Strawberry Pancakes with Mango and Ricotta Cheese Shrimp Burger Mini Zucchini Quiches Cappuccino Cheesecake Smoked Lemon Salmon with Spaghetti Squash and Grilled Asparagus Mango Stuffed Pork with Glazed Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas Coffee Coconut Brownie Grilled London Broil with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

 

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You watch what you eat, you try to get in your 30 minutes of cardio every day and you pay close attention to your sleep cycle—you’re pretty healthy from where we’re standing. You just wish your skin would get the memo. Trust us, we know how you feel. Rather than wallow in the stress of that pimple that popped up overnight, we interviewed a handful of people with impeccably healthy skin to see what they’re doing right. Read on to discover their secrets.

  1. They use the right products for their skin type.

All skin is not created equal, we repeat, all skin is not created equal. Kudos to those who have naturally perfect skin, but for the rest of us, it takes a little TLC to get the healthy glow we all desire. Consulting your dermatologist—or even a trusted esthetician—is key in developing your personal skin care regimen and choosing the products that work best for you.

 

  1. They never skip moisturizer.

You know how you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day? Apply that same philosophy to your skin. Maybe not eight times a day, but your skin craves hydration. We’re not sure how this rumor got started, but everyone—including those with oily skin—needs to moisturize. Choose an oil-free moisturizer to balance your skin’s natural levels and you’ll feel the silky benefits within days.

 

  1. They’ve got a great skin DIY in their pocket.

Whether it’s fresh rose water to spritz over tired skin, a homemade brown sugar scrub to exfoliate or an at-home avocado masque, natural ingredients can save your skin from harmful toxins. Want in on one of our favorites? Aloe. Cut a small square piece from an aloe plant and peel the skin off the top to reveal the gel. Rub aloe gel all over your face and neck in a circular motion. Aloe leaves are packed with a plethora of antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep skin hydrated. BONUS—aloe also treats acne and fights sun damage.

 

  1. They exfoliate.

Exfoliating is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It buffs away dead skin cells to counteract dullness and reveal healthy, glowing skin. For best results, use a rotating brush, like the Clarisonic, twice a day. If you’d rather use an all-natural exfoliator, mix the pulp of one kiwi fruit with 1 tbsp. coconut or palm oil and the gel from one vitamin E caplet. Apply and let sit for 3-5 minutes, then gently scrub while rinsing with warm water.

 

  1. They always use SPF.

If there’s one step you should never skip, it’s SPF. The sun is a tricky little minx whose damaging effects aren’t always seen right away—but can rarely be reversed. By now, we’ve all learned the harm sun exposure can cause—UV radiation alters the DNA of your skin cells, causing lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and even cancer. So even if you’re only outside for a few minutes, it’s important to wear an SPF, whether by itself or underneath makeup. As we mentioned above, be sure to look for one that’s right for your own skin type.

 

By Trishna Joshi, Lead NutritionistTrishna_Circle

Whether working toward significant weight loss, toning up for the summer, or trying to shed those last few pounds, a healthy lifestyle can help you get there. As the Lead Nutritionist for The Fresh Diet, there are a few common questions I hear over and over again. Read on to see how I tackle my clients’ most frequent workout worries.

 

 

  • Does nutrition really affect my workout?

 

Yes! What we eat can help fuel us, increase our energy, rebuild muscles and help us reach and maintain a healthy weight. On the flip side, if we aren’t fueling our bodies with healthy and nutritious foods, we tend to feel weaker and less energetic during our workout. Maintaining energy is critical for physical performance and maximizing your calories burned during a workout.

 

 

  • What should I eat before a workout?

 

The nutritional goal is to enhance your workout performance, stay hydrated and maintain energy. Carbohydrates fuel us while we exercise and, in combination with protein, help our bodies promote muscle growth. Have a meal with this combination 2-3 hours before your workout or, if you don’t have time for a meal, a snack-sized portion an hour prior to exercising. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day to maintain hydration pre- and post-workout!

 

 

  • Why do I feel weak when I work out?

