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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140915484X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409154846
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's impossible to avoid the bitter truth - sugar is bad for us, and just how bad, we're only beginning to find out. Nicole Mowbray was one of those sugar addicts and in Sweet Nothing she tells us about the incredible effects on her body and moods once she kicked the habit. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

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Quit sugar. Change your life.

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This is an OK read about a very important topic, but really most of what is in here has been said before elsewhere and with more credence (eg discussions around the clinical research). Having said this, it is the memoir element of the book (how a normal person gets off sugar) which for some people will provide most traction as Mowbray takes great pains to show that it is possible and the benefits that it brought her, on this she cannot be faulted, and if it inspires people to reduce their intake then job done (and well done!).

However, the over-reliance on James Duigan’s Clean and Lean book and subsequent quotes from him and references to his Bodyism gym (and nutritional products) made a lot of the book feel as if she was warming over other people’s ideas (as well as promoting someone else’s business). A similar discussion around sugar, and how insulin affects the body as well as how fat isn’t as evil as we thought can be found better explained and discussed in any of Dr John Briffa’s books.

The main issue I had with this book (and, indeed, with many newly published books) is the laughable level of copy editing. There are elements of copy which are repeated, and in one case a chunk of a quote which reappears again just over the page.

The wrong version of rein/reign is used. As well as the real stinker of a sentence: “A bit of researching revealed to me that it’s a completely empirical statement, in other words it’s never been proved in a clinical setting.” Someone needed to look up the meaning of empirical, I think.

Yet this isn’t surprising when you consider that in the final chapter we find out she was still writing it in March 2014, but it was published just three months later in June. Seems like a case of trying to cash in on the low-sugar wave…
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An enjoyable and interesting read on a timely subject, and it was great reading for me at a time when I too was at the beginning of my sugar-free journey. However... I winced in dismay every time the author categorised fresh fruit as one of the sugary foods to be avoided. I heartily disagree. On my up and down quest for a healthier diet I found that while eating processed sugar or anything with refined carbs (bread, pastry, pasta) I would be overwhelmed with sugar cravings, even if I hadn't had sugar for a couple of weeks, yet I never get cravings for chocolate and carby foods when I eat whole fruits. When I was a Cadbury bar-a-day girl (the big 200g size) I didn't want fruit - it didn't hit the spot and it didn't taste sweet enough - I wanted chocolate and hobnobs. But now I'm weaned off the white stuff, fruit tastes delicious but without all the cravings, guilt trips and blood sugar blues.

Whole fruits are one of the best foods we can put in our bodies - biologically it is the easiest food source for us to make nutritional use of. To paraphrase Douglas N Graham, 'no one got fat, diabetic, or candida from eating fruit'. Fruit in it's whole form is so full of fibre that the small amount of natural fructose does not cause harm. It is the processed fructose we need to avoid. I eat lots and lots of fruit as part of my now plant based, processed-sugar free diet, and have no problem maintaining a size 8 figure at 40+ years old and having had 4 children, and I don't get ill - the viruses, colds and bugs that do the rounds all pass me by these days. So I know that eating lots of whole fruit does not make you fat and sickly. Eating processed fructose does.

I applaud the processed sugar free message - but don't demonise one of nature's best gifts to us - wonderful fresh fruit!
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This really is an unputdownable read, I have learnt more from this sugar detox book than any other sugar detox book I have ever read. Nicole writes with such a style that is fast paced, honest and realistic, I learnt all about the detox effects she has from quitting sugar, there are a few recipes but not many, this is more an informative book about the unhealthy effects of sugar and what happens when you quit sugar. As the author is from the UK all of the foods mentioned are readily available in the UK and I could totally relate to her journey and why she decided to quit sugar without the book being over the top or patronising. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn everything there is to know about quitting sugar, helpful ideas for all situations and what happens to your body when you quit.
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I share all the symptoms Nicole mentioned in her book and was amazed to think of the damage sugar can cause. It was easy to read, I love Nicole' s stories about her own experience and I finished reading it in a day! It has inspired me, informed me and entertained me. It makes sense. I began today. I'd recommend to anyone 100%.
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Sugar: I never thought I was an over-enthusiastic consumer of this recently introduced product to the human race. I don't have a sweet tooth, I don't add it to drinks - and neither am I someone who has to have the latest highfalutin smoothie or diet something-or-other at key points during the day. But, like the author, I enjoy sushi and other 'health' foods such as granola and a decent glass of wine...turns out these preferences in my diet are most likely contributing to my hard-to-shift muffin top. I really enjoyed this memoir on two levels: the author's personal journey in eradicating the white stuff from her diet and the amount of research there was in it to back her approach and perspective up. I recommend this to anyone who wants to make changes to their lifestyle and their sugar consumption.
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