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

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

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 (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, 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, 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


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

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!)

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 Ep 54: Talking About What to Look Forward to in October @kmaecags @CG_Confections

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 54

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Forward To in October” Edition

NYC F/N Pop-Up Event, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, Fitwalker Classes, Balega Socks

& the Affordable Care Act (Yikes!)


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week and I am getting excited about October. Why? Mainly because I will be officially ending my second Paleo/Whole 30 challenge on October 1st –can I get an Amen?!

This time was so much easier for me than last year as I mainly do live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle and keep grains and dairy out of my diet. However, this past summer I felt as if I indulged a bit too much in red wine, fruity drinks and fattening meals and wanted to “right the ship” so to speak. So the past 30 days I have lived completely Paleo and abstained from all processed foods, dairy, sugar, grains and alcohol. The one vice I have not given up is coffee but you do NOT want to see me without coffee. I refuse to go without my caffeine fix in the mornings and will not apologize for that.

And now here we are—on the cusp of October with beautiful, crisp weather and a season of delights to look forward to over the next few weeks. So today I just wanted to give a shout-out to all of the things I am looking forward to this coming month.

Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Look Forward to in October:

  • NYC F/N Pop-Up Fitness Event: My awesome fellow Sweaty Betty Claudette Wilkins of the amazing gluten-free treats Cavegirl Confections will be joining two of her fellow badass fitness babes @jazzythings and Krissy Mae Cagney ( for a popup fitness event  (F/N Popup Event) to take place in NYC from October 25-27. There will be bootcamps in Central Park and healthy cooking classes in hell’s Kitchen—cool! Click on this link to get more details and purchase tickets;  I plan to drop by if that gives you any encouragement!


  • Danielle Walker “Against All Grain”: After finishing my Whole 30 on September 30th (boo-rah!) I plan to now enjoy some yummy recipes from Danielle Walker’s newest cookbook Against All Grain.


  • Fitwalker class at Superstar Gym in Tribeca: In the next few weeks I am putting together a group of NYC fit chicks to join me for a Fitwalker class at Superstar gym here in NYC. What is Fitwalker you ask? Well I am going to write about them in full for Fit Bottomed Girls but try to imagine taking a cardio/body sculpting class on a treadmill that you have to power on your own. That’s right—there is no electricity to power the machine—just the power of your legs to get it in motion. (If you are a fit blogger in NYC—let me know if you want to take a class with me at Superstar gym!)


  • Balega Socks: The good people at Balega sent me a few items to try out (they are well-loved in the running community of their blister-free socks) and I can’t wait to road test them on my bike this coming weekend. Bring it!


  • Signing up for the Affordable Care Act: Like many folks—my employer decided to not provide health insurance options for instructors who teach less than 30 hours per week so I now need to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. If you need more information—try the official Affordable Care Act web site. (Hoping there is no government shut down…)


Now onto this week’s Vlog post:


Okay—that is it for me today. Talk to you all next week where I hope to have my giveaways back in motion. Later!

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: 5 Favorite Things, Eminem, (Faked!)Twerking Mishaps and a @SELFmagazine Intervention

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 51

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Favorite Things” Edition

Plus, What Happed to you SELF magazine? (A BFC intervention)


Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? Good? Great to hear! I am back in the Vlogging saddle and to be honest—did not have a clue this morning what the heck I was going to talk about today. Then right in the middle of teaching a class this morning the song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music popped in my head and I said to myself “How about just talk about your favorite things from the past week?” And that was that. So today I am bring to you the things that are making me happy this week. You’re welcome!

Plus, I talk about a magazine that I have not spoken about in months because they changed their editorial direction to young (and must be dumb) twenty-somethings. It brings me a heavy heart to do this as I try to mainly focus on the positive but I know many of you feel the same way so I am planning an intervention with the used-to-be great SELF magazine and hope it makes some difference.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Here my 5 favorite things this week in absolutely NO particular order.

