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EDITOR Yitty Denciger Dr. Peretz Lock Dr. Daniel Ganz We really are as great as our Izzy Pupko PT team. COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor PHOTOGRAPHY Shevy Gross @shevygphotography Cover photo by Chani Friedman chanifriedmanphotography.com MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Rachel Lebowitz rachel@fyimagazineny.com PHONE: 718.412.2442 PA Saba Gitisetan PA Andrew Weissman WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com What makes Boro Park Center Brooklyn’s de facto address for quality care? 4915 10th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 Phone 718.851.3700 www.BoroParkCenter.net ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen Miriam Reifman 14minds.com The timeless dedication exhibited by all our board-certified doctors, nurses and therapists. We're honored to keep our respected residents living happy, while remaining invested in developing state-of-the-art rehab therapies every day. We truly are one awesome team. AD DEADLINES February Issue: Jan 22 FUNCTIONAL Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. B E A U T I F U L 732.367.7515 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM
EDITOR Yitty Denciger  Dr. Peretz Lock  Dr. Daniel Ganz  We really are as great as our Izzy Pupko PT  team.  COPY EDITOR L...
EDITOR Yitty Denciger Dr. Peretz Lock Dr. Daniel Ganz We really are as great as our Izzy Pupko PT team. COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor PHOTOGRAPHY Shevy Gross @shevygphotography Cover photo by Chani Friedman chanifriedmanphotography.com MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Rachel Lebowitz rachel@fyimagazineny.com PHONE: 718.412.2442 PA Saba Gitisetan PA Andrew Weissman WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com What makes Boro Park Center Brooklyn’s de facto address for quality care? 4915 10th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 Phone 718.851.3700 www.BoroParkCenter.net ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen Miriam Reifman 14minds.com The timeless dedication exhibited by all our board-certified doctors, nurses and therapists. We're honored to keep our respected residents living happy, while remaining invested in developing state-of-the-art rehab therapies every day. We truly are one awesome team. AD DEADLINES February Issue: Jan 22 FUNCTIONAL Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. B E A U T I F U L 732.367.7515 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM
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contents JANUARY 2016 10 | Your Voice #JoinTheDiscussion What would you like to accomplish in 2016? 107 | What's in my...? Naomi Nachman's Pantry Beauty Guide 15 | DRAB TO FAB Cozy Winter Home Decorating Ideas 19 | HOW TO Fashion and Style Tips 24 with Betty Gulko 22 | WIG WISDOM How to take care of yours 24 | MAKEUP 101 Winter Beauty Guide Get A Handle On It 53 | POSITIVE PARENTING Re-scripting the Parent Child Relationship 62 | LIFE GOALS 5 positive ways to start your day 66 | PRO TIPS Travelling light during the winter. In Your Business 72 | EXPERTISE Rachel Renov, renowned professional photographer 75 | ON TOP OF YOUR GAME What makes you invaluable as an employee? 78 | ASK MAURICE To Hire or Not to Hire? Fall In Love With Life Sharpen Your Appetite 81 | GLUTEN FREE IN 2016 Discover easy ways to eat gluten free. 82 | Rice Noodle Slaw 83 | Coconut Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce 84 | Edamame Spaghetti Casserole 86 | Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake 87 | Chunky Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Featured 27 | NUTRITION RESOLUTIONS Not to make 90 | IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP Get Quality zzz's This Year 30 | MEDICAL MAVEN 96 | DIET DEBATES Fascinating tips every mother should know. The Truth about Celiac Disease 102 | LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE 36 | MEET Can Giving make you Rich? Allison Joseph, founder of Jew In The City Cold outside. You Gotta Know 43 | TRIED & TESTED The best Kosher gluten free products. 46 | FOR LESS (Re)decorate Your Master Bedroom 70 83 Warm inside. Parve
contents JANUARY 2016  10   Your  Voice   JoinTheDiscussion What would you like to accomplish in 2016   107    What s in m...
contents JANUARY 2016 10 | Your Voice #JoinTheDiscussion What would you like to accomplish in 2016? 107 | What's in my...? Naomi Nachman's Pantry Beauty Guide 15 | DRAB TO FAB Cozy Winter Home Decorating Ideas 19 | HOW TO Fashion and Style Tips 24 with Betty Gulko 22 | WIG WISDOM How to take care of yours 24 | MAKEUP 101 Winter Beauty Guide Get A Handle On It 53 | POSITIVE PARENTING Re-scripting the Parent Child Relationship 62 | LIFE GOALS 5 positive ways to start your day 66 | PRO TIPS Travelling light during the winter. In Your Business 72 | EXPERTISE Rachel Renov, renowned professional photographer 75 | ON TOP OF YOUR GAME What makes you invaluable as an employee? 78 | ASK MAURICE To Hire or Not to Hire? Fall In Love With Life Sharpen Your Appetite 81 | GLUTEN FREE IN 2016 Discover easy ways to eat gluten free. 82 | Rice Noodle Slaw 83 | Coconut Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce 84 | Edamame Spaghetti Casserole 86 | Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake 87 | Chunky Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Featured 27 | NUTRITION RESOLUTIONS Not to make 90 | IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP Get Quality zzz's This Year 30 | MEDICAL MAVEN 96 | DIET DEBATES Fascinating tips every mother should know. The Truth about Celiac Disease 102 | LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE 36 | MEET Can Giving make you Rich? Allison Joseph, founder of Jew In The City Cold outside. You Gotta Know 43 | TRIED & TESTED The best Kosher gluten free products. 46 | FOR LESS (Re)decorate Your Master Bedroom 70 83 Warm inside. Parve
contents JANUARY 2016  10   Your  Voice   JoinTheDiscussion What would you like to accomplish in 2016   107    What s in m...
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! ad subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price SU BSC RIB E NOW T G E T OU O R INTROD LOW UCTOR Y RATEIT WON ’T L AST L ONG ! SUBSCRIBE NOW ONLINE FOR ONLY $50/YEAR! Visit www.fyimagazineny.com we hear you! IN RESPONSE TO: CARING FOR AGING PARENTS, DECEMBER ISSUE I found the article “Caring for Aging Parents” in your Chanukah issue to be very insightful. It was helpful to me as a child of elderly parents to have the options presented in a clear and concise manner, which made the issue feel less overwhelming and more manageable. I especially enjoyed your sensitive tips to engage and include grandparents in Chanukah activities, which can be useful at other family events too. I was impressed by your advice to approach this subject with the parent early on, before waiting for a crisis. But I think it’s important that siblings are on the same page before doing this, and that they seek guidance from a social worker or facilitator at this stage if necessary. I also would have appreciated more information on the financial implications of the different options available as many people’s choices are dictated by their available budget. I look forward to many more informative and relevant articles. Lisa Horowitz Miami, Florida IN RESPONSE TO: 5 WAYS TO DISAGREE, AGREEABLY, DECEMBER ISSUE As someone who’s been told her whole life to be more assertive, I felt like the article “5 Ways to Disagree Agreeably” was written specifically for me. I try to avoid confrontation and arguments, even when I’m fully in the right. Nissi Unger’s tips and examples were empathetic and helpful Now that I’m a mother and want to show my kids by example how to stand their ground respectfully, I can refer to Unger’s reassuring guidance. The next time I will inevitably engage in an argument or difference of opinion, I will feel more confident in how to handle myself. Chaya R. Brooklyn, NY IN RESPONSE TO: FEELING CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN, NOVEMBER ISSUE I have always been attentive, kind, and loving. Recently, I upped it a notch when I didn’t like some of the tension and drama at home with 3 pre/teens. This works. We are so much happier and more peaceful now. And we have more fun, too! Do this! Chav Landau Monsey, NY IN RESPONSE TO: AN HONEST LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, DECEMBER ISSUE I found your article in last month’s issue of FYI about Alternative Medicine to be very thought provoking. It was fascinating to read about Kinesiology and Jin Shin Jyutsu - two therapies I hadn’t heard of before. I do believe healthy food certainly plays a big part in our well-being, with the opposite being true as well. (We know that even from the Rambam going back 800 years.) Even certain exercise forms, like Yoga and Pilates, are known to have therapeutic properties and with more findings on this coming to light all the time. It is certainly preferable to treat pain and ailments without resorting to invasive procedures and strong medications whenever possible. However, the risk is that when it comes to more serious illnesses and people eschew conventional medicine altogether in favor of alternative therapies. This can be dangerous and cause more harm than good. Rachel Baum Brooklyn, NY 7 | fyimagazineny.com IN RESPONSE TO: DO I LOVE HER?, DECEMBER ISSUE I would really like to congratulate the mother for acknowledging the problem and seeking help for it. I am a daughter in this scenario and I have suffered and still do suffer from feelings of inadequacy and feeling unliked/unloved, well into my adult life. Now as a mother, it pains me even more as I see how much love I have for my own daughter, and I just can’t understand why I didn’t deserve the love. Through lots of therapy, I’m beginning to understand I didn’t do anything wrong, but my mother didn’t have the right tools to deal with not liking her child. It could have looked very different if she had acknowledged the problem and asked for help. Anonymous Chicago, Illinois = SOCIAL MEDIA SIGHTINGS IN RESPONSE TO: FEELING CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN, NOVEMBER ISSUE “My biggest regret in my life was that I yelled at my kids all the time. I did not take the time to listen to them enough. I am actually crying writing this. It is not just the hugs, it really is the listening to the little things that are going on in their lives. I promise. Now I listen to my grandchildren’s day-to-day life, especially now that they have cell phones. I call them when they are on the bus. Take advantage please.”
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ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! ad subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price SU BSC RIB E NOW T G E T OU O R INTROD LOW UCTOR Y RATEIT WON ’T L AST L ONG ! SUBSCRIBE NOW ONLINE FOR ONLY $50/YEAR! Visit www.fyimagazineny.com we hear you! IN RESPONSE TO: CARING FOR AGING PARENTS, DECEMBER ISSUE I found the article “Caring for Aging Parents” in your Chanukah issue to be very insightful. It was helpful to me as a child of elderly parents to have the options presented in a clear and concise manner, which made the issue feel less overwhelming and more manageable. I especially enjoyed your sensitive tips to engage and include grandparents in Chanukah activities, which can be useful at other family events too. I was impressed by your advice to approach this subject with the parent early on, before waiting for a crisis. But I think it’s important that siblings are on the same page before doing this, and that they seek guidance from a social worker or facilitator at this stage if necessary. I also would have appreciated more information on the financial implications of the different options available as many people’s choices are dictated by their available budget. I look forward to many more informative and relevant articles. Lisa Horowitz Miami, Florida IN RESPONSE TO: 5 WAYS TO DISAGREE, AGREEABLY, DECEMBER ISSUE As someone who’s been told her whole life to be more assertive, I felt like the article “5 Ways to Disagree Agreeably” was written specifically for me. I try to avoid confrontation and arguments, even when I’m fully in the right. Nissi Unger’s tips and examples were empathetic and helpful Now that I’m a mother and want to show my kids by example how to stand their ground respectfully, I can refer to Unger’s reassuring guidance. The next time I will inevitably engage in an argument or difference of opinion, I will feel more confident in how to handle myself. Chaya R. Brooklyn, NY IN RESPONSE TO: FEELING CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN, NOVEMBER ISSUE I have always been attentive, kind, and loving. Recently, I upped it a notch when I didn’t like some of the tension and drama at home with 3 pre/teens. This works. We are so much happier and more peaceful now. And we have more fun, too! Do this! Chav Landau Monsey, NY IN RESPONSE TO: AN HONEST LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, DECEMBER ISSUE I found your article in last month’s issue of FYI about Alternative Medicine to be very thought provoking. It was fascinating to read about Kinesiology and Jin Shin Jyutsu - two therapies I hadn’t heard of before. I do believe healthy food certainly plays a big part in our well-being, with the opposite being true as well. (We know that even from the Rambam going back 800 years.) Even certain exercise forms, like Yoga and Pilates, are known to have therapeutic properties and with more findings on this coming to light all the time. It is certainly preferable to treat pain and ailments without resorting to invasive procedures and strong medications whenever possible. However, the risk is that when it comes to more serious illnesses and people eschew conventional medicine altogether in favor of alternative therapies. This can be dangerous and cause more harm than good. Rachel Baum Brooklyn, NY 7 | fyimagazineny.com IN RESPONSE TO: DO I LOVE HER?, DECEMBER ISSUE I would really like to congratulate the mother for acknowledging the problem and seeking help for it. I am a daughter in this scenario and I have suffered and still do suffer from feelings of inadequacy and feeling unliked/unloved, well into my adult life. Now as a mother, it pains me even more as I see how much love I have for my own daughter, and I just can’t understand why I didn’t deserve the love. Through lots of therapy, I’m beginning to understand I didn’t do anything wrong, but my mother didn’t have the right tools to deal with not liking her child. It could have looked very different if she had acknowledged the problem and asked for help. Anonymous Chicago, Illinois = SOCIAL MEDIA SIGHTINGS IN RESPONSE TO: FEELING CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN, NOVEMBER ISSUE “My biggest regret in my life was that I yelled at my kids all the time. I did not take the time to listen to them enough. I am actually crying writing this. It is not just the hugs, it really is the listening to the little things that are going on in their lives. I promise. Now I listen to my grandchildren’s day-to-day life, especially now that they have cell phones. I call them when they are on the bus. Take advantage please.”
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featured contributors Q&A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH’S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS CHAIA FRISCHMAN LOREN MINSKY ADENA BLICKSTEIN ESTY WOLBE Writer Writer Parenting Coach Recipe Developer In 2016 I want accomplish to... find more time to write, spend less time drinking (coffee, coffee, sheesh...) and find something funny to laugh at every day. In 2016 I want to accomplish...setting up systems and support that allow me to be optimally efficient and productive. In 2016 I want to accomplish...completing and performing a self-produced performance that inspires and empowers moms and kids . In 2016 I want to accomplish...Launching the cooking blog I’ve been working on. I’m very excited to share it with the world. A packing trick I use for traveling is.... dump all the things I need on the bed and beg my husband to help me pack it. My favorite way to pamper myself is to...grab a good book, an iced coffee, and a beach chair. I start my day by... praying. It’s the only chance I have to make it through the rest. A packing trick I use for travelling is...ziplocking items that could spill. My favorite way to pamper myself is...going away for a night by myself. It doesn’t happen very often, but I find it incredibly recharging. I start my day by... drinking filtered water with a few specks of Dead Sea salt, followed by a glass of water with special detoxifying clay in it. A packing trick I use for travelling is...Have your kids pack their own clothes after a while, this saves time. My favorite way to pamper myself is…Yoga, Yoga, Yoga. I start my day by... drinking a full cup up dissolvable vitamins prescribed by my nutritionist. A packing trick I use for traveling is...I prepare extensive detailed lists for each member of the family. AVOIDING ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS DUE TO THE HIGH PROCESSING FEES? My favorite way to pamper myself is...Starbucks and a manicure. I start my day by...Going for a brisk run to... the kitchen to prepare some coffee. We have changed the rules of the game. No more inflated processing costs and hidden fees. No more excuses for ever increasing charges. Accepting credit card payments should not make you cringe. With Banquest’s rock-bottom rates you will never think twice about processing a credit card payment! CREDIT CARD PROCESSING ACH CHECKBY-PHONE ATM PLACEMENT & SERVICE ONLINE PAYMENT PAGES ECOMMERCE FRAUD PREVENTION 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com KFrisch@Banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 8 | fyimagazineny.com
featured contributors Q A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH   S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS  CHAIA FRISCHMAN  LOREN MINSKY  ADENA BLICKSTE...
featured contributors Q&A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH’S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS CHAIA FRISCHMAN LOREN MINSKY ADENA BLICKSTEIN ESTY WOLBE Writer Writer Parenting Coach Recipe Developer In 2016 I want accomplish to... find more time to write, spend less time drinking (coffee, coffee, sheesh...) and find something funny to laugh at every day. In 2016 I want to accomplish...setting up systems and support that allow me to be optimally efficient and productive. In 2016 I want to accomplish...completing and performing a self-produced performance that inspires and empowers moms and kids . In 2016 I want to accomplish...Launching the cooking blog I’ve been working on. I’m very excited to share it with the world. A packing trick I use for traveling is.... dump all the things I need on the bed and beg my husband to help me pack it. My favorite way to pamper myself is to...grab a good book, an iced coffee, and a beach chair. I start my day by... praying. It’s the only chance I have to make it through the rest. A packing trick I use for travelling is...ziplocking items that could spill. My favorite way to pamper myself is...going away for a night by myself. It doesn’t happen very often, but I find it incredibly recharging. I start my day by... drinking filtered water with a few specks of Dead Sea salt, followed by a glass of water with special detoxifying clay in it. A packing trick I use for travelling is...Have your kids pack their own clothes after a while, this saves time. My favorite way to pamper myself is…Yoga, Yoga, Yoga. I start my day by... drinking a full cup up dissolvable vitamins prescribed by my nutritionist. A packing trick I use for traveling is...I prepare extensive detailed lists for each member of the family. AVOIDING ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS DUE TO THE HIGH PROCESSING FEES? My favorite way to pamper myself is...Starbucks and a manicure. I start my day by...Going for a brisk run to... the kitchen to prepare some coffee. We have changed the rules of the game. No more inflated processing costs and hidden fees. No more excuses for ever increasing charges. Accepting credit card payments should not make you cringe. With Banquest’s rock-bottom rates you will never think twice about processing a credit card payment! CREDIT CARD PROCESSING ACH CHECKBY-PHONE ATM PLACEMENT & SERVICE ONLINE PAYMENT PAGES ECOMMERCE FRAUD PREVENTION 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com KFrisch@Banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 8 | fyimagazineny.com
featured contributors Q A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH   S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS  CHAIA FRISCHMAN  LOREN MINSKY  ADENA BLICKSTE...
‫ב״ה‬ your voice #JoinTheDiscussion Q: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2016? X “I’m going to build my 60% of you responded with a weight loss goal. Question for next month: What’s the most surprising question you’ve been asked? Text your answer to 516-331-1885! brand-new business to be the fabulous success that I’m envisioning it to be.” Chav Landau X “Learn better coping skills.” Michelle Gormezano “I would like to get out of my comfort zone and discover new hobbies and outlets. I want to find new interests and places to go. Life is short. We have to live each day to its fullest.” Anonymous X “I would like to learn how to motivate myself and set out to complete the tasks that I have set out to do for the day.” Chany Sprei 10 | fyimagazineny.com X “SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT.” wigs go • U N N OT I C E D • L.R. “I’d like to lose ten pounds. When I accomplish that, I’ll work on the other twenty.” Shira Weiss, Brooklyn, NY “To learn to be calm no matter what happens.” CREA YOUR NA TE TURAL LOOK WITH MILANO PRODUCTS Anonymous by M IL A NO COMFORT BAND X “Better work ethic, so I can spend more time with my family.” Ally Avraham LEARN MORE AT MCWIGS.COM • 1-888 -MILANO -3 FACEBOOK.COM/MCWIGS New York Showroom • 1427 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn – @MILANOWIGS Los Angeles Showroom • 115 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
              your voice  JoinTheDiscussion  Q  WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2016  X    I   m going to build my  6...
‫ב״ה‬ your voice #JoinTheDiscussion Q: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2016? X “I’m going to build my 60% of you responded with a weight loss goal. Question for next month: What’s the most surprising question you’ve been asked? Text your answer to 516-331-1885! brand-new business to be the fabulous success that I’m envisioning it to be.” Chav Landau X “Learn better coping skills.” Michelle Gormezano “I would like to get out of my comfort zone and discover new hobbies and outlets. I want to find new interests and places to go. Life is short. We have to live each day to its fullest.” Anonymous X “I would like to learn how to motivate myself and set out to complete the tasks that I have set out to do for the day.” Chany Sprei 10 | fyimagazineny.com X “SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT.” wigs go • U N N OT I C E D • L.R. “I’d like to lose ten pounds. When I accomplish that, I’ll work on the other twenty.” Shira Weiss, Brooklyn, NY “To learn to be calm no matter what happens.” CREA YOUR NA TE TURAL LOOK WITH MILANO PRODUCTS Anonymous by M IL A NO COMFORT BAND X “Better work ethic, so I can spend more time with my family.” Ally Avraham LEARN MORE AT MCWIGS.COM • 1-888 -MILANO -3 FACEBOOK.COM/MCWIGS New York Showroom • 1427 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn – @MILANOWIGS Los Angeles Showroom • 115 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
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PESACH IN ISRAEL? plan it. WE’LL HELP YOU editor’s note P eople that go on a glutenfree diet may feel very limited; after all, flour is a large part of our daily diet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We reached out to our expert recipe developers to create the most amazing gluten-free dishes that I know you will love. How do I know, you ask? I may have tasted just a little bit of every single recipe, and then reached for more and then some more. Yes, they are that good. You would actually never believe that they are, in fact, gluten-free. In recent years, more and more people have gone glutenfree for various reasons. In this issue, we take an in-depth look at Celiac Disease, one of the big culprits. Hear what it’s like for mothers of small children that have Celiac, the signs and symptoms of this disease and what Osteoporosis has to do with Celiac. L R E N TA S + A CT TTRA O G NS S D N AR IO EN C FO + A PA R T M R E LS TOU H OT TS On another note, it would seem counterproductive to give money to make you wealthier; however, the article “Can Giving Make You Rich?” is eye-opening and has research and insight on this subject. It’s interesting to note that while there may be studies to back up this idea, we, as Jews, tithe all our income and are promised prosperity as a result. + C AT E R I Magic of Tidying Up, and I knew it was something we had to review. After all, who doesn’t need to declutter? The book has great tips, ideas, and methods for tidying up your home. It’s all about creating the most positive space imaginable. That being said, some of the tips mentioned in the book may seem silly and outlandish. Think: Never, ever “ball up your socks” as they can’t get their much deserved rest that way. They need to breathe a sigh of relief. I know you will enjoy reading our interview with Allison Josephs, founder of Jew In the City, as much as I did. It’s insightful and really gives us a good look into her early days, how she began, and her early influences. She has done so much for our community and I’m honored to have her included in these pages. Go on, relax, and read the rest of the magazine. I welcome your feedback and look forward to every message, email, and text. info@planitisrael.com www.plantitisrael.com I love this trend. It’s where fashion and comfort meet. page 19 The nifty solution for fresh herbs that don’t last long. page 49 Best wishes, Recently, I heard of the book on home organizing by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing You would never guess what this modern wall art is made of. page 18 FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE 718.360.9445 This linen will make a huge difference in giving your master bedroom a new look. page 46 Let me tell you: the socks in my house are probably exhausted, as they haven’t properly “rested” in, well, forever. The team at Plan-It Israel offers personalized, concierge-style itineraries. We’ll make sure your Pesach vacation in The Holy Land is one-of-a-kind. From luxury accommodations to gourmet food to memorable activities - you give us the call, we’ll give you the plan. ISRAEL tty suggests: yi 13 | fyimagazineny.com
PESACH IN ISRAEL   plan it. WE   LL HELP YOU  editor   s note  P  eople that go on a glutenfree diet may feel very limited...
PESACH IN ISRAEL? plan it. WE’LL HELP YOU editor’s note P eople that go on a glutenfree diet may feel very limited; after all, flour is a large part of our daily diet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We reached out to our expert recipe developers to create the most amazing gluten-free dishes that I know you will love. How do I know, you ask? I may have tasted just a little bit of every single recipe, and then reached for more and then some more. Yes, they are that good. You would actually never believe that they are, in fact, gluten-free. In recent years, more and more people have gone glutenfree for various reasons. In this issue, we take an in-depth look at Celiac Disease, one of the big culprits. Hear what it’s like for mothers of small children that have Celiac, the signs and symptoms of this disease and what Osteoporosis has to do with Celiac. L R E N TA S + A CT TTRA O G NS S D N AR IO EN C FO + A PA R T M R E LS TOU H OT TS On another note, it would seem counterproductive to give money to make you wealthier; however, the article “Can Giving Make You Rich?” is eye-opening and has research and insight on this subject. It’s interesting to note that while there may be studies to back up this idea, we, as Jews, tithe all our income and are promised prosperity as a result. + C AT E R I Magic of Tidying Up, and I knew it was something we had to review. After all, who doesn’t need to declutter? The book has great tips, ideas, and methods for tidying up your home. It’s all about creating the most positive space imaginable. That being said, some of the tips mentioned in the book may seem silly and outlandish. Think: Never, ever “ball up your socks” as they can’t get their much deserved rest that way. They need to breathe a sigh of relief. I know you will enjoy reading our interview with Allison Josephs, founder of Jew In the City, as much as I did. It’s insightful and really gives us a good look into her early days, how she began, and her early influences. She has done so much for our community and I’m honored to have her included in these pages. Go on, relax, and read the rest of the magazine. I welcome your feedback and look forward to every message, email, and text. info@planitisrael.com www.plantitisrael.com I love this trend. It’s where fashion and comfort meet. page 19 The nifty solution for fresh herbs that don’t last long. page 49 Best wishes, Recently, I heard of the book on home organizing by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing You would never guess what this modern wall art is made of. page 18 FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE 718.360.9445 This linen will make a huge difference in giving your master bedroom a new look. page 46 Let me tell you: the socks in my house are probably exhausted, as they haven’t properly “rested” in, well, forever. The team at Plan-It Israel offers personalized, concierge-style itineraries. We’ll make sure your Pesach vacation in The Holy Land is one-of-a-kind. From luxury accommodations to gourmet food to memorable activities - you give us the call, we’ll give you the plan. ISRAEL tty suggests: yi 13 | fyimagazineny.com
PESACH IN ISRAEL   plan it. WE   LL HELP YOU  editor   s note  P  eople that go on a glutenfree diet may feel very limited...
BEAUTY GUIDE OPENER > Make your life more beautiful! the beauty guide ARE YOU SOCIAL? GO YELLOW Opt for yellow tinted bulbs in your fixtures rather than white light. This can give the illusion of warmth. FIRE IT UP! Don't let your fireplace become storage. So many homes have working fire places that get hardly any use. YOUR CLIENTS DEFINITELY ARE. The numbers don’t lie! Facebook has over 1.19 billion users; Instagram has 200 million, and LinkedIn has 300 million users. GET CLOSE Push seating closer together in your seating nooks in the winter time. Even a couple of inches creates a large effect in cozying your home. Not sure how to get started reaching your customers on social media? We integrate our innate understanding of social media with online and traditional marketing strategies to increase brand awareness and drive revenue for your business. Our team of experts will research & position your company, engage with customers through valuable content and interaction, and promote your product or service across mutliple platforms. Contact us today to take the first step: hello@14minds.com • www.14minds.com • 516.590.0073 14MINDS collaborative marketing WHO ARE WE? 14Minds is a team of experienced marketers, collaborating on-demand with 360° marketing for small business. We’ve disrupted and re-imagined the conventional marketing agency by hiring and assigning team members as needed. The end result? You get access to leading industry experts – writers, designers, programmers, digital marketers, and business strategists – who are individually handpicked to collaborate on your project. Cozy Winter Home WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DECORATING IDEAS N
BEAUTY GUIDE OPENER    Make your life more beautiful   the beauty guide  ARE YOU SOCIAL   GO YELLOW Opt for yellow tinted ...
BEAUTY GUIDE OPENER > Make your life more beautiful! the beauty guide ARE YOU SOCIAL? GO YELLOW Opt for yellow tinted bulbs in your fixtures rather than white light. This can give the illusion of warmth. FIRE IT UP! Don't let your fireplace become storage. So many homes have working fire places that get hardly any use. YOUR CLIENTS DEFINITELY ARE. The numbers don’t lie! Facebook has over 1.19 billion users; Instagram has 200 million, and LinkedIn has 300 million users. GET CLOSE Push seating closer together in your seating nooks in the winter time. Even a couple of inches creates a large effect in cozying your home. Not sure how to get started reaching your customers on social media? We integrate our innate understanding of social media with online and traditional marketing strategies to increase brand awareness and drive revenue for your business. Our team of experts will research & position your company, engage with customers through valuable content and interaction, and promote your product or service across mutliple platforms. Contact us today to take the first step: hello@14minds.com • www.14minds.com • 516.590.0073 14MINDS collaborative marketing WHO ARE WE? 14Minds is a team of experienced marketers, collaborating on-demand with 360° marketing for small business. We’ve disrupted and re-imagined the conventional marketing agency by hiring and assigning team members as needed. The end result? You get access to leading industry experts – writers, designers, programmers, digital marketers, and business strategists – who are individually handpicked to collaborate on your project. Cozy Winter Home WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DECORATING IDEAS N
BEAUTY GUIDE OPENER    Make your life more beautiful   the beauty guide  ARE YOU SOCIAL   GO YELLOW Opt for yellow tinted ...
the beauty guide HOME the beauty guide SEE THE VIEW Make sure to clean dusty windows and bulbs to ensure the best light possible. Winter nights can seem endlessly long, so you’ll want to chase away those winter blues with as much light in your home as you can. PILLOWS, PILLOWS Add throw pillows and throw blankets to your living room and den to give the space a more inviting feel in the winter time. GO DARK Darker shades of accessories have a warmer feel than light ones. So in winter, opt for the deeper tones for rugs, pillows, tablecloths etc. Dark colors also retain more heat because they absorb light. TEMPTING TEXTURES Cozy up your home by adding soft textures like cashmere, velvet, faux fur and wool. These can make the room feel warmer and softer on those cold winter nights. GET PLANTS Adding greenery can make your home seem less cold and can give a little reminder of spring. ADD THE WARMTH Decorate with warm colors such as orange, yellow, red and gold. These shades create warmth in a space. FLOOR RUNNERS Nothing is worse than coming down to make your morning coffee and feeling that freezing tile beneath your feet. Adding a floor runner or area rug to your kitchen can be a costeffective way to warm your home without putting in pricey floor heaters. WHERE TO BUY: Safavieh Shag Rug, wayfair.com, $61.99; Faux Fur Throw, bloomingdales.com, $109; Textured Accent Throw Pillow, esty.com, $29; Textured Accent Pillow, wayfair.com, $31.99; Mosaic Vase, pier1.com, $99 16 | fyimagazineny.com 17 | fyimagazineny.com Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. With a well earned reputation as one of the premier firms of the East Coast, SSD's client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients.
the beauty guide HOME  the beauty guide SEE THE VIEW Make sure to clean dusty windows and bulbs to ensure the best light p...
the beauty guide HOME the beauty guide SEE THE VIEW Make sure to clean dusty windows and bulbs to ensure the best light possible. Winter nights can seem endlessly long, so you’ll want to chase away those winter blues with as much light in your home as you can. PILLOWS, PILLOWS Add throw pillows and throw blankets to your living room and den to give the space a more inviting feel in the winter time. GO DARK Darker shades of accessories have a warmer feel than light ones. So in winter, opt for the deeper tones for rugs, pillows, tablecloths etc. Dark colors also retain more heat because they absorb light. TEMPTING TEXTURES Cozy up your home by adding soft textures like cashmere, velvet, faux fur and wool. These can make the room feel warmer and softer on those cold winter nights. GET PLANTS Adding greenery can make your home seem less cold and can give a little reminder of spring. ADD THE WARMTH Decorate with warm colors such as orange, yellow, red and gold. These shades create warmth in a space. FLOOR RUNNERS Nothing is worse than coming down to make your morning coffee and feeling that freezing tile beneath your feet. Adding a floor runner or area rug to your kitchen can be a costeffective way to warm your home without putting in pricey floor heaters. WHERE TO BUY: Safavieh Shag Rug, wayfair.com, $61.99; Faux Fur Throw, bloomingdales.com, $109; Textured Accent Throw Pillow, esty.com, $29; Textured Accent Pillow, wayfair.com, $31.99; Mosaic Vase, pier1.com, $99 16 | fyimagazineny.com 17 | fyimagazineny.com Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. With a well earned reputation as one of the premier firms of the East Coast, SSD's client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients.
the beauty guide HOME  the beauty guide SEE THE VIEW Make sure to clean dusty windows and bulbs to ensure the best light p...
