by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell
Read by Lisa Bunting
GENRE: Non-Fiction, self-help
Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in 'comfort' food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can't stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is - and isn't - food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.
Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her "calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing," while another noted the audiobook version "brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't 'skim' or 'rush' through the life-changing content."
An Interview with Dr Vera Tarman
Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
I don't wish to be someone else, but I do wish to have the influence / position of others. I would like to have the position or influence of someone like Steve Paikin who has a very successful and well-respected TV show. I am at an age where I don't want to be anyone else any longer!
What did you do on your last birthday?
Birthdays are actually a challenge for me now. I used to use these events as the excuse to get inebriated and to eat a lot of cake or candy. Now, I no longer drink or eat outside of my prescribed food plan. This has forced me to look at different ways to celebrate. On this year’s birthday, I just slept in and spent time with my family. I am learning to enjoy the ‘smaller’ joys in life.
What part of the writing process do you dread?
The beginning of the process is the hardest. I love it when things are flowing out of me – when the creative juices flow. And the end of the project though, I can get so tired of the material, I cant bear to look at it again!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
YES, YES, YES. I try to find out what it is I am trying to say. Often, the block is because I am trying to say too much, and don't know how to go forward. I get scattered and confused. So I try to draw connections like a mathematical equation ie. I want to say x, in order to show y, to explain z… that process usually helps. Sometimes, when doing this, I realize that I don't really want to write. Then I have to find an angle that interests me and provokes my passion.
Tell us about your latest release.
I have written a book on food addiction. Food Junkies: the Truth about Food Addiction. This is a book about the science and experience of being addicted to particular foods (sugar, flour) to the point where the cravings can impair daily life. I draw on the research and clinical scenarios in my own practice – and the fuel propelling it along is my own personal experience. I want to tell people that there is a solution to the rut so many of us get into, of weight gain and food obsession. There is a rainbow on the other side, a promise of weight loss success and liberation from food obsessions. To a food addict, this message is manna from heaven.~~~~~~~~~~~~~
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.
Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.
Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator. For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.
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