 

Weakness can result from a number of reasons including intensity of the exercise, failing to take a rest day, or off-kilter blood sugar levels. These issues are common outcomes of poor diet and not having the correct nutrients before and after your workout. Consuming a combination of carbohydrates and protein will help avoid any weakness relating to glucose levels and aid in muscle recovery.

 

 

  • Eating before I exercise makes me feel nauseated. What do I do so I still have energy to get through my workout?

 

This is a very common question and an issue I have trouble with as well. To avoid that nauseous feeling and still ensure you’re energized enough to power through a workout, have a snack-sized portion of a carb-protein combo an hour before you hit the gym. Yogurt with fruit, trail mix, peanut butter toast and cheese and crackers are all good pre-workout snacks. If time allows, have a balanced meal of carbohydrates and protein 3 hours before a workout so your body has time to digest the nutrients.

 

 

  • Why am I supposed to eat after a workout if I am trying to lose weight?

 

At first glance, this may seem counter-intuitive. But post-workout nutrition is key in aiding recovery, rehydrating your body and replenishing your muscles. Muscles store excess energy from glycogen, which is broken down during a workout. Consuming protein after you exercise helps to replenish that glycogen and fight soreness and muscle breakdown.

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These days, we barely have enough time to make sure our shoes are on the right feet, let alone make time for a ninety-minute yoga class every day. All the more reason to find ways to help us de-stress, right? Even if you can’t tell a cat cow from a tree pose, all you need is a rolled-up towel, a relaxing playlist and about fifteen minutes a day to reap the benefits of regular practice and come back to center. Bonus – these poses can be done anywhere, including the workplace.


DOWNWARD DOG

Begin by standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly roll forward into a bend, let your arms hang for a second. Next, with your hands planted firmly on the floor, walk your feet back until your body is in an upside down V. If you need to, pedal your feet to stretch our your ankles. You should feel a stretch in your shoulders and down the backs of your legs. Hold, focusing on breathing evenly and deeply. Return to starting position and repeat as wanted.


MODIFIED FISH POSE

The gentle stretch works wonders for fatigue and anxiety relief. Typically, this pose is performed without any support. For beginners, fold a thick towel to place underneath your head. Lie on your back with legs straight and feet on the floor. Inhale, lift your pelvis slightly off the floor, and slide your hands, palms down, below your buttocks. Then rest your buttocks on the backs of your hands, be sure to tuck your forearms and elbows close to the sides of your torso. Press your forearms and elbows firmly against the floor. Next, with an inhale, arch your back to rest either the back of your head or its crown on the floor. There should be a minimal amount of weight on your head to avoid crunching your neck.

 

LEGS UP ON THE WALL

This pose relieves tired leg muscles and calms the nervous system. Start by lying on your side, legs stretched out in front. Slide towards a wall, moving your sit-bones as close to it as possible and extending your legs upward so that the backs of your thighs are resting against it completely. Move your arms out to the sides, palms up. Breathe deeply and evenly, relaxing into the pose for up to ten minutes.

 

CHILD’S POSE

No list would be complete without Child’s Pose, the ultimate relief position. Begin in a kneeling position. Keeping your knees about hip distance apart, bring your big toes together. Hinge forward, elongating your spine and extending your upper body forward to rest your lower abdomen on the inside of your quads. Extend your arms out in front, palms facing down. Breathe deeply – inhale, exhale – then relax into steady-state breathing. Focus on the point between your eyebrows (known as the third eye) to further calm and ground yourself.

 

CORPSE POSE

Also known as Savasana, corpse is a pose of total relaxation, which can prove to be one of the most challenging. Lie on your back with your eyes closed, arms by your sides and palms facing up. Allow your ankles to fall outward. Allow your body to melt deeper into the mat with each breath. Stay in this pose for a minimum of 5 minutes.

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George, a retired Project Manager of a global software enterprise, and Genie, a Costume Designer at the Meadows School of the Arts, are self-proclaimed foodies who—like many of us—have spent their lives trying to avoid the dreaded round of seconds. Then, in 2013, they found The Fresh Diet. Since then, they’ve lost a combined total of 238 lbs. Yes, you read that correctly. Now in their 60s, with a son about to walk down the aisle, George and Genie are using their newfound success as inspiration to focus on family, friends, and continuing their health journey together. Read on the learn more about their experience with The Fresh Diet.

