Why is it so hard to resist the temptation of chocolate? Because chocolate triggers the release of natural opiates in the brain. It’s a drug “strong enough to keep us coming back for more,” according to nutritional researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., president and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. Cheese also releases mild opiates during digestion–no wonder we crave it. In Breaking the Food Seduction, Barnard helps you understand and overcome your food cravings. He explains which foods “hook” us the most and why, and what to do to break free when you want to decrease the calories and fat that accompany these seductive foods. Cheese, for example, is about 70 percent saturated fat and has more cholesterol, ounce for ounce, than a steak.
Barnard offers seven steps to breaking your food cravings, devoting a chapter to each one, with anecdotes and plenty of clear, sound, practical tips. Then he presents guidelines for healthy eating using “the New Four Food Groups”–vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains–with a three-week menu plan and 113 healthful, vegan recipes. Highly recommended for people who want to understand their food cravings and finally get rid of them. –Joan Price
5 Stars A MUST READ
I’m so happy I purchased this book. Lots of helpful information regarding why diets never work and how to end food cravings naturally. If you apply all the information from this book you will see success! I have a whole new outlook on food. I have learned how and when to eat. I have lost 15 pounds since I purchased this book. I no longer crave sweets and I have a better understanding of what my body needs to stay healthy. I use to eat meat and now I’m a vegan for life.
4 Stars Freedom from Food Seduction
I strongly believe Neal Barnard M.D.’s highly informative book belongs on the bookshelves of Americans who love to eat, but who do not always eat the right foods. Using clear concise English, Barnard explains why we tend to overindulge in destructive foods, particularly in the late fall and early winter. I found his guidelines on eating, exercise, and rest easy to follow, and I particularly like the way he explains the necessity of performing exercise that one enjoys, and making exercise pleasurable. However, I only gave Barnard 4 stars because I felt he did not point out that breakfast is not what we eat, but when we eat, while at the same time, he shows us that we must eat breakfast in order to prevent overeating during the day. While his “breakfast” scrambler may be delicious for any part of the day, and a good tofu alternative to scrambled eggs, wouldn’t it be wiser for him to simply suggest to readers that they can eat “dinner” for breakfast? There would be no more fuss over “breakfast burritos” because his tasty Red Bean Burritos which, in his words “make a satisfying lunch or dinner” (p. 248) would also, when eaten before 11 am, make an excellent breakfast! On the whole, I found Barnard’s book informative and excellent and extremely helpful!
5 Stars Breaking the Food Seduction
Very informative, still reading book. Always like making purchases from Amazon. They are the best.
5 Stars Breaking the Food Seduction
Dr. Barnard makes a very powerful case to eliminate the four addictive food groups. I am now into my third week, and I am test-driving this new type of life style. So far it has not been as difficult as I first perceived. The “proof will be in the pudding,” oops! not dairy pudding, of course!
5 Stars Excellent Read
I’ve read many books on nutrition and wondered if I’d really learn anything new from Dr. Barnard’s book, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I was not disappointed! I especially enjoyed the information in the first few steps outlined in his book. I tried adding some veggie “sausage” patties to my breakfast, along with oatmeal, and I can’t believe what a difference that breakfast makes in curbing cravings the rest of the day!