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The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally Paperback – October 29, 2013
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"My eating habits had gotten out of control—I was binge-eating late at night because I had spent the day eating as little as possible. The 21DSD made me realize that you don't have to be hungry to see results!"—Alex T., New Zealand
"After reading rave reviews, I gave [The 21DSD] a try, and I loved it! After about a week, my cravings for sugar were nil, I was no longer waking up at 4am starving, and I had a lot more energy—no more dragging myself through the day with huge amounts of coffee!"—Sasha B., Washington
"I am so thankful for the information and support this program provided me. It literally changed my relationship with sweets and helped me regain my health."—Keri B., Missouri
"The 21-Day Sugar Detox was very difficult for me, but I was losing weight for the first time in years! And now I know exactly what foods I must avoid in order to continue dropping the pounds. I'm so glad I gave it a try!"—Laurie K., Utah
"Ever try to abandon sugar and carbohydrates cold turkey? Then you know that it just doesn't work—the cravings always come back. But in The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally, author Diane Sanfilippo offers an easy-to-follow meal plan that'll wean you off unhealthy sweets…" —Women's Health Magazine
"I'm a faithful fan of Diane Sanfilippo and her 21 Day Sugar Detox. I really truly believe it was instrumental in jump starting my path to healthy living. I do not believe I could have successfully lost nearly 90 pounds without first squashing my sugar cravings. I am very happy to have been given the chance to pour over the new 21 Day Sugar Detox BOOK before it was even available in stores and to tell you what I think." —author of popular website ohrheally
"Diane has crafted a dynamic diet detox book that can help you kick the sugar habit in less than a month: The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally…But you don't have to be a Paleo fan to benefit from her new book. All you need to have is a desire and willingness to improve your health by improving your diet." —Joanne Eglash, The Examiner
"The book is laid out in an easy-to-read, aesthetically-pleasing way. Diane doesn't SHAME you for eating sugar, no way! She even shares her own personal history with sugar! Then she explains what sugar does in your body and why it can be helpful to pay attention to your intake. There is SO much structure if that's what you like, and SO much flexibility if that's your game! You can either follow a meal plan or just follow the Yes/No Food List. Or a bit of both!" —Sassy Celiac
About the Author
Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle. Diane writes the popular health blog Balanced Bites (balancedbites.com), teaches nutrition seminars nationwide, and has a top-rated weekly health podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast.
After years of fat-fearing, point-counting, undereating, and over-exercising to lose weight, Diane felt awful. But everything began to change when she learned that eating more balanced meals that focus on adequate protein, plenty of fat, and lots of veggies could help her feel better. Her own journey, years of holistic nutritional studies, and half a decade working with clients led her to develop The 21-Day Sugar Detox as a way to help others jump-start the process of kicking sugar and carb cravings and get off the blood sugar roller-coaster. Thousands of people have successfully completed the program, and Diane looks forward to guiding the readers of her book through the process of liberating themselves from the chains of sugar.
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Prior to the 21 DSD, I had an unhealthy relationship with sugar. I would go a few days eating paleo and then would binge eat sweets. Binge eating sweets has been a problem for me for a really long time. My sweet tooth was so strong. I would crave very specific desserts. Just a bite, a slice, or a piece of a dessert would not satisfy me. Eating one Oreo or one chocolate chip cookie didn't cut it. I'd down like 6 cookies before I felt like I satisfied my craving. I could consume a pint of ice cream in no time. Chocolate....my ultimate weakness. I craved chocolate every. single. day. Every evening I'd say, "Now it's time to end the day with some chocolate." I'd eat candy or snacks just because they were in front of me. I wouldn't think twice about it. My brain would strongly crave these sweets even if my body wasn't actually hungry. I knew that I wanted to build muscle and lose body fat. And I knew that I would not achieve this goal if I kept giving in to my sweet tooth. This book came to me at the perfect time!
Because I am active 6 out of 7 days of the week and have had experience with paleo, I decided to do Level 3 with energy modifications. Levels 1 & 2 are NOT paleo. I started the detox on a Monday. The weekend before I went food shopping and meal prepped for the upcoming week. Meal planning and meal prepping is absolutely key to successfully completing the detox.
