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A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugarto lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes. 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 A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes. 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


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A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugarto lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes. 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 A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes. 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

30 review for I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I was very surprised when I searched this book on Goodreads to find that there are nine books by this author on this topic. Really?! While this "8-week detox program & cookbook" is long on the lovely (retro-looking pages, gorgeous food pictures, cute doodles, and tons of fun pictures of the author, who is thin, pretty and stylish), I found it to be short on the program & cookbook aspects. For starters, there wasn't much of a program but rather some facts, affirmations/encouragements and I was very surprised when I searched this book on Goodreads to find that there are nine books by this author on this topic. Really?! While this "8-week detox program & cookbook" is long on the lovely (retro-looking pages, gorgeous food pictures, cute doodles, and tons of fun pictures of the author, who is thin, pretty and stylish), I found it to be short on the program & cookbook aspects. For starters, there wasn't much of a program but rather some facts, affirmations/encouragements and tips each week ( for example: order extra calamari for dessert or brush your teeth when you feel hungry). Many of the "recipes" were things like a poached egg or an egg wrapped in bacon, kale chips, cooked nuts, apples sprinkled with cinnamon and cheese like ideas than actual recipes. The author states in the beginning of the book that she ate very healthy but for her daily intake of three pieces of fruit, honey and 1.2 oz (seriously?! Is there a scale involved?) of dark chocolate. She said she lost 9 lbs from the program. I agree with others that that is not relatable for the average person. Though I subscribe to a whole food diet and very rarely eat processed food, I think it would be a challenge to feed myself or my family with this plan. Also, anyone who doesn't like coconut should walk away.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hall

    Hello, hipster cookbook. I picked this cookbook up because I agree that "our modern food system is set up around sugar, and seductively so" (from introduction). I hoped to get some good ideas, recipes and further motivation to cut out the sugar from my day to day eating. Here were some of the problems I had with this book: First off, I really couldn't relate to this girl. Prior to cutting out sugar, she only consumed maybe 25 teaspoons of sugar. Good for her but way to make me already feel Hello, hipster cookbook. I picked this cookbook up because I agree that "our modern food system is set up around sugar, and seductively so" (from introduction). I hoped to get some good ideas, recipes and further motivation to cut out the sugar from my day to day eating. Here were some of the problems I had with this book: First off, I really couldn't relate to this girl. Prior to cutting out sugar, she only consumed maybe 25 teaspoons of sugar. Good for her but way to make me already feel isolated. This is how she describes her sugar-y diet: "I was eating three pieces of fruit a day, a handful of dried fruit, a teaspoon or two of honey in my tea, a small (1.2 oz.) bar of dark chocolate after lunch and, after dinner, honey drizzled on yogurt, or dessert (if I was out)." Maybe it's just me, but I found this pretentious. Secondly, her recipes and ideas are not for the 'everyman'. Chia and Quinoa parfait breakfast? Warm Sprouted Pea Hash (ingredients include: sprouted legumes, liquid aminos, chopped anchovies, crumbled feta, avocado chunks, chia seeds...)? I can't feed my family on Endive Sardine Boats. To me, this cookbook is too unrealistic. I recommend The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo or look for 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake, coming out in August.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Neja

