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Publisher's Summary

Weaving a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and simple folktales, Anita Johnston, PhD, inspires women to free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories.

"Storytellers speak in the language of myth and metaphor," Johnston explains. "They tell us a truth that is not literal but symbolic. If we hear the stories with only the outer ear, they can seem absurd and untrue, but when listened to with the inner ear, they convey a truth that can be understood and absorbed on a deeply personal level. In this way stories help us connect with our inner world, to the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth, and to the power of our intuitive wisdom."

An immensely enjoyable book, Eating in the Light of the Moon is filled with practical exercises and profound insights. Twenty chapters explore different themes of self-discovery and empowerment on core issues such as intuition, symbolism, feelings, sexuality, and recovery.

©1996 Anita A. Johnston (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This beautifully-written book sheds new light on struggles with eating...and offers hope for all who want to be free." (Kim Chernin, author of The Hungry Self)

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Immensely helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, but it has been exceptionally helpful in my recovery from my eating disorder.

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Immensely healing!

This is one of the most healing books I have ever read. It was recommended to me by my excellent nutritional therapist. I have always been an emotional overeater, packing on over 250 extra pounds over my adult life. I overate (largely unconsciously) to soothe, cope with and suppress uncomfortable emotions. My emotional state at any given time was really difficult for me to even pinpoint; I kinda just zombied through life, barely living, all the while using food to comfort and love me. Roughly a year ago as I turned 40 I just became so damn sick and tired of being sick and tired. I resolved to figure out what was really behind all of this, once and for all.

And so, with the help of great therapists, I embarked on the difficult but rewarding journey of understanding this dynamic. I am now learning how to honor and embrace my emotions -- the tools to recognize them, the acceptance of the temporary discomfort they bring, and the compassion and love and generous space I can give myself to process through them. Effortlessly along the way the overeating has begun to subside, as I no longer need the excessive amount of food to soothe and cope. I always knew the overeating was the symptom, not the problem, but I wasn't sure what to do about it.

This book has been a gentle, compassionate companion on this journey back to my true self. And by my true self I don't mean a thinner me, though that may be an added benefit. I mean my true self as someone who respects and loves her body (just the way it is!), and therefore is intrinsically motivated to take awesome care of it, rather than "fix" it. After all, it's not broken or wrong or terrible, no matter how much shameful societal messaging gets thrown my way; I simply refuse to listen! I listen only to me, myself, and I, and I have been learning how to connect my mind and body, to trust the signals my body sends to me and honor those messages with mindful action. And it's been so rewarding!

If you, like me, desperately long to stop your war against food and weight and body hatred, you owe it to yourself to experience this immensely healing book. Turn it on as you drift to sleep -- the narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and the metaphors have so much depth of meaning. I will relisten to this book for years to come! You really do deserve to figure out what's behind your dysfunctional relationship with food and body image, as only therein lies the truth and work that can lead to lasting serenity and wellness. Thank you, Anita Johnston, for this incredible book!

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the best and most useful book I read in my life

this book is like a bible for any woman trying to find herself. very well written, concise, informative and built with actually doable techniques. it's like an instructions manual and a guidebook for every woman. it was made up with explanation, causes, and solutions; not just with women and food, but for all women on earth. it definitely helped me a lot, and I will read it again and again.

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Highly Recommend!

Loved the use of story to illustrate the key ideas and concepts. Very clear explanations of why eating issues occur and specific directions on what to do about them.

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LOVED IT❤️

This book is a must read for every single woman!❤️ I enjoyed every single chapter!

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Inspiring

I am a physician in South Florida. Many of my patients have eating disorders. The most common of which is the Standard American Diet. Otherwise known asSAD. Dr. Johnston‘s handling of the subject of eating disorders applies to all of us and our relationship to food. Her stories are priceless and worth listening to several times. This book is for all of us. I recommend it because it provided me with insights I have not appreciated before.My only criticism is that she did not appreciate the scope of her own work. This book is not only for women with eating disorders. It is for us all.

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So Enlightening

I have never heard of these concepts and I was fascinated throughout the entire book. The narrator has a nice voice. I'm going to listen over and over, so much good stuff to absorb.

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Would you listen to Eating in the Light of the Moon again? Why?

I will be buying a hard copy so I can write, highlight and reread certain passages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eating in the Light of the Moon?

The first 5 minutes had me in tears as it felt like someone understood me and I knew I was OK, my feelings were valid and I was not alone in the way I feel about eating.

Have you listened to any of Arika Rapson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked the reader's voice better at the end than in the beginning. At times her voice seemed to lack some emotion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tried to listen to the book all in one day, but got weary and needed an hour and a half to go.

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with food disorders, although she does use storytelling to illustrate some important points, it makes the book more enjoyable and keeps it from getting too clinical. Dr. Johnston gives you tools to use to start telling your own story. My biggest take away is the comfort of knowing I am not alone in always feeling different, it is OK to be very sensitive, and I can recover.

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Life changing!

This book was amazing. If you struggle with your relationship with food I recommend this book. It is a must read!

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A must consume

Boom! Finished this one BEFORE people arrived for book club!! (Without having to wear headphones whilst running all my errands, thank you very much)

So much thoughts to think about this one.

This book for me was applicable to so many things that I relate with other than just my relationship with food. I recommend all women read this. Truly a thought provoking game changer.

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  • Izz
  • 08-08-17

Every women should read this book

This beautifully written book talks to the woman and the child in us. You travel the world, time and space throught the different stories. It is all relevant to who we are today. Thank you

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  • Edyta
  • 06-12-17

A milestone for my understanding of eating problem

This book really opened my eyes and explained a lot about why eating can be such a complicated part of my life. The stories are beautiful and it is so lovely to look at the problem through them. The explanation of their meaning is very clear so I didn't have to invent my own interpretation. Although at first, I was a little bit concerned whether it is not some contrived approach, it turned out to be really down-to-earth.
It was a milestone for my understanding of eating problems.

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  • kimberley Fuller
  • 06-09-17

Amazing

This book is life changing. Filled with beautiful stories and knowledge. A must read for anyone wanting to look at their disorganised eating.

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  • 12-20-16

Inspiring

A lovely easy to follow book. Full of inspiring details to help recover/ continue on the road to recovery.

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  • Susan
  • 08-12-17

Every Single Woman in the World needs to listen to this!

This book is so so so enlightening. It uses stories and metaphors to help us understand how to read our feelings, instincts, intuition and gain our inner wisdom. She offers really useable strategies to heal by finding our voice in being true to our authentic self. Thank you so much. I'm
So keen to listen again as this book is so insightful and packed with messages that resonated with me. I applaud this author for a truly guiding and healing book.

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  • Alia
  • 12-10-16

life changing!!!!

This book should be part of the national curriculum. every woman and girl should read it /listen to it regardless of whether they have an eating disorder. at some stage all women have body/food issues. This book covers essential and non traditional issues integral to life as a woman in general

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