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Quick & Kosher Lite: Adopting a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle


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Living a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle

I won’t pretend that holiday foods have been kind to my waistline. It would be more accurate to ask “what waistline?” and admit that I’ve succumbed to wearing elastic. And I’m avoiding my scale. Like the plague. I’ve managed to wedge it behind the bathroom door so it’s completely out of sight. I don’t want to know that it exists; it is not my friend.

I hate the “d” word.  Every time I try a new diet, I set myself up for failure. It’s a big event: I am going to start the diet, today is the last day before the diet, (yay!) I started the diet, (cry) I already broke the diet, “how’s the diet going?” I’m asked “oh the diet?” I say “that was so yesterday”. I detest counting calories or points and I don’t like eliminating foods or waiting between food groups. It’s enough to wait between meat and dairy, who can wait three hours between proteins and carbs?

My new motto: “I don’t diet.”

Since I’m not the kind of person to cook one way for my family, and another way for myself, I’m aiming for a new healthy eating lifestyle — something that will work for everyone and leave no one feeling deprived (especially me ).  Of course, it’s pointless to sacrifice flavor for healthier eating, because it won’t go the distance. I’ll wind up sneaking an éclair 5 minutes into the effort.

So maybe you and I are in the same state: while not quite regretting all those fabulous festive banquets, you still have to deal with your scale adding up numbers like a runaway train.  So it’s time to add a new category to our blog: Quick & Kosher Lite!

My next blog post will kick off this category with a delicious – yet delicate – dessert that’s perfect for Shabbos! What better way to start a healthier lifestyle than with a yummy dessert?

Have you been avoiding your scale like the plague? Are you looking for ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes lighter recipes? Comment below, and let me know where you began!

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




2 Responses to Quick & Kosher Lite: Adopting a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle

  1. avatar says: rlocker

    Thanks for a beautiful blog! I just discovered it today and am so glad I did!!!
    This is a favorite topic of mine. I’ve been on my share of diets over the years. But I’m officially through with dieting. I’ve been diet-free for almost a year now and I FEEL GREAT (and I lost 30 pounds!).
    Here are some of my strategies:
    * I eat what I enjoy. Bread, pasta, pizza, salads. Dark chocolate. Nothing is forbidden. (But I do my best not to eat commercial or processed foods.)
    * I enjoy what I eat. I savor every bite of every meal and snack.
    * I load up on as many fruits and veggies as I want and try to eat mostly what’s in season. I do not count portions, ever, but especially not when it comes to fruits and vegetables.
    * I eat VERY little of everything other than produce. Breakfast is a half cup of cereal. I’ll have an eighth of a chicken plus a half a potato for dinner. If I need more, I reach for a fruit or a big bowl of veggies.

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. I am so happy you found us and are enjoying!
    You deserve a MAJOR MAZEL TOV! for the 30lbs. I have lost .5lbs so far, but you have to start somewhere I guess :-)
    You are so generous for sharing your tips with me and my readers. Savoring what you eat and loading up on the fruits and veggies are 2 of your tips that I am going to try and incorporate right away. Too often I inhale my salad while I am working and even though it’s a salad and healthy it came and went and I didn’t even realize. Keep the comments coming!

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