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In THE 3-DAY RESET, Pooja Mottl acknowledges that 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.
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.
Resets include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout.
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.
I think for most people, the most difficult food to cut out is sugar. There is hidden sugar is so many of our daily foods. This excerpt from THE 3-DAY RESET focuses on the sugar reset.
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.
WAMP = Whole And Minimally Processed foods.
Excerpt from THE 3 DAY RESET by Pooja Mottl printed with permission.
I am really excited to dive into THE 3-DAY RESET and try “resetting” my body to crave WAMP foods over sugar-laden foods. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be trying several of the reset plans mentioned above. In June, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book and how the 3-Day resets helped me feel better. If you would like to join me in resetting your body, you can purchase THE 3 DAY RESET, HERE.
There has already been much praise for THE 3-DAY RESET:
“In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja delivers an empowering blueprint for choosing these foods while demonstrating that healthy and delicious go hand in hand.”
—John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
“I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn how to get healthier.”—Alejandro Junger, New York Times bestselling author of Clean
“This book is so in sync with the times! We all need ‘clean fuel,’ and with this book, Pooja supplies the easy answers.”—Michael Olajide Jr., author of Sleekify and celebrity fitness trainer
“The 3-Day Reset will help you make a healthier connection to what you eat, and change your black-and-white food world into vibrant technicolor.”—Rebecca Katz, author of The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods
“The 3-Day Reset gets to the heart of what it means to eat well.”—Cheryl Forberg,New York Times bestselling author, James Beard Award–winning chef, and the nutritionist for The Biggest Loser
Pooja Mottl is a professionally trained Natural Foods Chef, Healthy Eating Coach, and Healthy Living Expert whose work has captivated audiences from Good Morning America to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, a world-renowned institution for pairing culinary training with health promoting food. Pooja also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is an NSCA-CPT certified personal trainer. Pooja advises private clients on healthy eating and has taught cooking classes at Whole Foods Market. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post and Gaiam.com
. Pooja has appeared on Good Morning America, WGN TV, Martha Stewart Radio, Style.com
, the Green Festival, HuffPost Live, and a variety of additional media outlets.
Pooja lives and works in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mottl is a wife and proud mom to a baby girl named Valentina and a five-year-old, over-confident Brussels Griffon. For more on Pooja Mottl, visit her website, http://3dayreset.com/
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Be sure to check back in June for my thoughts on my experience with THE 3-DAY RESET.
Until then, you can win your very own signed copy of THE 3-DAY RESET by Pooja Mottl. Enter to win by filling out the form below. The giveaway is open through Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM. One enter per person please. This giveaway is open to US residents only. On Friday, May 16, 2014, I will choose a winner using Random.org. I will contact the winner via email and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner. I am not responsible for the delivery of the book, but I will do my best to make sure you receive your prize.
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