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skinny bitch - the book

Has anyone read this? I'm in the process and I feel like I've been living in a cave when it comes to nutrition and what I thought was healthy.

The book is overwhelming me! I plan to make some drastic changes in my household's eating habits and what we actually eat.

Thoughts?


Sat. Sep 8, 12:56am

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I haven't read it but have seen a lot of celebs such as Victoria Beckham reading it. Anyone that has read it - would you recommend it?

Saturday, September 08, 2007, 5:23 AM

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I would certainly recommend it. I have learned a lot of things and frankly, I'm stunned. This book has alerted me and motivated me to do further research regarding the foods that I put into my body as well as my famiy's.

I am going to Fast starting next week, I haven't decided for how long, but I believe this is the first step towards cleansing and then putting only healthy and truly nutritious things in my body.

I'll post my progress and let you all know if it seems worth it :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007, 11:32 PM

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PP, how did the skinny bitch diet work out?

Friday, February 22, 2008, 12:45 PM

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another perspective from a previous thread

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Friday, February 22, 2008, 12:54 PM

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I'm just wondering if it worked out for the PP?

Friday, February 22, 2008, 7:10 PM

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Read it

I read it, but I knew going into it that they had a vegan agenda and that the book was written with some "objectionable" language (title of the book sort of says it all really). Skinny Bitch is not for everyone. I would NOT recommend this book to teenage girls, or maybe not even young college aged girls. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone who currently has or has ever had an eating disorder. The authors are not promoting eating disorders by any means, but the tone and language its written in might be triggering to some people. I also wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has body image or self esteem issues. However, I would recommend this book to people who are interested in vegetarian and vegan diets and anyone who wants to learn more about animal cruelty and the meat industry. I didn't get that this was really a "diet" book, but more of an eye opener to how industries are running and to be more mindful of what we are actually eating. After reading this book, I do read labels more, and I am more concerned about eating less processed foods and more natural/whole foods. I'd rather eat a real orange than some orange flavored chemically created cookie or some other "fake" food. I enjoyed this book, but take it with a HUGE grain of salt. As with reading any type of book like this, you should come to your own conclusions and make the "diet" or lifestyle choices that are healthiest and work best for you. So, back to the original question, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, and for those who do, again, take it with a grain of salt.

Friday, February 22, 2008, 8:47 PM

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I love this book. It made me laugh, and it made me squirm. I'm wondering if anyone has been following a vegan diet and how it affected their health and weight loss?

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 10:01 AM

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It's a terrific book - Read it!

I don't get the comment about not letting teenagers or college students read the book. That makes no sense. First of all, ever teenager knows what the "F" word is and all the other language used in the book. AND they aren't advocating a restrictive diet, just cutting out all the crap. I would have no problem giving the book to my daughter when she's a teenager (and would actually encourage her to read it).

I've been a vegan since college and read the book despite having already cut out off of the crap from my diet that they recommend (soda, hydrogenated fats, meat and dairy). I'm now 39 years old and am 135 pounds (and had two healthy vegan pregnancies). Both of my children are vegan and are thriving. My daughter, now in kindergarten, has only missed two days of school this year due to illness. The average absence rate in her class as of today is 13 days. She's healthy, and has a strong immune system which I believe is a direct result of her diet.

For great recipes, go to:

http://vegcooking.com/

I'm posting this link because I haven't heard great reviews about the follow-up to Skinny Bitch (their cookbook). There are terrific vegan cookbooks on the market that I would recommend over this one.

maddysmom, PT member since 2005


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Saturday, February 23, 2008, 11:17 AM

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That's funny, b/c I almost think the way Skinny Bitch is written - it would really appeal to teens and encourage them to cut out all that crap from their diets! Given the girth of your average teen these days, I think that would be wonderful!



Sunday, February 24, 2008, 9:59 AM

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I agree with 8:47.
First, just because teens use the f word all the time, doesn't make it appropriate. The f word may be suitable in a story setting, but it has no place in any kind of instructional/learning book. Then we're just telling teens that it is appropriate language to be using. And yeah, you can get away with it in some places, but I tell you, there are times if I used the f word at my job, I would be fired.

And I absolutely could see this book fostering eating disorders in teens. How may teens have the skills or time to cook proper well balanced vegan meals? Very few. So the rest are going to wind up either eating processed soy garbage, or very little of anything, because they lack the ability to make the diet anything other than restrictive.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:03 PM

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Great Thread! Great Input! Great People!

