This book blew my mind! The authors employ a very blunt, no-nonsense approach to healthy eating. They support veganism as the healthiest lifestyle option, but they provide enough information to allow the reader to draw her own conclusions about what works for her. Personally, I plan to integrate a lot of their ideas into my family's lifestyle.
I was surprised that, after all the hype about this book, I hated it. No alcohol. No smoking. No pop. No sugar. No carbs. No dairy. No meat. At one point they called the readers fat pigs at the trough. I just couldn't get into the tone of this book. It was not for me.
This is a very informative book about what it in our food. BEWARE, it is written by vegans, and they are advocating becoming a vegan. They are, in fact, trying to scare you into it. If you can deal with that, it is a very interesting and informative book.
The title of this one grabbed me. I figured with that kind of attitude, the diet has to be really good. Well, I was sadly dissapointed. The advice is to stop eating all dairy, all meat, eggs, fish, sugar,caffeine, additives, sweeteners, soda, etc. It is basically an advertisement of the vegan lifestyle and has some horrendous stories about the meat industry I wish I hadn't read.
Elizabeth H. reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 18
Wow, I was so impressed with this book! I expected it to be gimmicky, but instead I was totally wowed by the innovative ideas and careful research presented in this book. The girls' approach is a bit unusual, but I can't wait to try out their ideas. Highly recommended!!
A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous! "You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth and expect to lose weight." (Does contain some bad language.)
Great book and it finally convinced me to become Vegan. I'm already a vegetarian and had been thinking about becoming Vegan. Now I'm starting the process with the help of this book and the many resources they cited. It's a great quick look into why being Vegan is a good thing and how horrible meat and overly processed food is for you.
This is a great book. I learned a lot about how animals are treated before becoming the food on your table. It's written like they're your best friends, telling you like it is. If you are sensitive, the style may not be for you.
As a lacto-vegetarian, most of this information was not new to me, and it was very off-putting to read this long advertisement for PETA and veganism. I've seen this info put together better, with more resources cited, so it was just one big long reminder that vegans are better than all of us, right down to their fecal matter.
Also, they encourage people to eat way way waaayy too much over-processed meat substitutes, which seems to go against their message. If women are prone to breast-cancer, processed soy has phyto-estrogens, which research is finding encourages certain female cancers. Check it out, and see for yourself. That seemed irresponsible for them to not even touch on that risk, but to gleefully encourage their readers to eat foods made in labs, and not from nature.
I really disliked this book - basically it promotes a totally Vegan diet (which is fine - if the cover speil gave an idea to expect this, and it doesn't offer anything in the way of compromise. I also didn't care for the "tone" of the book - it was fairly insulting to the reader IMHO.
If PETA wrote a "healthy diet' book - this would be it.
First of all, just to let you know where I'm coming from, I'm vegetarian and my wife is vegan, so this is in no way criticizing veganism and vegetarianism.
This book was highly recommended-- which was why I was so disappointed that I had to put it down. There are a lot of irreconcilable flaws in this book, which is a shame because some of the information is very helpful.
Ignoring the fact that the authors are caddy, crass, haughty and egotistical, the book sets up a false dichotomy that healthy=thin. You can follow this book to a 't' and still not be the ideal stick-thin figure. Our bodies all process foods and nutrients differently due to different metabolism, differences in how our bodies process calories-- the list goes on. They're conflating 'thin' with 'healthy,' when in fact if some of us eat healthy and excercise we can still be considered 'fat.'
The use of the term 'fat pig' is fat shaming, pure and simple. They're not being edgy-- they're being egocentric.
I was interested in this book because I wanted to start being more critical about the food I'm eating. The authors are plain about what voice they've chosen to write the book in, but I think they could have been direct and gotten their point across without bluntly insulting their audience. Aside from that it is a VEGAN book in disguise. I didn't even get through the entire thing because of the multiple chapters which describe in detail the abuse of animals we raise for food. Although I'm sure this abuse occurs it is not the way ALL animals are kept and it disappoints me that anyone would use these kinds of scare tactics on their audience.
There was some interesting information about the preservatives and additives put in our food, but I had to do further research on their statements. Although they cited their sources very well, it is so easy to twist information to sound the way you want it to and these two authors seemed like the type to do that.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone other than someone who WANTS to be scared into being a vegan. If you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle, learn more about the products you're putting into your body, or lose weight there are many, many books out there that will leave you feeling more informed and confident than this one.
Really not a diet/exercise book as much as a why/how to be a vegan. The whole last disk is just a bunch of lists (foods to eat, month of menus, ingredients to have/avoid). Probably very useful in text form - hard to follow on audio. Language used by authors is EXTREMLY crass at times.
Skinny Bitch is basically a book for veganism and truly is a regurgitation of ideas that I have already read about eating in a better way for our bodies. It discusses some of the everyday foods that we need to give up and gives information about others. This information is below:
1. Carbs are ok
2. Sugar is the devil
3. Eating meat is bad
4. Drinking milk is gross
5. You are what you eat
6. Myths and Lies about Protein
7. Pooping is necessary
8. Governmental Agencies truly do not give a crap about your health
9. You can give up everyday food
10. Directions on eating properly, in their words about veganism
I agree with so much information in this book. Sugar is truly addicting, why do we drink cows milk rather than orangutan, governmental agencies really are not policing what we eat, and aspartame is bad for us. Aspartame is produced and developed by the same company that made Agent Orange and makes Roundup. Something is wrong with this.
