Commit To Fit Winner: Judith Zissman: Cooking From Scratch And Raising A Family

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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • June 26th, 2013


Judith Zissman is the winner of our 5th annual Commit To Fit contest where the winner gets 1 full year of nutritional coaching from me at MV Nutrition (valued at $10,000) and one-on-one personal training from Diakadi (valued at $15,000).

I’ve been working with Judith since March and she continues to blow me away. She’s a single, working mom raising an 11-month old son. She feeds her son and herself whole, real foods. She cooks from scratch. And she has committed herself to our program, which focuses on modifying behaviors and patterns to make lifelong sustainable change and habits.

Judith works out with Billy, owner/trainer at Diakadi, three hours a week. I also see her weekly for our nutrition appointments. Talk about juggling that schedule! The reason why Judith is succeeding with all these responsibilities: mother, cook, financial provider, fitness/health advocate:  is because she has made the commitment to herself and to her son to better their health. Judith has prioritized her own health so she can take care of her son while being a role model.

Since Judith cooks for her son and for herself, she’s making sure they both eat the foods they need for their health and wellness, which are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Because time management is important in her daily schedule, Judith loves her crockpot. She’s made some amazing dishes. She also cooks in batches on the weekends so that she has leftovers to eat for lunches and dinners during the busy, hectic week. Here’s a delicious cauliflower soufflatin recipe Judith gave me. Full of cheesy love that both Judith and her son devoured (and it works for her waistline!).

Knowing that Judith needs quick, easy, tasty, recipes, I gave her a copy of my latest favorite cookbook, The Low-GI Slow Cooker: Delicious & Easy Dishes Made Healthy with The Glycemic Index by Dr. Snyder, Dr. Clum, and Anna Zulaica (compliments of Anna Zulaica: Thank you!). Judith can continue to cook real food and still have time to work and play with her son.

Judith reminds us all that you CAN take control of your health and wellness even with ALL the responsibilities we may have.

Prioritize your goals.
Prioritize your health.
Prioritize what is important for you and you will make it happen.

What goals are you prioritizing today?

By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

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