Saturday, August 7, 2010

Nope. Not Vegan.

Skinny Bitch = vegan for profit. I wonder what kind of sponsorship this "brand" is getting from mega-corporations that are a part of the 30+ BILLION a year US soy bean farming industry?

Sorry guys but this book was terrible. It was biased. It was full of brand promotion. It was full of contradictions. It was used as a marketing tool. It was vegan propaganda disguised as a diet guide.

What did I like about the book? Chapter one - the few pages that were not geared toward promoting their vegan diet. But, unfortunately, none of that information was new for me.

YES you should eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
YES you should buy foods grown without chemicals or drugs (and local when available).
YES when you buy meat, eggs and dairy these rules should also apply!

That is the message that I was hoping this book would send out. Not even close...

Do I think that their depiction of our current farming systems is true? Yes.

Do I buy that their solution (veganism) is the only solution? No.

Do I believe that not being vegan means that I will never be healthy and skinny? Fuck No.

The thing I disliked about this book the most was that if you didn't agree with them that you were a "fucking moron". And that if you didn't buy into their program you would be a "fat pig" forever.

Do we seriously still live in a world where this type of negative motivation is still okay?

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OH! And I am officially down 11lbs today. And I eat meat and dairy. And I hate tofu.

--- Brianne

5 comments:

Stevie P. said...

Hahaha oh my.

I went vegan and lost 10 lbs right off the bat. ;)

Brianne said...

it was more of a distaste for their use of a vegan agenda and the overall negativity of anything else except veganism - and i definitely didn't agree with replacing all natural animal proteins with super processed soy proteins... to me it was just a fad book overly marketed just like atkins or the master cleanse...

then i read "in defense of food" which i thought was promoting a better message of eating smart and eating natural.

steviep said...

In Defense of Food is really good.

I think the best part of the Skinny Bitch series is actually a lot of the recipes in "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch" which isn't promoting the heavily processed soy products. Maybe that's why I like it so much :) I've made some killer dinners from it!

Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals is the best, though.

Brianne said...

I requested Eating Animals from the library but I am currently 32nd on the list :D I guess it's a popular read.

I've been dropping pounds since adopting the food rules set out by Michael Pollen - which is basically common sense! I don't own a scale but my pants are getting looser by the day :D

Pinchie said...

11 lbs?!! That is amazing!
You rock, Bree!