I had a couple of problems with this book. First was the writing style. I do not have a problem with cussing but I do have a problem with someone treating me like a dumbass, especially when you want me to buy your book or future books. Another problem I had with this book is that some of the information needed is barely talked about but people truly need to understand to eat this way, but I will say that hopefully some will research areas farther after reading this book. The last problem and the one that bothered me the most was that they were telling you to stay away from processed food but telling you to buy vegan/vegetarian processed food. This was very wrong. I understand that we need to get away from processed food but saying this means that we also need to get away from any type of processed food or definitely check the ingredients, if it has more than five or you cannot recognized some of the ingredients, do not eat it. Now days with soy being mostly GMOs, we have to ask ourselves do we want to be eating tofu as much too.
OK, this is a good book if you are ready to go completely vegan and just need a smack in the face to remind you of the reasons you were considering it in the first place. For the rest of us....it does provide little bits about topics that are very important-animal welfare, health, exercise, environmental issues, food additives, etc. but this is really just in intro and you will need to do much more research and reading to make final decisions about how you want to proceed related to these issues. Yes, the authors are often crass and use inappropriate language but I think they were trying (sometimes a bit too much) to be funny and really get your attention. At times, I thought some of the information was somewhat irresponsible in this type of a book such as recommending fasting without providing enough guidance. I think a lot of people will be drawn in by the title and topic and it is a quick, fun book to read but I just wish the authors had given more links, references, etc so readers could have more direction. They recommend a huge lifestyle change for most of their readers. I recommend "Becoming Vegan" or "Becoming Vegetarian" for nutritional advice and "The Omnivore's Dilemma" or "Diet for a New America" for more info about food politics/ethics.
I can't remember the last time I actually became angry while reading a book. It started off with bits of humor, and then began to degenerate at about page 27, and by page 70 I was so angry that I quit. [Be warned that I'll quote some of their vulgarity during this review, but if you're planning on reading the book, at least you'll know what you're in for.]
I can summarize their plan in three words: Go Organic Vegan.
The crux of the problem with this book is not that they encourage the vegan lifestyle, it's how they promote it. They'll call the reader a fat ass, f*ing stupid, lazy, and every possible rude and obscene comment they can think of because, well, you're not vegan so you must be crap (oh, and they do talk a lot about sh*t, too).
So much for encouragement, but it gets worse. This is not a weight loss book but propaganda in disguise. The FDA is your enemy, here's the truth about where your meat comes from, people don't need dairy once they're weaned from the breast, [insert chemical here] will give you cancer... the list goes on and on and on. And they justify this with references to materials from PETA, "victims" groups for people who claim that artificial sweetener caused their illnesses, debunked research, and even other fad diets. But even worse, they never really provide you with the information you need to go vegan. Sure, they list commercial vegan substitutes for meat and dairy, but you're pretty much on your own. And remember, no chemicals or preservatives. Must be organic, ya' know.
I know a couple of vegans, and both of them have been people of firm personal conviction about what they're doing. Their dedication to being vegan is a fundamental and heartfelt belief that the way we go about getting meat and dairy products is morally wrong. I can't think that either one of them would think that becoming a "Skinny Bitch" is a reason to go vegan.
If you want to change to a vegan lifestyle, I encourage you to do so. Just don't try to use this book to do it.
While quite fun and witty, I was very unhappy with the authors' blatant one-sided view on being pro-vegan. I am a rancher's daughter, and must say that our grassfed cattle enjoy their days and are very healthy, and that meat CAN HAVE so many health benefits if we would all get a bit "bitchy" about exactly where that meat is coming from. As a journalist, I was very dissapointed in how unbalanced their perspectives were.
That being said, this is a very intriguing and easy read, and while I'm glad I have read it, I truly recommend the reader take it with a grain of salt (and perhaps a lovely black angus sirloin steak, medium rare with sauteed onions? yummmmmmm!).
This was a very questionable book. I liked some of the ideas - thinking more about what you put in your body, getting real about that kind of stuff. But, some of the information is blatantly, and possibly dangerously, incorrect. And the hammering of the USDA, meat industry, etc., and references to 'rotting meat', are tiresome and disgusting. I know they're trying to get their points across, but some of their advice and suggestions are potentially very dangerous in this society. I found some of their advice to be bordering on encouraging eating disorders (fast for up to 7 days, get used to and enjoy the feeling of being empty, eat only fruit for breakfast, if possible). The menus at the end are actually pretty good - if they could have presented their approach to veganism without the whole chapter on how animals are tortured and the government is just in it for $, I could have been more positive about the book.
What I didn't notice in the reviews was that the language in this book is, albeit hilarous, crass crude and insulting. The information is sound and as other reviewers say, it's about becoming vegan. It's presently very bluntly and you are told to get your head out of your behind if you don't "get it".
Descriptions of how animals are treated at factory farms should be read by everyone - meat eater or vegan. If you want to eat dead animals, you should know how they are slaughtered. It's only fair.
