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Rose Reisman's Choose It and Lose It: The Road Map to Healthier Eating at Your Favourite Restaurants Paperback – Sep 20 2012

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books; 1 edition (Sept. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770500995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770500990
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rose Reisman
Award winning entrepreneur and mother of four, Rose has been celebrated as one of Canada's leading authorities on the art of eating and living well. Rose is a registered nutritional consultant from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and holds a BA and MBA from York University as well as a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto.

Rose began writing cookbooks in 1988 and soon realized that her own personal quest for healthy eating and living was part of a much larger movement. This became obvious when her 1993 cookbook, Rose Reisman Brings Home Light Cooking, sold over 400,000 copies. Now, 20 years later, Rose has written numerous columns, more than 16 cookbooks promoting healthy eating and living and is the restaurant consultant and menu developer for the healthy menus at the Pickle Barrel Toronto restaurant chain as well as for Glow Fresh Grill. She is also a champion for health research, donating a portion of sales of her books to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (over $1 Million to date!). She won the prestigious Schulich School of Business Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Public Contribution and was awarded "Canada's Most Powerful Woman" in 2010 by the Women's Executive Network.

Rose has worked as a caterer, restaurant consultant, television and radio personality, public speaker, teacher and corporate health and wellness consultant. She is a regular media personality on Breakfast Television Toronto, CityLine and Canada AM. She writes for the National Post, Metro News, Huffington Post and Dr. Oz's website, Sharecare. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health at York University and participates on a provincial task force to combat childhood obesity.

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I understand what she's trying to do here, with some interesting comparisons between less and more "healthy" options. But to list a menu item with sometimes as much as 40, 50, 60, even 105 grams of fat under a heading that says "Choose It!" seems to me the height of irresponsibility. If those items are the "healthiest" ones she could find, then I would say that some of those restaurants should be listed under a heading that says "Don't eat here at all if you value your life!" Honestly. This book made me really....mad!
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Rose Reisman's "Choose It & Lose It" gathers nutritional information from a variety of Canadian restaurant offerings and suggests one main "choose" option and one main "lose" option. Then, Reisman adds three additional items under each category, often including a children's item, appetizer, dessert, snack or other meal. She certainly provides harrowing information, exposing appetizers containing 75+g of fat and salads containing two days' worth of sodium. She also debunks some common dining out myths: that chicken is healthier than beef, that tuna contains less fat than eggs and that vegetables are always "safe."

But the book does contain some discrepancies. At McDonald's, for example, Reisman "chooses" the Big Mac at 540 calories, 29 grams of fat (10 saturated) and 1020 mg of sodium and "loses" the Angus Deluxe at 780 calories, 47 grams of fat (17 saturated) and 1660 mg sodium. Fair enough, but then she also "loses" the McChicken Sandwich at 470 calories, 27 grams of fat (5 saturated) and 790 mg sodium even though it weighs in healthier than the Big Mac. She gets around this by labelling the McChicken as a "snack." So, which McDonald's sandwiches constitute meals and which don't?

Obviously, Reisman can only list a limited number of options from each restaurant, none of which may be the establishment's healthiest choice. Ultimately, this book serves as a helpful beginner's guide to navigating restaurant lingo but, for the best nutritional information on specific venues, I would take to their websites.
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my daughter loves the book. She said it makes life easier when they have a good reference guide to look at for calories etc. she has had to have her thyroid removed so is glad to have the extra help wit the
thanks for the book
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This book is very insightful. I bought it because of the author's regular appearance on Breakfast TV. It is mindboggling how much fat and salt are in resaurant foods. Some of her comparisons make your head spin.

It also highlights that many "healthier" options are not so and that even the "choose it" meals are the lesser of two evils.

Good coffee table book.
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