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Skinny Bitch: A No-nonsense, Tough-love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Skinny Bitch: A No-nonsense, Tough-love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Written by Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman

Narrated by Renée Raudman


Skinny Bitch: A No-nonsense, Tough-love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Written by Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman

Narrated by Renée Raudman

ratings:
3.5/5 (108 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 3, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175628
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wake-up call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as "Soda is liquid Satan" and "You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin," it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the listener laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there is solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and encourages women to get excited about feeling "clean and pure and energized."
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 3, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175628
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Kim Barnouin lives in California with her husband and son. Kim is the author of Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched and Skinny Bitch in Love, and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch series, which includes such hit titles as Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bastard, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, and Skinny Bitch Bakery.

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Despite the title, this book is not really about getting skinny but getting healthy. Both the authors use a "tough-love" attitude that makes you laugh and makes you think. They tell you the truth about what the dairy and meat industries are up to, and explain what all those ingredients with the long words are. This book is very informative while being an interesting read. While the approved eating lists seemed less than comprehensive, there were quite a few good meal ideas on there. As a whole this is an eye-opening book that should be on everyone's reading list.

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  • (4/5)
    This book is the one that made me stop and think about what I put in my mouth. Shortly after reading it, I stopped eating meat. No looking back. While gross-out tactics and profanity may not be for everyone, it was apparently just what I needed.
  • (3/5)
    While I love a good snarky read, this book didn't wow me. Most of the facts stated in the book I have read elsewhere in much more researched material. Most importantly, the book didn't offend me (though I could see how people would find it unapproachable). I like the addition of meal plans in the back of the book and I do support the majority of the ideals discussed. I still prefer other books about food and the benefits of a vegetarian/vegan diet.
  • (4/5)
    This is a really great book. I loved the writing style, it keeps you interested while giving you information about nutrition and eating habits. As a vegetarian, I agreed with the parts of the book about factory farming, but I found the vivid, graphic descriptions almost too much. Overall a really great book, I also love the menus and the resources that are included!
  • (3/5)
    I got half way through and just can't bring myself to read any further. I think it's for fear of what other horrific things I will read. After the graphic detail in which stories are told from workers at slaughter houses......I thought I was going to hurl!!!! It definitely makes you think and who knows maybe a lifestyle change or an activist may come from this. I haven't eaten meat in a few days but that doesn't mean I've given it up for good. Time will tell.
  • (5/5)
    This health book is anything but subtle. It doesn't try to hold your hand and gently try to coax you out of your bad eating habits; it puts information right in your face, which is refreshing.
  • (4/5)
    I wasn't bothered with the bad language as other readers were, but it's a personal preference thing. I thought the information presented was interesting and worth reading. If you don't believe in a vegan lifestyle or vegetarian for that matter I suggest you do not read this book as there is a very raw chapter on the meat industry, it did open my eyes however and I have been a vegetarian for two years with no regrets or thoughts of reverting to my old diet.
  • (4/5)
    I was given this book by a friend, after being vegan on and off for a few months. It was easy to read and finish in only a few hours. I really enjoyed reading it and have even gone on to further research some of the claims the authors have made. The way it is written is a little bit juvenile, and the chapters about animal products get a little opinionated. I have had family that has worked in the processing and animal product industries, so being vegan isn't that hard for me. Overall, though, this booked helped me to gain the motivation I needed to eat a healthy vegan diet and change my lifestyle. I've lost 30 pounds in about 2 months, and I feel fantastic. I read this book again every so often for inspiration.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book. It changed my whole life. I am now a vegan. While it is graphic and does not mince words this is exactly what is needed to get the point across.
  • (4/5)
    Even though this book is heavily geared towards women, it does promote vegan lifestyle and so curiosity got the best of me. I admit I have never seen an introduction to veganism written in this manner (liked the curse words) and I have read quite a few books/articles on this subject. It was certainly informative (and entertaining), although I have found more than a few pieces of misinformation or incomplete information. This is probably a result of trying to "dumb down" some scientific lingo. There were some contradictory statements as well. It is also important to note, that even though there is a chapter on animal cruelty the predominant reason to go vegan according to the authors is one's health not the abuse and cruelty to animals. Since I consider myself to be educated on the subject of vegan diet and I lack the motivational factor to become a "skinny bitch", I didn't find this book very useful. I admit, however, that there are probably plenty of people who would.
  • (2/5)
    I give this book 3 stars for the idea behind it. It had great information (common sense stuff like: no soda, no sugar, no white flour, etc. - more fruit and veggies) but the way it was delivered was a bit crude. I'm not going to repeat any of it here but if you are easily offended (as I am obviously not), do not pick this one up. It did open my eyes a little more about what goes on behind the scenes in the beef/chicken/pork/fish industries.
  • (3/5)
