Book Review: Eat This, Not That

Did Memorial Day weekend catch you by surprise?

Try to slip into last summer’s shorts or swimsuit only to find you couldn’t pull them up over your gut, butt or thighs?

Then looking down at the button that wouldn’t fasten over your expanding waistline, vow - “No more eating out!”

Time and convenience can override the best of intentions. If you’re like me, the promise to bypass fast-food restaurants and snacks will only last until your stomach starts growling for lunch.

Waiting in line at Wendy’s or the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a is the perfect time to consult Eat This, Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-Or More! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. This picture-packed book features just about every food joint you can think of and tons of popular grocery store items. It lists the not-so-good choices and gives you at least three healthier alternatives. Calories and fat grams are provided for most foods - good and bad.

I’ve read books like this before, but this one is the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen. It even has a section for food typically served at holiday gatherings from New Year’s to Valentines Day, even Halloween.

Here are a few examples:


Eat This: Whole Wheat Glazed Doughnut; Original Glazed Doughnut Holes; Very Berry Chiller

Not That: Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut; Caramel Kreme Crunch; Mocha Dream Chiller


Eat This: Garlic Griller Jumbo Shrimp and a baked potato with pico de gallo; Live Maine Lobster with cocktail sauce and seasoned broccoli; Broiled Flounder with lemon juice and a garden salad with red wine vinaigrette

Not That: North Pacific King Crab Legs with melted butter and Wild Rice Pilaf; Snow Crab Legs with melted butter and a Cheddar Bay Biscuit; Crab Alfredo


Eat This: Quarter Pounder without cheese; 6 piece Chicken McNuggets; Egg McMuffin.

Not That: Premium Grilled Chicken Club; Filet-O-Fish; Hotcakes.

I keep my copy of this book in my car glove compartment for easy consultation when Mr. PBW tempts me with P.F. Changs, Popeyes or Sonic.

Do I think this book will make me skinny? No. However, I do think it will help me make better choices, and I’ll soon be able to zip my favorite summer skirt.

Eat This, Not That is $19.99 and available at bookstores and online. I snagged my copy at Amazon for $11.97.

And since you’re already thinking books, check out Farrah Rochon’s latest novel Release Me. Farrah and I, along with the awesome Stefanie Worth, are sharing real estate in Dorchester Publishing's October 2008 anthology, The Holiday Inn.

I’m three chapters into Farrah’s new book so far and loving it!

Actually, I picked up two copies of Release Me - one to read and an extra to drool over the gorgeous guy on the cover. Is he hot or what? I have to give myself a cool blast from my Evian mister every time I look at him.


  1. Yeah, he looks like he used his Clarisonic...all over :)

  2. First of all...I didn't even know Krispy Kreme had a whole wheat donut. I'm a bit saddened about hearing this b/c now I may justify inhaling 4 at a time.

    And whaaat? It's better to eat a Quarter Pounder instead of a grilled chicken? Oh Lord, I have sinned.

    This is such a great little book to have. Especially for us folx who are always on the go. And thanks for the suggestions on the reads! I still need to snag yours.

  3. OMG! That picture is HOt, Hot, HOT! I need the book along with a box of the Krispy Kremes....My one weakness. Yum and double Yum.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  4. I saw eat this not that and thumbed through it and it really does seem like a great book. I may have to pick it up.
    Thanks for the review
    Product Junkie Diva

  5. But the only thing I eat at Red Lobster are the CheddarBay biscuits. ; )

  6. Thanks so much for the the Eat This Not That review. I'm going to check it out! I'm still reading your book and loving it. Told you I was slow. Darn kids and blog and proposal! Yeesh!LOL.
    Also I tagged you on my blog today. Check it out when you get a chance. You may have already been tagged with this one. It's been around.

  7. Oh yeah...he is hot...who picks the cover art? You stopped by and loved the baby will be the favorite auntie if you bring it to the baby shower...The eat this not that sounds like a pretty interesting reference book...You should randomly share tips on the blog every now and then from the book...You know, eat a carrot, not the french fries...

  8. You know, this is really helpful. I'm going to check it out.

  9. im going to have to pick up that fast food book. i used to think i was doing something getting chicken sandwiches until i read an article saying they are more calories than the beef. thanks for the heads up!

  10. Thanks for this post. I'm gonna get this book!