by, 01-22-2009 at 07:45 AM (449 Views)
So i just finished reading Skinny B*tch the book - at the end they confess that they don't really think anyone reading the book should become a "skinny " but should instead adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Some of the definitions of being healthy to them are a bit extreme but make sense after reading it. My bf seems to think it is just brainwashing agenda, but all the info is sourced and i've heard most of it before someplace else.
They believe to be healthy, you shouldn't eat sugar (refined - you can eat raw sugar or cane sugar), soda and coffee are the devil, you shouldn't eat dairy (too many hormones and pesticides and other products unknown in dairy nowadays), meat (this one i've been thinking about for years because i know how terrible the meat farming industry conditions are - i've just been turning my head away because i like meat!), chicken & fish (also have hormones and pesticides), and basically anything not verified organic.
So the goals are to eat lots of fruit and veggies and beans. And then to add in lots of whole grain rice/pasta. It sounds really really difficult to do let alone on a budget.
They make valid sounding arguments that being vegan is safe and so many people are safely nowadays (even athletes) and then all the vitamins and nutrients we actually need can be found in different veggies/fruits.
so i think im going to start out slowly. I'm cutting out refined sugar and coffee this week. i'm drinking my very bland, bitter tea right now as i type! and i have tons of food with meat at home and am hopefully getting an entire batch of angelfood this weekend (if they ever received my check), so that is lots of meat that i will eat. and i do feel guilty because i do love animals, and whether it is arguable or not, they are definitely treated badly in farms - there have been home videos leaked to the news from workers recently.
And then for all the healthy reasons (besides the ethical/moral) maybe i wont get so many stomach aches if i am eating healthier. And there are so many veggies and fruits that i could eventually explore cooking that i wouldn't have otherwise. and so many substitutes, i already love gardenburgers and mushroom burgers - and apparently they now make everything as a substitute (including entire thanksgiving turkeys). so maybe....