Nighttime Snacks that won’t take you down
Jan24

Nighttime Snacks that won’t take you down

Last night I ate… a jar of asparagus, a package of seaweed, a handful of cherry tomatoes and a bag of popcorn.   I felt like the very hungry caterpillar. Oh yeah… and a cup of Swiss Miss Light Hot Cocoa (but that doesn’t count, right?)  But… it could’ve been worse (remember, it can ALWAYS be worse!) But seriously, you know those nights when all you want to do is EAT? And when you’re trying to make good choices, gosh-darn you better have something more exciting in the house than carrot sticks.  Let’s face it, most of us don’t eat nighttime snacks out of hunger—it’s more out of habit or to feed some kind of emotional need. (BTW, emotional doesn’t mean that your boyfriend broke up with you and you feel sad or depressed or lonely. Emotional eating simply means that you are eating for reasons other than being physically hungry. You could be exhausted, anxious, bored, or simply happy and relieved that the kids are in bed and you now have some “me” time!) I’m not one who believes that you should eat dinner at 6 and not eat anything again until bedtime (though there are some). Does that bring you joy? Do you think you could sustain that forever? Or does it feel like you’re miserable and hungry and on a diet (If you feel that way you will NEVER be able to do this FOREVER) I think a better way to approach it is to find snacks that satisfy you and don’t trigger the eater in you. So if you find yourself going back for spoon-after-spoon of peanut butter or cup-after-cup of cereal or “just-one-more” mini ice-cream bar, those are not safe snacks for you (at this time).  It’s really just about substitutions and getting more bang for your buck. I’ll give you some of my go-to nighttime snacks—pretty please share them on FB, pin them, forward them to a friend. And I’d love to hear from you! Are evenings difficult for you? What are y’all snacking on after dinner? Please add your comments below. xoxo   Sip on tea It’s incredibly soothing and gives your hands—and lips—something to do! Rooibos (“Red Bush”) Tea—comes from South Africa (where I’m from—but you already knew that, right?) and you can now find it all over the US.  It has all the good properties of green tea but without caffeine. And the best part is it counts toward your water intake.  My faves are Trader Joe’s Rooibos & Honeybush tea and Republic of Tea Vanilla Rooibos >> Read the amazing health benefits here >> Did you know… You don’t have to...

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I will forgive (not forget or regret)

I’m not gonna lie—2015 was hard for me. I lost my dad on October 1st and besides the obvious sadness, it brought up all kinds of emotions for me. Flying to South Africa three times in 13 months also put me out of whack: out of my routine; out of my exercise routine; out of my food routine.  I started to fall back to my old habits and have been self-medicating with food and wine. And it’s time to stop. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster since my book was released in January and then I was on CNN in February. I started questioning why I do what I do and just feeling completely burnt out. Somehow I lost my direction and stopped following my passion (hello—my blog is called Orna“Bakes”!) and got on the marketing/promotion/social media train. I hate social media. I think it brings out the worst in all of us. It’s all about instant gratification and comparison and looking to others for approval. Everything I’ve spent my life trying to get away from.  Why am I telling you all this? Because as always my goal is to be the best me that I can be and to help anyone along the way who is experiencing the same kind of pain.  I’m excited to bring in the new year  and get a fresh start. I will forgive myself for not living my best life and I will be compassionate, because when you go through a major life change or lose someone dear to you it’s bound to affect you profoundly. I won’t regret doing the book or the blog or anything else I’ve done, because it’s what got me to this point and we learn and grow with every experience.  What about you? Can you forgive yourself? Are you ready for a fresh start? I’m sending my warmest and most sincere wishes your way for a happy, healthy, kind, and compassionate new year. ...

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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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