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Beef and Broccoli

One of the problems I have noticed with sheltering in place is that I don’t have nearly the appetite that I normally have. Maybe it’s because of the lack of activity, certainly there’s no going out to eat not that I do that very often anyway. 

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Defining “Food Junkie” W/ Dr. Vera Tarman

Vera Tarman

On this week’s episode I spoke with Dr. Vera Tarman. Dr. Tarman is the author of Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction.

She is also the founder and spokesperson for Addictions Unplugged. Dr. Vera Tarman has focused her medical practice over the past 17 years on addiction treatment and recovery. Along with serving the addiction community through her own private practice, she has been the Medical Director at Renascent since 2006 and the Staff physician with Salvation Army Homestead since 2004.

If you missed it, you can tune in HERE.

What We Covered:

0:55- Dr. Vera Tarman, Author of Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction

1:43- Dr. Tarman’s Professional Background

2:20- Definition of Food Addiction

3:05- Signs of Food Addiction

7:06- Causes of Food Addiction

7:15- Below The Radar-Dr. Norton’s Book

9:15- Are People Born With Food Addiction?

12:11- Caller Joe

13:01- What Is The Solution For Food Addiction?

13:45- What Do You Abstain From?

15:00- How Do You Determine What To Eliminate?

16:22- Are Coconut Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup The Same?

18:24- Coconut Sugar and Norbu Sweetener

23:32- If You Have A Food Addiction, Will You Always Have One?

25:48- Ways To Overcome Food Addictions

30:26-Can You Become Addicted To Fruit?

32:53- Physical & Emotional Addiction

33:26- Definition of Addiction

39:06- Stages of Recovery

40:08- What Is The Number One Sign You’re Addicted To Something?

41:43- Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction

42:54- Contact Dr. Vera Tarman at addictionsunplugged.com

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use-Week of November 24th-30th

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of November 24th-30th!”

How To Avoid A Thanksgiving Day Meltdown

The season of food-centered parties and gift-giving starts with a bang with Thanksgiving dinner. The annual meal comes with high expectations, as relatives and friends anticipate a multi-course feast. LEARN MORE

Food Addiction: Retraining Your Brain To Eat Healthy

Why are so many of us hopelessly addicted to fatty and sugary foods that we know are bad for us? Why do we never get the same cravings for fruit, vegetables or brown rice that we do for chocolate, crisps and chips? LEARN MORE

Surviving Thanksgiving

Each year, as the holidays approach, we go into a panic. How will I survive Thanksgiving? There is the thought of spending time with family, the pressure of creating a perfect holiday meal, and the guilt over the 51 million turkeys that will sacrifice their lives for the occasion. But amidst all of these other pressing concerns, there is one that stands out above the rest in the national panic: How will I stick to my diet? My advice is simple. Don’t. LEARN MORE

Adolescent Girls and ‘Not-Quite’ Eating Disorders

These girls, aged 12 to 15, never crossed the line into fulleating disorders. In fact, they became healthy young women with normal-enough eating. Siena switched from a vegetarian diet to a gluten-free one, to one that involved lots of raw vegetables. Bella rarely ate much in front of her friends, though her weight tended to run a little higher than one might expect. Meagan dieted on and off, though never with much persistence. Caroline obsessed about being “fat” so often that her friends began to eye-roll.Kendra went through a phase of only eating “healthy” foods, fearing sweets and junk. LEARN MORE

Trust Yourself

You know if what you’re doing or what you’re thinking is good for you or bad for you. It’s up to you to point yourself in the right direction. To do that, you have to place a tremendous amount of trust in yourself. If, in the past, you’ve tried to develop a healthier relationship with food and failed, it might be difficult for you to trust that you will make better choices and succeed this time. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

News You Can Use: February 2nd-9th, 2014

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of February 2-9 2014!”

Added Sugars Abundant in US Diets, Link to Death – Most U.S. adults are eating too much sugar and that’s linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new government study. Learn more.

Women Winning Their War on Eating Disorders

The Argument for Orthorexia to be Classfied as an Official Eating Disorder – Most of us will be aware of anorexia and bulimia but how about orthorexia nervosa? I suspect many will be oblivious to the illness – not heard of it even, let alone know what it is. Learn More.

Binge Eating: Most Common Eating Disorder in US Garners More Attention – Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Despite its prevalence, BED was only added to the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Associations’ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 – a move that has now prompted both researchers and physicians to pay more attention to the illness. Learn More.

