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 rollercoast..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. 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-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 potions? “Ain’t nothing 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!

“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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Bethy’s tip of the day…Be careful with hummus!!

I watch people scarf up the hummus (even with carrots and celery sticks) believing that they are consuming a great source of protein! Au contraire peeps!!! Check out the label for yourself and what do you see?

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HMMM, yes it’s a great source of FAT!! In fact, 50 out of 70 calories per serving (3/4) of it are FAT! And you consume WAY more than the 2 tablespoon serving size.

"How do you know that I eat WAY too much hummus (and other fatty stuff,) Bethy?"

I'm glad that you asked cuz I’ve watched ya ingest hundreds of calories worth of unneeded fat. If more than half of your calorie consumption comes from fat, than I can guarantee that half of your body will be comprised of fat. You are what you eat …period end of story. I can always identify folks that ingest too much fat because they accumulate more lumps and bumps of fat, on their person, than those who take in 30% or less of their daily calories from fat.

I don’t know where your logic came from that eating foods, that are comprised of mostly fat, such as hummus, bacon, sausages (yes, even the turkey ones) and cheeses are great sources of protein. In fact, the one that baffles me the most is that you are consuming sugary candy bars (AKA "protein bars,") with added “protein” or should I say added “calories” and are believing that you are consuming a wonderful source of protein. So???…the added calories from protein cancel out the sugar???? Fill me in on this one please!

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Bethy to the rescue

I want to help you make better food choices, without having to diet, just by cutting out (or at least cutting down on) some “killer foods”  that you don’t realize are reeking havoc on your bod and your life. I have an entire chapter in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!, devoted to keeping you away from FAT and other sources of CRAP but don’t get me started right now and let me leave you with this amazing advice that could change your life and your bod…

-    Read the labels and make sure you consume very little of the foods that have more than ½ of their calories from fat;  make sure sugar is NOT one of their first five ingredients (even if “high in protein” is its claim to fame)

– Yes there are good fats (since I know you were just going to ask me about them) and you can read about them HERE. You still want to consume these in moderation! I love olive oil too but most oils contain 120 calories per tbspn so use caution please!!

-    Hire me to go on shopping excursions, clean your pantry and help you and your family and friends learn to read labels, so that you don’t make unhealthy choices that you believe are healthy. For more info contact me: Bethannesinfo@aol.com

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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Sergio asks: “Whatza witha you Americansa no lika the stepza?”

What a bellisimo time I had on our walking tour of Naples and the Amalfi Coast…Fantastico!!

I met some amazing people from around the world…

705“PH” and Gerrie from Hong Hong

I ate lots of awesome pizza…

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I took breathtaking, picturesque walks through Capri and cities on the Amalfi coast…

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I ate lots of awesome pizza…

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I drank local wines, lemoncello and other local alcoholic beverages with “my girls”…

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Did I mention I ate lots of awesome pizza?

And by the way, legend has it that the Margherita pizza was invented in Naples in 1889 when Queen Margherita commissioned Neapolitan pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito to make a pizza named after her and incorporating the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato,) green (basil,) and white (mozzarella.)

See? I can offer interesting tidbits of info that have nothing to do with moving your assets!!…but not for long…

…Cuz my next rhetorical question, imposed by our fearless Italian guide, Sergio, has to do with lots of asset moving, or should I say lack of asset moving.

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Prompted by a few “oohs” and “ahs” from the peanut gallery (our group) when he announced that our walk would include climbing up 1,270 steps, Sergio asked:

“Whatza witha you Americansa no lika the stepza?”

Here is Sergio sporting his assets (at my request, of course):

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And you can see he’s not exactly a spring chicken.

I absolutely agree with you, Sergio, that (the majority of) Americans “no lika the stepza.” Not only do most Americans whine and complain when they even glance at a set of stairs, but they avoid them like the plague and use the mindless people-movers 99 out of 100 times when given the choice.

Since your body (especially your assets) is built for pushing you up, that means avoiding climbing can really wreak havoc on your body especially on your knees, lower back and hips!! So sitting on your assets instead of using them to climba the stepza izza notta gooda thinga!

In fact, Sergio, the motivation behind my book Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! is the fact that middle-aged Americans are still blaming their aches and ailments on their teenage feats of athleticism and 40-year-old injuries from hopscotch and badminton rather than on the 40 years of discontinued body part use.

I know many folks who admit to not using steps in years, especially Floridians who live in one-story houses or condos.

In your beautiful city of Naples, everyone walks and climbs…everyone! And we are not talking flat, horizontal Florida. You introduced us to people, in their 60s and 70s who climb every day, just to go to the local grocery store. It’s just part of their daily routine so I guess it really doesn’t matter whether they enjoy stepza or notta!

Remarkably, even though Italians eat lots of bread and pasta, yummy foods that our American “carbophobes” seem to steer clear of, I did not see one obese person, not one in 8 days! I saw lots of street scooters, but not ONE slow, motorized sidewalk scooter (used by many overweight young folks in our country who have given up on walking.)

