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You have heard me say, time and time again, that true health begins in the gut. Many health problems stem from an unhealthy, damaged gut, including autoimmune disease, weight issues, skin conditions, migraines, food allergies, and more. I personally have learned just how important it is to address our gut health as the root of all health conditions, as I continue along my own personal journey to health. I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and last year, I decided it was time to regain control of my health. Guess where I started? My gut. You can read more about my journey here.
Digestive Health with Real Food
I wish I had had this amazing book when I first started on my health journey. What an amazing resource, not only for people who are just starting out on their healing journeys, but for those who may already be well on their way to healing, yet still have some residual issues that need to be addressed.
“Digestive Health with REAL Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues” is written by Aglaée Jacob M.S. R.D. and I was THRILLED beyond belief when she and her editor and publisher, Cain Credicott (from Paleo Magazine), sent me a copy of the new book to review here on my site. I had no idea how in-depth this book would be, but the second I opened it, I knew that it would be a key resource for me as I continue along my healing journey.
If you're not familiar with Aglaée Jacob, she is the author of the Paleo Dietitian website. I have followed her website for awhile now and it is packed with great information. Aglaée is a pretty awesome gal and she really knows her stuff. Here's a brief bio (read her detailed health journey here):
Aglaée is a Canadian registered dietitian and has completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Nutrition at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). She worked as a diabetes educator in Ottawa for 3 years and then left to explore the world. After traveling in South America to master her Spanish skills and do nutrition volunteering on the Galápagos Islands, she lived for a year in Melbourne, Australia and another year in München, Germany. Her personal health struggles made her discover low-carb and Paleo diets in 2010. She is now studying naturopathic medicine at CCNM in Toronto.
Aglaée's book is a practical guide to healing the gut and, in turn, achieving better health. Do you suffer from symptoms of digestion gone awry, like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, excessive gas, abdominal pain from eating, etc.? This book focuses on an anti-inflammatory, low irritant, nutrient-dense diet to help treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Fructose malabsorption, FODMAP intolerance, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Gallbladder issues, Abnormal intestinal permeability (leaky gut), Gut dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance), Celiac disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Multiple food sensitivities, and more.
When Aglaée told me that she would send me a copy of the book to review, I knew it was going to be good, but honestly, I had NO idea just how much eye-opening information would be in this book. It is over 350 pages of information all relating to digestion, from the basics to the more complex, to supplements to the mind-body connection, to recipes to tips for troubleshooting. Anything and EVERYTHING you need to know about digestion, and digestive disorders, plus how to fix them, is in this book.
Here's a quick chapter run down:
Chapter 1 gives you the basics of digestion, including some great charts and diagrams to get you familiar with the process.
Chapter 2 discusses all of the things that can happen in our body when our digestion goes awry.
Chapter 3 shows how real food can come to the rescue of any digestive disorder you are facing.
Chapter 4 gives you the low-down on nourishing foods you need to be eating and why.
Chapter 5 helps you design your own real food diet plan that will specifically address the issues you're facing.
Chapter 6 discusses supplements – what to take, why to take them, and how to take them. Very in-depth and covers a lot of information with great charts.
Chapter 7 talks about the mind-body connection. This is an area that I REALLY need to work on and I am grateful that she covered this in her book, because it is an area that often gets overlooked by most practitioners.
Chapter 8 shows us how we can live our life and still have fun, even if we're dealing with these problems. She also discusses how to eat out and travel while focusing on healing the gut. I think this is another vital chapter, because I struggle with this — feeling like I can't have a social life because my diet is so restricted.
Chapter 9 discusses how to troubleshoot things like cravings, fatigue, and symptom return, giving us practical tips on how to combat these issues, should the arise.
Chapter 10 is all real food recipes, designed to kick off your healing journey on the right nutritional foot. A wide range of basics, sides, main dishes, desserts, and snacks, all geared towards being digestive-friendly and delicious (there are lots of full page color photos too!).
Chapter 11 gives us meal plans that we can follow to ensure that we stay on the right track and give ourselves the best chance at healing our digestive orders. I am grateful for meal plans, because frankly, I get really overwhelmed and frustrated with all the things I can't eat, so having someone tell me what to eat helps take some of the stress off of my mind!
The Appendices and References sections are filled with blank charts to help you track your progress, a helpful mix and match chart that helps ensure you get enough of each real food group at each meal, as well as shopping lists, food reintroduction and challenge charts, foods to avoid, and more.
Even though I have read through this book, I know I am going to refer back to it over and over again. I seriously cannot get over how much information is presented in such an easy-to-understand, non-intimidating way. The addition of nicely designed charts and graphs help add to the appeal of the book, especially for those of us who are visual learners or like quick reference guides. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with any type of digestive disorder and wants to improve their health using real food and natural remedies. This will be a book you'll refer to over and over again. The book is scheduled to be released June 28th and I know it will help countless people out there on their journey to optimal health.
Who Wants to Win?
I have barely scratched the surface in this review of this book. Now, I want you to win a copy! Cain and Aglaée are generously giving away two copies of this book (each valued at $34.95)! Use the Rafflecopter website below to enter. If you can't wait and want to pre-order it now, you can do so on Amazon. But first, the required legal jargon.
Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest open to US and Canadian residents, 18 years and older, only. All entries will be validated and the winner will be chosen randomly via the Rafflecopter widget and will be notified via email, as well as announced on the Delicious Obsessions website. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. If the winner does not contact me within that time frame, another winner will be selected at random. This giveaway will run from 12:01am, Friday, June 7th, through 12:01am, Saturday, June 15th. This giveaway is sponsored by Cain Credicott, Paleo Magazine, PO Box 2066, Bend, OR 97709, and they will provide two winners a copy of this book, ” Digestive Health with REAL Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues”, valued at $34.95. You will be required to provide your name and shipping address to me (Jessica Espinoza, Delicious Obsessions, LLC, PO Box 27414, Denver, CO, 80227), and I will give that info to Cain Credicott so he can ship out your prize. They will ship the prize directly to the winner once they receive their shipping information from Delicious Obsessions, LLC.
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