Eat the calories that count and pack the right ingredients into your body.

By Rorie Weisberg

Chanukah’s over, and many are in a donut daze; feeling lethargic and bloated. If you’re like most people, you look at the numbers on the scale, blink, and think “Time for a diet!”

You buckle down and start watching what you eat. From that moment on, if you’re like most dieters, most of your day will revolve around measuring food portions, prepping low-cal snacks, and above all, counting those calories!

I give you credit for your efforts; being less impulsive and keeping track of what you eat is always a good thing. However, what many calorie-counters don’t realize is that not all calories are created equal. For example, a small pack of pretzels, a sleeve of almonds, and a green apple are all foods that contain 100 calories. But that’s where the similarities end.

Do All Calories Count the Same?You were created with a unique digestive and hormonal system, which reacts to the foods you consume and uses them in very specific ways. The bag of pretzels, the sleeve of almonds, and the green apple will each generate a very different effect in your body, post-consumption. Each of those food items comes with its own instructions to your body, and seeing them as nothing but a caloric load is missing the forest for the trees.

Getting over that donut daze will be better and easier when you know more about what you’re eating than just the calorie count. Start by reading ingredient lists on all your food packages. You’ll be amazed to discover how many low-cal foods are laced with extra sugar and other unhealthy additives. You’re not only putting calories into your body, you’re putting ingredients into your body.  Getting educated on what’s in your food is the first step to improving your health. Read the ingredients, not just the nutrition facts, and you’ll be one step closer to feeling your best.

To your health!

Rorie is a health coach certified in integrative nutrition, a recipe developer, writer, creator of Rories Oat Dough Mix and founder of Full ‘N Free, LLC. She believes that healthy food should taste delicious! In her practice, Rorie combines her training in integrative nutrition and functional medicine with the principles of the Rambam and other Torah sources. She helps women make peace with food and their bodies, whether their struggles stem from digestive and metabolic issues or from years of yoyo dieting. To learn more about Rorie and her oat dough mix, recipes, programs and services, visit and
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All statements are suggestive only. Please consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes.


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