the beauty guide the beauty guide diy You’ll need: -Empty paper towel rolls -Glue gun and glue sticks -Spray Paint STYLING HOW TO WITH STYLIST BETTY GULKO Fashion & Style Tips START by cutting even strips of the paper towel rolls. You’ll want them all to be the same size, so take the time to measure them before cutting. FOLD the cut rolls and glue the pieces together. You can create small flowers, one large flower, or whatever abstract design you like. WHEN DONE, spray with the desired color or leave it the way it is for a more earthy and natural feel. Recycled Paper Towel Wall Art I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that this beautiful wall art was made of used paper towel rolls. You can add a modern touch to any part of your home with this simple and easy to make DIY project. Q Where should my belt be placed for the most flattering effect? In the middle of your waist, cinched tight. This will help accentuate a great waistline, if you have one, or give the illusion that you have a waist, if your body is on the straighter side. From there, your skirt can swirl or slink; you choose. Hang & enjoy! Q My shoulder hurts from carrying a heavy bag. Is there a better way to hold everything? Since all of your weight is on one side, you're throwing off your posture. This can obviously cause tremendous back pain -- let's try to avoid this! Below are some tips to try: 1. Try a bag with wider straps. 2. Choose a bag with alternative strap options (to switch how you carry it). Consider switching to a backpack- hey, they're super trendy now! 3. Try not to combine both high heels with that heavy purse! 18 | fyimagazineny.com Q Can I pull off a crop top? Pair it with a full skirt - a good combo that looks good on anyone/any size. Try to layer the top over a longer shirt (a collar shirt looks very sharp! A longer skirt will help elongate your body and appear taller - add those pumps, of course! 19 | fyimagazineny.com
the beauty guide  the beauty guide  diy  You   ll need  -Empty paper towel rolls -Glue gun and glue sticks -Spray Paint  S...
the beauty guide the beauty guide diy You’ll need: -Empty paper towel rolls -Glue gun and glue sticks -Spray Paint STYLING HOW TO WITH STYLIST BETTY GULKO Fashion & Style Tips START by cutting even strips of the paper towel rolls. You’ll want them all to be the same size, so take the time to measure them before cutting. FOLD the cut rolls and glue the pieces together. You can create small flowers, one large flower, or whatever abstract design you like. WHEN DONE, spray with the desired color or leave it the way it is for a more earthy and natural feel. Recycled Paper Towel Wall Art I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that this beautiful wall art was made of used paper towel rolls. You can add a modern touch to any part of your home with this simple and easy to make DIY project. Q Where should my belt be placed for the most flattering effect? In the middle of your waist, cinched tight. This will help accentuate a great waistline, if you have one, or give the illusion that you have a waist, if your body is on the straighter side. From there, your skirt can swirl or slink; you choose. Hang & enjoy! Q My shoulder hurts from carrying a heavy bag. Is there a better way to hold everything? Since all of your weight is on one side, you're throwing off your posture. This can obviously cause tremendous back pain -- let's try to avoid this! Below are some tips to try: 1. Try a bag with wider straps. 2. Choose a bag with alternative strap options (to switch how you carry it). Consider switching to a backpack- hey, they're super trendy now! 3. Try not to combine both high heels with that heavy purse! 18 | fyimagazineny.com Q Can I pull off a crop top? Pair it with a full skirt - a good combo that looks good on anyone/any size. Try to layer the top over a longer shirt (a collar shirt looks very sharp! A longer skirt will help elongate your body and appear taller - add those pumps, of course! 19 | fyimagazineny.com
the beauty guide  the beauty guide  diy  You   ll need  -Empty paper towel rolls -Glue gun and glue sticks -Spray Paint  S...
the beauty guide the beauty guide FASHION Q What’s the right way to mix prints? Mixing prints has never been so fun! But if you're new to the print game, here are a few things to think about. Q How can I do that layering necklace trend? Why wear just one when you can wear them all? To pull off this look right, go for a graduated effect: delicate shorter necklaces with slightly chunkier, longer ones. Larger-than-life necklaces pair well with dainty chains. Unexpected pairings of pendants with bibs and mixed metals create an unusual, stylized look. Q How can I prevent that awful “muffin top”? SIZE: Blend small designs with larger ones. For example, mix a large bold print on the bottom with small stripes on the top. REPEAT A COLOR: If you have, for example, some red in your striped top, then find a bottom with something red as well. For example, red roses in the floral print for your bottom half. STRUCTURE: Mix loose prints with structure: A paisley top can add that structure aspect and a skirt will provide the loose print. Q Can I still get away with wearing my maxi skirt during the winter? KEEP IT CROPPED by wearing your maxi skirt with a cropped leather jacket to show off your waist. THINK ABOUT LENGTH Consider the length of your maxi — an ankle-grazing skirt is universally flattering and allows you to show off your covetable shoes. ADD A STATEMENT SHOE A neutral-colored maxi is made more fashion-forward when paired with edgy footwear - studded boots, for example. 20 | fyimagazineny.com 21 | fyimagazineny.com Wear your bottom pieces of clothing high-waisted. This is a popular trend, and good for us, because it flatters everyone! High-waisted skirts hold in your stomach, minimize the anterior curves of your hips, and make muffin top a physical impossibility. If you must wear your bottoms super low, however, wear a longer top. You might even try tucking the shirt in a bit.
the beauty guide  the beauty guide FASHION  Q  What   s the right way to mix prints  Mixing prints has never been so fun  ...
the beauty guide the beauty guide FASHION Q What’s the right way to mix prints? Mixing prints has never been so fun! But if you're new to the print game, here are a few things to think about. Q How can I do that layering necklace trend? Why wear just one when you can wear them all? To pull off this look right, go for a graduated effect: delicate shorter necklaces with slightly chunkier, longer ones. Larger-than-life necklaces pair well with dainty chains. Unexpected pairings of pendants with bibs and mixed metals create an unusual, stylized look. Q How can I prevent that awful “muffin top”? SIZE: Blend small designs with larger ones. For example, mix a large bold print on the bottom with small stripes on the top. REPEAT A COLOR: If you have, for example, some red in your striped top, then find a bottom with something red as well. For example, red roses in the floral print for your bottom half. STRUCTURE: Mix loose prints with structure: A paisley top can add that structure aspect and a skirt will provide the loose print. Q Can I still get away with wearing my maxi skirt during the winter? KEEP IT CROPPED by wearing your maxi skirt with a cropped leather jacket to show off your waist. THINK ABOUT LENGTH Consider the length of your maxi — an ankle-grazing skirt is universally flattering and allows you to show off your covetable shoes. ADD A STATEMENT SHOE A neutral-colored maxi is made more fashion-forward when paired with edgy footwear - studded boots, for example. 20 | fyimagazineny.com 21 | fyimagazineny.com Wear your bottom pieces of clothing high-waisted. This is a popular trend, and good for us, because it flatters everyone! High-waisted skirts hold in your stomach, minimize the anterior curves of your hips, and make muffin top a physical impossibility. If you must wear your bottoms super low, however, wear a longer top. You might even try tucking the shirt in a bit.
the beauty guide  the beauty guide FASHION  Q  What   s the right way to mix prints  Mixing prints has never been so fun  ...
the beauty guide HAIR the beauty guide : It is e o Tip us J Pr nded to g e omm ree st ylin g rec te-f r wi sulfa ts if you d or se uc prod n proces . e d as be or treate h col HOW TO PROPERLY CARE FOR YOUR WIG. When making any important purchase, whether a car, a house, or an appliance, we put a lot of thought into the decision and maintain it with proper care. But what about a wig? Proper maintenance of your wig, like your car or house, will allow you to enjoy your wig for a long time! We consulted with Milano Collection Wigs to get their input. Follow these tips and you will be sure to have a great hair day, every day! NO FUN IN THE SUN. We all know not to leave photos and newspaper clippings in direct sunlight, because sunlight can cause fading and color damage. The same applies to your wig, so it’s important to store your wig/s in a dark place and away from direct sunlight! “….THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY AS TIME GOES BY….” As time goes on, wigs soak up sweat and oils and can retain dirt and even bacteria. To prevent damage to your wig and your health, it is vital to have your wig washed regularly. Wigs should be washed approximately every 3-4 weeks if worn daily, less frequently if worn bi-weekly or on occasion. BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH. Brush out your wig often. Marcia Brady of the Brady Bunch used to brush her own hair 100 strokes, each side, every night. We don’t suggest that you count your brush strokes, but it is important to brush out your wig to prevent tangling and breakage, especially by the nape area. Begin by brushing just the bottom of the wig and work your way up. This technique will minimize hair loss. JUST BETWEEN YOU & ME: Wigs need a refresh every so often. It’s important to have some stay-in 22 | fyimagazineny.com moisturizing detangler and spraying a little bit on your brush, applying it sparingly throughout your wig. Milano recommends using Scwarzkopf Professional Moisture Kick or rubbing a little of Kerastase Nectar Trermique on your hands and apply throughout your wig. For naturally curly hair, spray a soft light mousse on wet hair and scrunch the hair to give it a wet look, or brush it out for a beach curl look. Milano recommends using Bumble and Bumble Curl Cream or Kerastase Curl Defining Cream. They will moisturize and revitalize the curls. Both products can be found online, in high-end salons, or beauty supply stores. HANDS OFF. If you think your wig needs to be repaired, go to a professional! They are trained to deal with these matters. This is not a time to DIY. High quality wigs are delicate items and need to be handled professionally. Often, do it yourselfers exasperate the problem, void any warranties, and end up spending much more money on the repair (or ruin the wig beyond repair). HANDLE WITH CARE. Wigs are quite costly and should be handled like porcelain. If applying heat to the hair, use a leave-in heat protectant product to prevent the hair from heat J Pro T Brushin ip: g a wig correctly is ver y im ant. We portrecomm the hair and bru end holding shing th first and e bo then mo Brush g ving upw ttom ently on ards. the hair excessiv to p eh hair is ta air from falling revent out. ng the knot ling, hold the are If the tightly a a above nd b knot. Th is preve rush out the nts the w from str eft etching a nd exces hair from sive falling ou t. damage. TLC is the only way to properly care for your wig! LOVE YOUR WIG. You lie down at night in the most comfortable bed possible to keep a healthy posture and wake up refreshed in the morning. Give your wig the same treatment! A mannequin or foam head, which are quite affordable, will help keep your wig in optimal shape and style! Pin the wig to the head with T pins on the two sides right above the temples. Pinning it on top may ruin the cap of the wig. COLORFUL CHARACTER. All hair oxidize over time due to the UV rays from the sun, and high quality 23 | fyimagazineny.com wigs are no different. The extent and speed of the oxidizing may vary, but it’s part of the wig experience. Some wig wearers believe that it’s time to throw the wig in a closet never to be seen again or pass it along to their bestie with a lighter hair color. In reality, all the wig may need is some TLC and a good color application. Consult an experienced wig stylist/colorist. Note: slight staining of the inside of the cap is unavoidable even with the best stylist. This shouldn’t be visible when wearing your wig. fyi
the beauty guide HAIR  the beauty guide    It is e o Tip us J Pr nded to g e omm ree st ylin g rec te-f r wi sulfa ts if y...
the beauty guide HAIR the beauty guide : It is e o Tip us J Pr nded to g e omm ree st ylin g rec te-f r wi sulfa ts if you d or se uc prod n proces . e d as be or treate h col HOW TO PROPERLY CARE FOR YOUR WIG. When making any important purchase, whether a car, a house, or an appliance, we put a lot of thought into the decision and maintain it with proper care. But what about a wig? Proper maintenance of your wig, like your car or house, will allow you to enjoy your wig for a long time! We consulted with Milano Collection Wigs to get their input. Follow these tips and you will be sure to have a great hair day, every day! NO FUN IN THE SUN. We all know not to leave photos and newspaper clippings in direct sunlight, because sunlight can cause fading and color damage. The same applies to your wig, so it’s important to store your wig/s in a dark place and away from direct sunlight! “….THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY AS TIME GOES BY….” As time goes on, wigs soak up sweat and oils and can retain dirt and even bacteria. To prevent damage to your wig and your health, it is vital to have your wig washed regularly. Wigs should be washed approximately every 3-4 weeks if worn daily, less frequently if worn bi-weekly or on occasion. BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH. Brush out your wig often. Marcia Brady of the Brady Bunch used to brush her own hair 100 strokes, each side, every night. We don’t suggest that you count your brush strokes, but it is important to brush out your wig to prevent tangling and breakage, especially by the nape area. Begin by brushing just the bottom of the wig and work your way up. This technique will minimize hair loss. JUST BETWEEN YOU & ME: Wigs need a refresh every so often. It’s important to have some stay-in 22 | fyimagazineny.com moisturizing detangler and spraying a little bit on your brush, applying it sparingly throughout your wig. Milano recommends using Scwarzkopf Professional Moisture Kick or rubbing a little of Kerastase Nectar Trermique on your hands and apply throughout your wig. For naturally curly hair, spray a soft light mousse on wet hair and scrunch the hair to give it a wet look, or brush it out for a beach curl look. Milano recommends using Bumble and Bumble Curl Cream or Kerastase Curl Defining Cream. They will moisturize and revitalize the curls. Both products can be found online, in high-end salons, or beauty supply stores. HANDS OFF. If you think your wig needs to be repaired, go to a professional! They are trained to deal with these matters. This is not a time to DIY. High quality wigs are delicate items and need to be handled professionally. Often, do it yourselfers exasperate the problem, void any warranties, and end up spending much more money on the repair (or ruin the wig beyond repair). HANDLE WITH CARE. Wigs are quite costly and should be handled like porcelain. If applying heat to the hair, use a leave-in heat protectant product to prevent the hair from heat J Pro T Brushin ip: g a wig correctly is ver y im ant. We portrecomm the hair and bru end holding shing th first and e bo then mo Brush g ving upw ttom ently on ards. the hair excessiv to p eh hair is ta air from falling revent out. ng the knot ling, hold the are If the tightly a a above nd b knot. Th is preve rush out the nts the w from str eft etching a nd exces hair from sive falling ou t. damage. TLC is the only way to properly care for your wig! LOVE YOUR WIG. You lie down at night in the most comfortable bed possible to keep a healthy posture and wake up refreshed in the morning. Give your wig the same treatment! A mannequin or foam head, which are quite affordable, will help keep your wig in optimal shape and style! Pin the wig to the head with T pins on the two sides right above the temples. Pinning it on top may ruin the cap of the wig. COLORFUL CHARACTER. All hair oxidize over time due to the UV rays from the sun, and high quality 23 | fyimagazineny.com wigs are no different. The extent and speed of the oxidizing may vary, but it’s part of the wig experience. Some wig wearers believe that it’s time to throw the wig in a closet never to be seen again or pass it along to their bestie with a lighter hair color. In reality, all the wig may need is some TLC and a good color application. Consult an experienced wig stylist/colorist. Note: slight staining of the inside of the cap is unavoidable even with the best stylist. This shouldn’t be visible when wearing your wig. fyi
the beauty guide HAIR  the beauty guide    It is e o Tip us J Pr nded to g e omm ree st ylin g rec te-f r wi sulfa ts if y...
the beauty guide MAKEUP the beauty guide FACE SPF - Just because you’re not en route to the beach doesn’t mean you should rule out sunscreen. The winter sun is just as powerful; make sure your moisturizer or foundation has an SPF to protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays. MOISTURIZE WINTER BEAUTY GUIDE 24 | fyimagazineny.com CREDIT TO GO IN THERE CREDIT TO GO IN THERE As of December 22, winter has officially arrived. Gone are the summer months of naturally tanned skin and rosy cheeks. It’s the weather for dry, flakey, irritated skin, but don’t hide out at home just yet. By making a few simple changes to your beauty regimen, you can brave the colder months ahead like a pro. WRITTEN BY RIVKY KALMAN 25 | fyimagazineny.com I cannot stress the importance of moisturizing enough, especially in these colder months. The harsh winds we experience in the winter can be extremely damaging to our skin. To prevent dry cracked skin, invest in a hydrating moisturizer. For those of you who have oily skin: yes, you still need to moisturize. It might seem ironic, but applying moisturizer to oily skin reduces sebum (oil) production and gives your skin a smoother appearance. It’s important to understand that skin’s sebum production and the hydration your skin gets from moisturizers are completely unrelated. Still, make sure to choose a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to achieve your desired results.
the beauty guide MAKEUP  the beauty guide  FACE SPF - Just because you   re not en route to the beach doesn   t mean you s...
the beauty guide MAKEUP the beauty guide FACE SPF - Just because you’re not en route to the beach doesn’t mean you should rule out sunscreen. The winter sun is just as powerful; make sure your moisturizer or foundation has an SPF to protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays. MOISTURIZE WINTER BEAUTY GUIDE 24 | fyimagazineny.com CREDIT TO GO IN THERE CREDIT TO GO IN THERE As of December 22, winter has officially arrived. Gone are the summer months of naturally tanned skin and rosy cheeks. It’s the weather for dry, flakey, irritated skin, but don’t hide out at home just yet. By making a few simple changes to your beauty regimen, you can brave the colder months ahead like a pro. WRITTEN BY RIVKY KALMAN 25 | fyimagazineny.com I cannot stress the importance of moisturizing enough, especially in these colder months. The harsh winds we experience in the winter can be extremely damaging to our skin. To prevent dry cracked skin, invest in a hydrating moisturizer. For those of you who have oily skin: yes, you still need to moisturize. It might seem ironic, but applying moisturizer to oily skin reduces sebum (oil) production and gives your skin a smoother appearance. It’s important to understand that skin’s sebum production and the hydration your skin gets from moisturizers are completely unrelated. Still, make sure to choose a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to achieve your desired results.
the beauty guide MAKEUP  the beauty guide  FACE SPF - Just because you   re not en route to the beach doesn   t mean you s...
the beauty guide fall in love with life Like it or not, the elements have a huge impact on our skin and we have to adapt accordingly. Just like we change our wardrobe seasonally, so too do we need to alter our makeup and skin care routine. The following beauty tips will help you navigate the harsher colder months ahead. EXFOLIATE FOUNDATION When choosing a foundation for the winter, opt for one with light coverage. Consider using a complexion corrector cream, tinted moisturizer, or for a do-it-yourself approach, you can mix your regular foundation with equal parts moisturizer. Applying a creamier product with lighter coverage will hydrate your skin and won’t highlight any dry patches you might have. TIP: Also, since our skin is typically paler during the winter months, consider using a shade lighter than you would usually wear during other seasons. WATERPROOF EYE MAKEUP To ensure your makeup survives the wind, snow, and the unfortunate common cold (which can cause your eyes to tear), use waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and long-lasting eyeshadow formulas whenever possible. Also, prep your lids properly by using an eyeshadow primer. All of these steps will ensure a smudge-proof eye makeup application. HIGHLIGHTER Using a liquid highlighter will give your skin a natural dewy radiance. You can also achieve a gorgeous glow with a powder highlighter. However, during the winter season I recommend using cream products whenever possible instead of powders, as powder tends to make skin look washed out, and accentuates any dry areas you might have. During the winter, our skin gets dehydrated and often develops dry patches. Don’t try to conceal them with foundation. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. The foundation will stick to the dry patches and further highlight them. Instead, exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week. Exfoliating your skin will get rid of dead cells, revitalize your skin, and give you a smoother complexion. HYDRATING LIP PRODUCTS Our lips lack oil glands and therefore tend be more susceptible to the harsh climate. If your lips are chapped and flaking, you can exfoliate them to get rid of the dry dead skin. Make sure to use a lip balm to soothe your lips and prevent them from flaking in the future. Also, avoid matte or long-wearing lipstick, as these tend to dry lips out. Instead, stick to hydrating lipstick, lipgloss, or tinted lip balm COLOR CORRECT If the wind has left you with excessive redness on your nose, cheeks, or anywhere else on your face, apply a color correcting concealer to those areas. A concealer with a green tinge will cancel out any redness. HYDRATING FACE MASK For those of you with excessively dry skin, you cannot afford to skip this. Even those who have normal to dry skin can benefit from a hydrating face mask during the winter months.  Applying a hydrating face mask will combat dullness, dryness, flakey skin, and give your skin beautiful luminosity. 26 | fyimagazineny.com BLUSH/BRONZER As a result of the cold weather, our complexions tend to be rather dull and pasty looking; therefore, applying blush and bronzer during the winter months is essential. Bronzer will give you a healthy sun-kissed glow and revitalize your washed-out complexion, while blush will add color and depth to your face. Rivky Kalman is a professional certified makeup artist based out of NY. She is a true artist using skill and passion to make you look like the best version of yourself. Follow her on instagram@ glitterandgloss365. For inquiries email glitterandgloss365@gmail.com Nutrition Resolutions Not to Make RESOLUTION #1 I WILL STOP EATING SWEETS BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Going cold turkey will make the temptation too hard to resist when you NEED junk. SMART PLAN: Use the method of “reduce and replace.” Reduce the frequency of sweet munching - to start,  find distractions to cut down on 1/3 of all of these unwanted occurrences. Replace as much as possible of the cake, cookies, candy, sugary drinks, and the like with fruit (fresh, frozen, cooked, dried, or baked), and sugar-free alternatives. At those times when only cake and candy will do, controlled portions are a must. Set a goal of limiting sweets to 1-2 times a week and work towards it. By allowing yourself to indulge once in awhile, food retains its positive association. Sweets can have a place in the diet, but be smart about limiting their consumption. N
the beauty guide  fall in love with life  Like it or not, the elements have a huge impact on our skin and we have to adapt...
the beauty guide fall in love with life Like it or not, the elements have a huge impact on our skin and we have to adapt accordingly. Just like we change our wardrobe seasonally, so too do we need to alter our makeup and skin care routine. The following beauty tips will help you navigate the harsher colder months ahead. EXFOLIATE FOUNDATION When choosing a foundation for the winter, opt for one with light coverage. Consider using a complexion corrector cream, tinted moisturizer, or for a do-it-yourself approach, you can mix your regular foundation with equal parts moisturizer. Applying a creamier product with lighter coverage will hydrate your skin and won’t highlight any dry patches you might have. TIP: Also, since our skin is typically paler during the winter months, consider using a shade lighter than you would usually wear during other seasons. WATERPROOF EYE MAKEUP To ensure your makeup survives the wind, snow, and the unfortunate common cold (which can cause your eyes to tear), use waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and long-lasting eyeshadow formulas whenever possible. Also, prep your lids properly by using an eyeshadow primer. All of these steps will ensure a smudge-proof eye makeup application. HIGHLIGHTER Using a liquid highlighter will give your skin a natural dewy radiance. You can also achieve a gorgeous glow with a powder highlighter. However, during the winter season I recommend using cream products whenever possible instead of powders, as powder tends to make skin look washed out, and accentuates any dry areas you might have. During the winter, our skin gets dehydrated and often develops dry patches. Don’t try to conceal them with foundation. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. The foundation will stick to the dry patches and further highlight them. Instead, exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week. Exfoliating your skin will get rid of dead cells, revitalize your skin, and give you a smoother complexion. HYDRATING LIP PRODUCTS Our lips lack oil glands and therefore tend be more susceptible to the harsh climate. If your lips are chapped and flaking, you can exfoliate them to get rid of the dry dead skin. Make sure to use a lip balm to soothe your lips and prevent them from flaking in the future. Also, avoid matte or long-wearing lipstick, as these tend to dry lips out. Instead, stick to hydrating lipstick, lipgloss, or tinted lip balm COLOR CORRECT If the wind has left you with excessive redness on your nose, cheeks, or anywhere else on your face, apply a color correcting concealer to those areas. A concealer with a green tinge will cancel out any redness. HYDRATING FACE MASK For those of you with excessively dry skin, you cannot afford to skip this. Even those who have normal to dry skin can benefit from a hydrating face mask during the winter months.  Applying a hydrating face mask will combat dullness, dryness, flakey skin, and give your skin beautiful luminosity. 26 | fyimagazineny.com BLUSH/BRONZER As a result of the cold weather, our complexions tend to be rather dull and pasty looking; therefore, applying blush and bronzer during the winter months is essential. Bronzer will give you a healthy sun-kissed glow and revitalize your washed-out complexion, while blush will add color and depth to your face. Rivky Kalman is a professional certified makeup artist based out of NY. She is a true artist using skill and passion to make you look like the best version of yourself. Follow her on instagram@ glitterandgloss365. For inquiries email glitterandgloss365@gmail.com Nutrition Resolutions Not to Make RESOLUTION #1 I WILL STOP EATING SWEETS BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Going cold turkey will make the temptation too hard to resist when you NEED junk. SMART PLAN: Use the method of “reduce and replace.” Reduce the frequency of sweet munching - to start,  find distractions to cut down on 1/3 of all of these unwanted occurrences. Replace as much as possible of the cake, cookies, candy, sugary drinks, and the like with fruit (fresh, frozen, cooked, dried, or baked), and sugar-free alternatives. At those times when only cake and candy will do, controlled portions are a must. Set a goal of limiting sweets to 1-2 times a week and work towards it. By allowing yourself to indulge once in awhile, food retains its positive association. Sweets can have a place in the diet, but be smart about limiting their consumption. N
the beauty guide  fall in love with life  Like it or not, the elements have a huge impact on our skin and we have to adapt...
RESOLUTION #2 I WILL GO OFF WHITE FLOUR AND SUGAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Taking on too much at once is a plan bound for failure. SMART PLAN: Choose one of the above- mentioned dietary changes and focus on sticking to it. Dedicate time towards planning menus and experimenting with substitutions. Additionally, it is vitally important to make a plan for Simchas and social events. These modifications may require a monetary investment as well. Regarding which change is best for you, below are some pointers. • The most prominent effect of replacing white flour with whole wheat flour is an increase in fiber, and reduction of processed foods. Fiber improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and increases satiety. • Excess sugar consumption can contribute to fat accumulation, diabetes, and other health conditions. You can use artificial and natural sugar substitutes to eliminate sugar and calories without giving up on taste. RESOLUTION #3: I WILL LOSE 150 POUNDS THIS YEAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Losing too much weight (and losing it too quickly) is unsafe. SMART PLAN: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a safe and realistic rate of weight loss is .5-1 pound per week for those with a BMI of 27-35, and 1-2 pounds per week for those with a BMI greater than 35. After six months, pursue a weight maintenance plan and reassess further weight loss beyond that point. Be aware that more rapid weight loss may occur with initial attempts; this may be due to water losses. Later on, a weight loss plateau may be reached. Increased physical activity can combat this. When setting a weight loss goal, remember that even moderate weight loss is beneficial. Additionally, it is important to recognize that for some, reaching a size 6 is not a realistic possibility. RESOLUTION #4 I WILL JOIN A COMMERCIAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Research does not strongly support the use of such programs (aside from Weight Watchers). SMART PLAN: Commit to seeing a registered dietitian nutritionist. You will be given a personalized strategy for your needs. Through your appointments, you will create a plan that sets you up for success and allows for modification as needed. A registered dietician/nutritionist will work with you to come up with optimal methods to provide your body with the nourishment and nutrients it needs to function properly. In this case, slow and steady wins the race. Don’t rely on approaches that promise fast results, little effort, etc. You will likely be required to follow extreme measures that may lead to nutritional deficiencies. A good idea would be to book more than one appointment at once to be assured of following up on your initial commitment. Miriam Shonek is a registered dietitian nutritionist in the Five Towns area. Focused on providing personalized nutritional care, she assists clients in achieving weight loss goals, as well as creating diet plans for a variety of medical conditions. She can be reached at mshoneknutrition@gmail.com. 28 | fyimagazineny.com 29 | fyimagazineny.com
RESOLUTION  2  I WILL GO OFF WHITE FLOUR AND SUGAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE  Taking on too much at once is a plan bound for failur...
RESOLUTION #2 I WILL GO OFF WHITE FLOUR AND SUGAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Taking on too much at once is a plan bound for failure. SMART PLAN: Choose one of the above- mentioned dietary changes and focus on sticking to it. Dedicate time towards planning menus and experimenting with substitutions. Additionally, it is vitally important to make a plan for Simchas and social events. These modifications may require a monetary investment as well. Regarding which change is best for you, below are some pointers. • The most prominent effect of replacing white flour with whole wheat flour is an increase in fiber, and reduction of processed foods. Fiber improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and increases satiety. • Excess sugar consumption can contribute to fat accumulation, diabetes, and other health conditions. You can use artificial and natural sugar substitutes to eliminate sugar and calories without giving up on taste. RESOLUTION #3: I WILL LOSE 150 POUNDS THIS YEAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Losing too much weight (and losing it too quickly) is unsafe. SMART PLAN: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a safe and realistic rate of weight loss is .5-1 pound per week for those with a BMI of 27-35, and 1-2 pounds per week for those with a BMI greater than 35. After six months, pursue a weight maintenance plan and reassess further weight loss beyond that point. Be aware that more rapid weight loss may occur with initial attempts; this may be due to water losses. Later on, a weight loss plateau may be reached. Increased physical activity can combat this. When setting a weight loss goal, remember that even moderate weight loss is beneficial. Additionally, it is important to recognize that for some, reaching a size 6 is not a realistic possibility. RESOLUTION #4 I WILL JOIN A COMMERCIAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM BAD PLAN BECAUSE: Research does not strongly support the use of such programs (aside from Weight Watchers). SMART PLAN: Commit to seeing a registered dietitian nutritionist. You will be given a personalized strategy for your needs. Through your appointments, you will create a plan that sets you up for success and allows for modification as needed. A registered dietician/nutritionist will work with you to come up with optimal methods to provide your body with the nourishment and nutrients it needs to function properly. In this case, slow and steady wins the race. Don’t rely on approaches that promise fast results, little effort, etc. You will likely be required to follow extreme measures that may lead to nutritional deficiencies. A good idea would be to book more than one appointment at once to be assured of following up on your initial commitment. Miriam Shonek is a registered dietitian nutritionist in the Five Towns area. Focused on providing personalized nutritional care, she assists clients in achieving weight loss goals, as well as creating diet plans for a variety of medical conditions. She can be reached at mshoneknutrition@gmail.com. 28 | fyimagazineny.com 29 | fyimagazineny.com
RESOLUTION  2  I WILL GO OFF WHITE FLOUR AND SUGAR BAD PLAN BECAUSE  Taking on too much at once is a plan bound for failur...
NO J Cool down a minor burn using a PRESCRIPTION NEEDED HOME REMEDIES THAT WORK The weepy little kids with throbbing throats and running noses that accompany winter, find me frequenting the pediatrician’s office nearly as often as I visit my kitchen and local supermarket. We all sometimes wish that we weren’t so tied down by waitingroom visits and pharmacy hours, but the truth is, we don’t have to be. We can find the most wonderful natural remedies in the simplest ingredients, if we only care to look for them. With a little research and some snooping around the kitchen pantries, we can get a grip on our children’s ailments and the anxiety that so often accompanies them. WRITTEN BY: BARBARA PENN J Soothing sore throats has never been so sweet. The next time your child is whining about soreness in the throat, grab a couple of marshmallows and toss them into his mouth. Sound strange? Marshmallows that contain fish gelatin will form a coating and lubricant to soothe the aggravated throat. If you don't have marshmallows available, grab a teaspoon of honey instead. J Relieve teething pains with a spoon. Leave a metal spoon in your freezer to use during “teething emergencies.” When needed, pull it out and give it to your baby. Sucking on the cold metal can create a numbing effect. A rough, damp rag can also have a soothing effect on the gums. Put a little chamomile tea on it to calm your baby and help him/her fall asleep. 30 | fyimagazineny.com J Ease a throbbing ear with Epsom salt and a sock. Fill a thick sock with Epsom salt and add a few drops of essential oils. Heat it in a pot or microwave it, then hold it against your child's ear. The heat helps to soothe the ache, and the salt, a natural absorbent, absorbs the moisture and heat, effectively draining the excess fluid out of the ear and causing a shift in air pressure. paste of baking soda and vinegar. It eases the pain by drawing out the heat from the burn area and can prevent blistering as well. Apt for a potato peel bandage over the standard Band-aid, or at least leave it on the skin for a while. The skin-like properties of the peel promote swift healing, and its antibacterial properties can prevent infection on the burn area. Aloe Vera is a wonder solution for nearly all skin ailments. Many keep it as part of their home first aid kit for its excellent ability to soothe and heal cuts and burns. Grab some bags of black tea. Soak three tea bags in hot water, and dab the liquid onto the skin. J Easily remove splinters with a baking soda and water paste. Add a little water to baking soda and leave the paste on the skin for an hour. Baking soda will swell up the skin, making it easier to draw out the splinter. What's the secret to this strange but effective trick? The scent of menthol in Vicks VapoRub triggers cold receptors in the nose and airway, tricking the body into thinking that the airway has opened up and that congestion is reduced. Another option is to fill a widemouth bottle with steaming water nearly to the brim. Put the splintered area over the mouth of the bottle. The suction of the bottle will pull the skin downward, while the steam will help open up the flesh. If you don't have a humidifier to soothe your little one's nighttime congestion, just take a bowl of steaming hot water and let your child inhale it. J Prevent the winter blues with this miraculous anti-cough/ congestion solution: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger. Store it away and have your family members swallow a tablespoon the next time a nasty cough or cold sets in. This solution is said to work a lot better than your standard over-the-counter cough medicines. Is your kid's coughing keeping the family up at night?  Grab a tube of Vick's VapoRub, smear some on his feet, and then put socks on him. Garlic is known for its antibiotic properties. A few daily drops of garlic juice in the ear can help ward off infection. Putting a hot compress on top of the chest can also relieve congestion by loosening the phlegm in the bronchial airway. Create your own nasal spray by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of pure salt and 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder. J Rub a headache away with this simple acupuncture method: Massage the spot in between the thumb and pointer finger until the pain subsides. After taking Tylenol, consume a little caffeine; it enhances the effects of acetaminophen. Is a lack of sleep giving you “mommy migraines”? Soak your feet in a bowl containing hot water and one tablespoon of mustard powder. The hot water dilates the blood vessels in the feet, thereby constricting blood flow to the brain and lessening the pain. The mustard powder helps rid the body of toxins. Cold compresses on the head can also have a numbing effect. J Heal painful mouth sores with simple kitchen ingredients. Dip a cotton swab into milk and dab it onto the canker sore. J Make your own flex-ice pack with a zip-lock bag, alcohol, and water. Mix one part rubbing alcohol with three parts water, put it in a Ziploc bag and freeze it. The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing completely, giving it a flexibility. Alternatively, you can use honey, chamomile tea bags, or coconut milk. 31 | fyimagazineny.com
NO  J Cool  down a minor burn using a  PRESCRIPTION NEEDED HOME REMEDIES THAT WORK  The weepy little kids with throbbing t...
