Quarantine Weight Loss Guide

Regardless of the corona virus, it’s still spring time and we know you still want to reach your weight loss goals. Don’t let the quaratine stop you!

Here are some ways to stay on track towards your goals and stay healthy during the quarantine:

  • Stock up on Healthy Groceries & Don’t Buy Snacks
    • When you go to the store to stock for social distancing, focus on buying foods that will last and benefit your health like frozen meats and frozen vegetables, or freeze the fresh.
    • You can also buy fresh and meal prep a bunch of dishes and freeze them to re-heat later.
    • Avoid buying snacks to prevent boredom eating and keep the house free of unhealthy foods.
  • Stick to your calorie plan & food journal
    • With downtime, it will be easier to dedicate some time to meal prepping and recording your food intake.
    • Try using the MyFitnessPal or Lose It apps.
  • Stay active!
    • Avoid staying on the couch for long hours and try to move every hour! If possible, go for a long walk, ride a bike, or try simple at home exercises or work out videos.
  • Drink water – only!
    • A great goal to help you reach your water intake every day is to try to drink 8 oz every hour. This will not only keep you hydrated, but also help promote overall health and boost your immune system while this virus is in effect.
  • Take your supplements!
    • Set a reminder on your phone to help you remember to take them every day. With more sedentary time, the supplements can aid you in weight loss and prevent added weight gain.
    • Use the Metaboost to replicate the metabolic effects of exercise while the gym is closed and boost your mood and energy! Our online store will remain open to help you keep your products on hand.
  • Boost your immune function
    • Use immune boosting foods daily like leafy greens, orange fruits and vegetables, garlic, and tumeric to protect you and your family.
    • Our top virus prevention products: Pre-Probiotic& Anti-Inflammatory. You can also protect your immune system with doses of up to 5000 mg Vitamin C per day (as recommended by Dr. Charles Mary).

We hope these help you during this time – please keep your health and wellness as a priority, as the Aspen Clinic always will. You may also reach out to us via email with any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Closure

At The Aspen Clinic, the health and safety of our patients and staff is always our number one priority. With this in mind, it is with a heavy heart that we must close our doors at this time. Your protection during this global pandemic and our societal responsibility to keep the community safe is of upmost importance to us.
We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak by staying up-to-date with the latest information from the CDC, WHO, and state and federal governments. We will re-open as soon as it is safe and possible for our staff to return to the offices.

Please read the following information about the closure:


  • All appointments from now until our re-open will be cancelled. We will call and text all patients with appointments during the closure to reschedule.
  • You may re-book your appointment online for April and we will notify you if our re-open occurs sooner than that.


  • Supplements will still be available for purchase via our online store
  • Injections will be suspended until clinics re-open. Any previous purchased packages will remain intact and re-activate once we re-open.


  • Patients will be notified of the re-open date via email.
  • You may look for further information on our website www.theaspenclinic.com or on our Facebook page where we will post updates.

We are in a position to prevent the spread of this rapidly moving virus and it is integral for the community that we do our part to slow the spread and protect the health and well-being of our fellow citizens.

Steps to protect yourself from corona virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.

COVID-19 Update

At The Aspen Clinic, the health and safety of our patients and staff is always our number one priority. With this in mind, we are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak by staying up-to-date with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). We plan to stay open as long as possible, and will alert our patients of any closures as they occur. In the meantime, we will be implementing several policies and pre-cautions to aid in the safety of our patients and staff.
Please read the following information about our
COVID-19 Patient Safety Plan:
– In an effort to keep everyone safe, we are asking all patients/visitors to NOT enter the building, and instead call to reschedule appointments if the following apply to you or any member of your household:
– Experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
– Traveled out of the country with a return date in the past 14 days
– Patients visibily displaying any symptoms will be asked to leave immediately and reschedule a minimum of 14 days from date
– No more than 10 patients will be allowed within the clinics at a time, and will be required to sit at least a seat away from each other
– No visitors/family members may accompany a patient into the building

We will continue taking extra precautions to provide the safest environment possible for our patients and staff. For any questions about your appointment, please call the clinics directly.
A Message To Our Patients
To protect all of our patients and staff, please call to reschedule your appointment if:
– you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
– you have traveled outside the country or on a cruise in the past 14 days
– you have had close contact with any person, including healthcare workers, who is a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infected patient within the past 14 days.
* Thank you for your understanding. *

Our online store will remain open for purchase of supplements and products to continue the weight loss journey as we battle this virus.Our top virus prevention products: Pre-Probiotic Anti-Inflammatory.
You can also protect your immune system with doses of up to 5000 mg Vitamin C per day.
Steps to protect yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19):
– Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.Avoid close contact with sick people.
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.