  • The Instagram account for WhaleoPaleo: Yes, yes—I know many of you are tired hearing about “primal” and “paleo” eating but if you are just in the market some fresh ideas on organic cooking then you must add these guys to your list on Instagram. This weekend I attempted the “Cashew Hummus” recipe and it turned out so freaking dope! (That’s good, by the way.) You can still find me on Instagram at brooklynfitchick where I like to post about all sorts of things (but mainly post photos of my cute kitty cats!)
  • The Guiness ad featuring hot guys playing “Murder Ball.” I am not sure where the connection comes in (unless it is the standard “dudes love beer” thing) but it made me very happy to see it.
  • Eminem made a bizzare appearance over the weekend during the Notre Dame/Michigan football game. First of all—his face does not MOVE the entire time. Then there is Brent Musberger introducing his latest single, Bezerk, heading for “the top of the charts” while Em’s mouth just sort of hangs WIDE OPEN. Finally he finishes it off by very lucidly detailing his “fantasy football announcers team” of all time to call the Super Bowl– Brent Musberger, Pat Summerall, John Madden and Al Michaels. (He is ABSOLUTELY right about them by the way.)
  • I completely cracked up when I saw this “twerking gone bad’ incident. Hold the phone! Turns out this one is a big old fakey fake fake from Jimmy Kimmel (He fooled me!)
  • The song and video for Royals by Lorde—a 16 year-old (!) singer and songwriter from New Zealand. I am no longer weeping for the millennial generation—hooray!

Finally—I am holding an official intervention for SELF magazine. Several months ago it was reported in the New York Times that SELF was changing their editorial to appeal to 20-something readers. That is their prerogative. But as someone who has been a subscriber and fan for many years the news distressed me and unfortunately it has proven to be for good reason.  In fact, the “new” SELF is “meh” for my taste and for that reason I have not featured them on my Blog for several months now.

Here are my main issues/problems with the new SELF:

  • Putting the age of reader’s questions everywhere. Constantly reinforcing that your readers are in their 20s doesn’t interest me (who cares?) There are already magazines for 20-somethigs (Glamour and Cosmopolitan come to mind) and good health should be a priority for women of all ages.
  • The “reader questions” have been lame. For example this gem–“Can a girl do a pull-up?” Grrrrr. And gawwwwww. Just make me want to spit nails. Don’t make me explain why.
  • The layout looks choppy. I am just not feeling the angles and colors that have been used to tell the stories. It looks as if you are trying too hard to appeal to the youth. (Who hate it when people try to appeal to them by the way.)
  • The content is lacking. Remember that your audience has a pretty good grasp on the basics of fitness so why not appeal to their brains and aim a little higher than 7-Day detox plans and talking about how to have drinks after work without getting fat?

Not all of the editorial has bothered me but they have lost their aspirational tone. Lately I feel as if SELF just wants me to drop a few pounds and shut up until I marry someone. Am I the only one who feels this way? It wouldn’t be the first time but I am totally bummed to have to even talk about this. But I can’t review all of the health & fitness magazines (including Fitness, Health, Shape and Women’s Health) except SELF and not explain my feelings.

Do not worry SELF. I will not abandon you! We can still be a thing. Just remember that your audience is sharp and already knows that women can do pull-ups (In fact—I could do them as a girl dammit!) They want to eat to be healthy and not “detox” (or to get skinny for an occasion.) They want to be inspired by your pages and not just look for quick and easy fixes (which will just set them up for disappointment.)

Please tell me that you are just going through a phase SELF. I still believe in you and want you to succeed. Until then, I will hang in there a bit longer.

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:


Okay—that is it for me today. This week’s Vlog post has worn me out and I need a nap now. Talk to you all later!

Ox Ox,


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Cooking Tips from Food Network Star Claire Robinson and more @JustAddOJ #JustAddOJ ST


Food Network Star Shows How to Naturally Add More Sweetness to Your Meals

Plus: An Excellent Recipe for Balsamic Orange Citrunette Dressing from Florida Orange Juice

Claire Robinson Host of "5 Ingredient Fix"

Claire Robinson Host of “5 Ingredient Fix”

 Hey all!

Months ago I gave the Paleo lifestyle a whirl and was surprised to find out how much I enjoyed cooking with orange juice—they give my recipes a natural sweetness that is actually good for me. (I was a big of sugar-holic before.)

Well the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus asked me to be an ambassador to help promote the “Just Add OJ” program and it has been a total hoot so far!.  It’s been interesting checking out their official web site and try out the cool recipes such as this one for a crazy, delicious Balsamic Orange Citrunette.

