15 People You Should Have on Speed Dial


When the going gets tough, here’s who to call—for everything from a ride to a fix for your botched bangs to a computer gone cuckoo.

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9 Tips Toward a Love Affair with Healthy Eating

9TipsLoveAffairHas your relationship with food gone bad?  Are you using food to fill in the gaps and frustrations of day-to-day living and now what might have seemed like your savior is just the cause of more stress?  Well, now is the time to love food again. It’s time to rejoice in having all the satisfaction and sweet sensation your palate desires and deserves, without the worry of adding pounds or other unwanted elements to your body.  Finally a love affair with healthy eating, whether you prefer to “heat up the fire” or “eat it raw”, we’ve got the tools to satiate your appetite for a diet rich in taste and low on guilt.

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Written by SJ Strock

Originally appeared in TW Magazine

Lunchies, Brunchies & B-B-Q’s OH MY!

Toto, we’re not on our diet anymore!

Lunchies-BrunchiesIf the calendar is filling up with graduation lunches, Mother’s Day brunches and more Memorial Day BBQ plans than you can count, it may seem like an overwhelming feat to stay focused and on task where your healthy diet comes into play. The simple truth is, you just need some smart planning and you’ll be clicking your red sandals together three times as you shimmy into those skimpy sundresses for all your outdoor spring events, with comfort and confidence.

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Writted by SJ Strock

Originally appeared in TW Magazine

Slim Down to Strip Down This Spring

SlimDowntoStripDownDuring the winter months, it’s common to cover up a bit. Sweaters,  cardigans, jackets, long skirts, pants, even those three piece suits may have been stylish, but it also may have allowed for the covert allowance of those extra few pounds to find a safe haven on your body. Staying cuddled in bed instead of going out for a run was a little easier to justify when the thermometer dipped down.

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Originally appeared in TW Magazine

Four, Three, Two, One…hCG Myths Gone!

FlairMagCoverMyth #1

            hCG is a human growth hormone that produces cancer.

Nope — hCG – is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a naturally produced hormone which appears in high levels during the first trimester of pregnancy.  hCG is a non-feminizing hormone, therefore it is effective for both men and women, when used in conjunction with a very low calorie diet for weight loss.

Myth #2

            Dr. Oz says that he is 100% against hCG use for weight loss.

On March 10, 2011 Dr. Oz hosted a panel of experts on his show to discuss the controversial hCG diets that seem to have become popular in the past year or so.  These physicians, verified that hCG has been safely used for weight reduction for over 40 years in Europe and for almost 20 years in the United States.  Dr. Oz’s final (and very public conclusion) is “I’m seeing a lot of reasons to reevaluate [hCG], intriguing reasons to reevaluate it… because we might find new ways to help millions of people who do not have another solution,  find an option. And for that reason I think it’s worth investigating.”

He then warned: Do not buy hCG supplements. The no-shot method may seem attractive, but they are a waste of money. In fact, they contain little to no hCG.”  – Dr. Oz was referring to the hCG drops and sprays found online and over-the-counter in stores.

He also stated, “You should not restrict yourself to this type of a low calorie diet protocol without the supervision of a doctor.”

Myth #3

            hCG dieters compromise their metabolism and as soon as they begin eating more calories they will gain all the weight back.

This has got to be one of the biggest misconceptions of all about the hCG diet.  What really happens is that with the pharmaceutical hCG in your system, your body will use all the caloric nutrients from the specific diet protocol you are on.  It then will allow you to burn stored “abnormal” fat, so that your metabolic rate is thriving throughout the prescribed days of low calorie diet and will remain at the boosted level when you begin adding calories at the end of the restrictive phase.

Myth #4        

            hCG can’t be good for you, because it’s not FDA approved.

OK, does anyone remember what Viagra was originally FDA approved for?  It was brought to the market for patients suffering from chest pains related to cardiac disease.

What about Lattisse for eyelash growth?  This drug was approved for the treatment of glaucoma.

hCG is indeed FDA approved, currently for usage with infertility.

hCG seems to be the new, hot, trend in weight loss these days, even though it’s been around for nearly 50 years.  I hope I have been able to clear up some of the myths related to the use of hCG.  If you or someone you know is interested in extreme weight loss, literally 25-30 pounds in only 30 days, I ask you to do just one thing: Be sure you are using a physician prescribed hCG pharmaceutical grade compound and that you are medically supervised.

Sarah J. Strock, CEO of SCS WeightLoss System with physician supervised offices in Daniel David’s Med Spa in Weston and Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tracey H. Stokes’ office in East Fort Lauderdale.

This article originally appeared in Flair! Magazine, June 2011

3 Sexy Moves to Get Off…the Weight That Is

3SexyMovesFor some, “exercise” can be a dirty word, for others moving to burn calories and lose weight is achieved simply by “get-ting down and dirty!”  Today, we have more options than ever when developing fitness goals, and the best plan for success is to find moves that are sultry, sexy and satisfying.     So, if you are ready to take the “work” out of workout, and put a little attitude into your step, here are 3 of the sexiest moves you can add to your routine to burn it up.

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Originally appeared in TW Magazine.

7 Skinny Secrets to Slim Down the Holiday Pounds


Did you pack on the pounds this holiday season? Gave yourself till January 1st to embark on the healthy regimen you’ve been promising to start with the New Year? Well, the new year is here and it’s time to get motivated, get moving and get more out of your diet and exercise plan.

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Originally appeared in TW Magazine, January 2010