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I discovered the¬†Eat This Not That¬†series of books (put out by Men’s Health Magazine) about 3 years ago and they seriously changed the way I view food. Seriously.

Everything I knew about “healthy” eating was wrong. 100% wrong. I never paid attention to what food labels said (and I certainly didn’t know anything about fiber…other than what Jamie Lee Curtis had informed me about it). Heck, I wasn’t even sure what a calorie was…or why I hated them.

(David Zinczenko, author of Eat This Not That. Gratuitous Eye Candy Much?)

The whole concept of “Eat This Not That” is that it’s a no-diet diet. Basically, it’s a lifestyle change (that ultimately results in weight loss and puts you on the road to a healthier you). What I love so much about this series is that it emphasizes your eating choices; doing side by side comparisons of brands, restaurants, meal choices, etc. Plus, the books are full of great photos.

My personal favorite is the Supermarket Survival Guide. It’s awesome. It contains information and photos for nearly every food stuff you would buy at the grocery store (including alcohol…for all you lushes out there); then compares the items to other brands/products that are healthier choices. Plus, there are some great recipes that are ETNT’s take on restaurant classics. It also talks about what to look for when choosing lean meats, what a stocked pantry should look like and which fruits and veggies to buy organic (plus a ton of other information). This book is one of my all-time favorites; right up there with To Kill a Mockingbird. Go buy this book…like yesterday (and pick up another copy of To Kill a Mockingbird while you’re at it…Atticus Finch would want you to).

Once you have a copy of this book (or books, if you’re like me and bought ALL OF THEM), then follow it. Read what it has to say, absorb the knowledge and apply it to your life. Before you know it, you’ll be reading labels and choosing items NOT based on how pretty the package looks (or what specific brand you grew up with) but instead based on what the ingredients list looks like (and what the fiber content looks like. I love fiber, you should too).

I know some of you might have an aversion to “healthy” eating and that’s ok. Making a big lifestyle change is scary; especially if food has been somewhat of a safe, warm happy place for you. If you are looking to make a change, these books are a great place to start. Knowledge is power!

Oh, and if it has “partially hydrogenated oils” in it then just stop eating it. Sorry, I know how much you love non-natural peanut butter but it could literally be poisoning you. So, just stop it. Thanks.

**I am in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Eat This Not That. I’m just a really big fan; borderline obsessed**

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