Friday Food Finds: what soups to buy?
Mar27

Friday Food Finds: what soups to buy?

Last week I showed you how to make your own soup, but what if you just don’t have time to cook? In this week’s Friday Food Finds I share the soups you’ll find in my fridge, freezer, and pantry… so I ALWAYS have something healthy standing by and it’s easy to make good choices. Remember, good choices begin in the supermarket!   Please give this vid a big THUMBS UP if you’d like more food vlogs! And sign up for my newsletter and YouTube channel so you don’t miss any new Friday Food Finds. What are your go-to store bought soups? Check out my Trader Joe’s and Costco Shopping Lists for more food finds and recipe ideas! (With Weight Watchers PointsPlus and Power Foods for those of you doing Simply...

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How low should you go?
Mar19

How low should you go?

I was chatting with a girlfriend at boot camp today (between squats and lunges) about how annoyed we are with ourselves that our bodies are not where they were at a couple of months ago. She had gotten down to a super-skinny, tight and toned size 4 for her son’s Bar Mitzvah. And even though she’s still diligently going to boot camp and working out regularly, her food intake has relaxed since she doesn’t have the red sequin dress and people flying in from far and wide to motivate her. I, on the other hand, had to get my super-skinny on for the photo shoot for my book cover. (Obviously I had to look great for my “after” shot!) So now here we are. Both of us look pretty good. (If I say so myself 😉 ) I might not be at my all-time super-skinny, all-my-clothes-feel-AWESOME weight. (I don’t ever seem to be at that incredibly happy place for longer than one day!) But should I even be striving for that number? Isn’t it better to have balance in my life and be able to enjoy the delicious things I make and bake (okay, I know it wasn’t necessary to “taste” FOUR Crunchies yesterday!), and go for a family walk with the puppy instead of killing myself to get to Pilates on a Saturday. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a bonafide foodie. Should I really be eating chicken and salad when we go out instead of trying the dishes that sound most interesting—even if not the “healthiest” choices? For me, it’s not at all about the number on the scale, but how my clothes feel. Nothing makes me crankier than feeling my “schmaltz” (translation: chicken fat) rolling over my pants!!! Perhaps the solution is to never go clothes-shopping on a super-skinny day…?!  Staying in shape takes hard work, and a huge time commitment. And you have to be consistent. The next time you see someone who is “naturally thin” and is toned and tanned—don’t for one minute think that this came “naturally.” And if she’s over forty chances are she has to work even harder at it! So what do you think…? Should we be listening to our bodies? Or society? Should we be doing what it takes to get to that magic number, or rather be accepting ourselves where our bodies are more comfortable? Or is that just an excuse? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or on OrnaBakes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, LinkedIn. (You’re already following me, right?)...

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Friday Food Finds: My TOP SECRET Skinny Soup!
Mar12

Friday Food Finds: My TOP SECRET Skinny Soup!

The first thing I do when I need to get back on track is MAKE SOUP! I’ve only shared my unbelievably delicious, super-easy TOP SECRET 8 Vegetable Soup recipe with a few clients who kept nagging me for it… but now here I am on my Friday Food Finds on YouTube telling you exactly how to make it! (If you aren’t already following me on YouTube, hurry up and do it already!) But… you will have to guess the SECRET INGREDIENT! Hint: it’s a spice So what do I get if I guess correctly? (that’s what you’re thinking, right…?) The FIRST person to guess correctly will receive a FREE signed copy of my book “The Yummier You: 7 Secrets to a Happy, Healthy, & Yummy Life”. (now available on Amazon—Click here to purchase) Just follow OrnaBakes on your favorite social media site (what is your favorite social media site, BTW??) and leave your comment wherever you see “Can you guess the SECRET INGREDIENT?” Oh, and don’t forget to give this vid a big THUMBS UP! Also, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter and YouTube Channel so you don’t miss any new Friday Food Finds. (Next week I’ll show you my favorite store-bought soups) Let me know how you like the soup!...

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Orna weighs in on CNN about Weight Watchers
Mar01

Orna weighs in on CNN about Weight Watchers

What’s your perception of Weight Watchers? Are they keeping up with the times? Are they doomed to fail? Have you tried the program multiple times? Do you think of Weight Watchers as a diet? I was recently interviewed by Richard Quest on CNN’s Quest for Business about my Weight Watchers experience. Pretty awesome to watch this in Los Angeles while my dad was watching it LIVE in South Africa, and friends were watching it in Hong Kong and Brussels!! I had way more to say, but I appreciated the opportunity to express my opinion.     A friend said that it was “brave” to show my before pic on TV, but I’m proud to share my story and hopefully inspire others who didn’t believe that real change IS possible.      Thank you all for the outpouring of support on Facebook. Please keep commenting and sharing! If you’re a YouTube-r, please leave a comment and give a Thumbs Up if you’d like to see more interviews from me.   If you or a loved one is struggling with their weight, make sure to download my book, “The Yummier You: 7 Secrets to a Happy, Healthy, & Yummy Life” while it’s still FREE! Click on the link to download the book: http://www.ornabakes.com/freebook/ If you prefer holding a real book in your hand, it’s now available on Amazon >> (If you’ve read it, please be so kind as to WRITE A REVIEW!)  ...

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What’s so special about February 18th?
Feb19

What’s so special about February 18th?

Woohoo!! My book is FINALLY on Amazon! It officially went up on February 18th, which happened to be my eight year wedding anniversary (poor Sam didn’t know what he was getting into!), and the day my CD was released, and the day I was interviewed by CNN! (Stay tuned for the air date and link. In the meantime, check out the cool pics on my OrnaBakes Facebook page). Quite an auspicious date, wouldn’t you say?  If you haven’t had a chance to download the digital version of The Yummier You, make sure to do it while it’s still FREE!! Here’s the link to the free download (feel free to share it): http://www.ornabakes.com/freebook   But… if you still like the feel of a real book and would like to hold one of these babies in your hands (it was actually like giving birth!), it’s available on Amazon for $7.99.   Click here to purchase The Yummier You on Amazon >>   You’ll get through all 25 pages in 30 minutes! But hopefully the information will stick with you forever (and ever and ever) and change the way you think. (You’ll be hearing my voice wherever you are—there’s no escaping me!) If you already read it, firstly TYSM!! (Don’t worry, I also didn’t know what the heck that meant when I first saw it. Translation: Thank you SO much.) Secondly, I would love to hear your thoughts: How has it helped you? What stuck in your mind? (Are you only eating things that are “worthy?” Have you stopped turning your body into a trash can? Have you started journaling?) Pretty pleeez be so kind as to write a review on Amazon >> In fact, I’ll give you a little incentive! Ready…? The FIRST FIVE peeps to write a review on Amazon and notify me, will receive a FREE signed paperback PLUS a signed copy of my album! Just email [email protected] with a screenshot or link to your review on Amazon, and don’t forget to include your mailing address. (U.S. only)   What people are saying: “As a Quantum Biofeedback practitioner and Nutritionist I’m always trying to help clients be practical in having a healthy weight. Orna has done an amazing job sharing, in a non-wordy and practical way, how to change your brain to allow yourself to lose weight as well as what is “healthy” eating. Thank you for sharing such applicable information that my clients can start using today!” – K.M.  Amazon review   Your book made me cry, for you and because it rang so familiar. – E. B. via email I’m a big fan of your book; love your writing skill and the dignity that you’ve given...

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