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Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings---And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally [Paperback]

Neal Barnard , Marian Lizzi
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Sept. 23 2004
Cure Your Food Cravings Once and For All

If sweets and high-fat foods are sabotaging your efforts to lose weight and get healthy, Dr. Neal Barnard has the solution to conquering your food addictions. Backed up by scientific research, Breaking the Food Seduction explains that your biochemistry, not your lack of willpower, is the problem. Dr. Barnard reveals the simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can break the stubborn cycle of cravings and make you free to choose healthy and tasty foods that can help to you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve your overall health.

Featuring a 3-week kickstart plan and 100 delicious, satisfying recipes

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Why is it so hard to resist the temptation of chocolate? Because chocolate triggers the release of natural opiates in the brain. It's a drug "strong enough to keep us coming back for more," according to nutritional researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., president and founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. Cheese also releases mild opiates during digestion--no wonder we crave it. In Breaking the Food Seduction, Barnard helps you understand and overcome your food cravings. He explains which foods "hook" us the most and why, and what to do to break free when you want to decrease the calories and fat that accompany these seductive foods. Cheese, for example, is about 70 percent saturated fat and has more cholesterol, ounce for ounce, than a steak.

Barnard offers seven steps to breaking your food cravings, devoting a chapter to each one, with anecdotes and plenty of clear, sound, practical tips. Then he presents guidelines for healthy eating using "the New Four Food Groups"--vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains--with a three-week menu plan and 113 healthful, vegan recipes. Highly recommended for people who want to understand their food cravings and finally get rid of them. --Joan Price --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the most responsible and authoritative voices in American medicine today."
- Andrew Weil, M.D.

"Dr. Neal Barnard is a brilliant visionary, one of the leading pioneers in educating the public about the healing power of diet and nutrition."
- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Eat More, Weigh Less

"Here at last is the book that shows why certain foods can be so addictive and exactly what to do about it."
- John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cooper Clinic

"...must reading for anyone who eats - and wants to enjoy good health."
- Has A. Diehl, Dr.HSc., Director of the Coronary Health Improvement Project and Chairman of the Board of The Lifestyle Medicine Institure

"This book squarely addresses some of the most critical nutritional problems we face - not only what we should be eating, but also how we can free ourselves from the habits that have kept too many of us from enjoying better health."
- Henry Heimlich, M.D., The Heimlich Institute at Deaconess Hospital

