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Vega Book Giveaway + Vegan Chocolate Mousse

The lovely folks at Vega recently sent me a new book and some Vega samples to review. The book is Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos and I absolutely love the message of this book: that what you eat influences everything. Your mood, your body, your skin. You can even use food (instead of chemical medications) to treat ailments and reduce stress (and not in a binge-eating-ice-cream kind of way). vega-4I can tell you from first-hand experience that when I’m not eating well, i.e. lots of processed foods and sugars, I not only look bloated, but I’m in a bad mood and just feel grumpy and lazy. So I love that her book addresses the huge impact that food has on your overall health.

The book is broken into 5 sections:

  1. Food-Mood Connection
  2. Food-Weight Connection
  3. Food-Beauty Connection
  4. Food-Health Connection
  5. Recipes

My favorite section was the Food/Beauty Connection. I once heard that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth. And I haven’t been able to use Bath & Body Works lotion since. So I love the natural beauty solutions she gives. I’ve been using olive oil under my eyes at night ever since I read it in this book. And I swear my wrinkles are diminishing.vega-2I’ve tried a few recipes from the book, including the Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, which uses a scoop of Vega Smoothie Infusion. A few of her recipes use Vega products which is cool because they are packed with nutrients. And I just really like Vega as a company.

The smoothie was delicious but I was even more impressed with the second recipe I tried – Chocolate Mousse – because I just couldn’t believe how easy and tasty it was. And the ingredients surprised me!vega-1

Chocolate Mousse

By Peggy Kotsopoulos via Must Have Been Something I Ate

  • 2 cups cooked, pureed pumpkin*
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t vanilla extra

*I used 1 can of pureed pumpkin since it’s not the season for real pumpkins!

You just mix them up really well and voila! Mousse! And vegan mousse at that! I was shocked by the pumpkin and the coconut oil in the recipe but the texture is awesome. I liked it even better after it sat for awhile and chilled in the fridge. Even Maizey wanted some. Sorry pup – you’re allergic to chocolate. vega-3

Annndd….I got an extra copy of the book to give away to one of my readers!

How to enter the Vega Book Giveaway: Must Have Been Something I Ate, by Peggy Kotsopoulos:

  • Tell me a specific way that food impacts how you feel, good or bad.
  • Tweet (or post on Facebook) about the giveaway and link back to this post

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday during The Weekender and you can enter anytime before that time!

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155 Comments

  • Reply
    dana @ my little celebration
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    Lovely giveaway! One of the ways food impacts how I feel is, when I eat plenty of healthy, whole foods I feel noticeably more energetic and more beautiful inside and out. I especially notice this when I’m loading up on fresh fruit and veggies.

    I love the way healthy food makes me feel, well, healthy!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
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    Food impacts how I feel in a huge way. If I eat healthy meals throughout the day, I’m in such a good mood knowing I’ve fueled properly for my workouts and gave my body the nutrients/vitamins it deserves. It’s SUCH a good feeling – and I always eat a great breakfast because it starts my day of a good note!

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    Elizabeth
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    If I eat a healthy meal or snack after a workout, I feel so healthy and energetic! Eating too much sugar makes me feel sluggish, headachey, and angry.

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    Larissa
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    you have to feel good to look good and look good to feel good. This book sounds awesome!

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    Chase @ The Chase Project
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    Bah! Maizey’s face is hilarious!

    I love how much energy I have when I eat well. I see coworkers who are yawning at 3pm and I’m just rockin’ and rollin’ through the afternoon. Sure, they think it’s weird that I eat all day and only seldom buy lunch out, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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    Meghan
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    I love the way I and my body feels when I eat wholesome, natural and fresh foods. And not so great when I eat dairy – bubble gut is no fun.

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    Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life
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    What an great giveaway! I feel my best when I fill up on veggies and clean foods and decrease sugar, red meats, dairy, and most animal products in my diet (although I think fish does a body good!)

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    Lisa Boutell
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    I am pregnant right now and trying to pay more attention to only putting healthy foods into my body – I definitely feel how certain types of foods affect my energy levels; low nutrition usually equals super tired! The book sounds really interesting – great giveway!

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    Lily
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    This book sounds really amazing! Not only do I feel physically better when I eat well, but I also feel better mentally knowing that I am eating things that are good for my body!

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    Suzette Mahoney
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    I feel so much better, happier and motivated when I am eating right and consuming the right amount of water. If I fall off the healthy wagon I notice I am more crabby and anxious and not a lot of fun to be around! It has taken me years to see the link between my nutrition and my mood! This book looks right up my alley! Thanks for the chance 🙂

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    Jill
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    Food hugely impacts how I feel. Too little – ravenous and grumpy. Too much – bloated and lazy. Too processed – lethargic and unhealthy. Natural and raw – healthy and balanced. I’ve loved learning so much more about what goes in, and on, my body. This book sounds amazing!!!

