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One of the foremost experts on eating addiction, Tennie McCarty uses her own inspiring story, as well as the treatment from her famous retreat center, Shades of Hope, to help readers break the endless cycle of diets.

This is not a guide to losing weight. There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another without understanding why because they never look beyond their plates. McCarty believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual ...

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Overview

One of the foremost experts on eating addiction, Tennie McCarty uses her own inspiring story, as well as the treatment from her famous retreat center, Shades of Hope, to help readers break the endless cycle of diets.

This is not a guide to losing weight. There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another without understanding why because they never look beyond their plates. McCarty believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution. An interactive book that asks readers to be a part of their healing, Shades of Hope shares the teachings, therapies, exercises, and mind-set that McCarty has used and developed throughout her career in treating addiction. Drawing from her own personal story, as well as those of her patients, McCarty shows readers how they can create new relationships—with food, their loved ones, and themselves.

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McCarty and Shades of Hope, her treatment center in Buffalo Gap, Tex., are familiar to fans of Oprah, Dr. Oz, and the Lifetime TV show, Ruby. During her years of success helping overeaters, bulimics, anorexics, and multiple-dependence drug, alcohol, and food addicts confront their disease and heal, McCarty has advocated an approach based on Alcoholic Anonymous’s 12 Step Program. A folksy and straight-forward professional, Tennie has seen it all and learned from her own addiction and recovery that eating disorders respond well to addiction treatment. The book suggests: Admission, which identifies why food addicts seek to fill a void and how to face the problem; Beliefs, about family roles and body image; Decision, which offers a key 12 Step spiritual component; Action, outlining the steps required to process such emotions as anger, fear, and loneliness; Results, about making amends and embracing feelings. Unlike other diet and nutrition books, there is scant scientific information about food and addiction, i.e., why sugar, flour, and caffeine cause physiological dependence, or why “trigger foods” change brain chemistry. The value of this book lies in its wakeup call about dysfunctional relationships to food. As hopeful as this book is, the remedy it provides is one that succeeds best in a therapeutic community. Agent: Trena Keating. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399158063
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Tennie McCarty is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on addiction, especially eating disorders. She has more than thirty years of experience with the treatment of addictive diseases. She has appeared on Ruby, A&E, The Dr. Oz Show, Nightline, and Oprah’s OWN. Tennie McCarty lives in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Foreword Ashley Judd xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Admission

One Filling the Void 13

Two Facing the Problem 39

Part Two Belief

Three Breaking the Cycle 63

Four Body Image 83

Part Three Decision

Five Spiritual Problem Defined 99

Six Finding a Spiritual Solution 117

Seven Recognizing the Divine Self 131

Part Four Action

Eight Process Prep 149

Nine Processing Our Feelings 161

Part Five Results

Ten Healing Family 201

Eleven Feelings Embraced 223

Twelve Meal Plan 247

Part Six Faith

Thirteen The Road of Happy Destiny 281

Appendix 297

Acknowledgments 300

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    This is an incredible book. I was floored by the raw truth, not

    This is an incredible book. I was floored by the raw truth, not only from the clients but from Tennie herself. The exercises are designed to compliment therapy work. A meal plan is included. The idea of treating food and the compulsion that drives us to 'bad' foods and to overeating as an addiction is an amazing idea. Really enjoyed this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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