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The Urban Skinny Giveaway



I'm not big on diet books and I generally believe that if you exercise consistently and mix up your routine, you're entitled to eat whatever you want. But I realize that's tough when you live in a city like New York and you're surrounded by all kinds of amazing food. You could probably exercise your heart out and still split your pants from eating out every night. The most tasty food in the world is at your fingertips and that can make grocery shopping and cooking tedious. It doesn't help that city folk spend most of their time in work and social settings leaving limited time for at home food preparation. There's always an appetizer, a cocktail or late night falafel that isn't planned but just ends up happening. In my case, it's a few chai lattes too many througout the day. Starbucks is on every freakin' corner!

So when I heard about a chic nutritional roadmap for city dwellers called Urban Skinny: Live The Fabulous Life - And Still Zip Up Your Favorite Jeans, I emailed the authors for a purse-sized copy and loved every page. Now I'm giving it away for someone else to enjoy and learn from. All you have to do is comment on this post with a food or beverage that you refuse to give up. On May 4th I'll put everyone's guilty pleasure in a hat, close my eyes and pick an Urban Skinny winner.

Here's my explanation for the comment request... What struck me the most about Urban Skinny is that it's a modern and situational guide to eating, not a quick-fix diet program. I've never lasted on a diet that didn't include french fries and pinkberry. I'd rather put in more time at the gym than give up the foods I love--it's called strategizing and that's what Urban Skinny is all about. Authors Danielle Schupp, R.D. and Stephanie Krikorian don't want you to change your lifestyle, cancel your reservations or pass on your favorite drink. They're New Yorkers afterall, they'd rather teach you how to navigate the food scene. In Urban Skinny they explain "how to budget your calories like budgeting money, with a savings account for the occasional splurge on truffle fries or Bordeaux." Seriously, they had me at truffle fries but the wine sealed the deal. I splurge more frequently than "occasionally" but that's OK because this book recognizes that everyone is not the same. Urban Skinny describes a range of city dwellers, lifestyles and dining scenarios, which you'll either 100% relate to or just skip over. You'll find urban diet myths debunked with Urban Skinny facts and keep-it-simple strategies. Here's a tip from my favorite part of Urban Skinny called Staying Fueled for Fitness:

All you need is a quick 50-100 calories before you start to sweat (unless you're doing more than 90 minutes, in which case you will need 200 calories). Fruit is a great pre-workout snack: it's portable and it helps you reach your food and veggie intake! Grab a piece of fruit or a handful of grapes 15 minutes before you hit the gym.

I actually read this section today and instead of reaching for a high-protein bar I grabbed a banana and headed to yoga class. Saving up for truffle fries has never been easier!

Don't forget to comment and check out Urban

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



Say what's on your mind!

Theresa April 27th, 2010 6:11AM

I will never give up mimosa's!

MizzFIT April 27th, 2010 6:57AM

Nor I kir royales!

Michelle Froning April 27th, 2010 3:15PM

I will never give up pasta!

Bunsofsteal April 29th, 2010 5:41PM

I will never give up Spotted Pig shoestring fries. mmmm

aaron May 1st, 2010 6:48AM

Oreo's, Cheese Cake, Brownies, Ice cream... I could keep going.

Kristine May 1st, 2010 7:13AM

Wow this book sounds amazing! My guilty pleasures are Baked by Melissa cupcakes (cinnamon and PB&J) , Pinkberry w/mochi & blueberries, really any cookie... it's like the worst guilty pleasure ever, I love cookies! Oh and if you have ever been to chicago, Portillo's Chocolate cake!!!! So so So good! :)

MizzFIT May 1st, 2010 8:20AM

Kristine, I've yet to try Portillo's choco cake but it sounds delicious! And yes, this book IS AMAZING! It's written in a city girl voice and shares very practical advice that's not so hard to follow through on. They're having a few events in the coming months, we should check them out together ESP since you cover food/nutrition/health!

MizzFIT May 1st, 2010 8:21AM

Please stop, Aaron!!! You're making me crave your guilty pleasures!

MizzFIT May 1st, 2010 8:22AM

I don't think I've ever tried the fries at The Spotted Pig. Do you go there often? Great spot...and they do have some healthy selections too.

Miriam Lewin May 2nd, 2010 8:27AM

I'll never give up baguette, chocolate, and sweet cereals! Also nuts..which I know are healthy, but I can never seem to eat them in moderation..err!

MizzFIT May 5th, 2010 6:40PM

Miriam, I just picked your name from the hat! Congratulations and thanks to everyone for leaving your comments/guilty pleasures. Thank god I'm not alone and I must add that I'll never give up Swedish Fish!

protein powder June 23rd, 2010 7:51PM

There are several ways you can lose weight, you could watch what you eat and exercise regularly or you may opt for the least popular option of healthy but not too much is one of the good way to loose weight and stay slim and fit.

MizzFIT June 24th, 2010 5:22AM

No, tapeworms are no good! Eating healthy is SO IMPORTANT which is why I loved reading Urban Skinny. It teaches modern, on-the-go women like myself how to eat healthy and portion control (in and out of the home) without feeling like you're on a weight watchers program or denying yourself the things you love the most. This book is NOT a fad weight loss's a way of life & eating that anyone can adhere to...even the boys!