You’re not lazy, self-indulgent, or undisciplined. Many people who suffer from sugar sensitivity don’t even know it — and they continue to consume large quantities of sweets, breads, pasta, or alcohol. These foods can trigger exhaustion or low self-esteem, yet their biochemical impact makes those who are sugar sensitive crave them even more. This vicious cycle can continue for years, leaving sufferers overweight, fatigued, depressed, and sometimes alcoholic.
Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons came up with the solution and published it in her revolutionary book Potatoes Not Prozac. It gave you the tools needed to overcome sugar dependency, including self-tests and a step-by-step, drug-free program with a customizable diet designed to change your brain chemistry. But now, armed with a decade of further research and patient feedback, Dr. DesMaisons has improved her groundbreaking plan to make it even more effective and easier to follow. Join the thousands who have successfully healed their addiction to sugar, lost weight, and attained maximum health and well-being by using this updated, innovative plan.
4 Stars a common sense approach to tackling sugar addiction
‘Potatoes Not Prozac” is an unfortunately titled book which does a fine job in explaining what sugar addiction is and how to combat it. The author shines on explaining how sugar affects the body and mind (mood, attitude) without being overly technical. She also discusses the interesting connection between sugar addiction and alcoholism. If one can move beyond the title I think most Americans would find ‘Potatoes Not Prozac’ to be an extremely interesting, if not potentially life-changing read.
My only minor complaint with the book is that it at times reads more like a social studies book rather than a book addressing a serious medical condition. She also seems a bit repetitious and weak on some of her points on how to overcome sugar addiction. Clearly the author is not a doctor or an expert on biochemistry. But for many readers this may be a benefit – that is, the author’s more down-to-earth language might be more accessible that medical jargon.
Bottom line: a must read for those who know deep down that their lives are controlled by simple carbohydrates and sugars. Recommended.
5 Stars Kicking the Sugar Habit is Hard
This is the first book that I have really related to in terms of the addiction to sugar. Why has nobody put two and two together before?!! The craving, the withdrawal are substantially the same as those with many drugs. Duh.
3 Stars Good guidelines, but…..
…before I begin, this is a good book. But it is very “american” in the sense of this “it is not my fault” way of thinking. Come on, if you put things in your mouth that you know are bad for you, who made that decision and should be held accountable for it? There is only ONE instance where one can use the “it’s not my fault” dogma. That is when irresponsible parents give their kids sugary foods all the time. That is not the kid’s fault.
Sugar addiction in my opinion is what is causing the obesity epidemic in this country. To say that someone else is responsible for our own addictions is just plain wrong. Having said that, I would like to add two little factors — in addition to the guidelines in this book — that can help to balance brain chemistry: Eating fruits and sleeping well. High blood pressure is indicative of sleeping problems (apnea) and HAS to be treated. For the fruits, you would be surprised on what a couple of blueberry servings per day, every day, can do. Sugar cravings can go away easily.
Back to the book: I believe anyone that decides to take responsibility over their own actions would benefit from this book. The author uses classic writing techniques, first identify the problem, relating her own experiences to the reader, telling the reader it isn’t his/her fault and then offering a solution. The solution MIGHT work if you follow the steps exactly. But again, it really should not be that hard because in the end it’s all about balance: Stop eating processed foods and go for what nature makes available to all of us in its raw forms. It’s really that simple. It’s all about choices. If you choose to eat nutrient-empty sugary foods, don’t go about telling others it’s not your fault.
Contrary of what is pushed to us through the media, losing weight and achieving balance is not hard. Next time your arm brings food to your mouth, ask yourself if that food is available in nature exactly as you see it in front of your eyes. If the answer is no, just don’t eat it. Go grab something else. You will be surprised on how fast the pounds will melt down off of your body. No pill, no book, no diet, no therapy is substitute to common sense. Cut the self-pity and act.
2 Stars Athletes have known this all along, so, where have YOU been?
This book is has really good incite on how food interacts with your overall well being at a chemical level, however some of Dr. DesMaisons suggestions I suspect are not good enough for what a lot of people actually need. Sure, I agree that some people’s bodies react differently to different chemicals (and sugar is a chemical) however; I’m referring to her lack of emphasis on exercise and her emphisis to make individuals feel like they are “suffering.”
She says by following her steps – over time, activities like exercising will come naturally, but physical activity is a must for those healthy enough to do it, period. Sorry folks, it is. Unlike her sugar allergin hypothesis, it is a fact people who are out of shape and overweight don’t usually have the same metabolic efficiency digesting anything, especially sugar.
Many studies have been done to prove that eating more healthy foods more often throughout the day keeps metabolisms sharp. It’s simple: eating increases the bodies core temperature, thus making the act of eating an act of burning calories, and sugar. Wow! What a revelation! Here’s another: yes, there are different kinds of sugar. It all affects mood, metabolism and well-being! It’s just like mommy and daddy told us: garbage in, garbage out. They also told us that if we ever want to be good at anything, we have to practice. That includes being an alcoholic. Beginners can’t kill a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in a day. The pros can.
In my opinion, the best people to inquire about this stuff first-hand is on Internet bodybuilder and fitness blogs. These people train relentlessly and eat very similar to what Dr. DesMaisons outlines. They have been at it for years, just ask the Governor of California. They are a wealth of information, and they also have the strongest support group….pun indended, indeed. You just have to look for them, they do exist. Some of them can even be found at the gym and most offer free advice on how to get healthy. The trick is follow-through, which I’ll give the Dr. credit for when she says, start small.
I don’t believe there is anything new to her contributions, other than a hypothesis of what people have known and practiced for years. The main purpose of the book is to sort of welcome readers to the group and presents her premis in a way that readers thought never existed, probably because its obvious people don’t take charge of their health. Talk about picking the low-lying fruit.
It’s true that food is a medicine. Some of it’s pure as the driven snow and some food is about as healthy as crystal meth. But, people make their own decisions at the end of the day and I believe that if people want information to improve health, they could have found it on the Internet before buying the book. The book really doesn’t identify anything new, because active healthy people – especially athletes could pick this book up, read it and turn around and tell you that they’ve had this information all along.
I also found that the book takes on the tone of throwing a pity-party for its readers and her take on sugar is a bit extreme. Stating that the FDA wouldn’t approve it today is a very loaded remark. The many, many, many testimonials included in the content fill up far too many pages. These people as she states in her book are those who, “suffer from sugar sensitivity.” The only thing these people are suffering from is knowledge and willpower.
4 Stars Potatoes not Prozac
Book in perfect condition, received on time, good price except shipping brought it up to almost store price.