Three years ago today, I faced death in the face. Today’s post is in honor of my dad, whose 3rd yartzeit is today, the 21st of Sivan on the hebrew calendar; 27th of June on regular calendar. I think we all carry a fear of losing someone we love. That was definitely a big fear of mine when my dad got sick. But somehow the day of his death wasn’t scary at all; it was actually magical and awe inspiring. Watching a human being, my dad, a vibrant, fiery, wickedly passionate, full of life human being, take his final breath and rest eternally, forever was quite peaceful. Perhaps, because I’ve shed enough tears at his bedside prior to his death praying for a miracle, perhaps it’s the tools I’ve learned in the last few years studying reiki and shamanic energy healing that gave me an appreciation for death which I accept is a natural pattern of life, perhaps it was having my mom and siblings by my side every step of the way – we were glued in this together, perhaps it was the short day trip that my brother and I took to my home in CA when times looked bleak in NY a week before my dad’s death to rejuvenate and renew ourselves before the final blow, perhaps it was the fact that we all got together for my dad’s last (70th) birthday in March or our last holiday with him in June (Shavuot ’16)….all these things probably contributed to the strength I felt that day, to not let the fragility of death consume me.
I was also lucky because
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It’s so important to have a stash of healthy treats in your home for you or your kids to grab when needed. The food industry is so full of crap these days, that “home made” is 100% better than almost anything you can buy in the stores; especially when it’s made with clean ingredients like this. My clients ask me all the time for healthy muffin and cookie recipes, cuz we all love healthy treats. This is a great one, and so easy to make!
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While not my typical healthy food blog post, I wanted to convey a quick thought that I shared as a guest on Temple Isaiah’s Podcast yesterday. Click here to listen.
What is your favorite part of Chanukah? And how are you feeding your body and soul this holiday season?
Here’s what I shared yesterday:
Chanukah is great because Continue reading “What’s your favorite part of Chanukah?”
Cooking is an art.
Cooking is a creative expression of the soul.
Cooking is an essential life skill that allows you to nurture yourself and helps you take care of your body!
Cooking is a great way to distress and explore your creativity.
Cooking is something you need to teach your kids and allow them to experience when they’re young.
Food made at home is made with LOVE and that’s an ingredient that you cannot buy.
Food made with kids is infused with so much JOY!!!
I love teaching cooking classes to teens and kids, because
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How do we enforce healthier food habits? By modeling and teaching children when they’re young! This week I shared with the four and five year old preschool and pre-k students why it’s important to eat growing foods so that we can be really strong.
We talked about why want to be strong, what growing foods are, what a balanced meal looks like, whole grains, eating the rainbow, drinking water and eating the right amount until our tummy feels full. We also talked about how important sleep is to get strong, and that moving (and dancing!) makes us happy and strong. And, how do we help our hearts get stronger? When we are kind to our friends it makes their heart strong; so everyone had a turn to make their friend’s heart happy and strong. We played various games to reinforce growing foods, movement and kindness and it was lots of fun!
Growing food game
Creating a growing meal
Tip for the week: Try to keep healthy eating light and fun for your kids and also help them understand it, so that it doesn’t feel forced. When kids feel that they helped make the choice, they will be more excited to embrace growing foods and healthy habits.
Who doesn’t love a good cookie; especially when it’s made with great ingredients, easy to throw together and something that the kids will love? Win win.
I tried out a few recipes for the Mighty Meteor 4 year old class who are learning about health and nutrition this month and I wanted to share their top two with you. They tasted and voted on all four.
I was in search for a cookie that is nut free (due to kids’ allergies) and healthy-ish without processed sugar, white flour or hydrogenated oils!
CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL BREAKFAST COOKIE
Voted #1 by the MM kiddos!
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