The Skinny on Being Skinny


Skinny Bitch is not just another fad diet book. The authors, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, reveal the source as to why so many people are unhealthy, fat, and don't get the results they want. These ladies tell it straight in a sassy, tough love, girlfriend-to-girlfriend approach.

So, how do you become a Skinny Bitch?


Contrary to the title, this book is not about being skinny. Being lean just happens to be one of the benefits to the lifestyle they propose: the vegan lifestyle. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), "more than 1.4 billion adults worldwide are overweight and at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and certain forms of cancer." The reason most people are unhealthy is because they consume animal products like meat, dairy, eggs, and other euphemisms for dead, rotting, animal corpses, ovulations, and secretions. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and is loaded with debilitating animal protein, cholesterol, artery-clogging saturated fat, antibiotics, manure, pus, blood, and more.

Are you ready for the best kept secret in medicine? The best kept secret in medicine is that, given the right conditions, the body heals itself. Treating cardiovascular disease, for example, with appropriate dietary changes is good medicine, reducing mortality without any adverse effects. Yes, we should keep doing research, but educating physicians and patients alike about the existing knowledge about the power of nutrition as medicine may be the best investment we can make.       - Michael Greger, M.D.

Skinny Bitch addresses the major issues & misconceptions of dieting:


Are carbs the enemy?
How much protein do we need?
Should we count and restrict calories?
Is dairy the best source of calcium? 
Is sugar the devil?


This book is not solely based on opinion. Freedman and Barnouin include factual information, scientific evidence, and additional resources. They also show that veganism is much more than a diet. Being vegan can not only benefit your health, but also helps the planet and the fellow animals we share it with (check out this life-changing speech and these documentaries for more info: Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, and Earthlings).

Skinny Bitch can also help if you're new to veganism. They provide a food list and even a meal plan. There is also a breakdown of vitamins, minerals, and some of the complicated gibberish on food labels.


I love this book and I have friends in mind that would enjoy and benefit immensely from it. It's written in a comprehensible, no-nonsense, "here's the truth so deal with it" way. It's eye-opening and life-changing. Skinny Bitch is not just about diet; it's an all inclusive look at the way we live and the consequences of our actions.

Some thoughts on the meal plan:


  • Oils/fats - Skinny Bitch needs a little more direction/information on fats. They discuss the problems with hydrogenated oils but then claim olive oil and peanut oil are both healthy (SB pg 178). In actuality, oil is unnecessary, a hundred percent fat, and devoid of nutrition. A study in the British Medical Journal showed, "the lower the fat intake, the lower the body mass index (a measure of body weight adjusted for height), the smaller the waist size, and the greater the weight loss" (PCRM). Fatty foods also affect hormones in the body. Diets high in fat "increase the amount of estrogens, the female sex hormones, in the blood...[t]he more estrogen there is, the greater the driving force behind some kinds of breast cancer" (PCRM). Vegetable oils also "increase the production of cancer-causing free radicals. So it is no good just replacing fried chicken with fried onion rings" (PCRM). Therefore, try to avoid oil and other highly processed foods. Enjoy unprocessed or minimally-processed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas). Moderate higher fat foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados.

  • Vegan junk food - If you're going to eat junk food, always keep it vegan, but again, it's best to focus on a whole foods approach and avoid highly processed foods. What you put into your body will impact your stamina, mentality, and quality of life. Enjoy unlimited fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas). Make sure you are eating until you are full and satisfied so that you have the energy you need throughout the day to get things done. A plant-based diet "is not only your best bet for disease prevention, it’s an easy way to reverse damage already done" (PCRM). Ultimately, going vegan is the first step. If you have any questions on a plant-based high-carbohydrate, low-fat, adequate-protein diet, let us know or check out the resources below.

Check out Skinny Bitch and let me know what you think.

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