Diet Myths: BUSTED!

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we started a podcast! 

It’s been so much fun to discuss some of the topics/questions that we get every day in our offices with you whenever and wherever you choose!  As of now, we have 3 episodes available. 

Happy Healthy Days Podcast hosts, Barbie and Nikki

Episode 01: Welcome to Happy, Healthy Days

Our co-hosts Barbie and Nikki introduced themselves and talk more about their backgrounds, how they ended up working for Aspen Clinic, and shared some of their personal beliefs on health, nutrition, and overall wellness. 

Episode 02: Ditching Dairy

They dove right in to one of their favorite topics: DAIRY!  They both have some pretty strong views on why you should completely eliminate dairy from your diet if you haven’t already done so.  Finally, in

Episode 03: Busting Diet Myths

They address tons of diet myths and give you the truth on topics that often have misinformation. 

In case you missed episode 3, here’s a recap of the myths Barbie and Nikki discussed:

Myth: Muscle weighs more than fat

When you really think about it, 5lbs of muscle and 5lbs of fat weigh the same (each is 5lbs).  The difference is the amount of space they take up in your body.

Myth: Eating as little calories as possible is the best way to lose weight

If you are only eating a few hundred calories per day your body will end up going into starvation defense.  Keep in mind, your body is made to survive.  This means that if you don’t give your body enough fuel to burn off, it will end up storing everything you eat and burning it off as slowly as possible.

Myth: All fruits and veggies are good for weight loss.

While fruits and vegetables are healthy and loaded with vitamins and minerals, they aren’t ALWAYS the best option when trying to lose weight.  Starchy veggies and fruits are very carbohydrate dense and will take up a good bit of your carbohydrate allowance per day.  Try to stick to the green/leafy veggies and berries.

Myth: Eggs give you high cholesterol

Eggs are high in cholesterol, but they are high in HDL cholesterol which is the good kind!  It would literally take close to 50 egg yolks in a day to effect your cholesterol levels, so don’t be afraid of those yolks!

Egg whites are better than eating the whole egg: We all know that the egg white contains zero fat, but the reason we want you to eat eggs is because they are very low carb and high in protein.  Just eating the egg white only gives you about 3g protein while the entire egg will give you 8g.  Also, the yolk has been considered a “nutrient goldmine” and is part of the reasons we allow our patients to eat eggs until you’re sick of them!

Myth: Red meat and pork are bad for you

When it comes to protein, red meat and pork are actually higher grams per ounce than chicken and turkey.  The main reason that we tell you to limit your consumption of red meat and pork is because it is harder for your body to digest than other forms of protein. Remember, digestion begins in the mouth, so if it feels dry and chewy when you’re eating it, it will likely be like that through the rest of your digestive system.  This is also why it’s important to take digestive enzymes every time you eat meat.

Myth: Gluten-free is always healthy/good for weight loss

Gluten is found in tons of foods that we would like you to avoid when losing weight.  However, that doesn’t mean that because something is “gluten-free” that it’s a healthy option.  If you go down the gluten-free aisle in your grocery store you will notice that there are nothing but GF crackers, cookies, etc.  Those things are still high in carbohydrates and sugar even though they are GF.

Myth: Fat makes you fat

The only way that your body stores fat as fat is if you consume carbohydrates along with that fat.  In order to be stored, fat must enter into your cells and the only way to open the “door” to the cell is with insulin.  Consuming a high fat (healthy fats) and low carb diet will not lead to an increase in fat mass.

Myth: Eating healthy is more expensive

The key to spending less money on food is to plan!  Healthy food is no more expensive than unhealthy food, the issue is that if you over-buy fresh foods they spoil and you have more waste.  We recommend making a weekly meal plan and only buying the foods you will need and use that week. 

Myth: Calories vs calories out

We all know that in order to lose weight it’s important to eat less calories than what you burn per day, however not every calorie is created equal.  1200 calories of junk food is way different that 1200 calories of healthy food.  We are way more concerned with where those calories came from than just how many of them you ate.  Keep in mind, your body doesn’t know that you’re food journaling and its’ all about giving your body nutrients and energy that can be easily digested.