Being Overweight in Kindergarten Sets Stage for Later Obesity – Children who are overweight when they start school are far more likely to be obese by the time they become teenagers, according to a new study of nearly 8,000 children. Learn More.

Obesity Down for American Teens, Except in Low-Income Families – A new study shows that teen obesity is on the decline in America – but not for low-income youths. Are the rich getting thinner and the poor getting fatter? Lack of exercise opportunities appears to be part of the problem. Learn More.

Food Addicts are Like Drug Addicts, Study Finds – Food addiction, a new study in the journal Appetite suggests, may have more to do with your personality than with your willpower. The authors found that food addicts often have the same impulsive personality traits that predispose people to abuse drugs and alcohol. Learn More.

Adolescents’ Salt Intake Correlates with Obesity, Inflammation – Most adolescents consume as much salt as adults — some more than twice the recommended daily allowance — and that high sodium intake correlates with fatness and inflammation regardless of how many calories they consume, researchers report. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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News You Can Use: Week of January 19th-26th, 2014

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of January 19-26 2014!”

Organic Food and Farm Groups ask Obama to Require GMO Food Labels – Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Learn More.

Grape Nuts is Now Non-GMO Verified – Great News! Iconic Grape Nuts Cereal from Post foods is now non-GMO verified. Earlier this month, we learned that General Mills was removing genetically modified ingredients from their Cheerios Original product. Post is doing the same, but taking it one step further by using an external third party to verify their product is indeed free of GMOs. Many consumers complained about Cheerios not going through the third party verification process. Learn More.

Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth the Mess – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that parents let kids as young as 2 years old serve themselves at home. And in 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advised that child care providers should serve meals “family-style” — present kids with a few different dishes and allow them to take what they want. Why? Because there’s now research showing that when kids are allowed to serve themselves, they’re less likely to overeat. They also tend to be more open to trying different kinds of foods. Learn More.

Cash or Credit? How Kids Pay for School Lunch Matters for Health – Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University. Learn More.

Sugar Addiction: It May Be Very Real – Scientists and doctors have been coming to the conclusion that sugar, even in relatively small but consistent amounts, may not be healthy for us. In the last few years, the consensus has been leaning toward the idea that refined sugar may be affecting our brains and bodies in negative ways. Carbohydrates convert to sugar. Diets with high amounts of carbs and added sugar can cause changes in our brain and behavior. Overeating these foods can resemble addiction, claims Nicole Avena, a neuroscientist from Columbia University. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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News You Can Use: Week of January 12th-19th, 2014

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of January 12-19 2014!”

Healthy Living Blogs May be Problematic, Especially to Viewers Who Have Body Image or Eating Issues [study] – Out of 21 “Healthy” living blogs, five of the bloggers self-identified as having had an eating disorder; seven mentioned difficulties with either menstruation or fertility; 11 referenced being on a diet; five indicated that they were using some form of dietary restraint; and 11 included some form of written negative/guilt-inducing message about food. Learn More.

Color-coded Food Labels Lead to Long-term Healthier Choices, Study Says – After implementing a red-yellow-green system at Massachusetts General Hospital’s cafeteria, employees and visitors are still favoring healthier choices two years later. Learn More.

Mindfulness Meditation May Reduce Anxiety – In a new study, participants who paid attention to their physical and mental feelings showed small but meaningful reductions in anxiety, depression and pain. Learn More.

The Sugar Addiction Taboo – When can you call a food addictive? Learn More.

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work – In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they’re 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn’t work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!
Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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News You Can Use: September 22-29 2013

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of September 15 – September 22 2013!”

Hunger Pains: Binge-eating disorder linked to lifelong impairments in 12-country study – Binge-eating disorder, designated only months ago by the American Psychiatric Association as a diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is associated with substantial lifelong impairments comparable to those of bulimia nervosa, according to a World Health Organization study based on community epidemiological surveys conducted in 12 nations worldwide. Read More.

How to Meditate – Ideas for how to begin daily meditation for people who’ve never tried it or feel like they couldn’t ever get their mind to be quiet. Read More.

Women living near pesticide-treated fields have smaller babies – The slightly smaller babies have not shown the health effects associated with low weight babies like developmental delays and learning problems. Read More.

GMO Label Initiatives: 3 Things Washington is Doing Better than California Did – Will Washington be the first state to mandate GMO Labeling? The state’s ballot initiative 522 is going to the people in November’s elections. The measure would require the labeling of genetically modified foods such as those containing corn and soy, and GMO salmon. Meat products from animals that were raised on non-GMO feed will be exempt though. Read More.