    Great giveaway 🙂

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    Jill
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    I just tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Christy @ So I Follow the Sun
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    I have Crohn’s disease and am a huge believer in what I eat effects the way my digestive tract works and whether Crohn’s symptoms will be present or not. I’ve actually been working to control Crohn’s with diet alone instead of relying on medication.

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    Bridget B.
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    After a healthy, fiber full dinner and plenty of veg, I feel satisfied and energized the whole evening. I am more inspired to run, read, and even clean. Haha!

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    Alicia
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    I would love to read this book! I can totally tell when I’ve had too much sugar–my body is not happy with me.

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    Tracy
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    When I fall into the processed foods/sugar rut, I am bloated and dehydrated…when I’m eating clean I feel on top of the world and wake up feeling fantastic!

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    Michelle
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    I love how green smoothies give me a boost of energy in the morning.

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    Allison
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    This is why I keep trying to quit the diet sodas! They always make me feel bloated and gross. It’s a daily battle, though 🙂

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    Audra
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    I’ve significantly cut out processed foods and sugar from my diet over the past few weeks and have added in many more fruits, veggies and whole grains. Boy do I feel AMAZING! I never thought it would make such a huge difference but I have so much more energy and just feel better in general! I’ve been following a number of healthy foodie blogs (including yours!) and it really helps me stay focused. This book seems very interesting and I would LOVE to read it!

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    Becky
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    I feel sleepy and moody after “regular” pancakes. I LOVE them but they sit heavy in my stomach. But protein pancakes………I can eat them every morning and instead of draining my energy, they GIVE me energy and fill me up without being heavy. Such a happy solution for me since I am a pancake lover from waaaaaay back! 🙂

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    Shruti
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    I just wrote yesterday about how eating pretty looking simple foods alleviate my moods. Nothing better than a colorful salad or a hot homemade soup! The fact that you are eating healthy plus all the nutrients only make u feel good!

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    [email protected]
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    When I’m eating natural foods I feel more energized and in better moods!

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    [email protected]
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    Definitely just tweeted your giveaway 🙂

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    Emma
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    This book looks awesome! I’ve noticed that the more processed foods/sugars I eat the worse I feel. I’ve been on a major sugar craze lately that needs to end!

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    Samantha
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    I love the way green smoothies make me feel! They leave me energized and ready to start the day!

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    Kristina
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    I’ve been eating less sugar lately and I notice a BIG difference in how I work. I have an active job, so I need all the energy I can get.

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    Laura
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    The last few weeks I’ve been slacking in the fruits and veggies department and my energy levels have reflected it. This week I have been cramming in as many as possible and I’m feeling so much better!

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    Sarah
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    I’m on the fence leaning towards vegan, and feel better with the small subs like coconut milk, beans in place of meat. I could really get some great info from the book.

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    Anna Crouch
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    Oh my gosh, I would love this book! I’ve been realizing lately that I think my acne is related to something I eat. I’m going to cut out dairy and see what happens. I’m already vegetarian and have said I didn’t think I’d ever become a vegan. But hey…if it gets rid of the acne, I’m a convert!

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    Sarah
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    Guess who is interested? Me, so I also tweeted the giveaway info.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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    If I eat a lot of sweets I definitely can feel myself drag. I feel the best when I’m eating healthy.

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    Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest
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    Dark meat definitely makes me feel bad if I eat too much of it. I stay away from it most of the time and when I do eat it, I often feel sick right away.

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    Jess @atasteofconfidence
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    Food gives me fuel to workout! But too much fried food can definitely impact my tummy in bad way.

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    Meg
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    Awww, pupdog! No mousse for you! Her face is priceless.

    Breakfast is where I notice the most impact – if I don’t take time to make something healthy and filling, I feel like I’m off kilter the rest of the day. This book sounds awesome- definitely worth checking out. (And amazing pictures which = my fave cookbook quality.)

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    Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream
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    Food always impacts the way I feel both physically and emotionally. I know when I’m eating cleaner and staying away from anything processed and full of sugars I just have more energy and feel better!

    That sounds like such an interesting book!

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    Lindsey
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    I notice it in my skin for sure, when I eat alot of processed foods and sugars my skin breaks out. When I consume lots of water and veggies and clean eat I can go weeks without one breakout!

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    Rachel
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    Food definitely effects the way I feel! Eating healthy, good, natural foods actually makes me feel closer to Jesus. Feeding the body God has blessed me w/healthy foods def. makes me feel good!

