Diane Sanfilippo

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 78: Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway, Mud Run Tips, Bullets Over Broadway and More 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #78

Bullets Over Broadway, 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Review, Top “Mud Run” Tips Plus:

Soccer Star Lauren Sesselmann’s “Fit As a Pro” Workout DVD Giveaway

Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway (Lauren Sesselmann)

Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway (Lauren Sesselmann)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am so happy to check in with all of you but must admit my brain has third degree “Spring Fever” and going outside is my only cure. So today I am keeping everything short & sweet while offer a 2-for DVD giveaway for one of you lucky readers. So let’s get to it!

  • Bullets Over Broadway:  I am a big fan of splashy Broadway shows plus think Bullets Over Broadway is one Woody Allen’s better films from the 90s so I was very eager to check out the musical version his show starring Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. (Never watched Scrubs so I was not too familiar with his work.) I would say that it is a very good (but not great show) with some outstanding performances. I do not predict this one will be around for long which is a shame.





  • Ryka: This week I was invited by Ryka to check out their upcoming sneaker collection for Fall 2014 and was very impressed with their use of memory foam and cushioning in their shoes. Ryka has won tons of awards over the years as a top sneaker brand that exclusively serves women as their customer base. Ryka even gave me a pair of “Devotion” sneakers that I have been wearing non-stop and absolutely LOVE. (Thanks Ryka!)


  • Fit As a Pro DVD Giveaway: Soccer superstar Lauren Sesselmann has her own series of ten-minute workout DVDs that will get you in awesome shape in no time. This week I am giving away two of latest titles 10 Minute Full Body Workouts and (my favorite!) 10 Minute full Body Workouts for Small Spaces (so you can work out just about anywhere, people!) I will have links to clips below plus details on how you can enter to win. (Continental United States only, please!) Fit As a Pro will send the DVDs directly to the one winner selected and did not pay for this post or promotion.

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:


Clips from Lauren Sessermann’s DVDs:


If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win Fit As a Pro DVDs @lsesselmann from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, April 21th (Earth Day!) at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 70: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway! #21dsd 29

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 70

Featuring: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway!



Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

It has been a wild and wooly in the fitness blogosphere—whoa! First we had this rather, um—interesting personal essay from Jen Polachek who talked about her internal struggle when facing a “fairly heavy set black woman” who dared to enter her yoga class on the supposedly woman-friendly site XO Jane. I am NOT kidding—read it for yourself here: OX Jane 1.

The first response I noticed came courtesy of the beautiful & talented Erika Nicole Kendall of the Blog The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. Nicely done, Erika.

If you are looking for the perfect rebuttal in addition to Erika’s than you can hardly do better than to check out the incredible Pia Glen who wrote this on XO Jane. Both managed to peel away the icky layers of pseudo self-awareness of Polachek’s personal essay which for some reason was featured in the “It Happened to Me” page—usually dominated by sad or scary stories.

Anyhoo—this story has been discussed to the nth degree so let’s just move on to a couple of fun news items and then talk about my FAB giveaway—yes?

  • I am going to be speaking at Fitbloggin this year! Tickets are on sale NOW so get them while you can. (We will be in Savannah this year—whoo hoo!)
  • In case you missed it—Terry Bicycles announced my ambassadorship on their site here. Very excited about this partnership!
  • My writing chops are going to get a workout with my soon-to-be regular contributions on SweatGuru.com. (Whoop!)

And now, on to this week’s big giveaway!


The New York Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo, BS. NC has written some of my favorite Paleo books including Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox and is an all-around cool chick (and animal lover!) in addition to being the writer of some kick ass recipes.

If you are looking to find ways to get refined sugars out of your diet without starving yourself or losing your energy—you need to read her newest book The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.

If you want to win a copy today, keep on reading to find out what you need to do. (Disclaimer alert: I received a copy of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook for giveaway from Victory Belt publishing and was not paid to offer to my readers.)

I love this cookbook and have been having a ball making some yummy (and healthy) versions of some of my favorite foods including Shepard’s Pie which you can see below. (This is a new favorite recipe for me!)


Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

So, enough of my dawdling and let’s get on to this week’s Vlog post:


Here is some information about The 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet Cookbook:

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Companion Cookbook Now Available!

