New Year, New You Fit Tip: Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is a great step towards achieving your weight loss efforts. HOW you choose to hydrate can have a big impact on your health and your waist.

Drinking water helps keep you satisfied between meals and avoid overeating. You can also avoid hundreds of extra calories each day by choosing water instead of sodas or other sugar-sweetened beverages.


Recipes: Maple Granola

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Maple Granola

Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.
“This quick and healthy granola recipe can be enjoyed like cereal with milk or sprinkled over yogurt to make an easy parfait. Serve with a banana for a balanced breakfast. ”


    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans
    • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2Combine maple syrup, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in oat, pecans, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined. Evenly spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • 3Bake the granola, stirring halfway through, until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely before storing.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight for up to 2 weeks.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

HydraFacial: 3 steps + 30 minutes = The best skin of your life

HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow.

HydraFacial addresses all skincare needs.

  • Fine lines + Wrinkles
  • Elasticity + Firmness
  • Even Tone + Vibrancy
  • Skin Texture
  • Brown Spots
  • Oily + Congested Skin
  • Enlarged Pores

The 3 steps include:

Step 1: Cleans+Peel- Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing.

Step 2: Extract+Hydrate – Remove debris from pores with painless suction. Nourish with intense moisturizers that quench skin.

Step 3: Fuse+Protest- Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow.

Want to see how it works? See the video below.

Join CMS, commit to healthy living with Scale Back Alabama

This year we are celebrating a New Year, New You! As the New Year brings new resolutions, join the Carrington Medical Spa’s Scale Back Alabama team and commit or (RE-commit) to a healthier lifestyle.

With Scale Back Alabama, you can not only set a goal to lose weight and get healthier, but you can also win! Teams can channel their inner champion and register for Scale Back Alabama, the state’s largest weight loss and physical activity competition.

This year’s 9-week competition will begin with weigh-in week, January 21-25. The competition is free, and participants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Alabama. Teams and individuals who return for a final weigh-in during the week of April 2–8 and succeed in losing at least 10 pounds qualify to win a share of $14,500 in cash prizes. Teams are made up of two people (no more, no less).

It’s easy to register a two-person team

· Visit scalebackalabama.com/project/register or via the Scale Back Alabama app (only one registration per team of two)

· If possible, print your registration confirmation page

· Visit Carrington Medical Spa, located at 8178 Gadsden Highway, Suite 117, Trussville, during weigh-in week on January 21-25 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (take registration confirmation with you) and Sat. Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Prizes will be drawn on April 17, 2018

· Team prizes (if both team members lose 10 pounds) – Three teams are drawn to win $1,000 per team member; three teams are drawn to win $500 per team member; three teams are drawn to win $250 per team member.

· Individual prizes (if a team member loses 10 pounds, but his or her teammate does not) – 40 individuals are drawn to win $100 each.

About Scale Back Alabama: Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness campaign hosted by the Alabama Hospital Association and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. The contest started in January 2007 to address Alabama’s adult obesity rate.  Alabama is ranked third in adult obesity with a rate of 35.7 percent. The total number of pounds lost statewide is 1.35 million with over 317,000 participants.


Recipes: Winter Salad with Halloumi “Croutons”

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Winter Salad with Halloumi “Croutons”

Breana Killeen
“Halloumi, a firm Greek cheese, softens but doesn’t completely melt when heated. In this healthy recipe, halloumi is cubed, marinated and broiled, turning it into crouton-like bites to top this hearty vegetarian main-dish salad.”


    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
    • 4 ounces halloumi cheese (see Tip), cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1 pound baby potatoes, quartered
    • 3 cups trimmed green beans
    • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
    • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
    • 8 cups chopped escarole
    • ¼ cup toasted chopped hazelnuts


  • Position racks in the center and upper third of oven; preheat to 425°F.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Add halloumi and stir to coat; set aside.
  • Toss potatoes and green beans with 1 tablespoon oil, ⅛ teaspoon salt and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread in a single layer. Roast on the center rack for 10 minutes. Scatter tomatoes over the vegetables and continue roasting until the potatoes are tender and the tomatoes are wilted, 5 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Turn the broiler to high. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the reserved halloumi to the baking sheet (reserve the marinade). Broil, stirring once, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat until the garlic begins to sizzle, then cook for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and whisk in vinegar, the reserved marinade and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt.
  • Add escarole to the vegetables and gently toss with the warm dressing to combine. Serve topped with the halloumi and hazelnuts.
  • Tips: Semi-firm, brined halloumi cheese is great for cooking because it holds its shape when heated. It can be salty, though—some have up to 900 mg of sodium per ounce. Pick one with close to 300 mg per ounce.

