Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Seal Press (May 6, 2014)
Publisher: Seal Press (May 6, 2014)
The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days by Pooja Mottl is a new healthy living book that helps reset cravings for 10, common, everyday (often packaged and/or heavily processed) foods and replace them with WAMPs (Whole And Minimally Processed Foods). Mottl takes on the obvious food villains--sugar, salt, and wheat for many but, also shows you how to reset your cravings and upgrade to healthier, less-processed choices for common consumables like chocolate, yogurt, chicken, salad, beverages, take-out food and breakfast. I have been paging through this colorful and informative book and it's recipes this past week and enjoying it. I'll be trying the tips, road testing some of the recipes and reviewing The 3-Day Reset next month for TLC Book Tours. To whet your appetite (food pun intended), here is more about the book including some excerpts, the book trailer to view and, most importantly, a chance to win your own signed copy!
Author Notes: Pooja Mottl is a natural foods chef, healthy eating coach, and healthy living expert whose work has captivated audiences from Good Morning America and Martha Stewart Radio to Style.com and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.
In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods—three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to complete, which means you’ll be able to stay focused on healthy eating from start to finish.
Accessible, fun, engaging, and packed with over 30 delicious recipes, pantry makeover lists, shopping guides, tidbits on food history, and other smart tools, The 3-Day Reset will set you on the course to healthy eating… and help you stay there for good."
Watch the Book Trailer:
The 3-Day Reset Book Trailer from POOJA MOTTL on Vimeo.
Excerpt from the Sugar Reset chapter--The 3-Day Reset by Pooja Mottl:
Sweet stuff rocks. To many of us, sugary foods are as good as it gets—more tempting than sour, more satisfying than spicy, more comforting than salty. This makes sense since we’re programmed to like sweet things from the moment we’re born—one of the reasons why we enjoy our mother’s sweet breast milk as babies.
The problem is, the majority of sweetness we’re now eating doesn’t suit our biology.
Instead of satisfying our sweet tooth with things like ripe summer berries, dried figs, grapes, and raw honey (all WAMP foods), we’re drowning ourselves with processed table sugar and corn syrup.
And it’s everywhere. Processed sugar has managed to tiptoe its way into almost all kinds of foods without our noticing. It is a main ingredient in peanut butters, salad dressings, marinades, barbecue sauces, sports drinks, frozen pizza, and crackers. Even savory foods, like breads, pasta sauce, and chicken broth, are laden with processed sugars. Sadly, it’s fair to say that sugar is the lifeblood of the food industry.
Sugar goes down like water, and we’re consuming it with reckless abandon. According to the USDA, the average American eats about twenty-two teaspoons of sugar, or about 13 percent of our total calories, each and every day. Okay, let’s think about this for a second: That’s like opening up your kitchen silverware drawer, grabbing a teaspoon, jamming it into your sugar bowl, and sticking it straight inside your mouth twenty-two times a day.
It doesn’t help that sugar is notoriously difficult to detect in foods. Not only is there no distinct line item for “added sugars” on the nutrition-facts panel of your food’s label, but sugar also masquerades under a long and complicated list of aliases that would make even Jason Bourne weep with jealousy. “Dextrose,” “fructose,” “cane juice,” and “maltose” all mean that sugar has been added to your food. Same with “invert sugar,” “corn-syrup solids,” and “lactose.”
Apart from the obvious health consequences that arise from consuming too much processed sugar—like diabetes, weight gain, obesity, and hypertension—eating sugar may very well be the single biggest impediment to falling in love with healthy food. As we learned in The Power of WAMP, processed sugar exploits our innate biological weaknesses, lulling us into addiction and desensitizing our taste buds to the point that we can no longer find deliciousness in the kind of food that wants to love us back. When we become accustomed to processed sugar, suddenly, sweet WAMP foods become nothing short of sacrifices. A bowl of oats with cinnamon and banana pales in comparison to a vanilla-glazed scone from Starbucks or a bowl of Froot Loops. Even the best loose-leaf tea no longer tastes good without an extra sugar packet or two.
But we can—right now—slam on the brakes and put this train in reverse. All we have to do is reset our relationship with sugar. We need to put an end to our sugar ignorance and off-kilter sweet palate and relearn sugar from the ground up. We also need the opportunity to experience what it’s like not to have processed sugar in our lives, and give our taste buds the chance to be awakened and excited by the superior flavor that comes from WAMP sweetness.
Sugar Info Graphic from The 3-Day Reset
Ready to win your own signed copy of The 3-Day Reset? (U.S. & Canada only please)
To enter leave a comment on this post with what food craving/addiction you are most interested in re-setting by 11:59 PM (Hawaii Standard Time) Friday, May 16th. A winner will be drawn from all qualifying comments and announced on this blog the following week. (Please me leave a way to get in contact with you if you should win too!)
Note: Drawing is closed and the winner is Debra of Eliot's Eats! Congrats!
Note: A review copy of "The 3-Day Reset" and a copy to give away to one of my blog readers were provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated for this review and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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