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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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The Airport Workout for Last Minute Packers

Picture this: It’s Travel Day. You’ve been planning this vacation for so long. You’ve got an itinerary chock full of exciting adventures, or alternatively, full of nothingness and relaxation. You’ve got your accommodations all set and you’ve checked into your flight 20 hours ago. So far so good. If you’re anything like me, you’re also…
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Can Orthodox Women Separate Weight Loss from Exercise?

When I first began working out regularly at the age of 21, I noticed something intriguing. I had thought that I was the only one who hated exercising and rarely went to the gym, but as I would talk to people about my exercise experience, I realized that I was actually part of the majority.…
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Help Your Daughter Get Her Prepubescent Body Back

I know what you’re thinking: “Are you for real!? That’s beyond the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! Not only should a teenager never try to get her prepubescent body back… she shouldn’t even want to! How could you be encouraging this type of thought?” To which I will respond: I’m not. I agree with…
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I’m Fat. And I’m Not Proud of It.

I’m a personal trainer. And I’m fat. Since officially presenting myself as a fitness coach who approaches exercise from a place of joyful movement and using it as a tool to empower women and foster confidence through energy and strength gain, I’ve been getting a lot of comments. Well, I always got comments, but these…
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Is Your Child’s Education Impacting Your Diet?

“Demanding obedience is not educating.” I was at an in-service lecture for teachers yesterday afternoon and this was a nugget that the speaker shared. “There is no carrot or stick big enough,” she said, “to give children the opportunity to think for themselves.” As any good mom parenting in the twenty-first century knows, children today…
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Is Your Perfectionism Holding You Back from Exercising?

This is for all my fellow Fit Jewess perfectionists. Racheli, 8th Grade Racheli had the ball. Her teammates were rooting for her and I was inwardly cheering her on. We all wanted her to make the basket. She steadied herself, gave a little dip of the knees, kept her eyes on the hoop, lifted the…
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