why i wanted to read it: because once upon a time i worked at a bookstore and all the girls were buying this book, and years later when i’d crossed over the one-fifty mark, i was thinking to myself: fat pig, you should read that book.
what i liked: of course it’s easier to socialize after you’ve had a few drinks. but being a fat pig will hinder you, sober or drunk. and habitual drinking equals fat-pig syndrome. beer is for frat boys… it makes you fat, bloated, and farty. why do you think when kids go away to college they gain the “freshmen fifteen”? beer, duh. alcohol isn’t any better. it raises the level of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, wreaking havoc on the digestive process. if you suffer from poor digestion, then food will not process through your body properly. hence, bloated fat-pig syndrome. to make matters worse, some alcohol (and non-organic wines) still contain urethane, a cancer-causing chemical. to boot, both beer and alcohol jack up your blood-sugar levels, which is bad for you bod. and don’t kid yourself; when you have a hangover, you’re bound to eat shit all day long (page 12).
aspartame (an ingredient commonly found in diet sodas and other sugar-free foods) has been blamed for a slew of scary maladies, like arthritis, birth defects, fibromyalgia, alzheimer’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. when methyl alcohol, a component of aspartame, enters your body, it turns into formaldehyde. formaldehyde is toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing). laboratory scientists use formaldehyde as a disinfectant or preservative. they don’t fucking drink it. perhaps you have a lumpy ass because you are preserving your fat cells with diet soda… when aspartame is paired with carbs, it causes your brain to slow down its production of serotonin. a heathy level of serotonin is needed to be happy and well-balanced. so drinking soda can make you fat, sick and unhappy (page 14).
think about how widely accepted it has become that people need coffee to wake up. you should not need anything to wake up. if you can’t wake up without it, it’s because you’re either addicted to caffeine, sleep-deprived, or a generally unhealthy slob… caffeine can cause headaches, digestive problems, irritation of the stomach and bladder, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. it affects every organ system, from the nervous system to the skin. caffeine raises stress hormone levels, inhibits important enzyme systems that are responsible for cleaning the body, and sensitizes nerve reception sites… coffee, whether regular or decaf, is highly acidic. acidic foods cause your body to produce fat cells, in order to keep the acid away from your organs… it also makes your breath smell like ass. furthermore, coffee beans, like other crops, are grown with chemical pesticides… so every single morning you’re starting your day with poison. add sugar or other artificial sweeteners, top it off with milk or cream, and you’ll be fat forever (pages 15-16).
the food you put into your body works its way into your organs and blood stream and is actually part of who you are. so every time you put crap in your body, you are crap (page 65).
think of how you feel when you are angry, afraid, and grief-stricken… these emotions — fear, grief and rage — produce chemical changes in our bodies. they do the same to animals. their blood pressure rises. adrenaline courses through their bodies. you are eating high blood pressure, stress, and adrenaline… you cannot be thin and beautiful with a glowing complexion when you eat fear, grief, and rage (page 76).
what sucked: i read this so many years ago, but i can’t remember anything i didn’t like, unless you count the authors urging that the reader go vegan.
having said that: sure i could stand to overhaul my diet, but i don’t know that i could be as strict as they suggest. i could appreciate the way they wrote the book though, because they seemed informed, confident of their opinions and crass. and i do like the snark.