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Many women reach out to me for Intuitive Eating coaching and aren’t sure what they’re going to experience while coaching with me. Will we be focusing on the food? Is this similar to therapy? Will I be telling them what to do?

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94 – Mindfulness. What’s it REALLY about?

Mindfulness has become a buzzword, but really it’s a profound practice that can help so many women in all different periods in their life. Especially in trying times for Klal Yisrael, like the past few weeks have been. But what does it really mean? In this interview, I talk to Dr. Aliza Ancier who specializes…

93 – 30K Downloads is Exciting – BUT

Getting over 30,000 downloads on my podcast is really exciting. I’ve put a lot of work into my podcast over the last almost three years…and it is gratifying to see the numbers go up. It’s a way to celebrate together with you, my listeners, and say THANK YOU for being here on this journey. Here…

92 – Get More LOVE

Let’s talk about LOVE. So many of my clients ask me: “Why is it that when my husband shows me his love, I don’t really feel it so much…it doesn’t feel enough; I always want more!” What’s going on here? We want to be able to receive the love from our loved ones. But maybe…

91 – Tune In: Discover Your Inner Wisdom

On this past Sunday, I led a sample class for my upcoming program, Tune In: Discover Your Inner Wisdom. You can listen to the recording & register for the program here. Bring your favorite warm drink and an open heart and mind… On the agenda: I started off with a grounding meditation I taught a bit…

90 – “Empty promises” and slipping-up. A compassionate approach.

We want to act appropriately towards the people around us. We want to be compassionate. But we’re human, and yes, we slip up. So we apologize… and then we slip up. Again. Is this a familiar cycle? In this episode we explore: How do we make sense of this cycle? Is our apology an “empty…

89 – Intuitive Pesach Cleaning

It’s coming. Pesach is on the horizon and with it comes a growing to-do list, and often a lot of stress. You want to get to the Seder like a mentch. But how? Before you get super overwhelmed, join me in this episode and we’ll explore: How to prioritize your to-do list so it feels…

88 – “So many uncomfortable feelings.” 3 ways to deal with them.

Uncomfortable feelings and emotions? Sometimes we want to run away. We repress, numb, ignore them… Sometimes they come out in tears, anger, overwhelm. Often we just don’t know what to do with them. Many of my clients have asked me recently… “What can I do with all my feelings and emotions? What is the healthy…

87 – Get what YOU need out of Purim, with these 3 things

Purim. It often becomes a frantic blur. We get shlepped along in the chaos of Mishloach Manos, food, costumes… Stretched to our limits, by internal pressure and external pressure. Often we don’t tune into what WE really want to get out of this special day. But this year Purim can be different. This week’s episode…

86 – An important tool to help calm a little girl down about the sister that she’s longing for

85 – Do you ever feel like a pressure cooker and end up lashing out at your loved ones?

84 – “My house is a mess” – A mind-body approach

“My house is such a mess. I literally can’t stay on top of it…I just can’t bring myself to be cleaning up all day; I don’t value it…. I do want my house to be cleaner. I could get a home organizer and a cleaner, but then it would just be a mess again! I…

83 – Should I dream BIG? How to set goals that feel right. (Guided exercise included)

Goals. Goals. Goals. It’s all the hype.  But it leaves us with a bunch of questions.  Join me for this week’s episode where we’ll explore:  How should we set goals? Should we dream big or be “realistic”?  How do you know if your goal is too big and just a fantasy?  What’s the first step…

82 – It’s normal to have BIG reactions to “small” things. Here’s why.

We blame ourselves for “overreacting”: “I just lost it at the car rental lady and I don’t know why!” “I yelled at the kids, and they really weren’t doing anything wrong!” “Why did I get so frustrated with this computer issue?” We don’t want to lose it, but sometimes we feel like we don’t have…

81 – Has mothering with a newborn got you down? with Chaya Shifra Sadoff

Many of my clients are grappling with the newborn phase + other kids, and feel challenged by all the juggling, not to mention how to take care of themselves through it all! When I came across Chaya Shifra’s work, I knew I had to bring her wisdom to my community.  Little known fact about me…

80 – Everyone Can Heal – Not Everyone Will – with Leah Subar

In this episode I’m joined by Leah Subar. Leah is a psychotherapist in private practice who helps individuals live a life that is vibrant, creative, and full of ZEST. Her monthly newsletter reaches people in over 10 countries – and her popular posts and articles on Linkedin are enjoyed by thousands each month. When not…

79 – Overcoming perfectionism. How my podcast has helped me do that.

“My perfectionism is getting in the way of living my life. How did you break out of it?”  So many of us struggle with perfectionism.  And I’m no different.  It has been, and still is, an interesting journey.  And I want to share that with you.  In today’s episode we’ll explore:  Why was my podcast…

78 – Outside In and Inside Out. 2 ways to deal with body image – PLUS A GUIDED MEDITATION

How do we create real lasting change with our relationship with our body? How can we stop obsessively checking our reflection? In this episode we’ll explore: Why you need a “doing” not just a “being” approach to heal your body image Why it’s not all about guided imagery and meditations.  What this has to do…

77 – Stop convincing yourself you look great. Do this instead.

Who hasn’t thought this:  “Uhhhhh I’ve got nothing to wear” “I hate my nose” “My legs are so fat” “My belly is gross” “I don’t want anyone to see me like this” For years we’ve suffered from so much self-criticism about our bodies. And the surrounding cultures have reinforced it too! So how can we…

76 – It’s okay to want your body to change. How to find the middle ground.

In this week’s episode we answer the following question about BODY ACCEPTANCE: “On the one hand, I totally connect to the whole positive body image thing. No matter my weight, I can accept my body.  When I exercise, it’s out of love not to change it. But on the other hand, I would like to…

75 – From migraines to back pain. How I found mind-body work and what it can do for you.

Migraines and back pain.  Argh. They would knock me out for days.  I’d fight them and resist then and it would just get worst. Until I stumbled across Dr. Sarno’s work. Not only did it help me with these types of pain, but it totally shifted the way I experience any emotion and discomfort, and…

74 – The Feminine Support System (and why we need it)

What’s getting in your way of asking for help? I’m ashamed: “Everyone else has their lives together; why do I need it?” I’m scared: “Will they just give us their opinion; are they going to just listen?” I’m strong: “I’ll be ok I made it this far; I’ll keep going” I have clarity: “I’m working…

73 – Awakening Greatness with Sara Shaindel Goldwasser

In this episode I interview Sara Shaindel Goldwasser about how we can awaken greatness in our parenting and relationships.  Sara Shaindel is a Certified Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) Trainer. For more info about Sara Shaindel’s upcoming courses and to register please contact AwakeningGreatness123@gmail.com. — Download my free “Tune In Journal” and accompanying guided meditation here. For more…

72 – Inner child work is NOT just about childhood wounds.

“Inner Child Work” It’s become trendy in the self help world. And also controversial. What’s all the noise about? Is it worth exploring? In this episode, we’ll discuss: What’s all the controversy about? What is the misunderstanding about inner-child work? Is inner-child work really dangerous? Is it only safe to do it with a therapist?…

71 – Yom Tov Overwhelm? You’re HUMAN. Practical steps to get YOUR needs met.

