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In The JOK Kitchen With Beth Warren *Giveaway*

 

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There is so much nutrition talk out there in this age of information, but it is really hard for the average consumer to wade through and find the truth.  Beth Warren is a Registered Dietitian with a mission to break it down and make it simple to live a healthy life.  In Living a Real Life with Real Food, Beth shows us how to live healthfully and stay energized by eating real whole foods.  She includes 50 recipes in there too to help start us off on the right foot.   My health philosophy is very similar to Beth’s and I am so glad she came out with this book.  Let’s learn a bit more from Beth.

Your book is geared toward the kosher consumers who are always checking labels for kosher certifications, but the nutrition facts panel is left out of the buying equation.  Most people don’t even know how to use it, how does your book help?

I recognize how confusing different “health” messages are on products, including the nutrition facts label. In my book, I breakdown the food label in a way that simplifies what you should be looking for, especially in a time crunch. The way I prioritize the different categories of a food label may surprise some, but you are sure to walk out with the least processed, most healthful, kosher food choices… and fast.

How does your book and suggestions help people get energized?

Oftentimes, people come to see me in my private practice, Beth Warren Nutrition, to lose weight. But complaints of fatigue and lack of energy are usually a frequent part of their lives. As they begin incorporating more real food into their diets, or less processed, and eat the way my strategy explains in chapter 3 of the book, including eating on a schedule and balancing certain food groups, the quickest feeling they notice is more energy. They soon realize how much a lack of energy was effecting their quality of life and goals of weight-loss.

I love that you combine a recipe book with lifestyle guide, how do you feel your daily food and mood diary helps people?

There is so much more that goes into eating healthy then just the food. To quote some of my patients when they first see me, “I know what to do, I just don’t do it.” My book tackles all aspects involved in weight control and a goal of weight loss. It was never just about the food or we would be less likely to have these issues of obesity, in some cases also type 2 diabetes and other medical conditions that can be tied to weight. Adding a mood diary to a food journal, and also tracking progress of physical activity, water intake and other parameters, ensures you are tackling more than one aspect involved in weight control. By writing it down, you recognize not only how much you are really eating, but the why, how, when and other important answers to questions that help you achieve better long term weight maintenance. By also incorporating meal plans and recipes, I simply put the clincher on making people feel they can live a real life with real food, it is possible and realistic, and has something tangible they can follow and adjust to fit their real lives.

Do you address concerns that are specific to the kosher consumers? Can you give some examples?

Well, all my meal plans abide by the kashrut guidelines such as not including milk with meat in one meal, waiting the appropriate times after eating meat to have milk, when it comes to a meal plan, and also tackles practical tips for social events that are frequent in the Jewish Community, which includes the weekly Sabbath Meals. Each also incorporate the laws of Bible and Rabbinical authorities when needed, such as the appropriate challah portion on Shabbat and what that counts towards in terms of a starch portion on your plate.

I also look to use the discipline of keeping a kosher diet to use towards keeping a healthier lifestyle and discuss how they are similar behaviors.

What is your background from cooking? how did you learn? what kinds of foods do you like to cook?

I come from both an Asheknazic and Sephardic background (Syrian), so my cooking is eclectic. I then married into a Moroccan family, which further broadened my cooking repertoire. I try to use all the traditional recipes of each ethnicity, from chicken matzo ball soup to yebra and then Morrocan fish and chamin, but I look to make the recipes healthier while maintaining the quality of the heritage and flavors. And I fit them into a balanced meal plan. Also, maintaining simplicity is important to me so others can feel they can create these dishes while on a budget and time crunch.

Thanks Beth, I am so excited about this book and your Chicken and Okra Recipe

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

 

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37 Responses to In The JOK Kitchen With Beth Warren *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: dia

    Sound like an interesting book. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. avatar says: kne

    I’m all for improving my family’s nutrition! Very curious to try this cookbook.

  3. avatar says: Mandy

    This is just the cookbook I have been looking for!

  4. avatar says: shulamuna

    Looks like a fantastic book!

  5. avatar says: Sabine B

    Would be great to know how to cook more healthy.

  6. avatar says: jdh1

    Looks interesting.

  7. avatar says: raizy

    This book sounds great, would live to read it.

  8. avatar says: JennyRose

    This book sounds great – I loved the last question about her eclectic background and how it’s affected her cooking. I have very eclectic cooking habits and it makes the book even more intriguing.

  9. i am interested in cooking as kosher and healthy for my family. can you help?

  10. avatar says: Kayla

    Happy to finally find a cookbook that includes healthy eating with Kosher cooking.

  11. avatar says: Elie h

    I could use a cookbook like this! Always struggling to come up with healthy recipes!

  12. avatar says: Tamar

    A real food life? Well, I like to eat out.

  13. avatar says: deana c

    I have been eating “Real Food” only for a year and a half now. What a difference. Would love the cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  14. avatar says: chayaB

    Looks so unique, can’t wait to check it out!

  15. avatar says: sully1128

    My family has been cleaning out the cupboards and making the switch to “real food.” The book sounds great!

  16. avatar says: feiga

    Excited for a cookbook that combines healthy eating with kosher!

  17. avatar says: Daniel M

    always like trying new recipes.

  18. avatar says: Stefanie

    Excited to see this cookbook

  19. avatar says: Amanda

    I like the combination of healthy and kosher in one cookbook.

  20. avatar says: jraphi

    a crossover cookbook; how interesting.

  21. I’m really excited about this book. I’ve worked really hard over the past year to control my weight and I have found it difficult with Shabbat etc. and all of the eating we do as Jews. I hope to read this book soon!

  22. avatar says: Rachael

    Always looking for more healthy recipes for myself and my family!

  23. avatar says: tamar

    once upon a time, in the previous century, i ran a weight-loss group in a doctor’s office. the doctor provided calorie and nutrition guidance, and i ran the support group. one of the most important discoveries for the participants was their emotional relationship with food. once our members could see a direct connection between overeating and feelings of fear, insecurity, sadness, etc. they were able to take control of their lives. we learned how to separate feelings from food, learned how to find appropriate channels for our feelings, and everyone began to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle–both physically and emotionally. kudos to beth for putting a feelings journal together with her recipes. if we see more of this, it will encourage us all to take control of our lives and make healthy choices. kol hakavod!

  24. avatar says: blima

    if its from G-d its good

  25. avatar says: dkny

    The ideas in this book sound helpful. I would love to win it.

  26. My fiancé loves to cook whatever comes into his head, and we then get to eat randomness and decide if it’s delicious or not. Typically it’s super yummy! :)

  27. sounds like a great cookbook

  28. avatar says: Mom in NJ

    Always trying to eat less processed food, but prepping veggies (checking for bugs) takes so much time.

  29. avatar says: Tammy

    This book belongs in my library.

  30. I would love to read this book, I’m starting to do eat a healthy non-GMO, organic, sustainable kosher diet.

  31. i would love to read this because i want to be healthier

  32. I have no variety to my meals, so I would love to introduce some new meals into my life.

  33. how awesome does this book look..wow..thanks for the chance!

  34. avatar says: Tam

    I always plan to cook healthy. It just doesn’t always happen!

  35. avatar says: Mindy

    Can’t wait to check out this new cookbook with health conscious, diversified and updated recipes.

  36. looking forward to see the journal articles

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