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Sleep Better to Feel Better

Sleep Better to Feel Better 0

Sleep…who couldn’t use more of it? Telltale signs of needing more sleep are an overwhelming desire to shut off your alarm clock and stay in bed, a frequent morning headache, and afternoon drowsiness (have you ever nodded off during a mid-afternoon meeting?). Getting enough sleep can get harder as the days get longer in spring and summer, but these tips and tricks can help. You may be shocked at your newfound energy and maybe even weight loss!

Sleep, Weight, and Health

Why should you dedicate more time to sleep? Is it not just a selfish luxury that steals time from other priorities? Not at all! Sleep is critical for a healthy mind and body. It helps you think clearly and focus. It allows your brain to process the previous day’s events. It lets your muscles recover. Oh, and if you are concerned about your blood sugar, sleep aids in insulin sensitivity.

But wait…there is more! Sleep can help you lose weight in a few ways, and skimping on sleep can have the opposite effect. Lack of sleep leads to higher levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, which leads to greater hunger. At the same time, cravings for high-carb foods increase, and your ability to resist temptation decreases. Finally, you may feel lethargic when you are sleep-deprived, and the result can be less movement and fewer calories burned throughout the day.

Better Sleep Habits – Quantity and Quality

Once you decide to support yourself with better sleep, the next question is how. First, get enough sleep. That means setting aside enough time each night. It may mean cutting back on television or simply staying focused in the evening so it does not get too late before you know it.

Then, the quality of your sleep helps determine how rested you are the next day. These tips can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep for longer.

  • Avoid caffeine for at least 6 hours before bed.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room.
  • Do not eat too much too close to bedtime.
  • Put aside electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine that is consistent each night.

Also, getting exercise during the day helps with nighttime shut-eye.

Natural Sleep Aids

People often use natural sleep aids to complement their healthy sleep habits or to get over hurdles such as jet lag. BariatricPal Sleep Support Spray has 3 mg of melatonin, which is a natural hormone and a non-habit-forming sleep aid. It has been used to overcome jet lag, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep. Just use two sprays before bedtime or as your doctor recommends. Each bottle has 75 doses.

The value of sleep is nearly limitless, and you owe it to yourself to get enough. Try those healthy sleep tips and consider an aid such as BariatricPal Sleep Support Spray, and you may find yourself more energetic and better able to take on the day.

Spring Break Must-Haves

Spring Break Must-Haves 0

Spring is here, and spring break is around the corner for many families. While spring break may be a chance to cut loose and relax, there is no need to undo all of the hard work you have been doing to lose weight and get healthy. A bit of planning and a few key items from The BariatricPal Store can help you stay on track during your vacation.

Water Bottle

Hydration can be your secret weight loss weapon on vacation. Staying hydrated improves energy so you can be more active, and prevents any chance of mistaking thirst for hunger. An Increment Bottle can help you stay hydrated. You can see motivational signs as you sip your way through the day. All varieties let you infuse fruit into your water to make hydration easier. Choose the size that meets your needs, from the 17-oz. Bambino Infuser to the 30.5-oz. Summit Beaker, and sort through features such as clips for holding and flip caps or straws for drinking.

Another option is the H2GO Force Stainless Steel Thermal Bottle, available in 10 colors. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. It is leak-proof, has no condensation, and is easy to clean. You could fill it with coffee before leaving the hotel in the morning, then rinse it and fill it with water at lunch.

Hydration Reminder

Having water with you is one thing. Remembering to drink it is something else. The Ulla Hydration Reminder takes the burden of remembering off of you as it automatically reminds you to start sipping at the beginning of the day and keep it up all day. The attachment fits on all bottles and is available in seven stylish colors.

Pill Organizer

Keep your vitamins and medications straight all week with the BariatricPal 7-Day Pill Box and Cutter. It has room for most pills so you never get confused about which you have taken. The cutter is airline-safe and it contains the pieces so that they do not go flying when you cut them.

Protein Bars

Of all the foods you could pack, Protein Bars may be the single best choice. They are compact, delicious, portable, and ready-to-eat. You can use them for a quick breakfast, a snack on the road, or a meal replacement if you find yourself at a restaurant without a diet-friendly menu. Our selection of Protein Bars includes bars with up to 23 or more grams of protein, sugar-free and low-carb options, and flavors ranging from chocolate and vanilla to peanut butter, pretzel, and Jamaican bison!