Yep, you’re human. Not superhuman. So especially at this time of year you may also be feeling overworked and overwhelmed.  In this episode we’ll explore different techniques to recharge your internal batteries, be kind to yourself, and still get all your tasks done. How do use breathwork and grounding before you lose it How to…

70 – In the garbage? Where do unwanted thoughts and feelings go?

We don’t always want to face our challenging thoughts and feelings.  It’s much easier to ignore them? Right? Well it’s worked until now. Or has it? In this week’s episode we’ll explore: Where do challenging thoughts and feelings go when we ignore them? Does bringing awareness to our problems cause them to get worse?  What…

69 – Willpower is NOT the X factor — so what is?

We’re led to believe that success comes to the person with the most willpower. “I’d be so healthy if only I had willpower” “I’d be so fit if only I had willpower” “I’d be so patient if only I had willpower” Right? Wrong? So if willpower won’t give me the results that I want –…

68 – Vessel of Truth with Fally Klein

This week on the podcast I interview Fally Klein, a hypnotherapist and intimacy counselor in Brooklyn, NY.  We talk about Vessel of Truth. Intrigued? Listen to this episode for more. Sign up for Fally’s course by emailing initiatoryexperience@gmail.com.

67 – Food. Why’s it SO hard to follow a food plan?

Food. Food plans. Argh. Why does food have to be sooooo all-encompassing and stressful?  I know – I’ve been there.  But why is it like that? There must be an easier way.  In this episode we’ll answer:  What is easier than a food plan? What are the basic building blocks to self care? What our…

66 – Guilt, Arguments, and Self-care

One of these things just doesn’t belong… Or does it? Listen in to this week’s episode where I discuss: What self-care really means How to end arguments What to do when you have no time for self-care Is shame a Jewish value?

65 Self-care is Anti-Jewish. Or is it?

We’re taught that a core Jewish value is to keep going, keep trying…and push with all you’ve got. Push push push at all costs… But is that really the most effective way? How does that fit in with the value of self-care?  What about slowing down and taking time for yourself? Is that anti-Jewish? Is…

64 Should I “toughen up” or “soften up”? A NEW survival strategy

When you experience an “out-of-place” emotion, do you:  1) Tell yourself to “toughen up.” and just “keep marching on”? Or  2) Embrace each emotion with gentle compassionate listening and curiosity? Hmmm.  Most of us will instinctively respond like number 1:  Why is that? When did we become so tough on ourselves? How can we get…

63 – Have you met Debbie Downer? (How to gently help her climb out of the dumps)

We’ve all met Debbie Downer. That ever-present-inner voice that always has something negative to say.  She: Second guesses our decisions. Criticizes our parenting (and our husbands). And predicts the worst of our financial situation…  With her discouraging words – she really puts a downer on life. So what can we do with Debbie Downer?  How…

62 – Relationships – Why don’t we get the RESULTS we want?

ARGH. It can be so frustrating when we don’t get the results we want. Our kids don’t cooperate with our orders Our body doesn’t respond to our diet Our husband doesn’t listen to our requests We really want those results, but then we get a resounding no! Where are we going wrong? In this podcast…

61 – We “KNOW” what to do, so why don’t we do it? Let’s talk about REGULATION.

We “know” how to eat healthily. We’ve read a million blogs on home organization. And we made a list of how to build our businesses. So why do we veer off our path and how can we get back on it? Why can’t we maintain the standards we really want , and how can we…

60 – Meet The Kvetch Klub (Find a new way to get your needs met)

We all have areas in our life where we struggle. And often we resort to a good old kvetch. (Which sometimes is needed) but often is the default for lack of a better tool! And then everyone starts firing their advice and opinions at us – Oi vey. That doesn’t help either.  Why is this?…

59 – The gentle yet effective way to change your thoughts (it’s different to most approaches)

I was fed up of our tiny apartment. Our noisy neighbors. The plumbing issues. And I was full of negative thoughts about our situation. What should I have done?  Were my thoughts valid?  Should I have tried to change them? Would that have helped me? At that time, someone told me that my struggles with…

58 – Should I follow my gut-instinct? (The difference between INTUITION and IMPULSE)

We all want to make the “right choices” in our lives (especially the women I work with). We suspect that if we follow our intuition we’ll make better choices, which will lead us towards our goals. But we’re often hesitant to really let intuition guide us. Should I listen to my gut? Is my gut…

57 – Breaking NEWS. Big changes. New podcast name, new business direction. My husband interviews me about this new beginning

I can’t believe this is finally happening! Behind the scenes here in “Rena Reiser Land”, there have been a lot of changes. The truth is, the changes have been bubbling under the surface for nearly three years… But now it’s really happening and we’re gonna spill the beans. In this episode, my husband makes a…

56 – Stop forcing and start feeling: Practical exercises to deal with emotions and impulsive eating

I got this question from one of our listeners. I don’t stop eating until I’m overfull. I know that I don’t need more, but I find myself eating my kids’ leftovers, and taking more food, and I recognize that there’s some sort of emotion that’s driving me to eat, but I don’t know what the…

Too Much Weight

And Eat It Too How does it happen that a woman who for years, possibly decades, was afraid to make her own choices in regards to her food intake finally lets go and learns to trust herself? Enter Intuitive Eating (IE), an approach that is gaining explosive traction in the world at large, and in…

55 – Calming Meditation: Feel safe and supported when life seems unstable

I know many women are experiencing tension and stress around this whole pandemic. I want to offer you a chance to slow down, and relax with my latest episode. A Calming Meditation: Feel safe and supported when life seems unstable. In this guided exercise I’ll show you how you can: – Pay attention to any…

54 – It’s Motzei Purim – I’m exhausted and surrounded by nosh!

I’m sure you can relate! Listen in to this episode where I share my non-magical tips about getting back into things after Purim.

53 – Not Perfect but Possible: A Deep Purim Preparation

Purim is the time for us to take off our mask and step into who we really are. Listen in for a guided meditation to envision your ideal self.

52 – Instead of eating an apple, I eat nosh

51 – I keep eating more instead of moving on with my day

50 – Healing childhood wounds through our relationship with food

49 – Eating when not hungry? There’s a space

48 – Using A Bandaid to Heal A Broken Bone

47 – Shouldn’t I make my kids finish their plate?

It’s the question of the year!

46 – When we’re emotionally starving

45 – Guided Exercise on Missing Somebody

What do you do when you miss somebody, and there’s no way to fill the void? In this episode I take you through a guided exercise.

44 – What are you truly hungry for?

When we’re hungry, it’s not always for food. What are you truly hungry for?

43 – Binyomin Weil MS RD CDN – Intuitive Eating for Men

Binyomin  Weil, MS RD CDN is Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. He uses intuitive eating and a non-diet approach to help people make eating enjoyable and improve their help. In addition he also works at a genetic metabolic clinic working with people who have rare genetic disorders requiring a specialized diet. He can be reached at (516) 612-8862…

42 – Sara Schwartz, ReJewvenate Studio

Sara Schwartz is a Jewish woman, wife and mom living in LA. She has a passion for expressing herself and Judaism through her artwork @sarasjewishart and dance movement @rejewvenate_studio. She recognizes she is a work in progress and strives for self compassion.

