Miki was overweight and had a history of dieting, losing some weight and then soon gaining it back. One day she accompanied her husband to see Dr. Neil Barnard. Her husband had cancer, and Dr. Bernard’s center had a reputation for using both traditional medicine and a holistic nutritional approach. They went to a series of classes at the center and started taking the steps also suggested in Dr. Bernard’s book, Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons for Craving and 7 Steps to End Them Naturally. Miki decided to do the program with her husband.
They followed the suggested steps which included elimination of sugar, chocolate, cheese, and fatty meats, and replaced these and other foods they craved with a primarily vegetarian diet. Several months later Miki wrote to Dr. Bernard and told them they were both feeling “wonderful.” Not only was her husband much better, so was she! Here is part of her story:
The most amazing things have resulted from this endeavor. I have enjoyed the new foods and wonderful tastes, but also a marked improvement in my health. I have lost sixty-seven pounds in one year. For the first time in my life I was not on a diet. I was able to increase my exercise regimen due to the weight loss. My cholesterol is under control (having dropped significantly in the last year). One of the most amazing results for me has been the disappearance of all diabetic symptoms. My blood sugar measurements have decreased, on the average 185 points without medication. I feel fantastic, and, for the first time in a long time, I have a clean bill of health from my annual checkup. We started these classes for my husband; however, I have gained as many benefits along the way as he has. You have my profound gratitude. (Bernard, 2003)
(Comment: Miki hadn’t called herself a food addict but she likely was in an early or middle stage of chemical dependency on food. When she treated herself as if she was food addicted, it worked.)