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Book Title: Potatoes Not Prozac|
The author of the book: Kathleen DesMaisons
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Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: January 12th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780684850146
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This book is about how to improve your mood and life (and lose weight) if you have a ravenous sweet tooth. So what do you do? You eat a lot less sugar. Problem solved.
Admittedly, there’s more to the book than that. In fact, it’s a detailed, seven step program for overcoming sugar addiction. The first several chapters describe how some people are more “sugar sensitive” than others, how sugar works as a kind of drug for these people, how this is genetic and not your fault, and how all this is presumably evidenced by experimentation on mice and other such research. It details the hypothetical link between alcoholism and sugar addiction (the author worked in recovery for many years and is now a nutritionist). It offers a checklist you can use to self-diagnosis yourself with sugar sensitivity. “Did you check more than three items on this list? If so, you might be a human being.” No, sorry – “If so, you might be sugar sensitive.” Well, I checked six items, and I don’t doubt that I’m “sugar sensitive,” but I didn’t fit the personality profile she described of a sugar sensitive person (wild mood swings, sudden unexplained bursts of anger, and a tendency to forget to pay the bills…). Nevertheless, I do tend to keep sweets from the house because I’m the sort of person who will eat the entire bag of Oreos. So I thought I’d keep reading.
“Because I am not giving you sheets and sheets of instructions to follow,” writes Dr. DesMaisons, “you may decide this plan isn’t really right for you.” She says this after spending over 100 pages instructing you to eat a breakfast every morning within one hour of waking up that includes a number of grams of protein equal to a mathematical formula involving your body weight and one serving of complex carbs, to write down every minute detail of what and when you eat and how it makes you feel, to eat precisely three meals a day with a specific amount of formula-dependent protein at each meal, to eat one potato (absolutely without any protein this time!) three hours after dinner and just before bed, to replace white breads and grains with brown ones, and to gradually eliminate all sugars not stemming from complex carbohydrates, including (and especially) alcohol. There ARE reasons I think this plan isn’t really right for me, but the lack of sheets and sheets of instructions isn’t one of them. The inability to stop to write in my food journal because I have to dislodge my son’s head from the banister and then stop my daughter from attempting to scramble eggs in a colander on the stove, as well as the prospect of not being able to unwind with a glass of wine after the kid’s are in bed, are more likely reasons I will find this plan not to my liking.
Her basic recommendation of a low carb diet is of course sound. The low carb diet, in all of its varied forms (Atkin’s, South Beach, Primal, Paleo,) has been the reigning nutritional orthodoxy for the past several years. It not only will make you lose weight (which I have experienced, when I manage to stick to a low carb diet), but many claim it will also give you energy and stabilize and enhance your mood (something I have not experienced). Excuse me a moment. I misspoke. It’s not a diet. Like all diet books, “Prozac Not Potatoes” offers not a diet but “a way of life.” Food is the new religion.
I’d rather go back on the Primal Blueprint (on which I lost about five pounds in two weeks) than try this "plan". Limiting as the Primal Blueprint was, it at least required no journaling and no regulated mealtimes and even gave me license for my nightly glass of red wine (if not for the Woodchuck hard cider I’m drinking at the present moment). My problem, apparently, is that I’m addicted to sugar, and, oh yeah, I don’t much like fish or fowl or pork, so I just can’t stand to stick to a protein-heavy diet for more than two weeks at a time. But if this is the best sugar detox plan available to me…I think sugar is the one addiction to which I’m simply going to have to resign myself.
A final note. I was skeptical of a number of things she said, but there’s one I am absolutely prepared to call b.s. on. “People who are sugar sensitive can eat as little as 800 calories a day, but if those calories are from carbohydrates, they will still gain wait.” I’m sorry, but that’s simply not biologically or mathematically possible. If you eat only 800 calories a day every day, even if all 800 of your calories come from pixie sticks, you will lose weight - unless you weigh less than 80 pounds to begin with, in which case you seriously need to stop counting calories and start eating Ben & Jerry’s.
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