Mind Over Munchies
Where food once again becomes a healthy AND pleasurable part of our lives.
You are successful, talented, and capable. You have got so many great things in your life going for you. You work hard, have great values, and want nothing more than to give to those around you. In other words, everything should be in the proper place for a perfect life.
Somehow, food seems to dog you. How much is too much? Why do I sneak food when no one is looking? Why am I so "good" all day just to mess it up at night? Why can't I stay on track with my eating? Why does my food plan go out the window when things get a little tough?
Unfortunately, so many women feel unclear and helpless around food, and are in a state of second-guessing and self-doubt.
…leading to late night binges when no one is looking.
The majority of women today feel controlled by food. They’ve lost their compass in something as basic as eating. They worry that they’ll make a mistake about what to eat, when to eat, why to eat, and how much to actually eat.
It’s easy to see why so many women today feel like failures as they move from one food trend to the next, without much positive to show for it.
It’s because they’ve not yet found something that actually works for their lives! If there was one diet solution that worked, we would have done it already. No one is guiding them to be able to eat in any place or time in a way that feels good for them… or showing them that they can eat ice cream together with their kids without any excuses.
…and how to navigate coming home from a rough day at work where cookies seem to be the perfect solution to coping with the stress.
Hello, dear Jewish ladies. I'm Rena Reiser.
I’m the founder of the Towards A Healthy Balance community that guides Jewish women to lead a balanced and healthy life, with a strong emphasis on our relationship with food.
Because no matter what the diet industry tells you about calories, grams, food groups, a 30 Day Fill-in-the-Blank Weight Loss, willpower, or how to curb your sugar cravings…
knowing that you can eat in a way that’s balanced and nourishing for YOU, no matter how stressful your day is, is really what it’s all about.
Here’s what you need to know about me:
- I know that successful eating is about making it work for YOU, using your life, your schedule, and your personal preferences.
- I believe that a lot of the health information out there, while perhaps accurate, misses the mark by not teaching us to believe in our own instincts, while preying on our self-worth.
- I know that our relationship with food should be guided by the wisdom of Chazal, who teach us that life and food ARE about Oneg.
- I’ve been there, done that. I’m a former distracted eater myself. So I have a low tolerance level for the diet industry.
So let’s talk about this OTHER way to eat — and this time, with nourishing, delicious, and enjoyable food — shall we?
When it comes to healthy eating without locking yourself in a closet with no access to delicious food (or, in modern language, following a food plan), here is the only way that works:
And that’s where my program Mind Over Munchies comes onto the scene.
Where Jewish women join together on the journey to once again make food a truly pleasurable part of their lives
Here's everything you need for the journey to healthy and intuitive eating:
A) 12 + 1 Toolkit Modules
These modules are your map for the journey. These are yours to listen to again and again, and you WILL learn new nuggets each time you do so. They are jam packed with information split into 4 quarters:
1) when you eat
2) why you’re eating
3) how you’re eating
4) what you’re eating
B) Guest Lecturers
These lecturers will provide powerful classes on the other areas of our lives that provide us with nourishment:
“Yom Tov was a changed experience this year as I thought about what I’ve learned.”
– Mimi S.
“Hi Rena, How are you? Just wanted to check in at the beginning of 5777! First of all thank you for forever changing and improving my eating awareness and habits – definitely something I can chalk up as a positive in the past year. I’ve incorporated many of the principals into my daily life…keeping me even more aware of what and how I eat and when I feel full… Thank you for all your help and may you be zoche to continue helping women like me for many years!”
– Raizy S.
“I got much more than I thought I’d get 🙂
Most people nowadays give only what they get paid for…
You offer so much – what with the bonus emails and tips, the free class, your inspirational speakers, and the q&a sessions, your website…
I really must say – You Gave Me My Life Back!! I was so stressed out about losing my extra weight I literally couldn’t walk on the street without comparing myself to others. I got more confidence and my whole family is enjoying my FREEDOM WITH FOOD!!!!
Thank you so much for doing this!
May you be successful in reaching out there and giving women the precious gift- “peace of mind” which I got bh!!