Myth: Cardio is best for weight loss

Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, we recommend 30 minutes per day but it is so much more important to get to the grocery store than the gym.  However, when it comes to which exercise is more effective for weight loss strength training would be the best option.  The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn even while at rest.  More muscle = faster metabolism.

If you haven’t tuned in yet be sure to search ‘Happy, Healthy Days’ in the podcast app on iTunes or scroll to the bottom of the page under the ‘Blog’ tab on our website to find us!  

Listen here: http://aspenclinic.libsyn.com/

Meet Our FitBit Giveaway Winner!

We want to give a big thank you to the 300+ people who participated in our recent FitBit giveaway contest in January!

Susan T. from Parks, La., won the FitBit Alta HR, and she has already started tracking her steps.


Q&A With Our FitBit Winner: Susan T.

Q: What does staying healthy mean to you?

S: I’m only 5’1″, so I feel like it’s important for me to watch my weight. I think eating right and getting daily exercise are important for that.

Q: How have you been using your FitBit?

S: It’s been great. I use it to track my heart rate and steps. I shoot for 10,000 every day.

Q: Do you work on your feet?

S: I’m a teacher’s aid for our parish, so I get a lot of steps in every day.

Q: What does it mean, for you, to “eat healthy?”

S: For me, I stay away from stuff like white breads and rice. I also eat lots of salads, fruits, and vegetables.

Q: You’ve been to the Aspen Clinic before. What do you like about the clinic?

S: The people are very friendly there. They give you good feedback on their products, and it keeps your weight down. If you follow their meal plan and take their recommendations, it works!


Be a Winner: Like The Aspen Clinic on Facebook

Our team at The Aspen Clinic is constantly inspired by people like Susan who take charge of their health and value healthy lifestyles. If you would like more information about our products and services, contact any of our Aspen Clinic locations today, or read more at theaspenclinic.com.

Aspen Clinic Corporate Meeting: Cheers to 30 Years!

The Aspen Clinic is celebrating our 30th anniversary and we couldn’t be more excited!

As you probably know, we have 9 locations across Louisiana from Slidell to Lafayette.  It isn’t often that all 9 of our locations (managers and staff) get the opportunity to get together, but once a year we make it happen.

Every January all 9 clinics meet in Baton Rouge for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to discuss goals, the previous year, the upcoming year, and most importantly, spend some time together.  Our annual meeting ALWAYS starts with a prayer led by our owner Steve Dupuis.  The prayer was followed by a brief story about how Mr. Steve started the Aspen Clinic and how he has gotten to where he is today.

Since we don’t see each other very often, each office takes a moment to stand up and introduce themselves.  It’s always fun to be able to put faces to the names we hear every day over the phone.  Next up, Mr. Steve and his daughter Barbie, the Vice President of Aspen Clinic, give out awards to the employees and clinics who stood out for the year.  Here are the winners:

Part-time Employee of the year: Ashleigh from Harvey


Full-time Employee of the year: Cassidy from Hammond


Salesperson of the year: Brenda from Slidell


Phone Professional of the year: Julianna from Metairie


Manager of the year: Stacy from Lafayette and Aspen Clinic’s 1st employee from 1988!


Top Sales Clinic: Baton Rouge

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2017 Clinic of the Year: Baton Rouge

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Since we are celebrating our BIG 30th anniversary, we surprised Mr. Steve with a video of each staff member saying thank you for all that he and his family have done for us and shared some of our favorite memories of Aspen Clinic through the years.  The fun continued with a Family-Feud style game where the employees were tested on their knowledge of our supplements, products, program, and medications.  The game got pretty competitive but Shelly’s team took the prize!


We finished up on a more serious note discussing goals and strategies for the upcoming year.  We were introduced to a few new products that you will soon see in our offices.  We are so excited to share all of this new  information with all of you!  To see more photos from our meeting visit our Facebook page.


Congratulations, Mr. Steve on a successful 30 years!  We can’t wait to make 2018 the best year yet!

Aspen Employees: Fitbooker Besties!

You have a 95% higher chance of a achieving a goal with a partner


One of the best tips we ALWAYS give to our patients is to find a partner, whether it’s your spouse, co-worker, friend, or family member, losing weight is easier as a team.  Keeping each other accountable with workouts, meal planning, and food journaling is the number one way to stay on track.  One of favorite tools is a 12-week food journal called Fitbook.


Two of our employees from the Metairie office started using the Fitbook at the beginning of the year and have now completed 3 books!  Nikki, the manager, and Veronica, a nutritional counselor, were recently featured on the Fitbook’s blog discussing their experience using the book, why using it together made them more successful, and all of their favorite things about Fitbook.

