I’ve been following the Balanced Bites site ever since my early days of Paleo – way before I thought I’d end up starting a blog! Balanced Bites is a fantastic wealth of information on all things health, nutrition and good food, and is written by expert Paleo nutritionist Diane Sanfilippo.
I am a proud owner of Diane’s first published book Practical Paleo (an excellent guide for newcomers) and listen often to her podcasts with Cave Girl Eats Liz Wolfe. So when I found out Diane was going to be in San Francisco at the Book Passage signing copies of her new 21 Day Sugar Detox book (along with Hayley Mason & Bill Staley from the Primal Palate – it was quite the Paleo party) I had to go along.
I must admit I haven’t yet done the 21 day programme, but my annual #Junkfree January – and the Whole 30 I did last year are all planned with a similar slant – riding us of the dreaded white stuff and nourishing with whole ‘clean’ foods instead. Is this an excuse for me to mention The Sugar Blues again?
As with Practical Paleo, the book is beautifully written by Diane. There are simple and easy to understand explanations as to why we really shouldn’t (and needn’t) be eating sugar, then a choice between 3 levels of the programme (each dependent on your goals and aims), the rest of the book is dedicated to 90 delicious looking recipes. If that wasn’t enough there is also a supplementary book you can purchase with tonnes more recipes. I tried out the mustard glazed chicken thighs from page 114 of the book, which was so simple yet incredibly delicious (pic above). The book is also supported with on-line forums and daily emails for those going through the programme. I can imagine that this is the perfect way of keeping focus. When I have a suitable slot in my life to dedicate 21 days to do this programme (too many foodie projects going on right now), I’m absolutely going to – you can hold me to it!
So… in anticipation for hitting the detox in [… soon I promise] I thought it would be useful to go through all my recipes and work out which were 21daysugardetox compliant. It turns out a fair few – over 100 in fact. Happy searching. If you’re doing the programme I hope you’ll enjoy including these as part of your daily noshing.
- NB dairy full fat is for Level 1 & Level 2 only
- Any recipes with tamari – sub for coconut aminos (tamari is a fermented soy and this programme avoids soy in all forms)
- Use real stock if you can (I didn’t in my earlier recipes before I realised the beauty of real stock) since it is far superior in terms of additives and salt/gluten and is highly nourishing.
- Sweet potatoes and yams which are high starch veggies can be subbed for other root veg such as carrot or parsnip