Giveaway: My new favorite book!

by Betsy on October 21, 2014

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Gut imbalance -> Silent inflammation -> Obesity

This simple statement hit home to me the other day when I read it in Brenda Watson’s book, The Skinny Gut Diet that just hit bookstore shelves and of course, Amazon. For the last couple of months, I have been on a personal journey to get in better shape and lose my “mother’s apron” after two babies. (Follow my journey on Instagram #operationfindmyabs).

Sure, we are know that weight loss and health is all about what foods we are eating (and not eating often), exercise, sleep and stress management. However, we often overlook the connection of weight and overall health to our digestive system. I sure did in the past.

Not only am I on a mission to find my abs, I am on a mission to improve my gut health. The health of our gut affects everything. In this book, Brenda does a great job explaining this complicated topic in ways that everyone can understand. I love that.

She also does a great job explaining the importance of adding fermented foods into our diets. When most of us think about healthy food we often overlook fermented foods like live cultured vegetables, kimchi, unpasteruized miso, kombucha, etc. I know I didn’t grow up eating these foods! Brenda breaks it all down for us in this great book and gives great recipes that I am going to try out. 

Brenda talks all about how so many health problems in our culture today are caused by issues in the gut and guess what? These gut issues are making us unhealthy and well, fat!

I am loving Brenda’s book so much that I wanted you to win a copy of it. It is full of amazing advice and recipes.

Enter below to win your very own copy of The Skinny Gut Diet book by Brenda Watson. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for the 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Recipes online program! We start November 12th.

1. To enter, you must be a fan of BMoore Healthy on Facebook. Also, you must be receiving my monthly newsletters. Click here to sign up for my newsletter.
2. Use the Rafflecopter tool right here to enter to win. This giveaway is available to US residents only. Good luck! The contest ends Wednesday, November 5th at 9:00 PM. A winner will be announced shortly after that. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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When my almost 5-year-old, Madilyn, was younger, my hubby, Brian, and I NEVER left her with anyone for more than a few hours.  We were new parents and totally paranoid that something could go terribly wrong – like Madilyn would never sleep without us or not eat or something. Things are totally different with Juliana, our almost 2-year-old. We are more relaxed and, I’ll admit it, more desperate for adult time!

Here are my top 5 reasons to leave the kids for the weekend:

1. Grandparents love your kids like their own. Nope, they love them even more. Brian and I are so blessed to have two sets of parents that line up to take our kids out of our hair for a few hours or even for a few days. They all really want to be involved in our girls lives. We have learned to welcome the help when we need it. We know that the girls will be just fine. They will be able to do different things – like use markers in the living room and eat cookies before bed.

2. You and your husband get to have real conversations – real time together. Noone is spilling their milk all over the floor or putting sticky fingers on your sliding glass doors. Nope. You and your hubby get to go out to dinner and talk without interruption.

3. You get the opportunity to miss your kids. As a work at home mama, I am with my kiddos ALOT. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and it is the path that my hubby and I chose. However, I never really get the chance to really miss them – to remember their smells, their hugs, their sweet voices. Being away from them let me miss them and I think it made me appreciate them even more.

4. You become you again – for a few days – and it feels darn good. You sleep in. You wake up when you want to. You use the bathroom by yourself. You go to the gym. You read a book for fun! You wear clothes other than sweats.

5. You get the chance to see them running to you saying, “Mommy, I missed you!”  The best part about leaving for the weekend? Coming home. I also missed my kitchen. I know, I am a nerd.

Now, this meal was one that just Brian and I ate. Madilyn refuses to eat zucchini and Juliana is allergic to tree nuts and sesame seeds. So, the girls ate leftovers from the night before instead. Great dish for the grown-ups in your home – and for adventurous kiddos!

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“Zoodles” and Edamame with Peanut Sesame Sauce

Ingredients:

2 zucchini

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1/2 to 1 tablespoon water

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon tamari soy sauce

1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 to 1 teaspoon sriracha or other chile sauce or red pepper to taste

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 bag of edamame, steamed and out of pods

Instructions:

1. Rinse the zucchini and trim off their ends. Use a spiralizer like the one I am giving away (Click here to enter to win!) to turn the zucchini into “noodles.” Place the zucchini noodles in a steam basket and steam for a few minutes to get them a little softer and hot. Strain the water from them when they are done – make them as dry as you can.

2. In a small saucepan, whisk the peanut butter with 1/2 tablespoon of water and all remaining sauce ingredients. If the mixture is hard to combine, add up to another 1/2 tablespoon of water, but be careful not to make the sauce too runny.

3. In a bowl, pour the zucchini noodles, add the sauce and stir well to coat the noodles completely. Top with the edamame and toss. Serve right away.

Click here to enter win your very own vegetable spiral slicer! My friends over at Salus Home Solutions so graciously sent me a veggie spiral slicer to try out AND they are giving one away to one of my loyal BMoore Healthy fans. Make sure you enter to win! 

Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for the 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Recipes online program! We start November 12th.

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