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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 09:46 AM

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STEP AHEAD BULLETIN
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Spring Fit & Fuel Event
Wednesday, April 23rd 5:30-6:30 pm presented by certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi and Nutritionist Sari Greaves. 30-minute exercise class followed by 30-minute cooking demonstration. Event is free, RSVP by April 18th todrneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
 
Optifast Support Group
Meet, greet, and connect with others following the Optifast Weight Loss plan. Support group meets every Friday from 11:30-12:00pm and every other Wednesday from 5:00-5:30pm starting May 2nd. Register by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
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DIET & NUTRITION
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Recipe E-newsletter with Personalized Recipes
Take the hassle out of calorie counting and cooking by signing up for Step Ahead’s weekly recipe, emailed directly to you. Learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals from start to finish under 30 minutes. Request a personalized recipe from Step Ahead’s Nutritionist, Sari Greaves.  Register by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
Friday Morning Coffee Chat with Step Ahead’s Nutritionist
Join Step Ahead’s Nutritionist & contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves at Starbucks coffee shop in Bedminster, NJ  Friday mornings from 10-10:30 am starting May 2nd. Enjoy a free skinny coffee and discuss your diet with Sari. Sari will also discuss seasonal nutrition topics and latest diet trends. Register by emailing sari@stepeaheadwellneccenter.com
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FITNESS
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SPRING TRAINING SPECIAL
We are offering a "2 FOR 1" spring training special.  Buy any one of our personal training packages and bring a friend or family member in to train with you for FREE!!  This is a limited time offer so act now to take advantage of it. EmailNoelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com if you have any questions or to schedule appointments.  Offer is good until June 1!
 
FREE TRX TRAINING SESSION 
Interested in taking your fitness routine to the next level??  Call today to schedule your FREE 30-minute TRX training session, 908-470-2235.  What is TRX?  The TRX Suspension Trainer is a workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. TRX delivers a fast, effective total-body workout, helps build a rock-solid core, increases muscular endurance, and benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors).
 
WALKING/YOGA SUMMER PROGRAM! 
We are taking you outside this summer!  From June 1 thru Labor Day weekend, our wonderful certified Yoga instructor, Alyssia,  will be offering a weekly 30-minute power walk followed by a 30-minute Yoga Stretch class in the park across the street from our office.  More detailed info on this exciting new summer program will be out soon!  In the meantime, email Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com if you have questions or want to reserve your spot!
 
GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES
Our group exercise classes are still in full swing on Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings.  Email Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com to sign up or for more info!
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Snap Dinner Decisions From Your Dietitian

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Snap dinner decisions

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Enjoy this Snowstorm with Calorie Burning Winter Sports... see the breakdown below..

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Jan 03, 2014 @ 06:41 AM

 

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Don’t let this snowstorm sideline you from exercising!  Stick with your weight loss goals by going outdoors today!  Take advantage of this beautiful winter weather with these calorie burning activities that can be done alone, or with your family and children.  For more fitness tips, contact Step Ahead Wellness Center's certified personal trainer and fitness director, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  Visit www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com to take advantage of our latest healthy weight loss specials!

 

 

Winter Sport

120-lb
  woman

150-lb
  woman

Skiing

273

340

Snowboarding

273

340

Snowshoeing

382

476

Cross-Country Skiing

436

476

Ice Skating

327

408

Ice Hockey

436

544

Winter Hiking

327

408

Shoveling Snow

273

340

Sledding

327

408

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Post Holiday Gain? Here Are Ways to Recover...

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

 

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How to get back to your healthy habits after the holidays. Painlessly.

Article By: Erinn Bucklan

"By adding just 500 calories per day, or three homemade sugar cookies and a glass of low-fat
milk, you could gain two pounds in two weeks over the holidays," says Jenna Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Now the merriment has ended, here's how to get back on track to healthier habits in the New Year.

Up your fruit and vegetable intake

Ideally, you should consume at least five fruit and vegetable servings per day now. These vitamin-rich foods boost your fiber and antioxidant intake and help you feel full. A tip: Replace that midafternoon 16-oz. cola (200 calories) with an orange (65 calories) as a nutritious snack.

Pre-arrange exercise time

You'll stick to a regimen if you schedule exercise ahead, says Brad Cardinal, Ph.D., associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Oregon State University. Try to get in 30 minutes almost every day. Wear a low-cost pedometer (it counts footsteps) or sign up for a charity walk/run to stick to a plan.

Resist depriving yourself

Focus on what you're going to eat rather than what you're not. "It sounds indulgent," says Colleen Thompson, R.D., a nutritionist at the University of Connecticut. "But concentrate on ways to feed
yourself now. It helps you to stick to healthy eating habits." For example, don't skip a nutritious, fiber-rich breakfast, like oatmeal or a half of a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter. It can help prevent overeating later.

 

For more tips, or for more information about Step Ahead Wellness Center’s weight loss
programs, visit us at www.stepaheadwellnescenter.com or call 908-470-2235.  Let us help you
get back on track and reach your weight loss goals in 2014!

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DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... Check out our low-cal cocktail tips!

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 @ 01:17 PM

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Low-Calorie Holiday Cocktails

With so many holiday parties and festivies, alcohol consumption increases this time of year.  But have no fear, Step Ahead Wellness Center is here with tips on how to curb holiday cocktail calories.  Holiday cocktails don’t have to be a diet downer.  With a little planning this season, you can avoid alcohol diet disaster, and there are some drinks that are relatively low in calories.

Know the Culprits:

  • Mixers, syrups and sodas can turn an innocent
    cocktail into a dessert.
  • Higher proof alcohols contain more
    calories.  For example, 100-proof Vodka =
    82 calories/1 oz
  • Super-sized drinks.  Magaritas with double shots and extra mixers could add up to 1,000 calories or more in 1 mug.  A TGIFriday’s frozen mudslide contains 1,100 calories!  Most glasses of wine contain 120-150 calories, but that can double depending on the size of the glass and how full it is.  One bottle of wine serves 5, 5-ounce servings = 600 calories).
  • Beer can range from 64-198 calories per 12 ounces.  Dark beer contains more calories than pale beer.

Cut Some Alcohol Calories:

  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
  • Choose wine, light beer or simple cocktails made with low-calorie mixers.  Just as you might order a salad with dressing on the side, don’t be shy about asking for your cocktail your way.
  • Skip the mix altogether.  Try ordering your favorite liquor on the rocks.  Infused vodkas are popular because they are not flavored but infused.
  • Dilute your drink with club soda or sparking water.

Lastly and more importantly, be sure to appoint a designated driver to get your to/from holidays parties safely.

For more healthy holiday weight loss tips, contact Step Ahead Wellness Center at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com or call 908-470-2235.  Let us help you reach your weight loss goals in 2014 with our healthy weight loss programs.  One on one personal training and small group exercise classes are also available on site with our certified personal fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi.

Have a safe and holiday season!

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CARB BLOCKING SUPPLEMENT Now Available at Step Ahead Wellness Center!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 01:23 PM

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If you've been battling carb cravings, Step Ahead Wellness Center can help!  We are thrilled to announce a new carb blocking supplement called CARB CHECK designed to stop cravings for empty carbs that sidetrack your healthy eating goals.

Empty carbs can sabbatoge your healthy weight loss plans and keep you off track.  This new supplement can help you block your cravings for empty carbs thus allowing to stick with your healthy eating plan optimizing nutrition, keeping your sugar levels steady and allowing you to feel energized all day long.  Additionally

Carb Check contains a northern white bean that inhibits the breakdown of starch in the intestinal track, thus alleviating cravings for empty carbs. By blocking these empty carbs, you're energy/sugar levels remain steady throughout the day thus making it much easier to stick with your healthy eating plan, and your execise regime!

In addition to Carb Check, Step Ahead Wellness Center offers many other healthy doctor supervised weight loss plans including OptiFast, on site one on one personal training and small group exercise sessions also on site.

