Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin: A Straight-Talking Guide About the Health Benefits of A Vegan Diet

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin: A Straight-Talking Guide About the Health Benefits of A Vegan Diet

If the reader can get past the frequent and sometimes vulgar language that is spewed throughout the pages, Skinny Bitch offers quite a lot of information about sensible eating habits. This is a snarky, conversational-like book that presents readers with staggering facts about why our current eating habits are bad for our health, how our food choices are making us fat and contributing to a plethora of diseases and offers a realistic means by which to get healthier (and as a result, skinnier).

We are What we Eat: The Vegan Choice

What works about this book is that its approach is completely non-traditional. There are no get-thin-fast diets and the tone of the book has a tendency to come across as rude to those who are easily offended. However, the book offers those looking to adapt a healthy lifestyle and achieve their weight loss goals an entirely logical way to do so by becoming vegan.

Skinny Bitch encourages readers to give up all red meat, fish, poultry and dairy and instead eat only nutritional, organic, plant-based foods. They support their point by referring to various studies, testimonials from medical professionals and by offering raw emotional information. One of the most brutally honest chapters in the book contains pages of quotes from slaughter-house and meat-packing employees who present stomach-churning depictions of what they have seen and done in the name of food production.

Aside from the graphic depiction of the slaughterhouse industry and the eye-opening studies debunking popular myths surrounding vegetarians, Skinny Bitch also manages to bring to light the red tape and bureaucracy that comprises government-created groups such as the FDA, EPA and USDA. These groups that were supposedly created to oversee our food are being bought by the meat/poultry/dairy interest groups at the consumer’s expense.

The Skinny Bitch Lifestyle

The authors of Skinny Bitch are refreshingly blunt and informative throughout the book. Instead of preaching a new diet fad to a world of women searching desperately for the holy grail of weight loss, this book offers no overnight miracles and no calorie counting. It stresses that the burden of weight loss success or failure is a result of the food choices we make.

Common sense adages (“if you eat fatty, processed foods, you will be fat”) abound and make the reader feel somewhat comforted that they have all the tools necessary to make better food choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Who are The Skinny Bitches

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, authors and honorary “Skinny Bitches” have an empire of books geared to keep women on a healthy track and to “take care of the bod[ies] they were blessed with” (pg. 224). Both authors embrace a vegan lifestyle and Barnouin holds a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition.

In addition to Skinny Bitch, Freedman and Barnouin have added a cookbook (Skinny Bitch in the Kitch), as well as a guide to healthy eating for pregnant women (Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven). The Skinny Bitch brand is also releasing fitness DVDs that tie in to the healthy lifestyle preached in the books. The ladies also launched their own Skinny Bitch website for those hungry for more, which includes lists of recommended foods.

Bawdy language aside, this books is great for anyone thinking about adapting a vegan lifestyle (though the book is written in a style geared towards females, men can take away a lot of useful information as well) or anyone interested in knowing more about nutrition in general. It’s a very quick read and offers plenty of resources to get readers started on their way to becoming vegans (recommended foods, meal plans, suggested reading lists, restaurant guides, reference websites and a list of bad or potentially bad ingredients list.

Book Stats:

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

ISBN# 0762424931

Running Press

Paperback, 224 pages

Categories: Diet, Fitness, Nutrition