Podcast Episode #110: The 21-Day Sugar Detox Book, FAQs Part 1

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1.  Beyond Sugar Detox [3:43] 2.  Forbes 30 under 30 nomination [9:32] 3.  The difference between Practical Paleo and 21-Day Sugar Detox [12:02] 4.  If I don’t want to lose any weight, is the 21DSD right for me?  What about if I’m pregnant or nursing? [21:11] 5.  Defining Detox [27:32] 6.  21DSD versus a strict 30-day paleo program. [33:13] 7.  Success tips, supplements, and duct tape [38:17] 8.  Best way to get started for success [44:04] 9.  What do I do on day 22? [47:10] 10. Is it a craving or hunger? [52:10] 11. Who should not do the 21-Day Sugar Detox? [57:18] [smart_track_player url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/balancedbites/BB_Podcast_110.mp3″ title=”#110: The 21-Day Sugar Detox Book, FAQs Part 1″ artist=”Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe ” color=”00aeef” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ]

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Diane Sanfilippo: Hey everyone, Diane here. Before we get rolling right into episode 110, I wanted to update all of you on events that are coming up in the next week. So, I have the 21-Day Sugar Detox release party at Hu Kitchen in New York City; that will be on October 29th, that’s Tuesday, from 7-9 pm. Then on Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m. as well, I’ll be in Livingston, New Jersey, also 21-Day Sugar Detox book signing, and that is at Barnes and Noble. Then on Friday, November 1st, from 5-7 p.m. I will be at Penguin Bookshop in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. And on Saturday, November 2nd, I will be at Barnes and Noble in Rochester, New York. It’s the Pittsford shopping center. These are all 21-Day Sugar Detox book signings, however there will be copies of Practical Paleo obviously for sale. You can check out each event's RSVP link for information on whether or not it would be appropriate to bring your copy of Practical Paleo into the store. For some of the stores, we ask that you don’t do that just because they are, obviously, selling copies there, as well, but there are events where I am more than happy to have you just bring a copy that you have at home. So, check out the sidebar of BalancedBites.com to register and RSVP for all of the events. And I will see you there!

Liz Wolfe: Hey everyone! Welcome to episode 110 of the Balanced Bites podcast. Liz here, Diane over there, and we are back to tackling your questions. We are sponsored, as usual, by Pete’s Paleo, bringing fine dining to your cave. You can visit the blog post for this podcast, episode 110, for a special from Pete’s Paleo. You will receive 2 free meals with your order from Pete’s Paleo when you enter the code that is listed on the blog post. So, head over there. You will also see a deal from out other sponsor, Chameleon Cold-Brew, coffee evolved. Our friends over at Chameleon Cold-Brew will give you 25% off your order when you enter the code listed in the blog post. So, check that out for sure. That is, if you can’t find Chameleon Cold-Brew where you live, go ahead and keep requesting that at your national grocers, your Whole Foods, but 25% off, that should cover your shipping, so, a pretty good deal.

Diane Sanfilippo: For sure.

Liz Wolfe: For sure. What’s going on with you, Diane?

Diane Sanfilippo: Oh, just, you know, trying to finish up the 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook. And so, yeah. On the heels of this massive stress, for which I’m kind of kicking myself, because in my effort to make sure that the 21-Day Sugar Detox book was, as I think a lot of people are calling it, “cute”, and, you know, compact and all of that. I mean, I crammed a ton of recipes in there. I did a bunch of, like, 2 recipes per 2-page spread kind of thing so that I could keep the page count down, even though the actual content could have filled another, like, 60 pages or so, but I had this grand idea that people would want more recipes, and instead of putting them all into the first book, in order, again, to keep that book, you know, purse friendly and whatnot, I decided to do a cookbook followup. And now, I’m like “Why did I say I would do that?!” Excited to get it out there, but, as anybody who’s ever, you know, written a book or put a cookbook together knows, its always more work than you think its going to be! So, I’m kind of ready to get back to my “normal life”, and, you know, back to blogging and hitting the road partially with you, partially, you know, for just some book events and whatnot. I’m just really looking forward to that day {laughs} hopefully sooner than later.

Liz Wolfe: So what’s after this? What’s after the 21-Day Sugar Detox?

Diane Sanfilippo: Uh, actually…

Liz Wolfe: Oh, lord.

Diane Sanfilippo: Did you lose me again?

Liz Wolfe: No, I didn’t lose you! But you have another plan for another thing! Will you please just go to Mexico and sit on the beach.

Diane Sanfilippo: No! Nononono! Shhh. Okay. Shush.

Liz Wolfe: {laughs}

1. Beyond Sugar Detox [3:43]

Diane Sanfilippo: No. Well, so, um, what I’m doing actually is transitioning what previously was the online version of the program for the 21-Day Sugar Detox, transitioning some of those materials and also adding a whole bunch of stuff to that so that it becomes more of what I’m calling “Beyond Sugar Detox” because its not going to be the main source for your program information anymore. The book, obviously, will be your source for that. The print book I’m going…. today, you know, this episode is going to be all about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, I’ll be answering a ton of questions about it, but the print book is not just a rehash of what was available in the online PDFs. It’s actually…I’ve completely rewritten all of it. I used very little from what I had originally written into those PDFs, and so while the core of the program and the sort of rules and whatnot remains, you know, what you are getting in that book is really, really different. So I wanted to… you know, you’re limited with a book, obviously, to what is printed on paper, and also certain page count and all of that, and I wanted to add resources for people. So, you know, podcast episodes that have been recorded by some of my program moderators who have been working with me and with all of you who have done the program for the last several years to just kind of gather information about the experiences people are having, and created… I think we have 23, from like day 0 to day 22 possibly, 23 different unique podcast episodes. Its not a Balanced Bites podcast, its Beyond Sugar Detox, so talking about like what to expect and what to do about it, which I get into briefly in the book, but again, you know, you are limited in print to how much space {laughs} you can fill on paper. So, a bunch of podcast episodes that are supportive. Also, I’m doing some video Q&A, like, the frequently asked questions, and also just different things that come up that will really help people along on their sugar detox and also beyond. We have two sections on the Balanced Bites forums; we have, sort of the main Balanced Bites area, and then the 21-Day Sugar Detox area, but there is also going to be a sort of member’s only protected are where, if you are a member of the Beyond Sugar Detox community, you can get in there, get one on one help from all of the moderators, as well as myself, on a regular basis. So, those are the people who will have a little bit more kind of hands on one on one priority when it comes to having their questions answered, and always really getting checked on by the moderators versus just sort of the crowd source community of a forum, which can be very powerful and helpful, but, you know, when you have a little bit more of a membership going on, you want to make sure that the people answering you are really the ones who are the experts on the program. So, all of this stuff I needed to figure out a way to offer it to people, but also, obviously, be able to pay those people who are on my team, and so it’s going to be a membership-based thing, but I think its going to be really amazing because there is no other way for me to offer that. I’m really excited about it. One of the things I’m actually most excited about with all of this stuff growing is the fact that I can start to sort of employ people who are passionate about this stuff. I think I’ve got like, at least 7 people on my team now, plus a group of another like 20 or so moderators who volunteered their time, and I love that I can pay people for their time to do something they are passionate about and they can contribute to everything that I’m doing with Balanced Bites and the Sugar Detox and all of that. That actually gets me really excited because I’m able to just help them live, you know, what it is that they are excited about and all of that and not everybody is like a complete psychopath entrepreneur that I am {laughs} so. The ideas never stop, and I’m like, well I need some people to help get this stuff done, and I’m just thrilled to be able to have all of these, its actually all women {laughs} on my team and helping you guys and helping me out. So, that’s kind of what’s going on. I mean, it really never ends. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: You’ve got a good team.