41 – Gila-Rena Duo – Does WLS Fix Binge Eating and Body Image?

40 – Tamar Rothenberg, RDN – Intuitive Eating After Breast Cancer.

Tamar Rothenberg, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in nutrition for breast cancer thrivers. She is a member of the Oncology Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has a Certificate of Training in Vegetarian Nutrition. She uses nutrition strategies, intuitive eating, mindfulness, body acceptance, and plant foods…

39 – Gila-Rena Duo – Boring Self-Care

Let’s define this for once and for all!

38 – Rachelle Heinemann, LMHC – Psychoanalysis in recovery

Rachelle is a licensed mental health counselor based in NYC and Brooklyn. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and emotional eating as well as exercise addiction and body image struggles. She also works with those challenged by depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties and career stress. ​ Rachelle’s treatment approach is grounded in psychoanalytic…

37 – Feeling Fear with the Gila-Rena Duo

36 – Kindergarten IE vs Graduate Level – The Path of Growth with the Gila-Rena duo

35 – Basya Pessin, LCSW – Challenging Your Beliefs

Basya Pessin is a Psychotherapist licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been practicing for close to a decade. She sees women, young adults, and teens in her private practice, and teaches social work students. She guides clients to build self awareness and discover how their past…

34 – Aliza Abish – Metaphors in Recovery

In this episode I speak with Aliza Abish, dietitian in Lakewood, where we talk about dieting and eating disorder recovery. Aliza does a beautiful job explaining this using metaphors, which I absolutely love! Before we jump into this episode, I want to let you know that I’ll be leading a workshop on compassion starting next…

33 – Gila-Rena Duo – Post-Sukkos Shame and Guilt

In this episode I get together with Gila Glassberg and we talk about the shame and guilt that many women feel this time of year about their eating on Sukkos…and in life. Apply for coaching with Gila at www.gilaglassberg.com. Apply for coaching with Rena at www.mindovermunchies.com.

32 – Ahuva Gottdiener – Health Without Obsession

In this episode I interview Ahuva Gottdiener of @homegrownkosher about her artisan sourdough microbakery serving the Monsey area (which is under the hashgacha of Rabbi Aron Lankry), and how she goes about making healthy choices for her family without it being an obsession. Order your bread today at www.homegrownkosher.com. Apply for coaching with Rena at…

31 – Gila-Rena Duo – Food and Emotions on Rosh Hashana

In this episode I get together with Gila Glassberg and we talk about the challenges regarding food, family, and emotions on Rosh Hashana, and give some practical tips. Apply for coaching with Gila at www.gilaglassberg.com. Apply for coaching with Rena at www.mindovermunchies.com.

30 – Bari Mitzmann – Stop commenting on people’s size

Bari Mitzmann is a wife, mother of two, and content creator who partners with women of all backgrounds to provide personal growth support. Bari believes the antidote to many 21st century problems facing modern women is more meaningful connection. To that end, she has left a career in teaching and outreach to reach out to…

29 – Tahlia Mollot – Being a larger woman in this world

Tahlia Mollot was born in raised in Brooklyn, NY in “out of town” Manhattan Beach where she enjoyed the rare luxury of Parking Spots and trees. After living in Eretz Yisroel for 6+ years, with her husband and little ones, and a quick layover in Brooklyn for 3 years, she is currently living in Seattle,…

28 – Bonnie R. Giller, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE – How to manage a health condition alongside IE

In this episode I talk to Bonnie R. Giller, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE, about how to how to manage a health condition alongside IE, and how the two are not a contradiction. Here are some great quotes from this episode: For all those years, I would have to be the one trying to figure out…

27 – Chanchi Milecki – The Soul Styler

Chanchi Milecki is a color and style specialist. Using a holistic approach, she integrates personality, color, body and soul into unified design to highlight a person’s light and strength. Chanchi studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she is a graduate of the Color Designers International, and has been working with clients for…

26 – Blimie Heller – When your daughter wants to lose weight

In this episode I bring Blimie Heller, Parenting Coach, back on the podcast (she was on my very first episode!) to talk about what to do when your daughter wants to lose weight. If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, you’ll want to check out my coaching program, Mind Over Munchies, where we take the…

25 – Chaya Sara Levin, Rock Solid Self

I interview Chaya Sara Levin of Rock Solid Self. We discuss how to REALLY feel good about ourselves, what is at the root of the way we feel about ourselves, and how to get the most out of our lives with inner peace. Chaya Sara Levin is a self-esteem coach whose dream is to spread…

Episode 24 — Bruchy Moskovics, LMSW, CCLS

Listen in to Episode 24 of the Jewish Intuitive Eating Journeys podcast where I interview Bruchy Moskovics, LMSW, CCLS about connecting to our bodies, how shame stops any chance for lasting change, and how to incorporate more creative tools to helps us on this journey called life. Bruchy Moskovics, LMSW, CCLS is a graduate of…

Episode 23 — Listener Q&A with Rena Reiser

In this episode I answer questions like: 1) How do I eat healthy on a kollel budget? 2) Intuitive Eating sounds like a pipedream — help?! 3) If someone is overweight, isn’t it better for them to go on a diet?

Episode 22 — Fay Brezel, founder of OKclarity.com

Episode 21 — Esther Goldstein, LCSW — healing mind, body, and soul

Esther Goldstein LCSW is psychotherapist and trauma specialist who runs a private practice called Integrative Psychotherapy, located in Cedarhurst of the Five Towns of Long Island, NY. Esther’s practice provides treatment focused on healing individuals on mind, body and soul levels. Esther feels humbled to be involved in the healing and transformative work of both…

Episode 20 — Ruchi Koval — Ruchi’s journey, husbands, and acceptance

Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and Associate Director of Congregation JFX, a kiruv community in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a Jewish educator for two decades, leading mussar groups for adults and teens, and mentoring educators around the world. Ruchi is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, musician, author, and mother of seven. She is…

Episode 19 — Shevi Samet — Pesach freedom, food freedom

Shevi Samet has been educating women and girls for the last 15+ years. A sought after kallah instructor and mentor, she is known for her ability to reach students from across the Jewish spectrum with passion, clarity and in depth knowledge of halacha and haskafa. Having served as a campus Rebbetzin and as a high…

Episode 18 – Rivki Berman, MS, RD – Pesach Prep with Intuitive Eating

Rivki Berman is a Registered Dietitian and owner of RB Nutrition, a private practice in Fair Lawn, NJ. Rivki practices a realistic, sustainable, intuitive eating approach to nutrition and health and works with all adults looking to change and improve their relationship with food for good. Her specialties are in PCOS, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, and…

Episode 17 — Chava Lederer, MSc.

Chava Lederer, MSc., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Jerusalem. She works with adolescents and adults, specializing in shock and complex/developmental trauma, as well as disordered eating and body image. She welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries at ledererchava@gmail.com.

