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Common Phase 1 Challenges: Family Pizza Night

“I just started the diet and my family is sitting down for Friday night pizza – it’s killing me. I can’t imagine life without a slice of pizza. How do people deal with this ongoing issue of not having your favorite foods anymore?” Let’s take a look at what you can do to move beyond difficult situations like this one and stay “in the box.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

The Weekday Dieter

As I started my diet, I knew that I had to reduce my calories and increase my physical activity. During the week, I went to the gym every morning. At meals and at snacks, I tried to make healthy choices. And by the time the weekend was approaching, I usually felt like I deserved a little break from my hard work during the week. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

BBQ that’s PDQ and ITB

Good barbecue can be a bit of a production to make, and it tastes great. Oh, there are two other things we should agree on: It’s pretty high in calorie and definitely not “in the box.” Or is it? Is there a way to get that great barbecue flavor without blowing your diet? Indeed, there is. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Have a Star Spangled (and low calorie) 4th of July

I was talking to some friends the other day about their July 4th plans, and I noticed a theme: their plans were centered on food. And high-calorie food at that. Now, there is nothing wrong with celebrating with food – the key is to find ways to celebrate without having a weight-gain day. Let’s take a look at how to make that happen. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

The Vacation Question: To Eat (Junk) or Not to Eat (Junk)

Think about your vacation as an opportunity to really focus on your practice of leading a healthy lifestyle. On your next vacation, commit to a plan to treat your SELF well. Start with these basics… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

Dips Without Chips

The problem with most traditional dips is two-fold. First, they are served with chips. In nutritional parlance, chips are basically a crunchy vehicle for salt and grease. Hey, I guess someone had to say it. The second problem is the dip itself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Common Phase 1 Challenges: The Road Trip

Whether you are traveling somewhere for a few hours or several days, being on the road can present special challenges for those in Phase 1. With a little planning though, you can survive a road trip and stay “In the Box.” Here’s how… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

I Eat Whole Cantaloupes

I know calories. I mean, I’ve worked for HMR for over 25 years, so I better know calories! But recently, some calorie information really struck me in a new way. Melons, like honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe, are only 10 calories an ounce. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… an entree??

Whether it’s business, pleasure, or a quick trip to see family over the holidays, taking HMR Shakes, Entrees, and Bars on a plane can feel daunting. I’ve taken HMR meals on planes many times without difficulties. Here are some tips and tricks to make your air travel easier… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

Top 10 Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Day

One of the best ways to manage your weight more successfully and increase your overall nutritional profile is to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. But in today’s challenging food culture, that’s certainly easier said than done! Here are our top 10 ways to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, nutrition
category: food & recipes

How Our Home Environment Can Make Us or Break Us

The culture we live in today IS NOT supportive of weight management—calories in our most popular foods are so high that even 5 minutes spent in an unsupportive environment can undo a weeks’ worth of healthy eating. Because of all this, it’s up to US to create supportive and “safe” food environments that allow us to stay in control of our weight AND health. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Blender Edition

I do most of the cooking for my family and rely on my favorite kitchen gadgets to help me make quick, delicious and nutritious meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Picnic Beans

My parents were consummate party throwers. Nothing wild, mind you, but they were either hosting or attending get-togethers sometimes 2-3 times a month. Backyard cookouts, company picnics, church pot lucks, beach parties, kids’ birthdays and just plain old ‘hey, lets have a party’ were occasions to get everyone together and ‘bring a covered dish.’ Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Finishing the Day Strong

At HMR, we talk about getting a strong start to your week with diet and exercise. I find it is equally crucial to start and finish the day strong, whether I’m trying to lose weight or maintain. Here are my top 5 strategies that have helped me finish my days strong… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Food Processor Edition

I recently wrote about how much I love using my crockpot. With a big family to feed, and small children underfoot, I am able to make healthy and delicious meals without a lot of fuss or time spent in front of a hot stove. I will now share my love and appreciation for another helper in my kitchen: the food processor. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, motivation, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

More is More! Pump up the Volume for Better Weight Management.

Whip it! Blend it! Soup it! Add more fruits and veggies! Get out the blender or Cuisinart and pump up the volume! Here’s the skinny on why eating more will help you lose more weight. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Hacking Your HMR Entrees

(Hack: modifying an item to create additional functionality) At first glance, preparing an HMR entree seems very straight forward. Open the box, microwave for 1-2 minutes, add spices or vegetables, and eat. In fact, there are a lot of other creative ways to enjoy entrees. Let’s take a look at some of the tips and tricks veteran HMR dieters use.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Calorie Budget

A lot of people in the weight-loss business would have you believe that there’s magic in maintaining a healthy body weight. The truth is that there are a few simple things you can do to manage a healthier body weight when you’re ready to make a commitment to change. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Shake up the Afternoon to Stay Full and Satisfied

Every day around 3:30 p.m., I find myself craving something sweet that is also healthy and filling. Having a shake gets me through to 5:00 when I leave work and carries me to dinner time. Here are some of my tried and true favorites… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, strategies
category: food & recipes

Eight Ways to Get off the Couch and into the Stretch Zone

You have lost some weight - maybe a lot of weight! And up until now, you have had a pretty good routine going... but... the last couple of weeks you have had a nibble of this and a taste of that… NOW is the time to STRRRRETCH! Here are 8 new ways to get off the couch and into the Stretch Zone… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies
category: how to

Souper Entree!

