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Potatoes Not Prozac, A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood, Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, and Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel Paperback – January 12, 1999
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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 ›
This book gives the science and the stories behind those who share this biochemistry. It lays out a food based, that's right a *food based* and natural program to heal your biochemistry. The revision is amazing because it incorporates years of practice with thosands of people all over the world into the steps, making them even better. Not to mention you'll see quotes and stories from those who have experienced recovery all throughout the book. I don't know about you, but I find such power in knowing that others have shared the same path!
It has now been seven years since I first read Dr. DesMaisons work, I have a stable relationship, a fantastic job that I never would've thought I was "worthy" of in the past, a joy for life that I thought was only possible when under the influence--and relief from my eating disorders. It is so ironic that what I thought was the problem (food), is actually the solution. Who knew? Well, obviously, Dr. DesMaisons did, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I had often awakened in the middle of the night and not been able to get back to sleep, seemingly because my blood sugar level had dropped and I needed to get up and have a snack (usually an apple). Fear of not sleeping through the night often motivated me to overeat at dinner time, which usually didn't help me sleep through anyway. The potato before bed time not only raises my serotonin level, but it also puts that fear to rest and produces an uninterrupted night of sleep. What a blessing!
One critic said that everyone learns in high school that complex carbohydrates are better for us than the refined ones, but I disagree. Most high school kids have other things on their minds, and I know my high school didn't give me this information. We've learned to prefer whole wheat bread, but how many people give up pasta for a whole grain variety? How many people choose brown rice over white?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best treatise on body chemistry and how sugar affects our mood, weight, mental clarity, energy level and overall health.Published 1 month ago by MEL T
This was just the book I needed to get off the pills that doctors just hand out for a quick fix.... that really doesn't fix anything. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Wade
When one needs to find answers for depression, this would be the book. Lots of useful information...Published 4 months ago by S.L.K. Hamel
Interesting views, we can all be well, if we watch what we stick in our mouths. I love not being on medication.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good reference book on dealing with sugar sensitivity in a natural way.Published 6 months ago by KAFS
This book changed my life. For a long time I didn't believe in a biochemical imbalance until this book. This has opened up a whole new chapter of healing for me.Published 6 months ago by Michael Fawcett