Giveaway! Real Food Starter Books

by Ellen

Update:   Giveaway is now closed.

BodyEarth is hosting its first giveaway!  One lucky person will win brand new copies of what I call my “starter books” — the ones that got me really interested in eating Real Food.  Until I read these two books, I was leery of eating too much of the butter and cream that I’ve always loved.  I felt guilty before digging into a meal of “heart attack on a plate” — you know, a gooey omelet and bacon.  Now I see food completely differently!

Here are the two books I’m giving away to the contest winner:

1) Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why


This book is a fantastic overview of real, whole foods and why they are essential to good health. Nina Planck writes for everyone, showing the science to back up how ancient foods are sustaining and essential, while modern, industrialized foods (like high fructose corn syrup) are to blame for modern disease of man. This is a straightforward book, with easy-to-implement dietary changes.

2)  Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health


Good Calories, Bad Calories is an extremely well-researched book chock full of science and history lessons debunking the popular notion that fat calories are worse for our bodies than carbohydrate calories.  Taubes shows instead the dangers of a diet high in refined carbohydrates, like white flour and sugar, examining their links to several chronic health problems of modern society.

Here’s what Taubes says in Good Calories, Bad Calories:

My hope it that this book will change our views of the nature of a healthy diet, as the research for it changed my own; that future discussions of the nature of a healthy diet will begin with the quantity and quality of the carbohydrates contained, rather than the fat.  As a challenge to the conventional wisdom on diet, obesity and chronic disease, however, it presents a dilemma to public-health authorities; to nutritionists and physicians who believe that the advice they have been giving for the past few decades has been correct and based in sound science; and to all of us who simply want to eat healthy but have trouble accepting that everything we have come to believe could be as misguided as I have portrayed it.

The Rules:

Unfortunately I can only ship within the United States, so this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Also, please include your email address in the comment form so I can contact you — Your email address won’t ever be published if you enter it where the form says, “E-mail.”

1) To enter, leave a comment below telling me why you want to win these books.  For yourself?  A friend?  (Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up for a few hours.  I’m probably just away from the computer!)

2) The deadline to enter the giveaway is Monday, June 21, at 7 a.m. EDT.  The winner (one) of the two books will be drawn randomly from all eligible comments (i.e. with an email address!) and announced by Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

The giveaway is now closed.  I’ll announce the winner soon!

Good luck!

Fine print:  I’m giving away these books because they have meant so much to me.  The authors and publishers in no way sponsored this post.  You must be 18 or older to play!

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday and Fight Back Friday blog carnivals!

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Nancy June 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

How great! I would love to win these books, for me first and then to share.

Bryan June 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I would love to check out these books – particularly “Real Food: What to Eat and Why.” I certainly need a bit more convincing that it is truly worth the required investment in time and effort to structure my entire eating world around natural foods. After all, I’m one to figure that if this solution is so obvious, why isn’t this philosophy becoming mainstream more quickly? Perhaps this book would further my understanding enough to change my perception that “eating the hard, expensive way” isn’t just that alone.

Betsy June 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Let’s see- hmmmm. What can I say to win – oh good -I just looked at the rules and am glad it is a random drawing. Now I do not have to be clever.
I do hope I win however!!
Thanks for the opportunity.

Coleen June 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I’m friends with Denise and Bryan. My husband and I have had discussions with them about your blog, diet, etc. Bryan remarked that we have a lot of similar ideas, opinions, etc.

I would love the books because they are both titles that have been referenced in my research about eating, but I haven’t read either of them.

Vickie June 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

I have been sure that our current ‘store bought’ convenience diet is behind the downslide of the health of America. Am reading more and more that confirms that belief. I would love to own this book and read more, I have many family members and friends I would love to quote some facts to about our diets. (What a great idea to share the book!)

Meg June 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

I have read Real Food awhile back, but would love to have it as a reference book. I find many times wishing I had it handy around the house to look something up when cooking, planning meals or talking with friends.

The other book looks interesting and I would love to learn more.

What a great giveaway! Thanks for all your great blog posts!

Linda June 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

I would love to win Real Food by Nina Planck. I found this in my library and have read it. I want it for my brother, who is on a lowfat, low cholesterol diet, already had quadruple bypass surgery, and just isn’t listening to me. (I’m not a doctor.) Maybe if I could give him this book he would consider changing his diet. Thanks for doing this.

Aimee June 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I would love to read these books and learn more. Since a friend pointed out the amount of sugar in things, I am soo aware of it and started adding honey instead of sugar. I really think people need to read labels more carefully and see what they are actually eatting. I would love to win.

P.S. I made your chicken tarragon recipe and it was yummy…does that give me points???

Jack June 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Count me in. Nina Planck’s book tipped me away from low fat milk products. I believe that I have benefited considerably because of it. I would pass her book on to a relative. Taubes’ book would be for my library.

Thanks for the chance to win these gems.

Zsofia June 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I have not read Good Calories Bad Calories yet. Since I only get books from my library it would be great to have these book s to lend out to friends.

Jessica June 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

What a great giveaway! I would love to win these books for several reasons. I read real food and it changed the way i think about food, my diet and the eating habits of people who eat my cooking (whether they like it or not). The list of people I have promised to share the book with is very long and my copy has gone missing :) Most importantly I would love to win these books so that I can share valid reasons for my new high fat diet. Many of my friends who still think fake spray butter, egg beaters, 100 calorie pack snacks and diet soda are the key to a healthy and slim body think I am insane. It would be great to learn more and gain additional ammunition in explaining my diet. Thanks for all the great information you post!

chanelle June 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I have read both of these books and loved them. But I’d love to win them because I checked them out from the library and don’t have them on my own bookshelf to reference.

Rachel June 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I’m reading Real Food right now – I’m borrowing it from the Library – and I’m constantly thinking how much I would love to have a hard copy to refer to at home. And the other book looks really good too. :)

Thanks for such a great giveaway and for the always interesting blog posts!

Laura June 17, 2010 at 2:00 am

I’ve also checked out Real Food from the library and have been burning through it! I keep renewing it because I don’t want to let it go. I would really love to have a copy of my very own. The Taubes book is next in my ‘queue’ so I would be overjoyed to get it from you. Great site! I’m still exploring all the fantastic, detailed information you have.

BodyEarth June 17, 2010 at 7:27 am

What great comments! Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I’m so excited to share these books. And, Aimee, I’m so glad you liked the chicken tarragon!

emily June 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

i already own GCBC and think it’s one of the most important books i’ve ever read about nutrition. i would love to give a copy to my parents. also, real food is a classic that i don’t yet have, but have read a library copy and would love to have my own for reference.

Kelly@ Quest for Real Food June 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

I have been looking for a good “starter book”! I have read a few books that have really energized my drive to eat real foods, but none of them are like either of these. I would love to read them and then pass them on again!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!
(I found you via Fight Back Friday)

linda mallery June 19, 2010 at 12:45 am

I would like to know more about the way my grown children are eating, and why. I have seen it do amazing things for their health and fittness, they also do CrossFit.

I am feeling behind the times, and stuck in my old ways. This might help me catch up!

Heather M June 19, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would love to win to share these books with my family, who is slightly slow to jump on board the Real Foods journey. I just love my Real Food, and don’t want to part with it, but I have not been able to get a hold of Gary Taubes book. Thanks for opportunity!

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