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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 59 with Weight Loss Rebels, Fit Divas and “The 21-Day Sugar Detox” Giveaway 30

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 59

Featuring: Weight Loss Rebels, Fit Divas

& Diane Sanfilippo’s “The 21-Day Sugar Detox!” Book Giveaway

The 21-Day Sugar Detox from Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC

The 21-Day Sugar Detox from Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I have lots of fun news and a new OMG-worthy book giveaway to talk about this week so I could just babble on and on and waste your time or I can just get right into it.

First, the fun news of the week:

Weight Loss Rebels

  • I am now officially an Ambassador for Weight Loss Rebels—whoo hoo! Weight Loss Rebels is an excellent fitness & healthy lifestyle web site led by the ah-mazing Meg Brown aka Fit Bitch who believes in “In a nutshell, that fitness and diet should not be a punishment, that it’s a psychological process, and that severe calorie restriction and excessive cardio have no place in anyone’s program.” Check out their site to get more details about Weight Loss rebels which now includes recipes by my Blogger buds Pineapple & Coconut and Cavegirl Confections. Do it!

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  • My friend Kelly E. of Curvy Fit Girl is featured as a success story in the November/December issue of Weight Watchers magazine! Kelly has lost over 100 pounds on Weight Watchers and following a Paleo diet and she inspires me every day on Twitter. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • STRONG fitness magazine: Did you all see the latest entry on the magazine shelves out there? STRONG fitness magazine is brand new on the market and aims to take on the Oxygen magazine audience by featuring super fit women photographed beautifully. Here is the cover with Rachel Davis (see below.) I will have a review of it soon!

 

Anyhoo—on to the giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway of “The 21-Day Sugar Detox” by Paleo rock star Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC:

Those of you who follow me know that I am a big Paleo follower (no, it is not a DIET to me nor do I push it on anyone else.) This plan makes me feel better mentally & physically than I have most of my adult life and one of my favorite Paleo cookbooks is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS NC. This book is flagged and ready to use at all times in my kitchen with one of my favorite recipes being bacon-wrapped chicken thighs (nom nom!)

This past week she held a party in honor of her latest offering The 21-Day Sugar Detox which I had to miss because of work stuff (dammit!) but I was given the opportunity to give away two copies of her book (yay!) If you want to know more about the plan—check out this video from Diane:

 

Here are more details about “The 21-Day Sugar Detox”:

Are you ready to get your sugar and carb cravings under control? The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will naturally re-set your body and your habits! More than 10,000 people have already succeeded with this easy-to-follow plan. Now it’s your turn! In just three weeks, you can free yourself from cravings, regain your energy, and feel great again.

This simple detox plan will help you break the stronghold of your worst go-to foods: the sweets, the refined grains you grab on the go, even the many seemingly “okay” foods that contain hidden sugars. These foods taste great, but they make you look and feel terrible. They rob you of your focus, spawn irrational mid-afternoon cravings, and make it so you can’t even get through the day without wanting–no, needing–to prop up your energy level with caffeine or, worse, even more sugar!

It’s time to break the cycle. The 21-Day Sugar Detox offers easy-to-follow meal plans and more than 75 recipes suitable for all levels of the program. Even better, it gives you three options so you can determine the level of detox you want. Whether you’ve never gone sugar or gluten free; you already follow a gluten- and grain-free diet; or actively follow a Paleo/Primal diet–there’s a level for you. Choose the level that’s best for you — and bust a lifetime of sugar and carb cravings in just three weeks.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox even includes special modifications for athletes (including endurance and CrossFit/HIIT-style training); pregnant/nursing moms; vegetarians/ vegans; and those with autoimmune conditions.

Start The 21-Day Sugar Detox today. Why wait?

