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Scaremongering and potentially dangerous,
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This review is from: Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven - A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother! (Paperback)
How to spot a badly written book on diet and nutrition
Lesson 1: Look for authors lacking proper medical qualifications in diet and nutrition (such as "studying nutrition for 15 years" and a "Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition").
Lesson 2: Look for references to Patrick Holford's The Optimum Nutrition Bible: The Book You Have to Read If You Care About Your Health. To find out why, read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.
I bought Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven - A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother! knowing full well how badly Skinny Bitch got panned for being a poorly veiled work of vegan evangelism. But curiosity got the better of me, what was causing all the fuss? And would they be so hard-line with pregnant women, in spite of widely accepted medical advice to avoid making drastic changes to diet (such as going vegetarian, let alone vegan) during pregnancy? The answer is, unfortunately, yes: with bells on.
In fact I think the authors/publishers must have consciously or unconsciously thought: "Pregnant women are soppy and vulnerable due to the cocktail of hormones riding round their vastly changing bodies: they're therefore perfect candidates for conversion to veganism! Let's employ emotionally manipulative tactics such as graphic descriptions of animal abuse in abattoirs and indirect suggestions that by eating meat they somehow transmit the misery of the animals to their unborn child to convince them convert to veganism. Oh, and let's throw in a catchy title that will appeal to their vulnerabilites about their bodies at this critical time in their life."
Well I say: this pregnant lady has posession of all of her critical faculties and, to put it mildly, does not approve for the following reasons:
1. Even in healthy, unpregnant people it can take months to adjust to new diets that exclude certain foods such as vegetarian and vegan diets. The advice is to take it slowly, do it gradually. Pregnant women's bodies are already undergoing massive change and may not be able to cope with this additional strain or glean enough nutrients for themselves or their growing baby from the new diet. If you want to go vegetarian or vegan, it's probably best to wait until after pregnancy just to be on the safe side. Nowhere in the book did I find even a suggestion that converting to veganism should be done gradually. It was all-or-nothing all the way. Frankly dangerous and irresponsible if you ask me.
2. It gives vegans a really bad name. I don't think all vegans are irrational, ram-it-down-your-throat, health-and-probably-weight-obsessed nuts like the authors of this book. I've met many kind and compassionate vegans in my lifetime. In fact I have been both a vegetarian and a vegan and am very sympathetic to the cause and I do not rule out adopting either of these lifestyles for myself again in the future, after my baby is born. But employing such hard-line, bullying and irresponsible tactics that could put other people, CHILDREN'S, health in jeopardy to try to convert people: it doesn't do anyone any good in the long run. It's just plain stupid and irrational. The only thing it might do is make a quick buck at everyone else's expense.
DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!
PS. If you're looking for a good guide to pregnancy, get this one: Your Pregnancy Bible: The Experts' Guide to the Nine Months of Pregnancy and the First Weeks of Parenthood. New updated edition