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PYP 105 Kerrie Saunders on Navigating Cravings and Overcoming Addictions

kerrie-saundersDr. Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD, started life by almost dying of a food allergy, and that experience set her on the exploration of food, emotions, addictions, cravings, and healing that has become her passion and her career.

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A psychologist by training, she helps people regain their health and their food sanity, leading them to confront and overcome addictions and really powerful cravings. She also shares the good news about plant-based diets as president of the Plant-based Nutrition Support Group, and through her books.

Armed with the latest scientific understanding of the workings of the brain, the neurotransmitters involved in food cravings and addictions, and an arsenal of thought and behavioral modification techniques, Kerrie has brought peace and well-being to thousands of her patients and students.

In our conversation, we covered:

  • the blessing of a severe dairy allergy
  • similarities between cocaine and alcohol addiction and our relationships with food
  • “the only species that never weans”
  • our self-medication epidemic, and
  • the neuroscience of cravings and addictions
  • the difference between cravings and hunger
  • the hot-button time of 2-4pm
  • gender differences in cravings (chocolate vs steak)
  • the power of chocolate to enhance mood (“the party in your brain”)
  • why we’re so susceptible to dairy addiction
  • why we’re never “jonesing for asparagus”
  • the two most addictive food groups
  • why family celebrations are breeding grounds for “fatty sedated oblivion”
  • why quitting is so hard, and why it gets easier after the first few days
  • and much more…

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Music

The music for today’s show was generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians. It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour. You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

Intro/outro track: Dance of Peace (Sabali Don)

Links

Kerrie Saunder's website: DrFood.org

The Plant-based Nutrition Support Group

The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention, by Dr. Kerrie Saunders –  on amazon

Breaking the Food Seduction, by Dr. Neal Barnard – on amazon

 

 

 

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Music

The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

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