August 26, 2008

My new Workout Diet

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 2:59 am

As you know, I am now working out 3x a week at the gym for good health and balance. Also as an experiment to see if excellent physical health will increase my spiritual stability.

This week I have pushed myself to the next level of good eating. My diet consists of a balanced Kosher diet with no snacking, unhealthy foods or drinks. The meals I am eating are all very low fat, high protein and a mix of vegetables, rice and a little pasta. My meat meals are mostly chicken and just a little ground meat every few days. For fruits I am eating apples and pears. Vitamins include a Multivitamin high in B complex, papaya enzyme and a calcium boron supplement. A known secret in bodybuilding is to always keep the body strong and eat before it feels signs of weakness. So every couple hours I am able to fill in these gaps with a protein shake with amino acids. I will be upgrading my shake with one that also has some carbs in order that even my power drinks will have balance. I’m also being careful that my workouts and diets are a balanced part of my life and not obsessive.
Rebbe Nachman explains in his teachings that eating is one of the major yetzer haras a person has to overcome on their way to purity. If one really evaluates their eating habits, they will see how unhealthy and unbalanced they probably eat regularly. This weekends the mind and body tremendously giving the yetzer hara strength.
As for my ability to keep up this diet, we will have to see but for now, the biggest step was already made. Realizing that I previously ate what I wanted instead of what I needed.


  1. if you dont make enough various brachos each day, then youre not eating right.

    you need a bit of motzi, hadamo, heitz, and shehakol.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 26, 2008 @ 5:39 am

  2. Do you listen to Torah as you exercise? When I go on the treadmill, I make it a point to learn Torah as I walk. In any event, much success on your vessel building.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — August 26, 2008 @ 5:42 am

  3. I’m sure Reb Moshe is holding at a much higher spiritual level, where the food desire is his last desire that he needs to conquer.

    Just a note for the rest of us: Rebbe Nachman first “channeled” all of his energy for other earthly desires into food – as I understand it, eating something instead of giving in to desires for forbidden activity. Only after he perfected everything else did he then conquer his desires for unnecessary eating.

    Therefore, it may not be wise to start on the road to perfection by conquering the desire to eat for pleasure. Quite the opposite – if giving in to the temptation for junk food stops you from a serious Torah violation, like being pogem your bris for example, then it is worth gaining a few pounds. Just make sure the junk food is kosher. :o)

    (I left pogem habris untranslated on purpose. If you know, you know. If you don’t, ask Reb Moshe privately and get ready for the spiritual fight of your life!)

    Comment by Adam — August 26, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

  4. When I lift weights, I have in mind that I am beating the yetzer hara, like with a stick. The tredmill is a good time for self-reflection and I use it to concentrait deeply on very specific Torah thoughts.

    The yetzer hara draws strength from bad eating habits which in turn effects ones bris. In fact, most avaros we do comes from bad eating habits, brachos, kavanah, overeating, etc..

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 28, 2008 @ 2:42 am

  5. I dont usually reply to posts but I will in this case. WoW !!

    Comment by bruce — September 2, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

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