Day 27 of Our Sugar Detox!

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Day 27 of Our Sugar Detox!

1 Comment 07 May 2010

27 days of  eating with awareness is amazing!
Now what??

My story part 2:

I went on sugar detox last April on till September. During that time, I truly felt absolutely amazing. My mind was clearer. My eyes seemed wide opened all the time. I always thought that I needed a sugar snack for a “pick me up” but it was the exact opposite. Its was the lack of sugar that kept me  feeling refreshed, never going into that “slump”- (for me it was at 5:00 pm- when I would search for anything to get me thru the evening.)
Even though detoxing from sugar gave me an incredible boost of everything good, I wanted to know, for myself, that I can eat a portion of desert or sweets and not over do it. I intentionally re introduced sugar back into my body! I always envied people who took a bite of cake and pushed the rest aside, not wanting anymore. Or the person who can have a few M+M’s and feel satisfied. I wanted to be that person. So..I experimented from September until April in that manner. Testing the waters so to speak on where I wanted sugar in my life.. and with what kind of balance.

I enjoyed dabbling on sweets. Purposely taking a piece of chocolate at a wedding and a slice of cake on Friday night. I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I knew I couldn’t control myself in that fashion.
So how do you think
I did?

Honestly, some days were good and somedays weren’t. But, at the end of the day I felt I was cheating myself out of how I really wanted to feel. Its important to me, to eat whole clean foods that aren’t filled with ingredients that I have no idea what it means. In exactly a years time, I felt the difference of what it means to feel “clean” and what it means to feel “filled up with stuff.”

With this knowledge and experience, I can answer what my ideal is in relationship to Sugar and health and wellness.
It is OFF SUGAR for SURE.. 99.3/4 percent of the time. 1/4 percent is maybe for an occasion that I care to have something with sugar ingredients. The reason I am putting in that 1/4 percent, so when an occasion does arise that I want something indulgent it won’t feel like I am breaking a rule. An example would be to have a bite of my moms cheese cake. But, it will be on an extremely rare occasion because my mom hasn’t made cheese cake in over 10 years!

SUGAR DETOX has made me so happy, I want to continue for the rest of my life!

What is your ideal? Whatever it is you DESIRE you can ACHIEVE!

Drum Roll Please…..
This Thursday May 26 is….the Day we are weighing our self! E- mail me ur results! We can post how much we all lost collectively.

This Friday May 27 is….our Celebration Day.
I will send out details tomorrow.

With Love, Sari

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Day 22!

2 Comments 07 May 2010

Did you know that it takes 21 days to form a habit?  Habits are created by repetition. The best way old habits may be broken is to form new habits, to counteract and replace the undesirable ones. Form new mental habits paths over which to travel, and soon the old ones will become less distinct.

So, congratulations! You went thru the hardest part of “sugar Detox”— the first 21 days. The next week is going to be so easy.

Most of us became accustomed with what to eat and not eat.  Some became frustrated because I didn’t give out a “diet plan.” But if I did that, then you will always look for me for support. The people who give out diet plans are usually the ones who want to make money.  I would rather give you tools for life and learn what makes your body feel as good as can be. Granted, it may take a few trials and errors, but at the end of the day you will have a way to eat for the rest of your life.

I keep on repeating myself, but I am so ecstatic about what we are doing.  I am so energized by everyones excitement. I will give you a few examples; I was running down Ocean Parkway and I passed a good friend of mine, Flo Tebele on the other side. She hollers out from across the street, “I’m on the detox!!”  I big smile spreads across my face.  Another friend confides in me that she bought whole wheat food for the first time in her life. I instantly glowed.

And another close friend, Celie Haddad whispers in my ear that she is on the “Sugar Detox since she became influenced in August! That’s almost 10 months! Celie is going to share her story with us on May 7th, our celebration day.

Speaking of celebrations, my birthday is on Saturday May 1. I so want to plan a birthday party for myself, and I would want nothing more than to share it with you! (I need to figure out a way to do that!)  I guess, Eddie will just have to do! (Though he’s not sugar detoxer) and no birthday cake for me! Don’t feel bad, I am ecstatic to say no!

