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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]

Kathleen DesMaisons
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Jan. 12 1999

Can't say no to fattening foods, alcohol or compulsive behaviors?

You're not lazy, self-indulgent or undisciplined; you may be one of the millions of people who are sugar sensitive. Many people who suffer from sugar sensitivity don't even know it; they continue to consume large quantities of sweets, breads, pasta or alcohol. These foods can trigger feelings of exhaustion and low self-esteem, yet their biochemical impact makes sugar-sensitive people crave them even more. This vicious cycle can continue for years, leaving sufferers overweight, fatigued, depressed and sometimes alcoholic.

Now there is a solution: in Potatoes Not Prozac Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons gives you the tools you need to overcome sugar dependency, with self-tests to determine your sugar sensitivity as well as an easy-to-follow, drug-free program with a customized diet high in protein and complex carbohydrates. Join the thousands of people who have successfully healed their addiction to sugar, lost weight and attained maximum health and well-being by using Dr. DesMaisons's innovative plan.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Simple, Brilliant and Powerful April 5 2004
"Potatoes not Prozac" is a cutesy name for a truly wonderful book that will help millions of people heal their bodies and their lives. Her concept of "sugar sensitivity" and her 7-step treatment plan will enable readers to understand and recover from addiction to foods, drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. People who have failed repeatedly at sobriety or weight loss can succeed with this plan, as thousands have already.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace of Mind Sept. 28 2002
Glucose is critical to mental clarity, mood states and the controlled release of energy in the body.
"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:
General Edginess
Thinking that Goes Round and Round
Feeling Teary
Emotional Fragility
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
Getting Started
Take Three Giant Steps
Adjusting Your Carbohydrates
Sugars and You
Sticking with It
So You Drink Coffee, Smoke and Stay Fat?
Radiant Recover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars apply with caution Sept. 25 2002
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Great book. I foolheartedly jumped in and eliminated all white stuff (pasta, white bread, candy, cake, etc.) AND de-caffed at the same time. I felt really spacey for the first two weeks but durring that time I would also have energy highs I never remember having before in my life! Then everything evened out and I haven't had a spike up or down in over three months. My moods are quite even and my energy level remains high but even. Best of all, I lost close to twenty pounds going from somewhere in the low 190s to 172 this morning. The first rule I ditched was the "Eat only three times a day" rule. I learned that I absolutely have to eat six to eight times a day to keep my insulin levels even. So be forewarned that this rule my not be a good one for you. At the same time, bare in mind though that I lost twenty pounds even WITH all the meals. Good Luck!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Your Sweet Tooth Causing You Grief? Sept. 1 2010
This book is for anyone who's never met a dessert they didn't like, or at least one they couldn't walk away from. DesMaisons proposes a sensible, long-term solution to the craziness and upheaval that sugar dependency causes. If you're looking for a quick fix this book is not for you. However, if you are looking for a way to gradually and permanently change your life, you should read this book. The author outlines in seven steps how to gradually wean yourself off refined carbohydrates and sugar. Her attitude is humane, realistic and tolerant of mistakes, slip ups and allows anyone who wants to follow this programme. It is highly inspirational, long on specifics and short on platitudes. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOw!
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 15 months ago by Marieloulg
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE
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 more
Published on Oct. 23 2007 by Susan Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has Helped Change 34 Years Of Disorded Eating!
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 more
Published on July 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a healthy way of living....
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 more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Dianne Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting
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 more
Published on April 25 2003 by SLW5122
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Too Inclusive
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 more
Published on Feb. 10 2003 by Al T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Usually tired and depressed? You may see yourself here.
The author explains how sugars and simple carbohydrates cause fatigue, depression, and a bunch of other undesirable effects in people she calls "sugar sensitive. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2002 by Jim Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars Carb-sensitive sufferer
Great book for the carb-sensitive sufferer. ... The body DOES need a certain amount of carbohydrate for fuel. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars POTATOES NOT PROZAC
Published on Dec 18 2001 by T L. Callion
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