Little Sugar Addicts

Healing bad behavior with nutrition

About Us

Professional Pic of Kathleen

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

This site was developed by Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. She is the best-selling author of Potatoes Not Prozac, The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program, Your Last Diet, and Little Sugar Addicts. She is both a compassionate coach and a social commentator, who is a cultural visionary, who coined the concept of "sugar sensitivity."

She believes that a special brain chemistry  leads certain people to be particularly affected by the foods they eat. If their sugar sensitive brains are imbalanced, they can be depressed, angry, volatile, act out and use alcohol, drugs, sugar and behaviors in an addictive way.

She developed a set of 7 steps to change eating which heals unbalanced sugar sensitivity. Then she designed and set up an online support network for sugar sensitives to share the process with one another.The steps and the community have changed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Caring, skilled and clear

As the biochemical understanding of sugar sensitivity and sugar addiction have evolved, so has Kathleen’s mission, transforming from a lone voice on the cutting edge of addiction treatment to a cultural leader and life guide, inspiring hope in hundreds of thousands world wide who have suffered from alcoholism, sugar addiction, depression, eating disorders, and the complexities of parenting. Kathleen’s voice is caring, skilled and clear in a realm where fog, blame and dysfunction abound. She provides not only hope, but also practical skills for profound life change.

Kathleen’s books have a worldwide audience from all over the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Australia and into the Far East including Mongolia, Japan and Thailand. Her books have been best sellers in the UK and the U.S. and have reached close to a half a million people. She has taught animated and informative workshops, seminars and retreats since 1988 across the country and the UK.

A vision of healing

Kathleen’s name has become synonymous with the healing of sugar addiction through nutrition. The genuineness of her vision and the depth at which people have bonded with her message, have powered the development of her website at www.radiantrecovery.com into a leading voice of hope and healing throughout the world. In 1998, she set out to build a worldwide community of supportive sharing, previsioning the social networking of today. She has empowered hundreds of women and men to collaborate with her in providing support to thousands daily.

The members of her community respect her as a trusted servant of truth and an embodiment of authenticity. Her unique style and vision flows out into a vibrant and empowered collective voice of recovery. A large part of her work has involved listening to and guiding parents just like you.

Creating Troubled Kids, Real Solutions

She was profoundly touched by the violence that happened in Newtown. Listen to her describe why she decided to set up this site.

"I have worked with parents who have children who were once like Adam. I have heard first hand of your anguish in not knowing what  else to do. I have heard your shame, your fear, and your isolation. And I have seen the changes in your children when they do the food of our program.

After Newtown, my colleagues asked me what I was going to do.  I went online to see what kinds of resources were out there for you. I googled 'I am scared of my son' and came up with 188 MILLION hits. Your need is real. But the answers you are being offered are terrifying...here is some of what I read:"

What NOT to do


You need to show him who is bigger, and that he cannot get away with attacking you like that. If he were grown you would fight back. I agree with the first answer, you need to whoop his a$$. The punishment for spitting is a smack in the mouth. You first need to get him under control by showing him who is boss,


Wow...why have you let it get this bad? There must be something going on in your lives that has allowed you to let it get so bad. You need family counseling to say the least. It's not just him that needs help dealing with his anger and emotional turmoil, you also need counseling in how to handle him and your emotions as well.


You need to put the fear of god into him and give him a good thrashing.

By locking yourself in a room he is winning the battle.

It sounds like he has intimidated you with his antics.

Give him a thrashing every time he does it and show him who the boss in your house really is .....and don't worry .....he will still love you in the end, and be a better person for it.

I hate to tell you this but you are gonna have to whup his little behind. He's rebellious and doesn't know boundaries. You are gonna have to do it to break it.


Kathleen with her son Ted

"It is unimaginable to me to think that people could believe that these are real solutions. I know better. I know about how brain chemistry can affect behavior. I have Solutions that can make a difference.

I refuse to believe that giving up is the solution for any child. This website offers the beginnings of some ideas of what to do. We have put it together to offer you some hope. I will be developing more as we go."

As a parent and grandparent herself, Kathleen (pictured here with her son Ted) feels a profound connection to you and your child. If you would like to speak with her, you may contact her by email at kathleen@radiantrecovery.com  or you are always welcome to come speak with our parents.

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