I was browsing the parenting section of the local B&N when I noticed to my horror a "Skinny Bitch" book in the pregnancy section. For those of you not familiar with this franchise, the "Skinny Bitch" series of books seeks to convince people to follow a vegan diet with a double whammy approach of telling people that the current animal food production system is vicious and broken (with graphic imagery) and that they will lose weight following a vegan diet.
I mostly ignore these books thinking that if people want to gamble their own health on veganism instead of sourcing humanely raised meat, dairy and eggs, that's fine. But this book really got to me in that it's pushing a vegan agenda on women who are at a stage in their life when they need the absolute BEST nutrition to keep their babies and themselves healthy. By trying to push a vegan diet totally out of the blue onto pregnant women I think that this skinny bitch franchise is going WAY TOO FAR. They write in the book that eating meat or drinking milk will give you and your baby cancer, ignoring the fact that rigorous supplementation is needed to prevent uh, DEATH, to infants on a vegan diet.
Are my concerns totally overblown here? Do you know anyone that has been healthy on a vegan diet during pregnancy? What would the paleo perspective be on encouraging health in pregnant women that want to be vegan or vegetarian?
I agree with you that a vegan diet is especially unhealthy during pregnancy and breast-feeding, both for mother and child.
However, I don't review books that I haven't read. I believe this is a form of trolling. It's very common when a book is about a politically-charged topic for proponents and opponents of the author's viewpoint to try to move the book's rating one way or another--whether they've read the book or not.
The amazon.com discussion forums are a more appropriate place to discuss books you haven't read.
let people eat whatever they want. it's absurd to compare it to abuse. do what is best for you and your family and let others come to their own conclusions and respect them even if they are different from your own.
It looks like this book makes the classic mistake of confusing the "what" with "how" of what we eat.
If the author is stating that feedlot cattle and dairy with hormones and antibiotics is not good for you I would have to agree. If the author is saying that even grassfed and pastured meat is bad (from a nutritional not moral standpoint), well, we're going to have to have a little talk.
I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and have been vegan for the past 12 years of my life. I have no problems and am considered a normal pregnancy. My baby is developing normally and rather quickly. I have gained 25lbs so far which is a little more than the average. People think that vegans cannot support a pregnancy? Or that it is ahem abusive to do so? I eat whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, calcium fortified orange juices and soy/almond milk, take vegetable based Omega-3s and whole foods based pre-natal vitamins. I get calcium, iron and protein from plant based food. There is no scientific proof/evidence that shows that you must eat animal-based proteins. Do your reading people-don't rely on old-wives tales. Ample evidence and research shows that a vegan diet is the healthiest of diets. Why would I want to eat/feed my baby McDonalds? There IS proof that it is unhealthy for many, many reasons. You don't need animal fats/proteins to get your nutrition. Anyone interested can watch the documentary Forks Over Knives or read Diet For A New America by John Robbins. Before making blatantly ignorant, opinions disguised as facts, become educated. THAT is going to be the basis for a healthy pregnancy.
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