Sarah Tugender, Field Development Manager, NutraMetrix in Vancouver

On October 28, 2016, we have Sarah Tugender, Field Development Manager, NutraMetrix with us right here in Vancouver.

She conducted a training session at BCIT covering the business division of Health-Care Professional (HP) Program and Health-Care Professional 1 (HP1) Program in our UnFranchise Business.

There was much eagerness in learning about these programs that we had to arrange for simultaneous Mandarin translation as well!

It was very well received with over 100 attendees for the event at BCIT.

Thanks Sarah, we look forward to having you with us again 🙂

Following are some of the photos of Sarah’s visit and training session.

Sarah Tugender with Lily Zhou

Sarah Tugender with Lily Zhou


BCIT Session in progress

BCIT Session in progress


Sarah addressing the attendees

Sarah addressing the attendees


An attentive class at Sarah's training event

An attentive class at Sarah’s training event


Tony and Annette with Sarah

Tony and Annette with Sarah


Sarah with Field Leaders in Vancouver

Sarah with Field Leaders in Vancouver

Sushi Platter at Kimu Japanese Cuisine in Burnaby

Sushi Platter at Kimu Japanese Cuisine in Burnaby


Looking good and tasting even better! - Kimu Japanese Cuisine, Burnaby

Looking good and tasting even better! – Kimu Japanese Cuisine, Burnaby


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Melanie Lyne: Was 2, Now 6

Keurig CA: Was 2, Now 6

Hudson’s Bay: Was 2, now 6 : Was 5, Now 15 Was 5, Now 15 Was 12, Now 36

Linen Chest: Was 0, Now 3

Jarden Consumer Electronics CA: Was 2, Now 6

Sunbeam: Was 2, Now 6

Oster: Was 2, Now 6

Crockpot: Was 2, Now 6

Stuart Weitzman CA: Was 2, Now 6

Le Chateau: Was 3, Now 9

Garage Clothing: Was 3, Now 9

Mark’s: Was 2, Now 6

Lequipeur : Was 2, Now 6

The Body Shop Canada: Was 4, Now 12

bench: Was 2, Now 6

Hatley: Was 4, Now 12 Was 0, Now 3

Buffalo Jeans: Was 2, Now 6

Café Britt: Was 4, Now 12

Forever 21 Canada: Was 2, Now 6

Frank & Oak: Was 2, Now 6

Hssweden: Was 5, Now 15 Was 2, Now 6 Was 2, Now 6

Bentley Leathers: Was 2, Now 6

Monster Products: Was 2, Now 3

Texture by Next Issue: Was 75, Now 225 Was 2, Now 6

Aldo Shoes: Was 2, Now 11

World of Watches: Was 4, Now 12

The Watchery: Was 4, Now 12

eWatches: Was 4, Now 12

Saks Fifth Avenue Canada: Was 0, Now 3

Dino Direct: Was 2, Now 6

Jack Rogers: Was 4, Now 12

Only Natura Pet: Was 4, Now 12

Life is Good: Was 2, Now 6 Was 0, Now 3

Timex: Was 4, Now 12

Ardene: Was 2, Now 6

Merrell Canada: Was 2, Now 6

Globo Shoes: Was 0, Now 3

Coastal: Was 2, Now 6

Broquet: Was 3, Now 9

Bed Bath and Beyond: Was 2, Now 6

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Only Natura Pet: Was 4, Now 12

