Were headed into 2019 and I am spending lots of time reflecting on the past year - how it went and what I can improve on. This is a post I wrote before I had a blog, in fact this Chanuka Candle Musings was one of the articles I wrote that had people telling me that in 2018 I should start my own . . .
When I went to see my nutritionist last week for my weekly visit she said "OK, let's talk Chanuka" Traditionally we eat lots of fried and dairy foods on Chanuka with donuts being a big one. And fried and donuts and dairy are all not conducive to weight loss. I mean, all in moderation but on . . .
Over the last 7 months I've been on a weight loss journey. As every journey is there are ups and downs. I've lost about 37lb and I'm working on more. With my sister getting engaged last week and a wedding to look forward to I have all the more incentive to drop more and get even healthier . . .
When the holidays roll around and we have to cook lots and lots of meals I like to change up from our standard Sabbat fare of Chicken with some delicious meat. While I want to have a varied menu I also try to streamline my preparation and make the long hard job of standing in the kitchen that much . . .
Baking is my happy place - I absolutely adore it and if I could do it all day every day, I'd be thrilled. Another thing I absolutely adore is creating recipes - can't find a recipe for what I want to bake (or don't love the ones out there) will find me putting together my own. Succos is the . . .
"You look amazing!" "You must feel so good!" "Wow! I didn’t recognize you!" These are comments and compliments I get every day. And yes, I do feel incredible and so much more healthy, most days. But there are some days that are not so, I don’t always feel incredible and some days are so hard. It’s . . .
That time of year has rolled around. With holidays week after week in the month of Tishrei (Sept/October - you can read about how the dates work here) LOTS of cooking happens. Each meal traditionally starts with a blessing on wine, followed by blessing on the special Challa bread. With each . . .
Traditionally in the month of Tishrei we eat lots of sweet foods - at the start of our meal when we eat the Challa Bread, instead of dipping into the traditional salt, we dip in honey. We bake and eat honey cake, among other honey rich foods. There are a couple of sweet Challa Topping variations . . .
With Hurricane Florence slowly closing in in the East Coast, many of my friends are scrambling to get ready as best as they can. I remember a number of years ago when Hurricane Sandy was headed to NY - we were so worried and did our best. My area was a tiny little area that was wholly unaffected . . .
One of the biggest things I've learned along my journey to health is to listen to my body. Back in April I was in a really bad shape. My back was in excruciating pain, my knees hurt when I climbed stairs. I got winded really fast and I was in so much pain. I was always tired and was so unhappy. It . . .