‘Hey, if you’re willing to pay for the food, I’m willing to try it!’”
Because of her weight, Sharon’s job, which required standing all day and handling sometimes-difficult patients, was even more stressful. And while she remained outgoing, she felt that the thin people she knew preferred to associate with other thin people. So she was looking forward to renewed energy and a more active social life.
When she has shared her results with friends on social media, most people can’t believe the transformation. Those who knew her when say she looks better than she did in high school.
Sharon’s doctor was impressed, too. Because of her 95-pound weight loss*, she was able to reduce her blood pressure medication. And she found that being a smaller size caused less pain in her back and her joints. And, better: she had more energy to play with her kids and go to their sports functions.
“My life has totally changed in every way,” Sharon says. She has become a Health Coach and has a new growing list—of things that are good in her life: “I feel wonderful, my husband loves the way I look, I can find stylish clothes that fit me, and people look at me differently—like I am a beautiful person—with more respect.”
Sharon’s children are happy for her. “And my son can’t stop hugging me enough because he says he can now fit both arms around me!”
If you would like to know more about our Program and if you have interest in learning how to become a health coach too, just email me and we can schedule a time to talk further.
*Results not typical. Average weight loss is 2-5 lbs per week for the first two weeks, 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.
January 2013 I realized it was time to take control of my life and make some serious changes!
I joined the gym and started changing the way I was eating! In November I started working with a health coach and was finally able to do things that I wanted to do! I climbed diamond head! This last summer I was able to play on the jet skis, ride the tube behind the boat, and when I fell off I could pull my self back up! The most amazing feeling! I can accomplish anything! I have currently lost 135lbs and am still continuing my journey to reach my final weight goal!
In about a month I will run a 5k for the first time ever!
I have had the most amazing support from my health coach and I would not be where I am today if I had not taken the jump and trusted my coach through it all! It hasn’t always been easy but it’s been a journey I am proud of!
For more information on how you can have our healthy journey and the support of a coach go to http://www.GettingUsHealthy.com