Newsletter April 2018

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Getting the most from your program. Get to your goal weight

Every patient has their own unique motivations for wanting to lose weight. Likewise, every patient comes in with their own ideas of how much weight they want or need to lose. But often, this is different from what we recommend to our patients as their Ideal Healthy Goal Weight, and they may fear that they cannot achieve that goal.

Medically speaking, your Ideal Healthy Goal Weight is that weight at which your body has lost all of its excess fat. There are numerous benefits to reaching and maintaining your ideal healthy goal weight;
• Without any excess fat, your body’s organs and processes are operating optimally.
• Maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of developing weight-related health complications.
• It is easier to maintain your ideal healthy weight over the long term and prevent rebound weight gain.
• Preventing rebound weight gain saves the stress and expense of repeated weight loss attempts.

Keeping these important benefits in mind, do not settle for “almost” getting to your goal, and do not sell yourself short on what you think you can accomplish. Most of our patients are astonished at how much better they look and feel as they progress through the program, and periodically re-evaluate their goal as they see how easy it is, and build confidence that they really can do it.

You can feel rest assured that our experienced team of nurses and doctors will work with you, one-on-one at every visit to keep you on track, feeling well, and motivated all the way to your Ideal Healthy Goal Weight.

Remember, you can visit the clinic up to 5 days per week (Monday to Friday) if you feel that you need or want the extra support, at no additional cost above the regular 3 visits per week.

For more information on how the program works please visit:

*Individual weight loss may vary. Call for details. Compliance with our program is required.

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Recipe of the Month Breakfast BELT Sandwich

Yield: 1 protein, ½ vegetable, 1 bread substitute, 1 misc. garnish servings


• ? cup or 80 ml Naturegg Simply Egg Whites
• 1 ½ Lilydale: Daystarters: Cooked Turkey Slices: Bacon Flavour
• 3 oz or 85 g allowed vegetables – diced (tomatoes, peppers, onion, etc.)
• 1 oz or 30 g Lettuce – All types – chopped
• 1 Serving of flatbread, tortilla, or any allowed bread
• 1 tsp or 5 ml Hellman’s 1/2 The Fat Mayonnaise

Slice tomatoes and lettuce.
Spray pan with PAM and cook the Lilydale turkey bacon as per instructions on package, then place off to the side.
Spray pan with PAM and cook egg whites.
Toast Pita for about 40 seconds in a toaster.
Spread Mayonnaise on pita.
Place cooked egg whites, bacon and vegetables in your choice of allowed bread

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Administrative Professional Day

“Administrative Professionals’ Day” is observed around the world on the last Wednesday of April to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals. On this day, employers show their appreciation of the work carried out by the administrative professionals and highlight their importance to the organization. At Bernstein Diet and Health Clinics, we would also like to take this opportunity to recognize and show our sincere appreciation to all our Administrative staff and Medical Receptionists at our clinics and at the head office. Let us all combine forces and rejoice on this happy occasion. You are our frontline key players! We appreciate all that you do for our patients, clients, customers. Keep the team spirit alive!

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Tips for Weight Loss Success

Changing our eating habits and how we think about food is key to losing weight successfully. But it’s so often easier said than done. Even when we are trying to be conscious about eating better, sometimes the very sight of it can trigger temptation.

Think about how often you eat food that you don’t even want: the free chips that came with your sandwich; the second helping of dinner just to be polite; the unsatisfying fat-free ice cream that you just didn’t want to waste. The trouble with such rationalizations is that they add up to extra calories and pounds. Here are some tips to fight dangerous food logic:

Being Polite: The dangerous logic is that if I don’t have one, my Mom/friend/etc. will be insulted. In many families, presenting treats is a way of saying ‘I love you’, so refusal is feared to be taken as rejection. One strategy to combat this can be to take it to go, then toss it when you’re home. If you can’t do that, feel free to explain that you’ve had enough and you’re cutting back on extra helpings.

