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Nutrition

Why Should I Meal Prep?

In a perfect world, you would be able to cook all your meals fresh at home and sit down to eat them at your leisure; but in today’s modern society, most people just don’t have that luxury. [...]

By Lindsay

April 20, 2018

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Healthy Recipe: Buttery Lemon Chicken

Low Carb? Keto? Neither of the above but just like delicious food? This recipe fits the bill. This gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, paleo (say that 10 times fast) recipe is rich in both protein and [...]

By Lindsay

May 20, 2018

Nutrition, Recipes

Healthy Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

It’s October, which means playoff baseball, especially if you’re a Red Sox or a Dodgers fan. Even if you don’t care about baseball, you’ll probably find yourself at some [...]

By Lindsay

October 24, 2018

Nutrition, Recipes

Is Yogurt Healthy? Making Sense of the “Diet” Food

Since 2010, more than 670 new yogurt products have made their way into your local supermarket. Manufacturers market these yogurts as a healthy, waist-reducing option, but that’s not always the [...]

By Lindsay

April 30, 2018

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Top 4 Drinks for Weight Loss

Many people don’t realize just how bad choosing the wrong drink can be for their waistline. Sugary drinks, like soda and lemonade, contain loads of calories and no nutritional benefit. Even [...]

By Lindsay

July 30, 2018

Nutrition, Weight Loss

The Ketogenic Diet: Is it Right for You?

The ketogenic diet is all the rage right now. If you search #keto on Instagram, you’ll be rewarded with more than 8 million posts, showcasing everything from weight loss transformations to [...]

By Lindsay

January 7, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss

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, [...]

By admin

November 17, 2017

Nutrition, Recipes

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 [...]

By admin

December 12, 2017

Nutrition

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 [...]

By admin

October 24, 2017

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Navigating Nutrition Bars: How to Choose the Best Option

Because they are so portable, which happens to make them extremely convenient, nutrition bars (or energy bars or protein bars – it doesn’t matter what you call them) are often a staple for [...]

By admin

April 7, 2016

Nutrition, Health Tips

Avocados: The Good Kind of Fat

Ever since fat has been exonerated as the sole cause of weight gain (and other health problems), avocados have boomed in popularity. For many, they’re a go-to healthy fat source; for others, they [...]

By admin

March 23, 2016

Nutrition, General Health

Healthy Recipe: Berry Banana Overnight Oats

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also one of the most commonly skipped meals, for several reasons. We understand that it’s not practical to think that you’re going [...]

By admin

February 17, 2016

Nutrition, Recipes

Can I Drink Alcohol While Trying to Lose Weight?

One of the questions that we’re asked often is: how bad is alcohol really for weight loss? Can I still drink alcohol when I’m trying to lose weight? With Memorial Day and more outdoor events and [...]

By Lindsay

May 12, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Healthy Recipe: Blueberry Protein Pancakes

If you follow the health scene on Instagram at all, you’re probably familiar with protein pancakes. Everywhere you turn there’s a beautifully crafted picture – and maybe some pictures that [...]

By admin

July 16, 2016

Nutrition, Recipes

The Power of Protein: Different Types of Protein Powder

Protein powders are perhaps one of the most popular supplements on the market; and there’s a reason why – they’re an extremely convenient and portable way to add protein to any meal. You can [...]

By admin

July 11, 2016

Nutrition, Supplements

Healthy Recipe: Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

This weekend marks the official start of summer. Although the weather has already been heating up, now is the time when everyone will start getting together for cookouts – a favorite summer [...]

By admin

May 26, 2016

Nutrition, Recipes

Should I Skip Meals to Lose Weight?

It seems like a no-brainer — skipping meals and ignoring your stomach’s moaning and groaning means you’ll take in fewer calories, which will eventually lead to weight loss, right? Not so [...]

By admin

May 16, 2016

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Starting Your Day Right: How to Choose a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

According to ABC News, 31 percents of adults who actually eat breakfast (you should be one of those adults, by the way), choose cereal as their morning meal. There are a variety of reasons for this, [...]

By admin

February 8, 2016

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili

The cooler weather is coming and that means a yearning for comfort foods! You know what we’re talking about – those warm, hearty meals that are sure to make your pants a little tighter, right? [...]

