Frequently Asked Questions
What foods do I need to avoid to lose weight? And what excercises to tone all my body?
My arms, my stomach, my thighs, my face, my calfes ect. I hate them all! Please help!
Foods to avoid: soda, diet soda or any diet drinks, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, too much sugar, junk food/fast food, white flour.
For exercise, try a daily brisk walk (good to burn fat & keep in shape), yoga or pilates, a work out dvd, joining a gym, swimming, etc. Stay active daily.
Drink plenty of water to, try green tea, water + lemon - cleansing, good for the skin and digestive system.
You can also try out some healthier alternatives
- Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt)
- For chips, you could try natural sweet potato chips, pita chips, fat free popcorn, pop chips or a natural potato chip brand like Kettle. You can also make your own chips by thinly slicing potatoes or sweet potatoes, glazing with olive oil, sprinkling with salt (pepper, basil if you'd like - cinnamon goes well with sweet potatoes) & baking them.
- Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries/papaya, raisins, etc.
- Try a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun, topped with some things you like.
- If you want soda, try cold sparkling water with lemon or mixed with 100 % organic fruit juice instead
- Replace white pasta with whole grain in pasta dishes + add veggies (for example adding baby spinach to pasta, grilled vegetables to lasagna, broccoli/grated carrot/spinach/kale to pasta salad, etc.
- For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in, for a healthier dish
- Enjoy pizza, try it on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies.
- For healthier treat options try things like: frozen yogurt, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate, etc. Desserts are fine in moderation
Go for foods like...
~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) - Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
~ Fruit & Berries
~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) - full of fiber and protein
~ Veggie burgers (Amy's makes great veggie burgers)
~ Whole grain breads: multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, etc.
~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
~ Oatmeal - great source of fiber.
~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature's Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
~ Olive oil, good healthy fat, great for stir frys with lots of veggies.
~ Salmon & Tuna
~ Tofu & Tempeh - are great in sandwiches, wraps, on salads, etc.
~ Whole grain crackers
~ Whole grain waffles or pancakes
~ Dark chocolate - in small amounts
I hope this helps
Tomorrow I have the day to relax and want to have some homemade spa treatments.?
I dont have time to run out a buy anything so keep that in mind. Tommorows my last day of winter break so I want to make it relaxing. What should I do?Thanks for all the help!
Homemade Face Masques:
* MAYONNAISE. Apply whole egg mayonnaise on your face (right from the jar) for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Great skin care treatment.
* PEACH & BRANDY. Mash up a peach (use ripe, canned or frozen) and mix in a tablespoon of brandy. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse off.
* TOMATO MASK. For oily skin, mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water.
* BANANA MASH. Mash up a very ripe banana. Add just enough honey to make a soft pulp. Apply over face and hair.
* HONEY MASK. Apply pure honey (straight from the bottle) to your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry (about 15 minutes). Rinse with very warm water.
* MILK OF MAGNESIA. Apply it straight from the bottle. Let it dry for about five to ten minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then gently pat your face dry with a fluffy towel.
* PEPTO BISMOL. This is a face mask particularly suited for those with sensitive skin. In the same way that this product coats the stomach, it gently caresses the face. Apply it straight from the bottle, using a cotton swab. Allow to dry, then rinse with cool water.
*FOR OILY OR ACNE PRONE SKIN: 1 medium size apple, grated fine combined with 5 tbs. honey
*CARROT: 2-3 large carrots and 4 1/2 tablespoons honey
Directions: Cook carrots, then mash. Mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
*TROPICAL CITRUS MASK: If you want to avoid lots of clean up, before applying this mask cover your face with cheesecloth (with holes cut out for eyes and mouth). Mix together: 1 ripe banana, 1 tsp. Olive oil, 1 drop Orange essential oil. Smooth over face and leave on for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water. Smooth on a rich moisturizer.
*FOR SHINE: Lightly beat two eggs mixed with some milk and run throughout your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, rinse and you'll see a shine instantly.
*MAYAN HAIR MASK: Ancient Mayan Inca and Aztec women believed that avocados fed the skin from the inside and outside. Make sure you save the avocado pit, setting it in a place where it can dry out. Mix together: ½ ripe avocado, 1 tbsp. olive oil, ½ small banana and 1 egg yolk. Gently massage onto hair and scalp and cover with a shower cap. Leave on 1 hour and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo as usual.
*MOOD ENHANCER: Add 1/4 cup of pure vanilla extract to a warm bath. Vanilla has the ability to lift spirits and revive.
*MOOD ENHANCER: Take a handful of pine needles and place them in the foot of old panty hose. Knot around the faucet and let the pine hydrate under running bath water.
*SOFTER SKIN: Take an old sock, fill it with Oatmeal (Quakers is good) and drop into you bath. Immediately softens skin!
*UNDER EYE CIRCLES: To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off the residue and apply an eye cream.
* HONEY ORANGE LIP BALM: If you like your lip balm to have a thinner, glossier consistency, use more olive oil. If you like a thicker, creamier feel, use less. Heat 2 tbsp. Chopped beeswax in a double boiler until melted. Remove from heat. Slowly pour (up to you) cup olive oil into beeswax and stir to mix. Add 1 ½ tbsp. honey and 5 drops Orange essential oil. Stir continuously to mix until cool. Pour into a clean container with a lid. Tightly seal.
*BEAUTIFUL FEET: If you take 1 cup Lemon Juice, Cinnamon (for smell), 2 tablespoons (or less) olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk, and water you can make a wash that leaves skin refreshed and fragrant (the amount of water does not matter). If you do not like the cinnamon smell you can replace it with another spice, perfume, or flower petals such as roses. After you make it, you can put it in a tub were you can soak your feet or body. Next dry your feet or rinse them with water and a MILD soap.
