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  • Rhonda Dorren on Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast to Lose 2.5 Fold More Weight

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    A whopping 2.5 fold greater weight loss occurs eating a bigger breakfast when compared to eating a small breakfast, as reported in the journal Obesity. What’s more -- waist circumference, blood glucose and insulin levels improve to a greater extent in a big breakfast group when compared to a small breakfast food in the reported study. Read the summary article in the Globe and Mail 

    Participants who ate close to half or half of their daily calories at breakfast, also reported feeling less hungry during the day, making it easier to stick to their meal plan. The lower hunger scores were accompanied by lower blood levels of ghrelin (one of the hunger hormones) after eating the bigger breakfast. Remember it has been shown that the body burns significantly more calories to digest, absorb and process a morning meal than it does an afternoon or evening meal.

    Protein-rich breakfasts slow digestion and promote a feeling of fullness throughout the morning. Studies have shown protein-rich solid foods curb appetite much better than protein-rich drinks. A small amount of carbohydrate at breakfast helps to guard against abdominal obesity. 

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  • Rhonda Dorren on 5 Shortcuts For Achieving Your Goal Weight In Record Time

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    Keeping it simple makes a world of difference to success when trying to lose weight or control weight. 

    1.Eat Right

    This is so important. Eating right doesn't mean eating less, it means eating the right amount of food for your body to lose weight. Everyone is not the same so it is important to understand what balance of foods you need for your body to lose while still getting proper nutrition.

    2.Engage a Solid Support System

    Having a solid support system is one of the most important components for achieving weight loss and maintaining weight control. With a negative support system or in the absence of any support system at all, it can be next to impossible to change your weight.

    3.Apply Guided Meditation

    It’s true, there are guided meditation techniques that can help you slim down. Learn how to harness the power of your mind. With desire and intention, meditation restores self regulation.

    4.Physical Activity

    Use physical activity as a natural metabolism boost that will increase your energy throughout the day, as well as burn off more of the food you consume over the day.

    5.Manage your food and prepare meal plans

    While we may all have good intentions, if unprepared, we can often find ourselves away from home with no other options than to eat out or start looking into the fridge wondering what we can eat that only takes a couple minutes to prepare. One of the greatest challenges to losing weight is managing your food and meal plans. Get organized. Be prepared.

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  • Rhonda Dorren on How Safe is Your Self-Esteem from your Weight?

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    Is every ounce of your self-esteem wrapped up in what the scale says? Have you studied and possibly tried every diet ever created, read a zillion diet books, recorded every Dr. Oz weight loss show and are still unhappy with your weight? Many individuals have lives that are measured by pounds lost and gained from day to day, week to week, month to month. Do any of these scenarios sound like you?

    These actions and thoughts impact self-esteem and self-esteem needs nurturing as much as our body does. Self-esteem is not complicated. It’s simply our capacity to love and nurture ourselves. When we make loving ourselves conditional, like, “I will be so happy after I lose 30 pounds,” it’s like holding our self-esteem hostage. Not nice. Often we talk to ourselves and make excuses, "It's my genes", "I'm much too busy to…..", "I like myself this." This is a way of protecting ourselves from the way we see ourselves now, versus the way we want to be.

    The more self-esteem we have, the better able we are to make healthy food and exercise choices. The best way to get out of the low self-esteem trap is to engage in "actionable esteem” activities instead of trying to “think” ourselves better. Effective “actionable esteem” activities are unique to each of us. What works for your best friend may not have any effect for you. Finding out what works for you is very worthwhile – once you understand this about yourself, much change can happen. And in that space, it seems quite effortless. Fascinating, don’t you think?

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  • Lisa Williamson from ChiQue Talks About Living Life Dairy Free

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    Eating a dairy free diet can be a daunting task. The need to know all the dairy ingredients and check all your foods can be a big adjustment. Often people get confused and overwhelmed with all the information that is first thrown at them when making this lifestyle change. This blog will help dairy free individuals transition to a healthy, balanced diet, suitable for their dietary needs. 

