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GIVEAWAY: Internal Bliss Cookbook

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Did you know it’s possible to eat a nutrient-dense diet of whole, living, and fermented foods and still be malnourished? If your gut isn’t operating optimally, you won’t have all the benefit of those wonderful foods you’re eating. That’s why so many have found the GAPS diet protocol helpful. It’s a restrictive diet, like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but it emphasizes eating nourishing foods that are proven to promote gut health — including homemade bone broth and lots of lacto-fermented goodies like sauerkraut.

The GAPS diet is a healing diet. You probably wouldn’t want to eat it forever, but many people find that within 6 months to a couple of years on the GAPS diet works wonders for their overall health and well-being. Autistic children return to functioning normally. People with diagnosed mood disorders experience a level of stability they’d never thought possible. And digestive problems? Totally gone.

This week, I’m pleased to be giving away the very first cookbook created specifically for those attempting to reclaim their health by eating GAPS-approved foods! It’s called Internal Bliss. Don’t you just love that title? It conjures up images of a supremely happy internal population of bacteria and yeast.

With more than 140 GAPS-approved recipes, you won’t be disappointed!

How to Enter

Leave a separate comment for each of the following possible ways to enter.

1. The first step to entering the contest is to click on the link below. You’ll be taken to the GAPS Diet website, where you can learn more about the GAPS Diet protocol. Then, come back here and leave a comment letting me know one thing you learned from perusing the site.

(Note: If you can’t see the link above, it is because you have ad blocking software enabled or javascript disabled. Please disable your ad blocker or enable javascript to participate in the giveaway.)

Now, leave a comment below. That’s good for one entry. For additional chances to win, do any of the following:

2. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)

3. Sign up for my weekly email newsletter using the form below. Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up. You will also get an entry if you already subscribe — be sure to leave a comment! (3 extra entries)

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to include the URL to this page in your tweet. Click the Twitter icon button at the bottom of the post, or you can use the following tweet: “Don’t enter to win the FREE Internal Bliss cookbook! I want it all to myself.” Leave a comment telling me that you followed & tweeted. (1 extra entry)

5. Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to this page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

6. LIKE my newly created Facebook page and share about the giveaway on Facebook, linking to this post. (2 extra entries!)

There are a total of 9 possible entries!

Questions? Comment below.

This contest will end Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be announced the following Wednesday. Please note this contest is only open to those with U.S. shipping addresses.


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110 Responses to GIVEAWAY: Internal Bliss Cookbook
  1. Rachel Roland
    December 10, 2010 | 11:15 am

    I learned that dairy is a no-no for at least four weeks…and no MILK at all :)

  2. Rachel Roland
    December 10, 2010 | 11:16 am

    I like you on FB

  3. Rachel Roland
    December 10, 2010 | 11:16 am

    I like you on FB
    Great giveaway!

  4. Nora
    December 10, 2010 | 11:17 am

    I signed up for your newsletter and visited the GAPS website.
    I have learned from the GAPS website that many neurological conditions begin in the gut and they can be healed through healing the gut.
    I hope I win!
    Blessings! <3

  5. Nora
    December 10, 2010 | 11:22 am

    I even copied and “shared” on facebook!
    See Amethyst Dowdell. :o)

  6. Lyn Gorski
    December 10, 2010 | 11:33 am

    I suffer IBS/mucous colitis with flares once or twice a year. I am eager/anxious to learn more about GAPS. The 1-7 stool classification chart is helpful. I often read and share posts on facebook.

  7. Lyn Gorski
    December 10, 2010 | 11:36 am

    I have signed up for the weekly updates. Looking forward to learning more and more.

  8. Andrea
    December 10, 2010 | 11:39 am

    I actually have spent quite a bit of time at that website in the past so I didn’t learn anything new this time. ;)

  9. Lyn Gorski
    December 10, 2010 | 11:40 am

    I liked and have been following you on facebook, even share . . . posts and links often. I cannot learn enough to help resolve my gut & psychology issues. It is the practicing them that will be the difficult part!

  10. Lisa
    December 10, 2010 | 11:43 am

    I’ve been to the website before. Lots of great info. It’s amazing that we can heal our tummies in just a year or two, instead of spending the rest of our lives avoiding those foods that make us sick.