Diane Sanfilippo: There was a graphic on Facebook a long time ago, and I should put it in the podcast showing it. Its where its these two stick figures talking to each other, and the one’s like, what’s that? And the other one’s like, oh, don’t worry, it’s just my brain. And, I joke that I call it rainbow string, because the stick figure who says “don’t worry” there’s like a thought bubble behind him, or like this huge mass of fluorescent rainbow colored string just coming out of his head, and I’m like, yeah, that’s pretty much me.

Liz Wolfe: It’s like a rave.

Diane Sanfilippo: You know that, Liz, right?

Liz Wolfe: It’s like a bunch of, it’s like a glow stick, like unicorn vomit…

Diane Sanfilippo: Rave?

Liz Wolfe: Yeah. That’s what’s in your head.

Diane Sanfilippo: In my head.

Liz Wolfe: Yes.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah. So, you know, I always joke, like, I’m not the funny one, I’m not the nice one …

Liz Wolfe: {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: But the ideas are just… it literally never ends, the kinds of things I want to create for people and different ways I think I can help people learn different information about health and wellness and all that. So, anyway.

Liz Wolfe: And like I said off the air, it takes me weeks to figure out how to change a widget in my sidebar, so.

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: {laughs} I just…

Diane Sanfilippo: I’m the one who’s like, let me just do that for you.

Liz Wolfe: Yeah.

Diane Sanfilippo: Let me help you. Let me just help you.

Liz Wolfe: Ohhh man.

Diane Sanfilippo: It’s why I could never be a parent! My patience level… I’m like, can I just do that for you?

Liz Wolfe: {Laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: And you’re not supposed to do that!

Diane Sanfilippo: I know! It’s why I can’t be a parent!

Liz Wolfe: {laughing} You can’t be a godmother, either.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. Fine with me.

Liz Wolfe: Okay.

2. Forbes 30 under 30 nomination[9:32]

Diane Sanfilippo: Can I make a really quick announcement.

Liz Wolfe: Yes.

Diane Sanfilippo: We’ll actually get into questions next, but it was really sweet. I had an E-mail this morning from a fan, follower, reader…

Liz Wolfe: {Laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: Who wanted to nominate me.

Liz Wolfe: I already know what you’re going to say.

Diane Sanfilippo: Whatever we’re calling people. She wanted to nominate me for the Forbes Under 30, like, list. You know, there’s all these different categories, and you know, you just nominate different people you think are doing amazing things who are under 30, and I wrote back. I was like, that’s very sweet of you. I am not under 30. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: {laughs} And now I feel like crying because I’m not under 30 anymore either.

Diane Sanfilippo: Ooooh!! I was like, I’m well not under 30 anymore, so. I said, you know, if you would like to nominate Danielle Walker of Against All Grain, you know she… I think she’s actually already been nominated, so people can go vote for her. I don’t know where the link is, we’ll try and find it. // Forbes Link // But, she’s kind of out there doing some amazing things and sharing her story for recovery from ulcerative colitis. You know, it’s a pretty consistent journey that people are on with autoimmunity, but I think she has a really powerful story, and I love seeing people like that kind of share it and help other people. So, vote for her. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: Vote for Danielle. {yay}

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah. I’m too old, sorry. I was not born in the 80s.

Liz Wolfe: Wait, are you sure it’s not 30 and under, or is just under 30.

Diane Sanfilippo: It could be 30 and under, but I didn’t vote for you, because you weren’t nominated.

Liz Wolfe: Ugh. Cause I’m not doing anything! {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: Somebody nominate you! You post really funny pictures of goats straddling doghouses.

Liz Wolfe: Is that a category?

Diane Sanfilippo: I think it is.

Liz Wolfe: Vote for Liz for the 30 and under pictures of goats straddling doghouses category.

Diane Sanfilippo: Obviously a category.

Liz Wolfe: Yeah. Really.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay, we should probably get into questions.

Liz Wolfe: Cool. So, we’re doing 21-Day Sugar Detox questions, since your book comes out in just a few days.

Diane Sanfilippo: Indeed.

Liz Wolfe: Indeed. So, this may become a two-part podcast because, I mean, it’s not just… this is 21-Day Sugar Detox podcast, but this is about sugar and carbohydrates and your relationship with carbohydrate and sugar, so this is like, this is for everybody. So we just always get these floods of questions when we talk about 21-Day Sugar Detox, so we may break this up into a two-part podcast depending on how many questions we get to tackle today.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah.

Liz Wolfe: And especially with the book release, and of course the new year coming up.

Diane Sanfilippo: And the fact that brevity is not my strong suit.

Liz Wolfe: That’s about the shortest thing I’ve ever heard you say. {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughing}

