Shop for A Cause – Diabetes Prevention

Have you had the chance to visit  Shop Skinny Gene, our online store in which product sales go to prevent type 2 diabetes?  We feature products produced by our Partners in Prevention. The products not only promote living a healthy lifestyle,  a portion or all of the sales support our non-profit’s mission to provide diabetes prevention programs in […]


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. TODAY IS #GIVINGTUESDAY!! Please consider supporting our non-profit to support our diabetes prevention programs in low-income, high-risk communities. We are 100% funded by generous people like you. Here’s how your donation can […]

The Skinny on Diabetes : Risk Factors

By Rennie Aranda, Skinny Gene Registered Dietitian Growing up, I began to understand the importance of healthy eating and the effects that poor diet and limited physical activity have on the body when both parents were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Watching them become dependent on medication to help control their blood sugar levels led […]

Moms Who Rock! – Jen with Sienna’s PlayGarden

Moms don’t receive enough recognition for all of the wonderful and extraordinary things that they do, but we want to change that! Moms Who Rock will honor moms who are making a difference by creating a healthier home and community. We will share their stories and showcase their talents that have made them rock stars. […]

New Partnership Revolutionizes Prediabetes Screenings

The Skinny Gene Project has partnered with Freedom Meditech, a medical device company, to provide a revolutionary new kind of prediabetes healthcare screening. The Clearpath DS-120 is an FDA approved device that is non-invasive and has immediate results. Compared to other diabetes screenings, the Clearpath DS-120 does not involve drawing blood, or any discomfort for […]

Bike to Work Day!

Happy Bike to Work Day! May is National Bike to Work Month, and today is  Bike to Work Day.  People all around the country will be pedaling their way into better healthy, while also helping the environment. Here are just a few reasons why you should bike: To learn more about Bike to Work Month, […]

The Great Soda Debate- Regular vs Diet

By Rennie Aranda, Skinny Gene Nutritionist Sugar in regular soda or artificial sweetener in diet soda…Which sweetener is healthier? The soda debate! Whether you call it soda, pop, soft drink, etc., it is no doubt that these drinks are highly consumed in the U.S. But the big question for these avid soda drinkers is…diet soda or regular […]

4 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

By Rennie Aranda, Skinny Gene Nutritionist Welcome 2014! A new year to start over and commit to resolutions to work on throughout the year (or pick up on last year’s resolutions). Every year when the clock strikes midnight, people are determined that this will be the year they shape up, eat better, save more money, […]


First, there was the post-Thanksgiving sales event Black Friday, and then the online version, Cyber Monday.  Now, charitable groups have started a new holiday tradition — it’s called #GivingTuesday, and it starts  this  TUESDAY! We love the idea of #GivingTuesday, because it is like giving season’s “opening day”. It’s a time in which people can come […]

Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious and healthy options

Create a healthy Thanksgiving Day menu with these Thanksgiving recipes. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. This year, instead of serving the old standbys — turkey smothered in gravy, candied yams, buttered corn and pumpkin pie — try healthier recipes. The following healthy Thanksgiving recipes have […]

6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

By now, you probably already have your Thanksgiving menu planned.  But before you run out to the store to buy all of the necessary ingredients for your fabulous feast, take a few minutes to look for ways to make simple substitutions or changes  that will ensure “love” is infused into your favorite dishes without adding […]

Diabetes Awareness Month: Annual Cost of Diabetes Rises to $245 Billion

The American Diabetes Association released new research that the  annual cost of diagnosed diabetes has risen 41% since 2007 and now costs an estimated $245 billion. When we are talking billions, a 41% increase in 5 years is a lot!  As you’ll see in the article linked below, the experts explain that one of the […]

Enjoying a Healthy Halloween

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Halloween is a festive holiday that parents can enjoy with their kids, but it can be challenging to assure healthy eating habits since the goal of most children is to get as much Halloween candy as possible. Don’t wait until this time of year to prepare the family […]

