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The Science of Skinny: Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry--and Stop Dieting Forever Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/12
“Sample menus, recipes and tips on how to avoid processed foods make this a helpful lifestyle guide.”
Taste for Life, July 2012
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Read the first half of this book (the Science). And if you do decide to read the Skinny half, well, take it with the proverbial grain of salt.
The book starts out with the background of the author. She grew up disliking vegetables. She ate compulsively for emotional reasons. After her parents' divorce, the weight packed on and on. Her mom tried to move to a more natural diet, but she and her brother wouldn't have any of it! So back to the processed foods they went. The part-time job at Dairy Queen didn't help. Even a gallstone at 18 wasn't enough to jolt Dee back into reality. By the time she started college, her 4'10" frame carried more than 200 pounds (!).
She began to break free from processed foods by eliminating white sugar and white flour from her diet. This is important to note in itself, because if you or I decided to eliminate these two ingredients too, well, there wouldn't be many processed foods left to choose from, naturally pushing us toward a whole-food diet.
Her background as a chemist allows her to present a fascinating breakdown of ingredients all of us have been (probably unknowingly) eating for years, and how the processed food companies try to hide them from us - did you know that MSG has more than a dozen other names it appears as on ingredient lists?
Dee presents her 10 "Science of Skinny Laws," which can basically be summed up as: Eat more vegetables, don't eat refined sugar or flour.
The thing about processed foods, she argues, is that they've only been around for about 50-100 years. We still can't be sure about the long-term effects, but already we see more disease, obesity, and overall health problems than ever before.Read more ›
Dee's book has become my guru of healthy eating. You need this book! There is a lot of information there, so just take it in a bit at a time.... start by embracing one change at a time, before you know it it becomes easy. I have fallen in love with my kitchen again! Dee's instruction to eat more veggies (weight loss is directly correlated with increased veggie consumption) was a challenge at first....how many bowls of boring lettuce and tomatoes can you eat? I had no idea salads could be so creative and interesting! Now I use the food processor to finely chop veggies for amazing multi-veggie salads, and my new Vitamix is essential for my blended veggie shakes.... if you think that sounds strange, stop by a store with a Vitamix demo and taste the sorbet they make...with veggies and agave and a little fruit...YUM!!!.....now that's the way to get your veggies in for the day!
I like that Dee guides you toward how to buy organic when you are on a budget, does not turn you into a vegetarian (unless you are already one), and shows you how to manage the sweet tooth with healthy treats that don't set you out of control. I have to say, since I have followed this plan, I have lost my intense craving for sweets -- this is a first! Try it, you will not be disappointed!
It's also interesting that the author, in spite of being very up front about her history of a pathological relationship to food, seems unaware of how much her emotional issues with food still appear to be dictating her relationship to it. If unhealthy foods were once her only friends and comforters, they are now enemies, as though she went through a bitter divorce from them. Thus white sugar, rather than being simply unhealthy or even toxic, is "deranged" and evil. The book has 'science' in it's title, but the author's approach to eating really is more like an old testament religion, and eating processed foods is the sin.
So - much like a sugarcane processing plant, I will extract what I find useful from the book and make molasses with the rest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dee is knowledgeable as it can be, yet she makes it easy for regular people t understand and wanting to change their lives by changing they foods.Published 2 days ago by Bellaextraña
I really learned a lot from this particular book about healthy eating, that is scientifically supported by facts. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Oleg
Great book. Doctor recommended I read this after a recent physical. She said it could help me reach my weight loss goal and it is definitely helping me move in the right... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book really helped me to understand why certain food are and are not recommended as I begin to eliminate processed foods from my dietPublished 1 month ago by C. Witham
This book changed my life ... now I know how and why I should eat "healthy."Published 1 month ago by xnm
Total eye opener! It has changed my life! I gifted it to my mom and she and I both love it beyond what we ever would have imagined! We have learned sooooo much!Published 1 month ago by Janie C.
Haven't had a chance to read it yet but looks very interesting.Published 2 months ago by Jackie Turner
I bought this book after attending a forum in which the author spoke. I have found the book extremely eye-opening, and quite informative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MPD