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Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well and Live Better

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Remember the old Lays Potato Chips slogan "Bet you can't eat just one"? Psychologist Rhona Epstein says we all have foods that can trigger

overeating. Food Triggers shows how to work with your body chemistry to gain

total freedom from such impulse eating.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Worthy Publishing
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Powerful Education!

Finally, a practical approach to learning about your food addiction. This easy to read and understand book will bring dramatic hope to your life. By learning your food triggers you can change your future through education and faith. This is not another diet book – this is an educational tool to help you. Aside from your Bible this is absolutely the most powerful book you will read! Enjoy! NetGalley and Worthy Publishing provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange
Cindy Williams
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced reader's copy of Food Triggers written by Rhona Epstein in exchange for a honest review and a commitment to NetGalley and Worthy Publishing to post it.
This book was like wow! It was truly an eye opener to me. I never realized how my past had anything to do with my ‘style’ of eating… of over eating and of foods (triggers) that cause me to overeat. I did realize that diet alone cannot help me maintain a weight loss; however, I never gave a thought to who could help me. Nev
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honestly food is the fuel that allows our bodies to exist, thing is many of us find ourselves eating way more than we need! Food is a comfort to many, a friend of sorts that we turn to in times of sadness or stress. We find ourselves turning to our favorite food addiction whether it be ice cream or cookies, or maybe it's chips whenever things don't go as planned, only to feel guilty about it and then beat ourselves becoming determined to get a handle our eating habits. Thing is it isn't easy, bu ...more
Jennifer Cepero
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, i-own
Good book for those with craving issues. I did think when I signed up for the giveaway that it was more about how to eat more whole foods/veggies in my meals. I am not overweight, nor do I suffer from overeating or binge eating. I do though, know some people. So in a way I hope to give this book to someone to look into their issues (if they are openly mentioning them).

There was a little too much God talk in this for my liking though.

I did learn a few things about foods and eating even healthie
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well and Live Better by Rhona Epstein is to show the reader how to be free from a mad cycle with food. You can eat in healthy ways and focus on things that matter more than a chip or a cookie, a slice of cheesecake or a sliver of pie.

According to the author, there’s a reason people pig out, overeat and find themselves addicted to foods or snacks consumed in an outrageous amount in a single sitting. It not just about exercise, self-control or diet. There’s a
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Worthy Publishing gave me a free, signed copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Unfortunately, I was only able to stomach (no pun intended) 60 pages of Food Triggers. It was written in the breathless, over-earnest style of one of those annoying spammy pop-up ads on the internet. Nothing new here - food addictions and the underlying triggers that 'set them off.' Food Triggers borrows the basic AA premise that food addicts need to place themselves in God's hands. Food addicts need to ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had gotten this on the last round of give-ways, so I thought I has better read it as soon as possible in able to review it.
Basically it is a revamp of the Over Eaters Anonymous handook: put your faith in God, & never eat sugar or starches again.
Yes, once you quitting eating a particular food, you may not crave it again. But I do not think the book addresses the pressures of social eating enough, & that of trying to make others realize that yes, one bite can hurt you.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Not at all what I expected but not bad. I thought it would be like chemicals in the food and such, but it is psychological triggers. Mostly just recommending faith and meditation to overcome.
Gabby-Lily Raines
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Margaret Mechinus
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
If I learned anything from this book, I can't remember what it was.
Tamara Evans
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An insightful read providing guidance to those who are food addicts or think they may be suffering from food addiction.

I liked the overall layout of this book as well as the combination of biblical scripture and techniques used by AA (Alcoholic Anonymous.) I appreciate that the author inspires the reader to not only focus on diet to overcome food addiction but address the underlying issues and experiences which have lead to food addiction. By reading this book, the reader can learn coping techn
Erin Cataldi
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I for one, can overeat. I mean obviously, I'm giant (or really a "glamazon" as mother calls me) I'm 6 foot one and built like a brick shit house. I can pack the food away if I'm in a really bad mood (or good one, depending on the situation). But thankfully, I'm not a chronic binger like author, Rhona Epstein, and thousands of others that can't control sugary foods are or have been. I'm not saying that to slam them, no way. That's just tough is all. I know some people have a real problem saying n ...more
Leilah De medina
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like so many others, I made a decision to eat better and get in shape after the new year. Though I’ve never really struggled with the binge eating described in the book, I can certainly relate to Rhona’s anecdotes. Who hasn’t accidentally eaten a whole box of cookies?

For me this wasn’t just an issue of cravings. I am horribly addicted to sugar, and also intolerant to processed sugar. Yep, that’s right. The one food I want to eat the most makes me super sick. IBS, exhaustion, irritability, nausea
Crystal Scott
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Food Triggers
Rhona Epstein, Psy.D

*Thank you to Worthy Publishing for providing me a copy of this book for my honest review.*

Do you struggle with cravings? Do you want to eat well and live better? Then this book is definitely for you.
Rhona Epstein is not only a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor but she also struggled with food addictions her self. Written from her own personal experience, Ms. Epstein uses practical applications, biblical insight and true stories of strugg
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Chemical explanation. Treatable. Recovery.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. - Psalm 40:2

Rhona Epstein writes, "We are not alone, and God never meant for us to live in agony over what was created to nurture and sustain us. He never meant for us to struggle with food." -- If you have ever felt like this, this book is for you. Rhona writes like she knows what your mind and heart are thinking. Rhona goes on
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
If you or anyone you love struggles with binge eating, then this is definitely the book for you! One of my favorite parts of the book was the very beginning where Rhona shared her own personal struggle with binge eating and the path she took to overcome it. It sets the tone for the whole book and lets you know that she speaks from experience. The added benefit is that she is a Certified Addictions Counselor so she not only shares her personal experience but also her clinical expertise.

The book i
Sara Diane
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this through NetGalley to preread.

I was excited to read this one since I've had one of those life-long (it feels) battle/love affair with food. I was hoping that Epstein could help me understand why. After finishing the book, I can honestly say she helped, but not half so much as she might have.

While the title suggests that the book might help one discover which foods trigger overeating and how to stop craving them, what I found was far more of an "anti-sugar and white flour" mantra.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it


Boy can I see myself in a lot of this book. I was surprised at the different things I learned in this book. Food Triggers is not just about what foods to avoid but help in fixing problems that make us abuse food or other things.

Food addiction is real. Rhona help dealing with the whole problem, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of why we do what we do and address ways we can get better.

It looks at you and makes you realize that food and overeating has issues in our past. We nee
Matthew Hodge
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
From what I understand, the concept that food might be addictive is still up for debate. Or perhaps if it is addictive, it is nothing in the food as such but more so in the mind of the person consuming it. So I can't vouch for the science.

But I can say that the idea resonated for me. While I wouldn't classify myself as having a serious eating disorder (like many of the people that Epstein writes about), I do struggle to stop at sensible quantities of junk food. I know the pull of a chip bowl or
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On This Book

This is a really interesting book. It is not really a diet book, but a book for those who are in the category of food addicts. Though I found a lot of information for those who just find themselves craving a certain food from time to time. The author, Rhonda Epstein uses practical tips along with Biblical insights to help you solve those craving times.

Do you sometimes feel that your food cravings can’t be helped? Or maybe you are doomed to eating too much? Well now you h
JoJo Sutis
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it-2014
Food Triggers is such an informative and interactive book!
I love that the author has “been there, done that”…she knows what it means to struggle in the area of food.
This book in no way comes across as preachy, but it’s a great tool to help you understand why you struggle so much in this area, with scientific evidence, real life examples and solutions.
This book really gets you digging into what the heart of the p
Momma Frugal
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

The author shares her own personal story in this book. For me, when someone is giving advice and suggestions, whether it be to an audience or to a friend, they had better went through it. If they haven't, then they really can't say they understand, because unless they had, there is no way I will take advice or suggestions from them.

For someone dealing with food cravings or eating disorders, the author gives a lot of great resources (Biblical) and medical.

I do not have compulsive food craving
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book through First Reads giveaway.

Epstein basically tells you about why you eat what you eat and when you eat it. And, of course, how you can change that to help you become healthier and overcome your destructive ways. Okay. Most of what she said, I already understood on some level - either from some blurb on the news, other self help books, tv etc. Having it all compiled into one easy to read format was definitely a plus. It helped keep all of the information straight as you tr
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received that book free from a Goodreads First-Reads giveaways.

I enjoyed this search into what triggers different individuals to overindulge in food, whether it's cookies, ice cream, cake or french fries. The author provided a new insight on how to control these triggers by increasing and/or improving your relationship with God. One aspect I have not considered in the past when it came to overindulgence. She also provide a very simple eating guide to follow along with an emphasis on exercise t
Christine McIntosh
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received through a Goodreads giveaway.

I loved most of this. There were a few preachy parts that I skipped though. It's so hard to find self-help books that cater to atheists but that's a whole other basket.

I know I'm addicted to carbs and sugar. Identifying what's going on, finding out that it's chemical and psychological and not just bad habits was nice. There are ways to deal with it but primarily just stay away. Just say no because one bite and you'll relapse.

I read it a few months ago and t
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
**Disclosure I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads**

This book has a lot of helpful tips about food triggers. I liked how she addressed these issues at their own specific topic and the underlying causes that can account for these food triggers. The author made addressed the topic in a very approachable way and it is a great start for beginners trying to address the issue. However, the author also used a lot of religious praying and finding your connection to God as a method o
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cassandra's Review- Packed with knowledge, information and inspiration. I was happy to have the chance to review this book because even though I do not feel a personal addiction to food in any way, this book is ment to inform and help those that do. It can also help you if someone you know fits in the category of the concept in this book. I find that it was easy to read and understand and I personally benefited from reading it. I hope you will to.

I received a complimentary copy of this book fro
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book for anyone wanting to know the psychology behind food triggers. Perfect book for you or a family member or friend suffering from food addictions. Gets down to the core of your physical, emotional, and obsessive food addictions. Written in everyday language, so easy to understand.
Chelsea DeVries
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even though I bought this book for only 0.99 on, it well exceeded the price paid. It covers the psychology of why you binge eat, and goes over the strongholds that cause you to trigger into a binge. It also utilizes God's word to help people take control over any abuse they suffer from and helps you take the proper steps toward recovery.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I hate the idea of miracle diets. This book is not a miracle diet. Rhona Epstein offers real and healthy ways to get weight under control. very inspirational read. I recommend this book to people who like self help books, people looking for an actual solution to lose weight, and anyone just looking for some very uplifting stories about real clients Epstein has had.
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Rhona Epstein, Psy. D., CAC, is not only a licensed psychologist, certified addictions counselor and marriage and family therapist, she has personally experienced recovery from food addiction. Dr. Epstein received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and has been helping individuals find freedom over food addiction for the past 25 years. Dr. Epstein practices counseling ...more