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The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Paperback – September 26, 2016
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Christina vividly illustrates what she’s endured battling food addiction and the adverse consequences on her mind, body, and spirit. There’s something both lovely and poignant about the way she writes. Her struggle is real and honest and so is her resilience. By relating her story along with her research the reader experiences firsthand the crippling physical ailments and the crushing emotional and spiritual despair of this disease. As food addicts we wear our illness in the form of extra layers of fat or protruding bones but that’s just the physical manifestation of our pain. It goes so much deeper and, as addicts, we turn to the food as our drug of choice to numb the feelings; “I had to keep searching for that place where nothing mattered…the chance to forget.”
Christina’s recovery was hard won through many heartbreaking struggles and painful experiences. Yet she’s come through it full of her characteristic strength, hopefulness and optimism. I know I will be going to this book any time I don’t feel heard or understood. Thankfully, Christina has also created an online food addiction recovery group. And that’s the best part. By gathering us together and sharing her story she offers us the compassion she has long denied herself.
I rate this book 5 stars, I highly recommend.