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The Fat Smash Diet – Healthy Lifestyle

If you have been following my blog, you already know that I am very impressed with The Fat Smash Diet, and love following all the phases at least once every year (usually mid-January), with very rewarding results.
Of course, before making this decision, you should check with your Primary Care Physician if your medications and pre-existing conditions will allow you to make these lifestyle changes.

Some people think it is too harsh (no coffee or alcohol for 9 days…wow…), but it is perfect for my taste and my lifestyle.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Tradition

Ukrainian Christmas Eve is not only very rich in traditional foods prepared freshly that day (today in our busy lifestyle most of us prepare many food items ahead of time), and shared by the family during the Christmas Eve 12 course meatless dinner, but also myriad traditions are practiced before and after the meal.

Ukrainian Christmas Borscht with Vushka – Recipe

Ukrainian Christmas Eve is a very solemn family time, and just as important of a holiday, as Christmas Day.

The day of Ukrainian Christmas Eve is a fasting day, thus no meat is consumed at all, and all the meals are small, and very simple.

Saint Nicholas – Ukrainian Tradition

While most children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the big, jolly fellow in a red suit, who sneaks into their houses through the chimney with presents for everyone, or at least this is how the legend has it, Ukrainian children get their small gifts on December 6th, from Saint Nicholas.

Hanukkah Celebration

During my working years, I have built beautiful friendships with many of my Jewish colleagues.  Now that we are retired, and our lifestyles have changed, it is so wonderful to still keep in touch.  

Today at sundown they will begin their Hanukkah celebration with friends and family.