- Paperback: 181 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (April 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1520694741
- ISBN-13: 978-1520694740
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hungry For Happiness - One Woman's Journey From Fighting Food To Finding Freedom: How To End Binge Eating, Forever Paperback – April 2, 2017
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To be more succinct about what I disliked about the book:
The chapters are poorly organized and don't really form a cohesive strategy for dealing with an eating disorder. Her pedantic advice is clearly parroting motivational speakers that she looks up to like Tony Robbins. Most of the book delves into thinly veiled "law of attraction" territory (anyone read "The Secret"? Skelly clearly has!) without outlining any clear techniques to acheive freedom from ED. She does include an exercise at the end of each chapter that some might find helpful, which is the only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one. Also, if you are someone who is bothered by grammar and editing mistakes, skip this book. There are formatting errors and small editing oversights (i.e. using the word "identity" instead of "identify") that are distracting and unprofessional.
I'm really disapointed in this title. A reviewer of another ED book that I read recently suggested this book, but unfortunately it fell short of expectations. One book on ED that I did find to be very helpful was "The Binge Code", which uses clearly organized, scientifically backed techniques for stopping a binge. I've found it to be enormously helpful so far. I also recently read "Never Binge Again" which was complete garbage, and I'd highly suggest steering clear of that one!
Skelly isn’t about the “Band-Aid for bullet wound” methodology that is so prevalent in the billion-dollar diet industry, she’s about peeling back layers and digging deep to uncover and address the core issue of why you turn to food as a drug. Anyone who struggles with this issue and has been on the restrict/binge train for most of their life can tell you that binge eating is a symptom of a deeper emotional problem, and that is exactly what Skelly’s work targets.
I really appreciate that this book goes beyond a memoir and provides mantras and action steps at the end of every chapter. It helps the reader go from just general consumption to ACTION, which is what you need to win this type of battle once and for all. It’s been a long time since I’ve come away from a book on this subject and actually felt hopeful and optimistic that I can overcome my issues and transform my life for the better, but that’s exactly how I felt once I finished Skelly’s book.
And then someone else else puts the same exact thoughts on paper, and you feel...understood.
That's exactly what Samantha has done with this book, and I admire her for that. It takes extreme courage to share your darkest days with the world, but she reached out. She shared that darkness, and in doing so she showed her light.
And that's where most books of this nature stop - shining a light. But this book is different. Within each chapter, Samantha not only illuminates her struggles and her story, but she helps you down the path to recovery.
She gives understandable, actionable steps that will help you dive deeper into what is hurting you and holding you back from living a life of health and happiness.
This is a book for anyone who is looking for freedom from food and shame. Well worth your time.