I thank Hashem for sending me to you and wish you continuous Hatzlacha!”
– Dina R.
“I allow myself to eat foods that I really enjoy. I started eating an occasional slice of pizza again… after about a 15 year absence! YUM. And I don’t need 4 slices to make me happy… one fills me up! It’s still a wonder that I don’t have to eat in secret… if I want “play food,” I can have it! I definitely am much more closely in tune with my satiety and hunger signals… not 100% but certainly better. I loved that the program was tailored for the Jewish woman… Our basic issues are the same as everyone else’s, but our lifestyle is different enough that it warrants a separate group. Thank you for that.”
– Nancy Y.
“I did not believe before starting that there was so much value in a group setting. I knew intellectually that there were others with issues like mine, but I had never spoken to anyone like that about these things openly and honestly. But working with a group was more helpful than I would have believed it could have been.
The program specifically addressed something that seemed too basic, but I realize now was not so much Basic as a Basis. Without addressing eating intuition, no other eating program is going to ever work. The program wasn’t overbearing, but just helped a little voice awaken in my mind that made me THINK before I ate something. Amazing. I’m 37 years old, but I’m finally getting what my toddlers knew: there’s no need to eat if you’re not hungry.
Rena is incredibly REAL and is compassionate and empathetic, even as she is undaunted by all of our excuses. She really cares about her clients and their struggles, and really wants every Jewish mother to be healthy, energetic and happy with themselves.”
– Miriam R., RBS
“I’m learning how to figure out what I need in a situation and to give it to myself instead of turning to food to numb my emotions.”
– Batsheva L.
“I thought I already knew about everything to do with eating and dieting, and it was enlightening and interesting to discover that I didn’t. It was really eye-opening.”
– Hadassah M.
“I knew I had a problem with my emotional eating. I had learned of Intuitive Eating and really wanted to explore it. When I heard about Rena’s course, I knew I had to try it. Having a group of frum women, led by a frum leader – was just beyond my wildest hopes!
Rena’s warm and accepting manner made it safe for me to take my first steps towards being in control of my eating and not having my food control me.
I liked the fact that in our private session, we didn’t even talk about food directly; we talked about something that was really underlying my food issue. This gave me the courage to admit some very important private things to myself that I hadn’t realized before.
Thank you, Rena. You’re a great coach!
PS I also treasure personal connections I have made through the group…such a wonderful group of growing, Torah-oriented women!”
– Faygy N.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will I need to invest on the program each week?
I would anticipate spending 2-3 hours per week on program materials (i.e. listening to modules and practicing the exercises). Like most things in life, the more you invest, the more you will get out of it.
What if I have medical restrictions around food?
This program is about understanding your mental and emotional relationship with food, and not about a specific food plan. Therefore, if you have certain restrictions that were given to you by a medical professional, the program should not be a conflict.
What if I have an eating disorder?
This program is not a substitute for the medical and psychological treatment that eating disorders require. This program does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
I want to join your program and can't afford it.
I want to be able to reach as many Jewish women as possible, so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss payment plan options.
Can I request a refund if I don't like your program?
Sorry, I do not offer refunds. My clients are most successful when they fully commit to the program and its fees. Please feel free to contact me to set up a time to talk to see if this is truly the right program for you or not. I know that this work is not for everyone. For more details on my payment policies, please click here.
What if I fall behind on the material?
All the modules will be available forever beH, so you will be able to catch up at any time. That said, I want to motivate you to make this happen in a timely fashion!
Will I be able to contact you privately for questions or coaching?
One-on-one time is only included through my 1:1 packages.
But you're thin / so young / live in Israel -- how could you possibly help ME?
Ah, yes. I get asked this a lot (or rather people wonder this but are hesitant to say it to me). When my clients are open to receiving from me, these are not an obstacle to their success.
Do you have another question? Email me at email@example.com.
“I no longer eat to deal with my stress and I have a great deal of awareness around my eating. I have a feeling of being connected to my body and I am much more in sync with eating the kinds of food and amounts of food that make me feel good. I am calmer and am actually less stressed out – certainly around my health, food and weight issues, but even around other issues. Not eating to deal with stress is forcing me to deal with my stress in a more productive and healthy manner.