By admin

October 27, 2015

Nutrition, Recipes

Too Sweet to Be True: Diet Soda May Stall Weight Loss

If you’ve made the switch to diet soda in an attempt to lose weight, you’re not alone. Approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population consumes diet drinks on any given day; however, diet soda, [...]

By admin

October 15, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

An Apple a Day: Seven Health Benefits of Apples

Once October rolls around, the world tends to put pumpkin on a pedestal. Pumpkin is wonderful – it’s healthy and so delicious – but what apples? They need some fall lovin’ too! You’ve [...]

By admin

October 11, 2015

Nutrition, Health Tips

Ditch the Sugar: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s October and that means pumpkin-flavored everything EVERYWHERE. Real pumpkin is full of healthy nutrients, like vitamin A and fiber, but unfortunately, most of these pumpkin flavored treats are [...]

By admin

October 8, 2015

Nutrition, Recipes

Not So Natural: Why You Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

A lot of people, especially those who work for food manufacturers who use a lot of high fructose corn syrup, will say that high-fructose corn syrup is just like any other sweetener – that there is [...]

By admin

September 28, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

Creating a Calorie Deficit – The Foundation of Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, there are many different diets, cleanses, exercise programs, etc. that you could try (and probably yield a positive from), but in the end, it all comes down to one [...]

By Lindsay

March 23, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Beyond Green: Other Weight Loss Tea That Can Help You Shed Pounds

You’ve probably heard by now that green tea – which is one of the most popular teas in the world – can help promote weight loss and reduce belly bloat. This is largely due to one of the main [...]

By Lindsay

August 24, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

Going Gluten Free? A Guide to Gluten Free Flours

Many people think that going gluten-free means committing to a life of longing for your favorite gluten-containing treats, like bread, pancakes, and even the breading on your chicken; but it [...]

By Lindsay

May 3, 2019

Nutrition, Recipes

Recipe Makeover: Healthy Pumpkin Mousse

A lot of people put their weight loss goals off for the holidays and succumb to a weight gain that they feel is “inevitable”, but don’t let that be you! Sure, it’s easy to say that you’ll [...]

By admin

November 15, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Recipes

Mindful Eating – 5 Ways to Keep Yourself in Check.

Mindfulness is a majorly trending topic right now, but the practice is nothing new. The roots of mindfulness trace all the way back to Buddhism, although you don’t have to subscribe to any specific [...]

By admin

November 18, 2015

Nutrition, Lifestyle, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Beyond Weight: Why Soda Is Bad For You

This sentence is probably not going to come as a big surprise: soda is bad for you. Most people are aware of this fact, and yet it’s estimated that nearly 50 percent of Americans still drink soda [...]

By admin

January 31, 2016

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

Stuck on Sugar? How to Stop Sugar Cravings in Their Tracks

Although it may seem sweet, sugar can be anything but. It appears to be fine in moderation, but giving in to your sugar cravings too much can contribute to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and the [...]

By Lindsay

August 27, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss

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

Our Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage is one of our customer favorites, so we thought January – the month of resolutions and new beginnings – would be the perfect time to offer it as a [...]

By admin

January 2, 2016

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Supplements

Collagen: America’s Next Superfood?

Nutrition is a science; but it’s a dynamic science. Things are constantly changing as experts learn about new foods, or about how old foods affect the body in ways that we may not have previously [...]

By admin

April 7, 2017

Nutrition, General Health, Supplements

The Whole30 Program: Can It Change Your Life?

In 2009, Melissa and Dallas Hartwig developed a clean eating program designed to “change your life in 30 days”. In its infancy, this program, which was officially named the Whole30, not only [...]

By admin

March 15, 2017

Nutrition, Lifestyle

Healthy Recipe: Magnesium-Rich Smoothie

Last week we discussed the importance of magnesium and shared the staggering statistic that 68% of Americans don’t get enough of this important nutrient. We know that life gets busy and it can be [...]

By admin

March 9, 2017

Nutrition, Recipes

Magnesium: a Mineral that Could Change Your Life

When you hear the word “magnesium”, what comes to your mind? You may know that it’s a mineral and one that you’re supposed to be eating, but do you know how incredibly important this one [...]

