Healthful holiday eating for maintaining a healthy weight

With our minds filled with to-do lists, the thought of planning and prepping our healthy meals may fall short. The limited availability of healthy choices while grabbing and going or eating out may wreak havoc on our salt, fat, and caloric intake. This time of year is full of traditional holiday dishes, which present challenges that may affect your wellness goals and weight loss efforts. Did you know? The average weight gain during the holiday season averages between 5-10 pounds if we let it.

The following tips can be added to meal plans by preventing unnecessary weight gain while allowing you to enjoy and indulgence:

  • Double the vegetables called for in soup, stew, or stuffing recipes!
  • Modify dishes that don’t include veggies and ADD them!
  • Focus on fruit for low-fat, low sugar dessert offerings such as yogurt parfaits or baked apples (blended frozen fruit like bananas, peaches, or strawberries can create a “nice” cream).
  • Charcuterie Boards are a trendy starter!

In addition to your favorite meats and cheeses, try including fruits, vegetables, homemade dips, hummus, spicy mustard, nuts, olives, avocado, multigrain crackers, and chips.

  • Enjoy your holiday favorites by thinking about portions while tasting.
  • Serve wine in smaller glasses to manage portions.
  • Infuse pitchers of water with fresh fruit or herbs.
  • Employ some extra activity first thing in the morning or add some time to your regular sessions as we move through the next few weeks into the New Year. Get right back on track the day after!

Our Registered Dietitian Valerie loves Vegetable Pot Pie for a family-friendly and diverse dish to offer. This recipe calls for Tofu as a vegetarian choice but can be modified to include your favorite protein. Substitute vegetables to introduce your favorites. One serving is low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar.

Valerie Passabile MSRD, LDN, FAND is available by appointment at Essentials Medispa-salon to discuss your New Year wellness resolutions! Contact us to schedule a consultation with her today!

Don’t just lose weight, choose a healthy lifestyle

Deciding to lose weight is not just about starting a diet; it’s about choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. The key to successful and maintainable weight loss is all about controlling cellular inflammation. And while controlling cellular inflammation will drastically show physical changes, what we don’t realize is that we are also making positive changes to our biochemistry.

Approaching weight loss by targeting visceral fat, aka “belly fat,” will help reduce your waistline and improve your body’s chemistry. Visceral fat is a dense and highly toxic type of fat that is responsible for the release of inflammatory proteins and hormones, increasing your risk for developing certain diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and elevated cholesterol levels.

Along with reducing belly fat, healing the gut microbiome is an essential component required to promote a surge in metabolism and allow better absorption of nutrients which will kick start to your metabolic rate. A typical Western diet, one of which we’ve all been accustom to, one of which is high in refined carbohydrates and processed foods, will create gut inflammation resulting in what’s known as, Leaky gut. Leaky gut is one of the leading causes of cellular inflammation, making it difficult to lose weight, and ultimately sustained weight gain.

This disruption in the gut microbiome allows trace amounts of toxins into the bloodstream forming an attack on the cells. To protect themselves, the cell slows itself down and creates a barrier of inflammation to keep toxic elements out. You feel this in many different ways such as, chronic fatigue, brain fog, slow metabolism, and nutrient deficiencies. In extreme cases, a prolonged leaky gut can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s disease.

By working with Essentials Medispa and Salon’s Nutritionist, you will receive the education and advice necessary to be becoming a happy, healthier person. Our nutritionist is here to educate and guide you into becoming a healthier version of you. She understands weight loss can be an intimidating and challenging task for many and is dedicated to delivering personalized care to each one of her clients by providing a non-judgmental and caring service.

*Results may vary from person to person


Weight loss and wellness, a race not a marathon

Our amazing Nutritionist, Samantha, is dedicated to delivering personalized care to every one of her clients by providing a non-judgmental and caring service. She understands weight loss can be an intimidating and challenging task for many. Samantha is here to educate and guide you into becoming a healthier version of yourself. Whether you want to lose a significant amount of weight, fit back into your favorite dress, or snap back into shape. She has a solution to help transform yourself. 