 

  1.  You both have made healthy eating a priority. Was there always a big emphasis on food growing up?

Genie: Oh yes, my mother was an excellent cook and good food was a major part of my childhood. We always had a variety of fresh vegetables in the house—and, of course, a few sweets.

George: Not really. Meals were always reasonably balanced, but not particularly varied and interesting

 

  1. How did you develop your personal eating habits (before The Fresh Diet)?

Genie: My weight was quite stable until pregnancy. I’ve always eaten a well-balanced diet, just too much of it. Together, George and I have had very well-balanced meals; our challenge is that we like to eat, so portion control is impossible, particularly now that we’re cooking for just us two.

 

  1. What diets and health regimens did you try before The Fresh Diet? And what were those results?

George: We have both successfully lost significant weight previously (at least twice) – 50 to 60 lbs. As everyone knows, the challenge is keeping the weight off. We’ve mostly tried reduced calorie/portion balanced diets. We are proud to say we’ve never turned to fads. Ever!

 

  1. What has your experience been like taking this journey together with The Fresh Diet?

Genie: We love The Fresh Diet! Not only have we successfully lost a great deal of weight, but it has dramatically simplified our lives. We couldn’t have done it without each other for support. We find “choosing” our meals to be annoyingly time-consuming. We much prefer being able to trust our chef to send us something wonderful.

 

  1. How has it changed the way you feel about yourselves?

Genie: How could you not feel great about yourself when people at work, even strangers, constantly come up to you and say, “You’ve lost so much weight. You look fabulous!”?

George: Climbing stairs is no longer an issue at all. We had an elevator installed in our townhome, due to Genie’s artificial hip. Now, we don’t even use it unless we’re carrying heavy shopping loads. Where I really notice how differently I feel is at the grocery store. My eating habits have changed, so I feel thin there and really great about myself (as long as I don’t buy any cookies).

 

  1. What would you say to those who think The Fresh Diet is just another fad?

George: Simply that it’s not. There’s no fake diet food, which we very much appreciate.  It’s fresh, delicious food, and it’s portion controlled, which is the only healthy way to lose weight. There is more variety than one could reasonably make at home.

 

  1. Have you seen any unexpected benefits from being on The Fresh Diet?

Genie: You know, I began working out regularly for the first time in my life. I’ve been working out with a trainer twice a week for over a year now. And my actual job is significantly easier with less of me to haul around—not to mention the increased strength and energy from working out.

 

  1. So, what’s at the top of your bucket lists?

George: We’d love to travel to Paris and the Île de France, St. Petersburg for the Mariinsky Ballet and the Winter Palace. Oh, and Egypt for the pyramids, Karnak Temple Complex, and the Valley of the Kings.

 

  1. Do you try to guide your son down a healthy path?

Genie: Absolutely. We’ve always taught our son about healthy eating choices; but he, too, likes to eat and has a slow metabolism like me. He actually started The Fresh Diet on August 3rd. He’s getting married in 15 months and, in his words, wants to be “thin and beautiful.” Whatever motivates you!

 

  1. Choose 3 words that describe The Fresh Diet.

Genie: Convenient, tasty and exciting.

George: Why exciting? Since we don’t choose our meals, a highlight of our day is opening the bags that The Fresh Diet left us to see what we have. It’s like “What did Santa bring us?!” every evening.

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One of the perks of summer is a renewed sense of motivation to get in shape. And let’s be honest—the gym can get old. Ditch the same old routine on the same old equipment and venture outdoors for a killer workout wherever you are.

FOR THE BEACH BUM

Whether you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, or you’re gearing up for a seaside vacation, this sandy circuit workout is for you.

Warm up: Jog in the firmer sand near the water for 60 seconds, then do side shuffles for 60 seconds. Complete 5 deep, easy squats.

Sprint straight into the water up to waist level, run parallel to shore and sprint back up to the beach.

Arms & Abs: Begin in a plank position. Lift your hips and squeeze your core to drag your toes toward your hands. Walk your hands out in front of you to plank position and repeat 3 sets of 8-10 reps each.

Sprint straight into the water up to waist level, run parallel to shore and sprint back up to the beach.

