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Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven

Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven

Name of Book Being Reviewed: Skinny Bitch : Bun in the Oven

Authors: Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Reviewed By: Genevieve Olson

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

Pros:  Shares research on many common myths, eye opening, points for discussion


Review: Like most preggo ladies, when I wasn’t puking, I wanted to make sure I was giving my little “peanut” everything she needed to grow big and strong. I saw this book in the prenatal section of my local bookstore. I brought it home (along with 5 other books) and immediately started reading (ironically in the Burger King drive thru, Don’t judge I was craving French fries).

As I read I was horrified by what I was doing to my body and baby. I already felt like the worlds worst mom and I had only been growing this baby for 8 weeks. It felt like everything I thought I knew about healthy eating habits was wrong. Not to mention the disgusting vignettes describing treatment of animals and the conditions in which they are kept. To say the least I was appalled!

Consequently, I took down copious notes making lists of what I could and could not eat until I realized the “could not eat” section vastly outweighed the “could”. At this point in my pregnancy all I could keep down was mac and cheese, top ramen and most crackers or bread (none of which were on the “could” list).

The authors basically believe in a vegan diet with no animal products. YES, THAT MEANT NO CHEESE!!!!! After reading a few more articles and talking to my doctor I felt like I could feel ok eating yogurt, cheese and meat and it would be impossible for me to follow this book. There is no doubt this Vegan diet that the books suggests promotes a healthy lifestyle,  in my world ;however; was not a practical one.

For those who are pregnant and already eat a plant-based diet I would have no problem recommending this book. However, if you are like me and would die without dairy and meat…STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!! It took me months to look at a glass of milk the same way and I still think about it from time to time.

I think we all want what is best for our little ones from the very beginning. I felt content knowing that in moderation I could enjoy most all foods and still be giving my little “peanut” everything they needed!

On a side note at the time the authors wrote this book one did not have any children and the other was pregnant with her first. I also had a hard time with the breast -feeding section as I was a mom with very low milk production and had to supplement my daughter early on. The authors were not encouraging in this section but in my opinion extremely judgmental of moms who had a hard time breast -feeding or maybe just decided it wasn’t for them. I think moms should be supportive not accusatory!


Overall Rating: (based on 5 palm tree rating system- 5 palm trees is a Mommy Oasis)

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  1. cjncollins says:

    I won’t be rushing out to buy this one then!! Thanks for an honest review of the book.

  2. I saw this book and thought the titled was catchy enough for me to check it out, but after your great review I’ll stick to my FitPregnancy mags and What to Expect When Expecting book.

  3. I was appalled and shocked by this book. I felt it was horrible to make moms to be feel so awful about everything they ate. As I live in Canada and buy local from farmers that I know do not treat prepare meat or treat livestock in the ways they described. To be fair the meal plans were pretty good so I ripped those out and actually threw the book out (into recycling) so no one else would have to feel so awful about eating anything!!!!

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