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1.0 out of 5 stars The title and the content don't agree, February 13, 2008
This review is from: Skinny Bitch (Paperback)
As a person who has a biology degree with a focus on nutrition, an advanced biology teacher, vegetarian, and a marathoner/triathlete, I was interested to read a book that may give me strategies to use myself and to interest my students in eating better. This book started well and then changed courses quickly. The scientific evidence in this book is just WRONG. It is riddled with inconsistencies and hypocrisies including that you shouldn't eat meat because it is rotting flesh and vegetables are living when you eat them. Unless you are eating them off of the plant, vegetables are also dead and decaying (look what happens to fruits and vegetables when they are not eaten in a timely fashion). They also say that you shouldn't eat processed foods, which I totally agree with, but then go on to advocate for veggie/vegan products that taste like meat which are incredibly processed but according to them are still good because they are vegan. With a statement of " A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!" you would have thought it would be all about good things to eat and how to exercise to lose weight. Not so, this is just a manifesto on how bad the meat industry is and how bad the government is. This book actually made me angry because I didn't buy this book to be inundated with these two women's opinions about the government and their dislike of all meat products. This book is not worth the money or time unless you want to read two women's rants about how everyone should be vegan.
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2008 8:00:57 PM PST
I wonder if some of the inconsistencies came about because the book was co-authored. With two people, it's hard to write a book that has only one voice. Just thinking...

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 9:26:19 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 15, 2008 9:27:14 AM PST
Nx says:
Dear Kelly:
Given your background, I would be interested to know what books you've found helpful or would suggest as an alternate to this book.

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2008 5:17:28 PM PST
A lot of my nutrition background is from recent research published and then peer reviewed in scientific journals. I am constantly looking for new texts that will help me to improve my teaching as well. I have become really good at sorting out quality information from garbage. As a teacher, I am also required to do professional development of which I generally choose to take nutrition courses. As an athlete, I am always trying to sift through information that is published and most of it isn't helpful for a vegetarian. I usually don't read "self help" books like this one but was encouraged to read it by a non-athlete so it is a first for me to have read a book about weight loss like this. If you are interested in triathlons though, some of the best books are Triathlete Magazine's Complete Triathlon Book, The Traithlete's Training Bible, and, for a little motivation, Becoming an Ironman.

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 10:10:12 AM PST
on the watch says:
Are you an active research professor in this area?

Posted on May 31, 2008 5:56:21 PM PDT
M K A says:
Huh? The authors' point wasn't that you shouldn't eat meat because it's rotting, but because animals are imprisoned, tortured and killed to get it.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 7:59:48 AM PST
A.nonymous says:
I am no scientist but like to try to stay well-informed of health matters and have a very low tolerance for B.S., inaccuracies, and inconsistencies. Thank you for your honest review.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 9:34:51 AM PST
I agree completely. I wanted my money back the minute I started reading the slaughterhouse rants. I didn't pick this up to hear about cruelty to animals, I picked it up for advice on being healthy. I'm well aware of how horrible the meat and dairy industry is, I live in Wisconsin.
This book was helpful in one way. I read it during my lunch break, and most chapters made me put my fork down in disgust!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2009 10:37:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2009 10:38:56 AM PST
P. H. Warren says:
In answer to Elaine V.'s comment:
No excuse. That is what editors are for. If two people have opposite opinions, they should write two separate books. At the very least, they should explain their own inconsistencies.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 12:48:50 AM PST
I totally agree with Kelly's review.
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