Obesity, Addiction, and Personalized Medicine: Future Treatment for Obesity Will be Individualized and Based on Cause – Dr. Mark Gold, chair of Psychiatry at the University of Florida, and his colleagues have championed the concept that certain eating behaviors have characteristics that are similar to addictive behaviors. In fact, they suggest that some types of food can be addictive in specific individuals and that these foods influence the same brain systems that are usurped and re-programmed by addictive drugs. Dr. Gold and others have studied obesity in animals and humans and have generated data that support this concept. But does this mean that everyone who is obese is addicted to food? This seems unlikely. In fact, Dr. Gold and colleagues are not suggesting that all obese people are food addicts. Rather, they see food addiction as one of several causes for obesity. Read More.

Emotional Eating? 5 Reasons You Can’t Stop – Take control of your joy and pain to take away the power of food. Read More.

New Bill Would Finally Define “Natural” Food Labels – A new bill introduced to Congress would force the FDA to come up with concrete definitions for misleading and vague food labels. Read More.

Find Out if You Live Near a Factory Farm – A new interactive Factory Farm Map from a consumer advocacy group suggests some “local” food could come from a factory farm in your county. Read More.

Brain Cannot be Fooled by Artificial Sweeteners; Higher Likelihood of Sugar Consumption Later – Eating low-calorie sweetened products – especially when hungry or exhausted – may lead to a higher likelihood of seeking high calorie alternatives later, due to a newly discovered signal in the brain, suggests new research published today in The Journal of Physiology. Read More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – July 10-13 2013

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 10- July 13 2013!”

Fast-releasing Carbohydrates Alter Brain Chemistry and Create Addiction to Junk Foods – It certainly will come as no surprise that eating processed junk food is detrimental to your health. Few people may realize though that sugary sweet foods and highly processed wheat fortified breads, pasta and sweets actually change brain metabolism in a similar manner to opiates and narcotics. Learn more.

One Hour of Television Makes Children 50 Percent Likelier to Crave Soda – Read about the study that revealed that approximately one in seven parents actively tried to limit their children’s exposure to television commercials, and that the children of these parents were least likely to crave soda and other sugary drinks. Children who were exposed to a great deal of television, however, frequently requested – and consumed – large quantities of soda. Learn more.

Overweight and Out-of-Shape Adolescents Likely to be Vitamin D Deficient – Along with obesity, poor physical fitness may also be a significant risk factor for vitamin D deficiency, according to a study conducted by Spanish researchers and published recently in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine. Learn more.

Unapproved Genetically-Modified Rice Trials in the US have Contaminated the World’s Rice Supply – New evidence has emerged suggesting that the entire global supply of rice may have already been contaminated by unapproved, genetically-modified (GM) rice varieties manufactured by the American multinational corporation Bayer CropScience. Learn more.

Brave Food Sovereignty Heroes Destroy 6,000 Genetically-Modified Sugar Beets in Oregon – According to new reports, a total of 6,000 GM sugar beets planted in fields in southern Oregon were found uprooted in recent days. On June 8, roughly 1,000 GM sugar beets were found destroyed in fields leased and managed by the private, Switzerland-based biotechnology company Syngenta, while another 5,000 plants on a different plot, also owned by Syngenta, were found destroyed on June 11, just three days later. Learn more.

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Show Notes – Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want to Be is Slim.

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On this week’s episode we spoke with Zoë Harcombe, author of Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want to be it Slim. We talked about a variety of topics including food addiction and we shared tips to help people overcome overeating!

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In this episode we covered:

6:13 – About Zoë Harcombe
9:00 – How Zoë Harcombe become interested in the obesity epidemic.
10:00 – Zoë Harcombe’s position on food addiction.
11:10 – The Four Stages of Food Addiction.
16:40 – The Minnesota Starvation Experiment.
18:40 – Zoë’s Story.
23:15 – Bulimarexia.
28:30 – Characteristics/Attributions of Food Pollution
33:50 – The Paleo Diet.
36:40 – What do you recommend for those that don’t tolerate milk?
40:20 – Do you change dietary recommendations for a patient with leaky gut?
44:12 – What type of exercise do you recommend?
48:50 – Are GMOs labelled in the UK? Why isn’t the government protecting us from GMOs?
52:45 – Which of your books should my listeners read first?

Links we discussed:

www.zoeharcombe.com

www.theharcombediet.com

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Show Notes – The Diet Cure with Julia Ross

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In this weeks episode we had a great conversation with Julia Ross, author of “The Diet Cure” and “The Mood Cure“.

