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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Revised edition edition (March 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155874276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558742765
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.2 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kay Sheppard, M.A., is the best-selling author of Food Addiction: The Body Knows and From the First Bite. A licensed mental health counselor and certified eating disorders specialist, she conducts workshops for food addicts worldwide and hosts the Food Addiction Conference on AOL's Addiction and Recovery Forum.


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By A Customer on Dec 30 2003
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I bought this book 12 years ago and attended Kay Sheppards treatment program. I lost 60 lbs, had 5 years of abstinence and the only freedom from food I have ever known. Then I decided to get "flexible" so it would be easier for me to live in "the world". At first I thought I had it under control, but slowly my eating has escalated and now I find myself 45 lbs heavier, back into bingeing, uncontrollable consumption of sweets and a bevy of emotional and health problems to go with. After reading old journals and seeing how happy and sane I was during those 5 years --- well I decided I can continue with this trek toward insanity and death or I can surrender myself to this simple program. So I'm back.
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'm sorry, but honestly, I bought both of her books, read a few chapters, and I just don't like her approach to food. Food is an addiction, yes, but I think it is unreasonable to live the rest of your life without some flour, some sugar, some good fat, and boiled meat!!!?? jesus, the day I have to eat boiled meat, just put a fork in me, I'm done and on my way to straight up deprivation binge cycles or anorexia. eating is a privelage and one of life's great pleasures, people who are healthy are priveleged to have this pleasure but life needs balance. I think of the my many relatives that have had cancer and could not eat.Even though I think Sheppard has some great connections about food and addiction, I think her approach is too extreme and not mind/body focused enough, and frankly I just didn't like her. Kudos to those she has helped, get it where you can! But, I don't think this is a five star book - going back to Geneen Roth
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By A Customer on Oct. 28 2000
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First let me say that I'm glad the ideas and instructions presented in this book have worked for many people. Even if the scientific reasoning for abstaining from sugar and wheat is complete rubbish, I don't think that matters if it works. It simply did not work for me.
I think Ms. Sheppard would classify me as a food addict. I have demonstrated many of the typical food addict behaviors over the years, and my weight has always been a problem to one degree or another. However, I think either I am not truly a food addict and my problems with food are strictly psychological or Ms. Sheppard's program simply doesn't work for all food addicts. Either way, I got the impression from reading her book that almost all overweight people could "recover" using her program, and I disagree.
I stuck to the program perfectly for about eight weeks. For me, it was just another exercise in renewed hope, deprivation, failure, and disappointment. Maybe it will be your salvation, but it certainly wasn't mine.
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I have every diet book, I have done every eating plan since 1965. At age 13 a doctor prescribed diet pills to me, he died because he was overwieght. This book taught me that there is a way to get rid of the cravings. This book taught me that with eating changes I could get rid of food controlling me and me not controlling food. I have lost 10 pounds in a month. I am able now to clean up after a meal without being the human garbage disposal. I alow my kids to bake now because I am not eating up half a cake or half the cookie dough. I feel terrific.
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As a professional working with eating disordered patients for the past 15 years, I find Kay's text a "timeless" classic in the field. She is able to put into words a clear picture of what the "tyranny" of food addiction is all about, and most importantly, shows her reader where the answers are to be found. Kudos to Kay and all those who follow her teachings.
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By A Customer on Dec 26 2002
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I have struggled with compulsive eating for as long as I can remember. I have tried the "eat only when you're hungry" plan prescribed for compulsive overeaters, as well as just about every diet you can name, only to find my self-destructive behavior worse than before. And then, I found this book.
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.
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After reading Kay Sheppard's 2 books on food addiction I am in complete agreement with her on the source of my overeating.
As a former area manager for Weight Watchers in NZ,and Australia I thought I knew all there was to know about food and nutrition. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why I knew so much and still continued to have problems with food. Now I have my answer. I am an addict. As long as I live I will never be allowed to go on to a maintenance program as I know it. Every time I did, I went back to my old pattern of binge eating candies and sweets. With it came the result I loathed. Weight gain and all the unhappiness and erratic behavior that comes with being out of control.
Kay Sheppard explains it in full and offers excellent advice to people like myself. I have never seen it in such simple terms. Everyone with an addictive eating pattern NEEDS to read this book and follow Ms. Sheppard's plan for abstinence from addictive foods and binges. It's all so freeing.
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