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Your Guide to Staying Energized All Day

It’s 2 PM in the afternoon and you’re desperately fighting to keep your eyelids from closing as you slip into the mid-day stretch of low energy. As you internally yell at yourself to “Wake up!”, you begin to wonder, “What do I need to do to get this to stop”? We’ve put together a set of simple tips to keep you awake, productive and feeling like you can take on the world.

Lay Off the Simple Starches

Clients of the Diet Center Program know that overloading the body on carbs has a detrimental effect on your overall health but it is also important to note what carb overload does to your energy level. The McSandwich and fries hit your system for a temporary energy boost but all too quickly the body realizes it needs to store the extra carbohydrates as fat and begins to pump insulin into the body. This triggers that hard crash after a meal and leads to you staving off the snores at work.

Eating a healthy balance of complex starches during the day slows the rise in blood sugars and leads to lower insulin spikes as well as allows you to digest your food more slowly. Rather than fall asleep, you can enjoy healthy even energy throughout the day. Complex starches include quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, millet, steel cut oats and more.

Eat Enough Fiber

You may be asking, what does fiber have to do with me falling asleep? Lots, actually. Eating enough fiber is an essential part of proper digestion. When your intake is inadequate, the body begins to get bogged down with undigested food and your ability to absorb nutrients is negatively affected. Poor absorption leads to a lack of energy because your body just isn’t getting the needed nutrients to produce energy.

A simple solution is to enjoy foods that have high fiber content. Pears, wild rice, raspberries, and broccoli are just a few wonderful options to help you keep your digestion healthy and your energy levels stable.

You Need a Boost

The temptation to grab a mid-afternoon coffee is high when you start feeling less than awake but this may not be the best option for you. The high acid content in repeated cups each day can lead to acid erosion of tooth enamel as well as yellowing of teeth. If you enjoy going out to grab your coffee, you’ll have to be aware of things like sugar, additives and high dairy content which can throw your healthy eating habits and weight-loss results off very quickly.

Diet Center’s Fat Burning Water Enhancer is a healthy weight loss boosting drink designed to help you experience a positive lift during the day with B Vitamins while helping to power your metabolism. Free from sugar and dangerous chemicals, each pack contain ingredients to burn fat, suppress appetite and help brighten your day and get you back in the working mood.

Fresh Air

Mother knows best and when she told you that you need fresh air, there was some serious wisdom there. When you’re starting to feel heavy eyelids set in, taking a short walk in fresh air can do wonders to reset your body and help you bring back some much-needed energy. How you ask? Your body will be taking in more oxygen during the activity and allow for increased energy production. You’ll wake back up in no time and if the sun is out, this is the perfect opportunity to soak up some Vitamin D.

Have a quick stretch while you’re enjoying the fresh air. Stretching is also a wonderful way to bring blood flow back into your limbs and provides a nice boost of energy. There’s never a bad moment to add a little flexibility into your day!

Music

This may seem like the oldest trick in the book but it absolutely works. Pumping music through your earphones is a great way to remind your body to get back to it. Dance music with a steady beat actually awakens a biological response in the body to match the beat which is also why your local gym blasts that one dance track over and over until you’re sick of it. Setting the tempo for your work with a catchy song will keep you on track, productive and feeling energized. And I mean, why not have some fun while you’re at work?

Circadian Rhythm

The most obvious way to have more energy is to make sure you are getting adequate sleep but a little less obvious is the role circadian rhythm plays on the amount of energy you experience mid-day. Our bodies are biologically designed to follow the pattern of night and day but since we are amazing creatures, we can choose to ignore our own biology and set our own hours. A person who is a night owl not only loses sleep typically but also has an out of whack circadian clock because of it. When the body doesn’t know what rhythm it needs to be on, you can expect to experience tiredness at unfortunate times.

Set a sleeping schedule for yourself and do all that you can to stick to it. Going to bed at a reasonable hour such as 9 or 10 PM and waking 8 hours later will help you feel rested and experience proper energy through the day. Need a little help sleeping easy? Try Diet Center’s AM/PM Weight Control Patch to help increase feelings of relaxation, restful sleep and protect the body from hormone-related weight gain. The AM Patch has natural energizers while the PM patch has special ingredients to help you burn fat while you sleep while also promoting a restful snooze.

