Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

Book Details
Title: I Quit Sugar
Author: Sarah Wilson
2014, Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-0804186018
Genre: Non-fiction, Cookbook

Book Summary
Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn't realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change.

What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar--both the obvious and the hidden kinds--soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit sugar too:

* follow a flexible and very doable 8-week plan
* overcome cravings
* make food you're excited to eat with these 108 recipes for detox meals, savory snacks, and sweet treats from Sarah Wilson and contributors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Curtis Stone, Dr. Robert Lustig (The Fat Chance Cookbook), Sarma Melngailis (Raw Food/ Real World), Joe "the Juicer" Cross, and Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)

I Quit Sugar makes it easy to kick the habit for good, lose weight, and feel better than ever before. When you are nourished with delicious meals and treats, you won't miss the sugar for an instant. 

"When I quit sugar I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid. I don't believe in diets or in making eating miserable. This plan and the recipes are designed for lasting wellness." -- Sarah Wilson

My Review
Okay, I was going to wait until I finished the program to write my review, but I may just have to come back and update it. When I originally received this book for review, I was interested in the topic, but didn’t see myself wanting to actually attempt to “quit sugar”. Then I started reading the intro pages and really found myself drawn to the whole idea. These were concepts I already believed and I realized that here was a way to actually attempt it.

I have finally convinced my husband (half the battle honestly) to try the 8-week detox program with me and we are currently only on Week 1, but I am excited about the upcoming process.

Things I love about this book and program so far:
-The layout of the book is very beautiful and makes it fun to look at. There are lots of tips and info boxes all over.
-I like that the author starts in slowly with two weeks of cutting back before she makes you go cold turkey. During these two weeks you are slowly trying a few new recipes each week.
-I saw some others complaining about this, but it makes me REALLY HAPPY that this is a bit of a free-form diet plan. I have followed some other diets and they are so strict that I feel you cannot make a real lifestyle change. This plan isn’t as rigid, there is no exact list of what to eat or drink every meal of every day, but it gives you the tools to make the right decisions… and hopefully that will translate into making those better decisions after the 8-weeks are up.

Things I’m not sure about:
-Some of the ingredients… there are a lot of special ingredients. The author claims to use these same ingredients over and over, so we’ll see how that goes.
-I’m not sure about some of the recipes either. I’m not sure how my family is going to respond to Squash Soup or pancakes made with buckwheat flour, but I’m willing to try it.

I will say that we’ve tried the granola and I made an apple and cheese dessert last night and it’s been very yummy so far.

I think this book would be a great resource for someone to find out more information on sugar in our diets, or some sugarless recipes. If you’re someone who has to have a rigid diet plan then this book is not going to be for you, but if you like to be able to have some control over your diet, than you should check this one out.

More Info
Read Chapter One
Author Bio

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

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