You can’t keep a recipe this good a secret! It’s warm, savory, and has a bit of a crunch to it. I like it enough to eat it several times a week. I’m talking about the HMR Savory Chicken. We all have our favorites, and this, for me, doesn’t even make my top 5. However, I L-O-V-E it when it’s prepared like this… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Crockpot Edition

I like to tease my husband that the local Best Buy® store is his best friend. He likes to spend time there visiting his favorite gadgets and daydreaming about bringing them home one day. Since I do most of the meal prep and cooking in the house, I thought I would introduce you to my best kitchen friends (i.e. gadgets that make my life easier)... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, mommy blog
category: motivation

The Health Benefits of a Colorful Diet

When it comes to health, eating a variety of fruits and vegetable is key because different colors of vegetables and fruits provide different health benefits. For example, the nutritional benefits you get from the “Greens” are different but complementary to the benefits you get from, say, the “Oranges” or the “Reds.” Here are some examples… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Travel with Your Healthy Behaviors in Tow

Since joining HMR, I have developed a new approach to vacations. I still enjoy time with family and friends, and I do go to restaurants. But no matter what, I have a few things I have learned to do in order to keep healthy behaviors in place when I’m away from home. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Really Simple Soup: Garden Chicken and Rice

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put together an easy meal, using mostly canned ingredients, that could stay warm for a long time if needed, tasted great, and was low in calorie (perhaps, even in the Healthy Solutions® diet “box”)? Well, you’re in luck… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Even a Coach Needs a Coach

I have been on this weight management journey for over 25 years. I have told myself many times, “I know what to do, I just need to do it.” I would start for a week, then stop. I would do a 10-minute DVD with weights every other day, then after 2 weeks, I fell out of the routine… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, strategies
category: motivation

Just Like Mom Used to Make

There’s nothin’ like my mom’s oatmeal. When I was a kid my mom would send my brother, sister and me off to school with a warm bowl of oats that was to die for. Even now, I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I think back to that delicious bowlful of love. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Help! My Friends and Relatives are Sabotaging Me!

Sometimes it can feel like it’s just not possible to lead a healthy lifestyle, and that everyone is working against me. But I have determined that my health is of utmost importance. So, while I can’t change (and certainly don’t want to) everything about my friends and family, I can make some changes that will better support me in these situations. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

On the Road… and on the Decision-Free Diet

My frequent flier miles say it all: 1.5 million miles. That’s A LOT of travel AND a lot of opportunities to get into trouble with my diet. Over the years, I have been in different phases of dieting while being on the road. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

Eating More and Weighing… Less?

I have always been a “high-volume” eater, meaning I need to eat a lot of food to feel full and satisfied. I figured that eating less was my only hope for losing weight. After many failed attempts to cut back on food, I finally came to terms with the fact that I would always be a high-volume eater. Here are a few strategies that I now do every day…   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Weight Loss Slowing Down? Watch Out For Those BLTs (Bites, Licks, and Tastes)

In spite of everyone’s best efforts, sometimes eating off the diet happens. Sometimes it’s a full meal. More often, its tiny bites, licks, and tastes that, while they may feel inconsequential, can really add up and slow weight loss down. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, strategies
category: motivation

Losing the Next Ten

So, you’re on a roll with your weight-loss program. You have met your goal to lose the first ten (or 20 or 40) pounds. Congratulations! Now you’re cruising along for the next ten. Your plan is to keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing and not change a thing, right? Well, yes... and no. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, exercise, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

Take Control of Your Food Environment

Let me tell you a story about Rebecca* and her attempt to stick to her diet in the face of an un-supportive environment. Perhaps you can relate to her experience… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, mood, strategies
category: motivation

Cook Your Way to Long-Term Weight Maintenance

These days, it’s easier than ever to find simple recipes with few ingredients that pack a culinary punch. If you don’t consider yourself a cook, and you feel overwhelmed in the kitchen, start with a plan to make just one new recipe a week. Here are a few quick tips to get you cooking… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, strategies
category: how to

Simply Decadent Parfait

Put on your ball gown or tuxedo, because you just may feel the need to get dressed up to enjoy this fancy dessert… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes
category: food & recipes

The First Step Really is the Hardest

It was 5:20 a.m. and I just didn't want to exercise. Period. And it wasn't the kind of not wanting where the exercise was a simple annoyance or just another necessary evil. No, the idea of getting on the elliptical this one morning just seemed un-confront-able - even though the stupid machine (!) is right in my basement. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise
category: how to

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

Every year on February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and while cards and flowers are perfectly acceptable gifts, the real big hits that day are candy, chocolate, and nice romantic dinners. In other words, indulgent food is usually involved. This can put people working on their weight in a bind – but there is another alternative… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, holidays
category: food & recipes

Tell Your Honey to Take a Hike!

So many holidays and celebrations are centered around food. It doesn’t have to be that way! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

The Super Bowl: Who’s Going to Win?

Super Bowl is arguably the biggest football event of the year. To have a successful weight management day, take a look at some of these delicious recipes. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, how to

Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Entrees

One of the most successful ways to navigate the challenges presented by a busy schedule is by planning ahead with ready to go meals for the whole family. Get out your planner. We’re going to heat things up with HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heat up with Multigrain Hot Cereal

HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal is a delicious, versatile, and nutritious food that will heat up your weight loss when the temperature drops. Here are some of the best ways to use HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal for full volume satisfaction and full throttle taste. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Shakes

HMR shakes are a dieter’s dream because they taste so darn good! But a frozen breakfast can start to feel like punishment when the kitchen floor is cold beneath your feet and there’s whisper of frost on the windows. Did you know that your dreamy HMR shakes taste just as delicious – maybe even better – when you heat them up? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Time to Rewrite Your Weight-Loss Story

Every dieter has a weight-loss story – the time you tried the grapefruit diet, or the South Beach diet, or even your last go on HMR. But here’s the truth - if you are working on your weight and health again, and you want a happy (and healthy) ending, you have to rewrite your weight-loss story. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, mood
category: motivation

Suffering from Holiday Diet Fatigue? Pump up the Volume!