5 Foods to Detox Your Body in the New Year

When people say the word “detox,” they often think master cleanse, juice diet or some form of fasting. What you may not know is that there are 5 foods to detox your body in the New Year—no fasting required!
Every day we eliminate or neutralize toxins through our colon, liver, lungs, skin and kidneys. However, with the volume of toxins we are exposed to through pollution, animal products and processed foods, our organs are working overtime and can’t always do the job 100%.
What you should do is incorporate foods that have detoxifying properties to speed the natural detox process along! Here are 5 foods to detox your body that are easy to incorporate into your Diet Center plan that support your body’s natural cleansing system. Don’t feel like you have to eat all of them at once—even just incorporating one of these 5 foods to detox your body adds real benefits you can see.
1. Cauliflower
Full of antioxidants, this cruciferous vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Roast with a little olive oil and garlic for a tasty treat! There are many other Diet Center recipes that incorporate this powerful vegetable as well, including Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower “Smashed” Potatoes.
2. Broccoli
This vitamin-packed green machine helps neutralize and eliminate toxins. A perfect addition to your favorite Gold Protein Chicken Soup! Check out the recipe for Fat Burning Spicy Broccoli and Chicken Chowder.
3. Herbal II Formula
Our Herbal II nutraceutical detox supplement helps to: break through stubborn plateaus, improve metabolic rate, balance stress to energize and enhance weight loss! The perfect companion to your healthy new you, Herbal II is a health powerhouse! Ask your Diet Center Counselor for details.
4. Grapefruit
A good source of fiber, grapefruit helps lower cholesterol and aids digestion. If it’s too sour try a sprinkle of stevia on half a grapefruit for a sweet and tangy snack.
5. Cucumber
When you need to flush out toxins, reach for a cucumber! Ninety-five percent water and packed with nutrients, cucumbers sliced with Morton Lite Salt is a detox delight.
Your challenge next week is to try to add just one of these into your meals. Come back and tell us what you ate and how it made you feel!

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

Your Diet Center Team

Healthy Holidays the Diet Center Way

Some people like to use holiday parties as a good excuse to be lenient with their weight loss plan, but between “friends-giving” and the countless holiday parties, those off-plan days can really start to add up! When you’re faced with a beautiful spread of holiday treats, ask yourself if that food item will help you achieve your long term health goals, or if it will only satisfy you in the moment.

Before heading out to your holiday festivities this year, make a promise to yourself that you WILL stick to your meal plan and you WON’T let the next few hours keep you from achieving your goals!

Healthy Holiday Tips

  1. Get Active – Even though the weather is getting cooler, there are many fun ways to get active through the holidays. Go sledding at a local park or make a giant snowman in your front yard, and try taking the stairs instead of the escalator while you’re out finishing holiday shopping!
  2. Ditch the Alcohol – The calories on alcoholic beverages add up quickly, and the way alcohol interacts with your body actually slows the metabolism of food, causing unnecessary weight gain.
  3. Plan Ahead – Planning is one of the key components to successful weight loss AND a healthy holiday season. If you know that the dessert buffet is going to be a challenge for you to avoid, bring along your favorite sweet Diet Center snack!
  4. Drink Plenty of Water – Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water, as dehydration can often be confused for hunger! Water also helps the body support a natural detox, and reduces excess bloating.
  5. Try New Recipes – Even if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight loss, your holiday meals can (and should!) taste delicious. Using real food, and a little preparation, you can serve and enjoy a tasty holiday feast without feeling guilty about it the next day! Your Diet Center Counselor can load you up with all kinds of tasty treats you can make at home. Give one of our holiday recipes a try, and let us know how YOU plan to have a deliciously on-plan holiday by sharing tips and recipes on our Facebook page.

Sizzling Summer Strategies

Hi Diet Center SUPERSTARS! It’s Jason and I am so glad you are here. We have so many new clients getting started for summer and I want to personally welcome you to the program. At Diet Center, we get results. You came here for change and I want to give you some strategies to help you rock your results!

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12 Benefits of Your Weight Loss Success

Congratulations on making the decision to live a healthier lifestyle. At Diet Center, we know the hardest part of your journey is often taking that first step. In honor of you and our 44th Year Anniversary, here are 12 reasons to pat yourself on the back for putting your health first.

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Dish It Up and Lose The Pounds

Ever notice how large the platters are at your favorite places like Outback or Houston’s? Portion control will help you lose weight. However, with the 12-inch plates and large drinking glasses or coffee cups that are often found in households and restaurants today, smaller portions can look disappointingly small. When you see a little scoop of food served on a large dish, you might feel deprived. Even though that small serving can be physically satisfying, the sight of it can make you feel negative emotionally.

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How Do I Diet When My Family Isn’t?

Learning to eat less of the high-calorie foods you love isn’t always easy. What can make it even harder: having to stare down those fattening foods at your very own dinner table.

From the spouse who brings you a huge box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day to the mother-in-law who plies you with home-baked goodies to the skinny friend who invites you to uber-fattening lunch dates, the result is much the same. While their intentions may be all good, experts say the results can be all bad for the dieter trying to stick to a healthy eating plan.

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Organize Your Pantry For Weight Loss

Believe it or not, the key to losing weight could actually be in your pantry. Revamping your pantry may seem like a daunting task, but did you know it could help you hit your weight loss goals, too? Using baskets and turntables to group healthy recipe ingredients together, taking nutritious items out of the original packaging and arranging them in an attractive display so they look more appetizing – are all tricks that work.

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Brain Boosting Benefits of Cardio Exercise

We all know that logging miles on the treadmill can help with weight loss, but adding more cardio to your life will also boost your productivity, rev your energy, and turn you into an unstoppable success machine. Even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at max efficiency. Cardio also floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem solving, and decision making.

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