Episode 16 — Dina Cohen, MS RDN CEDRD

Dina Cohen, MS RDN CEDRD, is the owner of EatWellSoon, a practice that provides nutritional counseling for clients of all ages and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Dina utilizes a Health at Every Size approach to support her clients in adopting healthy behaviors without making the scale the boss. She is dedicated to…

Episode 15 – The Gila-Rena Duo

In this episode, Gila Glassberg joins me as we clear up a misunderstanding about one aspect of Intuitive Eating.

Intuitive Eating Q&A with Karen Koren

Episode 14 – Eliana Cline, The Feeding Coach

Eliana Cline lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and children. Her own traumatic feeding experience when her eldest child was 4 months old led her to the trust-based feeding model which transformed her family’s life. She now teaches parents how to feed their children with confidence and handle common feeding struggles which arise.…

Episode 13 – Rachel Tuchman, LMHC

Rachel Tuchman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over ten years of experience. She has worked with many diverse populations including incarcerated women at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility, kids and adults with developmental delays, kids with behavior issues, overwhelmed parents looking for skills and support, teens struggling with the pressures of adolescence and…

Episode 12 – Yaffi Lvova, RDN

Yaffi Lvova, RDN is an experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (follow this link to read why nutrition credentials are essential) and a proud mom of twins plus one. She created Toddler Test Kitchen as a way to introduce children to unfamiliar foods in a safe way—a way that builds confidence and self-reliance, while spending quality time…

Episode 11 – Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD, INC. Private Practice. Robyn began her career at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as the in-patient dietitian in the Department of Cardiology. Over the last twenty two years she has developed her own private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, where she specializes in medical conditions, disordered eating, eating disorders,…

Episode 10 – Aviva Barnett, MSW

Aviva Barnett, MSW, is a Three Principles educational consultant, certified IHEART (Innate Health Education And Resiliency Training) facilitator and Transformational Seminar Leader. For over a decade, Aviva has been sharing a psychological paradigm that promotes hope and healing via workshops, seminars, community events and private consulting sessions. She also trains others practitioners. Her presentations are…

Episode 9 — Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is the co-author of the book that started this all — Intuitive Eating! Website: www.evelyntribole.com

Episode 8 – Bracha Kopstick, RD

Bracha Kopstick is a Registered Dietitian with a private practice based in Toronto, Canada. She helps parents feed their children in a way that is nourishing and stress free. Through her counseling, blogs, and speaking presentations, Bracha aims to set children up with the food relationship and eating skills to be well- long term! Website:…

Bright Ideas

The Light-Bulb Moment It was a bright day in the village of Kazomere. The town had received its very first electric light bulb. It hung proudly in the town hall, a token of gratitude from a visiting ambassador. All 2,512 of the village’s residents passed by it every night to bask in its magical glow.…

Episode 7 – Rachel Goodman, RD, CDN

Rachel Goodman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a private practice based in Brooklyn, NY where she helps Jewish moms rid themselves of food guilt & anxiety so they can live life fully in health and happiness – without food stress! She also helps people live a nourishing life in mind, body, and soul through…

Beyond Waze

Technology—can’t live with it, can’t live without it. How many of us even take our normal routes nowadays without activating our GPS or Waze? Maybe there’s traffic. Maybe there’s a speed trap. What if Waze knows of some shortcut I never even thought about? Just imagine, as technology gets more and more advanced, we’ll have…

Episode 6 – Faigy Pollock

Faigy Pollock is the creator of “Unblock Your Way to Oneness”, a comprehensive course on the Torah’s perspective of marital intimacy and practical application of that knowledge. Faigy is a certified EFT practitioner and acclaimed kallah teacher. Through her work in EFT Faigy has helped hundreds of women overcome hardships in their marriages with her…

Rescued from Non-Dessert-ed Island

Suspension bridges are frightening—some more than others. But the most frightening suspension bridge in the world is in a faraway place called Non-Dessert-ed Island. The bridge sits at the far end of the island, waiting, still and serene, daring all the inhabitants to cross it and find their way to freedom. Many of them wish…

Episode 5 – Miriam Raskin

Miriam Raskin, AKA, freedom dancer, uses dance to empower women and girls to join the bandwagon of food and mental freedom. Her message is to let go of the feigned control we think we have on our lives, and to give that over to the legitimate overseer. It is the singular way that we could…

Podcast Interview with Jewish Latin Princess – #2

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Interview with Jewish Latin Princess

Episode 4 – Pnina Baim

Pnina Baim is the director of development and career school programs at TTI. She is also the editor of chief of design and publisher of Tmunah Jr, a Torah magazine for children where all members of our community are represented. See past issues on tmunah.com and amazon.com. She has also published three books, including a…

Episode 3 – Rivky Oster

Rivky Oster lives in Monsey, NY, and is very passionate to get the message out to the world that dieting does not work and there is another way, since she has been in those shoes!! She’s currently in training to be an Intuitive Eating coach to spread the message to as many woman as she can.…

Mirror, Mirror

The mashal Here is a fable of a balabusta, Sarah, who lived somewhere very similar to your somewhere, at a time very similar to your time. Sarah awoke one morning several years after her first morning of being a fresh-faced kallah. Many children and leaky A/C ducts and mortgages had passed over her during those…

Episode 2 – Gila Glassberg, MS, RDN, CDN

Gila Glassberg is a Master’s level registered dietitian located in Woodmere, New York. She is passionate about helping frum women like herself make peace with themselves through the process of self care and intuitive eating. She is compassionate and authentic – as she has changed her own relationship with herself and with food using the…

Episode 1 – Blimie Heller, Parenting Coach

Blimie Heller is a wife and mom who is passionate about helping parents raise their children in the most gentle and respectful way possible. She discovered intuitive eating around 2 years ago and has been on the journey for over a year now. The joy and liberation she found when finally giving up the diet…

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The Need for Control

Once upon a time, long, long ago, diets were interesting and trendy crazes that people attempted in an effort to slim down. ​Nowadays, dieting has become the standard way to eat. So many children of the last few generations grew up being inculcated with a panoply of eating behaviors like counting calories, curbing carbs, shunning…

You Can’t Construct the Perfect Plate

Whenever we begin a discussion on Intuitive Eating, a pressing question undeniably pops up: Sounds nice in theory, but isn’t eating as many deep-fried Oreos as I want bad for me? What about health? We’ll boil down the many-pronged answer into a single sentence: When you free your psyche from the diet mentality, and nurture…

Intuition in Relationships: A conversation with Chana Eisenstein, CPC

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Intuitive Eating or Impulsive Eating?

