My upcoming Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook doesn’t officially come out until May 26, yet it has already created quite a buzz among critics who received an advanced copy. I can’t wait to share the 150 delicious, low-sugar impact recipes I’ve created for my best cookbook yet.
Patience is a virtue, but I’m so excited to get this cookbook in your hands! You can pre-order your copy by clicking the link above.
Those fabulous cookbook questions (you’ll find them at the end of this blog) got me thinking about the many questions I answered when my Sugar Impact Diet came out. For the first time, I’ve compiled all those questions in one FAQ page.
Did I answer your question? If not, please post below or on my Facebook page. I want to hear from you, and always look forward to answering your questions!
The Virgin Diet vs. Sugar Impact Diet
Should I start with The Virgin Diet (TVD) or The Sugar Impact Diet (SID)?
I wrote this blog describing the differences between the two plans and where you should start.
You mention there are more than 50 names for sugar. What are they?
My friend Jonathan Bailor lists 57 names in this blog.
Is all sugar equal? Coconut sugar, honey. Do we get rid of it all?
In addition to eliminating or reducing sugar in our diet now, what other ways can we repair the damage done by over consuming sugar for decades?
Transitioning into low-sugar impact foods will make a huge difference. You will notice an improvement in your taste buds, your mood, your hunger and cravings levels, and of course there’s the “added bonus” of fast, lasting fat loss. Consistently getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep, controlling stress, and my 4 x 4 Workouts (grab a free one here) are further ways you can reverse that sugar damage and make your body more insulin sensitive.
What’s the best way to detox from sugar: cold turkey or gradual? I am having a really hard time getting sugar out of my system this time around and I know this is the key to unlocking my health but I feel like I need a 12 step program to get sugar out of my life for good.
Consider my Sugar Impact Diet your 12-step program! I teach you how to gradually transition off of sugar. No withdrawal, cravings, and other problems going cold turkey can create.
Sometimes when I eat sugary products as a candy bar my blood glucose the next morning will be much lower than I expected. Why?
Because insulin’s job is to pull your blood sugar down when you eat a high-sugar impact food, though oftentimes this hormone overcompensates and pulls blood sugar too low. So your blood sugar spikes, then crashes. That’s what I mean by a blood sugar roller coaster. What you want is nice, steady blood sugar levels, and that’s what you get when your meals incorporate my Plate principles.
Why can some people eat sugar and never be over weight? I mean a lot of sugar, candies, pastries, soda, My grandparents eat it everyday in huge amounts and are in their 90’s and very healthy.
Just because someone is not overweight does not make them healthy, as I explained in this blog about TOFIs. Sugar sometimes wreaks its havoc in subtle and other times not-so-subtle ways. Another thing to consider is that sugar consumption has skyrocketed over the past few decades, especially as high-fructose corn syrup. As I explained in Sugar Impact Diet, not all sugars are created equal, and the proliferation of fructose over the past few decades has created considerable health damage.
General Questions about Sugar Impact Diet
What does “sugar burner” mean?
Just what it sounds like: your body is using sugar as fuel rather than fat. One of the hallmarks of being a sugar burner is that while you’re burning sugar and storing fat, you experience frequent drops in blood sugar that make your body scream for more sugar. You’ll get crazy hungry if you go for a few hours without food or you skip a meal. And when this happens, watch out! You’re irritable, foggy, totally preoccupied, and showing the fangs of cravings.
Becoming a fat burner is exactly how it sounds— you burn fat! So you drop weight fast. And you stay in power weight loss mode because once your sugar impact (SI) is under control, your hormones will work with you to lose weight and stay lean. You’ll also have more energy, because when you fuel your body with low SI foods and burn your stored fat for energy, you avoid those awful energy slumps that come with a high SI diet (you know those sugar crashes all too well!). And here’s a bonus— you’ll even burn more fat as you sleep!
You can learn more about sugar vs. fat burner in this Huffington Post blog.
What are the Sugar Impact Scales?
