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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Change your posture and add years to your life!

Is this what you look like when you’re watching TV?

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Is this you when you’re sending emails or posting on Facebook?

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What do you look like right now as you’re reading this?

Read on…I’m going to tell you something that can help add years to your life.

I’m always ranting and raving about the importance of practicing good posture and lifting techniques in real life and outside your fitness routine. (And if you’re not a client or student of mine, you may not have heard one of my infamous rants yet, but you’ll sure read a plethora of them in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

For example:

  • Do you have the strength to lift yourself up from a sitting position?
  • Do you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you creak and crawl out of the car?
  • Does your body feel the worst after you’ve been on your couch, in your car, your chair at work, or your bed?

I’m always warning my students about the complications of sitting in a poor posture for long periods of time on your couch, in your car, chair, or bed.

Duh! Your muscles are not meant to sit in poor posture for long periods of time. That’s why you hurt more when you get out of your car than you do after a 30-minute walk!

I don’t care if you exercise for 2 hours a day, 7 days a week…you must be mindful of your posture when you’re performing any task, even sitting.

The less awareness and strength you have carrying your own body around, the more difficult it will be to get up, especially as you age.

When you’re sitting, instead of using that time to practice poor posture, you can use it to practice good posture — and strengthen your core.

Here’s how to watch TV with good posture :

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or this way:

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And here’s what you should look like when you send emails or post on Facebook:

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Or even better:

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I’ve written a lot of my book exactly like that — standing at my laptop.

Why is this important?

This is soooo important because:

1. You’ll eliminate needless aches and pains. (Sorry, I’m not referring to the one you’re married to, ha ha.)

2. You’ll look so much better.

3. You’ll be able to get up a lot more easily as you age and you won’t be trading in your G-d given body parts for a slow-moving motorized scooter. (Don’t get me started with those right now!)

And drum roll please…

4. You’ll lower your risk of death!

Research shows that the ability to sit and rise from the floor with one hand or no hands was closely correlated with a lower risk of death from any cause. You can read more here and also the original study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  I am worried about you and want you to be able to get off the freakin’ toilet in your “oldster” (the opposite of youngster) years. And by the way, (Bethy Tangent) because your such a germaphobe, you shouldn’t be sitting on a public toilet anyway! So practicing your sqatting now (like we did in Turkey and other countries) will not only keep you germ free but will help strengthen your assets (literally your “glutes”) as well as your thighs. And remember, stronger glutes means less work from your joints, especially you knees, hips and lower vertebrae.

 

So not only am I teaching you ways to feel and look so much better than you ever dreamed, but I’m also helping to add years to your life!

 

“It’s the most fattening, I mean most wonderful, time of the year!”

But don't worry — I’ve got great tips!

I know you moaned, groaned and complained after you “stuffed” yourself like a turkey (pun intended) a few weeks ago. 

 

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And with holiday parties galore, you're going to hold your belly and kvetch that you gained 10 pounds.

And you’re going to sit around (on your assets) after every holiday dinner and feel even more bloated!

 

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I’m going to help you feel a lot better so don’t be so hard on yourself! The truth is, you didn’t gain one pound of fat, in one sitting, even after gorging yourself.

Don't panic!

There are about 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so you would have to consume an extra 3,500 calories on top of what your body requires in order to gain a pound of fat. BTW a pound of fat is equivalent to eating 4 sticks of butta (New Yawk for butter…EEEWWW what a visual!). It’s really hard to consume that much in one sitting.

Yes, in a few days you can consume that much and gain that pound of fat, but after one huge meal you’re just feeling the fullness. And don't forget peops,food and drink have weight. Weight is relative so if you consumed two pounds worth of food and booze, you will weigh two pounds more after your meal…DUH! When I put it that way it makes sense, right? But you did not accumulate two pounds of fat on your person, given the above little formula. I don't care if you suck at math, you can follow me here! Oh don't worry sista (or brotha), I'll be throwin' lotza math and science at ya in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!

The worst thing you can do after a big dinner is to stay seated all night. The best thing you can do is get up and Move Your Assets (another shameless book plug!)

