The Skinny Gut Diet
By Brenda Watson CNC with Leonard Smith, M.D.
Published by Harmony Books
289 Pages HB
Back Cover:

The 100 trillion bacteria that live in your digestive tract—which make up 90 percent of the cells in your body—are the real reason you gain or lose weight. When those microbes are out of balance, chronic health conditions can occur, including irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and obesity. By balancing the good and bad bacteria, you can finally achieve your ideal weight—for good.  

The Skinny Gut Diet centers around an easy-to-follow diet plan.  A 14-day eating plan, dozens of delicious recipes and sage advice help you achieve—and maintain—digestive balance and sustained weight loss. With inspiring real-life stories of ten individuals who transformed their health on the Skinny Gut Diet, Brenda empowers you to become your own health advocate so that you can finally shed unwanted pounds and enjoy optimal health and vitality.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that addresses the “gut factor” The author states, …”you have reduced the fat, reduced the sugar, reduced the carbohydrates, and certainly reduced the flavor of your meals. You have counted calories, counted inches, counted pounds and counted on each diet being the last one you’d ever try. You have eaten mindfully, eaten organically, eaten locally, and eaten your way through more diet books then you’ are to admit.” YES, I’m there!! How about you?

This author goes on to discuss the fact that we have trillions of bacteria that play a crucial role in not only our digestive and immune health but also our overall health – and our weight.
I've had stomach trouble all of my life. I was in so much pain I never wanted to eat again. Doctors found medicines that helped and I've avoided certain types of foods to manage the pain. I've recently learned that the stomach medicines I've taken over the years can make your bones brittle. I've been looking for ways to get off of this medicine. I think this is my answer – losing some weight along the way will be a bonus.

This author says that keeping our gut healthy will make everything about your life healthier. I’m happy to hear that. She discusses how to get off the stomach medicines I’ve been on by adding certain things to my diet and eating three meals and three snacks a day this also balances your system for those who don’t have stomach trouble. The author says, “Each of us has a unique balance of bacteria that either protects us and keeps us healthy or leaves us susceptible to disease. That same balance can contribute to either weight gain or to weight loss. When your gut bacteria are out of balance, you gain weight. Conversely, when you balance your gut by eating the right foods (and by avoiding the wrong foods), you lose weight, reduce cravings, ditch digestive upsets, boost immunity, reduce inflammation and feel great.”

This is not your typical diet book it’s a way of life and a way to live pain free in reference to heartburn and stomach pain. I’m excited about that. The body works really had to try to keep balanced for us to feel well. This author shows how we can play a big part in helping that balance stay level and boost our immune system. This book is easy to understand and has key points to remember in a summary at the end of each chapter. Sprinkled throughout the book are testimonials from people that have made simple (some dramatic) changes to their way of life that has transformed there their health.

I've made Crab and White Bean Salad, Mini Spinach Omelets, Spinach and Goat Cheese Omelet,Cacao, Avocado, and Chia Mousse, Coco-nut pudding, Kefir Ice Cream. All of them were easy to make and tasted really good. I felt really good after eating them too!

I like the “teaspoon Tracker” formula. The author makes label reading easy and tracking sugar (including hidden sugar) in foods easy to track.  I like that. She has three simple rules to eat by. There is a two week eating plan to get you started and 70 recipes to use. I've tried a few of the breakfast meals with my family they loved it. The dinners look like ones my family will enjoy too. I’m excited to try the things I've learned in this book about getting a balanced gut and body. I’m also excited about getting off my stomach medicine. It’s a win win for me. It might be for you too!

Nora St Laurent
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