Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ Stop the Diet, I Want To Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen


Avocado Alert

Wouldn’t it be nice if money literally did grow on trees? Can you imagine picking twenty dollar bills from the trees in your backyard? That would be awesome! I could daydream about it all day long. But sadly, that’s not the case. So let’s get that thought out of our heads and turn our attention to something green that does grow on trees. I’m talking about the avocado.

I haven’t run across many people who don’t like avocados. Are you a lover or a hater of this heart healthy fruit? (Yes, it’s a fruit, more specifically a berry.) My nearest and dearest, my sweet hubby, is firmly in the yucky camp. He hates them. He won’t eat it diced, sliced or even mashed into guacamole, with peas or without. (I don’t know if you’ve heard about the recent peas vs. no peas guacamole debate. For the record, I’m a no pea vote). But I love avocados and eat them often.

I mostly put avocados in salads and on sandwich bread instead of mayo. I’m not a big eater of guacamole primarily because of the calorie content. While guacamole is good for us, it’s high in calories. A big reason for that is the avocado. It’s caloric.

When I teach portion control as I do in many classes and speaking engagements (focusing on weight management, cholesterol control, prediabetes, and diabetes among other things), the biggest surprise and the loudest gasps from the audience come when I show them the serving size of the avocado. What is it? It’s about one-eighth of large avocado or two level tablespoons. I know, it’s tough to swallow (pun intended). As I write this, a tear is running down my face.

There are different sizes of avocado, small, medium and large. So, the smaller it is, the serving size represents a larger percentage of the whole fruit. But, it’s still not a lot. Most calorie tracking websites say one-fifth of a medium avocado is a serving size. That’s about 50 calories. says that a medium avocado has 232 calories. So eating the whole thing can add a lot to your daily calorie intake.

But a lot of nutrition is packed into that small serving size punch. Avocado has a lot of vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamins C and E, folate and other B vitamins and lutein. They’re also low in sugar. And while they’re high in fat, it monounsaturated, which is a good fat. It helps lower our bad cholesterol. So their good for our eyes, hearts, can help prevent cancer, infections and more. Plus, avocados contain fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, keep us regular and make us full, which can help with weight loss.

So avocados are good for us. But can we have too much of a good thing? We sure can. And the avocado belongs in this group. So the next time you slice or mash one, remember moderation is key.

Sources: Calories in Avocado. (n.d.). Retrieved from, Zelman, K.M. (2014, June 19). All about avocados. Retrieved from

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dietPublisher: J. Murray Press (July 15, 2015)
Genre: Nonfiction/Nutrition/Health
ISBN-10: 0996310207
ISBN-13: 978-0996310208



The Paleo. The Zone. The Gluten-free. Another day, another diet. We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, TV doctors and companies angling for a piece of a $60 billion industry. But do these diets really work? And how healthy are they? Registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen examines dozens of the most wildly popular diets based on medical facts, not hype. And along the way, she reveals tried-and-true weight loss strategies, relying on her years of hospital experience, weight-loss seminars and community outreach efforts. With insight and humor, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off shows that the best answer is often not a trendy celebrity-endorsed diet, but easy-to-follow guidelines that are best for our health and our waistlines. Click HERE to read a sample chapter.

  post-divider right lisaLisa Tillinger Johansen is a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian who counsels her clients on how to eat healthy for life. She is also the author of award-winning FAST FOOD VINDICATION and STOP THE DIET, I WANT TO GET OFF!. With a background that includes teaching posts at Southern California’s largest hospital network, federal grant programs, and community outreach endeavors, Johansen applies her years of clinical and health education experience toward helping others achieve their nutrition goals. REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS Lisa helps her patients clients find a realistic plan that works for them. In this fast-paced world, it isn’t always easy to prepare home-cooked meals. Lisa helps her clients devise nutrition strategies for eating on the go, whether at sit-down restaurants or even fast-food establishments. REACHING OUT AROUND THE WORLD Now, through this website, and, Lisa answers nutritional questions, gives helpful tips, and creates exclusive videos designed to promote a fun and more healthy lifestyle. Website * Facebook * Goodreads * Blog   post-divider rightGiveaway


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  1. I cannot wait to read this. I am finally giving in and going with the Dr. on the “slow is better” route and try to keep my sanity & sense of humor while cooking for myself, a 3 pound dog that eats as much as I do, and 3 others in the family. Wish me luck and laughter

  2. Can’t wait to dig into Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! Good stuff 🙂

  3. Thank you for having me guest post. I appreciate it!
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  4. Thank you introducing me to this great book!

  5. This book looks like it will be really fun to read. I have a few friends who said they have to have this book.

  6. This looks very interesting, thank you for the chance!

  7. Felicia Sidoma says:

    I am trying to make my body and soul feel better. I have started with making better foods. I would love to read the book.

  8. I too am saddened (devastated, actually) about the healthy portion size of an avocado. But nutritional value has to outweigh some of calories, right? I mean if I was to pass on a margarita (just this once) to have more guacamole, that's a better choice nutritionally, isn't it? And yes, I realize that I could pass on both, but that's not the point…or much fun either! Super interesting post. Thanks!

  9. Hi Lisa!

    I love youjr blog!

    Lu Ann

  10. Real world solutions! I love that idea! I am looking forward to reading this one!!

  11. sherry butcher says:

    Everything sounds good, can't wait to read.  What's next?

  12. Moderation is the key to eating well. 
    Thanks for the contest.

  13. Della Williamson says:

    Looks like an interesting read.  Grew up with avocados.  Favorited was to mash, mix with mayo, dash of salt and pepper and use as a sandwiche spread.  Now instead of mayo I use salsa.  My son and I split one almost every day.  Love'em.  I really can't wait for this book.  Thank you for this chance

  14. Della Barker says:

    Thank you for the chance!  This sounds interesting

  15. rbeeyswan says:


    I visited facebook saw ur video on portions..I ThanQ every sooo much!! U educated enlighten me!! It was a lesson learn I've being More health conscious .I'm growing putting it n2paratice.thanks again!


  16. Crystal E. says:

    I'm trying to change my lifestyle to be more health concious, since I'm pregnant with my second one now!!! Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful book!

  17. Susan Smith says:

    There are so many weight loss books out there, what makes yours different?

  18. Where do you do your research? 
    Thanks for the contest.

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