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Detox day 19!

No Comments 07 May 2010

On my first e-mail to you I posed a question, “Can you go a day, a week, or how about a month with no sugar?” Well, most of us completed a day, lots completed a week, and can you believe it…. So many are approaching 1 month goal mark!

Today, on day 19, we can look back and say, WOW! We can start feeling that proud feeling of accomplishment that we get when we do something so terrific for ourselves.

Though, I believe the greatest accomplishment is believing in yourself and saying “I think I can do this!”

Below is a famous poem by Walter D. Wintle that has helped, and continues to help me, to achieve higher in my goals.

Thinking

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t;

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you wont.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,

For out in the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will-

It’s all in a state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise;

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late, the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can.

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Detox day 11 and 12!

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Detox day 11 and 12!

No Comments 07 May 2010

Tonight I felt the support of my “email. buddies” which is you!
My son Harry brought home my favorite- you know it… Carvel ice cream-perfectly melted, vanilla mixed with chocolate. Normally I wouldn’t waver, but tonight, Harry was on his way leaving to Israel for the next few months.  I was happy that he was going, to learn in a Yeshivah, but of course sad. Even though my house thank G-d, is super busy with a teenagers, toddlers and grand kids- as all moms know, each child adds something special.  With Harry about to leave for his flight- I was feeling the need for comfort food, aka-Cookies! Chocolate!
Of course I passed it up. Not because I would gain weight, or turn back into a sugar addict if I indulged a little. But, because MY WORD is POWERFUL. What I say means something. The way we train our bodies to be strong by doing, let’s say, push-ups or squats, we can also train our brain to be strong as well.
Understanding that I have the power of my thoughts was the most important thing I learned last year on my sugar challenge. I know I will use that knowledge for the rest of my life as I encounter different challenges, self-inflicted or not.
For example, the fitness enthusiasts who are receiving this e-mail can testify that at some point in their life they decided to reap the benefits of exercise for their bodies. These women actually trained their brain to know, every morning “I exercise, no matter what.” One of the more powerful tools that we are all experiencing together is the power of OUR WORD. We are declaring as a group that we are not going to eat sugar for 30 days-no matter what. I of course passed up on the urge for the sweets! We gave our word, we are training our brains and thought process. We are feeling powerful because we are allowing ourselves to have the power of choice!

What we DESIRE we can ACHIEVE thru the POWER of our WORD.
Thank you “Detox Buddies” for being there when I needed you most!

On another note; one that is on a grand scale for me; is what this newsletter is doing for me.

As you know, I have been teaching fitness-based classes for 20 years. I worked hard each and every day. I always felt as if I was only as good as my “last class.”  It was an awesome ride, though thoroughly exhausting! Via your responses I feel as if I could do anything. My love for empowering women with health and fitness is endless, but it’s truly because of you, that I realize that potential.

Below is a response that simply reminds me that its all worth it!

“I have to tell you that thanks to you and your motivation that I’m on this sugar free diet. As you already have been hearing from others, it has led me to eat healthy through all my meals as well. I haven’t been committed to such a healthy lifestyle since I was a teenager (before all the kids started coming along). Now at 40 you realize that pounds don’t shed so easily, and you fear that your at risk of inheriting your parents health diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressures…etc. The only way to fight them is through a healthy lifestyle. So hats off to you for all the encouragement because looking at my parents health history I’ll need all the help I can get.”
Anonymous

More Tips:

“I found at Moishes a great no sugar and low fat and organic and delicious cracker flats by Aunt Gussies. It comes with raisins and cinnamon that can satisfy the craving for a cookie. It comes in many other smart choices too.” – Thank you Maggie Bawabe for a great snack tip! (and thanks for all your nice messages!)

Here is another great idea from Stacie Dana;

“Buy a rice cooker! While you are getting dressed after exercise, your brown rice is being cooked!”

Send me YOUR great ideas!

Questions:

What is happening on Friday May 7th?

A special class experience that I am planning just for YOU!

It’s my way of saying Thank YOU for reading my newsletters.

Thank you for trusting me.

