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Be Bold, Believe In Yourself, Have a Healthy Holiday

 
Losing weight…the most coveted of all New Year’s resolutions! Each year, millions of people around the world vow to start the New Year by exercising more, eating less, and “really sticking with” their plan to lose weight. The new year offers us a fresh start, a chance to “get it right” and renew our commitment to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Yet, somewhere along the way, we’ve convinced ourselves that this ...

8 Great Grocery Store Finds for Weight Loss

 
Grocery Shopping Sunday! Losing weight and loving what you eat don't always go hand in hand, but with the right seasonings, great recipes, and a little help from your weight loss friends at Metabolic Research Center, you can LOVE what you eat and lose weight.  Metabolic Research Center's weight loss menus include a wide variety of foods including lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Because our menus are desinged using real, whole food, that you ...

I Am MRC

 
At Metabolic Research Center, many of our consultants were once MRC clients. We understand what it takes to lose weight not only because we are nutritional experts that employ sound science, but because many of us have lived it. We have been where you are, we have walked in your shoes, and we intimately understand the struggles you go through on a daily basis to stay disciplined and stick to your diet -- despite all the forces in our society ...

Cooler Than Candy: Halloween Treat Ideas

 
We know, kids love candy! BUT, kids also love bugs, ghouls, vampire teeth, glow sticks and cheesy fake jewelry. This year we are all focused on being healthier, being our best self, and having fun, so let’s carry that spirit right into the Halloween season, yes I said season....it last for weeks. With over $2 BILLION spent on Halloween candy each year give your trick or treaters something that will last long past the candy, the belly ache, ...

How to Avoid the Perils of Halloween Candy

 
October is a great month to get out and exercise, but there is no doubt that Halloween can totally throw off your weight loss and exercise routine if you let it. Consider these (very spooky) statistics: Americans spend over $2 billion (yes that’s billion with a B!) dollars annually on Halloween candy. Americans purchase over 600 million pounds of candy, which is equivalent to the weight of almost 6 Titanic ships! The average person will consume nearly a pound and a ...

The power of NO MORE!

 
Ahh… Thanksgiving, many people’s favorite holiday.  I have heard the chatter, and mostly I hear “I can’t wait to eat or I am eating as much as I want."   I watch them space out as if imagining the turkey coma already.   Hmm, what if people changed what they told themselves and imagined about Thanksgiving.  Half the battle is in our head anyway, so let’s make a winning ...

Shut the door to negative thoughts

 
When you close the door of your mind to negative thoughts, the door of opportunity opens to you refreshed  as several times a week and sometimes every day, these words seem to fit perfectly into something I am thinking about, doing, planning to do or struggling to solve.  This week I read the above "thought of the day" just as I once again, started up my exercise routine after a several week hiatus. This sparked some neurons firing ...

Mom was right...eat your veggies

 
I know, I know...your Mom always made you eat a green vegetable...turns out Mom was on to something. Eating fruit and vegetables, along with lean meats and whole grains, is a safe way to lose and maintain a healthy weight. Studies also show that diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancer and other chronic diseases. Eating vegetables and fruits is important because they provide vitamins and minerals, and most are low in ...

Surround Yourself With Supportive Individuals

 
While my area of expertise is weight loss and wellness, today’s topic applies to ANY situation- when you are working towards achieving a goal; you need positive supportive folks in your corner. The joy suckers, energy vampires, Debbie Downer’s and negative nellies, nay sayers need not apply!   In fact, avoid them as much as possible!    People never achieve goals solely on their own, there is always someone along that way who offers ...

Weight Loss Is Fun!

 
There are so many negative stigmas attached to the process of dieting, being healthy and losing weight.  Sure, making a real change in your lifestyle and eating habits requires some adjustments, but it certainly doesn’t have to be miserable!  In fact, the only way to truly realize lasting and long-term success with regard to weight loss is to find a plan and a new way of life that works for you, one that is enjoyable, fun ...

Change your thinking, change your eating

 
In gathering quotes, I came across one that really resonated with me... "the world we have created is a product of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking" -Albert Einstein.   As I reflected on the changes and evolutions I have made and am still working on, I realized that my successful eating habits have been a result of changing the way I think about food.  My failures in the past were a direct result ...

