Book Review: The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Food in Three Easy, Empowering Days

There’s something enticing about a book on health that promises a makeover in a few short days. I’m a sucker for it. When I saw the title for this book, The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days, I wanted to read it.

On further inspection I learned that the book offered me a chance to work on some specific areas in my diet that I’ve been concerned about, namely salt, sugar, and beverages. The premise of the book is that if I concentrate for three days on changing how I consume one ingredient at a time, I could go on to a healthier lifestyle. I decided to try it. Before I tell you about my experience, let me share the book’s overall description:

3 Day Re-SetEating 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.

In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja 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.

One of the first things I had to learn is what WAMP stands for. There are sentences like this one that puzzled me until I finally learned the anagram: “Opt for dishes that are fresh and as WAMP as possible.” WAMP means: Whole And Minimally Processed foods are the best  ones for you. WAMP = Good.

Once I knew the guiding principle and breezed through the introductory chapters, I started in on the 3-Day Resets. Since my latest lab work at the doctor’s office showed my sodium level to be a bit high, I decided to start with salt. It’s not necessary to go through the chapter/resets in order. I skipped straight to the Salt Reset.

I actually learned quite a bit about salt. Did you know there is a ton of salt in what we eat at breakfast? Oatmeal, boxed cereals and bagels are all high in sodium. I didn’t know that. I was further surprised to learn salt is even in pudding mixes, jello, frosting and caramel. All the information in this section really got my attention.

After the shocking part, I learn the good alternatives for regular salt. For the Salt Reset there were a few easy changes I could make. Then I went on to the instructions for the three days. Following that, I found a shopping list and a few recipes that I could try during my reset. Finally, I put it all into practice for a little over three days.

I particularly liked the author’s directions for each of the three days. She offered suggestions for things to eat at each meal that would fit into my diet. For instance, she suggested breakfast consist of eggs and low-sodium toast rather than cereal or bagels. For lunch she suggested salads rather than sandwiches with processed meats.

My first 3-Day Reset with Salt went very well. I didn’t have any trouble. The same thing is true for the Sugar Reset. I found the author’s suggestions very helpful. My only concern is with the extra expense. For example, maple syrup crystals is one of the substitutes for refined sugar, and I found  it to be almost three times the cost of the plain old white stuff. On the other hand, could that be part of the cure? If the good stuff costs so much, maybe I won’t be eating much of any of it!

I also tried the Beverage Reset. I was not quite as successful here. I am a serious caffeine addict and three days wasn’t enough time for me to kick the habit. I did manage to cut back, but I probably need 33 days or a major intervention. On the other hand, do I really want to stop? (no)

Next I’m going to work on the Yogurt, the Salad, and the Chicken Resets. I want to learn some new ways of incorporating them in my diet. Overall, I thought the whole idea of concentrating on one food item at a time was a smart way to go. The author has designed the book to be informative and positive, not preachy or anything to make you feel bad about yourself. She simply offers easy and encouraging steps to take to make your life better. Give this one a try.

You can connect with the author, Pooja Mottl, at her website, 3dayreset,com and on Facebook.

I’d like to thank the publisher and TLC Book Tours for my copy of the book. A complete schedule of the tour is HERE.

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11 Responses to Book Review: The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Food in Three Easy, Empowering Days

  1. Beth F says:

    This sounds like an interesting concept. I like that it makes better eating seem not so overwhelming. On the other hand, there is absolutely no way I’m giving up coffee. I drink it black, and I refuse to believe there is anything bad about drinking a few cups a day.

  2. Lisa Munley says:

    This sounds very do-able to me. The doctor just concluded that my husband is pre-diabetic and we are making major changes around here, too. Thanks so much for the great review and for being on the tour!

  3. I agree, what an intriguing concept. I like this, I’m going to look for this one.

  4. Carole from Carole's Chatter says:

    I was able to cut back to just one cup of coffee a day by having an espresso machine at home – that one cup is really good and strong though. Cheers

  5. candice says:

    Thanks for the informative review! I saw this on your GoodReads account and was about to look up the book on Amazon, but found your review instead. I’m glad you’re finding some success with this approach. I have one coming from the library that we can check out together when you visit… Keep up the good work!

  6. jama says:

    Thanks for sharing about this book and what you accomplished. Will check my library for it.

  7. Cecelia says:

    This sounds like a really interesting way to ‘frame’ life change – in three-day, incremental resets. I am going to have to look it up!

  8. I could use a few food resets right now. I definitely need to cut down on caffeine, but like you, I don’t want to totally give it up. 🙂

  9. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  10. Pingback: Pooja Mottl, author of The 3-Day Reset, on tour May/June | TLC Book Tours

  11. Mary says:

    Over the past few years I’ve made a few of these changes but I’m interested in trying some of her suggestions and will look for the book. That said, although I eliminated soda from my diet over three years ago, I don’t even want to try to give up my coffee 🙂

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