To read more about their story click here!


Stop in any of our 9 locations or visit our online store to get a Fitbook for you and your bestie today!


Aspen Employees Continuing Education

Last week the employees of Aspen Clinic were surprised with a visit from Mr. Randy, the mastermind behind each of our supplements. Mr. Randy has been formulating our supplements since 2011. We were incredibly lucky to meet him and get the opportunity to incorporate his expertise into our program.  His clients consist of professional athletes and sports teams, including some of the world’s top PGA golfers, cancer patients, people diagnosed with “irreversible diseases”, and many others taking an all-natural, holistic approach to their health.  These are just a few of the reasons we were so excited to get the opportunity to work alongside Mr. Randy to offer the most natural products to our patients.

Since working with Mr. Randy to re-formulate all of our supplements we have seen unbelievable results not only in our patients’ weight loss, but also overall health. Our patients have experienced changes in digestive health, mental health, discontinuation of prescription medications, and even some reversal of disease.

At the Aspen Clinic we are always continuing our education, whether it’s trying new products or researching the latest trends in weight loss, we do our best to stay up-to-date and informed. However, nothing compares to getting the chance to see our products working first-hand. When Mr. Randy went to each Aspen location he did a blood analysis on every employee and was able to give us feedback on deficiencies, problems with digestion, and make supplement recommendations based off of these results. It was eye opening for the employees who got to participate for the first time. Many employees discovered B-Vitamin and Iron deficiencies, while others learned the importance of taking digestive enzymes.  The employees who had met Mr. Randy in the past were able to see the effects of implementing his recommendations into their daily regimen.

Abby, from the Metairie location, was able to see the benefits of our Total Digestive Enzymes within just 30 minutes of taking 2 capsules.  Before taking enzymes, her red blood cells were clumped together and unable to flow freely due to the high amounts of undigested protein in her blood. The enzymes immediately went into effect and we were able to see a visible change when he took her blood the second time (post enzymes).




The first photo shows Abby’s blood as Rouleaux blood.  Rouleaux blood is a roll of red blood cells (RBC’s) resembling a pile of coins, which can be caused by protein indigestion and physical/mental stress.  Rouleaux causes poor circulation of blood and therefore decreases the amount of oxygen and nutrients available for the body to use.  This condition produces symptoms of fatigue, weakness, poor digestion, and possible edema.  The second photo is approximately 30 minutes post taking our Total Digestive Enzymes and shows her RBC’s already separating and no longer stacked together.  The digestive enzyme protease, used to digest protein, is quickly hard at work removing undigested proteins from her blood.  The small white dots in the middle of her RBC’s indicate an Iron deficiency.  Abby was recommended to take 2 Total Digestive Enzymes with each meal and add 2 capsules of Aspen Iron to her daily routine.

We recently did a blog post on the difference between natural and synthetic supplements (Natural vs. Synthetic Supplements & Why It Matters), and we all preach to our patients that taking synthetic vitamins can be detrimental to their health. While all of our employees are educated on the importance of taking all-natural, whole food based supplements, being able to see them working in their own bodies made the staff even more eager to teach our patients about the benefits our supplements provide.

Our staff is dying to tell you what they learned about our products, so make sure you ask which supplements will be best for you at your next Doctor’s visit!


Here’s a couple more photos from Mr. Randy’s visit:


FitBook: Why We Love It

We are officially two weeks in to the New Year!

Are you still keeping up with your with your resolutions?  Have you given into any cravings, skipped a work out, or failed to meal plan?

Don’t worry!

We have a solution to solve all of your goal setting, meal planning, and time management issues.  It’s called the Fitbook and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!


What is a Fitbook?FITBOOK

  • A 12-week fitness and nutrition journal that allows you to set goals, plan meals and workouts, track progress, and even set rewards for reaching your goals each week.
  • The Fitbook also includes a space to record daily workouts, food log, track sleep, and keep track of your supplement intake.
  • Weekly wrap-up pages allow Fitbookers to reflect on the good and bad of each week, record if goals were met, and journal any thoughts and inspiration.


Why the Aspen Clinic LOVES the Fitbook

If you know anything about our program, you know that we are HUGE believers in goal setting!  We have watched our patients set and reach goals for almost 30 years and there’s no denying it; writing down your goals gives you a 60% higher chance of achieving it.

