Did Memorial Day weekend catch you by surprise?
Try to slip into last summer’s shorts or swimsuit only to find you couldn’t pull them up over your gut, butt or thighs?
Then looking down at the button that wouldn’t fasten over your expanding waistline, vow - “No more eating out!”
Time and convenience can override the best of intentions. If you’re like me, the promise to bypass fast-food restaurants and snacks will only last until your stomach starts growling for lunch.
Waiting in line at Wendy’s or the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a is the perfect time to consult Eat This, Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-Or More! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. This picture-packed book features just about every food joint you can think of and tons of popular grocery store items. It lists the not-so-good choices and gives you at least three healthier alternatives. Calories and fat grams are provided for most foods - good and bad.
I’ve read books like this before, but this one is the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen. It even has a section for food typically served at holiday gatherings from New Year’s to Valentines Day, even Halloween.
Here are a few examples:
Eat This: Whole Wheat Glazed Doughnut; Original Glazed Doughnut Holes; Very Berry Chiller
Not That: Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut; Caramel Kreme Crunch; Mocha Dream Chiller
Eat This: Garlic Griller Jumbo Shrimp and a baked potato with pico de gallo; Live Maine Lobster with cocktail sauce and seasoned broccoli; Broiled Flounder with lemon juice and a garden salad with red wine vinaigrette
Not That: North Pacific King Crab Legs with melted butter and Wild Rice Pilaf; Snow Crab Legs with melted butter and a Cheddar Bay Biscuit; Crab Alfredo
Eat This: Quarter Pounder without cheese; 6 piece Chicken McNuggets; Egg McMuffin.
Not That: Premium Grilled Chicken Club; Filet-O-Fish; Hotcakes.
I keep my copy of this book in my car glove compartment for easy consultation when Mr. PBW tempts me with P.F. Changs, Popeyes or Sonic.
Do I think this book will make me skinny? No. However, I do think it will help me make better choices, and I’ll soon be able to zip my favorite summer skirt.
Eat This, Not That is $19.99 and available at bookstores and online. I snagged my copy at Amazon for $11.97.
And since you’re already thinking books, check out Farrah Rochon’s latest novel Release Me. Farrah and I, along with the awesome Stefanie Worth, are sharing real estate in Dorchester Publishing's October 2008 anthology, The Holiday Inn.
I’m three chapters into Farrah’s new book so far and loving it!
Actually, I picked up two copies of Release Me - one to read and an extra to drool over the gorgeous guy on the cover. Is he hot or what? I have to give myself a cool blast from my Evian mister every time I look at him.