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    Stephanie
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    I def notice that when I eat poorly or too much sugar not enough veggies, etc, I feel more lethargic, bloated and less motivated to wok out. Diet is what I’m still working on, and this book will help!

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    Stephanie
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    Also linked to this blog on my facebook page.

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    joy
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    What a fun giveaway.
    For foods that make me feel better its totally watermelon and cucumbers. I think it has something to do with their diuretic effects…
    And for feeling worse anything with dairy makes me feel awful

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    Erin Hack
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    I feel SO much better when I eat clean food! I occasionally give in to temptation and have something really naughty but I feel so bad afterwards that I always wish I hadn’t! Late night binge on greasy fast food fries = not so great the next day. 🙂

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    Katie
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    After almost a month of skipping breakfast (bad…i know!) – I started drinking green monsters again and it makes SUCH a difference in my day. I feel like I have boundless energy after some protein poweder + spinach + banana in the morning.

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    Christie
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    I’m with Katie- i’ve been drinking green monsters lately (minus the protein powders and such) and feel so much better. Was on an ice cream kick with the hubs and felt BLAH after too many dessert nights.

    I really want to try dome of the Vega products.

    Hope you are well!!!

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    Jessica
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    eating breakfast is the most important part of my morning, without breakfast my whole day is thrown off and something seems like its missing. My body is very true to the phrase, you are what you eat. If I eat healthy, my body feels energized and alive and likewise if I eat a lot of sugar, or too much food in general my body only wants to sit on the couch and not move a muscle. So I give up the sugary foods and overeating so I can still be active and lively throughout the day!

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    Jessica
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    I tweeted!

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats and More
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    I feel and look bloated, and am absolutely grumpy when i eat a lot of crap! I’ve very interested in this book!

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    Kalynn
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    I’ve always had acne problems, so I notice the effects of my poor eating choices on my skin probably more so than in other areas! Such a great giveaway! Love your blog!

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    Kalynn
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    I also tweeted about the giveaway (@kalynn5)

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    China
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    I’ve realized recently that I’m really sensitive to gluten. Whenever I eat bread/grain products I feel sluggish, and it seems like it takes hours to digest. When I skip the breads in favor of fruits and veggies, I feel so much lighter and more energetic!

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    Marie
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    Sugar has a huge impact on me. I love the initial feeling, but if I pay attention I really notice a definite fall in energy and mood later on. Then, after eating a little, I crave more for the rest of the day. I’m trying my best to stay away from it now. No added/ refined sugar, and very limited fructose. I feel great… I miss the desserts I love, but not the cravings or the crash.

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    holly
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    you were the absolute cutest in your fashion post – obsessed with the red chino j crew shorts. so adorbs.

    anyways, eating fruits and veggies while limiting alcohol and sugar just does wonders for my energy levels. it doesn’t always happen but when it does, i feel AMAZING!!!

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    Theresa
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    What I eat totally affects my performance as a human being. When I eat healthy and listen to what food my body needs, I feel more energetic, happier, and always perform better on my workouts 🙂

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    Libby
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    Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that causes my middle-of-the-night migraines, and I think it’s cause by a ton of sugar after dinner. I think I may have to start eating dessert if I want it at lunch instead of dinner because it’s just too close to bedtime and I’m not super keen on getting up in the middle of the night to down some ibuprofen.

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    Melissa
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    Knowing that I make healthy choices very regularly makes my unhealthier choices… burgers, fries, pizza…. not feel so bad. I don’t want to be someone who feels guilty when she eats so I try to load up on healthy meals and snacks as much as possible, plus they taste delicious. But when I want a burger or slice of pizza, I have it, and I know it’s OK because I make so many healthy choices 🙂

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    Jane Johnson
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    In January, I started limiting sugar to once a week, and recently eliminated it entirely! I noticed the day after I ate sugar how completely awful I felt, and it isn’t worth it anymore!! I have never been healthier 🙂

    Can’t wait to try the recipe! And the book….I die. It is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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    Becca
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    Foods that make my body happy: any nutrient-packed salad, green smoothies (!), kombucha, Asia balance tea, and banana soft serve.

    Foods that don’t always agree with me: greasy, fried food, meat loaded with saturated fats, and processed sugar … anytime I consume any of these even a little too much, I feel like I need to take a shower!

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    Rachel
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    Great giveaway! i feel bad when I eat too much bread and pasta and not enough fruit and veg. I know its a cliche, but i feel so much better when i eat better, drink more water and exercise!!