NO J Cool down a minor burn using a PRESCRIPTION NEEDED HOME REMEDIES THAT WORK The weepy little kids with throbbing throats and running noses that accompany winter, find me frequenting the pediatrician’s office nearly as often as I visit my kitchen and local supermarket. We all sometimes wish that we weren’t so tied down by waitingroom visits and pharmacy hours, but the truth is, we don’t have to be. We can find the most wonderful natural remedies in the simplest ingredients, if we only care to look for them. With a little research and some snooping around the kitchen pantries, we can get a grip on our children’s ailments and the anxiety that so often accompanies them. WRITTEN BY: BARBARA PENN J Soothing sore throats has never been so sweet. The next time your child is whining about soreness in the throat, grab a couple of marshmallows and toss them into his mouth. Sound strange? Marshmallows that contain fish gelatin will form a coating and lubricant to soothe the aggravated throat. If you don't have marshmallows available, grab a teaspoon of honey instead. J Relieve teething pains with a spoon. Leave a metal spoon in your freezer to use during “teething emergencies.” When needed, pull it out and give it to your baby. Sucking on the cold metal can create a numbing effect. A rough, damp rag can also have a soothing effect on the gums. Put a little chamomile tea on it to calm your baby and help him/her fall asleep. 30 | fyimagazineny.com J Ease a throbbing ear with Epsom salt and a sock. Fill a thick sock with Epsom salt and add a few drops of essential oils. Heat it in a pot or microwave it, then hold it against your child's ear. The heat helps to soothe the ache, and the salt, a natural absorbent, absorbs the moisture and heat, effectively draining the excess fluid out of the ear and causing a shift in air pressure. paste of baking soda and vinegar. It eases the pain by drawing out the heat from the burn area and can prevent blistering as well. Apt for a potato peel bandage over the standard Band-aid, or at least leave it on the skin for a while. The skin-like properties of the peel promote swift healing, and its antibacterial properties can prevent infection on the burn area. Aloe Vera is a wonder solution for nearly all skin ailments. Many keep it as part of their home first aid kit for its excellent ability to soothe and heal cuts and burns. Grab some bags of black tea. Soak three tea bags in hot water, and dab the liquid onto the skin. J Easily remove splinters with a baking soda and water paste. Add a little water to baking soda and leave the paste on the skin for an hour. Baking soda will swell up the skin, making it easier to draw out the splinter. What's the secret to this strange but effective trick? The scent of menthol in Vicks VapoRub triggers cold receptors in the nose and airway, tricking the body into thinking that the airway has opened up and that congestion is reduced. Another option is to fill a widemouth bottle with steaming water nearly to the brim. Put the splintered area over the mouth of the bottle. The suction of the bottle will pull the skin downward, while the steam will help open up the flesh. If you don't have a humidifier to soothe your little one's nighttime congestion, just take a bowl of steaming hot water and let your child inhale it. J Prevent the winter blues with this miraculous anti-cough/ congestion solution: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger. Store it away and have your family members swallow a tablespoon the next time a nasty cough or cold sets in. This solution is said to work a lot better than your standard over-the-counter cough medicines. Is your kid's coughing keeping the family up at night?  Grab a tube of Vick's VapoRub, smear some on his feet, and then put socks on him. Garlic is known for its antibiotic properties. A few daily drops of garlic juice in the ear can help ward off infection. Putting a hot compress on top of the chest can also relieve congestion by loosening the phlegm in the bronchial airway. Create your own nasal spray by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of pure salt and 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder. J Rub a headache away with this simple acupuncture method: Massage the spot in between the thumb and pointer finger until the pain subsides. After taking Tylenol, consume a little caffeine; it enhances the effects of acetaminophen. Is a lack of sleep giving you “mommy migraines”? Soak your feet in a bowl containing hot water and one tablespoon of mustard powder. The hot water dilates the blood vessels in the feet, thereby constricting blood flow to the brain and lessening the pain. The mustard powder helps rid the body of toxins. Cold compresses on the head can also have a numbing effect. J Heal painful mouth sores with simple kitchen ingredients. Dip a cotton swab into milk and dab it onto the canker sore. J Make your own flex-ice pack with a zip-lock bag, alcohol, and water. Mix one part rubbing alcohol with three parts water, put it in a Ziploc bag and freeze it. The alcohol will prevent the water from freezing completely, giving it a flexibility. Alternatively, you can use honey, chamomile tea bags, or coconut milk. 31 | fyimagazineny.com
NO  J Cool  down a minor burn using a  PRESCRIPTION NEEDED HOME REMEDIES THAT WORK  The weepy little kids with throbbing t...
J Breathe Away your Nausea with an alcohol swab. Put it next to your nose and take three to four deep breaths. Odd as it may sound, this treatment is commonly used in emergency rooms and chemotherapy wards (r”l) to prevent nausea and vomiting. You can also try to alleviate nausea by taking three to four breaths while inhaling a fresh lemon slice or peppermint. To control motion sickness, pop a couple of olives into your mouth. They contain tannins, which dry out the excessive saliva that accompanies motion sickness. J Stop the itching and control the swelling of bug bites with toothpaste or mouthwash. Banana peels are also said to control the reaction. Construct a makeshift banana bandage and leave it on for 90 minutes. J Cure diaper rash by rinsing your baby's skin in a solution of two teaspoons vinegar with one cup of water, or rinsing the area with baking soda and water. To alleviate the discomfort, give him a bath with baking soda or oatmeal powder. J Reduce the symptoms of pinkeye by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and using it as an eye rinse. You can also use potato peels or a warm or cold compress on the eye, and hold it there for about 20 minutes. J Stop nosebleeds fast by pressing a set of cold keys or a butter knife on the back of your neck. It sounds like a myth, but it does have some scientific backing; the temperature of the metal touches a nerve in the spine which reacts by slowing down blood circulation. To prevent concurrent nosebleeds due to dryness of the membranes, breathe the steam from a bowl of hot water, or coat the insides of your nostrils with apple cider vinegar. These methods will keep the membranes moist. J Kill that stubborn wart by wrapping duct tape around it and leaving it there for about a week. The duct tape is said to starve warts of much-needed oxygen. to a drink, or sip ginger ale that contains real ginger. Rice water is said to help stomach upsets by creating a soothing barrier over the stomach lining. Peppermint and chamomile can also provide relief for stomach irritation. J Get ahold of those hiccups with a spoonful of sugar. Hold the spoon in your mouth for five seconds, allow the sugar to dissolve on its own, and then finish it off with a glass of water. Putting a teaspoon of honey mixed with warm water on the back of your tongue before swallowing, or swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter can also work wonders. The texture of these substances stimulates the vagus nerve, which will try to readjust your breathing patterns once you finish swallowing. J Put an end to restless nights with warm milk and a tablespoon of honey. They both contain ingredients that increase melatonin production. You can also down a cup of cherry juice for an added boost of melatonin. fyi CAN WE AGREE? J Stop wounds from bleeding with a dash of cayenne pepper. It equalizes the blood pressure and can also prevent infection from the wound (It may sting slightly, so use only when needed). Alternatively, you can use turmeric powder or cornstarch. J Soothe stomach aches with ginger root, which has anti-inflammatory properties and increases gastric juices in the stomach. Add some dry ginger 32 | fyimagazineny.com Being proactive instead of reactive in your communication. 33 | fyimagazineny.com
J Breathe Away your Nausea with an alcohol swab. Put it next to your nose and take three to four deep breaths. Odd as it m...
J Breathe Away your Nausea with an alcohol swab. Put it next to your nose and take three to four deep breaths. Odd as it may sound, this treatment is commonly used in emergency rooms and chemotherapy wards (r”l) to prevent nausea and vomiting. You can also try to alleviate nausea by taking three to four breaths while inhaling a fresh lemon slice or peppermint. To control motion sickness, pop a couple of olives into your mouth. They contain tannins, which dry out the excessive saliva that accompanies motion sickness. J Stop the itching and control the swelling of bug bites with toothpaste or mouthwash. Banana peels are also said to control the reaction. Construct a makeshift banana bandage and leave it on for 90 minutes. J Cure diaper rash by rinsing your baby's skin in a solution of two teaspoons vinegar with one cup of water, or rinsing the area with baking soda and water. To alleviate the discomfort, give him a bath with baking soda or oatmeal powder. J Reduce the symptoms of pinkeye by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and using it as an eye rinse. You can also use potato peels or a warm or cold compress on the eye, and hold it there for about 20 minutes. J Stop nosebleeds fast by pressing a set of cold keys or a butter knife on the back of your neck. It sounds like a myth, but it does have some scientific backing; the temperature of the metal touches a nerve in the spine which reacts by slowing down blood circulation. To prevent concurrent nosebleeds due to dryness of the membranes, breathe the steam from a bowl of hot water, or coat the insides of your nostrils with apple cider vinegar. These methods will keep the membranes moist. J Kill that stubborn wart by wrapping duct tape around it and leaving it there for about a week. The duct tape is said to starve warts of much-needed oxygen. to a drink, or sip ginger ale that contains real ginger. Rice water is said to help stomach upsets by creating a soothing barrier over the stomach lining. Peppermint and chamomile can also provide relief for stomach irritation. J Get ahold of those hiccups with a spoonful of sugar. Hold the spoon in your mouth for five seconds, allow the sugar to dissolve on its own, and then finish it off with a glass of water. Putting a teaspoon of honey mixed with warm water on the back of your tongue before swallowing, or swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter can also work wonders. The texture of these substances stimulates the vagus nerve, which will try to readjust your breathing patterns once you finish swallowing. J Put an end to restless nights with warm milk and a tablespoon of honey. They both contain ingredients that increase melatonin production. You can also down a cup of cherry juice for an added boost of melatonin. fyi CAN WE AGREE? J Stop wounds from bleeding with a dash of cayenne pepper. It equalizes the blood pressure and can also prevent infection from the wound (It may sting slightly, so use only when needed). Alternatively, you can use turmeric powder or cornstarch. J Soothe stomach aches with ginger root, which has anti-inflammatory properties and increases gastric juices in the stomach. Add some dry ginger 32 | fyimagazineny.com Being proactive instead of reactive in your communication. 33 | fyimagazineny.com
J Breathe Away your Nausea with an alcohol swab. Put it next to your nose and take three to four deep breaths. Odd as it m...
Q: I am a wife and a mother of three children. I live in a community where dressing your kids well is a must (at least to someone with my self- esteem). I enjoy dressing my kids, and I’m picky about their clothes being top of the line, and no, I don’t do hand-me-downs. My husband’s view on this matter is quite the opposite of mine. He’s the type that needs someone to actually throw out his shoes when he’s not looking before he hops to the store in slippers to buy new ones (that are not brand name). My husband does not understand me, period. My husband gets really angry at me for spending money on clothes, and we can’t ever have a civil conversation about how much money we should budget for clothing. I really try, because we need to come up with some sort of agreement, but we just end up shouting at each other and basically avoiding the topic until the next credit card bill arrives. 34 | fyimagazineny.com A: You’re not alone. Many couples blissfully marry and assume that they will never have any problems agreeing on how to spend their money. I mean, by the time you have reached the chuppah, you have compromised on an apartment, a wedding date, style of furniture.... Earth to you! It is hard to agree on how to spend money that you earned by waking up early and working while you had the flu, because you had no choice. It is hard, and let’s get started on how you actually do it. These discussions about budgeting for clothing happen when your husband is reviewing the credit card bill that arrives monthly. He is sweating because he is never quite sure how these numbers actually add up, and you are hopping from one foot to another deciding whether you should feel nervous, guilty, or both. Your husband is upset that his hard-earned money is disappearing on something he views as trivial. If you want to plan an explosive confrontation, this is for sure the best way. Statements such as “You don’t understand my needs” or “You are irresponsible” are more likely to be said by both parties than, “it looks like you are trying to understand my needs...”. The former statements are judgments of character and are lethal to relationships, besides having little to do with the issue at hand (clothing budget). Emotions are high, and both of you are highly reactive. Now that we have identified what is going wrong, let’s discuss how to plan a discussion with intellect in the lead, and amygdala trailing behind at a safe distance. In the next part of the article, I’m going to address both you and your husband, because it’s not going to work unless you both understand what to do. You need to plan a discussion proactively as opposed to having unplanned ones reactively. In other words, this needs to be discussed when you are both in calm states of mind, to avoid emotions getting in the way. Like, very very far away from the last credit card bill, and very very far away from the next expected one. Okay, wife, this is for you. Approach your husband at a calm time and say “We need to discuss the clothing issue; when is a good time?” Don’t discuss it at that moment, and if either of you tries to bring it up, the other should politely request waiting for the appointed time. Once you decide on a time, you are both responsible to be available at that time (so you don’t end up arguing who wasn’t ready and who was waiting for who). Since it was the wife who brought this up, wife gets to lead the discussion (Husband, you will have your turn next. ) Start with a genuine positive statement towards your husband. Express yourself and your needs to You need to plan a discussion proactively as opposed to having unplanned ones reactively. him. Be careful to speak only about yourself, your feelings and your needs, such as “It is important to me to dress the children well.” Then be specific on how much money that will realistically entail. “I need about x dollars per season to buy them adequate clothing.” Avoid judgmental statements towards your husband such as “You don’t understand how much money it costs to dress kids,” or “You couldn’t care less if our kids look homeless.” Again, use “I” statements and don’t veer off topic. Husband, your job is to reflect back everything you are hearing to make sure you understand what  your wife is saying. Summarize her points and ask “Did I get it?” Do not add any of your own opinions now. Once your wife is confident that she has been completely understood, end the discussion and make an appointment for another time, another day to share your view. Appointment number two is husband’s turn to speak. The same rules apply as in the first meeting. Husband gets to express how he feels about the issue, how much money he can realistically set aside for clothes, and what his 35 | fyimagazineny.com needs are and whether they can be met with so much money going for clothing. Wife’s job is to reflect back everything husband has said and make sure she has understood. Wife is not to make any personal comments and should just make sure husband is confident that he has been understood.   Now that you have both gotten out your points without fear of being judged, take a day or two to think about each other’s views, as well as things you are willing to give up, in order to make your finances work. Once you are both prepared and have thought about what you can be more flexible about, you are ready to schedule a compromising appointment. As before, you are both responsible to be on time. The compromise is the hardest part and most likely to become a battle, if you are not fully concentrating on avoiding judgmental statements. To prepare yourself for a successful compromise, make a mental list of all the reasons you want and need to have shalom bayis. I bet if you think long enough, you will realize that it is really important to you. Go to the table with an open mind and heart and really believe that if each of you is willing and happy to give up something that is important to you, together you will make this work. fyi Rocheli Sternheim is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Lakewood N.J. Rocheli is passionate about helping people help themselves. Email your questions to info@fyimagazine.com.
Q  I am a wife and a mother of three children. I live in a community where dressing your kids well is a must  at least to ...
Q: I am a wife and a mother of three children. I live in a community where dressing your kids well is a must (at least to someone with my self- esteem). I enjoy dressing my kids, and I’m picky about their clothes being top of the line, and no, I don’t do hand-me-downs. My husband’s view on this matter is quite the opposite of mine. He’s the type that needs someone to actually throw out his shoes when he’s not looking before he hops to the store in slippers to buy new ones (that are not brand name). My husband does not understand me, period. My husband gets really angry at me for spending money on clothes, and we can’t ever have a civil conversation about how much money we should budget for clothing. I really try, because we need to come up with some sort of agreement, but we just end up shouting at each other and basically avoiding the topic until the next credit card bill arrives. 34 | fyimagazineny.com A: You’re not alone. Many couples blissfully marry and assume that they will never have any problems agreeing on how to spend their money. I mean, by the time you have reached the chuppah, you have compromised on an apartment, a wedding date, style of furniture.... Earth to you! It is hard to agree on how to spend money that you earned by waking up early and working while you had the flu, because you had no choice. It is hard, and let’s get started on how you actually do it. These discussions about budgeting for clothing happen when your husband is reviewing the credit card bill that arrives monthly. He is sweating because he is never quite sure how these numbers actually add up, and you are hopping from one foot to another deciding whether you should feel nervous, guilty, or both. Your husband is upset that his hard-earned money is disappearing on something he views as trivial. If you want to plan an explosive confrontation, this is for sure the best way. Statements such as “You don’t understand my needs” or “You are irresponsible” are more likely to be said by both parties than, “it looks like you are trying to understand my needs...”. The former statements are judgments of character and are lethal to relationships, besides having little to do with the issue at hand (clothing budget). Emotions are high, and both of you are highly reactive. Now that we have identified what is going wrong, let’s discuss how to plan a discussion with intellect in the lead, and amygdala trailing behind at a safe distance. In the next part of the article, I’m going to address both you and your husband, because it’s not going to work unless you both understand what to do. You need to plan a discussion proactively as opposed to having unplanned ones reactively. In other words, this needs to be discussed when you are both in calm states of mind, to avoid emotions getting in the way. Like, very very far away from the last credit card bill, and very very far away from the next expected one. Okay, wife, this is for you. Approach your husband at a calm time and say “We need to discuss the clothing issue; when is a good time?” Don’t discuss it at that moment, and if either of you tries to bring it up, the other should politely request waiting for the appointed time. Once you decide on a time, you are both responsible to be available at that time (so you don’t end up arguing who wasn’t ready and who was waiting for who). Since it was the wife who brought this up, wife gets to lead the discussion (Husband, you will have your turn next. ) Start with a genuine positive statement towards your husband. Express yourself and your needs to You need to plan a discussion proactively as opposed to having unplanned ones reactively. him. Be careful to speak only about yourself, your feelings and your needs, such as “It is important to me to dress the children well.” Then be specific on how much money that will realistically entail. “I need about x dollars per season to buy them adequate clothing.” Avoid judgmental statements towards your husband such as “You don’t understand how much money it costs to dress kids,” or “You couldn’t care less if our kids look homeless.” Again, use “I” statements and don’t veer off topic. Husband, your job is to reflect back everything you are hearing to make sure you understand what  your wife is saying. Summarize her points and ask “Did I get it?” Do not add any of your own opinions now. Once your wife is confident that she has been completely understood, end the discussion and make an appointment for another time, another day to share your view. Appointment number two is husband’s turn to speak. The same rules apply as in the first meeting. Husband gets to express how he feels about the issue, how much money he can realistically set aside for clothes, and what his 35 | fyimagazineny.com needs are and whether they can be met with so much money going for clothing. Wife’s job is to reflect back everything husband has said and make sure she has understood. Wife is not to make any personal comments and should just make sure husband is confident that he has been understood.   Now that you have both gotten out your points without fear of being judged, take a day or two to think about each other’s views, as well as things you are willing to give up, in order to make your finances work. Once you are both prepared and have thought about what you can be more flexible about, you are ready to schedule a compromising appointment. As before, you are both responsible to be on time. The compromise is the hardest part and most likely to become a battle, if you are not fully concentrating on avoiding judgmental statements. To prepare yourself for a successful compromise, make a mental list of all the reasons you want and need to have shalom bayis. I bet if you think long enough, you will realize that it is really important to you. Go to the table with an open mind and heart and really believe that if each of you is willing and happy to give up something that is important to you, together you will make this work. fyi Rocheli Sternheim is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Lakewood N.J. Rocheli is passionate about helping people help themselves. Email your questions to info@fyimagazine.com.
Q  I am a wife and a mother of three children. I live in a community where dressing your kids well is a must  at least to ...
JEW CITY WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY For many people, Orthodoxy conjures up words like backwards, repressed and outdated. Enter Allison Josephs, aka Jew in the City (JITC), who is on a mission to break down negative stereotypes and to offer a personal, humorous and meaningful look into the world of Orthodox Jews and Judaism. Raised proudly Jewish but not observant, Allison first learned of Orthodox Jews through her father, a neurologist, who treated Chasidic patients at the hospital where he worked. “My father described them as dirty, smelly, rude, and uneducated,” shares Allison. “I thought his patients represented all Orthodox Jews. Whenever I visited Manhattan, and saw visibly Orthodox Jews, I’d think to myself that I’m ‘normal Jewish’ and they’re ‘crazy Jewish’.” A llison enjoyed an idyllic childhood in New Jersey, but this changed when she was eight and discovered that a girl she knew had been murdered by her father. “My bubble burst, and I realized that I would have nothing to hold onto when life was over.” This sent Allison reeling for meaning and a bigger purpose. “All I got from my parents (who are now observant) were blank stares.” Then, at age 16, Allison “accidentally” connected with her high school teacher who was Orthodox and not what she had come to expect. “He was normal and part of the world, though he wore a kippah and tzitzit, kept Kosher and Shabbat, and lived with spirit and purpose. I never knew this was possible.” Slowly, Allison increased her religious observance. Allison’s “aha” moment took place in a rainforest in Hawaii when she felt strongly that “there is a Creator and that all things in the universe are united as they contain a piece of the oneness of G-d.” While on a learning program in Israel the summer before college, she met a chareidi mystical woman in Tzfat who told her: “There were twelve tribes, they each had their own way, go find yours!” Armed with the awareness that there was more than one way to be an observant Jew, Allison studied at Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya, part of the 37 | fyimagazineny.com Darche Noam schools that expose participants to varying sects of Orthodoxy and invite them to find their place. Their hashkafa (religious philosophy) is “derechaha darche noam” (the Torah’s many ways are pleasant). “I ended up landing somewhere in the center – trying to take the best of modern and chareidi.” After completing her Bachelor in Arts in Philosophy at Columbia University, Allison worked in Jewish Outreach for over fifteen years, working at Partners in Torah, Sinai Retreats, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY, and became the Partner in Torah mentor to actress Mayim Bialik (lead actress in 90s TV show, Blossom). About ten years ago, a journalist from abroad interviewed Allison for an article on religious Jews. “She showed up at my home expecting to find someone frumpy and close-minded but found the exact opposite. I thought to myself how all my friends are the exact opposite and that it’s time to change the stereotype.” Allison had no background in television, PR or media, but growing up, she was a self-confessed couch potato with a flair for dramatics. Allison decided to create her own YouTube show in order to open up the usually closed-off world of an Orthodox
JEW CITY WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY  For many people, Orthodoxy conjures up words like backwards, repressed and outdated. Ent...
JEW CITY WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY For many people, Orthodoxy conjures up words like backwards, repressed and outdated. Enter Allison Josephs, aka Jew in the City (JITC), who is on a mission to break down negative stereotypes and to offer a personal, humorous and meaningful look into the world of Orthodox Jews and Judaism. Raised proudly Jewish but not observant, Allison first learned of Orthodox Jews through her father, a neurologist, who treated Chasidic patients at the hospital where he worked. “My father described them as dirty, smelly, rude, and uneducated,” shares Allison. “I thought his patients represented all Orthodox Jews. Whenever I visited Manhattan, and saw visibly Orthodox Jews, I’d think to myself that I’m ‘normal Jewish’ and they’re ‘crazy Jewish’.” A llison enjoyed an idyllic childhood in New Jersey, but this changed when she was eight and discovered that a girl she knew had been murdered by her father. “My bubble burst, and I realized that I would have nothing to hold onto when life was over.” This sent Allison reeling for meaning and a bigger purpose. “All I got from my parents (who are now observant) were blank stares.” Then, at age 16, Allison “accidentally” connected with her high school teacher who was Orthodox and not what she had come to expect. “He was normal and part of the world, though he wore a kippah and tzitzit, kept Kosher and Shabbat, and lived with spirit and purpose. I never knew this was possible.” Slowly, Allison increased her religious observance. Allison’s “aha” moment took place in a rainforest in Hawaii when she felt strongly that “there is a Creator and that all things in the universe are united as they contain a piece of the oneness of G-d.” While on a learning program in Israel the summer before college, she met a chareidi mystical woman in Tzfat who told her: “There were twelve tribes, they each had their own way, go find yours!” Armed with the awareness that there was more than one way to be an observant Jew, Allison studied at Midreshet Rachel V’Chaya, part of the 37 | fyimagazineny.com Darche Noam schools that expose participants to varying sects of Orthodoxy and invite them to find their place. Their hashkafa (religious philosophy) is “derechaha darche noam” (the Torah’s many ways are pleasant). “I ended up landing somewhere in the center – trying to take the best of modern and chareidi.” After completing her Bachelor in Arts in Philosophy at Columbia University, Allison worked in Jewish Outreach for over fifteen years, working at Partners in Torah, Sinai Retreats, Aish Hatorah, and NCSY, and became the Partner in Torah mentor to actress Mayim Bialik (lead actress in 90s TV show, Blossom). About ten years ago, a journalist from abroad interviewed Allison for an article on religious Jews. “She showed up at my home expecting to find someone frumpy and close-minded but found the exact opposite. I thought to myself how all my friends are the exact opposite and that it’s time to change the stereotype.” Allison had no background in television, PR or media, but growing up, she was a self-confessed couch potato with a flair for dramatics. Allison decided to create her own YouTube show in order to open up the usually closed-off world of an Orthodox
JEW CITY WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY  For many people, Orthodoxy conjures up words like backwards, repressed and outdated. Ent...
“One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community.” Jew to the rest of the world. She wanted to portray Orthodox Jews as normal, funny, approachable and educated, and to “present the depth, beauty and balance that exists in Judaism.” The Youtube videos expanded into Facebook, a blog and Twitter, where Allison candidly answers the inner goings-on of a Jewish woman. Today, Allison, 35, is a mother of four and works “fulltime plus,” offering lectures, corporate cultural diversity training and consulting services as well as managing a team of six volunteers and a couple of paid employees. “It is my passion, not my job,” reflects Allison. “I even dream about Jew in the City.” About a year and a half ago, Allison was approached by a religious couple who were both lost and didn’t know where they belonged. Other Orthodox Jews confided they were considering giving it all up as they thought they had to be religious or secular and did not know there were moderate and other valid paths. “I decided to launch Project Makom to help these former struggling charedi Jews find their place in Judaism. The response has been huge, and there was a waiting list for the past Shabbaton.” “One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community,” says Allison. “I love watching an irreligious Jew sign 38 | fyimagazineny.com up on social media, followed by a member of the Chassidic community. There is more that unites us than divides us.” Allison says her organization doesn’t know the full scope and depth of its impact on people’s lives. “Many people don’t write in but come up to me on tours telling me how JITC completely changed their life.” Allison was one of NJOP’s Top Ten Jewish Influencers in 2012 and one of the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 in 2013. She has been quoted or written about in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo News and more. The organization is currently poised for even greater things including a new website, more content and an online magazine. “I want Jew in the City to be the ‘go-to’ place when people type ‘Orthodox Jews’ into Google,” says Allison.“ fyi C M Y CM MY CY CMY K
   One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community.     Jew to the rest of the world. She wanted to ...
“One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community.” Jew to the rest of the world. She wanted to portray Orthodox Jews as normal, funny, approachable and educated, and to “present the depth, beauty and balance that exists in Judaism.” The Youtube videos expanded into Facebook, a blog and Twitter, where Allison candidly answers the inner goings-on of a Jewish woman. Today, Allison, 35, is a mother of four and works “fulltime plus,” offering lectures, corporate cultural diversity training and consulting services as well as managing a team of six volunteers and a couple of paid employees. “It is my passion, not my job,” reflects Allison. “I even dream about Jew in the City.” About a year and a half ago, Allison was approached by a religious couple who were both lost and didn’t know where they belonged. Other Orthodox Jews confided they were considering giving it all up as they thought they had to be religious or secular and did not know there were moderate and other valid paths. “I decided to launch Project Makom to help these former struggling charedi Jews find their place in Judaism. The response has been huge, and there was a waiting list for the past Shabbaton.” “One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community,” says Allison. “I love watching an irreligious Jew sign 38 | fyimagazineny.com up on social media, followed by a member of the Chassidic community. There is more that unites us than divides us.” Allison says her organization doesn’t know the full scope and depth of its impact on people’s lives. “Many people don’t write in but come up to me on tours telling me how JITC completely changed their life.” Allison was one of NJOP’s Top Ten Jewish Influencers in 2012 and one of the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 in 2013. She has been quoted or written about in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo News and more. The organization is currently poised for even greater things including a new website, more content and an online magazine. “I want Jew in the City to be the ‘go-to’ place when people type ‘Orthodox Jews’ into Google,” says Allison.“ fyi C M Y CM MY CY CMY K
   One of the highlights for me is how JITC unifies the Jewish community.     Jew to the rest of the world. She wanted to ...
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein “BE KIND. EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING A BATTLE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.” otes Qu Positive s Affirmattion tha ire nsp i “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo and “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you don’t.” “People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s greatest mistakes.” -Rabbi Noach Weinberg 40 | fyimagazineny.com 3 Total Body Exercises That BURN, BURN! Exercising as efficiently as possible means burning as many calories as we can in the shortest amount of time. Focusing on the larger muscles will help burn a greater number of calories and in addition, the more we utilize multiple joints with the larger muscles, the more we can melt body fat and burn calories like a furnace.These exercises are named Compound or Total Body exercises, which help sculpt a leaner physique. J SQUAT & PRESS: Doing squats is a staple exercise which works your glutes. The glutes are the biggest muscles in your body (in your backside) and when you work the glutes doing squats, your legs are being worked as well. Additionally, if you add an upper body exerciselike a shoulder press to that squat, the burn factor will be enormous. Start with legs at hip distance or slightly wider, keeping knees vertical to ankles and pushing through your heels; you should begin to sit back into a sitting position with your backside lowering onto an imaginary chair. Make sure you keep your form going as low as possible; your behind can even pass the knees while you hold medium to heavy dumbbells, with your elbows pressing into your ribcage. As you raise yourself up, keeping your chest up throughout the entire exercise, you will press the dumbbells simultaneously past your shoulders and fully extend your arms above your head. Repeat doing 15-20 repetitions with 3-4 sets. Watch out the for next 24-48 hours; you will surely be sore.
   Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing th...
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein “BE KIND. EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING A BATTLE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.” otes Qu Positive s Affirmattion tha ire nsp i “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo and “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you don’t.” “People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s greatest mistakes.” -Rabbi Noach Weinberg 40 | fyimagazineny.com 3 Total Body Exercises That BURN, BURN! Exercising as efficiently as possible means burning as many calories as we can in the shortest amount of time. Focusing on the larger muscles will help burn a greater number of calories and in addition, the more we utilize multiple joints with the larger muscles, the more we can melt body fat and burn calories like a furnace.These exercises are named Compound or Total Body exercises, which help sculpt a leaner physique. J SQUAT & PRESS: Doing squats is a staple exercise which works your glutes. The glutes are the biggest muscles in your body (in your backside) and when you work the glutes doing squats, your legs are being worked as well. Additionally, if you add an upper body exerciselike a shoulder press to that squat, the burn factor will be enormous. Start with legs at hip distance or slightly wider, keeping knees vertical to ankles and pushing through your heels; you should begin to sit back into a sitting position with your backside lowering onto an imaginary chair. Make sure you keep your form going as low as possible; your behind can even pass the knees while you hold medium to heavy dumbbells, with your elbows pressing into your ribcage. As you raise yourself up, keeping your chest up throughout the entire exercise, you will press the dumbbells simultaneously past your shoulders and fully extend your arms above your head. Repeat doing 15-20 repetitions with 3-4 sets. Watch out the for next 24-48 hours; you will surely be sore.
   Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing th...
J JWALKING LUNGES WITH A BICEP CURL: The more muscles and joints that move together, the better your calorie burn will be, so keep it moving. Walk the squats right to left, or walk your lunges - this is another exercise that works large muscle groups like your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Include an upper body exercise with a lunge and keep it moving; you will be burning great numbers. Really good, fresh, and delicious gluten-free products are hard to come by. Now add Kosher to the mix and you’ve got an almost impossible feat. N J Begin with your feet side by side. Take a large step forward, keeping your front knee vertical to your ankle, and your back knee should be almost touching the floor. Keep your weight on your front heel and contract your front quad, hamstring, and glute to push yourself back to starting position, then repeat and alternate legs, lunging across a large spacious room. Holding medium to heavy weights in your hands alongside your body, with every lunge down you simultaneously curl your arms up to a bicep curl, bringing the weights in both arms to chest level with a full range of motion on the way up and when lowered. The arms slowly drop to your side as you come back to the starting position. Repeat back and forth across a large room, 3 times in each direction. THE BURPEE: A Total Body exercise that jacks your heart rate up, which in turn increases the rate at which you burn calories and uses nothing but your own body weight. Begin with hands above the head; explode up into a powerful jump, then directly dropping down to your hands, and immediately jump the legs out so to bring yourself into a pushup position with a neutral spine; continue into a pushup, jump the legs back in, then jump up and repeat again. After 3 sets at 10-15 repetitions, you’ll wish you never heard the word “Burpee”! Continuing with these exercises 2-3 times a week will surely bring results. 42 | fyimagazineny.com
J  JWALKING LUNGES WITH A BICEP CURL   The more muscles and joints that move together, the better your calorie burn will b...
J JWALKING LUNGES WITH A BICEP CURL: The more muscles and joints that move together, the better your calorie burn will be, so keep it moving. Walk the squats right to left, or walk your lunges - this is another exercise that works large muscle groups like your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Include an upper body exercise with a lunge and keep it moving; you will be burning great numbers. Really good, fresh, and delicious gluten-free products are hard to come by. Now add Kosher to the mix and you’ve got an almost impossible feat. N J Begin with your feet side by side. Take a large step forward, keeping your front knee vertical to your ankle, and your back knee should be almost touching the floor. Keep your weight on your front heel and contract your front quad, hamstring, and glute to push yourself back to starting position, then repeat and alternate legs, lunging across a large spacious room. Holding medium to heavy weights in your hands alongside your body, with every lunge down you simultaneously curl your arms up to a bicep curl, bringing the weights in both arms to chest level with a full range of motion on the way up and when lowered. The arms slowly drop to your side as you come back to the starting position. Repeat back and forth across a large room, 3 times in each direction. THE BURPEE: A Total Body exercise that jacks your heart rate up, which in turn increases the rate at which you burn calories and uses nothing but your own body weight. Begin with hands above the head; explode up into a powerful jump, then directly dropping down to your hands, and immediately jump the legs out so to bring yourself into a pushup position with a neutral spine; continue into a pushup, jump the legs back in, then jump up and repeat again. After 3 sets at 10-15 repetitions, you’ll wish you never heard the word “Burpee”! Continuing with these exercises 2-3 times a week will surely bring results. 42 | fyimagazineny.com
J  JWALKING LUNGES WITH A BICEP CURL   The more muscles and joints that move together, the better your calorie burn will b...
TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN 30 3 Don’t let your kid offer snacks to friends he makes at the baby gym or the supermarket before you ask a parent. Food allergies are more serious than most people realize. Every three minutes, someone is taken to the emergency room due to a food-related allergy reaction. That totals to more than 200,000 emergency room visits every single year! We’ve rounded up dozens of snacks and tasted them for ourselves. Here are some of the best Kosher gluten-free products. SNYDER GLUTEN FREE MINI PRETZELS An all-time favorite snack. | KINNIKINNICK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES The classic chocolate chip cookie. | RONZONI PASTA Make your favorite pasta dishes. | GLUTINO WAFERS Chocolate coated wafers haven’t tasted better. | CHEX Breakfast for the entire family | GOLDBAUM ICE CREAM CONES Never miss out on life’s pleasures with these. | KATZ’S WHITE BREAD Enjoy good ol’ sandwiches or even grilled cheese CHEERIOS The all-time classic breakfast cereal is good for you, too. 44 | fyimagazineny.com PERCENT 72 PERCENT Just how disconnected (or connected) are we? Most Smartphone users (72%) have their phone within five feet of them the majority of the time. It has become the new normal: 12% use it in the shower and 33% on a date! Even religion doesn’t take precedence over Smartphone use; 19% of users surveyed admitted to still being connected in places of worship. Which one of us living in Brooklyn, Chicago or any other busy city hasn’t grumbled about parking lately? Being born and bred Brooklynites, my husband and I are very familiar with this problem, and on more than one occasion have circled a five-block radius for 45 minutes to find parking. Studies estimate that 30% of U.S. traffic generated in downtown areas is because people are searching for parking spots! 29,305 That’s how many texts Edd Joseph, a 24-year-old British man, sent to a con man who tricked him into sending him $130 for a PlayStation 3 that was never delivered, through an English version of Craigslist. To get revenge, Joseph  pasted entire works by William Shakespeare including Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet into a note and sent it in a series of texts to the thief. The con man began replying after an hour and then took to calling Joseph. Joseph was quoted by the NY Daily News explaining the thief’s response: “But recently he has taken to calling me and giving me abuse on the phone. I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused.” “I’m going to keep doing it. If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it.”  45 | fyimagazineny.com 90 PERCENT How much does customer service pay? A lot! Nine out of ten Americans say they would pay more to ensure good customer service when making a purchase. People are even willing to forgive if they have an issue with a product or service:  70% will do business with you again if you resolve a complaint they had. On the other hand, bad customer service almost guarantees consumers will end their relationship with your company: 78% of Americans have ended a business relationship because of bad service.
TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT   S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF  WRITTE...
TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN 30 3 Don’t let your kid offer snacks to friends he makes at the baby gym or the supermarket before you ask a parent. Food allergies are more serious than most people realize. Every three minutes, someone is taken to the emergency room due to a food-related allergy reaction. That totals to more than 200,000 emergency room visits every single year! We’ve rounded up dozens of snacks and tasted them for ourselves. Here are some of the best Kosher gluten-free products. SNYDER GLUTEN FREE MINI PRETZELS An all-time favorite snack. | KINNIKINNICK CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES The classic chocolate chip cookie. | RONZONI PASTA Make your favorite pasta dishes. | GLUTINO WAFERS Chocolate coated wafers haven’t tasted better. | CHEX Breakfast for the entire family | GOLDBAUM ICE CREAM CONES Never miss out on life’s pleasures with these. | KATZ’S WHITE BREAD Enjoy good ol’ sandwiches or even grilled cheese CHEERIOS The all-time classic breakfast cereal is good for you, too. 44 | fyimagazineny.com PERCENT 72 PERCENT Just how disconnected (or connected) are we? Most Smartphone users (72%) have their phone within five feet of them the majority of the time. It has become the new normal: 12% use it in the shower and 33% on a date! Even religion doesn’t take precedence over Smartphone use; 19% of users surveyed admitted to still being connected in places of worship. Which one of us living in Brooklyn, Chicago or any other busy city hasn’t grumbled about parking lately? Being born and bred Brooklynites, my husband and I are very familiar with this problem, and on more than one occasion have circled a five-block radius for 45 minutes to find parking. Studies estimate that 30% of U.S. traffic generated in downtown areas is because people are searching for parking spots! 29,305 That’s how many texts Edd Joseph, a 24-year-old British man, sent to a con man who tricked him into sending him $130 for a PlayStation 3 that was never delivered, through an English version of Craigslist. To get revenge, Joseph  pasted entire works by William Shakespeare including Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet into a note and sent it in a series of texts to the thief. The con man began replying after an hour and then took to calling Joseph. Joseph was quoted by the NY Daily News explaining the thief’s response: “But recently he has taken to calling me and giving me abuse on the phone. I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused.” “I’m going to keep doing it. If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it.”  45 | fyimagazineny.com 90 PERCENT How much does customer service pay? A lot! Nine out of ten Americans say they would pay more to ensure good customer service when making a purchase. People are even willing to forgive if they have an issue with a product or service:  70% will do business with you again if you resolve a complaint they had. On the other hand, bad customer service almost guarantees consumers will end their relationship with your company: 78% of Americans have ended a business relationship because of bad service.
TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT   S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF  WRITTE...
For Less Great deals under $50! 7X9 PLUSH SHAG RUG overstock.com, $41.99 Shag rugs are so cozy and will make your bedroom feel more relaxing. First thing in the morning, your feet will touch the warm comfy rug instead of the cold floor. TOUCH TABLE LAMPS It has never been a better time to (re)decorate your master bedroom to a truly relaxing retreat. scan to sho p wayfair.com, $34.99 Fight no more! Two mini lamps come very handy when one is still reading and the other is ready to doze off. Control your own light for your bed with just a simple touch. MODERN VANITY BENCH sears.com, $39.99 Nothing says comfort more than plush seating. Place this plush bench in front of your beds, or in random spots in your room for extra seating and storage. EKBY ALEX WALL SHELF ikea.com, $46.99 Free up much-needed floor space and add this floating shelf to your bedroom decor. Use as additional storage space, or easily make a vanity corner for all your makeup and jewelry needs- simply by adding a mirror on top. VCNY DUVET SET overstock.com, $42.99 This tufted duvet and pillow cover will add an elegant touch to your bedroom. Mix with a matching sheet and additional pillowcases to complete the look. 46 | fyimagazineny.com 47 | fyimagazineny.com
For Less Great deals under  50  7X9 PLUSH SHAG RUG overstock.com,  41.99 Shag rugs are so cozy and will make your bedroom ...
For Less Great deals under $50! 7X9 PLUSH SHAG RUG overstock.com, $41.99 Shag rugs are so cozy and will make your bedroom feel more relaxing. First thing in the morning, your feet will touch the warm comfy rug instead of the cold floor. TOUCH TABLE LAMPS It has never been a better time to (re)decorate your master bedroom to a truly relaxing retreat. scan to sho p wayfair.com, $34.99 Fight no more! Two mini lamps come very handy when one is still reading and the other is ready to doze off. Control your own light for your bed with just a simple touch. MODERN VANITY BENCH sears.com, $39.99 Nothing says comfort more than plush seating. Place this plush bench in front of your beds, or in random spots in your room for extra seating and storage. EKBY ALEX WALL SHELF ikea.com, $46.99 Free up much-needed floor space and add this floating shelf to your bedroom decor. Use as additional storage space, or easily make a vanity corner for all your makeup and jewelry needs- simply by adding a mirror on top. VCNY DUVET SET overstock.com, $42.99 This tufted duvet and pillow cover will add an elegant touch to your bedroom. Mix with a matching sheet and additional pillowcases to complete the look. 46 | fyimagazineny.com 47 | fyimagazineny.com
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a closer look  Hand Sanitizer  magic helpers  Ingenious products that will make your day easier. PREPARA HERB SAVER, targe...
a closer look Hand Sanitizer magic helpers Ingenious products that will make your day easier. PREPARA HERB SAVER, target.com, $19.99 Keep your herbs fresh for up to 3 weeks with this new innovative gadget. Simply fill the base with water and place herbs in the basket and store in the fridge. The Herb Saver fits nicely on the door of the fridge and easily tucks in on a shelf. They are everywhere these days. A walk around the mall necessitates several stops at the dispenser, where my daughters hold up their hands, wait for the little foam puff to drop in, then sing a song about rubbing their hands together while they do it. HEATED ICE SCRAPER amazon.com, $45 Clean your windshield from ice faster than ever with this nifty tool. Plug the 15-foot cord into the power receptacle of your car and it’s ready to use. The built-in heating element will melt the ice and snow, while the flashlight will help you do the job correctly at night. WRITTEN BY RIVKY FOLLMAN H and sanitizers have become ubiquitous in virtually every setting, from schools to hospitals to restaurants to malls. That is usually a good thing. HAND SANITIZER HAS BEEN PROVEN TO LOWER THE RISKS OF CATCHING THE COMMON COLD, AMONGST OTHER VIRUSES, WITH LOWER RATES OF ABSENTEEISM IN STUDENTS OF FAMILIES WHERE IT WAS USED REGULARLY.  To ensure a sanitizer’s effectiveness, choose one that is at least 60% alcohol. The sanitizer needs to stay wet as you rub your hands together for at least 30 seconds.  Hand sanitizers have attracted some controversy, with claims that using them can lead to the development of superbugs. While that might be true for some sanitizers, alcohol-based ones work by disrupting the cell membranes of microorganisms, and thus do not pose a problem - rendering them safer than antibacterial soaps.  If your child is using hand sanitizer, watch him carefully to make sure he is not ingesting it, as even a little can cause alcohol poisoning.  Alcohol-free sanitizers can also contain potentially toxic ingredients such as triclosan, so it is best to stay away from those.  It is also more gentle on the hands than constant hand-washing, which makes it especially useful in a healthcare setting, where workers need to wash their hands frequently.  However, if your hands are visibly dirty, stick to good ol’ soap and water, because the alcohol is useless against actual dirt. 48 | fyimagazineny.com  Stay away from fire while your hands are wet, because the alcohol is highly flammable.  You can also use your sanitizer to sanitize any other items that stir the germaphobe within you.  It is touted as a highly effective way to clean art and makeup brushes, and remove stains off clothing, or glue residue from just about anywhere. You can also use it as an emergency hair gel or even -in a real pinch - as a deodorant sub.  The flip side of being highly flammable is that you can use it to start a fire when you need one.    Use hand sanitizer properly and often for best results.   QUIRKY POWER STRIP walmart.com, $12 Don’t you hate it when you can only fit 3 plugs into a 6-outlet power cord? Quirky has once again come up with a genius solution to solve your small problems! This power strip will not only adjust to fit all your bulky plugs, but can also be used in hard spaces, as it will pivot to fit around furniture and against a corner. LED BEANIE, amazon.com, $17 The trendy beanie taken to a new level! These days, it turns dark while it’s still practically day. Simple tasks like carrying groceries, taking a brisk walk, or snowboarding, can have you fumbling or tripping. This beanie will keep you warm and light up your way in the winter! FIND THESE PRODUCTS ON FYIMAGAZINENY.COM 49 | fyimagazineny.com
a closer look  Hand Sanitizer  magic helpers  Ingenious products that will make your day easier. PREPARA HERB SAVER, targe...
N ON IRON • WRIN KLE FRE E • C LASSIC FIT • SLI M F I T ON OUR BOOKSHELF The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up “The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” BY MARIE KONDO | REVIEW BY MATTIE WISEMAN A t only about a third of the way through reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, my husband decided that he and its author, Marie Kondo, were already sworn enemies. The book and its concepts were deemed unmentionable in our home, the concepts officially classified by said husband as, and here I directly quote, “Radical Nonsense.” “Basically, you throw stuff out,” I explained to him, peering into the dark scary recesses of our packed hall closet. “Not my ‘Stuff’,” he quickly rebuffed, eyeing me nervously. “Please. Don’t touch my stuff. I need everything here.” “What about all these screwdrivers? How many do you need already?” “All of them,” he insisted, laying a hand protectively across the pile of tool chests. “For what?” He shrugs. “For fixing things!” And that was that. Aha. This incident probably explains why the author specifically advises, in large bold type toward the beginning of the book, “Don’t let your family see.” The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a #1 New York Times best-selling guide to minimizing clutter. It’s about undergoing one giant “tidy” to rival all tidying, so well and so thoroughly, you basically don’t have to tidy up again for months. Sounds too good to be true? According to Marie Kondo, it’s possible! There are two key principles involved: Simplification and Categorization. SIMPLIFICATION The idea behind simplification is to get rid of all the excess “stuff” we have lying around. The endless clutter. The piles of paper and mail you’ll never look at. The array of half-used notebooks, and pens that only work when you’re not in desperate need of one. The author’s approach is to put a positive spin on minimizing our possessions. Instead of focusing on what you can throw out, she asks that you keep only items that bring you joy. So if the piles of dowdy sweaters at the back of your shelf don’t make you happy when you wear them? Those C M Y CM MY CY can go. The side table you have in the living room that was never your taste? Throw it out! Instead of tidying by sorting and resorting the same junk whilst continuously accumulating more, the idea is to whittle down your possessions to items you consistently enjoy using. CATEGORIZATION Categorization involves tidying by type. Instead of organizing by room, try organizing by group. For example, instead of sitting down one day to tackle your playroom, organize all the toys, everywhere in the house, all at once. This should help you focus on what you have too much of. While I personally found some ideas and tips expressed in this book a tad extreme for someone 50 | fyimagazineny.com CMY K raised with pennypinching ideals, there were  some brilliant tools that I found invaluable. Her section on folding and organizing clothing is an absolute must-read. If only to read this section of the book, I would recommend buying or borrowing a copy. When putting away my laundry this week, there was such a difference! Not every recommended method works for everyone. But the book is filled with enough tips to help jump-start a good old-fashioned reworking of problem areas in your home. If you’re looking for a little motivation and help in tackling clutter in your home, you’ll find it in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. fyi C M Y CM MY CY CMY K SLIM FIT
N ON IRON     WRIN KLE FRE E     C LASSIC FIT     SLI M F I T ON OUR BOOKSHELF  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up    T...
N ON IRON • WRIN KLE FRE E • C LASSIC FIT • SLI M F I T ON OUR BOOKSHELF The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up “The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” BY MARIE KONDO | REVIEW BY MATTIE WISEMAN A t only about a third of the way through reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, my husband decided that he and its author, Marie Kondo, were already sworn enemies. The book and its concepts were deemed unmentionable in our home, the concepts officially classified by said husband as, and here I directly quote, “Radical Nonsense.” “Basically, you throw stuff out,” I explained to him, peering into the dark scary recesses of our packed hall closet. “Not my ‘Stuff’,” he quickly rebuffed, eyeing me nervously. “Please. Don’t touch my stuff. I need everything here.” “What about all these screwdrivers? How many do you need already?” “All of them,” he insisted, laying a hand protectively across the pile of tool chests. “For what?” He shrugs. “For fixing things!” And that was that. Aha. This incident probably explains why the author specifically advises, in large bold type toward the beginning of the book, “Don’t let your family see.” The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a #1 New York Times best-selling guide to minimizing clutter. It’s about undergoing one giant “tidy” to rival all tidying, so well and so thoroughly, you basically don’t have to tidy up again for months. Sounds too good to be true? According to Marie Kondo, it’s possible! There are two key principles involved: Simplification and Categorization. SIMPLIFICATION The idea behind simplification is to get rid of all the excess “stuff” we have lying around. The endless clutter. The piles of paper and mail you’ll never look at. The array of half-used notebooks, and pens that only work when you’re not in desperate need of one. The author’s approach is to put a positive spin on minimizing our possessions. Instead of focusing on what you can throw out, she asks that you keep only items that bring you joy. So if the piles of dowdy sweaters at the back of your shelf don’t make you happy when you wear them? Those C M Y CM MY CY can go. The side table you have in the living room that was never your taste? Throw it out! Instead of tidying by sorting and resorting the same junk whilst continuously accumulating more, the idea is to whittle down your possessions to items you consistently enjoy using. CATEGORIZATION Categorization involves tidying by type. Instead of organizing by room, try organizing by group. For example, instead of sitting down one day to tackle your playroom, organize all the toys, everywhere in the house, all at once. This should help you focus on what you have too much of. While I personally found some ideas and tips expressed in this book a tad extreme for someone 50 | fyimagazineny.com CMY K raised with pennypinching ideals, there were  some brilliant tools that I found invaluable. Her section on folding and organizing clothing is an absolute must-read. If only to read this section of the book, I would recommend buying or borrowing a copy. When putting away my laundry this week, there was such a difference! Not every recommended method works for everyone. But the book is filled with enough tips to help jump-start a good old-fashioned reworking of problem areas in your home. If you’re looking for a little motivation and help in tackling clutter in your home, you’ll find it in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. fyi C M Y CM MY CY CMY K SLIM FIT
N ON IRON     WRIN KLE FRE E     C LASSIC FIT     SLI M F I T ON OUR BOOKSHELF  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up    T...
ON OUR BOOKSHELF children’s book review Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR WRITTEN BY: LINDSEY MATTICK Published By: Little Brown Books Readers all over the world know about Winnie the Pooh, but do they know the real story behind this popular bear? This picture book presents elements of history and geography, as readers go through the story of how Winnie was found in WWI. It is a sweet account featuring beautiful illustrations, but the picture album at the back really makes this book stand out. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU WRITTEN BY: ROCHEL LEVY Published By: Feldheim Publishers This beautifully-written book is a must-have in every household. Children need to know of their inherent value even though they are imperfect, as we all are. They may not act the way they should all the time; however, we as parents still love them, the same way Hashem does with us. THE GOODBYE BOOK WRITTEN BY: TODD PARR Published By: Little Brown Books A comforting book that flawlessly touches upon all the many emotions a young child will experience following a loss - through the eyes of a fish. This book could just as easily address a friend moving far away as it could a death. What is so important about the way it’s written is that it validates children’s feelings. The colorful, simple illustrations are kind, the words are gentle, and the message is healing. And it ends on the upswing of recovery. 52 | fyimagazineny.com POSITIVELY RE-RESCRIPTING the Parent-Child Relations
ON OUR BOOKSHELF  children   s book review Our reviews on the best children   s books, from classics to hot-new releases. ...
ON OUR BOOKSHELF children’s book review Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR WRITTEN BY: LINDSEY MATTICK Published By: Little Brown Books Readers all over the world know about Winnie the Pooh, but do they know the real story behind this popular bear? This picture book presents elements of history and geography, as readers go through the story of how Winnie was found in WWI. It is a sweet account featuring beautiful illustrations, but the picture album at the back really makes this book stand out. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU WRITTEN BY: ROCHEL LEVY Published By: Feldheim Publishers This beautifully-written book is a must-have in every household. Children need to know of their inherent value even though they are imperfect, as we all are. They may not act the way they should all the time; however, we as parents still love them, the same way Hashem does with us. THE GOODBYE BOOK WRITTEN BY: TODD PARR Published By: Little Brown Books A comforting book that flawlessly touches upon all the many emotions a young child will experience following a loss - through the eyes of a fish. This book could just as easily address a friend moving far away as it could a death. What is so important about the way it’s written is that it validates children’s feelings. The colorful, simple illustrations are kind, the words are gentle, and the message is healing. And it ends on the upswing of recovery. 52 | fyimagazineny.com POSITIVELY RE-RESCRIPTING the Parent-Child Relations
ON OUR BOOKSHELF  children   s book review Our reviews on the best children   s books, from classics to hot-new releases. ...
Positive family relationships lead to greater self-confidence and a decrease in unwanted behavior in children, as well as more calm and confident parenting. M aintaining a positive relationship with our children on a day-to-day basis can be a challenge; however, through memorizing new scripts, we can create scenes that make life more enjoyable and efficient. Positively re-scripting enables parents and children to “act” instead of re-act. When scripts are planned and rehearsed prior to a stressful episode, the “scene” flows and “actors” have a chance to take a step back. Just as actors who act on a stage need to rehearse prior to performing, we can create and rehearse social scripts with our children. Positive re-scripting helps to break negative social patterns and enables more positive interactions. When children rehearse positive scripts in advance, they are able to identify and regulate their emotions. For example, when a child’s fight with his brother begins to escalate, his voice might rise and his movements can become more aggressive and impulsive. Re-scripting helps parents and children identify cues such as these, and enables both parties to re-set the scene if emotions start to escalate. Re-scripting might be difficult to do with young children, so sit down with your spouse to understand what family scenes need to be re-scripted. Is it the morning or bedtime scene? Perhaps the dinnertime scene? What typically happens during these scenes and what are people saying and doing? Write down the scene as if it were a play and then and re-script it and take it where you want to go. Practice your re-scripted scene during a less stressful family time and have fun with it! SOME EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE RE-SCRIPTING: In Thomas W. Phelan’s book MARTYRDOM- I NEVER GET ANYTHING… J SCRIPT 1: That’s not true; I give you this and that and that… J SCRIPT 2: What makes you feel that way? BUTTER-UP “YOU’RE THE NICEST DAD IN THE WORLD” J SCRIPT 1: Ok, you can have the ice cream. J SCRIPT 2: Thank you, sweetie; I love you too. (and don’t give in!) AND PHYSICAL TACTICS: POW! J SCRIPT: Implement an immediate consequence such as separation. (Decide in advance which kinds of behaviors warrant separation, and make it for a finite amount of time i.e., 5 min for a 5-year-old) Role reversal always makes for good family laughs. The kids will have fun acting like the parents and vise versa. ROLE PLAY, TAKE VIDEOS. Helping children learn what behavior is unwanted or negative is a normal part of growing up. The implementation of disciplinary action should not be shameful; it should rather be normalized and reinforced consistently. For example, if a five-year-old child hits and the consequence is that he must be separated for five minutes, then follow through consistently and don’t make a big deal out of it. When he returns after five minutes, carry on with whatever you have been doing, and don’t talk about the bad behavior. If his aggression seems to get out of hand, seek professional help. Understand which tactic your child resorts to when he wants something. Remember, always empathize but don’t give in.    When re-scripting and rehearsing, remember to have fun. Role reversal always makes for good family laughs. The kids will have fun acting like the parents and vise versa. If you are consistent, and follow through on practicing your re-scripted scenes, your children will expect your reactions and they will modify their behavior accordingly. Your re-scripted family scenes will allow the relationship dynamics to become more predictable and positive, leading to happier children and parents. fyi called Magic 1-2-3, he explains six types of behavior manipulation. Below, I have described the behavior and explained two different ways of reacting to it.  Script 1 leads to an escalation in fight and a negative relationship. Script 2 positively re-scripts the parenting relationship.  Remember, you can re-script your relationship as you wish and soon enough, you won’t have to memorize your lines. SOME BASIC TESTING TACTICS HE EXPLAINS INCLUDE: BADGERING - WHY, WHY, WHY? J SCRIPT 1: Because I think it’s a bad idea and stop asking me!!       J SCRIPT 2: When a child asks why, you can answer once and if he persists, you ignore him. TEMPER OR INTIMIDATION- I HATE YOU! J SCRIPT 1: That’s not nice! How dare you talk to your mother this way! J SCRIPT 2: It seems like you are really upset right now at what Ima said… I am here and available if you want to talk about it. THREAT- I’M GOING TO RUN AWAY FROM HOME J SCRIPT 1: Ok, what do you want? I’ll do it for you; just don’t run away. J SCRIPT 2: That would be pretty upsetting for all of us. Its sounds like you’re pretty frustrated at the moment. 54 | fyimagazineny.com Adena Blickstein, MD, MPH is the Founder and CEO of Mommy Magic which helps families positively re-script the parent child relationship by coaching through creative arts. Kozy72@gmail.com 55 | fyimagazineny.com
Positive family relationships lead to greater self-confidence and a decrease in unwanted behavior in children, as well as ...
Positive family relationships lead to greater self-confidence and a decrease in unwanted behavior in children, as well as more calm and confident parenting. M aintaining a positive relationship with our children on a day-to-day basis can be a challenge; however, through memorizing new scripts, we can create scenes that make life more enjoyable and efficient. Positively re-scripting enables parents and children to “act” instead of re-act. When scripts are planned and rehearsed prior to a stressful episode, the “scene” flows and “actors” have a chance to take a step back. Just as actors who act on a stage need to rehearse prior to performing, we can create and rehearse social scripts with our children. Positive re-scripting helps to break negative social patterns and enables more positive interactions. When children rehearse positive scripts in advance, they are able to identify and regulate their emotions. For example, when a child’s fight with his brother begins to escalate, his voice might rise and his movements can become more aggressive and impulsive. Re-scripting helps parents and children identify cues such as these, and enables both parties to re-set the scene if emotions start to escalate. Re-scripting might be difficult to do with young children, so sit down with your spouse to understand what family scenes need to be re-scripted. Is it the morning or bedtime scene? Perhaps the dinnertime scene? What typically happens during these scenes and what are people saying and doing? Write down the scene as if it were a play and then and re-script it and take it where you want to go. Practice your re-scripted scene during a less stressful family time and have fun with it! SOME EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE RE-SCRIPTING: In Thomas W. Phelan’s book MARTYRDOM- I NEVER GET ANYTHING… J SCRIPT 1: That’s not true; I give you this and that and that… J SCRIPT 2: What makes you feel that way? BUTTER-UP “YOU’RE THE NICEST DAD IN THE WORLD” J SCRIPT 1: Ok, you can have the ice cream. J SCRIPT 2: Thank you, sweetie; I love you too. (and don’t give in!) AND PHYSICAL TACTICS: POW! J SCRIPT: Implement an immediate consequence such as separation. (Decide in advance which kinds of behaviors warrant separation, and make it for a finite amount of time i.e., 5 min for a 5-year-old) Role reversal always makes for good family laughs. The kids will have fun acting like the parents and vise versa. ROLE PLAY, TAKE VIDEOS. Helping children learn what behavior is unwanted or negative is a normal part of growing up. The implementation of disciplinary action should not be shameful; it should rather be normalized and reinforced consistently. For example, if a five-year-old child hits and the consequence is that he must be separated for five minutes, then follow through consistently and don’t make a big deal out of it. When he returns after five minutes, carry on with whatever you have been doing, and don’t talk about the bad behavior. If his aggression seems to get out of hand, seek professional help. Understand which tactic your child resorts to when he wants something. Remember, always empathize but don’t give in.    When re-scripting and rehearsing, remember to have fun. Role reversal always makes for good family laughs. The kids will have fun acting like the parents and vise versa. If you are consistent, and follow through on practicing your re-scripted scenes, your children will expect your reactions and they will modify their behavior accordingly. Your re-scripted family scenes will allow the relationship dynamics to become more predictable and positive, leading to happier children and parents. fyi called Magic 1-2-3, he explains six types of behavior manipulation. Below, I have described the behavior and explained two different ways of reacting to it.  Script 1 leads to an escalation in fight and a negative relationship. Script 2 positively re-scripts the parenting relationship.  Remember, you can re-script your relationship as you wish and soon enough, you won’t have to memorize your lines. SOME BASIC TESTING TACTICS HE EXPLAINS INCLUDE: BADGERING - WHY, WHY, WHY? J SCRIPT 1: Because I think it’s a bad idea and stop asking me!!       J SCRIPT 2: When a child asks why, you can answer once and if he persists, you ignore him. TEMPER OR INTIMIDATION- I HATE YOU! J SCRIPT 1: That’s not nice! How dare you talk to your mother this way! J SCRIPT 2: It seems like you are really upset right now at what Ima said… I am here and available if you want to talk about it. THREAT- I’M GOING TO RUN AWAY FROM HOME J SCRIPT 1: Ok, what do you want? I’ll do it for you; just don’t run away. J SCRIPT 2: That would be pretty upsetting for all of us. Its sounds like you’re pretty frustrated at the moment. 54 | fyimagazineny.com Adena Blickstein, MD, MPH is the Founder and CEO of Mommy Magic which helps families positively re-script the parent child relationship by coaching through creative arts. Kozy72@gmail.com 55 | fyimagazineny.com
Positive family relationships lead to greater self-confidence and a decrease in unwanted behavior in children, as well as ...
