Where is your sugar coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it's in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar - hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food. With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. The stories, tips, and recipes she shares throw fresh light on questionable nutritional advice we've been following for years and show that it is possible to eat at restaurants and go grocery shopping - with less and even no added sugar.
©2014 Eve O. Schaub (P)2014 Tantor
"The diary I wish I had kept...the adventures of her family, the roadblocks they encountered, and the sheer daily difficulty of overcoming a national obsession." (From the foreword by David Gillespie, author of Sweet Poison)
This isn't a great book. It's easy enough to listen too but I didn't learn anything about health or nutrition that is not possible to learn from 5mins on wiki. There is no science in the book, there's not even very many benefits given from the experience of giving up sugar. It's the rantings of a Mum who took up a cause obsessively and bullied and made life difficult for her family for 12 months. Half the book seems to be her being outraged at all the things with sugar in it and the other half justifying her behaviour for every choice she made.
By the end of this book I didn't even really like the mother very much.
This author made a commitment with her family to go without sugar for the year based on a you-tube video by some doctor I've never heard of. That's fine, but she does it in such a zig-zaggy fashion that it's worthless to try to learn from her experience. For example, she'd rather mess up a whole evening out with her husband than eat the miniscule amount of sugar contained in the bun of a fast food restaurant's roll. She's willing to spend hours shopping and to lay out two and three times the money to get absolutely "pure" sugarless products, but she'll make cookies from dates and bananas and eat them freely. (Dates are sugarless, but apple juice, no sugar added, is not?) Much of her year is spent finding multitudinous ways to get the sweetness experience without using actual sugar.
She apparently thinks it's unreasonable to cut out sugar completely (who asked her to?), so she makes exception after exception. They can have a dessert once a month. They can each have one exception to their rule: the kids can have as much jam as they want, her husband can get his sugar fix with diet Coke, and she can have her wine. (Again, wine counts as a sugared food?) The kids can eat sugar when they're out, not under her supervision.
I myself have tried to give up sugar and rather than fixate on finding substitutes, which perpetuates the desire, or worrying about the trace amounts found in ordinary foods, such as bread, I've tried to tamp down the craving by limiting sugar and all overly sweet foods as much as I conveniently can. (She does have a point about hidden sugar in processed foods, which she is correct to excoriate.) I think the author's heart is in the right place, but her plan didn't work for her---they all went back to their sugared ways after the year was over---and I'm not even going to try to see if it works for me.
In the preface, I was told that by the end of the book, I too would be willing to totally eliminate the "evil" sugar from my diet.
The performance of this Audio book was above average. The story, written by a blogger, was a good story. However truly the first thing I thought upon finishing this book is "where are my chocolate peanut clusters?"
I was unimpressed by the fact that living this lifestyle is expensive. That was an initial thought, this is going to be an expensive undertaking. The author lost my compassion for cost when the entire family spent two weeks in Italy the summer of the "Year Without Sugar". I was given the impression that foreign travel during the summer months for two week intervals is am annual occurance for thus family. I certainly have no animosity towards these folks, it's just that my compassion for the expense went completely away when I heard the summer travel stories.
As for the title of this review, this Audible book was offered to me as a "daily bonus, pay only $2.95" books. Had I used one of my 24 annual credits (Audible subscription) to buy this book, I'd be looking to find a credit refund!
You will consider your life and the things you eat while reading this book, however I doubt it will inspire thousands to eliminate sugar from their life.
Birch Run, Michigan January 15th 2015
Good narration, this is an interesting book. Well written, easy to follow! And inspiring too .
I am certain that most people will at least start to look at where all the hidden sugars are in our world
If peeple really knew what we were eating because of the Monsanto Cbemical Co. there would be a lot less fat people... She does a good job recounting the year of no fructose. I thought it was quite interesting. Gets a but preachy towards the end, But not overly so... Glad I bought it.
I want sleep beneath the peaceful skies in my lover's bed with a wide open country in my eyes and these romantic dreams in my head~~
Yes, I loved the idea of having not sugar for a year. Using her family with the project was very relatable because I myself would love to try something like that. I would actually listen to this book again for her ideas and tips of what she did to get through the year.
Eve is honest and easy to relate to. She write's well and with Hillary Huber reading it I enjoyed this a great deal. Nutrition is a topic I am always interested in.
Yes, and they all sound great.
It made me really consider how horrible sugar is and how much we don't need it in our diets. It really made me think and possibly want to try something like her experiment.
Eve has a website that is also a nice read as well.
I devoured books when I was younger and as an adult life is too busy to sit and read. Now I listen to audiobooks!
It wasn't even close to a year with no sugar. And don't even get me started on the vacation LOL
Ok family story, but misleading premise
This is something that I've considered for a while. This book game me the push to go without sugar for a month. I lost seven pounds with absolutely no exercise. I'm now on another sugar free stint for lent. This is not extremely easy, but there are results that will make you curious, even when not being as extreme as the author of this book.
I found myself frequently getting frustrated with this book. Going one year without fructose of any kind is an intriguing idea, but both the setup and the execution were deeply flawed. Now, I know that Eve O. Schaub is not a nutritionist or a doctor, but it really would have helped her premise if she had teamed up with one rather than constantly referring to a YouTube video where she learned that "sugar is poison." Add that to her small sample size, lack of control group, and lax attitude toward making exceptions, and what weak credibility she starts with falls apart completely. And yet her rhetoric is incredibly black-and-white. Sugar is killing us. Sugar is giving us cancer. Sugar is making us fat, etc. I want to believe that she's right, but she makes a remarkably weak case.
I did not care for the reader's delivery. Her tone was consistently snide and nasal, doubly so when quoting from the author's daughter's journal.
If you're looking to make positive changes in your diet and you wish to research the effects of eliminating sugar, this book is simply not a useful resource. It is more like a series of mommy blog posts rather than a carefully crafted scientific argument. Skip it.
There's some good technical information and I would like to absorb and take some more notes.
The children of course. They were the real heroes. Giving up Instant Gratification and dealing with Peer pressure.
They, especially She made me feel like there was a personal interest in my betterment as an individual.
This was a book that I had to digest in bits and pieces. No pun intended.
I'm searching for and better understanding the effect on my body and mind as to what I put in my mouth. MSG is another hidden monster that is putting a huge burden on our Healthcare System. I'm one of the Unfortunate (chronically ill) yet Fortunate Few that know and feel the effects of Food Additives. Sugar, an Enemy passed itself off as my Friend. Now I know! I can now make the decision on whether or not to let another Trojan Horse through the gates of my wellbeing.
"Should be compulsory reading"
Amazing just as an anthropological study of what the food industry in the US is doing to the population. I've worked in advertising for many years and seen the destruction caused by these massive brands. The peer pressure to consume toxic food. A very important book and should be a warning to Europe which is next in line for US style obesity.
"Making a drama where there was none"
There were one or two good tips but this
is just a blog. Excellent narrator.
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