Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Big Fat NOT!!

I have always had a problem with weight and a very bad relationship with food. My entire life. I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't either dieting or being told I should diet. I am not kidding. They are well meaning, but sometimes I get more than a little tired of hearing, "You should try this diet I am on.", "Did you hear about the diet that worked for so and so?", "I just love that Biggest Loser show. Have you ever thought about...?", "You would be so cute if...".

I don't want my boys to have the same obsession that I have grown up. I want them to be obsessed with health and nutrition. I have been trying to make them aware of things like serving sizes, reading food labels, the importance of exercise, etc....

This past weekend I was at my sister's house and she had the kid's version of the book "Eat This, Not That". It was amazing. I was shocked at some of the things that fell into the "Eat This" category. Some of the things which I had chosen as healthy, such as our oats 'n' honey granola bars, fell into the "not" category. Even my boys were surprised that our Sunchips were a no-no according to this book.

We have bought two of the books. The Eat This Not That for Kids and Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival.

Next on my list is the Eat This Not That! Thousands of Food Swaps that will save you 10, 20 or even 30 pounds!

Here are a few facts from that book that you might not know:
* Burger King doesn't want you to know that a BK Big Fish® Sandwich and fries have a whopping 1000 calories--nearly half your daily caloric intake! (Fish is usually healthy, but not this kind.)
* Pizza Hut doesn't want you to know that a standard pizza in Italy contains 500 to 800 calories, but the same meal at Pizza Hut can top 2,100 calories! (You'd need to ride a stationary bike for more than three hours to burn off this mistake.)
* Macaroni Grill doesn't want you to know that a single serving of their Grilled Teriyaki Salmon has more than three times your daily allowance of sodium! (Cut your risk of high blood pressure by making smart choices at the same restaurant.)

Poor hubs.... he loves Macaroni Grill's salmon!


Taylor & Krisa said...

Glad you're enjoying the book! I was shocked at some of the things I found in there, too. I wish they made a pocket size version so I could carry it with me wherever I go! I totally busted on my trip to DC!

Dr. Wifey said...

i have been the same way with my weight my entire life. i saw this book recently, maybe i should check it out.

From the Doghouse said...

I have the supermarket version; you're right, it's very surprising which ones are in which list (and sometimes very disappointing too).

Carrie said...

I SO can relate! I've struggled pretty much my whole life!

Now that I'm doing WW, I'm finding so many things that I thought were healthy are not and so many things that I thought were the devil are not!

And it's coming with a side of 1 1/2 lbs. per week!

I'll have to check this out, although I think Chef Boyardee spaghetti isn't exactly good eats.

HEATHER said...

Thanks for reviewing this. I keep seeing ads for the book and had wondered about it. I desperately need to do something, I am heavier than I have ever been.

Wyatt Earp said...

2,100 calories?!!! I'd have to bike to work every day!

Allison said...

Changing the way I think about food has been one of the hardest things I've EVER done. I need to check out this book.