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Potatoes Not Prozac: How To Control Depression, Food Cravings And Weight Gain

Potatoes Not Prozac: How To Control Depression, Food Cravings And Weight Gain [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Desmaisons
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Sugar sensitivity is not a syndrome that many of us would commonly consider having, but in fact it could be the cause of our everyday feelings. For example, one day we may feel confident while other times we may feel this confidence has slipped away--but for no apparent reason. The answer to these unexplained feelings could be that you are sugar sensitive. The author defines sugar sensitivity as "the body chemistry responding to sugars and certain carbohydrates differently than the next person." She continues: "This biochemical difference can have a huge effect on our moods and behaviour--how you feel is linked to what you eat and when you eat it." Potatoes not Prozac: a Natural Seven-Day Plan to Control Depression, Food Cravings and Weight Gain will help you discover whether you are sugar sensitive and if you are it provides a step-by-step dietary plan to maintain your blood sugar levels. Being sugar sensitive can also be another reason why you cannot lose weight or fight depression, according to DesMaisons. This book is fascinating as the author brings in her own experiences. It is an easy guide, providing background on the ups and downs of your blood sugar, and includes a user-friendly and detailed questionnaire for readers to discover whether they suffer from this treatable syndrome. The book then takes the reader through the first steps on the road to maintaining a suitable blood-sugar level and shows ways to keep on the right track and live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This book shows that healthy living is all about simple changes which can make big differences in the way we feel about ourselves. Those wishing to read further around the effects of food on the body could also consider Dr John Briffa's Food for Health. --Louise Coyle

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Have you ever wondered why you can't say no to fattening foods or alcohol? Why you overspend or overwork, feel bloated, have mood swings or depression? The answer is not that you're lazy, self-indulgent or undisciplined. The problem lies in your body chemistry. Millions of people are sugar sensitive and the foods they turn to for comfort actually trigger feelings of exhaustion, hopelessness and low self-esteem.
In her groundbreaking book, Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., explains how certain food-dependent chemicals in the brain regulate our moods. To maintain mental and physical health our serotonin, beta-endorphins and blood sugar levels need to be kept in balance. We can achieve this by following DesMaison's inexpensive, all-natural nutritional plan. There is no regime of measurements or self-denial: you tailor the plan to your tastes and lifestyle. More than just a book about food, this is a book about possibilities.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars potatoes not prozac 8 Jan 2005
By A Customer
this book is absolutely fantastic
full of eyeopening useful information and explains so much
this info should be available on a much wider scale
i suffered for years with these symptoms beating my self up and feeling a failure
i just wish my doctor knew about this, then i would have made my recovery so much sooner
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You CAN cure psoriasis and insomnia with diet. 3 Mar 2008
I read Kathleen Des Maisons first edition of PnP two years ago when I was looking for help with lethargy and mild depression. The book had been given to me by a friend some time before and I had sighed and added it to my already groaning bookshelves full of self help tomes.

I had also just been diagnosed with reactive psoriasis on my hands, feet, knees and elbows and told by two different consultants that diet alone could not help and cortisone creams were the only way forward. An alternative practitioner suggested that candida related problems were often at the root of psoriasis so, looking for a way to get my sweet tooth under control I picked up the book again.

I felt a bit daunted when I realized that eliminating sugar might be necessary but the first chapters of the book were describing my life so I began the first step out of desperation and with rather a lot of scepticism.

After only a couple of weeks on the first steps of the program I found I was sleeping through the night for the first time in about twelve years and much to my astonishment the psoriasis on my feet and knees began to clear. Although my hands were still very cracked the fissures were nowhere near as deep and no longer bleeding and my elbows also improved.

The science in this new edition hasn't fundamentally changed but Dr. Des Maisons has developed her self help program and her website and uses a lot of her ever expanding experience to make this new work even easier to follow and read.

Two years down the line my hands are also clear and any small sign of soreness usually means I have slipped a bit on the program. I find it surprisingly easy to follow and the cumulative effect of feeling so much better and losing my desire to binge on sugary foods has kept me on track.

