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Journey Through Weight Loss

February is American Heart Month: Let's get make our heart healthy for 2019

By Liliya Slutsker, M.D. Special to The Tribune Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The month of February is American Heart Month and a time for us, as a community, to stay aware…
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Letter to Santa: 'Tis the Season to Get Healthy'

Dear Santa, I don’t know if you can remember me or not. It’s been many years since I have written you - Marie from Jacksonville, Florida, AKA Marie from Center Point, Alabama back then. First, I want to apologize for not staying in…
Front Desk at Carrington Medical Center in Trussville, Alabama

My Journey Through Weightloss

Patient “A” Intro Bio Hi!  I was asked by Dr. Liliya to share my weight loss experience.  I would love to share my experience as I definitely think that many could benefit from working with her. However, as I share, I would like to…

War On Cupcakes 

War On Cupcakes

I am Dr. Liliya Slutsker, a board-certified physician of pediatrics and obesity medicine.  I want to share with you a short story. I was in my office seeing patients as I do during my daily routine.  The door opened, and one of the supervisors…

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Banana Leaf Grilled Fish with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

What better way to spring into summer? Time to get grilling!   Give this heart-healthy and nutritious grilled fish recipe a try! Add one of our salad or side dish recipes to pair with this delicious banana leaf wrapped fish. This…

Rosemary Roasted Vegetables

  Roasted vegetables are a good grain alternative with a deeply satisfying taste and more nourishment for your body. Delicious ingredients in this recipe such as sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and fiber, just choose wisely…

Improving Your Digestion

Everyone experiences occasional digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, gas, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. However, when these symptoms occur frequently, they can cause major disruptions to your life. Fortunately, diet…

Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn't mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease…

We have a new addition to the CMS family! Please welcome Leigh Ann Gelinas

Carrington Medical Spa is excited to introduce a new aesthetican that has joined our staff, Leigh Ann Gelinas! Leigh Ann is a licensed aesthetician and comes to CMS with over five years experience with additional certifications in Microneedling,…

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Recipes: Bacon-Cheddar Spaghetti Squash

Bacon-Cheddar Spaghetti Squash Serves 3 Ingredients 1 (3-lb) spaghetti squash, halved and seeded 3 slices center cut bacon ½ cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ (8-oz) block ⅓-less-fat cream cheese,…

Advantages of a HydraFacial

The basic formula of a facial is the same from spa to spa: cleanse, exfoliate, extract, treat, and moisturize. It’s the quality of ingredients, delivery system, and the aesthetician's technique that makes the difference in a facial that’s…

Recipes: Winter Vegetable Whole-Grain Salad

Winter Vegetable Whole-Grain Salad Serves 3 Ingredients 1 (16-oz) pkg peeled, cubed butternut squash 1 Tbsp minced garlic 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 (8.5-oz) pouch microwavable seven-whole-grains…

New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Try intermittent fasting

There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on fat rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board,…

Recipe: Oven-Baked Almond Fish Sticks

Try this healthy, tasty, and family-friendly meal this week! Ingredients 1 cup crushed almonds 1/2 cup crushed bran flakes cereal 1 tablespoon wheat germ 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne…

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Try this healthy, tasty and family-friendly recipe this week.  Ingredients 3 chicken thighs, skin removed 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups water 1…

New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Get more sleep

It's true: Being short on sleep can really affect your weight. While you weren't sleeping, your body cooked up a perfect recipe for weight gain.When you’re short on sleep, it’s easy to lean on a large latte to get moving. You might be tempted…
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Recipes: Falafel Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Falafel Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen“Deep-fried falafel can be a total grease bomb. But these pan-seared falafel still get crispy in just a few tablespoons of oil with equally satisfying results. Be…
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New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Workout with a friend

There is no better motivation than a friend who shares the same goals. I, for one, love going on runs with my friends and walks with my mom and sister. So many people us excuses that they are too busy to see their friends or exercise. This is…
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Recipes: Ratatouille with White Beans & Polenta

Ratatouille with White Beans & Polenta Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen“Tons of lightly cooked vegetables combine with white beans in this hearty vegetarian dinner recipe. It can also be served over bread, like bruschetta.” Ingredients …
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New Year, New You Fit Tip: Stop before you start

Make a list of bad habits you are willing to stop in order to live a healthier lifestyle. These decisions just might save your life.
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Recipes: Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen“With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping the pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned…
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New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Eat More Protein

Adding protein to your diet will keep you full for longer. If we feel our bodies with healthy proteins like lean meats, eggs, and Greek yogurt, we are more likely to eat less during the day and more likely to accomplish our weight loss goa…
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Recipes: Romaine Salad with Grapefruit & Shrimp

