Anatomy of a Food Addiction: The Brain Chemistry of Overeating [NOOK Book]

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Katherine clearly explains the chemical reactions in the brain that work in conjunction with lifelong emotional conflicts to make food - particularly sugar and carbohydrates-such a comfort that it's almost like a drug. Includes self-tests, exercises, an examination of family issues and priorities, and a complete recovery program for newfound understanding and confidence. For readers who are strongly addicted to particular foods as well as those who simply feel susceptible. ...
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Anatomy of a Food Addiction: The Brain Chemistry of Overeating

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Overview

Katherine clearly explains the chemical reactions in the brain that work in conjunction with lifelong emotional conflicts to make food - particularly sugar and carbohydrates-such a comfort that it's almost like a drug. Includes self-tests, exercises, an examination of family issues and priorities, and a complete recovery program for newfound understanding and confidence. For readers who are strongly addicted to particular foods as well as those who simply feel susceptible.
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What People Are Saying

H. Theresa Wright
H. Theresa Wright, MS, RD, CDE, Renaissance Nutrition Center, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, PA
This book offers a clear and logical explanation for the origins and progression of compulsive eating disorders, with a moving and deeply honest account of the author's own struggle with food. It outlines a gentle and compassionate approach for beginning your own recovery. Insightful, loving and effective.
Claire Boehling
Claire Boehling, M.Ed., Eating Recovery Center, Solon OH
This book takes you from active food addiction into recovery with love and a true understanding of this painful disease. I recommend it to everyone who goes through my center.
Ruth Lorenz
Ruth Lorenz, recovering food addict
Anne Katherine's book helped me to make it through the night when I was bingeing and had no other hope. It mapped out a plan of recovery, offering tools that I have found essential in maintaining my abstinence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936077543
  • Publisher: Gürze Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 295,053
  • File size: 558 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Addiction Is an Illness 11
2 Chemical Warfare 21
3 Deprivation 48
4 The Great Escape 70
5 Nature's Telegrams 81
6 How Healing Happens 95
7 Achieving Abstinence 108
8 Help! 131
9 Dear Beloved 137
10 Fat Prejudice 151
11 Anorexia and Bulimia 155
12 Timing, Choices, and Hitting Bottom 169
13 Relapse 174
14 Further Abstinence 187
15 Wait! 200
16 Fullness 223
Notes 229
Sources of Help 232
Index 233
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First Chapter

When I took my first step toward recovery from binge eating in 1983, I had no idea that my life was unfulfilled because I was eating too much. What a wonder, then, that with each small step I took into recovery, my life gained more luster, my mind got clearer, and my energy grew.

I didn’t realize that certain foods act in the body as if they are drugs, creating an addiction powerful enough to have held me in a pattern of binge eating despite my most fervent and spiritual efforts to break free. I call these foods "drug foods," which by themselves are not drugs, but through a series of chemical reactions eventually cause production of brain chemicals that can have a drug-like effect on the body. These chemicals cloud the mind, imprison the soul, and steal freedoms. All this from particular foods in interaction with a particular body type.

This susceptibility stems from the fact that many people have an inadequate supply of certain chemicals that can, among other things, alleviate pain. We learn, even as small children, to stimulate the release of these chemicals by eating sweets and we do this for a much more significant reason than to get a particular taste. We do this because, soon after, we feel better.

Thus, we discover how to manipulate our brain functioning by choosing to eat an abundance of certain types of foods. We make this adjustment without any consciousness of how or why it works; but, over time, such manipulation causes other brain changes, and we can unknowingly get trapped in a cycle of eating that causes more eating. This book explains that process.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    New bible for overeaters

    This book is fantastic! It introduces you to overeating in a step by step process and it is right on the mark!

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