Jack Rogers: Was 4, Now 12

Macy’s: Was 2, Now 6

L’occitane: Was 2, Now 6

COASTAL: Was 2, Now 6

JC Penney: Was 0, Now 3

Allposters: Was 5, Now 15 Was 5, Now 15

luxury perfumes: Was 4, Now 12

The House: Was 2, Now 6

Proboardshop: Was 2, Now 6 Was 12 , Now 36

Tactics: Was 2, Now 6

GoalZero: Was 2, Now 6

Scholastic : Was 3, Now 9

pictureframes:  Was 4, Now 12

Burlington: Was 2, Now 6

Necessary Clothing: Was 4, Now 12

See’s Candies: Was 4, Now 12 Was 6, Now 18

Apollo Box: Was 2, Now 6

1800flowers: Was 3, Now 9

FSAStore: Was 3, Now 9

HSAstore: Was 0, Now 3

Broquet: Was 3, Now 9

Miles Kimball: Was 2, Now 6

Walter Drake: Was 5, Now 15

Skechers: Was 4, Now 12

Things Remembered: Was 3, Now 9

LAXworld: Was 2, Now 6

Tirebuyer: Was 3, Now 9

Garage Clothing: Was 3, Now 9

shoesforcrews: Was 2, Now 6

Dylan’s Candy Bar: Was 2, Now 6

Tate’s Bake Shop: Was 2, Now 6

Hatley: Was 4, Now 12

Hansen Surfboards: Was 2, Now 6 Was 4, Now 12

Buffalo Jeans: Was 2, Now 6

Monster Products: Was 2, Now 6

Yamibuy: Was 2, Now 6

YourMechanic: Was 4, Now 12

Hotter Shoes: Was 5, Now 15

Popcorn Factory: Was 5, Now 15

Le Chateau: Was 3, Now 9

Happy Socks: Was 5, Now 15

Frank & Oak: Was 2, Now 6

Fannie May: Was 2, Now 6

Cheryl’s: Was 5, Now 15

Café Britt: Was 4, Now 12

Best Used Tires: Was 4, Now 12

1-800-Baskets: Was 5, Now 15 Was 6, Now 18

Shoplet: Was 2, Now 6

Postable: Was 5, Now 15

Spinlife: Was 4, Now 12

Karmaloop: Was 2, Now 6

Nike: Was 0%, Now 3%

Aldo Shoes: Was 2, Now 6

sunglass hut: Was 4, Now 12

World of Watches: Was 4, Now  12

The Watchery: Was 4, Now 12

eWatches: Was 4, Now 12

SmartBargains: Was 4, Now 12

Leef Co.: Was 4, Now 12 Was 4, Now 12

DinoDirect : Was 2, Now 6

Lucky Brand: Was 2, Now 6

Saks Fifth Avenue: Was 0, Now 3

Michael Stars: Was 2, Now 6

Life is Good: Was 2, Now 6

Lenovo: Was 2, Now 6 Was 4, Now 12

Timex: Was 4, Now 12

Ardene: Was 2, Now 6

The Body shop: Was 4, Now 12

Sundance Catalog: Was 2, Now 6

Just Blinds: Was 0, Now 3

Case-Mate: Was 0, Now 3

Topman US: Was 0, Now 3

Bed Bath & Beyond: Was 2, Now 6

Impromptu Gourmet: Was 4, Now 12

Mackenzie Limited: Was 4, Now 12

Chesapeake Fine Foods: Was 4, Now 12

StitchFix Gift Cards: Was 2, Now 12

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7 kinds of deals you shouldn’t fall for on Black Friday

Don’t fall for deals that aren’t much better than what you’d get on a different day.

Black Friday  is one of the favourite ‘Shopping Deal’ Day of the year.

Falling on the day after Thanksgiving Day in the US, it become a major shopping day as people find time to shop right after the Thursday holiday. Stores offer sales, promotions with deals galore at many participating stores.

How do one distinguish between whether the deals offered are worth pursuing? Business Insider offers an interesting article to help us sort it out! In it, it offers the following advices:

1. Black Friday deals on no-name or poorly-rated gadgets

Stores advertise “doorbusters” enthusiastically, often touting low prices that make the gadget at hand seem like a steal. But both online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores often have doorbusters that aren’t quite the great deal that you might imagine. Many such gadgets are low-end models that don’t have all the same features as their rivals and may earn poor marks from online reviewers. Others are models that are manufactured specifically for a given retailer, which can be a red flag when it comes to quality and longevity. The upshot? Always research the manufacturer and the model of any gadget you’re thinking of purchasing, no matter how good the deal sounds. Don’t let that low price force you to make a hasty purchasing decision.

2. Deals on TVs that are manufactured specifically for Black Friday

We’ve already mentioned that some retailers offer deals on gadgets that are manufactured specifically for them. But did you know that sometimes items like TVs are made especially for Black Friday? These models are made to be offered at what looks like a heavily discounted price. So in the case of TVs, they often have things like lower-quality displays, or they lack features that most other models have. If you’re thinking of buying a TV on Black Friday, research the model number. If it’s only offered by one retailer, you might want to think about skipping it and buying a new television at another time of the year. (Perhaps think about purchasing one in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, which is a great time for discounts.)

3. Black Friday deals and doorbusters that are offered in extremely limited quantities

The deals that retailers advertise most enthusiastically are often those that they offer in the most limited quantities. In most cases, those deals are going to be gone within minutes of the store opening. So if you don’t want to be there early, standing in line in the cold, you’ll have virtually no chance of actually getting the deals that were advertised. If you miss the deals, you’ll either go home empty-handed or end up spending a lot more than you intended on items that you may or may not have been planning to buy.

