TRANSFORM YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
Find Freedom from Food with Daily Supportive Activities
Do you want to feel at peace with food and relaxed while eating?
Do you want to
feel confident in your ability to eat when you are hungry
and stop when you are full?
Do you want to have enough focus, time and energy for what you want in your life?
IMAGINE … waking up in the morning and looking forward to the day stretching in front of you. You eat breakfast with ease, excited about how your day will unfold. IMAGINE … feeling like you have enough time, energy, and focus to deal with anything that might come up unexpectedly. IMAGINE … your mind feeling spacious and uncluttered with thoughts about food …
You meet with friends for lunch, choosing to eat exactly what you want, feeling nourished by their company and conversation. You feel confident and authentic in your communication with everyone else you encounter throughout the day.
Later on, you have a snack when you’re hungry but don’t eat the entire thing since you’re satisfied with a few bites. It’s a beautiful day so you go for a walk, appreciating how good it feels to move your body in a relaxed way. You’re able to be in the present moment, enjoying the breeze on your face and the sounds of the birdsong in the air.
When dinner rolls around you eat what you want until you are full and feel content the rest of the evening, noticing what needs to get done and feeling like you still have enough time, energy, and focus to attend to it. With a sign of contentment, you go to bed feeling satisfied and at peace.
Who wouldn’t want a day like that?
Hi, I’m Dr. Anita Johnston
I would love to be your guide by inviting you to join the Online Interactive New Crescent Moon course!
If you want freedom from struggles with eating …
If you’re longing for relief from your battle with food …
Or maybe you’re tired of trying all by yourself …
Or maybe you’ve got a great therapist, dietitian, or coach but would like more support on your journey
Then I’d love to have you join me in the New Crescent Moon course, where you’ll learn how to use metaphor to uncover the hidden reasons for why you do what you do with food.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been struggling with food your whole life, or just recently gotten caught up in the craziness around dieting.
If want to solve the mystery of your struggle with food … learn how to get true nourishment from relationships that matter .. and spend your energy doing the things you love …
You’ve come to the right place.
The New Crescent Moon is the Time for New Beginnings
It was inspired by the popularity of my book, Eating in the Light of the Moon, now translated into seven different languages, that has helped millions of women around the world find freedom from eating difficulties using the power of metaphor & story.
It’s now an interactive experience in the New Crescent Moon course.
Recovery from disordered eating comes from changing the way you “see,” not the way you"look".
Looking at your food metaphorically is a paradigm shift
that opens up spaces in your mind that you didn’t know existed.
It transforms your perception of “seemingly” meaningless patterns of eating so you can see that these patterns hold (and reveal) deeper truths …
So you can start to see the real reasons for your disordered eating hidden beneath your struggle with food.
And step into the field of possibility.
It’s not magic but it can feel magical!
The truth is that it’s hard to stay focused on clearing disordered eating. You may be going along fine and then get distracted, or maybe overwhelmed by something unexpected, or frustrated with a difficult relationship and then find yourself back in behaviors. Again.
It can be tough. And lonely. That’s why I created the New Crescent Moon course -- where for 8 weeks you get something every single day to help you stay focused and to encourage you when the going gets rough. You’d be amazed at how far you can get with this kind of support!
Come spend 8 weeks with me in a supportive circle of women.
“In the New Crescent Moon course, I was able to shift my paradigm from “I have a food and weight problem” to “I am a whole person who has physical, emotional and spiritual needs.” I came to understand that I was trying to feed my emotional and spiritual hungers with food and was failing terribly because no amount of food, dieting & exercise could ever satisfy an emotional or spiritual need.
For the first time, I feel hopeful about not only making a full recovery but living with peace and wholeness. I surely could not have made the paradigm shift without Anita and the experience of the Cafe.”
~ L.E., Hawaii
How does the course work?
Go at Your
When you join the New Crescent Moon Course, you’ll receive a new assignment every day. Some people do them daily, some wait until the end of the week and do them all at once. You get to choose.
The course uses different modalities of learning. There are stories and songs to listen to, book chapters to read, and drawing and writing activities. Something for everyone.
Your Level of Participation
There is a forum to comment in for every activity. It’s great place to connect, share your experience, and get support from me and the others. But if you’re shy and not the chatty type, it’s not required.
"Finally, a way to move forward in my bumpy road to recovery! This program has given me a roadmap to recovering my lost self from the grips of disordered eating. I learned so much about myself, about my true hungers. I now have a deep trust in my ability to overcome this battle I have been waging with myself for over twenty years. I am no longer my eating disorder. I am a happy woman who is full of hope."
~ C.M., Canada
We’ll work through a series of 8 modules
a new MODULE each week.
