Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids: Help Your Child or Teen Break Free of Junk Food and Sugar Cravings - For Life!

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9780060187248: Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids: Help Your Child or Teen Break Free of Junk Food and Sugar Cravings - For Life!

Would your youngster be happy living on just burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, and pizza?

Does your child or teen experience mood swings, extremes in energy levels, learning problems, lack of motivation, or weight problems?

Are you tired of worrying, nagging, getting frustrated, and feeling helpless or guilty about your youngster's eating habits?

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids can help you and your child overcome these problems to find the right nutritional balance and peace of mind.

In their bestselling The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, Drs. Richard and Rachael Heller describe the powerful cycle of carbohydrate addiction in adults. Now, in this new, groundbreaking book, they bring their overwhelming successful strategy to children and teens. If, like millions of American kids, your youngster is carbohydrate-addicted, junk food, sweets, and even "healthy" high-carbo, low-fat foods can wreak havoc on insulin and blood sugar levels and lead to a number of emotional, behavioral, learning, mood, and weight problems.

Drawing on more than a decade of research as well as personal experience, this inspiring and knowledgeable husband-and-wife team have helped more than a million people in their quest for ideal eating and health.

Youngsters on the Carbohydrate Addict's Program for Children and Teens (CAP-CAT) can choose from two equally helpful plans: The Step-By-Step Plan helps your youngster make small lifestyle changes one at time, and The Jump-Start Plan, designed for the older child or teen, leads to quicker, more dramatic results. In both plans, no calorie counting, portion control, or measuring is needed. Physician recommendations can be incorporated easily, and virtually all foods are allowed.

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids presents the first program to correct the root cause of carbo cravings. Your youngster's drive for snack foods and sweets will decrease naturally. As insulin and blood-sugar levels become normal again, a new child will emerge. Your child will soon be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods, gain control over weight and behavior, and get the most out of life. This is far more than an eating plan. It can bring balance and freedom to child, parent, and family.

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids includes:

A simple quiz to determine your youngster's level of addiction

Clear facts on carbo addiction: what causes it and what to do about it

Exciting and easy recipes for kids and parents on the go, as well as for the time-conscious gourmet

Low-fat and vegetarian recipes and special suggestions for the vegetable-phobic child or teen

Surprisingly simple strategies for success

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids will help you create your own plan for getting your youngster off the blood-sugar roller coaster--for good.

Can You Spot Your Carbohydrate-Addicted Kid?

Carbohydrate-addicted kids come in all shapes and sizes. See if any of these look familiar.

The Locust: Whether slim or overweight, the Locust seems to be ever-hungry and consume great quantities of food. Parents may be unsure whether they're observing a "healthy" appetite or an addiction to junk food, snacks, and sweets.

The Rabbit: Often very active, this nibbler would prefer to eat on the run. Some Rabbits are naturally slim, while some struggle with their weight; in either case, parents may not realize that blood-sugar dips may be the source of their youngster'' mood swings, extremes in energy levels, learning problems, and difficulties in concentration.

The Bear: A dedicated lover of starches and junk food, the Bear can consume these in great quantities and, after eating, often becomes sluggish. These kids have a tendency to put on pounds easily, and changing seasons can bring changes in their appetite, activity levels, and weight.

The Sponge: If it's liquid, it disappears in the presence of the Sponge. Eternally thirsty, these kids consume great quantities or regular or artificially sweetened soda, sports drinks, fruit juice, ice tea, and milk. The thirst that drives the Sponge is usually a quest for carbos rather than a physical need for fluid. Sponges can experience a wide variety of problems related to low blood sugar.

The Fruit Bat: Nonstop consumers of fresh, canned, or dried fruit, the Fruit Bat (or any weight) may appear to be eating "healthy" foods. Parents may not realize that an addiction to carbohydrates may be causing serious psychological learning, or weight problems.

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids can help your child break free of carbo cravings, sugar highs, and sugar lows--without deprivation--for life.

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Does your child crave cookies, ice cream, candy, and sodas? He or she may be suffering from carbohydrate addiction: "a compelling hunger, craving or desire for carbohydrate-rich foods; an escalating, recurring need or drive for starches, snack foods, junk food, sweets." In Carbohydrate Addicted Kids, Richard and Rachael Heller, authors of The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, have developed a program specifically for children and teens to free them from their dependence on carbohydrates and improve their attitude, weight, learning, and self-esteem. Rachael Keller's own moving story--enduring ridicule and loneliness because of her weight, and topping 300 pounds by age 17--draws the reader in. Not until age 36 did she discover that her dieting (including sugar-filled meal-replacement drinks and juice fasts) only made her crave sweets more, and that limiting her carbohydrate intake made the cravings disappear. She dropped 165 pounds by eating high-protein breakfasts and lunches, salads and vegetables, and balanced dinners.

The Kellers explain how to figure out if your child is addicted to carbohydrates, and, if so, what type (locust, rabbit, bear, sponge, or fruit bat). Since one size doesn't fit all, they present two different programs--"Step-by-Step" and "Jump-Start"--each with many variations. Recipes are included. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Richard F. Heller, M.S., Ph.D, and Rachael F. Heller, M.A., M.Ph., Ph.D. For more than adecade, the Hellers each held two professorial appointments and conducted research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Richard holds a third appointment as Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. They are coauthors of the bestselling Healthy for Life and The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet as well as The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program, The Carbohydrate Addict's Program for Success, and The Carbohydrate Addict's Gram Counter.

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