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Reversed Type Two Diabetes
June 13, 2022 5:30 pm

I reveresed type two diabetes via Healthy Keto and intermittent fasting.
No Insulin, No unnecessary medications. Just real self control and I feel amazing!! BH! Check out “Dr Jason Fung, and Dr Ken Berry…..”

This Article
June 13, 2022 5:30 pm

Made me starving…..how do I get invited to such a wedding?

Cutting calories?
June 13, 2022 5:34 pm

Cutting calories and starving yourself is torture and unsustainable.

Cut vegetable oil and carbs and you will lose weight without starving yourself.

Also exercise improves health but has nothing to do with weight loss.

I guarantee anyone who cuts carbs and vegetable oils that they will lose weight majorly and be healthier by all measures.

Reversed Type Two Diabetes
Reply to  Cutting calories?
June 13, 2022 5:44 pm

100% true. In my experience people that suggest “balanced diet” have no understanding about food addiction.

I’m sorry to put a but if you are overweights for a long period of time you are food addicted. Period. Convincing yourself you’re not is part of your addiction. Basic!

The only way to get off is through a very very low carbohydrate diet. And the more natural the better.

I don’t think so
Reply to  Cutting calories?
June 19, 2022 8:17 pm

When you exercise you sweat, when you sweat you lose pounds.

Side note
June 13, 2022 5:36 pm

People who overeat, the source is unhappiness. Or to gain strength when the source is coming from mental health. If you are happy about yourself – who you are and what you stand for (not family, friends or community, just yourself) just by being you, that is the best self loss diet there can be.

Dan L'Kaf Z'chus
Reply to  Side note
June 14, 2022 11:23 am

How can you just group everyone’s struggle into one category? This is a very ignorant comment. There are a myriad of causes for overeating, including medication side effects, hormonal disorders, and genetic conditions. And I’ll tell you, there are many people who are much happier eating what they please rather than undereating/starving themselves. The person who everyone applauds for losing weight and getting “healthier?” They’re going through chemo. The heavyset woman who is always eating? Type 1 diabetic, who will literally die if she doesn’t eat every 3 hours. The neighbor who suddenly put on 50 pounds? He has chronic… Read more »

Reply to  Dan L'Kaf Z'chus
June 15, 2022 10:05 pm

You speak about Dan lkaf zechus (ruchnei )and you preach non stop about mental and psychological conditions (gashmei) . If you are happy about your life, you wouldnt have medical conditions to begin with. Stress causes all kinds of illiness and people tend to endulge in food for relief. So learn psychology and then you’ll understand. Its 1+1=2

Someone with Chronic illness
Reply to  Wow
June 16, 2022 4:32 pm

I was happy and I was healthy, and got sick. Sickness doesn’t have disparity between mentally well people and not. You can be happy about life and that is a protective factor, but in no way will save someone from a disease hashem chooses to challenge them with.

Losing 30lbs was me starving
Me gaining 60lbs was me still starving
My body has unique challenges and your judgement is of no help to anyone struggling

Let's not confuse the two
Reply to  Wow
June 16, 2022 11:21 pm

Mental and physical health can affect each other. But not all some are just plain physical and saying such a statement is harmful and hurtfull

June 13, 2022 5:53 pm

Shaya you should have pointed out how Charlie Buttons was cheering you during the NY marathon.

Um with all do respect absolutely not
June 13, 2022 6:09 pm

No it’s not about how much you eat, it’s about what you eat. If you’re eating a whole plate of vegetables and soup and then more vegetables and then fruits, and you eat until you’re full, that’s amazing! And not a small plate of whatever oil filled Splenda portions which are terrible for your health. Don’t limit the amount of food you eat because that will just make you hungry and you will just end up eating a lot less healthy. Instead get the amazing benefits of all the fruits and vegetables and eating healthy and then you will be… Read more »

Reply to  Um with all do respect absolutely not
June 13, 2022 7:54 pm

If you just have to always feel stuffed then it is possible to be overweight even with healthy food. I know lots of overweight vegans…Listen to the Rambam: don’t allow yourself to be hungry but resist the taava to always be stuffed like you are preparing for hibernation in the winter

How much you eat does make a difference
Reply to  Um with all do respect absolutely not
June 14, 2022 1:34 am

Look it up, if you do the research you’ll see study after study suggesting that lower caloric (for adults only) intake increases longevity. Definitely not starving yourself but up to 2 modest portions of sufficient protein, healthy fat and nutrients from veggies per day is a way for adults to extend life as well as brain function.