This might be a good time to take a step back and review what’s been happening the past few weeks. So far, you’ve survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Hanukkah (for some), and Christmas (for others). But, we’re not quite done yet. New Year's Eve is coming fast. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Holiday Gatherings: A Survival Guide

Holiday gatherings can be high-calorie minefields, but they don’t necessarily have to result in weight gain. By using our planning skills, keeping records, and implementing “More is Better” even on a day when we plan to eat "out of the box," we can protect the weight loss we have worked so hard for. Here’s how… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Are You Mismanaging Your Calorie Budget?

If you struggle to maintain or lose weight, try imagining your calories as dollars. Once you know how to calculate your calorie budget you can figure out how to manage your funds. Because when it comes to food we make 3 common mistakes… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies
category: motivation

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Holiday Travel

If you are like many Americans, the upcoming holidays mean travel. Travel might be by car or by plane, close by or far away. Whatever it is for you, it has the potential to wreak havoc with your weight management if you don’t take the time to do some planning ahead of time. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

Top 5 Ways to Stick to Your Holiday Diet Plan

If your intention is to stick with your diet this holiday season, the best thing to do is plan ahead. Many of us find it hard to disappoint family and friends, even if it means putting our diets in jeopardy. Here are the top five ways to stick to your holiday diet plan… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Spices, Coffee and Cocoa

In the first four "Make a Shake, Make it Great" blogs, we discussed using add-ins like diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, sugar-free syrups, sugar-free puddings and jell-o, and extracts. In the last blog of this series, we will wrap things up wiht spices, coffee, and cocoa.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

The Social Network for Health

If you have made the decision to lose weight, get healthy, and change your lifestyle by joining the HMR program, one of the most important things you can do to be successful is build a supportive community. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies
category: motivation

Have a BLAST the Day after Thanksgiving

Congratulations. You made it through the holiday. The guests have gone home, or you are packing your family up and heading out yourself. You breathe a sigh of relief. But don’t sound the “all clear” just yet. Pick a focus area for the day after and BLAST it! You will refocus your efforts, protect your diet, and give yourself an opportunity to try something new! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

A Blast from My Past: The Counter-top Blender

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get stuck in a rut with your daily routines? One of my preferred routines was to make my daily HMR shake with a Braun® hand-held immersion blender. It wasn’t until I was stretched out of my comfort zone that I realized how much of a rut I was in. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Extracts

In the first three “Make a Shake, Make it Great” blogs, we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, then sugar-free syrups in your shakes, and finally sugar-free puddings and Jell-o®. The next stop in our series is using extracts in your shakes. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-Free Pudding or Jell-o

The third in a series, this blog focuses on ways to add variety to the flavor of your shakes by using sugar-free pudding or Jell-o®. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

You + Exercise = Better Mood/Better Brain

At hundreds of HMR trainings and seminars over the years, I have asked this same question: "Raise your hand if you feel better after you exercise..." and the inevitable sea of hands go up - every person, every time. Even those who, you find out later, hardly ever exercise or haven't for a very long time. Their hands go up too. Why is that? Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, mood
category: motivation

From Ghoulies and Ghosties… Deliver Us!

The time between Halloween and New Year’s is known as the “national eating season,” which can make sustaining momentum with your weight difficult. Here are some successful strategies for staying on track during, and after, Halloween, which can have you on the right track with your weight management going into the holiday season.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Dynamic Entree Duos

Many HMR foods go together just as well as some of your old favorites. Let’s take a look at some entree + entree combinations that have become HMR classics. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Dinner Party Dilemma

I had dinner guests coming and my husband and I were doing the Healthy Solutions® Diet—yikes! Not wanting to break our dieting momentum I had to think of something we could all eat. By the way, I’m kind of known for my good eats with these particular friends, so the pressure was on to produce a meal that was “in the box” as well as gourmet enough to serve to guests. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, holidays
category: food & recipes

On the Road: How to Take Your Exercise with You

Traveling for business or leaving home on vacation does not mean that you have to leave your exercise habits behind. Here are some of my strategies for fitting in exercise when I’m traveling. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, exercise, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-free Syrups

In the first ‘Make a Shake, Make it Great’ blog we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water. The next stop in this series is using sugar-free syrups in your shakes. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

The Amazing Disappearing Appetizer

In all my years of attending parties and potlucks where everyone brings a dish to share, I’ve never seen anything disappear as fast as my Stuffed Baby Bellas. And these beauties are not only delicious, they are easy to make and look so appetizing. Here’s how to make Stuffed Baby Bellas… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

The DVR is my Secret Weapon

While working on my health over the past 25 years, I’ve discovered that if I want to sustain a high level of physical activity, I need to have a variety of strategies to do it. I’ve also learned that I need a “go-to” activity that I can count on, no matter what. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, strategies
category: motivation

A Train, a Plane, and a Hotel Room

I had a trip planned to Boston, MA from my home in California, and I wanted to make sure I arrived at my destination without having gained weight. So, I did an experiment: to see if I could stay on track, eat healthy and arrive at my destination without blowing my calorie budget on snacks along the way. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

How Asking “How?” Can Help You Succeed

Achieving long-term success with our weight and health requires making a lot of changes. There are real challenges to our success out there. But often our biggest obstacle to success is the way we think about ourselves, the way we pose our questions and the answers we accept. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies
category: how to

Sneaky Chef: The Purees Edition

I got into the habit of making purees regularly when I was making my own baby food. It was so simple to pour a puree into an ice cube dish and freeze it for later use. I’ve continued to do this to be able to have quick and easy access to some extra vegetables that can be easily incorporated (or hidden) in other foods I prepare. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Working with a “Coach” to Improve PA

Recently, I recognized that I was “going through the motions” when it came to my PA. While I was tracking it and doing it, I wasn’t excited about it or getting stronger or faster. So, in a quest to improve my speed and strength, I decided to look for ways to work with a “coach” in addition to working with my health educator. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, strategies
category: how to