Whew! Now on to this week’s Vlog post with more details:

Got that? Now, if you want to be in the running to win one of the two copies I am giving away this week (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest by saying “I want to win @BalancedBites from @BrooklynFitChik”
  3. Use the hashtag “21DSDbook”
  4. Subscribe to my You Tube here (let me know if you are already subscribed!) http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFitChick1

Enter as many times as you like! I will pick two separate next Monday, November 11th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

 

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 40: Talking about @BexLife @CavegirlConfections @CanyonRanch & Facing Fears! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog

Episode 40

Featuring: Overcoming Fear, Bex Life, Cavegirl Confections, Happy Feet and Prezi Presentations

 

"Me afraid? Ha!"

“Me afraid? Ha!”

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you my lovelies? Good? Glad to hear that. This week I have been busy with getting my presentation all sorted out for my portion of the “Writing the Perfect Pitch” workshop for this year’s Fitbloggin and I must admit—I have the case of the nerves! This isn’t my first time speaking in front of people but it IS my first time using a program called Prezi and I just want to be worthy of sharing the stage with the superb Alexandra Williams and Kymberly Williams-Evans of Fun & Fit.org and the sublime Jamie Walker of Fit Approach. (Biting my nails in anticipation!)

I know it will be a great presentation and I am so excited to get a chance to help my fellow Fit Bloggers get their message out there. So I guess you can call these the “good” kind of nerves to have because it means I care and will give it my all?

However– I am having old feelings returning to my life and I do not think it has anything to do with what could be an immediate “unknown” in my life (presenting at Fitbloggin.). Rather, on a much deeper level I am incredibly anxious about the my uncertainty of my future. Don’t be alarmed—I am not sick or in dire straits (thank goodness!) but the last time I woke up every day feeling the way I do I quit my high powered job, went freelance and started teaching spin classes in my “free time.”

Hang on to your knickers everyone because I feel changes coming my way—big time!

These past few months my life has been twisting and turning in new directions with old stuff falling away and new things trying to make their way in and for some reason I have felt very “stuck.” Do you ever get like that? Like on the one hand you know you need to shake things up in your life in order to get where you need to be but are just so damn afraid of anything “new?” I really need to “unstuck” myself and embrace the wild and wooly aspects of living without fear.

Do you know about Bex of the fabulous Bex Life.com? (Of course you do—she is a goddess!) Anyhoo—Bex recently posted on her site Learn to Fall In Love With Fear and that is the motto I am going to use to get me through the next few months. I am going to learn to embrace uncertainty and anticipate good things coming into my life.

Who is with me? Let’s do this thing together dammit!

Now with that sorted out I wanted to take a moment and congratulate my good friend Marrilee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia for becoming a certified yoga instructor through Moksha Yoga Halifax. (So happy you are finally making it to NYC this week!)

And now for this week’s Blog post:

  • I talk about dealing with fear about the future.
  • My ongoing love for Cavegirl Confections—seriously you people need to try this stuff. (http://www.cavegirlconfections.com/)
  • The “Happy Feet” program that is starting up soon at the Canyon Ranch spa and includes a groovy new item call Sole Engergizers.
  • My latest magazine reviews of Bicycling, Prevention, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal.

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31: Body Image, @NASM, Cavegirl Confections & @kristinekidd Giveaway @CG_confections 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31

 

Featuring: NASM Weight Loss Specialist Test, Cavegirl Confections and Kristine Kidd Cookbook Giveaway

 

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So is it spring yet? I don’t mean to sound like a cry baby but I am getting pretty damn sick and tired of this cold weather. Can we please get some warm rays on the East Coast? Honestly, I have been wearing the same damn parka every day since Thanksgiving and cannot take it anymore! Okay—done complaining.

Now—on to my Vlog post this week. Just a word of warning–I start with kind of a bummer message but it gets much better as I get into it. You will see for yourself..

