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

The pros and cons of 4 trendy diets

By Brierly Wright, M.S., R.D.

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Think twice before following these 4 popular celeb diets

JewishWorldReview.com | Let's face it: Hollywood makes losing weight look easy! Especially with all those toned bodies walking the red carpet this awards season. But if shedding a few pounds is on your to-do list, don't be so quick to follow in the footsteps of your favorite celebs.

Here are four popular celebrity diets to be wary of:

Megan Fox is rumored to have followed this diet, also called the Caveman Diet. On the Paleo Diet, you're supposed to eat like your ancestors, which means eating a lot of animal protein, "natural" carbohydrates (essentially fruits and vegetables) and some nuts.

The Paleo Diet is high in protein and fat--and there's an emphasis on getting health-sustaining omega-3s into your diet from oily fish like wild salmon, game meats, free-range chicken and grass-fed beef, all of which can be pricier than their farmed or conventionally raised counterparts.


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What's interesting about this diet is that its phases are the opposite of most other diets: they get more restrictive as you progress. For example, at the first level, you get 3 "open" or cheat meals a week, plus what they call "transitional items," such as condiments to flavor food. But when you move to level 2, you only get two "open" meals a week and you phase out the transitional items. This type of transition might make the diet easier to stick to.

What's Missing From the Paleo Diet?

Dairy, which is how most of us get our calcium and vitamin D. The Paleo Diet is also low in carbohydrates--and there's research that shows limiting or eliminating carbs impacts your memory and your mood.

Dubbed "the French Atkins" this diet reportedly has Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez among its celeb fans. Kate Middleton and her mother were rumored to use the Dukan Diet to slim down for the royal wedding.

On the Dukan Diet you only eat lean protein, plus a small amount of oat bran each day, and drink six to eight glasses of water a day in the first phase ("attack"). In phase 2 (the "cruise" phase), you introduce vegetables back into your diet, but starchy ones--like potatoes or corn--aren't allowed.

It's not until phase 3 ("consolidation") that you're allowed to eat fruit, grains and dairy again, which is why this diet isn't nutritionally sound.

There are some pros to the diet, though: Dr. Dukan incorporates walking 20 to 30 minutes each day into the plan and you're told to eat lean protein.

What's Missing From the Dukan Diet?

Key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D from dairy, and disease-fighting compounds from fruits and whole grains. Plus there's no mention of portion sizes. In fact, Dr. Dukan tells you to eat as much protein as you like. And ultimately to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than what you burn.

Demi Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman are all supposed celeb fans of this diet.

A raw-food diet is just that--you eat raw food. Your food can't be cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. So you're eating mostly raw and dehydrated fruits and vegetables and things like smoothies and cold soups that you prepare without heat.

Some raw foodists drink unpasteurized milk and eat cheese made from raw milk, as well as eating raw fish and meats. The big thing to note here is that this can be risky; these foods can carry foodborne-illness bacteria.

There are a small number of studies that suggest there may be some health benefits to a raw-food diet, though: in one study, raw foodists had lower levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.

What's Missing From the Raw Food Diet?

If you're not eating any animal-based products such as meat, fish, eggs, poultry or dairy you'll miss out on vitamin B12--a vitamin your body needs to transform fat and protein into energy, as well as other essential functions. You also won't get much, if any, vitamin D--and more and more research is showing that adequate vitamin D is important in warding off a host of chronic conditions, from heart disease to cancer.

4. 17-DAY DIET
The 17-Day Diet is apparently backed by Dr. Phil. And unlike what its name implies, the entire diet isn't 17 days long. Each phase is 17 days--and that's going to feel even longer when you see how strict the first phase is. In cycle 1, called "accelerate", you can eat fish and poultry, as many "cleansing" vegetables as you'd like, low-sugar fruits (but not after 2 p.m.), two servings of probiotic foods--such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir--and tiny amounts of "friendly" fats, such as flaxseed and olive oils.

As with the Dukan Diet, the diet becomes more liberal as you "graduate" to the different cycles. For example, in phase 2 you can introduce lean red meat and whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables.

Overall, the 17-Day Diet is strict and, honestly, it'd be hard to follow without carrying the book around so you knew which foods from the various food groups you could actually eat. Also, the total daily calorie allotment from the meal plans provided is too low for some people, particularly if you're active.

What's Missing From the 17-Day Diet?

You aren't getting much of a variety of fruits and vegetables--and health experts recommend a colorful variety of produce so you can get a healthy mix of disease-fighting phytochemicals. This diet is also short on grains--and there's recent research that shows eating more whole grains can lengthen your life.

Celebs are fans of these diets because they do work to slim you down quickly. But they work because they are so restrictive--when you cut out certain food groups from your diet, it's hard to make up for those lost calories by eating more of other foods groups. That's why you lose the weight: you're eating fewer calories. Following these diets can help you kick-start your diet and motivate you to transition and stick to a more balanced, healthy diet. But following them for too long means you'll miss out on key nutrients.

(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)

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