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Healthy Eating Tips for Passover 2011

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Healthy Eating Tips for Passover 2011

2 Comments 06 February 2011

 

Pray. Drink. Eat: The Reality of Passover

Eat. Pray. Love. A famous book and movie. Pray. Drink. Eat. A typical Passover seder. The holiday season brings with it bigger, later meals, junk food, socialized eating and less physical activity. Rest assured, there are ways to not let the food restrictions defined by Passover define poor food choices. Understanding the reality will help you calmly take control of what and how you are eating. Recalling the splitting of the red sea does not have to result in the splitting of your pants. Here are realistic and easy to follow weight management tips for this Passover season:

Choose whole grains.  Whole grains are the optimal choice for health compared to refined carbohydrates for benefits including more fiber and vitamins. They are the key to making you feel fuller and satisfied longer and relieve feelings of bloating and constipation that typically accompany Passover eating habits. Lucky for us, there are a variety of products on the market today to make this step easier. No more excuses. From farfel to matzo meal, regular matzo to shemura you finally have more choices.

Eat Breakfast. This step is essential to curb your appetite throughout the day and achieve a healthy weight. Get creative with your choice of breakfast options so you are not eating 5 pieces of matzo with cream cheese every Passover morning. Choose plain yogurt (there are many varieties kosher for Passover) and mix with your own fresh fruit. Add a few small pieces of whole wheat matzo for added crunch. Another great choice can come right off leftovers of your Seder table: the hardboiled egg. You can also make an omelet and add vegetables to make it more nutritious. Even a salad with an egg or tuna fish and a piece of whole wheat matzo is a well-rounded, balanced breakfast.

Eat Regularly. Sounds simple, right? You wake up and tell yourself you are going to start with breakfast and not go more than three hours without eating a small portion of something. Well, with the kids at home, cleaning, cooking the meals, socializing with family and forget about the demands of Seder nights where you feel forced to adhere to the meal schedule dependant on the synagogue one, remembering to eat is not on the top of your mind. The seemingly easy step, if not kept, can be your biggest downfall. Your body is a living, breathing being. It runs on a timer, one that was set based on your eating patterns. If you skip meals and snacks your body will be out of sync, not knowing when you will give it the nutrients it needs to function next. In turn, the body will respond by hanging on to every last bite you eat. This in turn will slow your metabolism and contribute to bloating and future weight gain. It will take reregulating your eating pattern and being consistent to get your body back into motion, a process that takes a lot longer than you simply remembering to eat in the first place! Keep in mind that there is no way to avoid eating the late night feast during Seders, but ensuring you are eating small, frequent meals or snacks throughout the day will help you to not overeat. Try to skip the night dessert and plan it for lunch instead, which leads to the next tip…

Go Dark. Let’s face it: dessert is part of the Passover experience. You need to be geared up to make the best choices. If you must have the piece of chocolate, always go dark versus milk. Dark chocolate has flavonoids, an antioxidant, with less sugar and calories. If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth and the fresh fruit is not cutting it, best choice is the simple square piece of a dark chocolate bar, a small dark chocolate covered lollipop or a handful of dark chocolate covered nuts. Stay away from chocolate combined with other added sugars like caramel.

More importantly than the choice of snack, is planning when you want to have it. Studies show you eat less when snacks are planned versus an impromptu urge where you may overindulge. If you choose to have your dessert at lunchtime, for example, it is better to have that piece of cake in your mind than to eat multiple portions of every dessert at each meal without thinking twice.

Planning the unplanned meals. Eating more per meal than usual can do harm. Your body sorts through the rapid influx of food you consumed in a short amount of time resulting in a digestion and metabolism slow down. When venturing to meals as a guest, use your plate as ammunition against the unknown battlefield of food. Take a 9-inch plate and divide into quarters: one quarter for a protein, one for a starch and two for vegetables (potatoes, peas, beans and corn count as a starch). With this strategy you are assured to eat a balanced, portion controlled meal no matter what the exact dishes turn out to be.

Remember to eat slowly. Taking your time while eating will allow the food to digest into your gut and release hormones telling your mind that you are full and satisfied. Eat too fast and you will over consume as your mind is not getting these signals fast enough for you to stop eating.

Take a Hike. Just like our brethren walked through the dessert, relive the Passover story by taking a walk around your block. Although not quite as dramatic, keeping your body moving during the holiday will aid in weight management and allow you to feel better and more in control of your body.

The best part about these tips is they apply to everyday life. Passover or just another day, these guidelines will help you stay on track and take control of your health.

Beth Warren holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition from Brooklyn College. She is a freelance foods writer, nutrition consultant and runs a private practice specializing in pediatric and adult weight management, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Brooklyn, NY. She also writes her own blog at www.myfoodthoughts.com

 

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Juice Up- Stay Young and Healthy!

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Juice Up- Stay Young and Healthy!

No Comments 28 July 2010

by Albert Bijou

Back To Nature Restaraunt
Backnature@live.com

10% off of your  next meal at Back to Nature with mention of The Jewish Hostess!

Health Benefits of Juicing

Being a vegetarian for the last 23 years has forced me to look into

different diets and ways to eat right and stay healthy. Recently my appetite

has decreased, but as the day went along I was feeling tired and would have

cravings late at night. I was looking for an easy and effective way to do

something good for my body and a way to stop the night cravings. Juicing in

the morning and mid day proved to be a great help. Therefore I would like to

share some benefits of juicing with all of The Jewish Hostess readers.

The many health benefits of juicing far exceed those of eating solid fruits and

vegetables.

For one thing, the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of

nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion

that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed. Raw fruits and

vegetables contain many substances that enhance health, and juicing

benefits the body by providing the most concentrated and readily absorbed

source of these substances.