Legs & Glutes: Begin in loose sand with your feet together. With your hands on your hips, take one big step forward and diagonally to the right, bending your front knee over your ankle. Push off your back foot to drag your leg in, using the sand as resistance. Repeat on the left leg. Do these diagonal walking lunges for 15 reps on each side.

FOR THE CITY DWELLER

Living in the city, you’re probably no stranger to getting around without a car. But when it comes to taking your workout outdoors, traffic, intersections and uneven pavement can stop you in your tracks. Lucky for you, one thing every city has is a great set of stairs—and that means cardio and strength training all in one.

Warm up: Climb the first 15-20 stairs slowly 3 times, keeping your shoulders back for proper posture.

Run up and down the first 15-20 steps 3 times

Arms & Abs: Sit on the edge of the second or third step with your arms at your sides. Pressing down on your palms, lift yourself off the step and extend your legs in front of you with your heels resting on the ground. Keeping your legs straight and your core engaged, lower yourself down by bending your arms at 90 degrees. Repeat this tricep dip for 10 reps.

Run up and down the first 15-20 steps 3 times

Legs & Glutes: Facing the stairs, start with your left foot on the second step and your right foot behind you on the floor. Lift your right knee to your chest, then quickly step back to starting position. Step your left foot down behind your right and do a lunge. Repeat this circuit for 12 reps starting on your left leg, then switch and repeat on the right.

Tip: Try not to work out at night. Even in a city that doesn’t sleep, never compromise your safety. If you only have time to exercise after the sun goes down, workout with a partner or group.

FOR THE SUBURBAN CYCLER

You’ve got the best of both worlds—cement sidewalks and not-so-busy streets provide stability for strength training, while grassy knolls offer up a soft landing which are easy on your joints. Follow our guide to make the most of your suburban sanctuary.

Warm up: Stretch your muscles with a few standing toe touches, shoulder stretches and hamstring curls. Then, start off with a brisk jog to the nearest park. If the park’s too far, jog once around the block.

On the grass, do 12 jumping jacks. Be sure to keep your knees slightly bent and land softly on your toes each time.

Arms & Abs: On the sidewalk, start in a plank position with your arms straight, shoulder width apart. Keeping your abs tight, extend your right arm out to the side as far as you can reach without straining. Lift your right leg and, while bending your arms to 90 degrees, bend your right leg up to touch your elbow. Return to starting position and repeat on the left. Complete 10-12 reps on each side.

On the grass, do 12 jumping jacks. Be sure to keep your knees slightly bent and land softly on your toes each time.

Legs & Glutes: Stand with your feet hip width apart. Cross your right leg behind your left and do a lunge. Bring your right leg back to starting position and use it to quickly push off into a hopping side shuffle. When your right lands out of the shuffle, cross your left leg behind it and lower into a lunge. Side shuffle back to the left and repeat. Complete 10 reps on each side.

 

 

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Maree Mitchell, 50, The Fresh Diet customer for 2 years

Maree, a financial executive in Laguna Beach, grew up in a family where meals were planned around budgets rather than nutrition. As an active child, Maree had that kind of metabolism that lets you eat anything without gaining a pound—the kind we all wish would stay with us well into adulthood. Unfortunately, sooner or later, all those happy meals and bowls of ice cream catch up to us. For Maree, it was in her 20s.

With a family history of weight issues, a combination of genetics and lifestyle caused Maree’s weight to yo-yo. But then, 2 years ago, Maree lost her sister. And in a time of immense stress and grief, she didn’t have the capacity to think about health, and she began to take comfort in food. After awhile, the weight she’d gained had only contributed to the dull ache she was feeling.

Maree set out on a journey to refocus her energy on getting healthy again and, on a referral from her niece, she joined The Fresh Diet. Over the course of two years, she began to feel like herself again. Traveling often for work, she found that by utilizing the delicious food from The Fresh Diet, she’s able to make smarter choices—and still indulge a little—while dining at hotels and restaurants on her trips.

Maree’s goal has always been to wake up one day and not have to think about her weight. And with The Fresh Diet, she doesn’t have to. Now, she’s happy, successful, healthy and back to feeling like her best self.

