DID YOU KNOW…Both dark chocolate and cocoa have a greater antioxidant capacity and a greater total flavanol, and polyphenol, content than the fruit juices! (Which is outstanding because of the glycemic value of cocoa v. fruit juice is much better too!) Heart disease is the #1 cause of death of people in your city, state, […]

Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism – the thing that most of us take for granted until we reach our 30’s, then we start noticing that the food we’re eating is lingering a little longer on our butts, hips and thighs. Gone are the days that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Adding to the frustration is […]

New Year’s Resolutions, Not Just For January Anymore

Try the month to month resolutions challenge, to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle for 2011!  Here are some ideas that will help rev up your metabolism one month at a time!  Once you have mastered the monthly resolution, you must continue with it and then add the next month’s lifestyle improvement to maximize your […]


Would you make a New Year’s Resolution if you knew you’d be able to keep it? Whether you call it a New Year’s resolution or just happened – sometime early January- to make the decision to make a few changes in 2011, we’re going to give you a few solutions for your resolution. What’s your […]

Setting Attainable Resolutions

We’ve said it year after year “starting January 1st, I will lose weight”.  More times than not, it does not play out this way.  We often fall off the wagon due to frustration, being side tracked, or loss of our motivation somewhere between January 7th and 21st.  But why does this happen to us when […]

Fight the Urge to Splurge-How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Santa Claus is at the mall?  Check!  Christmas music on the radio, in the stores?  Check!  Check!  Holiday parties galore? Check, check, check!  That’s right, the holiday season is here and it’s time to celebrate!  Parties at work, parties at school, parties with friends, and oh yes, parties with the family!  One thing we know […]

Lumps of Coal vs Sugar Plum Fairies- The Reason For Making Healthy Changes this Season

What’s on your Christmas list this year?  What if I told you, you can choose between sugar plum fairies or a lump of coal?  Seems like an obvious answer, but somehow, the decision is not that easy.  Let me explain my thinking. So…day in and day out, as a health care provider, I have the […]

Redefine Gift Giving

Some people get a jump-start and begin purchasing gifts in July, but most of us are still racking our brains mid December over giving the perfect gift to each person on our list.  With each passing year, gift giving gets seemingly more difficult. What happened to “it’s the thought that counts?”   If you listen […]

Six Tips to Curb Thanksgiving Calorie Intake

Dietitian and personal chef Diane Henderiks offered some great tips to help keep your holiday feasting under control and keep you from going overboard on Turkey Day. The full article is included below, but we wanted to give you the “CliffsNotes” version. Six Tips to Curb Thanksgiving Calorie Intake: Be in the right“frame of mind”: You […]

How Did You Do It?

Have you ever had a friend that successfully lost weight, and asked them “so, how did you do it?”  Many Skinny Gene members who have been successful in weight loss for better health and diabetes prevention have been presented with the same question from their family and friends.  How did you lose it and keep […]

Appearances Are Often Deceiving

By Nancy Juarez, bilingual Skinny Gene Nutritionist (San Antonio,TX) Have you ever met someone who seemed a little close-minded? Or perhaps a picky eater? Well, this month I came across something very interesting that I thought I’d share with you.  Early in October, I started to prepare for our Skinny Gene Project Halloween Party (otherwise […]

Sweets & Sabotages-Sugar Aliases part 2

It’s not too sweet the way we are sabotaged at the stores, bombarded with new foods with labels claiming “low sugar”, “reduced calorie”, “no added sugar”, and the best of all “healthy”.  The label claims have become so out of hand that the USDA actually had to designate what each of these claims mean.  Let’s […]

The Day After World Diabetes Day

By: M.Bollinger Yesterday was World Diabetes Day!!! It was EXACTLY what I needed. After being disappointed about the lack of support for National Diabetes Awareness Month in my hometown, I was thrilled to see how other people around the world chose to bring diabetes to light. Seeing the beautiful display of BLUE monuments and buildings throughout […]

Is it on mute, or is it just not there?

