Thursday, June 11, 2009
Okay, I admit it, I watch The Real Housewives of New York City. I never miss an episode. Bethenny Frankel, a columnist for Health magazine, a natural foods chef and business woman, and among many other things a runner-up on Martha Stewart's Apprentice, is my favorite "housewife." I like her no nonsense approach to life, so when I had the opportunity to review her
New York Times Best Seller "Naturally Thin," I jumped at the chance.
Here's the thing - I used to be "naturally thin" -- I never went over 97 pounds. I could eat anything I wanted and I never gained a pound, even after having children. I came home from the hospital in the clothes I wore before getting pregnant. Don't hate me. It only lasted until I was 40, and then the pounds started to slowly creep on. That's why this book intrigued me. But if your life story is just the opposite of mine, you'll be interested in it, too.
Bethenny's book is subtitled, Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting. Unlike some of you, I don't have a dieting mindset. Matter of fact, I don't think I ever really learned how to diet, which I had thought was probably my problem. I read this book coming from a different background than some of you might if you've had trouble with your weight all of your life. It doesn't matter because it all boils down to one thing -- it's how you eat, not what you eat.
Part One teaches you about getting and staying naturally thin. Part Two offers guidelines to implement 10 rules for your life to give you more structure.
All of this comes along with some great recipes that made my mouth water just to read them. What? from a diet book? That's the point -- it isn't a diet book at all but a way to look at and enjoy food without weighing, measuring, and feeling guilty. Just enjoy your meal; don't fear your food! What a concept!
The 10 rules are explained by Bethenny in detail and she also includes what she calls "Bethenny Bytes" in shaded boxes. It's her daily log of how she eats, even including her unhealthy choices at times and how she has learned to trade them off later in the day.
Naturally Thin introduces a very sensible way to keep an eye on your weight without going to extremes, which usually leads to falling off the wagon anyway. I really like this approach to food and weight watching. It certainly works for Bethenny; it's should be just right for me and you too!
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