Friday, January 17, 2014

Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well and Live Better

I for one, can overeat. I mean obviously, I'm giant (or really a "glamazon" as mother calls me) I'm 6 foot one and built like a brick shit house. I can pack the food away if I'm in a really bad mood (or good one, depending on the situation). But thankfully, I'm not a chronic binger like author, Rhona Epstein, and thousands of others that can't control sugary foods are or have been. I'm not saying that to slam them, no way. That's just tough is all. I know some people have a real problem saying no and can't stop until they finish that whole crave case or tub of cookie dough. 

Author and certified psychologist, addictions counselor, and therapist, Rhona, talks about the very really problem of binge eating and how some people are wired to NOT STOP. Food addiction isn't a joke and she takes the first first few chapters outlining the scientific studies and giving a dumbed down version of how your brain works and in some cases, doesn't work. Studies with rats have proven that sugar has the same effects as heroin and cocaine. Too much sugar chemically alters your brain and makes you crave it more and reject healthier food in favor of sweeter options (p. 20). It was quite interesting, I wish she had included more studies. But never fear there was still plenty more useful information in this book!

There were success stories, real life solutions, scientific explanations, written exercises, group questions, and biblical insight to whet the appetite of anyone wishing to make a change to their binge eating life style or their loved one's food addiction. 

I appreciated that this wasn't just a run of the mill diet book, because it's not a diet book! It's a lifestyle change. If you suffer from serious food addiction you have to cut sugar and flour out of your life forever. Addicts can't have just a little, a little taste will send them careening back into binging. Food addiction is very much like alcohol or drug addictions in the treatment and application. You need loving support from others, God, professional help (a nutritionist, I appreciate there are no recipes in this book), and knowledge.

This was an inspiring read, and I can see many getting help from this.

I received this book for free from First Look in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Oh and to all my loyal readers out there! I have an additional copy to raffle off!! Just comment on this blog post and on Sunday I will randomly draw a winner. Thanks for reading!!!

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