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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 book is excellent. There are so many other reviews i hardly need write one, but want to add my stars to the pile. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rebecca Perkins
This book is what we have been searching for! It is literally going to change my teenage daughter's life. She was diagnosed with depression and was given Prozac. Read morePublished 10 days ago by fran algya
This book is really well done. It's easy to follow and incredibly practical. I've been working out my entire life and until I read this, never understood my sugar sensitivity and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vanessa C.
This diet made me significantly more depressed, and I'm not sure why. The only idea I can come up with is that perhaps it's the large amount of protein. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ScribeBuddy
Excellent book! I highly recommend it- it offers real solutions. I love that the advice it offers can be used with or without medication.Published 4 months ago by Bambi