    I absolutely loved this book! Sugar and sweets are my biggest problem and this book really encouraged me to change my nutrition. The book has beautiful photos, great recipes, so many handy advices and tips. I strongly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I wish I'd read some reviews of this one before borrowing it from the library. At least it didn't cost me anything but time. Yes, most of us could benefit from consuming less sugar in our diets, but I found little value in this book. She basically replaces sugars with fats, at one point telling readers to order calamari for dessert and later getting a hamburger with cheese and bacon, hold the bun, to cleanse herself after indulging in something containing sugar. In her opinion, most fruits are I wish I'd read some reviews of this one before borrowing it from the library. At least it didn't cost me anything but time. Yes, most of us could benefit from consuming less sugar in our diets, but I found little value in this book. She basically replaces sugars with fats, at one point telling readers to order calamari for dessert and later getting a hamburger with cheese and bacon, hold the bun, to cleanse herself after indulging in something containing sugar. In her opinion, most fruits are to be avoided as well. Later in her vague program, she discusses how to deal with the constipation the reader is likely to be suffering at this point. Gee, a diet lacking in whole grains and fruits and full of meats and dairy might leave one constipated? What a surprise! LOL Okay, full disclosure, I'm vegan. I also don't think apples are evil. Yes, fruits are higher than most vegetables in sugar and calories, but there's a lot of good nutritional value there (antioxidants, vitamins, fiber). I am definitely not her target audience. Who should not bother with this one? Anyone who is vegetarian, vegan or doesn't LOVE coconut - she suggests eating coconut oil straight from the jar by the spoonful. Ew. Anyone who thinks using a bit of fruit to sweeten rather than buying a bag of dextrose powder might want to skip this as well. If you're looking for a way to cut sugar and add more whole foods to your diet, you might want to check out Dr John McDougall's The Healthiest Diet on the Planet or any of his other books or How Not to Die by Michael Greger. There you'll find lots of whole grains along with plenty of fruits and veggies... and no problems with constipation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: 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 About the Book: 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) My Review: I love sugar! But it is the ever present devil on my shoulder. I have had really bad things begin to happen to my body after continuing to eat the way I always have, along with the fact I was getting older. I have arthritis in my back and hip, as a result when I eat anything containing sugar my joints become so badly inflamed that they are stiff and very painful. It didn't take me long to realize that there was a connection. So I was off on my trek to find out how I will be able to work this idea of no sugar into my already active lifestyle, because lets face it, its not easy let alone affordable. When I found this book I had already given up sugar, but I was so very interested in the "detox" part of the program mainly because it is very hard not to give into those cravings because giving in will wreck the whole process. The author shows you how much hidden sugars or even foods we wouldn't count as sugar are in fact full of sugar, even if it is "fruit" sugar. Sugar is in alot of everyday foods that you would consider safe. she also shows you how to get the sugar out of your system based on an 8 week detox program. Along with some yummy recipes to aid you in your journey. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Blogging for Books Blogger review program.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    On some level, the rating I gave this book feels unfair since I never really had any intentions of completely quitting sugar. I simply want to lower my sugar consumption. I also did not like that to quit sugar somehow also meant giving up gluten here. It's not that they were synonymous in the book, but I just felt this big bread-shaped hole in the world that I did not appreciate. I had no issues with the organization or information in the book, although I wanted to see more research to back up On some level, the rating I gave this book feels unfair since I never really had any intentions of completely quitting sugar. I simply want to lower my sugar consumption. I also did not like that to quit sugar somehow also meant giving up gluten here. It's not that they were synonymous in the book, but I just felt this big bread-shaped hole in the world that I did not appreciate. I had no issues with the organization or information in the book, although I wanted to see more research to back up some of the claims. I see what the author is trying to do here, and this may be a great read for some people. It's just not for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Yep, 4 stars for a cookbook might be a little strange, but I did "really like it"! Just some things that I hadn't considered, definitely some inspiration too. Am I actually going to quit sugar? No. But, it was neat to read about someone else who has. There are some recipes that I would try, should try, but...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    I'm not actually planning on quitting sugar, but I'm interested in eating less sugar and wanted to see some of the suggestions and recipes. Overall, this looks doable, and most of the recipes look straightforward, though likely you will need to buy some things you do not already own. I am confused by the recommendation of brown rice syrup, however, which as far as I can tell from research from actual scientists is still sugar and not considered any healthier than white sugar, honey, agave, etc. I'm not actually planning on quitting sugar, but I'm interested in eating less sugar and wanted to see some of the suggestions and recipes. Overall, this looks doable, and most of the recipes look straightforward, though likely you will need to buy some things you do not already own. I am confused by the recommendation of brown rice syrup, however, which as far as I can tell from research from actual scientists is still sugar and not considered any healthier than white sugar, honey, agave, etc. She also recommends Stevia, which apparently looks better than sugar but "not enough research has been done" so...who knows?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    Good- I would read again. I’m excited to try the recipes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    There were things I liked and disliked about this. For the $25 price tag (paperback, U.S.) I expected more. I also ended up having to buy the 21 day sugar detox and following that instead, because this one was too vague, costing me more money. I'll start with the good: - great recipes and ideas for making a freezer stash and staples -beautiful layout and photographs and typography -easy and fast to read - friendly tone and good tips on what kind of mental attitude is needed to follow this There were things I liked and disliked about this. For the $25 price tag (paperback, U.S.) I expected more. I also ended up having to buy the 21 day sugar detox and following that instead, because this one was too vague, costing me more money. I'll start with the good: - great recipes and ideas for making a freezer stash and staples -beautiful layout and photographs and typography -easy and fast to read - friendly tone and good tips on what kind of mental attitude is needed to follow this lifestyle and encouragement if you slip up - after the 8 week program, she tells you how to add sugar back in and also reiterates that she is not "all or nothing". Rather, now her body is more adjusted to sweetness and knowing her limits so she can have a lapse and still recover. The not so good (for me anyway) -I was expecting a more concrete and clear explanation of what to eat and not eat during the plan. I was very confused. So week 3 you are suppose to go cold turkey. Ok great! She lists foods to avoid. But then directly after she starts talking about how to read labels and distinguish between fructose and glucose. This is fine but she says brown rice syrup is ok. Wait I thought we weren't adding in this sweetener until week 6 or 7??? I thought we were reading the week three cold turkey section?? Now I'm confused. - lots of calculations on how to tell how much sugar percentage is in foods and dairy is even more confusing. Made my head hurt. But then she goes on to say that she doesn't count or calculate sugar in her diet. So do I need this stuff or not? - it doesn't tell you what to do with carbs like bread. At all. A note: her website has more concise articles and explanations about carbs and answers the above questions, but I was hoping this book would have all that explained already In conclusion: rent from the library or get the 21 day sugar detox

