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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.
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.
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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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 14 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
...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
After trying (and failing) for years to lose weight with Weight Watchers and dieting, I had almost concluded that significant weight loss was for me, not possible. Read morePublished on May 15 2001 by Stogie Chomper