Life

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

The Stress and the Pain

July 2, 2014, by

Right now, all of the members of klal Yisrael are suffering the pain of receiving the awful news that our t’fillot (prayers) were not answered the way we were hoping they would be. If it is any reconciliation, as Rav Asher Weiss pointed out at the beginning of his weekly shiur only an hour after

Anxious or Depressed? How Exercise Plays a Role

June 26, 2014, by

Anxiety Yocheved* came to me last year complaining of sleeping issues along with restlessness while awake. She was having problems socially and was often irritable. After ruling out sleep apnea as a potential cause (overweight people are prone to that), I sent her for psychiatric evaluation. The diagnosis was Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder

A Little Bit of Sunshine

June 18, 2014, by

One of the big changes brought about by modern day life is being indoors most of the time. A century ago, we spent far more time in the outdoors, as much of our work was as farmers or builders. Walking was our main mode of transportation. Today, we go from the home to the car

Exercising for Two: Fitness in Pregnancy

June 11, 2014, by

Exercise is good for just about everything. We already know that! But what about exercising for two? Yes, when you are pregnant, exercise is even more important. (Sorry men, but this one is for the wives). According to Farel Hruska who is the national fitness director of FIT4MOM, a woman’s body changes more in 9