So here’s the news people: I’ve been out of commission for a little while due to a series of unfortunate events (hehe). My surface pro decided to go all hardware malfunction after mandatory updates and it took me longer than it should have to get it taken care of (by the way, thank you for the good customer service Microsoft!). Also, the Blogging for Books program I often write about banned me and I am still unable to get this situation resolved (this means – no review copies and slow customer service). In good news, BookSparks sent me a beautiful package with amazing books, one I have already gobbled up and will post soon. Also, I found Litfuse and they accepted me as a reviewer, you’ll find a ton of books from them in April.
But as for reviews right now I have a two-for-one special for you guys: The 5 Day Real Food Detox by Nikki Sharp and The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson. I won’t be putting a comparison of these books because they are completely different and could be wonderful to use together. I just found that the subject of both might work well in a review together.
The 5 Day Real Food Detox by Nikki Sharp
From Amazon: “Discover the safe, effective, delicious cleanse that took Instagram by storm! This 5-day detox program allows you to eat whole, nutrient-rich foods—and feel satisfied and energized while dropping pounds!
As a professional model, Nikki Sharp traveled constantly, barely slept, skipped meals, and relied on quick fixes to stay skinny, all of which took a toll on her physical and emotional health. Realizing she needed to make a serious change, she began to study integrative nutrition—and learned that the key to weight loss, radiant skin, and overall well-being is not starving yourself but eating. That’s right: eating! Sharp created her detox plan based on the knowledge that in the right combinations, real whole foods—grains, vegetables, fruits, and spices—can aid digestion, burn body fat, flush out toxins, reduce bloating, banish fatigue, and clear up acne.
Unlike other cleanses, The 5-Day Real Food Detox allows you to eat five times a day—and shed a pound a day—with meals and snacks developed by Sharp (and backed by a nutritionist and a registered dietician). Even better, the recipes, including Love Pancakes, Spinach & Chickpea Hummus, Black Bean Burgers, Cauliflower Mash, and Taco Bowl, have been taste-tested by Sharp’s many of 300,000-plus Instagram followers, who have done the plan and seen amazing results. In The 5-Day Real Food Detox, you’ll discover
• nutrient-dense foods that encourage detoxification and weight loss
• the facts on juice, smoothie, tea, and raw food cleanses
• yummy foods to substitute when you crave unhealthy ones
• ingredients to avoid and how to decode food labels
• the secret to great-tasting meals—use spices instead of salt
• strategies for lowering stress and combating insomnia
• troubleshooting for food allergies, mood swings, bloating, and other detox issues
Complete with gorgeous full-color photos, success stories, shopping lists, and meal plans, The 5-Day Real Food Detox lays the groundwork for eating well and feeling wonderful for the rest of your life!”
To the point: A lot of filler. Without all the junk it could be a great detox book.
Review: I hated flipping through this book. I hate saying that but it felt like an Instagram ad over and over again. This detox program is sound, it can really work if you stick to it and the author doesn’t need to promote the book within the book. Worse than that, the “progress” photos of before and after the detox didn’t really convince me the detox worked. I wish I received this book without all the extra junk in it.
The information is smart. Chemicals, pesticides, and the nutrients in our food and what it does to our body really makes a difference. The life changing abilities of food are spectacular. Healthy eating can be a medicine. For those who don’t have any ailments and just want to look better, detoxing to get you there too. While I think I might go through with this whole detox, I will probably need to get rid of those before-and-after pages first. Nikki Sharp is, well, sharp. I’m too observant (some might say) so the progress might be encouraging to most.
The 5 Day Real Food Detox by Nikki Sharp. Paperback: 288 pages. Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 22, 2016). Healthy Living. I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.
Get it HERE>>The 5 Day Real Food Detox
The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
From Amazon: “Find your happiest, healthiest self
When Sarah Wilson gave up sugar for good, she developed a new repertoire of inventive, go-to dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 306 satisfying recipes for one-pan wonders, grain-free breakfasts, leftover makeovers, smoothie bowls, and more, this comprehensive cookbook makes living sugar-free easy, sustainable, and delicious.
Bacon ’N’ Egg Quinoa Oatmeal
Gift-Wrapped Miso Cod
Caramelized Leek, Apple, and Rosemary Socca
Green Spaghetti and Meatballs
Two-Minute Desk Noodles
Broc Bites and Cauli Popcorn
Red Velvet Crunch Bowl
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crackles
Strawberry Cheesecake Mug Cake”
To the point: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!
Review: This cookbook is fantastic and I am aware I say that often about healthy cookbooks but here’s what makes this one special, it is no sugar added. There are recipes for cakes, dinners, lunch boxes, snacks, and everything in between. Plus she gives you all the good info about what tools to use and helpful hints of what ingredients you can freeze. Actually, the first 35ish pages are all about how to use the kitchen, prepare ingredients and what tools are best.
The book is organized really well too so it’ super simple to figure out what you want. OH WAIT, did I mention there are 306 friggen recipes. I am serious. And I’ve been trying to make a sugar-free hot chocolate for about 3 years now, and yes, there is a recipe in here.
You can see some recipes included in the description above so I’m resisting my temptation to go all crazy with every page I flip. I love the anti-inflammatory aspects of these recipes which are completely necessary in my life. I definitely recommend this cookbook for the unique combinations, the thrifty nature of it and the healthy ingredients.
The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson. Paperback: 384 pages. Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (March 15, 2016). Healthy Cooking. I borrowed this copy for review.
Get it HERE!!>>The I Quit Sugar Cookbook
What about you, have you tried either of these? Let us all know your favorite recipes in the comments below! Tried another healthy cookbook or detox book? Tell me about it in the comments!