3. The difference between Practical Paleo and 21-Day Sugar Detox [12:02]

Liz Wolfe: Alright. So, we’ll go ahead and get started. So we’ll start with…let’s just start with the real general inquiry that I think you get a lot…the differences between Practical Paleo and the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I think people really associate you with Practical Paleo right now, given it’s such a major book in the paleo community, so first, maybe differentiate between the two.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. I think the sort of followup question I get to that one a lot is also, like, if somebody owns Practical Paleo, should they get the 21-Day Sugar Detox book. So, first and foremost, I think people need to understand that my education and experience in nutrition is as a holistic nutritionist, so while I live and teach about paleo, that’s what I do for myself and the way that I think is, you know, an optimal approach to nutrition, I don’t think its the only way to start to get healthier. So, we can get our heads really kind of buried in the sand in this community and forget that there are people out there who are still eating a lot of foods that are very, very far from healthy. And so, really being able to bridge the gap between sort of the Standard American Diet, and I think a lot of times people in the paleo world equate Standard American Diet with conventional wisdom, and that’s not really true. Standard American Diet just being whatever people are eating out there all the time, and conventional wisdom being that, you know, whole grains, heart-healthy, low-fat, high carb approach is what is healthy, that is that conventional wisdom of how to get healthy. A lot of people come to paleo from conventional wisdom, so their big thing is just shifting from the whole grains low-fat to, you know, avoiding grains and eating good amounts of fat. Whereas most people out there, and you know, I’m guilty of this as well, where I just sort of forget what people are eating until I step into, sort of a regular grocery store, you know, not just the Whole Foods or the natural grocers. I step into the regular grocery store, and soda and cereal and cookies and crackers, and lots of, you know, let’s see, just loaded with artificial things, frozen foods, all of those kinds of foods are really, really just filling up shopping carts. So, I recognize the need for people to bridge the gap between what they are doing and the sort of better way. So, the biggest difference between the Sugar Detox and Practical Paleo is that the Sugar Detox is not inherently a paleo nutrition program. There are three different levels, and the first level of the program does include some gluten-free grains. Now, it is a limited portion, things like rice and quinoa, beans, which, you know again, if you are looking at paleo, I’m telling you not to eat those. But if you are somebody who is eating Twinkies and drinking soda, and eating, you know, Hungry Man dinners that are filled with preservatives, eating a half a cup of brown rice in a day is an extremely important switch to make. And I think, Liz, when you interviewed Katie Bowman, she said something I really loved where she was saying, you know, making a drastic change to a biological system is not always a good idea.

Liz Wolfe: Mm-hmm.

Diane Sanfilippo: And so I loved the idea that, you know, I kind of tuned into that a long time ago. I originally released this program in April 2010. So it’s been around for over 3 years now, and probably a couple of months after I originally released it, I created the levels, because I recognize the fact that people coming into this stuff are not all ready to be paleo or do this or do that, and so I actually… I think the original Sugar Detox program did include the half-cup of beans or whole grains, you know, again, gluten free. So really, it’s not a paleo program. It’s a lot more approachable for some people who are eating kind of whatever it is they are eating. So if you’ve got friends and family who are like “Paleo seems scary to me” maybe the 21-Day Sugar Detox is a good idea for them, because the other thing it does is presents them with a 3-week finite amount of time to approach the program. I think most people listening know that inevitably, after 3 weeks, you cannot help but change the way you think about food if you have eaten differently for 3 weeks. It just, you know, it doesn’t mean you will never slip back to eating things you used to eat but you just won’t look at it the same way again. It’s impossible to not consider what that food is doing to your body after you’ve just spent 3 weeks not eating it, and 3 weeks making differently considered choices. So, those are kind of the main differences. I think one of the cool things that happens when people do the 21-Day Sugar Detox is, they take the self-quiz to figure out which level they should do, and they read… you know, if you currently follow a paleo or primal type of diet, you know, level 3 is a good idea for you, and if that’s not the right level for them, they start to wonder, well, what is paleo. And so I get tons of people who come through the program, they complete it at level 1, which is where I do think people should complete it if they are coming from eating lots of grains and lots of refined foods, I don’t think people should just jump in, and as I call it, don’t be a hero.

Liz Wolfe: {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: You know, don’t try and do something more than you need to do. Because you will see massive, massive change and benefit from level 1 of the program. That is why it is there. You know, if I didn’t think it was beneficial I wouldn’t even include it. So, you know, those are kind of the differences, and for the people who own Practical Paleo who just don’t know if they even want to do a 21-Day Sugar Detox, I’ll tell you this. I’m looking at the pages, and I think out of 240 pages, over 100 pages of the book are recipes. And so, if you just want sweetener-free, paleo friendly recipes, all of the recipes in the book are adequate for level 3 of the program, so that means anybody who is doing the program can use any of the recipes, you don’t have to wonder is this okay for level 2 or level 3, they are all good for all levels, and much like in Practical Paleo, I call out when a recipe has, you know, FODMAPS or nightshades or eggs and those kinds of things, and if it can have substitutions I give them to you, but at the very least just calling them out, so for people who are like, I don’t know if I ever want to do the Sugar Detox, you can just get a whole bunch of new recipes. There are a few recipes that are in Practical Paleo that are in the Sugar Detox book, and that is because you guys have all told me they are your favorite recipes, and I know there are going to be many, many people who have this book who never have Practical Paleo and I wanted them to have things like the Bolognese recipe, my stuffed peppers, I think there are a couple of others that are featured in both, but there are mostly brand new recipes in here. And I think a lot of people are looking for that. The sort of squeaky clean paleo, which is what is in Practical Paleo, that squeaky clean program, that is what you will get with all of these recipes. Really easy, and just kind of the same way that I’ve been cooking for all of them. Those are kind of the main differences. Same thing with the cookbook; if you just want some clean paleo recipes, the 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook is a really good one. Different recipes from the first book, so they are not going to be crossing over. The only thing that will repeat will be some of the kitchen basics that I have, like how to make mayonnaise and bone broth and things like that. But I think its cool to maybe have the 21-Day Sugar Detox book sitting around, so that your friends who ask questions, you know, you can let them know that this might be a good way for them to start if they’re not ready for paleo right away, or if paleo is intimidating to them, they can look into something like the 21-Day Sugar Detox; its a smaller book for starters {laughs} so maybe they can be a little bit less intimidated by that.

Liz Wolfe: Well I think its a really great practitioner book, too, because I think…you know, I work out of my home office now, but when I was in New Jersey, I was working with a chiropractor you know, a brick and mortar office, and people would come in, and we would have stacks of books that we knew would appeal to the general public. So, for some people, they have a very strong reaction to the word paleo. And that’s cool, you know, whatever, but having a stack of books like the 21-Day Sugar Detox something like that has some really broad appeal. So if you are a practitioner, and you feel like, well, I’m not quite ready to transition this person straight into, you know, the paleo world. Maybe look at, I don’t know, including the 21-Day Sugar Detox in your practitioner package, that’s something I always did. I don’t know if you like that idea or not.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah. And I think it helps people, like I said, bridge the gap.

Liz Wolfe: Yeah.

Diane Sanfilippo: So, if they take on the 21-Day Sugar Detox, you know, whether you are like a personal trainer or nutritionist and you introduce this to somebody, then they want to learn more.

Liz Wolfe: Mm-hmm.

Diane Sanfilippo: You know, they are going to learn about blood sugar and cravings with the Sugar Detox book, but obviously Practical Paleo gets a lot more into the physiological effects of some of these foods, and just, how our digestion should work, all of that. That is isn’t information that I cover in the 21-Day Sugar Detox because, as my editor told me, I can’t tell everybody everything I know about nutrition in a 3-week program book. {laughs}

4. If I don’t want to lose any weight, is the 21DSD right for me? What about if I’m pregnant or nursing? [21:11]

Liz Wolfe: This is true. Okay, so, this is kind of switching gears. So like, you know, we’ve talked about how the 21-Day Sugar Detox is not necessarily low-carb, right? It’s a matter of getting the food quality under control, understanding what sugar does to different people and levels of sugar tolerance. But, I think there is a reality that when people cut down on the amount of sugar they are eating, they do tend to drop weight. Not everybody, but many people. So, with that in mind, is this program going to be appropriate for people who do not want to lose any weight, and if that’s the case, what are some things for people to look out for if that’s the deal.

