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Vegan Skinny Bitch authors Freedman and Barnouin are back, this time focusing on nutrition and diet during pregnancy. Their commentary will be familiar to Skinny Bitch fans who prefer fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes to meat, fish and dairy. Characteristically feisty and foul-mouthed (e.g., they refer to the reader as dumb-ass), these in-your-face, incisive authors have done their research, exposing a host of health issues related to the use of bovine growth hormone and antibiotics in farm animals. Repeating the mantra you and your baby are what you eat, they explain the effects of pesticides in foods (with links to learning disabilities, developmental delays and behavioral disorders), how a high protein diet in pregnancy can lead to high blood pressure, stress and diabetes in the child, and the connection between mercury in fish and birth defects. Insisting that a vegan diet is healthy for both baby and mom (a claim substantiated by the AMA), the authors also include sample menus and vegan tips to satisfy food cravings. Passionately questioning the status quo, Freedman and Barnouin make a compelling case for a vegan pregnancy. (Sept.)
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Library Journal, August 5, 2008
“Writing in a style that is meant to be funny and sarcastic with a bit of drill sergeant thrown in, the authors offer some good advice on what to eat and especially what not to eat when pregnant. … there is a lot of good advice on thinking critically about what is considered good nutrition and what is not.”

VegNews
, Sept+Oct 2008
"Bursting with smarts and their classic sense of humor … With this sassy new tome, the authors give pregnant women everywhere a whole new reason to eat healthy….an entertaining read even if you’re not preggers, but it makes the perfect gift for a friend who is."

Vegetarian Journal
, Oct 09
“a smart, thorough guide to how to eat vegan when you’re pregnant.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762431059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762431052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would ditch the negative reviews on this one, when considering whether or not to read this book, ladies. Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven, does take a frank & truthful approach to exposing the truth about America's current methods of food production. And I understand the fear & outrage of those who post negative reviews here, which they all seem to be basing on disdain for the vegan ethic. We fear what we don't understand. And I mean that compassionately. However, many of those w/ such posts, seem to be answering to arguments which are never actually presented in the book. The highly defensive & dismissive nature of these posted comments is rather telling. At no time do the authors attempt to demonize those who practice a standard American diet. Mom's are not their enemy-- moms & babies are who they are advocating for. The powers they are tempting to take on/expose, do not have the interests of moms, babies, or the planet in mind. Nor do they attempt to tell these women that their children are going to be irreparably damaged if they do not practice veganism. They are, however, speaking truth to the powerful corporate system, which is making our children VERY SICK. This book was written, in my very humble opinion, to tell women a truth most Americans have had kept from them for a very long time. And whether or not veganism is for you, remember-- those who chose to be vegan, or encourage that lifestyle, are hurting no one. This diet, when practiced mindfully, treads very easily on our earth. And as mothers, don't we all want a healthier world for our little ones? This book may seem radical to some, but in the words of someone quite wise-- "to be radical is to grasp things by the root". And I'm grateful to the authors for their sassy & whimsical wit. Thanks, b*tches.
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I found this book fun to read simply because there are NO current day books out there that focus on veganism and pregnancy.

I also understand the authors "style" of writing, so their cursing and "in your face" approach didn't really bother me because I knew what to expect.

A fews things you may have to be concerned with is:

1) that this book's audience is most likely middle class people who live in locations where a whole foods vegan diet is "easy". I question how feasible any whole foods diet is (vegan or omnivorous) for people who are the working poor in this country and located in areas such as the inner city, in which there have been a plethora of public health reports indicating that there are no farmer's markets, natural grocers, or health options available.

2) this book kind of assumes all pregnant women reading this book are straight and married to a man. If you are lesbian identified woman, the heterosexual oriented nature of the book may irk you. If you are a single woman looking to become pregnant or are already pregnant, it may irk you a bit.

However, I commend that fact that the authors wrote this book, simply because NO ONE ELSE IS providing current books on how to achieve a healthy vegan pregnancy.
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On the one hand, this book and the "Skinny Bitch" series in general inspired me to become vegan (which is going great!). It contains great information for newbies to veganism, and the book as a whole is well-intentioned.

ON THE OTHER HAND, I have a few bones to pick with these authors. They use scare tactics to make you feel like you're not a good mom if you don't eat an all-organic, vegan diet. This is simply untrue! They make you feel like s*** if you eat even some non-organic produce, which, as a less-than-affluent pregnant woman fresh out of college, is sometimes what I have to do.

A memorable quote from this book is "Don't be a cheap jerk." Wow. Sorry for being a "jerk" and trying my best to do every single thing I can for my baby. The attitude is very condescending and uneducated, as though all people can somehow "make room" in the budget for their pretentious demands. Let's also not mention the DISGUSTING chapter about animal abuse (not recommended for pregnant women whose feelings and stomachs are easily affected).

They make it clear that they're not experts, so I'm not going to berate them for cherry-picking studies. I think they make a strong case that everyone cherry-picks, and the best thing you can do is your own research. This is a strong point of the book.

However, after all that berating and preaching about "pure" foods, they give you endless menus of processed organic (and expensive!) foods to buy. Organic cereal may be more organic than regular cereal, but it's not freaking health food! Don't tell me I'm not pure enough for my baby and then recommend processed foods to me! Like I said, these authors have good intentions and an overall good message (they started me on one of the best journeys I have ever decided to take), but extremely poor execution.
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I got this book for my daughter who is pregnant. She enjoyed reading it and it has really changed her food lifestyle for the better. The book gives sound nutritional advice and real eye-opening information on how meat is produced in this country. The foul language is really a bit much, but the book is funny and helpful. If you are pregnant, and weight is an issue for you, or maybe you have some other food related issues like gestational diabetes, reading this book could really help. But beware the F-Bombs! ;)
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