A few good choices can go a long way when packing for a trip. Stop by The BariatricPal Store to see what else can help you stay on track while away. Vacation should be fun and healthy! Happy Spring!

Sugar-Free Chocolate for All Tastes

Sugar-Free Chocolate for All Tastes 0

Chocolate versus weight loss. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, crispy chocolate, chocolate with peanut butter, chocolate with caramel…versus weight loss. Wait – why compromise? Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates let you have your chocolate and your weight loss, too.

What You Miss with Sugar-Free Chocolate Candies

Let us start with some of what you miss out on when you choose Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates instead of regular chocolate candies and candy bars.

  • Up to 300 calories per serving
  • 40 or more grams of carbohydrates
  • Over 30 grams of sugar
  • Large or king-sized bars that lead you to eat way too much
  • A sugar spike, increased sugar cravings, and a load of guilt

Sugar-Free Goodness

Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates come in types and flavors to delight any chocolate lover. There are sugar-free Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Almond, and Chocolate Crisp Bars, Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pecan Clusters, and Peanut Butter Patties…to name just a few. Each serving has about 100 calories and 2 grams of net carbs. They have no glycemic sweeteners – that is, they do not spike your blood sugar levels.

They come in small portions that are individually packaged. This gives you the pleasure of being able to eat the whole package without overdoing it. Plus, Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates are easy to take anywhere. Why not pull out a sugar-free delight at work the next time a box of chocolates enters your office so you have no temptation to eat the sugary chocolates?

100-Calorie Protein Bars to Love

You can also choose Chocorite Triple-Layer Protein Bars for added nutrition. With 9 grams of protein and a large 34-gram size, but still only 100 calories, these bars can be a small meal replacement or a snack. They have three layers: a protein-packed core, a caramel filling,and a chocolate coating. Flavors include Cookies and Cream, Triple Chocolate Fudge, and Caramel Cookie Dough.

Huge 20-Gram Protein Bars

If you just cannot get enough of Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates or you need a boost of protein, try Chocorite 20-Gram Protein Bars. They have 200 calories, 20 grams of protein, and only 3 grams of net carbs. They are available in a range of flavors from Double Chocolate Extreme and Pistachio Nut Chocolate to Cinnamon Bun and Yellow Cake. Have them as a meal replacement or snack to keep hunger at bay and to satisfy cravings.

Browse our collection of Chocorite Sugar-Free Chocolates and be warned that you may instantly relax as you discover that you can lose weight without giving up chocolate. The BariatricPal Store is here to make your journey easier!

Weight Loss During March Madness

Weight Loss During March Madness 0

How many March Madness games are you planning to watch? What will you eat during them? You might regret it if you do not think about it ahead of time, but you can come out on top if you plan ahead. The BariatricPal Store has a few ideas for your hoops viewing parties so you can enjoy great food and stay healthy.

Mac and Cheese

Serve a pot of mac and cheese, and your guests will love you forever. Make it with low-carb noodles, and they will never know it is healthy. NutriNoodles Shirataki Pasta has no carbs and almost no calories. Make an extra cheesy, but healthy, version of macaroni and cheese with your choice of ingredients such as cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, or your other favorites. Top with Pork Panko for a crunchy topping without carbs!

Chips and Dip

Admit it: a party is incomplete without chips and dip. That does not mean you need to eat starchy, fat-laden snacks at your party. Rather, try low-carb Protein Chips and Pretzels with healthier dips, such as salsa, guacamole, and hummus. You will skip most of the carbs and artery-clogging fats while chowing down with your friends.

Faux “Fried” Foods

Make your party the talk of the town with “fried” friends. Use Pork Rind Panko instead of high-carb breadcrumbs, then bake instead of fry your great foods. Try avocado sticks, zucchini fries, baked chicken, and panko mushrooms for hot apps to pass. Your friends, your taste buds, and your waistline will all thank you.

Chocolate Brownies

They may not be mandatory, but brownies can make a party seem perfect. Try Low-Carb Brownies with only 1 net carb each if you want to skip the guilt while you indulge. They have 5 grams of filling fiber, including prebiotic fiber. You can also try any of our Protein Cookies or bake your own goods with any of our Baking Mixes.

March Madness and other parties deserve a full selection of great-tasting foods, and there is no need for these parties to expand your waistline. Check The BariatricPal Store for low-carb, high-protein, great-tasting choices that you can serve to a crowd or keep for yourself.

Zero-Carb Bagels, Bread Pizza, and Pasta: A Dream Come True?

