Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eat This, Not That!

There are lots of things we can do to eat better. The food we eat is a huge part of our health, more so than exercise. A lot of people aren't willing to make big changes; some are willing to do a major overhaul on their diets to get themselves on track. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, there is always room for improvement. I've recently purchased some really handy books on how to better understand the food you're eating and how it's affecting you, and also how to swap certain foods for others in the supermarket or at a restaurant. Eat This, Not That! is a series of books by David Zinczenko. There is one for the supermarket, one for restaurants, and one for kid's foods. If you can't tell, I think this guy is pretty cool. He's also the author of the Abs Diet books, and he is the editor-in-chief of Men's Health. He is on the Today Show and other shows all the time. My wife and I have found the Eat This, Not That! books super helpful for evaluating what foods we're buying at the store, and making better decisions when we eat out. We've found that a lot of dishes at restaurants that you would assume are decent choices are just the opposite, and some of the things you assume are no good for you can be better than the "healthy" menu options. For example, you might think it's a good choice at Chili's to order Chipotle Chicken Crispers. It's chicken, right? Too bad it contains a little over 2,000 calories and 99 grams of fat. You'd be better off getting a hamburger. Watch this video for a few more examples:


For more examples, follow this link:


This is a link to the Eat This, Not That section on the Men's Health website. It has more examples and is a sampling of what you'll find in the books. There are tabs for restaurants, supermarkets, drinks, and a few others. In addition to these tips, the book also contains a whole bunch of other useful information, like how to get your kids to eat better, the foods you should eat every day, and glossaries of ingredients and additives you find in foods, including a bunch that you've never heard of before (I can't believe the stuff that is going into our foods that we don't know about.) It's quite illumintating. We bought our books at Amazon, but you can find them at most booksellers or at the Men's Health link above. They're not expensive, and definitely worth it.