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Posted on: March 7, 2020

To Eat or Not to Eat? We Can Answer That Question!

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There are a few things we all need to stay alive.  Eating is certainly one of them.  Nowadays, many of us are jumping on the bandwagon of making a conscious decision to eat healthily, which can mean choosing the lesser of two evils when it comes to our favorite meals.  If you’re one who doesn’t want to chew on lettuce all day to stay healthy, there’s a great series of books available at your Abilene Public Library which I highly recommend.

Developed from a column from Men’s Health magazine, David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding created a fun series collectively called Eat This, Not That.  With the first installment having been released in 2007, it became an instant bestseller with readers everywhere...and their advice is still good these many years later.

What’s so great about them?  They tell you about foods, drinks, restaurants and more that aren’t the healthiest of choices, and then provide you with better alternatives.  I picked one up and was amazed to learn that not all the foods I thought were healthy, actually are.  Once you try these books out, you’ll easily want to look for more in the series, but allow me to highlight a few.

Restaurant Survival Guide Book CoverWe all like to eat out, but if you want to make an informed decision about what goes in your mouth, check out Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide.  This book will cover the majority of your favorite restaurants (including fast food) and let you in on what’s best to eat.  While some of the menu options have changed since the book was written, it will allow you to check these things out online with the restaurants nutrition guide - and you may be very surprised at what you find! For instance, at many fast food restaurants, grilled chicken sandwiches have fewer calories than the grilled chicken salad also on the menu! It pays to check.

If you prefer cooking at home, you know you’re going to need some options in your cupboards and fridges to make some appealing meals.  In Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide, you can plan healthier and budget-friendly meals. This book helps you break down the different brands of foods we purchase, and select the healthier, sometimes even more cost-effective, alternative.  For instance, I love peanut butter, and this guide gave me side-by-side comparisons of six major brands with prices, rankings, comments, and more.  I love being informed.

When Youre Expecting Book CoverOne of the newest in the series is Eat This, Not That!: When You’re Expecting by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, MD, ABC news chief women’s health correspondent with David Zinczenko. This book features trimester by trimester meal plans, detailed restaurant, by restaurant guides, and aisle-by-aisle supermarket swaps--not to mention easy, delicious recipes that satisfy every craving. Now you can order, cook, and enjoy meals with total confidence, thanks to this authoritative, must-have, healthy eating guide,

There’s even more to this series with guides focusing on drinks, weight loss without dieting, and more.  One would be hard-pressed not to find something of interest in these books, so be sure to lookout for them on your next visit to the Abilene Public Library.  You’ll have fun flipping through the pages, while becoming a healthier you at the same time.

Article Contributed by Tremain Jackson, Technology/Multimedia Manager for the Abilene Public Library

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