Food for Thought

Becoming a stronger, fitter, more confident you.

ABC

Paragraphs are the building blocks of papers. Many students define paragraphs in terms of length: a paragraph is a group of at least five sentences, a paragraph is half a page long, etc. In reality, though, the unity and coherence of ideas among sentences is what constitutes a paragraph. A paragraph is defined as “a…
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My Body Is Not Up for Discussion this Sukkos

This is an edited version of an actual letter I wrote to a close family member of mine. For years, I had tolerated unwanted comments about my size, my weight and my eating habits, and I was not ok with it.  So I wrote a letter. It took courage to share it, but the response I received…
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Diet Teshuvah: A How To Guide

Have you ever been to a simcha where no one at your table mentioned the newest diet they’re trying? Or attended a social even where no one commented one their size or weight? Yeah, me neither. We live in a society that has succumbed to diet culture and the pursuit of thinness. Theories abound as…
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Fat Women Get Fewer Dates

Fat women get fewer dates. They do not get fewer marriages. Pause.  Read this again: Fat women get fewer dates. They don’t get fewer marriages. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to write about this or not. On the one hand, I have so much to say… On the other hand, I’m sick…
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When Healthy Isn’t Good Enough

My doctor looked at me with a big smile on her face and declared, “It’s all normal. Your blood work looks great!” Surprising myself, I felt my face drop as I looked at her and almost begged, “Are you sure? Totally normal?” I felt disappointment course through me even as I knew that I should…
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I’m Body Positive. Do I Even Care About Health?

The other night, my friend said something that really resonated with me: “Every morning, I ask G-d to help me feel compassionate towards others instead of judgemental.”  I know that many of you want to lose weight and while this whole body positive movement is nice and everything… it doesn’t change the fact that you’re…
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How to Not Fit Exercise into Your Pesach Plans

“Chametz free” signs, bags of groceries, freshly lined shelves, lots and lots and lots of egg, stark white tablecloth, pillows at each chair, ke’orahs awaiting their contents and a large kos for Eliyahu haNavi taking center stage on the dining room table. Mixers are whirring, pots are bubbling, potato peels are raining, kids are chatting,…
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Fears, Dreams and the Chassidish Women of Boro Park

It was just another evening and I was scrolling through FaceBook, most likely distracting myself from the work I should have been doing when I came across a post from Rivka Malka Perlman regarding her upcoming Redemption Mini-Retreat and I realized that I was going to be in New York at the same time as…
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Dear Mommy: Stop Commenting On My Body

Dear Mommy, There’s something that’s been bothering me for about 15 years and I feel it’s time to bring it to your attention. I never said anything because of kibud eim and because I know you only want what’s best for me, but the more I learn about this, the more I realize how harmful…
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Intuitive Eating at the Kosher Food & Wine Expo

“Last night at the food and wine festival, when I mentioned to a group of lady acquaintances that Sara is my fitness coach, two of them jumped to the conclusion that it would be awkward to go to a food festival with her because I might worry about her judging my food choices. In that…
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