Food Addiction

All health advocates agree that eating helps to build strong bones and muscles, as well as supply the body with vitamins and minerals. While a healthy diet is always recommended, certainly the odd treat or indulgence is widely accepted. Unfortunately, for some people, food causes an uncontrollable craving, most often for high fat, high sugar, and high salt foods. These cravings can manifest as an addiction – a compulsive consumption of these foods despite adverse consequences, including physical weight gain as well as mental health effects. Withdrawal symptoms can be experienced when removing these foods, and replacing them with foods low in sugar and fat. Food addiction can be scary and isolating, for both the addict, as well as their family, friends and loved ones. It can also have serious health and well-being consequences, effecting work, family, money, social relationships and school. We are here to help. If you aren’t sure if you or a loved one is suffering from a food addiction, let us help you find a professional who is trained to evaluate the whole picture. If you need help to control a food addiction, we have resources within your community that can help with a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Why Can't I Stop Eating

Recognizing, Understanding, and Overcoming Food Addiction

This straight-talking book puts the widespread problem of food addiction into clear perspective and points the way to a life free of the obsession with food. Why can't I stop eating? If, like millions of others, you often ask yourself this question, you may be addicted to food. The food you eat may be precisely what makes you crave more...and more. This straight-talking book puts the widespread problem of food addiction into clear perspective and points the way to a life free of the obsession with food. Debbie Danowski, whose food addiction nearly ruined her life, and Peter Lazaro combine forces to give readers a full understanding of this debilitating condition: its sources, patterns, consequences, and physiological underpinnings. Unlike fad diets and drugs with their side effects, hidden costs, and infamous failure rates, the program outlined in this book goes to the root cause of chronic overeating and puts the tools for a lifelong cure into the hands of anyone willing to accept responsibility for a healthy, happy future.

Anatomy of a Food Addiction

The Brain Chemistry of Overeating

Featuring an honest account of the author's own struggles with food, "Anatomy of a Food Addiction" helps readers understand binge eating and plan a recovery through exercises, self-tests, and an examination of family issues. Illustrations.

Food Junkies

The Truth About Food Addiction

A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addictions doctor who draws on many patients’ stories of recovery. Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia: Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? Is it possible to draw a hard line between indulging cravings for “comfort food” and engaging in substance abuse? For people struggling with food addictions, recognizing their condition — to say nothing of gaining support and advice — remains a frustrating battle. Built around the experiences of people suffering and recovering from food addictions, Food Junkies offers practical information grounded in medical science, while putting a face to the problems of food addiction. It is meant to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide on the road to food serenity.

Food and Addiction

A Comprehensive Handbook

Can certain foods hijack the brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol, and is this effect sufficiently strong to contribute to major diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and hence constitute a public health menace? Terms like "chocoholic" and "food addict" are part of popular lore, some popular diet books discuss the concept of addiction, and there are food addiction programs with names like Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. Clinicians who work with patients often hear the language of addiction when individuals speak of irresistible cravings, withdrawal symptoms when starting a diet, and increasing intake of palatable foods over time. But what does science show, and how strong is the evidence that food and addiction is a real and important phenomenon? Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook brings scientific order to the issue of food and addiction, spanning multiple disciplines to create the foundation for what is a rapidly advancing field and to highlight needed advances in science and public policy. The book assembles leading scientists and policy makers from fields such as nutrition, addiction, psychology, epidemiology, and public health to explore and analyze the scientific evidence for the addictive properties of food. It provides complete and comprehensive coverage of all subjects pertinent to food and addiction, from basic background information on topics such as food intake, metabolism, and environmental risk factors for obesity, to diagnostic criteria for food addiction, the evolutionary and developmental bases of eating addictions, and behavioral and pharmacologic interventions, to the clinical, public health, and legal and policy implications of recognizing the validity of food addiction. Each chapter reviews the available science and notes needed scientific advances in the field.

Processed Food Addiction

Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery

Obesity and eating disorders have stubbornly refused to respond to treatment since the 1990’s. This book organizes the evidence for a possible answer, i.e., that the problem could be one of addiction to processed foods. In a Processed Food Addiction (PFA) model, concepts of abstinence, cue-avoidance, acceptance of lapses, and consequences all play a role in long-term recovery. Application of these concepts could provide new tools to health professionals and significantly improve outcomes. This book describes PFA recovery concepts in detail. The material bridges the research into practical steps that health professionals can employ in their practices. It contains an evidence-based chapter on concepts of abstinence from processed foods. It rigorously describes PFA pathology according to the DSM 5 Addiction Diagnostic Criteria. It applies the Addiction Severity Index to PFA so that health practitioners can orient themselves to diagnosing and assessing PFA. It contains ground-breaking insight into how to approach PFA in children. Because the book is evidence-based, practitioners can gain the confidence to put the controversy about food addiction to rest. Practitioners can begin to identify and effectively help their clients who are addicted to processed foods. This is a breakthrough volume in a field that could benefit from new approaches.