The Sugar Impact Scale takes into account a food’s fructose (in grams), nutrient density, and ﬁber, as well as its glycemic load, a measurement of how the food affects your blood sugar levels. Fiber and nutrients are positives that can downshift the effects of high fructose and glycemic load. And, of course, dose matters— the glycemic load is also based on average serving size. This scale is a simple and easy way of categorizing foods according to their overall impact on your blood sugar— high, medium, or low. Think of low-SI foods as “green.”
You’re good to go on these foods; eat them regularly. Consider the medium-SI foods yellow, so proceed with caution and incorporate only the amount you can have and still feel great. (I’ll walk you through the best way to taper medium-SI foods out of your diet in Cycle 1, and then I’ll explain how to ﬁgure out the right amount for you to eat long term in Cycle 3.) When it comes to high-SI foods, you guessed it— stop! Think of them as red. Eat and drink them as a rare treat, and even when you do, you’re likely to feel it. And not in a good way.
You mention SID isn’t a no-sugar diet. I thought sugar was bad?
The Sugar Impact Diet isn’t about eliminating sugar altogether; it’s about eating the right sugar. The program I’ve created and outlined in this book is unlike any other. It lays out a step-by-step process to wean you off the foods with the highest and most damaging sugars— those with the highest Sugar Impact— so that you can lose weight, drop fat, and improve your health without feeling deprived. Learning how to swap good sugars for bad sugars for just 2 weeks will heal your body and transform your life forever. By the end of the program, you’ll not only have lost weight and reclaimed your life, you’ll be armed with information and lots of great alternatives to satisfy your sweet cravings.
Do you have suggestions about how I can do SID on a budget?
We’re suppose to have 2+ low sugar impact vegetable servings at each meal up to 10 servings a day. I always thought squash such as acorn, butternut, etc were considered a starchy vegetable and therefore fit into a carb category. I see that they are listed in the low sugar impact column of the scale. How can eating 3 cups of salad greens be equivalent to eating 3 cups of butternut squash at a meal?
Remember here I am looking at a food’s sugar impact, based on its fructose, fiber, nutrient density, and glycemic load. Based on those criteria, the squashes you mention would qualify as low-sugar impact.
How can I reduce cravings?
When you gradually transition into low-sugar impact foods, you will find cravings subside. Please see Sugar Impact Diet for specific strategies to conquer cravings, including my crave-busting Lemon-Aid.
I always crave something sweet after eating a meal. Do I learn to deny myself or is there something healthy I can choose?
As you regularly incorporate the Sugar Impact Plate as your meals, cravings will subside. That’s because my Plate provides the best foods in the healthiest amounts to balance blood sugar, signal your brain to stop eating, and burn fat. Hunger and cravings disappear!
Help. I’m in Cycle 1 of SID and I have fierce cravings. How can I reduce them?
This blog provides 15 ways to beat cravings. I specifically wrote it for the holidays, but cravings happen year-round!
What is the best way to get back on track after a sugar binge?
Start with the very next meal with low-sugar impact foods. If the binge has become really bad, get back on Cycle 1 and commit immediately. I also suggest working with my one-on-one coaches for accountability and compliance.
If I fail and eat sugar in the afternoon, do I just eat dinner as if nothing happened or skip dinner to reduce the calories since I cheated?
I want you to get right back on plan, but you will also want to take a close look at your food journal (you’re keeping one, right?) and determine what went wrong. Did you not eat enough at your last meal? Did you not completely adhere to the Plate rules? Did something slip in that derailed your progress? Asking those tough questions will help you pinpoint where things got off track, but also ensure that things get and stay on track.
How can I determine whether a packaged food is SID approved?
For processed foods, my rule is that food should have no more than 5 grams of added sugar per 100- calorie serving (and the less the better, of course). And, of course, it goes without saying (but I ﬁgured I might as well) that I mean the healthier, least- processed choices here.
How do I know if I need one or two weeks in Cycle One?