“Whenever I eat intuitively, I just end up overeating potato chips and chocolate.” This is the line I hear from close to half the people I speak to who are new to the concept of Intuitive Eating. To the above line, I like to respond with my own one-liner: “That sounds like impulsive eating, not…

Exercise Should Not Make You Want to Die

“You probably want to die right now.” In a particularly heart-pounding sequence of an at-home workout DVD, personal trainer Jillian Michaels expresses in a single phrase why we tend to view the act of moving our bodies as an inherently painful activity. (It’s supposed to hurt, right?) It’s no coincidence that Michaels, known as “TV’s toughest trainer”, was an…

The Selflessness of Self-Care: A webinar with Gila Glassberg, MS, RDN, CDN

Matzah, Matzah Everywhere But Not a Bite to Eat

While your neshamah is filled with excitement for this upcoming Pesach, your guf may give you great concern. For many people, Pesach—or more specifically, eating on Pesach—can be downright scary. “What am I supposed to eat?” is a common refrain this time of year. How much matzah, eggs, and potatoes can a human being be…

Respect Your Body as It Is

Is your closet filled with clothes that haven’t fit you in years? Do you refuse to accept the body you have as your own, and instead, cling to an idealized image you hope (with enough diet and exercise) your body will become? Are you waiting to lose weight before giving your body the love and…

Cleaning your nervous system for Pesach

Rena’s Guide to Eating Mishloach Manos

Mishenichnas Adar marbim…b’Pesach cleaning. Purim undoubtedly presents one of the great dichotomies of the Jewish year. On the one hand, it is itself a time of tremendous joy, and we brim over with excitement for Geulah with Pesach imminently approaching. On the other hand, it creates major stress in the home. We are already nervous…

Intuitive Eating — Adar — Principle #7 Honor Your Feelings without Using Food — Olam Yehudi February 2018

Ice cream is great, isn’t it? What comfort can equal the cold, thick spoonsful of sweet cream on your tongue, the chewy chocolate nibs and cookie dough chunks that linger after each bite of deliciousness falls away? When we turn to cream and sugar during those emotionally-laden moments, we are acting not only from impulse,…

Sappy Self Care

I’ve decided to take a lesson from the trees and learn how to play the piano. Before you start wondering when the last time was that you saw a tree play a piano, I’ll explain what I mean. All my life I always wished I were more musical. I love music, but I’m not much…

The topic of weight loss

I’m back with a response to the second question from one of our readers from a few weeks ago. If you have a question you’d like me to answer please email it to me! Here’s her question again: “The ideas behind intuitive eating make so much sense . . But at the end of the…

Intuitive Eating — Shvat — Principle #6 Discover the Satisfaction Factor — Olam Yehudi January 2018

Elisheva remembers how birthdays were celebrated in her high school: on your big day friends would leave birthday gifts on your desk — homemade happy birthday signs, a balloon or two, and always an aluminum pan of home-baked cake, which much of the time was a fat-free concoction of flour, applesauce, and artificial sweeteners. Did…

“At the end of the day I’m an emotional eater”

I’m glad to be back with another question from one of our readers. If you have a question you’d like me to answer please email it to me! Here’s our next question: “The ideas behind intuitive eating make so much sense . . But at the end of the day I’m an emotional eater and…

Intuitive Eating — Teves — Principle #5 Respect Your Fullness — Olam Yehudi December 2017

In her witty handbook “When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair” Geneen Roth depicts the incredulousness chronic dieters display when they are given the advice to eat what they want when hungry and stop when they are full: I can’t believe you’re saying I can eat what I want. You don’t know…

What Are You Truly Hungry For?

Once a year, Chavie strives for the ultimate in balabusta perfection. She works out strategies and implements initiatives so this year’s event will run smoother than the last. She walks around, day after day, repeating affirmations that even though last year didn’t meet her aspirations, this year, all will be better. What annual event has…

A Menu Full of Soul Food

The air outside is fresh and crisp. The temperatures are dropping like the leaves. The Yamim Tovim are over and a feeling of calm and stability has returned to day-to-day life. All the inspiration of the last two months combined with this newfound calm causes you think to yourself, “Hmm. Now would be a really…

Intuitive Eating — Kislev — Principle #4 Challenge The Food Police

Indulge in Decadent Brownies! Try this Sinful Hazelnut Truffles Recipe! Try Our No-guilt Potato Chips! The above statements are not genuine ad headlines, but they could be. And what they reveal about our society is that we have absorbed the diet culture so deeply that non-diet food is considered morally wrong. Consider diets that espouse…

Perfection in our eating

It’s been awhile since I took a reader’s question and answered it, and I’m glad to be back at it. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in an upcoming email, feel free to send it to me. I love answering your questions! Here are some questions that came in from one…

Intuitive Eating — Cheshvan — Principle #3 Make Peace With Food

“Making peace with food means allowing all foods into your eating world, so that a choice for chocolate becomes emotionally equal to a choice for a peach.” — “Intuitive Eating” The Dieting Dilemma Want to succeed at dieting? It’s simple — you just need willpower. The prevailing theory of weight loss tells us that sticking…

Forgiveness, Perspective, and Guilt with Our Eating

There was once a rav who was on his way to an important event wearing a freshly laundered suit. He was walking hurriedly through the busy streets and as he passed under a balcony, a housewife unwittingly dumped a bucket of dirty mop water right on his head. The rav turned around, as calmly and briskly as before, and…

Intuitive Eating — Tishrei — Principle #2 Honor Your Hunger

Tishrei – Principle #2 Honor Your Hunger By Rena Reiser and Elisheva Blumberg Can You Feel Your Heart Beat? At this very moment your heart beats—can you feel it? This miraculous organ pumps life-giving blood throughout the body at an average of 80 times per minute, and it goes about it in a manner as…

How NOT to be Mechanech Your Body

It was another 6 p.m. battle of wills. Tomorrow was going to be an early morning, so bedtime needed to be on time. But there were art supplies everywhere and two mischievous toddlers sitting among them, unfed and unbathed. “Moishe…Chanie…” Rivka intoned in her best keep-it-cool mommy voice. “Time to stop coloring and clean up.”…

GPS vs waze

As vacation rolls around we venture away from our safe abode and explore other parts of this beautiful country. That means renting a car so we get to places that are otherwise difficult to get to via public transportation. The car, an upgrade (thanks, Hashem!), came fully equipped with a GPS, so we were confident…

Intuitive Eating — Elul — Principle #1 Reject the Diet Mentality

Elul – Principle #1 Reject the Diet Mentality “They would coddle [the food] like a baby or handle it and look over it as they would some gold. They played with it like kids making mud pies” – from the Minnesota Starvation Study, 1944-1945. The Diet Mentality Leads to Food Obsession The ironic truth of…

Sugar obsessed… or are you just stressed?

Dassy has had a long day at work. When she returns home, as per her ritual, she goes straight to little Nachi. She scoops him up into her arms, takes a deep breath and feels her muscles begin to unclench. A feeling of bliss washes over her. Chevi looks forward to Shabbos all week long.…

Intuitive Eating: How To Drop Your Diet And Make Food Your Friend

Have you ever seen a kid push away a plate of the most luscious chocolate dessert because she is full? What seems to require superhuman effort to us is completely natural to a young child who has not yet been taught to restrict food for weight loss or other external reasons. Before we learned to…

A fress-mess…or a dance-fest?