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In this episode we covered:

2:49 – About Julia Ross.
4:19 – How did you get interested in the field of eating disorders and addiction?
6:00 – What is the cause of the increase of food addiction?
12:40 – What natural approaches do you use to help people with food addiction?
19:30 – What are the symptoms of hypothyroid?
23:40 – What can people do about hypothyroid?
24:40 – What are bioidentical hormones?
27:00 – Caller Question: How do you know what diet is best? There are so many options!
35:43 – Is there any sort of survey or questionnaire that people can take to find out what types of food they should be eating based on where their ancestors originated from?
38:00 – How can people determine if they have a neurotransmitter deficiency?
42:30 – Is there any danger that if you are naturally supporting serotonin that dopamine will be depleted?
46:40 – What brand of amino acids do you recommend?
47:40 – What book should listeners read first, “The Diet Cure” or “The Mood Cure”?
49:16 – What is your favorite patient success story?
52:00 – What do people need to do in addition to amino acid therapy in order to be successful in overcoming food addiction?

Links We Discussed

The Diet Cure
The Mood Cure

Notes:

Be sure to check out my blog article on Amino Acid Therapy for more insight on supporting serotonin and dopamine naturally. Opinions of different podcast guests sometimes vary, so be sure to talk with your physician before starting any amino acids.

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News You Can Use – March 3-10 2013

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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of March 3 – March 10 2013!”

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Show Notes – Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman

In this weeks episode we talked with addictions specialist Dr. Vera Tarman of addictionsunplugged.com. We talked about the science behind food addiction!

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In this episode we covered:

3:40 – About Dr. Tarman
4:45 – What is food addiction? How did you becomes interested in becoming a specialist in food addiction?
6:38 – What are the signs that someone is a food addict?
11:38 – Is there a relationship between food addiction, obesity, and/or eating disorders?
13:50 – There’s an article on your blog entitled “Are we dieting ourselves into obesity?”. What do you mean by this?
20:10 – What impact does food addiction have on recovery from drug and alcohol addiction?
21:55 – Caller Question – What does an addiction-free diet look like?
33:10 – What is the three-part brain model?
36:39 – What role do dopamine, seratonin, and endorphins play in food addiction? What are symptoms of low neurochemical levels?
42:05 – What is the most successful treatment for food addiction?

Links We Discussed

Addictions Unplugged
Anorexia, Addiction, and the Three-Part Brain Model
How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch! for purchase from EatingDisorderPro.com | amazon.com
Maji and Mongo: Let’s Eat! for preorder from amazon.com
Dangerous Liaisons: Comfort and Food – Understanding Food Addiction DVD

 

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Podcast: Food Addiction [Show Notes]

GMOs, Eating Disorders, ObesityIn this weeks episode we continued our discussion from last week about Food Addiction. We talked about the science behind food addiction, signs of food addiction, and treatment for food addiction.

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In this episode we covered:

0:00 Introduction
2:00 What is Addiction?
6:40 Why is it so hard to overcome addiction?
8:50 – Food Addiction and Bulimarexia
13:04 – Food Addiction and Diabulimia
17:20 How many people are affected by food addiction?
18:20 The Anatomy of Food Addiction
21:20 How the wrong kind of treatment for obesity and eating disorders can contribute to food addiction
25:19 Food Addiction and the Limbic System
26:50 The role of the hypothalamus
27:30 Caller Question: How can I help a morbidly obese friend that is not open to discussion about diet, exercise, nutrition?
35:45 The Role of the Hypothalamus
40:30 Fight or Flight
45:20 The treatment for food addiction

Links we discussed:

Childhood Obesity & Food Addiction
Anorexia, Addiction, and the Three Part Brain Model
Bulimarexia: Why Are We Seeing More of It?
Bulimarexia. Did You Know?

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The Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Thanksgiving + An Intro to Food Addiction

GMOs, Eating Disorders, ObesityIn this weeks episode we talked about Food Addiction, we also had a special segment where we talked about how to eat healthier on Thanksgiving.

