1. Can you describe your dream home?
I have my dream home now: an old Edwardian home with lots of wood paneling. There are a number of bookshelves in the house, even though I read most my books electronically or listen on audible. I love the feel of a library. To make it an even better dream home? I would put the front end in a city street (as I am now) and the back end on a ravine, with a stream, with deer and rabbits. That way I could have the best of two worlds – engaged and excited on the one hand, and solitude and intimacy on the other.
2. If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
LOL! You would probably not want to visit me! I would give you healthy foods. The only snacks we offer are coffee and cashews. No cakes, candies, donuts, chips etc. I would serve grilled vegetables and broiled chicken with the skin and old blue cheese.
3. Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
I have a received a couple of fan letters that still warm my heart when I think of them. They have described sentiments such as “ Vera is a pioneer in the field” and “Vera is caring and compassionate”.
These express values I hold in high esteem and while I strive for them, I am not sure I can meet them much of the time. When I read these letters, I feel acknowledged, really heard and touched that someone has put their time aside to write and send to me. These letters are very precious to me.
4. Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Though I have already been there twice, probably I would go to Iceland again. There is a strong food addiction community there AND the country is lovely. The geography and the people are both awesome (in the original sense of the word). They are rugged, individualistic yet open and friendly. Or I might go to Austria, because I have family that I don't see often enough. Sometimes I imagine I could live there, to do my research in solitude during the day, and connect with beloved relatives in the evenings.
5. Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
My publisher. When I saw the mock up of the book cover, I was both intrigued and alarmed: a plate of glistening donuts that food addicts would be confronting every time they picked up the book? What a trigger!
I told the publisher that it might repel people who were struggling. Indeed, some critics have been very vocal about the triggering nature of the cover, but she convinced me to keep it. Who needs to read a book of food addiction but the very people who will notice a book that has donuts on the cover?
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."
AUDIO EXCEPRT: https://soundcloud.com/post-hypnotic-press/audiobook-food-junkies-the-truth-about-food-addiction
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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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