PARENTING 3 Domestic Science YOUR HOMEMAKING PROBLEMS, SOLVED WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED Q. I can never seem to cook my rice correctly. It is either too mushy or too hard. What am I doing wrong? Rice is notoriously difficult to cook perfectly, even for those with some cooking experience. First, you need to wash off the excess starch from the rice. This will prevent it from making a sticky mess. Put the rice in a deep bowl in your sink, and run cold tap water over it. Once the bowl is full of water, use your fingers to swish the rice around. The water will start getting murky. Now gently pour this water out. Repeat this process until the water is mostly clear. This will take at least 4-5 washes.  On to cooking - put the rice in a heavy-gauge pan with a flat bottom. This bit is important. If your pan is made out of thin metal, your rice will get burnt at the bottom while the grains at the top may not cook properly. You also need a tight lid to go with the pan; otherwise precious steam will leak 57 | fyimagazineny.com out and your rice won't cook right. The flat bottom is required.  Put the pan on medium-high heat. Wait until the water boils and starts bubbling. Now turn the heat down as low as you can, cover with the tight lid, and let it just sit there for about 15-20 minutes. Resist the urge to lift the lid and peek at the rice. No, I'm sorry, you can't have even one peek! After the 15-20 minutes is up, turn off the heat. No, you still can't lift the lid. Now you have to let it "stand" for another 10 minutes or so. This will help the rice to "settle" so you don't have dry grains on top and wet grains at the bottom.  After 10 minutes, lift the lid, admire the rice (yes, it will look that good), take a fork and fluff it. You will have nice separate grains without having used any oil, butter, or other fat in the cooking process. 
PARENTING 3  Domestic Science YOUR HOMEMAKING PROBLEMS, SOLVED WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED  Q. I can never seem to cook my rice...
PARENTING 3 Domestic Science YOUR HOMEMAKING PROBLEMS, SOLVED WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED Q. I can never seem to cook my rice correctly. It is either too mushy or too hard. What am I doing wrong? Rice is notoriously difficult to cook perfectly, even for those with some cooking experience. First, you need to wash off the excess starch from the rice. This will prevent it from making a sticky mess. Put the rice in a deep bowl in your sink, and run cold tap water over it. Once the bowl is full of water, use your fingers to swish the rice around. The water will start getting murky. Now gently pour this water out. Repeat this process until the water is mostly clear. This will take at least 4-5 washes.  On to cooking - put the rice in a heavy-gauge pan with a flat bottom. This bit is important. If your pan is made out of thin metal, your rice will get burnt at the bottom while the grains at the top may not cook properly. You also need a tight lid to go with the pan; otherwise precious steam will leak 57 | fyimagazineny.com out and your rice won't cook right. The flat bottom is required.  Put the pan on medium-high heat. Wait until the water boils and starts bubbling. Now turn the heat down as low as you can, cover with the tight lid, and let it just sit there for about 15-20 minutes. Resist the urge to lift the lid and peek at the rice. No, I'm sorry, you can't have even one peek! After the 15-20 minutes is up, turn off the heat. No, you still can't lift the lid. Now you have to let it "stand" for another 10 minutes or so. This will help the rice to "settle" so you don't have dry grains on top and wet grains at the bottom.  After 10 minutes, lift the lid, admire the rice (yes, it will look that good), take a fork and fluff it. You will have nice separate grains without having used any oil, butter, or other fat in the cooking process. 
PARENTING 3  Domestic Science YOUR HOMEMAKING PROBLEMS, SOLVED WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED  Q. I can never seem to cook my rice...
Q. Many times I delicately salt a dish...and salt a bit more...and a little more... and then, oops! Suddenly my dish has gone from underseasoned to tasting like seawater. Can anything be done to save a dish once I've added too much salt? Q. We have cold Over-seasoning is a tragedy, and it happens to everyone, one time or another. If you follow these emergency guidelines, you can resuscitate a meal on the edge of death -- and turn a near-tragedy into a victory.  If you're making a soup, add water, unsalted broth, cream or coconut milk, to dilute the excess seasoning. Increasing the volume of the dish will spread out the salt, and make each individual serving more palatable. If it wouldn't make sense to add more liquid to your dish, say, if it's a salad or a pilaf, try adding more bulk to put things on an even keel. Rice, beans, or any other neutral grain will help dilute and round out the flavor. All caution aside, don't be shy with your seasoning. Professional chefs say that most home cooks err on the side of caution and under-season their food. The solution, which you should adopt from here on out, is to salt as you go. This is also an excellent excuse to sneak samples of whatever you're cooking. drafts coming in from windows and doors in the winter. What are some good, fast solutions to seal my windows and front door as much as possible? If your leaking problem is from loose-fitting window sashes or a poor-fitting door, the simplest and cheapest method would be to purchase some self-adhesive foam weather stripping. This rolled product can be easily installed at the bottom of a window or around the outside edge of the door frame. Select the smallest size that will help seal the gaps, then just peel and stick. Another good window treatment is the clear plastic window film that mounts to the frame of the window. Use a hair dryer to "stretch" the film, thus sealing any air leaking in around the sides or through poorly glazed panes. All these products are cheap and available at any hardware store or box store like Lowes or Home Depot. Stay warm! fyi take a break • HOW TO PAMPER YOURSELF THIS MONTH • “I’m going to be late for work! Where is my clean tie?” “Mommy, can I have more cereal?” “Sorry to ask last minute, but can you come by later and watch the kids for me? I have a dentist appointment!” “Don’t forget, today we present at the staff meeting!” We all have those moments when life gets to real for us and we just want to pull our hair out, but instead, how about we brush it out, curl it out....or even trim it out? WRITTEN BY MICHELLE DEVORAH KAHN 58 | fyimagazineny.com 59 | fyimagazineny.com
Q. Many  times I delicately salt a dish...and salt a bit more...and a little more... and then, oops  Suddenly my dish has ...
Q. Many times I delicately salt a dish...and salt a bit more...and a little more... and then, oops! Suddenly my dish has gone from underseasoned to tasting like seawater. Can anything be done to save a dish once I've added too much salt? Q. We have cold Over-seasoning is a tragedy, and it happens to everyone, one time or another. If you follow these emergency guidelines, you can resuscitate a meal on the edge of death -- and turn a near-tragedy into a victory.  If you're making a soup, add water, unsalted broth, cream or coconut milk, to dilute the excess seasoning. Increasing the volume of the dish will spread out the salt, and make each individual serving more palatable. If it wouldn't make sense to add more liquid to your dish, say, if it's a salad or a pilaf, try adding more bulk to put things on an even keel. Rice, beans, or any other neutral grain will help dilute and round out the flavor. All caution aside, don't be shy with your seasoning. Professional chefs say that most home cooks err on the side of caution and under-season their food. The solution, which you should adopt from here on out, is to salt as you go. This is also an excellent excuse to sneak samples of whatever you're cooking. drafts coming in from windows and doors in the winter. What are some good, fast solutions to seal my windows and front door as much as possible? If your leaking problem is from loose-fitting window sashes or a poor-fitting door, the simplest and cheapest method would be to purchase some self-adhesive foam weather stripping. This rolled product can be easily installed at the bottom of a window or around the outside edge of the door frame. Select the smallest size that will help seal the gaps, then just peel and stick. Another good window treatment is the clear plastic window film that mounts to the frame of the window. Use a hair dryer to "stretch" the film, thus sealing any air leaking in around the sides or through poorly glazed panes. All these products are cheap and available at any hardware store or box store like Lowes or Home Depot. Stay warm! fyi take a break • HOW TO PAMPER YOURSELF THIS MONTH • “I’m going to be late for work! Where is my clean tie?” “Mommy, can I have more cereal?” “Sorry to ask last minute, but can you come by later and watch the kids for me? I have a dentist appointment!” “Don’t forget, today we present at the staff meeting!” We all have those moments when life gets to real for us and we just want to pull our hair out, but instead, how about we brush it out, curl it out....or even trim it out? WRITTEN BY MICHELLE DEVORAH KAHN 58 | fyimagazineny.com 59 | fyimagazineny.com
Q. Many  times I delicately salt a dish...and salt a bit more...and a little more... and then, oops  Suddenly my dish has ...
the days are shorter, darker, and drearier. The long cold winter is upon us and a humdrum day-to-day life is what we will all be experiencing for a few weeks to come. With getting up in the dark, going home in the dark, laundry, cooking, cleaning and schlepping (“Mom, can I get a ride to Deena’s house? Oh! And then can we get a ride to the mall downtown?!”) we sometimes forget all about our #1 fan, priority and responsibility – ourselves! With all we have on our to-do lists, we often put ourselves last or not at all. But that is a huge mistake! We need to take care of ourselves if we want to be able to care for anyone else. Sometimes we treat ourselves to a new outfit on occasion, a manicure, or a night on the town. It’s called pampering. Going to the hairdresser is called pampering too. Let’s explore that: EVERY DAY THEY ARE HUSTLIN’ The very definition of pampering is an action that is done to and for 60 | fyimagazineny.com you. Your hairdresser is the one to do all the work. You literally just sit there and have a professional hair guru give your sensitive scalp a sensuous massage. Her magic fingers wash, cut and style your mane all for you. Your only job for that hour is to relax and catch up on reading your favorite magazine (FYI of course). And those of you fine ladies who sport a wig, you can physically leave and come back whenever you like. You can get errands done, grab a bite to eat or do a little extra pampering and get a massage elsewhere while your hair is being prepared. When popular country western legend Dolly Parton was asked how long it takes to do her hair, she famously replied,  “I don’t know, I’m never there.”  A BOUNCE, LIFT AND CURL IN YOUR STEP just like a brand-new outfit or pair of shoes, a new hairstyle gives you a boost of energy, confidence and self-esteem. Just a few weeks ago I myself was feeling drained, so I visited my trusted hairdresser, cut a few inches of weight off my shoulders (pun intended) and left feeling like a brand-new woman. Though the extra bounce in my step might be from taking my locks from straight to curly! A new haircut might be just the extra push you need to speak up at the next staff meeting with that killer proposal you’ve been dying to share for weeks, or to give that important speech at a local community fundraiser. CHANGE IS GONNA COME It’s very easy to get caught up in the normalcy of everyday life. Dare I say submissive?....BUT NO! Like the famous Nestea ad instructed us, take the plunge! Change is good because change is normal. Take your favorite neighbour, who lives 2 doors down from you and your family, Mrs. Straykosh. She is a stay-at-home mom by trade, who has 11 grandchildren, 4 children, 2 cats and a retired elderly husband, and still sports that 1970’s paisley pantsuit your grandmother donated to a museum, and the infamous Carol Brady bouffant haircut. To you, she is the nicest, most giving woman you know, but it’s clear to see that she does not give back to herself. You love Mrs. Straykosh, but you do not want to be Mrs. Straykosh. You want to be her hip, stylish, responsible, 30-year-old daughter Saide, who moves with the times. Might sound silly, but updating “your look” is certainly considered pampering yourself. So get a bob or long black luscious extensions or possibly highlights. The sky and the rainbow are the limits! (Expert tip: Please leave it to the professionals and not your mother’s best friend’s niece’s co-worker at the fitness center. Don’t ever take that plunge.) CHA-CHING Lastly, and for some most importantly, this will not break your bank account. If money is an issue, but you still want that new cut or trim, consider washing your hair at home the day before and having your hairdresser just cut and restyle it with a flat iron or hair curler. With the extra few dollars you save, you can stop and get your favorite Starbucks drink on your way home! There are scores of tips we can offer you, advice on how you can pamper yourself with ease and comfort, lasting results and without breaking the bank, and we think styling your hair is one of the best ones. You are after all a princess, right? Your hair is your crown of glory. So you better keep it shiny! We think legendary film starlet Joan Crawford summed it up best when she said, “I think the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” fyi 61 | fyimagazineny.com You literally just sit there and have a professional hair guru give your sensitive scalp a sensuous massage.
the days are shorter, darker, and drearier. The long cold winter is upon us and a humdrum day-to-day life is what we will ...
the days are shorter, darker, and drearier. The long cold winter is upon us and a humdrum day-to-day life is what we will all be experiencing for a few weeks to come. With getting up in the dark, going home in the dark, laundry, cooking, cleaning and schlepping (“Mom, can I get a ride to Deena’s house? Oh! And then can we get a ride to the mall downtown?!”) we sometimes forget all about our #1 fan, priority and responsibility – ourselves! With all we have on our to-do lists, we often put ourselves last or not at all. But that is a huge mistake! We need to take care of ourselves if we want to be able to care for anyone else. Sometimes we treat ourselves to a new outfit on occasion, a manicure, or a night on the town. It’s called pampering. Going to the hairdresser is called pampering too. Let’s explore that: EVERY DAY THEY ARE HUSTLIN’ The very definition of pampering is an action that is done to and for 60 | fyimagazineny.com you. Your hairdresser is the one to do all the work. You literally just sit there and have a professional hair guru give your sensitive scalp a sensuous massage. Her magic fingers wash, cut and style your mane all for you. Your only job for that hour is to relax and catch up on reading your favorite magazine (FYI of course). And those of you fine ladies who sport a wig, you can physically leave and come back whenever you like. You can get errands done, grab a bite to eat or do a little extra pampering and get a massage elsewhere while your hair is being prepared. When popular country western legend Dolly Parton was asked how long it takes to do her hair, she famously replied,  “I don’t know, I’m never there.”  A BOUNCE, LIFT AND CURL IN YOUR STEP just like a brand-new outfit or pair of shoes, a new hairstyle gives you a boost of energy, confidence and self-esteem. Just a few weeks ago I myself was feeling drained, so I visited my trusted hairdresser, cut a few inches of weight off my shoulders (pun intended) and left feeling like a brand-new woman. Though the extra bounce in my step might be from taking my locks from straight to curly! A new haircut might be just the extra push you need to speak up at the next staff meeting with that killer proposal you’ve been dying to share for weeks, or to give that important speech at a local community fundraiser. CHANGE IS GONNA COME It’s very easy to get caught up in the normalcy of everyday life. Dare I say submissive?....BUT NO! Like the famous Nestea ad instructed us, take the plunge! Change is good because change is normal. Take your favorite neighbour, who lives 2 doors down from you and your family, Mrs. Straykosh. She is a stay-at-home mom by trade, who has 11 grandchildren, 4 children, 2 cats and a retired elderly husband, and still sports that 1970’s paisley pantsuit your grandmother donated to a museum, and the infamous Carol Brady bouffant haircut. To you, she is the nicest, most giving woman you know, but it’s clear to see that she does not give back to herself. You love Mrs. Straykosh, but you do not want to be Mrs. Straykosh. You want to be her hip, stylish, responsible, 30-year-old daughter Saide, who moves with the times. Might sound silly, but updating “your look” is certainly considered pampering yourself. So get a bob or long black luscious extensions or possibly highlights. The sky and the rainbow are the limits! (Expert tip: Please leave it to the professionals and not your mother’s best friend’s niece’s co-worker at the fitness center. Don’t ever take that plunge.) CHA-CHING Lastly, and for some most importantly, this will not break your bank account. If money is an issue, but you still want that new cut or trim, consider washing your hair at home the day before and having your hairdresser just cut and restyle it with a flat iron or hair curler. With the extra few dollars you save, you can stop and get your favorite Starbucks drink on your way home! There are scores of tips we can offer you, advice on how you can pamper yourself with ease and comfort, lasting results and without breaking the bank, and we think styling your hair is one of the best ones. You are after all a princess, right? Your hair is your crown of glory. So you better keep it shiny! We think legendary film starlet Joan Crawford summed it up best when she said, “I think the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” fyi 61 | fyimagazineny.com You literally just sit there and have a professional hair guru give your sensitive scalp a sensuous massage.
the days are shorter, darker, and drearier. The long cold winter is upon us and a humdrum day-to-day life is what we will ...
5 Positive Ways to Start Your Day WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER 1 2 JUST FOR A CHANGE, CHOOSE WARM LEMONADE INSTEAD OF COFFEE. Wait, don’t skip over this—even if you are a coffee addict. Warm water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice is a great morning drink for many reasons. It must be taken the first thing in the morning, though, to start your metabolism, burn fat while sustaining muscle, cleanse your mouth and throat and OPEN THE WINDOW OR STEP OUTSIDE AND LET THE LIGHT RUSH IN. Then stretch. Fresh air and sunshine always help you connect to your essential nature. As soon as you are up, after Modeh Ani, come in contact with Mother Nature and allow her to fill you with loads of positive energy. Raizy Tannenbaum lives on the 9th floor of an apartment building. “The first thing I do every morning is go from room to room drawing the shades. I open all the windows. Instead of feeling the drabness of the cold winter morning, I let the sunshine fill me up and energize me.”  Then stretch. Yes, it seems obvious and plenty of people do it right in their beds. But plenty of people skip it. Your stretch can be a simple one, in bed or on the couch. Or you can lie on the floor on your yoga mat and slowly stretch every limb. Practice whatever feels good, and do it for as long or as little as you like. Your body has been mostly prone for hours. A stretch helps you warm up and get energized for a great day. give you an energy boost. It is advisable to wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, and even before brushing your teeth. If you must have coffee first thing in the morning, you can do so and still have your lemon. How? By sniffing it! Your sense of smell can aid in de-stressing more than you know. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that linalool, a substance found in lemons, may turn down the classic "flight-or-fight" stress response. Researcher Akio Nakamura found that “Stress-induced changes in 109 genes were significantly repressed by linalool.” Don’t like citrus? Try mango or lavender -- those scents have also been found to lower stress. 62 | fyimagazineny.com 5 3 DISCONNECT FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Every morning, reserve 15 minutes just for yourself without the use of technology. Stare out the window, take a quick shower, drink a coffee, write something—a letter, a journal entry. Resist checking your emails or posting on social media because that sets you up to  be constantly enslaved to your technological devices. Morning should be yours only, so do whatever it takes—even disabling sounds for emails that come into your inbox or Facebook notifications. Once you’re disconnected, you can easily be present and practice mindfulness. Read on. Mindfulness is being in the present and grounding yourself to the here and now. Pausing every morning just for a moment or two to feel thankful for all you have 4 LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN YOU ASK THEM “HOW ARE YOU?” Most people don’t bother answering the question anymore because they know that no one is really listening. Laurie DeAnglis, an educator for over two decades, currently teaching kindergarten in Flemington, New Jersey, says, “I stand at my classroom door each morning greeting students with that simple question, and I pay attention to their words or expressions to see if something is wrong. When that’s the case, I try to find out exactly what’s going on and let them know I care. Hopefully it means as much to them as it does to me.” You may find out what is really eating your teammate, co-worker, child or spouse, and the clarity may make it easier to understand them when they behave in a frustrating manner. Being compassionate and warm towards others always makes one feel good too. 63 | fyimagazineny.com PRACTICE MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness is being in the present and grounding yourself to the here and now. Pausing every morning just for a moment or two to feel thankful for all you have, be it sunlight, a great book, friends, children, or whatever you are enjoying that particular morning, will help you stay positive even during a hectic day at work. For all of you coffee or tea drinkers, your morning drink provides a great opportunity for savoring the moment. Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D., an expert on Japanese tea rituals, and lecturer in anthropology at San José State University, says to “take a cue from the Japanese whose formal tea ceremony can last four hours. Before taking a drink, participants raise their bowls in tribute to all the factors that came together to create that moment—from their ancestors to the farmers who grew the tea to the elders who taught them how to prepare it.” She suggests, “Focus on the drink in front of you. Notice the smell, and relish the flavor. You’ll find it’s a wonderful daily exercise in mindfulness.”
5 Positive Ways to Start Your Day WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER  1 2  JUST FOR A CHANGE, CHOOSE WARM LEMONADE INSTEAD OF COFFEE. ...
5 Positive Ways to Start Your Day WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER 1 2 JUST FOR A CHANGE, CHOOSE WARM LEMONADE INSTEAD OF COFFEE. Wait, don’t skip over this—even if you are a coffee addict. Warm water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice is a great morning drink for many reasons. It must be taken the first thing in the morning, though, to start your metabolism, burn fat while sustaining muscle, cleanse your mouth and throat and OPEN THE WINDOW OR STEP OUTSIDE AND LET THE LIGHT RUSH IN. Then stretch. Fresh air and sunshine always help you connect to your essential nature. As soon as you are up, after Modeh Ani, come in contact with Mother Nature and allow her to fill you with loads of positive energy. Raizy Tannenbaum lives on the 9th floor of an apartment building. “The first thing I do every morning is go from room to room drawing the shades. I open all the windows. Instead of feeling the drabness of the cold winter morning, I let the sunshine fill me up and energize me.”  Then stretch. Yes, it seems obvious and plenty of people do it right in their beds. But plenty of people skip it. Your stretch can be a simple one, in bed or on the couch. Or you can lie on the floor on your yoga mat and slowly stretch every limb. Practice whatever feels good, and do it for as long or as little as you like. Your body has been mostly prone for hours. A stretch helps you warm up and get energized for a great day. give you an energy boost. It is advisable to wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, and even before brushing your teeth. If you must have coffee first thing in the morning, you can do so and still have your lemon. How? By sniffing it! Your sense of smell can aid in de-stressing more than you know. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that linalool, a substance found in lemons, may turn down the classic "flight-or-fight" stress response. Researcher Akio Nakamura found that “Stress-induced changes in 109 genes were significantly repressed by linalool.” Don’t like citrus? Try mango or lavender -- those scents have also been found to lower stress. 62 | fyimagazineny.com 5 3 DISCONNECT FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Every morning, reserve 15 minutes just for yourself without the use of technology. Stare out the window, take a quick shower, drink a coffee, write something—a letter, a journal entry. Resist checking your emails or posting on social media because that sets you up to  be constantly enslaved to your technological devices. Morning should be yours only, so do whatever it takes—even disabling sounds for emails that come into your inbox or Facebook notifications. Once you’re disconnected, you can easily be present and practice mindfulness. Read on. Mindfulness is being in the present and grounding yourself to the here and now. Pausing every morning just for a moment or two to feel thankful for all you have 4 LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN YOU ASK THEM “HOW ARE YOU?” Most people don’t bother answering the question anymore because they know that no one is really listening. Laurie DeAnglis, an educator for over two decades, currently teaching kindergarten in Flemington, New Jersey, says, “I stand at my classroom door each morning greeting students with that simple question, and I pay attention to their words or expressions to see if something is wrong. When that’s the case, I try to find out exactly what’s going on and let them know I care. Hopefully it means as much to them as it does to me.” You may find out what is really eating your teammate, co-worker, child or spouse, and the clarity may make it easier to understand them when they behave in a frustrating manner. Being compassionate and warm towards others always makes one feel good too. 63 | fyimagazineny.com PRACTICE MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness is being in the present and grounding yourself to the here and now. Pausing every morning just for a moment or two to feel thankful for all you have, be it sunlight, a great book, friends, children, or whatever you are enjoying that particular morning, will help you stay positive even during a hectic day at work. For all of you coffee or tea drinkers, your morning drink provides a great opportunity for savoring the moment. Jennifer Anderson, Ph.D., an expert on Japanese tea rituals, and lecturer in anthropology at San José State University, says to “take a cue from the Japanese whose formal tea ceremony can last four hours. Before taking a drink, participants raise their bowls in tribute to all the factors that came together to create that moment—from their ancestors to the farmers who grew the tea to the elders who taught them how to prepare it.” She suggests, “Focus on the drink in front of you. Notice the smell, and relish the flavor. You’ll find it’s a wonderful daily exercise in mindfulness.”
5 Positive Ways to Start Your Day WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER  1 2  JUST FOR A CHANGE, CHOOSE WARM LEMONADE INSTEAD OF COFFEE. ...
13 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE Smell Better There’s nothing more inviting than a fragranced home with fresh smells. If you’ve ever been to a smart hotel and have been enveloped by the beautiful scent in the room, you'll know how it can instantly alter your mood and create a sense of luxury. So why not create that same atmosphere in your own home? Here are some tips to give your home a delicious scent that will uplift you, and will also impress anyone who comes through your door. WRITTEN BY SARA ANSBACHER CULTIVATE HOUSE PLANTS A NASA study found that plants can help improve the quality of air by filtering it and absorbing impurities. NASA researchers advise that for the most efficient air cleaning, there should be at least one plant per 100 square feet of space. Some of the best air filtering plants include areca palms, spider plants, bamboo palms and Boston ferns. To ensure that your plants are most effective at absorbing air particles, dust the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time. In addition, there are other plants that will release an exquisite fragrance into your home such as jasmine, gardenia and lavender. GO NATURAL Use natural cleaning products like lemon juice to clean limescale and soap scum from your sinks and showers; this will give your home a fresh lemon scent as well. CRACK THE WINDOW Open the windows daily. There’s no substitute for fresh air. This alone helps to remove stale odors. DIFFUSE Place reed diffusers with essential oils at strategic locations around your home (entrance hall and bathrooms) for a subtle ongoing fragrance. AIR IT OUT Ensure that whenever you cook or fry, you leave the windows open or use an extractor fan. TAKE OUT THE TRASH BAKE Make sure you empty your kitchen garbage daily and always check for any vegetables going bad. The smell of a rotting potato can be particularly unpleasant. The smell of fresh bread, cakes, or challah baking in the oven will permeate your home with a beautiful scent. 64 | fyimagazineny.com HERBS DIY AIR FRESHENER Grow herbs in your kitchen. Basil, oregano and rosemary all smell gorgeous. And you can use the fresh herbs in your cooking too. Make a natural room spray by filling a small spray bottle with water and 10-15 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent like lavender or grapefruit. Or experiment with your own combination, blending a few drops of two or three different essential oils. SIMMER SIMMER A fast way to permeate your home with a gorgeous aroma is by making a simmer pot. Fill a saucepan with water; add some sliced lemon and your favorite herbs. Then simmer for a few hours on a low heat. USE ORANGES Create an orange peel air freshener. Scoop out the pulp of half an orange and fill it with salt. The orange will release a lovely citrus scent, while the salt absorbs any stale smells. Use these around the home and in your refrigerator too. fyi MIND YOUR DRAINS Keep your drains clean by pouring drain cleaner or bleach down them from time to time. DEODORIZE Make homemade deodorising disks for your garbage can or diaper bucket. Blend two cups of baking soda with half a cup of water. Mix well and then spoon mixture into silicone muffin trays. Add 3-4 drops of an essential oil of your choice into each. Allow to dry naturally for 24-48 hours until hardened. Pop them out, store in an airtight glass jar, and use as needed. 65 | fyimagazineny.com
13 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE  Smell Better  There   s nothing more inviting than a fragranced home with fresh smells. If you...
13 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE Smell Better There’s nothing more inviting than a fragranced home with fresh smells. If you’ve ever been to a smart hotel and have been enveloped by the beautiful scent in the room, you'll know how it can instantly alter your mood and create a sense of luxury. So why not create that same atmosphere in your own home? Here are some tips to give your home a delicious scent that will uplift you, and will also impress anyone who comes through your door. WRITTEN BY SARA ANSBACHER CULTIVATE HOUSE PLANTS A NASA study found that plants can help improve the quality of air by filtering it and absorbing impurities. NASA researchers advise that for the most efficient air cleaning, there should be at least one plant per 100 square feet of space. Some of the best air filtering plants include areca palms, spider plants, bamboo palms and Boston ferns. To ensure that your plants are most effective at absorbing air particles, dust the leaves with a damp cloth from time to time. In addition, there are other plants that will release an exquisite fragrance into your home such as jasmine, gardenia and lavender. GO NATURAL Use natural cleaning products like lemon juice to clean limescale and soap scum from your sinks and showers; this will give your home a fresh lemon scent as well. CRACK THE WINDOW Open the windows daily. There’s no substitute for fresh air. This alone helps to remove stale odors. DIFFUSE Place reed diffusers with essential oils at strategic locations around your home (entrance hall and bathrooms) for a subtle ongoing fragrance. AIR IT OUT Ensure that whenever you cook or fry, you leave the windows open or use an extractor fan. TAKE OUT THE TRASH BAKE Make sure you empty your kitchen garbage daily and always check for any vegetables going bad. The smell of a rotting potato can be particularly unpleasant. The smell of fresh bread, cakes, or challah baking in the oven will permeate your home with a beautiful scent. 64 | fyimagazineny.com HERBS DIY AIR FRESHENER Grow herbs in your kitchen. Basil, oregano and rosemary all smell gorgeous. And you can use the fresh herbs in your cooking too. Make a natural room spray by filling a small spray bottle with water and 10-15 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent like lavender or grapefruit. Or experiment with your own combination, blending a few drops of two or three different essential oils. SIMMER SIMMER A fast way to permeate your home with a gorgeous aroma is by making a simmer pot. Fill a saucepan with water; add some sliced lemon and your favorite herbs. Then simmer for a few hours on a low heat. USE ORANGES Create an orange peel air freshener. Scoop out the pulp of half an orange and fill it with salt. The orange will release a lovely citrus scent, while the salt absorbs any stale smells. Use these around the home and in your refrigerator too. fyi MIND YOUR DRAINS Keep your drains clean by pouring drain cleaner or bleach down them from time to time. DEODORIZE Make homemade deodorising disks for your garbage can or diaper bucket. Blend two cups of baking soda with half a cup of water. Mix well and then spoon mixture into silicone muffin trays. Add 3-4 drops of an essential oil of your choice into each. Allow to dry naturally for 24-48 hours until hardened. Pop them out, store in an airtight glass jar, and use as needed. 65 | fyimagazineny.com
13 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE  Smell Better  There   s nothing more inviting than a fragranced home with fresh smells. If you...
How to pack lightly in the WINTER Packing that lightweight capsule wardrobe is a cinch when you just have thin summer clothes. However, what about when you travel during the winter with heavy clothing and all those bulky sweaters - isn’t packing light downright impossible? Not necessarily. It all comes down to clever preparation and organization, but it can be done. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pack lightly for a winter trips. 66 | fyimagazineny.com 1 ADVANCE PLANNING 30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY Think about what you will be doing on your trip and pack accordingly. If you’re going for a wedding, you’ll need to bring more formal clothes. However, if you’re only going on a midweek break, you’ll need mostly casual clothes. Plan your outfits for each day in advance. Make sure that all the clothing items you’re taking go together and can combine to make several different outfits. Professional Organizer Miriam Gold recommends: “Packing light means you take 25% of what you normally would take and wear it 100% of the time!” 3720 14th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218 · 718.436.6598
How to pack lightly in the  WINTER Packing that lightweight capsule wardrobe is a cinch when you just have thin summer clo...
How to pack lightly in the WINTER Packing that lightweight capsule wardrobe is a cinch when you just have thin summer clothes. However, what about when you travel during the winter with heavy clothing and all those bulky sweaters - isn’t packing light downright impossible? Not necessarily. It all comes down to clever preparation and organization, but it can be done. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pack lightly for a winter trips. 66 | fyimagazineny.com 1 ADVANCE PLANNING 30 YEARS OF TRUST A LIFETIME OF QUALITY Think about what you will be doing on your trip and pack accordingly. If you’re going for a wedding, you’ll need to bring more formal clothes. However, if you’re only going on a midweek break, you’ll need mostly casual clothes. Plan your outfits for each day in advance. Make sure that all the clothing items you’re taking go together and can combine to make several different outfits. Professional Organizer Miriam Gold recommends: “Packing light means you take 25% of what you normally would take and wear it 100% of the time!” 3720 14th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218 · 718.436.6598
How to pack lightly in the  WINTER Packing that lightweight capsule wardrobe is a cinch when you just have thin summer clo...
2 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LAYERS When putting together different outfits to pack for cold weather, think in terms of layers. Thinner insulating layers will keep you warmer, give you more outfit options and take up less room in your suitcase than heavy knitwear. As an example, you could wear one long-sleeved T-shirt as a base layer, another long-sleeved top over that, then a thicker sweater or cardigan, and finally, your heavy coat. Miriam Gold suggests: “Pack one color palette that is interchangeable, and layer. I usually stick with black and white with one pop of color thrown in.” 3 HOW TO PACK Use every available space in your suitcase. Place heaviest items (like footwear and toiletries) at the bottom; stuff shoes with socks, tights, and other small items. Fold and roll non-crease items like tops and T-shirts and lay them from end to end in your case. Then lay skirts, jackets, dresses, or any other items that are likely to crease, on top. What To Pack Here’s a recommended packing list from Professional Organizer Miriam  One black skirt  One jean skirt  Plain tops (long-sleeved shirt or sweater) in black and white  One button-down shirt  One top in a fun color  One cardigan or foldable blazer  Always bring accessories: Two different print scarves and two cute necklaces will change each look.  A little black dress for that spontaneous date or party- a LBD takes you from day to evening!  Pack more undergarments than clothing (you never know when you can do laundry).  If you plan on working out, bring one set of sport clothes with extra socks - then hand wash immediately after your workout.  A light pair of shoes 4 CLOTHES FOR TRAVELING & HAND LUGGAGE Save room and weight in your suitcase by wearing your coat, thick sweater and heaviest boots or shoes when you travel. If it’s warm, simply carry your coat over your arm. It may come in useful on the plane to double up as a blanket if it gets cool, or as a pillow. Wear a scarf around your neck or stuff it into a sleeve of your coat, and keep a pair of gloves in your coat pocket. “Wear your big pocketbook, and bring a small one for going out,” Miriam advises. You can even use the small one in the airport as a travel organizer to hold your passport and travel documents. ith smart planning, packing light is easy wherever the destination and whatever the weather. fyi W 68 | fyimagazineny.com 3 THINGS TO DO TO GROW YOUR ONLI NE BUSINESS If you already do them, pat yourself on the back!