Diane Sanfilippo: So, I think this question could probably be balled into the other, sort of frequently asked question I get about, you know, who is the program not right for and/or what modifications would some people need to make in order for this program to be right for them. And so, the program is not designed to be a weight loss program inherently. It is designed to be modified for a lot of different people. I don’t want people to think, you know, just because it exists you have to complete a 21-Day Sugar Detox. Like, I have no mission for every person in the world to have to complete this program. It is here if you feel like you have a struggle with sugar and carb cravings. And, you know… or if you know that sugar is a problem for your body and you need help getting that under control. And so, it is interesting because we do have quite a few…I have some women who will ask me about this for their husbands or some athletes who ask me, and they say, I do have issues with sugar cravings or my husband has issues with cravings, and hypoglycemia but doesn’t want to lose any weight or wants to make sure that that is not an issue. So, first and foremost the modifications are really important to follow if you want to deal with the cravings but you don’t want to just reduce your carbohydrate intake. So, I have energy modifications is what I call it. I have 3 different sets of modifications in the book. I have energy modifications, which are for athletes or pregnant and nursing moms. They are also for those folks who don’t want to lose any weight and want to make sure they are getting in enough of the right foods to not encourage that. There are also modifications for people who follow a pescatarian diet. So, I originally thought that it would be vegetarian, but then, you know, much like within the paleo sphere, we have little nuances to the way we eat, I realized that I thought vegetarian meant that people eats eggs, dairy, and fish, and somebody told me that that is not, in fact true, so…not for a strict vegetarian. And so, pescatarian does include fish, eggs, and dairy. Then, autoimmune modifications, so the recipes are not all tailored to that, but I do have the notes for, you know, what to do to modify things if you are following an autoimmune protocol. Primarily I put that in there because, again, there will be people who are coming into this program who have not read Practical Paleo who don’t follow a paleo diet and they have never even heard this stuff before, so I wanted to introduce that to them. There are no limitations on how much food to eat. And so, when people are concerned about weight loss in a way where they don’t want to lose weight, I just remind them, really, if you are reducing things like fruit and sugary foods and any refined foods, you have to make sure you replace it with something else. You know, I sometimes joke about this, you know, people who don’t want to lose weight or people who have trouble eating enough where I’m like, I don’t even understand how that works, because, I mean, if you told me to eat more, it would be like the golden ticket for me. {laughs} Like, if I was told I’m not eating enough, I would be thrilled. But I think there are just some people who that’s their constitution where they just tend to be a little more slight in their stature, and its harder for them to gain weight. So I really don’t want people to limit what they are eating; I want them to pay attention to those yes/no foods list, and really focus on the yes foods and eat plenty of them. And the reality is if you are getting enough calories in, you can always increase your fat intake; fat has 9 calories per gram, you can really increase how much you are taking in if you don’t skimp on those foods. I think it needs to be a really concerted effort for those people who are concerned about not losing weight that they do eat enough all the time. The flip side of that, is, you know, I would say a vast majority of people who take on this program and who aren’t focused on eating tons of extra food they do tend to lose weight pretty naturally. Some of that will be water weight just because when you reduce carbs you do tend to lose some water weight, though I’ll argue that a lot of people are holding on to extra water that they don’t need. But a lot of it will be body fat because you start to train your body how to use fat for fuel versus carbohydrate and sugar, and so we do tend to burn off some of that extra stored body fat when we shift from very high-carb, low-fat diet primarily to eating more fat and fewer carbs. So, those are kind of the general questions I come across. I do also get questions a lot from pregnant and nursing moms. I think we had one from Karen in the list here, and it was, if you could do the Sugar Detox while pregnant or breastfeeding, will it cause any issues for the baby. So, again, another one about who the program is right for or not. It is perfectly healthy. I think a lot of pregnant moms are told not to do a detox program or their doctors warn them about things, but this isn’t a sort of a standard detox program, it’s a natural detox supporting your body in getting rid of the sugars and also supporting your lifestyle, so that’s kind of that over-arching thing here and its not problematic for the baby. I do want pregnant and breastfeeding moms to remember to follow those energy modifications because they are written for you. Again, this is a “don’t be a hero” moment. The program will be completely effective for you even if you are including, you know, sweet potatoes and things like that that I tell you to include, but you’re not, you know, you’re not reaching for the candy bar all the time because its just not part of the program.

4. Defining Detox [27:32]

Liz Wolfe: So, do you want to expand on that a little bit more, because I know we had a question about defining detox as it pertains to the aim of the program. This one was from Melanie, she said “For example, is the goal of the detox to ‘rid your body of something’ or to ‘reset your body’, etc.? I think that detox is one of those words that have different meanings to different people.”

Diane Sanfilippo: That’s a really good question.

Liz Wolfe: So I think this is like, when we talk…you and I talk about the actual physiological function of liver detox, which is a little bit different than this more over-arching concept, I think, that you were using.

Diane Sanfilippo: Right. Can you hear me?

Liz Wolfe: Yeah.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. I still don’t know what the mute on and off looks like on my microphone, I’m like “which one is on or off?”