    Many individuals don’t realize that dairy is hidden in many foods. Just because a food product doesn’t have “milk” listed as an ingredient, doesn’t mean there isn’t dairy in the product. Key words that mean the food contains dairy include:

    Butter, buttermilk, buttermilk powder, buttermilk solids, cheese(s), cream, custard, dry milk powder, dry milk solids, goat milk, lactose, lactulose, milk (evaporated/condensed), milk by-products, whey, whey powder, sour cream, yoghurt, casein, caseinate, curds, lactalbumin, lactate, lactic acid, lactoglobulin, lactylate, milk protein, and recaldent.

    Watch for these ingredients, and if they are listed in the food product, AVOID THEM if you want to avoid dairy! Bakery products can be tricky so look out for these ingredients in them. Eating at a restaurant can be difficult because you can’t look at the exact breakdown of the ingredients in the food. The best thing to do is ask if the dish is dairy free, or if you can modify it to be dairy free. Make sure to inquire about butter, because some people don’t link butter as being dairy.

    Hopefully this quick entry will help you find dairy free products. As you become an active ingredient reader, you will get faster at learning what you can and can’t eat. Don’t get discouraged, there are great alternatives that you can eat (which we will get to later on). Stay tuned for the next “Living Life Dairy Free” blog!

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  • Rhonda Dorren on What does ChiQue stand for?

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    ChiQue pronounced – Sheek-You… represents YOU—an elegant, smart, stylish, strong, modern person, sort of like the term Chic. First and foremost, weight control for everyone is feeling better about you. While many of our clients join to lose and/or maintain their weight and we help them do that, weight control is not only about the weigh scale or pounds lost. With our guidance, ChiQue clients, whether they are our online clients or our in-clinic clients, feel better about themselves—they regain self-confidence, self-esteem and participate more fully in their lives.ChiquePharma LOGO cmyk JPEG

    I talk about our multi-component intervention, about our personalized programs and our one-on-one professional consultations, but the most important accomplishment our clients achieve is feeling better overall about themselves, which is means something different for everyone.

    Over the last few weeks individual clients have emailed or phoned us to tell us what feeling better means to them:

    • More energy
    • Stronger
    • Happier
    • Less internal stress because they feel better about their size
    • Clothes are fitting better or they can wear items they haven’t worn for a long time

    One client even texted us one morning to say her jeans fell off her hips while she was carrying her groceries to her car—thank goodness she had a long coat on!

    These are the results is a personalized program will deliver. You see…ChiQue (Sheek-You) is a perfect name for what our clients experience and accomplish here.

    ChiQue pronounced – Sheek-You… represents YOU—an elegant, smart, stylish, strong, modern person, sort of like the term Chic. First and foremost, weight control for everyone is feeling better about you. While many of our clients join to lose and/or maintain their weight and we help them do that, weight control is not only about the weigh scale or pounds lost. With our guidance, ChiQue clients, whether they are our online clients or our in-clinic clients, feel better about themselves—they regain self-confidence, self-esteem and participate more fully in their lives.

    I talk about our multi-component intervention, about our personalized programs and our one-on-one professional consultations, but the most important accomplishment our clients achieve is feeling better overall about themselves, which is means something different for everyone.

    Over the last few weeks individual clients have emailed or phoned us to tell us what feeling better means to them:

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    • More energy
    • Stronger
    • Happier
    • Less internal stress because they feel better about their size
    • Clothes are fitting better or they can wear items they haven’t worn for a long time

    One client even texted us one morning to say her jeans fell off her hips while she was carrying her groceries to her car—thank goodness she had a long coat on!

    These are the results is a personalized program will deliver.

    You see…ChiQue (Sheek-You) is a perfect name for what our clients experience and accomplish here.

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