Sneaky Chef: The Beans Edition

In a previous blog, I wrote about how I incorporate zucchini into foods. Here, I’m going to share some tips on how to include extra servings of beans into your family’s meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

This Fall, RESTART Your Weight Loss

You know you have to do it when the jeans that fit you back in May don't fit now. With the change of seasons, maybe it’s also time to RESTART and get serious about getting your healthy lifestyle back on track. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies
category: how to

Lettuce Play with Our Food

Were you ever told not to play with your food? Well, I give you permission to play with your food. I don’t mean sling your Chicken Pasta Parmesan across the room, or finger paint with 70 Plus pudding. No, I’m talking about playing around with HMR Shakes and Entrees to create fun, new recipes that you can really get excited about! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

6 Quick Tips to Quiet the Hungry Horrors

Have you reached your goal weight only to discover you cannot seem to control the urge to eat everything in sight? Do you feel like you are fighting with yourself over wanting high-fat, high-calorie junk foods? Here are some things you can do right away, when that out-of-control feeling around food starts to happen… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, strategies
category: how to

Kale in a Fruit Smoothie? Yes, Please!

During the summer, I see a change in the foods I crave. I find myself wanting more fresh greens, and less “stick to your ribs” comfort food. I also crave more shakes, or more precisely, fruit smoothies. Well, I have a recipe that satisfies my yearning for the green stuff and the fruity drinks I love… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, strategies
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: A Taste of the Exotic

From time to time, we all like to walk on the wild side, don’t we? Sometimes we need to look outside the box to help keep us IN the box. What I offer to you today is the most exotic shake and smoothie recipes from “the trenches.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

No-Bake Entree Recipes

Sometimes you just don’t want a hot meal; like lunchtime, summertime, and lazytime. Give your microwave the afternoon off with some easy, throw-together meals like this one - no heat required. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Keep Calm and Curry On

Fruit in an entree? Perhaps a little different, but it may be just the thing you need to try right now. Here are two ideas to get you started... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

The 4 O’clock Shake

When is the toughest time of the day to resist higher calorie foods? Whenever I ask this question, people always seem to know which time of the day is the most challenging for them. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Fruits and Veggies – More is Better!

Most Americans think of fruits and vegetables as low-calorie foods that promote weight loss. But the power of plants to heal, revive and rejuvenate has long been known to man. Sure, eating more of these nutritional powerhouses will make weight management easier, but the benefits of a plant-rich diet go way beyond the scale. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, strategies, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Memorial Day Survival Strategies

It’s that time of year again! The official kick-off to summer: Memorial Day Weekend. But the summer months can be difficult with BBQs, weekend trips, ice cream block parties and, in general, a more carefree attitude that can all contribute to some serious episodes in The Gap™. With that in mind, here are our Top 5 Memorial Day Survival Strategies. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Really Easy Meals: The Five-Bean Potato

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re rushed, hungry, and not quite sure what to eat? Well, my friend, you have come to the right place. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Common Phase 1 Challenges: The Shakes Can Be Too Sweet

Adding variety to your shakes by using add-ins is important. Because, what tastes really great this week might seem mundane next week. But, what do you do when the add-ins you use make the shakes too sweet for your taste? Let’s take a look at some non-sweetened options for variety… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Ready-to-Go Snacks: A Good Offense is the Best Defense

Snack foods are big players in the game of weight management. Building a good offense is your best defense. To be more successful managing your weight, practice crowding out high fat, high calorie foods by keeping a wide variety of ready-to-eat low calorie snack foods on hand. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Can’t Afford to Lose Weight? Or Can’t Afford Not To?

Employers are beginning to take steps to reduce the cost of healthcare by providing incentives to their employees to lose weight and get healthy. Workers in poor health are more expensive to insure, have more sick days, and are less productive on the job. Health management is cost management… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, money
category: motivation

Girl About Town: The Lost Weekend

We all know how it is. Friday comes (TGIF!) and a whirlwind of freeform activity ensues: dinners with friends, birthday parties, watching “the game,” Brunch (with a capital B), not to mention all-day affairs like weddings, family parties, etc. These types of weekend activities tend to involve lots of eating (and drinking) and not so much exercise… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Benefits of Weight Loss that Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

There are so many other positive side effects of weight loss you can actually feel almost immediately. Some of these are due to losing weight, some of these are due to the additional exercise you’re doing, and most of them are due to both. So, with that in mind, here are some of the benefits of weight loss that your doctor may not tell you about. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, mood
category: motivation

Researchers Have Discovered the “Fountain of Youth!”

Many researchers have called this lifestyle behavior the “magic pill” or the “fountain of youth.” Best of all, the effects are positive for everyone and it’s free. Do you know what it is? Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, mood
category: motivation

Moo Goo Gai Pan: In the Box Take-Out Food

During a recent trip to the grocery store, something caught my eye. It was the huge amount of floor space devoted to ready-to-eat take-out food. Does anybody buy groceries in grocery stores anymore? The good news is that you can make “in the box” fast food… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

HMR is Named to U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Diets of 2016’

We are thrilled to announce that HMR was just named a #1 Best Fast-Weight Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2016 Rankings. HMR also held its position as the #2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in the annual rankings list for the second year in a row! Here are some of the details... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

So You Made a New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight. Now What?

Now that January 1st is behind us, many people like to get a fresh start and make New Year’s resolutions. Coming off of the holidays with all the high-calorie holiday “treats” that cause weight gain, the resolution to lose weight is a popular one. Here are some tried-and-true strategies anyone can do to lose weight and keep it off. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes

Sneaking in Physical Activity during the Busiest Time of the Year

No matter how busy I am all year long, December is even busier. Along with work, family, and maintaining a household, there’s all of the prep and activities for the holidays. Yikes! So, what’s an overly busy person to do? Short bouts! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

What Do You Do When Plans Are Up in the Air, but You Are In the Box?!

