I posted the following on the 'food addiction' thread in the Lounge. I'm reposting it here so I can easily find my favorite video links once the current thread falls off the front page of the Lounge:
"This has been a facinating discussion. I thought I would make a list of the resources that I have used to get my food addiction/compulsive overeating under control. You may not agree with everything, but these are the tools that I use:
First and foremost, I follow the McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss:http://www.drmcdougall.com/store_mwl.html
or http://www.amazon.com/Mcdougall-Program ... 0452273803
I don't eat bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, etc. Not even if they are compiant with the 12-Day program. Such thing will trigger binge eating in me.
There are two great articles from Dr. McDougall's Newsletters that I have found very helpful:
Pushing Your Set Point to the Limits
The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss:http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/ ... ushing.htm
How to Help the Volume Eater—The Person with a Binge Eating Disorder: http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/ ... 100vol.htm
Anyone who thinks that food cannot be addictive needs to read Breaking the Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Barnardhttp://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Food-Sed ... 289&sr=1-1
There are morphine-like compounds in dairy in particular which make it a hard addiction to break.
Dr. Barnard discusses the book in the following videos:
Breaking the Food Seduction:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDgA3T_J ... ata_player
Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictivehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VWi6dXCT7I
Another great book is The End of Overeating by former FDA commisioner Dr. David Kessler:http://www.amazon.com/End-Overeating-In ... 048&sr=1-1
I found the chapters on just how food companies manipulate the evil triad of fat-sugar-salt to 'addict' you to their products very enlightening.
Dr. Kessler giving a talk at Goggle on The End of Overeating:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7M_mqXz ... ata_player
An even better book on the subject of the addictive qualities of industrial food is The Pleasure Trap by Drs. Doug Lisle and Alan Goldhamer. This book should be in everyone's library:http://www.amazon.com/Pleasure-Trap-Dou ... =1-1-spell
You can watch Dr. Lisle give a talk on The Pleasure Trap at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxf4kj8Rb6Y
While there are some people here who poo-poo Dr. Joel Fuhrman, I have found his information on toxic hunger helpful in breaking my 'snacking' habit. In between meal snacks were a problem for me. If I couldn't find a healthy snack, I'd eat whatever was available. One simple change, no in-between meal snacks, has made a world of difference in controlling my compulsions.
Toxic Hunger is explained in detail in his book Eat to Live:http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Live-Amazing- ... ref=sr_1_1
Or you can watch the following video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfVrRfm9 ... ata_player
Here a couple of more articles on toxic hunger:
Changing perceptions of hunger on a high nutrient density diet:http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/51
Toxic hunger - the main cause of obesityhttp://toyourhealthnutrition.blogspot.c ... ty-by.html
Finally, Jeff Novick's wonderful posts on caloric density helped me design a diet that allows me to 'binge' at every meal so that I am actually full and satisfied at the end of the day. High quality low-calorie density foods and lots of them keeps me trim and satisfied:viewtopic.php?f=22&t=6032
This can be explored in more detail on his video:
Calorie Density: How To Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longerhttp://www.drmcdougall.com/store_calorie_density.html
You can see a teaser promo on YouTube here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTLpTq1nQk
Educating yourself is critical to understanding food addiction and moving beyond it into a world of peace and self-control. If you can't afford to buy these books or videos, check out your local library and watch the free videos linked to above.