January 23rd

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Choose It and Lose It


Choose It and Lose It
By Rose Reisman


Going out to eat can be a real danger zone for those of us who are trying to make healthy choices and eat right. But hey, sometimes you still want to treat yourself, right?! This new book by nutritional consultant Rose Reisman helps you navigate the mine field of eating out by giving you some healthier options at your favorite Canadian restaurants.

Best of the Book

Over all it is a nice concept. Every two pages look at one restaurant and compare two menu offering from that restaurant. One that is the healthier choice and one that you should skip. It gives the nutritional content for each of the options and some healthy tid bits and facts that are always handy to have.

I love that it is Canadian so all of the restaurant choices are theoretically something that I might encounter. And the information is at times really shocking. Did you know that a 10 oz prime rib from the Keg has more than twice the calories of a 12 oz sirloin steak?? Amazing.

Needs Improvement

It’s a neat idea for a book, and really gets you thinking about what you are putting into your body. But I’m not sure how practical it is. Are you going to keep the book with you so that if you happen to wander into a Kelsey’s you will know to order the California Chicken Wrap vs. the Pulled Pork sandwich??

Luckily these restaurants are chains so the likelihood that they are going to be changing their menu regularly is pretty slim, but still, I can see this book having a shelf life.

Target Audience

This is a great book for anyone who is interested in watching what they eat but still wanting to eat out from time to time. It’s also fun for those who like to be shocked by just how bad for you some of these fast food options can be! The best thing this book may do for you is to keep you aways from cheap, processed, fast food all together.

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi has been blogging since January of 2008 with her first venture ‘Simply Fresh’ – a blog about the Ottawa food scene, local ingredients and other local foodies. She also contributes a food column to the Russell Villager and has begun her second blog, ‘Vegging for Two’, an expectant Mom’s guide to healthy eating. As a “friend in food” she writes Jodi’s Re-views covering cookbooks, health books and food fiction to keep learning about what’s going on out there in the beloved world of food! You can find Jodi by visiting her two blogs: Simply Fresh – www.simplyfreshottawa.com Vegging for Two – www.veggingfortwo.com Or via email: simplyfresh(at)live.com or Twitter (@SimplyFresh)


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