Food Junkies: Recovery from Food Addiction
ISBN 10: 1459741978
ISBN 13: 978-1459741973
A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addictions doctor who draws on many patients' stories of recovery.
Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia -- Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspective of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? How is it different than an eating disorder such as bulimia or binge eating? Is it possible to draw a hard line between indulging cravings for "comfort food" and engaging in substance abuse? For people struggling with food addictions, recognizing their condition remains a frustrating battle. Diagnosis and treatment evades the suffering food addict.
This revised second edition contains the latest research on food addiction as well as practical recovery strategies for people facing the complicated challenges of comfort overeating, eating disorders and food addictions. This book offers an affirming and manageable path to healthy and sustainable eating habits.
- How to identify the trigger foods that you are powerless to resist so you're never caught off guard.
- Tricks on how to stop eating sugar or use food as a crutch, two of the hardest habits to break.
- Stop binge-eating or grazing all day and avoid piling on weight.
- End the night eating so you fall asleep faster, sleep better and feel great the next day.
- How to stop feeling ashamed when you step on the scale and are tempted to drown your sorrows in the kitchen
This book is long overdue! Thank you for writing about the physiological aspects of food addiction in such a clear, understandable manner that people without a medical degree can understand! So many people suffer from food addiction and this book will help provide comfort, reassurance, and guidance. I am a clinical psychologist and recommend that all of my patients who are battling food addiction read Food Junkies! All professionals working in the medical, addiction, weight loss and mental health areas would benefit from reading this as well! - Connie Stapleton, PhD.
I am happy to endorse Food Junkies! This book will help many people with every kind of eating disorder -- they all start with the same premise. We who eat too much too often and who find ourselves fat, miserable, bulimic, unhealthy, or just wanting to lose 20 pounds before Christmas are in the same boat. Dr. Tarman's book shows how many ways there are to get help and get healed. My own solution -- through the twelve steps of GSA -- presents the approach that has saved my life -- that we -- all of us, just alcoholics-- are allergic to sugar, grains, flour, wheat, and corn -- yes, all grains! -- the same ingredients that are in alcohol. Avoiding these foods and eating three weighed meals a day and nothing in between can lead you to find the last house on the block, which is a mansion!
-- Judy Collins, singer, songwriter, and author of Cravings: How I Conquered Food
Dr. Vera Tarman aptly takes the science of sugar addiction and draws a convincing clinical profile of the sugar/food addiction syndrome. With plenty of clinical scenarios, Dr. Tarman illustrates and explains the various stages of food addiction. She then shows how food addiction recovery is possible and sustainable in the long term. Food Junkies is a must read for patients, students, and clinicians interested in addiction medicine and/or obesity management.
-- Dr Nicole Avena, research scientist and assistant professor at Princeton University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Why Diets Fail: Because We Are Addicted to Sugar
As a recovered compulsive overeater and psychotherapist who worked with people struggling with addictions and compulsive behavior, I am always in search of resources I can pass on to those who still suffer.
--Phillip Z. author of A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps - Dr Phil B. Ziegler
I have learnt how food affects every aspect of a person's physical emotional and spiritual existence.
How food addiction is the key to so many physical and mental illnesses that humans suffer from.
As doctors we tinker with the complicated and confusing manifestations of food addiction without providing any relief to our helpless patients.
If only we knew that food addiction lay at the bottom of these common and dreadful diseases we would not waste precious time and money chasing the useless remedies offered every year by "recent advances in medicine ". Dr. Anil E. Kagal
From the Author
This book is the culmination of a life of experience. In my twenties, I suffered from the eating disorder of bulimia. After years of managing this and sporting a weight gain of over 100 pounds, I finally stumbled upon the solution. My professional perspective as a physician treating thousands of people struggling with alcohol and drugs, showed me that how I ate was not different than those of my patients. The pattern of compulsivity, secrecy, shame and feeling trapped was identical. I connected the dots: treat the eating disorder like an addiction and recovery would surely follow. I lost the excess100 pounds twelve years ago. More important, I am happy to say that the obsession around food and eating quieted.