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Choose entrees with fruits and vegetables as key ingredients. Enjoy the flavors they offer. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber as well as of many vitamins and minerals.

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By Jennifer Hambric

For many people starting a weight loss journey, giving up unhealthy (albeit delicious) food is the hardest part of the battle. Fortunately, on a low-glycemic (low-GI) diet, you don’t have to give up many of your favorite foods – instead, you can modify them to fit your dietary regimen. For instance, you can still enjoy pizza on a low-GI diet. Check out a delicious recipe for cauliflower pizza crust below!

Minutes to Prepare: 5

Minutes to Cook: 20

Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

·         2 cups shredded fresh cauliflower
·         2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella
·         2 tbs shredded parmesan cheese
·         2 eggs
·         1 tsp italian seasoning
·         Dash of salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grate cauliflower into a bowl, combining with cheese and seasoning. Beat eggs in smaller bowl and pour into cheese cauliflower mixture. Press onto cookie sheet or pizza pan lined with parchment paper and press into a circle (do not make too thin). Bake for 15-20 minutes. Top and enjoy!!!

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on 1/20/15


Did you know that, according to the National Institutes of Health, one-third of American adults are considered obese? It’s no wonder one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. The problem with New Year’s resolutions, however, is that most people don’t keep them. Below are some tips from our team at TLS Weight Loss Solution to help you lose weight in a healthy way and stick to your New Year’s goals.

1.       Meal Prep on Sundays
 
Between work, driving the kids to & from their various activities, book club and all the various chores and obligations, it’s easy to see why preparing a healthy meal can take a backburner. Anticipate this obstacle, and prepare your meals for the week every Sunday.  
 
2.       Schedule workouts in your calendar
 
This will help you treat fitness as an appointment. Meaning you’re less likely to blow off the gym.
 
3.       Pack snacks
 
Always have snacks on hand. If hunger strikes unexpectedly, you will be prepared with a healthy option. Avoiding the vending machine = success!
 
4.       Drink enough water
 
Aim for a minimum of 8 glasses per day.
 
5.       Eat breakfast
 
A healthy, protein rich breakfast will help fill you up and curb overeating later in the day.

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on 1/16/15


Ingredients:

(makes about six servings)
1 large spaghetti squash (6-8 lbs)
1-2 T olive oil (depending on how big the squash)
1-2 tsp Italian Herb Blend
3 T basil pesto
1 ¼ cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash the spaghetti squash, then cut in half lengthwise. Use a sharp pointed spoon to scrape out seeds and stringy insides that's around the seeds.
 
Cut ends off squash and rub inside surface with a small amount of olive oil and Italian Herb Blend. Put squash on baking sheet that you've sprayed with non-stick spray. Roast squash, starting to check after about 40 minutes and removing when squash is still firm but strings apart fairly easily into spaghetti-like strands. May take longer if squash is larger.
 
Let squash cool a few minutes if needed, then scrape out strands into a plastic bowl or baking pan and discard skins. Gently mix in pesto and the cup of coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, then pour squash/cheese mixture into a dish and top with ¼ cup more Parmesan cheese. Bake 20-30 minutes more, until mixture is slightly bubbling and cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve hot.

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on 1/15/15



Theresa Greenwell, International Science

Managing one’s weight is never easy. Often, once someone loses weight, it is hard to keep that weight off.  Supplementing with herbals and eating healthy, while keeping active, can make that continued struggle easier, but it can also make it very challenging. A recent study published in Nutrition (December, 2014) may offer many people a way to make weight management easier and affordable. 
 
This study asked test participants to simply drink approximately 9 ½ ounces of tomato juice (containing 32.5 mg of lycopene) one time a day for 8 weeks. Subjects were instructed not to make any changes to their eating or exercise habits during the 8 weeks.  At study completion, significant reductions in body weight, body fat, waist circumference and BMI were observed.  Additionally, study results showed a marked decrease in cholesterol, while supporting a significant increase in adiponectin, a protein hormone secreted by fat cells that is important for glucose level regulation and is inversely associated with body fat percent.   
 
Tomato juice can be a simple and a relatively inexpensive item to add to one’s daily intake.  It is a good source of both vitamin C and lycopene, both of which act as antioxidants and are reported to have various health related benefits.
 
This type of intervention may not be for everyone and further research is still necessary. Some weaknesses of the study were that no control group existed and the participants were young adults of normal/average health and weight. This does not mean that others would not see the same benefits!  This type of supplementation may be best for those who are looking to keep weight off or have a lower amount of weight to lose.  This may also help those who have more weight to lose to tip the scales in their favor.   

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on 1/14/15


Guess what? We’re giving our most dedicated followers fun ways to win free boxes of Choice Energy Bars! Starting tomorrow, the TLS® Weight Loss Solution team will be giving away one box of Choice Brownies & Cream Energy Bars and one box of Choice Vanilla Caramel Crunch Energy Bars with Greek Yogurt to individuals with creative Instagram posts that showcase their love of these delicious, protein-packed treats. Read on to find out how to win!

Here’s how YOU can take part in the #MyChoiceBar Instagram contest:

1) Must follow @TLSWeightLoss on Instagram (click here to follow)

2) Upload a photo or video of where you enjoy your Choice Bar on the go

3) In the caption, create a unique testimonial telling us why you love Choice Bars

4) Use hashtag #MyChoiceBar

Each day, one winner with the most creative testimonial, image and/or video will receive two boxes of Choice Bars in each flavor!*
 
Contest begins January 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT and ends January 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM EDT. The winner will be announced at 4:00 PM EDT each day of the contest. Contest is open worldwide to adults 18 and older.
 
Remember: creativity matters. The more creative your photos (or videos) and your messages, the better chance you have to win!
*Winners are selected based on creativity of image or video, as well as the uniqueness of the testimonial. Each contestant can only enter once.

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on 1/12/15