21DSD Book Review (and Giveaway!)

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About a month ago I got an e-mail asking if I would be interested in previewing the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book. UMMM, YES! Actually I deleted the email before I even read it, but then doubled back to my trash box because I had a sneaking suspicion I had deleted something more than spam mail. Turns out I was right!

First off, I can’t even believe my name was somewhere on that “send this book to awesome bloggers to preview” list. I have in fact completed my very own 21DSD before, and I’ve even blogged about it and made a recipe that helped me survive it. But in no way did I ever think I’d be cool enough to get my hands on this amazing MANUEL TO LIFE, let alone be mentioned in the back of the book!

This totally made my year!

This totally made my year!

In case you’re new to this part of town, The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a program created by New York Times Best Selling Author Diane Sanfilippo (of BalancedBites.com and Practical Paleo) to jump kick your body out of sugar and carb cravings. How can this be done? Try eliminating sugar (including fruit!), gluten, grains, and dairy for 21 full days, thus balancing your blood sugar naturally. Suddenly you will be sleeping better at night, your skin will glow, and mood swings will stabilize. No more emotional “hangry” fits (hungry + angry = hangry). No more shakiness from not eating every few hours. And best of all, drop those extra pounds you’ve been hanging onto since college. Nice!

You might remember me complaining that I lost too much weight back when I did the 21DSD. Ah, the irony. I’ll have to remember to carry this book with me so that the next person I hear griping about not being able to lose weight (while chowing down on “lean” Weight Watcher’s processed meals), I can throw it at their head. Maybe the whole “fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs do” concept will sink in then.

One of the things I really love about this book is that it breaks down real nutrition vs. conventional health knowledge. The book is broken down into 3 sections, the first one explaining all about sugar, good carbs and bad carbs, and insulin. Section one also explains what to expect during the 21DSD as well as frequently asked questions about the program. Not sure what to eat when dining out? Diane’s got you covered. Not sure how to decipher the ingredients label on packaged food for sneaky sugar synonyms? Yep, she’s got you covered there too. And what if you could keep a daily success log to help with your progress, along with an internet support system with other people struggling like you? Yes and yes, Diane’s thought of it all.

All I’m thinking is WHY COULDN’T I HAVE HAD THIS BOOK 5 MONTHS AGO WHEN I WAS DOING THE 21DSD! Ha! I know what’s going to be my BFF this coming New Year.

Section 2 of the book discusses all 3 levels of the program and meal plans tailored for each level. The third and largest section of the book is dedicated to recipes fit for level 3 (the most hardcore). There are 42 Main dishes, 19 Soups/Salads & Side dishes, 9 snacks, 12 Non-Sweet Treats, and 13 Kitchen Basic recipes (like sauces and seasoning mixes). Obviously the recipe part was my favorite! Not to mention Diane’s photos are to die for. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to drool over a cookbook shamelessly.

I’ve got to say that I had a lot of fun trying out someone else’s recipes for a change. Sometimes I get caught up in the stress of making up a new recipe and totally failing, or putting a ton of effort into making sure the photography looks perfect. This preview was all about great healthy food for me and the BF, so I couldn’t be any happier.

Below are my own photos of the recipes I made from the book, and in no way stand up to the gorgeous photos by Diane. Just saying.

 

Savory Herb Drop Biscuits (pg 188) AMAZING!

Savory Herb Drop Biscuits (pg 188) AMAZING!

Herb Biscuits made into savory muffins

Herb Biscuits made into savory muffins

Simple Spinach & Garlic Soup (pg 162)

Simple Spinach & Garlic Soup (pg 162)

Cocoa-Chili Roasted Cauliflower (pg 179), my new fav way to eat this veggie!

Cocoa-Chili Roasted Cauliflower (pg 179), my new fav way to eat this veggie!

Spicy Sesame-Lime Salmon (pg 144)

Spicy Sesame-Lime Salmon (pg 144)

Parsnip & Bacon Stuffed Chicken Rollups (pg 112), terrible pic but this changed my life. Srsly.

Parsnip & Bacon Stuffed Chicken Rollups (pg 112), terrible pic but this changed my life. Srsly.

Lemon Vanilla Meltaways (pg 202)

Lemon Vanilla Meltaways (pg 202)

Not-Sweet Cinnamon Cookies (pg 195)

Not-Sweet Cinnamon Cookies (pg 195)

Bittersweet Hot Cocoa (pg 198)

Bittersweet Hot Cocoa (pg 198)

I used the hot cocoa leftovers to make popsicles! Genius.

I used the hot cocoa leftovers to make popsicles! Genius.

