Win a $50 Amazon/BN GC - Food Junkies by Vera Tarman

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The hardest part about writing is…

Getting past the fear of writing itself.

It is very easy to spend money on the computer, the paper, the desk, putting aside the time to set up the stage…. But to actually write? I suddenly find enormous invitations to procrastinate or do other things that come up the moment I sit down and face the computer.

This is usually an indication that I am afraid of the writing process. Writing is like confronting some kind of inner demon – that is both powerfully intoxicating but also cruelly demanding.

It devours a great deal of psychic energy. Creative inspiration often comes just as I am falling asleep, or even in the middle of the night. While those inspirations are necessary, this experience is hellish for my routine life and structure of my working day. Writing a thesis years ago, when I had no care of daily deadlines (sleep, appointments, work schedules), writing was much easier, but writing in a working life is very demanding.

I also find that being ruled by creativity is too demanding. I don't think I could be a full time writer for this reason, even if I did have a flexible schedule. Writing makes me to vulnerable to my own “darkness”, that unstructured territory of the mind where imagination and passion are born.

Writing is an extreme sport of the mind.

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."

Listen to an audio excerpt.

About the Authors: 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.


About the Narrator:

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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Unknown said…
Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)
Anonymous said…
Good luck with the release!

Thanks for the tour. Love the concept of this book! Very interested to read it!
Unknown said…
Thanks for participating in the audiobook tour of FOOD JUNKIES!
Thanks for sharing! Have a fun and safe weekend :)
Bernie Wallace said…
Congrats on the book tour. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com
Rita Wray said…
Sounds like a great read.