Eating in the Light of the Moon

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Weaving a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and simple folktales, Anita Johnston teaches women how to free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories.

"Storytellers speak in the language of myth and metaphor," Johnston explains. "They tell us a truth that is not literal, but symbolic. If we hear the stories with only the outer ear, they can seem absurd and untrue, but when listened to with the inner ear, they convey a truth that can be understood and absorbed on a deeply personal level. In this way, stories help us connect with our inner world, to the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth, and to the power of our intuitive wisdom."

In addition to being immensely enjoyable reading, Eating in the Light of the Moon is filled with practical exercises and profound insights. Twenty chapters explore different themes of self-discovery and empowerment on core issues such as:

  • Intuition: The Inner Seeing, Hearing, Knowing
  • Symbolism: Hunger as a Metaphor
  • Feelings: Gifts from the Heart
  • Moontime: Reclaiming the Body's Wisdom
  • Dreamtime: The Journey Within
  • Sexuality: Embracing the Feminine
  • Recovery: Out of the Labyrinth

Eating in the Light of the Moon has also been published in Dutch, German, and Korean.

Book Reviews

"This book is a gift to all women who struggle for true nourishment. It is unique, insightful, and very affirmative."
               Christiane Northrup, MD, author of
               Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"This beautifully written book sheds new light on women’s struggles with eating. It offers hope for all women who want to be free."
                Kim Chernin, author of
                The Obsession, The Hungry Self

"Dr. Johnston is a storyteller ‘superb,’ who interprets inner landscapes, guides us through unfamiliar territory, and helps us emerge whole and fully alive. This book will be an immense help to anyone who is ready to deeply understand the inner workings of her relationship with food.”
                 Rebecca Ruggles Radcliff, author of
                 Body Prayers

"With an intuitive and gentle voice, Dr. Johnston helps women discover and trust the inner wisdom that restores soul to their relationships with themselves, with food, and with the world. This is a very thought-provoking and beautifully written book!”
                 Linda Harper, Ph.D., author of
                 The Tao of Eating

"Dr. Johnston uses metaphor to show women how to reconnect with their inherent inner wisdom. She offers hope and direction for reclaiming the wisdom of the body and developing the life skills necessary for recovery from disordered eating."
                 Book review
                 National Eating Disorders Organization Newsletter

“Each chapter provides a blend of poetic wisdom with practical application for recovery. Read it in the light of the moon and the inner wisdom you find will be worth the lost sleep!”
                 Book review
                 International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Newsletter