Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook

It's confession time: I... may have overindulged a little bit this holiday season. Now, don't get me wrong-- compared to my pre-paleo, pre-celiac days, this was still an incredibly clean holiday. But still. One too many ugly sweater pub crawls (coconut milk eggnog, you tasty little stink) and gluten-free christmas cookies did me in. Typically when I'm about to start a sugar detox, I'm excited but always a little nervous to begin/say goodbye to my beloved dark chocolate, but this time-- I'm so ready for a reset I can't even tell you. Farewell, sugar crashes! I won't miss you, insatiable cravings and funky sugar-brain! Hellooooo, roasted veggies. Welcome, winter-y pot roasts and spicy breakfast bowls of zucchini soup. I think we're going to get along juuuust fine this January.

Of course, if you've been around a little while, you know this January marks the first anniversary of my very first 21 Day Sugar Detox (hop over here to read more about that) and coincidentally, the latest and greatest book from 21 DSD genius Diane Sanfilippo was released just in time! Last time, it was the official guide, this time, it's the companion cookbook. I've been eagerly awaiting this release, given how much I loved the first book (see my review here), so of course I was thrilled to be sent a copy for review.

l to r: cabbage-wrapped pork dumplings, the book!, zucchini noodles (zoodles) with creamy tomato sauce
Every time someone asks me for my advice on starting a sugar detox, my number one tip is to have plenty of good recipes for delicious food (that you'll actually want to eat) on hand. Nothing staves off a craving for cake like bacon, amirite? That's why I'm kind of in love with this cookbook. Every single recipe I've made has fit my three requirements: delicious, simple, healthy. So far, I've made the cabbage-wrapped pork dumplings (pictured above, and insanely good), zucchini noodles with creamy tomato sauce, kombucha jellies, butternut squash pancakes with vanilla bean coconut butter, 10-minute sliders, roasted garlic parsnip mash, and creamy cucumber salad. And you guys, this is just the beginning. Grain- and gluten-free pot pie is up next and I can barely handle myself. I've been so incredibly pleased with every single thing I've made so far.

But Mary! you're saying. Both of these books look so great, but what's the difference? Should I buy one? Both? What to doooo? Don't worry, I've got you covered. 

The guidebook is for you if:
  • You're a 21 DSD newbie who is looking for all the info on how to do this thing, all in one place
  • You want meal plans and in-depth explanations of the dietary benefits of a sugar detox
  • You're looking for details on the lifestyle components of a sugar detox
  • You want modifications for pescatarianism, breastfeeding, athletes, autoimmunity, etc.
  • You want a solid base of recipes in your wheelhouse & would prefer to not to be too overwhelmed right away
The cookbook is for you if:
  • You're looking for tons (100+) of delish, sugar-detox-friendly recipes
  • You're a detox pro and less interested in the background how-tof details and more interested in recipes
  • You're interested in meal plans with more options
  • You're looking for a way to clean up your diet (possibly without committing fully to a detox!) and want a solid source of healthy, delish recipes that won't wreck your healthy progress
  • You just like to eat good food, man (ding ding ding! Join the club.)
Honesty time-- had I not been sent these books for review, I would've immediately bought the cookbook with my own dollars and waited a bit on the guidebook, since I've been around the detox block a few times and felt like I didn't really need the introductory info as much anymore. However, knowing what I know now about both books, I would absolutely re-purchase both on my own in a heartbeat. While the food is the key for me, the information in the guidebook has been invaluable and so, so helpful in figuring out my own modifications and understanding for my best health. 

As always, if you have any questions about sugar detoxing, please feel free to shoot me an email! I love chatting with you all, especially about something that I feel so passionately about/has had such a positive impact on my health. You know where to reach me :) 


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