By M. Bollinger I didn’t know when I lived there, but November in Chicago is unique. I’m not just talking about frigid temperatures, the “lake effect” at 7 a.m., or even the mad rush for holiday shopping on the Magnificent Mile.  What I’m referring to is a different type of “conversation”.  Something I haven’t heard […]

MYTH BUSTING:Type 2 Diabetes

This November, during National Diabetes Awareness Month, we want to do a little MYTH BUSTING!!  To start us off, we’re reposting this article from SELF/Nutrition Data. 6 Myths about Type 2 Diabetes Monday, November 8, 2010 at 9:24 AM    posted by Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N November is Diabetes Awareness Month and with the number of […]

Metabolic Syndrome or Pre-diabetes? Neither…Early Diabetes

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness month, we would like to share posts and articles from various people who work with or are directly affected by diabetes. To start us off, we asked Robert F. Dons, MD, PhD to share his thoughts  about the different terms used to describe diabetes or prediabetes. I personally have had the pleasure of meeting […]

Not Necessarily A Candy Free Halloween

To allow candy, nor not to allow candy – that is the question on many parents’ minds during October. While we believe the focus of Halloween should be on dressing up our cuties in costumes and parading them down the street, we can’t deny that one of the biggest tricks is trying to avoid the […]

November is Coming…

What are YOU going to do?  There are 24 million Americans with diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational) and 57 million with prediabetes.  That’s  81 million children, moms, dads, grandparents, friends, spouses, and neighbors that all have the possibility of having their lives cut short because of this disease. This is not a problem; it’s an epidemic! So, what can […]

Sugar Aliases

Sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, dextrose, confectioners sugar, fructose, brown sugar, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, lactose, molasses, maltose, sucrose, and syrup….the list goes on and on!  Sugar has so many names, which causes so much confusion.  How are we supposed to make healthy choices when sugar has multiple aliases out to lead us astray […]

Halloween Temptations

Halloween is approaching and boy do I have a scary word for you….TEMPTATON.  The clowns, witches, cowboys, and super-heroes are bringing home pillow cases full of sweet and chocolaty treats that will soon be calling your name!  So the question is… how are you going to handle the situation?  Here are some common techniques to […]

Diabetes Prevention: 5 Tips for Taking Control

The MayoClinic posted a great article which includes 5 tips for preventing diabetes. We couldn’t have said it better 🙂 If you have additional questions about how you can prevent diabetes or would like some help making positive lifestyle changes in your life, we would like the opportunity to speak with you! To contact us, please CLICK […]

Power of 10

  Quick!  What’s your first reaction to these 3 words…Just 10 pounds? It’s interesting. These 3 words can evoke a different response from different people depending on their past experiences and how they view their future.  Discouraged: A person who has 50 or more pounds to lose might not be able to see the significance in losing […]

SA Update:Alice’s Healthy Home

By Nancy Juarez, Skinny Gene Bilingual Nutritionist During  the course of our lives, we go through many stages, whether it is childhood, adolescence, or the transition to becoming an adult. But there is one thing that NEVER changes – the love and support from our FAMILY. Over these last several weeks, I have encountered different ways […]

Top 10 Ways to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

By Guest Blogger: Lindsay Martin For some people the most difficult part of losing weight is staying motivated and to keep persevering when you just want to give up.  Here are some tips and tools to help you stay motivated.  1)      Remind yourself that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want OR you […]

Couldn’t Have Said It Better: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

We frequently come  across articles or posts that really echo our belief about the importance of preventing prediabetes from developing into full-blown type 2 diabetes. Here’s one that we recently found on Women to Women. (Disclaimer: Neither the  J.Moss Foundation nor the Skinny Gene Project  endorse any products or services offered by Women to Women. The information provided […]

The Truth About Belly Fat

  In our previous post, Getting Rid of the Jiggle Around Your Middle, Emily Barr (our wonderful Skinny Gene Registered Dietitian), talked about the importance of incorporating low-fat dairy into your diet. We recently saw this article The Truth About Belly Fat on Web MD and wanted to share it with you!   If you […]

Rethink Success

A heat wave has hit the south, and it’s been melting pounds for our Skinny Gene members in Texas and Southern California.  Proving they know how to achieve summertime success, 10 of our members have lost a total of 182 pounds – of which all but 42 were shed within the last 90 days.  More […]

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin or not?

Vitamin D should be at the top of our list of easiest vitamins to achieve our needs!  Vitamin D is unusual in the since that you can get it from the sun as well as food.  But why are 70% of our kids not meeting their needs? Oh, And adults aren’t too far behind! The benefits […]

Summertime Drinks that Won’t Bust Your Diet or Your Waistline

Summertime brings on a “fun vacation” type feeling that involves many get togethers, trips, and the goal of achieving the ultimate relaxation.  Sitting by the pool enjoying a fruity drink with an umbrella seems like a great idea, but don’t forget about the 500 plus calories, with the majority coming from dare I say it, […]