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Flipping The Switch

flip the switchLet’s face it, many of us in America need to lose weight. And for that to occur, one thing has to happen: expend more energy than we take in. When this happens, our body turns inward and starts using what is has available in our fat stores to unlock the energy we need to live.

Exercise has always been hard for me; after all I am not an athlete nor do I care to conduct a regimen of structured activity on a regular basis, except for walking and daily everyday activities. For me the best approach is to take in less food than what I need, and let the exercise become a backup player in the weight loss struggle.

I say “struggle” because that’s what it is unless something magical happens: I “flip” the switch. What switch? The switch in my brain. When that switch is flipped, it indeed becomes easier to watch and become accountable for what I eat. No one can do that except me. And once the switch is flipped, it’s hard to flip it back unless I really mess up. For the switch represents an intangible commitment, the hard to describe feeling or desire that “This time, I will do this” and in the process lose the “poor, poor me”, “I just can’t do it,” and “it’s just too hard,” lamentations. Flipping that switch allows me to face the music, suck it up, and brain switchinstantly be strong. When that happens, I am able to be hungry without giving up, count the calories or points, get on that scale, buy the right food, throw out the junk, encourage myself, and keep going. I can even trip but the flipped switch gets me up and on the path again.

Prepare yourself to flip YOUR switch. Get mad at your daily eating failures. Be tired of the tight clothes. Get over the feelings of helplessness and excuses. Face the music. Flip that switch.

About the Author: Jeanne Hoskin has a PhD in food science and nutrition and is working in the food and pharmaceutical industry for 30 years. Jeanne has traveled the world and loves to cook and write. See Jeanne’s blog at and her etsy store ( )

National EMS Week


EatSmart Products would like to thank and recognize our family and friends, as well as all who serve their communities as Emergency Medical Service Practitioners (EMS). The Week of May 18th-24th is National Emergency Medical Services Week, and with that we are sending our thanks to all of the amazing people that put countless hours into helping others in our communities.

We would like recognize some friends and family of EatSmart Products who are EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) for their outstanding service:

Mary Parisi – Rockland County EMT, Rockland County NY vol emt

Mary, a friend of ours at ToiletTree Products, served as an EMT for 9 years in the Rockland County Area.
“I trained as an EMT because I had witnessed other EMT’s as they assisted my loved ones. I knew this would be a powerful way to pay it forward.”

Heather McGee – President of Tri-Boro Ambulance, Park Ridge NJ

Heather has been with Tri-Boro Ambulance for 22 years. She is now the President of Tri-Boro and they are always searching for new EMS recruits to join such an important piece of the community. “After being in a severe car accident at the age of 19, I was so grateful that Tri-Boro Volunteer EMS got out of bed just to come save me. Once I recovered from my injuries, I have been repaying my thanks as an EMT  for Tri-Boro.”

Marisa Origoni – EMS Practitioner for Tri-Boro Ambulance, Park Ridge NJ

Marisa took on the responsibility of training to be an EMT her Junior Year of High School. She’s always had a passion for the medical field and is currently studying to be a nurse at Sacred Heart University. She’s been part of the Tri-Boro team for 2 ½ years and she has no plans of stopping. “Not only do I love being an EMT, but it also gives me a sense of satisfaction that I am helping someone and/or possibly saving a life.”

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The LINK between Pregnancy Weight Gain and Childhood Obesity

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I read an article in the newspaper the other day that I found to be very interesting.

A new study has found that children whose mothers gain either too much – or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese. I had never considered the possibility that a mother’s pregnancy weight gain could have a direct effect on her child’s propensity to be overweight over the course of his life.

A study conducted at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research and published, recently in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology affirms previous research showing that a pregnant woman who becomes significantly overweight, increases the long-term obesity risk of her offspring. Fetuses that are flooded with excess calories, increase their fat cell concentration and size, making them destined to obesity. As for why being underweight during pregnancy would result in a newborn’s long-term propensity to become overweight, a possible explanation would be that those infants are naturally slowing down their metabolism. They are holding on to everything that they get and that becomes a life-long tendency in them.

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Studies found that among women whose BMI ( body mass index) is in the normal range before pregnancy, those who gained LESS than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy were 63 % more likely to have an overweight child; the risk was 80% higher among those women who gained MORE weight than recommended.

  • It is important for women to understand that the way they nourish themselves during their pregnancy is obviously the way they are nourishing their fetuses.
  • It is important for pregnant women to monitor their weight gain with their doctors, because it will affect the course of their child’s life.