    I was stranded at an airport during a three hour layover with nothing to read when I found this book. I admit, I only checked it out because of the name. I tend to avoid self-help books of any kind for the most part, especially diet books, but the name just made me laugh. After flipping through a few chapters and noticing the book is focused primarily on the health benefits of veganism and eating organic, I found myself very interested in the book as that is my lifestyle.The book is a quick read and it's written in a sarcastic manner that just had me laughing out loud quite a bit. However, the book was a bit more biased than I would have liked. Freedman and Barnounin are supporters of PETA, an organization that, despite my stance on animal rights, I really dislike. They quote PETA a lot so maybe I'm biased in that respect. They also play on the emotional aspects of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Yes, they're horrible. I won't argue that. But that's not what the title of the book led me to believe I'd be reading about.After reading several chapters on the crimes committed against animals, Freedman and Barnounin then went on a rant about the government and how they're lying about everything we're eating. I don't understand how they could even know this since they have no way of actually monitering what the government does or does not do and then comparing it to what they're telling us. I'm sure there are companies who are less than honest, but there's no way for an average person to get proof of that (is there?) and the blatant accusations made me a little uncomfortable.So in short, the book is one giant rant against the government and one giant promo towards animal rights. There are a few interesting facts in the book but I would only recommend reading this if you're really interested in animal rights and support PETA (and remember, this is coming from a vegan).
  • (2/5)
    This book would be a lot better if it wasn't doing such things as using PETA for a citation in its research. I'm all about eating vegan, but this book adds such a negative vibe to something that people should want to do on their own, for their own health and/or conscience, that I wouldn't recommend it to people simply based on its lack of sensitivity to the reality of what it is like to exist in the world of highly processed, highly marketed chemical-laced food. I'd say that this book is more of a catalyst for one to become an orthorexic or lead to some other disordered eating/thinking problem than it will lead people on the path to eating and living well.
  • (3/5)
    Afraid of dirty words? Don't read this book. On the fence? Tread carefully. Laugh in the face of crudeness? Go for it!I was cringing at the excessive use of icky words and nasty imagery (I have to admit, sometimes I was laughing in spite of myself). But I was also inspired. Sometimes you just need a little tough love in your self-help reading.This one goes a bit far with the whole gross-you-out tactic of persuasion for vegetarianism/veganism. It was quite heavy on the emotion and, "seriously, you eat meat?? How nasty can you be?!" vibe but still worth the read.I'm actually on a no-meat jag at the moment (began before I even read this book) and it really solidified that decision for me. I wouldn't count myself a full-on vegetarian, I'm still partial to cheese and occasional ice cream.Due to this book...drum roll please...I've given up coffee as my morning vice. Why? Read it, you'll find out.
  • (3/5)
    This funny, irreverent book takes us to task for our dietary sins. Even if you know all the rules you will learn a thing or two here- and they even throw in a few F bombs to get your attention!The Skinny Bitch way of eating is like a vegan version of Atkins, if you can imagine that. Good news is: it will work. Bad news: there really isn't enough information in here to make it happen if you don't know alot already. If you want to give it a try, flip through this version in the bookstore. If you are still interested, then buy Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. Recipes always help.
  • (4/5)
    This book takes an awful lot of common sense and presents it in a very entertaining manner. I have been eating this way for years now. For some reason our modern day world has lost sight of the fact that real food, grown from the ground is the healthiest. Hopefully people can read this and take a different look at the way they eat. And for people who choose to eat meat, they will hopefully now choose more carefully and avoid the high volume, factory farmed types.
  • (4/5)
    Life changing. I think deep down, I knew everything that was in the book, I just needed to have it told to me in the manner described in the book to have it really hit home. I'm on my way to being a much healthier being!
  • (5/5)
    Funny, no nonsense, tough talk on eating well and being healthy. Like talking to one of your smart girlfriends.
  • (4/5)
    I was looking for a book to jump-start a few health improvements, maybe some weight loss. This book is quite funny while at the same time it lays down some HEAVY info about the food industry. I didn't know I would become a vegetarian after reading this. But I stopped eating meat the day I read the chapters on the meat industry.
  • (5/5)
    It's very American, a lot of the insights didn't apply to me. However the section on animal treatment has renewed my commitment to vegetarianism, and for that I'm grateful.
  • (1/5)
    not really a self help or motivating type of book. mostly just trying to convince me to become a vegan.
  • (5/5)
    I like it, a very funny and good book! I recomand it. It 's like a summer brieze, a good fresh air full with good information ❤️ ? ❤️
  • (5/5)
    My only regret is that I didn't read this book years ago. Each chapter lists the facts i have already researched. Only it took me much longer. The title is incredibly misleading though-)
  • (5/5)
    So straight up it’s actually funny. Really enjoyed it. Great information as well.
  • (1/5)
    I don't think the language was "tough love", more like too cool for school and arrogant. I couldn't stick with it and probably didn't reach all the valuable messages.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely loved it . Take time to listen, you will not regret!
  • (5/5)
    i didnt expect this to be pro-vegan but im absolutely sold!
  • (4/5)
    I like the way it was written. It made it entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    Once again, here’s a book that is changing my life! First, it was Garbology by Edward Humes, which turned me from a normal recycler to someone who is making some big changes to go greener.Now, it’s Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, which is revamping my diet and health. Skinny Bitch is “a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous.” The book advocates a vegan diet, which is way too extreme for me. Even so, there were tons of great tips and facts about ways to make your own diet healthier.For the full review, visit Love at First Book
  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Started off well, I had a chuckle here and there about the language, but some insults I felt would probably do more harm than good. Then it turned into vegan propaganda, using graphic depictions of the slaughter industry to disway you from consuming animal products. I thought I could just skip over that, but it went for two whole chapters! I decided at that point that this book wasn’t for me.

    Those two chapters aside, the information presented in the first few chapters had very few resources to back up their information, some points written about have even been disproven. I also felt like I should dig out my tinfoil hat because of the claims that we can’t trust anyone, including the FDA and other government areas.

    Under the guise of weight loss/healthy eating book, this book should really come with a warning label. One advising of the graphic nature of two chapters of the animal food industry, and another warning that the authors have no business writing a book on nutrition.

    1 person found this helpful