Skinny Bitch | #1 New York Times Bestseller | Authors: Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
Skinny Bitch. This book claims, that if you live the Skinny Bitch lifestyle, you will, in fact, become a Skinny Bitch.
Titled only for books sales (and it worked), this curt, no nonsense guide to getting skinny covers all the basis of a healthy vegan lifestyle. That’s right, vegan lifestyle, not diet. Because diets don’t work.
If you wanna get skinny, go vegan. If you wanna stay skinny, stay vegan. It really is that simple. (As long as you choose healthy vegan options, of course).
At first I was a bit taken back by the harshness of the authors’ choice of words. Referring to you, the reader, as a ‘fat pig’, ‘pathetic’ and ‘pussy’, ‘if you eat shit, you are shit’… just to showcase a few. However, after I had become accustom to the writing style, I actually found it quite humorous. How effective this type of language is with those trying to shed a few pounds though? Not sure.
It could go either way, really. Some people do not respond well to negative reinforcement. There are, however, many encouraging morsels in this book as well. As you read past the initial ‘cut your bullshit excuses’ tangents, you’ll see that the book is equal part naughty and equal part nice.
Please don’t let the name-calling discourage you from reading this book – take it for what it is: shock value.
The science-based information offered alone, is very worth the read. It goes into detail about why you should and why you shouldn’t eat certain foods, the dirty truth about what you’re actually eating and the typical outcomes of a heavily meat, dairy and egg saturated diet. It also has a chapter dedicated to horror stories that take place on factory farms – definitely hard to swallow, but helped me remember why I do not support these industries, and one of the main reasons why I live a vegan lifestyle. These sections are very well researched and cited if you want to dig further into their claims.
What about the USDA and how they really don’t give a shit about your health? It’s all in the book … everything they don’t want you to know and then some.
What I love about this book is that its bottom line is based on the premise of ‘listening to your gut’. It’s not about counting calories, it’s about reading the ingredients and then deciding whether or not you want to consume that product.
Easy: read, don’t count. Got it?
And also, trust no one.
Don’t buy something based on its advertisement, or if it has a little heart and stroke foundation sticker on the front; read the ingredients.
If you’re not sure what something is, just Google it. Not all hard-to-pronounce ingredients, are in fact harmful – so do your research, then decide.
This book offers a great section on micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), explaining what you need and what foods to find them in. There is also a section solely dedicated to weekly meal planning (my favourite) to help those new to this Skinny Bitch way of life, ease in to the diet. And when I say ‘diet’ I am using it in its true form, a word synonymous to ‘lifestyle’.
OH! And POOPING!! – Chapter 8 is actually called POOPING: “Pinch a loaf. Lay a cable. Drop the kids off at the pool….” Pooping. It’s great. The chapter AND the event of. Haha.
I don’t want to divulge too much information because I am highly recommending you pick up a copy of this book and dive in, but know there are several very informative tidbits that can be of use to every single person. In example, did you know that brushing your teeth could actually curb a sweet craving? Or that carbohydrates are actually essential in maintaining a healthy diet? True stories.
So pick up a copy. If not to lose weight, get healthy, or expand your knowledge – then just for a clever read. It’s not long, just over 200 pages – and it’s an easy read. You’ll be done before you know it.
I will leave you with this quote, “Instead of fixating on the last five pounds you want to lose, celebrate the five pounds you already lost. Progress, not perfection.” – I’d say that in itself is a positive and encouraging pat on the back.
So GO. Buy it! And after you’ve read it, I would LOVE your input!