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

But I’ve got great tips!

I know you’re going to moan, groan and complain after you “stuff” yourself like a turkey (pun intended) tomorrow! You’re going to hold your belly and complain that you feel like you gained 10 pounds! And you’re going to sit around (on your assets) after dinner and feel even more bloated!!

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 with buttery sweet potatoes, country gravy and sugary pecan pie.

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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 butter (yuck!). 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. You did not gain weight yet! Fall leaf 1

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

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. 

My 8 super tips!

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

1. Take a "digestion"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. I actually have peops, hubby and kiddies included, inviting moi on digestion walks…it really catches on!

Fall leaf 32. 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.

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 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. Even move around, if you can. Standing burns a lot more calories than sitting, and moving around while talking and drinking is even better!

6. Reward yourself. For every gift you purchase for someone, reward yourself with 30 minutes of exercise. So 10 gifts…you earned 5 hours of being fit for YOU! Walk,dance, yoga, whatever you wish! Fall leaf 2

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 gain weight.

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

Happy Thanksgiving!

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“I’ve had 2 C-sections and haven’t worked out in years…there’s no hope for me!”

Believe me, this is one of the 22 excuses (ooh, I’m sorry, I mean “concerns”) that I hear from ladies like you and me all the time!  (You can read about the other 21 in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!)

Jen afterNo, I cannot take the credit for this body (right).

That is my friend, Jen, and my claim to fame is that I’ve been friends with her for more than 20 years! 

We met when I was 26 and Jen was 16; we both worked at the Fitness Connection in Happauge, Long Island, but we we were both NOT the epitome of fitness back then.

In fact, until very recently, this is how I always knew Jen (below left). Jen before cropped

As my dad, Manny (alias the “man ee ac”), used to say, “You know, that red-headed friend of yours is very attractive and not so petite!”

LOL, those of you who know Manny know that his “filter” never worked properly and he tells it like it is. (He loves pointing out to women, “Hey, I see you got breast implants put in.” DUH…as if they didn’t know!)

Anyway, much more about Manny, and his ability not to get smacked in the face after 85 years, in my book as well, but now back to Jen!

So when she was in her mid 30s and living in Atlanta with two sons (both C-sections, mind you,) a job as an office manager of Loganville Dialysis, and an awesome husband, Jamie, who runs his own CPA firm, Jen decided to get in the best shape of her life.

Unbeknownst to me, she decided to compete in a Figure Competitor SNBF competition!  I had no idea that my little “Jenni$#%@” (we have cute “pet names” for each other) had made such an awesome commitment and with so many other responsibilities. 

What an inspiration to us all, right? Unfortunately, Jen did not win the competition…but here’s what she had to say about it:

"I know a whole new side of me. I may not have won a trophy, but I won a new passion for discipline and determination. I won self confidence. I won being in the best shape of my life at 36 years old and 2 C-sections later. To me, my trophy is the way I look and feel about myself."

No, I don’t expect that you all want to aspire to THIS level of fitness, but Jen is a great inspiration to all of us ladies who think that (1) getting your body back is impossible after having kids and (2) your life is too busy and crazy to get in awesome shape! 

Make a commitment to yourself and start moving your assets now, even just by deciding not to use a drive thru today!


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“Dieting” may actually INCREASE your appetite hormones!

Permanently changing your eating habits as a lifestyle is a lot easier said than done. That’s why there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of diets out there to get you to “lose weight,” some more quickly than others.

But there are not many dieters who have been successful with keeping the weight off permanently. Come on, out of your 50 friends who’ve gone on diets, I bet you can count on (less than) one hand how many have stayed lean and svelt.

I’ve noticed that in many cases, many of my dieting buddies and acquaintances actually seem to be “fluffier” each time they gain back the weight, and before their next fad diet of choice. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Here's the proof

Well, guess what? There may be a scientific explanation for this post-diet weight gain! It ain’t fun, it ain’t pretty and it has to do with your hormones…the ones that control your appetite.

