Author Archives: Aynsley Kirshenbaum

The Three Foods I Don’t Let My Daughter Eat (and the one she eats daily)

Food struggles are often in the top 5 of American parenting challenges. We live in a tough environment for healthy eating: cheap, tasty, non-nutritious foods are everywhere (someone please explain to me why the checkout counter at every single store …

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The Sweetest Option: Fruit Bliss!

I was invited to guest blog over at Fruit Bliss! Many of my clients list “the desire to feel better” as the number one reason they come to me. Often, they are driven by vexing energy crashes, chronic headaches, digestive …

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Caretakers and taking care

Most of the people I work with are caretakers. They are nannies, public defenders, therapists, chefs, nurses, teachers, doctors and parents. They wake up thinking of who they are taking care of that day: does the kid have lunch packed, is my patient …

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Stress Management

I work a lot with clients on stress management. When I tell potential clients that part of the work we can do is stress management, they envision sitting in a quiet room with their eyes closed, breathing deeply and slowly. …

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The Sugar is Hiding in Plain Sight

I just saw this interview yesterday, and while I haven’t seen the movie yet, just watching the trailer had me nodding in enthusiastic agreement. The thing that’s so important (to me) is that he’s eating 40 grams of sugar found …

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Comparison: the Unwinnable Game

I’m not sure if it’s the humidity or the longer summer days with kids, but several of my clients have started whining in the past couple of weeks. Not real, true annoying whines, but I’ve been hearing the grown up …

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The Perfect Meal: A Family Argument

When I run into a client of mine (a wonderful regular occurrence in our Brooklyn neighborhood) with my husband, Gary, he will often introduce himself and then joke that he’s the “before” picture of any of my clients. He does get …

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The service I *really* provide

When I first began personal training in 2000, I focused all of my energy in educating and empowering my clients. I made sure they knew proper form inside and out, I progressed their workouts slightly every session and talked with …

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Being Uncomfortable

I like to post little motivational musings on my Facebook page. A few days ago, I wrote: I am not in favor of suffering. “No pain, no gain” is NOT a way to live life.  A dear client, remembering her …

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Confessions from Body Acceptance

I  think of myself as the perfect marketing target for the Weight Loss Industry: I’m bigger than conventional wisdom would call thin. My BMI oscillates between “normal” and “overweight’ on an almost weekly basis and I am vain enough to …

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