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Welcome to author Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Lisa Tillinger Johansen is a registered dietitian and health educator who teaches a variety of classes on diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, weight management, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and healthy eating for adults and teens. She holds a Master of Science degree in nutritional science, Coordinated Dietetics Program, from California State University, Los Angeles.

Her latest book is Fast Food Vindication.

Visit her website at www.fastfoodvindication.com.

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GUEST POST:
FAST FOOD VINDICATION
: WHAT IS IT?

By

Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD

The book FAST FOOD VINDICATION presents a comprehensive picture of how fast food affects people in the United States and worldwide. It takes a look at its beginnings, its impact on society through, among other things, charitable efforts, job creation and most importantly its food. It also takes a hard look at the obesity epidemic and its true causes and solutions.

I’m a big believer in personal responsibility when it comes to our diets and our waistlines. It’s certainly seductive to blame our overweight/obesity on someone or something other than ourselves. But for most of us, we control what and how much we put in our mouths. We also are the quarterbacks when it comes to our exercise habits or lack thereof.  It’s a simple equation when it comes to weight management. It’s what we put in versus what we burn. That’s it. FAST FOOD VINDICATION puts the ball where it belongs. At our feet.

Fast food is not the cause of the obesity epidemic. In fact, the fast food industry is an overall positive force in society. Is it perfect? No. Very few things are. So, it’s up to us to make healthy choices when we eat there. And eat there most of us will.

I suggest that everyone take stock of what they eat. What are your portion sizes? How’s the food prepared?  How many calories do you eat in a day? What about the amount of fat, sodium, carbohydrate and more that you consume?  These are important questions. I suggest that we all know the answers.  FAST FOOD VINDICATION helps us do just that.

So, rest assured that we can eat healthy meals everywhere we dine. Conversely, we can make less nutritious decisions in this arena. But from fast food to fine dining, from school and work to home, we have the tools available to eat well, exercise and live a healthier life!

About the Book:

The fast-food industry has long been the whipping boy for all sorts of health ills. Obesity in children and adults? Blame it on fast food. Heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol? Fast food is the culprit.
Not so, says Lisa Tillinger Johansen in her new book, FAST FOOD VINDICATION. Johansen, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian, takes the bold position that “fast food is not the enemy, and it can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.” In fact, Johansen says, the media’s current wave of anti-fast-food sentiment may actually be detrimental to society’s health and well-being. “By focusing solely on the fast-food industry, the onus is all too often removed from more important factors:  personal responsibility and smart choices.”
In FAST FOOD VINDICATION, Johansen takes a lively, informative, and realistic look at our eating habits, and, using her expertise and experience as a registered dietitian, seeks to educate readers on making smart dietary choices no matter where they eat.
“The book refutes the notion that fast food is an evil force in society,” Johansen says. “The laser focus on fast food being the cause of the obesity epidemic is not true, nor is it the complete picture. There’s so much press about how fast food is detrimental to us. In reality, that’s not the case. It’s about how we eat. We can eat poorly at home and at sit-down and fast-food restaurants, but we can also make healthier choices at all of these places. The majority of us don’t make great choices. We need to look at everywhere we eat and how we eat. Personal responsibility plays a big role.”
“Fast-food restaurants make big and easy targets,” Johansen maintains. “So many of us eat at them, and, unfortunately, so many of us are overweight or obese. But research has shown that we eat the majority of our meals at home, so restaurants of all types are just a part of the puzzle.”
“There are a lot of ways to make good choices at fast-food restaurants,” according to Johansen. “For example, a grilled chicken sandwich without mayo, coupled with a side salad with low-fat dressing on the side and apple dippers without the dip, is one good meal that you could put together. Most fast-food restaurants carry entrée salads, yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and other, more nutritious foods.”
On the other side of the issue, Johansen notes that an unhealthy fast-food meal could include “fried foods of any type, regular sodas or anything that is double, triple, quadruple or more.”
With the publication of FAST FOOD VINDICATION, Johansen hopes to “present the side of an issue that hasn’t really been discussed much in the media. By doing so, it should ultimately help people to learn to look at the big picture and make appropriate changes to their diets as needed.”

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