The road to a healthy eating regime is so difficult especially when you have identified that you are a food addict. You read this right! Food is an addiction. When you do not know when to stop eating or eating when not hungry, but for the love of having the savor in one’s mouth is a concern. Food addiction is an addiction that is not easily curable, because you must have food in order to live. Learning how to live with food without overeating or abusing food is what the challenge tends to be. Over 35% of adults are considered obese. (Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, 2013) This is not something that we need to be proud of, nor should we ignore. Think about how food is used at club meetings, work, and events, and how there is often a lack of healthy choices at those events.
Consider this verse as it will put this entire book review in perspective:
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, King James Version (KJV)
Dr. Pam Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, uses her book to get to the immediate source of what food really is and how to live with healthy fixes once a person reaches “EpiphaME”. EphipaME is when a person comprehends, admits and wants to do something for his/herself, the ME. There are so many poignant points in her book, I want to share one that has been highlighted often by readers (a favorite of mine), “Change occurs once you perceive that the work involved with improving your life is finally less than the work it’s taking to maintain your present state of being. When you see that the reward for achieving your Healthy Hunger far exceeds the reward for staying hooked on your False Fixes–and you are willing to do the work. The EpiphaME helps to connect you to your raw, naked, and authentic self.” ( Chapter 4 , Peeke, 2012) She wants you to succeed. Ultimately she want the reader to know that as a food addict, one must be honest with him/herself to start the journey of living a fruitful life and respecting the body.
Her book contains many medical terms that can be overwhelming to a person who is not familiar with how to read a book of this nature. Positively, she breaks each and every term in to layman’s terms. Otherwise, you’ll loved it, because the book provides concrete evidence of where she was getting the information, why this information was needed, and how this information can be used as you go through the detox process of helping self and becoming a health person. The book is organized to nine chapters that includes the three stage detox and plan to remain a healthy eater.
It would be advisable to read the book first, because there are several exercises that Dr. Peeke requires you to incorporate in the process. Also, there is so much information that is placed in this book, i.e. journaling, video (optional), food preparation, self-affirmations, etc, that when you read it for the second time you will be able to put your mindset and your physical self in tuned to helping and achieving the goals that you set for self. Since, Dr. Peeke provides multiple tools for the reader, should you want to fully implement the plan that she has, the reader would want to purchase the book and not the ebook.
The Hunger Fix is a recommended read for people who want to change their mindset and for those who would like a friendly reminder of what healthy fixes are.
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, is an internationally renowned expert and speaker in women’s health, fitness and nutrition. She is a contributing editor, and celebrity blogger to numerous magazines including O magazine, Prevention, Parade, More, Fitness, and Men’s Health. Dr. Peeke is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Fitness and spokeswoman for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine national campaign. (WebMD, 2013)
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. (2013, 08 16). Overweight and Obesity: Adult Obesity Facts. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
Peeke, Pam (2012). The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. New York: Rodale.
WebMD. (2013, 10 25). Pamela Peeke. Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/pamela-peeke
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