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Interview and Giveaway: The 21-Day Sugar Detox


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Check out Diane Sanfilippo's new book the 21-Day Sugar Detox!

My good friend Diane Sanfilippo of fame and author of Practical Paleo has written a new book based off of her popular program, The 21-Day Sugar Detox. In order to celebrate the release of her second major publication, Diane has graciously offered to give away two copies of her new book. Check out my Facebook page for more information about how to enter to win your copy!

I asked Diane a few questions about The 21-Day Sugar Detox, since I wanted you all to hear straight from Diane all about her newest project and learn how her new book can help you lose weight, gain energy, and bust persistent sugar cravings. Read on to learn why this book should be the next addition to your Paleo bookshelf.

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What Makes the 21 Day Sugar Detox Different Than Practical Paleo?

The biggest difference between The 21-Day Sugar Detox and Practical Paleo is that The 21-Day Sugar Detox is not inherently a Paleo nutrition program. Our current population has such an immense range of people eating what they think is healthy, but of course I’d disagree with most of them. With my experience and education as a holistic nutritionist, I recognize the real need to bridge the gap between what they are doing and a better way to do things.

I designed The 21-Day Sugar Detox to be more approachable than Paleo sometimes is for those people who are coming from eating lots of grains and refined foods. I don’t think people should just jump in; as I like to say, don’t be a hero. For example, The 21-Day Sugar Detox has 3 levels and level 1 includes gluten-free grains—it is a limited portion: things like rice, quinoa, and beans, which, of course is not included if you want to eat Paleo. But, if you are somebody who is eating Twinkies, drinking soda, and eating Hungry Man dinners filled with preservatives, then changing to a half a cup of brown rice in a day is an extremely important switch to make.

For the people who own Practical Paleo and don’t know if they want to do a 21-Day Sugar Detox, out of 240 pages—over 100 pages of the book are recipes – all Paleo-friendly and sweetener-free. There are also handy guides and recommended products and brands that you might really appreciate. Similarly to Practical Paleo, the recipes are tagged if they contain FODMAPS, nightshades, or other common allergens like eggs, nuts, and seafood – so those who are on the lookout for those items will have a helping hand in this book.

Oh, and one last notable difference—I designed The 21-Day Sugar Detox book to be a handy, portable size so that you can carry it with you to the store, on trips, etc. I can’t wait for you to see it!

How Can the 21 Day Sugar Detox Be Used to Improve Someone’s Diet If They’re Already Following Paleo?

If you are already following Paleo but are having a rough time keeping it clean and noticing negative changes in your mood, sleep, energy level, body composition, and any number of things that may have originally improved when you first went Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox can really help you reset your habits.

Level 3 is specifically designed for those of you that already follow Paleo but need to bust those cravings and direct your taste buds away from those sweet foods that are leading you down that slippery slope to the blood sugar roller coaster.

At the end of 21-days, you will find your mood, sleep, energy level, overall health, and your body composition improved. And know this—the recipes in The 21-Day Detox book and my upcoming 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, are perfectly healthy and safe to eat long term.

Who Do You Think Would Benefit Most from Following Your Plan in the 21 Day Sugar Detox?

The 21-Day Sugar Detox was written for a vast audience —anybody looking to change their habits and improve their health. As I referred to earlier, I set participants up for success by providing an appropriate level to get started from—one that is approachable, not too drastic of a change, but straightforward and effective.


I designed a little self mini-quiz for participants to take so they can assess themselves and determine which level they should start at. In Level 1, the person that might benefit the most is somebody looking for guidance to transition to a whole food based diet. Level 2 is somebody that is already on a whole foods based diet and wants to refine it some—for example, somebody that might be eating a lot of whole grains and not a lot of fat. Level 3 would be for somebody following a Paleo nutrition template and just needs help breaking some habits like we discussed above.

I’ve included special modifications for athletes (including endurance and CrossFit/HIIT-style training); pregnant/nursing moms; pescatarians; and those with autoimmune conditions. I’ve even had parents successfully complete a 21-Day Sugar Detox with their children. That’s a vast range of audience types that can benefit from The 21-Day Sugar Detox book!

The 21-Day Sugar Detox book is also a great book to share with people that might not listen to you as soon as you say the word “Paleo” or who think Paleo sounds too hard, because that is not what this book is about. It’s a real food based program designed to provide participants with a nutritional jumpstart while reducing and/or eliminating their cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox is available now to order from, and The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook will be available in December. (The cookbook contains over 100 additional recipes for those of you who like to have plenty of culinary options to support your new healthy diet!)

  1. If I am to buy only one of the books – the book or the cookbook – which would you suggest?

  2. Looks like a great book, I’m hoping this will be a good way to sneak a paleo-influenced lifestyle into some of my friends and family when they come round for dinner 🙂