Sweet Solutions: Healthy, Natural Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Eating your favorite dessert can be a bittersweet moment as you try to enjoy the rich, decadent flavors while not trying to think about what the next bite is going to do to your waistline.  While foods and drinks with added sugar taste good, they can negatively impact […]

Healthy Sugar Substitutes in Baking

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Healthy sugar substitutes may not necessarily be lower in calories, but most are sweeter, which means less can be used to satisfy those sweet cravings. This means that less can be used while still adding enough sweetness to your favorite treats without the extra calories. Replacing sugar in […]

Support our Team- San Diego Half Marathon & 5K

We are excited to announce that the Skinny Gene Project has been named one of the chosen charities for the…  2014 San Diego Half Marathon and 5K (SDHM & 5K). One of the many reasons this is such a tremendous opportunity for us, is that 100% of the net proceeds from the race will be donated […]

Skinny Gene Spotlight- Erika and Rosalvina

By Barbara Gesell- Skinny Gene Accountability Ally We’ve had the opportunity to work with an inspiring mother-daughter duo.  The mother, Rosalvina, was on a mission to not only create a healthy home for her family, but to also bring back one thing her daughter seemed to have lost – hope for a healthy future. When […]

The Secrets to Fighting Cellulite

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist It occurs in 8 out of 10 women (and in some men). It is unsightly. It is not an illness or medical condition, but for some, it’s an obsession to find a fix. It is found on the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, hips, legs, and arms. You guessed […]

7 Ways to Fit in Fitness!

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Between work, school, children, errands, hobbies, and spending time with family and friends, finding time to exercise seems like an impossible task. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) a week […]

Is the Obesity the Problem

We enjoy posting other people’s perspectives on obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. We hope that by sharing these perspectives,  it will help all of us have a clearer picture of what we’re truly fighting. If you’ve watched any of the TED videos, you know that they are generally very thought provoking speeches that often […]

Fruits and Vegetables- Eat the Rainbow!

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist You have likely heard the statement, “Eat your vegetables” since childhood. Recent national data show why that is good advice. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that are important for good health. The best way to get all the essential nutrients you […]

Kids & Nutrition: Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist “My child won’t eat any vegetables, especially if it’s green.” “She doesn’t want anything but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal!” “He used to love carrots. Now he won’t even touch them!” Do any of these statements sound familiar? Do not worry. You are not alone. […]

1st Skinny Gene-i-versary: Gaining My Freedom

As we all know, in July we celebrate Independence Day.  For many of us that means fireworks, family, and food.  But for Lisa, July 4th, 2013 was a celebration of an independence day, unlike none other, because it marks the 1 year anniversary of the day she joined the Skinny Gene Project and chose to finally […]

Battle of the Sexes!! – Men’s vs Women’s Health

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Differences between men and women from a food and fitness perspective There’s no denying that men and women generally have different perspectives on dieting and exercise. Many have the idea that some foods are “masculine”, such as hamburgers and steaks, while other foods, such as yogurt and quiche, […]

Father’s Role In A Healthy Home

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist How Fathers Play a Role in Healthy Family Meals When we think of family meals at home, we often think of the mother playing an important role in their children’s eating habits. With more mothers becoming more involved in the workplace, more fathers are becoming more involved with […]

Healthy Grilling!

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist Fire Up the Grill! The month of June brings in summertime, which means it’s barbecue season and time to fire up the grill! Barbecues can be a time to enjoy good food with your loved ones, but does not always consist of healthy meals. Use this time as […]

Summer Fun in the Sun

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist The end of spring is drawing near as hotter weather rapidly approaches. Most schools are wrapping up their last lessons as students anticipate the upcoming summer months. Families are planning family vacations while others look forward to summer events such as beach fun, poolside parties, picnics and BBQ’s. […]

Healthful Living for Busy Moms!

By Rennie Aranda – Skinny Gene Nutritionist While being a mother means caring for others, it may be hard to find time to care for themselves and be mindful of their health. In the midst of karate lessons, soccer games, bake sales, errands, work, laundry, and dinner (just to name a few), moms often find […]