How many of us can say that we’re prepared 100% of the time? Not me, that’s for sure! But there are some things you can do to make sure your environments are set up to give you the best chance of meeting your minimums and staying “In the Box.” Check out these ideas to see what you can do to prepare for the unexpected. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

Autumn Chili

One of the problems with traditional fall foods is that they can have me packing on pounds faster than the Red Sox fall out of 1st place in September. With that in mind, I started working on some classic fall recipes that are full of flavor, have lots of vegetables, and are low in calories. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

How to Turn a Bad Day into a Good Week

We’ve all had them. The days that don’t go as planned. The days we forget our lunch, end up shopping while hungry, or find ourselves somehow in the food court. So whether it’s a chocolate cake delivered with good intentions, or the BBQ ribs you just couldn’t pass up... a high-calorie day doesn’t have to ruin your week. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, mood, strategies
category: how to

Creation from the Black Legume

I love beans. The fact that they are also called legumes makes them seem so much more sophisticated. Here’s a classic Creole dish featuring black beans I’d like to share… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes
category: food & recipes

What Does it Mean to Be “In the Box”?

Being “in the box” in the HMR Program means being on track with your diet, staying on the plan, and not cheating. By staying “in the box” you increase your chances of reaching your goals. It puts the hazy gray world of dieting into crisp black and white. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, strategies
category: how to

Soup: The Weight-Loss Secret that Comes in a Bowl

Allow us a moment to ponder the lowly bowl of soup. When you think about it, soup is just a main course with water added, right? It’s the same amount of food and you’ll eat just as much, right? Well, as it turns out, not so much. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Social Eating, Business Luncheons, & Holiday Meals - EEK!

In Phase 1, it can sometimes appear easier to say, “I just can’t be ‘in the box’ today – it’s a special occasion.” But let’s talk about why it’s important to be “in the box” anyway. Here are some ideas for dealing with “social eating…”   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Freeze, Frappe, or Float

Depending on where you hail from in the U.S., you may know them by different names. Where I’m from, when you blend ice cream and soda together you get a “freeze.” I’m talking about those blended, thick, frosty, icy shakes that are reminiscent of malt shop fare. One big sip and you have instant brain freeze. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Hacking Your HMR Shakes

Preparing an HMR shake is pretty easy – powder, water, ice, blend. Given how creative HMR dieters can be, I wanted to share some of their tips and tricks for making shakes in different ways. If you are looking for new flavors, textures, high or low volume, or just want to try something different, I think this blog will be worth your time. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

How High-Volume Shakes Save Me From the Hungry Horrors

While preparing dinner for my family, I can often find myself looking to snack on anything that is around me – and those calories can add up quickly! Making a high volume shake to drink at that time keeps me full for 3 hours – on 200 calories or less! How can you beat that? Here are 5 favorites… Read Full Post

by jennyb on 09/09/15  

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, strategies, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

5 Steps to Create a Personalized Plan for Long-Term Success

When you join an HMR program, one of the first things you will learn is how to keep records. A commitment to record keeping will serve you long after you lose the weight. Your records are your personalized plan for long-term success. When you keep great records, you’ll never have to guess about weight loss again! Here’s how to do it… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Short Bouts Count

It’s really easy to fall into black and white thinking with physical activity. If you don’t have time for your regular 30-minute routine, you sometimes don’t do any. If this way of thinking kind of sounds like you, I have some good news for you... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: motivation

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Diet Soda or Sugar-free Flavored Water

HMR makes 2 basic flavors of shakes: vanilla and chocolate (the Chicken Soup and Multigrain Hot Cereal also count as shakes, but we’ll talk about them in another blog). While most people think the vanilla and chocolate shakes taste really good on their own, at some point they might want, well, something else. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Late-Night Snacking Edition

Have you ever had the late-night munchies? Maybe you turned on the TV and found yourself bombarded with commercials for pizza, beer, and other high-calorie foods. It’s easy to want to eat at night, even if it’s simply out of habit rather than hunger, right? Here are some strategies to beat the late-night munchies blues… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

The Secret Life of a Five-Bean Entrée

All HMR entrees lead a secret life, and the Five-Bean entrée is no exception. Here’s the secret: they also make great soups. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

5 Healthy Foods to Stash in Your Desk at Work (or Anywhere Else)

Does this sound familiar? You wake up late and don’t have time to prepare a lunch before bolting out the door. Or, more frustrating, you make a healthy, low-calorie lunch the night before and forget it at home. Here are 5 essentials to keep in your desk at work so you'll always have a healthy lunch on hand. As a bonus, you may save some calories and money as well. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Common Phase 1 Challenges: I’m Too Full to Finish All My Shakes/Entrees/Vegetables-Fruits

I saw this request for support recently on the HMRdiet Forum: “I am a newbie to the Healthy Solutions diet and was wondering if anyone ever has trouble meeting the min food requirements? I often find myself full but still need to get in more MRs and VF. I shouldn't complain - this is the first diet I've ever been on in which I NEVER get hungry. Yet I wonder if I should still eat even when I'm not hungry.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies, nutrition
category: how to

The Can Man: Adding Volume to my HMR Entrees

My 27 years with HMR have been an exciting ride, and I have seen a lot of changes to the program. One big addition that I remember vividly was the introduction of the HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

The New (and Improved!) BeneFit Bars Have Arrived

You asked and we listened! “More crunch” is a request we often hear from those looking for more variety with HMR foods. This request was one of the major factors in the decision to develop new bars to replace the original BeneFit® Bar recipes. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, nutrition
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

I still can’t do a push-up but….

