Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Scale.... dipping. After umpteen false starts, including a raw food diet, a no carb diet and a don't-mix-carbs-and-proteins diet, I have been slowly inching the scale down by -- surprise -- eating less.

I basically take the same thing to work with me every day -- a lemon for the early morning lemon juice, 2 dates and some almonds to "start my metabolism," some white cheese with olives (I make sure to get olives at the open air market which are quite good) and some rice crackers. Four cups of coffee each day is, of course, non-negotiable.

But slowly, the pounds are dropping off. There are also a few things that I'm not supposed to eat because they aren't compatible with my blood type, including onions, hummos and crackers. Not a big deal. I would like to not THINK about food all the time, though at this point I'm not really hungry that much any more. But the pleasure of fitting into some of my clothes that have been languishing in my closet for years makes it worthwhile.

Will sign off now while I go find a carrot.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Tzfat Wedding

Just went to a lovely wedding last night.There's a family in Tzfat that made aliyah from Alaska about 15 years ago. They had a Downs Syndrome boy, and then adopted a D.S. girl so the kids were about the same age and grew up together as brother and sister.

The family went on to foster two more D.S. kids (and would have taken more! They fought the welfare authorities for the right to foster the fourth child -- the social workers wanted to put him into an institution. During the court fight, the parents accompanied the little boy through open-heart surgery in Tel Aviv where they saw another D.S. baby who had been abandoned. They so inspired their lawyer that after the court case, which they won, the attorney and her husband adopted the little girl from Tel Aviv ).

Anyway, since the first two kids were teens, they'd been talking about wanting to marry each other, and last night was the wedding! The Chief Rabbi of Tzfat performed the wedding and the place was full of well-wishers, including the mayor,  kids' friends from their Special Needs school, teachers, and, of course, the press (which is probably why the mayor was there).

Our Chief Rabbi, Rav Eliyahu, is known as a hard-liner and a leader of the right-wing of the national religious/settlers. He's always quoted for his anti-Arab statements and is seen, by the national press, as something of a fanatic. What the rest of the country doesn't see is his dedication to the people who turn to him. He is always wonderful at weddings but last night he outdid himself, leading the singing and the dancing and doing everything possible to make the ceremony easy and meaningful for the couple.