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Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm giving the book two stars instead of one simply because at the very least she's trying to say something different here. This isn't rehashing the same old same old so for that I give her credit. I also feel like the author really wants to help people not just sell something and that is a refreshing change as well.
For me though the book can be boiled down to this...you really don't need to binge just tell yourself that and stop. I've known all my life that my binging was useless and made no sense. Like the author I don't believe that I binge because I'm emotionally wounded or need to find myself. I know that binging ruins my life and makes me feel like crap. I also know that it makes zero sense to continue doing it. However for me this is when what the author had to say just didn't work. I couldn't just tell myself it was my "animal" brain wanting to binge. Anyone who suffers from this knows for a fact that's most likely true because that's exactly what you feel like. I feel like an out of control animal. Just knowing that hasn't been enough for me to stop though. It hasn't been enough for me to even slow down. If anything it just made me feel like I'm even more screwed up seeing how many people here were able to have such great results with such a profoundly simple idea.
Maybe this book would be best for those who only subscribe to the belief that they binge for emotional reasons.Read more ›
The author presents a 5-step process for taking back your power over the urges. The process seemed like such common sense after all the complex treatment plans I'd followed without success in therapy, it was hard to believe that it could be as simple as this to end my bulimia, but it really was! And the author backs up the simplicity of the cure with a very thorough explanation of the research that strongly supports the credibility of her approach.
Before I read this book, I was locked in a nonstop battle against my urges to binge that was mentally exhausting and that sooner or later, I was doomed to lose. After reading Brain Over Binge and following the process, almost immediately I was able to render my urges as meaningless noise that should be ignored, and now I can feel them getting weaker and weaker every day. The idea of a binge seems so ludicrous at this point, it seems like that behavior belongs to some other person, because I, the person who is in charge of my mind and body now, would never consider doing something so self-destructive and pointless.Read more ›
No more fighting cravings. No more feeling broken because I couldn't control those cravings. No more muscle pain from sugar and wheat and no more weight gain from too many sweets.
Full disclosure: This is not a one time bam-and-it's-gone-forever. I had more cravings, but each was fainter and responded just as quickly to my "Not listening to you!" Now, two weeks later, I just have to watch for those almost silent moments when I'm hungry and a cookie seems like the perfect answer. It's easy to notice those moments now. Before I would have eaten my third cookie before realizing I was responding to a craving. I haven't had a dessert in over a week not because I am "controlling" my eating, but because I really don't want anything. I am not afraid to eat chocolate any more because it no longer triggers a craving for more. I can eat it, but mostly don't care to.
I suspect this method may work on addictions like tobacco and alcohol and even drugs (if one isn't actually high when trying to be aware of the different brains.) My brother quit smoking instantly with a very similar method.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it very annoying that the book was so repetitive. I felt like I kept reading the same 5 ideas over and over. I kept saying to myself, just get to the point already! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Marie
It's seriously been the one book that's helped me look at my binge eating habit a whole new way and actually change my behavior. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Miss G
Best book on psychological food issues I've ever read. Amazing story, well written, well though out. Highly recommend if you are feeling trapped by your own patterns.Published 14 days ago by Sam Shapiro
This is a practical guide and an empowering perspective. The author cuts out all the mystical, psychological and philosophical theories that people use to explain binge eating, and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Elka
This rambling, disorganized chronicle is the account of a compulsive exerciser's struggle with binge eating. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ella
Every feelings and moments the author has described in her book that led her to binge eating just totally reflected myself in every situation. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Maxxie Ng
It's a great book for people who are trying to overcome binge-eating. It helped me understad my disorder and dealing with it.Published 27 days ago by Paola Serafini T
This is agreat book! It has a different and very remarkable approach to bulimia, binge eating and even anorexia! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer