• Food Junkies: Recovery from Food Addiction

  • By: Vera Tarman
  • Narrated by: Lisa Bunting
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook offers an affirming and manageable path to healthy and sustainable eating habits.

You will learn:

  • 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 audiobook is for anyone who has experienced yo-yo dieting, food obsessions, and food cravings and for people suffering with an eating disorder. It is for anyone who wants to stop eating because of stress or boredom. If you feel guilty about your eating or ashamed of your body, and if you want to lose weight and keep it off and still love your food, this audiobook is for you.

©2019 Vera Tarman (P)2019 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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Depressing

All you have to do is give up sugar, flour, fat, coffee, sweetener, rye flour, soda, diary, fruit etc etc etc. completely and forevermore, and you will be magically cured! Hallelujah! Oh, and measure and weight absolutely everything, even take a scale along if you go to a restaurant! (to weight your broccoli?)

If this is not obsessive, I don't know what is.

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Life Changing Book

This book is life changing. If you are in a mental place where you are ready to accept the author's recommendation of abstinence from trigger foods, it can change your life. The author thoroughly provides evidence, stories and personal experience to help readers address the root of their food issues. The message is honestly tough to hear - give up the "yummy" food FOREVER if you want to be freed from its shackles. I am two weeks in giving up sugar and flour and feel better all ready. Hopeful I can continue. One. Day. At. A. Time. Wonderful read if you are trying to get to the bottom of food issues, whether you are a severe addict, or someone mildly "hooked" like I am.

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Not Worth the Audible Credit

This is mostly stories of other peoples struggles. Had hoped to find at least some helpful hints.

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very disappointed

I have 64 books in my library and never written a negative review until this one. the book is one continues case report.
yes they help you determine if you are a food addict which is good but that is it. basically the only recovery help is to identify trigger foods and to completely obtsain from those foods. certainly that could have been done in 2 or 3 chapters not 19. I hope I can return the book. i got it on the recommendation of chef AJ. I wonder if she read it ?

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Very helpful in understanding my addiction and what I can do to bring myself into good health.

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okay to a point.

I agree with the author on virtually everything pertaining to addiction. However, the choices of foods to eliminate are extensive enough.

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Horrible read

Thought this book was an extreme version of a common struggle. I don’t think the majority of people fall into this category. Found it not helpful at all.

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As a therapist and a food junkie, I highly recommend this read

I recommend this to all clinicians and anyone who might feel their relationship with food is out of control. Personally and professionally this book offered much insight and answers for obesity crises and confusing health messages saturating the mental health community. I am so glad I found this book and know it was a defining read I’ll not soon forget.

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An eye opening book

The author really addresses food addiction like no other author does. This is a great jumpstart for anyone wanting to learn and gain knowledge and insight about the topic, and it even contains actions to take in order to start the path to a better and a healthier life.

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Great for anyone with any foods issues

I took my time reading this and definitely had to take breaks in between, I finished it between April 2020 and September 2020 because sometimes it's a lot it's overwhelming realizing you've had an issue. I believe that we can create new brain pathways and don't have to be victims of addiction, but this is still inside foot into the addiction I once had.

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  • mrs sarah j hood
  • 08-08-21

Essential Reading!

Every word of this book makes sense if you have ever struggled with resisting the allure of highly palatable foods. Thank you Dr Vera Tarman for writing it and helping people find their own road to recovery.

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  • Jonny Blythe
  • 08-07-22

Must read/listen.

Love this book. Dr Vera has the lived experience and is a doctor. Best of both worlds! For me lived experience is a must for support in my addiction journeys. It’s what works!

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  • Milo
  • 02-23-22

That explains a lot!!

Having struggled with my weight for over 40 years and looked for answers everywhere, I can finally say this author has hit the nail on the head. How I wish I'd read this sooner.
Prior to reading this enlightening, well written, informative book, none of the "answers" people were suggesting ever seemed to fit. The closest answer was emotional eating.... But that never seemed quite right. I haven't had any childhood trauma, I wasn't stressed, I didn't eat just because things were not going well that day or I was bored...
I had a full on, never ending, unremitting obsession with food and once I began to eat I couldn't stop. That was my round peg that didn't fit into any of the square holes that were being offered up as the reason for my compulsion to eat.
I started to research neurology for my answers, fascinated by the advances we were making in this field, and wanting to understand how the craving brain actually works. Some of the books talked about the brain's reward system. This sparked instant recognition. This was the root of the issue, I was sure of it.
And then came this book. And every single thing fell into place. Round peg, round hole.
I urge anyone who has struggled with food for years and years, probably feeling that they must be a failure, lacking willpower, weak, or some other incorrect assumption, to read this book.
The solutions offered are not overnight fixes or easy, but simply by understanding what is going on in your brain you have the best possible chance of finally finding peace of mind and taking action knowing for once exactly WHY, and exactly what, you are doing. You can't change what you don't understand. This book explains what's going on, and why you are powerless against the physiological processes that override even the most determined and best of intentions, and how to overcome this dilemma.
I recommend this book without hesitation.

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  • G. Karagiannis
  • 12-31-21

Great book for those that struggle with food

I came across this book while searching on the topic of food. I found the information very useful. The narration is done well with simple language that one can follow via audio format. Sometimes the chapters can be a bit long-winded but not to the extent that they are unpleasant. I found myself identifying with many descriptions from the book and I finished it with eagerness. It has opened up a whole area of exploration for me.
Highly recommended for people who have a dysfunctional relationship with food or other addictions.

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  • MAYA STASINOU
  • 11-01-20

Masterpiece 💯

Just 👂 again and again for freedom's conquest ❤️
Her YouTube channel has treasure podcasts as well 🧠

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-20

Very informative

Excellent content and a great read if you have food issues, it opens up your understanding to how sugar and flour can be addictive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-22

recommended

an eye opening account of food addiction. the narrator was great. got useful insight and help.