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of “Intuitive Eating”? For many people, they think it means eating whatever you want, and that they’ll be stuffing their faces with chocolate all day. It’s true that one of the principles of Intuitive Eating is “Make Peace With Food”, meaning, there’s room…

Tisha b’av and your relationship with food (and yourself)

It’s about an hour before Tisha B’av and I have been wanting to write something to you for the last few days, and haven’t had the chance. Here’s what I wanted to say in really short form. Last year on the night of Tisha B’av I listened to a shiur by Chevi Garfinkel on TorahAnytime. I…

days when you’re feeling down about your body

I posted the following question about body image in the Intuitive Eating for Jewish Women group yesterday. “What do you do on those days when you’re feeling down about your body? If dieting is no longer a solution, what is?” The irony of it was that it seemed many of the responses were directed at…

Experiential eating

People often ask me if it’s okay from an Intuitive Eating perspective to do other things while they eat, like read a book, watch a video, or talk on the phone. Intuitive Eating would ask you to sit with your food sometimes without doing those things. It might not feel natural at first, and eventually…

Intuitive…sleeping??

Like many women I know, I struggle with getting enough sleep. It dawned on me about a year ago that I already had the solution to my sleep issues… When a couple of ladies in the Intuitive Eating for Jewish Women fb group asked for some sleep help, I knew I had to record a short training…

Eating to live, not living to eat

One of the things I work on behind the scenes is finding opportunities to spread the word about Intuitive Eating in the frum world. I’m grateful to my friend Sara for matching me up with The Lakewood Shopper for an interview about Intuitive Eating. The article was published last week, and you can read it…

Intuitive Sleeping

Podcast Interview with Jewish Latin Princess

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my lunch date

My 8.5 year old son took me out for lunch the other day. This beautifully balanced spread is what he chose off the menu for us to eat. There was no prompting from me. This luscious, chocolatey mass is what he chose for us for dessert. He told me that the whipped cream tasted boring,…

the real cost of dieting

Question for you: How much time, energy, heartache, stress, preoccupation, and self consciousness does dieting cost you? Maybe dieting “works” for you. So let me reverse the question: How much time, energy, heartache, stress, preoccupation, and self consciousness does being OFF a diet cost you? If there was no diet to be on or off…

your dusty thermometer

We each have a built-in hunger/fullness-ometer. It’s called your body. Don’t be afraid to use it! It loves you too much. I know, it may sometimes feel like a complicated read. Pretend it’s a dusty thermometer that you can’t read very clearly right now. No matter how hard you scrub, it’s just a matter of…

How perceiving your heart beat helps you notice when you’re hungry

weight loss expectations

A reader asked: “You give a perspective that is very different than all that I have heard in the past.  Just to clarify, is a person really not able to change their set point for weight? Also, what if a person’s set point seems to have changed (based on age, other factors), are you saying…

it almost didn’t happen

I was SO sure I didn‘t need to check my admin login information. The nagging, responsible voice inside me told me that checking it was the professional thing to do. Of COURSE I wanted to be professional about it, so I went ahead and did so. It all seemed to be in order. Five minutes…

the annual post-Pesach freak out

It’s the post Pesach diet freak out season. You have two choices: 1) You can continue down the same yo-yo path once again. You may have done that already many times over. “Gotta walk off those pounds…again.” “I’m starting over at weight watchers…once again.” “I need to stop eating carbs…yet again.” 2) If you’re tired…

how not to mindlessly eat before Pesach

Last week a reader asked: “Do you have any insights to share about how not to mindlessly eat next week when there is no real food around next week? I should be organized and double things I make this week (which I thought I did, but people here inhaled 1.5 kilo of meatballs yesterday so…

if a bird lands on top of your food

If a bird lands on top of your food and no one sees it, did it really land on your food? This past Shabbos afternoon, after a lovely meal, we went for a short walk. We left our Shabbos table with dessert cookies still on it, along with whatever leftover challah pieces weren’t yet eaten. And…we left…

expectations on Purim

It’s Purim day and there’s so much good food everywhere. Is it possible to control yourself — and your kids? My friend and colleague Elisheva Dorfman helped me put together these free resources for you to help you have a more mindful and intuitive eating experience this Purim. Eating Mindfully on Purim by me: https://renareiser.com/eating-mindfully-on-purim/…

intuitive Pesach outfit shopping

I’m amazed about how much of our lives are guided by rules and principles and measurements that don’t serve us well. Here are a few examples and some lessons we can learn. I went shopping for a new outfit for Pesach. Admittedly, I don’t actually know what size clothing I wear, so it made for…

Ditch the Diets — Mishpacha Teen Pages Feb 2017

Children are being put on diets from as young as 3 years old. Let’s help our teens overcome the diet mentality they’ve been exposed to for so long. This article that was originally published in Mishpacha Magazine’s Teen Pages in February 2017 helps our teens get started on this journey towards greater self-confidence through Intuitive…

icy cold water

It’s been pretty cold this week here in Karmiel. Of course, when you consider the fact that I’m originally from Toronto, the weather makes it look like it’s spring! Nevertheless, Israeli homes are cold. One side effect of it being cold is that our tap water is veeery cold. And I, Rena Reiser, do not…

the bored couch

We have a rule in our house that if someone complains that they’re bored they have to go sit on the couch and feel their boredom. I know, it’s a little crazy. I think it’s important to learn how to be okay with uncomfortable feelings, like boredom. 😉 The other day my son had a…

vacation highlights

Recently, a dozen brave souls joined me on a journey to a destination unknown. Before we took off, some were feeling stressed, some were feeling frazzled. As we set sail who could have foretold that we would end up snorkeling in the Caribbean, strolling down the streets of Rechavia mid-morning, and taking in the views…

What’s your favorite sufgania on Chanukah?

Recipes flying. Oil frying. Calories multiplying. It’s that time of the year again, folks. 8 days of oil, sugar, and carbs (and miracles and wonders, of course). It’s a time of year where our fear of gaining weight runs wild. A time where many of us want to cling onto any last remnant of healthy…

thoughts on quitting

I was chatting with my friend the other day about her business. Her product isn’t selling. She just isn’t making money fast enough. It seemed like it was time to throw in the towel. They are already deep in debt. The logical thing seems to be to give up the business and go get a…

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

This is probably the #1 line said by IT. And as a tech nerd, this totally should have been clear to me last night when I was trying to put some mp3s onto my iPod*. (*An iPod is an ancient audio playing device used by dumbphone users. In some versions you are required to press…

“track”ing your progress

There were plans to expand the train here in the north so that we here in Karmiel can connect to the main train line in the rest of the country. They started building it about 2 years ago, and the estimated date of completion is in March 2017. We’re coming up to the end! It’s…

Dear Rena: My detox makes me angry

Dear Rena, I've been thinking of joining a "30 Day Detox Program". I realized that I have a really bad attitude about it and the rules are just making me angry. Can you help me sort through my feelings about it? Thanks, Aviva Dear Aviva, Thank you for your question. I completely understand you about…

Dear Rena: Help, my body’s screaming for chocolate

What do you do when your body is craving the things you know are not good for you? I wish my body would stop screaming for chocolate and cake! Please post some advice! Thanks for sending in this great question! I get a variation of this a lot, so I would bet it is a…

I don’t want fresh vegetables

Summer is upon us and it has come with a vengeance! It is SO hot here. Like over 100 degrees hot. There’s something that happens to me every time it gets this hot: I have zero interest in eating fresh vegetables. They hurt my stomach. Make me feel bloated. Give me nausea. But toast with…

Where’s the line between knowing your weaknesses and self-deprecation?

