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Want Your New’s Year Resolutions to Be a Success? Define Your Why.

We’re not here to be the bearers of bad news. In fact, our goal is to do the opposite. If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans who has made a New Year’s resolution this year, we want to help you achieve success in accomplishing your goal. But first a little background.

New Year’s Resolutions Statistics

Did you know that, according to statistics, 81 to 92 percent of resolutions fail? And to add insult to injury, most people give up on their resolutions by February – just one month into their new lifestyle!
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So what gives? There’s a list of reasons resolutions don’t seem to stick, but there is one that seems to be the most common. When making a resolution, many are quick to identify their WHAT, but not their WHY. In other words, you know what you want (i.e. weight loss), but you don’t know why you want it. Luckily, there’s a simple solution for this.

Identifying Your Why

This technique can be applied to all types of resolutions, but for the sake of staying on theme, we’re going to use weight loss as an example. You’ve decided that you want to lose weight, but now you need to figure out why.

Is it to look better? Do you want to feel healthier? Are you hoping for more energy to keep up with your children/grandchildren? Is it to reverse a potentially harmful condition, like pre-diabetes? Your why may be one or all of these things. Once you identify your reason(s) why, write them down on a sticky note and keep it somewhere visible – it could be your bathroom mirror; or in your car; or on the refrigerator. It’s best to put it somewhere you’ll see it frequently.

Take a moment to sit down and quietly reflect on your reasons for choosing your resolution. Imagine how you would feel when you reach your goal. Do you feel sexy and confident? Are you running around with your family with loads of energy? Is your health better than it’s ever been in years? How does that make you feel? Take a minute to picture yourself as this new person and imagine that you’re already there. Spend some time really feeling the joy associated with achieving this goal.

Sticking to Your Resolution

Now every time you feel yourself straying from your resolution or you just want to throw in the towel, go read your list of “whys”. Then sit quietly and bring yourself back to when you imagined how it would feel when you reach your goal. When you can really take a moment to identify – and sit with – the bigger picture, it makes it easier to reach your goals and to get through it, day by day.

Of course, support is huge when it comes to reaching your goals, and we just happen to be the experts in weight loss (which is the most common New Year’s resolution, by the way). If you need a team behind you, come check us out. We’re here for you.

Product of the Month! Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! The past year was difficult for many, but like every new year, 2018 brings with it a chance for a fresh start. If you’ve made a resolution to get in shape this year, we’ve got your back.

We’re helping you start the new year off strong by offering our Skip-a-Meal Replacement beverage as part of our monthly special, which includes 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Monthly Special Details

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!

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What is Skip-a-Meal?

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Shake is one of our customer favorites, and for good reason. It’s a whey protein meal replacement shake that serves as a high-protein, low calorie replacement for a higher calorie meal. It’s delicious, it’s easy to incorporate, and it’s effective!

In addition to being low in calories (only 192 per serving!), the shake is also loaded with several vitamins and minerals, making it a completely balanced nutrition source, just like a healthy meal.

Skip-a-Meal Nutrition Facts

One serving of the Skip-a-Meal replacement shakes provides at least 30% (in some cases, it provides 35%) of each of these vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and copper.

A single serving of the shake also provides 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber but only 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. Because Skip-a-Meal offers complete nutrition, you can use it to replace one meal, or all of your meals, that’s totally up to you.

How Much Do You Get?

The even better news? One tub contains 15 servings and you get it FREE when you sign up for our monthly special. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

If you have any questions about Skip-a-Meal or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Diet Spotlight: The DASH Diet

About 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure, a condition that puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in America. Even more alarming than this, only half of the people with high blood pressure have it under control. While medication is available to control high blood pressure, many people are able to successfully reduce blood pressure through their diet.

DASH Diet Basics

One of the most popular diets for controlling blood pressure (and recently tied for number 1 best overall diet in U.S. News diet report) is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet, or more easily called the DASH diet.

The DASH diet, which is technically considered a low fat diet, allows only 27 percent of calories from fat, 6 percent of which is saturated fat. Carbohydrates make up 55 percent of calories on the diet plan, while protein provides the remaining 18 percent.

The daily breakdown of the DASH diet looks like this:

  • 6 to 8 servings of grains, preferably whole
  • 4 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • 4 to 5 servings of fruits
  • 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy products
  • 2 to 3 servings of healthy fats and oils
  • 6 or fewer servings of lean meats, poultry and fish

Note: You’re also allowed 4 to 5 servings of nuts and seeds and 5 or fewer servings of sweets or added sugars each week.

What about Sodium?

Following the DASH diet will naturally reduce your sodium intake, since a lot of the sodium you eat is in processed foods, which are not encouraged. Although the diet recommends taking in less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, it’s worth noting that people who reduced sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day lowered their blood pressure even more.

