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Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings---And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally Paperback – September 23, 2004
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Barnard offers seven steps to breaking your food cravings, devoting a chapter to each one, with anecdotes and plenty of clear, sound, practical tips. Then he presents guidelines for healthy eating using "the New Four Food Groups"--vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains--with a three-week menu plan and 113 healthful, vegan recipes. Highly recommended for people who want to understand their food cravings and finally get rid of them. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the most responsible and authoritative voices in American medicine today.” ―Andrew Weil, M.D.
“Dr. Neal Barnard is a brilliant visionary, one of the leading pioneers in educating the public about the healing power of diet and nutrition.” ―Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Eat More, Weigh Less
“Here at last is the book that shows why certain foods can be so addictive and exactly what to do about it.” ―John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cooper Clinic
“...must reading for anyone who eats - and wants to enjoy good health.” ―Has A. Diehl, Dr.HSc., Director of the Coronary Health Improvement Project and Chairman of the Board of The Lifestyle Medicine Institure
“This book squarely addresses some of the most critical nutritional problems we face - not only what we should be eating, but also how we can free ourselves from the habits that have kept too many of us from enjoying better health.” ―Henry Heimlich, M.D., The Heimlich Institute at Deaconess Hospital
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I tried being a lacto-ovo vegetarian off and on throughout my life. The thought of giving up cheese was just too much to imagine. Additionally, having a husband whose first words about a meal were "where's the meat" made vegetarian life difficult. But if you experience a health crisis (cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure) it is amazing how quickly you can moderate your behavior.
My husband and I have been vegan for approximately 5 weeks now. We have never felt better in our lives. If you are holding on to meat, cheese and milk but don't feel good, this book will improve your health. Dr. Barnard also explains why it is so difficult to give up sugar, chocolate, cheese and meat. Apparently these items contain various addicting compounds. If someone had tried to tell me this 6 months ago I would have thought they were crazy. Now that I have adopted a vegan lifestyle I can say that my health has improved so much is such a short period of time that it is almost miraculous. Also, it is important to note that after 2 weeks my cravings for sugar, chocolate, cheese and meat are all but gone.
In the last 5 weeks my husband and I have seen dramatic improvements in our health. We have both each lost 12 pounds without being hungry or exercising more. My husband has decreased his total cholesterol from 177 to 113 (this happened in 24 days). He has been taken off this high blood pressure medication. I have not had a sinus headache in 5 weeks. Prior to becoming a vegan I had chronic sinusitis.Read more ›
In the first part of this book, the author says that some foods have addictive qualities because they contain very small amounts of opiate like substances. Some people seem to be more susceptible to these substances and, in effect, become addicted to them. The foods the author identifies as having these substances are: sugar, chocolate, cheese, and meat. Unfortunately, these foods are commonly associated with causing obesity and all of the health problems related to obesity. So it is important to break the seductive quality these foods may have for you.
How do you do that? The author is skeptical of relying upon simple will power. The addictive like quality these foods have will eventually overcome your will power. Straining to deprive yourself of them leads to feelings of deprivation, guilt, hopelessness, and other negative emotions as you eventually succumb to your addictions again.
In the second part of the book, the author proposes a seven-step program to help you develop a food-craving-free body.
Step one. Start with a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal or other cereals/grains and fruits are an excellent choice. This recommendation sounds trite, but ignoring it can easily lead to cravings later in the day. The author tells stories of dieters who failed, yet were proud that they had successfully skipped meals during the day. Successful dieters identify healthy foods to eat, and then they make sure to eat enough of them during the day. If you don't consume enough calories from healthy foods to satisfy yourself, your cravings for fattening foods will surely overcome you. Hunger triggers cravings. Don't provoke it.Read more ›
Now I know the biological reasons behind my cravings--why does my body demand chocolate before my period, for example? Barnard explains precisely how these foods can "hook" us. Armed with these new insights, for three weeks solid I ate very little fat, salt, and sugar, and tons of whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, legumes, and water. I won't lie to you--the candy would have been much cheaper; fresh whole food costs a fortune. To avoid going broke in the produce aisle, I cut back drastically on meat and tried soy cheese and more bean-based meals. Who says you have to put a hunk of animal flesh in the oven every single night anyway? And it isn't just the sweets that I suddenly find distasteful--potato chips taste too salty and greasy to me now. It's as if somebody rewired my taste buds.
Read this book, and also the amazing book "Fit From Within," to forever alter your relationship with food. Even if you're skinny--and I'm 5'10" and 134 pounds, hardly overweight--if you ever feel that food controls you, rather than the other way around, you need to read this book. Don't let Barnard's hardcore vegan stance scare you off--if you reduce meat and dairy and quadruple fruits and veggies, and keep your trusty water bottle by your side, the magic will still work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely insightful book. Breaks down in an understandable way just exactly how people become so hooked on modern, processed foods. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marilyn K
This low rating is not because of the books content. It is great. However it is due to my kindle version. Read morePublished 13 days ago by knittingjeweler
So much useful information, I can't seem to read this fast enough. This book applies to much more than what Dr Barnard states. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nvrstprunning
I started out nodding in agreement to the statements about how food can be addicting and the problems with the sugar industry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this book a long time ago and just never got around to reading it until recently. Boy, I wish I had read it earlier. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HomePlace
Recommended by my nutritionist (Julieanna Hever) this book TRULY helped me bridge to a Whole Food Plant Based diet but MORE IMPORTANTLY to end the struggle in compulsion/mini... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edwin Vega