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    Caroline
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    Fun book! What I eat has a huge impact on how I feel. Too much sugar makes me feel sluggish and makes my stomach upset. Meals that are too heavy leave me with low energy. When I eat balanced meals with veggies, there is no denying that I feel best. So easy in theory and yet… 🙂
    That mousse looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tess
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    Artificial sugars leave me dehydrated! I know that sounds weird but every time I eat something with artificial sugar I am ssoooo thirsty for the rest of the day, feel sluggish and tired! Thanks for the chance and have a great day!

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    Kristin S
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    I’ve been using olive oil as my only face moisturizer for almost a year now! I love it!!! I’m glad it’s working for you!

    The biggest difference I notice in my body comes from when I eat wheat. We do not get along!!! My energy tanks, my mood takes a turn for the worse, and I get really bloated! It’s amazing how I’ve felt since I gave it up! Plus, adding more raw fruits and veggies has helped significantly too! I so want this book 🙂

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    Kate Harts
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    I’ll be a negative nancy…..I’m addicted to sugar! Particularly baked goods! I’m currently working through a body sugar detox, but its a hard road! I never buy sweets myself, but somehow coworkers forget my struggles and I can’t resist a box full of Munchkins or a flat of fresh brownies! Every day is a new day, and a new chance to eat natural sugars. Yay agave!

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    Kayla @ Sprouty Buns
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    In the summertime berries and melon make me feel light, hydrated and refreshed!

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    Carley
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    As of the last two months or so, I’ve gone back to following a mostly-vegan diet, and I feel AMAZING! I eat a ton of fresh fruit and veggies (especially because it’s summer) and I feel some much better than I did pre-veganism. I also try to eat as organic as possible, and I swear that makes a difference, too!

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    Carley
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    I tweeted about this, too!

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    Heather
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    If I eat something super greasy and salty, I wake up feeling groggy and sluggish no matter how much I eat. When I eat nutrient packed foods, I wake up revived and ready to go!

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    Lauren
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    Living with Chron’s Disease, food effects every aspect of the way I feel. I live by the philosophy of what I put in my body has to be what is right for my own body. I’ve stopped listening to what others say is good or right a long time ago when I realized that it’s not necessarily good or right for me.

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    Jessica
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    Food makes me happy. Simply. 🙂

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    Sparkle
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    Eating health food makes me feel good because I know that I am doing good for my body. And anything that I can incorporate chocolate into healthy food…well, that makes me very happy.

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    Suzanne
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    Cupcakes make me happy……and oh so sad….
    I feel euphoric as I savor the baked bundles of deliciousness, but then shortly after my body feels like CRAP! 🙁

    Sugar is my sad addiction. I’ve tried to quit so many times – it’s really hard.

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    Carolyn
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    When I am eating healthy, my mood is better, I feel better about myself and more confident. I never worry if I have one bad meal, but when I have had several in a row, I just feel tired and have no motivation. That is how I try to stay on track, I hate feeling that way! I would love to learn new ways that food can impact my lifestyle!

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    Jessica Higgs
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    Good Morning! I love food. Its as simple as that. I love how at celebrations, everyone is always surrounded by the table, talking about what is Mmmm delicious. Food is powerful in the sense that is what everyone is always talking about it! I love enjoying a glass of wine, eating a rich piece of dark chocolate, or even a sweet and salty salad. What I don’t enjoy so much, is when I get sucked into the processed food temptation, and yes it does happen. I ALWAYS feel sluggish, bloated, and simply not good. When it comes to food, I like to always remember….You are what you eat, so be WISE!!! : )

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    Brooke
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    Nutella is like crack….it makes me feel so very excited but sad once I realize I’ve eaten the entire jar! So very sad….

    Otherwise I feel my absolute best when I’m eating whole foods, preferably in the form of greens. It’s amazing how much you can notice changes in energy! 🙂

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    Liz Marchese
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    I’m hypoglycemic so when I eat healthy my blood sugar is balanced and I feel properly fueled for my competitive college swim team workouts!!!

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    Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers
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    Sometimes, when I’m having a rough day, I’ll end up eating way too much greasiness in my diet. And then, afterwards, I always feel worse! I try to change that by instead of nibbling my way out of a funk, I’ll go to the gym and hit it hard. That leads to a MUCH better feeling after!

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    Ashley @ Healthy Heroine
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    When I first started making healthier choices I missed all of the foods I used to eat (aka anything greasy, fried, or super cheesy), but now if I try to eat one of my old favorites, my stomach revolts and I feel awful for hours. I definitely feel better when I’m sticking to a diet that focuses on whole foods.

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    Stacy @ Stacy Eats
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    Tweeted about your post!

