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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Eating in the Light of the Moon

How Women Can Transform Their Relationships With Food Through Myths, Metaphors & Storytelling.

Author: Anita Johnston, PhD


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. Written in a readable and intimate style, each of the twenty chapters explores a different theme of empowerment and self-discovery. A great gift for someone in recovery!

"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


1 – Woman Spirit: The Root of the Hunger
2 – The Buried Moon: Rediscovering the Feminine
3 – The Beginning: Revisioning the Struggle
4 – The Red Herring: Food is Not the Issue
5 – Addiction: Spiritual and Emotional Hunger
6 – Symbolism: Hunger as a Metaphor
7 – Feelings: Gifts from the Heart
8 – Relationships: Singing the Truth
9 – Power: Dominion versus Domination
10 – Nurturance: Mother as an Archetype
11 – Intuition: The Inner Seeing, Hearing, Knowing
12 – Dreamtime: The Journey Within
13 – Moontime: Reclaiming the Body’s Wisdom
14 – Sexuality: Embracing the Feminine
15 – The Decent: Meeting the Shadow
16 – Assertiveness: Speaking the Truth
17 – Nourishment: Physical versus Emotional
18 – The Journal: Recording the Truth
19 – Recovery: Out of the Labyrinth
20 – Storytime: The Tales of Three Women


"Eating in the Light of the Moon helps women open up to the wonderful mystery of their deepest selves. Johnston is a storyteller 'superb' who interprets inner landscapes, guides us through unfamiliar and often intimidating territory, and helps us emerge whole and fully alive."
— Rebecca Ruggles Radcliffe, author of Body Prayers.

"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

"This beautifully-written book sheds new light on women's struggles with eating . . . and offers hope for all who want to be free."
— Kim Chernin author of The Hungry Self

"Each chapter provides a cohesive blend of poetic wisdom with practical applications for recovery. Read it in the light of the moon and the inner wisdom you find will be worth the lost sleep!"
— Eating Disorders Organization newsletter