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Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Readers Love ETNT:
“The book was so easy to use. And I said this is a no brainer. I have nothing to do but to go to the grocery store and look at this book. And I dropped 35 pounds within a year. My husband used to call me his ‘full sized woman.’ Of course, he doesn’t say that any more and he can’t keep his hands off me!” – Darlene, ETNT reader.“This book is now a reference book I look at and have fun with, plus I think it has helped me drop a couple of pounds extra with my exercising in the last couple of weeks.”“This book has saved me thousands of extra calories and I did not sacrifice one thing.”“This is a great read and helps you make better choices when eating out to shopping at the grocery store. As I read I did not realize what a small change in your choice could make. I’ve already lost 7lbs and am very pleased.”
- Publisher : Rodale Books; 2nd edition (December 30, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1605298387
- ISBN-13 : 978-1605298382
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.53 x 6.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #537,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is not too much unlike that grocery shopping in the United States today. You come into a supermarket bulging with products all very colorfully marketed making sometimes unfounded claims as to their health benefits. It is wise, therefore, to come armed with the knowledge that what one buys IS really healthy for them not something a marketer told them to get them to buy their goods. This IS the proverbial SUPERMARKET SURVIVAL GUIDE one should read before entering a store and keeping handy while still in the store.
The book starts with Chapter 1 "Getting to Know and Love the Supermarket." Within that chapter the author lists 11 Secrets the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to Know and the 20 Worst Packaged Foods in America. It is helpful to know, for starters, what kind of food one should consider junk before going on to food shopping for healthy products. Chapter 2 "The Produce Aisle" is simply lovely. It talks about Mastering the Produce Aisle then lists over 40 types of produce from how to pick the best (PERFECT PICK) to PEAK SEASON, how to preserve and store the produce item at home (HANDLE WITH CARE) and what is healthy about the item to begin with (THE PAYOFF). There is even a Salad Bar Survival Guide and a Your Organic Primer. Finally Chapter 3 "The Meat and Fish Counters" having to do with building a leaner body with fresh protein that really packs a punch. In this section the author includes a list of different kinds of fish, their Omega 3 count, protein grams, contaminant content and environmental friendliness. There is a similar chart entitled The Meat Matrix describing proten-to-fat ratio.
Chapter 4 "The Refrigerator" instructs on how best to use the book and then begins the EAT THIS, NOT THAT comparisons with Deli Meats. I love that these sections include photographs of food products all in full color. You are enabled to easily pick out what you want to buy this way. The author meticulously lists the calorie counts, fat grams and sodium contents of all products compared. In the Grains section he lists the grams of fiber included within the product. Chapter 5 "Pantry Staples" in the Pantry Label Decoder reminds you to read package labels.
Of course the author does not ignore the fact that many individuals have a sweet tooth and would like to indulge in products that do not leave them excessively guilt ridden. He addresses this in Chapter 6 "Snacks and Sweets" even to the point of listing what would be considered the lesser of two evils when buying Corn Chips, Potato Chips, Dips, Granola, Cookies, Snack Cakes, Candy and Chocolate.
Understanding that the modern day grocery shopper tends to indulge in frozen convenience foods the author addresses this in Chapter 7 "The Freezer Section". He advises on the healthier Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Frozen Pasta, Frozen Fish, Frozen Beef and Chicken Entrees and Frozen Meatless Entrees/Meat Substitutes.
Chapter 8 warns to "Think Before You Drink" listing The Worse Beverages in the Supermarket even including a section on the healthier beer to drink and mixers to use in alcoholic beverages.
The book concludes with Chapter 9 "Your Save-Money Shopping Guide". (Who hasn't heard oftentimes the dieter complaining that eating healthy is just too expensive?)
All in all this is a GREAT book I would highly recommend to help one eat healthy keeping their weight under control, their cholesterol levels healthy and blood suger within normal limits. I remember a trainer telling someone who was having trouble losing weight by exercise alone that that was was only 30 % of the solution. Nutritious eating is vital and this book can help you immensely in that regard.
What I love best about both the original and this edition is that the author never chooses a food which is unappetising. You think you can do better than a certain make and model of sausage by choosing the 97% fat free instead of the 50% fat free, you try it, and head back to the store because what you selected was utterly flavorless. I was suprised for instance to find that Lean Pockets are actually very good, and just one with a side of pickles is enough to satisfy me from lunch time through to a 3pm (tea time) bite; and natural peanut butter, yum.
Unlike the first book, he goes over things like how to choose vegetables, and why the genetically modified bigger, prettier vegetables aren't as good for you as natural ones; what's wrong with chickens today; and what all that stuff on the labels means that sounds healthy (like "multigrain") but might not be. I learned that if you make a sandwich with whole grain bread, you really don't feel the need for a second sandwich, reducing your total calories for that one can of tuna you used to make the sandwich(es) by 200 calories.
You also have the option to do as recommended in the first book by not reading it at all and simply using it as a guide while you make those important grocery items choices.
The only thing I felt that was really lacking was a guide to actual deli meats and cheeses. He goes over packaged deli meats, but not the good stuff such as Boar's Head that you buy by the pound from some fat guy that looks like he does way too much product testing. I really need to know how to order a made-to-order sandwich.
BOTTOM LINE: Don't even bother buying the first book, because this one has everything in the first one but with much more information and items. On the other hand, if you're looking for a healthy eating for dummies guide, the first book might be more your style. Just know that some things he recommends in the first book he recommends against in the second--though they are very few and far between. The first book is a better fit for people who eat mostly, if not entirely packaged food.
Just don't eat the book!