THE BETTY ROCKER: An Inside Look
Cooking and Fitness Adventures in a Healthy Lifestyle of Awesome
My name is Bree Argetsinger, AKA The Betty Rocker, and it is my mission in life to share as much information as I can with you to make your life a healthy, happy and fit one!
In a nutshell, I’m a “Fit Foodie.” Finding the balance between what nourishes me and what makes me happy eating has been a lifelong adventure.
Growing up, I had a LOT of questions about what it meant to be healthy. I used to think it was the size of my clothes, or my weight on the scale. But the more I focused on those things, the more problems I had! My weight fluctuated a lot – and despite my very consistent, active lifestyle and eating what I thought was a healthy diet, I couldn’t figure out why the flab wouldn’t come off my belly, and why sometimes I’d be up as much as 20-30 pounds.
I developed some pretty bad alcohol, drug and food addictions that probably came in large part from the lack of control I felt over my body, and my deep insecurities about how I measured up in a world that seemed to judge me for being either “smart enough” or “pretty enough” – but I didn’t give up. I studied, I learned, and I conquered – and I’m here to share the ride and help you do the same thing!
This site can be one of the tools in your tool kit for strategies for the fit lifestyle, healthy and delicious recipes, workouts you can do anywhere, and support as you make lasting changes to your attitude, your body, and your life!
How did you get named, “The Betty Rocker?”
My family has its roots in Formula One road racing (you can read a great NY Times article about my grandfather HERE), and you could say that adrenaline has always found a comfortable home in my bloodstream.
In my fast and furious 20′s, my juxtaposed love of motorcycles, fast cars and living life on the edge plus the more traditionally feminine pursuits of baking, cooking and feeding my friends earned me the moniker “Punk Rock Betty Crocker.” Over the years, it just morphed into “Betty Rocker.” The “the” got added later…because it was funny mostly and it stuck.
Fitness. I love working out. It grounds me. I was a runner for years. I grew up doing gymnastics and ballet, and I enjoy a multitude of fitness styles. I love body weight exercises, Olympic lifting, circuit training, explosive cardio, kick boxing, and all kinds of exercise.
I was a structural alignment practitioner for many years, running a traveling business where I treated athletes, motorcycle racers and all kinds of active people. Form and function are at the top of my list when it comes to putting challenging workouts together. Here on the blog, I share a lot of tips, workouts, and videos whenever I can make them.
Traveling. I’m a traveler at heart,born with the wanderlust and an innate curiosity and interest in people and cultures. I was an anthropology major at Tufts, my first college stint, and tackled journalism and nutrition at FIU (Florida International University) several years later. I’ve lived and worked in Alaska, traveled all over the world – but my all time favorite place is yet to be determined!
Cooking. I learned pretty traditional baking and cooking methods growing up – and we had a garden and shopped at the co-op so I got to appreciate the value of good quality food from an early age. I got really confused about how to eat once I left home though – the insane amount of mixed messages about diet, food and how the body works can be overwhelming!
The subjects you’ll find on this blog (and more in depth in my healthy eating guide the Body Fuel System - a 2-part downloadable ebook) cover the key concepts that I have studied, applied and that have had the greatest impact on creating healthy habits and overall sustainable fitness.
I never thought I’d write a book about healthy eating, but after Whole Foods market contacted me a year into my blog because a store employee credited me for her remarkable weight loss (she lost 50 pounds), I got really serious about learning and sharing the concepts I had been applying to my cooking that had made such an impact on my own health.
Key Strategies for natural fat loss, a healthy lifestyle and sustainable eating -
1. Gluten-free eating. Gluten, a protein found in wheat. can be tough for the body to break down. In small amounts, it may be fine, but by and large, people eat a ton of foods that contain it. Combined with the many other irritating substances in the American diet, our gut gets overloaded and creates a state of inflammation. Prolonged inflammation weakens our immune system, interrupts natural digestive processes, and has been linked to a number of diseases and illnesses.
Reducing your intake of gluten – and other tough to digest proteins – can have a big impact on your waistline, your energy levels and your ability to digest food and break down fat.
2. Grain preparation. Among the interesting things I’ve studied, there is actually a “right” way to prepare your grains so you can absorb all their vital nutrients, and ensure they’re not actually contributing to inflammation and stripping vital nutrients from you body. Phytic acid - the phosphorous bound compound on the external coating of the bran of a grain kernel – binds to important minerals like zinc, magnesium and others in our digestive tract as it passes through, stripping them from our bodies.
Modern cooking is all about quick and easy, which means grains are being eaten with this phytic acid intact. Traditional cultures and indigenous people knew better – soaking, sprouting or fermenting grains easily breaks this down, making the grains far more nutritious.
3. Balancing blood sugar. The trouble with all this quick and easy modern cooking is the ever-increasing supply of processed, packaged, and fast foods. Foods that contain refined sugars and flours lack the fiber and minerals that slow down their absorption in our bodies, which causes blood sugar to spike rapidly.
When your blood sugar levels rise (or fall) too quickly, a hormone cocktail that triggers fat storage occurs. Eating a balance of whole foods, eating regularly, and keeping the processed junk to a minimum is a great way to get in shape – fast!
4. Food Prep. Aka Cooking. I’m a big fan of food prep. I wish I had time to cook more, but it’s tough – so the way I balance flavor with the daily demands on my time is batching my cooking in one main session. I usually choose a few staple recipes, and spend a day shopping, cooking and setting it all up in my fridge so I can grab and go throughout the week.
I’ve got some great articles about how to set yourself up here on the blog, and it’s one of the key strategies in the Body Fuel System as well that can really help you maintain your blood sugar, and keep you from falling back on some of the less healthy options you might get tempted with throughout the day.
5. Green Smoothies. Have one every day. We just don’t eat enough greens! If you prefer juicing, I’m not going to debate with you. As long as you’re using green smoothies or juice as a part of your daily intake (not doing some crazy prolonged juice cleanse) than I’m all about it.
It’s such a quick and convenient way to get a major dose of greens in my body. I like to add protein powder to my green smoothies and they often double as a small meal replacement when I’m on the go. Get my green smoothie recipes.
What is Fitness Food?
“Fitness Food” is how creating recipes and meals that combine the macronutrients – that’s carbs, protein and fats – with the micronutrients – vitamins , minerals and awesomeness in greens – in simple to prepare, tasty recipes that satisfy the palate and support the active body.
It’s really easy – check out the many recipes on the blog for inspiration, and for a more detailed plan to follow get my healthy eating guide – the Body Fuel System – that includes all kinds of nutrition information that I’ve compiled to make it easy to “digest” – plus a 30-day plan you can follow as loosely or structured as you like – to apply the principles I mentioned above.
Where Can I Find You?
I teach cooking classes and run fitness challenges online, and hold live cooking demonstrations at Whole Foods Markets in different states. I post about my events on Instagram, here on the blog, and on my Facebook page. Be sure to link up with me so you can stay connected.
Here’s to your health, your happiness, and your body!
-The Betty Rocker