Posted by: houwr | 04/20/2012

Found on the Shelf at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library

Are you one of those people who become frustrated in your day, stress out, and fix it by eating some cake? Well, according to Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons, you’re not the only one.  In fact, this is a common behavior that often leads to feelings of depression and laziness afterward, even though it gave you a temporary emotional boost to start with.  In the book Potatoes Not Prozac, Dr. DesMaisons addresses these issues and many more as she gives tips for stabilizing blood sugar levels, controlling your sweet tooth to lose weight, and recognizing how foods affect the way you feel. 

So, how do you do it? Well, the Dr.’s rules are fairly simple–eat three meals a day, eat proteins with every meal (especially those high in the amino acid tryptophan), and eat more complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and, (wait for it…) – potatoes! Not only will this make you less depressed, DesMaisons says, but it will also keep you from craving too much of the foods you shouldn’t eat, making it a self-regulating system.

The staff member who recommended this book stated that, “it is the absolute best way to control your sugar sensitivity… it also helped me realize how sugar affects my digestive system and can really throw off my chemical balance.”

Moral of the story: eat more potatoes!

If you would like to read more about this dietary method, you may find this book under Dewey number 616.85 DES.

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