Food Is Not Your Enemy


Holiday Party Survival Guide
December 6, 2011, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Events, Healthy Lifestyle, Sweets, weight loss | Tags: ,

Ugh. Another party. Your fifth in the past two weeks. You feel like your blood has been replaced by egg nog. You’re hung over and headachy at least once a week at work. You’re running on less than six hours of sleep most nights. And you’re afraid to even step on the scale, what with all those lovely passed hors d’oeuvres (Bacon-wrapped dates! Carpaccio on toast with horseradish cream sauce!) and trays and trays of butter cookies.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can get through holiday party season without stretch pants or an IV drip of coffee. Here’s how:

Don’t arrive on an empty stomach. With the promise of free food, it can be tempting to show up to a party hungry and with the intent of making a dinner out of the hors d’oeuvres. The end result is predictable–you lose track of how many mini salmon cakes and barbecue chicken skewers you’ve grabbed, and eat way too much overall. The better way to go is to eat a light dinner (or a hefty healthy snack) before arriving, so that you don’t feel compelled to make a beeline for the cheese tray the second after you hang your coat. You’ll be much more in control of your appetite–and therefore your choices.

Eat mindfully. Don’t shovel. Take your time to savor each and every bite. Go slow. Truly taste and enjoy the food you’re eating.

Make non-party days extra-healthy days. On days you’re not attending parties, commit to eating well–really well. Load up your plate with extra veggies. Skip the sugary treats. Drink lots of water. And make time for exercise.

Prioritize sleep. Too many late nights will throw you out of balance. Get to bed early on non-party nights, and when you do have an event, leave at a time that will still allow you to get at least seven hours of sleep.

Nurse those drinks. If you’re a drinker, decide ahead of time what your drink limit for the night will be. Then sip slowly.

Prioritize people, not food. In the end, the holidays are not about gorging ourselves–they’re about reconnecting with the people we care about, sharing, giving, and gratitude. When you arrive at a party, focus your attention on the people around you, rather than the food. Talk, dance, laugh, and maybe even say a thank you or two to the people who helped make your year a good one.

Happy holidays, everyone.

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Free Healthy Eating Teleclass: Still Time to Sign Up

There’s still time to sign up for my free teleclass taking place this coming Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET, during which I’ll be discussing the basics of healthy eating. You’ll find out how the types of foods you eat will affect your health, your energy, your mood, and your weight.

If you’d like to join me, you can sign up here. I will then send you the info you need to get on the call. I hope to talk to you then!



Free Teleclass on March 21 @ 8 p.m. ET: Healthy Eating 101

Want to eat healthier, but at a loss as to how to actually get started? On Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET, I’ll be giving a free teleclass on the nuts and bolts of healthy eating–how the types of foods you choose each day will affect your health, your energy, your mood, and your weight. I promise that you’ll walk away with concrete information that you can implement in your daily life, such as:

  • Which foods will sap you of energy
  • Which foods will help you lose weight
  • Which foods will ward off the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Which foods will actually help curb your appetite, and which will increase your cravings

If you’d like to join me, you can sign up here. I will then send you the info you need to get on the call.



School Food That Sort of Actually Rocked …
October 26, 2010, 10:47 am
Filed under: Events, food politics | Tags: ,

So I was on hand at the School Food Rocks event at MS 51 in Brooklyn this past weekend. A few things that stood out:

  • A girl, about 10, I’d guess, walked up to me at my information table and said, “Why do they call this ‘School Food Rocks’ when school food definitely does not rock?”
  • The school lunch they whipped up for us attendees sort of rocked. They now only use whole wheat pasta in NYC school cafeterias, something I was wary of when I first heard about it only because some brands of whole wheat pasta taste like cardboard. But they found a good kind, and my penne bolognese was good. On the side I had a roasted broccoli/cauliflower/carrot/chick pea combo that was truly tasty–I would have complimented a friend if they rolled this out as a dinner party side dish (not kidding!) They were also serving whole wheat flatbread paninis, fresh fruit, salad, and whole grain rolls.
  • The NYC school food program only gets to spend $1 a child for lunch. Which made our lunch at the event all the more impressive.
  • I learned just how much power parents can wield if they get organized and approach their kid’s school in a constructive way (offering solutions, not just complaining about problems). The executive chef of the NYC school food program is totally, completely on board with improving school food and understands the issues. So we are not fighting an uphill battle here against politicians who don’t care. Though money remains an issue, of course.


School Food Rocks: An Event to Improve School Lunches
October 22, 2010, 11:46 am
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Learn all about how to change school food at School Food Rocks, a free event (lunch and childcare provided) this Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Organized by the office of New York City Councilmember Brad Lander, School Food Rocks will take place at MS 51 – William Alexander Middle School, 350 5th Ave. (off 5th St.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

I will have a table there and will be available to answer any and all questions about nutrition and how your whole family can eat healthier.

If you’re interested in attending, you can register here.



Last Chance to Sign Up: Free Stress Reduction Teleclass on Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET

Join me for my FREE stress reduction teleclass tonight, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET, when I’ll be sharing the basics of how to squash stress through food.

During the call, I’ll help you take the first step toward recognizing and calming the stresses in your life, which is critical for good health and weight maintenance.

There’s still time to register: simply click here and provide me with your full name, e-mail address, and phone number. I will then e-mail you the call-in information.



Free Stress Reduction Teleclass: Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET

Join me for my FREE stress reduction teleclass on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET, when I’ll be sharing the basics of how to squash stress through food.

During the call, I’ll help you take the first step toward recognizing and calming the stresses in your life, which is critical for good health and weight maintenance.  Some of the many benefits of reducing stress include:

  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced body pain, particularly backaches and headaches
  • Improved mood and general mental outlook
  • Fewer colds and flus
  • Improvement in symptoms of many chronic diseases
  • Better digestion
  • Prevention of the classic diseases of aging
  • Improved relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers
  • Increased productivity

Would you like to experience any of these improvements? If so, then join me on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET. I will provide you with the information you need to get started, and explain which foods will help reduce your body’s stress response, and why.

If you’d like to get on the call, simply click here and provide me with your full name, e-mail address, and phone number. I will then e-mail you the call-in information.

I hope you can make it!