Steven H Propp
- Published on Amazon.com
Authors (and former models) Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are also the authors of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!), Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother!, etc.
They state in the Introduction to this 2005 book, "[The book] delivers the truth about food, so that you can make intelligent decisions for yourself... This is not a diet. This is a way of life. A way to enjoy food. A way to feel healthy, clean, energized and pure... It's time to prance around in a thong like you rule the world. It's time to get skinny." (Pg. 10)
They assert, "Coffee is for pussies. Think about how widely accepted it has become that people NEED coffee to wake up. You should not NEED anything to wake up. If you can't wake up without it, it's because you are either addicted to caffeine, sleep deprived, or a generally unhealthy slob." (Pg. 15) They also disparage artificial sweeteners: "There is no lesser of two evils. NutraSweet and Equal are both evil. Sweet & Low is no saint, either." (Pg. 35) When discussing dairy products, they argue, "But don't the government and U.S. Department of Agriculture protect us from all of this? Hell, no. Sickeningly high levels of pesticides found in dairy meet government standards." (Pg. 61)
They state, "You are worthless to your colleagues, friends, and family if you do not value yourself enough to take excellent care of YOU. Yes, you have to put YOURSELF before your friends, parents, boyfriend, husband, and even your children. It won't make you a bad daughter or wife or mother... Love yourself enough to do whatever it takes to be the best YOU you can be." (Pg. 117-118)
They summarize, "Fruit, good. Natural sweeteners, good. Refined sugars, bad. Artificial sweeteners, bad. Any questions?" (Pg. 38) Later, they add, "Well, there you have it. Fruits and vegetables are the answer. And unless you are an idiot who wants cancer, obesity, and enlarged organs, organic is the way to go. You are what you eat." (Pg. 83)
But they ultimately admit, "just because we wrote this book doesn't mean we're perfect. If you see us eating junk food or doing beer bongs, don't hold it against us. We believe in enjoying life AND maintaining a healthy balance. We're human. Also, we have some fat, gross body parts, too. We're women." (Pg. 177)
No, this isn't the most "scholarly" exposition of veganism, and some of their "facts" may be questionable or at least controversial; but readers interested in a scholarly treatment will migrate elsewhere. This is an engagingly-written book that is definitely a breath of fresh air in the sometimes sterile air of vegetarian and vegan literature.