The Dish From Our Dietition, Barbie Lazar

As public awareness of health and nutrition rises, we find ourselves in a movement toward healthier Fresh_Diet_Barbie_Interviewlifestyles. And as foodie fanatics, we believe you should be able to have your cake—yes, we said cake—and eat it, too. That’s where Registered Dietitian Barbie Lazar comes in. As the newest member to The Fresh Diet family, Barbie works with our Chief Culinary Officer to deliver menus that are both nutritious, indulgent and flavorful. Here, she dishes about everything from her experiences and industry trends, to getting her hands dirty in the kitchen and what we can expect to find on her grocery list.

  1.     People often confuse dietitians and nutritionists. What’s the real difference?

There are similarities in terms of what we study. The difference lies mostly in licensures and certifications. To become a Registered Dietitian, one must obtain a Bachelor’s in nutrition, complete a supervised internship and pass a national exam. Continuing professional educational requirements are then necessary to maintain registration.

  1.     Thank you for clearing that up! So, what does your role as a dietitian entail?

I counsel others on making healthy food choices so they successfully reach their individualized nutrition goals. At the Fresh Diet, I work side-by-side with Chief Culinary Officer, Chef Silvia De Antonio, to design menus that are both flavorful and nutritious. My goal is to provide our clients with well-balanced meals that satisfy their taste buds as well as their weight and nutrition goals.

  1.     It sounds like you work closely with Chef Silvia. Tell me a bit about your influence in the new menu.

The Fresh Diet philosophy as a whole is strongly influenced by Mediterranean dietary recommendations. Refined grains are replaced with whole grain ingredients like whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice. We use healthy monounsaturated oils such as olive oil or a canola/olive oil blend. Generally, we try to use as little added oils as possible without sacrificing flavor. Full fat dairy products are replaced with low fat or fat free alternatives. Our go-to cooking methods include baking, grilling and sautéing – we avoid frying.

  1.     You have a strong background in clinical and community nutrition. How does your work for The Fresh Diet differ from your previous experiences?

Yes, my experience has been mostly in clinical settings treating patients that rely on therapeutic diets to alleviate symptoms of disease. It may sound like the opposite end of the spectrum from The Fresh Diet, but having that clinical background allows me to approach nutrition from a perspective rooted in the science of how the human body absorbs food. I’m able to help people make good food choices in order to prevent disease. I’m excited to be a part of a process that can improve our customers’ quality of life and help them sustain good health for years to come.

  1.     The Fresh Diet is an exciting new venture for you. What are you most looking forward to?

It certainly is. What excites me the most is seeing how passionate and devoted The Fresh Diet team is to making an incredible product. I’m really looking forward to seeing the transformation over the next few months and seeing how clients respond.

  1.     Do you also have a passion for cooking? Is that something that comes with the territory?

Well, for me, it does. I love experimenting in the kitchen with new healthy recipes. I especially enjoy cooking for guests—they’re always surprised at how delicious healthy food can taste!

  1.     Being in the health industry, I’m sure people ask you this a lot. What does a dietitian typically eat on a daily basis?

I usually start off with oatmeal and a banana with coffee for breakfast. If I’m hungry mid-morning, I’ll have fruit or a protein bar. For lunch, I hit the salad or sushi bar at the local market. Then for dinner, I’ll usually have salmon, tuna or tofu added to a salad with a side of sweet potato or quinoa. I almost always treat myself to some dark chocolate or a handful of mixed nuts at some point in the day. And my beverage of choice is always water—I drink a ton of water throughout the day.

  1.     Do you have any food weaknesses or indulgences?

I’m obsessed with nut butters—peanut, almond, soy—you name it, I love it.  I really can’t have a full jar in my refrigerator without being tempted to eat half of it in one sitting.

  1.     If you could change one big misconception about food, what would it be?

That “a calorie is a calorie.” It’s not true. Not all calories are created equal!

  1.  Was there a big focus on food and/or healthy living when you were growing up?

Very much so.  My mother has always been extremely health conscious. I was probably the only kid in nursery school with a whole carrot in my lunch box. And I was probably the only one who enjoyed eating it, too.