Liz Wolfe: {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. So, a couple of things there. One, and I sort of call this out. It’s actually on page 13 of the book, which I’m holding. Detox actually is a process, whether real or perceived, of removing toxins from the body. So I think the, sort of the crux of that is real or perceived. Whether or not you are actually having some toxins leave the body or whether it is…like some people say “I’m going on a social media detox.” Right? And that’s not {laughs} your body detoxifying physiologically social media from your body via the liver, obviously that doesn’t happen. So, its sort of that change in habits and it’s the cleansing of something that you are doing or participating in. And so the way that the 21-Day Sugar Detox works partially is just changing your habits. I mentioned before it really changes your consciousness and your choices about what you are eating, and so that is a detoxifying sort of approach just to your lifestyle. Literally removing those foods, removing the sugar from what you are doing all the time, that detoxifies your body, your diet, and your lifestyle. But, another thing that does happen with the 21-Day Sugar Detox, because there is no alcohol on the program, and because it is a very low sugar, we are not eating tons of fruit. You know, there are carbohydrates, but it’s not the same type of carbohydrates that you might be eating all the time otherwise. You do actually give your liver a little bit of a break from handling more sugar than maybe you really need or handling alcohol. And it is able to detoxify just naturally better, and so that’s why this whole natural approach for me is something that I think just makes a lot more sense for people. I don’t really think things like juice cleanses and juice fasts are necessary. Your liver actually needs protein. It needs amino acids to be able to carry out detoxification processes. You know, for people who are like super interested in how detox works, there are two different phases of liver detox, and we needs different amino acids contributing to those functions in these different phase 1 and phase 2 of liver detox. And so, you know, I don’t go through all of that in the book because I don’t think it is critical that everybody understands that, but I do touch on these topics about detox effects, because when you give your liver a chance to do its job better, inevitably it will do that job better. And so, you know, I think it is especially important that people who are drinking regularly, even if it is a few nights a week, and you have other health concerns that are just not clearing up, you have to give your body a chance to do that with an even playing field. I’m not like a paleo purist, I’m not, you know, someone who never drinks or thinks that people should never do it, but I’ve always coached my clients to where, even if they are just drinking a few days a week, if they have goals and they are just not getting there, alcohol is not contributing to them. {laughs} So if your goal is to be a party girl, then obviously alcohol is contributing greatly to those goals. But if your goal is to lose those last 5 pounds or whatever it is, you know, putting alcohol into your system just doesn’t give your body the best chance it needs to have at doing that. So, that’s kind of the whole detox in a nutshell, how the program works. And it is sort of the ridding your body, resetting it, but it is also the lifestyle factor and the thought process.

Liz Wolfe: Alright then.

Diane Sanfilippo: Detox will not rid you of your social media addiction, though.

Liz Wolfe: So bad.

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs} Or your addiction to vampire fiction. And I’m rhyming. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: Addiction to fiction! Um, okay, so. Well, New Girl is back on now, so. That’s another one.

Diane Sanfilippo: That’s on tonight; we’re recording on a Tuesday! Wohoo!

Liz Wolfe: I just love laughing out loud, at like…the measure of a good show or a good book, I think, is if its going to make you laugh out loud when you are by yourself.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay, alright.

Liz Wolfe: Ha ha ha ha ha!

Diane Sanfilippo: They need to get rid of Winston, though.

Liz Wolfe: You know what, though? It started out with Damon Wayans Jr., in the very first pilot.

Diane Sanfilippo: I heard he was coming back, but I haven’t seen that happen.

Liz Wolfe: No way! I hope Coach comes back, because you are right, Winston is a little…they are just not sure what to do with him, I think.

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: But the first episode with Coach was funny, and then Damon Wayans Jr. went off to do Happy Endings, and that show…

Diane Sanfilippo: Which was excellent.

Liz Wolfe: Well that show was terrible, the first little bit.

Diane Sanfilippo: I like that show!

Liz Wolfe: But then I got back into it.

Diane Sanfilippo: You told me to watch it!

Liz Wolfe: No, but the first season was so terrible. I literally, like I went on a smear campaign against it, it was so awful. Because they canceled Perfect Couples, which I thought was clever and fun. Anyway.

Diane Sanfilippo: We digress.

Liz Wolfe: So I kind of do hope he comes back because that guy is funny.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. What’s next.

6. 21DSD versus a strict 30-day paleo program. [33:13]

Liz Wolfe: Okay. Next up. Let me see what I want to ask you. Alright. This program versus, like, a 30-day paleo-type program; strict paleo type program.

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. So, I think I covered some of this in sort of the difference between Practical Paleo and 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Liz Wolfe: Mm-hmm.

Diane Sanfilippo: And, you know, I think there are a lot of programs out there. I know some people; there’s a whole life challenge. People have asked me about some of my recipes, and all of that. And there are just other gyms running paleo challenges, and different challenges will all have their own sort of rules, you know, and some of them arbitrary and some of the based on whatever whoever created it decides is part of that program. This program is very specifically designed to target sugar and carb cravings and to change the way your tastebuds respond to food because we are getting rid of a lot of those really sweet tasting foods. It is a 3-week program, obviously, and I didn’t make it 21 days just to be different from a 30-day, but I think when we are talking about the sugar, I think that most people find that after even the first 2 weeks, you know, that last week is like, “I got this!” and you start to feel like, okay, I’m ready to have some different foods again, but after those first couple of weeks you do really start to have that change in your palate, change in the way your body reacts to food, and so its not meant to be the same as like an elimination diet the same way paleo is. Paleo is a little bit more based on removing all of the common allergens or irritating foods that we know about, or most of them, because we know some people can be sensitive to even things like eggs and nuts and seeds, but that being said, you know, again, this is not a paleo program. And so, while all of the recipes in the books are paleo-friendly, that first level is not paleo. It does include a small portion optionally of grains or beans. And so, you know, its not something where I say “You have to eat it” but I write things into the meal plan, like half a cup of garbanzo beans, half a cup of rice, and that is something that people can have, so that’s probably one of the biggest differences. I know there are some challenges where they will say, you know, you can’t make a pancake out of a banana and an egg, and I don’t have an issue with that. There are only a few fruits that are allowed on the 21-Day Sugar Detox, and under-ripe or green-tipped bananas are one of them, so not one of those yellow with brown spots bananas that you guys all know how much sweeter they are and you are all running to make paleo-friendly banana bread out of them because you need to rush to use them up. The green-tipped or under-ripe bananas you really need to buy them green in the store and they only last for a couple of days before they start to get too ripe. But I don’t have an issue with somebody mashing that up with a fork and mixing it with an egg and putting it into their skillet and making it into a pancake. I don’t think that, for the purposes of a sugar detox, that that really has any negative effect on what people are doing. And for the most part, again especially because I’m looking to appeal to the crowd who is just really struggling with their cravings, those kinds of things calm down a lot of the psychological limitations that a program can have where you are told that you can’t do this and you can’t do that. And so, I kind of give you the freedom to make the choices you want to make about how you are eating the foods that I am telling you will help contribute to your goal of getting through these cravings. And, you know, I do have some people who eat a pretty clean paleo diet who have done the Sugar Detox one time as written, and then they come back again and they say, you know what? I found myself eating these almond butter cups that are not sweet, so I don’t recommend you make them the first day, but they found themselves eating them a few too many times for what they wanted, and what I like to do is empower you to make that decision. If you find that you are relying on something more than you think is healthy for your own psychological needs, that’s your decision, and you can make that call. And that is something that I cover in the frequently asked questions in this book where I talk about moderation and treats, and is moderation a myth, and can we really moderate ourselves or do we need to be a little bit more in check. I have this little self quiz about your capacity for moderation and self control. I do think it is up to each person, this is a program you could do once, and then in 6 months come back and try it again, and see how things are going for yourself. Or you could just apply a lot of the principals to your life sort of beyond the Sugar Detox. Maybe you have learned that eating 5 servings of fruit a day probably isn’t contributing to your goals. I don’t think fruit is a bad food, but again, what are your goals and how is it contributing to them. So, it is different from a lot of just standard sort of paleo challenges in that way.