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I am pretty much the last person on the planet that would normally buy this book. I have a serious love for all things sweet. I certainly qualify as addicted, and because I'm pretty healthy otherwise, I've never really considered checking my sweet tooth. But after experiencing months of unexplained tiredness (probably because I'm a mom to two very energetic little boys!), I decided to give this book a go and see if changing up my diet could give me more energy. Firstly, the book is gorgeous. The I am pretty much the last person on the planet that would normally buy this book. I have a serious love for all things sweet. I certainly qualify as addicted, and because I'm pretty healthy otherwise, I've never really considered checking my sweet tooth. But after experiencing months of unexplained tiredness (probably because I'm a mom to two very energetic little boys!), I decided to give this book a go and see if changing up my diet could give me more energy. Firstly, the book is gorgeous. The layout and photography are beautifully done and you can tell that a lot of effort and thought went into making it perfect. As for the content, I'm not quite as sold. Giving up sugar in totality for 8 weeks (including fruit) warrants a pretty strong argument in my opinion, and I just didn't get that. Yes, there's obvious good points, but not enough to convince me into giving up things that I love, and would even consider healthy, for 8 weeks just to reset my taste for sugar and then to closely monitor and watch my sugar intake from there on. Being that obsessive about any kind of eating habit just doesn't fit well into my lifestyle. I also would have liked to see more descriptions along with the recipes. Again, if you are trying to get me to do a complete 180 from my current eating habits, I'm going to need some reassurance that this new savory breakfast item is going to be pretty fabulous before I decide to spend the time and effort to make it. Wilson has definitely inspired me to watch more closely for obvious sugars that I'm not really craving, and what effect those have on my energy level, and this books makes some very valid and useful points, but I will not be quitting sugar in totality any time soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I've decided I'm not doing anyone's "detox" program generally, but I was really happy to come across this book and blog, as part of a concerted effort to make some positive changes in my eating habits. I had been getting into the materials for Diane Sanfilipo's 21-Day Detox and checking out a lot of paleo food blogs, and somehow ended up spending a great deal of time with Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar material. It has definitely led me to focus on eliminating or severely reducing sources of I've decided I'm not doing anyone's "detox" program generally, but I was really happy to come across this book and blog, as part of a concerted effort to make some positive changes in my eating habits. I had been getting into the materials for Diane Sanfilipo's 21-Day Detox and checking out a lot of paleo food blogs, and somehow ended up spending a great deal of time with Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar material. It has definitely led me to focus on eliminating or severely reducing sources of fructose in my diet (e.g. trying brown rice syrup as an alternative sweetener, along with xylitol), as opposed to eliminating sweetness all together, and paying much more attention to added sugar in store-bought products and recipes. I've also been trying out sources of protein like gelatin, and increasing fats in my diet using coconut milk, coconut oil, nuts and full-fat dairy. I am a lifelong cereal-lover who might actually have been convinced to give up cereal almost entirely (I said almost). I've been using her recipes to do a lot of experimenting and modifying of my own, and I greatly appreciate her program's acknowledgement that, for some of us, giving up all things sweet just won't be a realistic or enjoyable way to change our eating habits, and might even undermine our success in any program. It's a very light-hearted and practical approach (with treats!), but I feel like I'm already experiencing some benefits.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I was looking for a book that would help to lower our kids' carb intake, as we have gone ultra low-carb and have started making adjustments to the kids diet. I think this is a good place to start, limiting some sugars and ingredient but still keeping some grains for the kids. The book was ok - very superficial, it is all based on her experiences and not a lot of science. The recipes look ok - there were a few things I would make for the kids. But I also read this as an ebook, and I do not like I was looking for a book that would help to lower our kids' carb intake, as we have gone ultra low-carb and have started making adjustments to the kids diet. I think this is a good place to start, limiting some sugars and ingredient but still keeping some grains for the kids. The book was ok - very superficial, it is all based on her experiences and not a lot of science. The recipes look ok - there were a few things I would make for the kids. But I also read this as an ebook, and I do not like looking at recipe books in that format. So I might have to take a look at the physical book to see if there are more recipes I might try. *edit*. I've been thinking about this book, and the truth is I wouldn't seek out paper version. The recipes really didn't get me excited, and I don't know that it is worth going back for. I said before that this book is superficial, and it is just that - looks good on the surface.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I've been having a lot of problems with sugar addiction lately. I think it's because I cut back on the amount of fruit I was eating, I was just craving sweets all the time. This was a new experience for me as I've never had a huge sweet tooth. I picked this up looking for some helpful guidelines. Basically, you need to quit cold turkey, including fruit. Then you can ease back in to making more sensible choices. As someone who works out a lot, I'm not sure I'm ready to give up fruit yet and I'm I've been having a lot of problems with sugar addiction lately. I think it's because I cut back on the amount of fruit I was eating, I was just craving sweets all the time. This was a new experience for me as I've never had a huge sweet tooth. I picked this up looking for some helpful guidelines. Basically, you need to quit cold turkey, including fruit. Then you can ease back in to making more sensible choices. As someone who works out a lot, I'm not sure I'm ready to give up fruit yet and I'm not a big dairy eater but I'm going to give the rest of it a go. There are some really great looking recipes in here. Can't wait to try some of them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    This is a pretty book, but I didn't find it very relatable. I didn't think there were very many practical tips, although I do think cutting out sugar completely for 8 weeks in order to get cravings under control was a good idea. I found a couple recipes I might try, but a lot of them called for a lot of stevia and brown rice syrup, which kind of defeats the purpose, in my opinion. I really vacillated between two and three stars, but I went with three just because it was a lovely book to look at.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dori

