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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

4 Comments 27 March 2011

It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!

One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable.  As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.

In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with.  Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.

Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!


20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging

16 lunges

16 pushups

20 -60 second planks-3x

One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean

Here’s something to look forward to…..

After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.

Starting date: May 1, 2011

Ending date: June 1, 2011

Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??

With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana



Pure Inspiration by  Sari Dana

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Pure Inspiration by Sari Dana

No Comments 08 July 2010

This week, I was honored to be part of an inspiring day of health, fitness, and wellness. For this event, a group of bighearted women put aside their own needs and journeyed together with purpose, passion and strategy to create an unforgettable inspiring day. I was invited, along with other motivating professionals, to teach my willpower& grace® exercise experience. “Pure Inspiration” was a one-day event  to raise funds for Sharre Tefliah, a synagogue in Eatontown, New Jersey, yet it spurred ideas that will inspire a constant strive for health and wellness. I excitedly responded with a YES!  I was eager to apply my knowledge and love for fitness to a good cause.

nspiration is the theme in which I live my life.  I’m moved by fearless individuals who spend their time an energy creating  unique potentials for themselves. willPower & grace®, (yes, the w is lowercase), is a special barefoot cardio workout that infuses a positive philosophy through elegant movements and physical strength. Positive thinking during the intense workout will encourage you to continuously strengthen your body, mind, and soul and live Ihappily in a body you love.

Minutes before the class began, I learned that the congregants of this synagogue have spent 18 of its 20 years in existence servicing either in a trailer or in a home. 2 years ago, a structure was built, however, the interior was lacking a few important sections. I began to reflect on the women that created this amazing day and felt the desire to help, just like them.

At that moment, I was deeply inspired to do something awesome.  Sometimes all we need to navigate the pathway to greatness is to be inspired by someone else.  I led my class, full of energy, with inspirational thoughts, aware that I am part of a fantastic cause.   If we keep our eyes open and our hearts receptive, we can be a part of the great inspiring things happening all over our communities. We can then generate others on the path to greatness.

Think: Who are you inspiring? What can you share? Who can you share it with? We may not realize it, but people, especially our families, are perceptive to all that we do!  Imagine how the world would be if we created a circle of inspiration.  Be an exciting you! Honing in on your desires will allow you to pass on pure inspiration to those all around you. Pass it on!

Sari Dana

Group Movement Instructor

Life Style Enthusiast

July 4, 2010


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Join the 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge!

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Join the 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge!

4 Comments 07 April 2010

Can you go a day…. a week ….. or how about a month without eating sugar?
I did it and so can you!

As the Passover holidays culminate, we, as Jewish women are ready to give back to ourselves by focusing in on what our bodies need right now. So, if you have been thinking about making an empowering life changing event to improve your health and well being- then this “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge” is for you.  Join me with hundreds of women to take control of their bodies, this Thursday, April 8th  as we will begin our “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.”

Your participation:
A. Comment below with your thoughts and share with all our “detoxers”  at TheJewishHostess.com.
B. Have an e-mail buddy to report to on a daily basis.  Everyday send to your supporter

> if you were or weren’t successful on that given day
> why you were or weren’t
> how your mind and body feels

Example… Hi Susie, this is Sari. I was successful on the first day of my challenge. I had all my meals prepared from the morning , which helped me to be successful thru out the day. My mind feels strong and determined! My body still feels bloated from the holiday. Speak to you tomorrow!

C. Weigh yourself Thursday morning April 8, and resist the temptation to weigh yourself until May 8. While weight loss is a give in, I want to draw our focus to health and wellness and not to the numbers on the scale.
D. Incorporate clean healthy balanced meals by using all the food groups such as protein, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and “good for you” fats.
E. Join me and all of our “Sugar Detoxers” on Friday morning, May 7th from 10-12   for a morning to celebrate our accomplishments with a free inspiring class experience.  RSVP….ASAP! (regardless of your ability to finish the challenge, everyone will be a winner!) (Brooklyn, NY area)

My participation:

A. I will be doing this challenge with you.
B. I will share with you my own sugar expireinces –positve and negative!
C. I will send sugar facts and tips to help you be as successful as you possibly can.

My mission for this “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge”

TO LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE IN A BODY YOU LOVE, by a heightened awareness of the foods we put into our bodies. Realizing that “what you DESIRE you can a will ACHIEVE!”

What to do today:

A. Eliminate simple sugars completely from your diet. Read labels! Manufactures hide the name “sugar” to fool us. The most common are called fructose and corn syrup.
B. Do not restock your pantry with all the sugary foods that you simply cannot resist.
C. Load your refrigerator and pantry with all fresh unprocessed foods.
D. Visit the health food store and check out foods that you might enjoy such as cereals and oatmeal. Ask for the healthiest sweetener available such as Agave.
E. Determine what staple foods you will be eating and make sure it is sugar free.
F. Take the time to plan and prepare your meals- this is the most important step to success!

Dos and Dont’s:

-Artificial food sweeteners are a don’t! They are chemical based and is the exact opposite of the health and wellness benefits that we are striving for.
-Adding sugar to your morning coffee is acceptable only if absolutely needed. (I am so thankful that I’m not a coffee drinker!)
-Do enjoy every combination of whole foods.
-Don’t fret the small stuff- if you falter, just get back on track immediately.
-Do have sweet whole foods on hand (especially the first week) such as sweet potatoes and bananas, even dried fruit, so when a sugar temptation strikes, you will be well equipped.
-Do have regular meals everyday. (breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks.)  Having regular spaced meals is an insurance plan  that will maintain stable blood sugar levels.
– Do know that for most of us, this challenge will be at times very difficult. But, feel assured that it does get easier as every day goes by.

My Sample Menu:

8:00;-oatmeal with Greek nonfat plain yogurt and berries
(if I’m teaching a class and then working out I drink apple juice)
12:OO; post workout; a repeat of 8 am meal or hard boiled eggs and banana
3:00;walnuts, lentil soup  or sweet potato and hard boiled eggs
6:oo; salmon, brown rice, vegetables or salmon brown rice sushi and vegetables
8:oo ; almonds and fresh dates
Note that I did not include quantities. I believe that you should eat until you are satisfied. This is what I like to eat, there are hundreds of great combinations of meals that will suit your taste buds that are healthy and sugar free.

With lots of health and wellness! Xoxo Sari

Sari@dananyc.com Let me know how you are doing!

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