NYC Housewife offers secrets to being “Naturally Thin”
“Real Housewives of New York City” devotees who enjoy the guilty pleasure of watching the sextet in all their snippy but charitable glory will have the chance to meet the wit and humor of the show, Bethenny Frankel, this Friday. She will be having a book signing at Borders Books at McCarran Airport on June 26 at noon for her New York Times bestseller “Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting”.
If you are a regular viewer of the Bravo reality show on which she stars, then you are well aware that Bethenny has a rockin’ bod. However, this was not always the case, which yours Truly was certainly ever so relieved to find out.
In her book Bethenny admits she “spent 20 years suffering though diet hell before I finally figured out that being naturally thin has nothing to do with having a fast metabolism or certain genetics or anything else you can’t control.”
She also reveals that “today, I’m a thirty-something woman living in New York City, and I no longer diet. I eat pretty much whatever I want to eat. And for the first time in my life, my weight is completely and surprisingly consistent.”
Because these personal tidbits were revealed early on in the book, we were immediately eager to get the secrets to her success especially since her method advertised no dieting and we were sure her trademark humor would be sprinkled throughout. We were not disappointed on either count.
A celebrity natural foods chef, Bethenny fills her book with common sense advice that is easy to follow and even easier to feel good about implementing. Definitely not an advocate of diets, she elaborates on the 10 rules she has created for becoming naturally thin. With chapters like “Your Diet is a Bank Account” and “Cancel Your Membership in the Clean Plate Club” she teaches you how to splurge during some meals and save during others without ever depriving yourself.
She also makes the point to, which a lot of diets fail to acknowledge, “Know Thyself” (Chapter 8). She encourages you to listen to your body as well as your food voice and figure out what you need, not what a strictly adhered to diet program calls for.
Throughout the book Bethenny dispels common food myths. One being that pasta is the refined white flour devil. Yours Truly used to believe that, having been an Atkins’ disciple, and hasn’t been able to enjoy it since. However, Bethenny points out that it’s not bad for you if you eat it wisely, like as either a whole grain or whole wheat version, and, of course, pair it with lots of healthy veggies.
“Naturally Thin” also has plenty of user-friendly advice sprinkled throughout including a diary of Bethenny’s own meals over a three-week period so you can not only see a sampling of what she eats, but also get an idea of where she adhered strictly to her rules, maybe slipped or went above and beyond what she advocates.
Additionally, Bethenny incorporates easy recipes at the end of each chapter to illustrate ways to implement the lesson. Her signature Skinnygirl margarita, of which regular “Real Housewives” viewers are familiar, is also included in the book.
The Skinnygirl™ Margarita (on the rocks)
• 2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila (count 1, 2 while you pour, no need for measuring)
• Tiny splash of Orange Liquor
• Juice of 4 Fresh Lime Wedges
• Splash of Grand Marnier or BOLS Triple Sec
Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge. Makes one serving.
And finally, a rule that we of Truly Scrumptious are guilty of breaking daily is not paying attention to our meal (Chapter 4). Bethenny admonishes readers not to use your TV or Internet as a dining companion. Instead savor each bite and pay attention to your meal so you know when you are satisfied and can stop when you have had enough instead of mindlessly gorging away.
Bethenny’s book is refreshingly honest, easy to implement and full of useful tips that will have you naturally thin in no time without missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. How Truly Scrumptious is that!?!?
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