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Little Sugar Addicts: End the Mood Swings, Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Low Self-Esteem in Your Child Today Paperback – July 27, 2004
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Addiction expert DesMaisons, who addressed adult "sugar sensitivity" in Potatoes Not Prozac, now turns her attention to the younger generation. Sugar sensitivity can be linked to behavior, health and emotions, she says. In kids who are especially vulnerable to sugar, imbalances in brain and body chemistry are the cause of low serotonin, low beta-endorphin and volatile blood sugar. Consequently, kids react to sugar as if it were a drug, embarking on a craving and crashing cycle. DesMaisons advocates modifying children's biochemistry by changing their diets, and suggests parents explain to kids that sugar has a connection to their mood and feelings, and then get them to help keep a food journal. She also suggests parents alter their own use of sugar before they start on their child. Although DesMaisons advocates cutting out sugar, she isn't a purist; hot dogs and chips are occasionally allowed, along with healthy snacks and whole wheat bread. Though some parents may balk at the monumental nature of the task, DesMaison's sugar-free plan is practical and gradual, and she includes kid-tested recipes as well.
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Sugar Is Not Love
Do you have a smart, creative, loving child who is also cranky, inattentive, and sometimes downright obnoxious? If you've written off this negative behavior as "typical" for your child's age--whether toddler or teen--stop and think: Does your child have a taste for soda, sugary breakfast cereals, and treats like candy and cookies? Does she eat regularly scheduled meals or skip them? What, exactly, does he drink and snack on throughout the day?
Your child's behavior may be linked to diet--specifically to the sugar in obvious sources like sweets and soda and to hidden sugars that lurk in many foods, fruit-based drinks, and "healthy" snacks like granola bars. And if your son or daughter is sugar sensitive, misbehavior and moodiness can be aggravated by missed or late meals and junk foods.
Now, bestselling author Kathleen DesMaisons offers you a workable solution for getting back your child by changing his diet--without creating a sense of deprivation, without setting unrealistic goals, and without turning sugar into "forbidden fruit." This book offers:
- A step-by-step program, backed by years of research, for gradually improving the food your child eats--you and your whole family will benefit!
- Tips for navigating the sugar-laden world of birthday parties, holidays, and school cafeterias
- Ways to incorporate healthy snacking and regular mealtimes into your child's day, including suggestions for meals and snacks, plus recipes
Little Sugar Addicts isn't about strange foods, dramatic lifestyle changes, or complicated menus--just support, guidance, and real-life suggestions from other parents that work. It will help you make the connection betweenthe addictive qualities of sugar and negative behavior and offer a healthy solution you and your whole family can live with.
Top customer reviews
Before Kathleen's program my kids would whine, scream, hit, be totally out of control, throw tantrums and in general, I didn't like them very much a lot of the time. I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong?!? How could I feel this way about my kids and what could I do about it? No amount of parenting advice or classes could change what was going on with them. Well, after getting myself steady on Kathleen's program I started to look at my kids diet. It took a little time and adjustment, but now by feeding them differently and at consistant times they are mostly fun, loving, compassionate, focused, easy to talk to and the joys I always knew they were. Food was the answer, pure and simple!
Get this book if you've ever had those feelings of helplessness with your kids. It will change your life and your families life!
It has been so easy for me to feed my 2 y-o this way... she regularly eats her proteins, vegetables, and whole grains. She asks for each of them. I'm thrilled to have received and read "Little Sugar Addicts" because as my DD gets older, it will be harder and harder to keep her eating in such a healthy manner with peers involved. Through Dr. K's warm, caring, funny, and above all easy-to-read book, I know I will have all the resources that I need to get through this. SHE will see the connection of foods and mood.
People ask me "What did you do to deserve such a great kid?" I smile and say it's the parenting... and the food!
Bravo! Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons. Thank you from the bottom of my very full heart.