If you see one of these characteristics in a book, please don't buy it! Although very few books are perfect, you can learn how to filter out advice to use addictive foods by studying the Food Lists and Food Plan found under the Handouts tab of this website
Food addiction is a serious and misunderstood disease. It is easy to get the wrong advice and suffer poor results. At Food Addiction Reset we use the latest research to guide you to information that will help you understand what has happened to you and how to recover from it. We also help you avoid books that are naive or misguided. Getting the right information is as important as avoiding misleading information.
The Hacking of the American Mind
by Robert Lustig
This book confirms and broadens what we know about the addictive properties of processed foods. Dr. Lustig explains our behavior by linking it to science. This really helps us understand and forgive ourselves, as well as focus our recovery on what works
Lick the Sugar Habit
by Nancy Appleton
This was an early classic in the field of food addiction. Nancy Appleton pulled together the research to show the harmful effects of sugar. Today, we know that the recommendation to use wheat flour at the end of the book is not a good idea for food addicts. Otherwise, the book is still a persuasive look at the toxic effects of sugar.
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
by Nancy Duarte
This is an important book for food addicts for the simple reason that it tells us how to tell stores. When we can tell our stories, we become powerful. So telling stories about what happened to us allows us to move past our past. Telling stories about how we would like to be allows us to control how we move into the future of our choice.
The Undoing Project
by Michael Lewis
This is basically the history of how scientists realized that they could employ science to manipulate us into buying stuff we don’t need, even stuff that would harm us. It’s also the beautiful story of a friendship between two psychologists, one of whom won the Noble Prize for their work. Great stories ranging from France in WWII to the birth of Israel to the academic institutions of the west coast of the US. Totally fascinating
by Robert Lustig
Although this book seems to have been written in a stream-of-consciousness style, Robert Lustig has written a masterpiece showing how sugar and high fructose corn syrup affect people. He has an in-depth command of the research on this topic and weaves it into a convincing portrayal of an industry which has lost its moral bearings. This is a classic in the field.
by Marion Nestle
Marian Nestle is a pre-eminent scholar in the field of how the food industry exploits the public. The book is a classic explanation of why the food industry is allowed to prey on the public with adulterated processed foods. There are important lessons for food addicts in this book. Primarily, food addicts will gain an understanding of why the food industry is allowed to condition the brain to crave to the point of addiction. Knowing that government is complicit in the development of food addiction can help persuade us food addicts that indeed, development of food addiction is not our fault. Knowing that government is not preventing the disease helps food addicts believe that its' possible that the food industry is allowed to harm us.
The Cigarette Century
by Allan M. Brandt
This book describes in chilling detail how the tobacco companies addicted millions of adults in the 20th Century. This book is very important to understanding the business practices of the food industry. As is generally known, the tobacco industry bought major corporations in the food industry starting in the mid-1980s. The tobacco executives taught the food industry the business practices described in this book. The ruthless marketing of processed foods to children, easy availability, cheap prices, heavy advertising, and reinforced addictive properties in the product have all been passed down from the tobacco industry to the food industry. This is a compelling read. Dr. Brandt is a professor of History and Science at Harvard University.
by Susan Linn
Linn's knowledge of how children and parents are manipulated by commercialism is extensive. Commercial interests deliberately drive a wedge between sensible parents and children by teaching children how to nag parents for branded products. This book will give parents the courage to shield their children from harmful commercial exposure.
Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine
by Robert Lustig
You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is. One of Lustig’s singular gifts as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the general reader, in order to unpack the scientific data and concepts behind his arguments, as he tells the “real story of food” and “the story of real food.”
Hooked: Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploited Our Addictions
by Michael Moss
Everyone knows how hard it can be to maintain a healthy diet. But what if some of the decisions we make about what to eat are beyond our control? Is it possible that food is addictive, like drugs or alcohol? And to what extent does the food industry know, or care, about these vulnerabilities? In Hooked, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss sets out to answer these questions—and to find the true peril in our food.
Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal
by Mark Bittman
The story of humankind is usually told as one of technological innovation and economic influence—of arrowheads and atomic bombs, settlers and stock markets. But behind it all, there is an even more fundamental driver: Food.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
by Shoshana Zuboff
In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.
Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-deceiving brain
by Shanker Vedantam and Brain Mesler
Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being.
by James Nestor
There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath, journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.
by Carol S. Dweck
One of the best books I've read on this subject. Dweck's book is grounded in solid psychology and insightful research. This book comes as a challenge which will leave you wanting to develop the growth mindset. Changing our perception is crucial in finding our way out of processed food addiction.
