by Pooja Mottl
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Published by Seal Press
Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to pick broccoli and brown rice over hot, cheesy pizza, and 21- or 28-day diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.
In 3-Day Resets, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 different ways to change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy foods—foods that are also delicious—three days at a time. Each reset takes 72 hours to complete and consists of three simple steps, which means you’ll be able to stay focused on healthy eating.
“Awareness” resets target your consumption of certain ingredients like sugar, wheat, and salt.
“Discovery” resets teach you new ways to drink beverages (including tea) and eat chocolate, yogurt, and chicken.
“Change” resets shift how you view eating breakfast, salads, and take-out.
Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should eat whole foods like quinoa instead of processed, frozen, or packaged foods, 3-Day Resets will set you on the path to healthy eating… and help you stay there for good.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Let’s just start this out with some honesty. I don’t feel like I’m very good at reviewing cookbooks, diet books, or self-help books. I so rarely read those type books; that I barely know where to start. I accepted this book for review because for one thing, I need to start eating healthier and two, something called a 3 Day Reset sounded manageable.
Let me tell you, when you tell me I can’t eat something, it only makes me want it more. I’ve been almost 10 months without bread (except for a couple slip ups and one deliberate mistake) and I still want it as badly as I did the first day. However, since I don’t want the migraines and the pain, I can usually bring myself around to NOT EAT THAT THING, whatever that thing may be. So, to pick something and eliminate it from my diet for 3 days, while not sounding that difficult, proved to be a huge mountain of difficult for me.
Which, incidentally, was great in helping me find my problem; I have no self-control. Please bear in mind; I did not do this necessarily to lose weight. I am not overweight; I’m only near the line of what is considered obese for my height. This is more about learning to eat healthier and teach my children to eat healthier. And should a few pounds come off, mores the better, right?
I love Mottl’s goal: “enjoy eating the way Mother Nature intended.” This is the way I want to eat! Mottl’s technique is pretty simple. A reset is basically changing some part of your diet for 3 days. Resets included in the book are sugar, salt, wheat, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, breakfast, beverages, salads, and take-out. Mottle calls these foods WAMP or Whole And Minimally Processed foods. Which foods are WAMP?
“WAMP foods are usually perishable. They won’t last too long on that top shelf in your pantry.
WAMP foods usually don’t come with ingredient labels. If they do, they’ll likely have fewer than five ingredients.
WAMP foods rarely have ad budgets. You’ll never see a commercial or advertisement for them.
WAMP foods don’t have “natural flavor” in their ingredient lists.
For the purposes of my review, I do not pick wheat since I did that ages ago, but picked salt. I rarely use salt anyway, so I thought it would be easiest. And boy was I wrong. Salt is in EVERYTHING. It’s in even more things than wheat. And it’s so obvious! Once you remove it from your diet, it doesn’t take long for you to detect it in food. For three days, my family and I had free, natural foods, spiced by hand (except salt! Natch!) and I, personally, did not miss the salt at all. In fact, I didn’t really like it after the reset was over.
In the case of salt, this technique worked great for me. It helped me recognize that salt is in so many foods and that I do not need it in my diet to be a happy eater. I can’t say that this technique would work for ME in other areas (I’m looking at you chocolate) but I’m willing to give it a shot. I’ll be using Mottl’s techniques to slowly (and hopefully) train myself to eat the way I want to eat. She makes it sound so easy, but I know all the work has to come from me. Wish me luck.