This book has a lot of good information and is present well. Out of the many diet books i have read I was drawn to this one the most. A word of warning though to all vegetarians and vegans who are interested in this book. It is a very meat based diet she presents in the book. She does however also give the "pescatarian" option but that includes fish and won't be suitable for people who don't eat meat of any kind.
I wish there were more recipe and options for vegetarians who don't eat fish in this book. However I still would like to try this challenge to help kick my very bad sugar habit.
I approach all diet books with extreme wariness, especially those which label a whole food group as evil. But "The 21-Day Sugar Detox" falls into the "everyone else has read it" category so I figured I'd get with the proverbial program and give it a skim.
Whether new to a sugar-free, grain-free diet or looking to fine-tune current habits, Diane Sanfilippo's program can help readers reset taste buds and focus on whole foods. Thankfully, it requires buying neither supplements nor shake mixes. It doesn’t entail living on juices, smoothies, and fat-free dairy and it doesn't restrict caloric intake. Instead, The 21 Day Sugar Detox touts high quality animal source proteins, good fats, nutrient-dense vegetables and small amounts of low-glycemic fresh fruits. The plan includes three levels of adherence, each targeted to groups with particular needs. Athletes, pregnant or lactating mothers, pescatarians, and those with an autoimmune disorder can all find an appropriate level along with three weeks of easy to follow menus.
While not exactly a fad diet, this sugar detox seems neither sustainable nor recommendable beyond 21 days. The plan's restrictions mean a huge amount of shopping and food prep and, while cutting down on sugar and refined carbohydrates can certainly improve one's health, entirely eliminating whole grains and fruit will not get the thumbs up from most nutritionists.
The book's well-presented recipes contain ingredient tips, chef’s notes, suggestions for sides, and substitutions. The "Banola" (grain-free granola) has a mild sweetness and satisfying crunch while the Creamy Herb Mashed Cauliflower provides a satisfying alternative to mashed potatoes using a much more nutritious, fiber-rich vegetable. Just don't forget to serve some multi-grain toast on the side!
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