By Rory Freeman and Kim Barnouin
I often go to the library for my reading pleasure and research. I found a book at the library about prenatal yoga that was written by a British author. I wanted it for my personal library so I ordered it at Barnes and Noble. I was out of town when they called me to pick it up. When I finally went in, they no longer had it saved for me. I went searching the selves hoping it would be there. It wasn’t. The good thing is someone else got to enjoy a book that would not of been there had I not ordered it.
While my eyes were roaming the selves they caught a book called “Skinny Bitch: Bun in the oven”. This sounded a little over the top, what will these people think of next.
I turned it over and saw two skinny bitches on the back. They looked like they were doing a photo shoot, perfect cheekbones, gorgeous hair, and great smiles. What could they possible have to say about pregnancy that would interest me? I put the book down and easily walked away.
About a week later I was in the library and there it was again, it’s bright pink binder with the words Skinny Bitch. I took a moment and opened it at a random place and read. Hum. I read some more. Hum again. This was saying all at once what I have been learning and reading for over 25 years. Unexpected to me, this was really good.
Here are a few excerpts that first caught my eye.
“We don’t provide a blow-by-blow of what’s happening each month…it’s a how-to-eat guide, with a few extras here and there.”
“When your newborn arrives, will you put soda into a baby bottle and feed it to her? So why would you feed it to her in utero? Soda is garbage for both of your bodies; just say “no” to this liquid Lucifer. Soda offers no nutritional value whatsoever. Soda is loaded with caffeine and has the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar! Don’t go patting yourself on the back if you drink diet soda. That stuff is even worse.”
“Your pregnant, and it’s normal to gain weight. Now is not the time to be neurotic about your appearance or be obsessed with your favorite jeans. We only titled the book Skinny Bitch to get your attention.”
“For some asinine reason, food manufacturers decided that we wouldn’t buy their products unless they were white and soft. So they took natural grains, like brown rice and whole wheat, and stripped away all their nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to achieve the color and texture change.”
I love this book. It is full of so much that needed to be said to mainstream America and the world. I give it five stars out of five if for nothing else than being brave enough to say what really needed to be said.