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FOOD JUNKIES by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell + $50 GC Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents AudioBook Tour #NonFiction #SelfHelp

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for the FOOD JUNKIES by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell and read by Lisa Bunting, ...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for the FOOD JUNKIES by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell and read by Lisa Bunting, a non-fiction self-help audiobook available now from Post Hypnotic Press. 

You can check out the book trailer under the Video tab on the blog side bar (next to Popular Post tab).

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking here.

Food Junkies

by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell

Read by Lisa Bunting


GENRE: Non-Fiction, Self-Help



Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in 'comfort' food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can't stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is - and isn't - food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her "calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing," while another noted the audiobook version "brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't 'skim' or 'rush' through the life-changing content."





For me, FOOD JUNKIES went in a direction I totally didn't expect. It places special emphasis on the addiction aspect of the disease. So often when experts talk about food addiction, we hear things about lack of willpower and doing things in moderation.

Dr. Tasman frames food addition on the same wall with other widely accepted addictions such as alcoholism, gambling, and smoking. FOOD JUNKIES combines the science behind food addiction with real life stories about people struggling with the disease - in a way that is accessible and relatable.

Unlike the "moderation" recommendations of many weight loss programs and gurus, Tasman and Werdell suggest that for some people, it might be best to eliminate certain trigger foods (like sugar and highly processed foods) from their diets.

I was also surprised find there was so much information about food addiction and it's underlying role in other eating disorders (including misdiagnosis). I found the sections on the relationship between food addiction and anorexia particularly interesting - as I have known some people for whom traditional treatment methods had little effect.

There is still so much to learn about the physical and psychological impacts of food addiction. Hopefully FOOD JUNKIES will shine a wider light on the issue, letting addicts know they are not alone and encouraging medical practitioners to widen their analysis of patients' problems.

I can definitely understand why FOOD JUNKIES is finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards. Lisa Bunting's narration is the right mixed of upbeat and soothing. She is able to deliver the science in an upbeat manner that holds your attention, while conveying the survivor stories with empathy and a soothing calmness.

Whether you are someone struggling with food addiction or you are someone who believes food addiction isn't a real issue, you'll find something in this book to make you question the way you think about food.

Food addiction is an issue for both men and women. For people of all sizes - from the extremely thin to the morbidly obese. If you are looking for help or answers, I haven't read a better book to start with than FOOD JUNKIES.

I received a complementary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review - in conjunction with the blog tour.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.

Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.


Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator.  For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.



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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I appreciate the review!


  3. I’m looking forward to checking this one out – thanks for sharing your review :)

  4. Vera and Phil are new authors to me and I'm looking forward to reading Food Junkies.

  5. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  6. Thanks for participating in our audiobook tour and for the positive review! We are super pleased to offer this important book in audio, and I'm really pleased to hear you liked Lisa Bunting's narration. :)


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