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"With characteristic sass, Erika Herman has taken on the assumptions of popular diet culture. This is the anti-Skinny Bitch, the much-needed answer to the misguided idealizing of veganism as the pinnacle of health. Herman's penetrating research, driven by hunger for the truth beyond fads and band-wagon mentality is delivered in an accessible, illuminating and empowering wa"With characteristic sass, Erika Herman has taken on the assumptions of popular diet culture. This is the anti-Skinny Bitch, the much-needed answer to the misguided idealizing of veganism as the pinnacle of health. Herman's penetrating research, driven by hunger for the truth beyond fads and band-wagon mentality is delivered in an accessible, illuminating and empowering way." -Julian Walker, author of Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind"Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess is, without a doubt, the most important book of the 21st century. If the principles of this book were followed by all...obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. would virtually disappear. This brilliant book refutes the lies we have been told about nutrition....It should be required reading in schools across America." -Don J. Serio, D.C."Erika's book is a godsend in our modern world of nutritional misinformation. Erika's understanding of nutrition science and sustainability is far more comprehensive, in-depth and tasty than that of most physicians, dietitians, nutritionists and other 'experts.'" -Chelsea McLean Casey, Cancer Survivor, Advisory Panelist & Model Liaison, Fashion Week San DiegoEAT ALL THE TABOO FOODS YOU'VE BEEN TOLD WILL MAKE YOU A FATASS AND KILL YOU.EAT THEM AS IF YOUR WAIST, LIFE, AND THE PLANET'S HEALTH DEPEND ON IT-BECAUSE THEY DO.What if everything you think you know about health isn't true?Hailed "the anti-Skinny Bitch," Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess: The Untold Story of Healthy Foods cuts through countless popular myths about nutrition, weight loss, disease-prevention, sustainability and planetary health with razor-sharp wit, hardcore research, and a whole lot of heart. What ifmost food cravings have nothing to do with lack of willpower calorie-counting isn't an accurate tool for weight loss dietary fat doesn't make you fat saturated fat is actually healthy and you should be eating a lot more of it women with higher cholesterol live longer than women with low cholesterol salt consumption doesn't give you high blood pressure, or make you bloated the real Mediterranean Diet is very different from what you think it is the Glycemic Index is flawed plant-based diets trigger inflammation plant foods can't do many important things for your body that animal foods can no culture in the history of humanity has been able to continue its line on a diet devoid of animal foods ecological sustainability depends on non-commercial animal husbandry? What if science indicates these what-ifs are reality? Because it does. What if you could lose weight, feel vitalized, nix cravings, and save the planet--all while indulging in foods you love? Because you can. Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess shows you how.A board-certified Nutritional Consultant, Holistic Health expert, incisive researcher and food-lover, Herman reveals what it actually takes to be a vibrant truth-seeking modern woman.Whether you know little about nutrition, consider yourself well-versed, or are a member of the medical or scientific community, Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess will surprise, relieve and outrage you. You'll feel excited about food again-and how tasty it can be to save the planet, your health and your waistline. You'll learn which taboo foods rigorous peer-reviewed scientific research exposes are deliciously good for you and which supposedly healthy foods are flat-out hyped-up BS. You'll learn how to think about health, instead of simply memorizing what is healthy. You'll feel inspired by powerful stories from dynamic women who transformed their bodies and lives with these simple principles--just like you can....

