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7 Tips For a Happy, Healthier Halloween

Halloween Survival Guide

You already know what Halloween is all about: costumes, pumpkins, candy and often unhealthy snacks. This year, be prepared so you and your family don’t hit a giant sugar crash on November 1.

1. Procrastination Is Good On Halloween
Buy candy for the trick-or-treaters last minute so it’s not sitting in your pantry for weeks tempting you and your kids to indulge early  ORhalloween

2. Pass Out Healthy, Non-Candy Options
The parents will appreciate it and you will have less temptation! Some great ideas: snack packs of all-fruit strips, natural gummies or pretzels with no added sugar. Pencils, crayons, stickers, glow sticks, and false teeth are unique, fun options as well!

3. What To Do At The Halloween Party
Bring a veggie tray, a fruit platter, bean dip, or guacamole with sweet potato and quinoa chips. Want to get creative? Serve it in an orange bell pepper to give it Halloween spirit. While at the party, avoid the mixed drinks at the bar and steer away from the processed foods, high-carb foods, and unhealthy fats.

4. Don’t Trick-or-Treat Hungry
Trick-or-trick after a healthy, home-cooked meal so you and your kids don’t fill up on candy or eat candy along the way.

5. Fit In A Full Workout
Plan to workout first thing in the morning so you still get your usual workout routine in. It’s recommended to get your kids moving before trick-or-treating, too. If you’re planning the  Halloween Party, plan activities that involve physical activity for the kids and for the adults.

6. Donate The Extra Candy
Allow your children to keep a few treats, then bring the rest (especially the ones you know they don’t like) to the office for your co-workers to enjoy.

7. Stick With Your Healthy Routine
Even if you cheat slightly on October 31, get right back on track. Do not have the mindset that because you  cheated once, you have to quit everything you have done thus far. You still have this!

What tips do you have for making Halloween healthier for you and your family? Share them in the comments below! Want to share with your patients or clients? Click here for the Halloween Survival Guide PDF.


New on BodySite: Add a Staff Account

Many of our providers have reached out expressing their desire for multiple logins for the same provider account. And so, we listened!

Here’s where you can actually do it:




We have made it so every staff member in your office can log in with his or her own email address and do everything you can do but with their own profile photo and message conversations. Your primary provider account will be able to see all communications with patients, but a staff person can only see the messages he or she is involved in.


Select “Add a New Team Member +” and you will be prompted to fill out the staff person’s information. They will receive an email to activate their account. Your primary account and one additional staff account are included in your BodySite subscription; each additional team member is $25 per month.


Try it now on the Patients page or on your Account Settings under the new Team settings then go check out everyone on your team!


BodySite Launches 
New Digital Health Guidance App

BodySite Launches Native iOS App To Empower Providers To Provide Better Care

BodySite, a leading digital health guidance system, has launched the BodySite Lifestyle Guide 3.0 native app for iPhone. Health care professionals can now provide better care to patients right from the palm of their hand, using digital guidance.


Patients can follow a diet, exercise or wellness plan selected by their provider, right in the app. Users can log calories and track activity including exercise, steps, water, weight, and sleep. Food tracking includes macro breakdowns, net carbs, and easy to use shortcuts.

The app gives providers the ability to view their patients’ wellness journey in one complete picture. Providers can access all data and activity tracked by their patient right in the app. The BodySite Lifestyle Guide app comes stocked with 50+ wellness plans and includes an easy in-app client enrollment process. And providers can easily communicate with patients in realtime using the app’s messaging system and push notifications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients are five times more likely to diet and exercise if their doctor tells them to do so. An easy-to-use app gives providers the ability to guide their patient, digitally. John Cummings, CEO and Founder of BodySite stated “we want this app to empower health care professionals to provide better care to patients through digital guidance.”


To date, BodySite has been used by 1,000+ providers and over 100,000 patients. All BodySite users have access to their account in the new BodySite Lifestyle Guide mobile app. Find it now in the iTunes app store. Providers, together with BodySite’s mobile app, can create impactful lifestyle change. The app is available for white-labeling for all health care professionals. If interested, click here.


The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP Protocol), an Anti-Inflammatory Paleo Diet Guide for the AIP Lifestyle

Autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. At BodySite, we are all about developing creative, digital solutions for health. For those who struggle with autoimmune disease, flareups, or inflammation, we have built a plan that offers creative solutions to preparing, cooking, and succeeding on the AIP protocol.

For Katrina, the Content Management Specialist at BodySite, an allergen-free diet hits close to home. “With my mom being both gluten-intolerant and diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney disease over 2 years ago, I had to learn about restrictive diets and foods that prevented inflammation. We, as a family, chose that food would not be the boss of her, or us”, stated Katrina. Building the AIP diet gave us a glimpse into the lives of those that struggle with autoimmune disease. We don’t want FOOD to be the boss of those with autoimmune disease, either.

Autoimmune disease affects an estimated 50 million Americans. There are more than 100 confirmed autoimmune diseases, including Celiac, Crohn’s, Lyme, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and MS. Although autoimmune disease cannot be cured, it can go into remission. An AIP protocol helps to heal the intestines and reduce inflammation. Our 28-day plan includes 35+ entrees and 15+ breakfast recipes combined with 28 healthy living tips.
how-to-follow-autoimmune-aip-protocol-anti-inflammatory-paleo-diet-guide-lifestyle-foods-to-avoid-can-eatWe want to support the AIP journey as best as possible. Included on the plan are AIP tips, FAQ’s, a dining out guide, “yes” and “no” food cheat sheets (pictured below), pantry staples, shopping lists and more!

