Archive for January 11th, 2011

How the plans work

Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem give you meal plans that include their branded foods. The programs have websites where you can track your progress, get tips for diet and exercise, and interact with trained consultants and fellow dieters.

With Jenny Craig, you pay a program fee that entitles you to weekly one-on-one counseling by telephone or at a walk-in center. We paid $20 to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks, though introductory deals vary from time to time. If you want to continue after your initial program runs out (whether or not you’ve lost the weight), you pay an additional fee. You can pick up your food at the center or have it delivered to your home.

Nutrisystem has no walk-in locations but provides optional online and phone support at no additional charge. Food is delivered to your home.

We paid $300 for four weeks of meals on the Nutrisystem Basic plan, shipping included. It’s the company’s most popular option; all of the plan’s meals are shelf-stable, which means they don’t require refrigeration. We paid $264, plus $65 shipping, for two weeks of Jenny Craig meals from its At Home menu. The meals were a mixture of frozen and shelf-stable items. We didn’t evaluate the cost of the home-supplied items on the plans’ menus. For full taste-test results, subscribe to ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

Are they worth trying?

The best diet for you is the one you can stick to. These programs might appeal to people who have trouble with meal planning, have limited time and skill for cooking at home, struggle with portion control, or feel they might benefit from community support and counseling.

If you don’t like the restricted choice of the programs, you can devise a homemade version using frozen diet meals from the supermarket. Our previous tests of those products have found many that are tasty and nutritious.

A day of diet meals

Jenny Craig Meals

Nutrisystem Meals


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Such is the life in Hollywood: One night you’re hanging out with Seth Rogen at the premiere of your big comeback movie. The next day, you’re cooling your heels in an L.A. jail.

Sucks to be you, Edward Furlong.

The erstwhile Terminator 2 star, who has a small, but key role in Rogen’s Green Hornet, has found himself saying hasta las vista to his freedom—at least temporarily—for violating a restraining order his estranged wife had taken out against him.

MORE: Edward Furlong’s marriage not going the distance

Furlong, 33, turned up in court at 11:30 a.m. for a progress report regarding his probation for pleading no contest in November to leaving Mel Gibson-like rants on the voicemail of his soon-to-be former missus, Rachel Kneeland—a no-no under the restraining order in place since their divorce.

According to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Furlong again breached the restraining order last month by coming within 50 yards of Kneeland last month. That prompted the judge to toss Furlong into the clink, where he remains on $75,000 bail.

No other information was immediately available on the nature of the latest violation or how long the onetime teen heartthrob will have to spend behind bars. However, a probation violation hearing is set for, ironically enough, Valentine’s Day.

A rep for Furlong was unavailable for comment.

Furlong and Kneeland, an actress whose stage name is Rachel Bella, were married for three years until she filed for divorce in July 2009 and sought custody of their young son, Ethan.

In September of that year, a judge signed a temporary restraining order on Kneeland’s behalf after she accused Furlong of hitting her in a drug-fueled rage. The actor, who has a history of drug abuse, multiple stints in rehab, and various run-ins with the law, was subsequently placed in “lockdown” at a psychiatric facility and later charged with a misdemeanor.

Last August, Kneeland was granted another temporary restraining order after he allegedly threatened her current boyfriend.

Despite his bad predicament, Furlong hasn’t been without work. He plays as a drug dealer in The Green Hornet, which opens on Friday.

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Whole Foods makes changes to emphasize health

Whole Foods Market Inc. is starting to roll out a new range of healthier prepared foods, nutritional scorecards and other changes as part of its resolution to lure shoppers who want to get healthy.

The natural and organic grocer, based in Austin, Texas, has struggled with a dual identity for years, beginning as a health food grocer then becoming more of a purveyor of indulgences like gourmet cheese and chocolate. The changes, part of a program the company calls “Health Starts Here,” are intended to bring the healthy part of the company’s heritage to the forefront of shoppers’ minds.

Among the changes Whole Foods is rolling out this year:

— Adding healthier prepared foods and baked goods in stores nationwide that meet new criteria such as sprouted grain bread with no refined flour, added oil, refined sugar or processed ingredients.

— Posting nutritional scorecards around markets to help shoppers choose foods with the most nutrients per calorie.

— Employing a specialist in healthy eating at each store to provide tips, tours and demonstrations for customers.

— Increasing services such as wellness clubs and nutrition education.

“We’ve got a serious problems in the health of America, and I feel like Whole Foods has a big part in the answer,” Whole Foods founder John Mackey said.

Whole Foods, like many other grocers and food makers, sees a larger cultural shift toward healthy living as people realize what role their diet plays in their health. A number of food makers, under pressure from consumers and regulators, have reformulated products to have less sugar, fat and sodium. Other grocers have launched their own nutrition shopping guides, and organic goods are widely available.

“It’s a good move for Whole Foods as it is a good move overall for retailers,” said William Bishop, a grocery industry analyst. “It’s an area where they can win.”

The company has, in some ways, been forced to change in the past few years.

Whole Foods’ business suffered when the recession crimped spending, and decadence fell out of fashion. The company made a number of major changes — increasing lower-priced offerings, slowing growth and cutting its debt. The company also began to slowly shift its focus back toward health, while maintaining its foodie fan base.

The moves have paid off. The company’s profitability has soared, doubling in its most recent quarter to $57.5 million, or 33 cents per share. And its stock price has nearly doubled in the past year.

Whole Foods is testing wellness clubs at five sites where customers can pay a fee for education, a dining club and discounts on foods that meet the “Health Starts Here” criteria. The company also plans let customers sign up for a week-long nutrition education program it now offers only to employees. Mackey says other changes are coming, but he would not specify what they are.

“Doing things to help your shopper make healthier choices, buy healthier products and get ideas are all things . that strengthen the relationship with customers,” Bishop said.



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Breaking: Fox Renews Raising Hope


Raising Hope is one step closer to the terrible twos: Fox has renewed the rookie family comedy for a second season.

The pickup was formally announced this morning at the network’s portion of the Television Critics Assoc. midseason Press Tour.

The critically acclaimed Hope, which was the first new series to receive a full-season green light back in October, has been a welcome bright spot for Fox this fall. The network’s other two freshman entries, Lone Star and Running Wilde, have already been canceled.


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Fox executives told TV critics at press tour that just because Fringeis moving to Fox’s sci-fi death slot on Fridays doesn’t mean the show is necessarily going to suffer the same fate asDollhouse … and Sarah Connor Chronicles … and Prison Break … and Wonderfalls … andDark Angel … and — sniff — Firefly.

“I appreciate the support in this room, and I beg you not to write the eulogy prematurely,” said entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “Friday is a troubled night. We are continually looking for a solution on the night. I was happy that Fringe turned up on a number of top-10 lists. We’re looking for it to go a little bit broader with ratings. I really hope fans go with it. Right now, we’re down to a core loyal audience.”
After Fox’s panel, one critic asked if Reilly is worried about Fringe facing The CW’s sci-fi show, Supernatural.

“It’s already been up against much stiffer competition [on Thursdays],” Reilly pointed out (including Supernatural, for that matter), then added that he didn’t know Supernatural was in the same slot so, really, that’s how unworried he is.

“It’s probably a little difficult to join it in progress,” Reilly admitted of the Fringe storyline. “But the show is where it should be. It’s now playing to it’s fans.”

Reilly also refused to write off another, even more troubled, Fox show, Lie to Me: “It can come back. It’s really found its groove. It delivered a very loyal audience wherever we put it.”

Who here thinks Fringe (which costs quite a bit more to produce than Supernatural) can survive on Fridays?


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2011 Moon Phases Calendar

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