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Life Without Ed

How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
Narrated by: Jenni Schaefer
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair. Then, in therapy, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.

Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides hope to the millions of people plagued by eating disorders. Beginning with Jenni’s "divorce" from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient’s insights and experiences with a therapist’s prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed.

This 10th anniversary edition features a new afterword as well as sections devoted to family, friends, and supporters; how treatment professionals can use the book with their patients and men with anorexia.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along w ith the audio.

©2003 Jenni Schaefer (P)2014 McGraw Hill Digital

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More a memoir than a help

Such a long introduction with a lot of the author talking about herself and her therapist bugging her up. Enough to put me off the rest of the book!

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  • Adam Lamparello
  • 15-04-14

Inspiring story and invaluable resource

What did you love best about Life Without Ed?

As a male who struggled for several years with an eating disorder, I can say without hesitation that the audio book version of Life Without Ed is an extraordinary resource for males and females, and people of all backgrounds and ages who struggle with eating disorders. Spoken with honesty, clarity, and compassion, Jenni’s story sends an empowering and hopeful message that full recovery from an eating disorder—and the unhappiness that results from low self-esteem and perfectionism—is possible for everyone. An eating disorder is not a 'condition' that you will battle for the rest of your life. Although we cannot ‘think our way out of an eating disorder,’ (which Jenni calls “Ed”), we can talk our way into a full—and real—recovery by learning to replace Ed’s negative voice with an inner voice that affirms our self-worth and knows that anything is possible if we believe it is possible. Recovery involves changing our thought process, letting go, and accepting that our authentic self will always be good enough. Jenni’s inspiring story is combined with practical exercises that can help you throughout the recovery process--and your life. Life Without Ed is also an invaluable resource for the families of those suffering from eating disorders, clinicians, and anyone who struggles with low self-esteem.

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  • RCH
  • 14-04-14

Reassuring for all those wanting recovery from ED

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Jenni Schaefer’s audible version of “Life without Ed” acts as a great companion for those wanting recovery. Her reassuring voice helps emphasize her story, commitment to recovery and provides great hope for all those struggling to overcome eating disorders.

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  • smileddd
  • 15-04-14

A Practical Insight for Parents and Loved Ones!

If you could sum up Life Without Ed in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, informative, inspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

As the mother of an anorexic teen, this book helped me get a better understanding of what was going on inside my daughter's mind. I found it useful to think of the eating disorder as being separate from my daughter, and now can discern when ED is talking instead of my girl. The book also aided me in expressing my anger toward ED, instead of my daughter. I know Life Without Ed has also helped my daughter immensely, and that in her road to recovery, she views Jenni as an inspiration.

What does Jenni Schaefer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jenni's inflection and emphasis, combined with her natural tone of voice, keeps the listener engaged in the message delivered, and adds palpable feeling to the story.

What did you learn from Life Without Ed that you would use in your daily life?

I learned to be more aware of messages that I might be sending my daughter, from body image issues to labeling food as good or bad. I learned that I don't have to understand the eating disorder, but that my support as a mother is imperative.

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As a busy mom of 3, I appreciate how the short chapters are easy to fit into my little spurts of down time. Life Without Ed serves as a great reminder that even though someone appears "healthy" on the outside, he or she may still be experiencing quite the internal struggle.

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  • mmjens07
  • 05-09-18

Triggering, couldn't finish

I have binge eating disorder and was recommended this book by my therapist. It's not for me - there were too many descriptions of HOW SKINNY she was and how difficult it was for her to eat. I couldn't finish it because of overwhelming disappointment that I couldn't be as "strong" as her to restrict. Maybe I'll give it another try later in my recovery.

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  • Melanie D Aldis
  • 14-05-14

Such comfort when ED is in my ear

What did you love best about Life Without Ed?

The comforting voice. Jenni's voice and message trumps the ED and Ms Perfectionist haunting and unattainable demands.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning to separate myself from my eating disorder. I am something special without an eating disorder, and I can heal.

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  • Meg
  • 05-04-14

So Good to Have for Some Extra Motivation!!

What did you love best about Life Without Ed?

This book was my bible throughout my recovery. I would have loved to have had this while I was recovering to be able to listen to it in my car while driving for an extra boost of motivation. I'm definitely going to be recommending this to people so they can always have some extra inspiration and motivation with them where ever they go!

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

I love that now I don't have to wait for Jenni to come to an area near by to be able to hear her speak! Jenni's personality really shines through throughout the audiobook. I love that I can listen to her now whenever I need a little pick-me up.

What did you learn from Life Without Ed that you would use in your daily life?

Almost all my coping skills in early recovery came from "Life Without Ed". Separating from Ed was one of the most powerful tools I used.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

short stories hit home

I loved how I could relate to something in each story. Beginning my journey. :)

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  • margrit
  • 24-10-18

it is an incredible book

it easy to understand to put in practice it really feel you can recover plus her voice is so calming

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  • Lynda L. Hahn
  • 12-07-18

LOVE this book!

Thank you, Jenni! Your story hit home on so many levels. Thank you for adding suggestions and Thom's POV, as well. I have just begun my journey and hope to keep ED kicked to the curb!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-18

Good overall value

I downloaded this audiobook per my therapist recommendation. I have been in recovery from my eating disorder for just over a year. I’m sure some people will really love this book but I thought it was really cheesy and redundant. There are definitely some very valid points but I felt like I was reading a journal written by a 15 year old.