 Let us help you stay on your healthy weight loss track this holiday season and beyond!  Call today to learn more about Carb Check, and all of our weight loss programs:  Call 908-470-2235 or email drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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8 Holiday Treats Under 80 Calories

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

We have been loving Health.com this holiday season with great tips on staying healthy. Check out this article for delicious holiday treats under 80 calories!

With the holidays just around the corner, breaking a diet could happen easily. Stay on track with these festive treats that are shockingly light.

Mulled wine

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From Health magazine

79 Calories

3 ounces red wine simmered with 3 cloves and 1 thin orange slice

Rosy red bites

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44 Calories

Red velvet mini cupcake with cream cheese frosting and cherry (bakedbymelissa.com)

Grizzly treat

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58 Calories

Lindt Milk Chocolate Bear

Minty musts

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68 Calories

Peppermint malted milk balls(nutsonline.com)

Gingerbread cookie

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57 Calories

3- by 2-inch cookie, 1 teaspoonvanilla icing, and 3 Wilton Cinnamon Drops

One for the crunch

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73 Calories

3 Pieces peanut brittle (1/2 ounce)

Truly truffle

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63 Calories

Fig Truffle (bissingers.com)

Breath-freshening sweets

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70 Calories

Peppermint Puffs(hammondscandies.com)

 

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Step Ahead's Health Tip for Today... Drink Water!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

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For more information on Step Ahead Wellness Center's healthy weight loss program and/or personal training/fitness programs, visit www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  Be sure to click on our special Holiday Giveaway! 

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15 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on pounds? You bet! We found 10 simple strategies for preventing holiday weight gain (plus a painless way to actually knock off weight).

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Beware the festive 15!

Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. Staying on track can seem so daunting, you feel like swan-diving into the eggnog and sending your sensible routine into hibernation until the New Year. But, as we all know, excess pounds don't disappear along with the decorations. And nobody wants to start the new year in the hole, body-wise. 

Turns out, there's no need to. "You can have fun without throwing away your healthy habits," says Elisa Zied, RD, author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips. Check out our 15 rules for a no-gain season. You can indulge and still wake up the same size (or less!) come New Year's Day.

Weigh yourself twice a week

That's often enough to make sure you stay on track, but not so often that you take all the fun out of holiday noshing, says Michael Dansinger, MD, an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Step on the scale first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty.

Start your day with a bang

Exercising in the morning can help ensure better behavior all day long, according to a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 

Using brain scans, researchers found that when women worked out in the a.m., they not only moved more the rest of the day, but they also responded less to pictures of tempting food compared with the days they didn't do a morning workout. The upshot: fewer cravings for high-fat fare.

Be picky, picky, picky

Peruse the buffet before you load your plate to avoid foods you don'treally want, suggests obesity expert Tim Church, MD, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. If, for instance, you could take or leave sushi but adore sliders, don't start with the tuna rolls hoping to be able to resist the two-bite burger. 

"If you pick the stuff you really want and have it in moderation," Dr. Church notes, "you'll stave off those cravings that can get you in trouble later on."

Just say no—everywhere

Willpower is like a muscle: Work it and you get stronger. What's key is to practice keeping yourself in check in non-food situations, too. "Whether you're driving in rush hour traffic or dealing with a temperamental kid, there are challenges that require self-control," Dr. Dansinger says. 

Succeed in not honking at that rude driver, he explains, and you'll be better able to resist dessert at the party.

Avoid banking calories

Cutting back all day so you can indulge at an event that night only sets you up for a pig-out. 

Why? You're freaking starving! "It's easy to get out of control when you're faced with high-calorie choices," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The Miracle Carb Diet. 

Be sure to eat your three squares and a couple of snacks. Aim for lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein.

Concentrate your workouts

So what if you can't get to your favorite yoga class or find time for the treadmill? "Even just 15 minutes can help you maintain your fitness level," Dr. Church says. For example, jumping rope for 15 minutes torches about 190 calories; a quick yoga sequence at home can help you stay flexible.