Reply to  How much you eat does make a difference
June 14, 2022 10:29 am

As the above commenter mentioned, read Dr. Furman’s books and it will give you a much better perspective on food and health

Extreme approaches
Reply to  Disagree
June 14, 2022 11:10 pm

Most people don’t need the extreme approach of dr Furman in order to be healthier. But yes do try to eat more greens, beans, seeds and berries

And there is evidence suggesting otherwise
Reply to  How much you eat does make a difference
June 16, 2022 4:43 pm

Most studies are not following people for years and many people who have a lower intake initially lose weight and then gain it all back. The links to longevity & BMI have been miniscule at best- yes a BMI over 40 has links to more health issues but 25-40 they have seen no difference – and remember that BMI is not even a proper usage to evaluate weight and health.

Thank you so much!!
June 13, 2022 6:14 pm

Really Really appreciate you being so honest and writing this article.
It has given me a huge boost to reset myself & the whole family.

Optavia did it for me
June 13, 2022 6:25 pm

I was burnt out from diets. Optavia did it for me and I am now back on regular food. I lost 45 pounds

Don’t forget Shabbos
June 13, 2022 6:25 pm

You can do that write up for Shabbos too…. And that’s a weekly thing. More frequent than weddings. For someone who wants to – there’s breakfast, mezonos by chassidus, kiddush club (gasp), farbrengen post davening, lunch and then Melava Malka!!

And the
Reply to  Don’t forget Shabbos
June 13, 2022 7:56 pm

Thursday night cholent and the erev shabbos kugel and the after shabbos leftovers to finish…

Love this.
June 13, 2022 6:31 pm

I appreciate the message and the delivery of this post and salute the writer’s journey and wish him continued strength in his decisions and prime health onward. May all who are would benefit from a similar approach, take it.

Essen ess men
June 13, 2022 6:46 pm

Isn’t that a chassidic song? Essen ess men, we eat and drink and go on our merry way.

As far as eating the “right” foods like to load up on vegetables…anyone that visited a farm will tell you that there are some really fat cows, and all those cows eat is grass (no kishke, knishes or kugels). So don’t tell me to eat lots of lettuce!

The flaw in your otherwise convincing argument..
Reply to  Essen ess men
June 14, 2022 1:38 am

.. is that we are not cows.

The Obesity Code
June 13, 2022 7:14 pm

It’s more about WHAT you and WHEN you eat. Much less about how much you eat. Eliminate processed carbs and eat low carb. Eat less often.

And exercise is only a small part of the weight loss, although super good for your health.

Read the Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung.

I’m anyway already getting asked by so many people about previous comments if they were written by me. So I’m writing one that’s actually from me.

Good luck on your journey!

Chapter 19 & 20
Reply to  The Obesity Code
June 14, 2022 7:17 am

If you’re a slow reader go straight to chapter 19 and 20 and and you’ll have a very simple plan how to get healthy and lose weight.

Oh My!
June 13, 2022 7:24 pm

Darchei Hachassidus = Simcha and Iskafya is good for you. Who knew?

Make a dira b'tachtonim
June 13, 2022 8:01 pm

The more we eat, the more brochos we make.

As we grow and expand, we do uforatzta in all directions- Yama v’keidma tzafona vanegva.

Our shirts and pants need larger sizes as our bodies house our neshsma in a mansion.

We are mevarar netzutos and make a dira b’tachtonim.

I don’t eat for ta’ava, I eat for Oneg and the owners of Oneg need to make Parnassus too.

You can support restaurants
Reply to  Make a dira b'tachtonim
June 14, 2022 12:13 am

Just buy the food but you don’t have to eat all of it at one meal

June 13, 2022 8:06 pm

This is the iskafya that we need to talk about… it doesn’t make sense that so many chosidim in our community are overweight unless it is really from yehei shmei raba….

it's crazy
June 13, 2022 8:48 pm

that we are all overweight and there are barely any restaurants here in crown heights

Very inspiring!
June 13, 2022 8:55 pm

Would like to add that having a good relationship with your children and family is more important than running any marathon. Ask yourself, When was the last time i spoke to my child, my grandchild? Are you giving them love and emotional support? Mental health is equally if not more important then physical health. Call your kids, go on a run with them, and have a heart to heart conversation with them and most importantly, tell them how much you love them unconditionally. Also, Shar habitochon is not only written to give us bitachon in parnassah but in all aspects… Read more »

LA Morah
June 13, 2022 9:11 pm

17 years ago l went to Weight Watchers. I got amazing support and learned how to live a sustainable healthy life style. I still enjoy delicious food but now l eat like a mentch and feel good about being in control of what l eat instead of food controlling me.