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In this episode we covered:

0:00 – Introduction
5:15 – How much weight do we gain over the holidays?
6:30 – What is the real cause of “food coma”?
7:35 – Comparison of the Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner versus a “Clean” Thanksgiving Dinner (Part I)
12:47 – Caller Question – What is the Difference Between Food Cravings and Food Addiction?
23:30 – Comparison of the Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner versus a “Clean” Thanksgiving Dinner (Part II)
38:18 – Food Addiction – What is Addiction?
39:45 – Caller Question – Can you talk a bit more about spiritual addiction?
41:25 – Caller Question – How does Passive-Aggressive Behavior Relate to Food Addiction?
43:40 – Caller Question – How do you define passive-aggressive behavior? What kinds of things lead to passive-aggressive behavior?
48:05 – Characteristics of Addiction
53:18 – Food Addiction and Bulimarexia
55:56 – Food Addiction and Diabulimia

Links we discussed:

A Healthier Pumpkin Pie
Healthified Corn Bread Stuffing
Grassfed Whipped Cream
Grassfed, Organic Egg Nog
Smashed Potatoes

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Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Interview is Now Available

Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

My interview with Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb is now available for streaming online. Jimmy and I discuss the epidemic of childhood obesity, food addiction, disordered eating and a few other interesting topics. You can listen to the interview HERE.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast, here’s a little background info about the host, Jimmy Moore!

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made”.

The podcast will be available within the next few days through iTunes, so be sure to check it out HERE!

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News You Can Use – Aug 9-16

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 9-16 2012!”

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Anorexia, Addiction and the Three-Part Brain Model

The Three-Part Brain Model

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

To understand addiction, it is important to understand the three-part brain model. The first and most important part of the brain is the lower part of the brain, the brain stem. The brain stem regulates life sustaining activities such as telling us to breath, getting our digestion going and regulating heart rate.

The next most important part of the brain is the middle part of the brain, the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for emotional, instinctual, and motivational-based functions. It gets us to do things that will keep us alive. The middle part of the brain is the non-thinking part of the brain that instinctually and reactively gets us away from pain or draws us toward pleasure (such as sex, food, sleep, exercise etc) which is a life-sustaining principle.

The third and final part of the brain is top part of the brain, the cortex. The cortex is the thinking part of the brain. It gives the ability to appreciate art, literature and other people. Additionally, it is responsible for our social skills, judgment, insight, and other executive functions of the brain. The cortex also moderates emotions and instincts which are there to keep our lives going.

In a perfect system, all three parts of the brain will work together in balance. When a problem occurs, such as addiction or an eating disorder the limbic system becomes manipulated or overbalanced. What was initially a perfect system actually begins to work against us; the middle part of the brain overpowers the top part of the brain. When the middle part of the brain becomes aroused by feelings such as hunger, anger, loneliness, or tiredness we lose our sense of willpower and reasonable thinking; which resides in the front part of the brain.

The middle part of the brain is home to the nucleus accumbens. The nucleus accumbens is the reward pathway of the brain; anything that makes us feel good involves the nucleus accumbens. Three of the neurochemicals that pass through the nucleus accumbens include dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin. Dopamine is the neurochemical that makes us want or desire something; serotonin is the neurochemical makes us feel relaxed and satisfied; endorphin is the neurochemical that protect us from feeling physical or emotional pain.

I recently spoke to addictions specialist Dr. Vera Tarman who described how this relates to the brain of an individual with anorexia. When an individual is suffering from anorexia they experience a dopaminergic euphoria. He or she experiences a ‘high’, as they obsess about food; similar to how a drug addict would experience over their drug of choice. When the anorexic becomes increasingly hungry, the limbic system produces extra dopamine. As the person becomes hungrier, the reward value of food heightens. This is the body’s attempt to entice the person to eat, to nourish itself. The anorexic does not eat food, but as he or she gets hungrier, she instead anticipates food – in the food preparation, in the food obsessions, in how she or he ‘plays’ (but does not eat) the food. As the anorexic individual becomes more and more hungry, the dopamine high builds and builds. It’s important to note that as soon as the anorexic does eat, the high stops completely. Anorexics resist food the same way as the drug addict resists withdrawal from their drug.

Sources:

Human Brain and Skeleton Photo from office.microsoft.com Clip Art and Image Library (Under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License) Source: knol.google.com

American Society of Addiction Medicine. (April 19 2011). Definition of Addiction. American Society of Addiction Medicine. Retrieved July 18 2012, from //www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction.

Dr. Vera Tarman (personal communication, July 11, 2012)

Croxton, S. (Host) (2012, May 23). Understanding Food Addiction with Dr. Vera Tarman [Podcast]. Underground Wellness. California: Blog Talk Radio. Retrieved May 24 2012, from //www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2012/05/23/understanding-food-addiction-w-dr-vera-tarman

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News You Can Use – July 8-15

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 8-15 2012!”

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