Seven Nights of Sexy, Part Two
Oct21

Seven Nights of Sexy, Part Two

I’m sure you’re feeling great about yourself—and your relationship—after completing our Seven Day Challenge, Part One. We’re going to Get into Action with Part Two! I can’t wait to hear how connected you feel, and how incredibly loving and happy your partner has become. (That’s all I need to know, thank you!) You’ll definitely learn something new—and get ideas—just from reading this inspirational guest post by Lou Paget. (Have you ever heard of the SWIRL?) Click here if you missed our Seven Day Challenge, Part One and you’re wondering what this has to do with OrnaBakes! Part Two begins this Wednesday, October 23rd. Join our discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and G+. Try making Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs together, to get you in the mood for Day 4—on Saturday! Here’s to an extraordinary week… xoxo Seven Day Sex Challenge, Part Two: The Let’s Get Practical By Lou Paget Let’s be honest, you can think about things all day long, that often leads to paralysis by analysis. Even meditation requires action after the stillness. I’m paraphrasing a Mother Teresa quote, “Prayer without action is no prayer at all.” Here I am going to share some of the best ideas that Great Lovers shared with me in my Couples book, The Great Lover Playbook. (Giveaway details below.) First, one must realize that Falling in Love sex is not the same as Being in Love sex, yet one does not take away from the other. They build on one another and many people and couples speak of the cycles of loving and falling in love on a regular basis. Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity speaks of how couples are most drawn to their spouse or partner when they are away or they are apart, when from a comfortable distance they observe her being in her element, being radiant and confident, and then when they are surprised by what she/ he looks like. No shock that brides want to knock their future husbands off their feet as she comes to their ceremony. That mental download powerfully sets a desire cycle for them both. Wonder why they show a couple in evening attire in ads? Men in tuxes move women’s libidos. So let’s get started with your Week 2 activities. And FYI – if you want to do days 1, 2, & 3 all at once, have at it. I have structured it to be respectful of tight timetables. Review your Benchmark from Week 1. Give yourself kudos for getting to Week 2. Day 1: You are going to practice the SWIRL. This is using your fingertips or lightly stroking your nails in a continuous irregular wavy pattern on their arms, legs,...

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Seven Nights of Sexy, Part One
Oct10

Seven Nights of Sexy, Part One

I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth sex has to do with a healthy food blog?! Well… I recently asked a friend, who owns one of the top SEO (Search Engine Optimization) companies, how to make OrnaBakes go viral, and he jokingly said, “pictures of babies and puppies.” Since I’ve already exploited my little one as much as possible (kidding), and we don’t have a puppy (yet), I came up with what I thought was the next best thing! I remembered a young lady on TV, a few years back, guaranteeing that sex every single day = weight loss. I actually believe this to be true—not if you’re lying there counting how many calories you’re burning, but because it would make you feel happy and connected, and take the focus off the food. For me, there’s a strong connection between how I feel about my body—and what I put into it—and how sexy (or un-sexy) I feel.   I approached our wise friend, and Sam’s ex-girlfriend (call me crazy), Lou Paget—a widely acclaimed sex educator and international bestselling author—about writing a guest post relating food, body image, and intimacy.             This exciting two week series will inspire you to feel great about your body, and your present or future relationship. (And make for a very happy partner!)   I hope you’ll join us on Day One of the Seven Day Challenge: Monday, October 14th ** Look out for daily reminders and join the dialogue on Facebook/Twitter/G+ ** {Giveaway} One lucky reader will get a signed copy of The Great Lover Playbook (See details below)     Seven Day Sex Challenge, Part One: The Makings of a Great Lover by Lou Paget   Got your attention? Oh Good!! Because what I ‘m going to share with you is Week 1 of a Two Part, 7 Day, minutes a day program, that should you choose to do so will reset how you feel about yourself, your body, and your relationship or future relationship. These simple steps will connect you back to your body and your priorities. These two 7 Day Programs are results driven and I want you to get results. And aren’t you worth taking a few minutes a day to create a fresh, refreshed and revitalized you? I will tell you after 15 years of writing and speaking world wide in the area of sexuality, women and men have told me their Best Lovers were not the best looking, nor do they have the best bodies; what they DID have is the best attitude. And that is what we are going to be working on here starting with...

