64. Fat Out Fun In!

64.  Fat Out Fun In!

One benefit we enjoyed in Amway back in the 1980’s was attending the Better Life Institute for a week’s “training” at the Grand Plaza Hotel, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Amway had come out with a weight loss program using low fat, low cholesterol, food substitutes and cooking lessons.  The program was delivered by trained advisors to teach prospects the dietary plan and how to use the new food products.  Small groups met weekly for a potluck using low fat dishes and the food substitutes.

We were already eating a vegetarian diet, so thought we’d try this business niche.  To be certified as advisors for the program we had to go to the Better Life Institute for a week’s “training” in Michigan. February was the only possibility! It’s cold in Michigan in February!  When we made the reservation, the gal said, “Are you sure you want to come now?…it’s 40 and snowing.”

We went!  It was cold and snowing most of the week we were there.  I never left the hotel during our week of intensive training.  Seven AM until 9:00 PM…exercise, eat, talk session, exercise, eat, talk session… swim, eat. I have never eaten so much great tasting, low calorie food in my life!  Since Betty and I were the only ones trying to gain weight, we were allowed to raid the refrigerator.  It was fun to swim in the heated pool, watch the snow swirling by, and see icicles under the eves.

Surprise!….this wasn’t for teaching the weight loss classes…it was for a holistic “Heart Healthy Lifestyle” class, ..low cholesterol cooking, exercise, dining out, label reading…etc…even more fun!

Betty and I (Mostly Betty) were the first in Hawaii to teach the Better Life Institute Heart Healthy Lifestyles class.  We hired a caterer, Marian Turgeon of “Feasting Fare,” rented a hall, and held 3 monthly dinner seminars featuring Marian’s rendition of the BLI foods…low calorie, low cholesterol, no sugar, and delicious!  Betty and I did the teaching part…lots of fun! Averaged 30 to 40 people each time.  We taught 2 sessions of the classes at home, which were very rewarding and fun. It gave me a chance to tell some jokes.  The classes included potlucks with the BLI menus, so I made delicious low calorie desserts.