A new study, which appears in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, compared the blood level of hormones that influence appetite in subjects before and one year after a weight-loss program.

The findings showed that even one year after a weight-loss program, 6 of 9 of hormones were still out of whack and in a direction that would boost hunger.

The subjects reported being hungrier as well. DUH!! Depriving yourself of one of your most basic instincts, eating, can actually make you “fatter” in the long run.

How to burn fewer calories

To make matters even worse, if you are losing muscle along with that weight, you may be burning fewer calories with your lighter body.

So this coupled with a bigger appetite is going to make you “fatter in the long run.” Read more here.

How you can sensibly lose weight and keep it off is one of the things you'll read about in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets.

As I always say, your best bet for long term results is to move MORE and eat LESS (crap)!!

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Making healthy eating choices: Harvard adds its “two cents”

Oooh, you’re in trouble now…big, big trouble! Harvard has edited “My Plate” and recommends that we make it EVEN MORE healthy! (I think most Americans already have a tough time following the government’s version!)

The US government has given us great basic guidelines on what and how much to eat; you can find this info at  www.choosemyplate.gov. Of course you will read more about this drop-dead gorgeous plate in my book Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!

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Basically, this pic tells us that ½ our plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, ¼ should be grains, and the other ¼ should be protein. It also leaves a little room for a serving of dairy.

Sounds reasonable enough, right? If you go to the website and click each food group, you’ll get examples of each and which ones to modify or avoid.

Let's face it: Most American’s DO NOT devote ½ their plates to fruit and veggies (unless maybe it’s on one of the four plates they just devoured at the OK Corral Buffet!).

Harvard's tweaks

Now Harvard University has come up with their own “healthy eating plate” (click that link to enlarge the plate–because you're going to want to read it to understand what I'm about to say!):

Harvard healthy eating plate
There are a lot of things I do like about the Harvard plate…but I have to say it looks like we’ve gone and pissed off Harvard because they won’t even let us eat a good old plain baked potato anymore!

See, America, we had to go ruin an awesome healthy, nutritious potato by drenching it with cheese, bacon, sour cream and other crap (aka empty calories.) So now Harvard won't even let us call them “vegetables” anymore! Instead they group plain potatoes with French fries and call them foods that “don’t count.”

And because we’ve smothered fatty cheese all over healthy foods like potatoes, as well as on not-so-healthy foods like hot dogs, we’re not even entitled to a dairy serving with our meal; ok we’re allowed 1-2 servings of dairy per day. (And, no, throwing on 9 or 10 healthy chives on your fat-laden potato doesn't counteract the damage all that fat has caused you.)

Who stole the sweet potatoes?

Oh my, there is no "ok" for sweet potatoes on Harvard’s plate, either. That's probably because we've also ruined them by turning them into waffle fries!

I love Harvard’s plan (it lets me drink coffee), but is it realistic for most Americans?

I do agree with Harvard’s limits on dairy because I prefer you have water with your meal rather than milk, and put avocado instead of cheese on your sandwich, and high fat empty calorie foods must be greatly limited.

I also love that Harvard’s plate tell us to avoid bacon and processed meat. I will say this till I’m blue in the face, but you know who you are…the ones who will not eat the healthy brown rice, but will eat a high-fat processed food like “turkey sausage.” You are doing yourself a huge injustice by ingesting “crap” that would normally be tossed in the trash, instead of wholesome and nutritious “healthy” carbs.

Even Harvard says so!

How the healthiest, happiest, fittest people eat

There are so many crazy diets for you to chose from, but the healthiest, happiest, fittest people I know eat meals with plates that resemble one of those above. They are happy because they don’t have to go on a “deprivation diet” every few months!

Take a look at what the healthiest people are eating at your favorite restaurant. I can almost guarantee you’ll see a huge resemblance to these plates.

And you think I vent now, wait till you listen to me in my book, Move Your Assets! I pull no punches!

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