Betty Smith: What to Eat and What Not to Eat seminar

Last night, Betty Smith, 72 year-old ultra marathon runner (and recent record-setter in her age group of an 89 mile run in 48 hours!) discussed the foods that she eats and what is best for the body.  Betty explained how her eating choices have contributed to her running success and overall near-perfect health.  In fact she mentioned that she never needs medications of any kind (including headache and cold medications) because she doesn’t get sick.  She was in a career at one point working with young children and even being around them, she still didn’t get sick!

Betty’s presentation was entitled “Yuck! Nutrition”.  As she stated, Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease don’t want people to eat healthy because these diseases thrive on junk food.  These diseases want people to think that healthy food is just “yuck”.  However, by eating in the manner that she outlines these lifestyle diseases can be prevented.

Through a simple chart Betty showed which vitamins, antioxidants, micro nutrients and macro nutrients are needed to maintain ideal health.  The best food sources were listed and their role in the body. She finished with explaining what she eats and giving ideas for how to incorporate these foods every day.

To make a point, I asked Betty, “If the local grocery store offered to give you any food item for free, how much of the food that they offer would you take?”.  Her answer: none. I thought that this was an important way to get the point across of how unhealthy the food is at the traditional grocery store (She did go on to explain that this was assuming that they didn’t carry organic and fresh fruits and vegetables.).

At the end of her seminar, Betty asked the group to take just one thing that they learned and implement it.  Even the smallest change can make a difference.  One positive habit leads to other positive habits.  If you attended that seminar, please post here what you took from it and what you will change in your life.

PS-I will be posting the video of her seminar on a blog this week.

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10 Responses

  1. Sam

    Sam June 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm | | Reply

    My mom and I both went to Betty’s talk along with a few other bootcamper’s and I think everyone really enjoyed what she had to say. Her ideas are not only a proven method but are backed by and abundance of data. But, even more so what I enjoyed was the fact that she came across as “a real person”, I put that in quotes because more often then not your meet these people that do amazing things and look fabulous but have not struggled with weight and eating like many of us do, but she she did, she faced those same struggles in an attempt to make a ‘life-style change’ and I think that was key! She encouraged baby steps small steps changing one thing at a time and not just jumping in head first. I found it surprising when she said it took her almost 2 years to fully change her diet- that truly put things into perspective!

    So now onto myself: I have already been incorporating the chia and flax seeds into water, yogurt, smoothies, salads, ect. So I was really happy to be able to say I was doing one thine right 😉 but, now my new mission: I am giving up red meat! I don’t truly like the taste, I don’t eat it that often, and after hearing all the bad things it can do your body, I’m not willing to work this hard and still hinder myself! Also, I am going to work on incorporating more beans into my diet, this will be a challenge I am not a bean person, I’m weird with textures, but they are so healthy and have so many benefits I am willing to try!!!

    Watch the video! You will love it and truly gains wealth of knowledge from it!


  2. JenC

    JenC June 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm | | Reply

    I went to Betty’s seminar and was hooked. Last summer I was new to Boot Camp and my goal was to make exercise part of my calendar during the school year. Now I’m challenging myself to incorporate some of of Betty’s wisdom into the weekly menu and subsequent grocery list. I’m trying new recipes this summer that can be made with limited time and energy during the school year.

    This week I’ve added a tablespoon of chia seeds to my morning oatmeal; two thumbs up! At the grocery store, I bought organic veggies in the produce section and beans and tortillas in the organic aisle. Bought almond milk which came in handy when I let my chia-oatmeal sit too long this morning(!). For snacks, the family has been eating hummus with pretzel crisps and eating watermelon.

    Not advertising my efforts to the family. All they know is I’m doing the grocery shopping and the cooking. They are eating everything, no questions asked. So far, so good for all of us!

    So… after one seminar…. I’ve incorporated chia seeds, organic foods, almond milk… pretty good start. Lots more of summer to go!


  3. Kathy Lynn

    Kathy Lynn June 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been to every other seminar to listen to Betty, but I missed this one! I will watch the video.


  4. Mary

    Mary June 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm | | Reply

    I was really bummed that I missed this talk!! I did get the handouts regarding Betty’s Yuck recipes and nutrition and made all three parts of the Yuck diet. It did take a good bit of time in the kitchen, but every minute was well worth it!! So far this week, I’ve had the Yuck drink for breakfast, Yuck stew for lunch and Yuck loaf for dinner and it’s all very yummy and FILLING ! I have been snacking much less than usual. When I do feel like a snack, it’s only fruits, vegetables, or nuts. No more mindless eating!! I feel that I perform better in my work outs and runs when I am eating more nutrient dense foods. I feel better over all. I highly recommend trying all three parts of Betty’s Yuck nutrition. You may see an increase in your ability to perform better at any (or all, for you unlimited boot campers) of the boot camp locations.


  5. John M.

    John M. June 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm | | Reply

    Is Betty the one who also has a special running technique? I would like to hear her talk on the 28th.


    1. Mary

      Mary June 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm | | Reply

      Yes, that’s her. Go see her on the 28th if you can!


  6. Margie

    Margie June 27, 2013 at 1:37 am | | Reply

    Betty is so very passionate about nutrition and living a positive lifestyle. If only food manufacturers could get on her bandwagon! I wonder if Yuck could be commercially made and sold…. hmmmm….


  7. Debbie Mazzullo

    Debbie Mazzullo June 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm | | Reply

    I hope she does this talk again. I am so sorry that I missed it. I can’t wait for tonight’s talk on running.


  8. John M.

    John M. June 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm | | Reply

    We went to Betty’s talk on June 28th – she was incredible. We learned a lot and will try to start incorporating ChiRunning into our runs (I downloaded the iPhone app :-)). I would love to see the video of her nutrition seminar.


  9. Teresa Butler

    Teresa Butler September 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm | | Reply

    On our anniversary, I thought about what Betty shared about her birthday celebration. It did not revolve around food. This is something important that I learned and implemented after her seminar..
    “At the end of her seminar, Betty asked the group to take just one thing that they learned and implement it. Even the smallest change can make a difference. One positive habit leads to other positive habits.”

    When I think about even the smallest change can make a difference: I feel empowered!


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