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I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook Paperback – April 8, 2014
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"With Sarah's program I lost weight and regained energy. Life without sugar is much sweeter than I ever imagined it would be." -- Shauna Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl
"Excellent book! Ms. Wilson offers a lively, well-researched and engaging way for us all to curb the sugar habit and in so doing, offering another potential key for living longer." -- Dan Buettner, New York Times best-selling author
"The I Quit Sugar philosophy is a big part of addressing modern diseases and weight-related complications affecting us all today. I've found Sarah's IQS project to have been an invaluable resource for individuals in Australia and now around the world to start taking control of their health." -- Gary Fettke, orthopaedic surgeon, university lecturer and author
"Sarah Wilson breaks things down in easy to assimilate, bite-sized pieces and leaves you with the feeling she is right there holding your hand, as someone who has been there and understands. Sarah herself is a walking advertisement for her own accomplishments and quitting sugar, with Sarah Wilson’s help, is the best first step toward total physical and mental health anyone can take." -- Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life.
"I Quit Sugar deserves to have become an international best-seller and phenomenon. Everywhere I go with The Coolhunter, everyone is talking about how they're 'quitting sugar with Sarah Wilson'." -- Bill Tikos, thecoolhunter.net
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If you want to quit sugar, then quit sugar. That means eliminating added sugar from you diet by not eating it any any of its processed forms; sugar, honey, agave, brown rice syrup.
The last part of the book is full of sweet treat recipes made with brown rice syrup! Yuck!!! That's not quitting sugar, thats just replacing it dressed up as a "healthier" version of itself. If you want to quit eating sugar - stop eating desserts. Curb your sweet tooth with whole fruits or healthy smoothies.
Also she cautions about eating certain fruits because they have too much of "bad sugar" in them. I do not suggest taking nutritional advise from anyone who claims that it is better to eat a sweet treat made with brown rice syrup or stevia over eating whole fruits that have tons of nutrients and fiber necessary for a balanced nutritious diet.
The biggest problem, however, is that it really is not a "program." There's hardly any structure. The weekly breakdowns are just collections of sidebars and offer vague tips. She's also huge on butter, coconut oil, and other foods dense in saturated fat. I'm all for whole, full-fat foods, and I think saturated fat probably has gotten an unfairly bad rap, but the research doesn't quite exist to support the idea of eating plenty of it -- which is why you won't find any backup in the book. Aside from that, I have a lot of smaller (but actually still important) quibbles: Despite reading it multiple times, I still can't tell whether you have to give up stevia at any point. Or cinnamon. Furthermore, the recipe section includes a block of "detox" recipes, but it's not clear whether you're supposed to stick to those recipes exclusively during the "detox" weeks (which I think are weeks 3 through 5) or throughout the whole program.
My problem with this book can be summed up by a single, glaring contradiction that I haven't been able to reconcile despite searching iquitsugar.com extensively and Googling for an answer. I actually did see another reader ask this question in a comments section about the online program, but no one from the customer service team replied to her. Here's the contradiction -- check the book for yourself to confirm (I'm using the paperback U.S. edition):
* On page 26 ("Week 3: Quit!"), Wilson lists items that "must go" starting that day, "with no exceptions." Item #1: Fresh and dried fruit, fruit juice.
* On page 41 ("Week 5: Get Creative, Experiment ... and Detox"), Wilson recommends 3 recipes to try that week. The first one is the Sweet Green Meal-in-a-Tumbler, found on page 110. Flip to page 110 and check the first 3 ingredients of the smoothie: 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 green apple.
What? Why? Elsewhere in the book she even includes apples on a list of high-fructose fruits that should be avoided altogether.
I'll keep the book around for some sugar-free recipes, but that's about it. I'm just going to cut back on sugar in some smart, basic ways and move on with my life. I'm a little angry that I fell for the marketing, but kudos to the team that put together such a pretty package.