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Trader Joe’s & Costco Made Easy!
Oct06

Trader Joe’s & Costco Made Easy!

In case you’ve been wondering if I stopped buying groceries, I have actually been to the store! While far easier for you to navigate and print, the lists are now a little more complicated for me on the data entry side. (This code stuff seriously makes my head spin!) Turns out that the thought of it was more daunting than actually doing it (just a tad), so you’ll now be getting my fav food finds as I discover them. You’ll find new items at the top of each section I’ve added more Weight Watchers PointsPlus values New Costco Favs Aidells Chicken & Apple Smoked Chicken Breast (FANTASTIC) Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares (Best car/mall/travel snack) Mamma Chia Pouches TJ’s Favs Brown Rice Quinoa Fusili Pasta Quinoa Sushi Rolls LOVIN’ TJ’s Carolina Barbecue Sauce (great for dipping chicken tenders)  Try it in my updated Turkey Pickle Pepper Rollups Click here for my Costco Shopping List Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List I’d LOVE your feedback. Please add your faves in the comments, and email me if you have ideas or requests! And please, please, please SHARE these lists with your friends on your favorite social media sites! That way I can keep shopping and sharing. 🙂...

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Chopsticks and Change
Sep07

Chopsticks and Change

I had an epiphany on Erev Rosh Hashanah (the eve of the Jewish New Year), as I ate a bowl of vegetables at 11pm—something the old me would never have done! It’s interesting how religious holidays bring up such strong, varied emotions in us—some joyous and some painful. I learned from my wise, dear friend Judy—when I trekked around Los Angeles as her Weight Watchers receptionist and young leader in training—that while things change from holiday to holiday, the one thing that stays the same is the food. As people age and relationships change, our favorite childhood dishes bring familiar comfort of simpler times. That’s one of the reasons why traditional foods evoke such powerful emotional associations, and can trigger and spin us out of control. I, on the other hand, used to have extreme anxiety before the Jewish holidays, because the celebrations invariably meant breaking whatever diet I was on, and having to start all over again. After guiltily eating whatever I could legally ingest in public, I would secretly stuff myself as much as possible, swearing never to eat a grain of sugar or fat again after resuming my diet on Monday. This was followed by the usual onslaught of self-hatred and regret. Now that I know so much more about the negative effects of dieting and deprivation—and how willpower can only go so far—I’m not surprised that I gave in to the tempting treats surrounding me. Wednesday was a strange eating day With one batch of Apricot Squares in the freezer, I had  two more to bake. Norene Gilletz’s Cinnamon Nut Rogelach (divine!), and Brown Sugar Cookies—the ultimate chewy, sugar cookie with a rich, toffee flavor (recipe coming soon) My first time making both, so I had to QC them! (Quality Control) That was lunch. Two turkey meatballs at 4pm, so as not to arrive at dinner famished. Of course, when I’m in a brand new outfit and feel “all that,” no one takes notice, but when I’ve been baking (and sampling) bulkas, challah, and cookies, and haven’t worked out in 10 days, and find the darkest, stretchiest thing in my closet (booty camouflage), everyone says how great I look. Gotta love Spanx! I enjoyed a taste of each wonderful dish in the lavish spread at Uncle Norm and Auntie Carol’s house, resisting seconds of June’s Noodle Kugel! I did, of course, have to partake in above-mentioned cookies for dessert. (Definitely worthy!) Feeling slightly stuffed, the old me would’ve felt guilty and out of control, and would then have proceeded to eat whatever pastries and chocolate I could find at home. But after taking off my heels and putting my little...

