Life

Harnessing your Willpower

September 16, 2014, by

When you want to make a change and improve your healthy habits, it’s relatively easy to access the “how to” information to make those changes. I sit with people day after day who want information about how to start exercising, how to lose weight, how to eat right, how to lower their blood sugar and

Eat Some Fat!

September 11, 2014, by

For the past 40 years, the “public enemy number one” of food has been fat. We spend billions of dollars per year on low-fat foods, fake-fat chips, pills that block the absorption of fat into the digestive system, and all types of special diets and cookbooks. In the past 30 years, we have reduced the

Ain’t That a Shame

September 2, 2014, by

A few weeks ago, Hashem bestowed his abundant blessings on our family— we had four grandchildren within five days—from three of our daughters, one of whom had twins. What a time of Simcha! As one of the twins was a boy, we were hosting the shalom zachor at our home on the 6th floor of

The Quantity and the Quality of Life

August 25, 2014, by

“Long life,” or “Arichus Yomim,” has been used as a bracha (blessing) from one Jew to another for thousands of years. We also say “L’chaim!” — “To Life!” — as a blessing to each other before we take a drink. Two similar blessings, but very different in their ramifications. According to the Harvard School of

A Contagious Disease?

August 21, 2014, by

Usually when we thing of “catching” an illness, we think of the common cold or other viruses (flu) and bacterial based diseases. So if I tell you that overweight and obesity can be contagious, are you surprised? You should be. It’s not that there is something infectious about obesity—there isn’t. However, a growing body of

An Obligation

August 14, 2014, by

All health professionals want to see their patients and clients take care of their health and well-being. It’s true this isn’t particularly good for business, but we really do want to see people healthy. Statistics tell us the opposite; that people aren’t taking care of themselves. Rate of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and a host

No Time or Patience

August 6, 2014, by

Over the years, people who come to me for help, seem to have very little time, or at least they imply that they have very little time to plan meals and to plan their formal exercise routine. There is no question that today’s world is quite different in terms of demand on people to produce

Foods to Avoid

July 23, 2014, by

(Last week, we explored our poor eating habits and the some of the options available to us for improving our diets and our overall health. That discussion continues.) Last, but certainly far from least on the list of foods to avoid are trans fats. I don’t know if anything man-made, as opposed to grown or

Food! Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It (Part 1)

July 16, 2014, by

Food… Everyone’s favorite topic. Without it, we cannot sustain basic life functions. It is our primary source of nutrition, vitamins and minerals. It gives us energy to perform our daily tasks and to go from place to place. It certainly tastes good, so we make a bracha on it. Yet for many people, food is

Pay Attention

July 10, 2014, by

A former chavrusa (study partner) of mine exercises a lot. But he complains to me that no matter what he does, not only isn’t he losing weight, he’s actually putting on. He would describe to me how he eats salad with supper and doesn’t really think he is overeating. Over and over again, for over