  11. Lisa
    December 10, 2010 | 11:47 am

    I signed up for your newsletter. :)

  12. Lisa
    December 10, 2010 | 11:48 am

    I’m already following you on Twitter.

  13. Valerie L
    December 10, 2010 | 11:58 am

    Trying to get some good real foods cookbooks to work with and this one sounds great!

  14. Valerie L
    December 10, 2010 | 11:59 am

    I “like” you on facebook!

  15. Leah
    December 10, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    I’ve spent a lot of time at that website as well, but I learned about the sensitivity test this time… interesting. I might give it a try.

  16. Leah
    December 10, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    I like you on fb!

  17. Leah
    December 10, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    I like you on fb (do we have to leave 2 comments to get 2 entries?)

  18. Leah
    December 10, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    Also, how do I sign up for your newsletter? I don’t see anywhere to do that!

  19. kelly
    December 10, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook! Thanks!

  20. Rachel
    December 10, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    The GAPS diet is amazing! I’ve never felt as healthy as when I was eating that way. I went back to the website, and was reminded to only eat fruit in-between meals.

  21. Rachel
    December 10, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    I already follow on FB

  22. AnnieC
    December 10, 2010 | 1:25 pm

    I follow you on FB. What I learned from the site was that homemade yogurt could be eaten immediately, which I didn’t know.

  23. kelly
    December 10, 2010 | 1:33 pm

    Dr. Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998.

  24. Pamela
    December 10, 2010 | 1:37 pm

    I learned that it would be very difficult for my vegetarian daughter to go on this diet but that it would likely be very good for her.

  25. Pamela
    December 10, 2010 | 1:38 pm

    I already subscribed to your blog

  26. Pamela
    December 10, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    I mean your email newsletter!

  27. Pamela
    December 10, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    I already follow you on FB – that’s how I learned about this giveaway.

  28. ChelseaW
    December 10, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    I had no idea what the GAPS diet was about, and now i have a bit more understanding…no grains, sugars, or dairy, except for fermented items like yogurt.

  29. ChelseaW
    December 10, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    I get your email newsletter! #1

  30. ChelseaW
    December 10, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    i get your email newsletter #2

  31. ChelseaW
    December 10, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    i get your email newsletter #3

  32. linnea edwards
    December 10, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    I learned that the good life of enjoying food doesn’t end just because you can’t have certain foods , in fact, the good life just begins and gets better!

  33. Nora
    December 10, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    CoNfIRmEd! :D

  34. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 4:19 pm

    I;m a regular on the Gaps website, this is a great resource. Thanks.

  35. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 4:19 pm

    I reieve the newsletter.

  36. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 4:19 pm

    I follow on FB.

  37. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 4:20 pm

    I follow on FB #2..

  38. Lisa Carey
    December 10, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    I was surprised to learn from the website that Arrowroot powder is a no-no. I always that it was a better choice. I can see, I have much to learn.

  39. Lisa Carey
    December 10, 2010 | 4:25 pm

    I am subscribed already for the newsletter. Thank you! I love it!

  40. Julie
    December 10, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    The website is a great source for healing your gut-so much information!

  41. Rose
    December 10, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    at the GAPS website i learned that probiotics are useful for a whole lot of health problems, not just digestive issues. And this has been demonstrated thru studies, not just anecdotes–who knew?

  42. Rose
    December 10, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    I like you on FAceBook

  43. Rose
    December 10, 2010 | 9:39 pm

    and, I signed up for the newsletter!

  44. Cynthia
    December 10, 2010 | 9:42 pm

    I have learned that many deseases are being linked to gut health.

  45. suzanne
    December 10, 2010 | 9:49 pm

    This book looks great!

  46. Jen
    December 10, 2010 | 10:17 pm

    I subscribed to your newsletter! Thank you for all of this information!

  47. Jen
    December 10, 2010 | 10:17 pm

    I learned how important it is to consume homemade bone broths….

  48. L Berdnik
    December 10, 2010 | 11:19 pm

    GAPS diet helped me immeasurably with eczema issues.

