The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook

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Diane Sanfilippo’s follow-up to The 21-Day Sugar Detox includes a condensed version of the plan, along with the yes/no food lists and modifications. Best of all, it also contains more than 100 recipes for use during the 21-Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) and beyond.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox

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This book, by Diane San Filippo, is a guide for following the 21-Day Sugar Detox (21DSD). Level 3 of the 21DSD is paleo. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I tend to stick with the 21DSD Level 3 food list much of the time. I love the book because it gives a great explanation of how and why sugar can cause so many problems for people, along with a plan for eliminating it and several other inflammation-causing food items from your diet. The author includes three levels of food lists, ranging from pretty close to a “standard” American diet (SAD) to strict paleo. My husband often does level 1, so he can continue to include dairy, legumes, and rice in his diet, and I usually stick with level 3, which is the strict paleo level. In addition to the food lists, the author provides meal plans, recipes, and modifications for special populations, such as athletes, breastfeeding moms, people with autoimmune issues. You can join monthly Facebook groups for support doing the program, but they do require to you actually read the book to participate. The author also offers an online version of the program, with an active support forum and lots more resources, for an additional cost.

It Starts with Food

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This is the guide for the Whole30 way of eating. I did my first Whole30 in March 2013, and have now successfully completed six of them. The Whole30 is basically strict paleo, without any “junk” food. The book gives a great explanation of why paleo is good for most of us, and then provides an action plan for eliminating all of the junk that is kicking you in the gut, both physically and emotionally. It includes a set of rules to follow for 30 days of totally clean eating. You can get a lot of the information from the Whole30 web site, but the book goes more in-depth, and I think anybody that wants to do a Whole30 should read it at least once, preferably before starting the Whole30.