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Year of No Sugar: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Eve O. Schaub
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Book Description

For fans of the New York Times bestseller I Quit Sugar or Katie Couric’s controversial food industry documentary Fed Up, A Year of No Sugar is a “delightfully readable account of how [one family] survived a yearlong sugar-free diet and lived to tell the tale…A funny, intelligent, and informative memoir.” —Kirkus

It’s dinnertime. Do you know where your sugar is coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it's in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar—hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.

With her eyes opened by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to quit sugar for an entire year.

Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet—including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. The stories, tips, and recipes she shares throw fresh light on questionable nutritional advice we've been following for years and show that it is possible to eat at restaurants and go grocery shopping—with less and even no added sugar.

Year of No Sugar is what the conversation about "kicking the sugar addiction" looks like for a real American family—a roller coaster of unexpected discoveries and challenges.

"As an outspoken advocate for healthy eating, I found Schaub's book to shine a much-needed spotlight on an aspect of American culture that is making us sick, fat, and unhappy, and it does so with wit and warmth."—Suvir Sara, author of Indian Home Cooking

"Delicious and compelling, her book is just about the best sugar substitute I've ever encountered."—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Powers

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A confirmed sugar addict since childhood, Schaub was shocked to discover the role of sugar in an array of illnesses and the fact that sugar (mostly high fructose corn syrup) is an ingredient in nearly every American food product. She challenged her family (husband and two young daughters) to join her in a year of abstention from added sugar (everything from table sugar to molasses to fruit juice) and chronicled their trials and triumphs. Inspired by the research of Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance), Schaub learned the connection between overconsumption of sugar and cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Her own research identified sugar in most school and restaurant meals and in surprising places on the store shelves, including sauces, dressings, soups, and breads. She debunks questionable nutritional advice, pokes fun at her own past experiments with health fads, and recalls the particular challenges of sweets-laden Halloween and Christmas. At the end of the year, the family was healthier, and they had accumulated a store of ideas and recipes (included in the book) to counter the craving for something sweet. --Vanessa Bush


"The diary I wish I had kept . . . the adventures of her family, the roadblocks they encountered, and the sheer daily difficulty of overcoming a national obsession." -From the foreword by David Gillespie, author of Sweet Poison

Product Details

  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402295871
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IT6C2SU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
This book is filled with well-written and amusing stories of the author and her family surviving and thriving during the Year of No Sugar. But more importantly this book contains the author's detail-driven description of the background, living through the actual Year of No Sugar, and some summary information of life after the year of eating food containing absolutely no added sugar.

When beginning this book I was mildly bored with perhaps too much about the history of the author's Vermont lifestyle and the interactions among the community members. However, once my reading began to flow with the author's writing style, the book became much more entertaining. Of particular interest to me was the number of food-filled events in the life of her family to which I could so easily relate with my family and the raising of our daughter. The candy, the cookies, the cakes, the birthdays, the holidays...all far too descriptive of exactly how things had been in my home.

My family became interested in the No Sugar concept after finding Dr. Robert Lustig's youtube video to which Ms. Schaub so frequently refers. Of further interest is a book by David Gillespie titled Sweet Poison, which Ms. Schaub also uses as a primary reference for her book. There were numerous times I turned to the internet to find more information about these two sources and to search for so many cooking ingredients mentioned in this book, more often than not ending with the actual ordering of the product (such as powdered dextrose and glucose syrup). I also have placed a Champion juicer machine in my shopping cart for possible purchase; don't suspect for a minute the influence of her father-in-law ended with just her immediate family. <smile>

It's one thing to watch Dr.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Read Left Me With a Few Questions. April 11, 2014
Year of No Sugar: A Memoir is one of those books that I'm just glad I purchased and read cover to cover. Schaub brings a lot of lightheartedness and fun to the pages, and I came to really appreciate her writing style. I felt like I was in her cozy living room, sharing a glass of wine as she recounted her most interesting year - the year of no sugar. It's very anecdotal, very casual, and, for me personally, it fit me like a glove.

