Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review: Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

I will be the first to admit that I caught on to the whole "Housewives" trend very late. The only version I ever watched was of course, New York and I haven't even watched a complete season yet. The only woman I was ever really drawn to was Bethenny. Since she's gotten her own show I've even gotten a couple of comparisons to her. Not looks wise, but definitely the whole NY, I hate people, I want no one but Jason and my dog kinda attitude lol.

Since her show started I've been loving her even more. She might have had a wealthy upbringing, but no one can ever say the girl had it easy, which is why I think I can stand her and not the others lol.

Before I began watching NYC Housewives, I watched Bethenny's cooking videos on's YouTube channel. I'm not a health nut, but I do want to stop eating so much processed crap in my life and her recipes made that quite easy.

When I visited her website I read about her "diet" book, "Naturally Thin" and instantly picked it up from my library. I enjoyed it so much, I will be purchasing it along with her book of recipes. description:

Best known from reality TV (The Real Housewives of New York City), "natural foods chef" and entrepreneur Frankel wants unhappy dieters to know that everyone is "naturally thin," they've simply got to change some habits and learn "to think like a naturally thin person." The bulk of this self-help is devoted to ten rules, each outlined in a friendly but no-nonsense chapter. Rooted in Frankel's own struggles ("twenty years suffering through diet hell"), her rules include some familiar ideas smartly recast ("Your diet is a bank account" is a personal-finance gloss on "you are what you eat") and each has a couple recipes attached (Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms). Much of her advice, however, boils down to eating less: other chapters look at moderation, mindful eating and portion size, with some helpful guides to measuring and eyeballing (though it's hard to see why "Downsize Now!" and "Cancel Your Membership in the Clean Plate Club" require separate chapters). A detailed 7-day starter plan fills out the volume. Fans of Frankel's televised adventures will likely be charmed by her strong, direct voice, and her brassy self-regard is nicely tempered by a we're-in-this-together camaraderie.


Honestly, I've read several diet books, tried 'em for a week and then never even thought of them again. I don't want to be on a diet and i don't want to lose tons of weight, but I would like t trim up a bit and definitely be healthier. I've stated this before, I'm a snacker, I eat a whole lot of processed food, and have no concept of portions lol.

This book is like the anti-diet, diet. Whenever I read my fitness mags or blogs they always state that in order to lose weight and keep it off you have to stick to a life style change, not a diet. Think about it, is it possible for you to avoid carbs for the rest of your life or not eat after 7? It's difficult! That's what I really lived about this book. It was a set of life guidelines, not strict rules. Most of the rules are common sense, but the way she explains how to implement them and how she incorporates her own life and strategies into the book makes it so possible and realistic.

A rundown of the rules:

Rule 1: Your Diet is a Bank Account
Basically, this just means balance out your diet. If your breakfast is all carbs, make your lunch protein. If you have a massive lunch, have a tinier dinner. It makes sense when you read it lol.

Rule 2: You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once
This is my fave rule. She says when she goes out to restaurants she never really orders entrees, just sides and appetizers. Just make sure the appetizer isn't your typical bar fare, like wings and potato skins. She gets to taste a lot of different things with out overdoing it.

Rule 3: Taste Everything, Eat Nothing
This is so similar to rule #3. Basically, taste everything you want, but don't have massively large quantities of it.

Rule 4: Pay Attention
This is a rule that every diet should follow. I mindlessly munch while watching tv. I don't even realize I'm still friggin eating sometimes. Sit down, enjoy a meal and pay attention to what you are eating.

Rule 5: Downsize Now
This is all about portion control. Serve your meals on salad size plates and ramekin bowls. Portions in restaurants are HUGE, so ask the waiter to bag half right away or cut your meal in half.

Rule 6: Cancel Your Membership to the Clean Plate Club
My friend always jokes "A lady always leaves food on her plate". I always subscribed to that notion. I never clean off my plate, we don't need every single bite of something.

Rule 7: Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself
This rule is about bingeing. Unfortunately, I know a lot about that. I can get a craving for something and 10 cookies later absolutely hate myself. This rule is just about avoiding this binge triggers and getting yourself under control before you do binge.

Rule 8: Know Thyself
This is important. Know what you like, what doesn't work for you, what your food triggers are. Really take a self-inventory.

Rule 9: Get Real
Eat real, non-processed from the earth foods. This one is pretty damn simple.

Rule 10: Good for You
Know what is good for you, how your body works and what's good for your lifestyle.

The first section of the book is introducing these 10 rules. Each rule has recipes every it. The second section of the book is a one week plan on how to implement these rules into your life and make them become habit. The book ends with a three week peek into Bethenny's eating.

Overall, I loved this book and have really worked on using these rules. Rule #1 is my fave rule and honestly works the best for me. I recommend this for anyone who wants to diet with out dieting.

1 comment:

Eva said...

I'm just starting this book! Thanks for the review :)

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