Bitten Jonsson, RN

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Bitten Jonsson, RN, is a US-trained expert on food addiction, who specializes in helping people to break free of unhealthy attachments to foods, such as sugar and processed carbohydrates.

She has been on the Board of Directors for the Food Addiction Institute located in Florida since 2010.

Bitten has decades of experience treating patients with food addiction and has developed a holistic treatment program for food addicts in which she offers education for professionals, both in Sweden and online.

She has also developed a self-diagnosis test, which helps clients learn if they’re suffering from harmful use or addiction. It is important to know the difference since the treatment for each condition differs.

Bitten follows guidelines in addiction medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is trained in Addiction Interaction Disorder, oftentimes described as “one illness, many outlets.”

Most of Bitten’s training was completed alongside Terence T. Gorski at CENAPS in the US. She was also a member of National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) for many years.

Additionally, she has been certified and licensed in Alcohol and Drug Diagnose Instrument (ADDIS) since 1990, which is built on ICD 10 and DSM5 diagnostic criteria for addiction, as well as, SUGAR certified and licensed. SUGAR is an evaluation instrument she developed after the ADDIS model.

Bitten is a food addict in recovery since 1993, which is when she got help in the US after struggling with her own food addiction for many years. She is convinced that a keto food plan is the best option for those who suffer from food addiction — and more specifically, for those who are addicted to sugar.

If you suspect you have a severe problem with certain foods, take a minute to answer this screening questionnaire.

Bitten answers Q&A about food addiction at Diet Doctor. See a list of her Q&A posts below.

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Food addiction workshop

Bitten will hold a 4-day intensive food addiction workshop in Bristol, UK, with Dr. Jen Unwin on May 11-14, 2021. If you want to read more about it, check out this PDF.

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Bitten Jonsson has a website BittensAddiction.com. You can also find her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Sugar addiction video course

What is sugar addiction? – Bitten Jonsson

Interview

You can watch our two-part interview with her about how to know if you are addicted to food/sugar – and how to free yourself if you are.

Q&A posts

How do you stay on track when cravings hit?
How to get back on keto after a binge
'My self-confidence has increased ... I now participate in life'
"Why am I not losing weight on keto?"
How do you identify trigger foods?
Should sugar addicts avoid coffee, fruit, and fasting?
"Why doesn't keto fully manage my sugar addiction?"
Am I a harmful user or a full-fledged food addict?
"LCHF no longer seems to be working for me. What to do?"
Is a low-carb diet for life?
Can I drink any alcohol as a sugar addict?
"What foods will create that feeling of being full?"
"Will I never eat certain foods again?"
How to say no to triggers
"Will I get angry easily if I skip carbs?"
"How do I deal with emotional eating?"
"How do I stop myself from binge eating?"
"Can I have cheat days on keto?"
"How do I stop when full?"
Is it okay for a sugar addict to drink diet sodas?
How do you prevent kids from becoming food addicts?
Can you just stop eating carbs and drinking alcohol from one day to another?
"What to do if I'm addicted to eating fat?"
What if I'm overeating on healthy foods?
Are longer fasts a good idea if you are addicted to food?
Help – I cannot get out of the habit of overeating!
"Help! I'm never satisfied"
Can a ketogenic diet serve as an Overeaters Anonymous food plan?
"So addicted to carbs. Help!"
"Do I challenge my daughter's addiction or ignore it?"
Should you fast if you are addicted to sugar?
What can you do about severe food cravings?
How do you handle not-so helpful friends?
Is there any real evidence that diet drinks are bad for you – or is it all just opinion?
No sweets of any kind, ever?
Can unstable blood sugar lead to sugar binges?
What sweetener should you use instead of sugar?
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Potential conflicts of interest

Updated Sept. 7, 2020.

Bitten Jonsson has a contract agreement with DietDoctor.com to answer questions regarding sugar addiction on Ask the experts section. Like every coworker, she also gets the option to become a co-owner in the Diet Doctor company.

Bitten receives money from sales of her books, Sockerbomben 3.0 and Sockerfria kokboken, both written in Swedish.

She is the owner of Bittens Addiction, a consulting service that provides online and in-person training and education about all aspects of sugar addiction treatment, which is geared toward medical professionals. The food Bitten recommends they encourage their clients to eat is LCHF and keto.

Bitten has been on an LCHF, keto diet for many years.

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