348 of 353 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2000
Kathleen DesMaison's first book, Potatoes not Prozac, changed my life. I had been depressed and negative for years, and just couldn't change my attitude, no matter what I did. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that those desserts I loved so much were the cause of my problems.
The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program picks up where Potatoes not Prozac left off, and provides the practical know how to follow the plan outlined in Potatoes not Prozac. (By the way, this book stands by itself, so you don't need to read Potatoes not Prozac first.) It's full of practical tips and techniques. You'll learn how to make a grocery list, and shop for food, how to find a sugar free snack at a convenience store, what to order when you eat out, how to deal with nosy people who try to get you to eat sugar, how to sail through the holidays without sugar, and many other things. The book also features recipes submitted by people who are following the way of eating described in the book.
Kathleen DesMaisons has a very accessible writing style. You feel as though you are having a conversation with her. A feature I really enjoyed in this book is quotes from people who have been following the program. In case you are having doubts about the ability to have a good life without sugar, just read some of the quotes. It can be done, and here are real people who are doing it, just to prove it to you.
If you have even the slightest suspicion that you might be sugar sensitive, buy this book. It could totally change your life. In the last two years, since I started this program, I have changed in so many ways, I feel that I am finally becoming the person I was meant to be, instead of just staying stuck in depression and negativity. This book will show you how you too can become the person you were meant to be.
134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2000
This book very clearly explained the biochemistry of Sugar Addiction and how to recover from it. I loved the gentle, reassuring voice of the author, Kathleen DesMaisons. I felt like she was holding my hand and walking me through the steps needed to change life-long self defeating patterns.
I have implemented these changes in my life and my life is turning around. People are telling me how radiant I look! My mind is clear and I am energetic and creative. I am going through the holidays without being tempted by the myriad of "treats" surrounding me.
For the first time, I really know how to take care of myself with food and, more importantly, I am able to follow through on what I know.
Kathleen's research and experience are a lifesaver! I highly recommend this book. And make sure to check out her website, which is an abundant resource: [...]
170 of 178 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2000
I had been following Dr. DesMaisons' plan for nutrtional healing of sugar sensitivity as outlined in her previous book, Potatoes Not Prozac, for a year and a half. And I have been aware of the research she continues to do to help people who come from places of pain and shame surrounding issues of addiction. Her warmth, compassion and dedication to carrying a message of hope has touched and inspired me.
This new book is a wonderful hands on, practical guide that addresses all the details and questions people might have for implementing a revolutionary new way of addressing addiction related to sugar sensitivity. Gathered from her own personal experiences as well as those of the global community that has grown in support of each other, she offers us menus, shopping lists, recipes and practical tips to guide us in ways to heal our biochemistry through food.
All who have experienced the feeling of hopelessness surrounding addiction, who are looking for a solution that works, will find simple tools in this book to help reestablish their physical, mental and emotional well being.
Bravo, Dr. DesMaisons! This is a 'keep it with me all the time' guide to the serenity, sanity and radiance that has eluded me because of addiction.
82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2001
I am a long time customer of Amazon.com and this is the first time
I've written a review because it's that important. This book as well
as the author's first book (Potatoes Not Prozac) is life-saving and
life-changing. I am 37 years old and I've finally discovered why my
whole life has been wrought with mood swings, unpredictable violent
tempers, depression, body pain, obesity, low self-esteem etc. The
reason: sugar sensitivity and an unbalanced biochemistry. My whole
life is changing now for the better since reading the books and
getting support from the author's community forum. I thank God everyday that I found these
books and Kathleen DesMaisons.
76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2001
Like so many others, I was overweight and couldn't seem to find a way to lose the extra pounds and keep them off. On top of that, I was severely depressed for several years. Not until Dr. DesMaisons first book, "Potatoes Not Prozac" did I learn that the way I was eating, and the things I was eating, was all contributing not only to my weight problem, but also my depression. This first book was an eye opener. It teaches the science behind the problem of sugar sensitivity.
Because of my irregular work hours, I can't eat my meals at "normal" meal times. But this program is adaptable to MY schedule, not someone else's. I just follow the outline for eating at proper intervals, and keep it in the context of my workday. And it works! I have begun to lose weight, and I no longer have to depend on an antidepressant to elevate my moods. I have been out of the depression for over a year, and I have never felt better.
Dr. DesMaisons' second book, "The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program" is a great follow-up to her first book. It gives us a "roadmap" to follow to recover from sugar addiction, as well as practical information to incorporate this program into everyday use. I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel better and live life the way it is meant to be lived!
62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2001
This is the first "how to eat right" author who explains why I feel awful, binge or gain weight on every other mainstream eating plan.