Romaine Salad with Grapefruit & Shrimp Recipe By: Robb Walsh“The burst-in-your-mouth juicy sweetness of red grapefruit is a great partner for the slightly briny and chewy bite of cooked shrimp. In this healthy salad recipe, we use romaine…
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New Year, New You Fit Tip: Celebrate the small wins

Celebrate all of your wins - big and small! You can celebrate by treating yourself to a day out for a massage, watch your favorite TV show, or draw yourself a nice, relaxing bubble bath. Just make sure your “treat” doesn’t sabotage your…
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Recipes: Za'atar-Roasted Chicken Tenders & Vegetables with Couscous

Za'atar-Roasted Chicken Tenders & Vegetables with Couscous Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen“Za'atar (or zaatar)—a Middle-Eastern spice blend that's a mix of thyme, sumac, salt, sesame seeds and sometimes other herbs—gives this…
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New Year, New You Weight Loss Tip: Get Rid of Unhealthy Foods

If you are trying to lose weight, you have no use for cookies, chips, or unhealthy foods. These types of foods will only make it more difficult for you to reach your weight loss goals. There are some healthier options for your sweet and salty…
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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.…
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Recipes: Maple Granola

Maple Granola Recipe By: 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.…

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 …

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…
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Recipes: Winter Salad with Halloumi "Croutons"

Winter Salad with Halloumi “Croutons” Recipe By: 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…

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…
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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…

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. WHAT IS A PCA CHEMICAL…

Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup Recipe By 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…
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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…
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Recipes: Tex-Mex Black Bean & Quinoa Bowl

Tex-Mex Black Bean & Quinoa Bowl Ingredients 1½ cups water 1 cup quinoa 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 teaspoons, divided 2 tablespoons rice vinegar …

Weight Loss Tip: Make your favorite foods healthier

This is a favorite tip because it means that we don't necessarily have to say goodbye to all of our favorite foods. Before parting ways with some of your favorite recipes for good, try making them more healthy. Eating foods that are made…

Fit Tip: Start every day with a stretch

Today's New Year, New You Fit Tip is to start every day with a stretch.According to the American College of Sports Medicine, stretching is a good idea. The ACSM recommends stretching each of the major muscle groups at least twice a week for…

Fit Tip: Dress for success

Wearing the right clothes for a workout is an important aspect when it comes to performing your best. Technical fabrics help you move freely and keep sweat at bay, but wearing the appropriate clothes will also keep you from being distracted…

Weight Loss Tip: Start small

Happy New year! Have you committed to a New Year's resolution and fallen off the bandwagon after only a week or less? You are not alone. Want to know why? The reason is we overcommit and start off too big. We restrict ourselves far too much…

New Year, New You Transform Your Health 30 Day Challenge

Tackle all your get-healthy, be stronger, love-your-body goals with our exclusive weight loss, total wellness challenge—and be ready to experience lasting results! Carrington Medical Spa is a community-oriented medical facility that…

Recipes: Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea and Greens Soup

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas! We have taken a few weeks off from posting our weekly meal but this week we are back and we have a special recipe for you guys! Did y'all know that as an old southern tradition it's good luck for…

Article: Probabilities, an unconventional approach to holiday feasts

Let me summarize a typical holiday feast, using an unconventional approach: probabilities. Choice #1: It’s Christmas Eve. Before dinner, baked goods have been laid out (or rather crammed) onto the main table. Should you partake? (90%…

Botox and Facial Filler for the Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Carrington Medical Spa knows how to make the Grinch look a little less grinchy. Take a look at the Grinch.  What is it that makes him look so old and cranky? I think it is his glabellar from lines between his eyes that make him look…

Recipes: Creamy Gingerbread Oatmeal

1 Packet Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal 5 oz. HOT water (not boiling) 1 packet Gingerbread Cookie P/S 1/8 tsp cinnamon 3 oz. cold water Instructions Prepare Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal according to package directions.…

Recipes: Sweet Autumn Soup

Sweet Autumn Soup 1 packet Cream of Chicken Soup 1 packet Pumpkin Pie P/S 9 oz. of HOT, not boiling, water 1/16 tsp sage 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper 1/16 tsp garlic powder Add black pepper (optional) 1 oz. ground turkey…
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Carrington Medical Spa: 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and we are creating a tradition to offer our patients a wonderful array of specials during the month of December.  Our Twelve Days of Christmas promotion is sure to offer a variety of health and…

Recipes: Gingerbread Cheesecake

Try a festive healthy weight loss recipe this holiday season with Carrington Medical Spa’s weight loss protein shakes: “Gingerbread Cheesecake” Ingredients: 1 Packet Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake 1 Packet cheesecake 4.5…

