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“… this book will touch on you and change your life. Whether struggling with stuff like food, relationships, shopping, or bottom-basement self-esteem, Tennie shows you how to interrupt the blame, shame and guilt to find your inner good-good self, whatever that may be. The only question now is: Are you ready for her? I hope so. Here’s to that hope . . . in every shade you find it!” —Brad Lamm, Addiction Specialist

“As I read Shades of Hope, I felt as though Tennie were sitting across from me sharing her wisdom. Tennie has given a miraculous gift to us all, she has brought Shades of Hope to us. . . Shades of Hope will open your eyes, and you will start living. Start turning the pages, and begin the life you were supposed to live!” —Ruby Gettinger, author of Ruby’s Diary: Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained

About the Author

Tennie McCarty is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on addiction, especially eating disorders. She has more than thirty years of experience with the treatment of addictive diseases. She has appeared on Ruby, A&E, The Dr. Oz Show, Nightline, and Oprah’s OWN. Tennie McCarty lives in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158063
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tennie McCarty is one of the foremost experts in treating addiction to behaviors and substances, especially food. A certified addictions specialist and licensed counselor in chemical dependency,, she has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Addicted to Food," Nightline, The Dr. Oz Show, The Joy Behar Show, Weekend Today Show, The Ruby Show, Intervention, and others. Nearly twenty-five years ago she co-founded Shades of Hope Treatment Center. Her three daughters now work with her at Shades where, as Tennie says, they "love people into recovery." McCarty lives with her husband in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

Tennie grew up the daughter of a violent Deputy Sheriff in the dusty plains of Odessa, Texas. Described as morbidly obese by a doctor at the age of 13, she suffered from an eating disorder that went un-diagnosed and un-treated for decades.

In recovery from bulimia and compulsive overeating and a survivor of abuse, Tennie has grown up to become an internationally esteemed therapist, mother of four and the CEO of the residential treatment center, Shades of Hope.

Co-founded by Tennie in 1987, Shades of Hope is an all addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; offering experience, strength and hope to the women and men desperate to recover from the disease of addiction. The mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating, as featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network's documentary series 'Addicted to Food'. Her expertise manifests itself through her work in anger reduction, family sculpting and intensive addiction recovery workshops.

She is often heard telling new clients, "If you want what we have and are willing to let go of control, then you have taken the first step toward recovery. Hold this miracle in your hand as a possibility."

Under protection of the ancient live oaks of Buffalo Gap, Texas, you will find the peaceful serenity gardens of Shades of Hope and the mustard seed miracle that is Tennie McCarty.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By susan m haller on March 8, 2012
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Anyone who struggles with an Eating disorder of any type have at one point or another stood in a book store, hunted an internet site, talked to a friend or maybe if we were lucky talked to a therpist about what now....where do I go now....I had been caught up in the multibillion $$ diet industry that told me...just try this one new diet, this one new exercise fad and all your weight/food issues will be solved -- NOT ! This book is a great tool if your interested in making a total lifestyle change. Ms. Tinnie - in an authentic Texas way has shown us the way to living - not just existing. Thru this book she allows you a window into the work that is able to be accomplished in a small Texas town that has a lot of love in it.
Having recently been one of those 6 day clients, I had many of the feeling, thoughts, and expierences that Ms. Tinnie describes - its more that just a meal plan - having only eaten 2 veggie in my life before I went to Shades -I ate them like I was taking a liq. medication cause that's part of the plan -- have I had stumbles sure - when I think - I can't do this - I realize that is my old Eating disorder talking and I "sit with it", "hold it as a possibility" and as Ms. Tinnie third saying would pop in my mind -- "you can allways change your mind" You might ask why I bought the book since I had been at Shades --- recovery is a moment by moment affair at times, this plan allowed me to find the "courage to say in a quiet voice - I will try agian tomarrow" However I am still young in my journey and having a copy of this book for me is required. This book is a treasure, its about the passion, struggle and plan for recovery from an eating addiction, it's a plan I have taken and MAYBE after reading this you will to.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor on July 3, 2012
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Tennie McCarty's book is a must for anyone suffering from food addiction. It is a life changing book not to be confused with a run of the mill diet book - I have suffered from food addiction for 40 years and this book is a light in the darkness for food addicts everywhere. Tennie McCarty is my all time hero for her honesty and her willingness to share her experience. This book asks you to be honest and helps guide you to find the answers to why we use food as a drug - a riveting read. A book you will read over and over again. In summary - if you have a food addiction buy this book or if you know someone with a food addiction buy it for them. 10/10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RickyB on June 9, 2015
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In the field of food addiction there are two branches of thought. Both involve a dependance on food but for different reasons. One theory is that the compulsive eater is physically addicted to food, that the food itself, or certain food types or ingredients, is the foremost problem for the food addict. The second theory is that the compulsive overeater eats only to hide or temper emotions that have come up and are too painful to deal with. They are still dependent on food but it is to help control their emotions, not to satisfy physical cravings.
This book deals with the latter theory. Because of that reason, this book was not for me.
I have done the exercises in this book many (MANY!) times and I was a bit disappointed to see the same cliched therapies recommended (look at yourself naked in a mirror, tell yourself, "I love you", write a family history of all that was said and done that adversely affected you, define your role in your family and how this role has contributed to your addiction, etc.) I've been there and overdone that.
This book would be great for someone who follows the premise that they have a problem with food only because of problems they have not worked through and released, that have built up into crippling fears and feelings that the addict cannot deal with without picking up his or her drug (in this case, food). I think for a compulsive overeater who can relate more to emotional eating, rather than food addiction, might get a lot from this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joan Ifland on July 29, 2013
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As an expert in refined food addiction, I appreciate Tennie McCarty's stories of recovery.
People tend to underestimate the power of refined food addiction. Tennie gets it.
People also tend to be confused about how to treat it. Tennie understands that abstinence is the core of any substance recovery program.
Shades of Hope relates the profound dysfunction of refined food addiction in a way that few people understand.
Tennie and her staff are shown to be courageous in helping clients see that their chemical dependency on refined foods has not diminished their worth. Shades of Hope the book and the facility show that refined food addicts can regain all of their confidence and move forward in life no matter how devastating their addiction has been.
I am very proud of Tennie for organizing this book and letting the world see that recovery from refined food addiction is possible with the right treatment. Clear-headed abstinence, a balanced food plan, and lots of tender loving care.

Bravo to Tennie and her staff.

Joan Ifland, PhD
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on February 20, 2013
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I have been searching for answers to nagging feelings about why I don't feel good enough, why I feel something is wrong with me and what I can do to move through this. I am so grateful for Tennie's honesty, her insights, advice, and explicit candidness in this book. Her writing has really affected me and I can't express enough how profound it will be for you to read this book if you have any type of relationship with food that is anything other than feeding your body to live. I am just so thankful. I hope this helps you.
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