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7/9/09 12:21 A

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It turned me vegan (from 2 years of ovo-lacto vegetarian) by gross-out factor.

I picked it up because it was recommended as a diet for vegetarians, but its not a diet so much as Go Vegan propaganda and a few meal suggestions.

Only read it if you are looking for a reason to give up cheese and eggs for good.

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7/8/09 2:14 P

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i have the book on my shelf and i have yet to read it.. man... i dont know if i should now.. lol

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7/8/09 10:32 A

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I'll have to read it. The title is a bit of a put-off for me.

Personally, I liked reading the book "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollen. I think it takes more of a middle ground although it strongly points towards the eco and health benefits of a meatless diet.



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FRUITLIA Posts: 3
7/8/09 1:51 A

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I liked it. Yes, it was slightly pushy and biased, but I can deal with that. I've never once gone to someone's house for dinner without having their parents try to push meat on me (whether jokingly or not), so I'm used to that sort of tone.

It was also EXTREMELY informative. Once again, I'm not sure that I like how blatantly biased it was, but how can you be vegan and find something positive about a meat-eating lifestyle? So, with that in mind, it made it easier to read the book.

I was vegetarian at the time, but when I tried to get my sister to read it, if not for the general health information, she stopped reading it at chapter four - the chapter where it starts talking about eating meat. I don't think that many non-vegetarians and vegans would really enjoy this book due to the tone of it.. but I liked it.

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7/7/09 11:13 P

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I agree with the language but then again the book is called Skinny Bitch it really doesn't hide how it is. I read it when I ate meat and I loved it. True it was a little pushy but I didn't really mind. I mean I don't agree with everything but I always reread it when I want to give myself a boost and it does encourage me.In general, there is a lot of good information in the book.

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7/7/09 10:47 P

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My daughter bought me this book after learning about it in health class. I really enjoyed it. This book is why I decided that I want to be vegetarian...one step at a time. The book recommends becoming vegan (my ultimate goal) one step at a time. I decided that the first step to a new lifestyle was exercise first then vegetarian and finally vegan. I definetly recommend buying this book.

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7/7/09 9:55 P

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u should go to peta.org website and watch some of their videos...

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7/7/09 4:49 P

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That book is why I went vegetarian...it was the descriptions of the conditions animals endure before being slaughtered. If I have any meat urges I just think back to that. I didn't agree with all the nutrition recommendations in the book, but most made sense. I don't care with they say though, I couldn't eat unlimited amount of avacado and be skinny.

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7/7/09 3:22 P

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I did read it, originally because i had heard a lot of hype and wanted to figure out what everyone was talking about. I read it when i ate meat and since then have become vegetarian. I don't 100% agree with everythign they say, but their recipes in skinny bitch in the kitch' are great! I don't think I would go completely vegan, but at home i try to have veggie cheese instead, n soy milk etc. i still enjoy eggs every once in a while though and make my omlettes with egg whites usually but sometimes tofu. I didn't want to base all my knowledge of the industry on this book so i did a bunch of research and foudn that everything, or almost, was true! no more meat for me!!! i feel better than ever!



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7/7/09 3:01 P

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I did not read the book and have no desire to do so. This is not because I am against it, but because I did not think it would give me more information than I already knew or had access to via the internet. I agree that too much TVP is not good for us.

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7/7/09 2:52 P

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I actually some some fake meat products at the grocery store and actually tried meat balls and chicken. Didn't like the idea in the first place but I wanted to try it. It's not appealing to me at all.

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7/7/09 1:01 A

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I must admit that I didn't read the whole book, I just leafed through at a barnes and noble. HOWEVER, their reliance on "fake meat" concerned me a bit. Now, I don't eat meat and am totally disturbed by slaughterhouse scenes as well. But, I have also heard that TVP (textured veggie protein) isn't that great for our bodies either. Now, I eat a veggie burger every now and again, but I seem to recall the Skinny Bitch ladies recommending fake hot-dogs, chili, etc at almost every meal...