  1.  What does your grocery list look like? What are your go-to healthy foods?

My grocery list consists mostly of fresh non-processed foods.  A lot of fruits and vegetables, wild fish, trail mix, granola, quinoa, sweet potato and dark chocolate.

  1.  How do you fight food temptations?

I try to not let myself get too hungry. Small meals and snacks throughout the day and drinking plenty of water usually curbs any unwanted cravings. I also find that going to the gym regularly keeps me more mindful of what I consume throughout the day.

  1.  Do you see a big shift happening in the public’s opinion of healthy eating?

I think the public as a whole is shifting towards choosing healthier lifestyles.  With increased awareness of the importance of good nutrition and fitness, people are making more of an effort to improve their food choices and become more physically active. What was once viewed as a “diet” is now considered a lifestyle. Social media and government initiatives have been useful in informing the public of the latest research and trends, but it’s important to seek out additional professional and credible sources too.

  1.  Do you have a favorite fitness regimen to complement your healthy lifestyle?

I find the gym to be extremely therapeutic both physically and mentally. I love taking circuit-training classes, weight lifting, and running on the treadmill. When I’m not feeling up for an intense workout I’ll go for a 30 minute walk to burn a few extra calories and clear my mind. It’s important to keep moving as much as possible.

  1.  Just for fun, which talent would you most like to have that you don’t possess?

I always wanted to be a gymnast—unfortunately, my lack of flexibility and coordination prevented this dream from becoming a reality. So, here I am as a dietitian instead!

 

Fresh Diet health tips for busy people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Trishna, Lead Nutritionist

Everyday I work with busy parents, busy professionals and busy everyone else—and the top complaint I hear is that our clients just don’t have the time to focus on nutrition. Between commuting to work, trying to keep the kids busy through the summer and tackling a laundry list of tasks around the house, being quick, efficient, and productive rarely takes a backseat to nurturing our inner selves. It all comes to a screeching halt, however, when temperatures rise and it’s time to trade our scarves and ponchos for barely there bikinis. Taking a moment each morning to prioritize your day can help turn that feeling of anxiety into a sense of accomplishment.

So whether you’re looking to shed those last 5 pounds or are just starting your weight loss journey, take a deep breath and read on for my go-to tips that boast a proven track record for even my busiest clients.

Hydrate, Rehydrate and then Hydrate Some More

I cannot emphasize enough the benefits of drinking water. From easing digestion and helping your organs run smoothly to giving your skin and hair a healthy glow, the benefits are endless. Stop filling up on sugary drinks with empty calories and reach for a crisp glass of water. Craving some flavor? Try infusing your water with fresh fruit for an extra kick.

Pile on the Produce

We’ve all heard this before and it’s one of our mantras here at The Fresh Diet. Not only are fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals, their rich fiber content also helps keep our hunger at bay—making us less likely to get up for seconds or reach for an unhealthy alternative.

Beware the All-You-Can-Drink Trap

Drinking alcohol on a weight loss plan isn’t forbidden, so to speak, but knowing what—and how much—to take in can make a huge difference in your results. Summer rolls around and we’re all too eager to sip on margaritas, piña coladas and daiquiris. But those heavy, sugary cocktails can add hundreds of calories to your day. Instead, choose your liquor and enjoy it on the rocks with some seltzer water. Feel free to add fresh fruit, but beware of bars that use syrups and artificial flavoring. Stick with the natural stuff and enjoy a drink or two you won’t regret tomorrow.

Make your Calories Count

As a nutritionist, I’ve dabbled with counting calories, taking measurements and keeping records of intake. But from my own experience—and that of my most successful clients—I have to say the emphasis really is on the integrity of the calories you consume. Paying attention to good nutritional quality affects how our bodies utilize calories and nutrients. So rather than cataloguing a series of numbers, choose food that’s healthy, delicious and fosters a positive experience.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

I know what you’re thinking. What does a healthy lifestyle even look like? We all have our own varying degrees of busyness, so figuring out how to live healthily can be somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle. But there are a few universal basics we can all benefit from—try to get 8 hours of sleep, reduce stress, follow a healthy diet and exercise. Easier said than done? Don’t fret. My most successful clients garner incredible long-term results by doing one simple thing: scheduling. No more waiting for a tomorrow that turns into 4 months without a single workout. Get out your calendars and set aside time each day for meals, snacks, workouts and “me time.”

