Saturday, December 26, 2015

Solutions, Not Resolutions—2016 Health Commitment.

Solutions, Not Resolutions—2016 Health Commitment.

My dad was a master of one-liners. “You’ve Come Along way Baby,” Virginia Slims “Coke Is It,” “Fly the Friendly Skies of United” “Go for the Gusto” and “If You Don’t Have Schlitz You Don’t Have Beer. In a couple of words his iconic ads captured a generation. Quick, Snappy, Memorable, fun were his mantra’s. He was convinced the same principles should apply to dieting--often tipping the scale at 450 pounds.

 Quick, Fast, Easy.” So he embarked on Tape Worm Diet, The Elvis Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Rice Diet, Ayds Candy Diet. Whatever diet he was on—my whole family had to be on to support him. By nine years old I had tried them all—even praying beside him while he was convinced he found the answer in, I Prayed Myself Slim,” and supported him by consuming only apples, nothing else while he thought he found the miracle on the Israeli Army Diet—eating only one kind of food a day.

 Each New Year, a new plan, a new resolution.

Many years later my dad is 210 pounds and vegan and I am a nutritionist and cooking teacher. In my new book, My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes, I share our crazy journey, along with my beloved grandmother’s recipes cards which saved my life – spoonful by spoonful.

And as a nutritionist I encourage lasting solutions, not unrealistic resolutions.

Make 2016 your best year yet!!!


  1. This post is exactly the right combination of the very personal anecdote about years of failed attempts, some funny, all pretty serious, and the hope of success achieved in your lives--and some concrete ideas about how to get from one place to another. And I love that you have recipes. They work a bit better than praying in this case :-)