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

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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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Clarkson Potter (first published November 25th 2013)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-fiction
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 ...more
Diane Hall
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks-read
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
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nutrition, cookbooks
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.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, food
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 ...more
Jalynn Patterson
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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...
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good- I would read again. I’m excited to try the recipes.
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
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
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: partially-read
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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.
Joseph Tavares
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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!
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
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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 ...more
Roxanne Hawkin
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Vittorio Viegas
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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