I’ve been avoiding writing this post, because I have to (yet again) say that my second book is not published yet. The good news, however, is that it is currently undergoing it’s final edit! (On a side note, I highly, highly recommend my editor, Cindy Nixon to any author). Once Cindy is finished her edit, I need to make some minor formatting tweaks and finalize the cover; then it will be ready for the world. I can’t give a firm release date yet, but Jan 1 is my ultimate goal, although it could be a little sooner or later. I apologize again for the delay. This year has brought some unexpected changes and challenges, but I’m so happy that the project is almost complete and I truly hope it helps many people.
The book’s title is: The Brain over Binge Recovery Guide: A Simple and Personalized Plan for Ending Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. Below I’ve included an excerpt from the Preface of the new book so you can get an idea of it’s purpose.
Excerpt from the Preface
“…. Brain over Binge was raw and genuine; it was my experience, fresh in my mind. It shared intimate details about my struggle and explained how my recovery didn’t result in me becoming an ideal version of myself who had everything sorted out; instead, I remained an imperfect person who simply did not binge anymore. It’s been truly amazing to hear from readers who recovered after reading my first book. I had hoped that my book would help just one person, and I’ve been overwhelmed to receive so many emails from people who say the book led them to complete recovery.
Most touchingly, people tell me that they see themselves in my story—they see their own thoughts, frustrations, emotions, and imperfections in those I shared; and from that, they are able to find hope, to feel like they are not alone, and to see a way out. If I were to begin writing Brain over Binge today, ten years after recovery, it’s unlikely that I’d be able to capture so vividly what binge eating was like and everything that went along with it. Although I can no longer write as authentically about my days of bulimia, what I can do is share what I’ve learned since publishing Brain over Binge, which I hope will help move others toward complete cessation of binge eating.
I’ve gained much more insight into why some people are able to recover quickly and why others take more time; about what helps people achieve lasting recovery and what can hold people back. I’ve learned more about the brain science behind binge eating. From the first time I heard from a reader struggling to use concepts I talked about in Brain over Binge and asking for additional advice, my commitment to eventually write a second book was renewed. I was right that some binge eaters would need more than what I offered in Brain over Binge. Over the last five years, I’ve tried to offer extra guidance through my website and blog (www.brainoverbinge.com) and through The Brain over Binge Workbook, which I published in 2014. The Brain over Binge Recovery Guide is in many ways a compilation and expansion of those resources, but with greater depth and much more information added.
Although this book does retain the basic concepts and approach to recovery found in Brain over Binge, the focus here is on educating and empowering binge eaters to develop their own insights and implement the ideas in this book to best fit their own unique recovery. I’ve realized that people don’t need more advice on how to copy my approach to recovery—or the approach of anyone who has recovered, for that matter. The reason my recovery was powerful was because it resonated so deeply as my own. After many failed attempts at recovery, I read information in Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction that finally made sense to me; and following that, I had a significant mental shift, which allowed me to naturally start viewing my binge urges differently and overcome them.
Not everyone experiences a sudden change of perspective or success in overcoming their behaviors right away, and there is no need for self-criticism if your recovery does not look like someone else’s. The concepts in this book may be very new to some readers, and it may take some time for the ideas to permeate and then gradually begin to lead to change. So trust your own intuition along the way and take only what feels like your own unique truth. Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be and keep your focus on what you believe will help you recover in a way that feels authentic to you, and you’ll be able to carve out your own individual path to a lifetime of recovery.”