“We have been so brainwashed by fad diets, magazine articles, and advertising that we have forgotten how to think for ourselves.”
We know, the title seems crazy and some of you might think: why even consider reading a book with such a name?! And I had the same thoughts when I came past it. But don’t be fooled into underestimating this book by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. It’s a New York Times bestseller and there may be a good reason for that. To the authors it’s simple: you can’t eat crap all day and expect to see good results in your health and weight. So see this book as a “tough-love guide” for a healthier lifestyle. But don’t expect a usual health and fitness guide because the title of the book delivers what it promises: “Beer is for frat boys… It makes fat, bloated and farty”. You get the picture, right?
In 13 chapters Freedman and Barnouin clear out common myths about food and dieting and give nutrition advice on what they call the ‘skinny-bitch-diet’, which really is nothing else than a plant-based diet that excludes all animal products. The authors don’t get their assumptions out of thin air but base their statements on science and studies made by credible doctors and scientists. So again, don’t be fooled and give this book a shot if you are curious about a vegan diet.
But Freedman and Barnouin don’t recommend this way of eating just for health reasons. There also is an ethical aspect: the cruelty at slaughterhouses. And of course we know that the pigs raised in factories do not have a life-like little piglet Babe from the movie but who would have known that it is THAT bad! Quotes from reports of animal abuse in factory farming will tell you how devastating the situation in slaughterhouses really is. I had to put the book away for a second when reading through this passage as I couldn’t believe what I just read. It was an eye-opening experience.
If you just got started on veganism or are about to get started, this book is a good read for you. It provides a list of recommended foods that ease the transitional phase from consuming animal products into becoming a plant eater (like meatless meats and dairy free milk and yoghurt options). Even meal plans are provided.
But you might think: if the authors are promoting a healthy lifestyle and a caring attitude towards animals why did they chose a title like that? Isn’t it misleading? Are they promoting a bitchy attitude too? Here is what the authors have to say on that:
“We just wanted to spread our message far and wide and thought Skinny Bitch was a good way to do it. But we are not bitches, and we have no desire to promote bitchiness.”
Oh and those two ladies made a great point on why organic skin care is so important: “What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body (because, in essence, what you put on your body will wind up in your body)”. This sentence pretty much sums up why Natalia and I do what we do. Why even bother to buy organic food and try to eat healthy when you put all these gross chemical products onto your face and body that eventually get absorbed by the skin?
We’ll give this one bitchy 4 out of 5 melons!