2  IT   S ALL ABOUT THE LAYERS  When putting together different outfits to pack for cold weather, think in terms of layers...
2 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LAYERS When putting together different outfits to pack for cold weather, think in terms of layers. Thinner insulating layers will keep you warmer, give you more outfit options and take up less room in your suitcase than heavy knitwear. As an example, you could wear one long-sleeved T-shirt as a base layer, another long-sleeved top over that, then a thicker sweater or cardigan, and finally, your heavy coat. Miriam Gold suggests: “Pack one color palette that is interchangeable, and layer. I usually stick with black and white with one pop of color thrown in.” 3 HOW TO PACK Use every available space in your suitcase. Place heaviest items (like footwear and toiletries) at the bottom; stuff shoes with socks, tights, and other small items. Fold and roll non-crease items like tops and T-shirts and lay them from end to end in your case. Then lay skirts, jackets, dresses, or any other items that are likely to crease, on top. What To Pack Here’s a recommended packing list from Professional Organizer Miriam  One black skirt  One jean skirt  Plain tops (long-sleeved shirt or sweater) in black and white  One button-down shirt  One top in a fun color  One cardigan or foldable blazer  Always bring accessories: Two different print scarves and two cute necklaces will change each look.  A little black dress for that spontaneous date or party- a LBD takes you from day to evening!  Pack more undergarments than clothing (you never know when you can do laundry).  If you plan on working out, bring one set of sport clothes with extra socks - then hand wash immediately after your workout.  A light pair of shoes 4 CLOTHES FOR TRAVELING & HAND LUGGAGE Save room and weight in your suitcase by wearing your coat, thick sweater and heaviest boots or shoes when you travel. If it’s warm, simply carry your coat over your arm. It may come in useful on the plane to double up as a blanket if it gets cool, or as a pillow. Wear a scarf around your neck or stuff it into a sleeve of your coat, and keep a pair of gloves in your coat pocket. “Wear your big pocketbook, and bring a small one for going out,” Miriam advises. You can even use the small one in the airport as a travel organizer to hold your passport and travel documents. ith smart planning, packing light is easy wherever the destination and whatever the weather. fyi W 68 | fyimagazineny.com 3 THINGS TO DO TO GROW YOUR ONLI NE BUSINESS If you already do them, pat yourself on the back!
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Baruch Leifer is a professional digital marketing specialist. His experience includes directing the SEM department of a large marketing firm as well as heading the marketing department of an Inc 500 travel company. For inquiries contact baruchleifer@outlook.com. 1. GET DATA: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” - Peter Drucker The beauty of running an online business is the ability to track everything. Literally everything. • How visitors came to your site • The actions performed on your site • The visitor path to becoming a customer • What works and what doesn’t work And much more... This information is extremely valuable. With it you can stop wasting time and money on traffic sources that don’t work, and focus on the ones that are bringing you customers. You can see which 70 | fyimagazineny.com pages assist in the sale and which ones cause people to leave your site. Google Analytics is a powerful software and you can install it on any website. Plus it’s free! Spending just a few minutes a day analyzing the data can lead to massive results. You can even take this one step further. Mouse tracking softwares allow you to actually view clicks and recordings of the mouse movements on your site. You can see exactly which parts of your site are of interest and which parts are confusing. I highly recommend Mouseflow; it is easy to use and the company offers a free plan. 2. GET SOCIAL: How is Facebook like a refrigerator? When you’re bored, you check it every 5 minutes. People turn to social media for entertainment, fun and laughs. They check up on current happenings or absorb information relevant to their interests. Your goal on social media should be to deliver valuable content  to your target audience. Your audience is looking for entertainment. Entertain them! You need to determine the type of content that would best suit your target market. You can do this by researching the content they are liking, sharing, following, etc. Look at your current customers (and/or your competitors’ customers) and try to find a commonality of interests among them. For example: if your product is a kitchen mixer, you will see that your audience’s common interest is recipes. Go do some legwork and put together a few! It will take some time and effort to create content of value, but it is well worth the effort. Building your audience on social media is key to building your online business. One in at least three online shoppers says that social media affects their buying decisions. If you are short on time (or just plain lazy), you can repost or share other people’s content. Regardless of the source, if your audience feels that your content is relevant, they will keep coming back for more. A great way to find content for sharing is Buzzsumo.com. Search your topic of interest and Buzzsumo finds articles or posts which have gotten the most shares on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and others. I like to find articles that have gotten the most shares within the last 24 hours. These are IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND EFFORT TO CREATE CONTENT OF VALUE, BUT IT IS WELL WORTH THE EFFORT. usually fresh posts that are starting to “catch fire.” It’s great to jump on the bandwagon of these posts sometimes. 3. GET ‘EM TO COME BACK: It takes 7 touches to make a sale - “Common” marketing knowledge Or 3, or 10, or even just 1. It depends on the situation. A touch is any form of interaction between a customer and a business. Visiting a website, seeing a billboard or an online banner ad, walking into a store, or hearing a radio ad etc. It usually takes more than just 1 “touch” to close the deal. It is said that something like 90% of the people that leave your site will never return. That’s not good, especially if you need more touches to make the sale. This is why you need to get people to come back. Collecting emails is a simple and free way to do this. Offer something 71 | fyimagazineny.com of value in exchange for an email address. You can offer to send a free recipe to their inbox. Once you’ve “captured” their information you can follow up with other emails, such as recipes, promotions etc. Mailchimp is an easy-touse email marketing platform. Their free plan includes up to 2,000 contacts and lets you send about 10,000 emails per month. That’s more than enough for most small businesses. Their templates and drag-and-drop builder make creating emails a breeze. Another valuable method of bringing users back to the site is through Retargeting. Ever visit a site, look at a specific shirt, and then have an ad of that exact shirt follow you around for the next month? That’s a retargeting ad. The beauty of retargeting ads is that it leads to more touches. The user views your ad and then clicking it brings her back to the site. That’s an additional 2 touches. The downside is that retargeting is not free. Most platforms charge on a CPM basis. This means that you pay per every 1000 times your ad was seen. Adroll and Perfect Audience are 2 simple-to-use platforms that charge CPM. Google Adwords has a Remarketing feature that charges PPC. This means that you pay only if the person actually clicked the ad. This is great because if the person is interested, he will click. If not, he won’t (disclaimer: this is not always true…). Google Adwords also allows for more control over bid adjustments and targeting. My preference is Google Adwords, but it is a complex system and a beginner should stick to a simpler platform. Use these simple tips to take your online business to the next level! fyi
Baruch Leifer is a professional digital marketing specialist. His experience includes directing the SEM department of a la...
Baruch Leifer is a professional digital marketing specialist. His experience includes directing the SEM department of a large marketing firm as well as heading the marketing department of an Inc 500 travel company. For inquiries contact baruchleifer@outlook.com. 1. GET DATA: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” - Peter Drucker The beauty of running an online business is the ability to track everything. Literally everything. • How visitors came to your site • The actions performed on your site • The visitor path to becoming a customer • What works and what doesn’t work And much more... This information is extremely valuable. With it you can stop wasting time and money on traffic sources that don’t work, and focus on the ones that are bringing you customers. You can see which 70 | fyimagazineny.com pages assist in the sale and which ones cause people to leave your site. Google Analytics is a powerful software and you can install it on any website. Plus it’s free! Spending just a few minutes a day analyzing the data can lead to massive results. You can even take this one step further. Mouse tracking softwares allow you to actually view clicks and recordings of the mouse movements on your site. You can see exactly which parts of your site are of interest and which parts are confusing. I highly recommend Mouseflow; it is easy to use and the company offers a free plan. 2. GET SOCIAL: How is Facebook like a refrigerator? When you’re bored, you check it every 5 minutes. People turn to social media for entertainment, fun and laughs. They check up on current happenings or absorb information relevant to their interests. Your goal on social media should be to deliver valuable content  to your target audience. Your audience is looking for entertainment. Entertain them! You need to determine the type of content that would best suit your target market. You can do this by researching the content they are liking, sharing, following, etc. Look at your current customers (and/or your competitors’ customers) and try to find a commonality of interests among them. For example: if your product is a kitchen mixer, you will see that your audience’s common interest is recipes. Go do some legwork and put together a few! It will take some time and effort to create content of value, but it is well worth the effort. Building your audience on social media is key to building your online business. One in at least three online shoppers says that social media affects their buying decisions. If you are short on time (or just plain lazy), you can repost or share other people’s content. Regardless of the source, if your audience feels that your content is relevant, they will keep coming back for more. A great way to find content for sharing is Buzzsumo.com. Search your topic of interest and Buzzsumo finds articles or posts which have gotten the most shares on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and others. I like to find articles that have gotten the most shares within the last 24 hours. These are IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND EFFORT TO CREATE CONTENT OF VALUE, BUT IT IS WELL WORTH THE EFFORT. usually fresh posts that are starting to “catch fire.” It’s great to jump on the bandwagon of these posts sometimes. 3. GET ‘EM TO COME BACK: It takes 7 touches to make a sale - “Common” marketing knowledge Or 3, or 10, or even just 1. It depends on the situation. A touch is any form of interaction between a customer and a business. Visiting a website, seeing a billboard or an online banner ad, walking into a store, or hearing a radio ad etc. It usually takes more than just 1 “touch” to close the deal. It is said that something like 90% of the people that leave your site will never return. That’s not good, especially if you need more touches to make the sale. This is why you need to get people to come back. Collecting emails is a simple and free way to do this. Offer something 71 | fyimagazineny.com of value in exchange for an email address. You can offer to send a free recipe to their inbox. Once you’ve “captured” their information you can follow up with other emails, such as recipes, promotions etc. Mailchimp is an easy-touse email marketing platform. Their free plan includes up to 2,000 contacts and lets you send about 10,000 emails per month. That’s more than enough for most small businesses. Their templates and drag-and-drop builder make creating emails a breeze. Another valuable method of bringing users back to the site is through Retargeting. Ever visit a site, look at a specific shirt, and then have an ad of that exact shirt follow you around for the next month? That’s a retargeting ad. The beauty of retargeting ads is that it leads to more touches. The user views your ad and then clicking it brings her back to the site. That’s an additional 2 touches. The downside is that retargeting is not free. Most platforms charge on a CPM basis. This means that you pay per every 1000 times your ad was seen. Adroll and Perfect Audience are 2 simple-to-use platforms that charge CPM. Google Adwords has a Remarketing feature that charges PPC. This means that you pay only if the person actually clicked the ad. This is great because if the person is interested, he will click. If not, he won’t (disclaimer: this is not always true…). Google Adwords also allows for more control over bid adjustments and targeting. My preference is Google Adwords, but it is a complex system and a beginner should stick to a simpler platform. Use these simple tips to take your online business to the next level! fyi
Baruch Leifer is a professional digital marketing specialist. His experience includes directing the SEM department of a la...
HOW THEY DID IT THROUGH HER LENS WRITTEN BY JOSEPH J. SHERMAN From newborn babies to mothers suffering from terminal illness, photos can capture life’s central moments. Rachel Renov is a professional photographer located in the Long Island area. She specializes in newborns, children, families, and joyous events. HAS PHOTOGRAPHY ALWAYS BEEN A PASSION OF YOURS? Rachel Renov: I started taking photos four years ago. When I was in high school, I took a graphic design class. I love design and at the time, I thought I would become a graphic designer. One day, I was looking a photos by Rina Schiffman on Facebook. I liked the colors in her pictures; they looked exciting. I thought that the best part of the job was capturing special family moments. That day I told my mother that I wanted to become a photographer. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR WOMEN THINKING OF TURNING THEIR IDEA INTO A BUSINESS? RR: I asked the same question of my father, who is a businessman. He said that confidence is everything. For girls who want to be photographers, you really need to believe in yourself. At times, it can seem like everyone is doing the same thing, from selling vintage dresses to photography. You have to push hard, and be proud of your work. WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES? HOW DID YOU BECOME A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: I took an online course by The Photography Institute of San Francisco, because it worked with my schedule. At the time, I had a six-month-old baby and twin two-year-old girls. The course teaches the basics of using the camera. I remembered all the editing from my high school design course. I really learned to become a professional by gaining experience. I learned more with each photo that I took. DID YOU START TAKING PHOTOS AS A HOBBY, OR DID YOU PLAN THIS AS A BUSINESS? RR: It was all business at the start, because I needed to provide for my family. Parnassah is in Hashem’s hand, and I had to do my hishtadlus.   72 | fyimagazineny.com RR: It happens to be that I separated from my husband four months after I started taking photographs. At the time, I had a baby and two girls. I am saying this to give other women encouragement. You can’t rely on someone else to make you successful or to build you up. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK? RR: I love putting smiles on people’s faces. I become very close with so many clients. For clients who come back, it’s especially exciting to see how their children have grown. WHAT NEW PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON? RR: I just started a non-profit organization called “That Moment” which photographs families 73 | fyimagazineny.com
HOW THEY DID IT  THROUGH HER LENS WRITTEN BY JOSEPH J. SHERMAN  From newborn babies to mothers suffering from terminal ill...
HOW THEY DID IT THROUGH HER LENS WRITTEN BY JOSEPH J. SHERMAN From newborn babies to mothers suffering from terminal illness, photos can capture life’s central moments. Rachel Renov is a professional photographer located in the Long Island area. She specializes in newborns, children, families, and joyous events. HAS PHOTOGRAPHY ALWAYS BEEN A PASSION OF YOURS? Rachel Renov: I started taking photos four years ago. When I was in high school, I took a graphic design class. I love design and at the time, I thought I would become a graphic designer. One day, I was looking a photos by Rina Schiffman on Facebook. I liked the colors in her pictures; they looked exciting. I thought that the best part of the job was capturing special family moments. That day I told my mother that I wanted to become a photographer. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR WOMEN THINKING OF TURNING THEIR IDEA INTO A BUSINESS? RR: I asked the same question of my father, who is a businessman. He said that confidence is everything. For girls who want to be photographers, you really need to believe in yourself. At times, it can seem like everyone is doing the same thing, from selling vintage dresses to photography. You have to push hard, and be proud of your work. WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES? HOW DID YOU BECOME A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: I took an online course by The Photography Institute of San Francisco, because it worked with my schedule. At the time, I had a six-month-old baby and twin two-year-old girls. The course teaches the basics of using the camera. I remembered all the editing from my high school design course. I really learned to become a professional by gaining experience. I learned more with each photo that I took. DID YOU START TAKING PHOTOS AS A HOBBY, OR DID YOU PLAN THIS AS A BUSINESS? RR: It was all business at the start, because I needed to provide for my family. Parnassah is in Hashem’s hand, and I had to do my hishtadlus.   72 | fyimagazineny.com RR: It happens to be that I separated from my husband four months after I started taking photographs. At the time, I had a baby and two girls. I am saying this to give other women encouragement. You can’t rely on someone else to make you successful or to build you up. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK? RR: I love putting smiles on people’s faces. I become very close with so many clients. For clients who come back, it’s especially exciting to see how their children have grown. WHAT NEW PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON? RR: I just started a non-profit organization called “That Moment” which photographs families 73 | fyimagazineny.com
HOW THEY DID IT  THROUGH HER LENS WRITTEN BY JOSEPH J. SHERMAN  From newborn babies to mothers suffering from terminal ill...
business means a lot to you. People want to feel respected, and as long as you treat them with respect and honesty, you should be good! CAN YOU SHARE ANY ADVICE TO WOMEN WHO CURRENTLY RUN THEIR OWN BUSINESS? RR: You have to keep up with the times, because technology and styles are constantly changing. Treat clients really well, and make sure the customer is happy. Be excited and confident, because customers will sense how you are feeling. Try to collaborate with other people in your field. You can grow your business and learn a lot by networking. Always be on top of your game. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR MARKETING?  WHAT HAS WORKED?  WHAT HAS NOT WORKED? suffering with illnesses. I was inspired to start the organization after taking family photos with Tamar Maxwell A”H. Every time I take photos of a family in this situation, it is a hard, bittersweet experience. If I can do one thing to put a smile on people’s faces, I can’t ask for more than that. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIRING ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS? RR: I do all the photography. Photographers have their own unique talents so I never thought of hiring other photographers. But recently I hired a secretary to answer emails, create collages, and help clients order their pictures! But most of the other business functions I do myself. MANY SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE A HARD TIME KEEPING A STEADY FLOW OF CUSTOMERS.  HOW DO YOU KEEP A BALANCED SCHEDULE? RR: I think it’s very important to treat your clients nicely. To make them feel that they are a priority and that their 74 | fyimagazineny.com RR: Social media is key! You always have to keep up with all different types of social media. Also,  collaborate with different businesses to get your name out there. HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: If my customer is happy, I am happy. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: I am proud of myself and of the business that I have started. I am proud of the friendships and experiences that I have been part of. WHAT IS THE COOLEST PART OF BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: The coolest part is that everyone has a story. I meet so many people from many walks of life. But when you see a photo of a smiling family, all you see is happy faces. fyi How to Make Yourself Valuable in the Workplace WRITTEN BY BARBARA PENN We all aim for success in the workplace. Seeing the gleaming bonus check in the mail box or hearing the praise of a job well done serve as another “feather in the cap”  for our career goals. All too often, however, discrepancies in the perspectives of  workers and their bosses can lead to setbacks in our career advancement. In response to this common problem, FYI  approached three business owners on their perspectives regarding the qualities and behaviors which make an employee a valuable asset. 75 | fyimagazineny.com
business means a lot to you. People want to feel respected, and as long as you treat them with respect and honesty, you sh...
business means a lot to you. People want to feel respected, and as long as you treat them with respect and honesty, you should be good! CAN YOU SHARE ANY ADVICE TO WOMEN WHO CURRENTLY RUN THEIR OWN BUSINESS? RR: You have to keep up with the times, because technology and styles are constantly changing. Treat clients really well, and make sure the customer is happy. Be excited and confident, because customers will sense how you are feeling. Try to collaborate with other people in your field. You can grow your business and learn a lot by networking. Always be on top of your game. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR MARKETING?  WHAT HAS WORKED?  WHAT HAS NOT WORKED? suffering with illnesses. I was inspired to start the organization after taking family photos with Tamar Maxwell A”H. Every time I take photos of a family in this situation, it is a hard, bittersweet experience. If I can do one thing to put a smile on people’s faces, I can’t ask for more than that. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIRING ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS? RR: I do all the photography. Photographers have their own unique talents so I never thought of hiring other photographers. But recently I hired a secretary to answer emails, create collages, and help clients order their pictures! But most of the other business functions I do myself. MANY SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE A HARD TIME KEEPING A STEADY FLOW OF CUSTOMERS.  HOW DO YOU KEEP A BALANCED SCHEDULE? RR: I think it’s very important to treat your clients nicely. To make them feel that they are a priority and that their 74 | fyimagazineny.com RR: Social media is key! You always have to keep up with all different types of social media. Also,  collaborate with different businesses to get your name out there. HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: If my customer is happy, I am happy. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: I am proud of myself and of the business that I have started. I am proud of the friendships and experiences that I have been part of. WHAT IS THE COOLEST PART OF BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER? RR: The coolest part is that everyone has a story. I meet so many people from many walks of life. But when you see a photo of a smiling family, all you see is happy faces. fyi How to Make Yourself Valuable in the Workplace WRITTEN BY BARBARA PENN We all aim for success in the workplace. Seeing the gleaming bonus check in the mail box or hearing the praise of a job well done serve as another “feather in the cap”  for our career goals. All too often, however, discrepancies in the perspectives of  workers and their bosses can lead to setbacks in our career advancement. In response to this common problem, FYI  approached three business owners on their perspectives regarding the qualities and behaviors which make an employee a valuable asset. 75 | fyimagazineny.com
business means a lot to you. People want to feel respected, and as long as you treat them with respect and honesty, you sh...
MR. AVRAM MANES  is an optometrist who runs an eye care and lens center in Monsey, NY. MR. IZZY SCHUR is a foreign currency exchange specialist, who lives in Israel. He owns a number of money changing branches throughout the country. WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU FEEL RENDER AN EMPLOYEE VALUABLE? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AN IDEAL WORKER? Mrs. Saposh: The ideal worker has a genuine concern for the welfare of the business. She is completely engaged and involved in every aspect of her role. Talking on one’s cell phone and showing signs of boredom indicate a worker who is not giving the job her all. A valuable worker is conscientious; she understands that her performance will directly or indirectly affect the business, for better or for worse. She takes her responsibility seriously and prides herself on honesty, punctuality, and reliability - she is not one to shirk her responsibility or take leave for minor reasons. A good worker also possesses a pleasant disposition and good communication skills. She listens attentively to her bosås’s and clients’ requests. She gets along with other workers and is appreciated by the clients for her attentiveness. Most importantly, when making a decision, she tries to put the needs of the business before her own interests. She understands that her overall attitude will affect the corporation at large. Mr. Avram Manes: I can think of two different qualities that really encapsulate two concepts: ambition for success, and loyalty to the business and business owner. An ambitious employee doesn’t just work for his hours without being concerned about what he contributes to the business in terms of his sales of goods or services. He aims to become a valuable asset by having a  positive influence on sales and leaving his fingerprint on the corporation. In terms of what an employer values in an employee, I think that  every business owner’s bottom line is what an employee can offer in terms of net gain for the company. That can be accomplished best with a worker who has ambition to succeed in his field. An even more important quality is a worker’s loyalty to the company. Even more crucial to a business than a rise in sales, which tend to fluctuate, is the clients’ trust in the brand value and in what the company claims to represent. Often, the employees serve as the agents of the boss himself. They act as his “long hand,” and are entrusted with the task of representing the owner of the company and what he stands for. That being understood, an employee that comes across as professional or knowledgeable will, in effect, create a professional or knowledgeable image for the business owner. A loyal employee is loyal to what the boss stands for, and aims to be a genuine embodiment of that image. His decisions are based not only on his own interests, but the interests of the company. The quality that I most appreciate in a worker is honesty. -Izzy Schur Mr Izzy Schur: An ideal worker is one who treats the business as if it were his own, at least as much as is humanly possible. His decisions are based not only on his own interests, but the interests of the company. The quality that I most appreciate in a worker is honesty. When hiring new workers, I also look out for likeable, charming individuals. In a competitive business world, workers who have a knack for attracting clients and fostering longstanding connections are invaluable assets to the business. An ambitious employee doesn’t just work for his hours without being concerned about what he contributes to the business in terms of his sales of goods or services. -Avram Manes WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A JOB, CONSIDERING A POSITION, ABOUT TO ENTER A FIELD, OR HOPING TO ADVANCE IN THEIR CURRENT FIELD? Mrs. Saposh: If you choose to work in a field that you really enjoy, you will have a passion to excel and a general concern for the welfare of the business. When you go out to work, try to leave your self-interests at home and instead, focus on the needs of the employer and the corporation. Take your responsibility seriously. Also, be a pleasant person. No one appreciates a grouch. Mr Avram Manes: I tell them, “Carry my message,” try to absorb the image that I represent and express that through your conduct and demeanor. It will inevitably affect your performance as an employee. Also, I think that working on commission or in a way that allows an employee to profit from his own sales can increase a worker’s ambition to succeed in sales of goods or services.    Mr Izzy Schur: Working for a company that offers no opportunity for growth can really eat away at your ambition for success. Instead, look for a job that offers opportunity for growth in the field, as well as incentives, or bonuses; this will greatly increase your motivation and ultimately, you and your boss will both emerge as winners. Advancement in your career is a worthy goal and can become a reality when you gain new perspectives of your role. Choose to view the business as its owner does, and you are likely to experience a drastic change in your attitude and behavior. fyi 76 | fyimagazineny.com The ideal worker has a genuine concern for the welfare of the business. She is completely engaged and involved in every aspect of her role. -Mrs. S.Sposh CREDIT TO GO IN THERE MRS. S. SAPOSH runs a clothing business in Brooklyn, NY. She has over 20 employees with varying roles. 77 | fyimagazineny.com
MR. AVRAM MANES   is an optometrist who runs an eye care and lens center in Monsey, NY. MR. IZZY SCHUR is a foreign curren...
MR. AVRAM MANES  is an optometrist who runs an eye care and lens center in Monsey, NY. MR. IZZY SCHUR is a foreign currency exchange specialist, who lives in Israel. He owns a number of money changing branches throughout the country. WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU FEEL RENDER AN EMPLOYEE VALUABLE? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AN IDEAL WORKER? Mrs. Saposh: The ideal worker has a genuine concern for the welfare of the business. She is completely engaged and involved in every aspect of her role. Talking on one’s cell phone and showing signs of boredom indicate a worker who is not giving the job her all. A valuable worker is conscientious; she understands that her performance will directly or indirectly affect the business, for better or for worse. She takes her responsibility seriously and prides herself on honesty, punctuality, and reliability - she is not one to shirk her responsibility or take leave for minor reasons. A good worker also possesses a pleasant disposition and good communication skills. She listens attentively to her bosås’s and clients’ requests. She gets along with other workers and is appreciated by the clients for her attentiveness. Most importantly, when making a decision, she tries to put the needs of the business before her own interests. She understands that her overall attitude will affect the corporation at large. Mr. Avram Manes: I can think of two different qualities that really encapsulate two concepts: ambition for success, and loyalty to the business and business owner. An ambitious employee doesn’t just work for his hours without being concerned about what he contributes to the business in terms of his sales of goods or services. He aims to become a valuable asset by having a  positive influence on sales and leaving his fingerprint on the corporation. In terms of what an employer values in an employee, I think that  every business owner’s bottom line is what an employee can offer in terms of net gain for the company. That can be accomplished best with a worker who has ambition to succeed in his field. An even more important quality is a worker’s loyalty to the company. Even more crucial to a business than a rise in sales, which tend to fluctuate, is the clients’ trust in the brand value and in what the company claims to represent. Often, the employees serve as the agents of the boss himself. They act as his “long hand,” and are entrusted with the task of representing the owner of the company and what he stands for. That being understood, an employee that comes across as professional or knowledgeable will, in effect, create a professional or knowledgeable image for the business owner. A loyal employee is loyal to what the boss stands for, and aims to be a genuine embodiment of that image. His decisions are based not only on his own interests, but the interests of the company. The quality that I most appreciate in a worker is honesty. -Izzy Schur Mr Izzy Schur: An ideal worker is one who treats the business as if it were his own, at least as much as is humanly possible. His decisions are based not only on his own interests, but the interests of the company. The quality that I most appreciate in a worker is honesty. When hiring new workers, I also look out for likeable, charming individuals. In a competitive business world, workers who have a knack for attracting clients and fostering longstanding connections are invaluable assets to the business. An ambitious employee doesn’t just work for his hours without being concerned about what he contributes to the business in terms of his sales of goods or services. -Avram Manes WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A JOB, CONSIDERING A POSITION, ABOUT TO ENTER A FIELD, OR HOPING TO ADVANCE IN THEIR CURRENT FIELD? Mrs. Saposh: If you choose to work in a field that you really enjoy, you will have a passion to excel and a general concern for the welfare of the business. When you go out to work, try to leave your self-interests at home and instead, focus on the needs of the employer and the corporation. Take your responsibility seriously. Also, be a pleasant person. No one appreciates a grouch. Mr Avram Manes: I tell them, “Carry my message,” try to absorb the image that I represent and express that through your conduct and demeanor. It will inevitably affect your performance as an employee. Also, I think that working on commission or in a way that allows an employee to profit from his own sales can increase a worker’s ambition to succeed in sales of goods or services.    Mr Izzy Schur: Working for a company that offers no opportunity for growth can really eat away at your ambition for success. Instead, look for a job that offers opportunity for growth in the field, as well as incentives, or bonuses; this will greatly increase your motivation and ultimately, you and your boss will both emerge as winners. Advancement in your career is a worthy goal and can become a reality when you gain new perspectives of your role. Choose to view the business as its owner does, and you are likely to experience a drastic change in your attitude and behavior. fyi 76 | fyimagazineny.com The ideal worker has a genuine concern for the welfare of the business. She is completely engaged and involved in every aspect of her role. -Mrs. S.Sposh CREDIT TO GO IN THERE MRS. S. SAPOSH runs a clothing business in Brooklyn, NY. She has over 20 employees with varying roles. 77 | fyimagazineny.com
MR. AVRAM MANES   is an optometrist who runs an eye care and lens center in Monsey, NY. MR. IZZY SCHUR is a foreign curren...
ASK MAURICE Quality you can feel. Prices you can afford. DEAR MAURICE, I am running a small business, and I am work very hard to make it all work. I am doing tasks that I know I am not good at and they are not worth my time, but they have to get done. I feel overworked and I know that if I have a secretary it would help me a lot, however I don’t have the funds for it. My question is, do I wait until I have the funds or do I hire a secretary anyway and just make it work, so I can focus on the more important tasks? Looking forward to your insights. ~ G. Bernstein 78 | fyimagazineny.com 6 Shirley Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873 P: 718-499-6300 Dear Mrs. Bernstein, Thanks for a great question. Let me try to the best of my ability to give you a clear answer. As a business owner, you are doing a lot of different tasks every day- some of them are basic office work which is needed in order for your business to operate, like buying and selling your product or service, or manufacturing your product and dealing with vendors. Those tasks are urgent tasks which have to be done in order for your business to stay afloat and have Rated #1 in all hosiery categories Available at your local hosiery store.
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ASK MAURICE Quality you can feel. Prices you can afford. DEAR MAURICE, I am running a small business, and I am work very hard to make it all work. I am doing tasks that I know I am not good at and they are not worth my time, but they have to get done. I feel overworked and I know that if I have a secretary it would help me a lot, however I don’t have the funds for it. My question is, do I wait until I have the funds or do I hire a secretary anyway and just make it work, so I can focus on the more important tasks? Looking forward to your insights. ~ G. Bernstein 78 | fyimagazineny.com 6 Shirley Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873 P: 718-499-6300 Dear Mrs. Bernstein, Thanks for a great question. Let me try to the best of my ability to give you a clear answer. As a business owner, you are doing a lot of different tasks every day- some of them are basic office work which is needed in order for your business to operate, like buying and selling your product or service, or manufacturing your product and dealing with vendors. Those tasks are urgent tasks which have to be done in order for your business to stay afloat and have Rated #1 in all hosiery categories Available at your local hosiery store.