Fighting Seasonal Allergies: Spring Clean Your Diet

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Summer is finally in the air—the smell of freshly cut grass, the warmth of sunshine on our skin and yes, those dreaded allergies that linger around us like a low hanging fog. But before you break into your stash of nasal sprays and miracle meds, give your immune system a boost by shaking up your diet.

 

A new seasonal palette of lighter, fresher ingredients give our bodies a chance to detox naturally, build immunity, cleanse the digestive system and kick start our metabolism. Read our tips to learn how making a few simple changes to your diet can help navigate spring’s stickiest situations.

 

Manage Mucus Mayhem

You know that uncomfortable sinus pressure and congestion that re-emerges every year? You can thank the cold winter air for that. Dry sinuses and a buildup of thick mucus often carry over into spring, making us more prone to allergy and cold symptoms.

 

The Remedy: Ginger, turmeric and dandelion, usually harvested in early spring, scrub intestinal mucus and increase circulation and digestion, helping our bodies to naturally rid themselves of toxins we may have accumulated over the winter months. Add them to teas, dressings and marinades to reap their immune boosting powers and—bonus!—enjoy an extra kick of flavor.

 

 

Digestive Detox

While we love the hardy root vegetables and comfort foods of winter, our digestive tracts can’t wait for the lighter alternatives of summer. Incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients, like antioxidant-rich fruits, will not only help cleanse your digestive system, it will also boost your metabolism (hello, warm weather wardrobe!).

 

The Remedy: Berries and cherries are loaded with antioxidants that help cleanse the gut and lymphatic system for smoother digestion and increased immunity. On the savory side, dark leafy greens like cabbage are loaded with chlorophyll, which promotes intestinal health.

 

 

Safeguard Against Symptoms

Endless sneeze sessions, coughing attacks, watery eyes, an itchy nose—sound familiar? Such are the woes of seasonal allergies. Fear not, there is hope for you yet. Adding summer vegetables into your diet, while limiting processed foods, alcohol and dairy can help manage symptoms.


The Remedy: Every season has its own buzz-worthy list of super foods. For summer, cabbage, arugula, asparagus, squash, bell peppers, and watercress are the superheroes of allergy defense. Also, green onions and garlic are packed with quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine to help protect the respiratory tract against air-born allergens. And since we believe in the holistic power of good nutrition, all of these ingredients are included in our menu offerings.

June 2015 Newsletter: Issue 1 

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Meet Elle, a professional hair stylist living in New York and working at Paul Labrecque Salon who, for the better part of her adult life, has ventured every diet fad on the market. Sound familiar? It should, because we’ve all either been in her shoes or know someone who has. Well, gee, after years of trying, something had to eventually work, right? Wrong, the only thing you end up losing is a giant plateful of self-esteem. Most of these fads are just that—fleeting trends without any real power of sustainability.

 Elle learned the hard way that to truly make a change—and maintain that success—you have to pay attention to the content of what you’re eating, not just the calorie count. A 100-calorie frozen meal may sound like a good low-cal option, but besides the fact that it’s loaded with sodium and artificial preservatives, no one wants to eat that for the next fifty years. And a boring, artificial diet is kryptonite to any healthy lifestyle.

For Elle, growing up as an athlete meant she could pretty much eat whatever she wanted without worrying about her weight—and with her mom’s nightly homemade dinners, she did just that. But the older she got and the less active she became, the more she noticed her weight fluctuating. Then finally, after years of failed attempts, a friend recommended The Fresh Diet. In Elle’s words, this was her turning point. Working in the beauty industry puts a lot of pressure on looking and feeling your best. And after a long day trekking across Manhattan between weddings and photo shoots, the last thing she has time for is cooking and meal prep. With the convenience of daily Fresh Diet deliveries, Elle can eat fresh, delicious food without having to sacrifice good nutrition.


Three years later, Elle is still a faithful Fresh Diet customer. With a newfound confidence and the freedom to focus on things other than her calorie count, Elle is working toward starting a family and owning her own business.

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