We need to toot our own horn, shout it from the rooftops and make everyone aware of our remarkable achievement. The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale has earned over 10,000 FIVE star reviews!

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This IS a BIG DEAL and should not pass without some sort of recognition. Just how big a deal? Please consider that the best selling Kindle on Amazon currently has 10,000 reviews, of which 7,600 are 5 stars. Our Precision Digital has been the TOP selling bathroom scale 5 years running on

No doubt about it-we need to celebrate and what better way than with a giveaway to share with our EatSmart fans.

5 lucky fans will win an EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom.


To enter is easy, just fill out the form below. We are confident that the winners will be just as pleased with their scale as the 10,000 5 star reviewers before them. Here is how you can win:

  1.       Fill in your name (1 Entry)
  2.       Fill in your email (1 Entry)
  3.       Like this blog post (1 Optional Entry)
  4.       Like us on Facebook (1 Optional Entry)
  5.      Click here to tweet about the Giveaway (1 Optional Entry)

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 20th at 12 noon EST. The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. (Sorry, but it’s limited to US residents)

Friends With The Scale

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Announcing a new book, “Friends with the Scale: How to Turn Your Scale into a Powerful Weight Loss Tool” by Linda Spangle, RN, MA.

In this innovative book, Linda presents a smart, practical approach that will help dieters completely change their relationships with the scale.

Anyone who’s had a love-hate relationship with the scale knows the frustration and angst that can sabotage weight-loss progress. But Spangle says, “The scale is not the enemy! It simply gets blamed for the daily actions and slip-ups that affect the scale numbers.”

Using stories and examples from her work along with scientific data, Spangle shows readers how to discover the weight-loss power that lies within their scale when they simply make it their friend.
In her supplemental guide “How to Buy a Reliable Scale,” Linda recommends the EatSmart Precision Digital, EatSmart Precision Plus and EatSmart Precision Tracker Bathroom Scale. She says, “I love EatSmart scales myself and truly believe they are some of the best on the market.”

About the Author: A registered nurse with a masters degree in Health Education, Linda Spangle is the owner of Weight Loss For Life, a highly successful coaching and education program in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in helping people deal with the emotional and psychological issues of weight loss as well as healthy eating and exercise.

Eggplant Tacos

EP 1


  1. 1 Eggplant
  2. 1 Sprig of Cilantro
  3. 1 Slice of Brie
  4. Olive Oil

EP 2


  1. Slice one eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds.
  2. Roast eggplant rounds with olive oil on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 8 minutes on each side.
  3. Place a piece of brie and a pinch of cilantro on each eggplant round
  4. Fold like a mini Taco

EP 3

Simple yet delicious!

About the Author: Erin Gleeson worked as a food photographer in New York City for several years before moving to a cabin in the woods of Northern California in 2011. There she started The Forest Feast, a blog featuring simple, colorful, vegetable based recipes. Each recipe is presented visually, with minimal text, and Erin’s own photography, watercolor illustration and handwriting guide you through the steps to make each dish. Erin’s first cookbook, The Forest Feast (based on the blog), debuted on April 15th.

Charity of the Month April 2014 – Autism Family Services of New Jersey

EatSmart fans will continue to select a Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

April is Autism Awareness Month!

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Autism is a brain disorder that varies in degree but affects verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction and may trigger repetitive behaviors. It can cause intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Autism has undoubtedly had a significant impact on the nation and, in particular, the state of New Jersey. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2014 report, 1 in every 45 people in New Jersey have an autism diagnosis compared to the national average of 1 in 68 people.

EatSmart Products is a New Jersey based business with family, friends and fans spread throughout the state. Like all New Jersey residents, we are concerned with the dramatic rise in autism rates. We therefore recognize and offer our support to Autism Family Services of New Jersey as the Charity of the Month.


Autism Family Services of New Jersey is dedicated to ensuring a better quality of life for individuals and their families affected by autism and related disorders from diagnosis throughout adulthood. The needs of families affected by autism are immense. The mission of AFSNJ is to work with these families, with agencies, government entities, and individuals with autism to develop an array of support services and opportunities. Specifically they work to improve the ability of individuals to productively interact with the world around them by providing services like after school care, Saturday recreation and training opportunities for New Jersey families living with Autism.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of April. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate: FaceBook_512x512

If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Make Mom Marvelous Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so let’s do something spectacular to make Mom feel MARVELOUS on her special day. LilGadgets, ToiletTree Products, Aurorae and EatSmart Products have joined forces to put together a MOMSTER GIVEAWAY—sure to please all those very important women in our lives. One lucky winner will take home all the prizes. Tell your friends and good luck to all who enter!

