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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.

Connect with Lisa: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Fast Food Vindication


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.”


Here in this book, Lisa Johansen shows readers that Fast Food is not the reason for so many overweight people in our world. It is what we choose to eat that does that. Food shouldn’t me our enemy, we can learn to eat the foods that are good for us, even at fast food establishments.

I was surprised at all of the information in FAST FOOD VINDICATION. The author did a great job of gathering information and organizing into this wonderful book. Being a registered dietitian is an added bonus because the author knows her foods and nutrition facts. I appreciate the way she supports the fast food industry and backs her statements up with remarkable facts and findings she’s ran across in her research.

I found this book a most interesting read, and it sure captured my attention. If you would like another side of the fast food industry that we usually hear, then I highly recommend this book for you to read and find out the facts for yourself. You will sure not be disappointed in what author Lisa Johansen had for you in her new book. Pick up your copy soon!

This book was provided by the publisher,
through PUYB Tours. I was not required or expected to write a
positive review. The opinions in this review are mine.

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