If you’re thinking about doing this program…JUST DO IT! This is transformative with results that can change, not just how you look, but more importantly, how you feel – for a life time!”
– Rachel H., New York
“Before we started working together I was struggling with my feelings about food and how to prevent and handle binges. After going through Rena’s program I feel freer to allow myself to enjoy food. I know that I don’t need to always make perfect choices and feel more ok with that. I have less emotional baggage. Overall, I gained more peace with my food choices.
I really enjoyed the classes and learning to eat more intuitively. I feel more authentic and in touch with myself and much less stressed about food.”
– Malky B., Chicago
“…I feel empowered to eat when I really want to and to say no when I really don’t…I found myself thinking after each session – this makes so much sense!”
– Chani J.
“I’ve learnt to appreciate a slow pace and not instant gratification. If you want a change in your life approach, this is the place to go. If you want a quick fix to your waist size then its not for you.”
– Elisheva A.
This program IS for you if:
You are a Jewish woman who is serious about stepping up and creating a new relationship with food and with yourself
You are ready to learn to trust yourself around food
You want to become a healthy and intuitive eater
You believe that food is meant to be an enjoyable part of life, without any guilt
This program is NOT for you if:
You’re set on losing 20 lbs in time for the next family simcha
You expect me to have the answers for what works in your body
You’re looking for another program that “sounds interesting” and don’t really want to do the work
You’re “too busy” to commit to your health and wellbeing
What's the Schedule?
Modules are made available to you within 24 hours of purchasing, both online and on our dedicated recording line.
Guest lectures are released once per month, both online and on our dedicated recording line.
Email me your completed homework and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours (up to 72 over the weekend) with my feedback.
“…food is becoming less center-stage in my life and I’m discovering that I have my own unique tastes and preferences in food. I really don’t want cakes and sweets the whole day!”
– Deena W.
“Even though I knew what food made me feel good and energized, I was completely at the mercy of cravings for food that made me feel gross and sent me on emotional roller coasters. I learned that when my body sends me strong craving messages it’s really just trying to get me to listen and address other needs that I have not been listening to and caring for.”
– Sara G.
“…my intention of starting this journey of intuitive eating, [was] to heal my relationship with food and find a healthier balance. I am more able to let go of the “all or nothing” in this area and try to focus on the positive steps that I have been taking.”
– Talie S., Yerushalayim
“Listening to other woman speaking about their struggles articulated many of my own questions and personal struggles for me. So many times I laughed out loud with understanding and nodded my head to myself as the woman explored their challenges, even cheering them on to myself.”
– Dini A.
“I was struggling with my relationship with food, the feeling of food having control over me instead of the other way around, and not feeling good about myself and how I look. After going through Rena’s program it made me realize that food is food and food issues are feelings and insecurities that we attribute to food and eating. Once I started giving myself permission to enjoy food, it didn’t have such a hold on me anymore. Overall, I gained more awareness that Hashem puts us in certain situations and makes us a certain way. We can do our hishtadlus up to a point and the rest is up to Him.
If you want to have a healthy relationship with food and yourself, Rena’s workshop is a great way to do it!”
– Shaindy L., Beitar
Welcome. You have gotten to the bottom of this page, and you’re still reading.
Thank you for reading this far.
I’m curious, why haven’t you joined yet?
Maybe it’s because this program sounds like nothing else you’ve ever done before.
Here’s the thing — it is different. And it WORKS.
Yes, it feels safer to continue following food plans.
It’s easier to binge and “get over it” in the morning.
It’s easier to joke about “breaking your diet again” with your friends.
By not joining, you miss the opportunity to connect with a coach who has been in your place, and a growing community of women who are doing this work.
Also? Knowing how to eat intuitively is a skill that will create positive spill over into every area of your life, including your relationships with others, your marriage, your mothering, and your money. This is a growth oriented community that is set on personal development as Jewish women.
So, that said, I want to personally invite you to join us to once again make food a healthy AND pleasurable part of our lives.
Looking forward to meeting you,