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Potatoes Not Prozac: How to Control Depression, Food Cravings and Weight Gain [Paperback]

Kathleen Desmaisons
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7 Jan 2008
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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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (7 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390530
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen DesMaisons, PH.D., is President and CEO of Radiant Recovery, a highly successful and revolutionary programme for treating addictions of all kinds that combines medical and holistic approaches. Her programme has gained national attention in the US due to its unparalleled 92% success rate with alcoholics. Her website is www.radiantrecovery.com

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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
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Life Changing Book 3 Mar 2008
By Lumania
Format:Paperback
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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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You CAN cure psoriasis and insomnia with diet. 3 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gateway to a life without food cravings! 28 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Do you crave chocolate/cake even after a big meal? Ever wondered why? "Potatoes not Prozac" brings it all home to you: why you have these cravings which seem so alien to other people, why you feel so depressed why diets make you feel depressed, why you just can't say "NO" to some foods! But it does far more than just explain the "why", it offers you a way out of the vicious cycle! The Author writes in a very straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner while crediting you with a fair share of intelligence ... a refreshing change indeed! The 7-step-plan turns out to be flexible rather than a rigid "Do-this-and-don't-deviate" approach, the principles are very simple and give you a feeling of being in control, and the message that "this is not a diet" is stressed many times. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with food/alcohol cravings, but be warned: This will change your life forever - and you won't want to go back to where you came from!
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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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars love it
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Published 1 day ago by Louise Digby
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-grounded argument which convinces though informative stuff on...
A well-grounded argument which convinces though informative stuff on brain science. I would have appreciated a little more detailed practical advice about food.
Published 3 days ago by Pauline Buckland
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Excellent, bought as a present and the recipient thought it was great.
Published 13 days ago by fatbapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mind blowing info.
Published 25 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by 86erbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I HAD THE FIRST BOOK AND FOUND IT TO BE OF GREAT HELP FOR MYSELF. i PASSED IT ON AND IT WAS NEVER RETURN THEREFORE GOT ANOTHER ALTHOUGH IT IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IT STILL A GRATE... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mags T
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