WEEK 44

WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!🎃 This week on the menu we have Pork Chops with Rosemary-Brown Sugar Sauce served with Smoky Roasted Baby Carrots. This super quick and easy meal looks and sounds healthy and delicious! PREP…

Week 42

Our delicious recipe on the menu this week is Seared Chicken with Mushroom Gravy, Goat Cheese Polenta and Asparagus. This sounds so good we can almost taste it🤤 PREP TIME: 10 min COOK TIME: 25 min TOTAL: 35 min INGREDIENTS: CHICKEN…

WEEK 41

This week on our menu we have a delicious recipe for Sweet-and-Salty Honey-Glazed Chicken and Broccoli with Hot Soba Noodles🍗🥦🍯   PREP TIME: 15 min COOK TIME: 15 min TOTAL: 30 min   INGREDIENTS:…

Week 40

Tomorrow is October 4, which just so happens to be National Taco Day so of course we had to include them on our featured meal of the week! On the menu we have Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos with a Fresh Tomatillo Salsa that go perfect together!…

WEEK 39: Bourbon-Barbecue Turkey Burger BLTs

This week's featured meal is Bourbon-Barbecue Turkey Burger BLTs with Pear and Orange Toss. This is such a quick and easy meal that would be perfect for tailgating or watching football with friends. Not to mention its delicious and low calorie!😉   PREP…

Week 38

This week on the menu we have Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Meat Sauce and Lemon-Parmesan Romaine Salad. Although this meal requires a longer cook time, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser and family favorite!🍝 PREP TIME: 20 min COOK TIME:…

Week 36: Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp with Broccoli & Peppers

This week's meal is Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp with Broccoli and Peppers and Cilantro-Cashew Rice Noodles on the side! This is a great meal to prepare for guests as it looks as delicious as it tastes!   PREP TIME: 15 min COOK…

Week 35

This week on the menu we have Grilled Chicken and Summer Veggies with Lime Pesto. This is the perfect meal for the end of the summer and for this upcoming Labor Day weekend. This is a super quick and easy meal that you will love to make before…

Greek Ham Roll-Ups

Week 34 We are so happy to start posting our weekly low carb recipes again! This week on the menu are no cook Greek Ham Roll-Ups. With only 8 carbs, these can either be eaten as a quick, easy snack or as a tasty lunch. Prep time:…
Week 21: Pork Chops Marsala and Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

Week 21: Pork Chops Marsala Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

What’s better than a pork chop recipe? This is a wonderful dinner with yummy flavors for a rainy day! The recipe includes fresh vegetables including baby spinach, mushrooms and red potatoes. The recipe is easy, delicious, and healthy. I hope…

Meal 17: BLT Chicken Panzanella Salad with Basil Dressing

The month of May brings us several occasions along with springtime in full bloom,  Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day are all just around the corner!  It is the perfect time of year for a great salad and it doesn't have to be complicated!…

MEAL 16: Cherry-Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

This meal has the feel of the holidays but is perfect for anytime. CHERRY-BALSAMIC GLAZED PORK CHOPS 6 (6-OZ) Bone in pork chops 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 (10oz) jar of all-fruit spreadable…

Meal 15: Bacon Deviled Eggs with Salad Kabobs

Another great springtime (anytime) favorite is Deviled Eggs. Here in the south, it is a staple at potluck meals and picnics. Pair this easy, low carb recipe with salad skewers for a fun, portable lunch great for any occasion! Eggs are nutrient…

Why Should You Get Botox or Fillers?

Mirror, Mirror tell me the truth. Why do I want to look younger? Why do I want to look prettier? It weighs on you when you look at the mirror and you do not seem to be happy. How we can help? The aging process brings with it a number…

Meal 13: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Parmesan Grits

This week on the menu we are bringing to you a Southern favorite with a twist. We all love the classic shrimp & grits; this week we have Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Parmesan Grits. This is a meal that you and your family will be sure to love. At…

Meal 12: Ancho Chile-Rubbed Steak with Corn Salsa & Smashed Garlic-and-Herb Potatoes

Today on the menu we have Ancho Chile-Rubbed Steak with Corn Salsa & Smashed Garlic-and-Herb Potatoes! This delicious meal is one that we are sure that your family will enjoy! We have tons of great recipes at Carrington Medical Spa, and…

How Bad is Soda for Your Body

Ask Dr. Liliya My dear friends and neighbors! Last week I was asked the question How bad is soda for your body? This has not been my first time being asked this question.  One lady even said that she read somewhere that drinking one soda…

Meal 11: Flank Steak with Scallion Butter & Charred Cauliflower with Parmesan

At Carrington Medical Spa we are advocates of creating a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating habits. If you would like more information on how we can help you please give us a call at (205) 508-5723! This week on the menu we have Flank…

ASK THE DOCTOR: ACID VS ALKALI

Apple cider vinegar or alkaline water? What to pick? I was giving a talk about weight loss to a group of people and my main idea was – regardless what path you choose to lose weight, it will come to counting calories and being accountable…

Meal 10: Spicy Bourbon-Brown-Sugar-Glazed Salmon & Kale, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Salad

This week on the menu we have Spicy Bourbon-Brown-Sugar-Glazed salmon & Kale, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Salad. This is a low-calorie meal that you will be sure to love! Spicy Bourbon-Brown-Sugar-Glazed Salmon & Kale, Sweet Potato,…

TIPS FOR STOPPING FOOD CRAVINGS!

