This week I picked up the book titled “Skinny Bitch” at Target because I’ve heard a lot about it from the blog world. I read it in two days. It’s a really quick read..and no..I’m not a super fast reader either.
The whole book is about changing your lifestyle to becoming vegan. I felt that most of the book is very one-sided. It’s either go vegan or go home. For the entire book, I felt that if I were to follow the guidelines of what this book was teaching, I could barely eat ANYTHING. Even the foods that they say are healthy to eat, still had some negativity behind them. It made me feel like everything I eat is poison to my body.
There is one chapter that was extremely nasty. You can probably guess what the topic is. Yep, it’s the MEAT industry. The book goes into detail about how they slaughter animals and how some of them make it through down the chain and are still alive. This chapter was HARD to read. It was disgusting. My boss said she read this book and gave up meat right after closing the book. I can see why. I understand there are hormones, steroids and chemicals in factory meat, but the book also tries to take a spin on how we don’t need animal protein and can get what is lost through a B12 vitamin. I don’t know..it just isn’t flying with me. I’m not giving up meat, but I may eat a bit less and look more for organic. I just wish the FDA would do something about the meat industry and really look into the health of it. Then again, why would they? It’s a billion dollar industry that they can control. Gross.
Some interesting things that stuck in my head after looking back to the book are:
1) Milk has been portrayed to “do a body good” through marketing. According to studies in the book, those who drank more milk in their life were MORE prone to osteoporosis in their later years. The authors basically rip milk a new one…not good stuff.
2.) You should eat fruit for breakfast. Fruit alone. It’s quickly digested so by the time lunch comes around, you have a stomach that’s hungry and ready to take on new food.
3.) Cheese can be an addiction. Most people have an addiction to cheese. It has something in it that releases endorphins in your brain, specifically from cow’s milk. I can say that I think I’m addicted to cheese and didn’t know it!
One topic that made me mad in the book was about fasting. The authors were PRO fasting. They think it’s a great way to get your body empty so it can start “cleaning up” to get healthy and rid of bad cells. To me, this is bull. I’ve read a ton of articles about how fasting is not healthy. It will mess up your metabolism and sometimes make your weight gain worse when you start eating again. Not a good message to put out there girls!
Overall I got a few lessons from the book, but a few things that I just disagreed with. I’m glad I read it because it’s a controversial book, but unless you want to go completely vegan, you’re going to disagree and/or not follow along with many things in this book.