Food Is Not Your Enemy

Killed by Convenience
July 1, 2011, 9:21 am
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Who cooks anymore?

Who has the time? And who wants to when it’s so easy to order Chinese or go to the local Italian place or peel the film back from a frozen meal and throw it in the microwave?

The problem with this mindset–which I used to share–is that it’s made too many of us overweight and/or unhealthy. Relying on fast food, takeout, frozen dinners, and even high-quality restaurant food means we’re taking in more calories, more fat, and more sodium. And the only way to really get around this problem is to get over our fear of the kitchen and stop thinking of home-cooking as demeaning “women’s work.”

I certainly used to think my time was better spent on anything but cooking (see my article about this on Until I started to cook and realized not just how rewarding it was, but that my stomach problems and low-level depression disappeared.

You will eat healthier food–and certainly less butter and salt–if you cook at home. You will eat less–ever notice how hard it is to stop eating all that delicious food in a restaurant, even if you’re overstuffed? Studies bear out the fact that we eat more when more food is put in front of us, regardless of our hunger level. And way too much food is always put in front of us in restaurants, way more than we would serve ourselves at home.

So while it’s certainly convenient to NOT cook, think about whether this convenience is really worth it–do you want high blood pressure from the tremendous amount of salt used in restaurant and frozen meals? Would you like to cart around an extra 15 pounds? Would you like to have uncontrollable cravings for sugar, salt, and fat? Because foods not cooked at home are often loaded with all three, and all three are addictive: the more you eat them, the more you want them.

You DO have time to cook. Maybe not every day, but every little bit helps. I’ve shown many, many of my clients the value of cooking their own food and how to go about fitting it into their very busy lives–if you need guidance, you can always contact me to set up a free one-hour consultation.

Happy eating (at home)!


Need Help With That New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year! If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight or to get healthy, remember that I’m here to help you reach your goals. The clients I’ve worked with have lost weight, cleared up digestive problems, embraced healthier foods, and gained more energy. There are no gimmicks with my programs–no fad diets, no pills, powders, or supplements. It’s all about using real, healthy, delicious foods to get where you want to go.

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This Could Be You
June 15, 2010, 11:55 am
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A couple of new testimonials are now up on my site:

“My thought in starting with Jen was that no one ever reaches peak performance in anything without a coach. This is true in sports, music, business … so why not health? Paying Jen to coach me on eating and living healthy in general accomplished just that. Instead of years of broken promises to myself, I made good changes that stuck. Measurable, too … 180 to 160 lbs. and cholesterol from 245 to 154 in six months.”

-Dan Hoffman, Brooklyn, NY

“I love putting on my dress slacks and skirts in the morning and having the leftover waist band. I need to move down to a smaller size. There was no dieting involved with Jen–I lost 7 lbs. without even trying! I am no longer bingeing on candy and sweets. For some reason I don’t have the desire. I used to be thinking of my next meal/snack all the time, however, my cravings have been curbed and food is in a better place in my list of priorities now.”

-Charlee Miller, New York, NY

Are you ready to change things up for yourself? If you are, then contact me for a free consultation, which can take place in person or over the phone.