Another one of the major health benefits of juicing is that it is an easy way

to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into

the body. Enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables have the vital role of

converting food into body tissue and energy. Enzymes are also involved in

metabolism, so one of the more valuable health benefits of juicing is that it

can increase metabolic rate. Juicing also ensures that the body is getting

sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are

considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease. While most

people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of

phytochemicals that would make a difference, it is relatively easy to drink

enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In

addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are

concentrated in juices.

Juicing can therefore help to accelerate recovery from illness. In fact, juicing

with specific combinations of fruits or vegetables can target particular

conditions and improve or alleviate symptoms.

Among the most interesting health benefits of juicing are its anti-aging

benefits and its potential for alleviating symptoms of depression. The

effects of juicing on depression are accomplished by providing a

concentrated source of minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium,

and folic acid. Deficiencies of these nutrients are associated with symptoms

of depression.

Further, the concentration of antioxidants in juices combats the

damaging effects that free radicals have on skin and muscle. Juicing can

help keep skin free from wrinkles and muscles well toned. In addition,

increasing the intake of antioxidants by juicing can slow the onset of age-

related illnesses.

Juicing is relatively cost effective and convenient. By staying

healthy as a result of increasing your intake of fresh juices, you can also

reduce the need for expensive medications. Since there are no side effects

associated with juicing, you can drink as much juice as you are able to

tolerate, thereby maximizing health benefits. There are many tasty

combinations of fruits and vegetables, and the variety of juices that can be

prepared are likely to keep you in the habit of juicing once you realize the

many health benefits that doing so can provide.

In addition, fruit and vegetable juices are good sources of the traditional

nutrients. Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) provide healthy portions of

vitamin C. Carrot juice contains large quantities of vitamin A, in the form of

beta carotene. A number of green juices are a good source of vitamin E.

Fruit juices are a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper,

potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium, which are bound by the plant in

a form that is most easily assimilated during digestion.

Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are

available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or

vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are

trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to

assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced,

removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Finally, fruits and vegetables provide one more substance that is absolutely

essential for good health – water. More than 65% of most of the cells in the

human body are made of water, and in some tissues, for example the brain,

the cells can be made up of as much as 80% water. Water is absolutely

essential for good health, yet most people don’t consume enough water each

day. Plus, many of the fluids we do drink, coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcoholic

beverages and artificially flavored drinks each contain substances that

require extra water for your body to eliminate. Fruit and vegetable juices are

free of these unneeded substances and are full of pure, clean water.

Check out our huge selection of healthy juices and dont forget to mention The Jewish Hostess for 10% off of your next meal at Back to Nature!

Albert Bijou

Back To Nature Food Corp.

535 Kings Highway
Brooklyn NY 11223
718-339-0273 Fax 718-336-6207
Web Site www.BackToNatureNY.com
email : backnature@live.com

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Wheatgrass- “The Next Big Thing”

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Wheatgrass- “The Next Big Thing”

3 Comments 27 June 2010

According to Albert Bijou, the  owner and health guru of Back to Nature, wheatgrass juice is “the next big thing”.  It can be mixed with any fruit smoothie or you can drink it straight up. Albert is offering all Jewish Hostess readers $1. off of  any wheatgrass shot!

Read on….

WHO ON EARTH CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO START EATING GRASS, FOR G-D’S SAKE?
WELL, SO YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT IS WAS DR. ANN WIGMORE WHO POPULARIZED THE USE OF FRESH WHEATGRASS JUICE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION BACK IN THE EARLY 1970’S. SHE FIRST EXPERIMENTED ON HERSELF AND FOUND THAT BY EATING GRASSES SHE WAS ABLE TO CURE GANGRENE IN HER LEG. THEN AT HER HEALTH INSTITUTE, SHE GREW HER OWN WHEATGRASS INDOORS AND SERVED THE JUICE TO HER MANY GUESTS WHO TURNED TO HER FOR HELP AFTER EXHAUSTING CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENTS. WHEATGRASS JUICE HAS SINCE HELPED THOUSANDS TO RECOVER FROM SERIOUS ILLNESSES.

WHAT DOES WHEATGRASS DO?
It helps increase a person’s stamina, build healthy blood, cleanse the whole system, aid digestion, make bowel movements regular, reduce cravings for addictive substances, improve fertility, inhibit the growth of disease causing bacteria and the activity of cancer-causing chemicals as well as ease practically every physical and mental ailment you would expect to encounter among people who are not properly nourished.

WHAT IS ITS NUTRIONAL VALUE?
Wheatgrass juice has as much vitamin C as citrus fruits and is as high in vitamin A as dark green lettuce or carrots. It’s an excellent source of B-vitamins, including laetrile, and contains vitamin E and K as well. Wheatgrass juice contains all the minerals in healthy soil, over 100, including calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and a variety of trace minerals such as selenium and zinc. It also contains all eight essential amino acids, also known as the building blocks of protein. Young wheatgrass contains more enzymes than at any other stage of growth. It has simple sugar, which accounts for its sweet taste. But wait; as if all this wasn’t enough, the solid portion of the wheatgrass juice is 70% chlorophyll – condensed sun energy and the world’s most effective body protector and healer.

Albert Bijou
Back to Nature Restaurant
535 Kings Highway – Bklyn NY
Tel 718-339-0273
Email
BackNature@live.com
Web Page
www.BackToNatureNY.com

Visit Back to Nature on Main Street in Allenhurst this summer!

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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

GROUP MOVEMENT AND LIFESTYLE ENTHUSIAST

Sari Dana
917-517-7542
Sent via Blackberry

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