  49. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 11:27 pm

    Been dealing with candida issues for a while now, thinking about going on the GAPS diet.
    I didn’t know GAPS stressed “Safer household and personal care products”… something I’m already passionate about :)

  50. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    I subscribe to your newsletter

  51. Heather
    December 10, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    I “like” you on Facebook

  52. Penny
    December 10, 2010 | 11:43 pm

    I am subscribed to your newsletter and have visited the GAPS site regularly. Would love to win the book. Need all the help I can with cooking. Penny

  53. Danielle
    December 10, 2010 | 11:50 pm

    I tried the GAPS diet about a year ago and own the books.

    I blogged about your giveaway on my site where I also write about real food, homeschooling, and living on one income.

  54. lisa
    December 11, 2010 | 1:23 am

    Hi there – I ‘liked’ you on Facebook and the GAPS diet is totally grain free even no starches!

  55. Yana
    December 11, 2010 | 1:55 am

    I am already signed up!

  56. janis ortwein
    December 11, 2010 | 6:03 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  57. Janet
    December 11, 2010 | 6:37 am

    I hope I win!!

  58. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:51 am

    I am so impressed with the GAPS diet and hope to get started on it using the Introduction Diet on the web site! Thanks so much for telling me about it!

  59. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:52 am

    I am signed up to receive your newsletter and just LOVE getting all this good information! Thank you!!! (1 entry)

  60. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:53 am

    I am already signed up to receive your newsletter. (2nd entry)

  61. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:54 am

    I am signed up to receive your newsletter. (3rd entry)

  62. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:54 am

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this post, but I hope that I win!

  63. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:55 am

    I emailed five friends and told them about this giveaway, but if they win they are going to have to share it with me!

  64. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:56 am

    I like your new page on Facebook and posted about this giveaway, but I told my friends if they enter and win the book they will have to share it with me. I need it more than they do! :-) Thank you so much for having this giveaway!!!

  65. Mindy
    December 11, 2010 | 7:56 am

    I shared about this giveaway on Facebook, but I hope that I win!!! Thanks!!!

  66. Anne
    December 11, 2010 | 9:33 am

    I already receive your newsletter.

  67. Jenny
    December 11, 2010 | 9:34 am

    I have visited Gaps website several times trying to gain the courage to start the diet, I was hoping for an e-book that would help me break it down further….thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway, I hope I win!!!

  68. Jenny
    December 11, 2010 | 9:34 am

    I follow you thru Email and RSS!

  69. Anne
    December 11, 2010 | 9:36 am

    I visited the GAPS diet website and learned that supplementing probiotics and essential fatty acids are more important than taking a multi-vitamin.

  70. Nance
    December 11, 2010 | 9:44 am

    I ‘m a subscriber to your emails. Thanks.

  71. Robyn
    December 11, 2010 | 9:55 am

    I was actually happy to learn that dairy is not included in this diet. I’m so sick of being told to consume dairy.

  72. Robyn
    December 11, 2010 | 9:56 am

    I already subscribe to your weekly email newsletter.

  73. Robyn
    December 11, 2010 | 9:59 am

    I already like you on FB and I shared this link on FB.

  74. JJ
    December 11, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    I learned that stock, kefir and fermented vegetables can restore stomach acid production. Facinating!

  75. JJ
    December 11, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    I already subscribe.

  76. Lisa
    December 11, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    I already subscribe to you blog

  77. Lisa
    December 11, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    I learned that this diet can help Autistic child. This is great to know since I am a teacher who has autistic children in my classroom.

  78. Melody
    December 11, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    I would love to win! I have been interested in learning more about this diet.

  79. Melody
    December 11, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    I already subscribe to newsletter!

  80. Melody
    December 11, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    I like you on FB

  81. Melody
    December 11, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    I am emailing the giveaway to friends!

  82. Esther
    December 11, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    I love the food list!!! I was wondering though about the rutabega?? I’m guessing it’s a no go… Thanks for the link!! If I don’t win I just might have to buy that book.

  83. Tara Carrin
    December 11, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    Hi Kristen,
    Thanks so much for your great website and the fun contest.
    My family and I have been researching the GAPS diet for a few weeks now and I know and believe that this diet will heal your gut lining and allow you to actually absorb and use the food that you eat while not absorbing pathogens into your blood stream.
    I am extremely interested in the cookbook. WOW! How awesome. I’m always at a loss for what to cook. I always feel like I have to reinvent the wheel every week or two. Crazy.
    Thanks again!

