I'm so excited today to share a very eye-opening, informative book, "Fast Food Vindication: The Story You Haven't Been Told," by registered dietician Lisa Tillinger Johnasen, MS, RD.
Not so, says Lisa Tillinger Johansen in her new book, FAST FOOD VINDICATION. Johansen, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian, takes the bold position that “fast food is not the enemy, and it can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.” In fact, Johansen says, the media’s current wave of anti-fast-food sentiment may actually be detrimental to society’s health and well-being. “By focusing solely on the fast-food industry, the onus is all too often removed from more important factors: personal responsibility and smart choices.”
In FAST FOOD VINDICATION, Johansen takes a lively, informative, and realistic look at our eating habits, and, using her expertise and experience as a registered dietitian, seeks to educate readers on making smart dietary choices no matter where they eat.
“The book refutes the notion that fast food is an evil force in society,” Johansen says. “The laser focus on fast food being the cause of the obesity epidemic is not true, nor is it the complete picture. There’s so much press about how fast food is detrimental to us. In reality, that’s not the case. It’s about how we eat. We can eat poorly at home and at sit-down and fast-food restaurants, but we can also make healthier choices at all of these places. The majority of us don’t make great choices. We need to look at everywhere we eat and how we eat. Personal responsibility plays a big role.”
“Fast-food restaurants make big and easy targets,” Johansen maintains. “So many of us eat at them, and, unfortunately, so many of us are overweight or obese. But research has shown that we eat the majority of our meals at home, so restaurants of all types are just a part of the puzzle.”
“There are a lot of ways to make good choices at fast-food restaurants,” according to Johansen.
“For example, a grilled chicken sandwich without mayo, coupled with a side salad with low-fat dressing on the side and apple dippers without the dip, is one good meal that you could put together. Most fast-food restaurants carry entrée salads, yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and other, more nutritious foods.”
On the other side of the issue, Johansen notes that an unhealthy fast-food meal could include “fried foods of any type, regular sodas or anything that is double, triple, quadruple or more.”
With the publication of FAST FOOD VINDICATION, Johansen hopes to “present the side of an issue that hasn’t really been discussed much in the media. By doing so, it should ultimately help people to learn to look at the big picture and make appropriate changes to their diets as needed
Books of a non-fiction nature can have a tendency to be a little on the dry side, not matter how fascinating the topic. But author Lisa Tillinger Johansen brings her expertise, her own personal stories, as well as a healthy dose of humor to her book, "Fast Food Vindication," making it a book that you literally can't put down.
Lisa explains how, in her opinion, fast food restuarants get blamed for the world-wide obesity epidemic when it is actually the people who are frequenting these establishments who are being irresponsible in controlling their eating habits. Lisa goes on to show how people can actually eat healthy at places such as McDonalds, Carl's Jr., etc., in spite of the calorie-laden menus that most people automatically go for.
I found this book to be a fast-paced, absolutely fascinating read - Lisa sprinkles in personal experiences, little-know facts, and history throughout the book, and gives a solid and worth-reading defense of fast-food eating as well as providing tips and ideas on how to get a handle on bad eating habits. Her background in the fast-food industry (she was a real estate locator for McDonalds for years) and her educational background as a registered dietician give creedence to her expertise, and her writing style is a joy to read.
I highly recommend this book!
ABOUT LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN:
Lisa Tillinger Johansen is a registered dietitian and health educator who teaches a variety of classes on diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, weight management, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and healthy eating for adults and teens. She holds a Master of Science degree in nutritional science, Coordinated Dietetics Program, from California State University, Los Angeles.
Her latest book is Fast Food Vindication.
Visit her website at www.fastfoodvindication.com.
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