Better food choices lead to a new life
JOINT JUICE®, one of the most popular supplement drinks among Costco members, has returned to the shelves in a refor- mulated version. The big change is that chondroitin and vitamin D3 have been added, so that the drink now delivers a full day’s upply of glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamins C and D3, and antioxi- dants. There is also an improved, noncarbon- ated cranberry-pome- granate flavor, and the bottles are resealable and recyclable. Each 8-ounce serving has just 20 calories and only 2 grams of sugar. Joint Juice was developed by an ortho- pedic surgeon as a way to encourage joint
health. Nearly 27 million
Americans suffer from
osteoarthritis, a group of
diseases that includes
different types of joint
cosamine is thought to
hydrate and lubricate
joints and stimulate
the slow rebuilding of
chondroitin is thought
to help strengthen carti-
lage. Some patients with
osteoarthritis report a
reduction in pain when
they use these supple-
As with all supple-
ments, check with your
doctor to make sure Joint
Juice will mix safely with
your other treatments
and medications. C
pıck Costco member Tosca Reno is a
best-selling author of the Eat Clean
diet books and magazines, available
at Costco and on Costco.com.
By Tosca Reno
AT AGE 40, I walked past a shop’s window and
caught a glimpse of my reflection in the glass. I
didn’t recognize myself at all. The person I saw that
day had bags under her eyes, fat on her belly and,
most upsetting of all, a miserable look on her face.
I felt detached from my own body. This overweight, unhappy person was not who I imagined I
would become. I had lost my sense of self. I used to
have dreams, aspirations and goals for myself, but I
let them slip away from me, along with my self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
This scenario is familiar to many North
Americans. We live in a go, go, go world where time
and money are often valued more than health and
happiness. More than two-thirds of us are overweight or obese, and that number is growing. We are
the first generation whose children have shorter life
expectancies than their parents.
We need to change the way we eat. At my lowest point, I knew I needed to take back control of
my own life. It wasn’t easy, but I lost my extra weight
and found a new love in weight training. Through
the instruction of my coach (who is now my husband), I started eating clean.
Eating clean is eating the way nature
intended us to by choosing foods that are
whole, fresh and naturally free from
chemicals, preservatives, unhealthy fats
and additives. It’s eating foods that our
bodies evolved to thrive on: lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy
fats. This combination can keep you slim, energetic
and beautiful, on the outside and the inside.
When you eat clean, you eat six small meals each
day, which keeps your blood-sugar levels stable so
you don’t experience sugar crashes or mood swings.
It also keeps your hunger under control between
meals, which makes it easier to lose weight.
You can start eating clean by taking an inventory of what’s in your kitchen and pantry.
Processed foods, snacks and sweets, juices, soft
drinks, beer and white foods such as white pasta,
bread and rice have all got to go. These should be
replaced by lean proteins such as chicken, beans,
eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains
such as oatmeal and brown rice, and whole-grain
wraps and pitas.
Eating clean changed my life. Along with my
new body came self-confidence and the belief that
I could do anything I set my mind to. I entered a
bodybuilding competition. I began to write articles for fitness magazines. I decided to write a
book and share what I learned about nutrition.
Readers responded, and I’ve been happily writing—and eating clean—ever since. C