2016 Voice Arts Award Finalist
A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addiction 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 perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? 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 - to say nothing of gaining support and advice - remains a frustrating battle.
Built around the experiences of people suffering and recovering from food addictions, Food Junkies offers practical information grounded in medical science, while putting a face to the problems of food addiction. It is meant to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide on the road to food serenity.
©2014 Vera Tarman with Philip Werdell (P)2016 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
It examines a disease which has been long misunderstood, shamed and ignored with honesty, clarity and careful consideration of research as well as the authors' personal and professional experience.
No. Since I relate to this topic I had to listen and digest it in small parts over time.
I struggled with my weight and food addiction for a good part of my life. Until, I accepted that I was addicted to foods with sugar and flour. Once I gave up those binge foods, I lost over 100 pounds and live in recovery.
Dr. Vera Tarman is the only MD who really gets me and understands the way out.
I really appreciated Dr. Tarman's vulnerability in admitting her own struggles with food addiction.
I enjoy the different patient stories throughout the book, I could see myself in each of them.
Harvey was my favorite character. He was able to quit his crystal meth use by substituting sugar for it. He was quoted as saying “food is much worse addiction than crystal meth”. This is very eye opening.
When I realized that I have to radically reconsider how I view certain foods, and come to the understanding that sugar and flour are poison in my body, and could slowly rob me of a life and would eventually kill me
To quote Food Junkies "Addiction must be treated as a chronic condition; it has to be treated, managed, and monitored over a lifetime. People who are addicted must learn the tools to keep their urges in check and apply those tools on a continuous basis”.
For anyone who is a food addict or anyone who loves or cares about a food addict this book is a must read. It had my attention right from the first chapter. I related to many of the characters in the book.
Listening to Food Junkies is focusing, calming and a great learning. The mixture of science with real life stories provides hope and healing for those struggling with food addiction.
The reader's calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing.
The audible version of Food Junkies brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't "skim" or "rush" through the lifechanging content. Would highly recommend the book Food Junkies as a resource to go with this audible. As an administrator in a drug and alcohol treatment center, Food Junkies has been recommended to many due to it's clear message of addiction and hope.
Educational, easy to listen to, and superbly interesting. Highly recommended for anyone! Everyone can benefit from the wisdom and insight these two doctors bring. Thank you so much for writing this book, it has helped me tremendously!!
Most enjoyable for me were scientific research, the clinician's experience personal and professional, and the stories of people who know what substance use and abuse look like when sugar or grain or fat is the substance of abuse.
Touching my heart were many examples: hearing the compassionate care for a man imprisoned by his consumption of food in response to his addiction
Lisa Bunting provided a reading that captured the factual scientific evidence and the painfulness of a heartless disease.
Thank you for sending a light house warning into the seas with so many millions ready to crash on the rocks of food addiction! The simple solution: abstinence from the offending/offensive/triggering substances. This solution has been offered to alcoholics for over 80 years. It is time for food addicts to receive the good news!
Thank you Dr. Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell for your truths.
It's practical, easy to understand, makes sense.
She's easy to understand but rather dry.
Looking for meaning in all the wrong places.
When a person gives up their drug of choice a drug of second choice is sometimes food and equally destructive.
I liked the combination of the real stories and evidence-based research. The scientific and medical references are plentiful.
Lisa Bunting delivers with a voice that sounds like a well-experienced professor and she comes across as if she is genuinely interested in what she is reading.
It is not my style to ever listen to a book all in one sitting. I like to get side-tracked with the references she makes and check out researchers' papers and other authors Tarman mentions.
This is one of the only, if not the only, books about overeating that suggests a solution based on abstinence from trigger foods. These triggers are usually sugar, flour, and fat. Our brains weren’t designed to eat such highly processed and sugar dense foods. Just like some people can never safely drink just one alcoholic beverage without intense cravings for more, more, more, some people can’t safely consume just a bit of sugar (or products with flour, which is just a few minutes from being converted to sugar) without leading to binging — the cravings are just too intense. Cravings and the incessant thoughts around the trigger foods go away if the brain is not constantly being fed the triggering substance. The book discusses the neurological science of addiction and why abstinence, backed by a support system of your choosing, is the solution, even if the substance is food.
I found this book to be so informative for sure! The characters are a true testament that food addiction is real! Dr Tarman's story is inspiring and I can soooo relate (especially the part of the almond butters!) People from all walks of like are the true meaning of what addictions can do, whether it be drugs or alcohol or FOOD! Well done Vera and THANK YOU for sharing your story and for writing the book!
Food Junkies is a breakthrough book on addiction. A must read for addicts , friends and doctors. The sincerity , love and honesty can be felt as the writers are not only experts in their field of addiction, but are also recovering addicts . This is not just a case study , but an honest account of those who have struggled and lost their battle with addiction and those who have been able to recover from the seemingly deadly state of mind body and soul , a day at a time . The book gives hope and insight to those struggling as well as friends family members and others working with addicts. Having listened to Food Junkies, I have been moved and given much to think about. Every addiction be it to eating or under eating, alcohol or drugs, or gambling can be better understood by listening to Food Junkies.
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