My first book review!
I am so excited to have had the opportunity to review Diane Sanfilippo’s latest book, The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally.
I’ve been a huge fan of Diane’s blog, Balanced Bites, and her first book Practical Paleo for a while now. She delivers complex nutritional information in an approachable way. She gives off a vibe that makes me think she’d be fun to hang out with. Diane, I’m available to watch the Food Network with you any time.
This also isn’t my first sugar detox rodeo. Last year I purchased the e-book version of The 21 Day Sugar Detox, and after a couple of false starts, I had a lot of success with the program (read about it here). While I’m all for saving the trees, I love having things in print so I can take notes and take the book with me to the grocery storel. When I heard she was making an updated print version, I was pretty stoked. Needless to say, I was even more stoked when I got an email from someone at the Balanced Bites team asking if I would write a review of the book…umm…yes please! I felt like I had just been asked to sit at the cool table in the cafeteria.
The visual aspect alone is reason enough to get this book. Diane has a great eye for aesthetics. From the front cover to the meal plans to the pictures of the recipes, the book is full of colorful and is absolutely beautiful.
As far as content, this is one of the best books out there on sugar and what it does to the body. Diane walks us through the science in a way that’s easy for anyone to understand. The book also includes info on supplements and how to dine out and maintain some kind of social life while on the detox. The content is so detailed that she’s even included sections on how to prepare in the days leading up to the detox and an outline for what you can expect to go through while you’re detoxing.
As with the e-book, the print version of the 21DSD has three levels, each with a list of yes/no foods, and minor adjustments for athletes people dealing with autoimmune conditions, and those who are breast feeding.
The best part, by far, is the section with the recipes and all the beautiful pictures of food (seriously…cookbooks are to me what porn is to a lot of guys). Not only does the food look incredibly delicious, but Diane includes tips, substitutions, and common allergens included for each recipe.
What I love most about Diane’s recipes (other than the taste of course) is that they are not overly complicated and don’t require hundreds of expensive ingredients I’ll never use again. The apple crumble was no exception. I will definitely be making this one again. I think next time, I’d like to swap out a red apple for the granny smith. And I should probably make extra topping since I ended up “sampling” a bit too much of it…oops.
I cannot recommend this book, the Balanced Bites website, or Practical Paleo more highly to anyone who is looking to improve their health using nutrition. In fact, now that I have the handy print version of the book, I think it’s time I tackle the 21 Day Sugar Detox again 🙂 Seriously…get this book. Your body will be glad you did!