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As a business owner, you have to take some risks. To email your questions to Maurice please email info@fyimagazine.com enough money to pay your bills. Then there are those tasks which are not urgent for today, but are important for the long term success of the business, like new product development; hiring sales people, building strategic relationships for your product distribution, etc. As a business owner, most of your time should be spent on the important tasks to build a strong foundation to your business, because if you don’t, you will always stay busy but never achieve what the goal of a business is: ‘to make a profit without you working ‘, and this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t work, but if you don’t take the time to focus on the important things, you will have a job and not a business. When you start a business, most people will do most of the work themselves and it’s the right way to go for two reasons, 1) you want to figure out the right way to do it. Since it’s your vision, you want to decide on all the details on how things should be done. And 2) it’s hard to delegate a task that you can’t do yourself, so doing it first makes it easier to find the right person and hire them to take over. Now lets discuss your main concern, which is that you can’t afford to hire the help you need. The challenge with this is that you wouldn’t be able to afford it until you hire someone and focus on increasing the business. It’s like when people tell me that they would love to hire a business consultant to help them, but they can’t afford it.. and my response is: “isn’t this the biggest reason why you need it?”. As a business owner, you have to take some risks, and when you get to the point where you are busy most of the day with urgent things and you don’t have the time to focus on expanding the business and taking it to the next level, it’s time to take the risk and hire a person even if you can’t afford it. Hiring your first employee will accomplish two things: 1) you will want to keep them busy, so you will make sure that they have enough work, and 2) it will give you the time to focus on taking the business to the next level. In case you are not sure how to hire your first employee, or what you should focus on after your hire them, I would suggest that you get yourself a business consultant or a mentor who can guide you. Make it a great day! Maurice Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn many struggling businesses around. askmaurice.com 80 | fyimagazineny.com Discover easy ways to cut gluten out of your diet with these enticing and delicious recipes by expert recipe developers. gluten free FOR 2016 TABLEWARE BY DISHES BY CARMONA 4319 14TH AVE, BROOKLYN, NY ASK MAURICE
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As a business owner, you have to take some risks. To email your questions to Maurice please email info@fyimagazine.com enough money to pay your bills. Then there are those tasks which are not urgent for today, but are important for the long term success of the business, like new product development; hiring sales people, building strategic relationships for your product distribution, etc. As a business owner, most of your time should be spent on the important tasks to build a strong foundation to your business, because if you don’t, you will always stay busy but never achieve what the goal of a business is: ‘to make a profit without you working ‘, and this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t work, but if you don’t take the time to focus on the important things, you will have a job and not a business. When you start a business, most people will do most of the work themselves and it’s the right way to go for two reasons, 1) you want to figure out the right way to do it. Since it’s your vision, you want to decide on all the details on how things should be done. And 2) it’s hard to delegate a task that you can’t do yourself, so doing it first makes it easier to find the right person and hire them to take over. Now lets discuss your main concern, which is that you can’t afford to hire the help you need. The challenge with this is that you wouldn’t be able to afford it until you hire someone and focus on increasing the business. It’s like when people tell me that they would love to hire a business consultant to help them, but they can’t afford it.. and my response is: “isn’t this the biggest reason why you need it?”. As a business owner, you have to take some risks, and when you get to the point where you are busy most of the day with urgent things and you don’t have the time to focus on expanding the business and taking it to the next level, it’s time to take the risk and hire a person even if you can’t afford it. Hiring your first employee will accomplish two things: 1) you will want to keep them busy, so you will make sure that they have enough work, and 2) it will give you the time to focus on taking the business to the next level. In case you are not sure how to hire your first employee, or what you should focus on after your hire them, I would suggest that you get yourself a business consultant or a mentor who can guide you. Make it a great day! Maurice Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn many struggling businesses around. askmaurice.com 80 | fyimagazineny.com Discover easy ways to cut gluten out of your diet with these enticing and delicious recipes by expert recipe developers. gluten free FOR 2016 TABLEWARE BY DISHES BY CARMONA 4319 14TH AVE, BROOKLYN, NY ASK MAURICE
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PREPARE a breading station by placing cornstarch in a bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl, crack the 2 eggs and beat them. In a third bowl, place the coconut flakes. DIP chicken first into cornstarch, shake off the excess and then dip into beaten egg. Allow excess to drip off and then dip into coconut flakes, making sure to coat well on all sides. Coconut Crusted Chicken ESTY WOLBE Rice Noodle Slaw NAOMI NACHMAN | THE AUSSIE GOURMET I love coleslaw and I love pasta. This creative recipe brings these two great foods together. As my final primary ingredient for my recipe below, I use rice noodles. Rice noodles have been popular for the last couple of years and are now available on the Kosher market. The result is a delicious gluten-free dish. 1 package rice noodles 1 package checked purple cabbage, shredded 2 carrots, grated 4 scallions, diced Small handful parsley or cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds FILL a small saucepan 1/3 to halfway up with canola oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees. Carefully place a few of the coated chicken pieces in the oil and fry a few minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce. Alternate method: these come out delicious baked as well. Coat as instructed above and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spray liberally with oil and bake uncovered at 450 degrees. Doneness depends on the size of the chicken pieces. Nuggets are ready in 12-15 minutes. Chicken strips are ready in 20-25 minutes. Just the thing to shake up your mid-week dinner menu. It’s crunchy, it’s juicy and it’s exciting! Coconut Crusted Chicken and Honey Mustard dipping sauce are a match made in tropical heaven that your whole family will enjoy. 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into strips or nuggets 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 eggs 2 to 3 cups coconut flakes Salt and pepper Oil for frying Dressing: ½ cup soy sauce ½ cup roasted or toasted sesame oil 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter COOK the noodles according to package. Make sure they don’t overcook or they get very sticky and gummy. MIX the dressing ingredients together and set aside. ONCE the noodles have cooled add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and pour over the dressing and toss well. 82 | fyimagazineny.com 83 | fyimagazineny.com Honey Mu stard Dipping S auce 1/2 cup ligh t mayonn aise 1/2 cup spic y brown m ustard 1/2 cup hon ey MIX togeth er mayon naise and mustard. Add mix until w honey and ell blende d.
PREPARE a breading station by placing cornstarch in a bowl  season with salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl, crack t...
PREPARE a breading station by placing cornstarch in a bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl, crack the 2 eggs and beat them. In a third bowl, place the coconut flakes. DIP chicken first into cornstarch, shake off the excess and then dip into beaten egg. Allow excess to drip off and then dip into coconut flakes, making sure to coat well on all sides. Coconut Crusted Chicken ESTY WOLBE Rice Noodle Slaw NAOMI NACHMAN | THE AUSSIE GOURMET I love coleslaw and I love pasta. This creative recipe brings these two great foods together. As my final primary ingredient for my recipe below, I use rice noodles. Rice noodles have been popular for the last couple of years and are now available on the Kosher market. The result is a delicious gluten-free dish. 1 package rice noodles 1 package checked purple cabbage, shredded 2 carrots, grated 4 scallions, diced Small handful parsley or cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds FILL a small saucepan 1/3 to halfway up with canola oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees. Carefully place a few of the coated chicken pieces in the oil and fry a few minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce. Alternate method: these come out delicious baked as well. Coat as instructed above and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spray liberally with oil and bake uncovered at 450 degrees. Doneness depends on the size of the chicken pieces. Nuggets are ready in 12-15 minutes. Chicken strips are ready in 20-25 minutes. Just the thing to shake up your mid-week dinner menu. It’s crunchy, it’s juicy and it’s exciting! Coconut Crusted Chicken and Honey Mustard dipping sauce are a match made in tropical heaven that your whole family will enjoy. 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into strips or nuggets 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 eggs 2 to 3 cups coconut flakes Salt and pepper Oil for frying Dressing: ½ cup soy sauce ½ cup roasted or toasted sesame oil 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter COOK the noodles according to package. Make sure they don’t overcook or they get very sticky and gummy. MIX the dressing ingredients together and set aside. ONCE the noodles have cooled add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and pour over the dressing and toss well. 82 | fyimagazineny.com 83 | fyimagazineny.com Honey Mu stard Dipping S auce 1/2 cup ligh t mayonn aise 1/2 cup spic y brown m ustard 1/2 cup hon ey MIX togeth er mayon naise and mustard. Add mix until w honey and ell blende d.
PREPARE a breading station by placing cornstarch in a bowl  season with salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl, crack t...
Edamame Spaghetti Casserole MELINDA STRAUSS | KITCHEN-TESTED These days, the word "spaghetti" is no longer synonymous with the word "gluten." There are so many new and exciting ways to eat pasta, including zucchini noodles, quinoa pasta and my new favorite, edamame spaghetti. Made from only organic edamame (green soybeans), this gluten-free spaghetti is also vegan, organic, packed with protein and absolutely delicious. It cooks in only 5 minutes and has a texture very similar to traditional spaghetti so you can use it as replacement in most recipes that call for pasta, including spaghetti casserole. The bright green color of the edamame pasta inspired me to make a rustic pesto and ricotta spaghetti casserole, and it tastes as good as it looks! 1 lb. dry edamame spaghetti 2 cups fresh spinach 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 15 oz. low-fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan 2 eggs 1/2 cup Mehadrin shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes, to garnish PREHEAT the oven to 375 degrees F and grease an 8x8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. BOIL 8 cups of water over high heat, add a heaping pinch of salt and add the spaghetti. Boil for 4-5 minutes, until soft and cooked through, then drain the edamame spaghetti. WHILE the spaghetti is cooling slightly, blend the fresh spinach, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a thick pesto is formed. If you need/want to use store-bought pesto, measure 1/2 cup of pesto for this recipe. STIR the pesto, ricotta cheese, parmesan, and eggs together. ADD the cooked edamame spaghetti to the pesto-cheese mixture and stir to combine. Pour the spaghetti into the prepared casserole dish, then top with the shredded mozzarella and the cherry tomato slices. BAKE for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the pasta is toasted around the edges. Cool slightly before serving. 84 | fyimagazineny.com
Edamame Spaghetti Casserole MELINDA STRAUSS   KITCHEN-TESTED These days, the word  spaghetti  is no longer synonymous with...
Edamame Spaghetti Casserole MELINDA STRAUSS | KITCHEN-TESTED These days, the word "spaghetti" is no longer synonymous with the word "gluten." There are so many new and exciting ways to eat pasta, including zucchini noodles, quinoa pasta and my new favorite, edamame spaghetti. Made from only organic edamame (green soybeans), this gluten-free spaghetti is also vegan, organic, packed with protein and absolutely delicious. It cooks in only 5 minutes and has a texture very similar to traditional spaghetti so you can use it as replacement in most recipes that call for pasta, including spaghetti casserole. The bright green color of the edamame pasta inspired me to make a rustic pesto and ricotta spaghetti casserole, and it tastes as good as it looks! 1 lb. dry edamame spaghetti 2 cups fresh spinach 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 15 oz. low-fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated parmesan 2 eggs 1/2 cup Mehadrin shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes, to garnish PREHEAT the oven to 375 degrees F and grease an 8x8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. BOIL 8 cups of water over high heat, add a heaping pinch of salt and add the spaghetti. Boil for 4-5 minutes, until soft and cooked through, then drain the edamame spaghetti. WHILE the spaghetti is cooling slightly, blend the fresh spinach, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a thick pesto is formed. If you need/want to use store-bought pesto, measure 1/2 cup of pesto for this recipe. STIR the pesto, ricotta cheese, parmesan, and eggs together. ADD the cooked edamame spaghetti to the pesto-cheese mixture and stir to combine. Pour the spaghetti into the prepared casserole dish, then top with the shredded mozzarella and the cherry tomato slices. BAKE for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the pasta is toasted around the edges. Cool slightly before serving. 84 | fyimagazineny.com
Edamame Spaghetti Casserole MELINDA STRAUSS   KITCHEN-TESTED These days, the word  spaghetti  is no longer synonymous with...
Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake LEAH NAGEL | TRUFFLES AND TRENDS This cake. It's quick and easy, and gooey. And full of comforting winter spices. And loaded with chocolate chips and nuts, drizzled with a beautiful glaze, and garnished with toasted nuts. Oh, and there's no flour in it. Just almond meal. So it's also gluten-free. 2 ½ cups almond meal ½ cup light brown sugar, packed ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 tablespoons honey ¾ cup chocolate chips ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts CINNAMON GLAZE: ½ cup powdered sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons oil Milk (or soy/almond milk) for thinning (1-2 tablespoons) ¼ cup chopped (or whole) pecans or walnuts PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F. Line and grease a 9-inch round pan or a 10x5-inch loaf pan. IN A large bowl, stir together the eight dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in the oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and honey. Stir mixture vigorously until it’s smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts last. POUR batter into prepared pan, smooth top, and bake for 45-60 minutes, until it’s a deep golden brown. A loaf cake will usually take longer than a round cake. Cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few or no crumbs on it. Once you remove the cake, don’t shut off the oven. WHILE waiting for your cake to cool, place the ¼ cup pecans or walnuts on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until browned and toasted. ONCE CAKE is removed from the oven, the center may deflate ever so slightly. That’s okay.  Let cake cool 30 minutes before inverting onto a cake rack. Place a piece of tin foil or parchment paper under the cake rack, so it will catch the dripping icing when you glaze the cake. ONCE CAKE is cooled, drizzle glaze on top. To make the glaze, whisk all ingredients together till glaze is smooth and is a pourable consistency. Sprinkle toasted nuts on top of cake right after glazing, so they stick onto the icing before it dries. 86 | fyimagazineny.com Chunky Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies COOKING IN HEELSS | SHUSHY TURIN For a while I was on a clean eating diet, which meant no refined sugar or bleached flour. Then we hosted a couple of glutenfree friends for Shabbos. I wanted to serve a dessert that everyone could enjoy, but wasn't just fruit, so I came up with these. They are big hunks of goodness that last forever! Our friends were so impressed with the recipe, they tell me they now always have a batch in the freezer! I included a clean version, as well as regular substitutes so you can make it any way you like! 87 | fyimagazineny.com 1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons coconut oil, butter or soy free vegan butter sticks 3/4 cup coconut sugar or light brown sugar 1/2 cup organic cane sugar, or regular sugar 2 organic eggs or flax eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cup Blends by Orly London Blend 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup chocolate chunks HEAT oven to 350 F IN A large bowl, beat butter/oil and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix well Add oats and chocolate and mix well. REFRIGERATE the dough for at least 2 hours (If you are making this recipe with butter or vegan butter, you can skip this step if you need to). WITH a 2-inch scoop, create cookie balls and press down lightly on an ungreased cookie sheet. BAKE 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown. COOL for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. STORE in a tightly-covered container in the refrigerator for 7-9 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake LEAH NAGEL   TRUFFLES AND TRENDS This cake. It s quick and easy, and gooey. And full ...
Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake LEAH NAGEL | TRUFFLES AND TRENDS This cake. It's quick and easy, and gooey. And full of comforting winter spices. And loaded with chocolate chips and nuts, drizzled with a beautiful glaze, and garnished with toasted nuts. Oh, and there's no flour in it. Just almond meal. So it's also gluten-free. 2 ½ cups almond meal ½ cup light brown sugar, packed ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 tablespoons honey ¾ cup chocolate chips ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts CINNAMON GLAZE: ½ cup powdered sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons oil Milk (or soy/almond milk) for thinning (1-2 tablespoons) ¼ cup chopped (or whole) pecans or walnuts PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F. Line and grease a 9-inch round pan or a 10x5-inch loaf pan. IN A large bowl, stir together the eight dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in the oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and honey. Stir mixture vigorously until it’s smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts last. POUR batter into prepared pan, smooth top, and bake for 45-60 minutes, until it’s a deep golden brown. A loaf cake will usually take longer than a round cake. Cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few or no crumbs on it. Once you remove the cake, don’t shut off the oven. WHILE waiting for your cake to cool, place the ¼ cup pecans or walnuts on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until browned and toasted. ONCE CAKE is removed from the oven, the center may deflate ever so slightly. That’s okay.  Let cake cool 30 minutes before inverting onto a cake rack. Place a piece of tin foil or parchment paper under the cake rack, so it will catch the dripping icing when you glaze the cake. ONCE CAKE is cooled, drizzle glaze on top. To make the glaze, whisk all ingredients together till glaze is smooth and is a pourable consistency. Sprinkle toasted nuts on top of cake right after glazing, so they stick onto the icing before it dries. 86 | fyimagazineny.com Chunky Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies COOKING IN HEELSS | SHUSHY TURIN For a while I was on a clean eating diet, which meant no refined sugar or bleached flour. Then we hosted a couple of glutenfree friends for Shabbos. I wanted to serve a dessert that everyone could enjoy, but wasn't just fruit, so I came up with these. They are big hunks of goodness that last forever! Our friends were so impressed with the recipe, they tell me they now always have a batch in the freezer! I included a clean version, as well as regular substitutes so you can make it any way you like! 87 | fyimagazineny.com 1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons coconut oil, butter or soy free vegan butter sticks 3/4 cup coconut sugar or light brown sugar 1/2 cup organic cane sugar, or regular sugar 2 organic eggs or flax eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cup Blends by Orly London Blend 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup chocolate chunks HEAT oven to 350 F IN A large bowl, beat butter/oil and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix well Add oats and chocolate and mix well. REFRIGERATE the dough for at least 2 hours (If you are making this recipe with butter or vegan butter, you can skip this step if you need to). WITH a 2-inch scoop, create cookie balls and press down lightly on an ungreased cookie sheet. BAKE 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown. COOL for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. STORE in a tightly-covered container in the refrigerator for 7-9 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Gooey Spiced Chocolate Chip Nut Cake LEAH NAGEL   TRUFFLES AND TRENDS This cake. It s quick and easy, and gooey. And full ...
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DANGERS OF SLEEP DEBT Without enough zzz’s, sleep deprivation and a slew of accompanying health problems can ensue. Dr. Rina Granot, Psychotherapist and Naturopath, founded and runs the Yad L’Briut Health Center where she trains women as health coaches, in addition to treating patients in her private clinic and online. For our on-the-go generation, Granot warns about the health risks of not granting your body enough dozing downtime. “Sleep debt raises our risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and it weakens our immune system,” says Granot. “Growing evidence also indicates that it causes weight gain. This is likely due to the fact that sleep deprivation increases body levels of ghrelin, a hunger hormone and appetite stimulant, while leptin, the satiety hormone, is decreased.” “Also, when you don’t spend enough time in REM sleep, memory and cognitive abilities suffer,” Granot adds. “Your brain doesn’t have a chance to process emotions and retain thoughts.” BLAST STRESS FOR BETTER SLEEP Sleep debt raises our risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and it weakens our immune system,” says Granot. “Growing evidence also indicates that it causes weight gain. probably reveal that most people blame stress for blocking sleep. Many scientific studies agree that mental stress is a common culprit. In order to counter anxiety, Granot suggests the following stress-buster that can be done in a pinch, anywhere and anytime:   l  tanding in place, tense and contract as many S muscles as possible. 
 l  old your breath and this position for a count of five.
 H l  elease air slowly through your nose while R relaxing each muscle group.
 l  epeat 3-5 times to help lower cortisol levels R and calm your whole body. 
 SLEEP HYGIENE While stress is responsible for a great deal of tossing and turning, it’s not the only cause. When sleeplessness creeps up on us, it’s time to assess our sleep hygiene. This refers to an array of lifestyle habits and routines, all within our control.   SLEEP ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CONTROL:  Bedrooms should be cool; the ideal temperature is 60-65 F (16-18 C). SHUT THE LIGHTS: Even light from street lamps or a hallway can disrupt sleep. Wear a sleep mask, or invest in heavy curtains. The glow of a cell phone screen, computer monitor or any back-lit displays is also bothersome. LOWER THE VOLUME: If you live on a noisy street, purchase a white noise CD or machine. Ear plugs and double-glazed windows also help. SUPPORTIVE COMFORT: Your mattress should cushion your joints and support your back firmly. Memory foam and orthopedic pillows are also helpful. BEDROOM DÉCOR: Avoid bright, stimulating color schemes. Muted and neutral tones are most calming. SLEEP SCHEDULE While you’ve outgrown story time, easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read an enjoyable book or practice relaxation exercises. Sticking to a basically consistent bedtime is important for setting your body clock. As painful as this may sound, a regular wake-up time – even on weekends and vacation –also helps maintain good sleep quality. IS NAPTIME A NO-NO? Daytime naps may cause nighttime sleep cycles to remain light without extending into deeper stage 3 sleep. Yet for some people, such as moms of babies and An informal survey around your neighborhood will 92 | fyimagazineny.com CREDIT TO GO IN THERE W e need and crave sleep, while at the same time wishing we could make do with less. Yet when sleep eludes us, we complain incessantly and cannot thrive. Since we can’t live without it, it’s wise to learn how to maximize our sleeping hours. Sleep is when your brain slips involuntarily into a different state of consciousness. Stages 1 and 2 are light sleep, and stage 3 is characterized by a deeper sleep that will leave you feeling disoriented if you are roused. Stage 4, with rapid eye movement (REM), is the deepest phase and full of dreams. Together, these stages form a complete 90-minute sleep cycle, which is necessary in order to awaken feeling well-rested. A solid night of sleep generally consists of five or six full cycles. In the 12th century, Rambam asserted that adults need an 8-hour span of sleep per day. Nowadays, the National Sleep Foundation recommends the same. Although there’s some room for individual variation, 7-9 hours of sleep is still viewed as the optimal daily amount for adults until age 65, when our sleep requirement drops slightly. Sadly though, many people moan that sleep doesn’t come easy. A 2009 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that almost 40% of the American population report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, putting the nation in sleep debt.
DANGERS OF SLEEP DEBT Without enough zzz   s, sleep deprivation and a slew of accompanying health problems can ensue. Dr. ...
DANGERS OF SLEEP DEBT Without enough zzz’s, sleep deprivation and a slew of accompanying health problems can ensue. Dr. Rina Granot, Psychotherapist and Naturopath, founded and runs the Yad L’Briut Health Center where she trains women as health coaches, in addition to treating patients in her private clinic and online. For our on-the-go generation, Granot warns about the health risks of not granting your body enough dozing downtime. “Sleep debt raises our risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and it weakens our immune system,” says Granot. “Growing evidence also indicates that it causes weight gain. This is likely due to the fact that sleep deprivation increases body levels of ghrelin, a hunger hormone and appetite stimulant, while leptin, the satiety hormone, is decreased.” “Also, when you don’t spend enough time in REM sleep, memory and cognitive abilities suffer,” Granot adds. “Your brain doesn’t have a chance to process emotions and retain thoughts.” BLAST STRESS FOR BETTER SLEEP Sleep debt raises our risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and it weakens our immune system,” says Granot. “Growing evidence also indicates that it causes weight gain. probably reveal that most people blame stress for blocking sleep. Many scientific studies agree that mental stress is a common culprit. In order to counter anxiety, Granot suggests the following stress-buster that can be done in a pinch, anywhere and anytime:   l  tanding in place, tense and contract as many S muscles as possible. 
 l  old your breath and this position for a count of five.
 H l  elease air slowly through your nose while R relaxing each muscle group.
 l  epeat 3-5 times to help lower cortisol levels R and calm your whole body. 
 SLEEP HYGIENE While stress is responsible for a great deal of tossing and turning, it’s not the only cause. When sleeplessness creeps up on us, it’s time to assess our sleep hygiene. This refers to an array of lifestyle habits and routines, all within our control.   SLEEP ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CONTROL:  Bedrooms should be cool; the ideal temperature is 60-65 F (16-18 C). SHUT THE LIGHTS: Even light from street lamps or a hallway can disrupt sleep. Wear a sleep mask, or invest in heavy curtains. The glow of a cell phone screen, computer monitor or any back-lit displays is also bothersome. LOWER THE VOLUME: If you live on a noisy street, purchase a white noise CD or machine. Ear plugs and double-glazed windows also help. SUPPORTIVE COMFORT: Your mattress should cushion your joints and support your back firmly. Memory foam and orthopedic pillows are also helpful. BEDROOM DÉCOR: Avoid bright, stimulating color schemes. Muted and neutral tones are most calming. SLEEP SCHEDULE While you’ve outgrown story time, easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read an enjoyable book or practice relaxation exercises. Sticking to a basically consistent bedtime is important for setting your body clock. As painful as this may sound, a regular wake-up time – even on weekends and vacation –also helps maintain good sleep quality. IS NAPTIME A NO-NO? Daytime naps may cause nighttime sleep cycles to remain light without extending into deeper stage 3 sleep. Yet for some people, such as moms of babies and An informal survey around your neighborhood will 92 | fyimagazineny.com CREDIT TO GO IN THERE W e need and crave sleep, while at the same time wishing we could make do with less. Yet when sleep eludes us, we complain incessantly and cannot thrive. Since we can’t live without it, it’s wise to learn how to maximize our sleeping hours. Sleep is when your brain slips involuntarily into a different state of consciousness. Stages 1 and 2 are light sleep, and stage 3 is characterized by a deeper sleep that will leave you feeling disoriented if you are roused. Stage 4, with rapid eye movement (REM), is the deepest phase and full of dreams. Together, these stages form a complete 90-minute sleep cycle, which is necessary in order to awaken feeling well-rested. A solid night of sleep generally consists of five or six full cycles. In the 12th century, Rambam asserted that adults need an 8-hour span of sleep per day. Nowadays, the National Sleep Foundation recommends the same. Although there’s some room for individual variation, 7-9 hours of sleep is still viewed as the optimal daily amount for adults until age 65, when our sleep requirement drops slightly. Sadly though, many people moan that sleep doesn’t come easy. A 2009 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that almost 40% of the American population report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, putting the nation in sleep debt.
DANGERS OF SLEEP DEBT Without enough zzz   s, sleep deprivation and a slew of accompanying health problems can ensue. Dr. ...
Easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read an enjoyable book or practice relaxation exercises. young children who wake at odd hours, naps are a crucial survival tactic. “While 20-minute power naps will help, a full 90-minute nap is ideal, since it provides a full, restorative sleep cycle,” Granot states. “Sleep when your kids sleep; it’s the only way to prevent complete sleep deprivation.”   SUPPLEMENTS Did you know that melatonin is the only hormone available in the U.S. without a prescription? Levels of melatonin, produced by the pineal gland, rise with nightfall and signal the body to fall asleep. When dealing with short-term disturbances such as jet lag, melatonin supplements can be taken 1-2 hours before bedtime. However, melatonin pills are not advised for long-term use as they may suppress your natural ability to produce this important hormone. Magnesium enters our cells and helps relax the body. Granot praises the benefits of taking magnesium supplements each morning, such as Green Magma, available in either a powder or pill form and with kosher certification. Made from barley grass sprouts, Green Magma boasts a broad range of healthful vitamins and minerals. “Valerian pills are also beneficial for sleep, which can be taken up to two hours before bed - if you can tolerate the pungent taste and smell!” adds Granot. actually decrease levels. Surprisingly, cherry juice has also been found to encourage melatonin production. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that drinking 30 ml of sour cherry juice twice a day led to increased melatonin in the body. With all of this in mind, some good suggestions for pre-sleep snacking include: l  ranola with pumpkin seeds, with milk or yogurt. G Enhance flavor with 2 TBSP of sour cherry juice.
 l  liced turkey or chicken, on whole grain bread or S crackers
 l  hole grain crackers with a smear of peanut W butter
 GET MOVING AND FALL ASLEEP In a study conducted at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, different groups of women with sleep complaints were placed in various exercise routines. While the positive results were not immediate, after 16 weeks, all of the exercisers reported significant improvements in sleep duration and quality, versus the sedentary control group. Tai Chi in particular seems to work wonders on improving sleep quality. A 2008 study published in the journal Sleep concluded that Tai Chi should be considered seriously as a useful non-pharmacological approach to improve sleep quality. FOOD-SLEEP CONNECTION WHEN TO SEEK TREATMENT “People who make nutritious food choices may need less sleep than those who fill up regularly on fried schnitzels and chips,” says Granot. “When your biological energy doesn’t need to be so invested in the digestive system, the body needs less time in recuperative sleep.” Many of these tips on sleep hygiene and other lifestyle changes are simple to implement, while others demand more effort. Yet for a majority of sleep complaints, following these guidelines pays off with more restful nights. However, not all sleep complaints are so smoothly solved. When problems are more extreme, a serious sleep disorder such as restless legs syndrome, apnea or narcolepsy may be present. A medical physician or sleep specialist should then be consulted for diagnosis. fyi CREDIT TO GO IN THERE FOODS TO AVOID Anything caffeinated, such as coffee, energy drinks, soda, and yes - chocolate too, should be avoided from the late afternoon. Refrain from drinking alcohol at least two hours before sleep, for while it may help you nod off, it generally causes one to waken within an hour or so. Evening meals and snacks shouldn’t be heavy or too spicy; these may cause indigestion. Foods that get a green light are the ones that increase serotonin levels. Serotonin carries calming messages between your brain cells and other body cells. While you can’t simply pop a serotonin capsule, certain foods promote its production. According to the Cleveland Clinic, lean proteins and unsaturated heart-healthy fats effectively raise serotonin levels. In contrast, trans fats and saturated fats SOURCES: National Sleep Foundation; www.sleep.org Thomas, Yinka, “The Good-Night Guide.” The Sleep Council, British National Bed Federation. November 2015. “Healthy Sleep.” Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School. November 2015. “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: an unmet public health problem.” Institute of Medicine. National Academies Press. 2013. “Exercise to Improve Sleep in Insomnia.” Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. August 2013. 95 | fyimagazineny.com
Easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read ...
Easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read an enjoyable book or practice relaxation exercises. young children who wake at odd hours, naps are a crucial survival tactic. “While 20-minute power naps will help, a full 90-minute nap is ideal, since it provides a full, restorative sleep cycle,” Granot states. “Sleep when your kids sleep; it’s the only way to prevent complete sleep deprivation.”   SUPPLEMENTS Did you know that melatonin is the only hormone available in the U.S. without a prescription? Levels of melatonin, produced by the pineal gland, rise with nightfall and signal the body to fall asleep. When dealing with short-term disturbances such as jet lag, melatonin supplements can be taken 1-2 hours before bedtime. However, melatonin pills are not advised for long-term use as they may suppress your natural ability to produce this important hormone. Magnesium enters our cells and helps relax the body. Granot praises the benefits of taking magnesium supplements each morning, such as Green Magma, available in either a powder or pill form and with kosher certification. Made from barley grass sprouts, Green Magma boasts a broad range of healthful vitamins and minerals. “Valerian pills are also beneficial for sleep, which can be taken up to two hours before bed - if you can tolerate the pungent taste and smell!” adds Granot. actually decrease levels. Surprisingly, cherry juice has also been found to encourage melatonin production. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that drinking 30 ml of sour cherry juice twice a day led to increased melatonin in the body. With all of this in mind, some good suggestions for pre-sleep snacking include: l  ranola with pumpkin seeds, with milk or yogurt. G Enhance flavor with 2 TBSP of sour cherry juice.
 l  liced turkey or chicken, on whole grain bread or S crackers
 l  hole grain crackers with a smear of peanut W butter
 GET MOVING AND FALL ASLEEP In a study conducted at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, different groups of women with sleep complaints were placed in various exercise routines. While the positive results were not immediate, after 16 weeks, all of the exercisers reported significant improvements in sleep duration and quality, versus the sedentary control group. Tai Chi in particular seems to work wonders on improving sleep quality. A 2008 study published in the journal Sleep concluded that Tai Chi should be considered seriously as a useful non-pharmacological approach to improve sleep quality. FOOD-SLEEP CONNECTION WHEN TO SEEK TREATMENT “People who make nutritious food choices may need less sleep than those who fill up regularly on fried schnitzels and chips,” says Granot. “When your biological energy doesn’t need to be so invested in the digestive system, the body needs less time in recuperative sleep.” Many of these tips on sleep hygiene and other lifestyle changes are simple to implement, while others demand more effort. Yet for a majority of sleep complaints, following these guidelines pays off with more restful nights. However, not all sleep complaints are so smoothly solved. When problems are more extreme, a serious sleep disorder such as restless legs syndrome, apnea or narcolepsy may be present. A medical physician or sleep specialist should then be consulted for diagnosis. fyi CREDIT TO GO IN THERE FOODS TO AVOID Anything caffeinated, such as coffee, energy drinks, soda, and yes - chocolate too, should be avoided from the late afternoon. Refrain from drinking alcohol at least two hours before sleep, for while it may help you nod off, it generally causes one to waken within an hour or so. Evening meals and snacks shouldn’t be heavy or too spicy; these may cause indigestion. Foods that get a green light are the ones that increase serotonin levels. Serotonin carries calming messages between your brain cells and other body cells. While you can’t simply pop a serotonin capsule, certain foods promote its production. According to the Cleveland Clinic, lean proteins and unsaturated heart-healthy fats effectively raise serotonin levels. In contrast, trans fats and saturated fats SOURCES: National Sleep Foundation; www.sleep.org Thomas, Yinka, “The Good-Night Guide.” The Sleep Council, British National Bed Federation. November 2015. “Healthy Sleep.” Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School. November 2015. “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: an unmet public health problem.” Institute of Medicine. National Academies Press. 2013. “Exercise to Improve Sleep in Insomnia.” Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. August 2013. 95 | fyimagazineny.com
Easing into bedtime with a soothing routine is still important. Our bodies need to unwind before sleep. Take a bath, read ...
the beauty guide the truth behind Celiac Disease In the year 250 AD, Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia wrote about a condition where “the stomach be irretentive of the food and if it pass through undigested and crude, and nothing ascends into the body...” He called this “the Koiliakos Affection.” WRITTEN BY CHAVY HELFGOTT 96 | fyimagazineny.com 97 | fyimagazineny.com
the beauty guide  the truth behind  Celiac Disease In the year 250 AD, Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia wrote about ...
the beauty guide the truth behind Celiac Disease In the year 250 AD, Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia wrote about a condition where “the stomach be irretentive of the food and if it pass through undigested and crude, and nothing ascends into the body...” He called this “the Koiliakos Affection.” WRITTEN BY CHAVY HELFGOTT 96 | fyimagazineny.com 97 | fyimagazineny.com
the beauty guide  the truth behind  Celiac Disease In the year 250 AD, Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia wrote about ...