  84. amom
    December 11, 2010 | 9:31 pm

    From the GAPS Diet website, I learned tips on how to simplify life on GAPS, especially while traveling. The tips help me GAPS seem more “do-able”. I would love to win the cookbook; I certainly need all the help I can get as I contemplate starting GAPS for my entire family.

  85. amom
    December 11, 2010 | 9:34 pm

    I already subscribe to your email newsletter.

  86. Tina
    December 11, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    Book would be great for my grandaughter who has gut issues.

  87. Kristen M.
    December 12, 2010 | 12:31 am

    I learned that high-fat dairy (ghee, sour cream) vs high-protein dairy (yogurt, whey) is better for treatment of chronic constipation.

  88. Rebeca
    December 12, 2010 | 12:43 am

    My husband and kids have been on GAPS for nine months now; I’d love to see the new cookbook!
    I’m glad to revisit the recommendations for feeding babies as my 7 month old is just starting to eat a bit, and broth is one of the only things she’s taking so far!

  89. Slow Food Gal
    December 12, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    I would love this book!

  90. Monica
    December 12, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    I learned that headaches associated with high blood pressure are usually from a need for more Magnesium.

  91. Ellen
    December 12, 2010 | 8:47 pm

    I learned that nutritional yeast is GAPS legal!

  92. Jessica
    December 13, 2010 | 9:42 am

    I’ve read the GAPS book… i first learned that the gut basically controls everything!!! Awesome book. Super excited for the cookbook!

  93. Jessica
    December 13, 2010 | 9:43 am

    I receive your emails/newsletter.

  94. Jessica
    December 13, 2010 | 9:43 am

    I like you on FB!

  95. sue
    December 13, 2010 | 10:36 am

    I like you on fb, I posted on fb, and I learned more about broths on the GAPS site. I signed up for weekly newsletter.

  96. Lori Foltz
    December 13, 2010 | 12:48 pm

    I didn’t know that probiotics were suggested. Makes sense though, how a healthy gut is important!

  97. Enas Ghaly
    December 13, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    I learned that probiotics are very important for your digestive system. My brother has a problem with his stomach and none of his regular doctor has figure out what is the problem, they always suggest GERD or some other issue. However, when he eats soyogurt with 7 probiotics it does help him and he doesn’t know why. I am hoping to find out for him and let him borrow the book to figure out what’s the issues that makes his stomach upset.

  98. Mischele
    December 14, 2010 | 3:00 pm

    I already subscribe to your blog.

  99. Mischele
    December 14, 2010 | 3:02 pm

    I am in the middle of reading the GAPS book (and saying “Yes that’s me the whole way through”). I am excited to see a cookbook.

  100. Kristin
    December 14, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    I learned that Dr. Campbell-McBride’s child had learning disabilities that improved on GAPS. I’m very interested in learning more about that.

  101. Claire
    December 14, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    I learned dthat Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition.

  102. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:15 am

    clicked on the link. I learned that GAPS Physicians who support GAPS patients are listed on their website. Too bad there’s not one close to me on the list.

  103. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:17 am

    1- I’m signed up for your weekly email newsletter

  104. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:17 am

    2- I’m signed up for your weekly email newsletter

  105. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:18 am

    3- I’m signed up for your weekly email newsletter

  106. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:19 am
  107. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:21 am

    LIKE your newly created Facebook page and shared!/matt4melis/posts/174640869223866

  108. Melissa W.
    December 15, 2010 | 12:22 am

    2-LIKE your newly created Facebook page and shared!/matt4melis/posts/174640869223866

  109. Virginia
    December 15, 2010 | 6:57 pm

    I didn’t realize that you could eat so many fruits on GAPS – maybe I had it confused with Body Ecology?

  110. Joyce
    December 16, 2010 | 1:18 am

    I always knew gut health was important; I have Candida issues and just can’t get rid of it; sounds like GAPS would really help! Just started subscribing :) thanks! Joyce

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