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Hi All -

I have a book called "The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program" by Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD. It is a very interesting book. I got it awhile ago but did not try the program. Now I am actually trying her suggestions for diet.

She also wrote, "Potatoes not Prozac"

It is interesting...a lot of what she talks about I had discovered on my own when I was aware that my blood sugar was up and down and all around. I always eat breakfast with a protein...if I miss breakfast it is not a good scene.

She talks about eating a potatoe WITH THE SKINS at night three hours after dinner but before bed. No protein with it...just butter or oil or something none protein.

By doing this apparently tryptophan has a greater chance of crossing the blood brain barrier and then subsequently creating serotonin in the brain she says. She explains that tryptophan is a "runt" in the amino acid family and is the precursor to serratonin...that somehow by eating this potatoe it kicks in the insulin response taking all the other amino acids competing to get across the BBB away from the BBB so that little runt tryptophan is absorbed and consequently more serotonin can be produced.

I have been doing this for a week and notice I am dreaming a lot more which she claims is a sign for seratonin production.

I like her suggestions for kicking the sugar addiction which I have always had except last year when I was brutal. I had cut out everything but alas had one cookie that got me hooked again.

Just interesting...I know that I have low seratonin but have been very afraid to take an SSRI. My intuition just tells me that it is not for me.

I know that potatoes are a starch...careful of the yeastie beasties...also know that nightshades can kick off an inflammation cascade in some...but for me that is the chance I have decided to take to get off sugar which I am sure is not good for my body and also promotes the yeastie beasties..

Just thought I would share....
I hope you are having a good weekend too Kim!

I am the same way when it comes to sugar...always have been. I have many sugar addicts before me in my family...not to make excuses but I really believe there is a certain physiology that is prone to it.

Yes, it is a great book on sugar cravings. I have been trying to get the evening potatoe in that she talks about...when I do I see a dramatic change in my moods and my sleep is improved. I feel so much better in the mornings.

"Potatoes Not Prozac" is her first book.

Take care Kim! ;)