The holidays bring with them an abundance of festivities centered around eating and drinking. And, not to play Scrooge, but much of our favorite holiday fare sits atop the list of those opiate-like "trigger foods." These foods fall in the "naughty" category because they set off chemicals in the brain that make us want to gorge ourselves -- like sugar, alcohol, cheese and refined carbohydrates (think breads and cookies). They trigger an eat-fest in your brain that can pack on unwanted pounds.
I have a theory. I think that many women think about food the way men think about sex.
We have all seen those studies where they say that men think about sex every seven seconds or thousands of times per day. Yes, many women think about sex a lot too, but many women think about food even more. Some women even think about food while having sex. Why is this happening?
My guess is that somewhere along the way, our wires got crossed, and food became our go-to, easy-to-get, always-available form of pleasure.
Growing up, I always thought spirituality was something found in an Indian ashram or in a new age crystal shop.
As a Jewish girl from Long Island, spirituality was simply not in my day- to-day vocabulary. I went to Hebrew school and to temple for holidays, but I counted the minutes until I could escape.
Religion, to me, was all about things you couldn’t do or shouldn’t eat. It didn’t bother me that I wasn’t a spiritual person. Truthfully, it wasn’t something that I had ever even thought much about.
I went for a walk with a friend today. She is in a transitional period in her life and needed to brainstorm, share, connect, and ponder.
We talked about the importance of boundaries in our life and particularly in our work.
I just spent a very fun weekend in Las Vegas with a group of friends. Though Britney Spears was on vacation from her nightly Vegas concert, we did get to see another great show call Zumanity! I tried to eat healthy and keep to my workout regimen while I was there, BUT by the end of the weekend I couldn't help but OVER-INDULGE!
Yes, it still happens to me and I pay the price in a big way in terms of weight gain, bloating, and fatigue BUT I keep in mind that I did have FUN. Lots of fun. Having good times with friends, jumping out of your comfort zone, and shaking up your routine is not only fun but it is HEALTHY too!
In my continued efforts to better understand my own body and behavior, I often turn to the animal kingdom.
I look for insight into our human drives, instincts, and habits, and then can better understand what the animal in me is supposed to be doing rather than what I have been told to do or have learned to do from other humans.
I am turning 52 this week and I am still a work in progress in the body image journey. Yes, as much as I try, I still see the supposed flaws. How about you?
This is why I decided to create a day to talk about it, work on it, and deal with it and I want to share that day with YOU!
The other night my husband told me I looked FAT!
At least that was what I "heard."
Breaking Free Podcast 53: Lisa Lewtan Shares Her Secrets To Remove Stress And Live Healthy, Happy and Hip
If you're a busy, high-stress, hungry go-getters, learn how to calm down, eat healthier and stop beating yourself up so you can truly nourish your bodies and feed your soul.
We live in an age of distraction and focusing our attention is harder than ever. Not a day goes by when we are not told how important it is to really listen to others but we are seldom reminded how important it is to listen to ourselves as well.
Do you ever look back at a photo and think "Wow, I looked so much better back then?" even though at the time, you didn't think you looked that great? Well that is how I feel right now when I look at this picture. It was taken this past October right before the pie overload on Thanksgiving, the daily cocktails in Miami, and the chocolate chip cookie overdose on New Years Eve.
It's been a rough few months for me. My husband's dad died. Then my dog died. Then my dad died. And then my husband broke his back. Yup. All since October.
I am not telling you this to gain sympathy.
I am telling you this because I know, personally, how hard it is sometimes to keep focused on self-care when our world is falling apart and we are busy taking care of all of those around us.
Thanksgiving was a tough one for my family this year. Our dog was put to sleep a couple of nights before. My father-in-law passed away last month. My father has terminal cancer. And the list goes on from there. Sounds like I had more than enough justification to consume an entire pecan pie along with the stuffing and marshmallow-smothered sweet potatoes. In the past, I probably would have done just that. I would have let myself get caught up in the "woe is me -- I so deserve to comfort myself with anything and everything" and I would have fallen into a downward spiral of sugar and despair. But I didn't do that this time.
When starting to meditate, it doesn’t matter if you meditate for a minute or for an hour; just that you take the time to commit in whatever way you can to this beautiful practice. For my clients that are new to meditation, I recommend they start by simply sitting comfortably in a quiet place and breathing deeply in and out for a minute. Rather than thinking about their to-do lists, I have them just focus on the words “IN” and “OUT” as they breathe in and out. That’s it!
That's what I used to say to myself every year on November 1st.
It usually started with me wanting to innocently sample a piece or two of my kids' halloween candy, but it usually ended with a pile of wrappers, a dizzy spell, and a friggen "don't come near me or I will be forced to hurt you" sign emblazoned on my forehead. It was the one day of the year that I would become a full blown screamingWicked Witch of the Metrowest!
I had been meditating on and off for a few years when my husband finally agreed to try joining me for a session. Deepak Chopra and Oprah's latest 21-day Challenge was about to start and I casually implied that it might be fun to experience it together. Once I got past the shock of his acceptance, I was almost giddy with excitement. The student was ready, but could the teacher deliver? I knew the best I could do was bring him to the water and then it was truly up to him to take the drink. So we began. Three days after we started, I was out of town for a girls' weekend, and was floored when he called me to make sure I wasn't falling behind in the challenge. The rest is history.
When it’s dark and cold outside, would you rather head out for an after dinner walk or curl up with a good book and a glass of wine by the fire? Truth is, that as the leaves start changing, we start getting ready for hibernation and slowing down. Sadly, small changes in activity can add up to big differences in our bodies over the course of the winter. Before you reach for the flowy sweaters and baggy sweat pants, however, check out these tips to help you avoid packing on the extra pounds this winter!
You see, I was getting into my pajamas and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Unlike the old days when a weekend of indulgence only tightened my rings and my jeans, these days the infractions are almost instantly imprinted onto my hips, belly, and thighs. I kind of gasped at my reflection which caused my husband to turn around and look. He saw what I saw only worse because I was frozen in an awkward, highly unattractive pose that highlighted my altered state. "Put on a few?" he innocently asked. And of course, like any intelligent woman, I could read between the lines and know what he really meant was that I LOOKED FAT!!!
Today is my birthday. I love my birthday. Ever since I was a little girl I counted down the days. The hours. The minutes. My mom was great with birthdays. Favorite dinner. A nice gift. Extra hugs. And MOST important to me - a Birthday Cake!!
Summer is the time for getting together with friends, laughing, and sharing some tasty bites and fruity cocktails, right?