Food Addiction Books

Food addicts come into recovery with relationship sensitivity from being harshly and unfairly criticized for eating patterns. This is a serious issue for food addicts because stress from relationships can be a leading cause of relapse. This book helps us detach from other people's behavior and keep ourselves safe from stressful reactions that could lead to relapse.

This is one of two 12-Step Big Books. The stories are especially valuable for inspiring recovery. Although there is a food plan in this book, please use the food plan in the Files at the Food Addiction Education Facebook Group.

Food Addiction: The Body Knows by Kay Sheppard

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Food Addicts Anonymous Green Book

This video is very helpful to getting food organized. Food addicts starting out in recovery love it. I'm very sorry it cannot be seen outside of the United States.

This book reveals the devastation of food addiction for men. It is an eye-opener for anyone who thinks that food addiction affects women only. Prager is a former reporter for the Boston Globe. His writing style is easy and accessible.

Sugars and Flours: How They Make us Crazy, Sick and Fat, and What to do About It
by Joan Ifland

Potatoes Not Prozac

by Kathleen DesMaisons Ph.D. 

Food Addicts in Recovery by Food Addicts in Recovery 12 Step Big Book

Binge Crazy
by Natalie Gold


So many of us have been so sad for so long that we literally don’t know how to be calm and happy. It feels strange. I would recommend this book in audio format (from because it is in the format of a conversation… a beautiful conversation about how to be happy in spite of the worst oppression in the world. If the Dalai Lama can be happy in spite of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and Desmond Tutu can be happy in spite of the atrocities visited upon South Africa, we also can be happy in spite of traumatic exploitation by the food industry. This book will show you how.

Affirmations are incredibly powerful in recovering from food addiction.  Kay Sheppard puts decades of experience into these helpful sayings that can make an important impact on our recovery.  Where would we be without Kay Sheppard?

Inner Harvest by Elizabeth L

Food Triggers
by Rhona Epstein

If you enjoy setting your mind to all the blessings of recovery, these books are for you.  "Food for Thought" and "Inner Harvest" by Elizabeth L.  are daily readers that remind us how life in recovery is a very good life indeed!

Fat Boy Thin Man
by Michael Prager

Food For the Soul  by Food Addicts Anonymous Meditation Book

Many people who are addicted to processed foods wonder how to start down the path of recovery. Bennett does a fine job of describing simple meals that can be the beginning of a new life. The point? Clean is easy and beautiful. Bennett shows us how. 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma 

This is an outstanding book about how food addiction flourishes in the absence of information and support. It also shows how the right information and support can put the disease into remission. Ms. Gold is now a psychotherapist and so does a great job of developing the themes of devastation that food addiction can bring to a family. Gold also provides a thorough list of triggers at the end of the book which is very valuable. It is a worthwhile read.

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact
by Melody Beattie

The Eating Addiction Relapse Workbook

Our Countless Vain Attempts

If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

This is a great book for reminding ourselves daily that we can successfully defend ourselves from people who just don't understand food addiction. 

Codependent No More workbook by Melody Beattie

Click here to learn more about Dr. Joan Ifland, PhD.

This is the book that saved my life. Kay Sheppard created the concept of abstinence which is the cornerstone of recovery. Kay Sheppard has taken foods off of the OK list since this book was published so please use the food lists in the Files at the Food Addiction Education Facebook Group.

From the First Bite: A Complete Guide to Recovery by Kay Sheppard

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers 

Sweet Surrender 

Food Addiction:  Healing Day by Day by Kay Sheppard

Victory Over Food Addiction: Make Meals at Home Video

Fit to Live

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

This book focuses on the leading cause of relapse, i.e. cravings. By addressing cravings and the triggers for cravings, food addicts vastly improve their chances of recovery. 

Since Kay Sheppard wrote Food Addiction: The Body Knows in 1989, authors have jumped on the bandwagon to publish books about their experiences with food addiction.  However, not all of these books would actually help a food addict. The books selected for this section are not perfect.  Please read them through the filter of the Food Lists and Food Plan found in the Files at the Facebook Group Food Addiction Education.

This is one of two 12-Step Big Books. The stories are especially valuable for inspiring recovery. There is no food plan in this book, so please use the food plan in the Files at the Food Addiction Education Facebook Group.

Although this book was published in 2000, it still offers valuable guidance for recovering food addiction. However, the food list is out of date. Please use the food list in the Files at the Food Addiction Education Group at Facebook.

This workbook will help you to learn and practice dialectical behavior therapy skills.  It will help to deepen your recovery.

Getting Past Your Past

This workbook will help stop those thoughts and actions that lead to codependent behavior. 

This book reveals so much about food addiction. Sheppard is no-nonsense in her approach which is much needed by food addicts. In a world of fuzzy, unfocused books about overeating, this book is a bright light of clarity. Kay Sheppard has really defined the field of food addiction and all food addicts should be familiar with her work. 

This month's featured book is Reviving Ophelia  by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross.  This book reveals the grave suffering that adolescent girls can experience under the bombardment of distorted media body images.  This is a must read for anyone who loves an adolescent.

A lovely element of recovery from food addiction is recovery of brain function. This means release from cravings and reestablishment of functions such as learning, decision-making, memory, restraint, and satiation. We do this by soothing the brain. The suggestions in this book are valuable. However, brain-soothing alone is likely not enough to maintain steady recovery. We need a clean food plan and the company of like-minded people.

This is a lovely book which will inspire food addicts to feel so grateful for their recovery.


This was the first book to describe the science behind food addiction. Dr. DesMaisons and Dr. Ifland both attended Union Institute and University for their PhDs in Addictive Nutrition. Readers are encouraged to use the food plan at the Food Addiction Education Facebook Group. 

Food For Thought by Elizabeth L


Recovering From the Food Relapse Cycle

Passing For Thin