Eat like The AQ and never diet again

For less than $3 roasted sesame seeds add amazing flavor to all your fav foods. Ditch the dressing!

You must ingrain this little life-changing mantra in your brain so please write it in your little bling book, tape it to your fridge, to your soon-to-be-gone cottage-cheesy thighs, and on your boyfriend’s assets so you can always see it:

“HALF of everything I eat must come from veggies and fruits. Proteins, grains, and fat portions must be a heck of lot smaller if I never, ever, ever want to go on ‘El Toro’, I mean ‘El Diet again’.  If half of everything I eat is crap (aka ADDED fat and ADDED sugar) then half of my body will be crap.” Period end of story.

(BTW ‘El Toro’ is an enormously frightening rollercoaster, but at least you can go on once and not have to sign up for the rest of your life like you have to do with the diet rollercoaster…Hmm…just sayin’!)

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The Asset Queen’s lovely lunch plate

Take notice that more than 50% of this plate and most of my meals come from plants. You can’t go wrong if your plate resembles this 80% of the time. All of your meals should have veggies and/or fruits because they are loaded with nutrients that your granola bar just can’t compete with, even if it has added protein. Hmm, I’m sorry but I’ve never heard the quote, “A granola bar a day helps keep the doctor away.” Have you?  And hey, I’m human and like to have my Banana Dream Cake and vino and eat and drink it too; I refuse to throw shrubs and twigs in a blender and call it a meal and so should you! BTW, that is not cheese, that is chopped cauliflower; I don’t avoid dairy, it’s just not on my plate at this time. So maybe I”ll have a probiotic-rich yogurt with fruit in between lunch and dinner. Another BTW for all you protein powder potion-obsessed peops, greek yogurt has about 15 grams of protein per serving and cost about $1. So ponder this: why are you spending lotza needless extra $ on all those pricey protein powder potions? Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing baby.

Keep in mind that if you eat foods like these that are chock full of probiotics, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and digestive enzyme-producing nutrients, you will never have to “invest” in a pantry full of expensive supplements again. If you and you kiddies frequently partake in chicken fingers, french fries, and macaroni & cheese, which are virtually void of any of the aforementioned nutrients, then it is no wonder that you are all popping lotza pills that help you digest, think clearly, and feel well…DUH!! Rethink YOUR plate! Let my plate and literally Myplate.gov be your plate so you can ditch the diets, pills, and miracle potions. Added bonus: you will be more joyful and less jiggly for good! Stay tuned for more life-changing eating tips that will keep you fit and healthy for life and won’t cost you a dime! Here are some of my deliciously fav, nutrient-dense, low-calorie recipes like cauliflower latkes , roasted brussel sprouts and my yummy frozen smoothie.

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete; it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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Your Kvetch: “I have no time to eat (a Healthy) Breakfast.”

Peops are always telling me they don’t have time to eat a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast. Which is why 9 out of 10 times the average American will skip breakfast altogether, or grab something that chock full of crap…Like a “healthy” candy bar with with added calories from protein (aka the protein bar).  You have no excuse not to eat a tasty, low-calorie, heart-healthy breakfast packed with high energy yielding nutrition! This awesome breakfast takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and you can even slap it into a take-out cup and eat it on the road with a plastic spoon, like moi (The Asset Queen) does!

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Bethy’s Awesome (less than) 5-Minute Breakfast To Go

 

Here’s all you need:

½ cup oatmeal — the plain old-fashioned kind, not the kind in flavored sugar-laden packets!

1 cup water

1 teaspoon REAL peanut butter (the kind with no other ingredients except peanuts — ie no added sugar or chemicals) And yes of course you can substitute cashew or almond butter.)

½ cup fresh berries or a small banana or other favorite fruit, or a mix of your favs

optional: 1 teaspoon of chia seeds which are chock full of protein, good fat and lotza vitamins and minerals

You can microwave the oatmeal and water and then add your ingredients, or cooking on the stove top also takes less than 5 minutes. And you can make enough for your hubby and brood of 12 kiddies all at once!

The whole serving has less than 350 calories and less than a ¼ of the calories come from good fat and there is no added sugar!

This quick and yummy breakfast is packed with SO much nutrition that you’ll have more energy than you know what to do with.

Plus it’s so high in fiber that you’ll be full for hours — and yesterday’s “junk” will fly right out of your trunk LOL!

You can’t say any of the above about that empty calorie bagel with cream cheese that has twice the calories, 3 times the (not so good) fat, and offers virtually NO nutritional value.

Oh, and you can tell that annoying buddy of yours, the one that keeps trying to sell you the latest and greatest multi-level marketing miracle potion, to take a hike because for a fraction of the cost you can eat real food (aka G-d’s food) with less than five ingredients that are all recognizable. Stick with me and I will offer you FREE quick and easy ways to “Move Your (fine young) assets and eat less (crap) without ever having to invest in the latest and greatest mulit-level marketing miracle potion, lotion, or pill again! Stay tuned for my new and improved MYA blog coming soon! For now, check me out at FUNIQFitness.com and type in ANY topic you want info on in the “search” space. I have years worth of amazing, life-changing info.

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“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me and there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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Cauliflower Latkes Recipe

I know “healthy latkes” may sound like an oxymoron, especially if you grew up on those delicious, fat-laden treats that Grandma Sylvia deep fried in a gazillion quarts of oil, slapped on your plate only to smother them in equally fat-laden sour cream…YUMMY! And every Hanukkah we couldn’t wait to devour another dozen, or three! Actually, my Grandma Sylvia (aka Shayndel) made them every holiday from scratch and hand grated the potatoes and onions herself. I think she grated some of her skin in there too because her leather-like hands were always bleeding. She was so tough that she never felt a thing, true story. I know, Eeewww!…but I had to throw that in for a little drama.

Yummy oil-drenched potato latkes

I continued the tradition of the oil-laden, hand-grated potato latke recipe for many years, and many extra pounds later of course. But because I’ve become the Asset Queen and I believe that the 11th Commandment should be:

Thou shalt move (thy fine young) assets more and eat less (crap),

I have come up with simple, delicious nutrient-dense alternatives to drastically cut down on crap consumption. I choose not to partake in empty calorie fat and sugar-laden treats most of the time and I also refuse to throw twigs and sticks in a blender and call it a meal, and so should you! And by the way, I am SO not a carbophobe and I eat lotza baked potatoes unsmothered in added fats. I eat healthy nutrient-dense foods 85%ish of the time so I can have my (cheap) red wine and occasional (Banana Dream) cake and eat it too 15%ish of the time.

Yummy healthy baked cauliflower latkes

Last year I made these Baked Cauliflower Latkes and they were a real hit at my Move Your Assets Retreat, with Jews and non Jews! They have 1/4 the calories of traditional latkes and a fraction of the fat. Check out the recipe here. I made a few of my own little Bethy tweaks: I sauteed the onions with shredded carrots in a little olive oil and garlic before I mixed them in. I also swapped out the white flour for a mixture of whole wheat flour and ground flax seed to add some heart and brain-healthy grains to the mix.  They taste SO good that you may no longer be singin’, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing baby!” when you try them. And if you don’t believe that eating healthy can taste SO good, you’ll want to check out my raspberry brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower too! Let me know what you think and Enjoy!—Luv, The Asset Queen

 

“My mission is NOT to make you an Olympic athlete;  it is to PREVENT you from being the star of the ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial!’ Stick with me so there will be no slow-moving motorized scooters, no grab bars installed by your toilette’, and no deprivation diets ever again… in YOUR future!”—Luv, The Asset Queen

Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com

Love my AQ wisdom? You can read lots more in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank! 

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End-of-year Better Butts by Beth giveaway!

Between Halloween and New Year's Eve, the average American will gain about 5 pounds of FAT!

Imagine 5 tubs of butter attached to your person:

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You will "cumma bangin' on my door" for help on or around January 2!

The Asset Queen (that's me) wants to help you NOT be this statistic, and wants to keep you movin' and groovin' (as well as keep you away from the KILLER foods) through the holidays.

Butter 1I understand that you may be too busy to be tied into a class schedule, so here is what I'm willing to do and I've never done this before:

I am going to let you cash in your unused FUNIQ class credits for some amazing 1-on-1, 1-hour sessions tailored to target YOUR specific needs and at YOUR convenience.

You can take advantage of this anytime between now and December 31. If you decide to totally give up on asset moving for the rest this year, don't worry; your card will still be good in 2014… but there might be more of you come January 1!

Please contact me for specifics and I will tell you how many credits you have.

Meanwhile put down that pie and read the "Asset Queen's 8 super tips to get through the most fattening, I mean most wonderful, time of the year!"

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Bethy’s tip of the day: The best 20 cents you may ever invest!

I was at the airport a few weeks ago and I got into a conversation with a woman from Jamaica (the island, not Queens NY LOL).

She told me she misses the fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that she ate in her hometown.

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She said that in order to remove the smell and taste of pesticides (EWWWWW) off the lovely fruits and vegetables produced in the US, she sprays a concoction of water and vinegar (HMMM!).

So I googled this and she's absolutely right. Not only does a 3-to-1 ratio of water-to-vinegar help remove pesticides that are on the outside of fruits and veggies, but it also KILLS 98% of bacteria. Holy crap!!

And each bottle of water-and-vinegar mix costs you about 20 cents!

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That's a fraction of the cost of those expensive concoctions you buy in the grocery store.

Check it out here and here— complete with "recipe" and instructions.

Hey, if something completely edible and non-toxic is that useful, it sounds like a no-brainer to moi!

OK vinegar may not help you move your assets but it also kills toenail fungus so your feet will be prettier when they move your assets all over town!

And since my goal in life is to get you to "move more and eat less (crap)," if I can convince you to reach for a healthy, yummy apple instead of a bag of fat-laden chips or cookies, my job here is done.

Well, not quite done. I have lots more tips for you coming right up. Watch this space….

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Tip of the Day: A heart-healthy breakfast for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even today, you don't have any excuses not to eat a tasty, low-calorie, heart-healthy breakfast packed with high energy yielding nutrition!

Here's what I ate this morning:

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How appropos for Valentine's Day! Don't you love the heart-shaped strawberries? 

This awesome breakfast takes less than 3 minutes to prepare and you can even slap it into a take-out cup and eat it on the road with a plastic spoon!

Here's all you need:

Bethy's Awesome 3-Minute Breakfast

½ cup oatmeal — the plain old-fashioned kind, not the kind in flavored sugar-laden packets!

1 cup water

1 teaspoon REAL peanut butter (the kind with no other ingredients except peanuts — ie no added sugar or chemicals) (Yes, of course you can substitute cashew or almond butter.)

½ cup fresh berries or a small banana or other favorite fruit

You can microwave the oatmeal and water and then add your ingredients.

The whole thing has way less than 300 calories and less than a ¼ of the calories come from fat!

This quick and yummy breakfast is packed with SO much nutrition that you'll have more energy than you know what to do with.

Plus it's so high in fiber that you'll be full for hours — and yesterday’s “junk” will fly right out of your trunk LOL!

You can’t say that about that bagel with cream cheese that has twice the calories, 3 times the fat and offers little nutritional value to help energize you nor enough fiber to aid with moving other stuff through your body!

And look how pretty and appropo to Valentine’s Day it is with the strawberries!

Give this to yourself and your honey and be heart healthy today and every day.

Look for more healthy tips in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! (I know you can hardly wait!)

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Tip of the Day: What’s in Bethy’s fridge? (part 2)

Just like you, I come home ravenously hungry and would probably go for easily accessible “crap” like sugary bars, chips and crackers if I didn’t have healthy stuff already prepared to keep me in line. (Yes, I crack that whip on myself too!)

So here's what I do instead:

                              

I always have the infamous “big” salad already prepared in the fridge. It’s so easy to slap it in a bowl.

Here’s what’s in that awesome big salad in my fridge:

  • Spinach (no nutrition-less, water-filled iceberg lettuce for me!)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Baby corn
  • Carrots
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Scallions
  • Chickpeas

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I top it with some avocado, chicken, salmon, tuna, which I already have prepared. (If not, I just open a can and throw it on.)

A huge serving of this nutritionally dense salad has very few calories — and so little of them come from fat! Instead you get lots of needed fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You will be SO satisfied and energized and will not get that “time to take a nap now” feeling that those sugary bars will give you.

So, right after I spontaneously taped this exhausting 30-second video (LOL) I filled a big bowl with the salad and added:

  • Sliced avocado (good fat and amazingly healthy)
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sesame seeds (for flavor so I don’t have to glob on dressing)
  • A little bit of feta cheese

Since my rule is “one fat per salad,” I use the 1-calorie balsamic spray dressing when I add cheese and avocado! Do not add blue cheese or ranch dressing if you already have fat in your salad…Oy Vey! You already know my definition of a “cobb salad,” a bunch of fats sitting on a bed of water…don’t get me started. 

