Saturday, January 30, 2010

Skinny Bitch~ Brief Review

Lately people have been asking me about diets. I thought it would be fun to do a brief review on some of the diets out there. The first one up is Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. - If you do not like to have the authors call you stupid or cuss at you, this is NOT the book for you! They use tough love and over-the-top language to get their point across. - Obviously they hound on you to quit smoking and drinking. The only alcohol they allow is organic red wine. - They compare soda and diet soda the the devil. The reason why they do not like diet soda is because it has aspartame. Drink water instead. - Ready for this next one? Coffee is a no go! It does not matter if it is regular or decaf. They take the stance that caffeine is bad for you and coffee in general is too acidic for your body. Also coffee beans are grown with chemical pesticides, for instance D-D-7 which has been banned from the US, but is still widely used in outside countries in which most of our coffee beans are imported from. They suggest decaffeinated green tea which is anti-aging and is known for fighting cancer, combating allergies and lowering blood pressure. - No junk food or "fat-free" or "low-fat" foods. - They say to stop relying on pills to medicate every sniffle, headache or pain. There is a reason why you have a headache or runny nose. Listen to your body and stop interfering with Mother Nature. - To be a Skinny Bitch you must exercise! - Stay away from simple carbohydrates period. Instead eat complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat and sweet potatoes. They suggest you buy organic products. - Eat organic fruit. Their tip is to eat it alone. The reason being is fruit is able to digest quickly. When eaten with other foods it is not able to pass through your digestive system fast enough so it causes bloating, burping and heartburn. - Eat organic vegetables. Look for the organic certification from anyone other than the USDA. - Stay away from sugar. Supstitute it with agave nectar or syrup, stevia, evaporated cane juice, raw sugar, maple syrup, molasses... - Stop eating and drinking products that contains aspartame! This includes diet sodas and sugar-free foods that have NutraSweet or Equal. Aspartame is dangerous!! - No more meat or fish. Fish live in our polluted rivers and have large amounts of mercury and other bad things in them. They go into long specific discussions on how animals are slaughtered and treated. Their main argument is "you are what you eat." You need to read this chapter. I actually cried. - Dairy is bad. We are the only species on the planet who drinks milk after we are grown. Not to mention we drink dairy milk which is loaded with bad additives and taken from an over used cow whose teets are blo0dy and nar nar. Not to mention cows milk grows a 90 lb calf into a 2,000 lb cow. - Cheese is dairy = do not eat. Processed. - Eggs and egg beaters are not permitted in this new lifestyle. They do not like the way chickens are treated and furthermore they suggest you stop and think about what you are actually eating. - You need to poo everyday to lose weight. Pay attention to your body. - They do not trust government agencies such as the USDA, FDA, EPA. - Buy organic, read labels, pay attention to what you are putting in and on your body (shampoo, soap, make-up, toothpaste). Wondering what you CAN eat? First do not eat breakfast until you are hungry. Have a cup of organic decaf green tea. Eat organic fruit when you get hungry... slowly. Do not eat lunch until you are very, very hungry. This will allow your breakfast fruit to pass through before you put more food in your body. Lunch should be fresh, organic salad with lots of raw veges. In the book they give you more options. When you are hungry again eat dinner. They suggest foods such as beans, stir fry, veges, brown rice... If you like desert eat it. They give you a long list of acceptable healthy deserts. Does this feel over-the-top and overwhelming? Start out slowly and make some changes to your diet slowly. This is what I have done. I have quit drinking coffee and substituted organic decaf green tea, which is actually very good! I am not drinking pop of any kind anymore. I am drinking more water- without the sugar-free crystal lite peach tea. I am buying organic products as much as I can. Also no more milk! I am slowly cutting out cheese (damn calzones that I happen to be addicted to!). I have not been able to wrap my mind around the no meat. I am not sure what I believe here. I am paying attention to what I am putting on my body. I have changed my shampoo and face cleansing stuff to Arbonne. I have also changed my soap and toothpaste. * The above information is from the book Skinny Bitch by Freedman and Barnouin. If you decide to take on the Skinny Bitch challenge GOOD LUCK!! Look for reviews on: The Zone diet, Michi's Ladder and the Eat-Clean Diet.

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