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Potatoes Not Prozac
     

Potatoes Not Prozac

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by Kathleen DesMaisons, Candace B. Pert (Foreword by)
 

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Are You Sugar Sensitive?


Have you ever wondered why you just can't seem to say no to fattening foods, alcohol or troubling behaviors like overspending and overworking? The answer is not that you're lazy, self-indulgent or undisciplined. The problem lies in your body chemistry.


In her groundbreaking book, Potatoes Not Prozac,

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Are You Sugar Sensitive?


Have you ever wondered why you just can't seem to say no to fattening foods, alcohol or troubling behaviors like overspending and overworking? The answer is not that you're lazy, self-indulgent or undisciplined. The problem lies in your body chemistry.


In her groundbreaking book, Potatoes Not Prozac, Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., addictive nutrition expert, reveals that emotional troubles such as mood swings or depression often can't be fought by medication. Her radical new way of finding and maintaining mental and physical health offers instead a prescription for altering our eating habits. Millions of people are sugar-sensitive -- which means they have a special body chemistry that reacts in extreme ways to sugar and refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta. DesMaisons reveals that these "comfort" foods actually provide just the opposite effect, triggering feelings of exhaustion, hopelessness and low self-esteem. What's worse, these foods don't stop our cravings for them -- they only make us want to go back for more.


Helping us to free ourselves from sugar dependency, DesMaisons explains how certain food dependent chemicals in the brain regulate our moods. Once we understand how these biochemicals react to what we eat -- or what we don't eat -- we are free to control our lives. Serotonin, beta-endorphins and blood sugar need to be kept in balance. We can achieve this balance by following DesMaisons's inexpensive, all-natural nutritional plan, which has resulted in a 92 percent success rate with recovering alcoholics, and emotional stability for the thousands of people she has treated in her practice.


In addition to food charts, questionnaires to determine your own sugar sensitivity, and accessible scientific lessons that explain your body chemistry, DesMaisons provides a straightforward seven-step plan to overcome your addictions. There is no regime of measurements or self-denial: you tailor the plan to your tastes and lifestyle. These steps are actually more liberating than any diet could be. You will no longer settle for the short-term relief from pain or problems that cookies or ice cream might give you. You will find the optimism, energy and high self-esteem you have craved for so long. Because DesMaisons is committed to her own recovery, she is a compassionate, skilled guide in navigating you through this process, one choice at a time. And what you learn in the end, she says, is that the process isn't about food at all. "As we come into balance, we can shape our own direction rather than being driven by biochemical circumstances. We feel empowered to make changes in our lives and to control what is happening to us. What seemed like a story about food is really a story about possibility." You can change your life with Potatoes Not Prozac.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684849539
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
01/06/1998
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.91(d)

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Potatoes Not Prozac: Simple Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers ground breaking advice for dealing with depression. Kathleen Des Maisons talks us through the background of the brain chemistry which sets us up for depression. She then thoroughly explains her 7 step eating plan, designed to heal the underlying causes of depression, food cravings and weight gain. The book is well written, and contains many testimonials from people doing the programme in the UK and Europe. The food programme is inexpensive and all natural, and there is online support through the radiantrecovery website. If you have tried everything else to no avail, you will be pleasantly surprised that this may well be the last book you ever need concerning this issue. What a relief to stop searching and finally find the answers we need. If you are ready to join the growing number of people who are experiencing freedom from depression, this book will help you achieve that goal.
SpeedBmp More than 1 year ago
A couple years ago I made some changes in my diet with the hopes that it would help lift my depression. What I learned from experience dovetailed nicely with what I read in this book, and what I read gave me yet another way to look at what was happening for me. I was relieved to read that children of alchoholics often are sugar sensitive and that it's not my fault! The information Kathleen presents about the relationship between blood sugar and brain chemicals was illuminating and useful as well. That said, I haven't "bought" the 7 step program outlined in this book hook, line and sinker, and at the same time, I'm happy to have it in my toolkit, and to have been introduced to Kathleen's very uplifting and hopeful online community. There's a lot of goodies in here for anyone struggling with life who is willing to look at how eating supports or detracts from their overall health.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once in a generation somebody has an idea so radical that it offers hope to millions. A little over a year ago I used to binge for Britain, I was depressed, had low self esteem and could barely drag myself through the day. I have started this year with a new found confidence and exhuberance for life. Happy is my default setting and I bound out of bed in the mornings looking forward to the day ahead. In short, my life has changed completely. I don't even remember the last time I binged - and that is huge for me. This book which has been totally updated is to thank for this turn around. Dr DesMaisons has a wonderfully easy to read writing style. There is just the right amount of real-life cases and science to keep you interested from beginning to end. The food program itself is purely holistic using real, inexpensive foods. Anyone can do it, it's not down to willpower - it's the biochemistry of our bodies. But this is not just my story - there are thousands of people around the world who have felt the benefits from this program. Are you willing to give it a go?
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning pages, I could clearly identify with the author. I have finally given up on all 'diets' and have now begun to practice the steps she recommends. After only 3 weeks I feel so much better and now have clear documentation from my food journal to see how food drives so many of my behaviors. I would highly recommend this book to anyone else who is overweight for some very gentle guidance into scientific reasons for the bulk you bear.
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