Monday, July 07, 2008
I love this book. It is in your face. I call it the "He's Just Not That Into You" of eating.
Now, I am not one for self help or diet books. But I saw this crazy thing called Skinny Bitch and thought it was another Sex and the City. Was I wrong! This book is wonderful! It takes all the common sense you know and have and reminds you to use it in a very blunt manner.
It is like talking to your best friend, the one that WILL tell you, "Yes, those jeans make you look fat." It does not baby you. We are not babies. So, I have decided to stop acting like one and grow up.
I've heard many times before all the crap that has gone into and destroyed our food. I have read popular articles and medical articles. I have discussed nutrition with general doctors, nutritionists, naturopathy practioners, personal trainers, my friends, etc. Skinny Bitch makes sense with everything I have learned, so I have decided to follow their advice.
They recommend a vegan diet. I know, I know. It sounds extreme. But you know what? It's not anymore. I tried being vegan about 8 years ago. It didn't go so well. Soy cheese still had freaking milk protein in it. WTF? Why even make it?
Now, things are different. They even make vegan shoes for crap's sake. Now, I haven't gone that far. But I am very pleased with the new vegan cheeses, ice creams, etc. Not to mention all the other food I have learned to eat. Most non-American style food is easily translated into vegan. Today I went to lunch with my friend to a Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco called the Slanted Door. We ordered the exact same dish, fried rice noodles, and I asked for no egg or chicken. *POOF* The meal was completely vegan with a sub of tofu. And it tasted excellent.
Now don't get me wrong. I hate most vegetarien or vegan restaurants. In my opinion, they try too hard. It's like, adding that vegan word makes all the food turn to crap. But if you just cook the food you already have and sub out the animal products for vegetables, you get some awesome dishes. Mexican food is very easy to turn vegan. Just don't cook the beans or tortillas in lard and get the same meal veggie. One of my new favorite fast food items, which is totally vegan, is the Modito Burrito from Taco Del Mar. I am getting this in Spokane, WA people. You don't have to live in LA or NY to eat good vegan food. I just use teh whole wheat tortilla, mix the refried and black beans, add all the veggies (especially cilantro, i use just a little because it helps cleanse the body of toxic metals like mercury without adding too much flavor), and guacamole. It's delicious, moist, and I don't need the cheese or sour cream to add any flavor. Not to mention the beans are extremely filling and provide me with a lot of energy!
So anyway, I recommend reading Skinny Bitch. It is a blunt but caring book that is just reminding you to stop acting like a dumbass and start taking care of yourself. I think that is a pretty good idea :) Even if you decide not to eat vegan, it is a good book to read on living a healthier lifestyle.