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7/6/09 10:08 P

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as much as I like the points they make in this book, I didn't feel comfortable reading it because of the language. Not that I'm all goodie goodie but....I don't know there's something about the language


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7/6/09 9:40 P

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I listened to the audio version of this book and loved it. For me the language was no worse that the latest movies and I was not offended at all. I can see how someone who is used to having things sugar-coated would be offended. Although the title was misleading, it obviously caught the attention of many making it a best seller. It definitely promotes Veganism and is crude at times but offered me so much more. I was encouraged to look at what I am putting in my body. Decide if it adds to the quality of my life. Choose to make a change or not. Simple but not easy. I became a vegetarian. I read every label on foods I buy (their recommendation). I am aware of the list of things I need to eliminate to improve my quality of life. I buy more organics, cook more meals, use less dairy products. However it's hard for me to continue to think that the additives in foods are okay. I remember a couple years ago the red icing on my granddaughter birthday cake stained my counter top. I had to use bleach to get the stain out. I asked myself then, "How is this affecting our bodies?"

I recommend this book with the suggestion that I have for all books: Do you own research and take from the book what ever adds quality to your life.
Taking better care of myself has become a priority and I too have lost 20 lbs and will never go on another "diet"

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7/6/09 3:09 P

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This book really did change my life! Since reading it I have lost 20 lbs... I feel better now than I ever have. The recipes are so great (some are high calorie though so watch out!) that I have even gotten my boyfriend to also switch to a vegan diet. His IBS is now cured! Beware though! Only read this book if you are willing to change... I couldn't even look at meat after reading it!

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7/6/09 11:45 A

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I'd say if you already got it from the library, read it, there's no harm in that. But if it offends you, just know that not all vegans feel and act the way that they do in that book. Plus, the meal plan section has some pretty easy to put together meals if you need any help in that area. I forgot to add in my last post that that was the part of the book I actually liked.

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7/6/09 9:54 A

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It has been a while since I read it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they want to be a die hard vegan. I do think the title does/should lead you to the "language" inside, but I was surprised how much "language" was actually written. I did like the parts where they "you go girl" "you can do it" BUT I did NOT like the part where they make you feel like a bad person if you don't do what they do.......

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7/5/09 10:17 P

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I read the book after being a vegetarian for 7 years. I enjoyed it, but have a high tolerance for colorful language. :) I didn't learn a whole lot that was new to me, but was really looking into it for the recipes to add some variety to my menu for me and my vegan husband. I also bought "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch" at the same time.

Lots of delicious stuff, but beware! They don't list the caloric content of the meals and several are pretty high (although scrumptous!) It seems to be against their way of thinking to calorie-count. But as someone trying to lose weight, that's obviously important to me right now. Maybe someday it won't matter as much, but while I'm learning to eat better, I need to know the stats!

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AHAYNES1983 Posts: 1
7/5/09 8:32 P

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It was a very informational book. It was a bit pushy. I am a vegetarian because of the health benefits, I am not a "meat is murder" type of person. They seem to have a very leftist agenda.

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ARUBA_FAN Posts: 1
7/5/09 6:36 P

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I loved the book. I had no idea the goal of the book was to make you Vegan, but it was so entertaining that I finished reading it in about two days, and I've been Vegan ever since. That was just about two years ago.

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7/5/09 4:21 P

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I liked it. I thought it was funny and insightful. The language might bother some and I can see that, but for me, more than anything, it was a reminder of why I don't eat meat. Cruelty sucks. And reading about it is not pleasant but it did help me to remember why I gave up ridiculously yummy burgers and bacon :) not just for my health but for the animals' health as well.
There are a ton of good veg friendly books and sites. One I really like is VeganOutreach.com.

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7/4/09 6:34 P

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At the risk of getting disapproving looks...I liked it. :P I thought it was really funny. It also opened my eyes about artificial sweeteners and I now avoid Splenda.

I've been vegetarian for about six months and now I think I am going to try vegan starting tomorrow. I went out today and stocked up on legumes and hemp powder today for protein.

I'll definitely try that other book you guys were recommending though. :D

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7/4/09 12:02 A

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I read the book and found it very informative. I didn't find the language necessary although I believe it was written like that to be humorous. I had a difficult time reading through the animal cruelty section and skipped over it a bit. I did become a vegetarian after reading it as did my two daughters. We did try to be vegan but found it a bit challenging. Another book I found very helpful was Becoming Vegan, Brenda Davis, R.D. & Vesanto Melina, M.S.,R.D. Also another helpful book/author I found is The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook (it's not vegetarian, but it is good) by Tosca Reno...she has other books as well. Hope you find this info helpful.

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7/3/09 10:12 P

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so I take it that I should bring the book back to the library without opening it? lol I just checked it out of the library today to read through it but if your all saying this, I think I will just bring it back!