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    sarah
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    chocolate, refined sugar, processed foods? no energy, stomach aches, and sugar crashes.
    fruits, veges, beans, whole grains? ENERGY!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
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    what a cool mousse recipe! i have made it with avocado quite often, but never thought to use pumpkin.

    food can elevate my mood, leave me feeling accomplished (when it’s an especially good home-cooked meal), and it is exciting. new tastes, chefs, ideas… i’m not artistic, but food is my creative outlet.

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    The Teenage Taste
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    Whenever I eat a balanced and healthy meal I feel so energized. More so than if I had a burger and fries. I love it!

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    Ashley
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    I can’t even believe how much better I feel when I eat healthy. Whenever I slack off of eating right, I feel sluggish, bloated, and just down in the dumps.

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    Kelsey M
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    Eating the junk I have been for the past two days is making me feel sooo bad!
    Finally, got some fresh produce and fruit and looking forward to the weekend and
    Getting my act back in order!!

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    Kelsey M
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    Tweeting about this too!

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    Stacy @ Stacy Eats
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    Like you said, food plays a big role in how I feel. Sometimes I have periods when I don’t eat as well as I should and it totally affects my mood, making me anxious and irritable . The good news is you can so easily fix that with better food!

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    Brindi
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    Recently, I’ve learned so much about the impact of food. I always notic when I’ve had too much sodium because I’m so bloated the next day and miserable. But I also notice how energetic and awake I am in the mornings after I et a healthy bowl of oats!

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    Jennie
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    Making sure that I get enough protein while limiting my added sugar consumption does wonders for me! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway 🙂

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    Running With Mascara
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    When I don’t eat for like 3 hours, I get SUPER cranky! Food literally determines my mood! Stay far away from me if I haven’t eaten in a while or can’t find food near me!

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    Nadia
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    When I’m eating a lot of fruits and veggies and drink a lot of water, I feel like I have lots more energy, like my body is working better, that everything just feels fresh and clean! When I eat poorly, I feel greasy and lack energy. Eating healthier definitely has it’s benefits!!

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    Linds Forrest
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    I was lacking energy and I couldn’t figure out why, until I bumped up my protein intake and I have noticed a big difference! I would love this book to help me understand food better. We have quite the love/hate relationship. 🙂

    Also, any regular olive oil under your eyes? Please share your trick!

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    Trisha
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    Food influences everything. When I eat well, I feel better, I am more ready to exercise, I have a better attitude and a better LIFE!

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    Kristine @ Running On Hungry
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    Eating (Drinking?) a protein smoothie packed with fruits and veggies in the morning makes me feel amazing!

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    [email protected]
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    its so easy to tell when i’ve eaten crappy food. i just feel heavy and bad. there’s such a big difference when i eat good food..i have more energy and just feel good about myself!

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    Nicole
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    Food totally effects my entire life. When I’m eating healthy I want to workout and take care of myself more. It’s easy to fall off the wagon when I’m eating poorly.

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
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    what i eat affects how i run. i especially notice this if i workout in the afternoon in my amount of energy.

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    Charlotte
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    I always feel great when I add greens to my breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    I feel bad anytime I just do not pay attention to what I eat and just eat whatever is easiest. Taking that extra few minutes to make something healthy is not always what I want to do, but I always feel better when I do.

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
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    tweeted (@thepajamachef)

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    Amanda
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    I stopped eating fast food ages ago, but every now and then, I THINK I want a Big Mac or Whopper or something equally bad for me. I devour it and am sick for days.
    What I eat (or don’t) eat completely affects how I feel physically. And really, the better the food I eat, the happier I am overall.

    Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I am definitely going to buy this book – sounds very interesting!

    Your comment about not putting anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth is also a really good point! Really puts things into perspective!

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    Julie S.
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    I can tell a HUGE difference in how I feel depending on whether I’ve eaten healthy or splurged on something fatty. I think it’s important to let yourself fulfill cravings once in awhile or enjoy special occasions, but I just feel so much better physically (& mentally) when I stick to healthy eats (& exercise of course!!).

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    Lauren
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    I definitely notice I feel worse when I eat too much sugar and/or white carbs. I try to start the next day with a big green smoothie to get back on track.

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    Lauren
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    I tweeted!

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    Liz
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    When I overdo it on processed foods (which for me, means eating a serving a day for a few days) I feel pretty terrible – gastrointestinally and I feel like my skin and hair take a nosedive.

    I feel great when I’m consistently drinking warm lemon water, green tea, and having little nibbles of dark chocolate for dessert. 🙂

    This book looks great!

