Preface

Warning: This blog post is about a diet and lifestyle book I recently read that was written by a women. I, myself, am a women. And I have a feeling that the topics being written here will generally appeal to women. That being said, I think men can still benefit from reading this, especially those who are struggling with weight loss. If you’re a man (or a woman for that matter) trying to gain 30 pounds… you can leave.. I wont be mad.

-L

A little anecdote about why I’m writing this…

So the morning after our beloved ‘girls night’ last weekend (does everyone know I live with 4 boys?) I snuck into my friends kitchen before everyone else got up to steal a cup of morning joe. While waiting for my brew something caught my eye. It was a book, and it was called “The Skinnygirl Dish.” It was by a name that I recognized- Bethenny Frankel; a reality TV personality and natural foods chef that seemed, in my opinion, actually real. Out of mostly boredom and a little curiosity I picked it up and glanced at the first few pages. My attention came to the first page which consisted of testimonials of the decidedly preceded book called “Naturally Thin.” The first testimonial read as follows:

“I just want to thank you for changing my life… I truly don’t think about food the same way after reading your book. Your words made so much sense to me that I started living by them immediately. That was three months ago and I’ve very easily dropped 15 pounds.” -Kim

The part that stuck out to me most wasn’t the ’15 pounds in 3 months,’ it was the ‘I don’t think about food the same way.’ Changing the way we think about food? That’s where weight loss starts right? In our heads…

My job in it’s nature makes me explore the benefits (and disadvantages) of food, and the best ways to eat for health, strength, and vitality. My own journey with a healthy mindset and relationship with food is really in its infancy. I still struggle with negative self talk, feelings of being out of control, and an imperfect self image. I’m writing this now to share with you my experiences and my knowledge. And in a bit of selfishness, the process of writing itself helps me reflect and learn about who I am, what I want to be, and how I can positively affect the people around me.

I try to read and learn everyday from people who are smarter than me. In regards to diet there are a few standout women who have got it figured out. And what I love most about these girls is that they all have a story to share of their journey and struggles with diet and their relationship with food. They all changed the way they thought about food.

Look them up!

These girls are my inspiration and I hope that some day soon I can get to where they are. So with that in mind and maybe a little serendipity on my side, I went home and downloaded “Naturally Thin,” read it from start to finish in matter of about 4 hours. Needless to say I was incredibly inspired to write about this book. I wish I could write about everything in it because it’s all so awesome. It’s a very easy read, there’s no fluff, and everything Frankel says is useful and proactive. So if you have ten bucks and few spare hours, stop reading this now and go get her book- I promise you its worth it.

But if you want the spark notes version and a little commentary from me… here it is:

Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

Here are the things I absolutely LOVE about this book:

  1. She tells you to stop dieting… Right now…. Seriously stop.
  2. Frankel emphasizes that she is not going to tell you what to do or what to eat, because everybody is different and that would be absurd.
  3. She puts no food off limits. That’s good for me because i’m not one of those people that ‘doesn’t really like chocolate’ or ‘could live without ever eating pizza again.’ No. Let me tell you. I could eat pizza for every meal the rest of my life and be okay with it. So that fact that I have no restrictions- she’s won my heart. (Note: I’m obviously exaggerating about the pizza thing. There are obviously some limits, more on that soon)
  4. She promises that once you practice her rules consciously and consistently, that eventually they will just become natural. Hence “naturally thin”

In Part II, I will summarize her rules and talk more about why I love them.

I’m off to Nantucket this weekend to celebrate one of my closest friends birthdays! (and maybe enjoy some skinny girl margaritas!) What are you guys doing this weekend? Make healthy choices!

Happy Friday!

-L