Here’s a summary of the modules
FINDING THE MEANING
IMAGINE getting welcomed into a circle of women. They get what you are going through and can support you on your journey towards freedom from eating difficulties. No judgment. Only support. They, too, know what it's like to be emotionally sensitivity and highly intuitive. And how painful it is to live in a culture that doesn't appreciate those qualities. Together, you'll see how this contributes to struggles with eating and body image. And how there is nothing wrong with you. You'll get to reframe the struggle in a brand new way -- so you can see the way out.
True Self & Metaphor
You get introduced into the World of Metaphor. Here, you'll learn the coded language of disordered eating. When you crack your hunger code, you begin to see the hidden function of your food and weight obsession. You’ll find encouragement, hope, and a glimpse of who you really are. You can shatter the myth that there is something wrong with you. And realize you CAN let go of this.
You zoom out to get a view of the “Bigger Picture” and see how "Feminine" & "Masculine” principles exist within all of us. Regardless of gender. What’s that? It’s your inner Yin and Yang. The part of you that’s about Doing and the part of you that’s about Being. And when they’re out of balance so is your relationship with food and your body. Profoundly. Not your fault. Our culture’s so out of balance that it affects our own internal balance. You'll discover how to release yourself from cultural conditioning and false stories. And restore balance to your psyche and eating.
In this week, you get to apply the concepts we've been exploring and discussing -- in a very practical way. You'll discover how to find subtle hunger and fullness sensations in your body. Before they get out of control. When they are whispers, not shouts. You'll see what's been getting in the way of your eating when you're hungry, and stopping when you're full. And you'll become your own body whisperer.
Here you'll dive deeper into the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. How the specific foods you crave (or fear) can numb out uncomfortable feelings. How eating (or restriction) can distract you from difficult situations. And you'll learn what you need to do to get back on track.
Hunger as Metaphor
Magic starts to happen in this week! You'll see how certain foods and disordered eating patterns are speaking to you -- and for you. In the language of metaphor. You'll get the symbolic nature of hunger as it applies to your life. You'll uncover what specific foods you crave (or fear) represent to you. Symbolically. You'll look at the foods you eat past fullness -- through the lens of metaphor. And discover the other hungers that lie hidden beneath them.
What about food addiction and obsessions? These are questions we'll answer in this week. You'll see how food restriction, exercise addiction, or purging behaviors are attempts to escape. From hungers that seem insatiable. Or overwhelming. Or unidentifiable. How urges to binge are internal signals alerting us to different kinds of hungers. Emotional or spiritual hungers. You'll learn how to find and feed those soul hungers.
You'll explore your relationship with your body image. And discover the real causes of body hated. You'll learn how to clear obsessive thoughts to heal your relationship with your body.
We wrap up this course with a final teleconference where we'll play with food. As a metaphor. I'll help you find the symbolism of your most challenging foods. You won’t want to miss it.
The next 8 week Crescent Moon Course will starts July 2023 This course will fill to capacity. So if you would like to be part of the first group to be notified when registration is open please fill out your information below.
If you think you have tried everything...
Listen to what these women have to say
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"I have gone deeper with this program than in several decades of therapy and spiritual practice, which is what I needed to recover from disordered eating. It helped me face and understand what was holding me back and keeping me addicted. In some ways, I feel my life is just beginning now.."
HERE IS WHAT YOU GET
8 weeks of lessons
a new one released every day
Carefully curated content that includes: Audio Recordings of stories & Metaphors, Songs to listen to, Reading, Drawing & Writing activities by Dr Anita Johnston so that you will get the most out of the course.
Eating in the Light
of the Moon
Your own personal copy of Anita's best selling book Eating in the Light of the Moon.* To guide you through the course, if you already have the book that is ok, you can always gift it to someone else.
4 Live Calls with
Dr Anita Johnston
4 Live calls with Dr Anita Johnston where you can ask those questions you have been wanting answered and if you are shy you can benefit from listening to the questions of others. If you cant make it don't worry we will send out the recordings!
A PRIVATE Daily forum to post comments and ask questions
This daily forum is one of the favorite things past members have loved because Dr Anita actually is a regular commentor in there answering questions, plus the support of other women who are going through the same things as you is amazing.
"If you have ever felt as though you are not enough, that your difficulties with food seem like too much to bear, take heart. For many decades, I experienced difficulties with disordered eating and body acceptance. I was well-acquainted with the feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness that accompany these difficulties. This course launched me into a journey of self-discovery, self-empowerment, and real healing. Recovery from disordered eating is possible!"
PLUS You're Going to Get These Amazing BONUSES....
If You Sign Up Now..
Emotional Literacy Guidebook
find the hidden connections between your feeling and your eating thoughts and behaviors.
Interoceptive Awareness Manual
Learn to find your physical hunger and satiety cues -- quickly and easily.
