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Purim! Is that L’Chaim Worthwhile?

March 12, 2014, by

If you are thinking of drinking more than a little bit on Purim, then it might be a good idea to give this a careful read! Isn’t it a wonderful custom that we have?  We take a small shot of whisky, say “L’Chaim” and swig it down.  According to Rabbi Shraga Simmons of Aish HaTorah,

Exercise Away the Pain

March 5, 2014, by

My good friend Asher was flat on his back for months. Doctors and other medical professionals tried to help but were unsuccessful. Asher came to me and within a week, after doing back specific exercise and stretches, he was functional and had cut his pain by about 85%. Tova came to us for weight loss

Am I Really Hungry? (Part 3)

February 26, 2014, by

In Part 1 of this article, we pointed out that there is a difference between true hunger as opposed to cravings and emotional eating.  In Part 2, we talked about emotional eating triggers and how to deal with each of them, which we will now continue discussing. Habit The Symptoms: You’re standing in front of

Am I Really Hungry? (Part 1)

February 12, 2014, by

According to statistics, you and I probably eat too much. That comes as no surprise given current statistics on the amount of people overweight or obese. What raises the alarm is that if we turn the clock back about 45 years, there was no obesity epidemic and the amount of people who were overweight was

The Self-Destruction Button (part II)

February 5, 2014, by

In part one of this article, we spoke about Sarah, our 55 year old with borderline medical issues who is overweight.  She repeatedly sabotages her progress, even though she is fully aware that her health will be better if she complies and that she will feel better too.  We mentioned the stages of change- precontemplation,

The Self Destruction Button (Part I)

January 29, 2014, by

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in this day and age doesn’t know what it takes to achieve health and wellness. We are flooded with health information and statistics and we all know how much better we feel when we start to make changes towards better health and fitness.  But for some reason, many of

Let’s Make Some Sense Out of This!

January 7, 2014, by

Every so often, a piece of breaking health news sweeps the media and reaches the public through every major news network.  A couple of weeks ago, the following headline began rapidly circulating- “’Healthy Obesity Is a Myth, Report Says.”  Yes, one year after doctors finally declared obesity as a disease, and many years after the

Don’t Let It Get You Down

December 24, 2013, by

Whether you’re a moderate walker or a high intensity exerciser, there is no doubt that if you have been exercising long enough you have encountered some type of injury. Sometimes, it can be a mild injury like a slightly twisted ankle or a slight muscle strain just about anywhere, or occasionally it can be something

Winter Vegetables

December 18, 2013, by

Whoever said that white after Labor Day is a no obviously wasn’t referring to winter white root vegetables. Immediately, potatoes, cauliflower and onions come to mind. But how can we not include celeriac, turnips and parsnips into our list of OMG these are amazing and delicious foods that are actually good for you? Before I

Arranging the Environment for Success

December 10, 2013, by

With Chanuka but a few weeks behind us, I am reminded of something I heard in a shiur over Chanukah.  If you look carefully at the Al HaNissim T’fillah, we say that “Afterward, they arranged the sanctuary, purified the temple, and lit the candles in the holy courtyard.”  Notice that before the Jews got to the main