Food Addiction: The Body Knows: Revised & Expanded Edition by Kay Sheppard Paperback – Mar 1 1993
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
There are two major aspects of Sheppard's food regimen: (1) the physiological aspects of food addiction that derive from low blood sugar due to a hypoglycemic response to flour and sugar in the diet, which is what causes the food cravings and binging, and (2) the moral, spiritual and pyschological support needed to get through the early withdrawal phase, and for many, to stay in recovery.
Sheppard mentions support organizations like Overaters Anonymous and Food Addicts Anonymous, which provide sponsors, information, and moral support for the morbidly obese and other food addicts. I have personally met several individuals in such organizations who have lost over 100 pounds (one young woman had lost 150 pounds)with the result that their lives had turned around and their health restored. The reviewer below who reports that she failed in this food program should try again, this time with a sponsor and an organization to help her.
If you have a significant weight problem or eating disorder, read Kay Sheppard's book. It will be the first step on your road to recovery.
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This was a great read. Unfortunately, I do not follow the suggested diet as I have a allergy to dairy and the author does not give any alternatives for that, nor can I find any... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Elton
The book is good but not really what I expected.
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This is a good starting point for food addicts. Ms. Sheppard offers much valuable information. However, the tone of the book, a bit exclusionary and black and white, can be... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003
This is one of the very few books that tells it like it really is. No medical books or doctors address the issues in this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Desmond
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... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002
...and reading this book was an important first step in that process.
All those so-called weight-loss "solutions" out there have one thing in common: they all want... Read more
This book is well written and informative. It has a very thourough plan of healing...but you can never again eat any food with sugar, wheat or flour in it.Published on April 18 2002 by Amy Wright