    Just to be clear, I'm not planning on giving up sugar. What I am interested in, though, is decreasing my sugar consumption over time, and this book has a lot of great ideas for doing so. Recipes, snack ideas, mind games when you're craving something sweet, and lots more to help you make some positive changes. There's also a ton of recipes for really weird food, if you're into that (I'm not). Anyway, I appreciated the creative ideas and the cheerleading found in this book! It's going back to the Just to be clear, I'm not planning on giving up sugar. What I am interested in, though, is decreasing my sugar consumption over time, and this book has a lot of great ideas for doing so. Recipes, snack ideas, mind games when you're craving something sweet, and lots more to help you make some positive changes. There's also a ton of recipes for really weird food, if you're into that (I'm not). Anyway, I appreciated the creative ideas and the cheerleading found in this book! It's going back to the library now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read bits and pieces of this book and I went back and forth between thinking I might try the detox and I might not. I kind of doubt that I will do the program itself but I do feel like I got some good info out of this book. I feel like I'm becoming more conscious of my sugar consumption and the hidden sugars in processed foods as well as the recommended daily limits. I think I will also bee taking her advice to experiment with coconut in all its forms. The science behind the different kinds of I read bits and pieces of this book and I went back and forth between thinking I might try the detox and I might not. I kind of doubt that I will do the program itself but I do feel like I got some good info out of this book. I feel like I'm becoming more conscious of my sugar consumption and the hidden sugars in processed foods as well as the recommended daily limits. I think I will also bee taking her advice to experiment with coconut in all its forms. The science behind the different kinds of sugar was helpful also. I'm glad I took a look at this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Haylee

