Healthy Food Replacements

Filed under Live Your Best Life, Weight-Loss.

Eat smarter with these amazing food replacements!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few small tweaks to your routine, you can feel healthier, have more energy, lose weight, and boost your immune system. Check out our list of smart, healthy, food replacements:

Èlan Food Replacements

All-Purpose Flour

Half all purpose flour, half protein powder


Lean bacon, bacon bits nade With soy


Fruit purees or yogurt in baking


Apple cider, chicken broth, rice wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, depending in recipe


Part-skin mozzarella, reduced-fat cheese, mild plain yogurt

Chocolate Chips

Half chips, half raisins

Cottage cheese

Low-fat cottage cheese, ricotta cheese


1 egg plus 2 egg whites (twice the number of egg whites as eggs are required in recipes)

Graham crackers

Cornmeal, whole-grain cereal or muesli, wheat or oat bran cereal

Ground beef

Lean ground beef, tofu, ground turkey breast


Plain yogurt

Non-dairy creamers

Skim milk, reconstituted non-fat dry milk


Olive oil, coconut oil, linseed oil, grape seed oil, or apple sauce or chicken stock, depending on type of recipe

Salad dressing

Vinaigrette with linseed oil, grape seed oil, or olive oil. Also try simply using rice wine vinegar.

Sour cream

Plain yogurt

Condensed milk

Evaporated skim milk

Whipping cream

Half cottage cheese, half plain yogurt

White rice

Brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, barley, chickpeas

Whole milk

Skim milk, soy milk, almond milk

Filed under Testimonials, Weight-Loss.

I can’t thank Elan enough.  I am forever grateful!  If everyone suddenly woke up & realized their self worth you’d have a line down the parking lot.  Buy far THE BEST service I’ve ever invested in. Thank you for everything!



Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Live Your Best Life.

Look your best, feel your best, and live the life you’ve always wanted. Learn about Èlan Medical Spa’s VIP program.

Hormone Balancing

At the core of Èlan’s VIP program is the belief that everyone deserves to look and feel their absolute best. The problem is that, as we age, our body chemistry starts working against us. Hormones start to fall out of balance and we start feeling not quite as vibrant and sharp as we once did. At Èlan, we optimize our VIP’s hormone levels so they not only feel young again, but they feel better then ever before.

We use bio-identical hormones, which are exactly the same as your body produces. Once our hormones are back in balance, our bodies can operate at their strongest, healthiest and most efficient levels. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Better sleep and feeling rested in the mornings
  • Improved energy and psychological well being
  • Decreased fat and increased lean muscle mass
  • Decreased blood pressure and improved cholesterol profile
  • Improved bone-mineral density and skin tone
  • Enhanced memory and brain responsiveness
  • Reduction in the frequency and severity migraine headaches
  • Reduction of menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms
  • Increased libido and sexual performance

Health Partnership

With Èlan as your partner, we will personalize a program just for you that includes regular blood testing, consultations, and monitoring to ensure that you are getting the best results. For more information or to get started, simply call 707.863.9400.

Èlan’s VIP’s also enjoy a host of other amazing benefits to help them look and feel their absolute best. From free aesthetic treatments to huge discounts on additional medical services, we make sure that our VIP’s are taken care of.

Learn more.

Filed under Weight-Loss.

We all know that soda is terrible for you… but just how bad is it compared to a glass of water?


  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • In 36% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so strong that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even mild dehydration can slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs almost 100% of the time.
  • Lack of water is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue.
  • 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain in 80% off sufferers.


  • In many states, the Highway Patrol carries two gallons of Coke in trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
  • You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke – and it will be completely dissolved in two days.
  • To clean a toilet, pour a can of Coke into the bowl and let sit for 1 hour before flushing. The acid in Coke removes the stains.

Filed under Live Your Best Life.

Try this amazing Lean and Green Smoothie!


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened rice milk
  • 2 cups greens (spinach or kale) (I just put in one large handful)
  • 1 2-inch piece of cucumber
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Approximately 200 calories. Blend and enjoy!

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B6. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, copper, protein, phosphorous, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, niacin, and selenium.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate. It’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. It’s flavenoids, include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.

Bananas are a very goos source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and manganese.

Blueberries are phytonutrient superstars. Blueberries contain significant amounts of anthcyanadins, the antioxidant compounds that give the fruit it’s deep color. They are an amazing source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and vitamin E. They also contain high amounts of ellagic acid, a phytochemical that prevents cell damage.

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, manganese, folate, dietary fiber, magnesium, and the minerals silica and molybdenum.

Filed under Men's Health, Weight-Loss.

