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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!

 


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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

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Full-time Employee of the year: Cassidy from Hammond

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Salesperson of the year: Brenda from Slidell

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Phone Professional of the year: Julianna from Metairie

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

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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:

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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!

 

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  • 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.

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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!

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How to Fight Back on Your Feet

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

GET UP!

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.

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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.

 

Finding Your “Skinny Genes”

It’s common knowledge that genes influence every aspect of human physiology, development, and adaptation.

But how much do they influence regarding weight?

If you’re like most people, you probably assume that being overweight has something to do with genetics. Obesity runs in families, and it’s not just because people in the same family tend to eat a similar diet. For example, studies on adopted children have found that the children have a BMI closer to their birth parents’ BMI than their adoptive parents’ BMI, even if they’ve never met their birth parents.

But a sizeable chunk of obesity risk also seems to be genetically hard-coded in ways that don’t change regardless of environment. Are some people genetically wired to become obese? If so, is this dependent on a certain type of environment? Is it behavioral (dependent on hunger, which you could theoretically ignore) or metabolic (regardless of what you eat) or both? Here’s a look at what we know.

 

 

Is There an Obesity Gene?

It’s tempting to look for a gene that “causes obesity,” but this doesn’t make much sense if you’re talking about the rapid increase in rates of obesity since the 1970s. No gene could spread through the population that fast, even if it were really advantageous (which it obviously isn’t). Our genes have not changed appreciably in the last 40 years, but during that time we’ve seen an explosion in the rates of obesity. This suggests that genetics are not the primary driver of obesity. However, we do know that there are genes that predispose some people to obesity more than others, and that not everyone is equally affected by exposure to the same environment.

Every human on Earth is fortunate enough to be born with the same 3.5 billion year old genetic code that knows howand wants to create a healthy body.

“No, obesity runs in my family – my mom was overweight and diabetic and my grandmother and aunts are too.”

This type of family health blame passed through generations does have some truth to it – you may indeed be predisposed to diabetes, breast cancer, or other conditions that have strong genetic influences. However, it is more likely that some of your lifestyle choices (perhaps learned from your parents) have programmed your genes to respond in unfavorable ways, rather than some unseen hand of fate slapping you simply because you “chose your parents” unwisely.

 

The Real Problem Causer

Diseases of weight gain are not genetic inevitabilities, but self-inflicted conditions as a result of how we eat and how we live. That being said:

We are not stuck with the genes we inherit!

We have the power to influence genetic expression by taking control of the environment around us. Lifestyle factors like how you eat, where you live, and how you move are each inputs of information your body uses to turn certain genes on or off – they do not turn on or off by themselves, but only do so in response to signals they receive from their immediate environment. Genes don’t know – or care – whether these environmental signals promote, or compromise, your long-term health; they simply react to each stimulus in effort to sustain short term survival.

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“Genes may load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”

– Chris Kresser

The recognition that environment, not genetics, is the primary driver of human health and disease carries with it a strong message of personal empowerment and responsibility. If our genes were the only determinant of our health, there wouldn’t be much motivation to optimize our environment. But since we know that the choices we make in our lifetime predict 90 percent of our risk of disease and early death, we have a strong reason to take action to improve our health.

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Changing “Fat Genes” to “Skinny Genes:

We have the power to influence genetic expression by taking control of the environment around us. But where do you start? With so many possible environmental influences, ranging from diet to chemical exposure to air pollution to personal care products, where do you get the biggest bang for your buck?

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Our genetic recipe for a long life of excellent health:

  1. Eat Clean: Focus on fresh vegetables, fruit, and lean meats. Avoid processed foods and drinks.
  2. Move Everyday: Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity every. single. day.
  3. Get Some Fresh Air: Spend at least 30-60 minutes outside every day
  4. Sleep Soundly: Aim for 7-9 Hours every night
  5. Hydrate: Water is the only liquid your body needs so give it at least 64 oz every day.

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So, GOOD NEWS! You can influence their genes and aren’t doomed to being overweight because of your heredity. For many people, this means changing long-standing ways of thinking or acting, and that can be difficult — but it’s far from impossible, and the benefits last a lifetime.

If you’re ready to have an enrolling conversation with your genes, these are some actions you can take to help communicate with your genes and get them to change their behavior — we talk to them all the time through our nutritional choices and the patterns of our emotions, whether we realize it or not. Where our metabolism and weight are concerned, we can start by having a conversation with our body — paying attention to our lifestyle, our nutrition, and our exercise.

“We are all predisposed to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and today’s leading lifestyle related health problems if we mismanage our genes with the wrong diet, exercise, and myriad other lifestyle behaviors.” – Mark Sisson

 

Sources:

The Primal Blueprint by: Mark Sisson

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/genes-and-obesity/

http://paleoleap.com/when-it-comes-to-weight-genetics-arent-destiny/

https://chriskresser.com/why-your-genes-arent-your-destiny/

https://www.womentowomen.com/healthy-weight/reprogramming-your-genes-and-cells-for-healthy-weight/