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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.”
What is a Day in the Life of Vera like, behind the scenes?
Like so many of us, I have fantasies that my life would be a great sitcom, or a reality TV shows. I could image the angles possible to pursue in my medical practice: the alcoholic who continuously gets herself into awful scrapes, the hypochondriac who comes to my office with the list of symptoms he found on the internet; the dependent client who makes weekly appointments and cancels EVERY one thirty minutes before the time slot. People are truly fascinating and I could imagine so truly outrageous episodes.
My life behind the scenes is not nearly as interesting as my patients. By necessity, I structure my day carefully. My life is in the front lines, face to face with patients knee-deep with them in their turmoil. Life behind the scenes is as quiet as I can make it: the best day is when I can curl up with my book, my dog, my dinner and blessed quiet. Although I am an extrovert by nature, since I have been a doctor, I value the introverted life.
So: a day in the life of Vera…. Wake up at 6 or 7 am, walk for 30 min, eat breakfast, work for 6 to 12 hours, then walk some more, prepare my meals, and read. Bed is at 10 pm, and then I snuggle with my partner, my dog and my book. At the age of 60, I no longer want to socialize or travel extensively. Not drinking and following my strict dietary regime has made these outside activities less enticing. Instead, my family life has become increasingly important as the years have passed and I expect this will grow.
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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