Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Virtual Book Tour for Audio Book: Food Junkies by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell and read by Lisa Bunting

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."



Excerpt One:


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. What are four things you can’t live without?
I could not live without my longstanding partner, Cathy, my food plan (which is very regimented), my beloved dog, Maddie, and my mission to talk about food addiction.  All of these keep me going throughout the day, weeks, and months – the daily minutia of life. Writing about food addiction is probably the thing that gives me the most strength to endure obstacles. Presumably, if I were to lose any of the other three, this one  ‘gets me through the night’.
2. What is your favorite television show?
I really like the British Detective shows ie Happy Valley is the latest that I really enjoyed. It is full of real life events, and has compassion and love, not just grit and violence. However, I rarely watch TV anymore. I prefer to read.
3. If you could be any character, from any literary work, whom would you choose to be? Why?
I have identified with many protagonists through the years. I am a very big reader, so here are just a few examples:  Holden Caulfield, Pony boy, characters in Kurt Vonnegut’s books, David Copperfield.
Still I don’t want to be any of these people. While reading, I love that I can merge my personality and perspective to the characters I am reading. I especially like it when characters are brutally honest yet still search for redemption and optimism. I am a pragmatic realist with a flavor of optimism and love to align my tendencies to their experiences. But even in the characters that share these attributes, once the book is finished, I prefer to crawl back into my own skin.
4. What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
Only the book – now in audible form. What I would hope for is a 2nd edition of my book, Food Junkies. If that were asked of me, it would mean that people are listening to my message. Since this issue has ever evolving info, an update will be required in a few years!
5. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Virginia Woolf, Dostoevsky, and Samuel Beckett.  More currently – the people who have influenced me in my medical writing: Dr. Oliver Sacks, and Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Robert Lustig.



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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  2. Sounds like a great book. Sorry I didn't have time to listen to it for the tour.

  3. Mum always calls comfort eating 'oral masturbation' and I guess she's right!

  4. It's an informative interview!


  5. Want to make a real change to your eating habits? Please read and see why processed food is so addictive and how to
    prevent food addiction!

  6. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  7. I find it staggering that so many people are still clueless when it comes to nutrition.

  8. I could really get my teeth into this (sincere apologies, I couldn't resist)!

  9. I love to cook and love to cook tasty food, and I do pretty good at healthy as well, but there is always room for improvement.

  10. Only two days left - it's flown by!

  11. If you had to pick your favourite Woolf novel, which would it be?

  12. If you had to pick your favourite Woolf novel, which would it be?

  13. Best wishes for you and your book!!

  14. All the very best on any future ventures!