What I don't like about this book is that it doesn't really help you lose weight in my opinion. Telling people to substitute unhealthy garbage for "vegan cookies that are so good they will make you pee your pants" or soy ice cream so delicious "you might kill yourself".... If you have bad eating habits, replacing them with a vegan diet of junk food won't help much. I should know, I'm a fat vegetarian. :)
Want a laugh? Read the book. Want to know what's in your food (Soda is the devil says the book) and want to realize what garbage you put into your body? Get the book.
If you are afraid of hearing how animals are tortured for your Big Mac. Boo hoo. Read the book! Just be warned that the language is very in-your-face.
I had a hard time with this book because I have been lo carb brainwashed. It says to eat no meat because we don't have 3 inch insisors! But I love meat and dairy and pop! Don't think I could realistically follow the diet, plus, there's really no plan, it just has a bunch of stuff not to eat...no recipes, no meal plans, no lists.
If you like being called a fat pig and told you're stupid and deserve what you get then this book is for you. For those of you that want a good book that gives healthy advice for weight loss, look elsewhere. This book is not for you. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst, I'd give it a minus 10.
I couldn't finish it. I really couldn't handle the constant poor choice of words. It was like getting yelled at every time you turned the page. I get it, meat is bad, dairy is bad, all processed foods are bad....but do you REALLY have to drop multiple swear words into every other sentence in order to get your point across? I think not.
I'm breaking a cardinal rule here and adding reviewing something I've not read. I'm aware of the hypocrisy, and I apologize. My only defense is that the subject of vegetarianism is very personal.
For the record, I have read every reason on why we should all be vegetarians and vegans. I'm sure it's in here in this book. I even was a vegetarian for a couple of years before I got sick, fat, and nearly went off the deep end.
To be frank, most of the reasons to not eat meat are BS. Just because people can and do cherry pick research doesn't mean they are facts. (And that includes ones that support low carb, the diet I eat.) We are omnivores and require protein. It is simply not possible to support our big brains on the calorie density provided by vegetables. It is a testiment to our now sedentary modern lives that people take books like this seriously.
If you really want to, read this book and then read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubs for real balance about diet research. And please, if you have children think very, very carefully about eliminating meat from their diet. You will need to make sure that they they are getting enough high quality protein and fats to support a growing mind...
This book is motivational, funny and shocking. However, in a nutshell all this book really says is to become a vegan. There is good evidence and reasoning cited in the book for this, and it's quite thought provoking.
I skimmed this at the local B&N thinking "I really like their style!" I bought it and was very displeased. Two women touting themselves as experts in weightloss and looking good who are merely pushing the Vegan lifestyle by making people feel bad about not being Vegan. Everyone needs a little kick in the butt, however, their approach was almost narcissistic and depressing.
Diana - , reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
I had heard really good things about this book, but I personally hated it! I felt like I was reading a long commercial for PETA. This book is not so much about losing weight, but about getting you to stop eating meat and dairy. While it did list reasons why meat and dairy is bad for you, the descriptions of slaughter houses were too graphic. The language went a tad too far, with 2-3 bad words per sentence.
I've definitely read much, much better books. Two thumbs down.
Karen (ginevra) reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
This book takes the drill sergeant approach, which may work for some, but frankly I'm tired of women beating up on themselves and each other. This book also has some downright bad advice - at one point the authors opine that all medicine is poison (guess I'll stop taking insulin then!), and that menstrual cramps are to prepare women for childbirth, so women shouldn't take pain relievers for relief. That's just ridiculous.
If you are ready to give up meat, this book is for you. It is informative, but if you aren't really committed to a SERIOUS life change to veganism this is probably not the book for you. And if you have a weak stomach read in the bathroom it is very graphic.
There was such hype regarding this book. I don't know why I did not expect the tone inside based on the fact that the word b*tch is in the title. I found the language in the book to be inappropriate and unprofessional and detracting to their message. In fact, I couldn't get past the language to determine if their message had validity.
I was verry dissapointed in this book. I thought I was going to get a book on lossing weight and eating healthy and I got a book on how pwople are crule to animals and should become vegans. There is even a page in the back that states they are not writing this book to help people become healthy. Would not recomend it.
Shanna, I am with you! It is a "vegan's bible" but it is not for me. I've been on low-carb, low-fat diet for 3 years and so far lost 135 lbs. (out of 320) and enjoy my meat, dairy and eggs. The "scare the s... out of people" tactic would not work with me. I haven't finished the book and never will because I might never become skinny, but I already fit the second part of the title. Hope someone who wants to be vegan will enjoy it.
First of all I don't want to be a Skinny Bit**, I want to be a healthy woman. Now having said that I will say that most of the info in this book is correct and if you can get past the crude language and name calling you could learn how to lose weight from this book. I personally don't like to be called a fat slob every other sentence so I wouldn't recommend this to my friends.
I loved the honesty about the meat and dairy industry as well as the government's role. It was time to take my head out the sand and this book did it. The information about food additives was also very helpful. Great for anyone looking to take back control of their health, with lots of healthy vegan and even implied macrobiotic principles to help you on your way, although no recipes they do suggest further reading including cookbooks. I didn't care for the occasionally foul language but it was appropriately placed for emphasis.
Listened to this book on tape. Had a few good laughs(more that their expense than anything) Interesting factoids, and scare tactics about food and becoming a vegan. They are vegans and they want you to be one!
