Dear Alice,

 I just got back from Miami and I am so disappointed. For the first time ever I actually stayed on my plan while on vacation. I didn’t touch the bread basket or desserts by restaurants, stayed away from the late-night munching aside from my treat, and chose sugar-free frozen yogurt instead of milkshakes. However, when I came to weigh in, I found that I had lost less than half a pound, despite all my efforts! What went wrong?


Devastated about Maintaining

Dear Devastated,

I understand your frustration! You were surrounded by temptation for five days straight and did not cave in even once! Surely the scale should appreciate everything you sacrificed! However, as far as the scale/reality is concerned, your week in Miami was good, but had some issues.

Eating out at restaurants for several days straight, even when choosing the best from the menu, usually brings along with it extra calories in the forms of sauces and fats used during preparation. Additionally, there is a good chance your dinner was later than recommended. Also, treats are meant to be eaten only when needed, and if used nightly can slow your weight loss down a bit. Finally, traveling, particularly flying, can throw your digestion off a bit, and being constipated can definitely slow weight loss.

For these reasons, we tell our clients that even with tremendous effort, your goal on vacation should be to maintain your weight! So the fact that you lost even a bit is excellent and proves that you truly were on your game! Be proud of yourself and keep up the excellent self-control! The weight loss will continue, and you will get to your goals! Back on track this week with filling out your food log, drinking your H20 and sticking to the plan!



Acai Bowl Recipe

Acai bowls are all the rage, but too many add-ins can bring the calorie count on this delicious snack wayyy up. Follow this recipe for… acai perfection!


  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries or raspberries
  • 1 packet of acai powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (omit this if you are counting this recipe as a snack)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (for extra thickness)
  • Topping: 1 teaspoon chopped almonds + ¼ cup raspberries or blueberries


Add ingredients into a strong blender and blend briefly. Mixture should be super thick. Continue blending several more seconds until smooth; make sure not to over-blend as this will result in a runny mixture and you want this to be thick enough to eat with a spoon. Pour into a bowl, add topping, and enjoy.

Count entire recipe as a breakfast or omit protein scoop and count as a fruit + a snack.


***Don’t have the time or ingredients? Just pop into our TAP Cafe in our Borough Park location and grab one of our delicious acai bowls.

By Alice Harrosh