I still can’t do a push-up but… It’s taken 3 years of yoga and practice but I can finally stand on my head. Why does that even matter, you ask? Well, it’s because I set out to do it, and haven’t stopped trying. Setting goals for yourself in different areas of health and fitness gives you something to shoot for and be motivated by. Read Full Post

by jennyb on 06/17/15  

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise
category: motivation

Turkey Chili with Beans: Three Ways

There are few foods that say ‘America’ as much as chili and many areas lay claim to being its birthplace. Having thoroughly researched this I can definitely state that chili was first created in Texas. Or Spain. Or California. Or the Canary Islands, or Arizona, or Arkansas, or New Mexico, or South America. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Change is Hard

Transitions have never been easy on me. Whether it’s moving, getting a pet, or having to accommodate after-work activities, I struggle with change. Some sure signs when I’m struggling: the higher-calorie treats become more common, the gym becomes less common, and my pants become a little snugger. And here we go again... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, mood
category: motivation

Health Outlook: Physical Activity

This “Health Outlook” series looks at how practicing healthy behaviors as young adults can positively impact overall well-being and quality of life long term by making simple, healthy changes to our daily routines. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise
category: motivation

Health Outlook: The Role of BMI

Not too long ago, I began a series of blogs about what young people can start doing today to improve our health and remain at a low risk for developing heart disease when we reach middle age. In this blog, I will discuss the significance of a healthy BMI. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

The Health Outlook for 20-Somethings

One of my favorite high school coaches used to teach me about living a healthy, long life in one of the most successful ways—role modeling! He was the only coach I had that reminded me daily to stay active. My coach believed very strongly in physical activity as a mode to improve one’s health and prevent diseases. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise
category: motivation

Eat More 1s, 2s, and 3s To Keep Calories Low and Health High

Eating more 1s–3s lets you eat more food for fewer calories, making it easier to lose or maintain weight. And there are other health benefits to eating more 1s–3s. Look at some of the research that supports the many and varied health benefits of vegetables and fruits. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: High Volume Fruit and Veggies

Hello from the clinic trenches! Dieters in my classes tell me all the time they need to find foods that are easy to grab, high in volume, convenient and delicious. What is the answer? Fruits and vegetables! Recently, I polled my classes and here are the top 5 strategies for getting high volume with veggies and fruits. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Girl about Town: Every Little Bit Counts

We know we need to make the time to get regular exercise – but we’ve all got crazy-busy lives, right? However, nothing helps you feel as good, as energized, and as ready for your day as good ‘ol physical activity. So why do so many of us resist doing it? We feel like we just don’t have the time. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, strategies
category: how to

Kitchen Essentials for Your Healthy New Year

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of sale prices on kitchen essentials that make it easier to eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us know that when it comes to eating healthier - being prepared is key. Take a kitchen inventory and invest in the tools that can make a big difference. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR
category: how to

Every Day is a Holiday

If you look at the calendar for the next 3-5 months you will find lots of holidays. But people don’t need to have a holiday to have a hard time of it out there in The Gap. Your health and weight are at stake each and every day, not JUST on special occasions. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, mood, holidays
category: motivation

My Daughter Eats Entrees at Preschool

Like many working moms, making lunches is often the bane of my existence in the morning rush to get out the door. Enter HMR Ravioli! As I’ve used HMR foods to support my own weight management and healthy eating, I’ve found my kids love the foods too! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: Holiday Strategies

As we all know, the holidays are a tough time to maintain healthy eating behaviors and keep exercise in place. Here are some holiday-themed vegetable and fruit strategies that may help you get through holiday parties and events this season. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

The Phase 1 ‘Stay In the Box through Year End’ Challenge

During the holidays, you may ask “Do I eat off the diet, or stay ‘in the box?’” Well, staying “in the box” is a virtual guarantee of weight loss and those that don’t will likely struggle. So, here’s the challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the holidays. Here’s how to do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Taking a Bite out of Holiday Weight Gain

Whether you are in Phase 1 or Phase 2, the year-end holidays can be challenging. It seems like when the Halloween candy first appears in stores, to Thanksgiving, on through December’s holidays, and perhaps ending with Super Bowl Sunday in early February, Americans are faced with one over-eating occasion after another. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Top 5 from the Trenches: Comfort Food Classics

Comfort food: The season just begs for it. But comfort food is almost always correlated with the 7-10s on the HMR Calorie Guide; and is almost a guarantee for weight gain. So check out some of these low-cal versions of some comfort food classics! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes
category: food & recipes

A Hot Dog for Halloween… and other scary tales

 I’ll just come out and say it. My daughter wants to be a hot dog for Halloween… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog, holidays
category: motivation

From Squirmy to Book-Wormy

Last year, my 9-year-old daughter wrote a letter to the principal of her school, and inspired a change that impacted her entire school… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

HMR Product Development: What Goes into Selecting a New Food Item?

We recently introduced a new entree to our HMR family of foods: Vegetarian Thai Curry with Brown Rice. So how did we come up with our newest entrée recipe? Well, first of all, there are some important things to consider, such as the comments and suggestions we hear most often from YOU… Read Full Post

tags: HMR
category: food & recipes

Labor Day Reboot – HMR-Style

Ahh, Labor Day. End of summer, back to school, one last picnic or BBQ, anticipation of leaves turning colors… a long weekend of eating in The Gap. Wait, hold on a minute… scratch that last one because it just doesn’t have to go down like that this year! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Entrees with Veggies

In this blog series, I highlight the “Top 5 faves” in our local HMR Program. This time around we are going to look at the top 5 entrée and vegetable combo recipes that dieters in our clinic are eating on a regular basis and would consider their “go-to” recipes when they want something filling, delicious and easy for lunch or dinner. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

The Big Move

This summer was an exciting time for me—I moved in with my boyfriend to a completely new apartment and to a different part of the city. Living together is great, but also was an adjustment, and took some additional planning and problem-solving to ensure I/we kept healthy eating and exercise in place amidst all the changes. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies
category: how to

Just Keep it Simple!