Deciding to lose weight is not just about starting a diet; it’s about choosing to embark onwards to a healthy lifestyle. While many of us focus on the physical changes during the time we lose weight, we are also making an impact on our physiology. We change not only the way we manage our weight; we also reduce our risk of developing (or even resolving) illness and disease at the same time.

At Essentials Medispa and Salon, our Nutritionist will assist you through your weight loss progression. Samantha specializes in an alternative approach to weight loss by targeting visceral fat “belly fat.” This dense and highly toxic type of fat causes the release of inflammatory proteins and hormones that put you at risk for developing certain diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and increased cholesterol levels. 

Along with reducing belly fat, healing the gut microbiome is essential to promote better absorption of nutrients and increasing metabolism. A poor diet high in carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods, like the Western Diet we’ve become accustomed to, will cause the leaky gut syndrome. The leaky gut syndrome is another leading cause of inflammation throughout our entire body, which can make it difficult to lose weight. This disruption in the gut microbiome allows trace amounts of toxins to get into the bloodstream and attacks our cells. This can cause a decrease in energy, memory, metabolism, and malabsorption of nutrients. In extreme cases, an unhealed leaky gut can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s disease. 

By working with Essentials Medispa and Salon’s Nutritionist, you will receive the education and guidance necessary to become a happy and healthier person. Samantha will develop and devise a personalized weight loss and wellness plan to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. 

Essentials Medispa and Salon offer additional tools to help promote weight loss. 

Appetite Suppressant – Clinically proven to reduce weight, it decreases your appetite by increasing your metabolism. Therefore it’s easier to choose healthier foods and control portion size.

Lipotropic Injections – Lipotropic injections contain nutrients that contain fat-burning compounds, amino acids, and vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin. This injection aids in increasing your metabolism, reducing appetite, increasing energy, and helping your body to burn fat.

B12 Injections – B12 is an essential vitamin, improving mood, energy, and cognitive function. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by promoting an increased red blood cell count. 

*Results may vary from person to person

Additional weight loss can be supported by BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones are the basis for all system regulations in our bodies. As we age, hormones start to decline, wreaking havoc on our body’s natural messaging system. A decline in hormones for both men and women start as early as age 30. Symptoms in women are experiencing energy loss, hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido (sex drive). Hormones also affect men who want to lose weight, lost libido, fatigue, stress, energy, muscle mass, and body fat.

BHRT will bring hormones back into balance and improve overall wellness, sense of wellbeing, and increase metabolism. The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is unmatched. While synthetic hormones can mimic the effects of endogenous hormones on specific biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a more in-depth, molecular level. Bioidentical hormones mimic the similarity of human endogenous hormones; therefore, they are more effective in a wider variety of biological pathways. The added benefit of bioidentical hormones is that each dose is tailored specifically to your needs, not merely what doses the pharmaceutical company offers. 

At Essentials Medispa and Salon, we offer Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). If you have any of these symptoms, you can feel better. Our physician is board-certified in anti-aging and bioidentical hormone replacement and will tailor a prescription based on your specific needs.

*Results may vary from person to person

What is Leptin resistance?

Leptin resistance may be a leading cause of weight gain and a primary reason why we have difficulty losing weight.

Leptin is a type of hormone produced by our bodies fat cells. This hormone works with the hypothalamus in our brain to tell us when we’ve had enough to eat to allow our bodies to burn excess calories. The more fat we carry inside our cells, the more leptin they produce which signals your brain to eat less. When our fat cells produce lower levels of leptin, our brain signals us to eat more. It is a type of negative feedback loop system similar to how we breathe, regulate blood pressure, and regulate body temperature.

