For those of you who know me, the book that I am going to review is quite obvious. You know, or most of you do, that Portia de Rossi‘s book “Unbearable Lightness” has been the catalyst in helping me to realize that there is something very wrong with me and I need help and can even get it. I am not alone. Somebody shared the similar experiences as I am still experiencing and she got out of it even though it was a difficult struggle. But now she is free.
Portia explains her story very candid, very open. If you are easily triggered, you may not want to read “Unbearable Lightness” until you are really ready for recovery. If you are serious about recovery though, I recommend you reading this book because Portia shares not only what she went through and how draining her time with her eating disorder was.
But she also goes into the details of how terrible it was to keep her struggle a secret at the same time as being on a TV show, which required to have to fit into certain sizes (and we all know how unrealistic those are). She describes very well how strangling the pressure was.
Portia’s vivid portrayal of the erratic behavior we often have when we think we ate one calorie too many or we think we let ourselves go is incredible and so relatable that you almost feel you’re with her while it is going on.
Portia doesn’t gloss over the medical effects her behavior had on her body. For her, nothing too serious happened, but not everybody is exactly that lucky as we all know.
For me reading Unbearable Lightness was a wake-up call and it was the starting point of a long story to health. I read this book in one take.
I bawled throughout the entire experience of taking Portia’s struggle in. I’ve read it many times since because I just can relate to how so many things like how she gets up in the morning and the first thing she does is calculating how much she ate yesterday and figures out whether she has to punish herself today.
Also, her portrayal of her obsessive workouts super early in the morning, during lunch breaks and all of these insane behaviors we have when we are controlled by an eating disorder.
It is an incredible book with a very hopeful message at the end. I wouldn’t have gotten help, wouldn’t have believed that recovery is possible had I not read her book and I’ll be forever grateful to Portia for having written it.