Where can I find a good recipe for kishka?
Because my grandparents are fond of traditional Jewish cuisine, and I don't wish to displease them...
It is actually kishke (my nana makes it and loves it as well). Check out this recipe. Albeit lengthy, it is great! There is a little bit of a story too.
Traditional Jewish Cooking
By Bossie Krapfman
Well, ladies, if you have a husband like mine, who thinks that The Eternal Jewish Values are based on the food that his mother gave him (and believe me, it really is a embellished memory, if you have ever tasted your mother-in-law's cooking). Anyway, if you have to please the big guy in a Jewish Food type manner, then here is a great one - Kishke.
In the old days, kishke was made by stuffing the intestines of a cow with tasty pasty type foods - kinda mixing the obscene with the beautiful, unless, the concept of a cow's intestine (kishke is Yiddish for intestine) does not bother you. Today, however, we seem to bypass the problem of the intestines. Most modern factories make kishke in a plastic tubing, some just wrap the filling with paper that falls (or comes) off somewhere during the eating process.
It was the walls of the intestines that really gave the kishke the flavor, provided that they were properly cleaned out. Of course in the "good old days" sanitation was nil, and that could possibly answer why kishke had its unique flavor.
But we modern day ladies can opt to purchase it in the super, unless of course you are plagued with a husband who swears that the store made kishke is not as good as the homemade variety. Well, we must remember that the quickest way to a husband's wallet is through his stomach, so there is an easier method than cleaning a disgustingly filled intestine, you know, they don't give them enema's before they slaughter the cows, so imagine what was in those intestines - yeech!
The following are the ingredients that I use. You'll note that I use whole-wheat flour. I feel that with our junk food generation, we ladies are responsible for inserting something of nourishment into the bodies of our family.
(At this point, I want to digress a bit and let you know the two principles that I adhere to as a health food nut, the first principle is "Whole Wheat or No Wheat". No one in my house is going to be served anything that I prepared that has white flour or white sugar. That is an important principle.
The second principle, which is just as important, is that it is forbidden to eat junk food in front of anyone. Only when no one is looking. Don't forget it!)
OK, back to the ingredients:
1/2 cup of oil
2 stalks of celery
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of paprika
The first thing to do is to grind the celery, carrots and onion in a food processor. Once they have reached a consistency that tells you that they aren't going to get smaller, add the flour and turn the processor back on until they are mixed well. Next add the oil and spices and mix very well.
Layout a large sheet of aluminum foil on the table. We are going to use the aluminum foil instead of the kishke intestines to hold everything together. I haven't the time to see if they sell plastic tubing that could be used instead, so I suggest you leave it go also.
Take the mixed ingredients from the processor and roll it tightly into a tube shaped mess. Grease up you piece of aluminum foil with some margarine and then roll the aluminum foil tightly around it.
Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, (I forgot what it is in centigrade sorry) for about 1 1/2 hours. Slice it and serve it as a side dish (remember it tastes better served with out the aluminium foil).
I must admit the truth at this point; we do a bit different than that. I bake it for only 1/2 hour in the oven. Then on Friday afternoon, after I have prepared my cholent, I pop it into the pot, letting lie on the top. We leave it on the stovetop until Shabbat afternoon, when the big man comes back from the synagogue. It is a delicious accompaniment to the cholent.
As the French say, "La Breyout" (I am speaking of the French Jews in Israel.)
How to get a flat stomach?
I'm going on holiday at the end of June and I'd love to get rid of the extra fat around the bottom of my stomach. Can anyone help me with any tips to get rid of my fat, thank you:)
First of all, you unfortunately can't decide which part of your body to lose weight from specifically, but combining a healthy diet with stomach exercises is definitely your best bet!
First of all i would suggest cutting out sugar and fatty foods and replacing with whole grains and whole wheat (e,g. whole wheat pasta, rice etc).
Secondly, cut down your portion sizes, maybe by 1/4 or 1/2 if they're already big, and drink a cup of green tea before every meal.
Try not to eat at all after 7:00 every evening and eat very slowly so your body has time to digest your food and let you know when you're full.
Don't restrict yourself too much though (e.g. Don't cut down to 500 calories or just eat cabbage for the next six months) because as well as being dangerous, your body will just end up storing fat - eat very healthy food in moderation, but once per week have a cheat meal of ANYTHING you want in order to stop your metabolism from slowing down! (E.g. Pizza and chips or a slice of cake etc.)
I would also suggest increasing the amount of protein you eat (e.g. Eat lots of plain or seasoned lean meat (like skinless chicken, turkey) or tofu and eggs. Try not to eat too much fruit/fruit juice but stock up on non starchy vegetables (broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, courgettes, asparagus, squash, aubergine etc).
Stick to low fat dairy if you can!
In terms of exercise I would suggest getting a workout DVD (you can but them for about £1 from charity shops or eBay) and doing it every other day. I would also attempt to walk for 20 - 30 minutes every day, preferably after meals!
You can try doing some sit ups, stomach crunches and side planks every day as well to get your stomach nice and toned (YouTube videos will easily show you how!). Then of course to simple things like using the stairs instead of elevators will do more good than you think!
It might be a bit hard sometimes but the key is to STAY MOTIVATED!
I thought this example menu might come in handy:
Breakfast: scrambled egg OR oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk (with Splenda, ground cinnamon or vanilla essence to sweeten)
Lunch: steamed vegetables OR homemade vegetable soup OR salad OR a whole meal chicken and vegetable wrap
Snack: celery and cucumber
Dinner: whole meal pasta with lemon juice, low sodium soy sauce, herbs and vegetables OR chicken/turkey and omelette.
Remember though that its more important to be healthy and happy! I'm sure you will have a great holiday and just enjoy yourself! xx