Depending on where you start on the Sugar Impact Quiz, you’ll spend 1 or 2 weeks in Cycle 1. This time is necessary to lay the groundwork for Cycle 2. As you swap high-SI foods for medium-SI foods, you’ll begin your shift from sugar burner to fat burner— and seeing the change in your energy levels and on the scale will be the motivation you need to stay on the plan until you’re ready to move to Cycle 2.
Can you explain Cycle 1 in a nutshell?
In Cycle 1, you’ll use the Sugar Impact Scales to swap high SIs for medium SIs in each of the seven food categories: grains, roots, packaged fruit, low/no-fat dairy and diet foods, drinks, dressings and sweeteners, and added sugar. You’ll be slowly tapering from a high-SI diet to a medium-SI diet. The key here is to transition over time, so you don’t experience sugar withdrawal in Cycle 2.
The first time that we’re in Cycle 2, do we give up all the fruit listed in the Low SI category except the one’s that have an asterisk or are they all acceptable?
For Cycle 2, you will only want to use the asterisked fruits on the list. Don’t worry, this is just for 2 weeks!
Why can’t I go directly to Cycle 2?
If you haven’t gone through Cycle 1, do not try to cut in line here. You won’t be gaining anything— certainly not the week you hoped to skip. You’ll just set yourself up to wipe out, and you’ll eventually give over to the idea that you have to start at the beginning. Go back and do it— it’s just a week!
Can I spend more than 2 weeks in Cycle 2?
The key in Cycle 2 is to really tune in to how your body is responding and to pay attention to your own needs. If you ﬁnd that you need more than 2 weeks to get through this cycle, that’s completely ﬁ ne. Everyone is different, and you’d rob yourself of a life-changing gift if you try to measure your progress against someone else’s. So this is not about being arbitrarily locked into numbers on a chart— it’s about you losing weight and feeling good fast.
Do I need to count in Cycle 2?
There’s no need to count as long as you follow the rules and stick with low-sugar impact foods. I get it though: some people like or need to count. For those people, during Cycle 2 you’ll drop your total sugar consumption to 25 grams or less. Fructose, though, will drop to under 10 grams. Your total carbs will fall somewhere in the 100– 150 gram range (up to 200 grams for larger men and athletes).
Why no fruit in the shakes for Cycle 2?
One thing you’ll notice right away is that the shake recipes in this cycle don’t have any fruit. The only fruit allowed in shakes in Cycle 2 are lemons and limes, and fruit we sometimes think of as veggies, like avocados, tomatoes and olives. The rule for the sweet ingredients in protein powder still applies, but for these 2 weeks, since you’re transitioning to a very low sugar diet, the fruit has been modiﬁed to lower fructose. Don’t worry – I’ve created some yummy shake recipes in Cycle 2. You won’t miss the fruit!
After I’ve done the intensify week in Cycle 2, how should I proceed?
Once you’ve come through the Intensify week, proceed to Cycle 3 and do the assessments as instructed to make sure you’re ready. In Cycle 3, you’ll test whether your long- term, low-SI life can include a sweet treat now and then. If it can, great; if it can’t, you can always return to Cycle 2 and stay here for life.
Can I stay in Cycle 2 forever?
I want you to undertake Cycle 3 to figure out whether you’re in a place to have an occasional piece of cake without sliding backwards, or if you have to spend a bit more time in Cycle 2, possibly even a month, before you get there. That said, you can stay in Cycle 2 forever if you want or need to; stick with all low Sugar Impact (SI) foods (go ahead and add 1– 2 servings of fruit as well), and an occasional medium-SI choice (1– 2 servings a day max) is okay, too.
How do I know when I’m ready to start Cycle 3?
Move into Cycle 3 when your Sugar Impact quiz scores are 2 or less per symptom, 12 or less total, or your overall score is reduced by 50% from your starting score. There are 2 possible paths when you arrive in Cycle 3. One is that you’re ready for Cycle 3— you’ve passed, get to move on, and can incorporate some medium- and high-SI foods in your life. The other is that you’ll simply stay in Cycle 2 a little longer until you’re ready for Cycle 3.
