Book Review: The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program
What Is A Sugar Addict?
The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program is a well thought out and well researched health issue that first came to light with another book by Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. This book, her bestselling Potatoes Not Prozac, gave people a specific reason for why they felt the way they did and ways to fix it. The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program is a follow up book to that to provide a detailed plan for the sugar addicts recovery. Not many people have heard of a sugar addict’s program, so to speak, like other types of addiction programs but that is exactly what this book is. The beginning of The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program provides a quick quiz to determine if you might benefit from a sugar addict’s program.
DesMaisons work with alcoholics first led her to a connection between them and sugar addicts. She found that while drinking, alcoholics had no desire for sweet things but when they stopped drinking, they transferred their addiction immediately to anything sweet. With the food plan that DesMaisons has created, she has found a way for alcoholics and sugar addicts to give up their habits and get clear, focused and healthier.
The Steps Of The Program
Through years of working with her clients and doing research, DesMaisons developed a seven step plan that she recommends doing in the exact order that she suggests. She also suggests that it will be much easier for you to succeed with her plan if you take it one step at a time, at your own pace and to not proceed to the next step until you are comfortable with the previous steps that you have incorporated into your life. The steps that she suggests are as follows:
Step one is to include eating breakfast with protein every day. This will help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Step two is to keep a journal and really pay attention to how you are feeling.
Step three increases the eating requirement to three meals a day that includes protein at every meal.
Step four includes adding specific vitamin supplements to the program and eating a small potato every single night before bed to increase your serotonin levels.
Step five has you shifting your carbohydrates from whites to browns to take advantage of the positive effects of the right carbs.
Step six is when you actually eliminate the sugar from your diet.
Step seven involves learning skills that help you maintain this program as a new lifestyle.
The final chapters of the book offer excellent resources, tips, recipes and ideas to make these diet changes easy to incorporate into your life for good and how to handle special situations like when you are dining out.
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