Newsletter – October 2018

Did You Know – Our patients lost 39,972 lbs in September.

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The Times are Changing!

Over the years, we have heard many requests from patients to extend the hours of our clinics. We now have 22 clinics that are open later for your convenience, and we are working toward adding more. If you’ve had difficulty joining or continuing the program because of schedule conflicts, check this list to see if there is now a late clinic in your area. Remember to check our website periodically for updates as well, or call us any time at 1-888-DR-B-DIET.


Monday to Friday – 6:00am – 8:00pm


Monday to Friday – 6:30am – 6:30pm


Monday to Friday – 6:00am – 7:00pm

Monday to Friday – 6:00am – 8:00pm


British Columbia

Monday – Friday – 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

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Patient Survey Highlights

Thank you to all that completed our recent survey. We are very appreciative of the responses and are working on the various suggestions to better our services.

Following are some of the highlights of the feedback that we received:

Along with the responses to the survey questions that we asked you, we received several questions that we felt would be helpful to address in the newsletter:

What happened to the Refer-A-Friend Bonus in Ontario?

A few years ago, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario updated their rules and regulations that govern many aspects of how physicians can conduct their business.  One of the regulations stipulated that physicians cannot offer incentives to entice patients to join their practice, and the Refer-A-Friend bonus falls into this category.

The good news is that this regulation only covers Ontario, so the Refer-A-Friend Bonus is still available to patients at our clinics in Alberta and BC.

Why don’t you offer a Facebook page for group support?
There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. In their rules for advertising, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario prohibits the use of testimonials by physicians.  Facebook and other social media sites allow the public to post comments and content, which is considered to be a form of testimonial, so therefore, physicians cannot use these sites as a means of communication.  As well, because these sites have a global reach, we cannot use them for any of our locations outside of Ontario either.
  2. The most important reason that we don’t have a group page is that patients should not rely on other patients or members of the public for medical and dietary advice, as this information could be erroneous and potentially harmful.  Our nurses and doctors provide the primary source of information and ongoing support for our patients to use while following the program.  Remember, if you feel that you need more regular support, you can visit the clinic as often as you wish, or you can call the clinic with your questions any time during regular business hours.

What’s in the injections?
The injections are combinations of B vitamins, mostly B6 and B12.  These injections supply your tissues’ daily requirements for these vitamins.  This is necessary because you are on a diet and your intake of these vitamins from food sources is reduced.  Also, these vitamins are used as catalysts in the chemical processes when your tissues break down fat stores (triglycerides) to produce energy.

Why do the nurses leave the exam room to fill the injections?
As good practice to prevent the spread of infection, Ontario Public Health requires that syringes are to be prepared for administration in a dedicated medication room that is separate from the patient treatment rooms.  We realize that this procedure does add a few extra minutes to your clinic visit, but we are required to follow these procedures, and we thank you for your continued patience.

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Recipe of the Month

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, established by the North American Vegetarian Society to promote and raise awareness of the vegetarian lifestyle. Many people who have unique dietary restrictions such as vegetarianism, religious observances of Kashrut or Halal food laws, or intolerance to gluten or lactose often experience difficulty finding a weight loss program compatible with their restrictions or laws.

The Bernstein Diet is suitable for people with these dietary restrictions*. The diet consists of regular grocery store-bought foods, which allows patients to prepare their meals according to their own laws or restrictions. There is a wide variety of food to choose from in all four groups: vegetables, fruits, protein, and bread substitutes.

The Bernstein Diet caters to people with various dietary needs. There are a variety of proteins to choose from, such as lentils and beans, tofu, and also processed protein brands like M&M, Yves, Zoglo’s, etc.

Visit for more information about World Vegetarian Day.

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

Garlic Ginger Tofu Noodles


  • 3 ½ oz or 100 g tofu (medium or firm), cubed
  • 2 oz or 55 g green onions, chopped
  • 2 oz or 55 g Mushrooms – shiitake, sliced
  • 4 oz or 115 g Shirataki Noodles
  • 1 cup or 235 ml Pacific Organic Broths – Vegetable
  • 1 tsp or 5 ml Flaxseed (oil)
  • 1 tbsp or 15 ml VH Soya Sauce
  • ½ tbsp or 7.5 ml Garlic – fresh, minced
  • ½ tbsp or 7.5 ml Ginger – fresh, minced
  • ½ oz or 15 g Onion – red
  • ½ oz or 15 g Chives – freeze dried, no oil
  • PAM Original Cooking Spray

  1. Prepare Shirataki Noodles as per package instructions and set aside.
  2. Spray non-stick medium saucepan with PAM, stir fry tofu until crispy and set
  3. In a bowl, combine ½ cup vegetable broth, flax oil, soya sauce, garlic, ginger,
    red onion, chives and mix well.
  4. Spray non-stick medium saucepan with PAM and stir fry onions and mushrooms
    for 3 minutes.
  5. Add tofu, noodles and ½ cup vegetable broth and heat through.
  6. Pour sauce into saucepan and mix in thoroughly.
  7. Plate and enjoy.

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Tips for Using the Bernstein Diet Mobile App

The Bernstein Diet Mobile App is here to help track your weight loss journey. Patients can access log in to access Recipes, Food List, Weight Tracker & BMI Calculator!

Login Quicker
After you log in with your username and password, open the menu and go to the Settings area. Here, you can set the app to automatically log you in when you open the app, without re-typing your password each time. You can also choose how often you want to check for food list and recipe updates. Checking less frequently will make logging in much faster

Is This Allowed?
If you’re unsure if a food list item is allowed, you can search for it with the search bar at the top of any screen in the app. You can also choose to include search results of recipes that include the item.

You can use the three-dot menu when viewing any food list item or recipe to add it to your Favourites list. You can go to the Food List or Recipes areas of the menu to see your list of favourites. If you navigate further into the food list categories before opening your favourites list, your list is filtered to show items belonging to the category you opened it from.

Food/Recipe Filtering
If you have any personal dietary restrictions or allergies, you can specify these in your Settings. When browsing the food list and recipes, you will only be shown items which are compatible with your restrictions. When viewing an individual food list item or recipe, you can also use the three-dot menu to hide it from view if you don’t like it (which can be undone in your Settings).

Get it now!

Android phone or tablet (4.1 or higher): Click here
iPhone, iPad & iPad Pro (iOS 8 or higher): Click here

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