    I really don't think I could quit sugar completely but this book certainly opened my eyes to how many teaspoons I'm shovelling into my body! There are many beautiful alternative recipes that I have tried and loved. It definitely helped me cut down my sugar intake. It was also set out really well with lovely photos of the food and other things.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Tavares

    My wife and I enjoyed the simplicity of this book. If you can overlook Sarah's charming photos(she's a pretty Aussie - we know) and study the principles. By taking action, your life will transform for the better! Thank you Sarah Wilson.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zuzana

    I love reading healthy lifestyle books! They are packed with some great advice ! This books is special as it guides you through steps on how to quit sugar! It gives you a lot of substitutes you can incorporate into your diet in order to successfully avoid sugar! Check out Sarah's website too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I gleaned some good recipes and ideas from this one, although the majority of it is certainly not practical for feeding a large family. :-) Beautiful pictures, though!

  22. 4 out of 5

    McKenna

    Things I Liked: —A lot of the recipes look like they'll work for me and look yummy. —The recipes use the same major ingredients, so you don't have to spend a fortune on random health-food ingredients you'll never use again. —The book has lists of things to stock up on, etc., so you can more easily make shopping lists. —The pictures are beautiful. —The graphic design is nice. —Wilson does a good job of stressing that a positive attitude, not a deprivation-focused one, is important. —Wilson does a Things I Liked: —A lot of the recipes look like they'll work for me and look yummy. —The recipes use the same major ingredients, so you don't have to spend a fortune on random health-food ingredients you'll never use again. —The book has lists of things to stock up on, etc., so you can more easily make shopping lists. —The pictures are beautiful. —The graphic design is nice. —Wilson does a good job of stressing that a positive attitude, not a deprivation-focused one, is important. —Wilson does a good job of talking about how each person is different and has to experiment to find out what works best for them. —Despite the book description, the book doesn't focus on losing weight, etc. The focus is very much on sustainable, healthy eating. —The author is up-front about the fact that she isn't perfect and sometimes does eat sugar. —I loved the perspective about how cheating is an opportunity to observe how the sugar makes you feel, why you ate it, how you react, etc., not a reason to beat yourself up. Things I Didn't Like: —There wasn't a ton of source citation for the claims about the damaging effects of sugar. —While the author criticizes past dietary crazes that demonized fat, statements like "sugar makes you fat," generalize so much that the book comes across as another fad and the author's legitimate points lose authority. —The 8-week plan is kind of vague and won't work for everyone. For example, I know my food habits well enough to know that I need some time to prep new foods and stock up on ingredients, but after that I just need to cut out all the sugar I plan to cut out. Having a couple weeks to cut down on sugar won't work for me because I'll break down and go all Mardi Gras on that sugar. —Additionally, while I agree that I may struggle more around Week X, I don't know that everyone will just coast along before that and not need the Week X information earlier. A lot of the steps kind of seemed thrown in so that the middle weeks between quitting and having quit for weeks would have labels. —I haven't read the original IQS book, so maybe she goes into more detail about the whole fructose/glucose thing here, but I wasn't clear on why she says "quitting sugar means quitting fructose," rather than "quitting fructose and glucose that breaks down easily." The recipes are generally gluten-free and don't contain a lot of simple carbs, but there's not a clear focus on why that is or what makes fructose more concerning than easily digested glucose. I mean, I get that the world already has five million books about the glycemic index, so I'm not saying that focusing on fructose was a bad publishing decision, but I'm not clear on the dietary reasoning.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tavia

