Book Review : Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

I don’t believe in diets but I do believe in Bethenny.  When it comes to health, and many other areas of life, she really knows what she’s talking about. Naturally Thin is a common sense manifesto on healthy living that changed the way I think about food and weight.

Bethenny has ten guidelines for staying in shape. The best thing about Naturally Thin is that it’s not a diet, it’s just practical suggestions.  I found it incredibly liberating and easy to put into practice in my life. I’m no longer afraid of any food, I don’t feel guilty if I overindulge and I have separated my diet and weight from my self-worth. I’m free!

Here is a brief run through of the ten principles.


  1. Your diet is a bank account. This chapter is all about balance. If you splurge now, save later and vice versa. You’re allowed to splurge, you just can’t do it all the time. (While not the intended effect, this chapter also helped me with my personal finances!)
  2. You can have it all, just not all at once. This means that no food is off limits. So incredibly liberating. You can eat whatever you want, just ask yourself if you really want it.
  3. Taste everything, eat nothing. An often misunderstood chapter. Her point is that many people do just the opposite, wolf down their food without savouring the flavours, and overeating as a result. Her message here is to slow down, enjoy every bite, and don’t fill up on empty foods.
  4. Pay attention. This is about mindfulness while eating. Concentrate, chew slowly, enjoy your food and it will full you up for much longer than if you eat while watching TV, driving or walking down the street. Eating should be enjoyable so cherish it!
  5. Downsize now. Eat less. Simple but it bears repeating. Less is more!
  6. Cancel your membership in the clean plate club. My personal favourite rule. I used to eat until the food was gone, even if I wasn’t hungry. Now I eat until I’m full. If I’m eating something really indulgent I leave at least one bite. It makes no difference to how full you feel but over time it makes a huge difference to your body and mind. I no longer eat compulsively just because food is in front of me.
  7. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.  No binging! Be kind to yourself, don’t abuse your body through food.
  8. Know thyself. Another favourite of mine. Respect yourself and do what works for you. For example,  I know that I could never go low-carb so I don’t even bother trying anymore. I just eat them in a healthy balanced way. Some of my friends wouldn’t care about giving up carbs but need meat, while I don’t. And we can all be naturally thin.
  9. Get real. No fake stuff. Whole, home-cooked foods, ingredients you can pronounce, local, organic.
  10. Good for you. This means self-love. Eat in the way you know is good for you. Be kind to yourself, patient with yourself, let your diet support your life and feel confident about your choices.

Bethenny for President!

Here she is talking it out on her now-cancelled talk show with some women who have all started leading the Naturally Thin Life.


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