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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Camellia Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984481702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984481705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathryn Hansen recovered from bulimia independently, abruptly, and completely over 6 years ago; and soon after her recovery, she was fully convinced she had a powerful story to tell - a story that could give other bulimics and those with binge eating disorder hope, a new perspective, and a commonsense cure. She dedicated herself to candidly documenting her experience, in hope that her book can shed new light on these disorders that ruin so many lives. For a long time, Kathryn felt like a hopeless case. She thought maybe she could never completely recover. She thought she would have to deal with her eating disorder one-day-at-a-time for the rest of her life, but she doesn't. She has zero risk for relapse, even during stressful times in her life. She believes that if recovery was possible for her, it is possible for anyone. Kathryn recovered only after she parted with therapy and let go of most of its ideas. She found another way to end her bulimia, and now she shares her alternative approach with others in Brain over Binge. Kathryn hopes her voice can be a voice of change, a voice for those who are frustrated with therapy or who simply can't afford it, a voice that will help many escape the daily torment of binge eating and purging.

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While waiting for the book to arrive I found Kathryn's blog and forum and started reading.
S. Fleming
Everyone who has bulimia, binge eating disorder, or just feels out of control around food should buy this book!
This book is very well written, gives excellent advice, is well researched and flows beautifully.

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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Cminnetta on January 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
After 20+ years of almost non-stop dieting, and bulimia and several failed attempts at therapy, I finally found the answers for breaking this horrible cycle for good in this book. Instead of focusing on emotions, stress, self-esteem and many of the other common explanations offered in conventional treatment, Brain Over Binge provides a simple but powerful concept - that binging eating is the result of allowing the urges that spring from one's "animal" brain to override the wisdom of one's "highest human" brain. By surrendering all the power to the animal brain, the bulimic ends up feeling as if she/he has no choice but to give in to the urge to binge, no matter how irrational or self-destructive it is to do so.

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.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By P. Murphy on March 30, 2011
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For more than 20 years I felt helpless to control the food cravings from my "animal brain." It took me several days to finish this book and to completely banish the notion I had no control. After years of therapy and tons of books, the cure was in recognizing that my human brain was the one that made the decision to act on the urges. When I felt that familiar craving to eat something I knew was harmful to me, I said to my animal brain, "I don't have to listen to you." And the feeling just faded away. The cravings that I thought I was helpless to resist just went away! It was a pivotal moment in my life.

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.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By NewBeginnings on January 12, 2012
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I am proud to say that I *was* a binge eater from summer 2007 up until November 2011.

I had tried every self-help book on the subject of quitting binge eating ever written. While most were comforting in the acknowledgement that I was not alone, none of them ever helped me to extinguish my problem one hundred percent - not until this book.

Before this book I falsely believed like so many others, that my bingeing was a result of inner emotional turmoil. For the very first time in my life I was keeping journals of my feelings (so NOT my thing), re-examining my relationships with my parents and siblings, assessing my school life and stress levels. All to come up with... another binge. Over and over again, with the justifications reinforced by the therapeutic community that I had a 'disease' and could not control myself, so for the time being until all of my issues were worked out, it was all right that I binged occasionally. Problem was, I was desperate as 'occasionally' was becoming worse and worse, not lessening.

Looking back, most of those books contained the biggest load of crock ever. Lots of focus on emotions, and all of the things wrong with me that need to be fixed (despite the fact that I had spent most of my life binge-free, and that bingeing was a fairly recent addiction and unwelcome addition to my life), and not much on how to eliminate my problem for good, FOREVER. Who in their right mind wants to live a life of conditional, and possible sporadic binge eating?

The more I 'learned' that eating in moments of personal distress was acceptable on the road to recovery, the more I rationalized my behavior. I also had less incentive to stop. In this way, I identified with the author in more ways than one.
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