    I already knew a bit about sugar detox from having quit sugar a few years ago. At the time my sugar addiction was extreme, I could eat an entire pie within a day and I did this once a week. I ended up quitting most processed sugar for a couple of months and only having it from the occasional condiment. At best I was averaging six grams of sugar down from an estimated 50 grams prior to the detox. I started eating sugar again after some personal setbacks, now I average about 30 grams a day. In an I already knew a bit about sugar detox from having quit sugar a few years ago. At the time my sugar addiction was extreme, I could eat an entire pie within a day and I did this once a week. I ended up quitting most processed sugar for a couple of months and only having it from the occasional condiment. At best I was averaging six grams of sugar down from an estimated 50 grams prior to the detox. I started eating sugar again after some personal setbacks, now I average about 30 grams a day. In an attempt to become more self-actualized I'm attempting to go sugar-free again but this time for good. PROS 1. Highlights that consuming less sugar is a lifestyle choice 2. Some decent information on foods to avoid and foods to enjoy CONS 1. Did not provide much useful information on how to deal with sugar detox (I had withdrawal symptoms for a week and got helpful info for free online). While Wilson mentions this difficult she could have highlighted the symptoms and ways to alleviate the pain better. Wilson never mentions the important fact that added sugar is completely unnecessary (excluding those with certain health issues) for the body to function properly. 2. Not very many helpful tips as far as measurements for sugar alternatives 3. The general advice was lacking, for example, she advises not to bring sugar home but what tips can she offer those of us who live with sugar fiends? Overall I learned a few things and feel that this book does an okay job of introducing the message that sugar isn't good for us. I wouldn't buy this book, but I do intend to purchase one of her cookbooks in the future after I have mastered going sugar-free.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary Delligatti

    A guide to quitting sugar The book is scientifically sound. But in my opinion, a little impractical . And I'm a diabetic that really needs to give up sUgar. There is a cleansing process, a detox., And a maintenance program included. 4 g of carbohydrates equals about 1 teaspoon of sugar , the idea is to keep yourself at 9 teaspoons for the day or less that's less than 36 g of carbs per day. I'm Italian, consequently, love Italian food , consequently, loaded in carbs. Where the fuck does come in A guide to quitting sugar The book is scientifically sound. But in my opinion, a little impractical . And I'm a diabetic that really needs to give up sUgar. There is a cleansing process, a detox., And a maintenance program included. 4 g of carbohydrates equals about 1 teaspoon of sugar , the idea is to keep yourself at 9 teaspoons for the day or less that's less than 36 g of carbs per day. I'm Italian, consequently, love Italian food , consequently, loaded in carbs. Where the fuck does come in handy that I used to have a guy called to get ideas on what I could to detect that. There's also lots of recipes that helps you to cut back on sugar, although some of them uses some bizarre ingredients that you normally don't use in the everyday kitchen, like brown rice sugar syrup. Nevertheless some of them are very helpful . Use this as a guide to make better sensible choices . I'm glad to read this book, the author put a lot of thought and research into it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Salisbury

