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Are you one of those people who thinks food addiction isn't real? Then you might be what Dr. Vera Tarman describes in her new book as a Food Junkie! I was addicted to sugar and other processed carbohydrates over a decade ago and found my way back to health and recovery thanks to some basic lifestyle changes that made me whole again. Dr. Tarman walks you through all the necessary steps to make that happen for you too. Addiction is real, but it's not inevitable. Grab back control of your health NOW!"

Jimmy Moore, author of Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity and creator of the Livin’ the Vida Low Carb blog: www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog

For all those who have struggled with weight loss and failed, here is a wise book that applies the addiction model to food. Tarman tackles the neurobiology of pleasure and the epidemic of obesity, and makes sense of both. With a no-nonsense approach, Tarman offers a thoughtful, groundbreaking exploration of a subject that plagues the majority of readers. (Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of the bestselling Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol)

About the Author

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and “comfort food” abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.


Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN's Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1 edition (November 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459728599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459728592
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2014
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The premise of "Food Junkies," by Vera Tarman, M. D., in consultation with Philip Werdell, is that food addicts should abstain from sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, wheat, saturated fats, and any highly processed foods that they are powerless to resist. This is a controversial idea, since most doctors and diet gurus do not recommend permanently avoiding particular foods. On the contrary, they tell their patients to eat more sensibly (whole grains and fruits and vegetables are good; foods high in sugar, saturated fat, and salt should be eaten sparingly), but few go to the extreme of advocating swearing off one's favorite foods. The authors candidly admit that "there is very little clinical research available today to support our claims that food is addictive."

A self-proclaimed food addict herself, Dr. Tarman asserts that food addiction is not that dissimilar to compulsive gambling, alcoholism, smoking, or illegal drug use. She states that "treating food additions requires that the addictive agents--the foods that serve as triggers--be identified and terminated." Tarman goes on to say that when food addicts relapse, "they are taking the `tiger out of the cage.'" This is tough advice to swallow, since most individuals, ranging from the mildly overweight to the morbidly obese, do not relish saying goodbye to cake, candy, ice cream, soda, and potato chips. Unfortunately, the case studies in this book indicate that, for certain people, doing so may be a matter of life or death.

"Food Junkies" takes us on a harrowing and unforgettable journey, in which we meet men and women who binge, purge, starve, overdose on laxatives, and engage in other fruitless efforts to bring their weight under control.
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This book addresses food addiction better than anyone else I've read or heard. Not only conveys what food addiction is in detail, but also lets you know that there is help available, there is a way to beat this beast that is causing obesity related illness, disease, premature death, and egregiously compromised quality of life for so many people.
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I was researching food addiction, came across the title "Food Junkies" and decided it was a book I needed to read.

For a long time I've been saying "If only I could just quit eating!" I felt addicted.
How else could I explain my episodes of what I thought of as self-sabotage? I can accomplish goals but I always fell back into the eating-everything-in-sight rut.

I think gaining the understanding of how addiction works is a huge advantage. I learned a lot reading Food Junkies and I'm looking forward to having the insights from this book serving as an "ace up my sleeve" as I face my addiction head on.

After years of being angry and frustrated with myself, reading Food Junkies made me feel sane again. I feel like I've got a fighting chance.

I can only imagine how many lives will be touched and change by this book.
You don't have to give up food, but you can give up your triggers.
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Great read. For years I have struggled with 'am I really addicted - or do I just need more discipline' this helped me clarify what was muddy and give up sugar and flour for good! Sober 4 months today :)
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This book is just what the doctor ordered. It spells out the truth plain, simple and in depth. This is one of the few topics I consider myself truly knowledgeable on (due to years of self experimentation and heavy reading) but I still found it so straight forward and all encompassing that I am glad I didn't write it off because I thought I knew too much to benefit. Now we just need the rest of the medical industry to catch up! (yeah that'll happen never)
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Kay Sheppard has written a well done book on food addiction. This book may be a good read for someone just getting a better understanding of his or herself with regards to food addiction. I purchased this book based on a podcast I listened to. I would not buy this book again. Information is not new and somehow this read for me as a bit boring.
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While it was interesting to learn about food addiction and hear people's stories it seems like the main suggestion is to admit/learn about the addiction, identify trigger foods, abstain from trigger foods, usually grains and sugar, and most important have a support system and community.
It is a nice book all together.
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Food Junkies is a book I'll look back on as a turning point in my life. My personal experience with food addiction led me to become a holistic nutritionist, a personal trainer and an EFT practitioner. Ironically, I had found some solutions to the problem without even realizing that I was dealing with food addiction.
Food Junkies shed a much-needed light on what I had discovered throughout my own journey as well as that of many of my clients. I now have a very clear understanding of what stands in the way of the food addicts conscious desires to eat a healthy diet and lead healthy lifestyles. It was SO validating to hear a professional echo my sentiments that "it's not about willpower".
Food Junkies will always have a place on my bookshelf and I'm sure it will be well-worn as I lend it to clients that need to understand the nature of their own biochemical addiction to food. Forever grateful...
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