Picking Foods with Potassium

Potassium helps reduce the effects of sodium, so when following the DASH diet, you should eat lots of foods that are high in potassium.These foods include:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Leafy green vegetables

Other Health Benefits

In addition to lowering your blood pressure (thereby reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke), the DASH diet can also:

  • help you lose weight
  • lower cholesterol
  • decrease triglycerides

Of course, your diet is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s best to combine the DASH diet with regular exercise, stress management, and plenty of sleep.

Healthy Recipe: Gingerbread Latte

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and fancy drinks from your local coffee shop. But those fancy drinks lose some of their appeal when you take a peek at the nutrition facts. A typical 16-ounce gingerbread latte contains 360 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 38 grams of sugar (which is more than you should be eating in an entire day!).

We don’t want you to feel deprived of the season’s best treats, though, so we’ve made a healthier version of the holiday favorite that you can easily whip up at home. One serving of this health-ified latte contains only 135 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 11 grams of sugar.

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Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Serves 1

What You Need:
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (or espresso)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For an extra boost of protein, add one teaspoon of collagen powder.

What To Do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until frothy and desired temperature is reached.
  2. Pour into a mug and serve immediately.

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ by QOL Labs

If there is one thing that you don’t want to do, it’s completely fall off the weight loss wagon just because of the holidays. We hear it all the time: “I’ll get back on track in January”. “It’s too hard to stick to healthy eating during the holidays”. But we’re here to tell you that just because you indulge here or there doesn’t mean you can’t stick to your normal routine on most days.

However, we do understand that you may be treating yourself a little more than usual this much, so we’re here to help you out by offering metabolism-boosting Metasol ™ as part of December’s monthly special, which also includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins

Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And in December, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – FOR FREE!

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol ™ for FREE!

What is Metasol?

Metasol ™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol ™ easier to absorb. In fact, research shows Metasol ™ is five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol ™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which is derived from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

Contact Us

If you want to take advantage of this special offer and sign up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any of our locations to find out more!

  • North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
  • Phoenix: 602-441-3305
  • Tempe: 480-968-5673

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

When you think of holiday desserts, your mind probably goes right to pumpkin pie. It’s the star of many Thanksgiving tables, but unfortunately, even though the pumpkin packs a lot of nutrition, most versions are also full of lots of sugar. We decided to makeover the holiday treat to make it better for you.

Keep in mind that this is still a dessert and should be eaten like one — just a little! — but it’s a much better option than your standard recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What You Need:
For the Crust:
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
For the Filling:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
What To Do:
For the Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pulse all crust ingredients, except for the egg, in a food processor. Once thick crumbs form, add egg and continue to pulse until a dough forms. Remove dough from food processor and shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  3. After the dough is chilled, press into a 9-inch pie plate. If dough is sticky, use parchment paper to shape dough into plate. Pierce dough with a fork.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, just enough to set. Remove from oven and set aside.
For the Filling:
  1. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into prepared, partially baked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until filling is set and no longer jiggles. Allow to cool for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

5 Health Benefits of Gratitude

November is a time when we focus on gratitude, but did you know that means more than just giving thanks? When practiced regularly, gratitude can improve your health in profound ways. So what if we extended the practice of gratitude beyond November and applied the practice to our day-to-day routine? Researchers say that this regular practice of gratitude will be rewarded with drastic improvements in health.

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Benefits of Gratitude

Decreases Stress

Gratitude can reduce stress hormones, alleviate anxiety, and help those suffer from severe stress conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Improves Self-Esteem

Regularly practicing gratitude can help increase self-esteem and reduce our tendency to make social comparisons. Gratitude helps you truly appreciate others’ successes, instead of becoming jealous or resentful of them.

Helps You Sleep

According to a study published in 2011, writing in a gratitude journal on a regular basis (just 15 minutes before bed) may help you sleep better and longer.

Improves Relationships

A study done in 2012 found that people in romantic relationships who felt appreciated by their partners were more likely to appreciate their partners in return, and therefore, stay in the relationship longer. Another study found that showing appreciation can also help you make new friends. Saying “thank you” and showing genuine appreciation makes people more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

Increases Happiness

In a study done by Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on gratitude, it was determined that subjects who wrote down one thing they were thankful for everyday for three weeks experienced a 25 percent increase in happiness for the 6 months following. Gratitude also reduces feelings of depression and can help you think more positively.

How to Practice Gratitude Daily

Gratitude doesn’t have to be some grand gesture. In fact, it can be something that you quietly practice every day in small ways. Here are some ideas to get you started right now:

  • Write a thank you note to someone who has made a positive impact on your life.
  • Write down three things that you’re thankful for every day.
  • Smile at a stranger and wish them a “good day”.
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts. Write at least two to three times per week.
  • Look in the mirror and speak to yourself in a positive, appreciative manner.

Product of the Month! RegeneMax® Plus Collagen Generator by Xymogen

October is long gone, but this November, we still have some treats for you. This month, we’re introducing a product that’s brand new to Valley Medical and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Meet RegeneMax® Plus Collagen Generator by Xymogen.