Naturally, people who are overweight and obese have a lot of body fat stored in their cells. Their levels of leptin hormone are very high. It would make sense that an individual who has excess body fat would limit their food intake because they have plenty of excess calories stored. In this case, leptin signaling (through the negative feedback loop) may not be working. The brain sometimes will not recognize high levels of leptin. This is a condition known as leptin resistance. When your brain doesn’t receive the signals given by leptins your body responds oppositely. Your body is telling you to go into “starvation mode” therefore you start to eat more, and your energy level decreases. This leads to reduced calorie expenditure. Some causes of leptin resistance are obesity, chronic inflammation, poor diet, lack of exercise, or lack of sleep.

If you’re concerned you have leptin resistance, here at Essentials Medispa and Salon, our nutritionist can help you focus on an overall healthy lifestyle to reverse diet-induced leptin resistance. Essentials Medispa and Salon offers nutrition visits in conjunction with (BHRT) Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, our Lypoburn weight loss program, or an overall Wellness plan.

*Results may vary from person to person

So Much More Than Weight Loss

What About Me?

When did weight loss programs become a thing? Well, if we look at history, I guess we can figure that out for ourselves. For generations people didn’t have weight loss programs because they didn’t need them. Living in the society of today everything is fast-paced, and we want results yesterday. We are stretched thin with our jobs, kids, social media, and all the responsibilities of being an adult. When did we lose sight of ourselves, and how did we fall so low on the totem pole of priorities? You probably make sure you meet deadlines at work, return emails promptly, and get your kids to their extracurricular activities on time, but here’s a question. How often do you show up for yourself? At Essentials MediSpa & Salon you will do that and so much more!

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So Many Options

The reality is that there are plenty of weight loss programs out there that can greatly restrict your calorie intake and, yeah, you’ll drop some weight quickly…but then what happens? Without learning the right way to eat, when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat your weight loss will more than likely not be sustainable. The truth is that since there are so many different diets out there and multiple weight loss programs, how are you to know with this generation of sensory overload which program is right for you? And let’s be honest, since consuming 500 calories per day is not a sustainable way of living and will more than likely make you feel lethargic and cranky. Consequently, many individuals easily revert to their previous habits thus gaining the weight back. This is so horrible for your internal organs and the elasticity of your skin. Your weight goes on a yo-yo frenzy that leaves you confused, upset, and overweight yet again.

Let’s Talk Sustainable Balance

What’s great about the medical weight loss program that we at Essentials MediSpa & Salon offer is that it is all about you. Our team of professionals want to educate you on the right way to eat and incorporate exercise for long-lasting results. To be fair, there’s probably a piece of pizza, serving of mashed potatoes, and slice of birthday cake somewhere in your future. Ok, so let’s learn the best ways to incorporate these foods instead of saying “sorry, I can’t eat that, I’m on a special diet.” These are some of the most hated string of words that could ever be spoken. Finding balance is a practice just like anything else, and you can find it here at Essentials. The more foods that are eliminated from your diet the more you will crave them, and more than likely binge. Making healthy changes for weight loss is an absolute necessity and adding exercise will make the process that much easier. Especially if your bestie calls you to go out for a cocktail and dinner. Unlike before, you will have the tools in your tool box that give you the freedom to gladly accept and not eliminate all your progress. With the medical weight loss program at Essentials MediSpa & Salon you will learn how to reduce your craving and portions, increase your energy, get weekly hands-on support, and results that LAST!

*Results may vary from person to person


Laser Hair Removal

We hate shaving. I think it’s the one thing men and women can agree on. Not only is it time-consuming but a constant battle to get that flawless shave down. From nicks to missed spots, it’s nearly impossible to get the touchable smoothness that everyone is after. It is possible, with LASER HAIR REMOVAL. It’s a must to get that perfect, hair-free, summer skin. It’s an incredibly safe and effective way to rid body hair and get the smooth, hairless skin you dream of. It is an easier process than most think but does take several treatments because hair grows in cycles. Essentials offer packages that include eight treatments. They also offer 0% financing with a monthly payment plan, making this an extremely convenient and affordable process. It’s also imperative when choosing a place to do your laser hair removal that you find out what lasers they use. Many places use outdated or inferior lasers, not Essentials. They use the best in the industry for permanent hair removal; the Essentials also uses the best lasers in the industry, the Candela GentleMax Pro. Get started now on your laser hair removal journey and be beach body ready in no time.

