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Tools for Understanding and recovering
Since 1989, with the publication of Food Addiction by Kay Sheppard, MS, LPC, food addicts have found recovery by learning about abstinence from addictive foods and supportive lifestyles. And, there is much to learn. From how to shop to how to say 'no,' food addicts have patiently acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in obesogenic cultures.
Practitioners have long looked for answers to how to help their chronically overeating patients. Brief focused, expert handouts have been lacking. The easy availability of useful information in the form of the Handouts shown below will allow practitioners to impart key skills to clients more easily and effectively. Permission to copy Handouts is granted.
The Handouts are brief papers covering specific topics that can be incorporated into any program or used by site visitors. Some provide basic information such as food lists. Some provide scientific background to disease and treatment concepts. Others provide ‘to-do’ lists for clients to follow to master a particular objective. There are also checklists that allow clients to mark their progress, achieve satisfaction with their program, and develop motivation to continue. Practitioners will benefit from bearing in mind that clients’ cognitive capabilities are building throughout the year. Some Handouts will be used repeatedly with greater results each time.
Food Addicts have been shown to suffer from cognitive impairment. This means that they learn best from short, repeated messages that are reinforced verbally. Handouts allow clients to learn without becoming overwhelmed. Handouts cover the most valuable skills and knowledge that food addicts need to stay healthy. Educating in short segments is appropriate for the nature of food addiction.
Practitioners can upload Handouts sequentially or as needed for online platforms. Or, Handouts may be printed out and used as needed for practices that are conducted through in-person sessions.
Simple short Handouts help practitioners and clients learn about the causes of food addiction and how to keep it in remission.