It didn't reach the five star mark for me, however. I have long been a David Gillespie fan (author of Sweet Poison), and I was delighted to know Schaub was, also. I was nodding along with the author as she expressed how sugar was so engrained into American society, and that shocked and horrified her. She even goes as far as joking about the fact that she felt like she had a superpower of seeing all the hidden sugar on the victim's plate, that of course they were unaware of (things like ketchup, mayonnaise, white bread). Towards the end of the book, however, I was left puzzled. After the year of no sugar that she and her family had endured, they go back to their sugary eating again - not in the high quantities as they once did, but not as far as their sugarless 365 days. This is not criticism of her personal choices, but rather, left me a little... I don't know. Confused? Without closure?
Schaub compares it to enjoying alcohol. A little won't hurt you. Yet, I have to wonder if we're dealing with what she recounts often as "poison." A little "poison" intentionally will surely hurt you.

I also wasn't sure where Schaub got the idea that dried fruit was okay in her plan, as Gillespie, as far as I know, isn't an advocate of it, saying that it was far too concentrated. I would've perhaps liked a better explanation as to her reasoning behind this.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dextrose is sugar April 12, 2014
When your recipe includes 3 1/2 cups of dextrose it is hard to tell if you know what the word, "sugar," even means.
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62 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read for entertainment only April 15, 2014
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3 1/2 Stars
I'm a little mixed on this. I did enjoy it, very much actually, but the title is a little wrong. I don't want to be pedantic but it was not 'a year without sugar', it was an attempted year with no sugar; and there's a big difference. I know because Ive done it myself.

I had "no sugar in any shape or form, no substitutes and no cheating" for 18 months, several years ago. Yes, I had a health reason for doing so (and therefore more impetus) but I'm just saying it can be done. Diabetics do it all the time.

This was more of a "We're having no sugar for an entire year~ except dextrose, glucose syrup, rice syrup, mashed dates and of course one REAL cheat a month. What?? I know, I know, I'm a spoilsport, but sugar alternatives aside, ~I'm not going to touch that one~ I don't think there should have been monthly cheats. Period. Full stop. It's either "A Year without Sugar" or it isn't.

Anyway, you're probably wondering why I still gave it 3 1/2 stars.

The fact is, I enjoyed it. It's a fun read. It's honest and REAL and I think most people will relate to the "we're only human and its gelato for goodness sake" ideology.

I also felt pretty nostalgic while reading it since the authors background and my own was so similar. Even down to the ethical vegetarianism, growing up in Vermont,the 80s, affection for maple syrup, rhubarb and other things that make up "me".

So it's not a health book, like "Sugar Blues" which by the way is excellent if you're looking for a health book) its more of a memoir of trying to make healthier choices in one's own family, and how that panned out in reality.

One thing that I wish was cleaned up a bit more was the language.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone really concerned about eating healthy.
Loved author's writing style - I felt like she was talking to me. A great story for those of us that have real concerns about 'the enemy' sugar! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tamara J Sullivan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I thought I would love this book. I didn't. It really wasn't a year of no sugar because the author found a loophole. No fructose but they ate things with lots of sucrose. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dolores M Lynn
2.0 out of 5 stars A good read in sections, but she undermines her credibility in other...
Some of her anecdotes are fun to read and my favorite part of the book was the journal entries from her young daughter. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jeff Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Charming story- couldn't put it down!
Published 8 days ago by Penny
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Published 16 days ago by Deb Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun & insightful read
If you are looking for a how-to book on quitting sugar, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an entertaining, insightful, funny read about a family who took on the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Story Circle Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Loved it.
Published 17 days ago by Alex Snape
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
not really a book about nutrition, as I was expecting. very amusing stories, though. sometimes wandered a little too much for my taste.
Published 18 days ago by interested in nutrition
3.0 out of 5 stars a little obsessive and bordering on boring
I wish I would have waited for it to come to my public library. It was kind of the same old and she did use some sugar in baking with the dextrose. Read more
Published 18 days ago by roseofsharon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Humorous but useless. Going without sugar is a worthy goal. You sure ate alot of sugar during the year. Read more
Published 21 days ago by rose
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