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.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

So - this is the "after Yom Tov" that we've been talking about for weeks, right?
"I'll do that after Yom Tov" , "I'll take care of that after Yom Tov", "I'll start losing weight after Yom Tov" "I'll get healthier after Yom Tov" - what? we're WAITING to get healthier? That doesnt seem like such a good idea, but since we are here THE TIME IS NOW!!
Get rid of the idea that "it's easier after Yom Tov" - there's always some excuse. Now it's simcha season, then there's the bad weather, then Chanukah and on and on and on....SO LETE'S START SOMEWHERE...there are so many behaviors that support good health and weight control. What will YOU COMMIT TO THIS WEEK? Some examples

1 - Write a food log. Be honest and record everything. It is THE #1 TOOL OF WEIGHT CONTROL

2- Make a big pot of "unlimited vegetable soup" - what a help for those tough times

3- Eat every 3-4 hours to keep blood sugar stable

4 - Start moving...this is self-explanatory

5 - BIG KEY - PREPARATION. Make sure you have your foods available for when you need them.

6 - Planning is a big help. Plan your meals for a day or 2 ahead, then you'll know what to shop for and you're in great control.

These are some of the "tricks of the trade" that have worked for me and countless others.
I am looking forward to hearing what you committed to and then what you actually did.

As for me, I had a great Yom Tov and I am trying to get used to the idea of going back to work tomorrow. Did great food-wise and so I am energetic and ready to go (I think). I am so looking forward to seeing OUR BRAND NEW START FRESH FOODS IN THE SUPERMARKET - that's right - muffins, blintzes, personal pan pizzas. They are really lower fat, lower calorie and delicious! It is an exciting time for us - thanks for sharing it.
It's a new year, a new season, and a great time to START FRESH.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hi - I hope everyone's Rosh Hashannah was as beautiful as mine was, and again, I want to wish each of you a very happy and healthy year. This is one gift we can strive for - healthy by making healthier food choices, happy - what feels better than being in control? Dont ruin what you want so badly - what you have spent time in shul davening for, and what everyone is wishing you this time of year. And, loseweightima, we ALL have those same issues some times. Every day we "vow" to start and every day we end up full, sick and sorry. BUT you can never never give up - whatever you do is not as bad as what you could do if you werent thinking about your program. One day it will just click, and then the next day and the next, etc. The weight loss journey is not a straight line - it's full of ups and downs, peaks and valleys - we've just gotta keep journeying.
As far as preparing and cooking for many guests on Yom Tov - first, to be fair, the real cook is my beautiful, wonderful, emotionally and physically healthy sister. BUT it's MY house - so the trigger foods are there long before Yom Tov and the leftovers are there long after the last guest is gone. Tips? 1) Eat meals. Sit down and focus. Let your body and mind know that you ate. 2)Have a bottle of water handy and sip while you cook. 3) Talk to yourself - tell yourself what you really want (and it's not the food) 4) Have cut up veggies available, soup in a microwave mug ready to heat in an emergency.
I KNOW that the secret to success is SIDE DISHES!! Make sure you are satisfied when you walk away from the meal.
So, the guests came and it is no mystery why people look the way they do. The Natural Thins ate like Natural Thins and the others, well the others ate like the others, and were talking about which diet they would go on after Yom Tov. You see, once you declare your freedom from any kind of program, any control, all bets are off and you are vulnerable for anything.ACT AS IF YOU ARE A NATURAL THIN - watch them and imitate them!
And the leftovers - they leave when the guests leave. The choices? Send them away, give them away, throw them away, or flush them away. They're too dangerous when they hang around.
I hope everyone's fast is an easy and meaningful one, and the rest of the Yom Tov everything you wish it to be. Enjoy!