I thought I would like this book... The language and the harshness are kind of amusing and don't bother me a bit. It's the content. NO KIDDING if you ate Vegan and didn't drink or smoke you'd be skinny, but tell us something we don't know. I had to stop reading at the chapter on torturing cows. There are plenty more informative books out there that are just as entertaining. You do of course have to read it for yourself... you either love it or hate it.
I got this book thinking that a straight on approach on eating healthy would be a great idea. Well, the first couple chapters were helpful, then I got to the parts on why being a vegetarian or vegan is the right thing to do and the only way to become a "skinny bitch". Oh, also, the authors tell you that you need to stop eating and drinking dairy also to become a "skinny bitch". They claim that soy milk and the such is the way to go. I flipped through the chapters on slaughterhouses and why the government doesn't care about our health and decided that I had enough of the writers' agenda. Bottom line, if you want to become a vegetarian to become healthy, have at it. If not, keep away from this book.
The title of the book should really be Skinny Bitch Vegan. With their no nonsense approach if you're sensitive about your weight steer clear of this book. The authors do not have a problem being "bitches" about telling you how fat you are!
The diet is very strict, but does give you a good idea of what is in the foods you're normally eating. They want you to abstaine from eating sugars, sodas, caffiene, alcohol, and smoking. I agree with them about the sodas, caffiene, and smoking as they are not good things for your health. However, other than the smoking, everything else in moderation is acceptable in my opinion. When starting a diet plan it is best to limit yourself on those items and slow re-introduce them if you need to have a free day.
They also explain that you can't continue to eat what you want and expect to loose weight, which I do agree with. You have to be your own motivation to loose weight and keep it off and you will need to make the necessary changes in order to reach your goals. Also just by changing your diet doesn't mean you don't have to exercise, because you do plus you will see faster, better results and will feel healthier.
If you need a straightforward book that favors being a vegan and don't mind an overal insulting tone of a book then this read is for you.
OK, I got this book from paperbackswap.com (so dont think I purchased it) because Id heard several people talking about it (Oprah, The View, Online blogs, etc). I figured it was worth the book credit to see what these chicks were talking aboutNOT! First, they use way too much cursing in attempts to share their views. Second, they believe that eating meat is from the devil (I want to be healthy but preaching vegetarian isnt the way). Third, they demean people that may be overweight throughout the book and try to apologize on the last page (give me a break). They do offer a few interesting statistics, websites, and recipe sites that can be used in combination with what you already use. I feel like I wasted 2 hours of my Sunday.
I got this book thinking that it was going to be about healthy verision things to eat. But come to find out it's wants to turn you vegan. They should of said something on the back of the cover about that. And to be honest the book just complains way to much. I didn't even get through the first part and I was already bored.
I hated this book, very hard to get into reading when they call you a fat pig and tell you everything you cant eat and how dumb of a person you are. Did not like the style at all I got through half the book and decided time to post it and get it into the mail to someone else who may want to read it.
Yikes! Be prepared to stop eating meat if you're an animal lover. Good info provided in crude terms. I think the authors went overboard in the "tough love" aspect of their advice. I don't need to be cursed at to get it.
This book has attitude - which could be great. But the recommendations about how to become a "skinny bitch" are very hard-core. They advocate complete veganism (not eating ANY animal products) and eliminating all refined sugar and all artificial sweetner. And as if that wasn't enough- no coffee either! I actually went off of sugar at one point for 5 years, and stopped eating red meat at one time. But this is pretty extreme to think about doing all of what they suggest at once. I just think it might be setting someone up to fail. With all of that said they do offer factual information about nutrition etc. in a no-holds barred style.
If you are thinking of becoming a vegan - then this is the book for you.
I enjoyed it up to the chapter regarding dairy and meat - sorry, but I love meat and I don't feel an ounce of remorse when I eat it. I am not eating "Rage, Grief, and Pain" - I'm eating a tender, delicious piece of beef.
When I first ordered this book I bought it because of all the controversy surrounding the book's word usuage, and I have to admit, the book is filled with fowl language. But in all truth the language it is filled with, including the insults, are the things that we usually think when we see an overweight individual standing in line at McDonalds or buying HoHo's at the local supermarket. Now don't get me wrong, some of what was in this book shocked me so much that I sat it down for a few days without the intention of ever picking it up again. But I found myself drawn back to it's hold.
Outside of the language issues the book is filled with all kinds of valuable information that we as consumers should know about but usually do not. The scandals dealing with the food and drug administration, dairy and meat farms, and the EPA is enough to scare anyone half to death. The nutritional information provided in the book is really beneficial to people trying to figure out what is good for them and what is bad.
Now that I have finished the book I have found myself spending the extra .20 cents to buy my products organic and avoid the dangers presented in this book!! It is really a great read and the diet provided in the book actually is quite a great diet!! (of course I still eat meat but now that I know which veggies will help clean out my system I buy those too instead of canned veggies and fruit)!
So in conclusion, if you are the type of person who gets easily insulted I wouldn't recommend this book for you to read. But if you are the type of person who is really interested in what foods you should be eating and what foods to avoid (not to mention a chemical breakdown of all the confusing ingredients listed in your food's ingredient list) this book is definately for you.
I will be keeping my copy for a long time as a reference!
