Craig Ballantyne vs. The Skinny Bitches

***I loved this enough to share. I have read Skinny Bitch and I enjoyed it. But I also love Craig's no-nonsense approach to health and fitness. With all the hype, it's nice to hear advice straight up. 

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Craig Ballantyne vs. the Skinny Bitches

By Craig Ballantyne

Admission: I’ve never read the book Skinny Bitch. And I likely never will. Nor will I read the authors’ follow-up book, Skinny Bastard. (I’ll be surprised if that one does well, since “skinny” is an insult to most men – at least the ones I know.) 

Both books are based on the idea that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to avoid all meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc. – which the authors refer to as “junk” foods – and turn yourself into a vegetarian.

Well, there’s a lot of junk in both the vegetarian and the meat-eating world. So here’s what I think you should do…

Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and raw nuts. That should be part of any good diet. But then it’s up to you. You can choose to eat meat or go with strictly vegetarian protein sources.

I do my best to stick to organic, grass-fed meat, but I probably eat “generic grocery store meat” twice a week. And I really don’t think that will hurt me.

Don’t shy away from consuming meat, dairy, and eggs (in moderation). And to round out your healthful diet, here are 5 keys to living a long, healthy, happy life:

1. Get regular annual checkups after the age of 35.

2. Stay physically active every day for at least 30 minutes.

3. Do a total-body resistance-training workout at least twice a week.

4. Do 5 minutes of deep breathing daily to relieve stress.

5. Associate with wonderful people who give you positive social support.

So take a deep breath, relax, and don’t let those skinny bitches get under your skin and shorten your life.

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