Monday, December 8, 2014

The Skinny Gut Diet | Book Review

Book Review The Skinny Gut Diet
Suffering from several health issues and having gained quite some weight over the years, I have become more and more interested in how to have a healthier lifestyle. Not that I lead such an unhealthy one, but one can always try to improve right? It is why making Pilates and/or Yoga part of my day is on my Bucket List

It is also why I have started reading up on what kinds of food are good for your body, mind and skin. I was able to receive a book focussing on permanent weight loss called "The Skinny Gut Diet" by Brenda Watson. Now, I am not one for dieting. I believe you should change your lifestyle (gosh, that can be so hard - trust me.. still working on it), but I was willing to give it a try. See what it is all about. Well, the book opens with a scary truth:
"the obesity epidemic currently facing the nation and most of the rest of the world is reaching a critical point. Chronic disease is rampant as a result of escalating obesity rate, and for the first time in over a century, the newest generation will be the first to have a lower life expectancy than the last." 

Errrr, thanks for that. Just what I needed to read. Brenda Watson writes that everyone has an inner weight-loss secret, what she calls "the gut factor". She is really referring to good and bad bacterias that we have in our gut, so the focus of this book lies on digestive health. The author continues explaining what this lifestyle change (apparently, it is a lifestyle change) really entails and how it worked for her. I really just want to move on to the important part.. you know, the good stuff?! Instead it feels quite repetitive for a good amount of pages. Oh well, at least she is hammering in the what this diet will supposedly do.

"The Skinny Diet Gut" not only provides you with a new way of eating (which I still have not discovered), but it also shows the result of 10 participants who followed this diet for three months. The author also offers scientific studies done on poop (yes, I wrote 'poop') because that is related to your gut. Apparently lots of common conditions (inflammation, irritable bowl syndrom, diarrhea) are related to having an imbalanced gut. Well, how can we change this? There are three simple rules to the Skinny Gut Diet:

  1. eat more (healthy) fat to reduce silent inflammation
  2. eat living foods every day to balance your gut
  3. eat protein at every meal and snack to eliminate cravings

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There are a lot of smart tips in this book. For me personally the long introduction leading towards what exactly to do was not necessary. I think this book gives a lot of general information that I was aware of, anyways.. but I suppose that for those who are not.. all that extra information is very educational. I like that if you do not want to read all of it or just want the most important details that at the end of each chapter you will find a quick overview of what you need to know. The book also offers a lot of recipes and weekly meal plans from homemade spaghetti pasta to Indian chicken marsala. I mean, it even has a "rescue kit" for when you feel like eating the unhealthy stuff and a grocery shopping strategy guide. I can definitely see the value of this book and I am glad I had a chance to read it. Did you know I made notes of what was useful for me? Yup. I will do my best to apply the strategies and eat better... because I want a balanced gut and no inflammation, pretty please! You can get it for €22/$26 (or cheaper if you look via Amazon or get it on Kindle, etc). For more information you can check out the official page. What do you think? Would this be useful for you? Do you also like reading health/food-related books?


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17 comments

  1. Wat een interessant boek! Ik moet zelf helemaal niet afvallen, maar ik heb wel vaak last van buikpijn en ik geloof zeker dat dat met gezond eten minder kan worden of over kan gaan.

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    1. Jaa, dat vind ik het meest interessante eraan. Niet zozeer het afvallen, maar proberen om zo'n opgeblazen buik of pijnlijke gevoel te verminderen!

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  2. Ik ga akkoord, dieten is niet de oplossing, een gezonde levensstijl adopteren wel. Ik zou zo'n boek waarschijnlijk zelf niet kopen, maar ik zou er wel eens in willen bladeren. Het klinkt wel alsof er een paar goeie tips en inzichten instaan.

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    1. Helemaal waar! Helaas kost het veel tijd, moeite en geduld. Dat laatste heb ik niet veel van.. oh ja, wacht.. dat eerste ook niet :P But I'll keep trying ^^

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  3. Ik ben bezig een dieet voor mezelf op te stellen, niet om af te vallen, maar wegens problemen van vroeger waardoor ik slecht reageer op sommige ingrediënten in eten. Ik lees dus wel graag van die tips, maar aangezien het bij mij vrij specifiek is, denk ik dat dit boek mij nu niet echt verder gaat helpen. Ik vind het alleszins een eerlijke en goede review! :)

    Liefs,

    Marlies - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

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    1. Oh, wat vervelend dat je slecht reageert op bepaalde ingrediënten. Weet je ook welke dit zijn? Ik heb hetzelfde probleem hoor.. dan moet je opeens zoveel vermijden. Dank je wel, Marlies :) dat waardeer ik!

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  4. Interessant boek! Ben niet geïnteresseerd in afvallen, maar wel in een gezondere levensstijl en de effecten ervan! X

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  5. Klinkt als een interessant boek!

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  6. Thanks for reminding me of my unhealthy eating habits! LOL! Right now I guess I just need to cut down on sugar intake! I eat way too many sweet and sugary things in a day.... well, at least I eat protein at every meal! That counts for something right? Right? hehe

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    1. Haha, sorry! Yeah, sugar is pretty bad... I try to avoid it as much as I can.. but ever since I got my coffee machine it has become a bit harder :P Haha, yes.. let's make it count for something ^^

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  7. Leuk! Nieuwe boeken ontdekken over gezond eten, daar ben ik altijd voor te vinden! ;-)

    Liefs, Carmen
    The Healthy Ever After

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  8. Ik ken dit boek nog helemaal niet! Klinkt wel heel goed. Wel fijn voor na de feestdagen hiih.

    xoxo
    Dascha

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  9. Ik vind het altijd interessant om te lezen over een gezonde levensstijl, maar het is wel zo dat dit voor iedereen zo verschilt dus het is belangrijk om wat je leest naar jezelf te vertalen. Je maakt zo te lezen al nota's van de voor jou interessante stukken uit het boek en dat is heel goed! Zo focus je op wat voor jou het belangrijkst is. Het lijkt me zeker leuk om te lezen en hopelijk werpt het z'n vruchten af!

    X Sara

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  10. Wat een fijn boek! Een gezonde levensstijl is erg belangrijk ;)

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  11. I'm always interested in the different ways that I could lead a healthier lifestyle. I like how you mentioned that you can just pick up the book and get the important details at the end of the chapters, because i'm not a very patient reader when it comes to books that get repetitive. This looks like an interesting read though, thank you for sharing :) !

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  12. Aha, dat klinkt als een interessant boek! Ik ben mijn levensstijl wat healthier aan het maken en kan zeker nog een paar tips gebruiken.^^

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  13. i salute you for making this move natasja, a lot of people have the intention to live a healthier lifestyle but only a few do something about it. i read Cameron Diaz's The Body Book which ended up motivating me to change the foods i eat and hit the gym. You might like that book too, although it can be too informative sometimes hehe. oh and when you start doing pilates/yoga it helps to buy cute and sexy gym outfits for extra motivation ^^

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