7. Success tips, supplements, and duct tape [38:17]

Liz Wolfe: Okay. Very good. So, let me see what I want to ask you next. You know what, let’s talk about…we’ve talked about the kind of generalities, but what do you think in the last 3-4 years of being behind this program, what have the most successful people done in their tapering off sugar strategies? What is the best way to do that? Are there supplements that can help with cravings? Tracy asks, “what about duct tape over the mouth?”

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: What’s going to work best. What have you seen.

Diane Sanfilippo: Duct tape over the mouth, I mean.

Liz Wolfe: Is it an attitude though? Is it something more abstract that makes people successful, or is it just some kind of concrete, this is what you do to get off sugar and make it work.

Diane Sanfilippo: So I think it’s a combination of all of these things naturally, with the exclusion of the duct tape. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: I think first and foremost it is a mindset that you are ready to do something and make a change, because without that mindset, you will fail on day 2. You know, you can go into, and unless you are really committed to doing something for yourself, you are just not going to stick with it. But I think its a few different things. One, I think it’s the mindset. Two I think its preparation, and I have checklists now in the book; again, this is all new content that I didn’t have before, and its all been informed by the last 3-plus years of people who participated in the program, but just looking at what made them successful. So I have this sort of two-page 7 days before, 5 days before, 3 days before, and then the day before, like what to do to prepare. And I think outside of that mindset shift where you are like, I want to do this for myself, I deserve this, you know, I’m worthy of clearing my body of these issues and resetting what is going on in my life, that is that first decision, but beyond that just being prepared is really, really helpful. I think knowing what to expect from the program is also really helpful, and that is why I’ve written out every single day of sort of what to expect and what to do about it, and it can vary person to person what you experience each day, but just kind of having that in front of you, I think part of it is the community so whether you have a friend… you know, I know Liz, you and I, we have definitely gone through 21-Day Sugar Detox sort of “together”, even though remotely, we will do it at the same time. We can text each other. We can be, like, “Oh, today is really hard!’ or “I’m totally rocking this.” You know just getting through it together.

Liz Wolfe: I want all of the dried mango.

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs} All of the dried mango! Meanwhile, I opened a bag of dried mango a week ago that I have not finished, so.

Liz Wolfe: You know what’s weird? You said that, and I actually had a bag at the same time that I just had one or three pieces out of and just left it. Crazy.

Diane Sanfilippo: One or 10 pieces. It is crazy.

Liz Wolfe: We’re like ET and Elliot. It’s insane.

Diane Sanfilippo: You know, these things do change over time, and you know, its not something that you might need to do this all the time, so I think the support of either one friend, a group; maybe your gym is doing the program. I know a lot of gyms have found this to be really helpful; especially if they are not, you know, the member base isn’t really ready for just a paleo program, or they want to give people the option of a level to complete that works for them. And then I do think supplements are really, really helpful. I’ve had tons of people complete the program more than once, and the first time they didn’t use the supplements because they said, either, I don’t need them, or I don’t do that, or whatever the dogma was about the supplements, and then they try it a second time, and they take the L-glutamine, or they use extra cinnamon, or they are taking some B-vitamins or chromium and magnesium, all of these things that I recommend within the program, and they just find that their cravings really subsist… or sub… I can’t even talk. Cravings subside much more quickly, or they just feel like it’s easier. Like they can’t always put their finger on it, but then they realize; oh yeah, I started taking the supplements. It just makes things a little bit easier. And so, you know, you don’t need any of it. But I think it makes it a lot easier. So, the best way to taper off and remove it all together, I think its just you have to figure out what works for you, and what I have created in this program is something that has been working for thousands of people for years now, and so that is kind of my best argument. Its like, this is a program that is designed to do this. There is no guess work. I do have people who come in, and they say, well, I’m allergic to the fruits that are included, can I eat something different, and I say, you know what, that’s up to you. I’ve created the program, it’s written as is, this is how I want people to follow it, but of course, if you can’t because you are allergic and you want to pick a different sort of less sweet fruit to include, that is up to you. You know, obviously every person makes a decision for themselves. If you are not successful with that, it’s not something I’ve road tested, and said, okay, this is what is working. The program as written is what I’ve road tested for many, many years, and so I know that this works really well for people. But I don’t want people to think this is the absolute only way to do it, because its not. It’s just the way that I have found is extremely helpful. And, of course, you know, I love that because I am a holistic nutritionalist, and I don’t think radical changes to the way we eat or starving ourselves are the way, of course I think I think is an ideal way to get off of sugar. You know what I mean? Because I know that people will be eating amazing healthy real food by doing this program, and it doesn’t rely on things that I think are a lot more detrimental to your health than helpful.

8. Best way to get started for success [44:04]

Liz Wolfe: Alright. So, let me ask this one from Susan. “What are the bare essentials to have on hand if you are going to start the 21-day Sugar Detox? Is it best to clean out all cupboards from all temptations?”

Diane Sanfilippo: Oooh. So, in that sort of preparation checklist I was telling you guys about, I do have notes on cleaning out your cupboard or either tossing or donating or locking away {laughs} foods that are not included and you don’t want to be eating on the detox, and I know for some people that is practical and for some people they have, you know, family members or roommates or whatever and they can’t actually just get rid of them all. I think it is a good idea to separate pantry shelves and fridge shelves if you can, so that you are like, focusing on what your shelf is, and I’m kind of laughing because I used to do this when I lived with my parents a couple of years ago, and it was like, this bottom shelf is Diane’s shelf, and I was like, don’t even look at the weird stuff they have in the fridge otherwise. I do have a very extensive list of recommended products and brands. It’s in the back of the book, pages 224 and 225, which, again, I’m looking at this right now. Everything from brands of sort of deli meats that I recommend that are pretty clean, sauces and dressings, fats and oils, nuts, nut butter, herbal teas, some baking items and pantry items, jerky brands that I think are great. All different brands that I think really help people. They are, again, clean ingredients. They are actually pretty much all also paleo-friendly, and so I do think having some of that stuff on hand will really help people. Again, whether or not cleaning out your entire cupboard is possible, that’s up to you. I absolutely think the best offense is a good defense, so don’t have those foods in the house so that they are tempting you, because willpower is often a myth in and of itself. But I think if you follow the checklist, you will see what is really kind of best to go through that week ahead. And I also give you notes, like, hey, you know, go to the grocery store and check out whatever you are going to need to supply your pantry, whether its spices or other grocery items, and if you don’t have them on hand or can’t find them locally, you know 5-7 days before that’s when you need to be shopping for them online if you can’t get them locally, because you’re going to need time for shipping. Same thing with supplements; if you do need them or think you want to try them, make sure you order them ahead of time so that you are ready to go right from the start because 3 weeks isn’t very long, and if you wait until, you know, day 4 to order them, you are waiting until halfway through the program to receive them. So, that’s all stuff that I outline in the preparation checklist.

