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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Fast Easier

August 8, 2016, by

Here are some quick tips to make your fast a bit more bearable: 1. The day before the fast begins, take frequent drinks of water. 2. Eat a balanced meal before the fast. Proteins and fats are absorbed more slowly than sugars and provide the necessary energy, but you should balance your meal with 55% complex carbohydrates,

Why the Diets Fail, Again and Again

August 1, 2016, by

I generally don’t like to put the word ‘fail” in the title of my articles. I much prefer to focus on strengths and successes. However, the failure rate of people trying to lose weight is astounding and begs an answer. 96% of those that resort to the standard diet routine will ultimately gain it back.

Nutrition: The Myths and The Facts

July 25, 2016, by

“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

Exercise: The Secret Weapon in Fighting Anxiety

July 11, 2016, by

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

It’s a Long, Long Shabbat

June 30, 2016, by

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

Another Nachat Tour

June 21, 2016, by

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

Keeping Up With the Times

June 9, 2016, by

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.

The Hidden Tricks to Lose Weight

May 26, 2016, by

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

Here We Go Again

May 18, 2016, by

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

From a Position of Strength

May 11, 2016, by

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?

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