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RegeneMax® Plus is a powerful, clinically proven collagen generator. It has been shown to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles*
  • Thicken and strengthen hair*
  • Strengthen nails*
  • Support healthy bones by improving bone mineral density and bone flexibility*
  • Promote healthy joints by boosting connective tissue formation*

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for almost one-third of your body’s protein. It’s one of the major components in your skin (accounting for 70% of skin’s mass), muscles, tendons, ligaments, GI tract, and bones (accounting for 30% of bone’s mass). Collagen is also part of your teeth, blood vessels, and eyes. The simple way to think of collagen is as the glue that holds everything together. It gives everything structure.

As you age, your body starts to produce less (and lower quality) collagen. Once you reach 18, natural collagen production starts to decrease. By the time you’re 40, you lose collagen at a rate of one percent per year.

This is the reason that you can see the skin start to lose its suppleness. It’s also part of the reason that bones and joints tend to become achy. In addition to advancing age, collagen can also be damaged by excessive sun exposure, smoking, and a diet that’s high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (like white bread and pasta).

What is RegeneMax® Plus?

RegeneMax® Plus is a collagen builder with three major ingredients that work on a cellular level. Instead of a collagen supplement, which must be broken down by the body before it can be used, RegeneMax® Plus contains the elements needed to directly build collagen in your body. The three major ingredients in RegeneMax® Plus are choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (or ch-OSA), silicon, and biotin.

  • ch-OSA: ch-OSA helps nourish the body’s beauty proteins, which include collagen, elastin, and keratin. When bound together, choline and OSA travel into cells where they’re directly involved in the chemical reactions that produce collagen, elastin, and keratin.
  • Silicon: Silicon plays an important role in building the structure of collagen — or what is called it’s organic matrix.
  • Biotin: Biotin is known as the “beauty mineral” because it supports skin health and hair and nail growth.

Monthly Special

Because we’re so excited about RegeneMax® Plus, we’re offering it as our Product of the Month, which means you a bottle of it for FREE when you purchase our November monthly special.

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All the information provided here is for informational purposes only.

Five Fruits that Help You Lose Weight

When low-carb diets become popular, fruit was shunned along with other high-carbohydrate foods like oats and sweet potatoes. But while it’s true that fruit is high in carbohydrates, it’s also true that certain fruits can help you lose weight, rather than preventing weight loss. As long as you’re not overdoing it, fruit can be an essential part of your weight loss plan.

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Apple

We’ll start with the apple because it’s in season. Plus, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ve heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. In addition to their vast health benefits, apples contain a lot of fiber. This fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, and boosts your metabolism. Most of the fiber is in the apple’s skin, so try not to peel before eating.

Grapefruit

Several studies show that eating half of a fresh grapefruit before meals helps boost weight loss and reduces visceral fat, the type of belly fat that’s the most problematic. Grapefruit can also help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, a metabolic condition that can progress into Type 2 Diabetes. Specifically, ruby red grapefruit contains lycopene, a phytochemical that can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Tart Cherries

A study done by the University of Michigan reported that rats that ate tart cherries over a period of 12 weeks showed a 9 percent greater reduction in belly fat than rats who didn’t consume the cherries. Tart cherries can also change the way your fat genes express themselves.

Berries

Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries contain lots of polyphenols. These are antioxidant substances that help you lose weight and also stop fat from forming. In a study done by Texas Woman’s University, mice that ate 3 servings of berries per day experienced a 73 percent decrease in the formation of fat compared to mice who didn’t eat any berries.

Stone Fruits

“Stone fruit” is the name for any fruit that contains a large pit in the center. Examples of stone fruits include plums, peaches, and nectarines. Stone fruits can help prevent metabolic syndrome, the name for a group of symptoms (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess visceral fat, and high cholesterol levels), which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The polyphenols in stone fruits affect the way fat genes express themselves, which reduces belly fat.

Black Tea: The New Weight Loss Tea in Town

When it comes to weight loss teas, green tea often gets all the glory, but new research has put black tea in the spotlight, where it belongs. A recent study shows that, although they work in different ways, black tea may be just as effective for weight loss as green tea. This is excellent news, considering that black tea accounts for about 80 percent of all tea consumed in the country.

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How Black Tea Promotes Weight Loss

Both green tea and black tea contain polyphenols, a specific type of antioxidant that protects your cells from damage. This damage can lead to heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. The polyphenols in green tea are smaller, so they make their way into your blood. Black tea contains larger polyphenols that stay in your gut instead of traveling to your bloodstream. While in your gut, these polyphenols act as prebiotics and feed the good bacteria in your gut. These bacteria then form byproducts called metabolites that act on the liver and can help with weight loss.

Other Benefits of Black Tea

The benefits of black tea don’t stop at weight loss though. Other research shows that drinking just one cup of tea per day can keep your arteries healthy, reduce blood pressure, and protect you from stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems.

If you’re not a tea drinker, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. There are so many different teas available that you’ll probably have to do some experimenting to find one you like. Last week, we posted a recipe for homemade chai tea, which will not only give you the benefits of black tea; it also provides additional health benefits thanks to the added spices.

Try it and let us know what you think!