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 from 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 has helped many by delivering an informed and inspiring message of free will, self-reliance, and self-control.
©2011 Kathryn Hansen (P)2016 Kathryn Hansen
This was one of the most helpful and insightful books i have ever read. Reading this book helped me work through a lot of my issues with food and recognise the cravings for what they are: neurological junk!
I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with bulimia, binge eating disorder, overeating and chronic dieters.
I found the information in this book invaluable.
The narration and editing however, are another story. There are several instances where the narrator left clear markers to be cut out when she made errors (see chapter 18 of the book).
There is an instance where something has gone wrong with the recording making it inaudible however this passage wasn't redone.
At times the narrator enunciated her 't's' like a posh English woman. At others she completely gobbled them up.
She either read like an English graduate or a 5 year old (this is when she paused mid sentence as if there was a full stop).
I also had trouble understanding some of her pronunciations. For example, she said "are are" but I later realised she was saying "are our".
Having said that, the information in this book was enough to keep the frustration of the performance at bay.
"Powerful ideas based on personal experience"
This book contains story of the author's struggle and recovery followed by the detailed analysis rooted in neuroscience.
Ideas presented in this book are easily generalizable to other eating disorders and bad eating habits. I personally don't have bulimia. What I have is a bad eating habit which I was not able to stop in many years. It does not cause me any emotional suffering, but does cause my weight to hover 25 lbs above of what I believe it should be and what it was before I developed this bad habit.
The core message of this book is that your cravings are not you. Cravings originate in your animal brain and your human brain is capable of simply observing these thoughts without acting on them. Such dissociation makes the cravings to lose their power and over time cures the addiction.
I liked the narration of this book. It turns out that the book was narrated by a person who suffered from bulimia and cured after reading the book.
Overall I enjoyed listening to this book, learned the science behind the food addiction and one powerful technique for stopping it.
"It worked for me"
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It is very detailed, clearly explains every concept, and gives a totally different approach to dealing with bulimia or BED. I also appreciated the author's personal story. There was much that I easily related to.
I was a binge eater for about 40 years. I quit binge eating before I finished the book. My whole attitude toward food has changed. I did not expect that, and I am so grateful to have found this book.
"Excellent alternative view"
A truly eye opening viewpoint on binge eating - it has helped me enormously. I would highly recommend.
"Transforming hope to a reality"
Having read the book prior to purchasing the audio book I knew what I was in for - a completely radical yet simple way of addressing a life hijacking problem which silently and hidden affects many. I have found it very powerful to 'hear' the work and be able to replay sections where I was only half listening, and I am hopeful of really being able to embrace what seems such a genuine answer to a really difficult problem I have grappled with for years and years. I personally have even said to different therapists I had felt 'addicted to binge eating and not only the initial highs of that but the awful lows that follow.' How clearly this is expressed in this potentially life changing book, and amplified in its clear and understanding reading.
Thank you both for giving me hope, and I so hope that I (and many others) will be able not only to continue to 'touch' the concept, but to grab hold of it and totally embrace it, freeing myself (ourselves) from the chains of this disordered way of living and eating.
This is a humble clear self help book where Kathryn Hansen shares her life changing realisations and develops practical skills and techniques for suffers to use. Lydia Wente, herself a recovered bulimic binge eater adds a depth of understanding in her clear reading. Along with the hard copy this audio book makes and irresistible combination - and the same can be said of Kathryn and Lydia!
Thank you both for giving me hope, and I so hope that I will be able not only to continue to 'touch' the concept, but to grab hold of it and totally embrace it, freeing myself from the chains of this disordered way of living and eating, something which you have both been able to do through this new approach, and I'm sure many others have too. Thank you.
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