Feeling Full

49. Secrets to Overcoming Addiction to Food and Sugar with Dr. Vera Tarman

November 25, 2021 Mordechai Wiener: Life-changing Conversations about Weight Loss and Self Love Season 1
Feeling Full
49. Secrets to Overcoming Addiction to Food and Sugar with Dr. Vera Tarman
Show Notes

Episode Summary

In this episode, Dr. Tarman discusses the treacherous nature of sugar addiction. She talks about her struggle with a sugar addiction and how working with addicts in her professional life helped her recognize that she had an addiction. 

"What got you here won't get you there" - Marshall Goldsmith


  • Since tackling her food addiction, Vera has lost and maintained a 100-pound weight loss.
  • In her college years, Vera started restricting her intake of calories and all she could think about was food.
  • She eventually stressed so much about the restriction that she stopped and began to eat too much. 
  • She then went through a series of binging and purging and ended up driving herself to an emergency room to seek help.
  • It wasn’t until much later while working with drug addiction that she recognized that she had an addiction. 
  • She decided to treat herself in the same way that she treated addicts. She started by eliminating all junk food from her home and avoiding it at all costs.
  • Within weeks she felt much better.
  • You have to stop using whatever the addiction is before you can see the underlying reasons for the addiction.
  • Sugar is an unnatural food product when removed from the food. It’s a drug just like any other drug.
  • Parents should limit sugar to children.
  • Change the mindset to sugar being a toxin just like tobacco or other drugs. Would you give those to your child?

Relevant Links

Books and other resources can be found here: https://www.addictionsunplugged.com/


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VeraTarmanMD

Food Junkie Book http://bit.ly/FoodJunkiesRecoveryfromFA

Facebook Group: www.fb.com/groups/SugarFreeForLife

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