Even though some of us oohed and ahhed before our ascent, we all happily made it up with no boo boos and with better butts.

Even our 70ish-year-old bus driver Luigi (blue shirt at the top of the steps) joined in on the action:

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Don’t worry, Sergio and Luigi, I am doing a great job getting American folks to revisit their unused body parts and have successfully gotten many middle-aged folks into awesome shape!

Hopefully my book will motivate thousands of folks to lika the stepza again, like they did when they were young whippersnappers.

Making butts better in Positano

I just returned from an 8-day walking tour of Naples, Italy, and surrounding areas. It was fantastico, to say the least!

There are many amazing highlights but let me just mention the ones here that have to do with asset moving. There were 17 of us in our Classic Journeys tour group and I was the youngest at 47…the oldest was 75!

Remember peeps, this was a walking tour and this is not flat, horizontal Florida! In fact, we climbed up and down thousands of feet on a daily basis. Here, for example, is near-vertical Positano:

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One day we hiked outside Positano to our destination — which included 1,270 steps…I kid you not. Here I am encouraging my fellow hikers to use their assets to push them, rather than rely on their quadriceps (and knees) to do the work and pull them.

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I write a lot about disappearing assets and consequent overload on your poor knees in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!

What a huge success!! We all made it to our destination, Luca and Maria's mountain house thousands of feet up — whine and kvetch-free!

And our reward: Warm Italian hospitality with homemade wine and mozzarella cheese — and we got to make our own pizza! It was one of the best I ever had! And of course lots of whine, I mean wine!

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And we made it safely down 1,270 steps with even better butts than we started with!

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Save 10,000 per month!!

This sure got my attention:

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…and I’m sure if you stumbled upon that itty-bitty sign, in barely conspicuous colors of bright red and yellow, down the salad dressing aisle at Publix or your own grocery store, it would tug at your assets, too!

Wow, what an awesome way to lure us to that bottle of dressing. Let’s see what this is…Of course I had to pick it up…the flip side of reads:

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Smart, smart, smart, Walden Farms! You go, girl! (Or guy or whomever you are!) I could not have found a better way to tell people to stop having some lettuce, celery and cukes with that bowl of ranch dressing — though I try and try all the time. I wrote about it here: "Watch where you stab that salad fork!" And I even include it in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets, under “crap to absolutely avoid!”

Are you getting it yet??

You are wasting so many unneeded, high-fat calories on the crap that you dump on your perfectly innocent and healthy veggies and grilled chicken — but you just aren’t getting it yet!! AARGH!!

This is Stefanie, one of my amazing clients, who’s in awesome shape and knows how to cut down on the “crap” in her daily intake (because I drill it into her head offtimes):

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Stefanie works as a server at a local restaurant chain. She says that customers order dressing (usually ranch) on the side, which comes in a 4-ounce cup.

Instead of dipping their forks lightly into the dressing and then into the lettuce, as I advise, they proceed to dump the entire cup of dressing on their “salad,” which is already laden with fats such as cheese, bacon and crispy (instead of grilled) chicken.

People, just 1 ounce of ranch dressing and most other fat-based dressings has a whopping 100 calories!! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that you just dumped and extra 400 calories on your already high-fat salad! OY VEY!!

I am sure Steffie wants to ask her customers, “Why do you bother ordering dressing on the side if you’re just going to plotz it all on?” but apparently she holds back cuz she’s nicer than me.

How to lose the fat

And remember, peeps, there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so if you simply cut out that fatty dressing we are talking losing almost 3 pounds per month of fat.

And in case you were wondering, yes, I did buy the Walden Farms raspberry dressing — which is fat free, sugar free, and calorie free! It is actually pretty good. It contains white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and one preservative.

And apple cider vinegar has some amazing benefits as well as being calorie free. Read here.

My advice

You know you want it. Here it is: Lose the fatty dressings all together and use spices, sesame seeds (which I told you about here) and balsamic/red wine and apple cider vinegar instead.

If you must use dressings, skip the creamy ones and dip your fork into a side cup of it before you dip it in the lettuce — instead of hiding your salad in it!

Client spotlight: Shari’s fruitcake

No, no, no, I didn’t say Shari IS a fruitcake! She was presented with this beautiful cakeless fruitcake in celebration of her 49th b’day! 

Shari's fruit cake
Who would whip up such a unique and awesome concoction? Why none other than Shari's BFF, Ali — along with Ali's partner-in-crime, her 11-year-old daughter Brea…and without slaving over a hot stove!

You will, of course, be reading much more about these amazing asset movers in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank!

I’ve been moving Ali’s assets for more than 10 years. Her evil sidekick, Shari, joined in on her sessions about 3 years ago, so I get to whip them into shape twice per week.

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Both of them were pretty fit and svelte to begin with because they both move their assets constantly and they don’t eat too much (crap). So I can’t take all the credit for how fantastic they look…but I’ll take most of it LOL!

Unbeknownst to me til just a few days ago, Shari does not have her cake and eat it too!! Not even on her own birthday, wow!! Shari and the late Jack LaLanne have some serious discipline in common!!