I didn't realize that this book was a vehement plug for veganism when I was anxiously waiting to read it. The authors are passionate about their beliefs, and while I agree with them about a lot of things, I'm just not ready to go vegan, so some of this book was uninteresting to me. However, I think a lot of things they say and points they raise make sense, and I definitely was able to apply some things I learned to my own life.
Ok here is the book in short:
1. Dead rooting carcasses of meat (poultry, beef, pork ... u name it) is disgusting and poison to eat, as well as unethical.
2.Cows "breast-milk" is discussing (as in your 30 year old ass will not suckle your own mother! So why would you do it to a cow.) And besides Milk is food designed by nature to make you gain 200% of your weight in 12-48 months.
3. Eggs... you are a baby killer!
4. Sugar & corn-syrup = super poison (here I agree). But you are to throw away anything containing hidden sugars. This is 90% of foods you eat have sugar accruing naturally or is added as flavor carrier and liquids like orange juice.
5. Coffee/Tea bad poison! only fresh orange juice is the way to go, but then orange juice has high content of naturally containing sugars...
So summoned up you are to become a total plant eater, and water drinker.
But here is the thing, eating dead and rotting plants, picked early and matured at warehouses to your supermarket's preferred perfection is not what I call ideal either. Especially when you consider the truth about organic farming would make the skinny bitches run for the hills. Speaking from experience of one doing true organic farming as my great-granny taught me:
1. Do you know why organic foods are so big, nice and full of color, and the taste is so wonderful and full of flavor? .... SHIT!! yes you heard me correctly, Cows dung feeds the plants with nutrients to make them big and strong. So even though you are artificial growth chemical free you are eating plants which are eating shit.
2. Organic farming is pesticide free and therefore good for you. I would differ. Organic farming uses organic pesticides or your apples would be full of worms, your salad eaten by slugs, or other 8-12 leg critters. You want to know how to make your own totally natural, chemical free pesticide? Here take the liquid run of from your stables, though pig stalls are the best, (yes I'm talking about pig piss) and put it in a metal barrel to bake in the sun and in 2-3 months you very sparingly "water" the plants at the base. They will filter this, retain the 'acridity' and will be considered unappetizing to bugs.
If you say that this is not harmful to humans you are right, most of the time.... Where do you thing the salmonella in spinach scare few years back came from? And here is a shocker, Plants are like thin filters, any liquids they suck in go into your system practically unaltered. So the bacteria from all that organic aids go right to your digestive system to produce Dishantria, (as anyone who traveled to middle east can confirm Dhisantria is very unpleasant condition derived from contaminated water or uncooked greens watered by contaminated water from human waste.)
So here it is, and in light of the fact that anything we eat is potentially dead and rotting, one must make a choice to eat as best as one can afford. Being skinny does not mean we are healthy and happy and pre-destined to be successful, or being fat (here i do not speak of morbidly overweight people) does not necessarily mean we are sick and there is something fundamentally wrong with us. One makes choices based on lifestyle one can sustain, and if a bag of Arugula costs $4 and so does a small chicken. Guess what will a waitress, mother of 3 buy on her budget?
If you seriously want to control your diet and your weight, it is rather simple, get a diary, record all intake and keep it under 1500-1800 calories a day. Moderate exercise helps too (but do not expect to drop 15lb in 4 weeks, that is unhealthy and unrealistic). Make sure you stay away fro shugar/chocolate and eat healthy combo of all the food groups, veggies/meat/rice and though you may be still not your ideal weight you will be healthy and happy. Do not allow food-extremists lure you into a another fail diet that will eventually make you gain more weight then when you started. If you have trouble loosing weight go to a nutritionist and get a balanced diet specially constructed for you. Something that will allow you to keep the foods you like to eat just cooked differently, or in smaller portions. These diets are realistic and can be kept long term, until they become part of your lifestyle, without changing who you are and what you like.
(PS. excuse the language but I tried to reflect the crude speech used in the book, which the authors uses to address the reader for a shock factor, to reflect their error.)
While my sister absolutely raves about this book, it took me some time to decide to read it because I don't care for the author's use of language. Her use of profanity made me wince at times and wonder if there weren't sufficient words in the English language to express this person's point of view. BUT... once I started and decided to ignore the foul language, I found it a very quick read with useful content. This book provides lots of references for brand name items, web sites, more books, etc. I'll certainly make copies of these lists for my long term use. I did find her advice a bit extreme and have found that food habits requiring "absolutely no.." rarely works for me. But I decided to consider those words of caution and limit those items. And, if I actually made no changes to my eating habits, at least I have a better understanding of what those items do to my body.
Aside from the language and extremism, I found the book informative and educational and would consider it a resource.
Interesting little read. While I personally will never be a vegan, this was still interesting to read. They made some good points and had some helpful tips for diet and lifestyle. There are some very helpful food list and diet plans included in the book, along with some websites and reference materials. Quote We believe in enjoying life and maintaining a healthy balance. Were human. Were women.
I don't consider myself a prude, but I chose not to read the book because the content was mired in bad language. I tried to read it. It looks like the authors did their research and are presenting good information. I am not sure what I expected, but there are plenty of ways to express yourself with out using constant--and unnecessary--profanity.
