Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 15, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Habit #4:

Avoid Mindless Eating!

Do you like to munch while watching television?

Do you nibble and taste food while cooking?

Do you finish your children’s plates and leftovers?

Do you pick up candy from every candy dish you pass?

Do you have a snack stash for when you are driving your car?

Do you have a mini-buffet at your desk?

Do you bring extra snacks into movies?

Do you line up for deep-fried grocery store sample?

Do you eat junk food while reading books?

Do you find it impossible to go to the coffee shop and just order coffee?

Or, do you enjoy snacking on the goodies your fellow employees bring to work?

It’s time to stop!

Yes, all these mindless snack activities could be hazardous to your waistline. You don’t enjoy this mindless snacking because usually you aren’t even aware that you are eating.

If you are going to eat, enjoy the taste, the flavor, the joy of the food. Why pack on pounds with extra food when you can’t even enjoy the experience?




Chocolate Almond Pudding with Cookie Crumble

This luxurious dessert is sure to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooth's. Make this pudding ahead of time so you have it ready in the refrigerator when you need. Top your chilled pudding with warm cookie crumble for added decadence.


Appetizer Diet Rich Chocolate Shake

4oz Warm, Filtered Water

1/8 TSP (or less) Almond Extract

1/2 Appetizer Diet Chocolate Chip Cookie


Blend together the warm water and 1 scoop of Appetizer Diet Rich Chocolate Shake on medium to medium-high. Add in almond extract. Blend until mixture has doubled in size, about 45 seconds.

In a large heat safe mug or dish pour in the warm blended Appetizer Diet Rich Chocolate Shake. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or until the pudding has set.



Carefully chop your Appetizer Diet Chocolate Chip Cookie into small pieces to create the cookie crumble topping. For added flavor gently toast the cookie.

Sprinkle the cookie crumble on top and enjoy!



Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Habit #3: Snacks … rule!

If you don't eat for a few hours, your body thinks: "Hey, no incoming food. I don't want to starve. Let me go into survival mode. Turn down the metabolism. Conserve calories."


If you are trying to lose or manage your weight, this is not good.


This is why eating breakfast is so important.


Remember why you need to eat breakfast, to kick-start your metabolism for the day after the long night without food. You want your body to burn calories all day long. And you want to help your willpower hold up so you don't overindulge at the next meal.


Snacks boost your metabolism.


If during the day you go long periods without eating, your body will go back into calorie-conserving survival mode. You want to eat to keep your metabolism burning calories for you.


Think about this. You eat a big meal leaving you feeling stuffed and lazy. Then once you finally start to burn off the big meal and get some energy it's time to eat again. Doing this type of eating will only leave you on an energy roller-coaster, one second your up the next your energy levels are falling.


So instead, think about spreading out your food throughout the day. You won't need to get stuffed at each meal because your not ravenous. Plus just knowing that you will be having a snack again soon will help you not feel like you need to stockpile to hold out until the next big meal.


So make it a habit to eat snacks regularly. Sounds like fun.


Why not make it a habit to have a healthy snack or meal every three or four hours?


And don't eat just junk food. You will want a snack that is high in nutrition to fuel that calorie-burning metabolism like an Appetizer Diet Cookie or Shake.


Just avoid the donuts, the muffins, the candy bars and other high sugar, empty calorie snacks.

It is an easy habit to snack. It's even easier to keep an Appetizer Diet Cookie with you.

Make your snacks work for you!



Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Habit #2: Attitude Is Everything!

Don't be miserable because You are on a weight loss mission. Look at Yourself in the mirror. Are You frowning at mealtime? Be happy and put a smile on Your face because You are doing something positive toward a healthier, happier You!

We all eat out. It is one of life’s pleasures. So why not enjoy?Here are a few pointers to makes sure dining out doesn’t sabotage your healthy eating habits.

It’s okay to say, “no thanks” when the bread/chip basket is brought to your table. There are a lot of empty calories here, so save the calories and don’t fill up while unconsciously munching bread and crackers.

Order the leanest cuts of meat. Saturated fat isn’t a nutrient.

When ordering salads, always ask for the dressing on the side. Dipping your salad into your dressing is better than drowning your salad in heavy dressing. Better yet, when you eat your salad try, just dip your fork in the dressing first and then get the lettuce. You’ll still get tons of great flavor with very little dressing.

Look for vinegar or citrus dressings too as they are generally lower in calories.

Drink water, save calories and money. Skip the soft drinks or even tea with sugar.Ask for whole wheat pasta or brown rice instead of white. Avoid fried rice as the oil adds a lot of calories.

Ask to have your food grilled, not fried.

Eat sandwiches open-faced with a knife and fork. You don’t need to eat all of the bread.

Ask for a to-go container when your food arrives. Wrap up half your over-sized meal to save for later. Do this before you start eating your meal.

Be prepared. Many restaurants offer nutritional information and options on their websites. Take a look at the menu before you leave and decide what you are going to order. Then you won’t be swayed by last minute hunger-induced decisions.

Words to avoid: Cream, fried, butter sauce, covered with cheese, gravy and super-size.

Finally, remember to be nice to the waiter. Waiters can make helpful suggestions and be your partner towards a healthy lifestyle.

Happy Dining!

...and don't forget  a convenient, tasty Meal Replacement once or twice a day.



Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Habit #1: Not Eating Enough, Skipping Breakfast

This is why "Starvation Diets" don't work:


Your body is controlled by Your Subconscious Mind, which runs programs pre-installed at birth. When You don't eat enough, theStarvation Program runs automatically. Your body begins storing FAT because it believes food is in short supply. "Why would You starve me if there was plenty of food?"


It is better to eat a light, healthy meal or snack every 3 hours than to have only one or two meals or snacks a day.


There's an old saying, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."


While You sleep, Your metabolism slows down. Your body is not burning many calories. It is "fasting".


Your first meal of the day "breaks the fast" - hence the name. It helps trigger Your body's awake mode and shifts Your metabolism into a higher gear. You burn more calories.


If You are short on time in the morning, then it's a good time for a convenient, tasty Meal Replacement.


Myths and Facts About Protein

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)
  1. Do men need more protein than women?

  2. Why do we need protein?

  3. Can a high-protein diet can help you lose weight?

  4. Is Whey Protein high in fat?

Our friends at WebMD put together a great quiz that helps you answer these questions and to help you learn more about protein and why it's an important factor in helping you lose the unwanted weight:

Quiz: Myths and Facts About Protein

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Belly-Busting Foods You Must Avoid!

Posted by Edna & Roger Boisjoli on March 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Skipthe Doughnuts, Wings and Ribs! WHAT?

Mostpeople love Doughnuts, but do you know how many calories is in justone glazed Doughnut? A whopping 260Calories!Now be honest here, when was the last time you ate just one doughnut?Ha Ha Ha, yeah, we hear you! Who eats just one doughnut?

Well,we're not here to tell you that you can never have another doughnut,that would just be silly. What we do want to recommend is that youpractice moderation. In order to change your shape, you need tochange what you do. Not drastically, but "moderately". Soinstead of eating 2 or 3 doughnuts, just have 1 and only say, once aweek, instead of every day.

Oneof the great things about the Shrink Team Challenge is that sinceyou're replacing a meal, say lunch for example, you don't have togive up everything you love to eat. We're just recommending that youcut back on the foods you know won't help you live a healthylifestyle.

WebMDhas a great slideshow explaining some other Belly-Busting Foods YouMust Avoid:

Belly-BustingFoods You Must Avoid

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