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

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,359 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 tha
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 tips eac ...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 isola
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 t ...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 show
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 lifestyl
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm glad I read this, because it's motivational in a way that is helpful. But it is FULL of Paleo-babble with absolutely zero citations. Also it recommends manufactured glucose syrup etc over whole foods like maple and honey. Modeling our diet after some imagined prehistoric ancestor means assuming that, at some ideal point of the past, humans everywhere all had the exact same diet, and that our physiological evolution stopped at that point. But while the idea of 'detox' and the demonization of ...more
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 s
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. ...more
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... ...more
Lauren Canaday
Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but this is not scientifically sound despite some of the reviews saying so. It's actually really dangerous for most people to follow this diet. There is a small fraction of the population that may do okay on this diet, but talking about our eating habits from the hunter/gatherer days doesn't so easily transfer to the biology of our bodies today. It's much more complicated than that.

I'm also really nervous that people will listen to her saying to push through their withdrawals even whe
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
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Some good recipe ideas for incorporating into your eating but not really for full meals. A big beef I have with this book is the graphics, the wide variety of fonts used, the little doodles, and then really nice photos of Sarah and of food - is it rustic? is it scrapbooky? is it artistic? is it urban chic? The visual theme of the book is all over the place. It was good to challenge my thinking on how much hidden sugar I'm taking in, but like many other reviewers said, most of the food recommenda ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the layout of this book. She has a fun style. I think these recipes are slightly more accessible than her I Quit Sugar Cookbook but as with many cookbooks there are only a few recipes that I am inspired to try.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good- I would read again. I’m excited to try the recipes.
Feb 17, 2021 added it
Very pretty book. Not terribly helpful though.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
“This is because back when we were cave people, sugar was both highly valuable (as instant energy for chasing wildebeests) and extremely rare (a berry here and there). “

Human’s body is built to eat seasonally and locally grown food... Not bananas all year round from the other part of the world.

The author explains why sugar / fructose is bad for humans. Fructose is just as addictive as cocaine. Fructose impacting negatively brain’s health. Excess of fructose in the body becomes fat... After read
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 fructo ...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 lo
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 n ...more
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really expecting much, but this was below even that. Very repetitive and seemed to be split up into the "8-Week Program" completely unecessarily. I could at least say it was a nice cookbook but the recipes were obvious and uncreative. Like a lot of self-help books, this was a blog-post's worth of content stretched out into an entire book for the sake of sales. Really disappointing. ...more
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! ...more
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. ...more
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!
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 ha
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