“I thought that if I eat blueberries every day…” “Someone told me that if I eat only twice a day, I will surely lose weight.” “I heard chocolate is good for you so I started eating 70% dark chocolate, a whole bar a day to help my heart health.” “I started grazing instead of eating
Today, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. And anxiety cost the
A few years ago, a father brought his teenage son into my office for a conversation. Yehuda was in Yeshiva out of town and he was class 3 obese. At age 16, his parents were rightfully concerned about his well-being. If at this age he was this heavy, with a 40+ BMI, what was going
We are now mired in the heart of summer and the days are approaching their peak length of the year. Six days a week there is certainly a great advantage to having longer daylight hours. There are more hours for outdoor activities and trips. We even have more time on Friday to prepare for Shabbat
Every year in the United States, there is something called The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey. Using a series of questions about the workplace, they determine something called job satisfaction. In plain English, do you like your job? Roughly half of Americans like going to work each day, but the other side of this is
Do you remember the original food pyramid? The bottom of the pyramid reflected what we should eat the most and the top was what we should eat sparingly. Do you remember the specific instructions that if we just cut the fats in our diet, we will cure cardiovascular disease? Well, it’s time for some deprogramming.
I hope the title of his article doesn’t have you thinking that I have found some great shortcut to weight loss. There isn’t one. We still don’t have a proven and safe medication, nor do we even have a surgical procedure that we are absolutely sure is safe or even effective in the long-term. As much
Pesach may be over, but it is still the ideal time to shed whatever avdut (enslavement) we may still have and redeem ourselves by focusing on what steps we can take right now to improve our health and well-being. What have we hopefully left behind? Overeating and inactivity. Although the incentive might be there to start taking better
Most people seem to focus in on his or her weaknesses and negative behaviors. It’s almost natural. Even traditional (and perhaps outdated) psychology is centered on what’s wrong and then how to correct it. What if we took a different approach and tried to find a person’s strengths, no matter how many negatives there might be?
As a certified personal trainer, I am required to renew my certification every two years. In order to do that, I must do a certain number of hours of course work in continuing education on related topics in my field. In the past I have done work in weight training, nutrition, wellness coaching and some