The premise is that some people are born with "sugar sensitivity." The author explains how this affects blood sugar and insulin and the brain chemicals serotonin and beta-endorphin. The eating plan is designed to heal the whacked-out biochemistry and sidestep this sick-making response to sugars and whites.
I've been on this way of eating feel better than ever in my whole life. Which makes sense because I'm a baby boomer raised on sugars & whites so have been having the bad reactions all my life, until now.
The book has chapters on what it means to be sugar sensitive, a step-by-step method for good eating, what to do about social times and includes recipes. The book has been compiled from years of real-world peoples' experience and simply exudes useful practicality.
If you are a person who feels like sugar and white bread make you "light up," and who has gained on USDA Food Pyramid, starved, gained or bloated on WW-McDougall-Jenny Craig-Susan Powter, gotten depressed, bonked, or binged on Atkins-CAD-Protein Power, this may be the plan for you.
Don't be put off by the word "addict" in the title. "Sugar sensitivity" is the problem - addiction is just an end result. If you have this exaggerated response to sugars and whites you can avoid it and not get worse and worse over 40 years into full addiction like I did.
And oh yes, we do have carbs! We learn how to eat the right kinds in the right amounts and at the right times for our individual bods. Imagine - having carbs and good health both! - the best of all possible worlds.
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2001
After about 50 years of being on one diet or another, losing a lot of weight quickly and then regaining it all plus some when I attempted maintenance, I found the answer for me! When I read The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program, I saw myself on almost every page. For a long time I have known that if I have any sugar in my body I just crave more and more. Now I found out why and what to do about it.
Dr. DesMaisons gives a very clear step by step guide to changing your eating habits. I now eat better than I ever have in my life - more balanced meals and my body is slowly coming into balance. As an added benefit, I am losing weight slowly and steadily!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who even thinks they may be sensitive to sugar. Dr. DesMaisons writing style is personal and easy to understand. This book has changed attitude toward food and I now enjoy my healthy, balanced meals!
102 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2001
I have been searching for the last few years to find a "diet" that would help me lose weight and feel great. I wanted to find something that would be permanent. I have quite a collection of diet books from Amazon.com. I consider them all to be reference material. Dr. DesMaisons' first book Potatoes Not Prozac kept coming up as a suggestion from Amazon.com. I ignored it, thinking this was not what I was looking for. Then I got a notice that a new book, The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program, was coming out and based on my previous purchases I might be interested in this book. I hesitated for a few days, but purchased it, along with 3 other books about kicking the sugar habit. I started reading the other 3 books, but once I picked up The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program, I couldn't put it down. This program has made a significant impact in my life. I feel empowered by the simple steps outlined in this book. I am amazed at how supportive the people involved in this program are, including Dr. DesMaisons, herself! This book was not what I expected, it was much better! I highly recommend it.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2000
I've been following Dr. DesMaisons solution since her previous best seller, "Potatoes not Prozac", was released. I've lost weight and I feel better than I have felt in many, many years. This phenominal new book stands on its own providing all the tools you need to learn about and follow the solution to sugar addiction. It is easy to read, conversational, and sends warmth and caring right to you. Don't pass this up if you want to lose weight and feel on top of the world.
75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
In THE SUGAR ADDICT'S TOTAL RECOVERY, Kathleen DesMaisons elaborates on material found in her earlier book POTATOES NOT PROZAC. DesMaisons is an expert on addictive nutrition. Many people who eat sugar impulsively may have an addiction problem. Sugar can be found in everything from alcohol to apples. DesMaisons earlier book discussed the science underlying her claim that the serotonin level in the brain is a major factor in depression and other disfunctional behavior. In this book, she reinforces her earlier findings and elaborates further. Her approach will appeal to those familiar with 12-step recovery programs. Additional information in SATR includes: 1) a Q&A where DesMaisons futher elaborates on eating potatoes (why it is a good idea before bedtime); 2) a small section of recipes; and, 3) an extended list of covert sugars.
DesMaisons says it's not just overt sugars that can be a problem. Covert sugars have been added to most processed foods and can be a major issue. Did you know that eating low-fat ice cream may be worse than eating regular ice cream? The lo-fat kind relies on sugar to give you the smooth texture provided by fat in the cream kind. I have found DesMaisons books very helpful because I have been following the INSULIN RESISTANCE DIET advocated by Hart and Grossman, and DesMaisons books nicely complement their work. Getting sugar consumption under control and lowering my insulin resistance has been a major factor in my improved health. I am 61, just had my physical and my sugar is perfect (from diet and exercise alone)-and I am related to dozens of diabetics.