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I haven't read the book nor do I intend to, but I think the title of the book gives a clue as to the vulgar content. I have been Vegan since the beginning of the year and find plenty of helpful information and recipes without being subjected to fowl language.

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7/3/09 1:47 P

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Well I'm halfway through the book. I haven't read anything I didn't already know at this point about losing weight-I did read some useful information about how ridiculously twisted our gov't is-but I already knew our gov't was a mess as well.
I would say that I have two friends I think SHOULD read the book because they really are that clueless but the majority of my friends would glean no new info out of it.

On the other hand. I have REALLY enjoyed Brendan Braziers book. He's intelligent, polite and generally informative. His book has a few friendly playful parts but mostly is about how to live a healthy lifestyle and where food comes in to play in that goal. He also addresses how even if weight loss isn't your primary goal (or if it is) how eating healthy will accomplish weight loss.
I like how he doesn't say "eat healthy with lots of fruits and veggies". We hear that all the time-but we need more detailed info-at least I do.

He gets in to which fruits/veggies/grains/seaweed whatever have which nutrients and why your body needs THOSE nutrients and when your body needs them most or least.

He backs up what he says with facts without being rude or condescending.

It is a vegan book-but just going through it I've seen how
A. I can go vegan comfortably.
B. I can make my vegan meals and the rest of the family can add meat or dairy as they choose without "ruining" the meal.

I think that is extremely helpful as so many people live in families with varied eating habits. While I would LOVE my whole family to eat more healthy-we each have to take our journey at our own pace. I am much further along the journey of a healthy lifestyle then the rest of the people in my house-but this book gives me recipes that I can use and the rest of my family can alter slightly to fit their desires but still get the healthy benefits of the foods their bodys need.
Overall-my experience is that the skinny bitch book is something that might motivate someone who is fairly shallow and/or uneducated. Or someone who has lived in abusive relationships so long that they simply expect to be spoken down to instead of spoken with. But there are books that are much more intelligently written that contain much more useful information available for use if people just look a little. :)

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7/3/09 1:34 P

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If I were just starting out on my journey to become a vegetarian, I think reading that book would've made me feel like a failure. I appreciate that the authors were trying to carve a new niche in the world of vegan books, but the language is not for the thin-skinned. Overall, the information provided is great but I wouldn't give it to someone who wasn't already serious about a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

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Well put. I completely agree.

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7/3/09 11:55 A

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Honestly, it just seems like yet another pushy book, and I'm not a big fan of that. I feel that most people who bought it, bought it as a way to lose weight, not to read about what milk is made out of, or the insides of a slaughterhouse. I would rather that people who are curious about a veg lifestyle knowingly pick up a book(hopefully a more informative book). Also, as the book is meant to be a weight loss book, it didn't talk much about weight loss other than saying to get off your a$$, stop eating meat, and stop eating dairy. The 2 authors language just annoyed me.

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7/2/09 9:31 P

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I bought the Skinny Bitch while I was a meat eater. I had read some reviews about it and it sounded like a good "diet" book. I had no clue that it would be about a vegetarian lifestyle.
After reading it I became a vegetarian. It changed the way I saw things and set me on a course to learn more.
I almost didn't read it because of the foul language. I do swear when I'm mad and I'm not prudish, but I just didn't think the language they used was necessary. They came across and quite crude and I didn't care for it. The information in the book was good enough that I muddled through and ignored the parts I didnt like.

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I don't know yet. I just bought it because people on here talk about it all the time.

I have however found a WEALTH of useful information in the book I bought a week ago by Brendan Brazier (Thrive). I've been Pescatarian for health reasons since October and it's been a GREAT change for me. But after reading his book I am moving towards a more vegan lifestyle.
I don't think I'll ever completely forego the seafood-but I can for sure see me giving up dairy and all the other meats.

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7/2/09 8:14 P

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I've read it and thought that they made some good points. However, I was a little disappointed that they resorted to using foul language to make their point. I thought that was unnecessary.

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7/2/09 7:42 P

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I also have this book and was somewhat impressed. It really opened my eyes and let me know that by going vegetarian was a great step. I am still contemplating on whether or not going vegan is my next step, but for now - I love my veggies and meat substitutes.

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7/2/09 4:52 P

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I don't agree with every point in the book (but most of them). There was very little material that I hadn't read elsewhere but it is still a very entertaining read.

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So I have been reading the book "Skinny Bitch", I was wondering what you guys all thought of the book?

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