Eat, Sleep, Pray… and Eat Again
Eat, Sleep, Pray… and Eat Again
As a Jew, sometimes it feels like this is all I do.
Yes, I work during the 6 days between every Shabbat, but just when it seems like I finally get myself into a routine, another major holiday comes along to throw it all off.
And regardless of how hard I try to plan in advance and prepare appropriately, it seems that I’m still always inundated with more food than I could ever eat and I find myself lacking in workouts.
Let’s take the month of Tishrei for starters.
Summer is over, and whether you’re a college student starting a new semester or a mom who finally has some time for herself once the kids are back in school, it appears as if it’s a time for a fresh start.
But then comes Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur (true, you don’t eat on the day of, but we all more than make up for it by pre-loading the day before as if preparing for hibernation and then break-fasting after as if we’ve been denied food for a month), and a week of Sukkot.
A couple months to get back on track and then the grocery stores and bakeries start displaying the jelly doughnuts and the potato latkes, because obviously you’re not Jewish if you don’t eat a lot of fried foods to celebrate the miracle of the jar of oil.
Now, in theory Tu b’Shvat is a healthy holiday.
So, why is it that so few Jews actually know about and celebrate it?
Then the hamantashen are out.
Poppy seed, prune, chocolate chip, strawberry jam, red velvet, cheesecake inspired… the possibilities are endless.
Plus, there’s the obligatory mishloach manot trade, where everyone gives everyone food gifts that no one actually wants, but no one dares recycle lest someone receives a package she already got and then she’ll know that you’ll probably reuse her basket as well.
Barely a month later, Pesach brings its own share of carb laden edibles as every kosher brand tries to outdo the next by coming up with kosher-for-Passover pizza bagels, cheerios and chocolate danishes.
As if we were going to go hungry without them.
C’mon, our great-grandparents basically survived on potatoes all year long. We’ll manage just fine for one week.
Lo and behold, there’s another couple months to regain our nutrition habits… and then dairy mania breaks out as every imaginable cheesecake variation comes to light.
And cheese blintzes.
And cheese muffins.
And cheese… well, you get the idea.
So we succumb, because after all, it’s cheesecake.
With milk chocolate decorations on top.
We sigh and complain, commit to the gym with new vigor, prep ourselves for beach season, and then it’s vacation time and we all know how our eating and exercise gets when that happens.
Needless to say, we are determined to get this under control, so we decide that when the school year starts again, it’s back to healthy habits.
And then it’s the month of Tishrei; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot…
Like I said: Eat, pray, sleep… and eat again.
So the obvious question that’s been driving us crazy for too long and is simply begging to be asked is:
How do we retain healthy lifestyles while still cooking, eating and celebrating all of the various miracles that G-d has made for us over the course of the last few thousand years?
While I can’t claim to have the ultimate answer, I will attempt to offer a few suggestions in my next post.
As for now?
Quickly stand up and do 25 jumping jacks followed by 25 squats.
If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, do it twice. But do it now. I mean it.
Stop reading and do it. Before you close this page.