I know you don’t count specifically, but what general numbers should I commit to in Cycle 3?
In Cycle 3, aim for 25 grams fructose overall, 50 grams of sugar overall, and 150– 200 grams carbohydrates overall.
Other Brands, Other Plans
What do you think about [specific plan or expert]?
I wrote this Huffington Post blog about committing wholeheartedly to a plan for ultimate success. In short, please don’t mix and match plans, which becomes a recipe for disaster. We like and respect many experts, and there are some fabulous books out there for fast, lasting fat loss. No two experts will 100% agree. You’ve committed to the Sugar Impact Diet, so stick with the plan and don’t try to incorporate non-SID principles.
Can you recommend other protein powder brands?
Unfortunately, we can’t possibly evaluate every brand and the many variations within those brands. We have, however, created an easy-to-follow guide to determine whether a protein powder is Sugar Impact-friendly. Here are some guidelines:
- Protein sources. I recommend a blend of vegan proteins: preferred sources are pea, chia, cranberry, chlorella, or rice. The new kid on the block is beef protein (look for de-fatted with no antibiotics or hormones added). Avoid soy, egg, or milk protein powders.
- Go natural. Look for GMO- free and hormone- free (no recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rGBH).
- Go low SI. Look for 4– 5 grams of sugar per serving, max. Stick with a very small amount of natural sweetener or sugar alcohol (i.e., stevia, xylitol, erythritol, rice syrup, evaporated cane juice syrup, dextrose). Avoid artiﬁcial colors or sweeteners and high-SI sweeteners such as fructose, agave, aspartame, and sucralose.
You encourage breakfast, yet I’ve heard other experts say skipping breakfast is okay and even beneficial.
Remember what I said above: don’t mix and match plans. Breakfast sets your metabolic tone for the day. A lot of mindless mistakes are made ﬁ rst thing in the morning, and sugar comes rushing in through cereals and mufﬁns (with juice!). Once you’ve set your blood sugar in pinball motion, it’s a roller coaster you never get off. A big, protein- rich, high- ﬁber, low-SI breakfast is the best way to prepare you to take on the world. My go-to breakfast at home and on the road is my Sugar Impact Shake. It serves up everything that’s good— it’s packed full of ﬂaver and nutrients, it’s ﬁlling, and it tastes great!
I’ve heard you criticize juicing and green drinks in interviews. What specifically is wrong with them?
Well, one popular green juice contains 56 grams of sugar in a 15.2 ounce bottle! In this blog I discuss why most juices are nothing more than sugar water, and how to correctly do a green drink.
Any tips about how to dine out smartly on SID?
I’ve provided my top 9 tips to do SID anywhere in this blog.
Help. I am following your Plate quota but I’m finding it hard to go 4 – 6 hours between meals.
When you eat with the balance the Plate gives, you should be able to go 4– 6 hours before you need to eat again. If you can’t, stop and remember that food is information. Go back to your journal and review your choices. Did you get enough clean, lean protein and healthy fats? Did you choose the right slow, low carbs from the medium- and low-SI columns only? Or did you cheat and now are paying the price?
Humans have been consuming honey for millennia. Why is it considered a bad sugar?
I wrote a blog weighing the pros and cons of honey here.
Are sweeteners such as Truvia okay?
No. Most commercial alternative sweeteners contain maltodextrin (corn) or dextrose (sugar) as their first ingredient. They also contain nebulous “natural flavors.” Look for a 100% pure stevia, monk fruit, erythritol, or a blend with no bulking agents like maltodextrin. My Virgin Diet Sprinkles meet that criteria.
Is coconut sugar healthy?
It depends. I wrote a blog looking at coconut sugar here.
Xylitol kills bad bacteria in the mouth, so would it do the same in the gut?