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  • Carla
    2019-04-09 18:34

    Fad Diet Books, Beware! Books asking you to cut out food, drink only juice, starve your body, no carbs, no eggs - NO MORE!! Here is a True Goddess! And she has done her homework!Ms. Herman, truly is a Goddess. This book is thoroughly researched, just look at the bibliography, she has the education and the voice of your girlfriend - which makes the book easy to understand. She shoots down myths with well explained truths, gives greatly researched information, makes it easy to live life and eat.The Goddess's Ground Rules are rules that I copied and put on my fridge - they are simply brilliant and should be a part of every day life.I have read plenty of diet books, gone on diet trends, but out of all those books - this is the one that has made the most sense of all. This is the one that has not just common sense but true research behind it. I think that it is worth the read, the voice, and the investment of time in Ms. Herman - for in the end I know I am a Goddess.*****This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

  • Lucy Miller Robinson
    2019-04-05 22:31

    (This review originally appeared on have good news, Tipsy friends: you can have your fill of bacon, butter, cheese, and whole eggs–and you don’t have to feel bad about it.In fact, you can feel good about it. (Though you’ll want to watch the bread. So sorry.)This may not be a health blog but we like our writers to be healthy and we like our health books to be well-written, plus we’ve found an author who’s been deemed a “heretic,” and happily uses the term to describe herself. Erika Herman wrote Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess to shed light on the truths and the non-truths about healthy foods. I haven’t loved a “diet” book so much since French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. And I must admit that I’ve read an embarrassing number of books on food and nutrition, a fascination that springs from my dysfunctional yet ever-improving relationship with food. The more I know about food, the less confused I am.In a recent phone conversation, Erika pointed out, “there’s nothing more intimate or sacred than the relationship between ourselves and our food because we are taking something other than us into ourselves to become ourselves. That is why talking about food can be like talking about religion.”So let us discuss God, folks. And by God, I mean food.Erika first acknowledges our humanity: since we have a neo-cortex and the ability to reason, we love to label. Life makes more sense when we put things into boxes. Erika labeled herself as a vegetarian at age 11, and carried on the practice for the better part of the next thirteen years, with a brief go at veganism. “It was like trying on a personality,” she says. “Experimentation with diet was a means to self-discovery and presence.” Like so many of us, she was asking fundamental questions about who we are, and what our bodies and psyches need to thrive.Throughout her teens and early twenties, Erika struggled with weight, digestive and thyroid problems. She developed disordered eating habits, and chronic health issues. For years she only got her period several times each year, even though she’d suffer through PMS every month. But Erika never accepted her body’s cataclysmic state as its natural state. She sensed there were holes in the information we’ve been fed about healthy foods, such as “dietary fat will make you fat,” “saturated fat and cholesterol cause disease,” or “only plant foods will make you healthy.” For years she searched for answers, experimenting on her body in countless trials and errors. What she eventually found transformed her diet, her body and her life. She calls it The Goddess Lifestyle.THE GODDESS LIFESTYLEErika’s research reveals that oxidative stress and inflammation are the root of disease, and often unwanted fat storage. She emphasizes the importance of a truly anti-inflammatory diet (a la The Goddess Lifestyle), largely made up of surprising foods that(1) are antioxidants or don’t promote oxidation(2) provide satiety by stabilizing blood sugar and insulin (think: saturated-fat-rich animal foods and tropical oils), and therefore(3) prevent disease, promote fat-burning, healthy fat storage, and weight loss/maintenance.Erika reveals how starchy and sugary foods trigger inflammation. She also explains how plant fats (apart from saturated-fat-rich tropical oils, coconut and palm) are highly unstable and prone to oxidation because they are predominantly unsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats are the most unstable unsaturated fats, and include not just “vegetable” oils, like canola, sunflower, safflower and cottonseed, but chia and flax seeds and oils as well. Erika cites research that demonstrates polyunsaturated fat is the most prevalent fat making up arterial plaque and belly fat–saturated fat doesn’t even make this list! Even monounsaturated-rich olive oil, and nuts like almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, and cashews are unstable to light, heat and oxygen exposure, and are