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Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food: Kick Your Fake Food Habit, Kickstart Your Weight Loss Hardcover – December 20, 2011
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About the Author
Christine Avanti is a certified nutritionist, a graduate of West Lake Culinary Institute, and the nutrition director and executive chef at Passages rehabilitation center in Malibu, CA. She lives in Los Angeles.
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In her early 20's she was an aerobics instructor and a magazine cover model - a "fitness queen" on top of the world. But in her late 20's, she suffered the loss of her beloved Grandpa Luigi - her father figure. It was a devastating blow. She became depressed and began eating everything in sight. On some days she ate nothing but ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She once baked, frosted and ate an entire German chocolate cake in a single sitting. In 6 short weeks she gained 30 pounds, obliterating her modeling career along with her social life. It was a lonely, humiliating time in her life.
Then she decided to lose the weight. But it wasn't easy. She tried an endless stream of diets, all eventually ending in failure. It was maddening. With all her fitness knowledge she couldn't lose the weight.
Somehow Christine stumbled upon the information that would change her life. She met a nutritionist who taught her to stop dieting and eat more. It was counter-intuitive, but it worked! She KNEW right then that it was her mission to share this with the world.
And that is EXACTLY what she has done. Christine has counseled over 1000 one-on-one clients who have collectively lost over 10,000 pounds.
In 2009, Christine published her first book, Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads with the world's leading health & wellness publisher, Rodale. Christine has appeared as a guest nutrition expert on the Today Show, Dancing With The Stars, Rachael Ray, Tyra, Good Morning America and dozens of other TV shows. She can be heard weekly on KLOVE radio and her comments can be found in magazines such as US Weekly, Health, Fitness, and InStyle. Three times she has had her material promoted on the Yahoo! front page. (see christineavanti.com/tvmedia.php for the complete list).
Some of Christine's celebrity clients: Jeremy Piven, Jason Statham, Johnny Galecki, Chelsea Handler, Samantha Harris, Giuliana Rancic, Rich Sommer, Janine Turner, Marcus Allen, Steven Seagal, supermodel Stacy Williams, and many more.
Christine holds a nutrition certification from The American Academy of Nutrition. She also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Comprehensive Nutrition from Huntington College of Health Sciences. She's a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Her office is located in Century City (Los Angeles), CA.
Top Customer Reviews
With explanations about why we all should eat real food over factory processed food, including how just switching to real food can help us lose weight, Avanti makes a case for gradually switching our diets to wholesome, nutritious foods that taste great and nourish our bodies rather than just filling them with empty, unsatisfying calories. By the time you're done with this book you'll be willing to give it a try...and you won't be sorry when you do! You'll look better and feel better than you ever have before when you eat the foods you were intended to eat instead of processed, chemical-filled garbage. Avanti has penned a winner!
Naturally, when her latest edition came out, Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food, I looked forward to following her approach to dieting and exercise again. This time, with a correction to the only flaw I could find in the first one – too many franken foods. Sadly, this was not the case. She chucked out her original teachings and replaced them with poorly explained excerpts from the real food movement. She then created a diet, which made no sense at all, to fit into her new, poorly researched theories.
I gave it two stars because I am true believer of real food -- although I have yet to find anyone who has been able to fashion it into a true weight loss regimen. It appears my beloved Avanti failed to do it as well, but she does have beautiful pictures and a few little nuggets of mind games you can try on yourself to eat less. Overall, I wouldn’t pay more than $4 for this book. She has also ruined quite a bit of her credibility with this book.
I think a major point of the book is the education behind why it is so important to eat REAL food (research the slow food movement, if you have the chance) and just how dangerous and unbeneficial fast/processed food is. But Avanti is also real about the fact that eating real food won't always happen. If anyone can stick to the 80/20 ratio (real/fast food), he/she will definitely notice an improvement in overall health. This is definitely a book worth reading.
An easy read to help the average person have abetter understanding
about what they are putting in there bodies and equipping us with a
better way to make choices about what foods we are buying to put
on our tables.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love love these books. Good advice and great information.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
A neat new way of looking at things. This is not a preachy diet book. We enjoyed reading it at our house.Published 20 months ago by Lisa Folk
What I was expected by the person who sent it to me when I first got it so thanks yepPublished 20 months ago by Roy A. Eby
It is a good easy read. I'm going to now read In defense of food because I feel like I would like more information about real food. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer E.
Great ideas. Like that you can cut out all the bad stuff and still feel full. Can't wait to recommend to friends.Published on December 16, 2013 by Adam Larsen
Wasn't what I wanted. I wanted more of a cookbook and less of a how-to book. Show me, not tell me.Published on November 26, 2013 by Dr. PK
It's a good read, even if she does talk about herself through out the entire book. There is some useful information however, if you can dig through the extra paragraphs that are... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Cowgirl Sue
This is a good cook book. Just wish it had more recipes and less teaching material and commentary. Still valuable purchase.Published on October 22, 2013 by Home Zoo