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    Liz
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    Lizalopoli
    @afoodiestaysfit is giving away an awesome book this weekend about how what we eat affects how we feel and how we look: bit.ly/mde2ht

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    Katie G.
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    This is an awesome giveaway! I am trying out the no meat/no dairy thing but I need to mix it up a bit and try new things- like the vegan mousse! I feel SO much better when I get in a workout (therapy, as I call it), and eat healthy whole foods. It makes a difference in the way I feel all day, and also is a big help on my digestive system (aka: no tummy aches).

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    Jessica
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    I notice immediatly with the skin on my face if my eating isn’t great. You glow when you eat well.

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    Emmy
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    Having been recently diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, I’ve had to really make some changes in how I eat. Even before I was diagnosed I was a healthy eater; I like whole foods, don’t eat meat, and stay away from most dairy (except greek yogurt and the occasional ice cream 🙂 ) But within the first week of cutting out gluten, I could tell a difference – 90% of my symptoms were gone and I was feeling like new. I’ll never underestimate the impact of food on one’s health, beauty, and life again – when people ask me how i deal with such a limited diet, i always say “I eat what makes me feel good.” And it’s so true-although eating a piece of bread wouldn’t be dangerous for me, since I don’t have celiac disease, I know how it will make me feel, and I just prefer to put things in my body that make me feel and look fantastic. Plus I know I’m not sacrificing taste since there are so many delicious foods that are naturally gluten free out there!

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    stephchows
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    OK I NEED to go make that mousse!!! Like right now!! I know this is ironic since it’s for a vegetarian cookbook.. but if I don’t eat red meat.. umm at a certain time of the month, I get light headed / shaky / feel like I’m going to faint.. and it’s not low iron, I had it checked! I cut out red meat for awhile but realized my body was NOT happy that I did. So for me, I need to eat it to feel healthy and function.

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    [email protected] In Sweetness and In Health
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    If I don’t eat enough veggies, I get really bloated and can’t go to the bathroom :(.

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    [email protected] In Sweetness and In Health
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    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Shannon
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    sugar and refined stuff makes me only want more… never fills me up… and makes me feel crappy. yay for eating well 🙂

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    Amanda
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    I have interstitial cystitis so eating foods that don’t agree with my bladder definitely make me feel horrible. I also notice that eating processed foods make me feel bloated and tired. Green smoothies make my skin look like fresh and new so since my CSA has started and I’m swimming in organic greens, I have been making those at least once a day!

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    melanie
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    i’ve been starting many mornings with green smoothies, and the blast of nutrients in them really puts me on the right track. i feel a lot better (lighter), have more energy, and am more likely to eat well the rest of the day. yum!

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
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    I watched Food Matters not too long ago, which was not the documentary I thought it was going to be, but it was very interesting! It talks a lot about how the foods we eat affect our health. Since then then I have increased my B vitamins and I’ve definitely felt my mood elevate!

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    Kate @ NaturaStride
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    Wow this book looks awesome. I changed by diet about 2 years ago and now eat TONS of fruit and veggies. Since then, my hair grows so fast, my nails are super strong, and I also lost 10 lbs and feel amazing inside and out. Totally changed my life. Posted on twitter! Thanks 🙂

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    Kat
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    Awww Maizey is too just too pretty 🙂 Seriously, our boxers need to meet. They would be lovers at first sight.

    So gluten totally affects my mood. Makes me sleepy, and bloated. Also, my skin breaks out in a little bumps all over my face. I would love to read this book.

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    Katheryn
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    I definitely don’t have as much energy when I make bad food choices. My energy takes a nose dive and I just want to sleep.

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    Jennifer
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    Being pregnant is hard as far as, ‘you gain weight’. I’ve never thought much about how food impacts the way I feel until this pregnancy. Now I’m obsessed with “what could I eat that would be healthier than _______” questions. I’ve always just eaten what I want, but now, being more aware of it I do notice that if I eat more fruits and veggies I feel better, where as sugars seem to make me more tired. I’m so glad to hear about this book, I’m going to check it out! Thanks for the info on it.

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    Meghan Doll
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    Food makes me feel proud of myself. For so long in my life, I deprived myself of food when I was suffering from anorexia. Now, whenever I eat, I feel proud of myself for being able to get over my disease and gaining my life back! Yay!

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    Meghan Doll
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    I tweeted!

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    Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza
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    I love how a healthy breakfast can make me feel energized and ready for the day!

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    Michelle
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    As a teenager it’s HARD to be happy with my body but I know if I eat well and exercise once a day (even it’s just stretching like yoga) I’ll be healthier, and stronger, and feel better about myself and my body

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    Luv What You Do
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    I LOVE chocolate mousse and it took me awhile to find a good recipe. I can’t believe this one has pumpkin. I have been hearing a lot about the Vega products. Do you buy them at the store or order them?

