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“Put down that diet soda! Drop that fat-free cheese! Forget those diet frozen dinners! Christine Avanti, a clinical and sports nutritionist, advises a back-to-basics approach.” ―Time.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a burgeoning real food advocate, I'm always trying to find great books to support the lifestyle. Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food didn't disappoint. Avanti gets that we won't always be perfect at eating real food, so does what she can the help us get to the point where we are at least 80/20 or 90/10 percent real food to "factory food" as she calls it. She includes lots of great-sounding recipes, and, knowing that not everyone has access to or can afford specialty stores, Avanti includes real food on a budget resources such as Walmart, Costco and Trader Joe's, complete with easy to reference lists of real food available at these stores.

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!
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After reading Avanti’s first book, Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads, I was pretty impressed with the author. She gave a very easy explanation for why certain foods cause weight gain and make you feel hungry at the same time. She appeared (at the time) to know her science, and created a very sensible and effective diet that followed. While I lost (and managed to keep off) weight on her program, I simply couldn’t stay on board with her overly processed ingredients, and left it for “real” foods.
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.
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Avanti is definitely a great person to be giving this advice. She has been through yo-yo dieting and was still carrying around extra weight - even as a personal trainer. To stop the yo-yo cycle, she stopped following others' advice and educated herself. Being a certified nutritionist, she knows the basic cellular processes behind what goes into our bodies. She is great at articulating these complex processes to those of us who do not have the education background. On top of being a nutritionist, she went to culinary school. So, not only is her food NOT diet food, it tastes amazing!! Who wouldn't want to nix the "fat free," "low carb," "light" foods? I know I do!

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.
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Format: Hardcover
A must read to know the trueth behind food,labels and ingredients.
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.
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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. I have not finished it yet, but I already am checking labels and realizing how much crap is in the food i eat
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This book is great! I really enjoyed reading it and it really does work. I lost 20 pounds in about 3 months and kept it off. This book gives a lot of information about what eating real food is and I was able to apply it to my life. It's an easy read and has a lot of references and resources to continue your real food transformation.
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Author Christine Avanti is a CN, a certified nutritionist. That a CN can write a book such as this and not be ostracized by other nutritionists shows how much real science has been accepted in just ten years. Simply put, carbs make you fat and sick, and the body thrives on fat soluble vitamins, and non-denatured cholesterol and fat. The book draws heavily from the wisdom in the web site [...] The book and the web site are reference resources essential for good health, and delicious meals.
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