What you say MATTERS!

 
I recently read an article summary titled “I Don’t” Beats “I Can’t” for self control. The study “examined the effect of different wording when using self-talk to resist temptation. When participants framed a refusal as “I don't” (for instance, “I don't eat sugar”) instead of “I can't,” they were more successful at resisting the desire to eat unhealthy foods or skip the gym.”  ...

Is your body's check engine light on?

 
My low gas light was on in may car today, yes it happens frequently, and I began to think about how easy it is to care for our car and how much better we often treat our car than our own human body. At first that sounds absurb but think about it, when your car's 'Check Engine Light' goes off you take her immediately to the mechanic for service, when the low gas light appear you stop at the gas ...

Pumpkin Pie Yumminess

 
Pumpkin obsession is in full gear and it seems these days we've added pumpkin to everything imaginable. Along with our pumpkin lattes and pumpkin treats comes the dreaded pumpkin bum, yup the more pumpkin treats I try the more I begin to resemble a pumpkin. What's a girl to do? Here are some great ideas for enjoying the flavor of pumpkin while maintaining your new not-so-pumpkin figure: Pumpkin Pie Spice (PPS) is an MRCer’s dream, it makes everything ...

Halloween - My Scary Truth

 
I love costumes and love to watch my 5 year old morph into character, right now he is Optimus  Prime (who he claims is the most powerful of “all”). He is constantly evaluating which character is the most powerful, who could win against the other, and who has the best skills. This I love. What I don’t  love is the crappy candy, the Stitch like crazy he gets after eating all that sugar, and the ...

The Secret to Loving YOURSELF

 
“You’re so stupid!" "You’re never going to achieve that, you should just give up!” “I can’t believe you did that, you ruined everything!" Would you let your best friend, spouse or children speak to you like this? Of course not! Then, why on earth do we talk to ourselves like this?!? We are all guilty of shaming ourselves in the privacy of our own minds (or maybe even out loud for ...

How Peter Pan (no, not the Peanut Butter!) Can Help Reduce Your Stress

 
"So come with me, where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land." Okay, so yes...this is a children’s fairy tale and has no basis in reality. And, no...you cannot really fly no matter how hard you try. BUT, Peter Pan is on to something in regard to the value of finding your “happy place,” and harnessing ...

Is That The Alarm?

 
Is that the alarm??  No, it can't be time to get up already...I'll just hit the snooze button, one more time..., one more time..., okay just one last time... Sound familiar?  Most likely you have heard at some point or been told how important sleep is but how often do we actually make sleep a priority?  With busy lives, demanding jobs, and a feeling of never having ...

Get Moving!

 
Any exercise is good exercise.  Have you ever said that you didn’t have time to exercise?  Spending just five minutes a day contracting and working your muscles is five more minutes than what you were doing!  Once you make an effort to exercise, not only will you start seeing a difference but you will feel a difference.  You will have more energy and you will be in control of your life.  You can ...

An Apple a Day Keeps More Than Just The Doctor Away

 
Did you know that very few Americans get in the recommended amount of fruit for a healthy lifestyle each day?  In fact, that number is so low that more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese!  This number is due to more than just missing the intake of daily fruit, but also in missing the daily amount of vegetables, vitamins and other healthy proteins.  If you only knew the benefits of fruits, you may want to change ...

5 Ways To Be A Happier, Healthier Person

 
How would you like to have a happier outlook on life?  Some people think that you have to be born rich, or beautiful, or live a stress-free life to have a happy life.  However, there are things you can do to change your attitude, mood, or outlook that can create a happier life, because let’s face it, only a small percentage of people are born with the “happy life” qualities!    Practice ...

Expectations Bending Reality?

 
I recently read an article How the Power of Expectations Can Allow You to ‘Bend Reality’  Journalist Chris Berdik explains the many ways that what is expected shapes what happens By Gareth Cook. The articles details excerpts and answers to questions about Chris Berdik’s book Mind vs Mind.  In his book, Chris cites several examples of studies demonstrating how expectations have changed an outcome including the most commonly known placebo effect, athletic performance, the ...