Leaving Food is a Waste: Most of us grew up with this mentality and were reminded about the starving children in far-away lands. Consider that eating more than you need counts as wasting food too. Try reducing recipes so there are no leftovers, or better, stick to your portion guidelines and package the remainder up for lunch tomorrow. And if the food does not qualify as healthy in the first place, there’s no need to feel guilty for chucking it – it doesn’t do anyone any good anyway.

It’s A Special Occasion: We may think that it’s ok to indulge at parties and restaurants as long as we eat healthy at home. The problem is that there can be a special occasion almost every other day – a co-worker’s birthday, visiting relatives, a holiday – and those extra calories add up very quickly. Consider your ongoing health and happiness, and approach each day with the same nutrition goals. Recognize that junk food is still junk food. If you know that you’ll be out at a party or restaurant, have a healthy snack beforehand so you aren’t hungry and craving one of everything on the menu, then choose something light (and approved) and don’t hesitate to ask for it prepared to your needs – order dressings on the side and not cooked in butter, cream, etc.

It’s No Fun Without Food: So many activities are paired with food, from popcorn and candy at the movies, to happy hour after work, to beer and wings at the bowling alley. This leads to mindless eating habits that are unrelated to whether you are hungry or not during the activity. Switch up your routine to disassociate the food-fun relationship. Instead of dinner dates, plan active outings. Enjoy healthy meals and snacks before going to the movies so you aren’t tempted, and then enjoy the savings from the overinflated snack prices.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

April is IBS Awareness Month. IBS is a very common gastrointestinal disorder that affects how the bowel moves contents through our bodies, and how the brain interprets sensations in the bowel. Approximately five million Canadians currently live with IBS. The most common symptoms of IBS are recurrent abdominal pain and irregular bowel patterns that are often painful. Some patients report stool mucus, heartburn, and nausea. Symptoms can sometimes last for months or even years. Diet improvement is a known method of managing IBS symptoms. The Bernstein Diet can help provide relief for symptoms of IBS. Stomach cramps, loose bowel movements, and mucous in the stool all improve with our diet. We recommend avoiding all dairy products, and enforce restrictions on fat intake. Our patients get long term relief and comfort by following these food restrictions into the Maintenance program and beyond. Contact us for more information on how our diet program can help you manage chronic health problems. For more information about irritable bowel syndrome, visit the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation at

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We're Hiring!

Clinic Support & Administration

We are always looking for skilled people to join our team. Opportunities exist for personal and professional growth, in one of our administration and support team positions. Your chance to make a contribution to our patients’ success range from entry level to management positions in areas such as: Finance; Human Resources; Contact Centre; Warehousing/Logistics; Operations & Nursing Support; & Information Technology.

For a list of current openings, and to apply online, visit the following link:


Are you ready for a rewarding change of pace? With our dedicated and streamlined approach to patient care and clinic operations, the convenience of regular day-time working hours and attractive compensation, we present a significant lifestyle opportunity for today’s doctors. All while making a positive difference in so many of your patients’ lives. For a list of current openings, and to apply online, visit the following link:

Nurses & Medical Receptionists

Are you tired of working unstable shifts & weekends? Are you looking to improve the balance between your work and family life? If you answered YES then we have the opportunity for you! As part of our highly skilled team, you will be closely monitoring our patients’ health, educating them on proper nutrition and motivating them to achieve their goals and maintaining their healthy weight for the rest of their lives!. For a list of current openings, and to apply online, visit the following link:

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Get the App

The Bernstein Diet Mobile App is here to help track your weight loss journey. Patients can log in to access a Recipe List, Weight Tracker & BMI Calculator!
Patients can log in using their username and password from to access the full set of features offered by the Bernstein Diet Mobile App!

Get it now!

Android phone or tablet (4.1 or higher): Click here
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*Individual weight loss may vary. Call for details. Compliance with our program is required.