Naturally Thin Review
Okay, I’ve finally compiled all my thoughts about the book!
I’ll start off by saying that I finished this book in 3 days. Once I started reading I wanted to keep going to find out more about what Bethenny had to say.
The book is split up into two sections. The first is her 10 basic rules:
1. Your diet is your bank account
2. You can have it all, just not all at once
3. Taste everything, eat nothing
4. Pay attention
5. Downsize now
6. Cancel your membership to the clean plate club
7. Check yourself before you wreck yourself
8. Know thyself
9. Get real
10. Good for you
The second section goes through a week of her eating, and shows you how to implement the rules in everyday life situations.
I’ll go through what really hit home to me the most, and how it’s changed my views and thoughts about foods.
- This is not a diet book. It’s not about dieting, measuring, restricting yourself. It’s about a lifestyle change and making different decisions to be able to live your life without worrying about food.
- The first rule, your diet is your bank account was a really big one for me. You need to balance your food choices. I didn’t realize how unbalanced some of my days are. Sometimes i’ll have oats for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and some type of carby dinner. Thats carbs for all 3 meals. I needed to learn how to balance my meals, have one be more based on protein, another based on veggies, split up my intake instead of being completely off balanced. Balancing the amount and also the categories (carbs, protein, dairy, veggies, etc) will help you not have to worry about counting the calories or anything of the sort.
- You can have it all, just not all at once. I liked this rule because of the fact that you don’t have to deprive yourself. You just shouldn’t treat yourself to everything. If I want a brownie, sure i’ll go for it, enjoy it, but I shouldn’t then let myself have ice cream later too. The food will still be there tomorrow, I need to pick and choose what I want to put in my mouth. But what happens if we overdo it? Bethenny says it happens to us all once in a while, and when it does, don’t focus on your guilt – focus on healing. Move forward to the next day.
- Taste everything, eat nothing. This sort of confused me throughout the whole chapter, so I read it again. So many people eat everything and taste nothing. This is not the way to go. We need to taste our food and enjoy it, and not mindlessly eat. It also talks about eating something before going to a party, happy hour, or situations like that so you won’t be starving when you get there and can have a little taste of the goodies you like without going overboard.
- Pay Attention. This is something I really need to work on. Bethenny suggests eating with a purpose. Don’t eat standing up, or while you’re cooking. This i’m really guilty of. You can end up eating a whole meals worth before you’ve even sat down. Sit down and enjoy your meal, and dedicate that time to eat and do nothing else.
- Cancel your membership to the clean plate club: Yet another guilty one here. I feel like when I go out to eat I don’t want to waste my money, so i’ll eat everything on my huge plate and feel completely overstuffed. This chapter focuses on saving your meal. Save half of it, box it up and use it for a meal the next day. This saves you calories but also saves you money and time because you have a meal already prepared for you. Portion sizes are so out of control these days that this should be easy to do with still being satisfied with the amount you ate.
- Get Real. Focus on real foods, whole foods. Try to eat less processed foods. Your body better digests whole foods. This relates to my bar issues. Instead of eating bars every day i’m going to try more for whole foods as snacks. During my CFW having almonds, and yogurt, and fruit really helped me stay satiated during the day just as much as a bar but the bar is just so convenient. I need to take the time to make sure I have good wholesome snacks on hand. Bars are great when need an option for food while you’re busy and running around, but during the work week I can pack better snacks.
- Good for you. I really loved this rule. You need to find out what is good for you. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? But really though, we compare ourselves so much to everyone else and go off of what works for them. Other people’s opinions always help us out, but we should use them as guides and to help us figure out our own opinions. Certains people’s diets work for them, but won’t work for you. Their exercise routines work for them, but may not be what your body wants or enjoys. Make the time to get to know yourself a little better and figure out what pushes you, what motivates you, what inspires you, and you will end up being happier for it. 🙂
The second part of the book goes through a week of eating in her daily life and how to implement the rules. This is great, because its like, okay I got the rules, but when it comes to using them you kind of hit a brick wall. This section really helps show you the way to the rules and helps with techniques and tips. She eats out a lot so it is really helpful in the aspect that you can choose wisely and still have a great time out. Focus on your company, not as much on being obsessive about the food. Sometimes I feel like when i’m going out to eat I have to go online, find the menu, see if the nutrition facts are on there. If I can’t, i’ll get nervous that I won’t be able to find a healthy option. A lot of effort before going to eat with friends/family. This is good preparation, and I enjoy knowing what i’m putting into my mouth. However, in the case that I can’t do it, it’s not the end of the world. I can pick options that I believe will fuel my body, and don’t have to eat the whole thing, but also don’t have to focus on the food the whole time. I should focus on my company and enjoy the time spent with them. Food is social, so it’s good to be able to enjoy the time with your loved ones instead of being scared about the amount of fat/cals/sugar in your meal.
One of the tips she also gives is to help with portion control. She says ramekins are great to have in your kitchen. They are good to create portion control with desserts, ice cream, and things along those lines that should be enjoyed but not overdone. I bought 2 at crate and barell the other weekend and excited to use them at my new place. Smaller bowls and plates are a great way of downsizing your portions while feeling like you are still getting a full plate full.
Overall I really loved this book and think its a great way to rethink your view on food. I’ll probably re read and it will help me keep the rules present. I definitely recommend it, and believe that it will help with a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix diet that so many other books lead you to believe will be the one that will change your life.