“I love bacon even though it’s bad for you”–Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of "I love stuff that I know is bad for me!" 

In the last episode we spied on 2 women who…well, you can read all about it here.

So today I want to help you understand more about fats: what’s a good fat, what’s a bad fat, and how in the world do you know if a food is high in fat?

I’ve interviewed a lot of lean, fit people for my book to find out their tips about how they stay that way. My pal Cindy, who is very lean, says if food feels greasy to the touch and leaves a greasy residue on her hands, she stays away from it.

  Fatty food 4

Think of all the foods that leave your hands feeling greasy: all fried foods, butter, creamy stuff, mayo, most dressing, and of course bacon and sausage. If they leave your hands like that, what are they doing to your thighs and the back of your arms as well as your veins and arteries? Can someones say "high LDL?? (That's the "bad" chlolesterol, by the way, that's probably clogging your blood vessels right now if you eat lots of the above mentioned treats…yuck! And you can't just rinse those arteries  off, like you can your hands…wow…what a profound, unanounced Bethy Tangent!) That’s one of my key areas to observe people; if the back of your arms jiggle way too much, I know you eat way to much fat and you basically don’t use your arms for much more than, uh, eating. No, I can't really get a birdseye view of your blood vessels to see how clogged your pipes are; moving your assets will absolutely aid in cleaning you out, by the way.

Another great way to determine if a food is high in fat is to simply read the label. You will see total calories and then calories from fat. To determine what percentage of the total is from fat, simply divide: 

Divide the calories from fat
the total calories
% calories from fat

You want to limit foods with percentages that are more than 25% or 30%. 

Do the math yourself on the label below. Is this a food you want to consume large quantities of? 

Bacon--nutrition label
You guessed it…the answer is “no.” And what is this mystery fat-filled food? It’s bacon! A whopping 68% of the calories are from fat!

You can find nutrition labels for hundreds of foods here: http://caloriecount.about.com

Keep in mind that just because a food has the words "low fat" blaring across the package doesn't mean it's great for you. Read the nutrition label and do the math; many so-called "low-fat" foods are only slightly lower in fat than their regular counterparts, but still way above the amount of fat you should be eating on a regular basis.

Good fats

Yes, there are good fats, too. These are the unsaturated fats, mostly from plants, nuts, seeds and fish and are not in “solid” form like the saturated fats mentioned above (which are mostly from animals).

Examples of foods with good fats are avocados, olive oil, tuna, salmon, and some nuts. You can find a complete list here. That site also includes some great substitutions (eg instead of fat-filled sour cream, substitute non-fat or low-fat yogurt).

Unsaturated fats actually help to lower your bad cholesterol, while (solid) saturated fats tend to raise it. And yes, cheese does fall into the saturated fat category so you want to limit your cheese consumption even if it’s lowfat cheese.

I like to replace cheese in my salads and on my sandwiches with avocado, which is one of the good fats and so tasty. I think even Subway caught on to my little secret as they are now advertising their turkey/avocado sub!

Avocado 2

Remember, just because these are good fats doesn't give you a ticket to drown your food in olive oil! All fats are high in calories and most oils have 120 in one tablespoon! So make sure you dip your fork into that side of salad dressing (like the late Jack LaLanne advised), instead of dumping the cup on your salad and you will spare yourself hundreds of unwanted calories.

The bottom line (yours!)

As you've heard me say many times, most peops, with way too much junk in their trunk, arteries and other places got that way by eating too much fat (and sugar too) combined with not moving their assets…period, end of story!

No, I haven’t mentioned the dreaded “s” word (sugar) until now because I know I’d really drive you bonkers! The Orlando Sentinel recently posted an article about how bad sugar really is for you: Suicide by Sugar. Americans are unfortunately addicted to sugar because it is “snuck” into so many packaged foods, such as sauce and bread, that do not need sugar…oy vey!

But that's for another upcoming blogpost. I think you’ve hear enough for now! Let me know what you think; just post it in a comment (click here then scroll to the bottom of the page).

Food heart

“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.”

Bacon 1
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!

Bacon 2
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)…


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


Some spinach…

Breakfast--spinach 3

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

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!


The test you want to fail

My client and friend Diana found this in her mailbox:

Scooter test
It was a direct-mail letter for, you guessed it, mobility scooters!

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time (like more than a week), you know that scooters are one of my pet peeves.

Don’t get me wrong, there are probably a handful of truly disabled or older folks that truly must use an expensive scooter. Uhh…maybe less than a handful. But they’re not the ones I’m kvetching about! I’m referring to the ones who can easily find their way to their fat-filled refrigerators—on their own 2 legs—but sit on their assets the rest of the day. Don’t get me started! I feel a “Bethy tangent” might be coming on soon!

For those of us who live in central Florida, you just need to spend an afternoon at Disney to see what I’m talking about. You can practically get run over by all the mobility scooters—and trust me, most of the people on them are not disabled; they are simply very overweight and on their scooters because they’ve forgotten how to move their assets. (And they may be able to move to the front of the line more quickly at Disney…hmmm, maybe not such a bad idea!)

Just kidding…bad idea!!

Diana took the "Mobility Assessment" test—and thankfully she failed it miserably—probably because she moves her assets with me 3 times a week—and she even moves them without me. She’s lucky she “failed” because I would have put her through even more grueling torture than I do now! Diana, the purple discs of death would be just the beginning!

In case you think Diana is a 20-something, she's not. She's 63.

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That's Diana on the far left–and she's not the oldest one in the picture, either. I have clients in their mid 70s and they'll never need scooters to get around because they move their assets on their own every day. (You'll read about them in my upcoming book.)

So take the test yourself and see how you score

Personal Mobility Assessment Test

1. Do you sometimes feel left out by not being able to get together with family and friends?

Bethy replies: Uh…I always feel left out, but I don’t think a mobility scooter will solve this. Maybe my shrink will!

2. Do you have health-related issues that limit your mobility?

Bethy replies: Ok, now I’m fired up and have to go off on a “Bethy tangent.” Actually, this question should read, “Do you have heath-related issues because you have limited your mobility?"

If you have not moved your assets in 30 years, it is of no coincidence that you have a handful of hypokenetic diseases and that your legs have forgotten how to move your oversized torso around. Incidentally, hypokenetic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure are caused by living a sedentary lifestyle. The word hypokenetic literally means "decreased bodily movement."

3. Are you having trouble getting to your kitchen or dining facility by yourself for a meal?

4. Is it difficult for you to get to the bathroom on your own?

5. Are you unable to easily access your clothes and dress yourself each day?

6. Have you lost the ability to operate a manual wheelchair inside your home?

7. Are you feeling like a bother to others due to limited mobility?

8. Have you fallen in the past 12 months?

If you answered “yes” to more than one of them, you don’t need a scooter—you need to read my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank. Ok, it’s not ready yet, so you can read my inspirational, motivational no-nonsense blog posts for now (or hire me to kick your assets in person…if you dare). If you are one of my “victims,” err I mean, clients, I am sure you will fail this test like Diana did!

The scooter promo ends by saying:

“You can’t imagine how much a scooter will add to your well-being, independence and happiness.”

No, what will add to your well-being, independence and happiness is reacquainting yourself with your unused, atrophied body parts so that you don't have to depend on pills, doctors and machines to get you through the day or even just to your bathroom, kitchen or dining facility!

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