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The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction

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The body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do more of the things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship, and even the continued propagation of the human race are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat.

In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how unhealthy food and behavioral "fixes" have gotten us ensnared in a vicious cycle of overeating and ...

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Overview

The body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do more of the things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship, and even the continued propagation of the human race are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat.

In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how unhealthy food and behavioral "fixes" have gotten us ensnared in a vicious cycle of overeating and addiction. She even shows that dopamine rushes in the body work exactly the same way with food as with cocaine. Luckily, we are all capable of rewiring, and the very same dopamine-driven system can be used to reward us for healthful, exciting, and fulfilling activities.

The Hunger Fix lays out a science-based, three-stage plan to break the addiction to false fixes and replace them with healthier actions. Fitness guides, meal plans, and recipes are constructed to bolster the growth of new neurons and stimulate the body’s reward system. Gradually, healthy fixes like meditating, going for a run, laughing, and learning a new language will replace the junk food, couch time, and other bad habits that leave us unhappy and overweight.

Packed with practical tips, useful advice, and plenty of wit, wisdom, and inspiring stories of those who have successfully transformed their bodies, The Hunger Fix is a life-changing program for anyone (of any size) trapped by food obsession and the urge to overeat.

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"For countless men and women who have tried to lose weight and failed, The Hunger Fix offers hope of a real, permanent solution to weight gain. If you truly want to conquer your food demons, take control of your body and your health, and set yourself on the path to sustainable weight loss, The Hunger Fix is a must read."

—David Zinczencko, Editor in Chief, Men’s Health and author of Eat This, Not That!

"In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke elegantly outlines a practical plan to navigate the treacherous tightrope over the food addiction ravine."

—Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor and Vice-Chair, Surgery, NYP Columbia University, and host of the Dr. Oz show

 

"In her outstanding new book, The Hunger Fix, Dr. Peeke provides those afflicted with overeating and food addiction with a powerful new tool—Transcendental Meditation—to rein in impulses and control cravings. Dr. Peeke wisely makes this simple, effortless technique a key part of her holistic plan to manage food addiction, empowering men and women to enjoy a lifelong recovery."

—David Lynch, filmmaker and founder of the David Lynch Foundation

 

"As I know from countless conversations with friends, family and Zumba enthusiasts all over the world, food addiction is a real issue. I could not be more pleased to see that, with this book, it is finally getting the attention it deserves. In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Peeke not only dissects the science of food addiction in an easy-to-understand way, she also offers readers a pragmatic approach to triggering their own EpiphaME and embarking on a journey toward a healthier, happier life."

—Alberto Perlman, Co-Founder and CEO, Zumba Fitness International

 

"The Hunger Fix is revolutionary. Dr. Peeke applies her trademark holistic approach to food addiction, integrating cutting-edge mind and body science. This book offers a practical, realistic blueprint for the lifelong recovery each individual so richly deserves."

—Beth Shaw, Founder, YogaFit

 

"In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Peeke tackles one of the greatest health problems of our day with startling new insights. She addresses food addiction at its root cause rather than simply providing a diet that leaves people hungry and dissatisfied. The Hunger Fix is a must-read for anyone who wants to end overeating and food obsessions once and for all."

—Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School and author of the New York Times bestseller Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation

 

"In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Peeke shows how the foods we eat can directly alter brain chemical messengers and why some find it so challenging to just say ‘no’ to sugary, fatty foods. More importantly, Dr. Peeke offers solutions and tools to counter the vicious cycle of food addiction."

—Michael W. Smith, MD, Medical Director, Chief Medical Editor of WebMD.com

 

"Food addiction is a game changer in weight management. For those people who are caught in the throws of overeating and feeling hopeless and out of control, The Hunger Fix is a must read. Dr. Peeke teaches us how to use our own biochemistry and lifestyle habits to reclaim our brains and finally live a life without food and weight torment."

—Gary & Diane Heavin, Co-Founders of Curves

 

"The Hunger Fix presents research that is shockingly undeniable—food addiction is real! But there’s hope for those struggling with hunger and overeating. Dr. Peeke’s easy-to-follow plan will help readers rewire their brains and transform their bodies permanently. If you’ve tried everything and failed, this book is your savior."  

— Chuck Runyon, Founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness and author of Working Out Sucks!

