Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Genre: Self-Help, Fitness/Health
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Running Press (December 27, 2005)
Source: Found a copy in my mom's car
Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, "Soda is liquid Satan" and "You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin," it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there's solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and encourages women to get excited about feeling "clean and pure and energized."
I love books that read like my best friend's gossip sessions. That's exactly how this book was from cover to cover. It was hilarious! I bet these girls are an absolute riot in real life. Usually, I'm not a big fan of self-help type books, but I couldn't resist this one after reading the first sentence. I saw a copy in my mom's car and decided to read it on my trip to Disney. It turned out to be very insightful.
About 7 months ago my doctor told me to stop eating dairy and beef products. I'm not a huge milk drinker, so that didn't bother me. I do, however, like yogurt. A lot. Cutting out beef was another issue. There is a fabulous steak house right around the corner from my house. My husband and I love going there on Friday nights (um... $1.99 martinis!) and ordering their steaks. They are heavenly. Seriously.
After reading some of the chapters in this book, I will be seriously reconsidering my faithfulness to yogurt. I've been good with doing away with beef products (beef free for 7 months). I remember the doctor telling me about why I should avoid beef. It was so disturbing, but it made complete sense. He told me that 70% of people that die from heart disease (#1 killer in America, BTW) die because of the beef they have spent a life time consuming. Apparently, the beef leads to the heart disease. I didn't get that at first, but then he went on to explain about all the steroids and hormones that are pumped into these animals. Of course, we end up digesting these same chemicals through the meat. Gross. The book, Skinny Bitch, goes a step further and talks about the pesticides that are sprayed on the animals to keep bugs away. Those same pesticides seep into the animal's skin and blood stream, which ends up in the meat. I almost vomited when I read that chapter. There was more, but I couldn't stomach it. I didn't want to know how disgusting chicken coops really are. I already saw how disturbing they were on that show where the guy travels to all of the most dangerous/disgusting jobs in the world. It was pretty bad.
Enough about cows. Well, sort of. I still didn't talk about the dairy. In the simple terms, machine milking (of cows) leads to infections. Those infections still end up in the milk-- puss and all. And sadly, not all of that crap is filtered out. I had no idea what pasteurization really meant. It made me ill. There was also a lengthy history of the USDA and FDA. Basically, buy organic soy milk that is NOT approved by the FDA alone. Apparently, they have changed regulations on certifying organic products and it isn't in our best interest.
The book also went on to talk about artificial sweeteners (stay away from them, except for Stavia) and sodas. We've all heard the rumors about what a coke does to your body. It was interesting to read it in a book. Pretty scary. I also learned that acidic products lead to weight gain due to their effects on blood sugar levels. Makes sense, really.
The one thing that I didn't like about the book was that it felt like a pitch for going vegan. I get why people do it, and I support their choices; however, I can't feed my family on vegan food. I don't care how you prepare tofu, it still makes me gag. It could be deep friend or covered in sugar, I would still vomit. You can't fake some things. I'm all on board with the clean eating and healthy living. I have no problem with not eating beef or dairy. But I can't do away with chicken. I can, however, buy organic American farm raised chicken. But not chicken tofu nuggets. The three year old would know the difference, no matter what people say. He's a regular Sherlock Holmes. The information in the book (and the supporting research) was insightful and alarming. I did not like, however, the sales pitch for the vegan life style. The back of the book gave some shopping ideas (for Skinny Bitch approved products) that I might check out next time I'm in the store. Especially the junk food options-- my vice. But I will not be buying tofu anything in the near (or distant) future.