By admin

March 5, 2017

Nutrition, General Health, Supplements

Watermelon: Five Reasons to Eat the Summer Fruit

Watermelon has become an unofficial mascot of summer. It’s almost impossible to go to a picnic or a barbecue without seeing the juicy red fruit as part of the spread. You might choose [...]

By admin

June 11, 2017

Nutrition, General Health

Appetite-Suppressing Foods That Can Help Boost Weight Loss

We all know that when it comes to weight loss, there are no magic tricks or quick fixes. It takes dedication and consistency, along with a proper diet and exercise routine and the support that you [...]

By admin

July 24, 2017

Nutrition, Weight Loss

hCG Program: What It’s All About

Our hCG program is one of the most popular programs we offer at Valley Medical Weight Loss. The comprehensive protocol consists of an 800 calorie per day toxin-free diet, as well as daily injections [...]

By admin

October 6, 2016

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

The time has come! It is officially the first day of fall; a day that we’ve been anxiously waiting for. Although it may not feel like it quite yet, it’s time to start loading your arsenal with [...]

By admin

September 22, 2016

Nutrition, Recipes

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

As we write this article, we know we’re going to have two different responses. The first will be “don’t you DARE start talking about pumpkin yet, it’s still summer!” The second will be [...]

By admin

August 31, 2016

Nutrition, Recipes

Make Time for Turmeric: A Super Spice with Enormous Health Benefits

Turmeric is nothing new. In fact, the ancient spice dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India. Indians have been using turmeric from everything to flavoring food to relieving gas to [...]

By admin

November 16, 2016

Nutrition, General Health, Health Tips, Supplements

Healthy Recipe: Golden Milk (Haldi Ka Doodh)

Last week, we talked about turmeric and the potent health benefits associated with this powerful spice. While you could easily add the spice to savory dishes and soups, we wanted to help you think [...]

By admin

November 26, 2016

Nutrition, Health Tips

Chia Seeds: The Ancient Superfood

If you haven’t hopped aboard the chia seed train yet, you’re missing out on something huge. That’s figurative of course, since chia seeds are tiny; but don’t let their small size fool you: [...]

By admin

October 3, 2014

Nutrition

Weight Loss Program Tips: Start Logging Your Meals

Trying to lose weight can feel overwhelming, but having the right knowledge and tools to help you through the process makes a noticeable difference between shedding just a few pounds or reaching the [...]

By admin

July 25, 2014

Nutrition

5 Foods to Jump Start Your Metabolism and Help with Weight Management

When trying to lose weight, the first items that come to mind are how many calories you should be consuming and the amount of exercise you need to reach your weekly goals. However, another important [...]

By admin

July 23, 2014

Nutrition

“Healthy” Foods that Aren’t: Uncovering the Truth.

Here is an ugly truth that needs to be addressed: most food manufacturers care more about their profit margin than your health. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality nonetheless. These food [...]

By admin

September 30, 2014

Nutrition, Health Tips

Making Nutritious Delicious: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

It’s a sad fact of life that “health food” carries a certain stigma. A meal can’t be healthy unless it consists of twigs and berries that leave you yearning for something more. If it’s [...]

By admin

September 29, 2014

Nutrition, Recipes

Perfecting Portion Control: Using Visual Cues

This may not be new information for you, but still, it needs to be said: when it comes to weight loss, PORTION SIZES MATTER. You know that you need to keep your calories under control and to do this, [...]

By admin

September 1, 2014

Nutrition, Health Tips

Should You Go Crazy for Coconut Oil?

These days, you can’t pick up a magazine or surf the internet without hearing about coconut. Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter – it’s all the rage. If you asked any health expert a few [...]

By Lindsay

August 27, 2018

Nutrition

Need Help Losing Weight? There’s an App for That.

Has anyone ever told you that you should write down everything you eat? Did you listen? If not, you should. Food journaling is not just a futile recommendation; studies have shown that people who [...]

By Lindsay

January 31, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health, Exercise, Health Tips

What Does Vitamin B12 Do for My Body?

Getting an adequate amount of vitamin B12 each day is vital to your health. [...]

By admin

April 3, 2014

Nutrition

Burn Calories Without Burning Your Budget

Getting a million-dollar body doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can get great results without flashy workout equipment, an expensive gym membership or fancy health foods. If you want to [...]