Conquer Your Food Addiction

The Ehrlich 8-Step Program for Permanent Weight Lo

Conquer Your Food Addiction is not a diet book. But if you're committed to losing weight, it's the right book for you! Nobody can cajole, trick, or provoke you into shedding those excess pounds. But if you are genuinely ready to go for it, Caryl Ehrlich is here to lead the way with her 8-step program for permanent weight loss. The perfect solution for people who are overweight -- many of whom are compulsive eaters -- Ehrlich's is a behavioral approach to weight loss that teaches you how to change habits in order to overcome food addiction. As she observes, no deprivation diet will work for food addicts, because they use food the way other addicts use drugs or alcohol: not to satisfy physical hunger but to distract oneself from painful feelings -- loneliness, anger, boredom, sadness -- with a never-ending conveyor belt of food. A former compulsive eater herself, Ehrlich developed this easy-to-understand program for herself more than twenty-five years ago and has taught it to others, with astounding results, for more than two decades. With the help of Conquer Your Food Addiction you will: • Learn how to distinguish physical hunger from emotional hunger • Become aware of your unconscious, ritualized eating habits • Develop the skills necessary to approach food differently • Change your behavior in order to change your body • Awaken to an improved, realistic relationship with food Using original concepts and easy assignments, Ehrlich's proven 8-step program retrains your thought process so that you can begin to see food in a new and healthy way. Once you do, you'll be amazed at how the pounds come off!

Food Addiction

The Body Knows: Revised & Expanded Edition by Kay Sheppard

> Are you a food addict? Do you gain more weight than you lose after every diet? Can one cookie destroy all your good intentions? Do you eat when you are disappointed, tense or anxious? Since its publication, Food Addiction has become a primary resource for food addicts and compulsive eaters. Now it is updated and presented in a revised and expanded edition, with a new chapter on relapse. For a food addict, relapse is an ever present danger which begins in the mind before reaching for that cupcake or other trigger food. Here food addiction is defined, trigger foods are identified and consequences of food addiction are revealed. A lifetime eating plan demonstrating how to stick with a healthful food plan for the long term is also provided. "For some people, foods can be as addictive as alcohol," Kay Sheppard explains. "Gummy bears and marshmallow chicks can be vicious killers whose effects can lead to depression, irritability and even suicide. The terrible truth is that for certain individuals, refined carbohydrates can trigger the addictive process. This book is an effort to help you understand and solve the problems of compulsive eating."

The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook

How to Manage Cravings, Reduce Stress, and Stop Hating Your Body

Isn’t it time you got off the diet treadmill? In The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook, physician Carolyn Coker Ross offers the proven-effective Anchor Program™ to help you curb cravings, end body dissatisfaction, manage stress and emotions without food, and truly satisfy your soul. When it comes to addiction, abstinence isn’t always the answer—and with food addiction, this is especially true. And yet, for decades nutritional experts have dissected the problem of obesity, and the result has been a series of recommendations about what and how much to eat. When “eating too much fat” was thought to cause obesity, grocery store shelves exploded with low-fat products. Next came the low carb craze that led us to fear eating all carbohydrates, and with it came another assortment of fad products and diets. This pattern has repeated numerous times—and it never seems to be helpful! If you’re struggling with obesity or food addiction, you’ve probably been told that you must deprive yourself of certain foods in order to lose weight. You may have also been convinced—by the media and by our culture—that if you finally become thin your life will be better, you’ll be happier, and your suffering will come to an end. The problem is—it’s not all about the food. It’s about how food is used to self-soothe, to numb ourselves against the pain of living or to cope with stress and unresolved emotions. Even as your waist whittles away, the problems that caused your food addiction won’t disappear. The Anchor Program™ approach detailed in this workbook is not about dieting. It’s about being anchored to your true, authentic self. When you find your unique anchor, you will relate better to your body, you will know intuitively how to feed your body, and you will reach the weight that’s right for you. Anyone who’s been on the diet treadmill—losing and regaining lost weight—will admit that losing weight doesn’t instantly bring health or happiness. That’s because losing weight is a red herring for the real issue, the misuse of food to solve a problem that has nothing to do with food. This book offers a whole-person approach that blends practical information on managing stress and regulating emotions without relying on food. If you’re ready to uncover the true cause of your food addiction, you’ll finally be able to embrace a balanced diet and reach the weight that’s right for you.