    I very rarely give a two star review. I thought I was all about 'quitting sugar.' But, after thinking long and hard about the entire process and what I want my life to be about and look like in the future, completely giving up sugar, like completely giving up alcohol, is not for me. I was hoping that I could find some good 'lower sugar' recipes, because I do agree that I eat way too much of the addicting white stuff, but the recipes really have to do with completely overhauling your kitchen and I very rarely give a two star review. I thought I was all about 'quitting sugar.' But, after thinking long and hard about the entire process and what I want my life to be about and look like in the future, completely giving up sugar, like completely giving up alcohol, is not for me. I was hoping that I could find some good 'lower sugar' recipes, because I do agree that I eat way too much of the addicting white stuff, but the recipes really have to do with completely overhauling your kitchen and working with a more involved kitchen than I am ever willing to do. I don't like cooking now as it is, why would I want to spend more time figuring out new ways to make 'healthy' meals. I'm glad I read the first few chapters and then skimmed through the recipe parts. All while I was on the treadmill at the gym, if you can believe it. (You should, cause I'm there three days a week.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I've been reading a lot of primal/paleo/keto books and this one seemed to follow in the same vein. It does in a couple of ways and not in others (example: primal tends to cut out all grains while that isn't a recommendation in this book). I liked the simplicity of the writing which made it a quick read for me - less than 24 hours. The concepts are pretty easy to follow and there are tips provided to ease your transition to a sugar-free lifestyle. I like how each chapter was split into a week of I've been reading a lot of primal/paleo/keto books and this one seemed to follow in the same vein. It does in a couple of ways and not in others (example: primal tends to cut out all grains while that isn't a recommendation in this book). I liked the simplicity of the writing which made it a quick read for me - less than 24 hours. The concepts are pretty easy to follow and there are tips provided to ease your transition to a sugar-free lifestyle. I like how each chapter was split into a week of the transition and there were recommendations of recipes to try in each chapter. I also liked that there isn't an exhaustive listing of pantry and fridge staples that are very expensive, hard to find or something I wouldn't use more than once. I also enjoyed the encouragement in each chapter to not be too unforgiving if you struggle or don't get it right the first time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    3.5. This one was such a disappointment to me. I was so excited to find a book on quitting sugar that promised to help me quit and give me ideas on what to eat. The first part of the book is informative, easy to read and good. However, this girl is tough to relate to as she really wasn't overweight to begin with. And I was so disappointed in the recipes. Theres a lots of ingredients that I have never tried, so I don't even know if I'll like them, and other ingredients that I actually don't even 3.5. This one was such a disappointment to me. I was so excited to find a book on quitting sugar that promised to help me quit and give me ideas on what to eat. The first part of the book is informative, easy to read and good. However, this girl is tough to relate to as she really wasn't overweight to begin with. And I was so disappointed in the recipes. Theres a lots of ingredients that I have never tried, so I don't even know if I'll like them, and other ingredients that I actually don't even know what they are. There is a lot of coconut stuff going on, and I tend not to be a fan when it comes to coconut. This probably would have been better in tangible form as well, as I read it in ebook form.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Hawkin

    This book completely revolutionised the way I eat and I followed her suggestions strictly for 8 weeks and cut sugar out completely. I felt amazing and experienced so many benefits - most surprisingly to me were my moods, pms and skin. That was a few years ago and I have slipped into eating too many carbs again and too much sugar again - but I will never go back to eating the amounts of sugar that I used to because her book opened my eyes to things that are so obvious now, like the amount of This book completely revolutionised the way I eat and I followed her suggestions strictly for 8 weeks and cut sugar out completely. I felt amazing and experienced so many benefits - most surprisingly to me were my moods, pms and skin. That was a few years ago and I have slipped into eating too many carbs again and too much sugar again - but I will never go back to eating the amounts of sugar that I used to because her book opened my eyes to things that are so obvious now, like the amount of sugar in dressings, fruit juice, dried fruit, etc.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vittorio Viegas

    The beginning of the book is good. Very interesting and relaxing. The thing I didn't like much about the book is that more than half of it are made of recipes and those are mostly without pictures. It may be subjective but I can't stand a cookbook without pictures. When you make said recipe it will rarely look like the picture on your first try but when you can't even have a reference it gets even worse. Well, for short, the first 1/3 of the book is very good but the last part, not so much but I The beginning of the book is good. Very interesting and relaxing. The thing I didn't like much about the book is that more than half of it are made of recipes and those are mostly without pictures. It may be subjective but I can't stand a cookbook without pictures. When you make said recipe it will rarely look like the picture on your first try but when you can't even have a reference it gets even worse. Well, for short, the first 1/3 of the book is very good but the last part, not so much but I would still recommend it as it can be very useful for anyone trying to quit sugar.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I did not quit sugar, but I am seriously considering it after reading through this book. What I liked most about this book was that it seemed to be equal parts learning about quitting sugar, recipes, and wasn't a huge daunting book. She explained everything in simple terms and uses ingredients that would be pretty easy to find. Each "chapter" is a new step on how to quit sugar which makes it easy to either complete week by week or read through to see if its something you want to try. She also I did not quit sugar, but I am seriously considering it after reading through this book. What I liked most about this book was that it seemed to be equal parts learning about quitting sugar, recipes, and wasn't a huge daunting book. She explained everything in simple terms and uses ingredients that would be pretty easy to find. Each "chapter" is a new step on how to quit sugar which makes it easy to either complete week by week or read through to see if its something you want to try. She also has a I quit sugar website with blog postings that has even more information. Overall a really informative book.

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