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Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling Paperback – Apr 1 2000

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gurze Books (April 13 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936077360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936077369
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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"Read it in the light of the moon and the inner wisdom you find will be worth the lost sleep!" -- -National Eating Disorders Organization newsletter

"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

"This book is a gift to all women who struggle for true nourishment!" -- -Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

About the Author

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in women's issues and eating disorders. She co-founded the Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii in 1982 and lectures widely. Dr. Johnston lives with her husband and two daughters in Kailua, Hawaii.


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While Anita Johnson's book focusses on women's use of food as a way to cope with disconnection from our souls, I'm recommending it to everywoman I know! Her chapter "Moontime: Reclaiming the Body's Wisdom" contains a story she wrote for her daughters "to provide them with a new way of understanding the menstrual process". I believe this story has the potential to transform the next generation of emerging women. I want every mother, aunt, health education teacher, and adult woman I know to have have a copy for herself and to pass it on to every women she knows -- but especially our young women and daughters. Johnson's beautiful tale of a young woman's journey toward learning about "women's earth magic" is evocative, full of grace and wisdom, and transformative. My own experience of my female cycles will never be the same.
The life changing power of story graces all the chapters of this book. Women on the road to self-recovery of any sort will do well to spend some time soaking in the goodness Johnson offers on these pages. In her preface Johnson notes that women in recovery from disordered eating "follow a twisting, turning, winding path to their centers. It required them to leave behind old perceptions of themselves that they had adopted from others and to reclaim their own inner authorities. They had to listen to the voice from within to give them guidance and support as they searched from their true thoughts, feelings, and desires." While especially written for those of us working with recovery from eating disorders, this book is an understanding and soulful resource for any woman on the journey to the center of herself. Thank you Anita!
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There is not a woman in the western world today who hasn't been influenced by 5000 years of masculine thinking. Dr. Johnston's stories and interpretive lessons nourish a hunger for feminine guidance and wisdom, and help the reader tap into a sense of strength born from paying close attention to the information her she receives from her inner resources - dreams, feelings, intuition. Written for women with disordered eating, this book speaks to all women
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I feel compelled to share with potential readers of Anita Johnston's EATING IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOON how much this book has helped me on my recovery from bulimia. As a woman with an eating disorder, let me assure that the path to recovery is a long difficult journey, but when things get tough, to this day, I turn to this book.
The concept is different than anything I have read to date, and I have read a lot. I love analysis, thought and literature. Johnston, who, by the way, runs an acclaimed eating disorder clinic in Hawaii uses multicultural fairy tales and myths to illustrate to the reader important steps on the journey to recovery. The story I return to again and again is that of the Tutu bird.
Briefly put, there was a young girl who lived in a village in Africa where the people were starving. Like all the other village children, she was sent out to fetch the animals that had been captured in the village traps overnight so that the villagers might eat. When she got there, there was a Tutu bird in the trap. His song was so sweet that she set him free. She returned to the village and explained what happened. The villagers were so angry that they buried her alive in a mud hut and left her to die. She cried and cried. One day, she heard a sweet song and a ray of light came though the top of her hut. The next day she heard the song again and realized that it was the Tutu bird. The bird was pecking a hole in the mud hut to free her! The bird then dropped in fruits and nuts. This continued until the girl was well fed and the Tutu bird could free her. She returned to an astonished village with the Tutu bird nourished compared to the thin villagers and then left with the Tutu bird to go into the forest forever. The point of the story: Find your voice, listen to it and don't stray.
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I had the good fortune to meet Anita this summer while attending the IAEDP Conference here in Orlando. I have always had an interest in self-esteem and self-confidence issues associated with women. As a newly graduated and apprenticing therapist, with an interest in the adolescent population, I had heard that Anita's workshop was one not to miss! Upon reading her book, I first realized that this was not just a book addressing eating disorders, this was a book written for all women. It begins by taking you the reader, through a Labyrinth, a continuous journey, that allows one to realize the importance in acknowledging and respecting one's own identity as a woman. It weaves a tapestry that interconnects a woman's identity to the society and environment in which she resides. The journey one takes by reading this book allows them to address their own issues around their association with food. I can only tell you, what an amazing journey it as for me! I'm reminded by a comment by Joseph Campbell when asked to define a hero, and his response was, "a hero is someone who has created something greater than themselves." That's what Anita has created, she's given to all women a gift that enables them to move through the issues that prevent them being the woman they are. Oprah, you would love this book!
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