Thank you for spreading more health and wellness to the universe

Who should attend?

All who is interested in the betterment of their minds body and soul

Do I have to be on the Detox to attend?

If you were successful or not -it doesn’t matter- just by reading the e-mails to open your mind to new ideas is absolutely successful!

How much is it?

Absolutely free!

What do I need to do?

Just press reply and RSVP!

What should I come with?

A water bottle and an opened mind with focus on YOU!

“To my “Detox Buddies”

I was successful on Day 11 and 12- though I almost wasn’t. My mind feels good, actually very good. I feel clearer and not as bogged down.

As for my body, I don’t feel like that I even lost a pound, (I know its not the focus, but it would be nice to have loose skinny jeans!) but in Yoga today I felt extra flexible- I totally put the “Sugar Detox” accountable!

Till Tomorrow! P.S.- send me tips that I can share with others! LUV and HUGs, Sari

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Sari Dana
917-517-7542
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Refreshing Sugar Free Grapefruit Granita

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Refreshing Sugar Free Grapefruit Granita

1 Comment 07 May 2010

This granita recipe is so simple and refreshing.
Typically you would use a sugar syrup with fruit, but this is simply fruit.

  1. Juice a few grapefruits or oranges
  2. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish; cover with plastic.
  3. Freeze until mixture begins to set, about 30 minutes. Scrape icy particles from sides, stir with a fork, and return to freezer.
  4. Repeat scraping and stirring every 30 minutes until mixture is frozen with a grainy texture, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. You can add a kick to the granita with a splash of your favorite liqueur. I happened to have pineapple vodka and it was great. experiment with what ever you have.
  6. Garnish with fresh mint.

By: Nina Cohen

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Win Any Three Cookbooks! Click and Pick!

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Win Any Three Cookbooks! Click and Pick!

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Leftover Makeovers

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Leftover Makeovers

3 Comments 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
By: Marissa Anteby

Ughhh, my refrigerator is packed with holiday leftovers. If my family didn’t finish the dish the first time around, I doubt they’re going to like it any better re-heated. So, my plan is to transform my ordinary food in to a brand new meal. I’ve tried something like this before. Oh yes, I can work magic with a bottle of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa. In the interest of full disclosure (and in case any of my kids ever read this,) the term “work magic” is loosely used here as a euphemism for  “smother fish in tangy condiments.” Such culinary adventures may not have won over any taste buds but they have been the source of plenty of jokes. (Find all kinds of kosher sauce and salsa at Trader Joe’s  http://www.traderjoes.com/)

To jump start your imagination, here’s a few highlights from my past leftover makeover attempts:
–  Re-fashioned spinach quiche in to filling for puff pastry hors d’ oeuvres.
–  Re-purposed grilled vegetables as layers in lasagna.
–  Re-cycled sauteed broccoli and cauliflower for an egg and cheese soufflé.
–  Re-ran ginger snap cookies crumbled in to salad.


My theory is not to worry too much about making things perfect. Sometimes the beauty is in the imperfections. Anyway, to me, the menu is a secondary concern to the whole family dining experience. I know it may sound a bit odd, but the interaction is more important. Even if the kids are arguing, there’s automatic bonding that takes place when people share a meal together. Go ahead, buy a jar of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa, and you’ll see what I mean!

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let us know what you think about leftovers and sharing meals and laughs with your family. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment on Marissa’s articles. The prize this month is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com
www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. Marissa’s wellness tips for fulfilled living can be found on her blog www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

1 Comment 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

Mother’s Day is almost here, but somehow the day that’s supposed to be anticipated with great glee, has you strapped down with anxiety. The thoughts swirl through your head; What if no one likes the cake I made? Which aunt will say the wrong thing? Are the flowers pretty enough? Will the kids bicker? The self-inflicted torture is endless. You don’t have to be a prisoner of your own mind anymore. Get out of your head and in to the party.

Here’s 4 easy things you can do to ensure a  more pleasurable experience:

1 – Keep it simple. This applies to everything, including your menu, decor, and entertainment.

