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The same brain chemicals that are altered by antidepressant drugs are also affected by the foods we eat. According to addiction expert DesMaisons, many people, including those who are depressed, are "sugar sensitive." Eating sweets gives them a temporary emotional boost, which leads to a craving for still more sweets. The best way to keep these brain chemicals in the right balance and keep blood-sugar levels steady, she says, is through the dietary plan she describes in Potatoes Not Prozac. Her rules are fairly simple--eat three meals a day, eat proteins with every meal (especially those high in the amino acid tryptophan, which creates the calming neurotransmitter serotonin), and eat more complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and, yes, potatoes. Not only will this make you less depressed, DesMaisons says, but it will also keep you from craving too much of the foods you shouldn't eat, making it a self-regulating system. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"If sugar were put on the market for the first time today, it would be difficult to get it past the FDA...Potatoes Not Prozac contains important information for everyone from the sophisticated nutritionist to the individual just beginning."
-- Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel
"I very much look forward to recommending the book to all those who I know without a doubt are suffering from sugar addiction and all its myriad consequences."
-- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A great book! I read it before from my local library and decided that I needed my own copy. I suffered from SAD for years and thought I just had to suck it up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Biggart-MacDonald
For me this book made me understand the sugar impact on my life! I made some posotive changes after reading the book.Published 7 months ago by Denise Caron
This book change my life! A must read! I am doing it for more than 1 year now and it is not easy but worth it.Published on July 29 2013 by Marieloulg
This is NOTHING NEW - Kathleen has just organized the same ol' same ol' into HER version of it; the science.....she also writes a book called Your Last Diet.... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2007 by Susan Mark
I have always battled with eating sweets. I struggled with eating sweets between meals and right after eating a meal - even though I was full. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
POTATOES NOT PROZAC is a great book as far as I am concerned because it nicely compliments THE INSULIN RESISTANCE DIET that I have been following for more than a year. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Dianne Foster
I liked this book, when I started reading it I felt like it was describing me. As I got to the program though it didn't really seem like something that I would want to bother... Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by SLW5122
The author seems to know her brain chemistry, and the plan she outlines does well. For anyone struggling with sugar sensitivity, I heartily recommend this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Al T.