9. What do I do on day 22? [47:10]

Liz Wolfe: Okay. I wanted to ask you something along those lines, too…let me see. Huh, maybe not. Oh, yes. Okay, so once you’ve gotten all of that stuff figured out, and you are on your way, you’ve done the 21-Day Sugar Detox, is it okay to keep eating like this/what should one do on day 22?

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay. So, who was asking this one?

Liz Wolfe: Oh, I just deleted it. Sorry.

Diane Sanfilippo: Oh, okay. I just wanted to make sure I covered any.. oh okay. I think this is actually a general question we get a lot, too. And I do answer this; again, I have a pretty extensive FAQ section in the book, and it covers {laughs} a lot of frequently asked questions because there is kind of no better way to outline it. I like being able to present information in a Q&A format; I think its kind of the easiest for us the understand things that way, so. Anyway, it’s perfectly healthy to eat this way all the time. It’s basically a sort of paleo-approach with a much reduced sugar intake. I think that most people end up adding back some other fruits to their program, and you know, maybe they will get into making some of the, again, what I call not sweet treats in the book, they will add a really small amount of a sweetener just so it becomes a little bit more palatable. Honestly, when you are on the Sugar Detox, some of the not sweet treats are totally delicious legit as is, and some of them, you know, you can really tell that a tiny bit of sweetener would make them taste way, way better, but while you are on the program, you know, you are not adding those sweeteners to anything. So, it is something where it does well to reset your palate. Maybe in the past, you would have baked a recipe, you know, some kind of grain-free goodie as is written in the recipe, and then after the Sugar Detox, you realize that you can cut the sweetener in half. This actually happened just this weekend. Danielle was here, Danielle Walker, we were talking about her earlier, she was here and she made {laughs} I had a special request of a German chocolate brownie, so..

Liz Wolfe: What is a German chocolate brownie?

Diane Sanfilippo: It’s ridiculous! I’ll be sharing the recipe pretty soon. I was laughing with her, because I was like, here I am, we are going to share this recipe, and then I’ll release the 21-Day Sugar Detox and people will be like, I’m going to make that on day 22! No. It’s a grain-free brownie recipe, and she put this caramel with coconut and some nuts, which I discovered after one bite that I also can’t eat hazelnuts. {laughs}

Liz Wolfe: Uh-oh! {laughs}

Diane Sanfilippo: Its getting really bad, Liz.

Liz Wolfe: Was there an EpiPen involved?

Diane Sanfilippo: No, but I think almonds and hazelnuts are also both out. They’ve been added to the list with walnuts and pecans. So my life has gotten exponentially worse in the last few days just discovering that. But, long story short, she made her base brownie recipe with half the sweetener she usually makes it with. And she was like, actually, this is still really good. And I think, you know, when we change our palate we realize that we don’t need to add as much sweetener to things anymore. You know, adding sweetener to a recipe is kind of like adding salt to a recipe. If it is supposed to be a sweet recipe, having some in there just makes it taste right, but having too much isn’t usually necessary. You know, you need to season your food with salt, or its going to just be bland and not really taste right, but I’m sure people know who have eaten very low salt diets for a long time, as probably a lot of initially purist paleo folks did, where they didn’t salt anything. And after a while, I’m sure food does start to taste different and taste okay without it. But, I’m not against salt. I don’t think that people need to avoid it. I especially think that most people do need a mineral-rich sea salt to be getting different minerals in and different electrolytes, but I think when it comes to sweetener, most people just really, really over do it. And so those are some things that tend to happen after. And then if you find yourself, you know, 6 months down the road just really…you know, sometimes people go through a stressful time, or something happens and we tend to rely on these treats and things like that, and you want to reset yourself, you can come back and do the program as its written, you know, and really just go through that reset. But that’s really it, I mean, you can complete the program as long as you want. It’s perfectly healthy, there’s nothing wrong with it. Some people will go through the 21 days, take like the ending of the month sort of off, and then do it again for another round. A lot of people who are really new to the program who were not already eating paleo, a lot of those folks tend to do that, because this is totally new to them and they really love the structure that the program provides, but having that week off to kind of just see how different foods added back again start to feel, then they are like, okay I want to stay with this, and come in for another group, and having the Facebook page and the forums with all these people who are doing the program at the same time really does help people stay on track.

10. Is it a craving or hunger? [52:10]

Liz Wolfe: Alright, so we’ll do one more question. I think we’ve got to wrap it up. But, throughout all this whole process, people are learning more about themselves, their relationship with food, what works for them, what doesn’t. It’s really just kind of about gathering information on yourself and making all of this work for you. But I think one of the most fundamental questions from beginning to end is how you differentiate between what is actually a craving and what is true hunger. And I think anytime people are making these changes, they get a little bit confused. So, Shannon’s question was “Any time I try to eliminate sweets I can't tell when I'm hungry or just wanting something sweet.” She wants to know if the program gives some guidance on how to deal with that.

Diane Sanfilippo: So, I don’t… and I think she was asking, too, on how much to eat, how often, all of that.

Liz Wolfe: Mm-hmm.

Diane Sanfilippo: I don’t give people instructions on that because it is so unique to everyone.

Liz Wolfe: Mm-hmm.

Diane Sanfilippo: You and I, we answer these questions all the time, we’ve been doing this podcast for, you know, a couple of years now.

Liz Wolfe: Oh my god.