One study found xylitol kills bad mouth bacteria while enhancing healthy gut bacteria, making it a win-win. Ideally look for a birch tree-derived xylitol; most these days come from corn. I prefer erythritol or a erythrtiol blend.
I’m confused about dairy. Is it ok to have heavy cream, sour cream or other full fat dairy as long as the sugar content is low?
Low-fat and non-fat dairy is almost higher in lactose (sugar) or added sugar. The key here is to read your labels and ensure no added sugar is slipping in. Full-fat dairy is usually more satiating and satisfying than low-fat or non-fat, so you eat less and enjoy it more. Don’t be afraid of the fat in dairy: it’s rich in fat-burning conjugated lineoleic acid (CLA). The sugar rules apply here. No more than 5 grams of added sugar per 100-calorie serving. Keep in mind too if you have dairy food intolerances, any kind of dairy becomes a no-go.
Can you eat Greek yogurt that has fruit in it already or is that loaded with sugars too?
Many fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts contain as much if not more sugar than a candy bar! You are far better off buying plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt and adding your own berries (unless you are in Cycle 2 and/ or dairy intolerant).
What about diet soda?
See this recent blog. In short: no.
How can you convince your spouse that it is bad for them as well?
Be a positive role model. When you bypass high-sugar impact foods, you set an example for everyone at the table. And when your spouse sees how much better you feel and your fast, lasting fat loss, he or she will likely become more motivated as well.
Dark chocolate is supposed to be good, but what about the sugar?
Look for a low-sugar impact, high-cacao dark chocolate. Sugar Impact Diet rules apply: no more than 5 grams of sugar per 100-calorie serving. Chocolate is definitely a dose-dependent food. My two favorite brands are Chocolatree and Soma Chocolatemaker, both available to order online.
Snacking/ Meal Timing
As a nurse, don’t take lunch until after 2 p.m. What can I snack on instead of sugary foods like crackers or sweets?
Thinking ahead becomes key here. My friend Dr. Mark Hyman keeps an emergency pack on him, and I recommend you do too. Keep non-perishable snacks like slow roasted or dehydrated nuts and seeds, grass-fed jerky, Virgin Diet All-in-One shake, and my Virgin Diet Bars on you at all times.
How are triglycerides and sugar linked? My husband has high cholesterol and I was wondering if going low sugar will help him.
Excessive sugar, particularly as fructose, raises triglycerides. Fructose goes straight to your liver, which can utilize a small amount but converts the rest to triglycerides (fat), which store compactly around your midsection. When people go low-sugar impact, they almost always improve their lipid profile
Can I eat as much fruit as I want? Apples and bananas?
I have provided specific fruit guidelines for each cycle in my Sugar Impact Diet. Cycle 2 is most restrictive, and you will be removing medium-sugar impact fruits as well as berries during that cycle.
How do I quit eating late at night?
First thing: make sure you have done dinner correctly. Next, make sure you have done all your meals correctly. I often find skipping, under-eating, or eating the wrong kinds of foods sets clients up for late-night snacking. Another trick is to have a glass of water before bed, since thirst often comes disguised as hunger. One study at the University of Washington found a glass of water before bed curbed midnight munchies. Finally, find a non-food gratification that will help you drift into sleep. I take a hot bath with chamomile tea and a good (but not great) novel. When you’re soaking in the tub, you’re not going to find your way into the kitchen, right?
How much sugar is in a glass of wine? Am I a better to drink red wine than white wine?
It depends on the variety and brand. If you drink, I prefer red wine because it is higher in resveratrol. Wine, beer, and hard alcohol generally don’t have residual sugars, though some of the cheaper wines or sweeter wines do (it’s why quality matters). Keep in mind too that alcohol will knock you out of fat burning. I always add: If you don’t drink, please don’t start.
Can you give some suggestions to help with constipation? I purchased your fiber and add it to the shakes in the morning but for those of us with chronic constipation need some additional supplements. Can you recommend any?
See this recent blog. Magnesium before bed almost always gets things moving.
