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Originally published in 1975, this is a well-written, easy to read, and devastating indictment of the most dangerous and addictive white powder known to man. The author, was the ghost-writer of "Lady Sings The Blues" and was the father of Bevan Dufty, currently a San Francisco City Supervisor, which has no relevance whatsoever, but which I find amusing.

There's some chemistry, some history, some sociology and a bit of preaching in here, as well as Gloria Swanson. Basically it tells you exactly what this shit does to your mind and body and it ain't pretty.

Obviously there are people who can use sugar socially, just like there are non-alcoholic social drinkers, but I do believe that anyone who has made the decision that they need to either lose weight or adjust something in their fitness will probably need to kick sugar and I can tell you from experience, it's a brutal detox.

I first read this book very close to the time it came out. It was a bit of a "tract" in our house because of my father's food issues, along with his OA pamphlets.

I will say up front, there's a lot of Taoism and Macrobiotics in there. He produced an English edition of Nyoiti Sakurazawa's You Are All Sanpaku; the book credited with starting the macrobiotic food movement in America. It may come across very 70's or hippy-dippy/airy-fairy at some points, but there's also some good, hard, practical advice in there, and most important the reminder that SUGAR IS BAD!

I can't stand with my hand on a copy of the book and say that I've completely kicked or made peace with sugar. It's like all addictions, baffling, cunning and powerful, but having more or less imbibed, memorized and re-reading it does help either keep on the straight and narrow (this time around) OR reminds me why I'm so very, very fucked up.

I come from a long line of short, fat, Jewish women with hypoglycemia, who will KILL YOU, if you keep them from getting food when a crash is happening, and there's no doubt in my mind that if left to my own devices, I will eat my way into diabetes.

Get a cheap paperback copy and give it a try. It might piss you off something fierce, as most of the books I'm going to recommend are capable of doing, but it might also save your life.


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Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
When I was really sick a bunch of years ago, and had surgery, my appetite disappeared and I basically only ate toast, plain oatmeal and unsweetened tea for about six months because everything else tasted like paper towels. It was the first time in my life my diet, for a good period of time, was basically sugar-less.

When I finally was getting a normal appetite back, I found I couldn't bear food with salt in it, and sugar just tasted horrible - icky, cloying and just ICK. Unfortunately, I eventually ended up getting sucked back into eating it, but I can still remember the waxy horrible taste of a candy bar when I tried one after six months without.
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC)
It's really amazing what our bodies tell us when we shut down the "food volume" long to really hear them.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
I know it doesn't count for much, but when I stopped putting sugar in my tea and replaced it with honey, I stopped getting colds so often.

I went back to loseit.com today and started again.
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Every anecdotal piece of evidence tends to support the main thesis.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't read this particular book, but I've read lots of anti-sugar material. I'll admit I tried it for a month and hated it, although arguably you could say it was 'withdrawal symptoms'. It was fine until I needed to study/concentrate, and then I desperately needed sugar - could probably have done it with fruit (not sure what this guy's attitude to fruit is, or whether it's just the white stuff) but sugar was more... efficient. LOL. I don't in general have a big sweet tooth, though - I tend to crave protein/fat/salt.
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
He's all in favor of natural, fresh fruit. (When Gloria Swanson faces down the sugar cube in the first chapter, she pulls out a piece of fruit.) You should see the amount, I'm currently going thru. One of my biggest problems with sugar is that it triggers my cravings for fatty meats, which triggers more sugar etc etc etc.
Jan. 5th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting, okay - there's this other guy who claims that it's not strictly sugar but fructose that is the work of evil, and therefore he's against fruit as well, which I think is going a bit far (I think he's like a maximum of 2pc/day). The one thing that does act as a kind of 'trigger' for me is exactly that - the combination of fat, sugar and meat. Prime examples are char siu (that red Chinese BBQ roast pork) and honey prawns (deep fried battered prawns in a honey glaze). Dangerous things *g*

You look great in your latest pic, btw!
Jan. 4th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm intrigued. A few years ago I nearly eliminated processed sugar from my diet -- when I'm on my own (not in my dad's house) I cook almost everything for myself, so it's easy to substitute fruit or honey or a couple of drops of agave nectar. But that's still sugar, of course. And somehow I still get a lot. My dad is constantly bringing home pastries from the Amish bakery, and I also rely on Clif bars for protein/blood sugar emergencies when I'm caught out away from home. I don't know how strict to be for good health. I might give that book a look.
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
The big issue is really the processed stuff. Give it a read; there's some good suggestions and guidelines in there. I use a smidge of honey and vanilla to make my skim milk more palatable.
Jan. 5th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
So honey is allowed, just not processed sugar? That's interesting and I get why but still, interesting. Is pure maple syrup allowed? (not the fake crap but real stuff from Vermont/Canada)

What's the thinking on coconut sugar since it's supposed to not spike blood sugar levels like the white stuff. I've just bought some to use in my pitchers of tea and from scratch chocolate pudding.

Since going gluten free I haven't really made anything else that uses sugar as a big component. My snacks/bars have honey in them and the occasional candy bar or caramel over the holidays. I already cook mostly from scratch being vegetarian and gluten free. I try to eat as healthy/organic as I can afford. I am jealous of all the options SF has to offer as I have a vegan/gluten free friend living there and hear how wonderful it can be (and how cheap your produce is)! Here in NC I'm lucky that living in the largest metro area I can eat at 4-6 restaurants now.

Do you ever have vegan overnight oats? I have gotten into making that lately since I can do up a quart jar of the dry ingredients premixed and just portion it out the night before with the wet ingredients ingredients (like unsweetened coconut milk) - I use a dollop of maple syrup in it since I'm having to use mostly frozen berries or black berries which neither are very sweet. I find her recipes make 2-3 servings for me but it keeps in the fridge 2-3 days so that works out :)

I am really getting into kale salads with homemade tahini lemon dressing and putting hemp seeds and chai seeds in lots of things!

You don't talk about cooking much - do you cook a lot or just eat out? I love talking about healthy cooking my poor friends have to hear when that's not their thing. I have a few health problems and going gluten free really helped me (ugh now my doctor wants me to give up dairy and nightshades which I can't do just yet - I *love* spicy food so much I want to cry just thinking about giving that up...)
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