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Top 10 Healthy Travel Snacks
Jul01

Top 10 Healthy Travel Snacks

I need something a little more exciting than carrot sticks and sugar snap peas to keep me away from Cinnabon at the airport, Arby’s Curly Fries en route to Vegas, or… heaven forbid… the mini bar in the hotel room! Since I now travel with a toddler, these are all kid-friendly too. Pack small paper cups or containers and measure out a reasonable portion before digging in, because once you open the bag and start grazing there’s no stopping! —————- Corazonas Oatmeal Squares Chewy squares of whole-grain, oaty goodness, with 6g of protein to keep you feeling satisfied. They’re great to keep in the car because they don’t melt. My favorite is the Peanut Butter Nutritional info for 1 Peanut Butter Oatmeal square (50g) Calories 190 Fat 7g Carbs 27g Fiber 5g Protein 6g 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for 1 square Where to buy them Ralph’s, Whole Foods, Gelsons, Costco (Blueberry & Chocolate Chip)  —————- Chip’ins by Popcorn Indiana – Gluten Free Hands down the best and “worthiest” crunchy, chip-fix around, with the whole-grain goodness and taste of popcorn. Love the White Cheddar and Sea Salt! Nutritional info for 28g, White Cheddar Calories 130 Fat 4g Carbs 21g Fiber 1g Protein 2g 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for 18 chips (28g) Where to buy them Walmart and Gelsons used to carry them, but sadly I haven’t been able to find them for a while—until I recently spotted them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Happy girl! 🙂 If you can’t find Chip’ins, the now ubiquitous Popcorners are a pretty good substitute. Popcorn Indiana’s Parmesan & Herb Fit Popcorn is a great choice too.  —————- Somersaults – Nut Free Whole grain snacks, with sunflower seeds and toasted grains giving a delicious crunch. Same amount of protein as almonds, but with half the fat and fewer calories.   If you can find them, the Salt & Pepper and Cinnamon Crunch are also delish! Nutritional info for 15 crunchy nuggets (30g) Calories 150 Fat 8g Carbs 12g Fiber 3g Protein 7g 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for 30g Where to buy them Ralphs, Gelsons, Albertsons, Safeway Coming soon to Costco! Click here for their Store Locator >>  —————- Rocks n’ Rolls French Munching Cookies Low fat, low sugar cookie fix! My favs are Cinnamon (only available at Whole Foods). I also love the Lemon Vanilla (Whole Foods) and Almond (Gelsons). Nutritional info for 30g Almond Rocks n’ Rolls – Vegan Calories 108 Fat 3g Carbs 18g Fiber 1g Protein 2g 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for 30 grams Warning!! After typing this list all day, I decided to weigh the rocks n’ rolls in...

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Input vs Output
Jun25

Input vs Output

Yesterday we went to gorgeous Newport Beach with Sam’s family, and I sat in hiding on the beach—long pants and a t-shirt covering my full, black bathing suit, as I watched all the bronzed, bikini’d babes go by. True, I’ve been working round the clock on the Fabio Viviani review, in the hopes that he would forward it to his 70,000 fans—which happily he did! Fabio Viviani’s Cooking Demo and Cookbook Review >> But I can’t blame the flabby feeling on the one meal we ate at his cooking demo, or his amazing meatballs that we made this Friday… or the leftovers on Saturday. My version of Fabio’s Mom’s Meatballs with Low Fat Ricotta Cheese and Laura’s Lean Beef coming soon! It’s the general slacking off—the extra bite here and extra bite there, paired with not doing my regular workouts. It’s quite simple: I’ve been taking in more than I’ve been putting out! There’s a very fine line between maintaining (or losing) and gaining. Today, I am re-committing to eating healthy, drinking water, and being active whenever I can. It only took 15 minutes for me to take a walk around the school, after dropping my daughter off at camp. I knew that if I came home and got in the office, a thousand things would keep me away from getting on the treadmill in our garage gym. So instead of putting it off, I just DID IT! And I already feel a thousand times better. That tingling in my legs when I walk is the tell-tale sign that I haven’t been working out enough. (Ugh! Hate that!) Does anyone else get that after not exercising regularly? My natural state of being now is to work out and eat healthy. When I’m over-loading on carbs and blowing off workouts to get a post done, I start to feel bloated and achy, and generally grumpy. I don’t know why it is that us moms feel guilty to take an hour to do something for ourselves. I think my smart hubby realizes that my working out is really just as much for him and my daughter as it is for me. I feel so much better when I am in control of my eating and am being active; and this in turn makes me more patient and kind, and more pleasant to be around. I might not have the luxury of doing the Santa Monica stairs for an hour, like I used to in my single days. I took the opportunity last month when we were in the area buying a car, and it felt SO good to work out in...

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