Martha spent the first fifteen years of her career teaching foods, nutrition, and quantity food service courses at the high school and college levels in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.
She began her own recovery from an eating disorder, food addiction, and alcoholism over thirty-five years ago. In time, after much healing and further professional development, she started a new career.
For over 30 years she has worked as a counselor and psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the treatment of addictions (especially food addiction), eating disorders, trauma, and codependency.
Long before there was science to back up the concept of food addiction, Martha noticed in her own healing journey and that of many of her clients, sensitivity to healthy foods and an individual’s inability to eat certain healthy foods within moderation. This seemed comparable to the alcoholic’s craving for alcohol and the “phenomenon of craving” hence the concept of “food addiction.” Her work was validated by that of Kay Sheppard’s initial writing: Food Addiction: The Body Knows (www.kaysheppard.com).
In This Episode:
- Martha’s personal story and AHA moment
- Her thoughts on specific food plans
- 12 Steps
- Residential Treatment
- Many take-aways