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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Revised & Expanded edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155874276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558742765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kay Sheppard, M.A., is the best-selling author of Food Addiction: The Body Knows and From the First Bite. A licensed mental health counselor and certified eating disorders specialist, she conducts workshops for food addicts worldwide and hosts the Food Addiction Conference on AOL's Addiction and Recovery Forum.

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Kay Sheppard, M.A., is the best-selling author of Food Addiction: The Body Knows and From the First Bite. A licensed mental health counselor and certified eating disorders specialist, she conducts workshops for food addicts worldwide and hosts the Food Addiction Conference on AOL's Addiction and Recovery Forum.

Customer Reviews

No salad dressing with sugar.
Sandy P
I would highly recommend anyone who is concerned about their eating habits to read these two books, as well as From The First Bite by the same author.
warmssa
I feel like I have been dead for so much of my life and a slave to this food addiction.
M. Chau

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Stogie Chomper on May 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
After trying (and failing) for years to lose weight with Weight Watchers and dieting, I had almost concluded that significant weight loss was for me, not possible. Then I was introduced to the principles of Kay Sheppard's food regimen, and in four months, lost 30 pounds. I am still losing, and for the first time, without having to fight feelings of deprivation and those terrible food cravings. If this is a diet, it is the easiest and most effective diet I have ever been on. My friends and family are amazed.
There are two major aspects of Sheppard's food regimen: (1) the physiological aspects of food addiction that derive from low blood sugar due to a hypoglycemic response to flour and sugar in the diet, which is what causes the food cravings and binging, and (2) the moral, spiritual and pyschological support needed to get through the early withdrawal phase, and for many, to stay in recovery.
Sheppard mentions support organizations like Overaters Anonymous and Food Addicts Anonymous, which provide sponsors, information, and moral support for the morbidly obese and other food addicts. I have personally met several individuals in such organizations who have lost over 100 pounds (one young woman had lost 150 pounds)with the result that their lives had turned around and their health restored. The reviewer below who reports that she failed in this food program should try again, this time with a sponsor and an organization to help her.
If you have a significant weight problem or eating disorder, read Kay Sheppard's book. It will be the first step on your road to recovery.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
7/13/00 I am a 48 year old female who was overweight all of my adult life. I tried a "zillion" diets, and lost weight, but could not keep it off. This book helped me to understand how food addiction affected me and what I could do that would help me live with this "eating disorder". My highest weight topped the scales at 250 pounds. I lost 40 pounds on another diet, but quickly regained 20 pounds shortly after. I was ready to try this new way of eating. It was a challege at first as I had to read labels alot. But the results were instantanious. My life completly changed almost immediately. My chronic depression lifted, and how I see myself and the world has completly changed. I am a different person inside and out. I am happy despite the difficult life I'd had. I've also lost 55 pounds in 8 1/2 months just following this wonderful, healthy, fully satisfying food plan. I can live with this food plan the rest of my life - I do not feel deprived of the foods I've had to give up. I am also involved in 12 step recovery work with Overeaters Annonymous which has also helped tremendously. I've gotten tons of support from them. Also, I can't tell you how many people have asked me how I did this - everyday someone makes a comment about the weight I've lost. This is no gimic. My physical aliments have improved dramatically (decrease in lower back pain, relief from arthritis pain in my knee and foot), and I am so much more alert and focused than I have ever been. I used to think I had attention deficet. I don't believe that anymore - I was in a "food fog" before I started this healthy way of eating. I will never go back to my old way of dealing with lifes challenges - I don't eat over them anymore.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2002
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I have struggled with compulsive eating for as long as I can remember. I have tried the "eat only when you're hungry" plan prescribed for compulsive overeaters, as well as just about every diet you can name, only to find my self-destructive behavior worse than before. And then, I found this book.
Admittedly, when I first read the prescribed road to recovery, I was none too thrilled. In the beginning, I assure you, it's tough. But the rewards are so far and beyond your wildest dreams, I can't even begin to explain. In ten weeks I lost 25 pounds as a side effect of the recovery process. The weight loss, though quite welcome, has not been the true blessing of recovery. It has been my ability to think about things other than food, to release my feelings of inferiority, of weakness, of shame.
The program emphasizes the importance of support from friends, family members, and eating disorder groups. I recovered in a foreign country with a different language where I had NO ONE. No friends, no family, no nothing. If you are blessed with the support of loved ones, I promise you will succeed. I was able to kick a disease that breeds in isolation while I was all alone. And if I could do it, anyone can. Buy this book and take what Kay has to say to heart. Her advice has forever changed my life.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book 12 years ago and attended Kay Sheppards treatment program. I lost 60 lbs, had 5 years of abstinence and the only freedom from food I have ever known. Then I decided to get "flexible" so it would be easier for me to live in "the world". At first I thought I had it under control, but slowly my eating has escalated and now I find myself 45 lbs heavier, back into bingeing, uncontrollable consumption of sweets and a bevy of emotional and health problems to go with. After reading old journals and seeing how happy and sane I was during those 5 years --- well I decided I can continue with this trek toward insanity and death or I can surrender myself to this simple program. So I'm back.
The critics of this program are either in denial or not full blown food addicts --- yet. This is no magic bullet. It works if you work it.
Thank you Kay for your uncompromising honesty.
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