Are you in need of more energy or looking to lose some weight? Our Slim Shots are just what the doctor ordered.

Being overweight, restless, and stressed can make life tough. Sometimes diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get rid of that last, stubborn body fat.

Our Slim Shots are the answer. The injection is a burst of energy and a metabolic kick-start. It will help detoxify and de-stress while boosting immunity and burning fat. Slim Shots contain:

  1. B1 – Thiamine also called B1 acts as a co-enzyme by oxidizing sugar to produce energy for body organs.
  2. B2 – Breaks down fats and carbs and regulates thyroid activity.
  3. B3 – Niacine lowers bad cholesterol while boosting the nervous system.
  4. B6 – Helps maintain healthy brain function and tissue repair
  5. B12 – Reduces stress and depression while giving a boost of energy.
  6. L-Carnitine – is an amino acid (building block for proteins), boosting athletic performance while fighting visceral belly fat.

Slim Shots will NOT make you feel nervous or jittery! They will give you more energy without a crash at the end of the day and work best when taken twice a week.

Call us today to learn more about Slim Shots.

Filed under Live Your Best Life, Weight-Loss.


When it comes to exercise, strength training rarely gets the attention it deserves. The fact is, strength training is equally important as aerobics. It’s often overshadowed by aerobic exercise, the kind that makes your heart beat faster and your lungs work harder. The cardiovascular benefits of aerobic exercise can add years to your life — strength training can make those years fuller and more rewarding.

By conditioning your muscles, strength training gives you the power and agility you need to stay fit, active, and independent. It protects your ability to do everyday tasks and many of the things you love to do.

Between the age of 30 and 70, the average person will have lost about a quarter of their muscle strength. Half will be lost by the age of 90. As crucial as it is to promoting overall health and warding off disease, aerobic exercise alone is not enough to forestall this.

Without the inclusion of strength training, muscles become progressively weaker, as well as less functional. Strength training can enable people over the age of 50 to live longer, more quality lives. Beginning a strength training regimen takes as little as twenty minutes per session and does not require excessive stress or straining. The key is to use proper form, in a consistent manner, tackling both upper and lower body muscles. Noticeable strength gains can be realized in as little as four weeks. Methods of strength training include the use of free weights, ankle cuffs and vests, resistance bands, and exercises that employ body weight to create resistance against gravity. A slow pace starting off is important, in order to avoid injury.

Source: Harvard

Filed under Aesthetic Treatments.

At Èlan, we believe our cients’ lives should be better and easier. And, nothing could be easier than joining our new botox membership program: Botox Love.

Bay Area Botox Membership Club


Botox Love members pay a monthly membership fee for discounted botox injections and huge discounts on other skin care services. Simply sign up and schedule your botox appointments throughout the year. It’s easy and more affordable than any deal you’ll find on Groupon.

If you love Botox, you will love Botox Love!


Standard Membership

($9.00 per unit)

Or, pre-pay and save $240!!!
($7.50 per unit)

What You Receive:

40 Units of Botox Every 3 Months

Elite Membership


Or, pre-pay and save $300!!!

Every 3 Months:

40 Units of Botox

1 Microdermabrasion

1 Chemical Peel

2 Neck Tightening Procedures

Plus 15% Off All Skin Care Products


Please share this with any of your friends who love Botox. Thank you!

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Live Your Best Life.

Illustration depicting a sign with a fountain of youth concept.While we all are excited about the potential of an antiaging pill, I am somewhat skeptical that Metformin is the answer.  Metformin is a very old drug used to maintain blood sugar control in patients with diabetes.

I’ve recently introduced Metformin as an adjunct to our weight loss and Hormone replacement programs as recent studies report that patients maintained on Metformin lose around 5-10 pounds over 6 months. I thought it would be helpful for those patients who have worked hard and come close to goal weight but struggle hard with those last 10 lbs.  Although it sounds good in theory, in practice its not so easy.  In my experience non-diabetic patients who tolerate Metformin well are in the minority.  The majority of patients experience adverse side effects such as light headedness, headache, fatigue, irritability, and generally feeling “out of sorts”.  These symptoms are distressing and cause patients to stop taking it.  Therefore, while its true it can be used in some people to assist with weight loss, improve health and possibly extend longevity in non-diabetic patients, a widespread long term double blind study is fraught with difficulty and unlikely to produce meaningful results due to non-compliance.

I still consider it as an option for some of my patients but use it judiciously as it certainly is not for everyone.  Clean eating, hormone optimization, regular exercise, and patience continue to win as the best method to reach goal weight, improve quality of life and extend longevity.