ToiletTree Products

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy with Extending Sides
Water Resistant Professional Skin Care System

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EatSmart Products

TravelWise Packing Cube System – 3 Piece Weekender Set
EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale with Stainless Steel Platform

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Aurorae Royal Plum Classic Yoga Mat
Aurorae Lavender Yoga Crossbody Sling Backpack
Aurorae’s Organic Yoga Mat Wash
Aurorae 8-Foot Yoga Strap w/D-Ring Buckle , Aurorae’s Eva Foam Yoga Block , Aurorae’s unique Slip Free Yoga Rosin Bag
Aurorae Yoga “The Inspiration” Long Sleeve Crew
Aurorae’s “The Ultimate” Women’s Yoga Legging
Aurorae Aromatherapy Meditation Candle, -Lavender Scented-Harmony
Aurorae Aromatherapy Meditation Candle, Chocolate Scented-Love

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 Lil Gadgets

Untangled Pro Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

An added BONUS for the KIDS!  –LilGadgets will be contributing to the giveaway (1) pair of Untangled Pro Bluetooth Wireless Headphones–Bluetooth wireless headphones made for kids, loved by parents. Designed to make Mom’s life just a little bit simpler.  Your choice of colors-Blue, Pink, White and Black.

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To enter the giveaway event, simply complete the form below and click the submit button. Good luck!

Fill in your name. (1 Entry)
Fill in your email. (1 Entry)
LIKE each company on Facebook; Aurorae Yoga, EatSmart Products, Lil Gadgets and ToiletTree Products (1 Optional Entry)
Follow each company on Twitter; Aurorae Yoga, EatSmart Products, Lil Gadgets and ToiletTree Products. (1 Optional Entry)
Click here to share the giveaway on Twitter. (1 Optional Entry)
What are your plans to make Mother’s Day special? (1 Optional Entry)

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 30th at 12 noon EDT.    The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. ( Sorry but giveaway is limited to US residents only)


Beef & Broccoli – Gluten Free

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  • 1 pound beef – tenderloin cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1-2 medium heads of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 inches of ginger peeled and sliced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • Boiling Water (for broccoli)
  • Bowl of ice water


  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce (San-J reduced sodium)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar (Marukan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons potato starch (you can use corn or tapioca)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper


  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (San-J reduced sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (Dynasty Brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (white or brown)
  • 2 teaspoons of potato starch (you can use corn or tapioca)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust as needed or omit)

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Method of Preparation:

  • Slice beef and set aside
  • In a medium bowl combine all ingredients in the marinade and add beef. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large stock pot bring water to boil, and blanch the broccoli florets – about 10-15 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Immediately place blanched broccoli in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Once all broccoli is blanched and placed in an ice bath, strain and pat dry. Set aside.
  • In a wok or large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat. Add half of the beef and cook until about 75-80% cooked throughout (this will be quick at high heat).
  • Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining oil and steak.
  • Add ginger and red pepper flakes, stir-fry for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  • Return the beef to the pan to finish cooking. Add broccoli and stir fry for 1 minute
  • Add sauce and toss to coat – as soon as the sauce begins to thicken remove from the heat.
  • Serve with steamed rice – white or brown.
  • Enjoy!

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten FreeJenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

Welcome Spring Giveaway

Spring is on it’s way and for many, can’t come soon enough.  What better way to celebrate trees greening, daffodils blooming and the feel of warm sunshine on your face than to sponsor a WELCOME SPRING GIVEAWAY.

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Ten lucky EatSmart Fans will win a Precision Voyager Luggage Scale to brighten up their day and maybe inspire a trip to enjoy the cherry blossoms and pussy willows in bloom.  The EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale is a practical and savvy travel essential that can eliminate stress at check-in and save travelers money by avoiding overweight baggage fees.  The Precision Voyager is a really useful gadget to take along on Springtime travels.

Entering the contest is easy and can be done through the form below.  Here is how you can win:

Fill in your name. (1 Entry)
Fill in your email. (1 Entry)
LIKE EatSmart Products on Facebook (1 Optional Entry)
Follow EatSmart on Twitter (1 Optional Entry)
Click here to share the giveaway on Twitter. (1 Optional Entry)
Answer our giveaway question. (1 Optional Entry)

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Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 1st at 12 noon EDT.    The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. ( Sorry but giveaway is limited to US residents only)

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