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The Sugar Divorce - FITNESS OVER FIFTY - Food orgies, deprivation, and redefining the toxic marriage to sugar [Kindle Edition]

Suzanna Stinnett
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"I LOVE THIS BOOK ! I am so happy with my progress." Susan Goins, Ormond Beach, Florida

"Suzanna's book gave me the same feeling as when I read "Julie and Julia"! Her writing is friendly and personal - like your best friend writing to you, and encouraging you to come along for the ride." Heather Noell

"This very engagingly written book will help you to understand how managing your insulin by ditching the refined sugar and eating "slow carbs" and plenty of healthy protein and good fats will help you find your body again. Especially recommended for those of us in the over 50 group." Nutritionist, Diane Fischler of San Rafael, CA

"It's all a great prescription for life and Suzanna brings it to us with candor, humility and humor. Thank you Suzanna!" From Lori of Lori's Latest on Amazon Reviews

Today, people interested in fitness after 50 are benefiting from all the tools used by younger fit-conscious people. But there's one element that may play the biggest role in whether you are on the road to being strong & lean, or headed in the opposite direction as you age. That one thing is insulin -- and your sugar intake is the overriding factor in your insulin levels. Insulin is the agent that programs your body to hold onto every particle of fat, or to burn fat for energy. Your sugar intake is running the stop-and-go lights on your insulin.

Leaving sugar is not a little thing. Not when it's been your friend, companion, deep counsel, doctor, healer, stimulant and brain food. When a person realizes a dangerous addiction, the customary "healthy" response is to end the relationship. But that doesn't really end it, does it? Once an addict, always an addict? This journey is one of coming into a new relationship.

From inside the book:

The Body Change
Something you should know. At the end of the first four weeks, I bought a pair of jeans one size smaller than I've worn in the last ten years plus. I am indeed gently, slowly melting.

I also want you to know how different this is from losing 15 or 16 pounds on the South Beach diet. That was four years ago, and the only time in my life I've been on a diet. Naturally (it is nature pure and simple) I gained that back plus two or three on top of it.

That's not all, though, it's different in several ways. How I feel is very, very different. How my body looks is so different it's downright confusing. When did I ever have an hourglass? What's going on? I've now lost only half the weight I lost on South Beach, and hello, I never looked like this on that diet. I never felt like this either. Keep in mind I am exercising less.

I definitely want you to know all the ways I messed up the food plan! All the things I didn't do that are supposed to be part of this process. I want you to know all that, because we're human beings. If you're at all like me, you are no longer running high level of youth hormones in your body. Maybe you are also on the sedentary side, and maybe you would like to change that, too. Losing weight helps with enjoying an active lifestyle.

With Edition Two, I've added a "Kickstart Guide" to help you get going -- and get through your first days.

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  • Print Length: 78 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHJ21O
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Eating for a Common Sense Life July 19, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Suzanna's book! I have been on my own journey since the birth of my child nine years ago towards renewed health. Child birth triggered autoimmune responses in my body that got out of control. Most recently, after discovering a jaw bone infection after a dental procedure, my new biologic dentist recommended that I work on evening out my blood sugar levels. And then I discovered Suzanna's book on Twitter. I loved her common sense answers for how to care for your body by feeding it throughout the day using a simple set of rules that are easy, fun and yummy to comply with. I also loved the common sense exercises that take no more than 2 min's here and there and lastly the gift of cheat day. It's all a great prescription for life and Suzanna brings it to us with candor, humility and humor. Thank you Suzanna!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! Lots of great ideas January 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. I really liked how personal the author was with us the reader. I appreciated all of the insight. It made me really want to get my sugar divorce going. I will definatley take pictures along the way. Thanks for sharing your story!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! June 27, 2011
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Suzanna's book gave me the same feeling as when I read "Julie and Julia"! Her writing is friendly and personal - like your best friend writing to you, and encouraging you to come along for the 'ride.' Suzanna even structured her book in a way that I really LOVE. Rather than a lot of explanations and experiences in the beginning, she starts right off explaining what you eat (foods that I already love and enjoy)she gives you a shopping list on page 5 (when do male authors ever do that?!) The recipes are super simple.

I was totally excited when I read the exercises, because I am probably the most unmotivated person I know when it comes to exercise, but I have NO DOUBT I can (and will) do this! What never occurred to me - and makes perfect sense - is to do short bursts of exercise a few times a day - and you can do these in your pajamas! YEAH! I'm so there!

Also I've never read a how-to book written like a journal - it really inspired me seeing Suzanna's day to day progress (and even to read about her setbacks!) I know that writing a journal is really helpful in successfully motivating yourself, but reading Suzanna's journal helped me see the gradual change in her physical and emotional feelings - and it was a great reminder of how challenging it is to change ingrained habits, and that the ultimate change comes about gradually, and almost imperceptibly in the beginning. Yet you can also see the outcome and Suzanne's happiness, feelings of wellbeing and sense of accomplish. (Plus I can still have a cup of coffee in the morning and that clenched the deal!)

