The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program: All-natural, Simple Solutions That Eliminate Food…

Paperback | May 28, 2002

byKathleen Desmaisons

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Building on the science of nutrition that she outlined in her bestselling book, Potatoes Not Prozac, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons now presents the first complete, in-depth dietary plan for living with–and healing–sugar sensitivity. She explains exactly how you can free your mind and body from the tyranny of sugar and shake off the exhaustion, mental fogginess, and mood swings that sugar dependence causes. Revealing the various ways sugar addiction affects both men and women, and the unique methods for healing it, Dr. DesMaisons encourages you to custom-tailor her simple program to fit your lifestyle and includes information on

• How to integrate a “slow-carbs not low-carbs” strategy into your diet
• Why regular protein is essential and how to get it with every meal
• What to eat when a sugar craving strikes
• How to get the nutrition you need on the run–even at fast-food restaurants
• How to find an exercise program you’ll enjoy
• Ten breakfasts you can prepare in a flash
• Menus and recipes for every lifestyle and taste

Practical, hands-on, and reader friendly, The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program will transform your life by helping you eat right–starting today!

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Building on the science of nutrition that she outlined in her bestselling book, Potatoes Not Prozac, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons now presents the first complete, in-depth dietary plan for living with–and healing–sugar sensitivity. She explains exactly how you can free your mind and body from the tyranny of sugar and shake off the exhaustio...

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Building on the science of nutrition that she outlined in her bestselling book, "Potatoes Not Prozac, Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons now presents the first complete, in-depth dietary plan for living with-and healing-sugar sensitivity. She explains exactly how you can free your mind and body from the tyranny of sugar and shake off the exhausti...