the second most prevalent fat making up arterial plaque. While all natural fats have a place in the human diet, Erika assets, “we don’t need as much of unsaturated fats as we do of saturated fat.”She says in her book’s introduction: “No, you are not bad for wanting to eat so many foods you’re told you shouldn’t eat! Dietary cholesterol and saturated fat aren’t bad for you (they’re way healthy!). Vegan sources of protein aren’t comparable to animal protein. Whole grains aren’t as healthy as we’ve been led to believe they are. Willpower isn’t necessary for Goddesses to nix cravings, lose weight and prevent disease–because [Goddesses] understand how the right foods work with their brains and bodies.”If you’re vegan and you’re rolling your eyes and hugging your pets, please don’t stop reading now. This is where it gets good.What about the animals, you ask? What about the planet? What about the super foods?Good. Erika would be glad you’re asking questions. So would Einstein, who said, “the most important thing is to never stop questioning.” I am going to attempt brief answers, though you will want to read the book for a deeper understanding because Erika goes where no one in the nutrition, and ecological health world goes today–with the research to back everything up.NUTRITIONAL DIFFERENCES IN PLANT & ANIMAL FOODS (What about the superfoods?)Call me narcissistic, but my favorite reason to eat animal products is for my health. Like Erika, I stopped getting my period when I dabbled in veganism and raw foods. As a vegetarian, my blood work showed protein deficiency. I was always tired and slightly anemic.In her book, Erika cites research that dispels the myth that plant foods have comparable levels and forms of the essential nutrients found in animal foods. There is a certain alchemy that happens within the bodies of animals that makes the nutrients bioavailable to humans. We evolved eating these foods. The omega-3s you find in chia and flax seed, so-called super foods, are not the same pre-formed omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA that have been converted by salmon and pastured animals.Quinoa, another “super food,” has been touted for containing all of the essential amino acids, but an average-sized woman would need to eat 5.5 cups of quinoa every day to meet her protein needs, an astounding 200 grams of inflammation-provoking starch. The numbers don’t make sense for health.As for B12, Erika writes in her book, “Unlike animal foods, plant foods only contain B12 analogues, which actually inhibit absorption of real B12 and further up your body’s need for it. Herbivore animals may get real B12 from plants and roots contaminated with feces and bacteria that make B12—a no-go for humans.” On the phone, Erika adds, “Compelling meta-analysis research indicates B12 deficiency in humans is almost always present in vegan diets, and is associated with increased homocysteine biomarkers that signal heightened cardiovascular disease risk (CVD).” Erika cautions that supplementation with “synthesized real B12 supplementation is possible, but seriously, just eat food. Food offers way more than B12 anyway.”“Plant foods also lack complete packages of vitamin A (vital for healthy vision, immunity, red blood cell production, and gene expression),” Erika explains. “Plant foods also don’t provide vitamin K2, which is vital for vascular integrity, and proper calcium transport and assimilation, lowering the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Unless you eat lots of natto, which most Westerners find stinky and gross, you’ll get little to no K2 from plant foods.”VEGAN AGRICULTURE: NOT TRULY SUSTAINABLE (What about the planet?)As for concerns about the planet, Erika makes a compelling and evidence-based argument that vegan agriculture is not a self-sustaining system. This kind of farming depletes topsoil within a few years, and requires extensive “inputs,” like fossil fuels and enriched fertilizers, because no animals are on-site producing fertilizer (the fossil fuels are used to transport enriched fertilizers, and for machinery used to traverse huge grain-producing farms–all grain-farms are huge). Both commercial animal and plant (grain, legume, bean, vegetable) agriculture are hooked on these inputs. Even organic plant farming lacks on-site fertilizer, and therefore requires extensive, unsustainable inputs.We have limited arable land on the planet, and much of it is only suitable for grazing animals on pasture. This detail is especially important because land-conversion to grow crops (from initially grazing land, or non-arable land) produces the highest agricultural carbon emissions.Conversely, Erika says, the small-scale biodiverse pasture-based farm model (in which plants and animals are raised alongside one another, with the animals producing fertilizer on-site) has a negative carbon footprint–nature’s subtle yet obvious reminder of the interconnectedness of all things. Cooperation outlasts competition. This small-scale biodiverse pasture-based farm model is the correct, sustainable Middle Path solution, not vegan agriculture (even if it’s organic).THE IDEOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY OF VEGANISM & OMNIVORISM (What about the animals?)The truth is that it takes life to make life. Some of us have ideological blocks against eating animals because they have two eyes and two ears and a mouth. Our mirror neurons kick in with a dose of misdirected compassion to stop us from eating our own kind lest we become a bunch of cannibals and destroy our life-loving species. Like us, everything wants to live, including plants. Erika says: “studies have shown that even corn exhibits altruistic tendencies. And fungi are more genetically similar to animals than plants.” How is it acceptable to harvest corn and mushrooms but not a chicken?