Advanced Metabolic Weight Loss Program

Let’s face it, Beyonce’s cayenne lemon drink doesn’t work for everyone and isn’t a permanent weight loss solution. Take the time and lose weight the healthy way and keep it off. Essentials MediSpa has a licensed team along with a nutritionist and weight loss coach to help guide you on this journey. They’re there for education, evaluation, guidance, and accountability. They help give you the motivation you need, so you feel supported every step of the way while giving you the proper tools and advice you need to succeed. Also under the medical supervision of the physician at Essentials they prescribe and dispense at their facility; appetite suppressants, lipoB+ injections, and B12 injections. Appetite suppressants are clinically proven to reduce weight, it also decreases your appetite and boosts your metabolism, making it easier to make healthier food choices and portion control. LipoB+ injections contain nutrients that contain fat burning compounds, amino acids, vitamin b12 and other vitamins and minerals. It aids in boosting your metabolism, reducing appetite, increasing energy and helping your body to burn fat. B12 is essentials, improving mood, energy, and concentration. It’s also shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can help improve sleep and boost your immune system. Essentials also offers an array of Health & Wellness programs developed for weight-loss, stress-reduction, mental well-being and spiritual wellness. With all this help you can’t help but lose weight and feel great. Get that swimsuit ready!

Laser Skin Resurfacing

When the weather gets nicer, it’s not always happy news. We begin to think about future outfits that consist of shorts, skirts, and dresses. Maybe we lack the skin confidence we once had. Scars, veins and sun damage are all things that plague all of us. It’s okay; laser skin resurfacing is an amazing treatment that can give you and your skin confidence back. They use laser skin resurfacing for acne scars, sun damage or fine lines and wrinkles. They can work on your face, neck and décolletage. They also use lasers to treat spider veins in the face and legs as well as remove annoying stretch marks. Talk to one of the experts at Essentials today to see what works best for what you’re trying to treat.

Weight Loss Testimonial

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Testimonial for Essentials Weight Loss Program:

Over the last 6 years I have struggled immensely with my weight. For a guy who was always fit, competed in sports, and never had to worry about his appearance, these 6 years have been extremely difficult. I worked hard on my own to try and get myself back to a healthy point with no success. I even attempted fad diets, extreme fasting, low carb and some crazy “magical smoothie cleanse”. You name it, I’ve tried it. Like most people who struggle with their weight, I kept falling off the wagon and ultimately gained it all back. I woke up one morning in January 2017 and got on the scale; I weighed 201 pounds. In other words, for my 24 year old, 5’5 body frame, I was officially obese. It was then that I decided that enough was enough. I hated what my weight gain had done to my personality, my self esteem and most importantly my physical health. I have been a member of Essentials Medi-Spa and Salon for 5 years, and on the morning of 1/27/17 I was reading their most recently monthly newsletter. It was then that I saw a program hosted by Essentials called “Lypoburn”. Already knowing how amazing everyone at Essentials is, I hadn’t even finished the article when I picked up the phone and made my appointment. I’m proud to say that I have been on this program for 9 weeks and have lost a total of 40 pounds. My pants went from a size 36 to 28. I truly can’t explain how thankful and appreciative I am to Renee and the staff at Essentials. This program, and the staff that run it, provide me the tools and support necessary to succeed. I have never felt alone on this journey. This program is so successful because of its approach. Unlike other’s, you’re not restricted (I still have my beloved slice of pizza once in a while). Instead, I was taught a better way of living, how to make good choices in order to see results, and how to truly understand what my body needed to be sustainable and healthy. My friends and family are begging for the “magic secret to my transformation”. I simply give them Essential’s phone number. Thank you Essentials, for helping me reach my goals and ultimately finding my confidence and happiness again. This program has changed my life.


*Results may vary from person to person