Diane Sanfilippo, Author of the Bestselling books Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox delivers complete cookbook to accompany her highly acclaimed detox program

Essex Fells, NJ (December, 2013)—Diane Sanfilippo has yielded marked success with her revolutionary New York Times bestselling book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and now she delivers another masterpiece—The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.  The cookbook is a companion guide to Sanfilippo’s customized program that has helped tens of thousands of men and women naturally break free from the sugar strong hold to help them live a more healthy and balanced life.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook boasts more than 100 new recipes for any program level.  These delectable recipes come straight from the kitchen of Sanfilippo and are all grain, gluten, legume, dairy, and sugar-free. The book also contains 21-day simple and straightforward meal plans, “yes”, “no” and “limited” food lists and tips and tricks that will keep you on the road to success.  Recipes include easy-to-follow breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and “sweet treats.”  These mouthwatering creations will keep you satisfied as your cravings for sugar and carbs disappear.

Sanfilippo is Certified Nutrition Consultant and has dedicated her life to helping others change their eating habits to achieve optimal health.  Through her extraordinary bestselling books Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox (and now) The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, Sanfilippo has helped people worldwide become more educated about food choices, take action against sugar dependency and do it in a way that’s not only sustainable, but enjoyable.

Sample Recipes Include:

  • Breakfast Sausage and Biscuit Sandwich
  • Butternut Squash Pancakes
  • Artichoke and Lemon Chicken with Capers
  • Asian Ginger Flank Streak
  • Pizza Frittata
  • Sunbutter Brownies
  • Nutty Cinnamon Crumb Cake and more!

More information on Sanfilippo’s complete 21 Day Sugar Detox program can be found online at http://the21daysugardetox.com/, along supplemental resource guides, continuing online education and informational videos done by Sanfilippo herself.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is The New York Times Bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, “The Balanced Bites Podcast. Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox are published by Victory Belt Publishing.


Victory Belt Publishing Inc is the world’s leading publisher in health and fitness books, producing a host of New York Times bestsellers, including The Paleo Solution, Practical Paleo, The 21 Day Sugar Detox, Against All Grain,  It Starts with Food, and Dark World. Started by Erich Krauss, a New York Times bestselling author, Victory Belt Publishing Inc is an author-friendly publisher geared toward producing the highest quality books on the market. Victory Belt Publishing has worldwide distribution, and its titles have been translated into dozens of languages. The company has the highest ratio between books published and New York Times bestsellers. Victory Belt Publishing‘s main office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit www.victorybelt.com.


Got that? So if you want to win you need to do the following!

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @balancedbites #21dsdcookbook from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner at random next Monday, February 10th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 67: NYC Blogger Brunch Deets, 21-Day Sugar Detox, & More 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 67

Featuring: The Brooklyn Fit Chick NYC Bloggers Brunch, 21 Day Sugar Detox, Fitbloggin’, Diets in Review Article, & The Cutest Video of the Week

Plus: My Brand-New Super-Secret Ambassadorship

BFC Brunch Invite

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I have had a rather hellish week dealing with getting my health insurance to kick in and will not besmirch this post with the negativity it has brought into my life. That I will save for its own post tomorrow! In this week’s Vlog post I will discuss:

The New York City Health & Fitness Bloggers Brunch! Park Slope, Brooklyn// Saturday, January 25th

Attention all health & wellness Bloggers because I am hosting a bunch at chez moi and I want to meet you all in person. The invite details are up top and I am getting together a fantastic goodie bag together so PLEASE RSVP me at brooklynfitchick at gmail dot come for all of the deets.


21-Day Sugar Detox:

Clowns to the left of me—jokers to the right and I am smack dab in the middle of this 21-Day Sugar Detox from the amazing Diane Sanfilippo, BS NC who is the author of not only the 21-Sugar Detox Cookbook but also my favorite cookbook of all time Practical Paleo. Wish I could say it was easy and I have been perfect but alas, my candy cravings (brought on by excessive stress) were so strong the other day I chowed down on a few tic tacs from my purse as if my life depended on them. Oh, and I may have had a glass of red wine or two (or three…)

However, I am sticking to it as closely as possible and am enjoying the results so far (skin clear, gut feels fine, no bloating—score!)

Here is a photo of the “Beef & Bacon Cottage Pie” I made last weekend that rocked my socks off. Deeeeee-liscious!




FitBloggin 2014:

Once again this year I am going to be a speaker at Fitboggin! Whoopee! If you are curious about the annual convention check out the details here http://fitbloggin.com/. Can’t wait to see all of my peeps in Savannah!


Diets in Review:

I was thrilled to be included in this article from Diets in Review talking about the sheer number of e-mail subscriptions that overwhelm my inbox each day. (For the record I subscribe to Fit Bottomed Girls, Fit Sugar, Cracked.com and Mental Floss.)


Cutest Video in the Whole Wide World (This Week)

If you are wondering what it would look like for the most adorable baby in the world to meet her uncle for the first time who just so happens to be her dad’s identical twin check it out here. You’re welcome!


My New Super-Secret Ambassadorship:

I was hoping to make the official announcement today but I have a new ambassadorship that I am DYING to talk to you all about but my lips have to be sealed a few more days. It should all be sorted out soon but here is a hint: it’s a company that is about cycling and women. More to come soon!

In the meantime—here is this week’s Vlog post:


Love y’all! Talk soon.


Ox Ox,


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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,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22 with Awesome News about @SweatyBetties and my @BalancedBites Book Giveaway! 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22: Featuring my Chopped Off Forehead, “Sweaty Betties,” My Standing Desk and the
Practical Paleo Book Giveaway!


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

First off—I want to apologize for the cruddy “crop” job I did with the You Tube clip this week. (Oy!) I kept cutting myself off the forehead and had to go back and redo several times. (Does anyone out there want to volunteer to be my cameraperson? I can you back with gratitude and dirty jokes!) However, what I do like about today’s Vlog is the fact in it you see me making yummy bacon-wrapped chicken thighs—aw yeah!

Anyhoo, enough of my self-conscious complaining-today I am also announcing my latest giveaway—Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo! This is one of my favorite Paleo reads and I was thrilled when Diane herself contacted me to ask if I would want to give one of my lucky readers a copy for themselves. You can find Diane at her terrific Blog Balanced Bites (http://balancedbites.com/) plus she has a podcast on iTunes called Balanced Bites as well. Be sure to check them out!

Now on to the latest Vlog and the details of the giveaway!

Episode 22 of the Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Notes:
“Sweaty Betties” I am beyond excited to join the team of ambassadors for The Sweaty Betties—yee ha! I will have more details soon but here is their website in the meantime. (Thanks so much Danny J!) Check out their website here: http://thesweatybetties.com/

Metro NY Article: Check out this link to see what I had to say about sitting being “the new smoking” and what you can do about it. http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1160797–why-you-need-to-stand-up-for-your-health

My Practical Paleo Giveaway: (See below!)

You Tube Link Herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYN3YYQlZjc


Got that? Now here is some more information about this week’s giveaway:

Practical Paleo

by Diane Sanfillippo

With Practical Paleo, Diane Sanfilippo, Certified Nutrition Consultant and author of the very highly trafficked health blog, Balanced Bites, has created a comprehensive, user-friendly resource on the Paleo lifestyle that is truly for everyone.
Are you an athlete seeking to improve your performance? Do you suffer from health problems, such as an autoimmune condition, blood sugar regulation, or digestive issues? Practical Paleo can help you turn your life around. “This is not a diet,” says Diane.

“Practical Paleo is a way to change your lifestyle, lending to long-term health benefits. A diet is temporary: this book will show you how food works inside the body so that people can design a plan that works for their body.”
Diane’s developed her approach to a Paleo lifestyle based on her personal experiences. After suffering for years from chronic illness and digestive stress, among other deteriorating health-related challenges, she broke her diet down in minute detail and identified the culprit. “What I didn’t know about grains was hurting me”, says Diane.
Now a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Diane shares her discovery of how to become and stay healthy with others. “People are just beginning to realize that they are no longer destined to suffer from diseases, or even minor ailments—which are caused by modern food and depleting lifestyles.”
Divided into three parts, Practical Paleo is an invaluable guidebook, providing a in-depth look at everything Paleo:
• Part 1 teaches people the basics of why eating real, whole foods is optimal for health, including Diane’s signature 1-page guides to help put the information into action.

• Part 2 provides guidance for when a standard Paleo or grain-free approach may not be enough for specific health conditions, including autoimmune conditions, diabetes (1 and 2), neurological diseases, and cancer recovery to name a few, as well as for specific goals like fat loss or athletic performance.

• Part 3 includes over 120 easy recipes that provide the foundation for each of the 30-Day Therapeutic Meal Plans in the previous section.

One of the secrets to success with the Paleo lifestyle is personalization—what works for one person will most likely not work for the next. Diane’s 30-day plans and her delivery of the information relating to each of these plans allow each of us to truly help ourselves.

Practical Paleo can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Costco and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Practical Paleo is written by Diane Sanfilippo and published by Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. For more information about Diane and Practical Paleo, visit www.balancedbites.com or listen to her top-rated weekly podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast, on iTunes.

If you are interested in getting a copy of Practical Paleo (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @BalancedBites

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, February 11th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!
Ox Ox,
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