Kosher Cheeseburger, Finally

So I’ve never had a cheeseburger. 


I keep kosher. 


And we don’t mix milk and meat together.


Tough watching all the fast food commercials from McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and more. 


So lo’ and behold, my surprise when they introduced the kosher cheeseburger.


It uses the Impossible Burger made from plants–and it’s advertised as having more protein, less fat, no cholesterol, and fewer calories than meat. 


So we got two bags of food from Goldberg’s bagels. 


One bag had breakfast with bagels and egg salad. 


The other bag had the kosher cheeseburgers for lunch (after the morning’s activity)


We ate the egg salad bagels and they were good. 


But we were really looking forward to the cheeseburgers. 


Finally, after all these years of waiting…


But what happens, Dossy threw out the garbage from breakfast and…


She accidentally threw out the Impossible Burgers with it. 


So when we got back to the car, salivating for the cheeseburgers…


We look in the front, in the back, in the compartments–and nothing!


It’s gone!  It’s all gone!


No freakin cheeseburger for me. 


Not then, not now, and I’m afraid not ever.  😦


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Out of Control Ice Cream

I’m not sure how you control yourself around this Alpaca Ice Cream.


But somehow I managed not to get any…this time.  


I promise!  


LOL


These are made with fresh hot waffles wrapped around your choice of ice cream and toppings. 


As you can see these are pretty big and scrumptious!


Anyway, they have a store in Rockville and I absolutely must stay away from it. 


Oh, maybe I just go in once for a taste.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Rainbow Cake :)

Rainbow cake is happy. 


Price is not bad for $3.99.


Calories are horrific at 750!


What happened to the broken blue part of the cake at the bottom–maybe that’s where another 50 calories got lopped off. 


Anyway, it’s Friday and I want to wish everyone a happy Rainbow Cake weekend and a Shabbat Shalom!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Calories Extreme!

Someone mentioned that they went to the Cheesecake Factory the other day.


They said they bought a slice of cheesecake. 


I asked: “Was it the Oreo Cheesecake?”


They said, “yeah!”


But they went on, “It was too much for one person to eat.”


Uh, you think?  


Check out how many calories are in one piece of this “Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake” –>>1,630!


Yes, that’s one slice, not the whole cake!!!


And over 50% is from fat!


Take all this in context: 
The calories for an average female and male is just 1,900 and 2,500, respectively, if your moderately active. 


So one slice of cheesecake like this Oreo flavor is around 86% or 65% of the total recommended calorie intake for a women or man for the entire day!


What the heck do they put into this cheesecake–butter, cream cheese, sugar by the truckload!


I know it must be good, but does it also have to be this deadly! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Yom Kippur Diet Plan

Yom Kippur Diet.jpeg

So Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar is a 25-hour day of repentance, prayer, and fasting. 


This last Yom Kippur, someone mentioned to me that some people take the idea of fasting and apply it to dieting during the year by doing a 3-day fasting. 


Uh, that sounds pretty severe and maybe even a little dangerous. 


But it got me thinking that on Yom Kippur we fast for a day and then eat a meal, so why not do that daily for dieting. 


Just subsist on one main meal a day–basically limiting intake of food to a few hours in the evening. 


This made sense to me as a moderate way that I could stay focused and disciplined without any food for about 20 hours at a time, but still give myself something to look forward to with a proper, natural dinner–almost like a natural give and take that I believe I could live with (at least for a good while). 


I thought let me give this a try!


And I did. 


First without drinking or eating. 


Then I rethought this after a few days and getting parched, and said just drink zero-calorie drinks, but no food or caloric intake during the day until the meal at the end of the day. 


And I’ve been doing this now since Yom Kippur 2 weeks ago. 


I have actually lost almost 10 pounds in that time and feel great. 


It hasn’t been hard–except for one day when the synagogue had a mega Bar Mitzvah kiddish/luncheon and I sat there and didn’t have a thing!


But otherwise, I go to work and all my activities, including working out–sometimes twice a day–and without any food.


It seems to be working. 


While previously, I stayed completely off any carbs, and still gained weight–now, I allow myself to eat everything (kosher) at dinner and am losing!


I wonder if I am on to something with this new “Yom Kippur Diet.”


I pray to Hashem that I’ve discovered something good and healthy here and am committed to seeing it through. 


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

613 Calories

613 Exercise

So today I tested out a hypothesis about seeing 613. 


I tried to do it intentionally. 


I was getting my activity, and lo and behold, I see that I am at 612 calories burned so far. 


Oh, how cool–I can capture 613 in a another second or two. 


And I continue my activity looking intently at the Apple Watch monitor. 


Okay, 613 now!


No, now!


How about now? 


But it doesn’t come. 


I am waiting for it.


It can’t come on my terms.


Next thing I know, the calorie counter jumps from 612 to 616.


I can’t believe it. 


I couldn’t capture the 613 when I wanted to. 


Every other time so far has been–we’ll it’s just been. 


And maybe that’s the whole point. 😉


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Vitamins R Good 4 U

Vitamin Water
I like this advertisement for Vitamin Water. 



It is on the side of a dispensing machine. 



The colors, the flavors, the energy brands…all very appealing. 



Their “Zero” drink is especially good for the calorie conscious of us. 



My desk draw is full of these…chug a lug. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)