By admin

March 24, 2014

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Healthier Alternatives to Butter for Baking

It is said that baking feeds the soul in addition to the belly, but baked goods loaded with buttery goodness can make the scale spike and cause a host of health issues. Reducing the amount of butter [...]

By admin

March 22, 2014

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Get the Flavor Your Crave Without the Calories

Eating a healthier, more balanced diet does not have to mean forgoing all your favorites. With these lower-calorie substitutions, you can still enjoy the flavors you crave without the calories that [...]

By admin

March 11, 2014

Nutrition

Weight Loss and Water: How Much Water Do I Need Each Day?

Summer in Arizona is HOT. Okay, maybe that’s not breaking news, but we have a point. You’ve probably heard a lot about how important it is to drink water to stay hydrated during the [...]

By Lindsay

August 9, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Boost Your Immune System with These Foods

You already know to wash your hands after greeting someone with the sniffles, and your purse is stocked with a supply of antibacterial hand sanitizer, but you still get sick from time to time. What [...]

By admin

April 16, 2014

Nutrition

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

It’s a NEW month, so you know what that means – a new product to go along with our monthly special, which includes: Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins Meal Plans FDA Approved Medications [...]

By admin

June 9, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Supplements

Labeling Series Part 2: Finding Hidden Trans Fats

For part 2 of our labeling series, we’re talking trans fats! Did you know that a food manufacturer can boldly claim that a food is “trans fat free” if it contains fewer than 0.5 [...]

By admin

March 26, 2015

Nutrition, General Health, Health Tips

Labeling Series Part 1: What Do Egg Labels Mean?

We get asked a LOT about labels on food – what the labels mean and what to look for when you’re trying to get healthy. Labeling can be extremely confusing and there’s actually a reason for [...]

By admin

March 22, 2015

Nutrition, General Health, Health Tips

Meal Planning: Your Secret to Weight Loss Success

There’s a popular quote that goes something like this: “when you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. The internet couldn’t decide if it was Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin who [...]

By Lindsay

August 7, 2018

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Getting Familiar with the Paleo Diet

Interest in the Paleo diet is on the rise. Practically everywhere you look, there’s Paleo this and Paleo that. Facebook has been inundated with Paleo recipes – and they look darn good! – but is [...]

By admin

March 3, 2015

Nutrition, Lifestyle

Curb Your Cravings with Crave-Away

Each month at Valley Medical, we run a monthly special that includes 4 weeks of everything you see below for just $295. Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins Meal Plans FDA Approved Medications [...]

By admin

June 15, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Supplements

The Best Breakfast for Weight Loss?

You’ve heard over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, (we even said it just a few blog posts back), yet there isn’t a lot of research about what type of foods you [...]

By admin

August 20, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Childhood Obesity: An American Epidemic

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. So, we’re here to call attention to a problem that’s increasing at an alarming rate in America. It’s so alarming, in fact, that the [...]

By Lindsay

September 13, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health, Exercise

Your Mom Was Right: Breakfast IS the Most Important Meal of the Day.

Breakfast is often dubbed as the most important meal of the day, and rightfully so. Many people on weight loss diets skip breakfast thinking that it will save calories and boost weight loss, but [...]

By admin

August 13, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Chia Seed Porridge: A Hearty, Guilt-Free Breakfast

Okay, based on our last two posts it may seem like we’re a little bit chia-obsessed, but you know what? We are! Chia seeds have SO many health benefits (more on that here) and because they’re so [...]

By admin

August 10, 2015

Nutrition, Recipes

Healthy Recipe: Strawberry Chia Jam

Even if you’re not a fan of the intense heat of the summer, I think there’s one thing that we can all agree on – the abundance of berries is a definite plus. During the summer, berries are [...]

By Lindsay

August 14, 2018

Nutrition, Recipes

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

Because our Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage is one of our most popular supplements, we’ve decided to listen to consumer demand and offer it as our monthly special again for August! With this [...]

By admin

August 2, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Supplements

Bugs in your Gut: The Benefit of Probiotics

It was Hippocrates – who is often coined as the “Father of Medicine” – who said that all disease begins in the gut. The gut has become an increasingly popular topic over the past year or so [...]

By admin

July 26, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

5 Science-Backed Weight Loss Tips That Work

The weight loss industry is loaded with myths, old wives’ tales, and just downright bad advice. With the world focused on quick fixes, it can be difficult to differentiate between what’s real and [...]

