Life Without Ed

  • by Jenni Schaefer, Thom Rutledge
  • Narrated by Jenni Schaefer
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Adam Lamparello "Adam Lamparello"

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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- Melanie D Aldis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2014
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education