Now you’ll never catch me eating “fruitcake” for my birthday. Hint, hint, I love Toojay’s Banana Dream Cake and have been known to polish off many a slice to celebrate my big day as well as many other’s big days!!

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I eat very little crap and move my assets most of the time, but totally cutting out cake and cookies has never even occurred to me! Wow, how does one do that? HMMM…

Here is what's also really cool about this fruitcake: Ali and Brea had such a fun time making it and did a really cool fun and healthy mother/daughter thing together. This is a mom and daughter who know how to have fun together!

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And you know the way people usually skip over the fruit plate and go right to the sugary stuff at parties? People scarfed down this fruitcake because it’s all about presentation. Great job, ladies…how clever!

Shari, you really are what you don’t eat and it certainly shows! Happy 49th birthday!

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More than 17,000 Facebook likes?

Are you kidding me?

Just begging for a close-up [of your arteries, maybe]…introducing McDonald's new Quarter Pounder Burgers.

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THIS got 17,000 Facebook likes? Wow…just shows you what (unfortunately) most Americans like!!

HMMM maybe this is part of the reason why the U.S. was crowned the world's fattest (developed) country???

Please do not miss all the "nutrition" info of this burger. You can find it right here. The quarter pounder with cheese has:

  • 520 calories (240 of them from fat)
  • 26 grams of fat

Not enough fat for you? Then try the double quarter pounder with cheese:

  • 750 calories (380 of them from fat)
  • 43 grams of fat

Okay, they both have 2% of your daily allotment of Vitamin C, so there is some benefit!

On second thought, maybe all those Facebook "likes" were for the little yellow pepper…ya think????

Have you eaten your crap today?? Yeah, you probably did.

You’re still not getting it. How do I know? Hmmm let’s see…I watch you:

  • Pull the rice out of an innocent sushi roll and replace it with solid fat cream cheese. You’d really get the sushi chefs a little verdreht in Japan.
  • Throw away a 100-calorie hamburger bun whilst reaching for a 2nd burger smothered in almost solid fat cheese, which has 5 times the calories and 80 times the fat of the innocent bun, even if it’s not the preferred whole grain bread.
  • Order “a bunch of fats and a little protein on a bed of water,” aka Cobb Salad, and you even poured that side of dressing right on it. Those “little” side cups are 2 to 4 ounces; dressing has 100 calories per ounce… come on, even we can do the math on that!
  • Eat sugar-laden “protein” bars as a meal.

And don’t get me started with you “bagel scoopers.” I’ll really give it to you good in my book! In fact you guys (and gals) are my niche market!

Bethy's trick quiz

Maybe this picture will once and for all slap you upside your carbophobic head. Yumm….Moo Goo Gai Pan. Look closely cuz this may be a trick quiz:

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You’ve decided that it’s time to eat healthier and cut down on some of the crap that you consume on a daily basis. Look at that picture and tell me what you should avoid?

We are talking in general here so stop with your “Is it organic?” and “I’m a vegetarian!” specific smart asset back talk (LOL!).

Ok, here is a hint…that “bowl of soup” you see in the picture is actually the sauce on the side!! When I put my finger in, it was oily to the touch.

That sauce, which normally you let your friendly chef smother your food in, contains HUNDREDS of empty calories mostly from fat, whilst that innocent brown rice that you may have shoved aside has no fat and is chuck full of nutrients (ie, it’s nutrient dense.)

One of my clients, Diana, who’s been to China 6 or 7 times, says the food she sees in Chinese restaurants in the US bears no resemblance to the food you see in China. They do sauce the meat and veggies when they stir-fry them but it's not oily and it would never be that size bowl even for an entire wok of food…ewww!

In fact, you don't see obese people in China — except the ones who eat at all the new American fast-food restaurants that we’ve sadly exported to them! DUH!

My "app" for your smartphone

In case you are not aware, plug this little equation into your smartphone and pull it out when you’re about to ignore the carbs and eat the fat:

Fat has 9 calories per gram while carbohydrates and proteins have 4 calories per gram.

You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that fat has MORE THAN TWICE the calories of the latter two nutrients. And people, sausage and bacon are NOT proteins! They contain mostly fat.

Please pause and absorb (and preferably pace while doing this) the profanity…whoops, I think I mean profundity…of this fact:

If you consume more than 50% of your diet from fatty foods, then a large portion of YOU will be fat!

You are ABSOLUTELY what you eat. This excess fat will show up under your skin — it’s that wobbly, puckered stuff that that you keep squeezing when you ask me how to get rid of it. That excess fat will also (not so obviously) show up in your organs and in your veins and arteries and you will be told that your (bad) cholesterol is high.

Take it from me (whose plate of food that is in the picture) and load up on those nutrient dense foods and cut the crap. If at least half of your consumption comes from vegetables and/or fruits, those issues that you bark about in the previous paragraph will be a thing of the past.

Of course, moving your assets most of the day is the first part of Bethy's Commandment 11:

Thou shalt move more and eat less (crap).

Much more about cutting crap and the 11th commandment in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank!

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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