So of course when we came across the Fitbook we knew it was something we had to share with our patients.  What more could we ask for?  Not only does it provide our patients with a food and exercise log (which you all know is a major part of our program) but also, our favorite feature, a space to record goals.  Short term as well as long term!  Our little goal setting hearts are just melting thinking of all of you writing down your goals each week! Not to mention, 76% of Fitbookers lose weight. Image result for fitbook quote

Then of course, not only do WE love it, but our patients do too! Fitbook allows them to tie in several aspects of our program including lifestyle change, goal setting, food journal-ing, and maintaining a positive attitude!

If you want something to keep you driven towards your weight loss goals in 2017, our Fitbook is the first thing you need to get your hands on.

Why YOU Would LOVE the Fitbook

You already know the Aspen Family loves the Fitbook, but here are a few reasons why we think you would love it too:

Write it Down, Make it Happen!

(or at least that’s what we always say) The Fitbook is the ultimate goal setting tool, allowing you to set goals for a 12 week period in terms of nutrition, activity, body weight, body fat percentage, and other goals as well! Also, each week you set goals and make a plan for that week and then recap at the end of the week.

There’s a Place for Everything!

Goal setting, food tracking, sleep logging – oh my! Each day in the Fitbook gives you a place to record all of your meals, how you felt about each meal, snacks, water intake, physical activity, hours slept, and overall nutrients consumed. This amount of detail allows you to truly be in touch with your health and how well (or not so well) you take care of your body each day.

Accountability Factor

Setting goals each week and making a plan gets your mind ready to achieve them! Also, writing down everything you eat and tracking your activity makes you aware of eating patterns that need work and days that you need to move a little more.

A Little Motivation Never Hurt Nobody

Weight loss is a tough journey for most, but the Fitbook helps keep you motivated through little notes, quotes, and “you cans” on each page of the book – keeping you constantly motivated throughout your 12 week journal.

Are you convinced yet?

Hands itching for a Fitbook?

Stop in to one of our nine locations or visit our online store to pick up yours and get started on your 12-week journey today!

“An idea is just a dream until your write it down… Then it’s a goal.”

 – anonymous

** Special thanks to Angela Mader, creator of Fitbook, and her fitlosopshy family for giving us this amazing product. **


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Sitting: The New Smoking

Could too much time in your chair at work, or couch at home, be killing you?

It’s now commonly believed that sedentary behavior is as much a cause of our weight problems as how much we eat. Studies show that sitting six hours or more each day puts your life on a deadly track, even if you exercise! Considering the average American sits around 9 hours each day, this is definitely not good.


Consequences of Spending Too Much Time Sitting

Since 1980, there has been an 8% increase in the average amount of time an American spends sitting each day. One of the biggest causes is that 80% of jobs require no physical activity for the entire work day.

When we sit, particularly for longer periods of time, our bodies begin to shut down, which can lead to an early death.

For example, obese people sit on average 2.5 more hours each day than thinner people. Sitting for long periods of time can actually make bottoms bigger because sitting down puts a lot of force on body tissues that make fat cells, causing them to produce 50% more.

That’s not even the worst news.

People who sit for prolonged periods are predisposed to developing diabetes and those who are already diabetic, their diabetes gets worse. Sitting most of the day also increases risk of having a heart attack by 54%! Add that to increased blood pressure, increases risk of multiple cancers, and more prone-ability to depression and other emotional problems. How scary is that?


1 in 10 premature deaths worldwide are caused by sedentary lifestyles.


Inacitivity caused 5.3 million deaths last year, smoking caused 5.1 million. That’s more deaths than tobacco!


How to Fight Back on Your Feet

The good news is there’s an easy fix to this.


Decrease daily sitting to under 3 hours per day to increase your lifespan by 2 years.


Break Up Sedentary Periods with Walks

Try to stand up every 15 minutes and walk 10 minutes for every hour of sitting.


Replace Your Chair at Work

Adjust your desk to work while standing – you burn 10-60 more calories by standing vs. sitting. You could also try using an exercise ball as a chair, which helps improve posture and promotes movement.


Turn Off the TV

Limit screen time to only 2 hours each day – get outside!


Make Exercise a Priority

Weekly exercise recommended by the AHA is 150 minutes of moderate activity – meaning a 30 minute walk everyday would lower your risk of death by sedentary lifestyle.



While inactivity is one of the most serious (and most embarrassing) killers, it’s also the most defeatable. Even a little exercise does a lot of good, and since American workers spend 90% of their leisure time sitting, we might be out of excuses.