Apple Streusel Egg Muffins

Apple Streusel Egg Muffins (pg 102)

My new favorite dinner is the stuffed chicken with a side of cocoa cauliflower and herb drop biscuits. SO GOOD! The bacon parsnip stuffing in the chicken tastes so amazing- great flavor combination. Any leftover stuffing I had was spread on the biscuits. I also really liked the hot cocoa and will definitely be drinking that on my next 21DSD. The full-fat coconut milk makes it taste subtly sweet. The only recipe I was less than crazy about was the Apple Streusel Muffins. I’m not a fan of eggy-bread textures and my favorite way to eat apples on the 21DSD is sauteed in butter with cinnamon. But when a picky eater like me loves eight of nine recipes picked at random, that is high praise indeed. And all of the recipes in this book focus on Level 3 of the Program, which is the most restrictive (and creatively challenging from a culinary standpoint) phase. I’m sure I’ll be delving into this book more because there are still so many recipes I want to try.

Now that we’ve concluded that this book must be owned by anyone who is ready to bust sugar and carb cravings, lose weight, and be an overall health warrior- are you ready to hear the best part? One of YOU will be the lucky winner and receive your very own copy of the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book just in time for launch day!

This is my first ever Giveaway on South Beach Primal, and it’s just in time to mark our 1 year anniversary.  To enter for a chance to win just fill out the info below. A winner will be chosen in exactly 5 days (that’s this Monday!). UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

 

If you don’t win, keep in mind that you can grab the 21 Day Sugar Detox book over on Amazon for only $23.46 (and save $11.49 from the regular price of $34.95!). Pre-order now while you can. I’m thinking this book would look great all wrapped up for the holidays…

Comments

  1. Scott says

    Sugar is more addictive to me than cigarettes. Went through this thing without the book at the beginning of the year and it really helped break a bad cycle i was in. It is tough at the beginning, but by the end you really do lose the sugar crave.

  2. Steph says

    I went through the detox and absolutely LOVED how I felt afterwards. Its truly is a reset for your body! I still make it a point to make several of Diane’s recipes a couple times a week from the original book because they’re so simple! So I’m really looking forward to have MORE sugar detox recipes to choose from. I’m already planning another detox in January (as I’m sure many people are).

  3. MC says

    We are in an obesity crisis in US and sugar and processed carbs are the root of it all. Wish the entire US would do a 21 day sugar detox!

  4. shari says

    sugar is dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!! if people detox from it or teach their kids that they should enjoy the taste of food the way it is and use other items to enhance the taste and flavor of food.

  5. Dana says

    21DSD is an amazing program. I’ve done the whole30 twice, and never realized before my first one how much sugar can control you, even when eating a completely paleo way! I’d love to have the book so I can try and persuade my family to do the 21DSD with me. I feel like you can never really grasp how much sugar rules your life/cravings/energy levels/really everything (!) until you try a program like this yourself! I’ve also never done the program myself, and would love to give it a try. Leading by example :)

  6. Raellyia says

    My family has a huge history of diabetes. My sugar has always been borderline. I’m interested in finding alternatives so I can reduce my overall sugar intake.

  7. Cristina says

    I suffer from chronic bloating and stomach cramps. Recently had a food intolerance blood test and I got the highest allergic reactions to bakers yeast and brewers yeast followed by gluten, oats and white potatoes. I just ordered practical paleo to learn how to heal leaky gut and I think I can really benefit from the 21DSD!

  8. Melissa says

    I saw your video on instagram… seriously… I need to stop stuffing my face with chocolate. Before paleo I was hooked on sugar and I had no idea… now I’m fully aware and need help! Haha. Riding the sugar struggle bus.

  9. Jayne Hazlip says

    I am struggling with my own body regarding sugar detox. I can go a few days, then trouble rears its ugly head, and I have to start all over. I believe your book would help me through this. I am a T2 diabetic, with other issues and a disabled son I need to be around for. So I would really like to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Emily says

    I’ve pretty much quit eating sugar and I feel so good. Trying to get friends to cut it as well, need this book to convince them! Can’t wait to get a copy.

  11. Tess says

    I rarely eat sugar and all the recipes I’ve seen posted look so yummy! Id love to have a guide to be even healthier and help my family get healthier too!

  12. Beatriz B says

    I’m really looking forward to doing this 21dsd with my hubby. I’m trying really hard to eat good and lose some weight because it is affecting my health and quality of life. Can’t wait to do this.

  13. Elisabeth says

    I don’t have a sweet tooth; I have a mouthful full of those sugar craving boogers. Time to do some dental work! I follow many paleo bloggers and IGers that gave posted pics online of recipes made from Diane’s latest detox book. Look deliciously awesome!! I would LOVE, love, love to have this book as a go-to for recipes and meal plans to break these cravings.

  14. Nicole says

    I love Practical Paleo and cannot wait for 21dsd! Her recipes are so easy and I can usually find all the ingredients in my small northern town’s grocery store.

  15. Kymber says

    when I eat sugar…I don’t know how to stop. I HAVE to find a way to help with my sugar cravings and learn to control them.

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