Invite the posse on a "digestion walk"

It is not rude to go take a walk; encourage your guests to come with you. Not only will you feel so much less bloated because you’ll have helped to speed up the digestion process, but your stress will just melt away. And you’ll burn some extra calories. I actually have peops, hubby and kiddies included, inviting moi on digestion walks…it really catches on!

My 8 super tips!

Here are some great tips to keep you fit through the holidays:

1. Take a walk. Resist the urge to plop on the couch after a big dinner. Before you sit down to eat and after you finish, take a short walk. At least 20 minutes will do it. 

2. Shake and dance! While you're preparing food, put on your favorite music and shake, dance, and move. It adds more fun to your cooking and burns quite a bit more calories.


Latkes 1When I know I’ll be serving potato latkes as part of Hanukkah dinner, I move around as much as I can before and after.

In fact, I keep an iPod dock in my kitchen and dance to Lady Gaga and Shakira as I’m prepping and frying. (You'll read a lot more about latkes and Grandma Sylvia–no draining or blotting for her!–in my book.)

3. Avoid the greasy, saucy, goopy stuff. Eat foods that are closest to the version that God created! You can’t go wrong! I know it's not easy when you face a buffet of Aunt Sadie's casseroles, but if half your consumption is from fresh or frozen veggies, fruit, or beans, you may have less room for the calorie-laden stuff. Avoid the greasy, saucy stuff or eat very little.  Spice up your white meat turkey rather than pouring gravy on it.

4. Move it! If you do indulge, move around after dinner. Here’s a chart that tells you how much exercise it will take to burn off that apple pie and ice cream you just scarfed down. (1-1/2 hours of hiking should do it.)

5. Stand up. Encourage your guests (and yourself) to stand as much as possible while socializing.  Helping the host clean up earns lots of brownie points (especially if it's your mother-in-law Harriet) and burns lots more calories than plotzing whilst shmoozing all night! OY VEY!

6. Reward yourself. For every gift you purchase for someone, reward yourself with 30 minutes of asset moving. So 10 gifts…you earned 5 hours of being fit for YOU! Walk,dance, yoga, whatever you wish!

7. Don't wait! Please don’t wait til January 1 to start moving again. Don’t use the logic, “I’m eating so much; I’ll wait till next year!” Wrong! Keep moving through this holiday season–like you never moved before–and you will not add the jiggles to your jingles (huh?) Most importantly, you'll kvetch a lot less about aches, ailments and bloating.

8. Spend a guilt-free day! Instead of spending a full day at the way-too-crowded mall, spend an hour or so working off your December feasting. You'll feel amazing (instead of guilty) when you're done!

Contact moi, The Asset Queen, to assist with your asset-moving and crap-cutting!

 Bethanne@moveyourassets.com

 

“You actually walked here?”

I know you’ve missed my snappy little tips and smart asset quips and yes I have gone MIA with my blogposts for quite some time

I will fill you on some life challenges that have occupied my time in next blog post, but you know me. When something profound in the asset moving world inspires me to share I need to just let it all out NOW!

Divine inspiration

Every Sunday I walk to Walgreens to get the newspaper and sometimes large amounts of sale – priced paper products which make me stick out like a sore thumb on my trek home on the Seminle Wekiva trail. Today, a young whippersnapper of a Walgreens employee blirted out,

 “You actually walked here?”…

…in response to my request to a 60ish Walgreens employee to please put my newspaper in a plastic bag to make my journey home easier whlist avoiding getting smelly newsprint all over my sweaty body. Ewww, I didn’t actually share the latter part.

Please pause and absorb the profoundness of this (and walk forwards, side to side and backwards whilst absorbing)

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The premise of actually walking to and into a store shocked this 20 something year old fine, young overweight lady probably because her mama searches for the closest parking spot, doesn’t return her freakin’ shopping cart to the rack and frequents drive up windows. You will read much more about these pet peeves of mine in my upcoming book Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! and you can read about the latter peeve here, but don’t get me started right now.

Hmmm two cars per household in the USA

It’s amazing to me how very few people these days  don’t rely on their own bods for transportation in our beautiful US of A. In my day and in yours too, we biked and walked everywhere for fun transportation and never thought of it as exercise. When mommy called us in for supper, we’d say “10 more minutes” so we can finish our game of Ringo Levio (Italian for tag; I’m still hung up on that inspirational Italy trip that you can read about here.) It’s pretty frightening how difficult it is to get peops nowadays even off the couch, especially kids. But it’s (usually) not too tough with our Ryan, Talia and Adam; you will read a lot more about how asset moving parents are obviously more likely to have asset moving kids in my book as well.