Kudos to all that have posted here! :)

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:20 PM

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I should clarify why I wouldn't recommend to teens

Its not because of the language. It's because I know SO MANY teenage girls who are confused about how they should look and already have self esteem issues. For example, a 17 year old I know, thinks she's fat and only nibbles on her food claiming "she's full". Those are the teenage girls who I wouldn't recommend it to. I'm sure there are plenty of teens/young girls with good heads on their shoulders who can read this book and not be manipulated into thinking they're fat for drinking liquid satan. Maybe my views on teens are a little skewed because I know so many with eating disorders and self esteem issues.

I'm sorry for the confusion.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:24 PM

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I guess I don't see how becoming a vegan or advocating veganism would move anyone toward an eating disorder. Now I know the whole book geared toward losing weight, but if you read it from cover to cover that's just part of it. The underlying message is: you are what you eat with a big emphasis on getting nutrients from fresh, whole foods and getting away from sodas, processed foods, alcohol, foods with hormones, etc.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 5:36 PM

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I haven't read the book yet but my sister-in-law has it and has lost 20lbs in a month. I cannot succumb to a vegan or vegetarian diet so it isn't for me but she has had success with it so who knows? worth a shot I guess.

Monday, February 25, 2008, 1:36 PM

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Unless your sister-in-law is morbidly obese, a 20lb loss in 1 month is not even REMOTELY healthy.

Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:02 PM

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I also haven't read the whole book but I think the comment about the book encouraging eating disorders had nothing to do with being Vegan. It seemed to me it was more about the tone of the book. People who are already feel conflicted and guilty about eating probably don't need anything making them feel even more guilty. However a more positive book about being vegan and healthy could be great for those individuals.



Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:36 PM

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skinny bitch diet

its great it helped me get off diet coke.

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:02 PM

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teens know what the words in the book mean and if parents read it first then they can clarify that it is exceptable sim a teen and i think that its great
alice-13

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:06 PM

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i agree my child read it and did not repeat the contents of the book and it helped her loose 1 stone which left her just over her ideal weight but shes more happy know-reply if ur child hasd resd it

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:08 PM

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reply if u thought the book was crap

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:09 PM

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to whoever said that the tone of the book was not very good and they need a book about vegans is completley wrong as u need someone to make u feel giulty in order to change.if no one tells u ur fat u might not know it and im 13 but i know what im talking about-reply if u disagree

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:15 PM

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I've read it and I've drastically cut meat

Although I haven't been vegan after reading this book, I've worked towards it every day since reading it. I agree that it shouldn't be given to girls with eating disorders. In the book they say that headaches are okay because you're cleansing your body of the bad stuff and they tell you not to eat until you're full. Headaches can be from getting rid of caffiene in your diet, etc. but it can be very misinterpreted. It's okay to eat like a bird if you're covering all your nutrients, but i don't think young women (including myself) quite know where to draw the line.

*********can anyone suggest some lunches I can take to work that follow this diet and will keep me energized the entire 10 hours I'm away from home? I bought bitch in the kitch, but it seems like those meals are a lot of work!

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:52 PM

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12:15- good heavens child. Don't go trying to tell a group of adults that you know better than them, and fail to use the English languange properly when you do so. It makes you look much less than intelligent.

So I disagree with you entirely, and think your post doesn't help your advocacy at all.

Monday, April 27, 2009, 2:43 PM

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There are better books out there!!

There is an interesting review of the book, Skinny Bitch, which another poster previously mentioned:

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/02/11/skinny_bitch/

The reviewers comments about "you need to exercise, you lazy shit," "coffee is for pussies" and "don't be a fat pig anymore." were SPOT ON. As was her following comment from her friend "It was a formerly anorexic friend of mine who nailed it when she read excerpts from the book. "When you have an eating disorder," she told me, "that's the voice you hear in your head all the time."

You want to read a book written by someone with REAL credentials that doesn't use insults and degrading tones to try to teach nutrition? Read Michael Pollan's 2 books: "Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" --- All about eating properly and he does it nicely, too.

Monday, April 27, 2009, 3:21 PM

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My kid read it at 13 years old, but then she is wise enough not to overreact. I could see a more troubled angry teen reacting poorly to the tone of the book - I don't want to hear it quoted back to me at the table, for example. We have an uneasy relationship with meat, and my daughter appreciates the problems. It was great for her to read confirmation of some of the things we have been telling her.

Friday, May 29, 2009, 10:30 AM

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