“Let’s not forget, unless you eat a one-hundred percent organic diet, you are eating foods made using GMOs and pesticides, the latter of which are rampantly tested on animals. If you are not eating organic all the time, you are still very much integral in violence and death, and worse, unnecessary violence and death.”Erika also wants us to consider life’s innate bittersweetness. She notes, “there is a very innocent desire in human psychology to have everything feel sweet and peaceful and pleasurable. The very nature of life is not like that. Consider sex and birth; procreative forces can be very violent.” By acknowledging that there is a light side and a shadow side to everything, we can thank the animals for their gift of nourishment, and we can allow their bodies to nourish our bodies.“We are not exempt from being human, nor are we exempt from being animals. My research uncovers the human necessity to humbly and reverently marry our two beings. We can’t think ourselves out of fundamental nutritional imperatives.”POPULARITY OF VEGANISM (Why do so many people believe strongly in veganism, then?)Veganism has arguably become a trendy somewhat bourgeois lifestyle choice in conscious-hungry New Age communities. Erika observes our modern disconnect from the source of our food has given rise to the belief that veganism is the answer to health.“As we consider these facts of nutritional biochemistry,” says Erika, “the arguments for veganism as healthy lose their ground. And make no mistake, the modern answer to pop nutraceuticals is ill-informed and reductionistic. Remember that supplementation cuts nature off at the knees; if you rely on isolated supplements to combat nutrient-deficiency, the wisdom of whole-food nutritional synergy is lost.”Erika goes on to cite how Natalie Portman, who is famously vegan, admitted to eating dairy and eggs during her pregnancy because she felt her body needed them. Erika suggests animal foods are essential for conception, pregnancy, and even breast-feeding, adding that the most revered fertility foods across time have been animal foods, and “no culture in the history of humanity has sustained its line on a diet devoid of animal foods.”THE DOORWAY TO BETTER HEALTHIf this information feels uncomfortable, you are not alone. Erika had the same experience as she mined the evidence to excavate these ideas. She calls discomfort the doorway. I highly recommend everyone read this book, especially those who want to lose weight or reclaim their health or optimize the human experience. Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess: The Untold Story of Healthy Foods is available on Amazon in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle. The Kindle edition costs less than a gallon of gas these days, and it’s an investment for a lifetime. That said, you may want the paperback version (also affordable) because Erika’s book invariably becomes a reference book you want to go back to again and again. Spend a few days digesting her powerful research before drawing your own conclusions about what your body needs to thrive. Knowledge is power.The best part, besides all the saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods you’ll be eating? Erika wants to help you transform your life via your body via your plate: today (June 2, 2014) she launches enrollment for the inaugural run of her premium training program, The 28-Day Goddess Lifestyle Transformation. Over the course of 28 days, Erika empowers participants to ditch deprivation, and the fixation to count (calories, grams), opting instead to eat skillfully for satiety so you can have an experience in your body most of us have never had. To boot, the practices in the program go deeper than anything mentioned in her book. Sign up here for Erika’s free updates and tips. And be sure to watch her video interviews with thee Case Studies of her pilot program–their results were life-changing! In the program’s inaugural run, Erika is generously offering the Premium tier programming for the Basic programming price.After reading the book and spending a few hours on the phone with this erudite woman, I still feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of her brain. Erika has been through the trenches of dis-ease and she’s come out the other side with a certain kind of enlightenment. Lucky for us, she’s decided to take a risk and share it.(This review originally appeared on

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