November 30, 2006

Let's get rid of the word diet

Diets don't work. It's unproductive to look at health that way. The word (and action) are unhealthy.

Let's RightSize our food, our buying, our lives.

No more talk of diets. No more newspaper articles like this one: Enjoy holidays, but avoid gaining weight

If every day, in every place, in every food, we used the RightSize, we wouldn't have to worry about the holidays or any day.

When hosting a party, does the restaurant give up all responsibility to provide appropriate choices? Why is it up to the guests to be the only ones to do the right thing.

The article says:

In restaurants

At group dinners, try to consume only one of the following: an appetizer, a drink, bread or dessert.

Read the restaurant's online menu - including preparation and nutritional information - beforehand.

Choose your entree before you get there. (This trick also works when you're on the go. Knowing the calorie count of a fast-food sandwich might discourage you from eating it.)

For preset menus, request sauces on the side, light dressing or vegetable substitutions. Or ask the waiter to serve you half the meal and box the rest.

Here's a start: Restaurant need to clearly publish the all preparation and nutritional information on the menu. You should have a choice of what size you want. The prices should be clear for each size.

You should not have to ask to have the anything on the should be how it's served. Light, low-calorie, low-fat, healthy food selections should be just as many as the unhealthy choices.

One low-fat salad dressing is NOT a choice. One small Diet choice with cottage cheese is not a choice, it's criminal. (While we are at it, let's eliminate cottage cheese. It has nothing to do with health or good taste.)

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