|Pesach/Passover a Nutritional Success or Disaster!Part 2 Be Prepared!|
Although Pesach (Passover) stands for the birth of our people as a nation, it is also a very appropriate time for personal renewal. Let us welcome the springtime this year with a more determined commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Considering the alarming medical facts, preventative health measures are absolutely critical for our own lives and the future of our families.
When you make your lists remember to have the things you need at hand in order to keep you on track—if you neglect yourself you are the one that will suffer the most and everyone around you will suffer in the long run—so if you care about your family care about yourself!
Don’t Start Off Without a Plan:
It's easy to overeat if you don't have a road map specifying your diet and exercise goals. Take the time to plan your menus—shopping lists and all. Prior to the holiday make sure you have your healthy finger foods around and don’t skip meals. We always advocate keeping a food diary, prior to the holiday when things get really hectic that might be the one thing you can give up on but don’t compromise on your determination. Set measurable, attainable goals and reward yourself for sticking to them. Make sure you have really gourmet beautiful dishes that you can healthfully indulge in (that's what EnLITEned Kosher Cooking is all about). Guaranteed most of your guests won’t believe they are healthy dishes and if you have something special for yourself, prepare extra because there will be more people at the table clambering for it.
I'm Moody -- Let's Eat:
People tend to turn to food for comfort when they are tired and/or over extended (falling apart).
Eating will not solve problems.
When you start getting cranky—head out of the kitchen—take a nap---go for a walk. Have a delicious herbal tea, maybe a few nuts and/or small fruit, some deep breadths and just relax, then go back to work
Don’t be an All-or-Nothing Person:
If you ate a plate of fries, you might feel like you've blown it. But don't let one setback completely derail you. Instead, focus on baby steps and reward yourself along the way.
Cut Simple Carbs & Fats Wherever You Can:
If you have a craving for some simple sugars check out some of our great recipes in EnLITEned Kosher Cooking and make sure you have them ready so you don’t grab other high carb/high fat snacks. Any carbs you cut out is a penny earned. See a detailed list below of great ways to cut fats. Go for the healthy satisfying fats like nuts, avocado etc they are satisfying for a longer time span…but watch the portion sizes. Grape juice is one simple carb that really gets used over Passover. Think about preparing a good quality dry or semi dry wine. Try to get whole-wheat matzo---the fiber will help keep you satisfied and more.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses:
Whether it's a sluggish metabolism, lack of time or a dysfunctional thyroid, we're masters of coming up with excuses. Change your outlook, believe you can watch yourself and get through this
If you encounter a mob at the supermarket, things are getting out of hand at home, your becoming overwhelmed……Whenever you can get in 10-15 minutes of brisk walking go for it---remember it’s spring the air is crisp, the birds are chirping, leave your cell phone at home or in the car and enjoy! Remember that this is one of the most monumental and important holidays, make it memorable for yourself and everyone around you, make it the best you can!
REMEMBER DUST IS NOT CHAMETZ