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Book Review: “The Craving Cure” by Julia Ross

When I was offered a copy of The Craving Cure: Identify Your Craving Type to Activate Your Natural Appetite Control by Julia Ross, I was excited. After being hit by a car in 2016, I’ve been having a really hard time losing weight and my cravings just seemed to be getting worse. The book offered me hope … and did not disappoint.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book for review, however, I am under no obligation to write about it positively or otherwise.

Carma holding a copy of The Craving Cure by Julia Ross

Summary of The Craving Cure

In The Craving Cure, Julia Ross outlines her program for conquering food craving for good. She’s been developing this program over the past few decades helping clients at her clinic lose weight and regain control of their eating habits. She provides a history of how modern-day eating habits changed in the 1970s leading to today’s obesity epidemic and the suffering of so many people who just can’t stop eating junk food. Then she lays out a plan that can rebalance your neurotransmitters (the chemicals in your brain that cause cravings and more) so that they go back to working for you, rather than against you.

What Worked for Me

This book is a very interesting read. Ross’ writing style is perusable and engaging. I kept talking about the book and what I was learning with my husband (who, I’ll admit, would sometimes roll his eyes). But, given my background in biology (I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology), what Ross was saying made sense.

She explains both the biology and the history of cravings in a way that is relatable and easy to understand.

Although I haven’t gone on the program fully, simply initiating some of her general principles (such as increasing protein, switching to whole milk, and reducing sugar and processed foods), I’ve already rid myself of about 80-90% of my junk food cravings. I’ve even started to lose weight!

What Didn’t Work for Me

This program isn’t all that easy to implement on your own. It can be done, but you need to have discipline. That was a little disappointing for me, at first. But since I’ve already seen progress without supplements, I do have hope for when I do focus on this program.

Frankly, most of the recipes in the back contain ingredients I don’t want in my mouth or I would find difficult (if not expensive) to find.

What I’d Love to See in the Second Edition

I would love to see a companion cookbook with a wider variety of recipes and alternative ingredients for those of us who are finicky eaters.

Recommendation

Even if you don’t want to start taking amino acid supplements, I recommend reading this book. If you struggle with a french fry, ice cream or cookie habit, you’ll find information that explains how you got there and gives you some directions for taking control of your cravings.

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Specs

Full Title: The Craving Cure: Identify Your Craving Type to Activate Your Natural Appetite Control
Author: Julia Ross
Format: Hardcover and Kindle
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250063191
ISBN-13: 978-1250063199

Pick up your copy on Amazon.com here.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.