Have you thought about trying the latest craze in weight loss? There are many variations to the low carb diet, but what they all have in common is the reduction of sugar consumed daily. In this post, I thought I’d share how to detox sugar with a selection of books on quitting sugar.
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Those who follow this site regularly know that in August 2019, I committed to a low carb, low sugar diet. It was a decision I made to beat my battle with weight once and for all and to face the reality of how my weight was leading me towards a pre-diabetic diagnosis.
It wasn’t an easy choice, but as a morbidly obese person, I had to make some significant changes, and this diet gives me a downsized list of foods I can eat, which helps me stay disciplined and focused most importantly when I follow it and keep my carb count low – I lose weight – consistently.
Sugar-Free Cookbooks and Sugar Detox Diet Books Can Offer Inspiration
One of the essential things to sticking with a sugar detox or low carb lifestyle is to learn to love new ideas, work with different ingredients and change things up.
I’m always on the hunt for information and inspiration to stay on my program. In my search for tips, recipes and other resources, I have come across several books on quitting sugar, how to detox sugar or great low sugar cookbooks.
What You Need to Know About Low Sugar Detox Books
Before I get to the list, I have to tell you that not all sugar detoxes are the same. Some eliminate sugar, some that eliminate processed sugar and others that follow a specific diet principle like Keto diet books or Diabetic cookbooks.
Sugar Detox Books
Breaking Up with Sugar, Molly Carmel
I feel like I’m living Author Molly Carmel’s story. Like her, I have had a 20 year battle with my weight and have failed on numerous diets and weight loss programs. In her book Breaking Up with Sugar, Molly shares her journey and includes a 66-day strategy with step-by-step meal plans to break your sugar habits.
Since sugar is highly addictive, Molly begins with strategies for beating the emotional and physical relationships with sugar to help you develop new habits with healthier food.
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program and Cookbook, Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson has written many books and cookbooks in a series of I Quit Sugar books. What I like about her is her approach was very similar to mine. Eliminate sugar as an experiment and realize the benefits. Her trial became her way of life, and her cookbook is an 8-week plan on how you can quit sugar too. There are over 100 recipes in her diet book, followed by some great cookbooks filled with sugar-free recipes.
Zero Sugar Diet and Zero Sugar Cookbooks, David Zinczenko
However, I find the title of this book misleading. As someone who cut out sugar when I read this diet and found inspirational recipes, I found that it was more about removing “added sugars” than zero sugar.
That said, many would find my absolute zero sugar approach hard to maintain. The principles of removing added sugar will still help curb cravings, boost metabolism and teach you the principles of moving to a healthy balanced diet with fresh produce, proteins and whole grains.
Sugar Shock, Carol, Prager, Samantha Cassetty
This book was a much-anticipated book in the low sugar diet sphere before it was released. Like the Zero Sugar Diet above, Sugar Shock will explore how much added sugar you consume and why your body craves it.
Sugar Shock has several strategies to help you see where you currently stand with sugar by taking a quiz Get Your Sugar Score quiz and filling in a 7-Day Sugar Tracker. Then follow the first 7-day sugar step down plan and follow it with their 21-day sugar detox meal plan.
Keto Books and Cookbooks
The Keto Guido Cookbook, Vinny Guadagnino
I’m going to admit it. I only grabbed this because I am a fan of the Jersey Shore TV series. Vinny’s transformation is pretty incredible. I will start by saying I don’t follow the high fat Keto Diet myself, but there are many elements of this diet that work for low sugar, low carb health plans.
In Vinny’s Keto Guido book, you’ll find a 7-day Ketogenic meal plan and over 100 recipes. He also shares his personal stories and some expert tips from wellness coach Karissa Long.
Keto Diet for Dummies, Rami Abrams and Vicky Abrams
Who better to break down the Keto Diet than the team at the “Dummies” book series. If you want to try the ketogenic diet, you’ll learn everything you need to know. With tips from how to stock your kitchen, meal prep, dining out and more.
Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Dr. Josh Axe
He shares recipes, shopping lists, exercise routines and five different keto diet strategies and advice on choosing the best one.
Read more: How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Diabetic Cookbooks for Low Sugar Recipe Inspiration
Even though I haven’t received a diabetic diagnosis, I had family members that have, which is one of the reasons I decided to go low carb. I figured since I’m following in their footsteps, I have an opportunity to beat my sugar cravings and avoid the diagnosis while moving towards a healthier life.
Here are some tremendous diabetic cookbooks with some great recipes to try when you start quitting sugar.
The Clean & Simple Diabetes Cookbook, Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN
The move to clean eating doesn’t have to be difficult, and what I love about this cookbook is that it is filled with delicious recipes, but there are also several how-to cooking instructions to help me in the kitchen. I am learning to work with vegetables and ingredients I have never used before, and a cookbook like this is a great tool to help accomplish that.
Jackie shares meal planning strategies, grocery shopping guides and the best part: each recipe uses no more than seven ingredients. Recipe prep will take less than 15 minutes, and you’ll have a step-by-step guide to preparing them.
Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan, Lori Zanini RD CDE
I’m a big fan of simple and easy when following recipes, and in the Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan, you’ll find a 4-week meal plan which you can customize according to your goals.
With over 100 recipes categorized by gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, nut-free, 5-ingredient and 30-minute or less, there is something in here that will inspire your next sugar-free meal.