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

Right on Cue: How to locate what's triggering your bad habits

By Susan Carnell, Ph.D. | Humans are not so different from Pavlov's dog. Stimulus, response. Plop down in front of the TV, mouth waters, reach for Doritos. To alter our unhealthy habits, we need to recognize what triggers them (is it the TV, or boredom in general?) and reprogram our responses. New research shows that it pays to target some types of triggers over others.

Take junk-food snacking. Students at Utrecht University in the Netherlands confessed to indulging at home or at school, alone or with friends--all potential "situational" cues to eat. But they also blamed a whole separate class of cues: "motivational" drivers such as seeking enjoyment, avoiding boredom, and wanting to be sociable.

To test which were the true triggers of the munchies, the researchers formed two groups of students. People who specifically planned what to do when confronted by a motivational cue--e.g., "If I'm bored and I feel like a snack, I'll eat an apple"--ate more fruits and vegetables and 90 fewer calories of junk food over the following week. But those who plotted counterattacks on situational triggers ate just the same as ever.


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The inadequacy of focusing on situational prompts "is probably because motivations are the critical cues," researcher Marieke Adriaanse explains. "You may be with friends at home when you snack, but the crucial factor is that you're socializing." So if you're schmoozing clients, don't drop your guard just because you're at the office.

How can you pinpoint the key triggers for your own naughty habits? Keeping a diary of what drives you to misbehave may help. But you also need to pick substitute behaviors that assuage your original urge. Feeling lonely? A golden delicious couldn't hope to match the comfort oozing out of a double-cheese pizza, but some time with a favorite friend might nearly hit the spot.

And why not test the method out on other undesirable activities? The physiological effects of smoking and drinking may make such habits harder to change, Adriaanse warns, but it's worth a (nonalcoholic) shot.

Make excuses. Overeat at social events? Maybe you're bad at saying no to your host. Come prepared with a good excuse--you ate before, you're allergic to cheese-flavored pretzels.

Distract yourself. Itching for some ice cream? If you're bored or gloomy, try calling a friend for a mood boost. If you're pleasure-seeking, read or watch something funny or play a favorite song.

Don't overload. Rather than bite off more than you can chew, start with just a few resolutions. Decide which unhealthy behaviors you do most often and most want to change.

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Susan Carnell, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St Luke's Hospital, and the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University. She also holds an honorary appointment at University College London, England. Dr Carnell's research focuses on the social, psychological, and biological drivers of appetite. At the moment she is studying brain activation in lean and obese adults and teenagers. She has a special interest in the influence of parental feeding style on children's weight, and how genes and environment interact to cause child obesity.