When you think of traditional Jewish cooking, do you think of healthy cooking? Um, no. I used to love my grandmother's food that she lovingly and carefully prepared in her small kitchen. Yet all good intentions could not have saved her noodle kugel, brisket and latkes from gobs of unhealthy ingredients like chicken fat, lots of salt and too much sugar. But it doesn't have to be that way, says … [Read more...] about Chanukah Food Made Healthy
Diet & Exercise
Want to get – and stay – healthy? A healthy lifestyle is more than just eating right, getting aerobic activity and logging plenty of restorative sleep. It should also include strength training. Strength training's benefits reach way beyond the aesthetics: Sure, it can rev up your metabolism, reduce body fat and in turn, increase your body's lean mass. But strength training can also … [Read more...] about Weight Lifting Myths
Mindless snacking takes no effort at all. It's way too easy to reach for the leftovers on your spouse's plate...that last piece of bread in the bread basket...a piece (or two) of candy so fancifully displayed in the lovely dish on your friend's coffee table. But here's the rub: Snacking can add up to 650 extra calories a day for men and about 465 for women, according to research. And most … [Read more...] about 5 Easy Ways to Curb Mindless Snacking
Greetings – remember me?? I write that because it’s been a long while since I’ve posted here - and that old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” scares me a bit. I hate to lose whatever momentum I’ve gained since starting this blog back in 2012 (has it really been that long??). So, thanks for sticking with me! As I write this post, I realize I’ve been a bit, well…absent lately. Short … [Read more...] about Menopause, Bloating, Hair Loss, Friends and Cellulite
Did you read that right? If you know me, or read my stuff, you know that I am - and have been for quite a long while - a big fan of exercise. From a very young age, I've always been a person who liked movement- whether it be pacing, walking, running, dancing, biking, fitness classes of any sort. Sitting still? Not my thing. (Unless I'm on a beach, or engrossed in a good book or movie. That's a … [Read more...] about It’s Okay Not to Work Out
Being thin and fit doesn't make you immune to having fat gather around certain areas of your body; most commonly around the buttocks and thighs (for women) and around the abdomen (for men). Now whilst this may sound like bad news to some people, others enjoy the idea of having more muscle mass or fat in their buttocks. In fact, some women may even decide to wear a butt lifter just to achieve … [Read more...] about I Tried It: SculpSure
I know. It's NOT the new year...but I can't help it. September feels like it might as well be. And you know what happens over the summer. We get complacent. Lazy, even. The long days stretch out and all we want to do is luxuriate in the extra light and lounge as if we're laying on the beach (even if we're not). It's not a "bad" laziness, but rather a type of laissez-faire, laissez le bon … [Read more...] about Re-Setting Your Exercise Mojo
One of the most exciting and fulfilling things I recently did was complete my very first half-marathon. I never like to use this so-called midlife as an excuse not to do or try something new, but I must admit that I was a just bit wary that I might not be able to do it. But... I did it! And what a feeling of accomplishment that was. So now I'm anxious to spread the message that you can do it, … [Read more...] about Fitness Expert Joel Harper: How To Train for a Half-Marathon
Do you like to dance? If you do, when is the last time you danced? Dance was a childhood passion that came to a pause long ago. As a young child, I was passionate about ballet dancing. The more lessons I took, the more I loved it and the more I excelled until my local teacher, Judy, recommended that I pursue more serious dancing at a more serious-type dance studio in New York City. I guess I … [Read more...] about Gotta Dance!
With each passing year, I get more hopeful about some things, yet less hopeful about others. For instance, I'm less hopeful that my skin will ever look like it did when I was younger. And what of my hearing? I'm not there yet, but the fact that I'm relieved when a movie has subtitles tells me something. So, the hearing gets thrown into the less-hopeful-it'll-get-better pile. But... I'm more … [Read more...] about My Very First Marathon!