  • Prepare easy to eat, no-mess foods. Portions divided in to single servings, not only look appetizing to the adults, they’re more manageable for children’s little fingers and mouthes. Think; tea sandwiches, mini borekas, muffins, yogurt parfait cups, crudite´, tapenade spreads etc. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/mini-maple-chocolate-chip-pancake-muffins/
  • Serve all the food at one time. You’ll save the time and aggravation of re-setting your table for dessert. It doesn’t really matter if someone has a piece of cubed fruit before they eat a spinach tart.
  • Adopt a ‘less is more’ attitude about decorations. Use bud vases scattered high on shelves, or in the breakfront, instead of one large bouquet. Or, forego flowers altogether and use brightly colored linen napkins as the focal point on each place setting. This way, you won’t worry about scampering children knocking over watery floral arrangements. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/how-to-fold-your-linen-napkins-for-mothers-day/
  • Let the day flow on its own. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Don’t miss out on the moment you are in, by trying to make it something it’s not. Mother’s Day might not be the ideal setting to try out that new murder mystery game that has intricate rules for each player to follow.


2 – Defuse uncomfortable situations. If you know that you are sensitive to unwanted comments, (and who isn’t?) instead of reacting hastily or brooding, when someone slights you, try and think of a personal quality you can use to keep yourself calm.

  • Look inside yourself for inner resources. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a wealth of patience, kindness, understanding, gratitude, etc. that you can draw upon for strength in trying times. http://www.amazon.com/Take-Stress-Out-Your-Life/
  • It may be challenging at first, but in the long run you’ll be glad you didn’t snap at your sister for criticizing your teenager’s choice of attire. (That’s just an example, I’m sure you can think of many more!)

3 – Don’t just do something, sit there. We are all conditioned to move and do. We’re missing out on a depth and richness more potent than anything we can do. It’s the power of being.

  • Take a few breathes. Let the day seep in to your body.
  • Look around and find something to be happy about. Invite this one happy moment in to your body. Imagine you can place this in your body like a memory to be retrieved later. You do this all the time with bad occurrences and tension that creeps in to your muscles as aches and pain. Now, try it with something good in your life, placing it in your body as a spot of ease.

4- Sip some water. If you put all your attention on drinking water, those pesky thoughts of melted frosting or frizzy hair, won’t be in your mind for at least a few seconds.

  • The more water you drink, the less empty calories you’ll consume. Overeating when you’re stressed out thwarts all the hard work you put in to balancing your diet. So, sip water throughout the day and stay committed to your food plan.
  • “Drinking purified water not only keeps your body healthy and vibrant, it’s has a therapeutic calming effect on your mind, ” states, David Bailey, President of Watermatic, the sole distributor of Tana Water Products in the United States. Contact tanawaterus.com for a special discount for Jewish Hostess readers for the month of May.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. We’d love to hear what you think about ideas presented in this article and how they apply to you. Share your view on how to enjoy Mother’s Day below. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com


Shabbat Shalom,
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Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

No Comments 01 May 2010

April showers bring May flowers, and there is no better place for those flowers than on your Mother’s Day brunch table. 

Wild bouquets of Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangeas and Hyacynth will have your table smelling as good as it looks!

Vintage floral porcelain is sweet and romantic.

Add natural textures, like this DIY Jute Carafe and horn flatware to soften the look white dishes.

Repurpose vases, layer bowls and vases to create original floral arrangements.

Some of my favorite pieces for pulling together this romantic, eclectic look are:

1. Water Hyacinth Place Mats

2. Victorian Tumbler, Set of 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Omelets

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Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Omelets

No Comments 01 May 2010

Its one thing to master a recipe. But to a master a technique is quite another. Once you have successfully mastered a technique, whether simple or difficult, the recipe options are endless. Watch Jamie Oliver’s easy tips to making the perfect omelets. Jamie just adds cheese to his but of course there’s so many more options- spinach, mushrooms, different colored peppers, tomatoes, onions…..

Make a few different combinations for mother’s day. Each vegetable can be sauteed separately the day before and stored in the fridge. This is what I would use:

Chopped red peppers

Chopped onions

Spinach

Fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley and basil

wild mushrooms

Two different kinds of cheese

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