Thanks Suzanna!


p.s. I'll be starting my journal now!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Felt ripped off August 11, 2011
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My husband and I started our 4 hour body diet mid-June 2011. I ordered this book this week for my Kindle based on the number of stars given it, I thought it would be interesting to get some more tips/recipes while I was on vacation. I was very disappointed.
I feel the author has basically used the popularity of Tim Ferriss's 4 hour body book and tried to capitalize on its success. There was no substance to it and I could not relate at all to her experience on the diet.
We have had great success on the diet by following it very closely, my husband has lost 35 lb and many inches and I have lost 12 lb and several inches.
The author rationalizes her many variances from the diet (and this is on what she calls a "good day")with the excuse that she is "human". So are we, but that is why the cheat day (or Joy day - as the author calls it)was incorporated by Tim. We plan and thoroughly enjoy our cheat days and then go right back to our regular 4 hour body eating. We find we reference Tim Ferriss's book regularly and there is always something we missed seeing or comprehending the last time we read it. The author should have done more of this.
I would not recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a better understanding of the 4 hour body diet, this is this author's bastardized version of it. If you want to read of her experience "trying" the diet/lifestyle, go to her blog but don't waste your money on this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good info to start this new lifestyle October 9, 2011
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I just finished reading the Four Hour Body and am planning to start tomorrow. The sugar divorce gave me some good insight into what I may experience and ways to cope with the cravings. I love the "joy day" idea of writing down all your cravings during the week so you can have them on the free day. I am also a "Popcorn lover" but am hopefull I can curtail that to one day a week. The chocolate may be harder! Thanks for the inspiration........wish me luck!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK October 11, 2011
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I LOVE THIS BOOK ! I am so happy with my progress. My husband has lost over 40 pounds on 4HB since March.... I had lost only 12... I was very discouraged until I found this book. After only ONE WEEK, I looked better in my bathing suit! 4 weeks later what is amazing is how I feel... I feel fit for the first time in my life...strong...healthy....confident... I have only lost another 5 pounds, but the inches are just falling away... My legs are sleek and sexy, my tummy is fast approaching bikini ready and my arms are much slimmer and firmer. We live at the beach and I no longer feel embarrassed to take my 4 grandkids for a beach day... Yup I'm a fit and healthy 53 ! Thanks to The Sugar Divorce and the 4HB Diet ! The author makes the 4HB Concept make sense for over 50 women. I can not say enough good things about this authors books and blogs, read them and it will change your outlook and jump start your world! .... Susan Goins, Ormond Beach, Florida
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny!
The author really gave a good description of what it is like to be addicted to sugar! She used humor and her own experience to share her findings about sugar impact we all have...
Published 20 months ago by curlyq
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is
This book should be marketed as a companion piece to Tim Ferriss's "Four Hour Body." Not bad, not perfect. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. Gavin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay. Wish there was less journal and more about how to eat.
It's really encouraging to hear that for those of us over 50 there is a reasonable hope of getting rid of the fat we've accumulated. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lovesnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 50 club member
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I too am a sugaraholic, and saw myself in her personal journey. Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Kristi1212
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Educational and encouraging.
This is a simply put, easy to understand format that makes you feel it is possible to complete. Really increased my desire to learn the steps I needed to take to live a healthier... Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by R. Pisanello
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun insight to someone's personal experience with a new plan
Totally enjoyed this tale of the author's personal experience with her new "lifestyle" and the progress she made. Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by NHR
5.0 out of 5 stars The sugar divorce
My sister and I are almost 70 years old and have spent our entire lives exercising and on a no white stuff eating plan. We did not eat sugar but ate tons of fruit. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Linda Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that gave me hope!
The Sugar Divorce actually bridge the gap. I've been on a low carb diet for years just to keep from gaining more. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Deb
2.0 out of 5 stars I am so thrilled!
I actually created this book's and Ferriss' book from South Beach for my husband and me WITHOUT ever reading either! Wow! So I struggled with what to give this article..... Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by StudMuffin'sGal
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as sweet as I had hoped for...
It made me wonder several times if it was Tim Ferriss' Mother who wrote this book.
Maybe its just me, but it seemed like it was more of a promo book to get you to
buy Tim... Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by CJ. Stanek
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More About the Author

Suzanna Stinnett was born in Oklahoma and lives in the San Francisco Bay area as well as Duluth, Minnesota. Among her early influences were the Carnegie Library, the meditative bison of the Wichita Mountains, and a family of readers who loved language. Formative years included tolerance-building exercises such as sitting in scratchy petticoats for long hours in Baptist church pews, where she was frequently told to "be still." During these trying hours, her mind was likely to be filled with rhymes and images from Dr. Seuss books.

Storytelling began early, before the first year of school. Stinnett wrote three novels during her 20s and 30s, while producing workshops on brain health and the non-fiction book on the imagination, later published by Sourcebooks as "Little Shifts."

Since the 1980s, Suzanna has enjoyed the Bay area, mainly living in the decadently fertile counties directly north of the Golden Gate. She draws inspiration from the fog-wrapped Pacific coast, and has lived among the elk and bobcats at the shore of Tomales Bay.

Today she can be found writing fiction in the coffee-shop churches of Marin and counties northward, wearing soft clothing with the neck tags carefully removed. She is currently working on picture books and chapter books for early readers with a focus on space and science. The chapter book series is "Starship in the Attic," and the umbrella for these adventures is "Starship Makers."

In the mid 1990s she began pursuing her vision to make writing and publishing tools available to everyone. This vision emerged as Bay Area Bloggers Society, a user group in the San Francisco Bay area with a 700+ membership and local sponsors including O'Reilly Media.

With the Starship Makers and Starship in the Attic, Suzanna brings together the exciting projects currently under way in the space industry with the minds of young children who are ready to imagine their own adventures in science and space.

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