4. Deals on outdated models and gadgets that have been updated

When you’re looking at deals for devices that are updated on a yearly or otherwise regular schedule, make sure that you know which model you’re getting. It may be that the price of a laptop or a set-top box or even a smartphone is so good because it’s last year’s model. There’s nothing wrong with buying an old model if it has the features and specifications you need. But you should always make sure that you know which model you’re getting, and that you’re actually getting a good deal on it. After all, Black Friday shopping isn’t worth the hassle if you’re just getting the same price a store offers on a much less hectic shopping day.

Black Friday Shopping Fighting is not uncommon in stores on Black Friday. AP Images

5. Black Friday deals that people will be fighting over

Every year, incidents of people being trampled, punched, and otherwise injured or even killed make headlines following Black Friday. And they should make you think twice about venturing out into the fray. If you’re thinking of purchasing a big-ticket item that lots of other people are going to be there to fight over, you may want to think again. Sure, that big-screen TV may be a great model that’s heavily discounted, but purchasing it probably isn’t worth it if you need to get into a fistfight to take it home. The odds that you’ll land in the ER after going Black Friday shopping are pretty low, but if you want to avoid the stress altogether, you might want to sit this kind of deal out.

6. Deals that aren’t much better than what you’d get on a different day

We’ve established that shopping for electronics on Black Friday can be a pretty big pain. So it bears mentioning that Black Friday deals that aren’t much better than the price you’d get on another day are rarely worth the effort. Many retailers start offering holiday season deals even before Black Friday arrives, and even more offer promotions and discounts after Black Friday. Do your research, and make sure that the discounts you’re getting on Black Friday are actually significantly better than what you can expect on another day.

7. Black Friday deals that are also offered online

Most people think of Black Friday as a day to shop at their local brick-and-mortar stores. But it’s not worth dragging yourself to the store Thursday night or early Friday morning for sales that are also being offered online. You’ll need to do your research on which deals are going to be online, and which ones are in-store only. But if you’re seriously considering a tech purchase, it’s a good idea to check out which retailers are offering deals on the gadget you want. If somebody’s offering a great deal online, that’s probably the best way to go. You’ll get to spend more time at home with your family while avoiding being pushed and shoved at your local Department Stores.


Source: 7 kinds of deals you shouldn’t fall for on Black Friday

TLS Recipes In Time For Thanksgiving!

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Tasked with preparing a Thanksgiving feast for your family? We’re here to help 🙂

We know how stressful it can be planning an entire menu or even delegating who is bringing what dish. Not to mention the added stress of trying to find healthy alternatives to Thanksgiving classics when you’re following the low GI lifestyle that TLS Weight Loss Solution encourages.

Luckily, there are AMAZING recipes from TLS that will be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving table. Read on to discover your new favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Side Dishes:

Holiday Stuffing

(SS, CC)

Serves 12

  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups parsley
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 7 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 12 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 tsp chicken broth
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube

Allow loaf of bread to dry out by sitting on counter or cooking in oven, then cut or crumble into cubes. Sauté onions, pepper and celery in oil until soft with. Add parsley and cook for 1 minute or until wilted. Add seasonings and TBSP of bouillon cube. Mix the vegetables and the bread. Add 1 cup of broth (or water), stir and taste. Adjust seasoning. If you are going to stuff poultry with it, leave it on the dry side because it will absorb a lot of juices during cooking. Add 1 egg and mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown on the top

Cranberry-Apple Stuffing

(SS, CC)

Serves 12

  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • ½ TBSP salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 6 cups cubed whole grain bread
  • 8 links turkey bacon
  • ½ cup liquid egg substitute
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 5 medium granny smith apples
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 8oz vegetable stock

Preheat oven to 350. Toast bread cubes until light golden color, about 12-15 minutes; set aside and cool. Increase temperature to 375 degrees. Place turkey bacon in a heavy saucepan. On stovetop, cook over medium heat until the bacon starts to brown. Remove from pan; chop into small diced pieces and reserve. Melt butter in the saucepan. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, and then add bacon, apples and celery. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously. Spray 13×9 baking dish and add toasted bread, vegetable mixture and broth to a large bowl. Mix in herbs, seasonings, fruit, and eggs. Transfer to baking dish. Cover with foil, sprayed with cooking spray. Cook 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until top is browned, about 20 minutes.

Green Bean Casserole

(SS, CC)

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • 1 pound green beans (drained if using canned)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cup cream of mushroom soup

Mix the soup, milk, onion powder, black pepper, soy sauce and green beans in a 1½ quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until hot. Stir the green bean mixture. Top with oats. Bake for 5 minutes.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

(RR, SS, CC)

Serves 6

  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ TBSP salt
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 ½ bunch asparagus
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a roasting pan, toss asparagus with the oil, garlic lemon zest, salt, pepper and red pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally until brown. Drizzle lemon juice to taste over asparagus. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.