If you are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, one of the best things you can do is reduce the number of food decisions you need to make when you’re hungry. Here's how to keep it simple using meal replacements, giving you a low-calorie way to start the day… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, strategies
category: how to

Top 5 from the Trenches: High-Volume Shakes

Ever wonder what other HMR dieters’ favorite recipes are? Welcome to the first in a series of “Top 5” lists all about our most popular (and most filling) recipes, according to HMR dieters. We’ll explore everything from high volume shakes made with fruit, to entrees with veggies, as well as grab-and-go veggie and fruit snacks. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, strategies
category: food & recipes

Are You Waiting for a Weight-Loss Miracle?

When you’re ready to lose weight, start by eating different foods and moving more – a practical approach to weight loss. Focus on how your actual behaviors impact your actual body fat loss. Know that when you stick to healthy behaviors, the results will show on the scale. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

You Can’t Outrun Your Fork

For someone who started running to lose weight 20+ years ago and hasn’t looked back since, the last thing I saw coming was an injury that would put a halt to physical activity as I knew it. Aside from missing the physical act of running and the camaraderie of my running group, I was worried – really worried – that I’d gain weight. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, exercise, strategies
category: how to

To Dine Out or Not to Dine Out – That is the Question

“Will I ever be able to go to a restaurant again?” Ah, such a complicated question, and an important one too. When a restaurant meal is in the cards, there are several wonderful strategies to ensure that the meal is both pleasurable and healthy, while keeping the calories as low as possible. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: motivation

The Daily Battle with the Snooze Button

It has always been a battle between me and the snooze button. Every night I set the alarm early to get up and go to the gym and, come morning, end up hitting the snooze button. And then again. And then again. Although getting in a workout at any time is great, a morning sweat session has many benefits… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, strategies
category: motivation

A Walk on the (Antioxidant) Wild Side

I have been reading a ton about "super foods" lately – foods that contain a high concentration of a variety of natural components that provide antioxidant effects in the body. So I got to thinking how I could incorporate more super foods into my daily smoothies for an added boost of energy and nutrition... Read Full Post

tags: HMR, nutrition
category: motivation

BBQ Survival Guide: Cookouts with a Healthy Kick

Memorial Day has become synonymous with the official kick-off of summer. And over this long weekend, almost everyone is having a backyard barbeque. The good news is that you can host or attend a summer BBQ with friends and family that can be delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Environmental Control

There are a lot of things you can’t control in life: taxes, your children (at least mine!), who wins the World Series…etc. But the good news is that when it comes to dieting and your health, you have more control than you think! Here at HMR, we call it ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, or “EC” for short. Read Full Post

by jennyb on 05/08/14  

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

The Need for Speed? Or a Healthy Wait?

Wanting to lose weight fast still takes commitment, and then maintaining that weight loss is a process that certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Americans think about making resolutions when in fact a better term might be an evolution. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

On the Road Again: Top Tips for Healthy Travels

Here at HMR, we just got back from our annual trainings in CA and FL. Overall, it’s a great time, but with so much that gets packed into these days, it can be easy to let my healthy routines fall to the wayside and go with the not-so-healthy flow when I’m away from home. But even with a busy schedule, it IS possible to take care of your health when travelling. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

Un-learning Theory

The other night my daughter was lamenting the fact that I had to teach a class on a night I normally would be home. I explained to her in terms that a 6-year-old would understand that “Mommy needs to go teach grown-ups how to eat veggies and fruits.” My daughter laughed at the idea that adults would need to be taught something like that. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Your HEART is in Your Hands!

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign raises awareness of heart disease in women and encourages them to make healthy lifestyle changes. This message is close to the “heart” of HMR. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, mood, nutrition
category: motivation

Girl about Town: Hot Drinks for Cold Days

All summer long, when it’s too hot to cook or I just want something cold and refreshing, I’ll happily blend up a fruit smoothie or make a shake with a no-calorie add-in. However, in these colder months, I haven’t been as excited to have an icy cold beverage… Enter hot drinks. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, mood, strategies
category: food & recipes

This Holiday Season Make a Commitment to Yourself!

Waiting for the “right time” to join a weight-loss program could be a clever way to put off doing what needs to be done - making a commitment to your health. Now may actually be the perfect time to put yourself first! Here are some reasons why… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, holidays
category: motivation

The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

The Road to Miss Massachusetts

Growing up, I never had to worry about my weight. I was a three-sport athlete and dancer, I did karate and Girl Scouts – basically anything that I could sign up for, I HAD to join. I was constantly on the go and very rarely had a “sit-down” dinner with my family. As a result, I ate a lot of fast food and developed terrible eating habits. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: Fall Favorites

In class this week, we explored some of the seasonal foods that we can look forward to in the months to come. And whether you live here in Boston, or out on the west coast, hopefully you can appreciate some of these fall favorites as well… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes
category: food & recipes

Empty Nest – Empty Fridge!

After signing the lease for the last of the kids to move into their own apartment (and the college years almost wrapped up too!), I’ve hit what is fondly known as the “empty nest” stage! Can anyone else relate? Is it what you expected? What I don’t think I could have ever expected is that it would change my routine around meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

A Conversation with Jason

Jason Asciola has lost 164 lbs. in the HMR Program in Auburndale, MA. He is now in Phase 2 – still losing some weight and working on maintaining his weight loss.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, mood, strategies
category: motivation

Talking Calories with the Kids

Trying to teach about good nutrition while not obsessing about weight and body image has been paramount for us in raising our children. We want them to be knowledgeable without being caught up with every little detail. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: PA Strategies for a Busy Day

When you are ridiculously busy, perhaps going from appointment to appointment or running around with the kids all day, it can feel completely overwhelming to think about exercising, on top of everything else. But, those days can actually be the most important ones to fit some exercise in… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, exercise, strategies, mommy blog
category: how to

It’s the HMR Trivia Quiz!