Obsessed

America's Food Addiction--and My Own

The New York Times best-selling author and cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe describes her own struggles with food and body image and offers insights from notable people in all fields to discuss their successes with food and diet.

The Hunger Fix

The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction

The body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do more of the things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship, and even the continued propagation of the human race are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat. In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how unhealthy food and behavioral "fixes" have gotten us ensnared in a vicious cycle of overeating and addiction. She even shows that dopamine rushes in the body work exactly the same way with food as with cocaine. Luckily, we are all capable of rewiring, and the very same dopamine-driven system can be used to reward us for healthful, exciting, and fulfilling activities. The Hunger Fix lays out a science-based, three-stage plan to break the addiction to false fixes and replace them with healthier actions. Fitness guides, meal plans, and recipes are constructed to bolster the growth of new neurons and stimulate the body’s reward system. Gradually, healthy fixes like meditating, going for a run, laughing, and learning a new language will replace the junk food, couch time, and other bad habits that leave us unhappy and overweight. Packed with practical tips, useful advice, and plenty of wit, wisdom, and inspiring stories of those who have successfully transformed their bodies, The Hunger Fix is a life-changing program for anyone (of any size) trapped by food obsession and the urge to overeat.

Shades of Hope

How to Treat Your Addiction to Food

There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another with no understanding of the link between emotional eating (compulsive overeating) and not being able to keep off the weight. Author Tennie McCarty was herself an overeater, food addict, and bulimic. Tennie believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution. Tennie confronted her addictions to unhealthy relationships, food, work, and was finally able to find the one thing we all ultimately crave—serenity. In her work with clients, Tennie helps them uncover why they yo-yo diet, why they compromise their health with a diseased relationship to food, why their uncontrollable need for control has left them feeling broken, and what it is about their past or present that leads them to seek comfort in the oscillating consumption and restriction of food. As Ashley Judd, a former patient says, “Because if there was hope for Tennie McCarty, there was hope for me.” Using her trademark humor, in Shades of Hope Tennie offers real-life solutions and a step-by-step program that teaches you how to let go of the bad feelings that have imprisoned you and the never-ending cycle of diets, binges, negative behaviors and broken promises.

Breaking the Bonds of Food Addiction

Examining the underlying causes of obsessive food behavior, an expert in the field of nutrition discusses the problem of food obsession and compulsive overeating and introduces the tools needed to help readers free themselves from individual food issues, overcome addictive behavior, and develop a healthy, lifelong relationship with food. Original.

Wild Foods

Sustainable Food

Food Photography

Deutsches Essen/German Food

Food and Music Festivals

Gluten-Free Foods

Thai Food

Food Tasting

Whole foods cooking classes

King's Way Outreach Centre (The) - Food Pantry

Grocery baskets provided to those in need upon request as food items are available. Donations for the food pantry accepted during hours of operation.

King's Way Outreach Centre (The) - Breaking Down the Walls of Addiction

Weekly support group designed to assist people in breaking free of the cycle of addiction. Lively discussion, guest speakers who have overcome the cycle of addiction, practical tips for success as well as a caring environment provided.

Burlington Food Bank - Food Bank

Food bank provides:
* school snack hamper for eligible students
* volunteers stock and dispense help to anyone in need
* partners with St Christopher's Church to provide food assistance at Open Doors, for details see separate record here

Compassion Society of Halton - Emergency Food Cupboard

Food bank with staple items and fresh items including:
* bread and buns to take home (provided by Food For Life and Cobs Bread)
* daily fresh foods delivery of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy etc.
* Pizza (provided by Little Caesars)

Collection boxes: see website for updated locations

Compass Point Bible Church - Food Market

Food bank that provides non-perishable, frozen and fresh foods.

Eva Rothwell Centre - Emergency Food Pantry

Food Pantry is available to anyone in need. Donations are welcome.

Salvation Army - Food Bank - Burlington - Mainway

Local food bank serving Burlington and the surrounding community

ROCK - Our Community Cares - Food Support Cupboard, Burlington - Warwick / Surrey Community Centre Site - Burlington - Warwick / Surrey Community Centre Site

A food cupboard available to all, run by a grassroots community centre that offers a wide variety of after school and evening programs for children/youth living in low-income families * affiliated with Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)

Grace Anglican Church Waterdown - Food With Grace Waterdown Food Bank

Provides emergency food parcels and personal care items for families and individuals in need of assistance.

* Back pack food program for students
* Cash, donations, and volunteers are always welcome
* Call ahead to arrange food donations

St. Matthew's House - Barton Street Food Bank - 414 Barton St

Offers access to emergency food and basic needs to individuals and families at two sites: 785 Britannia Ave and 414 Barton St E.