Macaroni and Cheese

  • (SS, CC)
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cups whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 2 TBSP whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 cups low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse. Puree cottage cheese in food processor. Whisk together 1 cup of milk, whole wheat flour and mustard in a small bowl until smooth. Cook chopped onions in 1 tsp oil until softened then whisk in flour mixture and cook until thickened. Remove mixture from heat. Whisk in cottage cheese, grated cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper. Stir in pasta and transfer to a baking dish. Bake 30 minutes until hot and lightly browned. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Mashed Cauliflower

(RR, SS, CC)

Serves 4

  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 dash pepper and salt
  • ¼ cup chicken stock (optional)

Boil cauliflower until tender. Roast garlic until soft. Drain cauliflower, add garlic and mash. Add salt and pepper to taste and flavor with milk or chicken stock.


Sinless Desserts

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

(SS, CC)

Serves 8

  • 6 slices 9-grain bread
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 3 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 2 TBSP canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8” square baking pan with cooking spray. Break bread into small pieces and place in baking dish. Mix applesauce and oil, and drizzle over bread. Sprinkle with almonds. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Add chopped apple and egg mixture to bread and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up egg mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

*Before baking, you can sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and stevia (or Splenda) over the top

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Serves 8

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup Splenda (or stevia)
  • 4 cups grated unsweetened chocolate
  • 9 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch spring-form pan. Put the chocolate and butter into the top of a double boiler and heat over 1 inch of simmering water until melted. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the Splenda in a mixing bowl until light yellow in color. Whisk a little of the chocolate mix into the egg to temper the eggs (this keeps the eggs from scrambling from the heat of the chocolate) then whisk in the rest of the chocolate mixture. Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form and fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is set, the top starts to crack and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes and remove the sides of the pan.

Mixed Berry Crumble

Serves 8

  • ½ oz. cinnamon
  • 1/3 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 8 almonds, chopped
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • ½ cup cherries without pits
  • 1 ½ cup unthawed frozen boysenberries
  • ¾ cup eziekal or Kasha Go Lean Crunch cereal

In a large saucepan, combine berries, juice, cinnamon and Splenda. Cook on high 2-4 minutes or until fruit is tender. In a bowl, mix cereal and almonds for a crumble topping. Place fruit in bowl and sprinkle cereal mix with almonds over each.

Vanilla-Cranberry Bread

(Servings: 10)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 7 oz. apple sauce
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 servings TLS Whey Protein Shake – Vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients, whisking until smooth. Coat bread pan with cooking spray. Pour batter and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Do you have a Thanksgiving menu planned? Give these low GI, TLS approved recipes a chance to shine on your Thanksgiving table this year!

Source: TLS Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table | UnFranchise Blog

Pregnancy – Leptin, Vitamin B12 and Type 2 diabetes

We know that pregnancy is a crucial period when the expectant mom is basically caring not only for herself but her baby as well.


Previous research found that mothers with low level of Vitamin B12 usually had a higher Body Mass Index, leading to greater risk of giving birth to babies with low birth weights and high cholesterol levels. Not only that, these children also develop greater insulin resistance during childhood, an important factor for Type 2 diabetes.

Recently, a research study has been released linking Vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to increased risk of the child’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Why is this so?

Basically this link was established when the researchers were studying the effects of leptin, which is a hormone produced by the body’s fat cells. After eating, the brain triggers the production of leptin. causing its level to rise in the body. The purpose of leptin is to signal the “full” feeling after eating.

Researchers found that babies born to mothers having deficiencies in Vitamin B12 had higher levels of leptin. There seems to be some sort of metabolic changes that bring about this high level to be the ‘normal’ level now for the babies. This results in the babies developing leptin resistance – not feeling of the “fullness” – leading to the babies continued craving for food, overeating, leading to increased risk of insulin resistance and subsequently Type 2 diabetes.

The researchers postulate 2 explanations for the difference in leptin levels.
1. Vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to accumulation of fat in the fetus and hence increased level of leptin hormone.

2. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chemical changes to placental genes that produce leptin, increasing levels of leptin hormone.

The 1st explanation is deemed more likely. However with either case, the increased level of leptin is now the norm for the baby – a case of leptin resistance.

Vitamin B12 is found in meat and fish and so are recommended as regular dietary intake for pregnant moms. For non-meat eaters, Vitamin B12 supplementation is particularly important to prevent anemia and maintain healthy brain function. Vitamin B12 is only found in very small amount in dairy products and eggs and even more rare in plants as food source.

Isotonix Advanced B Complex or Isotonix Activated B Complex are great choice for Vitamin B12 supplementation. Taken in isotonic formulation, the supplements are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream within minutes, ensuring highest efficacy not found in other formulations.

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