Balsamic Orange Citrunette


1/2 cup Florida orange juice

1/4 cup vinegar

2 ounces balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil



Briefly mix the orange juice, vinegars, salt, mustard and garlic with an immersion blender, food processor or blender, or with a fork or wire whisk. Slowly add the oil in stream (drop by drop if whisking) until an emulsion forms; or just whisk everything together briefly. Add the remaining oil faster, but still in a stream.

Taste to adjust salt and add more oil, vinegar or freshly ground black pepper if needed.

Makes 1-1/4 cup

But wait—there’s more to this post!

Today I also have Food Network celebrity chef Claire Robinson (who also created recipes for the web site) on how you can add a little OJ to your daily meals and make them sweeter and sunnier than ever. (Couldn’t we all use some more sun?!)

Now, without further ado…

Culinary Tips from TV Chef Claire Robinson


  1. Grilling or Roasting: When grilling or roasting meat or vegetables, brush with Florida orange juice to keep moist and give your food an added layer of flavor.
  2. Poultry: Add Florida orange juice to the bottom of a pan to help steam and moisten poultry as it roasts. You can also reduce the drippings for a lovely orange-scented gravy.
  3. Fish: Poach fish, shrimp or salmon in Florida orange juice and water for a gourmet-tasting meal with little effort.
  4. Sauce: Make a quick sauce for almost any dish by pouring Florida orange juice into a pot, bringing it to simmer, and allowing it to naturally thicken as it reduces. Garlic, ginger, jalapeños, sugar, honey or fresh herbs are all nice additions to infuse flavor to a sauce as it reduces to the desired consistency.
  5. Dessert Glaze: Spruce up a plain cookie or cake with a quick, sweet glaze by adding a splash of Florida orange juice to powdered sugar. It can jazz up last-minute dessert preparations into something spectacular.
  6. Fruitful Marinades:  Simmer honey and Florida orange juice with any desired accompaniments, such as vanilla bean, mint or cinnamon, until the sugar dissolves. Toss seasonal fruit into the flavorful infusion for a delicious meal enhancer.

So check out the web site today and let me know what you think. (This is a sponsored post but do know I love OJ and cooking with it has been a boon to my daily meal plans.)

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Giveaway: My Top 7 Paleo Books “It Starts with Food” @Whole9Life @VictoryBeltInc

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 21

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 21: Polar Watches, ECA NY Conference, NASM eLearning,
My “Top Seven Paleo Books” Picks Plus
It Starts with Food Book Giveaway!


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am very excited to present this week’s Vlog and my latest book giveaway as I was inspired by my Blogger bud Keri of Fit Views Blog who helped me get into the Paleo lifestyle in the first place. Keri recently picked her “Top 5 Paleo Cookbooks” which inspired me to do my own list of my favorite Paleo tomes that I have leaned on and been inspired by these last few months. But I am getting ahead of myself—let’s start with what is on the Vlog today…

Episode 21 of the Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Notes:
Polar Watches: A big THANK YOU to Polar watches for finally either fixing or just replacing my FT60 as the light never worked properly and now it is perfect. Yay to good customer service!

ECA NY: I am going to attend this year’s ECA NY from February 7th – 10th whoo hoo! Here are the details—please let me know if you plan to be there as well. ECA New York Conference Feb 7-14

NASM eLearning: One of the proudest moments of my life was when I passed the notoriously tough NASM exam on my first try people! Being the lucky gal I am—they asked me to try out their eLearning workshop “Weight Loss Specialist” which I am about halfway through now. (Thank you NASM!) I plan to write more about it this week but in the meantime—check it out for yourself here: NASM “Weight Loss Specialist”

My “Top 7 Paleo Books” List plus My Latest Giveaway—It Starts with Food. I talk about my favorite Paleo books of the last year with many, it turns out, from the catalog of book publisher Victory Belt Victory Belt publishers. If you are either a newbie to Paleo looking for information or just someone looking for healthy, clean recipes to add to your meal plan—check out my suggestions in the Vlog below.