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer
Do you beat yourself up a lot? Are you harshly self-critical? Then Neff and Germer’s workbook on self-compassion might be the exact book for you. It has certainly been very helpful to me. It is very well written with a reader-friendly layout.
Taming Your Gremlin
by Rick Carson
Carson does a wonderful job covering the negative chit chat in our head. The book is a great ally to put in your arsenal of fighting equipment and tools for a good life. The idea of a gremlin is very powerful as it helps without going to much into the theory, even though it is solidly based on psychology, to win the peace of mind and tame bad thoughts.
From the First Bite
by Kay Sheppard
This book reveals so much about food addiction. Sheppard is no-nonsense in her approach which is much needed by food addicts. In a world of fuzzy, unfocused books about overeating, this book is a bright light of clarity. Kay Sheppard has really defined the field of food addiction and all food addicts should be familiar with her work.
A Guide to the Food Addiction Reset Community (formerly know as the Intensive) Dr Joan Ifland's ARC program
by Julie Bennett
Many people who are addicted to processed foods wonder how to start down the path of recovery. Bennett does a fine job of describing simple meals that can be the beginning of a new life. The point? Clean is easy and beautiful. Bennett shows us how.
The Book of Joy
by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams
So many of us have been so sad for so long that we literally don’t know how to be calm and happy. It feels strange. I would recommend this book in audio format (from Audible.com) because it is in the format of a conversation… a beautiful conversation about how to be happy in spite of the worst oppression in the world. If the Dalai Lama can be happy in spite of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and Desmond Tutu can be happy in spite of the atrocities visited upon South Africa, we also can be happy in spite of traumatic exploitation by the food industry. This book will show you how.
Food for Thought
by Elisabeth L.
If you enjoy setting your mind to all the blessings of recovery, these books are for you. "Food for Thought" and "Inner Harvest" by Elizabeth L. are daily readers that remind us how life in recovery is a very good life indeed!
The Eating Addiction Relapse Prevention Workbook
Developed by Dr Stephen F. Grinstead and Dr Shari Stillman-Corbett
This is an excellent book if you are serious about moving from addiction to recovery. The questions are right on target with honest evaluation of attitudes and behaviors. An invaluable resource.
by Natalie Gold
This is an outstanding book about how food addiction flourishes in the absence of information and support. It also shows how the right information and support can put the disease into remission. Ms. Gold is now a psychotherapist and so does a great job of developing the themes of devastation that food addiction can bring to a family. Gold also provides a thorough list of triggers at the end of the book which is very valuable. It is a worthwhile read.
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food
by Susan Albers
A lovely element of recovery from food addiction is recovery of brain function. This means release from cravings and reestablishment of functions such as learning, decision-making, memory, restraint, and satiation. We do this by soothing the brain. The suggestions in this book are valuable. However, brain-soothing alone is likely not enough to maintain steady recovery. We need a clean food plan and the company of like-minded people.
Codependent No More
by Melody Beattie
Food addicts come into recovery with relationship sensitivity from being harshly and unfairly criticized for eating patterns. This is a serious issue for food addicts because stress from relationships can be a leading cause of relapse. This book helps us detach from other people's behavior and keep ourselves safe from stressful reactions that could lead to relapse.
Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors.
My Grandmothers Hands
by Resmaa Menakem
"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice." (Robin DiAngelo, New York Times best-selling author of White Fragility)
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In recovery from food addiction, we realize that a clean, balanced food plan is only about 25% of a comprehensive program. It's very helpful to find activities that restore brain function while protecting the brain from damaging exposure to stress and food cues. Reading for pleasure is one of those restorative activities. This page contains books which are fun to read and avoid strongly triggering passages. Reading is a great way to reduce harmful activities such as watching television. Enjoy!
by Donna Tartt
This is a long book that starts with a loss and moves through passages of great difficulty before arriving at peace. The central character starts as a young boy. His process of becoming a man of integrity could be an analogy for food addicts' passage from painful dependence to glorious freedom from doubt and confusion
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book is a triumph of patience and determination against great odds. The central character is a relationship. The clarity of the protagonist is striking as he identifies his desire and waits decades for fulfillment. Many food addicts have also had to wait for decades to realize their desires. This book will encourage us to wait with expectation of success.