Food addiction recovery approaches can resolve stubborn diet-related diseases


Listening to her was just one 'Eureka!!' moment after another.

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Focusing on addiction to processed food is the key to successful outcomes


With a unique combination of extensive academic work and decades on the front lines of the battle for control of food choices, Dr. Ifland's talks are rooted in her rich understanding of the nuances of food addiction.  Her presentations reveal the trauma experienced by food addicts as they seek help but receive inadequate guidance that can actually worsen the addiction. Audiences learn practical concepts that are easy to understand and implement.

As the lead editor and author of the textbook, Processed Food Addiction, Dr. Ifland is recognized as the leading authority in addiction to processed food. Her presentations are praised for re-framing the epidemics of metabolic syndrome in light of tobacco-style addiction business practices as applied to processed foods.  Joan uses humor and poignant stories to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Brilliant presentation of processed food addiction and many practical tools for helping patients.

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Dr. Ifland is grounded in the science of food addiction by her doctorate in addictive nutrition, as well as numerous publications and of course, her textbook.  Whether the audience is lay people seeking to understand their own struggles with food and health, or highly educated credentialed practitioners, Joan opens practical and novel doors to understanding the forces behind food choices.

With a unique combination of extensive academic work and decades on the front lines of the battle for control of food choices, Dr. Ifland's talks are rooted in her rich understanding of the nuances of food addiction.  Her presentations reveal the trauma experienced by food addicts as they seek help but receive inadequate guidance that can actually worsen the addiction. Audiences learn practical concepts that are easy to understand and implement.


She should be at every conference

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Processed food addiction is a wide-ranging and complex condition.  Dr. Ifland breaks it down into highly practical segments that give audiences the confidence that they can beat this driver of diet-related diseases.

Amazing presentation. Loved her breakdown of brain pathways in addiction.

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Make the Shift from Overeating to the Processed Food Addiction Model

Tobacco and Processed Foods: How the addiction business model was applied to processed foods at the inception of the obesity epidemic

In the 1980s, the tobacco industry took control of major processed food manufacturers, applied the addiction business model, and set off the obesity epidemic. Re-framing obesity as a tobacco-style epidemic of addiction to processed foods yields surprising insights into why ‘weight-loss' strategies consistently fail and diet-related diseases continue to spiral out of control.  Whatever diet-related disease you seek to conquer, practitioners and individuals alike will want to be equipped with the skills and mindset to counteract the specific addictive brain alterations associated with processed foods.

How does Processed Food Addiction Compare to Other Addictions?

A surprise: Which parameters show the true nature of processed food addiction?

What is the mindset we need to treat processed food addiction with the degree of seriousness that we would treat alcoholism or drug addiction? How do the determinants of severity of addiction manifest in the compulsive consumption of highly addictive sugars, fats, and salts? Audiences grasp a more realistic picture of the depth and complexity of chronic overeating as an addiction when all the assessment parameters for drug addiction are applied to processed food addiction.  Clients will see that long-term participation in support groups is a match for the severity of processed food addiction.

Shifting from Compulsive Overeating to Recovery from Processed Food Addiction

Beyond Diets: How to apply food addiction recovery to diet-related diseases

Every practitioner has a weight-loss method. The question is: Does it work? Are patients able to apply the method and achieve permanent recovery from diet-related diseases? This talk focuses on creating a comprehensive addiction recovery program that aligns with the scientific evidence that diet-related diseases are driven by a severe addiction to processed foods.  The methods used by food neuro-marketers are described and specific strategies for counteracting neuro-marketing are offered. After years of ineffective diet approaches, this talk finally gives audiences a powerful new resolution for the over-consumption of harmful processed foods.  

This lady!!! I loved this presentation!!

Her drive and knowledge base is incredible.

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Diagnosing and Assessing Processed Food Addiction

Clarity is essential: How can we know how to proceed without diagnosing severity?

Across health practices of all shapes and sizes, practitioners and patients alike are facing the same challenge: How do we gain control over excessive eating? How do we find out whether addiction to processed foods is driving overeating?  How do we know where to focus our efforts? How do we make recovery effective by individualizing recovery programs to fit real clients? This talk will show you how to identify the symptoms of processed food addiction and build appropriate recovery to put diet-related diseases into remission.

Motivational Interviewing in                     Addiction to Processed Food

Beyond Diets: Helping clients take off the blinders

Practitioners are frustrated by the inability to persuade clients to change their food for the long-term. As in any addiction, victims of processed food addiction can be confused and resistant to the hours of recovery training needed to put compulsive overeating into remission.  Teaching clients about the difference between faulty weight loss schemes and authentic recovery from substance addiction is a place to start motivating clients to start again. Getting clarity about all the different benefits that could come from recovery is another motivator.  Pointing out the client’s many strengths can build optimism to the point where the client is able to make the commitment to an appropriate program.

Building an Online Food Addiction         Recovery Community

Making intensity possible: The right match of program to addiction is essential

It’s common sense: The food industry has applied the tobacco addiction model to processed foods, so an addiction recovery model is the right fit for stopping overeating and diet-related diseases.  The problem is that millions of people may suffer from  advanced processed food addiction. Long-term residential rehab programs are too expensive even though they are the right level of treatment for severe addictions. That’s why this talk focuses on creating practical online recovery programs that deliver effective support for the long-term with minimal expense and manageable disruption to clients’ lives.

Food plans for Recovery from Food Addiction

What to eat...really?

With the influence of the processed food industry on media, it is virtually impossible to glean accurate guidance on food choices from popular writing.  The research is increasingly clear that processed foods are the culprit in the epidemics of cancer, obesity, heart disease, dementia, depression, anxiety, and fatigue presently circling the globe. What exactly is a processed food?  Do all diagnosed food addicts need to follow the same food plan and eliminate the same processed foods?  What are safe elimination strategies for food-addicted clients?  Are there approaches to eliminating processed foods that could actually hurt food addicts? How can practitioners avoid re-traumatizing clients into the distress of diets?

Very entertaining and motivating.

A presentation well worth sharing far and wide.

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Processed Food Addiction and Mental Health

Anticipating barriers: Hidden mental health issues can drive processed food addiction

Practitioners and clients alike want to know where the epidemics of mental health issues come from and how to alleviate the distress of depression and anxiety. This presentation walks the audience through a dramatic re-framing of the mental challenges experienced by people in westernized cultures who eat an average of one pound of processed foods per person per day .  Audiences take away easily understood ways to gain more control over mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Recovery for Children Addicted to Processed Foods

Aiding the most vulnerable: The youngest possible consumers are at greatest risk

Prepare to be taken through the journey of a child who has developed addiction to processed foods. In this fascinating world, hear how children cope with overwhelming cravings, shame, and intense urges to isolate with processed foods. Learn how well-intentioned adults can make circumstances worse for food-addicted children.  Practitioners and parents alike will enthusiastically embrace simple, logical, and evidence-based approaches to helping children recover from the food industry’s pursuit of profits by target-marketing highly addictive foods to young children.

Food Addiction in the Workplace

What's eating workplace culture?: Workplaces are the front line in recovery from food addiction

The message sent by neurological research is that workplaces often foster compulsive over-consumption of processed foods. Learn how to recognize that seemingly simple workplace customs can undermine the health of entire departments, even entire corporations. Every workplace has a food culture. Do employees understand how they contribute to a healthy food culture? And how they might unknowingly contribute to the spread of diet-related diseases? This talk focuses on creating a food culture that yields a kind, compassionate attitude towards hidden triggers that lead to compulsive overeating.

Knowledge of this subject helps us to sympathize with our patients, and to determine useful strategies for making progress towards goals.

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