Beth Warren is a renowned nutritionist who goes by the “Kosher girl” and uses the Jewish religious dietary laws to help people successfully slim down.
But you don’t have to be Jewish to benefit from Warren’s weight loss philosophy. Her new book, “Secrets of a Kosher Girl: A 21-Day Nourishing Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Even If You’re Not Jewish)”, available today, proves just that.
In it, Warren offers a 21-day diet and exercise plan which integrates the ancient principles of a kosher diet and lifestyle with proven weight-loss strategies. After testing in on herself (she has five kids and gained 44 pounds with each pregnancy!), Warren says the plan can lead to an average loss of six to 11 pounds.
And unlike many other diets, this one has a secret component: mindfulness.
“Mindful eating,” Warren explains, “helps you become in tune with your wants and needs, which will aid in both short and long-term weight loss success.”
Instead of swearing off entire food groups to shed pounds, Warren has her clients try intuitive eating techniques. “The mind,” she says, “it’s your guide, your cheerleader, your controller, your everything. When you lose your mind (no pun intended), you lose motivation, focus and the will to reach your goals.”
One thing Warren mentioned in her book is the power of saying a blessing before each meal as a way to become more mindful about the food.
Not a spiritual person? Simply pause for a few moment before picking up the fork.
“The act of pausing transcends the monotonous into an exciting experience to which you pay attention every time.” Once your done eating, Warren recommends checking in with your body one more time.
Observe how the meal made you feel: satisfied, full, or stuffed. “You can gain a lot of information in the hour after you’ve eaten a meal; you will learn to listen to the subtle cues your body is trying to tell you.” Warren points out.
More quick tips from Warren on how to become mindful around food:
- Before opening the fridge or cabinet, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?”
- Pay attention to the colors, aromas, flavors, and textures
- Eat silently for five minutes; think about what it took to produce that meal
- Let at least 20 minutes to pass before you go for a second helping
Here’s Warren explaining what exactly she eats in a day. For more videos, visit her YouTube channel.