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Kandel, founder and director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, brings her own successful recovery from anorexia and bulimia to this readable text whose message is that full recovery is possible. Noting that no recovery is “perfect,” the author, who stresses that she is not a health professional, seeks to free others from identifying with the disorder and risking becoming it. Kandel seeks to empower readers by sharing her own past—how her youthful perfectionism and aspirations to become a ballerina fueled her need to control and numb her emotions, which stoked her disorder—as well as the stories of others. She also offers practical advice, using boxed and large-type inserts to emphasize main points: “My eating disorder gave me carte blanche not to have to do things that scared me: I didn’t have to feel . . . Basically, it protected me . . . from life.” With a list of resources, Kandel’s experience and accessible self-help approach should help many find and remain on the path to wellness. --Whitney Scott

About the Author

Johanna S. Kandel, Founder and Executive Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Central Florida. After a ten-year battle with various eating disorders, she founded The Alliance in October, 2000. Kandel has mentored many women during their treatment, helped spread information on eating disorders and advocated for eating disorder legislation on a state and national level.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892266
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading this book felt very much like sitting down with a cup of tea and having a heart to heart with a close friend. A very caring and gentle one who understands thoughts and feelings you may have never felt brave enough to speak out loud and of which you may have even been ashamed at some point. Johanna's words had me smiling, laughing, and even crying at different points throughout the book. Her naturally warm tone and easy to understand language make it impossible not to relate to her experiences.

Johanna shares her personal story of living with and recovering from an eating disorder and offers thoughful and useful "tools" that she has developed throughout her journey as well as learned from others along the way. More than anything, I think this book is filled with invaluable insight pertaining to an experience we all share in which I plainly and simply call "life". Anyone who has struggled with issues relating to self-esteem, belonging, wanting to please others, never feeling good enough, all or nothing thinking, and many other characteristically human experiences will surely relate to Johanna's account.

Moreover, this book helps to remind you that you are not alone, no matter how lonely it might feel, and that there is hope! Hope that it is possible to let go of the need to control and to be perfect and that you will still be okay. Hope that you can genuinely learn and be comfortable with loving and taking care of yourself and live a life that is truly full and satisfying (though by no means perfect).
I believe listening to Johanna's story of recovery will be helpful to anyone, whether or not you have lived or are living with an eating disorder. I am happy that she has chosen to write this book and hope that many will benefit from her heartfelt words and wisdom.
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This is a very solid recovery book. If you're struggling with:
* Where do I go with my recovery
* Is recovery possible
* What does the recovery process look like
* What does it look like to be recovered
This is a good book. It covers everything from perfectionism to having hope that recovery is possible. The last point is crucial; I went into treatment absolutely convinced that I was going to die from my bulimia and at times I thought that I wanted to; her book reminded me that it is possible to recover, even for me. This is a book that will inspire you and give you hope and help motivate you to take action towards your recovery (for me, that was going back into treatment).

She is realistic about the fact that there will be setbacks. But you can come away from this book feeling that you can handle that.

Regardless of what stage you're at in recovery, this will help you move forward, see the road ahead, and understand that recovery is, in fact, worth it in the end.
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Johanna Kandel gives the reader a glimpse into the life of someone who has dealt with an eating disorder and has fully recovered. She also uses stories throughout the book from others who have also battled these insidious disorders. It helps the reader to see that they are not alone in their recovery process and it gives hope that recovered is attainable.

Johanna also includes practical tools that can help the reader to quiet the voice of their eating disorder and to continue to be motivated to move forward in their recovery. She uses the tools that she has learned leading groups and working in the field of eating disorders to propel people forward.

I was truly inspired by this book and had a hard time putting it down. I, myself, am a person fully recovered from an eating disorder and found myself wishing that this book had been published when I was struggling. It gave me more insight into the disorders that took many years of my life. I think that this book can be adapted to any person suffering with any disorder on the spectrum. If you know of anyone suffering from an eating disorder I would highly recommend giving them a copy of this book.
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Johanna Kandel's "Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder" is an absolute MUST READ FOR ANYONE! This book is not just pertinent to people who have suffered or are currently suffering from an eating disorder. As someone who lives in Los Angeles and is particularly involved in the entertainment industry, I can tell you that way too many people are suffering from this disorder without any type of solid guidance. And that's exactly what this book provides you with: solid guidance. It reflects on the simple day by day task of putting one foot in front of the other...no matter how hard a step might be on a given day. Wonderful life lessons for anyone who is overcoming any kind of obstacle.
More importantly, it covers the aspects of one's life AFTER recovery. I've found that way too many books on eating disorders only cover the process of recovery and then assume that you are simply "good to go" once you are recovered. Kandel's book offers a comforting day by day guide for life beyond the steps of recovery.
In short, there are unbelievable pressures against us all to look a certain way. Ms. Kandel offers us an excellent guide to working through those pressures and finding happiness.
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