Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard the title Skinny Bitch thrown around once or twice. Granted, you may not know what Skinny Bitch pertains to, but you’ve most likely heard of it nonetheless.
Skinny Bitch is a health book by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, two former Ford fashion models who have helped counsel models, athletes, and actors using their method of weight loss. The book stresses that health leads to weight loss and not the other way around, and gives a smart-mouthed approach to getting in shape. The back cover of the book basically sums it up:
“Stop being a moron and start getting skinny! If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shovelling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are your new smart-mouthed girlfriends who won’t mince words and will finally tell you the truth about what you’re feeding yourself. And they’ll guide you on making intelligent and educated decisions about food. They may be bitches, but they are skinny bitches. And you’ll be one too–after you get with the program and start eating right.”
I first heard about the book around a year ago and immediately bought it. Unlike dieting books or fad eating habits, it actually pertained to vegetarianism and veganism because of health related issues rather than the usual “don’t eat meat–you kill animals” argument that I kept hearing. It also had strong arguments for eating organic materials and really thinking about what you were eating and how those chemicals are going to affect you later.
So, I ended up reading the book over the winter and spring, and I must say that it honestly did change my eating habits. It was direct about eating meat and its consequences, and it encouraged me to start eating only three or so servings of meat per week (a more healthy level when compared to my former three servings per day). I also enjoyed that it was more about health in choosing to be vegan rather than just the Peta crap.
Though it ended up having a full chapter about animal cruelty while advocating veganism, it was interesting to point out the health concerns associated with animal cruelty. When animals get scared, they produce more hormones, and upon hearing other animals dying in line, these hormones sky-rocket immediately before slaughter. These hormones are still in the animals after death, and we end up eating them. It’s one of the reasons that animal meat can make your heart-rate increase (not to mention the animal fats).
Another interesting thing pointed out was that high levels of protein are actually really bad for you (take that, Atkins). Americans and Europeans eat several servings of meat per day. In comparison, the rest of the world usually limits its meat intake to three times per week. This is much healthier for your body since it decreases the amount of urea in your body. The big thing about urea is that, when you eat large levels of protein, your body’s digestive process produces nitrogen waste in the form of urea. Urea itself must be removed the from the body immediately, as it’s toxic. So, have problems peeing to much? Maybe you should lay off the meat. It’s flooding your body with urea, and your body needs to use the restroom because of it.
Skinny Bitch also highlighted statistics of health when comparing meat eaters to vegetarians, how our bodies are not meant to digest meat, and how the government basically doesn’t give a shit about what’s in your food. It stresses taking eating into your own hands, which we should anyway but rarely do.
Generally, if you are at all interested in losing weight, getting healthy, vegetarianism, veganism, or learning to filter your food, I highly recommend this book. Just be prepared for some strong language and getting yelled at constantly by the authors.
Hopefully you’ll find this book interesting; I certainly have. Enjoy.