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Brain over Binge Audiobook

Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Hannah B 12/10/2016
    Hannah B 12/10/2016 Member Since 2017

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    "Excellent alternative view"

    A truly eye opening viewpoint on binge eating - it has helped me enormously. I would highly recommend.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R 29/09/2016
    R 29/09/2016
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    "Transforming hope to a reality"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LittleLillies 09/12/2016
    LittleLillies 09/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant!"

    After counselling and medication I stopped binging and purging but then it returned with a vengeance!
    This book has felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I honestly feel like I can live a life without binging now :)
    This book is utterly fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to write this during a time which I'm sure was already busy enough with two small children and one on the way!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deb 23/01/2017
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    "excellent "

    loved this, going to listen again as so informative and interesting. really helpful for any one with an eating disorder. worth buying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    martins 09/12/2016
    martins 09/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "thanks"

    Kathryn puts binging in a new perspective. It's just a habit which can be corrected. I'm impressed and a believer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Phillips 18/06/2017
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    "A different perspective"

    A very interesting listen. I've not considered this approach before. I'm going to try it. It makes sense. I'm truest fed up of blaming my past on my binges and appreciate the fact that my urges are ultimate choices. A caring and gentle voice read the book. Easy to listen to and understand. Wish my good luck!

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    cathy morris 27/04/2017
    cathy morris 27/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "it's that easy"

    wow, it's really that easy, years of struggling and I now fully understand WHY, I can fight the urge and it get easier every day, thank you

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    "This is definitely a much needed simple perspecti"

    This is definitely a much needed new and simple perspective on what has recently become a maze of diagnosis and treatment hit and miss. In trying to find a holistic answer to this ED condition, Specialists appear to have lost the context, where the solution might just be a case of re-wiring a thinking pattern.
    Much gratitude to the author! Oana.

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  • Treelistener
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    29/11/16
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    "It worked for me"
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    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • VV
    24/09/16
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    14/04/17
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    "If I hadn't listened to this book myself! "

    if i hadn't listened to this book myself, I wouldn't have believed it! I am a 51 year old male. I've been to over eaters anonymous, been to 3 different nutritionists, a psychologist, a clinical weight loss program, have been a member of several gyms in an effort to lose weight and was even prescribed phentermine at one time. I have been struggling with binge eating and sugar cravings and have damaged my body for years from binging on sugar. I have never been able to control my sugar cravings and have been addicted to sugar since childhood. This book in 3 DAYS !!!!! CHANGED MY LIFE !!!! Like I said. I know it sounds unbelievable . My struggle is over! Besides a little bit of sadness from thinking about how my life could have possibly been so much better had I known this information years ago, I couldn't be happier. Thank You so much Kathryn Hansen. Words cannot express my gratitude. p.s. My better half has also used this information to quit smoking. I urged her to replace "urge to binge" with "urge to smoke". Her first 3 days for were quite difficult but After 22 years as a smoker she is completely Smoke free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Imblum
    24/06/17
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    "Wonderful and helpful book BUT problems with recording.."

    Chapter 20 has a lot of mistakes in the recording. Please go back and edit the mistakes out! It makes me crazy listening to her mess up and start over multiple times beginning in this chapter. I often go back and reference from this chapter onwards and always skip over her mistakes. Just needs fixed editing. Story and information was immensely helpful in my recovery of bulimia. Just can't handle the annoying mistakes in the editing. Very sloppy. Takes away from great information.

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  • Anthony Lumsden
    24/06/17
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    "Stop wondering and start listening"

    Your apprehensively wondering if this book is right for you? Is it as useful as it claims to be?
    I answer confidently with a yes! I personally have not binged since listening to the book, and don't expect to again. Binging is simply not a part of my life anymore.

    All the book does is give you a different perspective on binging, that at first is so simple that it seems stupid. But the result is impossible to argue with.

    There are several mistakes made by the narrator that left me confused to what I was hearing at times. But these are tolerable and not too frequent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • oldfan
    new york
    29/05/17
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    "Bad recording....not useful"

    I have retuned this book...the only one I have ever returned. The quality of the recording is awful. The narrative is stiff and parts of it were clearly not edited. The author's story is sympathetic and her recovery commendable, but the method...creating a mental binging beast to refuse to listen to...is really just another way to
    "Just say no".

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  • stw
    20/05/17
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    "Very helpful information, but terrible editing"
    What would have made Brain over Binge better?

    There is almost no editing after Part 1. Almost immediately into Part 2, the reader's mistakes are not edited out, and it continues for the rest of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fellermom
    19/05/17
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    "Thank-you!"

    This book makes complete sense. Thank you for your tremendous efforts! I wish I had read it many years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Athens, Greece
    17/05/17
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    "Good story but very bad editing."
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    The story was good and the narrator also did a good job of telling it, but there are passages that shouldn't have ended up in the final cut. There were times were the narrator would stop and repeat words or sentences again. This should have been cut in editing. Not at all a professional job that one should pay to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica reid
    03/05/17
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    "Changed my life"
    Where does Brain over Binge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I hate writing reviews to anything but this book was worth the read. This book didn't cure my relationship with food but it certainly helped. If you're unsure about this book, just get it. It's very insightful and gives you a new way of thinking about your eating habits. I haven't binged since reading this book.


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