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Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kathryn Hansen
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Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different than other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems. Kathryn disputes this mainstream idea and explains why traditional eating disorder therapy failed her and fails many. She explains how she came to understand her bulimia in a new way – as a function of her brain, and how she used the power of her brain to recover – quickly and permanently. Kathryn also sheds new light on eating disorder topics such as low self-esteem, poor body image, and dieting. Brain over Binge is a brave book that will help many by delivering an informed and inspiring message of free will, self-reliance, and self-control.

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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book ever. 20 juillet 2012
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First of all, I want to apologize for the mistakes - I'm french -.

This book is a real revelation to me. After years of feeling guilty of not being capable of seing a therapist because none of them gave me the solution I was seeking for (stopping bulimia), I am relieved.

I talk a lot about this book in my blog : [...] - but be careful it is written in french.

Anyway, after 4 years of bulimia/anorexia, two inpatient treatments, and seeing a lot of therapists, this book gave me THE solution I was looking for.

NEVER lose hope, and please read it !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very good book that helped me a lot 9 août 2012
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sorry for my english, I am French. Ich can only recommand this book, the approach is really different and I am really convinced that it works because I used this method one year ago, before I read this book, I decided to stop binging even if it was hard. A few months later I discovered this book, this was like the proof that was I was doing was the right way, it encouraged me a lot and helped me to keep control and to loose the habit of binge.
I never read a book in english before, my english is not that good, and I still wonder how I could read this book so easily : it is fascinating, because a real example with a lot of situations we can really imagine because we knows them, and this is really good written. Sometimes the sames things are said several times, but it helps to better understand and to convice this is the right way.
Thank you again for this helpful book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 so helpful, thank you very much ! 21 mars 2015
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for all of you people who thought that curing their bulimia was impossible, after (it would be better if it was BEFORE) having tried every possible therapy on earth : READ THIS BOOK !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fresh and Welcome Perspective! 30 janvier 2011
Par Cminnetta - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.

Imagine all the pain, not to mention the time and money, that I could have saved if I had access to this knowledge before I started traditional therapy! But there are plenty of others who can benefit from this message regardless of what stage they are at in their diet and disordered eating history. If you're someone who is struggling with bulimia or binge eating, especially if you've tried and failed to find a cure in traditional therapy, I encourage you to read this book. You have nothing to lose, and your whole life to gain!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Feel like you have no control over food? 30 mars 2011
Par P. Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
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.

In addition to making better food choices, I find that I am also making better financial choices. I now ask who wants the item I'm thinking of buying--the animal brain who needs it or the higher brain who will make good use of it.

Come to think of it, I'm also making better choices with time management, but that may be the result of clearer thinking. When I don't eat sugar and wheat, my brain thinks more clearly and my body has more energy! I'm even exercising more.

This book completely changed my life and I will be forever grateful to Kathryn Hansen for putting the time and energy into documenting her experience.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Did nothing for me 24 décembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really hate to be the only one here with a bad review. I actually waited forever to review this because I thought maybe something was just wrong with me since so many other readers found the book so useful. All I can say is apparently my lower brain or "animal" brain is still winning because the ideas presented in this book did nothing for me.
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. Many of us who have been to therapy have always been told we do this because mommy didn't love us or daddy didn't come to our dance recital or whatever. Since this is sort of the standard issue therapy most people who suffer from eating disorders believe this. Like the author says many of us go about for years and years trying to perfect ourselves and get ourselves to this magical happy place where everything will be okay and the binges will no longer exist. The truth is though this doesn't happen often.

I thankfully realized years ago that the binging for me had nothing to do with emotion. I stuff my face when I'm happy or sad or anything in between. For me it's always seemed like this scary weird screwed up animal instinct. So when I read the author's whole "animal" brain idea I was intrigued. I was very let down by the rest of the book. I'm not really sure what I was expecting but I was expecting more than just basically being told that we can ignore the urges and just not do it.

I am thrilled that so many others have found help from this book. I hate to give a negative review if this book helped even one person. For me though it was just another let down in a long line of let downs from this type of book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thank you, Kathryn! 13 janvier 2012
Par NewBeginnings - Publié sur Amazon.com
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. I felt as if she could have been me - a very honest - the *most* honest portrayal of a binge eater I have ever read.

I took her advice, and took my higher human brain off of vacation, and gave it back it's executive function over my animal brain, who I am most pleased to say after two months, has all but silenced itself completely. I never thought I would have this freedom - the freedom to not live in fear of food, situations related to food, to not have that horrible gut busting feeling after a binge, to being able to do away completely with the guilt, the shame, and let's be real, - *the weight gain* - after a binge, and the awful recovery the next day.

I am binge free, forever. Thank you Kathryn!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing, life changing, the answer to my eating disorder 20 mars 2012
Par Errrin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Words can't really describe how grateful I am for this book. All of the other reviewers have said it, but I wanted to add another glowing review because this book needs to be at the top of the list for eating disorders/ binge eating. If I can help convince just one more person to buy the book and change his or her life I'm stoked. Seriously, at this point the book has 25 other 5 star reviews (nothing lower) before I bought the book I was thinking "yeah right" but now I GET IT.

I've been bulimic on and off since age 12 and I'm almost 30. I have read at least 30 self help books on eating disorders, bulimia, body image, etc could be more. Books on tape, paid for my own outpatient treatment at an e.d. program, gone to OA for over 5 years, therapy for the last 18 months, on anti-depressants, need I go on? I've been trying, searching for an answer since around age 25. I really started to lose hope that any book would actually help, that it would ever "click" but I really didn't know what else to do. So I continued searching at the very least I find the books comforting, like I was doing something to fix the problem even if it wasn't helping. I came across a mention of this book in another review on Amazon and I decided to give it a shot. So much of what I read in the reviews and title spoke to me (I felt I could've been the one who wrote some of them)... I'm again just soooo grateful! THIS BOOK IS A CURE. She has the answer, it's there! It's not immediate or magic but it's a life changer. The books in the past that I thought were good or had helped can't even hold a candle to the amazing revelations this book has given me.

***Here's my take on it... So we do therapy and self improvement work with the hopes that we will heal and the urge to binge to "cope" will go away as a result. Right? Ok, well for me binging/bulimia felt very much like an addiction... like smoking. When I wanted to quit smoking would I EVER have thought, "hey, I'll go to therapy and do a little self help and my urge to smoke will hopefully go away?" Hell no! That would be pretty ineffective. So why would I think that would be the case here? As with smoking, I need to realize that I'm going to have urges I need to get through, and after I get through the initial struggle they start to fade until it becomes an extreme rarity that a cigarette sounds appealing. Her book tells you how to do that, makes you realize you CAN do that, and explains it all so much better than I can.***

I had a few more purchased books next on my list of reading, I really think I'm going to throw them away. Or sell back to Amazon... if you're a self help cure obsessor like me you will understand how crazy that notion is. The search is over.

PS I saw another review a mention reading the actual Rational Recovery book, which I was inclined to do as a result of Brain Over Binge. I didn't find it helpful. Kathryn has taken Rational Recovery and perfected it for binging. She put her own spin on it and I really feel that without her take on it, RR wouldn't be helpful. I've read Jack Trimpey's ideas about applying his methods to eating disorders (in Taming the Feast Beast) and I think he really missed the mark. In my opinion, read RR after if you want but I wouldn't read Taming the Feast Beast period.
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