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“I don’t have time to eat in the morning.” “I can’t eat so early.” “I don’t want to waste my calories at the beginning of the day.”
Sound familiar? If these are some of the mantras you use each morning, it’s time to change your tune. Ditching breakfast can affect your mood, weight and well-being. Sadly, most people don’t realize the important role breakfast plays in their day until after physical and emotional upheavals have occurred.
According to the National Weight Control Registry, a research study that includes participants who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at a year or more, breakfast is a major key to weight control. The overwhelming majority of their participants – 90 percent – reported eating breakfast at least five days a week, and an outstanding number, 78 percent, eat breakfast every day. Other common strategies practiced by registrants include weighing themselves regularly and exercising consistently.
[See: Avoid These 5 Breakfast Mistakes.]
Breaking your fast in the morning should not be negotiable, and here are just a few reasons why:
When was the last time you had a bad cold or the flu and, at the same time, you had a hankering for a big juicy steak? I’ll bet your answer is “never,” even if you’re a steak lover.
When we don’t feel well we usually revert back to comfort foods – the toast, potatoes, and pasta we were given as kids when we had tummy aches. Our moms knew that these were comfort foods that didn’t require a lot of work to digest and absorb – when you’re sick, your body simply does not want to work hard.
Surrounded by cellphones, search engines, and apps at our fingertips, we expect to get everything we seek with lightening speed. But it’s not just information we want quickly—we also expectweight-loss diets to take effect immediately, and we want our workouts to make us look like body builders as soon as we join the gym.
You may never have to pick up a telephone book or encyclopedia again; but when it comes to losing and maintaining your weight, you’ll need to put in some time. On the other hand, there are some digestive problems that can be controlled in a relatively short period of time just by manipulating some foods in your diet. Although these tips may not “cure” your digestive conditions, this quick reference guide may help keep some of the following ailments from disrupting your daily routines. Continue reading
According to Jewish tradition, everything a person does is written in the Book of Life. No deed goes unrecorded, whether good or evil. During the Ten Days of Penitence, beginning with Rosh Hashanah this Sunday and leading up to the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, we reflect on days past, as well as ponder the future.
These High Holy Days are a time for deep thought, self-examination, and contemplation. What better occasion to look back on the past year and ask yourself: Did I take care of my body?Am I making the healthiest food choices for myself and my family? Am I setting a good example when it comes to my eating habits?
For some people the sound of the shofar—a ram’s horn whose blast signals the end of Yom Kippur—is like the sound of a gunshot before a race: There’s a mad dash from temple to table after evening services. Following the Yom Kippur fast, there seems to be a feeling of “entitlement” to eat one meal that’s the size of three! Would you ever think of going into a restaurant and ordering some cantaloupe, a dish of pickled herring in cream sauce, one bagel with cream cheese and lox, another bagel with whitefish salad, and then topping it off with a piece of babka and a few cups of coffee? I’ve never seen this ordered by one person in one sitting when dining out, but I have certainly seen this array of food consumed countless times by friends and relatives (who shall remain nameless) at my table.
So, you ask, how can you make this diet-challenged event guilt free? Continue reading
Harriet was one of my first patients. She kept a food diary diligently yet she hardly shed a pound. After several weeks, I suspected that she wasn’t accounting for the foods she “tasted” while cooking and entertaining. As an experiment, I suggested that she put tape on her lips while sheprepared meals. Sure enough, to her surprise, she banged into her lips more often than she ever expected. Only then did Harriet realize that total honesty was missing from her daily journal. She went on to change her faulty habit—and lost quite a bit of weight.
Buds are blooming, sweaters are stashed, and calories are cut. It must be Spring!
This is the time of year when many of us realize that the pecan pie at Thanksgiving, pastries at Christmas and Chanukah, and Valentine’s Day chocolates are still appearing somewhere on our bodies. If even the thought of a pair of shorts or a bathing suit puts you in a cold sweat… this story is for you.
I am here to guide you to a diet that will help you shed pounds without feeling deprived. You won’t need to buy fancy products, your food won’t resemble cardboard, and you won’t feel like you need to lock yourself away until the calendar turns to June. This unique plan is called, “The CS Diet” and here are the rules: Continue reading
“I can’t lose weight anymore because of my age.” “My weight will never be the way it was when I was younger.” “Once I hit menopause, my weight shot up.”
I hear statements like this from my patients regularly. One patient even told me that she felt like she, “went to bed slim and woke up fat.” Although that may sound like an extreme exaggeration, for some women, it feels like excess body weight escalates quicker than justified. This seemingly abrupt weight change stirs up feelings of frustration, anger, and depression, which unfortunately lead to less attention to healthy habits. Since most of these behaviors are subtle, they are often overlooked and repeated day after day. When women in this state come to see me, either because I am their “last straw” or because their doctors send them to me, there are several common practices I notice that play a starring role in causing clothing to suddenly shrink.
Some statistics have shown that 90% of women gain weight during menopause, with an average gain of 12 to 15 pounds between the ages of 45 and 55. And it’s not like the weight settles in your biceps – is most cases, extra pounds tend to cling to your midsection quicker than paper clips on a magnet. Hormonal changes set the table for fiery flashes, sweaty sleeps, and libido loss, often resulting in an apathetic attitude towards balanced eating or an attraction to unrealistic fad dieting. Women, in general, have a hard time putting themselves on their ‘to-do’ lists, let alone focus on their own health when they are feeling tired and heavy. Bloat weighs heavily on their minds and bodies like an anvil they can’t seem to remove.
If you feel that you’ve “tried everything” and you can’t lose an ounce, even after moving your scale all around the bathroom floor, here are some tips that might help you get longer lasting results: Continue reading