Don't swear off desserts

But practice the three-bite rule to keep your sweet tooth in check. "You'll get that amazing first taste, a satisfying middle one, and then a lingering third bite," Zuckerbrot says.

Avoid morning-after food

Have the night of your life, then send guests home with food-filled Tupperware. "It's the leftovers that do you in," says Lauren Slayton, RD, founder of Foodtrainers in New York City.

Drum up some willpower

Under the spell of that peppermint bark you co-worker brought to the office? Before you succumb, try this simple trick: Place the thumb and fingers of one hand on your forehand, a half inch apart. 

Tap each finger one at a time, once per second, telling yourself, "Hold on." Wait 15-20 minutes (return phone calls, check email), and the craving will disappear, according to Tufts University Research. Sounds crazy, but it works.

 

Repeat after us: Out of sight, out of mind...

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Cut back on diet soda

In fact, any bubbly beverage can lead to belly bloat, explains Zuckerbrot. "The carbon dioxide trapped in the bubbles of fizzy drinks causes a buildup of air, which can lead to gas.

Eat your H20

Instead of trying to down eight glasses of water (near impossible when you're busy), have a green salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette and a few slices of avocado. "These water-rich foods help keep you hydrated, so that everything moves through your system faster," Zied says.

Brew up a pot of peppermint tea

Research shows peppermint can help calm stomach muscles and reduce gas. Not a fan? Try chamomile, suggests Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It.

Chew slowly

We know: When your to-do list is never-ending, it's hard to make yourself downshift, even at mealtime. But eating fast is a quick recipe for an expanded waistline. 

Here's why: "The more air you swallow, the more bloated you'll get," Taub-Dix notes.

Get plenty of potassium

The nutrient counterbalances sodium, so you retain less water, Zuckerbrot explains. Our favorite potassium possibilities: bananas, papayas, kiwis, strawberries, and cantaloupe. 

Or serve up some asparagus or dandelion greens to get the bonus of a natural diuretic.

Keep calm and kick cravings

Stressed by the sight of that holiday spread? Take deep breaths before you grab a plate. Research suggests that women who practice stress reduction techniques are able to prevent weight gain. 

Close your eyes and focus on your reaching for 30 seconds. Then reevaluate whether you really want to fill your plate; chances are you don't.

by Alyssa Shaffer
From Health magazine

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Sari's Skinny Eggplant Parm Recipe

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

Skinny Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwiches

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Makes 4 sandwiches.  The skinny per sandwich: 302 calories

You can use leftover baked eggplant from this recipe as a side dish (97 calories for 2 slices). Simply double the ingrdients for the “Baked Eggplant” recipe below, if using the whole eggplant.

Part I: Baked Eggplant

1 eggplant, sliced into 16 rounds—You only need 8 slices for this recipe (1/2 of a 1 lb eggplant)
¼ cup egg beaters
2 teaspoons olive oil
2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
Nonfat cooking spray
Part II: The Sandwich
4 multigrain Arnold sandwich thins (or “120 calories” of whole grain bread)
4 teaspoons grated parmesan
1 cup pre-washed baby spinach
2 Tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup pasta sauce
1. Rinse & slice eggplant. Place eggplant slices in colander; sprinkle with salt. Place colander over large bowl; let stand at least 30 minutes to draw out the water. Rinse & dry eggplant slices to remove excess salt.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
3. Beat egg beaters in bowl. Arrange bread crumbs on shallow plate. Dip each eggplant round into egg and then coat with bread crumbs. Arrange breaded eggplant slices on foil sheet.
4. Drizzle oil over eggplant and bake for 30 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
5. Combine spinach and ricotta cheese. Heat for 1-2 minutes on nonstick skillet, until spinach wilts. Set aside.
6. Arrange 2 slices of baked eggplant on each sandwich thin. Top each sandwich with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, 1 teaspoon parmesan, ¼ of the ricotta-spinach mixture and ¼ cup sauce. Bake sandwiches in oven until cheese melts, about 3 minutes.

 

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