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Bonus Blog, The Truth About Food Addiction: Vera Tarman MD

Saturday, November 15, 2014


We interrupt Back to Beck to bring you -- this excerpt from Dr. Vera Tarman's new book about her own food addiction.

She concludes that the only way for her to deal with her addiction to nut butters was the same way she had already dealt with her addiction to alcohol, sugar, chips . . . : absolute abstinence. Not moderation. Just cut out the food addiction triggers completely.

Very interesting. I'm going to have to look for the book!
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    Yup, and I'm thinking these trigger foods are the ones to which we are allergic. They set up systems in our bodies that make us go awry. For me it is as if I am literally taken over by the drive to have more. Obviously I don't, I don't eat them ALL DAY LONG but I do want to eat them every day. Food that is nourishing does not make me want to eat more and more, I eat it and reach satiety.
    Maybe we become sensitized to foods, as we do to allergens, and this is what we need to watch out for, eating the same thing every day. Maybe the thing to do is take care not to eat the foods we really like again and again and again, lest we turn them into trigger foods, and keep varying our foods?
    2057 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Once again you feed my brain.
    2059 days ago
    Yup, this is where the phrase "all or nothing" comes in. And this line in the article really stood out with me...

    "The engine can restart at any time if the ignition is sparked. The engine is always idling".

    2059 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Ellen, I am SO glad to see this...most places one reads that moderation is best...but for me I have to do the same thing as this author. I totally gave up sugar (except the "hidden" sugar so prevalent in foods now) and nut butters (even nuts) 2 years ago September 1 of this year. I can't do ANYTHING else. It works for me too! I am going to get this book somewhere when I am through with Beck!

    Thanks for all your great information and blogs ALWAYS!

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    2059 days ago
    Yeah, trigger foods...there is no living with them. Our lives are so much better leaving them behind...highly agreed!

    2059 days ago
    Sounds totally right! After all, it's an addiction. emoticon
    2060 days ago
    Your blog sums it all up for me! "ABSOLUTE ABSTINENCE!" I cut out all my trigger foods completely! I don't allow myself to take that first bite! Just like an alcoholic doesn't take that first drink! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!
    Hugs and love,
    2060 days ago
    I'm like that with certain breads (perfectly good healthy breads at that). I can't allow them in my house. One bite ends up one loaf.
    2060 days ago
    Addiction to nut butters seems a little strange, but whatever the addiction is...one must abstain totally. But an occasional nut butter emoticon bender doesn't have to be the end of the emoticon .
    2060 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon Yes, it is best to avoid the trigger foods altogether. Just one bite is devastating.
    2060 days ago
    Yep, and new triggers can appear when you try new foods, too. I discovered this during my last episode of eating extra... I found I could eat coconut oil on a spoon, similar to how I would eat peanut butter (one of the foods I cannot keep in the house). Coconut oil, not QUITE as bad, but I could feel its potential!

    Abstinence sometimes *is* the appropriate response! This year? When I completely skipped the Halloween candy? I haven't felt nearly as driven by urges for it. Not bragging, here... I well know I'm one bite away from a binge. It's where I live.
    2060 days ago
    Yes, that's the way Overeaters Anonymous says to deal with food addictions. Identify ones "trigger" foods and avoid them at all costs!

    In Dr. Phil's book The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution, he says people can get to the point where they can buy a pie, eat one piece and leave the rest on the counter or in the fridge. I thought "Really??? I'm thinking not me in my lifetime!!!" Obviously he has no idea how I feel about pie!!!

    Great 2nd blog of the day!
    2060 days ago
  • JCLJR4547
    2060 days ago
    Yes, best to avoid triggers all together.
    2060 days ago
    That is me with semolina pasta.
    2060 days ago
    I think I'm a nut butter junkie too. I need to just cut it out.
    2060 days ago
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