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Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder

There is life beyond your eating disorder –
and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it!

Johanna S. Kandel, founder and executive director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, struggled with her eating disorder for ten years before finally getting help. Now fully recovered, Kandel knows firsthand how difficult the healing process can be. Through her work with The Alliance—leading support groups, speaking nationwide and collaborating with professionals in the field—she's developed a set of practical tools to address the everyday challenges of recovery.

Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder is your ultimate guidebook for the journey back to health, filled with the hope, insight and tools you need to:

  • Stop self-sabotage and sidestep triggers
  • Quiet the eating-disordered voice
  • Strengthen the healthy, positive voice
  • Let go of all-or-nothing thinking
  • Overcome fear and embrace change
  • Stay motivated and keep moving forward


Complete with inspiring true stories from others who have won their personal battles with eating disorders, this book provides the help you need to break free from your eating disorder and discover how wonderful life really can be.


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Praise for Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder

Praise for Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder


"A truly inspirational read. Johanna's book is packed with sophisticated, but practical advice on how to recover from an eating disorder. Most importantly, she offers hope to those who are struggling with these lethal illnesses."
-Craig Johnson, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer, Eating Recovery Center/Past President, National Eating Disorders Association


"Johanna's warm, conversational tone invites the reader to join her as she openly shares her inner world, and the struggle and triumph of her recovery process. Compassionate, humane, and wise, her inspirational story should not be missed. Life Beyond is a must read for anyone, anywhere, along the journey of recovery from an eating disorder!"
-Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS
Executive Director, Oliver-Pyatt Centers


This book is an excellent navigational tool for the journey towards recovery from eating disorders. With fierce enthusiasm, numerous insights, and boundless encouragement, Joanna carries the recovery torch high, illuminating pathways so others can find a Life Beyond Their Eating Disorder.
-Anita Johnston, Ph.D
Author, Eating in the Light of the Moon


"Finally, a refreshing new voice speaks out about full recovery from eating disorders! I am proud to be on the same team as Johanna Kandel. If your life has been touched by an eating disorder in anyway, you must read Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder."
-Jenni Schaefer
Author, Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me


"Johanna brings us an inspiring personal account of how her struggles with eating disorders impacted her life. In detailing the trials and tribulations she faced during her journey from illness to health, she forges an alliance with readers who suffer from eating disorders, offering them hope and helping them to become more amenable to seeking treatment."
-David B. Herzog, MD
Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical /Director, Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders


"Johanna Kandel provides eating disorder sufferers the inspiration to believe in a future beyond recovery. Her exquisite use of metaphors such as learning to use "all the crayons", "opening the "middle drawer", and the importance of "floaties', are so vivid that readers instantly understand what actions to take to move them into new spaces. She has indeed choreographed a dance of hope for all who read her book."
-Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC
Dance/Movement Therapist, The Renfrew Center of Florida/Past president of the American Dance Therapy Association


"Johanna has taken a brave step forward to reveal her journey through an eating disorder and recovery. Not only will her story shed light on this devastating disease, but her tireless work to make sure all people are aware of the effects of disordered eating is truly commendable. Being a recovered bulimic I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I salute Johanna for her tenacity to keep the switch on."
-Kathy Kaehler Celebrity Trainer,
Author Teenage Fitness, Ambassador The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness


"Whether you are struggling, in recovery, recovered or helping a family member or friend through this difficult time, this is an amazing resource for you. Johanna's story gives each of us hope that not only can we recover from these illnesses, but each of us can help someone who may be struggling find their way back to health and happiness."
-Allison Kreiger Walsh President and Founder,
Helping Other People Eat (HOPE Inc.)


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