by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell
Read by Lisa Bunting
GENRE: Non-Fiction, self-help
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."
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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- If I never met me, would I read my book?
Upon discovering that the book is actually about the addictive nature of foods, I would be intrigued about this new dynamic I had never really taken seriously. I would have laughed about how chocolate or chips were addictive, but would not have equated my cravings with the powerful addictive lure of cocaine or even tobacco. And the idea of never eating sugar again? That would seem preposterous. You would have to stop eating! Secretly I would worry: is it possible to live without the favorite foods that I consumed every night in front of the television?
Once I had skimmed the first few pages and scrolled the table of contents, I would be intrigued by the fact that the authors were both food addicts themselves, and that they were happy, and thin. And from what I could tell, there was no food plan or device or another program that I had to buy. So what could I lose by reading the book?
I might pick up the book… but frankly, it would really depend on if I were ready to even consider a life without sugar, donuts, creamy lattes, ice cream, popcorn. Would it be possible to enjoy such a life? Would I want to become one of those overly rigid people who were tediously asking what ingredients were in the menu? And actually pull out scales at a restaurant?
If it had occurred to me that I was struggling with my food much like addicts were struggling with their nicotine or alcohol, I would definitely buy the book. There is no book available right now that states this statement so explicitly (with scientific proof and clinical examples) and offers a solution from that vantage point. I would want to read the stories of the food addicts in the book and see who made it?
Were any of them like me? If they succeeded, could I?