Resources for change offers links to national or educational non-profit websites only, plus video clips and books related to eating disorders, food and other addictions, personal growth and healing
Eating disorder / food addiction resources
- The binge-eating files at changehappens.ca – links to online articles on binge-eating and related topics, including a blog, and the latest scientific research
- National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) – a Canadian network for disseminating information about eating disorders
- National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) – an American support network re eating disorders
- Sugar Science: The Unsweetened Truth – an authoritative source for the scientific evidence about sugar and its impact on health. Developed by a team of health scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the site reflects an exhaustive review of more than 8,000 scientific papers that have been published to date.
12-step groups re eating disorders
- Overeaters Anonymous (OA) – an international 12-step self-help program for those who suffer from eating disorders, food addiction, compulsive overeating, bulimia and anorexia
- Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) – a newer 12-step self-help program for people in recovery from eating disorders (meetings near the GTA are currently in Brampton, Ajax and Guelph)
- Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) – an international 12-step self-help program for people who want to stop unhealthy eating practices (with phone and Skype meetings).
- Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist’s Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity and Recovery (Natalie Gold, Arrow Publications, 2015)
- Fat chance: Beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity and disease (Robert H Lustig, MD, Avery, 2013)
- Salt, sugar, fat: How the food giants hooked us (Michael Moss, Random House, 2013)
- The end of overeating: Taking control of the insatiable North American appetite (David A. Kessler, MD, McLelland and Stewart, 2009)
- Full, a Life Without Dieting (Michael A. Snyder, MD, FACS, Hay House, 2010)
- When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress (Gabor Mate, MD, Random House, 2003)
- Recovery, Freedom from our Addictions (Russell Brand, Henry Holt & Co, 2017)
- The artist’s way: A spiritual path to higher creativity (Julia Cameron, Tarcher/Putnam, 1992)
- You can heal your life (Louise Hay, Hay House Inc., 1984)
- Rewire your brain for love (Marsha Lucas, Hay House Inc., 2013)
Video and video clips
- Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush – This is a 47-minute Youtube clip with Jamie Oliver, with more shocking news about the impact of sugar and the hidden sugars in our diets. Shocked even me.
- Fat chance, Dr. Robert Lustig – This youtube clip shows Dr. Robert Lustig as he presents his New York Times best-seller, FAT Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. His book illuminates the causes of obesity and challenges the dogma, “a calorie is a calorie.”
- Your body language shapes who you are – An old favorite of mine. As described on TED Talks, “Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.”
- How sugar affects the brain – In this 5-minute animated short, Dr. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation. When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
- Sugar Coated – A one-hour documentary film by Michèle Hozer (formerly on Netflix, now featured on TVO, Ontario’s public TV station). A secret public relations campaign starting back in the 1970s helped the sugar industry blame fat (not sugar) for the rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Now, skyrocketing rates for these and other illnesses has doctors treating children for fatty liver disease. And now, research on sugar as toxic has re-opened the debate.
- Comedian John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, on Sugar – an 11.5 minute clip critical of the sugar industry
- The skinny on obesity – In these clips, Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
- A missing piece to overeating: Why diets fail – clips show Dr. Judith Orloff (author of Emotional Freedom and Positive Energy) discussing the missing piece to overeating. Why do people overeat? How does one control and combat overeating? Learn how to center yourself with the power of energy.
- Obesity and the neural plasticity reward circuit – video shows Dr. Eric Stice, Oregon Research Institute, examining factors that increase risk for onset of eating disorders and obesity, as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions.
- How sugar affects the brain – In this clip by Dr. Nicole Avena on TED talks (Jan 2014), when you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
- The empath quiz! Are you an emotional sponge? – In this online series, Dr. Judith Orloff presents a quick, easy “Are You an Empath?” quiz from her book. Discover if you are absorbing stress and negativity from others.
- When the body says no: understanding the stress-disease connection – in part 1 and part 2 Vancouver-based Dr. Gabor Maté argues that … emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness and in the restoration of health … [and] makes the case that there are important links between the mind and the immune system. He found that stress and individual emotional makeup play critical roles in an array of diseases.
- Fed Up – a documentary film about added sugar and obesity by Stephanie Soechtig, from executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David, and one that the food industry doesn’t want you to see. The link features the free trailer.
- What the bleep do we know – An edited clip from the documentary film What the Bleep Do We Know talking about addictions to emotional states.
Substance abuse / process addiction links
- Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) – Canada’s largest addiction and mental health teaching hospital, provides research, policy, publications and education related to addictions and mental health issues
- Canadian Harm Reduction Network – an afflilation of individuals and organizations working to reduce the social, health, and economic harms linked to drugs and drug policies on a local, national and international level, as well as advocating to change drug policy and law reform.
- Drugs, Brains & Behavior: The Science of Addiction – website sponsored by the American-based National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- The Addiction Journal – online publication by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) to alcohol and other drugs, UK
12-step groups for substance /process addiction
- Alcoholics Anonymous, Toronto (AA) – the original 12-step self-help program for those who suffer from alcohol abuse
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
- Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
- Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT) – training programs, workshops, and therapy (through the Gestalt Clinic) are available
- Gestalt therapy – this article by noted author and practitioner Gary Yonteff is one of the best introductions to Gestalt therapy
- Gestalt Therapy Page – website with the latest news from the world of Gestalt therapy