Friday, July 29, 2011

Skinny Bitch

Skinny Bitch - by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

I'm currently wrapping up the book Skinny Bitch, that promises to tell the truth about dieting, the food and drug industry and everything you didn't want to know about the FDA. Some take-aways I have found with this book.

I agree its important to slow down, rest between bites, and drink water, and know what your eating, and be prepared. This call to arms for thoughtful eating against blind consumerism. Opening your diet to better, more veggie and fruit based foods are hyper beneficial. 
These authors bring up many great points about nutrition, trusting food companies, and making balanced choices to get nutrients from foods that you will stop eating on this diet. Just like they advocate, I believe you can trust-no-one and need to make decisions for yourself.

I disagree that you can hold onto this diet for the rest of your life. I believe that part of living the happy part of this life has to be about more then just being skinny, but also enjoying the amazing array of great foods we have available to us. One take-away from this book will be to really decide if these which foods are "worth it". I will also say I believe and agree that food is medicine, but part of this medicine is "balance" - after all, just becoming a vegan doesn't make you. They also advocate, not eating breakfast until your really hungry, yet also advocate working out in the morning. This seems incredible destructive to muscle building and a good way injure yourself.

In the beginning of the book, the authors encourage you to drink more water, work out more (especially in the morning) and loose self loathing to become a healthier happier person from the inside out. Then the book proceeds to tell you not to eat breakfast in the morning, and if you are going to - eat - eat a piece of fruit, and see how it sustains you for the rest of your day. Then slowly they begin to preach becoming a vegan - then suddenly they pounce, and the entire book becomes a bible for non meat eaters.  If i didn't feel like this was a "sneak attack" to a vegan lifestyle i might have been more open to what they where saying. Rather then being forth wright about their intentions they took a stand and preached

Ultimately: I bought the book loving this message -- "If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight." However I feel like I was surprised preached into veganisum and the book never took into account that all meat is not raised in unhealthy, unhappy circumstances. What about making smart, eco-sensitive consumer choices? I would have found their point of view more convincing - if veganisum was presented as a "choice" rather then "the decision".

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