Potatoes Not Prozac: A Natural Seven-Step Plan to: Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood Paperback – Jan 12 1999
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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.
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Kathleen des Maisons learned about the importance of sugar through her work as a drug and alcohol treatment counselor. She was having the usual low success rate in helping people stay off alcohol. Then she discovered how certain foods lead to addiction to alcohol and drugs, as well as being addictive themselves.
She found that nearly all alcoholics lived largely on pasta, white breads and sweet things. She knew what they were suffering. Her own father drank himself to death at age 51, and she herself weighed 240 pounds and had had problems with drinking. When she discovered the benefits of a diet high in protein and vegetables for herself, she started using it with her clients. Her success rates soared, even with the hardest cases.
She realized that addictive behavior has a lot to do with food, and that sugar was the primary culprit. She believes that some people are born "sugar-sensitive," which means they don't have enough serotonin or beta-endorphin in their brains. Serotonin and beta-endorphin make us feel secure, stable, confident, cheerful. If you have low levels of these chemicals, you are likely to feel badly.
Sugar and alcohol raise your serotonin and beta-endorphin levels. So they make you feel better and more energetic, especially if your levels were low to start with.Read more ›
"While we think of sugar as a food, it is actually a drug-an external substance acting throughout the brain and body on cellular receptors designed for an internal chemical called glucose."
There are people who are very sensitive to sugar. If your body responds to sugars and certain carbohydrates adversely, you could notice a huge change in your moods. A sugar sensitivity can turn a person into Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It is like having two different people living inside your body. You can be completely depressed one moment and have high confidence the next.
Some of the symptoms might include:
Thinking that Goes Round and Round
Low tolerance for stress
Inability to Concentrate
Feeling of Inadequacy
This book is about analyzing your behaviour and it will help you decide if you are sugar sensitive. There are charts, diagrams of brain chemistry, Lists for how to feel great, Lists of clues for Imbalance and Balance, Notes on keeping a food journal, ideas for Breakfast,
The Contents Include:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Are You Sugar Sensitive?
It's Not Your Fault
The Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar
Brain Chemistry 101
Take Three Giant Steps
Adjusting Your Carbohydrates
Sugars and You
Sticking with It
So You Drink Coffee, Smoke and Stay Fat?
The Scientific Basis for Sugar Sensitivity
Detoxification from Alcohol
If you are sugar sensitive, try Stevia! I love the taste and instead of putting sugar in your coffee/tea, Stevia works just as well as a flavor enhancer.
If your moods are ruining your peace of mind, you might want
to do some research on sugar sensitivity. You will rethink skipping breakfast after reading this book.
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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 9 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 13 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.
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