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The story of Chanukah describes how only one day’s worth of oil, used to light the candelabra in the ancient Jewish Temple, miraculously burned for eight days. (For a bit more background, the Temple had been ransacked by the Greeks, who had tried to conquer Israel; the Maccabees, the Jewish army that successfully revolted against the Greeks, returned to the Temple and lit the lamp, or menorah, with the oil they found.)
Considering the cooking practices of today’s chefs, it truly would be a miracle to make that amount of oil last so long! In fact, although it wears a heart-healthy halo, oil is highly caloric, and most people don’t realize that they could be carrying extra pounds because of the quantity of oil they consume. It’s hard to believe that one cup of oil (even clear, extra virgin olive oil) contains about 2,000 calories!
Although oil is a beneficial fat, along with nuts, seeds, and avocados, you might want to go easy on the grease if you’re watching your weight. For sustained health and well-being, especially during the celebrations of the holiday season, try not to overindulge. That way, you won’t have to work so hard to reverse any weight gain once the new year arrives.
So, on this Festival of Lights, here are a few tips to help you lighten up your intake: Continue reading
How many of you have a closet filled with clothing of varying sizes? There may be a size 4 hanging in there from when you got married or those honeymoon shorts you hope to someday fit back into. Next to those might be the 6s and 8s that you wore for many years … before the kids came, that is. And next to those, the 10s, 12s, and 14s, just longing to be worn.
Yet there you stand, staring at your closet, wearing a size 16, and wondering which size is the aberration and which size fits the body you want to live in. Can you picture what you looked like when you wore those clothes? How did you feel about yourself then? What was going on in your life? What was different about your daily routine, compared to now? Were you exercising more often? Were you dining in restaurants less frequently? You may need to dig even deeper and ask yourself whether fitting into a smaller size is something that’s truly important to you—and why. What are the barriers blocking you from losing weight and taking better care of yourself?
While you collect your thoughts and brainstorm ways to get those thinner clothes off the hangers and onto your body, here are a few tips that may inspire you to do a little spring cleaning, no matter what time of year it is: Continue reading
Recently, journalists and scientists have attempted to explain why Americans are bursting at the seams. While they movingly described the challenges and issues in fighting fat, they may have left out one of the critical components of those who succeed.
In The New York Times Magazine story, ‘The Fat Trap,’ Tara Parker-Pope shared her heartfelt and personal account on the profound impact genetics and the home environment play. Parker-Pope conveyed her frustration: “What is clear is that some people appear to be prone to accumulating extra fat while others seem to be protected against it.”
In other words, there is science behind why obesity may run in the family. If obese parents raised you and their pantry was stocked with fat- and sugar-laden foods, there is a greater chance that you too have struggled with your weight. But there are people who grew up in similar environments and have managed, with difficulty and diligence, to wear a trim frame.
She also noted the results of a study that showed, “some people were more likely to eat fatty foods, presumably because they thought being fat was their genetic destiny and saw no sense in fighting it.” That approach is like putting out a welcome mat to heredity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease when in fact, we may not be able to pick our parents, but we can pick what goes on our plates. Continue reading