21 Day Sugar Detox – A first impression

21 Day Sugar Detox

21 Day Sugar Detox


As I may or may not have mentioned in the past, but will now for posterity, Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites fame is a friend of mine.  I’ve known her since she delivered her second-ever Balanced Bites Workshop  in a dojo sub-let by what is now my Crossfit gym.  And, just like my gym has grown and expanded in the years since, as have Diane and Balanced Bites.  She recently announced that 21 Day Sugar Detox program will soon be released as a book.

I have never engaged in a detox of any kind.  In fact, until I went Paleo, the idea of a “detox” seemed rather hinky and hippy-dippy new-ageish.  Not something I’m likely to be interested in.  And I have never had a problem with sugar either. Sure, I was a pasta-holic for much of my life, but I dropped that cold with no problems or withdrawal issues.  I like high-quality beer, but can easily do without it.  And I certainly like the occasional ice cream.  But I’ve always been a “give me more steak” kinda guy rather than “save room for dessert”. I don’t like cake, or frosting. I dislike candy for the same reasons I dislike cake and frosting; I find them pointless and mostly lacking any flavor but “sickeningly sweet”.  Clearly I am NOT the guy you ask to review a book about eliminating a sugar addiction or going through a detox.  Maybe that’s the plan?  I am, nonetheless, honored to have received an advance copy of this book to review.

I am not quite yet ready to provide you all with a comprehensive review of the 21 Day Sugar Detox book, so this mini-review will be limited to merely my first impressions created by what I have read thus far; a whopping 56 pages.  Before I say anymore, watch this trailer:

That video pretty much sums up my impressions so far. If you liked her first book, Practical Paleo, you’ll LOVE the 21 Day Sugar Detox book.  I’m slowly reading my way through it and so far in less than the 6 pages, here are the things that strike me:

  • For someone who’s a visual learner, Diane has packed this book with some serious textual density. This greatly appeals to me, I’m a very technical person who “just wants the facts”.  Too many pictures, unnecessary graphics, etc. detract from efficiently delivering the information I’m after.
  • This book is totally different from Practical Paleo, yet seems very familiar and welcoming.  You get a warm, fuzzy feeling paging through this book, like you’ve been here before.
  • I absolutely love the basic intro to “here’s how your body works and why you get fat from eating crap” section.
  • She has a “set yourself up for success” planning section that is A-FREAKING-MAZING. My biggest complaints about pretty much any type of repeatable process is that they always completely lack clear, concise how-to style set of directions combined with realistic expectations. Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson both sorta kinda did this in their books (The Paleo Solution, and The Primal Blueprint, respectively), and Practical Paleo does as well. But 21DSD does this EXACTLY the way I would have approached it being the technical, pedantic, process-driven type that I am.  And I always love reading something written the way I would have done it myself 🙂
  • Throughout the book she has placed little cartoon sugar-monster guys (affectionately referred to as the Hangry Monster) which make me smile every time I see them.

Now, being the process-oriented person I am, I begin a book at the front-cover and I go until I reach the back cover.  About the only thing I “skim” is the index.  I’m that guy who reads all those boring acknowledgements, prefaces, intros, and forwards.  Rumor has it there is a whole section of recipes in there somewhere.  I can neither confirm nor deny that. I’m on page 56.  What I can say, is that based on Practical Paleo, I have high expectations for any of the recipes which may or may not be contained somewhere between the covers of the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

As is hopefully obvious by now, I’m not nearly ready to do a comprehensive review of this book yet.  I’ve had the book for over a week, and waiting until I’m finished might be a while.  So, in short, this book is fantastic! And while I am certainly not Diane’s target audience, I know lots of people who are.  Based on what I’ve read so far, if you are one them, you need this book.  If not, you likely know someone who is, which makes this the perfect gift item! The book can be pre-ordered on here from Amazon.com.

(Disclaimer: Other than an advanced copy of the book, I am receiving no payment of incentive of any kind for saying anything above.  These are entirely my own thoughts and words.  There are no affiliate links in this page either.)

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4 comments to 21 Day Sugar Detox – A first impression

  • Looking forward to giving the 21 Day Sugar Detox a try. Found your site through Dr. Scott A. Mills, thanks for the insight on the book!

    • Paul Lussier

      Hi Nicole!

      It’s so great to have you here, thanks for joining! Dr. Scott is awesome, I just started following him not too long ago and he’s really taught me a lot about what he does and about chiropractors in general!

      I haven’t yet done the 21DSD myself, but planning on it for November. Got it timed just right, Nov. 4th – Nov. 25th; starting just after the big candy day and ending just before the big turkey day 🙂

      I highly recommend getting the book (pre-order on Amazon if you can) it’s well worth it, there’s so much great information in there, and Diane has really gone out of her way to make this program so easy that with the book it’s really like having her by your side holding your hand through it all.

      Thanks again, and please follow us on FB and join to our conversation! (we’re also on Twitter, G+, and pinterest too).

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