Hmm, why does that sound so familiar? That’s right. He was referring to what we know today as celiac disease. WHAT IS CELIAC? Celiac disease is the inability to process gluten, the protein molecule found in the five grains – wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt. Because afflicted persons cannot digest it, eating gluten is like pouring glue down their intestinal tract – it destroys it. “When I discovered that I was developing osteoporosis at age 36, I knew that something was seriously wrong,” says Dini Adler. “Throughout my life, I had experienced various seemingly unrelated health symptoms. As a child, I frequently So even if the celiac patient is eating a healthy, balanced diet, her body will begin to exhibit symptoms of malnutrition. had kidney infections. Although I was a normal child in every aspect, I never wanted to eat; I was very skinny and the only short child among all my siblings. In my twenties, I was often wracked by severe stomach pains and excessive bloating after meals. I sometimes looked like I was highly pregnant. I tried various diet changes, but it seemed that as soon as one symptom disappeared, another one popped up. “My sister had developed celiac disease,” Dini continues. “When my sister who often ate over noticed my bloating, she pointed it out and suggested that I may have the disease as well. But I couldn’t accept it. I knew from my sister how 98 | fyimagazineny.com complicated it was to maintain a truly gluten-free diet, and I just didn’t want to be bothered.” “But when my doctor said I had early-stage osteoporosis (osteopenia), I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I took the test and was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since I went on that gluten-free diet, my life has completely changed. I lost tons of weight, I have energy, and best of all, I’m free of pain.” WHY DID DINI DEVELOP OSTEOPENIA? Our intestines are lined with tiny, hair-like projections called villi. When you look at a healthy intestine through a microscope, it will look like a plush carpet with thousands of thick, strong fibers. These villi absorb the nutrients in the food that passes through the digestive system, and send those nutrients to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the body treats the gluten as a foreign object and begins a full-blown immune war directed at the intestines, to prevent the passage of the gluten. With time, the repeated immune attacks cause terrible damage to the villi, often flattening them completely. Looking at a celiac-damaged intestine is like observing a flat tiled floor, as opposed to the lush carpet of a healthy one. Without the villi, the intestines can barely absorb any nutrients. It doesn’t matter how much food passes through the intestines – if the nutrients are not being absorbed, all the food is useless. So even if the celiac patient is eating a healthy, balanced diet, her body will begin to exhibit symptoms of malnutrition, such as anemia, osteoporosis, lethargy, and in infants- failure to thrive. HOW IS CELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSED? “The most common symptom is stomach problems,” says Tanya Rosen, certified nutritionist and co-owner of Shape Fitness in Flatbush. “Symptoms such as intense bloating, diarrhea, and constipation are sure signs of gluten intolerance; however, such symptoms can be caused by other food sensitivities as well. Never assume anything on your own – consult a doctor who will help pinpoint the root of the symptoms.” (There are various other manifestations of celiac, including skin conditions.) Doctors will use one of various methods to detect gluten sensitivity. One of the most popular methods is a blood test which measures the levels of tTG (tissue transglutaminase) in the blood. tTG is a secretin that appears in the bloodstream when the body reacts to gluten. In the regular population, the level of tTG in the blood is 0-2. According to the medical community, a person is considered to have celiac only when her tTG levels reach 20. If tTG levels are 20 or above, the doctor will send the patient for an endosocopy (biopsy of her intestines). If the biopsy confirms the villi damage caused by celiac, the patient will receive the diagnosis. If a patient is not diagnosed with celiac, yet still has terrible symptoms, a good gastroenterologist will help to investigate and figure out what could be causing the problem. Many people in this scenario choose to go to naturopaths. “Only go to a naturopath that’s very-remove highly 99 | fyimagazineny.com
Hmm, why does that sound so familiar  That   s right. He was referring to what we know today as celiac disease. WHAT IS CE...
Hmm, why does that sound so familiar? That’s right. He was referring to what we know today as celiac disease. WHAT IS CELIAC? Celiac disease is the inability to process gluten, the protein molecule found in the five grains – wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt. Because afflicted persons cannot digest it, eating gluten is like pouring glue down their intestinal tract – it destroys it. “When I discovered that I was developing osteoporosis at age 36, I knew that something was seriously wrong,” says Dini Adler. “Throughout my life, I had experienced various seemingly unrelated health symptoms. As a child, I frequently So even if the celiac patient is eating a healthy, balanced diet, her body will begin to exhibit symptoms of malnutrition. had kidney infections. Although I was a normal child in every aspect, I never wanted to eat; I was very skinny and the only short child among all my siblings. In my twenties, I was often wracked by severe stomach pains and excessive bloating after meals. I sometimes looked like I was highly pregnant. I tried various diet changes, but it seemed that as soon as one symptom disappeared, another one popped up. “My sister had developed celiac disease,” Dini continues. “When my sister who often ate over noticed my bloating, she pointed it out and suggested that I may have the disease as well. But I couldn’t accept it. I knew from my sister how 98 | fyimagazineny.com complicated it was to maintain a truly gluten-free diet, and I just didn’t want to be bothered.” “But when my doctor said I had early-stage osteoporosis (osteopenia), I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I took the test and was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since I went on that gluten-free diet, my life has completely changed. I lost tons of weight, I have energy, and best of all, I’m free of pain.” WHY DID DINI DEVELOP OSTEOPENIA? Our intestines are lined with tiny, hair-like projections called villi. When you look at a healthy intestine through a microscope, it will look like a plush carpet with thousands of thick, strong fibers. These villi absorb the nutrients in the food that passes through the digestive system, and send those nutrients to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the body treats the gluten as a foreign object and begins a full-blown immune war directed at the intestines, to prevent the passage of the gluten. With time, the repeated immune attacks cause terrible damage to the villi, often flattening them completely. Looking at a celiac-damaged intestine is like observing a flat tiled floor, as opposed to the lush carpet of a healthy one. Without the villi, the intestines can barely absorb any nutrients. It doesn’t matter how much food passes through the intestines – if the nutrients are not being absorbed, all the food is useless. So even if the celiac patient is eating a healthy, balanced diet, her body will begin to exhibit symptoms of malnutrition, such as anemia, osteoporosis, lethargy, and in infants- failure to thrive. HOW IS CELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSED? “The most common symptom is stomach problems,” says Tanya Rosen, certified nutritionist and co-owner of Shape Fitness in Flatbush. “Symptoms such as intense bloating, diarrhea, and constipation are sure signs of gluten intolerance; however, such symptoms can be caused by other food sensitivities as well. Never assume anything on your own – consult a doctor who will help pinpoint the root of the symptoms.” (There are various other manifestations of celiac, including skin conditions.) Doctors will use one of various methods to detect gluten sensitivity. One of the most popular methods is a blood test which measures the levels of tTG (tissue transglutaminase) in the blood. tTG is a secretin that appears in the bloodstream when the body reacts to gluten. In the regular population, the level of tTG in the blood is 0-2. According to the medical community, a person is considered to have celiac only when her tTG levels reach 20. If tTG levels are 20 or above, the doctor will send the patient for an endosocopy (biopsy of her intestines). If the biopsy confirms the villi damage caused by celiac, the patient will receive the diagnosis. If a patient is not diagnosed with celiac, yet still has terrible symptoms, a good gastroenterologist will help to investigate and figure out what could be causing the problem. Many people in this scenario choose to go to naturopaths. “Only go to a naturopath that’s very-remove highly 99 | fyimagazineny.com
Hmm, why does that sound so familiar  That   s right. He was referring to what we know today as celiac disease. WHAT IS CE...
immediate family members of those people presenting with celiac disease. This way the parents are informed as to which children need to be monitored. CAN BABIES HAVE CELIAC DISEASE? Although celiac disease is more commonly developed later in life, some infants have it from the time of birth, and it will present as failure to thrive. The gluten molecule does pass into mother’s milk, so nursing mothers of celiac babies will need to eliminate all grains from their diet in order to continue nursing. To alleviate symptoms, eliminate all traces of gluten from the body. accredited,” says Dini. “The best option would be to look for a naturopath that has received many awards over several consecutive years.” WHAT CAUSES CELIAC DISEASE? Celiac disease appears to be related to a certain gene mutation and has very high prevalence in the Ashkenazic Jewish population. (It is also very common among the Irish and the Bedouins.) However, not everyone with the gene will develop celiac disease – it is often triggered by pregnancy or childbirth, surgery, viral infections, or even severe emotional stress. Because it is gene-related, it often runs in families. Therefore, families who have a parent with celiac should be on the lookout for telltale symptoms in the children. Some celiac centers will test all Resources: A comprehensive resource guide for someone who is diagnosed, is The Gluten Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, a book by Shelley Case. 100 | fyimagazineny.com IS THERE A CURE FOR CELIAC? Diet. The only way to permanently alleviate all the symptoms is by eliminating any traces of gluten from the body. Before getting a diagnosis, people often make various diet changes that alleviate specific symptoms. Those specific symptoms may improve, but the core problem will not go away. The Celiac is still there and it will keep resurfacing in different areas until gluten is eliminated. IS THERE ANY BENEFIT TO A GLUTEN-FREE DIET FOR NON-CELIACS? “Absolutely not,” says Tanya Rosen. “It’s unnecessary and in fact poses serious health risks. Eliminating gluten eliminates many good sources of nutrients and may result in vitamin deficiencies.” “It has been proven that eating whole grains, which include the bran and germ of the grain, provides many health benefits that are lost when you go gluten-free. Don’t do it unless you need to.” people that actually have non-celiac gluten sensitivity; however, this should never be self-diagnosed and significant diet changes should never be undertaken without the advice of a nutritionist or other health practitioners who will ensure that the diet remains well-balanced. If this is so, why are a whopping 21% of Americans attempting gluten-free diets, when only 1% of the population are diagnosed with Celiac disease? There are many reasons for this, one of which is FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) sensitivities. FODMAP refers to carbohydrates found in certain foods. These carbohydrates are osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestinal tract and may not be digested or absorbed well when eaten in excess, causing celiac-like symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain. Among the many foods that are high in FODMAP, are grains. Often, people eliminate items with gluten after suffering from these symptoms and they experience relief, but they don’t realize that what they are reacting to is not the gluten protein, but the carbohydrate. There are low-FODMAP diets that are specifically designed for FODMAP sensitivities; however, these cannot be equated with gluten sensitivities. fyi HELP! MY CHILD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CELIAC. HOW CAN I KEEP HIM HEALTHY, SATISFIED, AND HAPPY? “My son was very young when he was diagnosednot even two years old,” says Devorah Weinfeld. “He was constantly complaining that his belly hurt and would lie down after eating. He was also very small and barely had any hair. Then he began vomiting. I asked his doctor about it a few times, but my concerns were dismissed. Finally, I saw a different doctor who agreed to have blood work done and since his numbers were high, he had a biopsy and was finally diagnosed with celiac. Three weeks after he started his gluten-free diet, his life changed.” Since celiac symptoms are not black and white, and there are often no visible symptoms at all, it can be hard to recognize the condition in children. Improper absorption of nutrients can also cause some mental issues, such There are quite a number of 101 | fyimagazineny.com as brain fog, but the child will not be able to express what’s wrong. His/her behaviour may deviate from the norm. “Another common symptom is weakness,” says Devorah. “Children with celiac will often ask you to hold them all the time.” For some reason, doctors are still slow to consider a celiac diagnosis, even though the blood work needed to check it out is so simple. “If you suspect something is wrong, don’t think twice about having your child tested,” Devorah says. “There’s no harm in taking blood work, and if your child really has celiac, it could result in serious health issues.” “You may be nervous about how to manage the limited diet with a child, but it becomes second nature before long. Today, especially, there are so many gluten-free products. Change the diet and it will change your child’s life.”
immediate family members of those people presenting with celiac disease. This way the parents are informed as to which chi...
immediate family members of those people presenting with celiac disease. This way the parents are informed as to which children need to be monitored. CAN BABIES HAVE CELIAC DISEASE? Although celiac disease is more commonly developed later in life, some infants have it from the time of birth, and it will present as failure to thrive. The gluten molecule does pass into mother’s milk, so nursing mothers of celiac babies will need to eliminate all grains from their diet in order to continue nursing. To alleviate symptoms, eliminate all traces of gluten from the body. accredited,” says Dini. “The best option would be to look for a naturopath that has received many awards over several consecutive years.” WHAT CAUSES CELIAC DISEASE? Celiac disease appears to be related to a certain gene mutation and has very high prevalence in the Ashkenazic Jewish population. (It is also very common among the Irish and the Bedouins.) However, not everyone with the gene will develop celiac disease – it is often triggered by pregnancy or childbirth, surgery, viral infections, or even severe emotional stress. Because it is gene-related, it often runs in families. Therefore, families who have a parent with celiac should be on the lookout for telltale symptoms in the children. Some celiac centers will test all Resources: A comprehensive resource guide for someone who is diagnosed, is The Gluten Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, a book by Shelley Case. 100 | fyimagazineny.com IS THERE A CURE FOR CELIAC? Diet. The only way to permanently alleviate all the symptoms is by eliminating any traces of gluten from the body. Before getting a diagnosis, people often make various diet changes that alleviate specific symptoms. Those specific symptoms may improve, but the core problem will not go away. The Celiac is still there and it will keep resurfacing in different areas until gluten is eliminated. IS THERE ANY BENEFIT TO A GLUTEN-FREE DIET FOR NON-CELIACS? “Absolutely not,” says Tanya Rosen. “It’s unnecessary and in fact poses serious health risks. Eliminating gluten eliminates many good sources of nutrients and may result in vitamin deficiencies.” “It has been proven that eating whole grains, which include the bran and germ of the grain, provides many health benefits that are lost when you go gluten-free. Don’t do it unless you need to.” people that actually have non-celiac gluten sensitivity; however, this should never be self-diagnosed and significant diet changes should never be undertaken without the advice of a nutritionist or other health practitioners who will ensure that the diet remains well-balanced. If this is so, why are a whopping 21% of Americans attempting gluten-free diets, when only 1% of the population are diagnosed with Celiac disease? There are many reasons for this, one of which is FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) sensitivities. FODMAP refers to carbohydrates found in certain foods. These carbohydrates are osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestinal tract and may not be digested or absorbed well when eaten in excess, causing celiac-like symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain. Among the many foods that are high in FODMAP, are grains. Often, people eliminate items with gluten after suffering from these symptoms and they experience relief, but they don’t realize that what they are reacting to is not the gluten protein, but the carbohydrate. There are low-FODMAP diets that are specifically designed for FODMAP sensitivities; however, these cannot be equated with gluten sensitivities. fyi HELP! MY CHILD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CELIAC. HOW CAN I KEEP HIM HEALTHY, SATISFIED, AND HAPPY? “My son was very young when he was diagnosednot even two years old,” says Devorah Weinfeld. “He was constantly complaining that his belly hurt and would lie down after eating. He was also very small and barely had any hair. Then he began vomiting. I asked his doctor about it a few times, but my concerns were dismissed. Finally, I saw a different doctor who agreed to have blood work done and since his numbers were high, he had a biopsy and was finally diagnosed with celiac. Three weeks after he started his gluten-free diet, his life changed.” Since celiac symptoms are not black and white, and there are often no visible symptoms at all, it can be hard to recognize the condition in children. Improper absorption of nutrients can also cause some mental issues, such There are quite a number of 101 | fyimagazineny.com as brain fog, but the child will not be able to express what’s wrong. His/her behaviour may deviate from the norm. “Another common symptom is weakness,” says Devorah. “Children with celiac will often ask you to hold them all the time.” For some reason, doctors are still slow to consider a celiac diagnosis, even though the blood work needed to check it out is so simple. “If you suspect something is wrong, don’t think twice about having your child tested,” Devorah says. “There’s no harm in taking blood work, and if your child really has celiac, it could result in serious health issues.” “You may be nervous about how to manage the limited diet with a child, but it becomes second nature before long. Today, especially, there are so many gluten-free products. Change the diet and it will change your child’s life.”
immediate family members of those people presenting with celiac disease. This way the parents are informed as to which chi...
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can  g  v  ng make This past year, 2015, is the first one in which Americans will have spent more money dining out than on...
can gıvıng make This past year, 2015, is the first one in which Americans will have spent more money dining out than on groceries, notes Chelsea German, in a commentary for the Foundation for Economic Education. 102 | fyimagazineny.com CREDIT TO GO IN THERE you rich?
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A dditionally, cell phone subscription in the U.S. is almost 100 percent of the adult population; almost everyone, rich or poor, has a state-of-the-art communication connection. Other surveys cite the near-total prevalence of modern conveniences – such as color TVs, air conditioning, and automobiles – even among those considered to be in poverty. German concludes: “In many ways Americans have more today than ever before; more leisure time away from work, more disposable income left after basic expenses, more choice in what they buy, and more advanced technologies at their fingertips. Perhaps we have become jaded. As comedian Louis C.K. often repeats in his monologues, “Everything’s amazing and nobody is happy!” These comments are not meant to minimize the challenges in Some people (like skeptics and cynics) are just born unhappy, and a “gratitude program” won’t change them. contemporary life. But there are some indications that we could better handle our discontent, or even reduce it, and improve our material circumstances if we were more appreciative of the good things we have. In his 2007 book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Professor Robert Emmons from the University of California Davis summarized multiple studies supporting a connection between gratitude and well-being. An example: Participants were divided into 104 | fyimag- azineny.com three groups, and asked to make daily journal entries. Group 1 recorded five things for which they were grateful. Group 2 described five daily hassles. Group 3, the control, simply listed five events that had affected them in some way. Those in the gratitude group felt better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems than the other participants. Skeptics and cynics might process these conclusions about gratitude as little more than a pseudo-scientific infomercial for positive thinking. They could point to other behavioral research which indicates that everyone has a genetically determined “set point” for happiness, which individuals return to shortly after either unusually good or unusually bad events happen to them. Some people (like skeptics and cynics) are just born unhappy, and a “gratitude program” won’t change them. But Dr. Bruce Campbell, a specialist in self-help responses to chronic illness, asserts that deliberate attempts to reinforce the positives in one’s life, such as keeping a gratitude journal, “suggests that people can move their set point upward to some degree, enough to have a measurable effect on both their outlook and their health.” If a regular routine of gratitude can have a noticeable positive impact on your health and outlook on life, behavioral economist Arthur C. Brooks says there is hard evidence that giving makes you rich. Brooks, who has authored several books on the individual and social benefits of charitable giving, says he has “crunchy statistics from real data, not the mushy self-help stuff – that supports the contention that giving stimulates prosperity, both for individuals and nations.” In a September 2012 article (published on bizjournals.com) that draws from his previous work, Brooks uses terms like “instrumental variables” and “vector autoregression” to quantify the extent that giving pushes up income. Using data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, which covers 30,000 respondents 5 Ways to Give Financially in more than 40 communities, Brooks says $100 of additional giving results in a $375 increase in earnings. And Brooks insists his data shows that “more giving doesn’t just correlate with higher income; it causes higher income.” How does this happen? In another essay, titled “Why Giving Matters,” Brooks offers this simple answer: If you want to be a productive person, work on your happiness. Happy people show up for work more, work longer hours, work more joyfully, and are happier with every aspect of their productive lives. Happiness is the secret to success. Charity brings happiness, and happiness brings success. Brooks’ conclusions on contentment and giving are intriguing. Americans regularly cite personal finances as one of their major stresses. The financial media magnifies this stress by finding that most households have too much debt, are ill-prepared for retirement, and generally underperform financially. These angst-laden comments are perhaps intended to create a sense of urgency (you need to save for retirement!). But Brooks suggests our financial efforts might be more productive if we instead used gratitude and giving as a catalyst for getting things done and getting ahead. 105 | fyimagazineny.com (other than writing out a check): • Give gift cards and certificates • Offer rentfree living • Provide employment • Make a personal loan, interest-free • Pay directly for bills (grocery, medical, tuition, car, etc.)
A  dditionally, cell phone subscription in the U.S. is almost 100 percent of the adult population  almost everyone, rich o...
A dditionally, cell phone subscription in the U.S. is almost 100 percent of the adult population; almost everyone, rich or poor, has a state-of-the-art communication connection. Other surveys cite the near-total prevalence of modern conveniences – such as color TVs, air conditioning, and automobiles – even among those considered to be in poverty. German concludes: “In many ways Americans have more today than ever before; more leisure time away from work, more disposable income left after basic expenses, more choice in what they buy, and more advanced technologies at their fingertips. Perhaps we have become jaded. As comedian Louis C.K. often repeats in his monologues, “Everything’s amazing and nobody is happy!” These comments are not meant to minimize the challenges in Some people (like skeptics and cynics) are just born unhappy, and a “gratitude program” won’t change them. contemporary life. But there are some indications that we could better handle our discontent, or even reduce it, and improve our material circumstances if we were more appreciative of the good things we have. In his 2007 book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Professor Robert Emmons from the University of California Davis summarized multiple studies supporting a connection between gratitude and well-being. An example: Participants were divided into 104 | fyimag- azineny.com three groups, and asked to make daily journal entries. Group 1 recorded five things for which they were grateful. Group 2 described five daily hassles. Group 3, the control, simply listed five events that had affected them in some way. Those in the gratitude group felt better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems than the other participants. Skeptics and cynics might process these conclusions about gratitude as little more than a pseudo-scientific infomercial for positive thinking. They could point to other behavioral research which indicates that everyone has a genetically determined “set point” for happiness, which individuals return to shortly after either unusually good or unusually bad events happen to them. Some people (like skeptics and cynics) are just born unhappy, and a “gratitude program” won’t change them. But Dr. Bruce Campbell, a specialist in self-help responses to chronic illness, asserts that deliberate attempts to reinforce the positives in one’s life, such as keeping a gratitude journal, “suggests that people can move their set point upward to some degree, enough to have a measurable effect on both their outlook and their health.” If a regular routine of gratitude can have a noticeable positive impact on your health and outlook on life, behavioral economist Arthur C. Brooks says there is hard evidence that giving makes you rich. Brooks, who has authored several books on the individual and social benefits of charitable giving, says he has “crunchy statistics from real data, not the mushy self-help stuff – that supports the contention that giving stimulates prosperity, both for individuals and nations.” In a September 2012 article (published on bizjournals.com) that draws from his previous work, Brooks uses terms like “instrumental variables” and “vector autoregression” to quantify the extent that giving pushes up income. Using data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, which covers 30,000 respondents 5 Ways to Give Financially in more than 40 communities, Brooks says $100 of additional giving results in a $375 increase in earnings. And Brooks insists his data shows that “more giving doesn’t just correlate with higher income; it causes higher income.” How does this happen? In another essay, titled “Why Giving Matters,” Brooks offers this simple answer: If you want to be a productive person, work on your happiness. Happy people show up for work more, work longer hours, work more joyfully, and are happier with every aspect of their productive lives. Happiness is the secret to success. Charity brings happiness, and happiness brings success. Brooks’ conclusions on contentment and giving are intriguing. Americans regularly cite personal finances as one of their major stresses. The financial media magnifies this stress by finding that most households have too much debt, are ill-prepared for retirement, and generally underperform financially. These angst-laden comments are perhaps intended to create a sense of urgency (you need to save for retirement!). But Brooks suggests our financial efforts might be more productive if we instead used gratitude and giving as a catalyst for getting things done and getting ahead. 105 | fyimagazineny.com (other than writing out a check): • Give gift cards and certificates • Offer rentfree living • Provide employment • Make a personal loan, interest-free • Pay directly for bills (grocery, medical, tuition, car, etc.)
A  dditionally, cell phone subscription in the U.S. is almost 100 percent of the adult population  almost everyone, rich o...
NEW MONTHLY COLUMN! The commercialization of gift-giving holidays, like Chanukah, has turned it into a bacchanal of food; grateful reflection and joyful giving don’t get much attention. But when President Lincoln established a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, the nation was mired in a bitter civil war, with the outcome far from certain. Lincoln wasn’t a behavioral economist, but he apparently understood the value of giving thanks, even when things seemed quite miserable. A lot of financial advice turns on numbers, products and strategies. But now might be a good time to inject a little contentment in your financial life, and see if it doesn’t make the results better. Count your blessings, and however you can, give some of those blessings away. fyi What ’s in my… These days, IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S NOT COOL TO BE HAPPY, OR AT LEAST TO ADMIT IT. Maybe it’s just that those who are vocally unhappy get more media attention, but there’s a lot of popular discourse that emphasizes discontent, particularly about what is lacking in our lives. For whatever reason, Americans don’t have enough time, education, opportunity, or money to live as they’d like, and the American Dream has become a frustrating illusion. At least, that’s how it seems. Since 1988, an annual Gallup survey has asked Americans this question: If you had to choose, which of these groups are you in, the “haves” or the “have-nots”? By self-assessment, the percentage of Americans who see themselves as “havenots” has doubled since 1988. Interestingly, the primary shift isn’t that fewer people see themselves as “haves,” but rather that more people are certain they are have-nots. These perceptions seem to be validated by increasing commentaries on America’s income inequality gap, and the “one-percenters” who enjoy an inordinate amount of the nation’s wealth. A woman of many food hats, Australian native and Woodmere resident, Naomi Nachman, is a companion in your kitchen. As a personal chef, aka, the Aussie Gourmet, weekly radio host, television guest on QVC and contributing editor and writer for a plethora of print media, it’s a blessing that she had time to invite FYI into her kitchen, her pantry that is. Here is the scoop of what dry goods products drive Naomi. WRITTEN BY CHAIA FRISHMAN WITH NAOMI NACHMAN PANTRY DETAILS: The light tan cabinets are vast (and numerous) in Naomi’s Woodmere home where she lives with her husband and four daughters. A neat kitchen easily camouflages some funky ingredients Naomi uses to serve up her delicacies. (The cabinets normally tidy, are transformed into a disarray when the girls rummage through it for a snack.) CLEARLY THERE WAS A SALE WHEN SHE BOUGHT ALL THAT: Gefen Marinara Sauce, bottles and bottles of it, especially when it’s on sale. ARIZONA TRIP SHOPPING BINGE: Ortega Fire Roasted chiles (“Great in chili I make for Shabbos as an alternative to cholent.”) ON HAND FOR NEXT PASTA DEMO: Pappardelle Pasta. “Base ingredient for butternut squash feta cheese dish. WILL PROBABLY GIVE MY DAUGHTER WHO CHOOSES GLUTENFREE DIET: The canister of Hazelnut Macaroons I received in my swag bag at the Kosher Food Bloggers event. LOVE LOVE LOVE!: Rice paper. Great for my Vietnamese rolls. CURIOSITY DROVE HER TO SNAG: Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup. “Not sure when I’ll use it” TAKING UP SPACE, TIME TO PURGE: Marshmallow dip. “NO clue as to why I even bought it.” And of course. Back to her Australian roots: Vegemite. Mate. This is one hard-todescribe ingredient. Josh Faizzadeh provides practical advice and guidance for success to individuals, families and small businesses. Josh dedicated his professional life to the financial well-being of his clients. josh_ faizzadeh@ strategiesforwealth.com 106 | fyimagazineny.com 107 | fyimagazineny.com ALSO IN NAOMI’S CABINET: Coconut oil  mix  J Artichoke hearts  J Mirin J Chili garlic sauce J Worcestechire Sauce J Raspberry jam  J Dulche la leche  J Curry cumin spices  J Panko crumbs  J Coconut milk  J Green curry paste (“I throw it in to all my Thai dishes” ) J Quinoa  J Chocolate dip  J Beef jerky (“Aufshnitz brought it when they came on my Table for Two show on the Nachum Segal Network”) J Gluten-free matzoh meal    J Rice noodles J Cranberry sauce J Golden syrup (Popular Australian ingredient) J J Cholent
NEW MONTHLY COLUMN   The commercialization of gift-giving holidays, like Chanukah, has turned it into a bacchanal of food ...
NEW MONTHLY COLUMN! The commercialization of gift-giving holidays, like Chanukah, has turned it into a bacchanal of food; grateful reflection and joyful giving don’t get much attention. But when President Lincoln established a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, the nation was mired in a bitter civil war, with the outcome far from certain. Lincoln wasn’t a behavioral economist, but he apparently understood the value of giving thanks, even when things seemed quite miserable. A lot of financial advice turns on numbers, products and strategies. But now might be a good time to inject a little contentment in your financial life, and see if it doesn’t make the results better. Count your blessings, and however you can, give some of those blessings away. fyi What ’s in my… These days, IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S NOT COOL TO BE HAPPY, OR AT LEAST TO ADMIT IT. Maybe it’s just that those who are vocally unhappy get more media attention, but there’s a lot of popular discourse that emphasizes discontent, particularly about what is lacking in our lives. For whatever reason, Americans don’t have enough time, education, opportunity, or money to live as they’d like, and the American Dream has become a frustrating illusion. At least, that’s how it seems. Since 1988, an annual Gallup survey has asked Americans this question: If you had to choose, which of these groups are you in, the “haves” or the “have-nots”? By self-assessment, the percentage of Americans who see themselves as “havenots” has doubled since 1988. Interestingly, the primary shift isn’t that fewer people see themselves as “haves,” but rather that more people are certain they are have-nots. These perceptions seem to be validated by increasing commentaries on America’s income inequality gap, and the “one-percenters” who enjoy an inordinate amount of the nation’s wealth. A woman of many food hats, Australian native and Woodmere resident, Naomi Nachman, is a companion in your kitchen. As a personal chef, aka, the Aussie Gourmet, weekly radio host, television guest on QVC and contributing editor and writer for a plethora of print media, it’s a blessing that she had time to invite FYI into her kitchen, her pantry that is. Here is the scoop of what dry goods products drive Naomi. WRITTEN BY CHAIA FRISHMAN WITH NAOMI NACHMAN PANTRY DETAILS: The light tan cabinets are vast (and numerous) in Naomi’s Woodmere home where she lives with her husband and four daughters. A neat kitchen easily camouflages some funky ingredients Naomi uses to serve up her delicacies. (The cabinets normally tidy, are transformed into a disarray when the girls rummage through it for a snack.) CLEARLY THERE WAS A SALE WHEN SHE BOUGHT ALL THAT: Gefen Marinara Sauce, bottles and bottles of it, especially when it’s on sale. ARIZONA TRIP SHOPPING BINGE: Ortega Fire Roasted chiles (“Great in chili I make for Shabbos as an alternative to cholent.”) ON HAND FOR NEXT PASTA DEMO: Pappardelle Pasta. “Base ingredient for butternut squash feta cheese dish. WILL PROBABLY GIVE MY DAUGHTER WHO CHOOSES GLUTENFREE DIET: The canister of Hazelnut Macaroons I received in my swag bag at the Kosher Food Bloggers event. LOVE LOVE LOVE!: Rice paper. Great for my Vietnamese rolls. CURIOSITY DROVE HER TO SNAG: Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup. “Not sure when I’ll use it” TAKING UP SPACE, TIME TO PURGE: Marshmallow dip. “NO clue as to why I even bought it.” And of course. Back to her Australian roots: Vegemite. Mate. This is one hard-todescribe ingredient. Josh Faizzadeh provides practical advice and guidance for success to individuals, families and small businesses. Josh dedicated his professional life to the financial well-being of his clients. josh_ faizzadeh@ strategiesforwealth.com 106 | fyimagazineny.com 107 | fyimagazineny.com ALSO IN NAOMI’S CABINET: Coconut oil  mix  J Artichoke hearts  J Mirin J Chili garlic sauce J Worcestechire Sauce J Raspberry jam  J Dulche la leche  J Curry cumin spices  J Panko crumbs  J Coconut milk  J Green curry paste (“I throw it in to all my Thai dishes” ) J Quinoa  J Chocolate dip  J Beef jerky (“Aufshnitz brought it when they came on my Table for Two show on the Nachum Segal Network”) J Gluten-free matzoh meal    J Rice noodles J Cranberry sauce J Golden syrup (Popular Australian ingredient) J J Cholent
NEW MONTHLY COLUMN   The commercialization of gift-giving holidays, like Chanukah, has turned it into a bacchanal of food ...
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