Carrington Medical Spa is dedicated to helping you live a healthy lifestyle! One way to start your healthy life is to stop food cravings. A craving is a hankering for a specific food, usually the type that is not part of your healthy eating…

Sunrise, Sunset…For What Goes in Between, Which Sunscreen is Best?

Overview The cold days are almost over, and we are all looking forward to warm, sunny days of spring. We long for sun: it is essential for living: beneficial for our mood, our body (synthesis of Vit D). However, UV radiation is responsible…

Meal 9: Chicken with Herb-Shallot Pan Sauce & Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes

Eating healthy does not mean the meal cannot taste delicious. On the menu this week we have Chicken with Herb-Shallot Pan Sauce & Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli and Tomatoes. The staff at Carrington Medical Spa is sure that you will enjoy this…

MEAL 8: Southwestern Chili

The staff at Carrington Medical Spa hopes that you are staying warm during these winter days! Enjoy one of our delicious and healthy chili recipes, that you will be sure to love.   Southwestern Chili   Prep time: 25 min Cook…

Ask Dr. Liliya Slutsker: Lupus

My dear friends and neighbors! Creating a healthy lifestyle through clean eating, nutrition, and exercise is my passion. However, today’s question is about Lupus. Lupus has many faces, and it’s a long conversation. I would try to answer…

Meal 7: Thai Chicken and Bok Choy Stir-Fry & Coconut Cauliflower “Rice”

Carrington Medical Spa hopes that you are enjoying our healthy meals every week! We are excited to share healthy and delicious meals with you and your family. This week on the menu we have Thai Chicken and Bok Choy Stir-Fry & Coconut…

A Letter from Dr. Slutsker

My dear friends and neighbors, I am writing this letter to inform you about interesting facts regarding health and to increase your interest towards creating a healthy life style. You probably are aware of the increasing health problems…

Meal 6: Teriyaki Chicken Thighs & Crispy Edamame and Tangy Coleslaw

We hope that everyone has enjoyed the holidays! Let's not forget that eating healthy does not mean that your meals can't be delicious! Enjoy our Meal of the Week Teriyaki Chicken Thighs & Crispy Edamame and Tangy Coleslaw Prep…

Meal 5: Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce & Marinated Cucumber Slices

Carrington Medical Spa hopes that you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season. Don’t forget eating healthy does not have to be bad. Try one of our delicious low carb meals that you will be sure to enjoy! MEAL 15: Beef Satay…

MEAL 4: Andouille, Chicken, and Shrimp Jambalaya

We hope that you all are enjoying this holiday season. Please take a look at one of our Low Carb meals that you are sure to enjoy! MEAL OF THE WEEK Andouille, Chicken, and Shrimp Jambalaya  Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Ingredients: Andouille,…

MEAL 3: Winter Spinach Salad

Carrington Medical Spa hopes that you have enjoyed our weekly meals. It is the perfect time to enjoy a tasty Winter Salad. You will be sure to enjoy this healthy, quick and easy meal!   MEAL 3: Winter Spinach Salad   Prep…

MEAL 2: Seared Ham Steak with Apples & Roasted Tomatoes with Arugula

The staff at Carrington Medical Spa hopes that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let us not forget about our healthy journey!  Enjoy one of our Low Carb meals, that you will be sure to love!   MEAL 2: Seared Ham Steak with Apples…

Surviving the Holidays

As the holidays approach, we tend to spend more time with family and friends.  Holiday gatherings can create inconsistencies in our diet, causing fatigue, sleep disturbances and the dreaded weight gain.  Whether hosting a gathering, eating…

CLEAN 15 Saves Your $ and Health!

Making healthy grocery shopping choices will score high on mom's priority list. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, it does if you're making smart shopping choices. The apple happens to be number 4 on the Dirty Dozen list report…

MEAL 1: Chicken Chili Verde with Tomato, Cucumber & Radish Salad

Carrington Medical Spa is committed to be advocates of heathy eating habits! During this holiday season don’t be tempted by the holiday feasts. Enjoy one of our Low Carb meals, that you will be sure to love!   MEAL 1: Chicken Chili…

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