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    Pure2raw twins
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    I notice a big difference with how certain foods makes me feel. The whole body is a mystery and someone we have to keep up, haha

    Love vega and that pudding looks amazing

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    laura
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    I try to view food purely as nourishment for my body. Being in recovery from an eating disorder has changed my perspective on food. I try not to view things as ‘good or bad’ anymore, just simply nutrition. & it feels good to fuel myself with whole foods from every foodgroup- including fats!

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    rebecca
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    Peanut butter- tastes so good and lots of protein but sometimes I eat a loooot and then I feel overwhelmed

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    rebecca
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    I tweeted the giveaway!

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    Rachael Ann
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    I’m chronically Ill and treating my various issues holistically and integratively. It’s been a journey and I am still constantly amazed at how the quality and ingredients of my food react with my body. I would love that book especially more natural beauty treatments. Are there any makeup tips in there?

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    Jessica
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    Eating good food motivates me to also work out. The more I work out, the more nutritious food I eat. The opposite happens when I park myself on the couch with Milk Duds for dinner. (I promise that has only happened a few times) This book looks awesome and I hope to win it!

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    Jessica
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    I just Facebooked a link to this post too!

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    Ashlie
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    I am sucker for sugar, but I am becoming more and more convinced of its addictive qualities. I swear if I have one bite of something sweet all bets are off for the rest of the day…more fruit fo’ me!

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    Lauren
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    Sounds like an awesome book! I can definitely tell a difference in my energy levels when I don’t eat enough fruits and vegs.

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    Jenny
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    I love food. I really do. But in some ways it effects me negatively because I’ve adopted such an obsessive mindset in terms of calories and macro nutrients. More than anything I just want to learn to find contentment in nourishing my body properly rather than focusing so heavily on numbers.

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    Leah
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    Sounds like a really interesting book! I notice that whenever I eat fried foods, I never feel good afterwards. My stomach hurts, I’m lethargic, and I just feel heavy. But when I eat fresh foods, I feel better and more energized!

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    kelsey
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    unhealthy food totally affects my mood! which in turn, affects everyone around me ;] ive realized my body needs fresh, healthy food in order to perform its best!

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    Stacy (Little Blue Hen)
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    Oh man, food is so interlinked with mood. Too much sugar, dairy, caffeine, or cooling foods? I’m a mess. I make sure to include warming and grounded foods in my diet to help combat my tendencies when unbalanced.

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    VeggieGIrl
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    I just found your blog, LOVE it 🙂 You have the cutest brindle boxer in the world, my man was going gaga over her when I showed him pics, a brindle boxer is his dream dog (we have a boston terrier for now as we live in a small house, and an adopted terrier/schnauzer mix)

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    Laura
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    one thing I’ve been trying to be conscious of lately with regards to how food impact me is sugar. sugar doesn’t affect me too much in terms of energy levels or tummy issues, but if I eat any of it, I just keep eating it. for me, there isn’t really a one-cookie cut-off – once I start indulging, it’s hard to stop!

    because of this, I try to make more healthy “treats”… like this mousse! definitely adding it to my recipe queue. 🙂

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
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    I definitely feel a difference when I don’t enough veggies (and thus too much sugar). I usually break out more, am more tired, and look bloated. YIKES.

    Would love the book! I love me my fruits and veggies 🙂

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    Linda
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    Hello, I have been a mood eater all my life. Food has always made me feel in control, but that control then became out of control. As a child I was always the chubby one who never could run fast and didn’t like to play sports because I didn’t like how I felt when my, as the kids would say, “fat giggled”. Into my teens I was always conscious of my looks but never knew what to do to improve them, again mood binging. Also with the constant negative talk from my father never helped – “why are you eating that?”, “why can’t you be like your brother, he doesn’t have a weight problem?”. Of course, who ever tried to talk back to their father in the 80’s, I WAS AFRAID OF HIM.
    As I grew into adulthood I always thought that the only way I could loose weight is by killing myself with working out (which I absolutely hate), and not eat. Well sure it worked for the short term but the negative talk in my head never went away. I tried every diet out there; Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, etc., sure they all work for the short term but in the long term it wasn’t anything that I could stick with because it was just so unrealistic.
    I got married, found a wonder man who accepted me for who I was, had two wonder children, stayed home to raise them; put myself totally on hold to do that. When it came time to really take care of myself, which was nine years after my second child was born, it was too late for my father to see my results as he died from complications of diabetes. I was always looking for his approval and when the time came when I really needed and wanted it I couldn’t get it for now he was now gone, gone because of a horrible disease; a disease that I was desperately trying not to get.
    Now 70 lbs later I am happy to say that I am a totally new woman; a woman who is happy in her own body, happy with her thoughts, happy in her marriage again, happy with her children, and happy to be alive, food no longer has control over me, or over my thoughts.
    It was a long and bumpy road, but it was all worth it. I now run 1/2 marathons and 10k road races.
    I can truly say that food now makes me feel good.

