It’s a question I hear often. Maybe not always in the same form, but the general idea is understood. When folks are just trying to make headway into a health recovery, it’s often too much to do EVERYTHING all at once. So they want to focus on one thing. Awesome!
Let’s focus on sugar!
Ah sugar – that sweet and evil temptress that is making its way into everything these days and spoiling our health. The link between sugar laden food products and diseases of civilization (obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc) are well known. If there is one step almost everyone can benefit from, I would say curbing intake of processed carbs (read sugar), added sweeteners, artificial sweeteners and even excess fruit is a great place to start.
Enter The 21 Day Sugar Detox from NY Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo (AKA Balanced Bites)! Having experienced and won her own battle against the blood sugar roller coaster, Diane has created a program that has helped thousands of others do the same. The key to her program is that it utilizes real food to get people back on track and break sugar addiction.
I actually completed this program back in January 2013 using Diane’s original eBook format. After the holidays, I needed a little nutritional reset. It worked great! I added in a few extra carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, plantains, etc) to the level one plan due to the intense nature of my workouts. After 3 weeks, I felt awesome! My sweet cravings had diminished and my palate was much more sensitive to the natural sweetness of things like carrots.
Nutrient density and sufficiency are terms thrown around a lot in the nutrition world. The idea is to provide adequate amounts of essential nutrients to our bodies utilizing real whole food. The importance of this is when our nutrition is sufficient, our cravings subside. In the diet industry, we’re wrongly taught to start with restriction (food, calories, fat etc). True long lasting change only occurs by ADDITION! Add good, sufficient, nutrient rich foods into the diet and the cravings for unhealthy ones will resolve on their own.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox is the perfect tool to do just that! More than simply restricting sugar intake, this book acts as a guide to add the right foods. There are 3 levels to choose from (think beginner, intermediate and experienced) and modifications for athletes, those who are pregnant or nursing, as well as pescetarians and those addressing autoimmune issues.
Following the format of her widely loved NY Times Bestseller Practical Paleo, Diane has created easy to follow meal plans at each level of The 21 Day Sugar Detox. The meal plans relate to the recipes found in the last third of the book. Over 90 awesome recipes, each with its own beautiful color photograph in Diane’s signature style. I’ve had the good fortune of taste-testing a number of these recipes and they are all great! My personal favorite so far is the smoky chicken tortilla-less soup which is up on her website as a free ‘teaser.’ If that’s not enough, she releasing The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook in December with 100 more recipes!
One of things I really love about this book is the size. Diane specifically wanted this book to be “travel size.” When you are doing a program like this, you want the book to be on hand throughout your day. And the size is just right to take with you wherever you go.
The last thing I’ll say about this program is in regards to where it fits in the Paleo template. This book isn’t being marketed as “Paleo.” Level 1 allows for a few non-paleo items like rice, beans and full-fat yogurt. However, the original recipes are all gluten, grain and dairy-free and level 3 of the program is essentially a ‘strict’ Paleo diet. In my opinion, this is truly genius. While some paleo police out there might get a little bent out of shape, my take is the more people start eating real food, the better. This program will have HUGE mass appeal because so many people struggle with blood sugar regulation and sweet cravings. So think about it: a bunch of people will pick this up, complete the program having never heard of Paleo, and suddenly they’re already on the road to better long term dietary habits!
Sneaky-Paleo-Introduction Mission Accomplished!
Ok enough gushing! I was able to snag a SIGNED copy of The 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m going to give it away to one lucky winner! Just use the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway expires Sunday 10/27/13 at midnight. The book will ship no sooner than the worldwide release date 10/29/13.
Yours in Health,
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy for review. And yes, I know Diane very well so this is inherently a biased review. But I love and believe in this book and program enough to carry it in my office for my patients to achieve better health.