St Luke's Anglican Church - Community Lunch and Food for Life Programs - Burlington - Ontario St

Community Lunch
First, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month, 11:30 am in Parish Hall, 1382 Ontario St
* free, drop in * all members of the public welcome

Food for Life open outreach centre
Tue, 11:30 pm-12:30 pm
* fresh food provided to any in need of food
* for more information on Food for Life see separate record here.

General Topics and Information - How to Find - Food Banks, Emergency Food Cupboards & Vouchers, Community Meals - Burlington

This record summarizes the day-by-day open hours for all food and meal programs in Burlington
* to go directly to the records of the two main food banks see Burlington Food Bank (here) and Salvation Army (here).
* food banks usually have a wide selection and stock of items, food cupboards/pantries may have a smaller number and selection
* some may require proof of residency or income, see each record for details
* all community meals are free, open to everyone and drop-in, unless otherwise specified


CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM, AS HOURS MAY CHANGE, OR BE SUBJECT TO VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES

Monday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 12 noon Out-4-Lunch for Seniors at St. Matthew on the Plains, 126 Plains Rd E, 905-632-1233
* 12 noon-3:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 12 noon-1 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Burlington East Presbyterian Church, 505 Walker's Line (near New St), call to confirm 905-637-5155
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Brant Hills Presbyterian Church, 2138 Brant St. (between Hwy 407 and Dundas St/Hwy 5), call to confirm 905-335-2640
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777

Tuesday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 11:30 am-12:30 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at St Luke's Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin St (downtown Burlington), 905-634-1826
* 3rd Tuesday of the month (no lunch in Jul, Aug or Dec), 12 noon, East Burlington Seniors Lunch at Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, 905-637-2942
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 4 pm-6:30 pm Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* Hours vary, call for information: Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 6 pm (all year except 2 weeks at Christmas and during Easter week) Open Doors Community Supper at St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 6:45 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Faith Christian Reformed Church, 2265 Mountainside Dr, call to confirm 905-336-5353

Wednesday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 9 am-12 noon Knox Presbyterian Church, 461 Elizabeth St, 905-333-3013
* 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month, 11:30 am St Luke's Anglican Church Community Lunch, Parish Hall 1382 Ontario St
* 12 noon Next Door Space Community Lunch at ForestView Church Without Walls, 650 Plains Rd E, 289-799-0154
* 12 noon-4:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month (varies in December), 6 pm-8 pm North BurLINKton Dinner Night Out, at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 1401 Guelph Line (between Mainway & Upper Middle Rd), 905-335-8172

Thursday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 12 noon (dates may change in Dec) Community Lunch, St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 12:45 pm-2 pm Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line (between New St and Prospect St), 905-634-1809
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* Hours vary (call for information) Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 5 pm-6 pm, fresh perishable food, open to all, no application or proof of income required: Nourishing Neighbours Food Bank, St. Luke's Church Palermo, 3114 Dundas St W, Oakville ON L6M 4J3 (just west of Bronte Rd), 905-825-3364

Friday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 9 am-5 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 9:30 am-10:30 am Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Tansley United Church, 2111 Walker's Line (north of Upper Middle Rd), 905-335-0090
* 12 noon Next Door Space Community Lunch at ForestView Church Without Walls, 650 Plains Rd E, 289-799-0154
* 12 noon-3:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 3rd Friday of each month, 12 noon-2 pm North BurLINKton 55+ Lunch, Burlington Christian Fellowship, 2054 Mountainside Dr, 905-335-4477 * lunch, with cards and board games following (optional)
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 6 pm Friday Night Community, Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St (between Brant St & Drury Lane), 905-634-1849

Saturday:
* 10 am-12 noon Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 9:30 am-11 am Compass Point Bible Church, Food Market, 1500 Kerns Rd (west and north of QEW/403), 905-336-0500
* Second-to-last Saturday of month, 10 am-12 noon North Burlington Baptist Church, Bright Corner Outreach, drop-in support group and food assistance for those in need and living in Burlington, 1377 Walkers Line (between Mainway and Upper Middle Rd), 905-335-5808

Sundays:
None


FOOD VOUCHERS
May be available from Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 905-336-8332
For expectant mothers in need, food vouchers may be available from by Halton Region Health Dept, Prenatal Nutrition Program, 905-825-6000

HALTON FRESH FOOD BOX PROGRAM
This is not an emergency food program, but allows pre-ordering of fresh fruits and vegetables at below-retail cost, available in different sized boxes * for details, see full record here, 905-634-8645