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I (finally) took the NASM Weight Loss Specialist exam and will give you a preview of my review of the program (is that a decent sentence or should I have started over?)
  • My friend Claudette’s new company Cavegirl Confections which features the yummiest gluten-free Paleo treats on the market. In particular I recommend the Cherry Pie Bites, the chocolate hazelnut granola, and the yummiest almond butter I have ever eaten in my life (which is truly saying something.) Claudette is a pastry trained chef who makes every order by hand and all of her products are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free. You can read more about her brand on my friend Shanna’s Blog Pineapple and Coconut.
  • My Kristine Kidd cookbook giveaway Weeknight Gluten Free and Weeknight Fresh & Fast which is a part of her partnership with Williams Sonoma. Kidd was the food editor for Bon Appétit magazine for over 20 years and she certainly knows a thing or two about creating delicious recipes. You can follow her Blog here.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

 

Here is more information the Kristine Kidd cookbooks: 

Williams-Sonoma

WEEKNIGHT FRESH & FAST

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

If you’re as busy as author Kristine Kidd, the daily “What’s for dinner tonight?” question can be daunting.  In Weeknight Fresh & Fast, the former Bon Appétit editor’s latest book, Kidd shows readers how effortless it is to make flavorful and nutritious meals from scratch – even with a busy schedule.  Weeknight Fresh & Fast features more than 100 delicious and beautifully photographed dinner ideas, inspired and organized by seasonal offerings.

Using fresh produce as the foundation, Kidd transforms just picked ingredients into delicious dishes:  A lemony sauté of chicken cutlets, asparagus, and sugar snaps is perfect in the springtime; quickly grilled lamb chops with chunky peach salsa make the most of summer’s abundance; a comforting risotto with earthy vegetables and creamy blue cheese is a creative way to highlight fall’s bounty; juicy roasted salmon topped with tangy grapefruit and avocado relish makes the most of winter’s citrus.

Chapters open with advice about the fresh ingredients and cooking methods best suited to the time of year.  Also included are ideas for quick vegetable sides and fruit desserts, as well as advice on stocking the pantry.  Clever tips throughout Weeknight Fresh & Fast offer enticing ways to round out meals, customize recipes to personal tastes, menu-planning strategies, and helpful ideas for turning leftovers into new suppers later in the week.

Weeknight Fresh & Fast illustrates that there is enough time in the day to prepare food that is healthy, does not take a lot of time, nor require a lot of preparation or clean-up.  It offers far better choices than eating takeout or hitting the drive-thru and helps readers put a delicious, wholesome meal on the table night after night.  With this solution-packed title on the book shelf, busy people will have a reliable road map for eating well every night, no matter what the day brings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As the food editor of Bon Appétit magazine for more than 20 years, Kristine Kidd was responsible for filling its pages with delicious recipes and keeping her devoted readership up to date with evolving food trends.  Based in Los Angeles, Kidd has written five cookbooks and is regularly sought out as an expert on home cooking.

And:

Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

Latest surveys show that one third of adults are interested in avoiding or cutting back on gluten in their diets. Major publications such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post are responding with articles and recipes aimed at embracing the gluten-free lifestyle. Even superstar chefs like Thomas Keller are customizing their menus with a nod towards the benefits of cooking without gluten. Leading the trend, bestselling food writer and editor Kristine Kidd and Williams-Sonoma have teamed up to bring you gluten-free recipes that add to your health without sacrificing the flavors you love.

Emphasizing quick, flavor-packed meals, Kristine transforms easy-to-find fresh ingredients into dishes like grilled wild salmon fillets atop satisfying chickpeas enhanced with Moroccan spices; seared steak and peppers simmered in a creamy sauce and then folded into warm corn tortillas for family-friendly tacos; seared scallops and orange-avocado salsa spooned over herbed quinoa; elbow pasta baked with cheese, chard, and crisp breadcrumbs for a tempting take on macaroni and cheese—that no one will guess is gluten free.

Like other special diets, gluten-free cooking is for people making healthy choices about what they want to eat. However, it does take some planning and education to pull off a gluten-free menu that doesn’t feel like it’s “missing something.” Weeknight Gluten Free solves these common issues for the frustrated home cook, taking the guesswork out of cooking gluten-free food that retains all of its original character.

Don’t miss this sequel to bestselling companion Weeknight Fresh & Fast, and get Weeknight Gluten Free for a straightforward approach to gluten-free cooking that you’ve been waiting for.

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If you are interested in winning both cookbooks (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik and @kristinekidd

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, April 15th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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