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Old 07-07-2010, 11:16 PM   #16  
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't need or want to be babied at all. I would not want to sit down with any book that was diet, weight loss or exercise related and feel like I was reading a nursery rhyme. I'm a realistic girl and I appreciate realistic writing.

The book bothered me more because it was so contrived. It was as if the whole POINT of the book was to tick you off and put you off. "Let's see how many times we can use the words _ _ tch, _ss and _hit and pass it off as a tough love." The quality of writing was very poor, in my opinion. There was no flow, it was not cohesive.

Glad that some found it helpful though!
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:40 PM   #17  
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I really liked the book. But I need that aggressive type of oh my god, look what you are putting in your body type thing.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:38 PM   #18  
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I didn't mind it at all, and it gave me the push to go vegetarian completely (as opposed to cheating a little). So, I say different strokes for different folks. There's lots of books out there, if you don't like this one, there are others out there for you. And the recipes are great, too!
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:19 PM   #19  
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I just read the first few pages on Google book search and I found it to be too crass. And lemme just say that I am NOT a girl that is easily put off. That big C word that most women will slap you for saying??? Doesn't bother me. But yeah, calling people who need their morning coffee to function *ahem* kitty cats is pretty bad. You can be harsh and truthful w/o being vulgar.
Exactly what I thought. It reminded me of teens who swear because "it's cool." Completely ridiculous.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:40 PM   #20  
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I like being skinny (or thin or fit or whatever word you prefer.)
But I don't want to be a b*tch. The title alone told me the book would be of no interest to me. I'm one of those people who believes in taking care of my body out of love and respect for myself. I do not need anyone to "kick my ***." I'm an adult and am perfectly capable of making decisions for myself without being brow-beaten. This is also the reason I can't stand Jillian from TBL.
I'm a veganish/vegetarian who prefers organic produce if I can get it. But I find it really obnoxious how judgmental and high-and-mighty some people can get about it.

Thanks for the reviews. I will be sure to stay away from this one
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:52 PM   #21  
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It annoyed me too. The writing was gimicky and I felt pandered too.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:53 PM   #22  
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and by too, I mean 'to'.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:25 PM   #23  
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I haven't read the book and probably won't. I'm already vegan 5 1/2 years. News flash to the authors. Fat vegans exist! I went vegan for the animals after visiting Farm Sanctuary's California Shelter. I had been vegetarian for many years. It is the best thing I ever did.

Certainly not everything I eat is organic. I do try to buy from and support smaller natural companies. Avoid those trans fats that are in so many of the supermarket foods. Since I only feed myself, it does make it easier. And I think where I spend my dollars makes a difference.

Anyone interested in how animals are treated by the meat and (yes) dairy industry can watch videos available online.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:14 PM   #24  
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I'm all for variety and freedom of speech when it doesn't hurt. So it's ok the book exists, but I don't have to like it for myself. I found it cocky, ignorant and money-making oriented.
It has a rude tone to draw in from bad publicity and activists. It is all marketing.

What people think is "organic" and "wholesome" is most times a new label on the same stuff and there is no food or crafted item that hasn't killed lives to exist. What is important is to find ballance and self-control not to become media organic-healthstyle suckers.

I have worked with many farms who make organic food. I agree it is tasty and nice, but it is not what people think it is It is a lifestyle of the choosy not the humble.

I am a vegetarian myself, but I do it for ballance. Not because I think the food I eat not is somehow blessed in health heaven.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:23 PM   #25  
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I'm reading it now, but taking a lot of it with a grain of salt. The cursing doesn't bother me at all, but I get a "shallow" vibe from the writers. They don't seem overly educated about real health/weight. The vegan part of it, I very much appreciate, but to me it's a lot of rambling and doesn't hold my attention.

I've decided to go in a more spiritual direction with my journey. It works better for me. To anyone that gets something from that book, I'm happy for you!

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Old 05-12-2011, 04:42 PM   #26  
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This is a love it or hate it book...

I absoloutely LOVED it.... it had a major impact on my life! I personally needed the sailor talk so I felt like it was a sassy friend talking to me, and found the book funny yet very informative. I recommend this book to almost all my friends unless I know they take those type of words harshly.

There is milions of these books like this that are boring and just facts, no entertainment so FOR ME it was something different and easy to read.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #27  
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If you're referring to the same book I'm thinking of - I remember my sister reading a bit of it to me (she got it to help motivate her to lose weight) and I didn't find it especially captivating. I respond better to positive reinforcement.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:09 PM   #28  
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my sister bought the bok and was going to let me read it once she was done, but she didn't even finish it, and i knew i wouldn't either.

I understand people want to eat certain things, and don't want, but i felt from what i did read of the book (which was very little) it was just a blast on not eating meat, and that if you didn't eat the way they said you should then your just going to be a fat --- the rest of your life.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:13 PM   #29  
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i love this book. Yes, it's in-your-face, but there are plenty of coddling books out there. For me it opened the door to go on and read other books, like the china study. It was a quick fast-moving read. And yes, i did turn vegan after i read it. While that hasn't turned me skinny overnight, i have learned so much about meat and dairy. It's hard, but it's doable.

i understand not everyone will like the tone, but i don't understand why people don't just put it down and move on-instead they are "offended" and bothered. Yes they use "big girl" words-but i also think you can pick up on that just by reading the back cover & table of contents.

To anyone interested in the book, don't go by what others think. Just give it a read. i got mine on ebay with the cookbook along with it for a bargain. -fm
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:31 AM   #30  
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I have read this book and I enjoyed it as entertainment for the snark but it certainly didn't inspire me in any way. I just felt that the book didn't apply to me at all and I didn't feel I particularly got any insight out of reading it. I have no interest in being vegan/vegetarian (if my freshman year militant vegan roommate didn't convince me, then not this book), I choose organic if i find it at a reasonable price compared to non-organic, I'm not a coffee drinker (for taste reasons) or a smoker, however I do know it is possible to be all the things the book preaches against and still be a skinny "beech"or non-"beech." There is nothing wrong with the main ideas prescribed by the book (veganism, organic eating, no caffeine and no smoking); however, I think being skinny should not be the main reason any one should follow any of these and the book sort of makes it seem like if you do these things the pounds will melt off. To be fair they do also mention portion size but not as much emphasis is placed on this as on their main agenda.

I didn't really take offense at the writing style as I really think most of it was a little contrived for effect. I typically dont like negativity in my diet books, i do enough negative self-talk on my own. I certainly wouldnt recommend this book to someone who struggles or has struggled with disordered eating or crippling body image/self-esteem issues.

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