It’s been a really short week with Shavuos, and I still wanted to send you something this week. So here’s a short and sweet thought for you that I’ve been pondering these last few days. I’ve been working on a new class I want to give you, my dear ladies. It’s still in the works,…

How to have your (cheese)cake and eat it too

When Shavuos rolls around, the talk is all about recipes for the most delicious dairy dishes and cheesecakes. And, of course, all the tips and tricks to enjoy it all without gaining any weight. The thing is, there are some women who feel guilty — that there’s something fundamentally wrong with enjoying some cheesecake —…

Tips for you late night device-ers

How well do you sleep at night? I’ve been working on my relationship with sleep for several months now, and I’m starting to see progress. Interestingly enough, this is a topic that 2 of my clients and my accountability partner have all brought up with me recently. Well, sort of. We got started talking about…

Is it okay to feel a little guilty in your eating?

Last week I had a conversation with my friend all about guilt and eating. I love getting into these conversations with people! It’s always so interesting learning where people are holding and then being able to help them on the spot to gain some more awareness to help give them the tools to propel themselves…

the myth of Shabbos weight gain

One of the biggest things that I hear from a lot of my clients is that after Yom Tov or Shabbos they tend to gain weight at the beginning of the week, and as the week goes on, they lose the weight and they go back to themselves, only to gain it the following Shabbos.…

the annual pesach cleaning freak-out

Each year, Pesach time, there’s this competition we have with ourselves; a competition of seeing how quickly we can get ready for Pesach. How early on we can be finished, how much we can get done. It comes with a sort of feeling of one-upsmanship, a lot of feelings of pressure of what others are…

swimming through thoughts

It’s the new swimming season here in Karmiel, and boy am I feeling charley horsed from it! Even though I exercise pretty regularly, changing to a new exercise routine for the first time in 6 months means using muscles that haven’t been targeted in that long. Not only that, but my swimming skills declined over…

eating mindfully on Purim

Is it possible to eat mindfully on Purim? Yup! Here are some tips to help you out: 1) Get a good night of sleep on Purim night. (And if you’re up late like me, try to get in a nap on Purim day.) The more tired you are, the more likely you are to reach…

on loving your body

It’s hard to go from “I love my body” to suddenly be faced with something that looks so different than we were used to. Let’s say now you’ve shifted to (this is just an example — not saying this is what you say) — “I hate my body”. So going back to “I love my…

how many emails are currently in your inbox?

The number itself isn’t really important. The important thing is how you feel about that number, and whether it’s getting in the way of you reaching your goals or not. If you have 1,732 emails in your inbox and you’re happy with that, carry on! If, however, those emails are creating stress (which is not…

what decluttering has to do with self-care

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little bit MIA these last few weeks. I’ve been working really hard these last few months and noticed that I’ve been neglecting myself. So I’ve decided to start making my self-care a top priority. Most of the time, when we think of self-care, we think of eating,…

Shabbos mode

It’s erev Shabbos. I open the fridge to set it to Shabbos mode. First turn the freezer setting all the way to high. Then turn the fridge setting all the way to high, back to low, back to high, back to low. The fridge light blinks twice, and turns off for the next 40 hours.…

I binged after reading the news

I wanted to share something eye-opening that happened to me this past Motzei Shabbos. It’s been a really long time since I saw myself binging and I thought it was important to share the experience with you. I was working with a client on Motzei Shabbos, and when I finished working with her at 10:15pm,…

When the manual just isn’t enough

Funny story: The other day, I was innocently sitting and doing some work when the internet cut out. As I always do, I unplugged the router and plugged it back in, thinking that would do the trick. It didn’t. I went on to Plan B — wait until it turns back on. That usually does…

Dessert can be the main course

Hello there! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! We recently took a trip to a nearby town and went out to eat at a restaurant on the beach. Simply beautiful. Anyway, so my son ordered tri-colored penne and tomato sauce. Not the most nutritious meal, right? We were waiting a while for the food…

Pre-Fasting Tips for Tisha B’av

Hello! I hope you’re having a meaningful nine days. We’re coming up to the very end, and need to prepare ourselves spiritually, and also physically, for Tisha B’av. I had a special request from one of our readers, Chaya, to outline some tips so that your fast goes as well as it can. So here…

3 steps to indulging without overeating

The annual Temech Conference took place a few weeks ago in Yerushalayim, at the Ramada Hotel. Anyone who knows anything about the Ramada in Yerushalayim knows that the food there is absolutely decadent! So what’s a girl to do when she’s a health coach and people assume I’m going to just eat salad and avoid…

Vibrant Black Lentil Salad

2 cups cooked black lentils (cooked until soft but not mushy) 1 large carrot 1 medium beet 1 small red onion 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, minced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 lemon, juiced cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper to taste Garnish – 1/4 cup roasted and shelled pistachio nuts, slightly chopped Use a peeler…

Does chocolate cure all woes?

I was reading this very befitting post by my friend Liba Lurie all about being a tired mom and how to be a nicer mom even when you’re exhausted. Here’s the link so you can check it out yourself: Are You A Tired Mom? It happens to be that I read this post on a particularly…

Detox! Cleanse! Lose weight!!!

Two (or three) days of Shabbos and Yom Tov can sometimes feel like we’ve GOT to do something QUICK to fit back into our clothes and feel better about ourselves. We’ve all heard of detoxes and cleanses that promise that you’ll lose inches in no time. Are you excited to hear which detox I’ve decided…

Self-care on the run

Eating healthily is nice and easy when you’re at home all day, but what happens when you’re on the run and can’t predict every possibility? This past week I went to an international conference in Yerushalayim for childbirth professionals. These conferences are always a great opportunity to learn new information and meet new colleagues, and…

Hot & Cold Chickpea Salad

I made this recipe in a flash on a busy Lag B’Omer day. Read all about that here. Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped 1 large scallion, chopped 2 medium cucumbers, chopped 10 cherry tomatoes, halved salt, zhatar, and spicy paprika to taste olive oil for sauteeing and…

3 Systems to keep my kitchen running smoothly

When I was in school I used to get straight A’s on all my math tests, and I never studied. Never never never. History was a different story. (yeah, I like numbers) I think my teachers were being kind to me when they gave me C’s and D’s. And that was WITH studying. I just…

Sink or Swim

I’m going to tell you a secret, and please don’t laugh at me. For years, I just couldn’t swim. I didn’t know how. Yup. I mean, sure, I could swim the back stroke, more or less, and I knew how to float, and could tread water – for about a minute. And I LOVED being…

Spinach Souffle

Ingredients: 1 medium sized onion, diced 1 small zucchini, diced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 100 g / 3.5 oz cottage cheese 3 eggs 1 cup of chopped spinach 4 slices of yellow cheese salt and pepper to taste Directions: Saute the onion, zucchini, and garlic in olive oil. Meanwhile, blend the spinach and the eggs.…

Vote for your favorite recipe!