As an added bonus I am clearer headed and more energetic at 58 than I was at 28 !
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The answers you never knew existed 13 Aug 2001
After reading Potatoes not Prozac I feel as if I have gained answers to questions I dared not ask. If, like me you are constantly tempted by sweet or starchy foods or are prone to binging you too could be sugar sensitive. Don't be put off by the title - this book is extremely informative while not trying to force certain diet regimes onto you. It simply gives you the facts and a guide of how to change your eating habits accordingly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Life Changing Book 3 Mar 2008
By Lumania
This book offers ground breaking advice for dealing with depression. Kathleen Des Maisons talks us through the background of the brain chemistry which sets us up for depression. She then thoroughly explains her 7 step eating plan, designed to heal the underlying causes of depression, food cravings and weight gain. The book is well written, and contains many testimonials from people doing the programme in the UK and Europe. The food programme is inexpensive and all natural, and there is online support through the radiantrecovery website.

If you have tried everything else to no avail, you will be pleasantly surprised that this may well be the last book you ever need concerning this issue. What a relief to stop searching and finally find the answers we need.

If you are ready to join the growing number of people who are experiencing freedom from depression, this book will help you achieve that goal.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really did change my life 10 Jan 2011
I picked up this book and on the cover it said "This book will change your life." Where had I heard that one before? I began to read it, usually whilst in bed eating biscuits. I found it completely absorbing, I had never come across anything like it. My terrible addiction to chocolate and sugary food all started to make sense. I started on the steps and I was able to eventually eat healthily and give up sugar. My emotional state was completley changed and I lost two stone in weight without really trying. Although it hasn't all been plain sailing five years later I am still able to eat food that is right for my body. If you have an addiction to sugary food i would recommend this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars potatoes not prozac 22 July 2008
this is the best book and the very best advice you will ever read if you are struggling to lose weight and even worse struggling to face the day, follow every step and you will never look back. This book saved my life!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than...A Self Help Book 25 Jan 2008
My bookshelf was groaning with self help books, I'd read them all. I'd stopped drinking alcohol & had been in therapy for over two years. So why did I still feel depressed, a failure, less than?

Reading the 1999 version of 'Potatoes not Prozac' was like coming home. 'This woman knows me' I thought! It was unbelievable to read of my feelings & behaviours on every page, & none of it was my fault.

Dr des Maisons explains the biochemistry of sugar sensitivity in accessible terms. She outlines a framework of six simple steps to recovery. Immediately there is a message of hope, & better still it works!

Two years since I discovered this book, the new edition has a lot to add. Fully updated to include all the pertinent research breakthroughs of the past ten years, it incorporates the lived experience of thousands of people like me whose lives have been transformed.

Dr des Maisons is in a class of her own when it comes to self help gurus. She has no agenda, just a wealth of experience in the field of addictive nutrition, & a gift for communicating what she knows effectively & lovingly.

Where else do you find an invitation to an online community at the back of a book? I checked it out to discover a hugely vibrant resource offering all the support & encouragement anyone could want. This is a lifes work not a rip off or a well intentioned dabbling in plagiarised wishful thinking. As I said I have all the other books too!

As for me? My life is unrecognisable from two years ago. I had been waiting to die, trapped & full of shame at my patheticness & lack of willpower. Within six months I had left depression behind, & now I have friends, a job, a life.

There is a way out! I hope you can join me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mind blowing info.
Published 11 days ago by Tamra Lockyer
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
A different way of looking at helping yourself. Saved my life. Good tips. Used in conjunction with other depression beating materiald
Published 1 month ago by bernadette Costello
1.0 out of 5 stars very boring couldnt read
Not worth reading.Best to check out info online and save your money.It was very intense to read and I only read first page and knew it wouldn't keep my attention
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My way out!
I've been practising the principles of this wonderful book for 2 years now. It has changed my life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will transform your life....
Reading this book transformed my life. A sugar and chocolate addict for over 20 years and now I have no cravings and no mood swings! Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars You aren't what you eat
But it does make a difference. Cynics may scoff that no-one used to have lactose, sugar and wheat allergies, or that we are all just getting fussy with our food and buying into... Read more
Published 4 months ago by 86erbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Published 5 months ago by Mags T
4.0 out of 5 stars sugar addict
Helpful book that is easy to read and understand. A lot of case studies and compelling stories. I was inspired.
Published 6 months ago by Gareth Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars great
very informative and helpful book. Am still working through it and finding NOW I understand more about my sugar addiction I want to do something about it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A F PRIOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed!!
Got this book a month ago - doing the 7 steps very slowly a month at a time as suggested - makes perfect sense that overeating sugarstuffed foods has lead to my depression and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by paula smyth
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