We all want to eat well, cut calories and keep ourselves and our families happy and healthy. But with all our commitments and claims on our time—work, school, hobbies, commuting and ferrying our
We all want to eat well, cut calories and keep ourselves and our families happy and healthy. But with all our commitments and claims on our time—work, school, hobbies, commuting and ferrying our kids to their extracurricular activities—we don't always have time for home-cooked meals. Fast food—whether it's from our favourite "fun night out" restaurant or the "on the way to work" coffee shop—is a reality of our busy lives. But there's no reason it has to be a high-calorie or unhealthy reality.
Healthier choices can be made at fast-food restaurants. When we're at A&W's, how many of us know to choose a Mamaburger over a Mozzaburger? At Panago's, a Quattro Cheese on Multigrain Thin Crust pizza over a Primo Vegetarian Hand Tossed pizza? At Starbucks, a Butter Croissant over a Blueberry Scone? At all three of these restaurants, the first option is—surprisingly—the healthier one!
Rose Reisman's Choose It and Lose It sets out a selection of the healthier choices for these restaurants and 62 others—Canada's most popular ones—with clear explanations of what makes Rose's choices better. She includes guidance on how to judge ingredients and levels of saturated fats in meals and understand how these contribute to calorie counts and nutritional values.
The illustrated, easy-to-use, small-format of this book makes it a handy reference guide for those who want to learn how to deconstruct a restaurant meal at a glance and make the healthy choice every time.
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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.