These are the final contestants for the recipe contest! The links to each of the recipes can be found below the poll. Look at each one carefully and decide which one you think is the very best recipe! Best Easy Vegetable Soup Chicken Lo-Mein Delicious Garlic Dip Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins Pesto Salmon Quinoa Salad…

Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked Seeds of 1 pomegranate 1 can of either mandarin oranges or 1 orange cut into small chunks Optional: scallions/sesame seeds/small purple onion bits Sprinkle a bit of parsley and drizzle small amounts of olive oil and lemon juice Mix all together! By Leba F.

Pesto Salmon

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 6 Salmon fillets Preparation: Place the basil, garlic salt and pepper in the blender, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth. Spoon half the pesto into bottom your baking…

Winter Root and Black Kale Roast

Ingredients: 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into two inch sticks 2 beets, peeled and cut into wedges 2 shallots, peeled and cut into quarters Several sprigs fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 tsp. ground sumac, optional 1/2 bunch black kale, thick spines removed Seeds from…

Delicious Garlic Dip

Cloves of garlic and cherry tomato halves Baked in olive oil or another oil with salt and zaatar- optional Great for Shabbos with challa and salad. By Leora M.

Best Easy Vegetable Soup

6-8 Zucchini 1 bag Baby Carrots 3 Sweet Potatoes 3 Onions 1 bunch fresh Dill 1 bunch fresh Cilantro Salt to taste Cut up the vegetables and herbs into a large soup pot Cover with water Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 1/2 hours When all the vegetables are soft use an…

Chicken Lo-Mein

A friend sent this when I gave birth to my 5th child. All of my kids enjoyed it (!) – for the ones who don’t like cooked veggies, the veggies are chopped very large, so I could easily serve them only the chicken and spaghetti. When my friend told me that it’s really easy to…

Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

Here’s a quick and great recipe that contains no flour or oil making it a great breakfast or snack on the go! 2 ripe bananas 2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick) 2 eggs 1 vanilla Greek Yogurt 1/4 c brown sugar or xylitol 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup…

If You Can’t Beet ’em

As we root through our cupboards this winter, we may come across this popular…root. Despite being highly regarded as a nutritional powerhouse most people pass on this root because of its earthy flavor (recipe here). Those who love it, LOVE IT. Yes, I’m referring to… Beets. photo credits: woodleywonderworks Any way you slice them beets are…

Beet and Carrot Super Food Salad

This salad is awesome and is a great gateway food for any beet hater to develop an appreciation for them. Just ask my husband, former beet hater. 2 medium beets 4 large carrots 1/2 inch chunk of ginger 1 garlic clove 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup of olive oil 1/2 tbsp cumin 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1…

Find Your Inner Voice

Sometimes I struggle to find my inner voice. It’s something we all go through. photo credits: Keith Rowley Yesterday, my outer voice took a temporary leave of absence. We had been pushing ourselves a lot — not sleeping enough and traveling around the country for family get togethers, all while continuing with a regular workload. All…

I Gained Weight Over Chanukah

Here’s what happened in my home over Chanukah. We fried latkes, we fried mashed potatoes, we fried tuna patties…we fried just about anything we could get our hands on. We had so much fun! We didn’t think about our waist lines for a second. Now Chanukah’s over. And I gained weight. photo credits: -Paul H- Yup.…

How To Have A Guilt-Free Chanukah

Most women dread the chagim and all the food and get so concerned about gaining weight and feeling plain old not well all around. Or also missing out on all the fun. If you think that I’m just going to tell you to bake your latkes and eat low-calorie food, and avoid all sufganiot, you might want to…

Luxurious Shepherd’s Pie

This week’s recipe – Shepherd’s Pie (the ultimate in comfort) Ingredients: 6 medium size potatoes 4 cloves of garlic olive oil 2 bell peppers 6 medium carrots 4 celery stalks 1 large onion 2 large tomato 1 kg ground meat 1/4 cup tomato paste 1/4 cup flour 1 cup boiling water 1 tbsp thyme (or…

Not Just Small Potatoes

While I typically try to focus on foods that are surprisingly good for us, I realize that the winter is a time when many of us want comfort foods. Foods that make us feel warm on the inside during cold, stormy days. Especially with everything happening here in Israel as of late. I even heard…

O-some Real Onion Soup

Here’s a super easy winter recipe to get the most out of this very common superfood. It uses a gentle cooking technique so as to maintain all those amazing nutrients. Warm up those cold nights with Real Onion Soup. This soup isn’t Osem. It’s O-some! In the past we would have held back from making…

Show Me Your Pearly Whites

In this week’s Superfood exploration we’ll continue with our use of winter foods commonly found in every home. As usual I want to push the envelope a little and show you that you foods we once thought of us as being fillers are often really foods our bodies crave. Just goes to show that no…

Marinated Mushroom and Sprout Shehakol Salad

I love this salad! It’s so refreshing and it takes advantage of two ingredients that hold up very well in the winter, especially now when lettuce is hard to come by where we live. This salad packs a nutrient punch of mushrooms, fresh sprouts, fermented soy, ginger and vinegar. And best of all…it’s cheap. 1…

There’s A Fungus Among Us

Since it is wintertime I’ve decided to focus on foods that are often found in winter dishes. Today, just to be extreme, we’ll focus on a vegetable that is often considered totally empty nutritionally. Still, everybody invites him to parties because he is a Fun Guy…you got it: Mushrooms. photo credit: flowercarole lifestyle blog Because…

Menu for the Week of October 26

Here’s my menu for the week of October 26: photo credit: Phil Roeder Sunday: lunch — omelette with sauteed vegetables; dinner — black bean soup with onion, garlic, sweet potato, red pepper Monday: lunch — meatloaf, curly fries, chopped salad; dinner — sweet potato lentil patties Tuesday: lunch — roasted fish with tomato, peppers, green beans,…

A Zesty Immune Boost

With all the talk of Superfoods going around I felt it was important to point out that there are so many Superfoods laying unnoticed in your cupboard. You don’t need to spend lots of money or take the time going to specialty shops in order to get amazing, nutritionally dense foods to keep you healthy…

5 Tips For…A Healthy Chol Hamoed Outing!

1. Freeze some of the water you’re planning to take with you. That way, you’ll have a built-in ice-pack for your perishables, and super-cold water when you want to drink something refreshing. 2. Pack along some high protein food like shnitzel, cheese (obviously not together!), tuna, eggs, or falafel balls. 3. Homemade trail mix is…

How I Indulged While On Vacation

We just came back from a trip and had limited kitchen access. So…what did we eat and how did we keep up our healthy lifestyle? Well, for starters, we ate a lot of canned tuna and fresh vegetables. We found healthy humus in the grocery store without hydrogenated oils or preservatives. We bought unflavored unsweetened…

The Day After A Fast

Did you spend the last hour of Tisha B’av fantasizing about your break-fast meal? Tisha b’av is an exhausting day both physically and emotionally. When the fast ends, the process of getting back to ourselves begins. It’s important to remember that it’s a PROCESS! We just spent an entire day not eating or drinking. Especially…

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