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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Passover is GOOD for Your Waistline!


9 Nisan, 5773

Jews around the world are preparing Passover, which begins Monday night. We're scouring our homes, offices, vehicles and pockets of leavened foods and their crumbs.

We're also focusing on the miracles of the matza (and the manna!) that fed us  once we were liberated from slavery. We're also focused on The One Who Saved us ;^ D

The Egyptian slavery was one thing. Emotional/mental health slavery is another. All of humanity needs to be free to be mentally and physically healthy. Here are a few FYIs about that:

SEDER and Rebirth

This time of year is a good time to mind your dining habits. I highly recommend these cookbooks for making your Passover meals delicious, nutritious, and slimming:

The No-Potato Passover Cookbook

The Garden of Spices: Recipes for Life

Make a shopping list of the foods you need, sharpen your kitchen knives and get to work. You'll enjoy the holiday more without feeling bloated, constipated or bored with your food. 

I bet you'll even develop a new twinkle in your eyes as you fill yourself with the simple pleasure of good and good-for-you food.

If you're gluten-intolerant or allergic to wheat-based matza, buy spelt matza or Kestenbaum's oat matza (I enjoy both). They should be available in major grocery stores within Jewish communities.

I happen to be friends with Rabbi Ephraim Kestenbaum, the man who created those oat matzas. He saved his daughter's life with them. It's quite a story that will be included in a biography coming out in the foreseeable future. 

Yes, Passover can be GOOD for your waistline and overall health!


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Miriam MD said...

Thanks for that timely reminder of focusing on what the preparation for the chag is really about. Don't think I can get the cookbooks you reference in time for pesach :). I am imagining that having 7 days yeast free must have its health benefits for many people provided one doesn't increase consumption of other foods that are not recommended.

Miriam MD said...

Thanks for your timely reminder for focusing on what the preparation for the chag is really about. I imagine that abstaining from yeast for a week can have some real health benefits for many people provided that one eats healthy foods.

Yocheved Golani said...

You're right about the yeast-free benefits Miriam. Watch those inexplicable headaches, digestive upsets and itchy underwear-area infections end right away once the yeast is out of anyone's diet.

As for focusing on the spirituality of Passover, it's a chance to zero in on core issues: Why we're on the planet, what to do about that, and how to boost everyone's self esteem. Not to be a name-dropper, but GOD cares about each and every one of us! Why else would He bother freeing the Hebrew slaves, setting the world on its course, giving us commandments for bettering ourselves etc.

Have a great holiday!