By the way, the average family in France (and Itlaly) have less than one car per household while the average American has two, so this has lots to do with the fact that we have the need to bring the automobile everywhere

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HMMM, I don’t think we are fitting a family of five in here

I threw in this Bethy tangent about Europe (lots of Bethy tangents in the book) because Jeffrey and I recently returned from a 2 week vacation in France. Incredibly everyone moves his/her assets and everywhere well into their 60s 70s and beyond. (Almost identical stats in Italy.) Even more incredibly, we saw only two very overweight people during the entire two weeks and guess where their accents indicated they were from? Can someone say the lovely US of A?

Profound Bethy conclusion

Only in this country would a young store employee be flabbergasted  that a relatively young customer actually made it there on “feets” even if they look like these…

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Yes those really are my funky feest and I manage to move my assets around the world with those flapjacks, so you can stop laughing and get on yours NOW

Urgent message from the asset queen: move your assets OR ELSE!

If you would have told me five weeks ago, when I was writhing on the floor in the most escrutiating agony I have ever experienced in my 48 years, that this would be me this week…

 

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…I would have said that you were meshuga!

 

Assets (temporarily) frozen

In fact I was ready to throw the towel in on my life's purpose of encouraging you (and me) to move our assets since mine were (temporarily) "frozen" and I saw no light at the asset moving tunnel.
Peops, have faith and patience in yourself and your body…it wants to heal…it truly does! It wants to take you on trips around the world and to shopping malls and on long walks with your "love man" and maybe even a game of tackle football with your stepson…or, maybe not!

Bethy, what is your point?

My point is you must keep your body fit and strong, so in case you do suffer an unforeseen physical or mental trauma, you are well prepared for the healing! I am living proof that after two major back sugeries just six weeks apart, you can come back strong at age 48 or older, if you don't let sarcopenia get you! You will hear a lot more about sarcopenia and disappearing assets in my next blog post as well as in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank, which I almost threw the towel in on too! OY VEY,that would not have been good since you've been hearing about this freakin' book for umpteen years!

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Move Your Assets OR ELSE

 Take if from me and Isaac Newton:

"A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force"

HMMM, outside force – do you mean the ones that we actually elect to take us out of motion such as drive thrus, cars, computers, cell phones…yada yada yada! How many "forces" can you rattle off that have kept you sitting on rather than moving your assets?

If you decide to throw the towel in on your asset moving, be prepared for some seriously undesirable consequences such as not being able to move your assets, even for a simple walk, without causing injury to knees, hips, back, bones and other organs. Heed my warning now and have walks with friends instead of words with friends, or you will not be walking, let alone getting off the toilet and out of the car without difficulty, in a few years.

 

A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force

 

 

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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Bethy’s Tip of the Day: Use Sunday as the beginning of your asset-moving lifestyle!

Happy Sunday!

Before Sunday breakfast, before church (and after your morning coffee, of course) get out there and walk for 30 minutes.

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Bring one or more family members and spend family time moving and talking first thing Sunday morning instead of eating greasy hash browns, (almost solid fat) sausages, or bagels (scooped out to make your feel better that you saved 30 calories but) laden with (almost solid fat) cream cheese!

Break the habit of rolling out of bed only to plop your body onto the couch or chair with a newspaper and food. Instead, move your assets first and you will be more energized, less stressed and happy the rest of the day!

Even though my assets are still (partially) frozen cuz I'm still recovering from back surgery, my walk this morning makes me feel better than any pain killer on the planet. (Added bonus: Moving my assets relieves the constipation that opiates cause…I know, TMI!)

And I must say it's so nice that Forbes magazine agrees with me! If you don't believe moi that moving your assets is the best way to start the day — not just Sunday but every day — read this from Forbes:

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Check out the #1 tip…drum roll please! Asset Moving uh I mean exercise of course. You will be more creative and energized and less stressed if your begin your day on your feet, rather than on your seat. Thanks, Forbes, for agreeing with Bethy!

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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!

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….

Food heart