Good read but must take information with a grain of salt. I live in a rural area and I know that some of the information potrayed in this book is not true to all farmers. I think the book does offer a lot of information but only if you are not a big meat eater and are willing to go completely organic.
i bought this book on amazon thinking i would get a funny diet book that might help me in some ways that others haven't. i got a lesson in slaughter house techniques in cows and pigs and chickens. very graphic i must say. well i continued on gagging. then went on to say that milk is bad for us. i found out that the ladies are vegans. could have saved me $7.oo if it was stated in the review when i bought the dang book. i am passing it along to PBS to someone who likes being vegan cause sorry i am a meat eater and enjoy my steak and mushrooms . i am not putting down the book , just wish it was in the review.
although i did like the humor
I absolutely loved this book. I am currently in my last semester of college and taking an environmental biology class and the ideas in this book and many in class were paralled. It was a great book. Yes some of the ideas are out there because they are vegetarian/vegan, but just adopting some of the practices can help not only our bodies but also the environment.
Suzanne reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
The authors use salty language to make their case for veganism. According to them, anyone who eats animal protein (including fish) and drinks coffee is a total moron. Their strong advocacy of soy products (which are largely comprised of genetically modified seeds, not the sort of thing I want to eat, really) casts a light of skepticism on their claims. Some of their rhetoric makes sense to me, and I took from the book what I needed. But I think they get too carried away with their agenda, foregoing good, sound nutrition.
I don't mind the foul language or even the "do it and shut up" attitude, but I don't like hysterical propaganda and that's really what this book is full of. I quit 1/4 of the way into the 2nd CD. If you want to feel good about yourself for choosing a vegan lifestyle then this might be for you. Otherwise, it's just a book trying to bully the rest of the world into being just like the authors. I really don't like bullies.
This is a tough love book. And you may not like what they have to say about animals and fat and your diet choices. However, if you are vegieterian (sp?) or vegan, I am sure that you will enjoy this book. If you are on the fence, this should push you over. I will never give up my wild game, but there is good advice here for the person who wants to read through the "though love"
This book has a lot of really good information. However the author can very easily lose people because she is so big on being vegan. Also she is very big on soy products which have been proven to be linked to many things including breast cancer when consumed regularly (from high amounts of estrogen). I am still giving this book 4 stars. As long as the above information is taken into account, there is really really important need to know information in this book!!!
Also I just wanted to add that for me I loved the audio. I am too busy to sit down with another book sometimes being its part of my job to keep up on other literature.
Valeree reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
All you need for best seller is to have a celebrity appear to endorse your book. Books like this are one reason Americans are so fat. A lowfat vegan diet is only something you'll see in countries where the people are overfed and unhappy. In India and France the people don't restrict themselves nor do they eat foods labeled "nonfat, lowfat, or sugar free" and they remain slim and healthy.
Vegan, PETA-esque propaganda dressed up as a hip tell-all. I don't care that this promotes veganism, I do care that I was misled (almost halfway into the book) to believe that this book actually cared about my health. I feel for all the gullible girls out there who might not come to the same conclusions I did.
so, i liked the book for the most part--i mean, if you really want to be truly healthy, you need to watch what you put in your mouth and you need to get up off your rump. i liked the sass when it came to that.
also, it gave me some other options for sugar and the like. but, i'm not into tofu and i like my pork and chicken. the whole mad cow thing freaked me out, so i am absolutely more selective when i eat beef. i don't eat beef unless i am going to enjoy it (i.e a big fat steak or an awesome hamburger).
i also liked the no nonsense attitude, but there are better books: French Women Don't Get Fat
This book was recommended to me by my ob/gyn doctor, and I absolutely love it so far. Is it rude? Yes. Does it use explicit language I'd never use? Yes. Is it hilarious? YES! If you are a soda-drinking, milk-chugging, cheeze pizza and french fry eating person, you will not like this book. In fact, you will probably be quite offended by reading it. However, if you're a health nut, or a vegetarian, or if you're a healthy eater looking for some facts and figures about why going Vegan is the ultimate healthy choice, then this is a perfect book for you! (as long as you can handle the sharp-witted and abruptly honest truth). After reading this, I not only want to recommend it to (aka lend it to) my closest friends and family, but I want to seriously make the switch to being Vegan. So far, I have and I feel and look great!! (I didn't need to lose weight before reading this book, but I can imagine switching from a dairy-meat-full diet to a healthier, vegetable-rich diet could certainly help in that department, too!)
This is a convincing, motivating book to help us women ditch our unhealthy habits and focus on long term changes we need to make to our lives in order to maintain healthy and active. In addition, this book provides a lot of references for further reading including great cook books!
This book is very blunt in its language. I was not offended, but I read this book already being vegan. So, it struck a humorous cord with me in terms of the writing style. I've spoken to some people who were offended by the book, said it "talked down" to them. I can see that. But, on the other hand, they are trying to get an obvious message across, and are up against the dairy industry, the meat industry, and the cultural and social habits of individuals. That is a lot to be up against. In that light, their bluntness makes sense.
I like this book, and would recommend it to others. But, if you're easily offended, maybe check out "The Kind Diet" instead. Or if you really love science, check out "The China Study."
Great book for anyone who has ever thought of becoming a vegetarian or anyone who wants to make big changes in their diet. If you are totally against this than it probably isn't for you. I liked the in-your-face method of writing. I found it motivational. I am still slowly working on incorporating it into my life style.