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    Linda
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    loved the tofu chocolate pudding, can’t wait to try this! I burn the calories just working around the property and tending to the pets. Always love dessert and better to eat ones not packed with sugar.

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    Katie
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    I always feel better when I drink lots of water and get my fruits and veggies in! Also, I try to avoid eating dairy products because I always end up getting stomach cramps and feeling bloated.

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    Bec
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    Hi there!
    Firstly I just want to say that I have had Brendan Brazier’s Thrive book for 2 years now and absolutely love it! I have been vegan for 4 years and I am a fitness professional so it has helped me achieve tremendous results in my training and that of my clients also. By having a clean diet I have learned that carbs such as oats and too many grains, cause me to put on weight. So I limit these foods. I have also learned that flaxseed is amazing for digestion- will definitely keep you regular! Hemp is by far the superior form of protein in aiding my recovery with training and digestion in general. Above all I have learned that eating a whole foods plant based diet has helped me to be more in touch with my body and spirit, and I am achieving much more out of life because I feel SO GOOD ALL OF THE TIME!!

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    Alanna
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    Food impacts me both good and bad. I have a ton of digestion issues so it can be really hard at times to know what to eat, especially when I’m already not feeling well. But eating healthy makes me feel amazing. I feel better physically (like stomach and digestion) and I also feel better mentally. I love how I feel about myself and it gives me so much more confidence and energy to do the things I love!

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    Alanna
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    I tweeted!

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    Jackie
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    I’m mostly gluten, dairy and sugar free. In 2009 I was diagnosed with lupus. Since then I’ve become vegetarian and go vegan and raw for chunks of time. I find I feel clean and light, not weighted down. I’m prayerful eventually my body will heal itself. I find now I really have no desire to eat meat and it kind of grosses me out. If I find I wind up eating something with gluten or processed sugar I get extremely tired.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book. It looks great and I love vega products.

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    Alba
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    I always feel lethargic after I eat a bunch of junk food but I’m always pretty pepped and full of energy if I’m getting a bunch of fruits and veggies during the week 🙂

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    Ana
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    This book seems to be a winner, I have seen so many good reviews!
    Food definitely has a huge impact on my body. It is impressive how eating fruits and vegetables make me feel good, green juices are also amazing, totally makes me feel energized, I love them!
    Ana

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    susan mann
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    i had stomach issues for 2 years, bloating, gassy, stomach pains, heartburn- the dr’s couldn’t figure it out- told me i would be on meds for the rest of my life. i found out i was lactose intolerant…and started to read more and more bout nutrition. i eliminated processed foods and dairy, then meat, then all animal protein. it turns out it wasn’t me that had the problem, it was the “so-called food”, i was putting in my system had no nutrition,plenty of preservatives,pesticides. i feel amazing now!

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    Sayrah
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    Although I stick to a mostly healthy, fresh diet – dark chocolate dipped dried mangos from whole foods rock my world! You have to try them if you haven’t yet! They are in the bulk section 🙂

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    C
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    I REALLY notice a difference when I eat well, which isn’t always as simple as just sticking to healthy foods because several years ago I was diagnosed with a long list of food allergies. It takes some extra work, but with time and practice I’ve gotten much better at automatically making better food choices while I also steer clear of the items to which I’m allergic. It helps that my husband is also interested in eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, because we encourage one another when we (especially I) want to fall into an ice cream/junk food rut. We talk through how icky we know we’ll feel after eating the junk, and we’re usually able to talk ourselves out of whatever craving we were having OR we substitute something healthier in its place.

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    Michelle
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    Too much sugar gives me an instant headache. Eating healthy gives me more motivation to exercise and get the rest of my life in gear!

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    Stacy (Little Blue Hen)
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    I tweeted! (Well, I RTed your tweet.)

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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
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    I LOVED this book so much!!

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    Amanda G.
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    I feel great simply when I eat whole, unprocessed foods! I have more energy and just feel healthy. I hate the way I feel after a stretch where all I did was eat junk and drink alcohol!

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    Andrea
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    i feel so much cleaner if i eat healthy, whereas if i eat a larger-than-reasonable slice of chocolate cake, i just feel absolutely lousy! x.x

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