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Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

By Eve O. Schaub

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 01 April 2014
In an age when sugar is continuously unmasked as a health villain, this perfectly timed memoir chronicles the story of the Schaub family's twelve months without added sugar of any sort: no fructose, no refined cane, no molasses, no honey, no maple syrup, no corn syrup - in an attempt to live healthier and better. Along the way, Eve Schaub became a sugar sleuth, science geek, and stand in for the rest of us who aren't quite ready to shun the sugar just yet. It's a fascinating experiment that reveals just how tightly we're all held hostage by sugar, and what it takes to kick the habit.

About the Author

EVE SCHAUB graduated from Cornell and Rochester Institute of Technology. She has written for Vermont Life and Vermont Magazine, among others. During her family's year of no sugar, Schaub blogged regularly and was often a guest on WAMC, New York's NPR affiliate, as well as a regular visitor to Vermont Public Radio. She lives in Vermont with her family.

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"Eve O. Schaub's "Year of No Sugar" has the potential to alter your deeply rooted convictions regarding the innocent pleasure of sugar." - Betsy Shaw, Babycenter.com blogger and former Olympic snowboarder "The surface charm of "Year of No Sugar"-breezy wit, blithe anecdote and effortless evocation of people and the stuff they put in their mouths-cannot conceal Schaub's deeper purpose: a takedown of sugar, its disarming myths, its dangerous presence in nearly everything we eat, and its cynical marketing. Delicious and compelling, her book is just about the best sugar substitute I've ever encountered." - Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Ron Powers Eve Schaub has certainly heightened my awareness of sugar. After reading "Year of No Sugar," I haven't been able to walk in the grocery store without reading a label (which I always did, but now it's really consuming). If you're looking for an entertaining read, pick up a copy and see if you can't help but avoiding the sweet stuff-even that can be addictive. I admire Eve and her family for their stick-to-itiveness, and I highly recommend "Year of No Sugar." It's a quick read, but will leave you thinking for a long time. It certainly raised my awareness. Schaub is a wonderful storyteller. Her sense of humor and ability to paint pictures of situations they find themselves makes "Year of No Sugar" a pleasure to read. Whether or not you decide to follow in her footsteps concerning limiting or removing sugar from your diet, you will undoubtedly enjoy reading her story, and find lots of food for thought as well. Vermont author Eve O. Schaub chronicles how her family (husband, two school-age daughters) tried to banish fructose and "it's many, many aliases" from their life. Easier said than done, since the stuff has snuck into everything from ketchup to salad dressing to bacon. When Schaub announces the plan, both girls break into hysterical tears (one later describes her sugar-free family as "mutants"). But as the months progress, their sweets cravings diminish (substitutes help, like brown rice syrup), and they feel happier and healthier. "Vermont author Eve O. Schaub chronicles how her family (husband, two school-age daughters) tried to banish fructose and "it's many, many aliases" from their life. Easier said than done, since the stuff has snuck into everything from ketchup to salad dressing to bacon. When Schaub announces the plan, both girls break into hysterical tears (one later describes her sugar-free family as "mutants"). But as the months progress, their sweets cravings diminish (substitutes help, like brown rice syrup), and they feel happier and healthier." - Boston Globe "Schaub is a wonderful storyteller. Her sense of humor and ability to paint pictures of situations they find themselves makes Year of No Sugar a pleasure to read. Whether or not you decide to follow in her footsteps concerning limiting or removing sugar from your diet, you will undoubtedly enjoy reading her story, and find lots of food for thought as well. " - Story Circle Book Reviews "I admire Eve and her family for their stick-to-itiveness, and I highly recommend Year of No Sugar. It's a quick read, but will leave you thinking for a long time. It certainly raised my awareness." - Baby Center Blog "Eve Schaub has certainly heightened my awareness of sugar. After reading Year of No Sugar, I haven't been able to walk in the grocery store without reading a label (which I always did, but now it's really consuming). If you're looking for an entertaining read, pick up a copy and see if you can't help but avoiding the sweet stuff-even that can be addictive." - Sweet Home "informative and hilarious ... Eve and her husband tackled every blip, fit and question with a heaping dose of good humor." - Woman's World "Delightfully readable account of how [Schaub] and her family survived a yearlong sugar-free diet-and lived to tell the tale. ... A funny, intelligent and informative memoir." - Kirkus "[Schaub] debunks questionable nutritional advice, pokes fun at her own past experiments with health fads, and recalls the particular challenges of sweets-laden Halloween and Christmas. At the end of the year, the family was healthier, and they had accumulated a store of ideas and recipes (included in the book) to counter the craving for something sweet." - Booklist "The surface charm of Year of No Sugar-breezy wit, blithe anecdote and effortless evocation of people and the stuff they put in their mouths-cannot conceal Schaub's deeper purpose: a takedown of sugar, its disarming myths, its dangerous presence in nearly everything we eat, and its cynical marketing. Delicious and compelling, her book is just about the best sugar substitute I've ever encountered." - Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Ron Powers "Eve O. Schaub's Year of No Sugar has the potential to alter your deeply rooted convictions regarding the innocent pleasure of sugar." - Betsy Shaw, Babycenter.com blogger and former Olympic snowboarder "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

EAN: 9781402295874
ISBN: 1402295871
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.2 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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