“Self care is not self indulgence. Self care is self respect.”

The best thing one can do is to plan ahead. Here are some gadgets that will help with meal prepping on the AIP Protocol. Having high-powered tools in the kitchen will make recipes and meal prep a little simpler:


The BodySite AIP protocol is meant to be used in conjunction with the advice of a provider. If you’re in practice and looking for an effective program to help your AI patients, you’ll find this template an indispensable resource as part of the BodySite Digital Health Guidance system.  Once you enroll patients into the AIP protocol, patients will receive a comprehensive DAILY guide to following the AIP lifestyle with recipes for each day, daily affirmations, answers to specific questions, shopping lists, and more. Patients can log on to your secure, private-labeled portal to access all of the materials and track their progress, food intake, activities, body metrics, keep a journal, send messages to you and more. And it’s all available in our all new native iPhone app, so patients can access it conveniently anywhere they go.

If you’re not using BodySite to guide your patients, try it free today and see how you can deliver better care, effortlessly and make your practice more profitable at the same time. Click on the Try it Free button to try it now.


The Importance of Educating Your Patients For Patient Compliance, Better Care and a More Profitable Practice

As patient care shifts to a proactive and preventive patient-centered paradigm rather than being driven by what is billable to insurance once people become ill, patients should be driving the type of care offerings you make available and, in turn, your patient marketing.  In this new world of healthcare, are you providing patients with enough education, support and communication?  Are you giving patients lifestyle guidance protocols that are going to help them get and stay healthy?  Wellness, not illness, is the new business model.  And if you’re not already switched over to this new type of care, patients are finding someone else to help them with their health and preventive care issues.  And profiting where you’re losing patients and money.

Better communication and support is the new expectation and develops mutual trust between the provider and the patient, creating a positive relationship for the patient, better outcomes and more revenue for you from retention, return business and patient referrals.

With the advancements in technology, the internet and mobile applications,  it’s too easy to keep patients engaged, informed and motivated to pass up this new opportunity in your practice. Technology offers providers the ability to monitor and track patient progress and to communicate them on a daily basis, digitally.

Give patients what THEY need right where they are and give it to them as often as daily. Don’t wait until 6 months from now or until the “see you next year” appointment. Engage patients now, with content, protocol specific daily guidance, supplement recommendations and more.

Here’s an example of what the functions of a website look like, that provide patients with a comprehensive support experience.

Are you using a portal that let’s your patients do all of this? If not, click on the link to try it for free. 


Is the Ketogenic Diet a Safe Way to Lose Weight? Reverse Diabetes? More?


If you’re looking to lose weight, manage your diabetes with lifestyle and diet choices or make some overall health changes starting with your diet, you may have heard about the ketogenic diet.

What is a ketogenic diet? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, very low-carb diet. This diet generates the production of ketone bodies which pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.

What is ketosis? The ketogenic diet causes the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones” which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The source of fuel and energy for the brain is glucose. Ketones are an alternative fuel for the brain, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein are eaten. On the keto diet, glucose levels are exhausted and the body is prompted to give the brain energy through an alternative method, ketones. The body takes stored fat through the liver and produces ketones which is then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. When the body produces ketones, it is called ketosis. Exhausting the body of glucose on a ketogenic diet forces the body to run entirely on fat which burns stored fat more rapidly.

– Ketogenic benefits:

      • Weight Loss
      • Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
      • Control blood sugar
      • Mental focus
      • Increased physical endurance/energy
      • Lessen stomach problems
      • Clear acne
      • And more!


Dining Out on the Keto Diet

1. Look up the menu! The best practice for dining out keto is to look up the menu ahead of time. Plan ahead in order to determine what meal options on the menu will fit into your macronutrients for that day. Better yet, track your foods on the Track Food tab before you go out to confirm that your macros are set for the evening. Reminder: your caloric intake should be 5-10% carbohydrates, 20-25% protein, and 70% or more fat.

Here is a helpful infographic on the correct macronutrient (macro) ratios for a ketogenic diet.

2. Keep in mind which foods you CAN eat:

– Foods to eat:

  • Low-carb vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Nuts
  • Other fats including coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, etc.
  • Meats
  • Fatty fish
  • High-fat dairy including hard cheeses, high-fat cream, butter
  • Avocado and berries
  • Condiments: use salt, pepper and fresh herbs and spices.

– Foods to avoid:

  • Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Legumes
  • Low-fat and diet products (including sugar-free foods)
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Unhealthy fat: processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Grains or starches
  • All forms of sugar
  • Tubers – potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

3. Order meat or fish and veggies. It is not very hard to eat keto-approved foods while dining out. Most resturants offer some kind of meat or fish dish. Order grilled steak or baked salmon, for example and replace any high-carb side dishes with extra vegetables such as steamed broccoli or a side salad. If you are eating out for breakfast, omelets with bacon or other egg-based dishes are perfect on the keto diet! You can always order a grilled chicken sandwich or hamburger and ask for no bun or ask for romaine lettuce as the bun.

4. Navigating the salad-bar. The salad-bar seems like a healthy choice, but there are also numerous ingredients that could make “slipping up” on the keto diet much easier than you think. Follow these tips to avoid the extra calories/carbs:

– A lot of leafy greens! Get all the lettuce, spinach, and kale you can find.
– Pile on the FRESH veggies (broccoli, cucumbers, green peppers).
– Fats. Add on the high-fat ingredients like cheese, bacon bits, and olive oil available at salad bars.
– For dressing, create your own dressing with vinegar (or lemon), olive oil, and cracked pepper rather than using the dressings provided which likely contain sugar (extra carbs) or fat-free oils.