Book Discount Available for Professionals



Calling all nutritionists, physicians, nurses, therapists, addiction specialists, dieticians, and diabetes counselors.

A bulk discount is available for orders of “Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s Guide to Easy Weight Loss.”  It lists for $10 on Amazon, but for a limited time, bulk orders for ten or more copies will be just $5 a copy, plus S/H. This offer is not available through Amazon, only through the author.

The offer expires June 1, 2012, so take advantage while you can.  Your clients will appreciate the honest, straightforward advice and inspiration found in this gem of a girlfriend’s guide.  Just email your order to hijillescher@gmail.com, and you can provide payment and shipment information thereafter.  Another plus: all proceeds go to charity.  Please find a recent review here and podcast here.  Thanks!

Tom Ford: A Most Admirable … Sugar Addict?



by Jill Escher

I am in the midst of a fascination with the fashion designer/filmmaker/all-around genius Tom Ford.  When you look at videos or photos of Tom, you can’t help but notice his perfect skin and glowing good health, and ponder What Does This Gorgeous God of a Man Who Is About 50 But Looks 30 Eat?

   Tom Ford

Happily I found a little snippet about his diet buried in a transcript of a discussion between him and his friend, photographer Lisa Eisner.  It can be found here:  http://blog.bergdorfgoodman.com/womens-style/tom-ford-a-singular-man

We find out, surprise surprise, that he’s a very healthy eater who eschews soda and drinks only water.  But we also find out something else.  Read on:
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Tom Ford: …. I’m the same weight now that I was when I was thirty-three years old. I weigh myself every day. If I gain more than three pounds, I eat vegetables for two or three days until I get back down to my weight.

LISA Eisner: That is a health diet too . . . less calories and you live longer.

TF: Absolutely. I eat healthy foods. I don’t eat any fried foods ever. I never ever have ice cream; I probably haven’t had it in fifteen years. I eat sorbet instead. I definitely watch what I eat. Then, on top of it, I eat candy. [laughs] It’s true! I eat really healthy foods, but then at least once a day I eat some total piece of junk sugar.

LISA: And drink Diet Coke.

TF: Not any more. I quit because of the artificial sweeteners. I’d been trying to do that for years. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke cigarettes, I don’t do any drugs. It’s very exciting. A life on water . . . You actually discover that water has a flavor.

LISA: Yes?

TF: I’m kidding. Water is so boring! But that’s all I drink.

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So there you have it, the Perfect Tom Ford eats a shmush of sugar every day, and really, he does not seem any worse for it.  Now, if he ate the average American dose of 22 tsp a day along with a bunch of fries and Cokes I think the picture would be quite different–we might have a Tom with blotchy skin, bags under his eyes, a spare tire around the middle, and no energy for his many amazing creative pursuits.  But perhaps the lesson is this: if you’re eating right 90% of the time, a little plop of sugar probably won’t do much harm.  Sugar Addicts who fear cutting out the white stuff completely might aspire to the Tom Ford model instead of abstaining altogether. 

For those of you who share my admiration for the man, check out this fine little documentary from OWN:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsmJ_l4jZFQEven if you care nothing for fashion you can’t help but be inspired at the man’s drive, creativity, and of course, complexion.

Vera Tarman, MD, a doctor who gets it



by Jill Escher

Last year when I visited my local doctor for an annual physical, I could not help but notice that not only was he fairly fat, his young female receptionist likely exceeded 400 pounds.  Though working in an office ostensibly devoted to the promotion of good health, she was so sick and disabled she could barely move from her chair.  When I quietly suggested to the doctor that he perhaps help his employee find treatment for a probable sugar or refined food addiction underlying the morbid obesity, he looked at me like I had three heads.  He had never heard of such a thing.

My doctor had of course been schooled in the idea that obesity results from eating too many calories and moving too little, that obesity is rooted in failings of willpower and character, and that real addictions were reserved for nasty foreign substances like methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.  A solidly mainstream doctor, he sees no distinction between the physiological impacts of highly refined edible substances like sugar and white flour, and whole foods, like vegetables, eggs and meat.

So it was with tremendous pleasure and relief that I watched the DVD, “Dangerous Liaisons: Comfort and Food,” featuring a lecture by the noted addiction specialist Vera Tarman, MD, who has a long history treating people suffering addictions to a wide array of substances.  Based in Toronto Canada, it was through her work with drug addicts and alcoholics that Dr. Tarman became interested in the subject of food and sugar addictions, which she couldn’t help but notice followed the same patterns as more classic drug addictions.

   Vera Tarman, M.D.

The DVD lecture perfectly summarizes why refined food addiction is very real, and explains in layman’s terms how concentrated carbs — which are human creations not found in the natural world — can hijack the reward pathways in the brain just like drugs, creating an ongoing cycle of consumption and craving.  She also explains why the addiction recovery paradigm — including a focus on supported abstinence — is an absolutely necessary tool for any practitioner treating obesity, eating disorders, or other chronic conditions related to over- or under-consumption of food.

The DVD is available for $20 and is available at the Addictions Unplugged website, here:  http://addictionsunplugged.com/store/.  The lecture bears repeated viewing, it is densely packed with information tremendously useful to recovering addicts, physicians and other practitioners.  Highly recommended — if all doctors added addiction recovery to their weight-loss and diabetes toolbox, we’d have a whole lot fewer people suffering from chronic disease.

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