This book is a hard cold slap in the face about what you are really putting into your body. It is not a diet, but a complete lifestyle change. they suggest going vegan which is not realistic for everyone, but all in all this book opens your eyes and atleast you are thinking about what you are putting into your body. Recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. While I didn't know it was a "turn vegan!!!" book I learned ALOT about this book. It was very eye opening and informative. Not to mention I laughed quite a bit. It has definitely challenged me to change my eating habits. Not becoming a vegan, but am making some big changes. Thank you ladies!!!!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. While there were some things in it that were not completely researched, much of the information is pretty accurate if you take into account other books written regarding our law-maker's negligence for American's health in the food industry. I recommend John Robbin's "Diet for a New America". Make sure you REALLY want to know what you're eating before you pick up Skinny Bitch or Diet for a New America.
While I don't have the willpower to become a straight vegan (I like meat too much) yet, I do plan to switch to organic, and completely rule out dairy from my family's diet. We are switching to Organic Rice Dream mylk. Luckily, with two children under the age of 2 under my belt, WIC is instilling soy options as of October!
Although I feel that the over push the organic vegan lifestyle, they make some EXCELLENT points throughout the book about health(ier) eating habits. A good read, good ideas and great tips for me to follow - they truly helped me and made me open my eyes. Worth the read - short enough to read in a day or two, but informative. There are some graphic details about animal slaughter, but I think that chapter is worth reading...it will either open your eyes to what you eat or change your eating habits. A good book, I have to give it 4 stars!
tough talk on getting healthy and eating right, the tough talk includes some foul language so if you are not into get down right dirty .... don't read it...she tells it like it is
tried the vegan diet and have lost 12 lbs within the last 6 weeks
she tells it like it is the blantant lies of so called people we look to our food needs
Folks it's the profit, the big corporations are going for not our well being and healthy bodies.
It gave me opportunity to examine my diet and make some
changes for the better. I'm still making adjustments and feel I will have a healthier life due to these changes. Good book and very entertaining.
If you are easily offended, this book is NOT for you! As you can tell from the title, this is a no-holds barred look at what causes us to be fat. Profane, vulgar, and rude--I must say I liked the frank realities presented (and no, I'm not easily offended!). Although I'm not in total agreement that meat is bad, these ladies tell it like it is with no sugar coating--which is exactly what some of us desperately need.
This book has a lot of good information about eating habits & food in general. However, the authors are strict vegans & the book is somewhat geared to that type of lifestyle. But, it's still a good read for someone interested in changing their lifestyle.
Betsy T. reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
I like this book for the value of taking out of it what you want. I like their in your face attitudes and really turned me on to some healthier ideas. I however can't go to the extreme of never eating meat and never drinking milk but I did make some small changes like going organic with these things that really makes me feel better. Really after reading the book I didn't want to eat anything. It is a good read though and eye opening.
Before getting the book, I read some harsh reviews and was able to find out that the authors are vegans and pretty much were pushing veganism upon the reader. This made me weary, but I had thought about vegetarianism before, so I gave it a shot.
It was worth it. I have learned so many things from reading this book, I seriously think it will change my life. I have only been following the rules (very loosely) for a month, but I see changes. I think that if you actually do what they tell you to do, you will start loosing tons of weight and start feeling good about your body!
I am definitely keeping this book so I can reference back to it; it has so many helpful tips, fascinating facts, and suggestions of food, I LOVE IT!!!
I enjoyed this book, it seems to me that it was what I needed to jolt me into reality. I am writing the review BEFORE incorporating anything into my lifestyle, but I am pumped and hope to remain that way, I am also holding onto this one for a while.
This book says exactly what American consumers need to hear. If you can't handle that your food is tortured before it gets to your plate, maybe you shouldn't be eating meat. If you can't handle that the government is corrupt and doesn't care what your long-term effects are, and that the dairy industry wants you to eat as much dairy as possible regardless of the effects on your health, well, then maybe you shouldn't be eating that, either. Likewise with pesticides and antibiotics. These girls tell it like it is-- too much information for most of the public, but it needs to get out there. If you don't like the tone of this book, I'd suggest something calmer and more philosophical, like "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Please don't give a book a bad review just because you don't like that it tells you the truth about where your food comes from.
And, for the record, I am not a militant vegan, as so many of you have characterized the authors. I kind of rather enjoyed their sassiness, because it's coming from a frustrated "when will we as a society REALIZE x, y, z" rather than pure b*tchiness.
This is a book written by 2 very skinny ex-meat eating females that espouse a vegan lifestyle.
First off, their writing style is not for everyone. There is a lot of crude language that will immediately put off some people. They are also very direct in what they say, no beating around the bush.
Secondly, the information they present is extremely useful and well researched. Information is given on what nutrients our body needs, what it does not need and how to get it. They also go on to talk about how our meat, dairy and egg industries actually produce the food that goes on our tables. This info is well-presented and documented with an extensive set of end-notes to the studies and places they got this info from.
There is also a nice list in the back of suggested breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
All in all this is an excellent read for everyone, as we should all know where the food we put our bodies comes from, what is in this food, and how it is produced.
Very straight forward and an easy read.
A bit too much swearing for my taste, but still funny for the most part.
They do try to scare you into becoming vegan. I am not eating meat because of this book.
