In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Researchers: It's normal for married women, moms to be heavier

By Anya Martin

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Women who have a baby or live with a partner for a decade put on more weight than women who are childless and partner-less, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia found that an average 140-pound woman gained 20 pounds across 10 years if she had a baby and a partner; 15 pounds if she had a partner but no baby; and 11 pounds if she were childless and without a partner.

While you're pausing to absorb the significance of these findings, I'll throw in a couple of observations made by The New York Times:

There is no reason to believe that having a partner causes metabolic changes, so the weight gain among childless women with partners was almost surely caused by altered behavior.

This does not explain the still larger weight gain in women who became pregnant.

I'm no expert in nutrition or metabolism, but I am one-half of a married couple, with child, so I'll offer a few explanations: When you meet that special someone, there is indeed "altered behavior," such as going to French restaurants, sleeping in on weekends, and experiencing a diminished biological need for ripped abs. As far as explaining the "still larger weight gain in women who become pregnant," besides the obvious reason, I can think of at least one other: there are pizza parlors that deliver. Right to your door.

There's something deeper at work here, says Todd Whitaker, head trainer at the Fitness Camp in Irvine, Calif. He started a program specifically for mothers with young babies in strollers called "Hot Mama Boot Camp." Whitaker also is self-publishing a book based on the program.

"When a woman has a child, there's sort of a subtle message of, 'It's OK to be heavier,'" he said. "There are incredible time demands put on women when they have children, and one of the first things to fall by the wayside is exercise. Also, they tend to eat on the go, eat whatever's there. They give themselves permission to be the way they are because they've had a baby. If it's OK with them and it's OK with their significant other, then cool. But it's not some hard-and-fast law that that's the way it's gotta be."

Whitaker firmly believes that with discipline, and a workout program built around weights and not just cardio, women can have the same body — or better — they had before they got pregnant.

"Quite a few women have come to me not being able to take off those last 15 pounds," he said. "And it's not some magic on my part. They were consistent: They showed up, they trained hard, they ate decently, and the weight came off. It comes down to self-discipline. If you've got it, you can do anything you want."

Letter from JWR publisher

I asked Whitaker what he thought of a New York Times story about a new book by the prolific health specialist Dr. Susan M. Love. A clinical professor of surgery at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine, Love wrote Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health," " published by Crown.

The book, co-written by Harvard professor Alice D. Domar, recommends not beating yourself up if you don't get eight hours of sleep a night; exercise like a fiend; or always eat the right foods, among a long list of concerns.

"The point of this is to use your common sense, and if you feel good, then you're fine," Love told the paper. "The goal is not to get to heaven and say, 'I'm perfect.' It's to use your body, have some fun and to live a little."

This philosophy certainly has some appeal at this point on the calendar, when some of us still hunt through the couch cushions to find every last green and red M&M. Whitaker says Love's thesis, "which is 'Don't worry about every little thing you put in your body, just worry about your overall health,' is a good message. But that's not the way it's going to be interpreted."

People who just hear about the book or read its reviews, he says, might think it absolves them of making any effort to exercise and eat well.

"That kind of message could be at the least flawed and at worst dangerous," he said. "Someone who is so respected in her field, I assume she would get upset if her masterwork is misinterpreted by millions and gives license to people to lead unhealthy lifestyles.

"None of the let-yourself-go messages are good — for individuals or society."

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