New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Meal Prep

Do you feel like you are too busy to lose the weight you want to? This tip may be just for you. Did you know that meal prepping will save you time in the long run? Meal prepping is worth it when it comes to weight loss and by preparing your meals in advance, the chances of you eating foods that aren’t good for you and could hinder your weight loss journey are slim.


New Year, New You Fit Tip: Move more

Walking is one of the best, most available options for engaging in low-impact physical activity and has substantial health benefits. It is a wonderful starting point for reducing sedentary behaviors and a gateway to other forms of physical activity. Try it this week and move more!

Benefits of a PCA Chemical Peel

If you’re wondering about getting a PCA chemical peel, one of your primary concerns may be whether it’s worth the cost. One of the ways to make this decision is to find out what all the benefits of a PCA peel is.


A PCA chemical peel is actually one of a series of chemical peels. Chemical peels are one of the more common cosmetic procedures for making skin look healthier and removing blemishes. PCA peels are newer and less harsh than traditional chemical peels. PCA peels are progressive, in that they aren’t one-treatment peels. You get them at regular intervals to get the full effect, giving the skin a chance to heal and recuperate between sessions. This is another way in which the newer chemical peels are beneficial. Instead of peeling heavily at once, they accommodate a busy lifestyle by making sure you won’t feel self-conscious about your looks during treatment or have to put up with serious “down time.”


Blemishes – light scars, acne, and skin discolorations from rosacea are easily treated with PCA peels.

Aging and Sun Damage – Aging can cause skin discolorations including brown spots and redness. PCA peels can minimize the appearance of these types of marks while making your skin look younger and healthier.

Hyperpigmentation – PCA peels can also treat other forms of hyperpigmentation due to skin damage, aging, or dermatological conditions.

Oily Skin – Peels can not only manage your oily skin, but they can be customized to manage dry patches and combination skin. Because the process is less harsh than traditional chemical peels, there is less risk of side effects from managing both of these conditions at once.

Enlarged Pores – enlarged pores can make you look older and make your skin look less healthy and radiant. PCA peels can help shrink pores and minimize their appearance.


About 3-5 days after treatment, you will notice some flaking of the skin. Your skin might feel dry or tight. Moisturize as per your dermatologist’s recommendation several times throughout the day and avoid exfoliating for 10 days after your peel. Don’t pick or pull at flaking skin as this could lead to an infection or scarring.

  • You should use sunblock after getting a skin peel, and avoid sun exposure for up to two weeks. You should avoid working out, sweating, or swimming for up to 48 hours after a peel.
  • You should also avoid the tanning bed for 3 weeks.
  • Talk to your dermatologist about what other precautions you should take and activities you should avoid after a peel.


PCA peels will not only make your skin look healthier by brightening up dull skin and removing the top layer of dead skin cells, but they’ll leave your face feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. They decrease acne, even out skin tone, allow your skin to breathe and allow for better penetration of skin care products. They also control oil production, meaning you’ll have fewer breakouts as you continue treatment.

Your dermatologist will work with you to recommend the best type of peel for your skin type and issues. There are many types of PCA peels available for targeting different skin conditions, and all of them can help you look younger and healthier.

Make your appointment today, call Carrington Medical Spa at (205) 508-5723. Ask for our specials.

Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

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Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Danielle Centoni
“In this healthy cauliflower soup recipe, roasting the cauliflower first adds depth and prevents the florets from turning to mush. A little tomato sauce and coconut milk give the broth a rich, silky texture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, if desired.”


    • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric
    • 1¼ teaspoons salt
    • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 cup diced carrot
    • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 1½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
    • 1 fresh red chile pepper, such as serrano or jalapeño, minced, plus more for garnish
    • 1 (14 ounces) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
    • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
    • 3 cups diced peeled russet potatoes ( ½-inch)
    • 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes ( ½-inch)
    • 2 teaspoons lime zest
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk
    • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  • 1Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • 2Combine coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, salt, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Toss cauliflower with 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture and toss again. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower until the edges are browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.
  • 3Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring often, until the onion is soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, chile, and the remaining spice mixture. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  • 4Stir in tomato sauce, scraping up any browned bits, and simmer for 1 minute. Add broth, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lime zest, and juice. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • 5Stir in coconut milk and the roasted cauliflower. Return to a simmer to heat through. Serve garnished with cilantro and chiles, if desired.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Weight Loss Tip: Eat slowly

This tip really speaks to me. Whenever I eat too fast, I find that I also eat more. The slower you eat, the easier your body and mind are able to register the fact that you are full. Once your body and mind alert you that you no longer are hungry and don’t need more full to satisfy you, you will stop eating and eat less. eating the proper portion sizes and stopping yourself from feeling too full will also help you lose weight.