What is the best way to reduce sugar for teenagers?
Don’t even let it into the house. Sure, they might get it elsewhere, but not keeping it around creates one less major obstacle. Keep healthier options on hand, including slow roasted or dehydrated nuts and seeds, hard-boiled or deviled eggs (if they aren’t egg intolerant), nut butters, and nitrate-free jerky. And be your own example. If they see you living a healthy, happy low-sugar impact life, chances are they will become similarly inspired.
What do you recommend for quality supplements? I want to stop guessing what to buy at the grocery store and health food stores. Please help me!
For nearly everyone as a “base” supplement plan, I recommend Daily Essentials Packets. They contain all the essentials in one easy-to-take, no-sorting, grab-and-go packet. Beyond that, I strongly encourage you to work with a one-on-one coach to determine what supplements address your specific needs. The investment pays off. I’ve had clients save hundreds of dollars working with my coaches, who saved them from buying unnecessary or useless supplements.
I am interested in supplements that help curb sugar cravings.
There appears to be information on the benefits of drinking a glass of water with the juice of a lemon each morning. Does this negatively affect blood glucose levels in a person with pre-diabetes or diabetes? Or do the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning outweigh the detriments?
There’s an old wives’ tale that lemon juice lowers blood sugar. Well, it turns out, there’s some truth to it! My hero Tim Ferriss, infamous biohacker and author of The 4-Hour Body, experimented with it and discovered that having 3 tablespoons of lemon juice when he ate lowered his blood sugar peaks by about 10%. Grab my Lemon-Aid recipe in Sugar Impact Diet.
What is “natural flavoring”? Is it something I should always avoid or something I can allow in my food occasionally?
“Natural flavorings” is usually a proprietary term, meaning the manufacturer will not reveal what it is. If I see that on a brand I know and trust, of which I am certain it will not contain harmful ingredients like gluten or fructose, I have no problem with it. If I see it on a sweetener or other item in my grocery store, I almost always put the product back immediately.
Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook Questions
You talk about lateral shifts in the cookbook. What are some of the best ways to make my favorite foods low-sugar impact?
Lateral shifts, or healthier versions of your favorite foods, give you the satisfaction of comfort food but they have more nutrients and lower sugar impact. Here are a few ideas for some awesome swaps:
- Trade nutrient-empty spaghetti noodles for corn-free quinoa pasta or spaghetti squash
- Trade the cow’s milk (you probably have anyway) for unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- Trade chips and salsa for kale chips with hummus or guacamole
- Trade cheese for cashew cheese (great with low-sugar impact alla checca sauce smeared on Portobello mushroom caps)
Once you get the hang of lateral shifts, you can upgrade nearly any food into a nutrient-dense, delicious alternative to potentially highly reactive, high-sugar impact foods.
I notice several recipes use cauliflower as a starch replacement, such as the Cauliflower “Rice” Pilaf. Why does cauliflower make such an ideal replacement for rice and potatoes?
Cauliflower offers the texture of rice and potatoes without their high sugar impact. This versatile cruciferous veggie comes loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that help fight cancer and keep you full and healthy for very few calories. Win-win!
Your salad dressings are so simple to create. Why are homemade dressings so much healthier than store-bought versions?
Next time you visit your supermarket, look at some popular salad dressings, find the most healthy-sounding one, and then read the ingredients. Yuck, right? Even the lower-sugar impact dressings contain trans fats, preservatives, and unpronounceable ingredients. Why succumb when making homemade dressings becomes so easy? Recipes like my Toasted Macadamia Nut Oil Dressing taste better and pack more nutrients than store-bought versions, and they are so simple to make!
You give coconut a lot of press in the cookbook. I’ve notice coconut is high in saturated fat, so how is that healthy?