By Lindsay

September 6, 2019

Nutrition, Lifestyle, Weight Loss

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

As you may know by now, we run a special every month. With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)! Physician Consult & Weekly [...]

By admin

July 1, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss

The Three Bite Rule: Indulging While Losing Weight

Take a minute to sit and think about this for a second. When you eat something – whether it’s a piece of cake, a slice of pizza, or some cheese and crackers – which bite or bites taste the [...]

By admin

June 26, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

Things that Make you Go “Hmm”: Common Food Myths (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we addressed some common food myths that have gained traction in the mainstream despite evidence to the contrary. We want to you to be fully informed and armed with all the right [...]

By admin

November 20, 2014

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

The Nutrients That Put The “Sweet” in Sweet Potatoes

Although sweet potatoes weren’t part of the fare available at the very first Thanksgiving, they have since become a staple on tables across the nation. Many people like them because they’re sweet [...]

By Lindsay

November 23, 2018

Nutrition

The Dieter’s Guide to Weight Loss During the Holidays

It’s the holiday season. The time of year when families and friends get together to share thanks, love, laughter – and maybe even some presents and a little bit of aggravation. It’s also the [...]

By Lindsay

December 7, 2018

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health Tips

What’s the Deal with Organic Food – And Why Should You Care?

As more and more consumers move toward the concept of whole health solutions — diets that promote health and well-being, prevent disease, help cure illness, and protect the environment — [...]

By admin

November 14, 2014

Nutrition

Things that Make you Go “Hmm”: Common Food Myths (Part 1)

There are some food myths that are so ingrained in our culture that everyone – including physicians and health care professionals – seem to accept them as fact even though there is no evidence to [...]

By admin

November 10, 2014

Nutrition, Weight Loss, General Health

Sugar: Nutrition’s Bad Guy

You’ve probably heard this before, but just in case you haven’t: added sugar is not good for you. Fat gets the flak for many health problems, like obesity and heart troubles, but it’s really [...]

By Lindsay

October 15, 2018

Nutrition, General Health

The Most Important Meal of the Day? Building a Healthy Breakfast

You’ve probably heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” over and over again. While it may not be the most important – we’re inclined to think all meals are [...]

By admin

October 15, 2014

Nutrition, Health Tips

What is Quinoa and What Do I Do With It?

Move over rice, there’s a new grain – or pseudograin if you want to get technical – in town. Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is not a new food, but over the past few years, it’s gotten [...]

By admin

November 30, 2014

Nutrition, Health Tips

Healthy Holiday Recipe Makeovers!

It’s December and that means the holiday season is in full force. You got through Thanksgiving and now it’s time for Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year celebrations. All you want to do is eat, [...]

By admin

December 8, 2014

Nutrition, Health Tips

Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Get in Shape for Summer.

There’s a popular phrase that says “summer bodies are made in the winter”, which in layman’s terms means that you should be really honing your diet and exercise routine in during the winter, [...]

By admin

February 9, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss, Exercise

Snacking and Weight Loss: Do They Mix?

Many people blame snacking for weight gain (or lack of weight loss), but it’s not snacking in general that’s to blame, it’s the choice of snack. While it’s tempting to choose chips or cookies [...]

By Lindsay

August 20, 2019

Nutrition, Weight Loss

Let’s Talk about Squash, Baby (Spaghetti Squash, That Is)!

There’s a new bad boy (ok, vegetable) in town and its name is spaghetti squash. Although spaghetti squash has been around since the late 1800s, it has become increasingly popular as of late as a [...]

By admin

January 19, 2015

Nutrition, Weight Loss

The Carbohydrate Manifesto: Are Carbohydrates Good For You?

In the 1990s, fat was the black sheep of the nutrition family. Once the early 2000s rolled around, fat was given some slack (although not too much) and the blame for all things evil was put on [...]

By admin

December 15, 2014

Nutrition, General Health

Get Choosy With Your Holiday Cocktails – How to Indulge without Gaining Weight

The holiday season isn’t just a time where food abounds; it’s also a time where the liquor flows like water. Everywhere you look there’s fancy schmancy holiday cocktails – peppermint this or [...]

By Lindsay

December 22, 2018

Nutrition, Lifestyle, Weight Loss, Health Tips

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