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  Issue # 41

August, 2012



Gluten-free, Paleo, Lo-carb....what is the best "diet" for you?


Clients ask me the questions on a daily basis.  My answer is always the same - every diet works; it is the lifestyle changes that can make the difference for lifelong health and "healthy" weight loss.


Can't stand the heat this summer?  Get out of the kitchen.... and let us bring your healthy meals right to your door in ice cold-packed coolers. 


A few months ago we introduced our long overdue referral program.  It is a point-based system that tracks every new client and rewards you with yummy food that will keep you and friends feeling great.  For every client you refer to us who completes a trial or regular subscription, we will give you 120 points to use towards your food delivery.  For every friend they refer, you will also accrue 10 additional points. (100 points=1 free day of food) Earn a free day of food with the very first client!!!


Even better, when your friends sign up, we will send them a complimentary cookbook!  Simply click the link below and use email, Facebook, Twitter, or a bunch of other sites to get the word out. After you spread the word, you will receive an email with instructions. Login to your personal account and see your points start adding up. It's Easy! 


To start you off, we are "gifting" you 20 points to get you on your way to your first reward.  Just click here and get started earning free days of food today! 



Happy Eating!

Monica Lynn
Nutritional expert and Founder of 5 Squares



6 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss

Strawberry gazpacho.

By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

WebMD Feature

Reviewed by
Louise Chang, MD

You don't need to starve yourself on a wacky fad diet if you want to look better in your shorts or swimsuit this summer.

The secret to weight loss is to choose healthy foods and take in fewer calories than you burn. And it's just easier to make better food choices in summertime, when heavy, high-calorie dishes seem less appealing. The best foods for weight loss in summer are light, refreshing and, most important, keep you out of the hot kitchen.

The single easiest way to trim calories from your summer diet, experts say, is to load up on nature's bounty. Produce is at its peak in summer. Delicious fruits and vegetables abound at farmers' markets and in your local grocery. Besides being low in calories, produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

"Enjoy fresh produce in season. You will be thrilled at how fresh, delicious, and satisfying it tastes," says Susan Moores, RD, a St. Paul, Minn. nutrition consultant. "Save the oranges and apples for fall, and load up on fresh berries, melons, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, pea pods, and all the super-nutritious and low-calorie fruits, greens and vegetables that grow in the garden this time of year."

As a bonus, you can forget about portion control when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, Moores say.

"Go for it, because it is hard to do much damage to your waistline with these super-nutritious edibles," says Moores.

To keep your cool and cut your time in the kitchen, start with prepared produce, such as cut-up fruit and washed greens. Add rotisserie chicken, prepared soups, and pre-threaded kabobs when you need something a bit heartier. Pre-prepped foods may cost a little extra, but they save time in the kitchen.

Here are dietitian's picks for some of the best foods to help with weight loss during the summer.

Best Summer Weight Loss Food No. 1: Chilled Soups

Moores loves all kind of produce but says cold soups are among her favorite low-calorie dishes. Chilled soups like gazpacho or cucumber-dill that contain lots of chunky vegetables are a great way to start a meal.

"Research shows that a low-calorie, broth-based soup at the beginning of the meal will fill you so you eat less at the meal," Moores says.

Red Pepper Gazpacho


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