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Why a low-carb diet can be really bad for some food addicts

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. It appears not everyone is equally vulnerable to the effects of tryptophan depletion and lowered serotonin in the brain. A study with 55 participants assigned to drink…

Mood effects of a high-fat diet

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Some food addiction experts are now recommending high-fat diets, such as the ketogenic diet,1 and in extreme cases, even the carnivore diet.2 A ketogenic diet is, by…

Is tryptophan depletion a factor in food addiction relapse?

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and the precursor for the synthesis of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter widely recognized as a…

Relapse in food addiction

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Food addiction is considered to be similar to drug addictions in that it can become a chronic, relapsing disorder.1 Eating disorders and obesity are also recognized as…

Commonly used abstinent food plans and controversies

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Food abstinence was first advocated by Overeaters Anonymous (OA) in the 1960s.1 OA’s definition of food abstinence was abstinence from processed carbohydrates.2 Similar 12-step organizations, such as…

What is Food Abstinence

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. As in the treatment for any other addictive substance, the treatment for food addiction must be based on complete abstinence of foods that are considered addictive. Addictive…

The Role of the Food Industry in Food Addiction

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Food-industry sponsored scientists have suggested since at least the 1970s that the preference for sugar and salty foods in children and adolescents might not be innate, but…

Which foods cause food addiction

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. In previous posts, I discussed that food addiction is not only real, but can be more accurately characterized as a substance use disorder (such as a drug…

How Food Addiction Begins

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. First of all, let’s remember that food addiction is real and that it shares characteristics with substance use disorder involving very addictive substances such as drugs or…

Food Addiction Is An Epidemic

In this blog I’ll be publishing excerpts from my dissertation on food addiction and research that supports using a whole-food plant-based diet to conquer food addiction for good. Food addiction is more common than most people think. While the concept of food addiction is, at this moment, still a very highly debated one, the evidence…


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