Marcia's Blog is a lifestyle change and dieting blog written by a beloved and respected nutritionist/weight loss counselor/lecturer Marcia Bodenstein. She has helped thousands of kosher consumers achieve and maintain weight loss.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hi - first and foremost I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year. May you be blessed in this year with all good things, a lot of joys and simchas and few, but manageable, challenges. Now, how do we go about pursuing such a year? Davening, of course, but it is important for each of us to do our part as well. If we are incapable of doing something, we cannot be expected to do it, but if we are capable, then we are obligated. This means healthier food choices, healthier emotional choices, asking ourselves before every action "Is this the way I want to live?" "Will I be happy tomorrow with my choices today?" After all, today is tomorrow's past, and so much of our future depends on our decisions and actions of today. THIS IS YOUR YEAR!! This is the year that you GET IT - it's the year you take yourself off the back burner and start to take care of yourself FIRST, so that you can better handle anything that comes your way. This is the year that you will lose that weight and learn strategies for permanent weight control. This is the year that you get happier and healthier!!
It's Yom Tov time - full of beauty and newness and FOOD CHALLENGES!! And it's a month-long event!! What to do? First, think of the "salami method" - just take one slice (one day) at a time. Dont think about Yom Kippur till after Rosh Hashannah. During Yom Tov think of
Marcia's Yom Tov Rules:
1) Stay dressed when you eat - you eat differently with something around your waist. Feel every bite.
2) Sit down to everything you eat - especially if you are the server and preparer. It is so easy to eat the equivalent of a meal in the kitchen just preparing the meal 3) Drink water - even though you are out of routine and are not carrying around your bottle - find time, make time to drink
4) Eat breakfast - it focuses your mind and your day and
5) NO CAKE and its' relatives - once you start, it's so hard to stop. The sugar addiction takes over. And yes, it's addictive - that goes for sugar, honey, barley malt, rice syrup, maltose, fructose, all the -oses. Not any one is better than any other one (to answer your question , Anonymous).
So, while you are busy shopping, cleaning, inviting and preparing, please think of yourself- preparing for you, shopping for you - it will only enhance the season for you.
NEXT BLOG: How I handled the Rosh HaShannah Seuda for 20 people....

Again, A "SHANA TOVA" or "GIT, GEBENCHT YOR" to all. Thank you for all of your support, and I look forward to STARTing FRESH with you next year (5769)


0ptinosh said...

I just listened to the audio lecture, and now reading this blog, I see myself for the first time. Before I eat, I always change into my comfortable clothes so that there is room for my expanding belly. Oh boy. This lesson came just in time.

Everyone have a good Shabbos and a happy and healthy New Year!

Anonymous said...

The advice about not eating cake hits home with me. The sugar is very addicting and I can't stop once I have even a little. I forced myself after Pesach to stop all sugar and it has helped to keep me on track most of the time. So no honey for me this Yom Tov.

loseweightima said...

From the time I have been preparig for Yom tov, I have been baking& cooking, although I am eating somewhat decent meals, I end up tasting what I'm baking. Rosh Hashana, I wasnt good at all, and then I was sick, and now I'm starting to do this all over again.
Doesnt anyone else have this issue as well?
I keep start out the day thinking that I'm going to eat right but by the end, not. & Its hot here so I have to bake in the evenings etc. Help!

lovetoeat said...

I can give you a tip I heard from Marcia years ago- wear a SURGICAL MASK until the food is wrapped and stored. I tried it-it works!!
I'm dealing with the same issues, and somehow reading your comment made me think of it. I'm running out to buy one NOW!