 We’ve put together 15 questions about the HMR Program. How many can you get right? Read Full Post

tags: HMR
category: motivation

Finding My Path to Good Health

I was always delaying the start of my diet. “Monday is the best day to start.” “After the holiday is the best time to start.” “The first day of the month is the ideal day to start.” It was a never-ending cycle. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

HMR’s Demo-licious Derby

Right now, people across the country are participating in HMR's Annual Triple Imperative (TI) Challenge. And here in the Corporate Office, HMR staffers are taking turns serving up healthy recipes to our office mates. Let’s take a look at what the creative (and competitive) minds here at HMR have come up with… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Oh Hey! I Just Ran My First 5k!

Last weekend, I ran my first 5k – and it was SO MUCH FUN! Running has been something I’ve been trying to turn into a regular thing for a long time, but until recently, it just never stuck. Here’s what I did to keep on keeping on… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise
category: how to

Introducing the 2013 HMR Triple Imperative Challenge

The days are getting longer… the weather’s getting warmer… the birds are singing. Looks like it’s that time of year again for… The HMR Triple Imperative® (TI) Challenge! If you already participate in a Phase 2 class, you’re probably already hearing about the Challenge. If not, read on for some background and to learn how you can get involved. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies
category: motivation, how to

My Child Might Be Overweight

During my daughter’s physical recently, her doctor let me know that (like me at the same age) she is dangerously close to being overweight. I felt like in some ways I was projecting the painful feelings of being overweight as a child onto her. But I decided it didn’t have to be that way. It could be different for her. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

This Valentine’s Day, Love Your Own Sweet Heart!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by making some crucial lifestyle changes that will have a huge impact on your heart health. Why not make this the year you commit to loving your own sweet heart? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, holidays
category: how to

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and the temptation to blow off healthy habits is lurking around every corner. So here are my top 5 strategies for keeping healthy behaviors in place through the holidays. I hope these will help you keep pushing into your stretch zone, while the rest of America is having eggnog and fruitcake! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Are You Planning to Stay “In the Box” on Thanksgiving?

Been to the HMR Forums Lately? There’s something really great going on over there! With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people are using the Weight-loss Forum to reinforce their commitment to stay “in the box” and keep losing weight. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

The Sweet Facts about “Artificial” Sweeteners

NutraSweet®, Equal®, Truvia®, Splenda®, Sweet ‘n’ low®. Chances are if you’re trying to lose weight, you may use some or all of these during your day. Although wildly popular, some people have concerns about their safety. Hopefully this article will answer some of those questions. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, nutrition
category: motivation

Easy Meals Even My 5-Year-Old Can Make

If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you know that I routinely involve my children in food prep, recipe planning, cooking and baking. In fact, my 4-year-old daughter now asks me every day if she can help me cook (and I love it!). That got me thinking that making meals using HMR Entrees is so simple that even my 5-year-old can do it – and now he does… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

In Awe of YOU: Kudos to All in the HMR Success Story Contest!

When HMR decided to run this online contest, we had no idea what kind of response we’d get. We know people are extremely busy, and we wondered if many people would take the time to write and submit a story about their personal weight-loss journey. We never expected to see so many stories that were so well written… and inspiring… and hopeful. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation
category: motivation

Weight-Loss Drugs: What’s All the Hype?

You probably have seen the recent coverage of the FDA approval of new weight-loss medications. So what’s all the hype? Well, the FDA is in the process of approving three new weight-loss drugs before the end of 2012. This is a particularly historic event because the last time a drug was approved for weight loss was 1999. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, medication
category: motivation

Is Boston Up to the Challenge?

The city of Boston has been challenged! Although this time it isn’t one of our typical foes, like the British or the NY Yankees. This time, the gauntlet has been thrown down by the Boston Public Health Commission and the Mayor. We have been challenged to lose ONE MILLION POUNDS and walk/run/hop/skip/crawl TEN MILLION MILES in the next year! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise
category: motivation

From the Classroom: Results of the Triple Imperative Challenge

In the US today, dieting is down – big time. It’s a paradox: on one hand more Americans are overweight than ever before, but on the other hand, according a recent major survey on the health habits of Americans, concern about weight and weight loss are at an all-time low. Wow. Welcome to The Gap™. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise
category: how to

Are You Ready for a PUSH?

Here’s a question for YOU: are you happy with your current weight and level of fitness? Are there healthy behaviors and strategies from the past that have fallen out of your routine? If so, is it time to take on a “push” to build more momentum around your health behaviors? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning
category: motivation

March is National Nutrition Month

March can be such a challenging month, weather-wise. At least in the northeast, it truly can come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. The cold and gloom of still-wintery weather can lead to hibernation from healthy behaviors. So what can you do to reverse this? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Diet Tools, motivation, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

After-School Snack of Champions

With the influence of HMR on one shoulder and a gourmet chef on the other, I try to make my kids after-school snacks that are fun, delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: how to

Demo-licious!

This was a fun and easy way to introduce my friends to HMR and get them on their way towards their weight loss goals. I’m happy to report that they’ve already lost 4.5 to 10 lbs each in the first 2 weeks on their diets! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools
category: food & recipes

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, holidays
category: food & recipes

Are You Planning to Stay “In the Box” on Thanksgiving?

Been to the HMR Forums Lately? There’s something really great going on over there! With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people are using the Weight-loss Forum to reinforce their commitment to stay “in the box” and keep losing weight. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Fast Food for a Family of Five

Before having my children, even as far back as when I was single, I’ve always thought of the HMR Entrees as the starting point of my meal, kind of a “hamburger helper” if you will. I am a volume eater and like a big plate of food, so I have always added vegetables to the entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to