"The Hunger Fix provides people of all sizes, shapes and ages the opportunity to cast aside self-destructive behaviors, and instead get high on "Healthy Fixes." We couldn’t agree more that injecting joy and fun into daily physical activity generates the real reward we’re all hungering for as we seek long-term happiness and wellness!"

—Kathie and Peter Davis, Co-founders of IDEA Health & Fitness Association

 

"In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Peeke successfully links the new science of addiction with the practical realities of our primal drives for hunger and appetite. Through this mind-body connection, The Hunger Fix offers a simple lifelong weight management and lifestyle solution that touches all aspects of how we think, eat and play."

—Paul Terpeluk MD, MPH, Medical Director, Employee Health, Cleveland Clinic

 

"Diets are based on denial and deprivation—they create a vicious cycle that leaves dieters feeling addicted to food. In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Peeke explains the science and biochemistry associated with addiction and food binges and offers simple eating steps for people who feel hopeless and out of control."

—Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD Sports nutritionist and author of the best-selling Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

"In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke guides readers through the groundbreaking new science of food addiction, helping to explain how their reward systems can be altered by exposure to certain foods.  After identifying the challenge, she provides an accessible, practical, science-based strategy to manage cravings and addictive habits for the long term."

—James O. Hill PhD, Co-Founder National Weight Control Registry, Executive Director, Anschutz Health & Wellness Center, University of Colorado

"I see a lot of cookbooks...but very few do what this one did, which was to make me rethink the way I shop and cook." —MORE Magazine (September)

Library Journal
Chocoholic? Can't eat just one potato chip? Physician and author Peeke (medicine, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation) discusses the reality of food addiction, the effects of food on the release of dopamine in the brain, and the "false fixes" that form from repeated exposure to foods. Since food addicts can't simply stop eating forever, Peeke presents a plan to rewire the brain and break the "Hunger Fix Cycle"—the constant desire to eliminate a false hunger—and replace "false fixes" of food with "healthy fixes," such as active movement and meditation. Three stages are presented: detox, beginner recovery, and lifelong recovery. Inspirational real-life stories of those who have overcome their food addictions and battles with weight are included, as is an eating plan with meal ideas and recipes. VERDICT Peeke's accessible writing style will engage readers who may feel they have finally found a new way to approach weight loss.—Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623361587
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 69,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PAM PEEKE, MD, MPH, FACP, is the bestselling author of Body-for-Life for Women, Fight Fat after Forty, and Fit to Live. An internationally renowned physician, scientist, and expert on nutrition, metabolism, stress, and fitness, she is also a medical advisor to the White House’s Let’s Move! campaign. She lives in Bethesda, MD.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Tara Costa viii

Introduction: Hand Over the Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt! xii

Chapter 1 The Dopamine Made Me Do It! 1

Chapter 2 The Hunger Fix Cycle 25

Chapter 3 Breaking the Hunger Fix Cycle 42

Chapter 4 The EpiphaME: Finding Your True Hunger 58

Chapter 5 Stage 1: False Fix Detox 80

Chapter 6 Stage 2: Beginner Recovery 124

Chapter 7 Stage 3: Master Recovery 163

Chapter 8 The Hunger Fix Eating Plan 210

Chapter 9 The Hunger Fix Recipes 243

Appendix A The Yale Food Addiction Scale 303

Appendix B Mind-Mouth-Muscle Daily Journal 310

Appendix C The Three Pillars of the Hunger Fix 311

Appendix D The Hunger Fix Quick Shopping List 313

Appendix E Document Your Rewards 315

Appendix F The Three M's: Resources 320

Appendix G Find Your Healthy Fix Voice 324

Notes 326

Acknowledgments 337

Index 339

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Yes! Finally someone understands and explains Food Addiction!

    As a former addiction counselor AND a food addict myself, I have to say this book hits it all right on the head. I always knew I had a "problem" with food, but while I was reading this book everything started to click. It all makes so much sense! If you are feeling out of control over your eating habits PLEASE read this book!

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    No nonsense advice for food addiction

    If you suffer from food addiction, you will find this book has no nonsense advice on learning to live with your addiction. It isn't a miracle cure, however you can learn to say no.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    This is the book that will change your life!

    When you are fed up (no pun intended) and ready to change, then read this NOW!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Recommended

    If you have a problem with food, read this book.

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    Posted February 18, 2013

    Fabuless

    If you are fat its ok, but you can fix it while your young. Just be you. Love





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