“A practical, compassionate, uplifting, and very effective way to recover from the ravages of sugar addiction and reclaim control of your health and your life. I highly recommend it.”–CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, M.D. Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 28, 2002Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Why You Are DifferentIf you are a sugar addict, you can't "just say no" to ice cream, candy,soda, chocolate, or cookies. If you are a sugar addict, people have beensaying "watch your calories," "exercise more," "clean up your room," "stopsnacking on cookies," "stop drinking," "stop smoking," or "why don't youjust ______" to you nearly all your life. You fill in the blank. Themessage is the same, although the content may vary.The problem is clear. You are doing something that you don't want to bedoing. But the solution isn't so clear. If you could just stop it, youwould! You can't just say no. And the longer this helplessness goes on,the more tricks you try, the more failures you have and the more hopelessyou feel. On the outside you may act cool. You might even have flipresponses or pat retorts, but each time you hear the "why don't you justsay no" message-even if it is subtle-you brace yourself. You ask yourself:"Why can't I get it together and take care of myself? Where is mywillpower? Why aren't I like other people?" They just decide to dosomething and then they follow through. Again and again you decide, youmake a commitment, you start-then your resolve fades. You get busy, youget overwhelmed, you get distracted, and your intention dissipates likethe morning fog in the noonday sun.Nancy is a sugar addict. She has vowed to give up chocolate almost everyday of her life. Three days into her commitment to quit, something alwayshappens and she reaches for a candy bar. Rosemary, who is not a sugaraddict, decides that chocolate isn't good for her skin. She decides to cutit out of her diet, never buys another candy bar, isn't tempted, anddoesn't think of it again. Rosemary's resolve may be inconceivable to you.Nancy feels like your sister.When you are a sugar addict, saying no is not an issue of willpower. Yourbiochemistry has a direct effect on your behavior. Your craving and desirefor sugar are profoundly affected by your brain chemistry, and even moresignificant, by what and when you eat.You are a sugar addict because you are sugar sensitive. Sugar addiction isa primary symptom of sugar sensitivity. If you are sugar sensitive andyour meals are erratic, if you skip breakfast, eat lots of sweet things,drink quarts of diet soda or eat pounds of pasta and bread, then you willbe depressed, moody, erratic, volatile, forgetful, and impulsive. You mayhave a short fuse, a short attention span, and a reputation for being allover the place. You may have trouble with your weight, you may have aneating disorder, or you may have a problem with aggression.It has probably not occurred to you that the food you eat could have sucha dramatic effect on you. You may have figured out that sometimes you arereally cranky when you haven't had your "fix." You have to go out and geta pint of your special brand of ice cream even if it's eleven o'clock atnight. Your friends or parents or boss may have noticed that you havesomething like a split personality. Sometimes you are creative, cheerful,charming, funny, and delightful. Other times you are a royal pain in thebutt and even the people who love you stay out of your way. You are asugar addict.When you first hear me talking about sugar addiction in this way, you maynot be convinced that it is a real condition. You may not think it ispossible to be addicted to something so "harmless" as sugar. Stay with mewhile I take you through the reasoning for my position.Criteria for AddictionHere are the criteria the American Psychiatric Association uses todetermine addiction: ¸         The substance is taken in greater amounts or for a longer time thanintended. ¸         There is a persistent desire or one or more unsuccessful attempts to cutdown or control use. ¸         Major time is spent in seeking, using, or recovering from the effects ofuse. ¸         Frequent intoxication or withdrawal interferes with responsibilities. ¸         There is a decreased level of social, recreational activities due to use. ¸         There is continued use despite adverse consequences. ¸         There is a marked increase in tolerance. ¸         There are withdrawal symptoms. ¸         There is use to prevent withdrawal.Let's reframe these criteria and see if we can create a list for sugaraddiction. ¸         The substance is taken in greater amounts or for a longer time thanintended.Have you ever planned to have just a cookie and eaten the whole plate?Have you ever planned to have a caramel double latte once as a celebrationand found yourself going back every day? Have you ever planned to have apiece of pie and eaten the whole thing? Can you imagine eating half apiece of cake and leaving the rest because you just weren't hungry for it? ¸         There is a persistent desire or one or more unsuccessful attempts to cutdown or control use.One or more unsuccessful attempts seem sort of funny to sugar addicts.Have you ever tried to control your use? Does that question make you laughbecause it seems so absurd? Have you spent most of your life since eighthgrade trying to cut down or control your use of sweet things? Once youstart eating sweet things, you cannot stop. ¸         Major time is spent in seeking, using, or recovering from the effects ofuse.Do you make sure you always have a can of Coke (or even Diet Coke) on yourdesk? Do you make a special trip to Costco to get that big jar of jellybeans? Do you feel an inordinate sense of relief when your family is goneso you can eat what you want? Do you have sugar hangovers and feel crankyand irritable the day after? ¸         Frequent intoxication or withdrawal interferes with responsibilities.Now at first blush, you may think that your sugar use does not affect yourlife. But are your bills paid on time? Is your desk cleared off? Do youdouble-book appointments? Are you too tired to function at three in theafternoon? Are you funny, charming, and all over the place when you eatsugar or have your soda or sweetened coffee? Look at your behavior with adifferent eye and you may be shocked at how true this is. ¸         There is a decreased level of social, recreational activities due to use.Do you prefer to be alone so you can eat what you want, when? Do you getnervous about visiting your son's apartment because you know he doesn'thave anything there for you to eat? Do you shy away from those friends whohave given up those sweet things? Are you drawn to the people doing the"reward meal" on the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet because you know you willhave company in eating what you want? ¸         There is continued use despite adverse consequences.This is the ringer-continued use despite adverse consequences. You knowit's bad for you, you know it's killing you, you are in despair, and yougo back for more. Hits kinda close to home, yes? ¸         There is a marked increase in tolerance.You need more to get the same effect. One small cookie won't cut it. Youhave to eat the whole box. You remember not so much the high feeling, butthe feeling of relief-that the world is okay, you fit, and things will beall right. But it takes more to get you there. ¸         There are withdrawal symptoms.You may not have made the connection to withdrawal per se. You may simplyintuitively know that you feel better if you have a cup of tea and a pieceof cake. Or you know exactly how much better you will feel once you getyour supply down the hatch. ¸         There is use to prevent withdrawal.You know you are cranky and will feel better if you have something sweet.Your three-year-old is having a temper tantrum because you said no to herin the grocery story. You get a soda and pop it open and she sits therebeing a good girl. You take a sugar break at 3:00 p.m. because you know ifyou don't you will be a basket case by 3:30. You know what time theedginess will start.Sobering, isn't it? Makes you think. When you first connect with this ideaof sugar addiction, it may be a little scary to you. You may find it hardto put yourself in the same class as alcoholics or heroin addicts. You mayhave been conditioned to think that addiction is bad and only weak-willedpeople are addicts or alcoholics. This book will help you understand thataddiction is a chemical reality. The reason you are a sugar addict is yourunique body. You respond to sugar more intensely. You hurt more inwithdrawal. You feel better when you have it. The physical dependence isreal. You are not a bad person; this is not a character defect. Once youstart to think of yourself as having a unique brain and body chemistry,you can start on the road to recovery.