June 13, 2022 9:41 pm

The epidemic no one is talking about
Encouraging eating disorders

What an amazing journey
June 13, 2022 10:21 pm

Thank you for sharing and for the courage to speak up— with your name! It’s a motivator to all.

June 13, 2022 11:35 pm

jogging is not good for the joints
swimming and regular speed walking are healthier

Thank you
June 14, 2022 7:50 am

The journey has started

Team Friendship
June 14, 2022 9:40 am

We have a wonderful and supportive community of athletes (walkers and runners) who have participated in Team Friendship events. Come join one of our next events: http://www.teamfriendship.org or on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/teamfriendship

Highly recommend intermittent fasting
June 14, 2022 10:33 am

Read Feast. Fast. Repeat by Gin Stephens. My husband and I are so much healthier since following this “health plan with a side effect of weight loss.”

June 14, 2022 11:07 am

That’s great that you found something that works for you. However, it is not appropriate to post this on a new site-as a PP said, what no one is talking about is the EATING DISORDER EPIDEMIC. Social media glorifying dieting is not something we should be applauding.

For Anyone Feeling Guilty
Reply to  Stop
June 16, 2022 4:01 pm

100% and giving advice and unsolicited comments on people’s size and shape is not anyone’s place online or in person.
Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rates of all Mental Illnesses.
Thank you for voicing this point that so many seem to forget!

The real epidemic...
June 14, 2022 11:26 am

…is not the foods passing through our lips.
It’s the words.

If only the words coming out (affecting everyone) of everyone’s mouths were given as much thought to as the foods going in (affecting oneself)…

Guess what?!?
June 14, 2022 12:25 pm

I’m overweight?! Tried every diet there is…or even trying to change lifestyle.
not easy. Still overweight…Guess what ..My blood work is 100% normal..no diabetes..no high cholestrol..no blood pressure issues. There is not one size fits all. Good for you for looking after yourself…but Please talk for yourself and not judge pictures of people on Collive wedding albums!

Did you try
Reply to  Guess what?!?
June 14, 2022 11:06 pm

The one thing that works which is to consistently eat a little less and move a little more. That’s all. You don’t need special food or go hungry or run a marathon

If only
Reply to  Did you try
June 15, 2022 9:16 pm

For many people, it’s not as simple as that. Factor in sleep, hormones, genetics, medications…

For Anyone Feeling Guilty
Reply to  Did you try
June 16, 2022 4:05 pm

You forget that everyone has different Caloric needs,and many Ashkenazi jews actually have genetic mutations (INSR gene is one example) causing insulin resistance which makes weight loss incredibly difficult!

June 14, 2022 12:34 pm

  THE DIFFERENCES: The Italian says, “I’m thirsty. I must have wine.” The Frenchman says, “I’m thirsty. I must have cognac.” The Russian says, “I’m thirsty. I must have vodka.” The German says, “I’m thirsty. I must have beer.” The Mexican says, “I’m thirsty. I must have tequila.” The Jewish man says, “I’m thirsty. I must have diabetes.” _____________________________________________________ When I told this to a young Chassidishe man in Boro Park, he said that it fits in so well. In addition to Shabbos and Yomom Tovim, there are all sorts of events (e.g. Chasanas, Shalom Zachors, Brissim, etc. You eat… Read more »

The answer to obesity is simple...
June 14, 2022 2:36 pm

In a few words, this is my story of struggling with food… I was always hungry, craving sweets, crunchy, greasy, creamy, etc my weight was 250 Lbs, and my height about 5.1 You go the picture I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rapid heart beat and mental anxiety, probably depression too…medicines? galore, for all of the above… Until I got to the tooth of the problem. I eat when I was anxious, sad, happy, fearful, overconfident, underconfident, I can add situations ad infinitum Until I realized (and accepted) that my problem was nonother than ADDICTION I know someone could… Read more »

June 15, 2022 4:15 pm

Amazing!!!! What an inspiration!! Preach preach preach!!! Thank you for sharing this and spreading awareness!! This article is gold!! So proud of you !!

For Anyone Feeling Guilty
June 16, 2022 3:59 pm

All the medical conditions one may have and all the unsolicited advice you may receive & EVERY natural diet hasn’t changed your physical health- remember that it is not your fault.

I highly recommend reading Joshua Wolrich’s book: Food Is Not Medicine
He brings down resources & cites his sources. Anecdotal evidence will not be something that works for everyone