We’ve had such great results every time we do Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox program for the gym nutrition challenge.
If you aren’t familiar with Diane, she is the author of the cookbook Practical Paleo and the blog Balanced Bites. In my opinion she is one of the most knowledgeable and best resources in the industry regarding nutrition.
Her 21DSD program has been tested on thousands of her clients with great results. I like this program for several reasons. First, because I have yet to meet a client who doesn’t need to detox from sugar (artificial or natural) and carbs in their life (myself included). If you think you’re one who doesn’t, then this challenge should be really easy for you. Second, because her information is easy to understand, well thought out and very black and white. There are lists with exactly what foods you can and can NOT eat so there will be no gray areas or uncertainties. Third, it includes recipes and a lot of support such as daily emails during the challenge to encourage and keep you accountable and a facebook page where questions can be asked and answered and lots of FAQ’s through the 21DSD website. Lastly and most importantly, I strongly feel that if you commit and follow this program in its entirety for 21 days, you will see and feel results. (Just ask the anyone at the gym who has completed it before)! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!
So here’s how it will work. Everyone that chooses to participate in the challenge, will be required to purchase the 21DSD book. She also has ebooks but they are more expensive and include a bunch of extra stuff you don’t necessarily need. I recommend sticking with the paperback book, but it’s up to you. If you have not done the 21DSD before, you need to order the book in order to follow the program. (Don’t confuse the detox book with her other 21DSD cookbook, which is just a supplement with recipes – the cookbook is not required for the challenge). It’s a good idea to read as much of the book as possible prior to the nutrition seminar. This way, you will be well versed in what you are committing to and can ask any questions you have during the seminar. If you are new to paleo, it’s a lot of information and a lot of changes so give yourself time to read and re-read and really understand what you are committing to.
You will see after you have the book, that there are 3 “levels” for the 21DSD. We will not be using Level 1 during this challenge (it allows for grains and therefor not paleo). However, I will leave it up to you to decide whether you chose to participate at Level 2 (Primal – which is paleo + dairy) or at Level 3 (strict Paleo).
I recommend reading the whole book, as it is great info and obviously you need to fully understand this process if you’re going to be successful, but specifically you need to pay attention to pages 70-88 which are the no and yes food lists for level 2 and level 3. In addition to the book, I recommend reading and printing off these 1 page guides also. And if you’re a nerd like me you can find tons more articles and podcasts about nutrition on her site here.
You can sign up here on the 21DSD website to receive daily emails with tips, recipes, encouragement, etc during our challenge
21DSD has a facebook page. There are hundreds of people participating in this challenge on a monthly basis (they start a new one on the first of every month if you ever want to do one on your own). Here you can ask questions (Diane has a team of people that answer them quickly), find recipes, etc.
You can also follow Diane (balancedbites) on Instagram, FB or twitter. She posts almost daily with pictures of her own meals (for ideas), new recipes (not all are 21DSD approved so be aware), good info, etc.
And of course, always feel free to ask Kyle and I any questions (in person, email or text).