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It’s Your Heart—Take Care of it!

March 20, 2014, by

People who exercise can get so carried away with building muscle that they can easily forget that if the heart isn’t working right, not much else is going to matter. Your heart is a fist-size muscle located in your chest. Depending upon your level of fitness, it beats about 90,000 to 100,000 times each day

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

When It’s Not An Accident: Self-Injury Awareness Day

February 27, 2014, by

I recently received an email informing me that Saturday, March 1, is Self Injury Awareness Day. Never having heard of such a thing, I took to the interwebs and learned that, sure enough, it is in fact a thing. I’m sorry that such a day is necessary but it is, so perhaps we should take

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

Ask Aviva: Bugged Out and Antsy

February 12, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have an embarrassing problem. I am really, really scared of bugs.   I’m not just a little scared. When I see a bug I panic and shut down. I think part of it may be that I am afraid of becoming infested since then I might have to use chemicals to get

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