by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
This review was written on 29th March 2017
There are so many wishy-washy diet books out there that are a waste of time reading.
But this one tells people exactly what they DON’T want to hear (AKA, the truth), and that is, that you shouldn’t be eating ‘crap’ that’s not food and that if your ultimate goal is to be skinny, it will take tons of self-discipline and a complete depravation of the processed, fatty foods you’re used to.
Naturally the reactions to this book have been mixed.
Ursula Hirschkorn in the Daily Mail criticised the authors' "simplistic theory, that the secret of weight loss is just to eat healthy food. Oh if it were that easy, we'd all be size eight.” Well…it actually is (and isn’t) that easy and eating healthy food isn’t actually a “secret” to weight loss, it’s a fact.
The Sun newspaper also said “if you follow it to the letter then you will lose weight but for your average woman it's not particularly easy to follow.” Ahh…but it is easy to follow. It’s just that most women won’t.
This book actually contains a lot of common sense and presents it in a really entertaining, yet hard hitting manner.
The nature of the advice is simple. Stay away from processed food, meat, eggs and dairy.
It’s just that in our modern day world, most people have forgotten the fact that real food grown in the ground is the healthiest. But hopefully, after reading this book, most will be able to take a different look at our terrible western diet of processed food, red meat and an overload of dairy. “Have No Faith: Governmental Agencies Don’t Give a Shit About Your Health.”
The book is written with an angry attitude about our current unhealthy diets, but behind the attitude is solid guidance for living a healthy lifestyle that promotes moderate exercise, eating organic whole grains, fruit and vegetables and encourages women to work towards eating and feeling “clean and pure and energised.”
“Don’t be a cheap asshole. Yeah, yeah, yeah, organic produce is usually more expensive than conventional produce. But we spend countless dollars on clothes, jewellery, manicures, magazines, rent or mortgages, car payment and other bullshit. Surely our health and our bodies (we only get one body) are more important than anything else in our lives.”
I love this book because it’s both an awakening and a kick up the backside about how bad our diet is, and how deplorable the processing of food is (the bit that we usually don’t see).
But as well as talking about how bad the meat and dairy industry has become and why we should avoid these products, it also inspires the reader to eat cleanly and take pleasure in simple, healthy foods.
“If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth. You cannot keep shovelling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.”
There are also plenty of resources in the back of the book if you want to learn more, including websites and other recommended readings.
There is also a menu list at the back of the book of suggested meals (not recipes) which are all easy to prepare such as soup and salad or vegetable and bean chilli with corn chips.
This book is more than a typical diet book. It gives you a whole new outlook on living your life, and how to stop so that you’ll look and feel great.