Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: 21 Day Sugar Detox Book

Way back in January, I decided to shake things up a little bit and try something new. If you've been around for a while, you know what's coming-- my first sugar detox. I'm not going to get into the specifics here, but if you'd like a recap of my first experience, check it here! If you want the long and short of it, the 21 Day Sugar Detox (created by Diane Sanfillippo, paleo nutritional rockstar) was a serious game-changer for me. For the first time in my 24 years, I actually felt like I wasn't being controlled by food-- it was the healthiest, happiest, and most nourished I've ever felt by the food I was putting into my body.

Since then, I've done a few sugar detoxes. It shouldn't come as a surprise any longer, but every single time I'm amazed by what fantastic results I gain from cutting the sugary crap and just focusing on real, hearty foods. So when the 21 DSD team contacted me asking if I'd like to review Diane's new in-print book on the detox, you can imagine my enthusiastic response. (hint: it may have involved some kitchen dancing. don't judge.) As always, even though this book was provided for me to review, everything I tell you is 100% honest & my for-real opinion, dudes.

Unfortunately, my book is already food-stained from excessive use.
I call this the mark of a winning cookbook.
This book is a veritable goldmine of good stuff, friends. Let's break down my favorite parts, list-style. Cool? Cool.

1. Diane has created ninety insanely delicious recipes for this book. This is, how shall I say-- a big deal. I love to cook, and I love to eat good food. Every single recipe in the book is simple, tasty, and 100% sugar-free. Having really excellent food on hand, without having to worry about whether or not it's detox-friendly is the first & most important step. So far, I've made the chicken with artichoke & olives (insanely delicious), granny smith apple crumble (what, you thought no desserts? think again), carrot pumpkin spice muffins (are you sensing a theme?), asian-style meatballs (might have eaten them all in two days), and have about five new recipes in the queue for this next week alone. This food is insanely good, you guys. Not a single recipe has been a dud, and many have even fooled my non-sugar-detoxing friends into healthy eating. I'm so sneaky. 

ignore my poorly-lit kitchen. this artichoke-olive chicken is LEGIT.

2. Whenever I convince a friend to give the program a try with me, I usually end up inundating their inboxes with endless emails about my favorite recipes, resources, tips, tricks, and most importantly, information about the hows and whys of sugar-- what it does to your body, why it's harmful to your diet, etc. The book's got all of that and more, and much more eloquently than I could ever say it. Above all else, having a tangible resource that explains the process so clearly is vital. Do you have questions about how to replace foods? Concerns about fats? It's in there. Want a place to log your experience? Meal plans? Got 'em. Want information on modifications for pescatarians? Breastfeeding mothers? Athletes? It's all in the book, baby. 

3. On my first sugar detox, I was mostly just focused on staying at least fifty feet away from cheesecake at any given moment. But by the second or third time, I was really interested in optimizing my experience-- what types of supplements could I be taking? How much should I be exercising? What about sleep? In my opinion, on your first go-around, these aren't necessarily the questions you need to tackle. While they're important, just finding comfort with the basics and orienting yourself to the process is priority number one. But for someone with their business together far better than I have mine, or a program veteran, the book covers all of these topics with great care. 

shameless plug: whose blog is that? MY BLOG! I geeked over this for a half hour.
Above all else, here's the bottom-line (or TL;DR for all of you internet nerds like myself)-- this book is fantastic. A tangible resource for all things optimum health, and I'd recommend to anyone looking to make positive dietary changes, paleo or not-- it's no gimmicks, no junk, accessible and all-inclusive. Just real food the way your body is supposed to be nourished. 

Even if I hadn't been sent the book for review, I would've gotten myself a copy right off the bat-- and you can absolutely believe that I'll be ordering my copy ASAP of the companion cookbook being released in December. As always, if you're looking to give the detox a try for yourself but are feeling a little overwhelmed or have questions, shoot me an email. I'm always happy to chat. And if you're super motivated, join me in my fourth detox starting this month! If there's enough interest, we can all band together via email and discuss the merits of bacon and avocado in detail :)

Happy detoxing! 



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