• Brain over Binge

  • Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good (Second Edition)
  • By: Kathryn Hansen
  • Narrated by: Kathryn Hansen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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After completely and independently conquering a debilitating eating disorder, Kathryn Hansen wrote Brain over Binge to share her struggle—and her escape from it—with those still trapped in the compulsive binge-purge cycle. Since the book’s initial release in 2011, it has endured as an essential road map for using the power of the brain to erase harmful habits and create lasting change. The second edition is fully revised and updated with new information, compelling insights, and uplifting success stories that will inspire listeners to break free from their own self-defeating behaviors.

Brain over Binge is both a memoir and a scientific account, providing a gripping personal narrative and a research-based perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. Kathryn traces the course of her own condition and then describes in detail her unconventional approach to recovery. In the process, she offers a much-needed alternative viewpoint on the landscape of eating disorder literature to help others in the throes of any form of out-of-control eating.

The mainstream view of bulimia holds that it’s a complex disorder that manifests as a means of coping with deep underlying emotional and psychological problems. But the author resolutely departs from this philosophy, cuts through the confusion she experienced in traditional therapy, and simplifies both the origins of binge eating and its cure. As Kathryn explains the brain-based principles that led to her recovery from relentless bingeing and purging, Brain over Binge sheds current and crucial light on our human potential to overcome destructive patterns and reclaim our lives.

©2022 Kathryn Hansen (P)2022 Kathryn Hansen

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Didn't work out for me :(

I only made it up to chapter 18 before stopping and removing it. Hats off to the author for overcoming her problem by reading a book that helped her. And because of that, I feel like this book is really just a long, long, long review of that book. The author details her background, explains how she came across a book she read and how it helped her, and from there on, she no longer suffered from her eating problems.

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I used this with plant medicine to reboot my brain

I've spent 20 years in therapy and 30 years in self help programs, which helped my complex PTSD and narcissistic thinking, but my eating disorder/food addiction was always doing push-ups in the parking lot while I was in "the rooms." I've gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. This book clicked for me, however, I needed help with my pain first. I started using medical cannabis at 55 for Lyme disease/PTSD pain and found that if I always use the first dose of the day to meditate, pray, and unplug from all my pleasure traps, I can easily dismiss my addictive urges. This book, along with the ritual use of plant medicine, has started me on a path to real and positive change. Bonus: I can suddenly play the bongo drums!

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The true path to freeing yourself

This book has not only saved me from 40 years of BED, it has also led me to help countless women do the same! It’s a must read for anyone struggling with BED or any ED as Kathryn’s story helps us all see how we can all change our brains and have peace and freedom with food and our bodies.

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a great discovery for me

loved it so much. Shed a light on my own not -understood-yet problem. it offers a brand new horizon for me

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Excellent

I really got a lot out of this book and I am not a binge eater. However, I am a recovering compulsive overeater. I enjoyed how Kathryn discussed - in so much detail - her story. I'm not sure how she remembered all of it. Her description of her journey addressed so many of the issues I had to encounter when I was recovering from compulsive overeating such as what to eat and how to eat as a normal person. How I achieved my recovery is different from how Kathryn achieved hers, but our two stories parallel each other in so many ways, as in it all started with a diet - mine when I was 12.

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Science based approach to dealing with binge eating

Kathryn’s book is well researched and well written, mixing scientific knowledge with stories of her own experience. It’s been an eye opener to realise that urges to binge don’t have a hidden underlying motive, but are rather a habit. As any bad habit, it takes conscious attention to unlearn, but Kathryn has proved that it is possible.

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  • 05-30-22

Life Changing

As someone with BED, who also lives a happy, fulfilled life I have felt so lost and confused as to the cause of my BED when being constantly told it must be emotional. This book, in contrast, made so much sense immediately. I am not even finished reading and my urge to binge has been immediately easier to understand and control. Amazing!