Food for Thought

Becoming a stronger, fitter, more confident you.

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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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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