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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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With tens of thousands of products crammed into the walls of the neighborhood supermarket, trying to find a reliable snack, pantry product, or frozen dinner can be a serious challenge for the time-strained consumer. The Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide changes all of that, offering discerning shoppers everywhere a simple plan for finding the healthiest foods for them and their families. Beyond homing in on the best and worst in the world of packaged foods, the Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide scours the aisles to help you pick the most nutrient-packed produce, the leanest, tastiest cuts of meat, exotic cheeses that double as healthy snacks, and the best contaminant-free fish the ocean has to offer.

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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.”

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605298387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605298382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I think about grocery shopping in the United States, I cannot help but recall the scene in the old movie Moscow On The Hudson when Robin Williams character is instructed to go shop for coffee in the local market. Having been used to rationing in the Soviet Union he has not been exposed to the variety of food product available to him in the United States. Overwhelmed he keeps saying "Coffee, coffee, coffee" then passes out not being able to make what appears to him a most complex decision at the time.
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).
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I recently read a study that claimed that people, on average, eat about 50% more calories than they think. This leads to regular weight gain that many people find baffling.

This book can help you save calories without feeling restricted in your diet and is a great shopping companion at the supermarket. All foods listed contain full nutritional breakdowns, which means calories, protein, carbs, and fats.

Here's a quick summary of what you'll find inside this book:

1. How supermarkets are designed to induce you to buy high-profit items, and the 20 worst packaged foods in America.

2. How to pick the freshest, best-quality produce and salad, how to store them so they stay delicious longer.

3. Which meats are the best to buy and why, such as which cuts of beef are leanest and which fish is most healthy.

4. What types of deli meats are healthiest for you and why. I liked that sodium levels were listed as regularly consuming too much sodium can cause many types of health problems, ranging from unsightly bloating to the very serious issues of high blood pressure, strokes, kidney disease, and more.

5. How to save calories on snack food like chips, dips, granola, cookies, candy, and more. This is good because snacks and sweets are a weakness for many people, and the pounds can really add up over time if they don't watch it with these types of foods.

6. Which types of beverages, including alcohol, to choose. This section includes the worst beverages that you can buy (and you might be surprised--some are very popular!) and shows you how to minimize these empty calories in your diet.

7. Finally, this book ends with a section on saving money in the supermarket, which is always welcome.
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I know, that sounds like a wild claim. And I'm surprised I wrote it.

I own both of the previous Eat This Not That books (Thousands of Simple Food Swaps, For Kids!), so when I noticed this one was about to come out I decided to skip it. What more could it offer than what was already in the other two?

Then, tonight, I went shopping for food with my teenage daughter at Target. We spotted this in the little book section and, at her urging, picked it up and glanced through it.

What a great book! So helpful! So useful! Yes, if it keeps my husband healthy and my daughter enthused about nutrition, it gets my vote as best nonfiction book this year. I read about every day, and no book has struck me as a Must Buy as much as this one.

The reason? Since the book is entirely about food at supermarkets, every item on every page is something readily accessible to you. And since every item is captioned with its relevant nutritional information, it's like having the "Nutrition Facts" panel of every major item at your grocery store right there in your purse, in a little book that is so well designed and organized it is remarkably easy to use.

By comparison, the earlier titles had less detailed grocery sections, as well as lots of stuff about fast food chains and table-service franchise restaurants, material that is useful only if you frequent those particular places.

In this book, every page has valuable content for anyone who shops at a supermarket -- so much, in fact, it's tough to determine just what to highlight in this review.
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