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The proof is in the doing June 7 2004
By A Customer
I started out looking at this book because of reflux problems and I wanted a lighter diet. In a very short time, however, this book changed the way I eat completely. The proof truly is in the doing. I saw another reviewer wish that the book had other recommendations besides a vegan diet but that is precisely the Dr's point - the foods we crave make mixing and matching very difficult. 3 weeks eating as a vegan I have lost 10 pounds, reflux is practically nil, I don't crave food all day and in fact seldom even am anxious about meal times. I'm energetic - the absence of milk and meat has if anyting improved my energy levels. I urge anybody who has tried and failed finding a way to eat sensibly and maintain the habit to read what the good Dr. has to say.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best diet book out there, by far Dec 19 2003
This book has made a profound difference in my life.
This book will disabuse you of many fallacies about food and dieting. It is the best book I have read on nutrition. The book tells you in clear language what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. But far more importantly, it will equip you with the knowledge--backed up with scientific evidence--to break the food addiction. After all, what good does it do to tell you to stay away from sugar, meat, and cheese, if those are the very foods you crave?
This book lives up to its title: Breaking the Food Seduction. You don't fight the cravings, you break the cravings. That is an important distinction and it is the thesis of this book. I am very glad I found this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only weight loss plan that worked Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer
I have tried countless of diets through the years with some success only to find after 2-3 weeks I felt so deprived I wanted to eat everything in sight. I saw the author on TV and decided to give it a try. Actually, the plan is not as hard as I thought but the best thing is I don't have any cravings. Sweets and high fat foods don't appeal to me. This is my third week and I've lost inches and everyone is noticing. I haven't been on a scale because I don't want to get consumed with the numbers. Also I feel more energetic. For anyone who is contemplating it, you have to give it a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book Sept. 11 2003
This book clearly explains in laymans terms the physiological effect certain foods have on the body. I had dabbled a bit trying to be a vegetarian for a few years but wasn't successful until I read Dr. Barnard's book. I started a vegan lifestyle on Aug 1, 2003 and the weight has just peeled away. I went from being exhausted and miserable to having enough energy to start a running program. I feel so good. And it has been so easy. I don't feel deprived, I don't crave bad foods anymore. My skin looks better. I've lost 15 pounds in six weeks and am still losing. It is nothing short of amazing and something I am positive I can sustain for the rest of my life. It also feels good to know I am making a small contribution to a healthier planet by not consuming animals. I plan on giving this book to my friends and family for Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing source of information Dec 29 2004
By Kristin
This is a great book for those who are interested in becoming vegan. Even if you aren't, it provides some really interesting information on why we crave the foods we do. For the person who said we crave meat and cheese because we need the "nutrients" in them, you obviously didn't read this book and you're still hypnotized by the propoganda from the meat and dairy industries. These foods are not necessities. The author clearly states that a supplement is only necessary if you feel you're not getting enough B12. If you don't have enough time to cook the recipes provided in the book then buy a good vegan cookbook or look on the internet. If you're serious about changing your life then you'll find a way to do it. I'm so tired of hearing the "I don't have time to do it" excuse. This is why North America became fat in the first place. Anyway, this is a great book and I recommend it 100%. GO VEGAN!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! June 24 2003
The author writes with authority, but not with pomposity. Moreover, the book is readable and easily digestible (pardon the pun). I am following his sensible suggestions for weight loss and healthy eating. I am thrilled with how I feel and the difference I am starting to see in my weight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had heard a lot about this doctor and how he had seemingly cured several health-related problems (cholesterol levels, diabetes, clogged arteries, etc.) with diet changes that didn't restrict how much food could be eaten. I had also heard that people lots tons of weight and kept it off in his clinic. I was amazed to learn how and why certain foods hook us, and I feel confident that his ideas could improve the health and economy of this country, if we would step out of denial. Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes sense!! Sept. 10 2003
Read it with an open mind and give it a try for the recommended three week period. Not only does it work - it works extremely well! You can feel better, lose weight, cut your grocery bills, explore new food choices and learn to think of food in a whole new way. A book that changed my life and one that I am gifting to family and friends.
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Published 1 month ago by Jamil Shariff
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
I guess it's OK for the people with little or no knowledge of food addictions, but didn't learn anything new.
Published 19 months ago by Ron 4310
5.0 out of 5 stars We are eating ourselves into our own graves
This book explains what is in our food and how it is killing us and our kids with the help and blessing of government. Simply a must read for every one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paddyboyyy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book All food addicts need!!!!!!!!!!!!
A plan of eating that has literally changed my life! And it is so easy! Yes we have had to battle cravings, but the reward is I have dropped 30 points in my insulin levels and am... Read more
Published on May 15 2010 by Aubry
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but biased...
Granted, Dr. Barnard's diet is solid, and the science behind his reasoning is solid; however, the reasoning itself isn't as great as he himself believes. Let me explain:
Dr. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Be Rich Or Have A Stay-At-Home Mom
I know I have sugar addiction, so this book really caught my attention. The book itself is very informative and interesting. The problem comes when trying to make the recipies. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Waldo
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever Title
The title of this book was cleverly chosen. Had it been more descriptive, I don't think I would have purchased the book. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars COMMON SENSE BROUGHT HOME!
The book has fire and energy, and is clearly written by someone who believes in his mission to help people become healthier. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Juris Doctor
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