More Information on My “Top 7 Paleo Books”:
Robb Wolf Paleo Solutions: For me it all began with Robb’s book which I followed nonstop during my first month of eating completely clean (Whole 30) and I can honestly say I have not felt this good in years. Robb is a no nonsense kind of guy who also has a popular podcast that I quite enjoy—The Paleo Solution Podcast. In the clip I mention I followed his book’s meal plan 80% of the time but I want you to know I was strictly Paleo the Whole 30 Days! I just made some slight adjustments with ingredients as there are certain things I do not eat (salmon and anchovies for example.) Check out all of Robb’s work here at his official web site: Robb Wolf

• Diane Sanfillipo Practical Paleo: I just adore this book and the recipes here are to die for. She offers sound advice plus handy pull-out sheets to keep on your fridge and keep you on track. The Spaghetti Squash Bolognese recipe is divine! Be sure to check out her Blog Balanced Bites as well Balanced Bites

Dr. William Davis Wheat Belly: I can’t pretend to you all that I understand every single word in this book (the medical stuff goes over my head sometimes) but I was impressed with Wheat Belly. You can check out his Dr. Davis’ Blog here Wheat Belly Blog

Melissa Joulwann Well Fed: Oh my—the recipes here are so yummy and good here. This one I have on my Kindle but might have to buy a hard copy as well to keep in my kitchen library. Melissa’s Blog is called “The Clothes Make the Girl” Melissa Joulwann Blog

Tammy Credicott Paleo Indulgences: Over the holidays I went a little baking-happy and made quite a few yummy treats from this book. Tammy’s Blog is called “The Healthy Gluten-Free Life”  Tammy Crdicott Blog

Amelia Simons: Paleolithic Slow Cooker Soups & Stews: Wow! I just got this cookbook on my Kindle and as I am typing this out there is an Italian Soup cooking in my slow cooker and making me crazy. Seriously, I might just have to turn it on “High” so I can have it sooner! Amelia’s books are featured at:  Amelia Simons page

Dallas & Melissa Hartwig It Starts with Food: I had this book as a giveaway back in November and it was so damn popular I had to bring it back. This is one of those “Paleo Bibles” I think everyone interested in the lifestyle plan should read. Check out the details of the book below and how to win your own copy right below…

It Starts with Food
Discover the Whole30® and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the popular health and nutrition bloggers famous for their tough love, have helped tens of thousands of people develop a healthier relationship with food through their underground Whole30® program. Now, their program has gone mainstream with the release of their first book, It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways (Victory Belt Publishing, $26.95).
It Starts with Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to permanently change the way people eat, and transform their lives in profound and unexpected ways. “Our recommendations are based around the framework of a Paleo diet, but it’s not about history…it’s about health in today’s modern food landscape,” explains author, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Whole30 co-founder, Melissa Hartwig. “Our program achieves amazing results in just 30 days by giving readers a clear and simple plan focused on eating nutrient-dense, fast food, 100-calorie pack, eat-on-the-fly era, our book introduces a new perspective for how people approach each mealtime.”
Through their program, thousands of people have reported the astounding elimination of a variety of symptoms related to lifestyle-related conditions like diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and fatty liver disease; autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s and celiac disease, and psychological conditions like bipolar disorder, depression, and ADHD.
The Hartwigs detail not just the “how” of their Whole30 program in their new book, but also the all-important “why.” It Starts with Food reveals how specific foods may have a negative impact on how people look, feel, and live—in ways that many never associate with their diets. They address psychological attachments to unhealthy foods, and offer a strategy for banishing unhealthy cravings, habits, and patterns.’
The capstone of the program is their powerful nutritional reset—the Whole30—designed to support the immune system, heal the gut, and restore a healthy metabolism.
The end result is a balanced, sustainable way of eating that promotes a healthier relationship with food, optimal health, and radically improved quality of life.
Co-author Dallas Hartwig, a licensed physical therapist and certified sports nutritionist, agrees, saying, “Food can change your life, and It Starts with Food will show you how.”
About the Authors
Dallas Hartwig earned a BS in anatomy and physiology and an MS in physical therapy from Andrews University and has been a licensed physical therapist since 2001. He co-owned and operated a strength and conditioning facility with Melissa until founding Whole9 in 2009. He is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition and an RKC-certified kettlebell instructor.
Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, an RKC-certified kettlebell instructor, and a current candidate for a master’s of science in health and nutrition education at Hawthorn University. She co-owned and operated a strength and conditioning facility with Dallas until founding Whole9 with him in 2009.

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