This book is amazing. Those who dis-like it because of the no meat topic are weak and possibly not ready to discover the reality of our food industry. After reading the stories of how meat gets on your plate, who would want to continue to contribute to that? Let's face it, we live in a very nasty world where money trumps everything. You have to be your own advocate. I wish they had talked about the horrible chemicals in beauty products and kids toys. WAKE UP PEOPLE! THIS IS MORE ABOUT BECOMING THIN, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE!!
Not a diet book, but a review of how Americans typically eat, written in a slightly over the top "can I shock you with my potty mouth" style that does keep you reading. If you have never considered where your food comes from, this book will set you straight. You will never walk up to the dairy and meat case without thinking about the impact on animals and the impact on your body again.
As with any weight loss book, they're only effective if they speak our individual 'language'. Some folks might need a gentle touch; some might need to psychoanalyze their eating habits; and others might need a swift kick in the pants with a bit of cursing. This book would fall into the latter category & it works for me. You'll be calling me a skinny bitch again in no time!
My daughter grabbed the book as soon as we got it - and can't put it down, we are alread vegetarians, now she is seriously considering become a vegan based on the nutritional research that is well documented in this book.
Georgia L. reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
This is a great book for those ready to be healthy. The authors do advocate a vegan lifestyle, but that does not mean it's right for everyone. I think people who are ready to change and get healthy will see the wisdom in their words... and those that aren't will be spouting 'I can'ts'. I liked their tough love approach as well as the numerous studies that are cited. They may be trying to scare us into becoming vegans, but it is based on the FACT that veganism is the healthies diet possible. Great reading.
Amy B. reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Anyone wo wants the truth and a raw, and sometimes humorus, look at the food industry, and diet info... look no further! skinny bitch settles the score and makes you think about what you are consuming. after reading this book, however, i was totally confused on even if i should eat anything not grown on my own land.
FAB-U-LOUS!!!! I checked this out from the library because of all of the hype, thinking it was just another diet book. I was SOOOOOOOOO wrong. This book was freaking funny, informative, and well- so much of it was just plain common sense Ive been overlooking. Its pretty much 1) how to be a vegan 2)information on the meat/dairy industries. its a million times more easy and interesting to read than fast food nation. ive been a vegetarian for four years and have made a few attempts to remove dairy from my diet but have just not had the motivation. then i read it in lack in white- hello, im lactose intolerant. i take a pill each time i eat anything with dairy. this is stupid. im lactose intolerant. my body obviously does not want dairy. so why am i giving it to myself? if i have to take a pill to eat something- somethings wrong with me. so no more dairy. also- im eating byproducts of animals, but i wont eat animals? kind of stupid. so right now im working on a natural diet. no sugars (the no splenda is killing me!) and no dairy. the books has this great list of ingredients that i usually ignore but it tells you whats good and bad. ive been a pretzel freak (being thats what we serve on flights) did you know animal urine is whats gives the pretzels their brown color? yeah. nasty. so now i read ingredients and if i have no idea what it is, doesnt go in my body. read the book. even just for a good laugh. the authors are hilarious!
Emily M. reviewed Skinny Bitch (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Very good, I unfortunately or very fortunately as I view it, know a great deal about nutrition and I loved how these girls gave it to the audience straight. First off everything they said is true, and heavily supported by any analytical scientific data out there. period. It just is, and I love how they discussed how full of absolute crap the FDA and USDA is, they're a joke, and they're right that people need to get a clue, wake the hell up, and use they're own brain, common sense, and knowledge and actually realize what the heck they're actually putting in their body and supporting with their money day after day in stores, and at their local lunch stops. It's pretty damn importante . In case like all americans, you haven't gotten the memo, it kinda is. I like how sassy and in your face they are, because honestly when you see, and learn just how the conventional agriculture system operates, what it is, how it gets away with so much disgustingness and insane sh#t, what it feeds to people, how it treat animals, crops, and the land. It makes you want to want to go completely apeshit, stomp something into a thousand pieces, and go bust some balls and make this stop. And these girls actually say it aloud, with no apologizes and they shouldn't apologize. I'm sure someone owes us an apology but it's not these authors, this was a great book and it's a nice small summary of very pertinent issues happening right now. I definitely enjoyed it, and it was at the very least a worthwhile read. btw some reviewer gave this book a bad review because she said "no alcohol...no smoking.. you can't do anything etc." hahaa that was funny... yea smokings bad for you sweety. Skinny Bitch does not advise ingesting cigarettes in order to be freaking healthy... wow shocking and out of line (not). anyways yea that's the point of this book everythings so freaking bad for you because it is, and that's how the lovely government and US agriculture system has made it to be, and regulated our food to be, with our own tax dollars no less. sucks but the truth about our food is just that, sucky. The truth is sad sometimes. Though these authors are just trying to engage people and let them know what's in our food . They're just letting people know we have options, and we don't have to live their lives like this, and eat like this, that's all. It's an informative and at the same time, entertaining book, think of it what you will, I suppose, but their info and tips are all factual and based in common sense reasoning. That is if you all have brains, like these authors encourage you to use for yourselves, and be aware of what your eating and how you live your life. And for all those meat eaters realize you have options, but educate yourself. Meat is intended for only a small moderation, in a healthy nourishing diet. That's just how people are wired, and if you want to eat more, thats a choice of yours which is fine to make, but for my 2 cents make sure the meat is free range and sustainable. If you read this book, you get the gist as to why, so yes.