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Skinnygirl Rules From My Book, “Naturally Thin”

Skinnygirl isn’t just a brand, it’s a way of living. I’ve lived life the Skinnygirl way longer than I can remember, it just always came naturally for me. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, but need a little help doing it, here are my Skinnygirl rules.


1. Your Diet Is a Bank Account

Just as you balance your spending and savings, you must balance your food choices. Don’t eat too much of any one thing, don’t eat the same thing twice, balance starches with proteins, vegetables and fruits with sweets, and always balance a splurge with a save.


2. You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once

If you are going to eat something that has a lot of fat or a lot of calories, or both, you can’t also eat a lot of other things that have a lot of fat and calories, all at the same time.


3. Taste Everything, Eat Nothing

This rule helps you taste little bits of all the delicious foods you want, without eating too much of any one thing. The best way to eat is to eat little bits of really great food.


4. Pay Attention

It’s so easy to eat mindlessly without paying attention to what foods we choose, or to how they taste, but to eat consciously changes all that. It makes food an event, and worth the calories. It also helps you become choosier about what you eat, and it helps you eat less.


5. Downsize Now!

Downsizing is simple. It means eating smaller portions. Downsizing allows you to eat anything you want, and that is incredibly freeing.


6. Cancel Your Membership in the Clean Plate Club

Leaving some food on your plate is an easy, effective way to eat less. If you eat what you want to eat, but leave some, you won’t feel deprived, and you’ll also be exercising your own will: you decide you’ve had enough, so you stop before it’s all gone. The food isn’t controlling you.


7. Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Don’t waste your hours and days on guilt and binging. Don’t plan to be good tomorrow. Be good to yourself now, and always. You don’t need to live in a pit of despair, and you don’t need to punish yourself.


8. Know Thyself

You are you, and only you know what you like to eat, how you like to exercise, and what kind of life you prefer.


9. Get Real

Real food doesn’t come in a package. It doesn’t have a label. And it’s obvious, when you look at it, what it is: a banana, a chicken, a freshly baked loaf of bread.


10. Good for You

Don’t be fooled by clever, devious food noise that tells you it can’t happen to you, or even that you aren’t ready for it to happen, or that you don’t deserve it. That’s a big fat lie. Remember, food isn’t your best friend, and it isn’t your enemy. It’s just food. It’s no big deal. You are the big deal, and you deserve to be healthy, strong, and thin.


This healthy-eating guide is straight from my book, Naturally Thin. There’s more where this came from in the book, so check it out if you haven’t already!

[Photo Credit: Sara Kerens]