“The Sugar Detox provided me with guidelines for sensible and healthy eating. I never once felt hungry on this diet. I lost over 6 pounds. It is so nice to be able to fit into clothes I have not worn since before I was pregnant with my daughter.”
Stacy, stay-at-home mom
“The Sugar Detox was what I needed to get back in the proper mind-set to be eating healthily and eating the right amount of food. After pregnancy and five months of breast- feeding, I had convinced myself that fruit juice was healthy and ice cream was a great way to get my daily calcium. So I needed a swift kick, and the Sugar Detox was it.”
J. R., editor
Find out how your skin can show signs of a diet full of toxic sugars. Author of "The Sugar Detox," Dr. Patricia Farris is here to explain.
Think if you don’t have a sweet tooth then you don’t need to worry about how much sugar you’re consuming? Think again. Sugar consumption is at an all time high, with Americans consuming 32 teaspoons of added sugar per day – and it’s not just from the corn syrup in packaged food and soda.
How do these food pros indulge when a craving strikes? Get inspired by their healthy snack ideas.
Sugar has replaced "fat" as public enemy No. 1 on most nutritionists' hit lists. The average American's consumption of the stuff is on a sharp rise — along with diabetes and obesity rates — thanks in part to the unnecessary precense of sugar (in all its many forms) in so many popular canned and processed foods.
You might find it funny that a New Orleanian would write a book about cutting back on sugar, but that's what dermatologist and Tulance University clinical associate professor Patricia Farris has done with The Sugar Detox. Farris and co-author Brooke Alpert, celebrity nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, make the case for the health benefits that come from cutting back on sugar consumption, which they say is at an "all time high."
Boost Your Immunity, Lose Weight and Feel Better Than You Have In Years
Patricia Farris, MD, FAAD, Tulane University
You're on the path to health, you proudly tell yourself. You're walking more, making an effort to eat right and hoping to make this the year that you finally lose those excess pounds. And yet...something's missing. What's missing, say experts Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris, may be your recognition that you have an addiction you need to kick: A sugar addiction. They explain how to find the hidden sugar in your diet and to kick the habit in their easy-to-follow book "The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger."
Sugar is the one to blame for wrinkly skin and love handles, so why is it that people keep consuming it by the pounds each year? Brooke Alpert, co-author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger, explains the consequences of a sugary diet, aside from weight gain. And Alpert's co-author, dermatologist Patricia Farris, sheds light on what happens when there is too much sugar flowing regularly in the bloodstream.
"It starts attacking your skin," she said. "All that sugar attaches to those protein molecules, collagen and elastin. And it turns those beautiful, supple skin cells into these firm, rigid things causing sagging, wrinkling, everything we don't want on our face."
Would you live without sugar if you knew what it does to your health and appearance? Yes, says Nicole Mowbray, who tried the sugar detox diet.
So you’ve decided to dump sugar. Just like with any break-up, you’ll need a plan to get through those first lonely days. One key to survival? Keep the extreme detox short, says Brooke Alpert, registered dietitian and co-author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger. Her plan recommends a three-day “cold turkey” approach to quitting sugar, followed by a gradual phasing back in of fruits, dairy and other whole foods with naturally occurring sugars.
Eating less sugar is good for your skin, says Tulane University alumna Dr. Patricia Farris, a New Orleans dermatologist who has co-written a new book, The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger.
The Sugar Detox outlines a systematic way to eliminate unhealthy sugar from your diet. Sugar cravings will be gone by the end of the 31-day plan, says Farris, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Tulane.
Don’t just blame the sun. Brooke Alpert, author of The Sugar Detox, tells Ali Wentworth about the link between sugar and aging skin. Plus: her plan to bust sugar cravings for good.
Nutrition is often a controversial topic, and a vast number of dietary fads have come and gone. But The Sugar Detox diet described by nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Patricia Farris promises to be successful.
Drawing upon their expert nutritional knowledge as well as the limitations of other diets, the authors hone in on excess sugar consumption as the major culprit in weight gain and poor health in general. They consider sugar usage an addiction, requiring detoxification from the body. Similar to drugs, sugar releases opioids and dopamine, providing effects of euphoria and pleasure.
Go easy on added sugars. It's a simple way for you and the rest of your family to trim caloric intake and waistlines.
For starters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture advises reading labels for corn syrup, fructose, nectars, sucrose, and other sweeteners. To find out more about lightening up on the sweet stuff, Family Goes Strong talked with Patricia Farris, M.D., co-author (with registered dietitian Brooke Alpert) of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger(DaCapo, $24.99), a clinical associate professor at Tulane University, and the mother of three grown daughters and three granddaughters.
Sugar is the new controlled substance, it seems, and the average American consumes up to 31 whopping pounds per year, according to The Sugar Detox (Da Capo Press 2013) written by Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN and Dr. Patricia Farris, FAAD, a renowned New York dermatologist.
Much of the book packs in fascinating research on the significant chemical impact of sugar on your skin, along with and other systems of your body. Designed to boost your overall nutrition, activate fat loss and clear up your complexion all over, the authors offer smart-but-simple food recipes (frittatas and grilled halibut, for example) plus practical advice on instigating a slow sugar wean from some of your favorite foods, including dried fruit and diet soda.