The Yom Kippur Diet Plan

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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)

Party With Cookies Like It’s The End Of The Fiscal Year

 

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It’s funny, today the last business day of the fiscal year…


That means that this time of year is a lot of stress on a lot of people.


So what do they do?


Well, while a lot of people are reaching for the do-re-mi ($$$) to earn and to spend before the books close, others are reaching for the plain old (cookie) dough. 


This week for example, there was a big cookie party!


So much stress, so little time.


That seems to translate into cookie days, and carbohydrate weeks. 


This isn’t just the end of the fiscal year, but a potentially fatty, dangerous time too. 


The timing is also weird because of the juxtaposition to Yom Kippur tomorrow which is a fasting day with NO food or water for 25 hours.


Better eat some more cookies now (or not). 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A New Type Of Chocolate Chips

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Ok, dieting is hard enough with all highly processed food out there these days. 


And everything is carbs, carbs, and more carbs…it’s literally poison for the body. 


But when you go into the store and see Lays chocolate covered potato chips…this just brings you to the verge of sin. 


The top are milk chocolate covered potato chips, and the bottom ones are dark chocolate covered ones. 


Choose your poison?


This is definitely a new type of chocolate chips…Hershey’s eat you heart out. 


I told my wife pleadingly, “Can’t I just taste one?” 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

From Cocoa Trees To Honey Pizza

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Had a chance to take in the United States Botanic Garden. 


Loved going in the greenhouse. 


The air was fresh and the flowers beautiful. 


The 2nd to last photo is a cocoa tree, which I had never seen before. 


It was incredible to me that those pods hold the amazing stuff that gives us chocolate. 


G-d’s creations are so amazing. 


Also, we went for dinner and my daughter had this amazing pizza with cheese, figs, spinach, and honey. 


I couldn’t have the dough because of my Paleo diet, but I just tasted the toppings, and it was literally like heaven. 


I was glad that the taste didn’t show up on the scale this morning. 


To me the wonderment is how our senses can literally indulge in so many wonderful things almost like the Garden of Eden. 


Thank you G-d for giving us life and the ability to enjoy your amazing creations. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Globs of Fat

 

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So I went to get my flu shot today in the office. 


Yes, it’s that time of year to start getting ready for Winter and all the germs that come with it. 


Anyway, while I was at the health center, they had this model of what body fat looks like. 


It was sort of just laying right on the table in the waiting room–yeah a big ick! 


It said:

“Globs of Fat

This glob represents the look and feel of 5 pounds of body fat.”


And this thing was enormous, bigger than someones hand, maybe even two hands. 


There was some text about another 1 pound piece of body fat, but I didn’t see that lying around anywhere (and frankly the 5 pound glob was enough to get the point without comparison). 


This fat demonstration would make practically anyone want to chuck the carbohydrates and forever.


Pizza, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, crackers, cookies, cakes–be gone!


Having recently done this myself, I can really appreciate how important this is and also how hard it can be. 


The food industry has us addicted to this crap and really it should be illegal. 


The high carb diet in America is truly of epidemic proportions and is potentially catastrophic to our health and longevity.


The only thing that glob of fat is good for is tossing it out the window and into the garbage dump. 


A high carb diet that makes people fat is death and we want to live! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Seaweed Success Diet

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Ok, I am going to let you in on a little secret. 


Part of the success of my diet. 


This is us checking out at register. 


The cashier is tallying up dozens of Wasabi Roasted Seaweeds.


The stuff is a great healthy snack. 


I had read for years now how the healthy Japanese diet includes plenty of seaweed and fish. 


And I have been imitating their knowledgable ways. 


And it is working, thank G-d.


Of course, the wasabi flavor gives it a little kick too. 


Do yourselves a favor and get rid of all the disgusting carbohydrates in your life. 


They are poison from an industry that wants you addicted to their garbage foods. 


Get back to basics like fish, meat, vegetables, and that includes plenty of seaweed. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Secret To Long Life

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I just love this Tibetan proverb on the secret to long life

“Eat Half

Walk Double

Laugh Triple

and 

Love Without Measure,”

The rest is icing on the Tibetan cake. 

(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal via Facebook)

Doing It On One Leg

Always finding people with new and creative ways to work out (and torture their bodies).



The gentleman does the stairs on one leg…



Down not so bad (but keeping your balance probably a little challenging). 



Up, one after the other, pretty impressive. 



And he did this routine again and again.



The fitness craze is taking shape…hopefully eclipsing the sedentary and gross carb diets people have adopted over the years.



Carbs, as good as they may taste (although I think you don’t even really taste them as people shovel it in), should be banned or at least greatly limited as an addictive harmful substance.



And sitting all day at a desk, not what otherwise healthy people were meant to do, also big no-no.



We can’t let ourselves become a society of shlubs getting fat, tired, and unhealthy–it’s part of a trend of depressive and destructive personal and social behavior. 



I really think we need a Western fitness revolution–not body-worshiping–just a good healthy balanced lifestyle where we become planetary survivors again and not a bunch of virtual couch potatoes that want to make you puke. 😉



(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Weighing The Evidence

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Here is an interesting idea.

In front of the inner doors to this supermarket in Florida…

There is a huge scale for weighing yourself.

Before you shop for the mac and cheese, hero sandwiches, pizza slices, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and chips, why not have a look at the scale!

Then decide what you want to buy in the supermarket today.

Maybe you’ll spend a little more time and money in the fruit and vegetable isle.

Or getting some healthy and diet snacks.

The scale only goes up to 300 pounds.

So if that that doesn’t scare you straight…

Maybe the fact that everyone can see your weight when you get on, will. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

613 Calories

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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)