Eat This, Not That!


In the popular book Eat This, Not That!, you will find thousands of simple food swaps to help you lose weight.  The book is written by the editor of Men’s Health David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding.  You’ll find out what you should – and shouldn’t order – at McDonald’s, Subway, Applebee’s, Denny’s, Baskin Robbins, and much more.  You’ll see the 20 worst foods in America (#1 is the Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing, weighing in at a whopping 2,900 calories, 182 g fat, 240 g carbs!). 

The book does a great job at showing you how caloric some of your favorite menu items are.  But maybe instead of being titled, “Eat This, Not That!” it should be titled, “The Lesser of Two Evils!”  For instance, at McDonald’s, you should eat the Quarter Pounder (410 calories) and skip the Premium Grilled Chicken Club (570 calories) which of course sounds like the healthier choice.  But I don’t think you’ll be losing much weight by choosing the Quarter Pounder at Mickey D’s! 

Yes, you can swap out menu choices at fast food and sit-down restaurants, but the truth of the matter is, nothing beats real food that’s not processed, fried, or packaged. 

If you want to thumb through Eat This, Not That, I’d recommend going to the library.  That’s where I got my copy and there are so many other great health books just waiting for you to explore!


Grilled Sea Bass

I never really liked fish growing up (unless it was a fish fillet at McDonald’s but I don’t think that should count).  But now I appreciate the taste and the health benefits of fish!  Fish is a great summertime dinner item.  Hope you enjoy this Monday’s Meal!

Grilled Sea Bass, courtesy

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • lemon pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 pounds sea bass
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat grill for high heat.

In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, and sea salt. Sprinkle seasonings onto the fish.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the garlic and parsley. Remove from heat when the butter has melted, and set aside.

Lightly oil grill grate. Grill fish for 7 minutes, then turn and drizzle with butter. Continue cooking for 7 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.