Vocabulary Reading:

Vocabulary Reading: Food 2

This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

Eating Right

A patient visits a nutritionist about a weight problem:

Doctor: Good afternoon. Please, have a seat. What can I help you with today?

Patient: Good afternoon, doctor. I’m hoping you can help me with a diet to lose weight.

Doctor: How are your eating habits? Do you try to eat healthy, nutritious foods?

Patient: Well, yes…as much as possible.

Doctor: Tell me about yesterday. What did you eat? Let’s start with breakfast.

Patient: Well, I was pressed for time so I just ate a quick breakfast. I had a bowl of cereal and a cup of instant coffee.

Doctor: What kind of cereal?

Patient: Muesli.

Doctor: Good. Muesli is good for you. It has a lot of essential vitamins and minerals.

Doctor: With whole milk?

Patient: Yes, that’s right.

Doctor: Try switching to 2%. It has less fat. Do you take your coffee black?

Patient: No, I like it with cream and sugar. I think it tastes bitter without cream and sugar.

Doctor: You should try to get used to it black. Stay away from the fat in the cream and you sure don’t need the sugar. So, just cereal and coffee? Any fruit?

Patient: No, I really didn’t have time.

Doctor: Try having a glass of juice with your breakfast. That would count as one serving of fruit and it wouldn’t take long to drink it.

Patient: Okay.

Doctor: How about lunch?

Patient: I went to a restaurant near my office and had a cheese burger that my colleague recommended.

Doctor: Again, try to stay away from the cheese. It is also high in fat.

Patient: It’s protein too, though, isn’t it?

Doctor: Yes, but you can get your protein from other sources.

Patient: I usually just take a sliced cold meat sandwich that I make at home.

Doctor: Are you aware of how much MSG and other preservatives there are in sliced meats?

Patient: No, really? I guess I never read the ingredients.

Doctor: How about supper?

Patient: Well, we had chicken.

Doctor: Good. Chicken is lean meat. How did you cook it?

Patient: Uh…I rolled it in flour, added some spices for flavoring, and then I deep-fried it. I know…too much fat again, right?

Doctor: That’s right. Try baking, boiling, or steaming your food instead. Anything else?

Patient: Green beans and potatoes.

Doctor: Good. You got some green vegetables. Did you have coffee again after your meal?

Patient: No, actually. We shared a bottle of wine.

Doctor: So, no coffee besides the one cup in the morning?

Patient: Oh, of course not! I drank coffee all day at work. I wouldn’t get anything done without it.

Doctor: Okay, that’s a lot of cream and sugar. Let’s write up a low-fat diet for you.

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