Saturated fat isn’t always bad when it comes from whole foods like coconut. In fact, almost half the saturated fat here is immune-boosting lauric acid. Coconut is also rich in caprylic acid (a fatty acid that fights candida) and medium-chain triglycerides (fat-burning fatty acids). If you’ve read my Sugar Impact Diet, you know not to fear fat: It can actually be your fast, lasting fat loss friend.
Why should I gradually taper off sugar with these recipes? Wouldn’t it be easier just to completely ditch all sugar at once?
If you try to cut out sugar cold turkey, you’ll go into withdrawal, just as you would with any addiction. You’ve done that before, and you know how it landed you back at square one, right? That’s why you’re going to taper and transition, nice and easy, from high-to medium-to low-sugar impact foods. It’s a process that sets you up for success and prevents the cravings that can set you back. Besides, why would you want to miss out on all the fabulous recipes in Cycle 1?
Some of your recipes include quinoa, which experts like William Davis argue is high in carbs. So how can it be low-sugar impact in your cookbook?
Remember we are not just looking at total carbohydrates here. We are looking at a food’s overall sugar impact, based on glycemic load, fructose, nutrient density, and fiber. So while a slow-release, high-fiber food like quinoa might seem higher in total carbohydrate, it actually becomes low-sugar impact when you factor its overall sugar impact.
You give a lot of space to shakes in your cookbook. Why are they so crucial for breakfast and even as a second meal replacement?
Protein shakes are my number one needle mover for fast, lasting fat loss. They’re fast, easy, delicious, and filling. While you’ll find some fabulous breakfast recipes in the cookbook, most clients prefer the ease and convenience of protein shakes. For accelerated fat loss, some clients even substitute another protein shake for lunch or dinner. It becomes an easy, convenient, flavorful way to become lean and healthy.
Dr. Mark Hyman calls cooking a revolutionary act of taking back our kitchen and our health. Do you share that philosophy in this cookbook?
Absolutely! I’ve engineered these recipes to be delicious, easy-to-follow, and fast. “I don’t have hours to spend in my kitchen,” clients frequently tell me. The good news is with these recipes, you can create healthy, rave-worthy meals in about the time it takes to order and wait for a pizza or drive to your local fast food place.
Can you explain how the recipes in this cookbook will appeal to both Paleo and vegan camps? After all, they share pretty different philosophies, at least on the surface.
The Sugar Impact Diet is agnostic, meaning it appeals to vegans, Paleo folks, and anyone in between or who doesn’t subscribe to a label. Whole, real, low-sugar impact foods underlie these recipes. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of favorites here, as will meat lovers. Regardless, you’re going to discover plenty of great-tasting recipes that work for you here.
The desserts sound as decadent and delicious as their high-sugar impact versions. What are some of the ways you upgraded these desserts to make them lower-sugar impact?
I use naturally sweet ingredients like coconut flakes. Monk fruit is among the healthier sweeteners you’ll use in many of my desserts. And then avocado, not often considered a “dessert” ingredient, yields a real creaminess and amazing texture to chocolate mousse. It goes back to what I said earlier: Be creative and any food – even a decadent dessert – becomes a lateral shift opportunity.
I love the simplicity and flavor of these recipes. But are they kid friendly? In other words, will I get protests or raves when I serve my family these dishes at the dinner table?
The cool thing about these recipes is that you can create lateral shifts of your kids’ favorites. Maybe your son wants burgers and fries for dinner. Goat Cheese Burger Wraps with Spiced Sweet Potato Fries will get equal raves from him, while you feel better for serving nutrient-rich, lower-sugar impact foods. Perhaps your daughter wants pudding pops. Easy: try my Vanilla Coconut “Yogurt” Pudding Pops. Seeing is believing, so give some of these recipes a whirl and see whether they don’t earn accolades at the dinner table!
© 2015 JJ Virgin & Associates, Inc. Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerances and crushing their sugar cravings. She is author of New York Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast and The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose up to 10 Pounds, Just 2 Weeks. JJ is also a frequent blogger at Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and other outlets as well as a popular guest on TV, radio, and in magazines. Learn more at www.jjvirgin.com.