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Food Addiction: The Body Knows: Revised & Expanded Edition Paperback – March 1, 1993
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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.
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.
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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I bought this to read because I had the Daily Devotions that goes with it. I enjoyed reading it. It helped me understand the struggle of weight loss.Published 5 months ago by Lisa Parlas
Food and eating for women should be easier than this... I have been a member of AA for twenty eight years and I have come to know a new freedom from Letting Go and Letting God. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Happy Gurl
Good book to learn about what food addiction is and to better understand it.Published 5 months ago by kimeb
Don’t know what I expected, exactly, but I have been very impressed with the helpful information I found here. My thanks to Ms. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbara