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What is The Bone Broth Diet?

So – you’ve heard of The Vegan Diet, possibly the The Blood Type Diet, most likely The Macrobiotic Diet, and of course, The Paleo Diet. But have you heard of The Bone Broth Diet?!

That’s right, I said the BONE. BROTH. DIET. Bet that’s a new one for ya!

Well, according to The New York Times it “ranks with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion in the eternal quest for perfect health.” and apparently stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, and Kobe Bryant have jumped on board with it.

Not that we put much stock (pun intended!) in health advice from movie stars and athletes but still, if it’s getting that much spotlight, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at. Plus, ya know, we over here don’t just make our boney brew for no reason! We know it’s loaded with a ton of benefits and are geeked that the rest of the world is finally getting schooled on its benefits as well 🙂

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NOW, BACK TO THE QUESTION AT HAND. WHAT IS THE BONE BROTH DIET?

Bone Broth Diet
Image courtesy of drkellyann.com

This new diet comes from the much-awaited book Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet: Lose Up to 15 Pounds, 4 Inches–and Your Wrinkles!–in Just 21 Days, which hit the shelves in January 2016. Like the title says, it was created by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., a board-certified naturopathic physician + certified nutrition consultant, as well as, weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert. Basically, she knows really knows her stuff!

How does it work?

So glad you asked! Over the course of 21 days Dr. Kellyann Petrucci walks you through a transformational program which includes:

  • Bone broth  (or “liquid gold” as she likes to refer to it)
  • 100 fat-blasting recipes + foods that help weight fall off quickly and easily without counting calories and fat grams
  • Using the right diet to change the health of your gut to promote leanness rather than weight-gain
  • Helping you feel younger really fast
  • Keeping the weight off permanently after you’ve completed the 21-day-program

What’s great about this program is that it’s about so much more than weight-loss.

It’s about:

TRUE. INTERNAL. HEALING.

If you have low energy, this is for you.

If you have digestive issues, this is for you.

If you have skin issues, this is for you.

Dr. Kellyann isn’t just instructing participants to live off of bone broth for 21 days (variety much?!). She’s treating bone broth more so as if it were a supplement (which it totally is – it’s a whole foods one!) by weaving it into an ultra-nutrient dense plan with an emphasis on veggies. Add in the elimination of foods that commonly cause inflammation (gluten, grains, sugar, dairy, legumes…to name a few) + a little intermittent fasting and it’s no wonder people participating reported having lost 15lbs and 4-6 inches on average!

Our favorite suggested strategy from the book? Replace your daily morning coffee with bone broth. Genius + totally doable!

WHY IS DR. KELLYANN ALL ABOUT THE BONE BROTH?

“Gelatin’s gut-healing properties are important because in order to stay slim and healthy, you need to have a rock-solid gut. In fact, as a clinician who specializes in transforming sick and overweight patients into healthy, slender people, I can tell you that nothing is more important to your health than a strong gut. Here’s the story.

Your gut is home to the trillions of microbes that scientists call your microbiome. Think of this microbiome as an ecosystem — one that’s either in balance or out of balance. If it’s in balance, you have a wide diversity of good microbes and very few bad ones. If it’s out of balance…very dangerous things can happen…” (4 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Bone Broth Every Day, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci)

And it’s 100% true. If your gut is out of whack you could end up with an over production of those bad microbes and the toxic waste they produce. Worse yet, you could end up with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), an absolutely miserable digestive disorder, which you can read all about here.

The gut imbalances that Dr. Kellyann Petrucci mentions in the quote above can arise for a lot of different reasons, such as:

  • Emotional + physical stress
  • Antibiotic overuse (it kills off both the bad and good bacteria in your gut)
  • Unknown food sensitivities
  • Chronic gut inflammation

There are many more reasons, but those are four of the biggest.

Going Back to What the Doc Said About Gelatin & It’s Awesome Healing Properties

What makes gelatin so incredibly powerful are the four amino acids within its structure:

  • Proline
  • Glycine
  • Arginine
  • Glutamine

While we could write an entire post about each of these amino acids (oh wait, we already have right here!) and how they can benefit your health, what you really need to take away from this particular conversation is this:

when your gut gets seriously beat-up by the four biggest gut-health offenders mentioned above (emotional + physical stress, antibiotics, food sensitivities, chronic gut inflammation) it actually has a domino effect on your overall health. It creates a chronically inflamed internal environment which makes losing weight and having great skin and boundless energy really frustrating.  

These four powerful nutrients (proline, glycine, arginine and glutamine) work synergistically to restore the integrity of your gut so that you can overcome those struggles. 

Now do you see why we all think bone broth is the crème de la crème?!

We thought you might 🙂 Bet you’re a little parched after having read through all of that! Here’s a mug of bone broth to quench your thirst, plus 10 easy ideas on how to drink it!

Cheers!

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Delfina bio picDelfina is the spirited health coach, recipe developer and alternative health blogger behind Code to Wellness. She believes that REAL FOOD should taste good + do good for the body so that overcoming the struggle with weight, sugar cravings, and hormone imbalance is successful and sustainable. Her recipes are fun, easy, delicious and flippin’ awesome! When she’s not in “kitchen-experimenter” or “food-photographer” mode, she enjoys teaching Yoga Tune Up®, singing at the top of her lungs with the windows rolled down, and going barefoot. You can drop her a line on Facebook and get lots of #eatmovethink inspiration on Instagram + Pinterest. Reach out! She’s super friendly and wants to hear from you!

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