Zero-Carb Bagels, Bread Pizza, and Pasta: A Dream Come True? 0

What do you miss most on your weight loss or low-carb diet? Is it a toasted bagel for breakfast? A plate of pasta? What about a slice of pizza? Bring them all back with ThinSlim Zero Carb bread, bagels, and pasta! They have no carbs and tons of fiber, and they let you have the foods you love.

Bread and Buns

It is admirable if you are eating your burgers on lettuce leaves to avoid the carbs from the hamburger bun. Dipping celery sticks into peanut butter is a good diet move, too. But really, wouldn’t you rather have your juicy burger on a bun and your peanut butter in a sandwich? What about grilled cheese and tomato soup, toast with eggs, tuna on rye, and turkey sandwiches? Zero Carb Bread comes in Plain, Rye, Honey, and Everything flavors, plus Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns. Each slice of bread has 45 calories and 7 grams each of protein and fiber, and the buns have twice that amount.

Bagels

What is your bagel fantasy? Cream cheese and smoked salmon? Ham, eggs, and cheese? Tuna salad? Zero Carb Bagels give you freedom with 90 calories, 14 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, and 0 grams net carbs each. Now you can have your Sesame, Plain, Cinnamon, and Everything bagels whenever you want and however you want, guilt-free.

Pizza Crust

When you say, “low-carb pizza,” do you mean a messy pile of cheese and sauce on a plate? You can do better with Zero Carb Pizza Crust! Each quarter of a pizza crust has 90 calories, 14 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, and 0 grams net carbs. In comparison, a slice of regular pizza crust has 30 grams of carbs. Now you can have low-carb pizza the traditional way, with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings, or you can use your imagination and try combinations such as diced tomatoes, feta cheese, and spinach, or olive oil, garlic, chicken, and artichokes.

Pasta

That plate, bowl, or casserole of pasta can destroy your diet on the spot, unless you choose Zero Carb Pasta. It is not only free from net carbs, but is packed with fiber so you can feel fuller for longer. Use the Elbows to make mac and cheese, Rotini to make tuna noodle casserole, Fettuccini for chicken alfredo, and Penne for baked pasta with meat sauce – all with 30, 50, or more grams of carbs less than if you made them with regular pasta. Make your favorite pasta and noodle dishes, casseroles, and soups, guilt-free.

How Do We Do It?

The magic is in the ingredients, such as oat fiber, olive oil, flaxseed meal, and natural sugar-free sweeteners such as stevia. There is no refined white flour or other blood sugar-spiking ingredients. Knowing that the ingredients are wholesome can make the whole experience even sweeter!

The Perfect Protein for National Pistachio Day

The Perfect Protein for National Pistachio Day 0

Today is National Pistachio Day. That may not have been on your radar before, but it certainly should be now. It is a chance to enjoy one of nature’s superfoods and with Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars, you can get extra nutrition, extra weight loss help, and extra flavor.

Health Benefits of Pistachios

Pistachios are comparable in nutrition to almonds. They pack in the healthy fats but have very little unhealthy fat. They have 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per ounce, and have antioxidants and potassium. Did you know that people who eat nuts and peanuts regularly are more likely to have better control of their weight?

Pistachio and Chocolate Delight

Take the nutty deliciousness of pistachios mixed into cookie dough. Add some chocolate chunks, top with almonds, and you have the foundation of Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars. The bars taste great but have only 3 grams of net carbs and 0 grams of added sugar. Instead, they are sweetened with natural sweeteners, including stevia.

Protein Plus Fiber

Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars may taste great, but they still fit perfectly into your high-protein, filling weight loss diet. They contain 20 grams of protein, including from high-quality sources such as whey protein isolate. That is not their only source of satiety.

Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars also have 22 grams of fiber, which is close to all you may need in a day. The fiber comes from sources including prebiotics such as inulin to support a healthier gut. Fiber not only helps keep hunger away, but also helps lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.

Fitting Your Diet

Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars are made to fit into your weight loss diet as a snack or meal replacement. They have 210 calories each and are a large, 64-gram size. You can have them as a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert. They are ideal for keeping in your car, eating at the gym, or storing at work.

Pistachio Nut Chocolate Protein Bars come in single bars or boxes of 12 bars. Other flavors of Chocorite 20-Gram Protein Bars include Cookie Dough, Chocolate Extreme, Yellow Cake, and more. Chocorite Triple Layer 9-Gram Protein Bars come in Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Cookies and Cream, and Triple Chocolate Fudge.

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