The first week was awesome for me! I was super motivated, ate everything that I prepped, and didn't cheat! When week two rolled around, I STRUGGLED. I legitimately went through sugar withdrawal. Normally, I'd eat paleo for a 4-7 days and then that's when I would binge eat sweets. So when day 8 rolled around, I was ready to binge and I knew I couldn't. I got headaches. All my brain thought about was chocolate. It was hard. Before the detox, I cleared my cabinets of ALL sugary treats. I HIGHLY recommend doing so. The urge to cheat is overwhelming at first.
I drank extra water when I was craving, ate green apples with cinnamon, made some of the not sweet treats, and ate green tipped bananas. Almond butter was a saving grace for me. I would eat a tablespoon of almond butter as a treat too. A green tipped banana with cinnamon and almond butter?! YUM!
Once you get through the withdrawal, it gets better! I have strengthened my willpower and this is my greatest accomplishment. I work in a school and for those of you who work in a school, you know how difficult it is to avoid sugary treats in the faculty room, classroom parties, school wide events, faculty breakfasts, etc. I was able to say "No thank you" in all of these instances. When I was offered sugary snacks and breads, I stayed focused on my goals. Saying no is such a powerful tool.
I have been a bad sleeper since I was ten years old. It used to take me at least one hour to fall asleep. I was always a super light sleeper...the littlest things easily disturb my sleep. Now after successfully completing the detox, I fall asleep quickly. I sleep in such a deep and peaceful sleep. When I wake up, I remember my dreams. I rarely wake up during the middle of the night. Sleep is critical to hormone balance and connected with body fat loss. I know if I continue eating this way, I will be sure to reach my goals,
My skin definitely cleared up. The week before the detox, I pigged out on crappy foods (frozen yogurt with lots of chocolate candy toppings, Mexican food, alcohol, and more). My face broke out in blemishes. By the end of the 21 days, I had no pimples. My eyes looked a little brighter too. I learned that sugar directly affects my skin. When I have a pimple, I know it's because I ate a refined unhealthy, sugary treat.
My energy levels are more consistent throughout the day. I rarely get that 2:30 feeling. My mind is clearer. Because my body was fueled properly, my Crossfit performance has improved too. I feel great during my workouts.
Now that my 21 days and my 30 day paleo challenge is over, I had a cheat day. I ate a bunch of sugar treats to see how I would feel. The result? Pimples, constipated, a little bloated, and most importantly, NOT SATISFIED. It's amazing how the sugary treats just taste like crap now. Cupcakes, cakes, and donuts don't leave me satisfied at all. Therefore I will avoid them. I still love chocolate but feel as though I could easily fall back in to binge eating chocolate habits. Therefore, I will not keep it in the house. At the end of the day, a green apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it tastes awesome. And almond butter=heaven. Find foods that leave you satisfied. When you complete the detox, you start to crave healthier foods. Don't tempt yourself or keep snacks in the house that will allow you to pick up old, bad habits!
I also realized all of the HIDDEN sugar that was in my diet before the detox. Sugar is EVERYWHERE. Read the labels. Get educated. When you read the label, visualize how many teaspoons or tablespoons of sugar is actually in your food.
The 21 DSD increases awareness, strengthens willpower, improves skin and sleep, and implements good habits. All of the recipes are delicious. The book is readable. The pictures are awesome. (A cookbook with pictures is always a plus.:) The directions are easy to follow. The information is easy to comprehend. The typical diet of modern society is packed with sugar and it is definitely time for a change. Do the detox. Take notes about your feelings, progress, and mental/physical state. It's worth it!
in both books, Diane does a great job of explaining why certain foods are out, includes tips to help improve your overall health (based on specific concerns/dietary restrictions) and meal plans that take all the guess work out. her recipes are decent/pretty good (im a cook so a bit biased on that...but they are great starter recipes that help you understand how to put together decent, healthful meals...or just jump start some culinary creativity).
the thing that sets this book, and her Practical Paleo, apart from others out there is that is truly a comprehensive guide. you will, after reading this, understand more about how certain foods affect your body/health AND have a good idea of where to start improving your diet.