Last week I shared an awesome tip about how to use dressing very sparingly; click here if you missed it.

Watch for more awesome tips like these and please share what you do to make healthy choices when you might have eaten crap! Click here to leave your tips in a comment!

My secret ingredient

Roasted sesame seeds! This little jar is one of the best food investments you can make! Roasted sesame seeds add lots of flavor but not lots of calories.

You can purchase them in the sushi section of your local grocery store — only $2 for a big jar:

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I like this brand, which is made by AFC Sushi–and of course you can use roasted sesame seeds on way more than sushi. Sprinkle them on salads, fish, chicken, rice, pasta…instead of using lots of fatty dressings and sauces. Be creative!

What are your calorie-saving, flavor-adding tips? Leave them in a comment and share your brilliance with the rest of us!

 

 

Bethy’s thought of the day: Put down that obesity bar right now!

 

Could this be any more profound?

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If you're in the mood for a snack, there are lots of things you can reach for instead of an empty-calorie-laden candy bar.

What do I eat? Click here, here, here, here, here, and here. What do I avoid? It's right here. (You have been paying attention, right?)

So what healthy alternatives do you eat when you're craving something like the above? Leave your tips in a comment and share them with the rest of us!

 

 

“I love bacon even though it’s bad for you.”–Part 1

Hint: This quote did not come from me!

Here's more proof that you are what you eat! I'm constantly encouraging people to make their own observations and conduct their own experiments, rather than just believe all the statistics and studies.

It’s amazing what you can learn just by observing and listening to other people.

One of my favorite places to look, listen and learn is on the buffet line on my favorite cruise ship. It’s amazing to watch folks strap on those feedbags and then pile into glass elevators like cattle.

The people who follow this protocol are usually pretty large, to say the least! (You'll read a lot more about observing and listening in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

So this morning I did a little observation and listening myself. Okay, I was eavesdropping! I was walking on the Seminole/Wekiva Trail right behind my house and two 60ish women were talking and walking in front of me. 

One was very thin and fit and one was pleasantly overweight with a bit of a “food baby” or should I say “bacon baby.” The great thing is that they were both moving their assets!

As I passed them I overheard the following conversation:

Pleasantly overweight lady (POL): “I love bacon even though I know it’s bad for you.”

Thin, fit lady (TFL) after a long pause: “Once in a while, I guess it’s okay.”

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No, I didn’t approach them for a book interview (like I normally would). I just wanted to absorb the profoundness of what I had heard so that I could start writing this blog post and tell you all about it!

I'm happy that POL acknowledged that bacon is bad, because it really is! I am even happier she and TFL were both moving their assets even while talking about high fat/empty calorie foods. 

You are absolutely what you eat! 

If more than 50% of your food intake comes from high-fat foods, well then by golly, I have no doubt that 50% of your body will be fat! 

Bacon and sausage have way more than 50% of their calories coming from fat…even more than 70%.

So stop trying to convince yourself that these are high-protein foods!

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Yes, even bacon and sausage made from chicken and turkey rather than pork have way more calories coming from fat than protein.

You are so much better off eating lean turkey or chicken breast or even their embryos (mmm…eggs!)

Sorry for the graphic description LOL, but why is it politically correct to eat the skin, fat and other parts of an animal that should be disposed of (like the stuff that’s stuffed into sausage and bacon) with your eggs at breakfast, but most people will cringe at the thought of ordering a side of chicken breast with their breakfast?

Oh sure, it’s okay to eat the baby in the morning, but save the mommy for lunch or dinner! Just something to ponder!

My breakfast

Here’s what I had for breakfast this morning:

A flax pita (only 60 calories)…

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2 slices of turkey breast (from the deli not the Thanksgiving table LOL)…

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Some spinach…

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And a little avocado (a little–don't go all crazy, okay?)…

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The whole thing probably had 350 calories and less than 25% of that total came from (good) fat…avocado.

It was awesome, I have lots of energy and less than 25% (1/4) of my body weight comes from fat!! DUH!

What is a good fat? What is a bad fat?

And how do you know if a food is high in fat? 

Much more about good vs. bad fats in my next blog post. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much info all at once. My point is, most (very) overweight people got that way by a combination of eating too much fat and by not moving their assets… Period, end of story!!

Take advice from the thin, fit 60ish lady who commented that eating bacon once in a while is “okay” while she was briskly walking on the Seminole/County trail moving her assets!

Watch for Part 2 soon!