I’m trying this new thing today like getting up earlier here on the west coast so when I’m in DC doing the whole STUFT Mezamashii Marathon Mizuno Week, the time change won’t take such a toll on me. Isn’t that just a great idea? Too bad it probably won’t help much, but hey, it’s worth a shot.
Not that you care, but we made sure to start the day focusing on our little “One Small Change” again.
We’ve kind of been in survival mode here a little this week with catching up after last weekend and then getting ready for this one. I have a few too many loads of laundry to do. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute. Nice.
I have been getting my fix in with my men though. Dang I love them.
We even went all out last night and went out to dinner to one of our favorite places.
Um, yes, I need two plates and yes, I have a skill for making mile high salads. Thank you.
Okay, as promised, I have a little giveaway for you.
Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, author of the amazing book Practical Paleo,
was kind enough to send a copy of her not yet released book, The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book.
I was seriously counting down until this book was in my hands.
Back in June, when I was dealing with the brunt of the whole hip dysplasia thing, I decided my diet needed a major change if I wanted to recover and take care of myself the right way. I pretty much figured if I ever wanted to be able to run again and was going to go through all the expenses and time with prolotherapy treatment, then I had to reevaluate my diet too.
At the end of it I felt the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I wrote a post here that talks a little bit about how things were right after I finished it. I also don’t think it’s just coincidence that soon after I was also slowly able to get back into running. It’s crazy how important nutrition can be.
I don’t eat strictly paleo all the time, but I do like to eat that way for the good majority of my meals. I just feel so much better when I do. Diane’s original book, Practical Paleo is a great resource just for finding out more about paleo and different recipes and such.
So, The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book…….
Let’s just say it exceeds my very high expectations. I love it for so many reasons.
Here’s the official trailer that explains all about the book.
You can also get a free sneak peek here.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1 teaches the basics about bad carbs and the body, how to prepare, what to expect, etc.
Part 2 gives a self quiz so you can figure out which level (there are 3) is right for you and has 21-day corresponding meal plans along with modifications for each level.
Part 3 has over 90 easy recipes that go along with the meal plans.
So let me just review each part really quickly for you, yes?
I’m not sure about you, but I have definitely gone through my fair share of sugar issues. Not saying I still don’t, but it’s nice to be out of the whole binging cycle of things.
I love Diane’s story about her struggles and how she got to where she is. It makes the whole program a little more relatable and gives those people who are struggling motivation to get things on the right track and make some changes.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you already know that one of my major issues awhile back was way too many artificial sweeteners. I didn’t realize it at the time, but man those pretty much wreaked havoc on my body. A lot of the negative side effects are listed in the book.
Um yep. Have experienced pretty much all of them.
And the whole sugar and inflammation thing. I’m pretty sure I was living in a constant state of inflammation. That along with marathon training obviously was causing too much stress for my body to handle. It’s funny because you don’t really think of all the side effects that certain foods can have on your body. You might feel them, but until you really sit down and educate yourself, it’s tough to grasp how it all ties together.
Part 2 of the book goes into the quiz so you can choose what program is right for you. The program guidelines are very easy to follow for each level.
One thing I really love is that there are modifications for each level too for your activity level and/or if you are pregnant or nursing. I definitely made modifications when doing the program because of my high activity level.
Part 2 also has meal plans to follow.
I haven’t followed the meals plans, but I have used them as guidelines.
Now, part 3 is all about the recipes. With the downloadable 21 Day Sugar Detox, you get quite a few, but with this book you get over 90 easy ones. (Thank goodness they’re easy friends, because I do not do well with difficult recipes.)
Since I’m working on incorporating more of a cleaner, paleo type lifestyle for the family I had to put some recipes to the test for all of us.
My two favorites so far have been the apple streusel egg muffins.
I actually subbed in my huge jug of egg whites one of the times I’ve made these because we were out of fresh eggs. (I know, right? Those darn chickens.) The muffins are better with real eggs, but still held up really well with egg whites only.
Next time I think I need to use parchment paper for the muffin liners. These muffins are perfect though for on the go snacks and if you need a little something right when you wake up (like me).
Oh, and they go well with a little dessert too.
Pictured here with some strawberries and a Granny Smith apple with unsweetened dark chocolate sauce.
The recipe for the muffins is online also here, but it’s better from the book. Ha ha.
(I Have a lot of my sweetener free recipes that I’ve come up with over the past few months on my STUFT Detox Creations pinterest board.)
Another favorite recipe is the crumb-topped brussel sprouts.
I got one of those huge stalks from Trader Joe’s just so I could make these. This was one of those recipes that you don’t really tell the family about until after they are sitting down eating it and saying how good it is. You have some of those right?
They were a hit with the almond meal topping and everything. I even made a spicier batch for myself.
I can’t say enough great things about this book, about Diane, about her program and how it has changed my life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if I can get out of that downhill sugar/binge cycle, anyone can.
The book officially releases October 29th. You can pre-order it from Amazon here.
If you preorder it now, you can get all the downloads for free on the website.
There is also a lot of information on the 21 Day Sugar Detox Facebook page along with a great community of people who have completed or are currently following the program.
I was sent an additional copy of the book to give away to one of you. Yippee!
I get so darn excited to giveaway things I love.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here telling me what you would most like to read in the book and/or any thoughts you feel like sharing about sugar, etc.
For an additional entry you can tweet about the giveaway:
I want to win a copy of @balancedbites new @21daysugardetox book from @stuftmama http://ow.ly/q8IvW #21dsd
Just make sure to come back and leave an additional comment letting me know.
Winner will be randomly chosen Monday, October 28th at 10 pm PST and announced in Tuesday’s post. Must be US resident since I’m doing the shipping myself. I may add in a few goodies though. That would be nice of me, wouldn’t it?
Have a good one!
One more big announcement and HUGE giveaway in the works before I leave town again tomorrow so stay tuned! Woot woot!