Diane Sanfilippo: Every person’s ebb and flow of energy throughout the day, you know, energy coming in and energy being put out, how they are sleeping, their exercise, all of that varies so much, and so I don’t give instructions on that, but I think what happens is you tune in a lot better to real hunger when you get the sugar out. And I think, you know, Liz, you and I have gone through this, too, where, even if we’re not doing a detox, we know when we’ve kind of gotten into too many treats, and we kind of reset on not eating sweets and things like that, and your body really does sort of regulate better actual hunger and getting away from the cravings and sort of that mental-emotional “need” for food when you get rid of sugar. I mean, sugar is probably one of the biggest villains in that whole game of dysregulating the hormonal communication between what is happening in your digestive system and in your gut and in your blood sugar, and what’s happening in your brain. And so, you know, what I generally tell people, and I actually don’t think I’ve covered this one in the frequently asked questions in the book, but, you know, the difference between a craving and true hunger is the craving is something that you feel like you just absolutely cannot get rid of until you eat that thing. And so, hunger, you know, being hungry, you eat and then you’re not hungry anymore. And then a craving is like, okay, you ate something, but you still are feeling like you just have to have that other thing. And usually, it is the sugar. And so, sometimes the first few days or even the first week, you feel like you are more hungry than you normally are, and its because you are transitioning away from that really high level of carbohydrates, your body has not yet really transitioned into figuring out how to use fat for fuel, and so sometimes people eat a little bit more food in general because they do feel like they are hungry. Because, it’s true, your body has not figured out how to transition. So, I think that is kind of the difference, and when she says when she tries to eliminate sweets she can’t tell if she’s hungry or just wanted something sweet, I mean, eat a meal that you think is well balanced and not skimping on the calories. I’ve seen people show me a meal that is like not even 300 calories, and if you know that food for a day should be anywhere of a minimum of like 1500-1600 calories up to like 2000, 2500, even 3000 for a very active person or more, it just depends. But, you know, in that 1500-2500 range, a meal that is 300 calories is usually not adequate. Not if it’s going to be one of three for the day. You know, if you are going to eat more times, you really want to pay attention to getting enough food in. Because I think most people; they build a plate, and I’m like, that’s your meal? It’s not enough food. And you know depending on how much fat you might put on a salad, or if you eat 4 times during the day because that is how it works for your schedule, so just making sure you get enough food in, but generally if you eat a meal that is adequate in terms of calories and in terms of good fat and protein, you know, sugar-free carbs like healthy veggies and all the things that are included on the program, wait a little while. Wait 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and hour. And if it was just an emotional or a craving that makes you feel like you want or need something sweet, most of the time it subsides. I often ask people to sort of distract themselves too, because sometimes it comes up, even just being lonely. I know that a lot of times, while I was living on my own and just really didn’t have enough people around, man, I just wanted something sweet, and it was just this weird thing that had nothing to do with really even a craving physically, or physiologically, it was really just more of an emotional thing, so that stuff usually…You know, you need to have that conversation with yourself and kind of check in. And every person is going to have a different experience with that.

Liz Wolfe: Check in with yourself. “Hey self.”

Diane Sanfilippo: Check in. I think this one last question here is probably good to round off the show?

11. Who should not do the 21-Day Sugar Detox? [57:18]

Liz Wolfe: Okay. So, is there anyone you think should not complete the 21-Day Sugar Detox?

Diane Sanfilippo: Okay, so. I think if people…so this kind of goes to, not quite what Shannon was asking before, but I think if there are people who have a very long history of emotional issues around food, eating disorders and restricted eating, if you feel like having any sort of restriction that is other than what you know to just be naturally right for you, you know, there is no need for me to have this program create more restriction in your life if it s not something that creates healthy habits for you. And so, I don’t think someone who is currently dealing with a lot of different emotional issues around food and potentially eating disorders, whether diagnosed or not. I don’t know if this is the right program for you. That is something that you would want to talk to somebody that you are working with about that. You know, for some of those people, maybe it helps reintroduce them to foods that they didn’t think were okay to eat. But, you know, that’s something that I might just caution. Somebody who is training for an intense long endurance race, this is intended to be a 3-week program, and I don’t recommend that you take it on in the middle of intense training for an endurance event. Now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be an endurance athlete and still complete the program. I’m just talking about, you know, if you are a month or two out from a marathon, and you just want to do the 21-Day Sugar Detox, I just think it’s too much. I don’t think it’s really necessary. I think you can get the book, get the cookbook, and take some of the lessons, and learn how some of these recipes might work for you, and use some of the athlete ideas, but I do think it can be a bit much, and I would rather see somebody perhaps looking into the athletic performance meal plan in Practical Paleo versus a 21-Day Sugar Detox. Who else? The way, this is not exactly a who shouldn’t, but the way that parents should approach the 21-Day Sugar Detox with children, this is a really, really big question we get a lot, and I don’t think it needs to be done the same way with kids that it does with adults. When it comes to kids, we don’t really need to be limiting whole fruit from their diet the same way we might from ours. You know, we’ve got some bigger issues to tackle around our sugar cravings for the most part, and the way that we have moms tackle this, if their whole family is doing it and they want to help their kids out, we have actually modifications and notes on how to do that in the Beyond Sugar Detox program, because again, its a bit too much for me to fit all into the print version of the book, but kids who are on the program, again, if you are just doing this with the family, its just about getting the processed foods out of their diet. The cereals and some of those sweetened yogurts and things like that that they can just be eating real whole versions of those foods, and not really worrying about the fact that they are also getting more sweet fruits in. That usually tends to be just fine, and they tend to be running around a little bit more, so we don’t want to limit them on those types of foods. But other than that, I don’t have any other specific, like, this person should absolutely not do it. I get a lot of questions about whether or not it is safe for a diabetic or someone who is hypoglycemic, and absolutely limiting sugar for those types of people is effective. It doesn’t mean its a no carb, you know, zero carb type of program, but if anybody is concerned about it, you can absolutely have a conversation with your physician about it and make sure that looking at the types of foods that you will be eating that it seems like a good approach for you, and I don’t want anyone to tackle it if they are at all concerned. You can always come to the Facebook page or to the forums and ask more questions about that, as well.

Liz Wolfe: C-cool beans!

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs} Whoo!

Liz Wolfe: Alright, so, good for this week, I think?

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah! I’m trying to think if there’s anything else I want to tell folks. Oh, you know what? I should have announced this in the beginning. Maybe, yeah. Whoops. Hopefully they got this far. Or maybe I’ll… I’ll also record this as a little intro. But, we have….so, today, when this airs on Thursday, on Tuesday, October 29th is the official launce party for the 21-Day Sugar Detox, and that is taking place at Hu Kitchen; it’s kind of short of Human Kitchen. They serve paleo friendly food in New York City. Its open to anyone; its a $10 RSVP, because there will be some snacks, and there is also the option to buy the 21-Day Sugar Detox at the event, and you will not have to then pay the $10 nosh fee. But you can check out the sidebar on BalancedBites.com to link through to the event for that. I will also be in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York November 1 and 2nd signing 21-Day Sugar Detox and Practical Paleo books. So, check out BalancedBites.com, check out the sidebar for event listings, and make sure you come see me wherever I will be.

Liz Wolfe: Alright!

Diane Sanfilippo: Wohoo!

Liz Wolfe: Everybody, if you have been enjoying this podcast, please help us spread the word by leaving a review in iTunes. It helps keep us in front of lots of folks searching. And plus we like to read about all the weird things you do when you listen to the show. People tell us.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah they do!

Liz Wolfe: I feel like {laughs} I had somebody say that she likes to listen to the show while she does yoga, and I was like, man, isn’t yoga for relaxing? Are we not just driving your cortisol up just moment by moment?

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughing}

Liz Wolfe: Anyway. So, until next week, you can find Diane at http://blog.balancedbites.com/. You can find me, Liz, at http://cavegirleats.com/. Thanks for listening everybody! We will be back next week.

Diane & Liz

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