Food & Feelings Journal
Your own personal workbook and journal to work through the program
"Through working through Anita's great work, I have become my authentic self. The feeling that comes from authenticity is INCREDIBLE. It's truly like winning the lottery. It’s improved my marriage, some friendships, and made me available to TRUE relationships I enjoy. Thank you."
Learn #the 1 Essential Recovery Skill
How to Communicate Assertively
It includes detailed charts, worksheets, and a video that will help you find your voice -- so you won’t have to use food behaviors to communicate anything. Ever again.
The next 8 week Crescent Moon Course will starts July 2023, This course will fill to capacity. So if you would like to be part of the first group to be notified when registration is open please fill out your information below.
Here’s the Deal..
Love Asking Questions?
I love answering them. There is a forum where you can ask anything about what comes up for you for each activity. And every other week we have live calls where you can ask for clarity and bring up any challenges you might be having.
Can’t make the call?
No problem, all the calls are recorded and you can send me questions ahead of time.
Want Personal Feedback?
I’m there. I respond to all comments and questions that are posted in the forum. Not only that, but you’ll also get an amazing amount of support from the other women who get what you’re going through.
Feeling Shy About Communicating?
No problem. Feel free to share your experiences and reach out for support. Or not. It’s fine to just read what others are saying.
How much time does it take?
For eight weeks you'll get daily activities. You can move at your own pace. But plan on spending approximately 2 hours per week at the Cafe.
Honestly, if you want to get anything out of the course, you’ll have to dedicate some time. This is what is required for substantial change. Some activities take as little as 2-10 minutes. Others may take up to an hour or so. You can choose to do a little each day, or do a whole bunch at once.
If life gets in the way, you can always go back and get caught up. But you'll get most out of the Cafe if you show up consistently.
You can spend as much time on the forum as you want, sharing and asking questions. I respond to all the comments. If you are not the chatty type, it's okay to just check out what others are saying. It's amazing what you can learn from other responses!
What time does it meet?
You’ll get daily activities, but there is no particular time you have to be there. You can show up at the Café at 3:00 am to see how others have responded to the material and make comments if you like. The live calls with me are usually at 7pm EST, but all the live calls are recorded, so you can listen to them at your convenience, in your own time zone if you miss them. If you have specific questions, you can always submit them ahead of time.
Do I have to do the course and complete assignments in a certain time frame?
Because this is a course, so we all begin and end together. It's best if you can show up every day and follow along. But life doesn't always work that way. So, if you miss a day, a week, or even two, you can always get caught up. Some people do one week’s activities all on one day. Others do a little bit every day. It’s up to you.
What if I can’t make the live calls?
All the live calls are recorded, so you can listen to them at your convenience, in your own time zone. If you have specific questions, you can always submit them ahead of time.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the New Crescent Moon course is $497.00, less than $10 per day. You can either pay in full or with payments.
Is it possible to get a discount?
If you have a therapist, dietitian, or coach, ask if they have a promotional discount code to share with you (which they can get from the professional page at lightofthemooncafe.com). You can get a 20% discount from them!
Can I get a refund if I decide this isn’t right for me?
Absolutely. We offer a 30-day guarantee on the program minus the processing cost. So, if you are halfway through, and realize it doesn’t meet your needs, you can get your money back. No problems. No hard feelings.
Will I be able to access the course after it ends?
The course will remain open for a month or two longer if you want to review or catch-up. You'll be able to listen to recorded teleconferences and download materials. But because many of the comments in the forum are very personal, we can't keep it open longer than that.
What materials do I need?
As a special bonus, you'll be given a copy of Eating in the Light of the Moon. You'll need to get some art supplies (colored pens & pencils). You may already have some of these art supplies in your house … take a look around!
Is the course available worldwide?
Yes, It’s easy to register and hop on the course from anywhere in the world. Because there are no specific times you have to “show up” at the Café, time zones are not a problem. The live calls are recorded if they are not at a time convenient for you.
What happens when the course is over?
If you want to continue after the beginning New Crescent Moon, you’ll be eligible to join the Living in the Light of the Moon subscription community (which is only for those who have already taken the New Crescent Moon course). So, you’ll be able to continue to get support from me and your moon sister as you go. It is structured just like the New Crescent Moon but is not as intensive. Instead of daily activities, you’ll be getting them weekly.
What if I have technical difficulties?
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If you join and decide the course isn’t right for you there is a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you decide this is not right for you at any point, we offer a 30-day guarantee on the program.*
This is what makes the New Crescent Moon Course special.
You can get the help you need in the privacy of your own home, work at your own pace, learn in different ways, ask questions, connect with others who get it, and get direct support from me.
Join with one payment of $497 (best value) or two payments of $267
Remember this is a limited enrollment since I only offer this course once or twice a year.
If you feel like this course isn’t right for you, there is a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. No problem. No hard feelings.
The next 8 week Crescent Moon Course will starts July 2023 This course will fill to capacity. So if you would like to be part of the first group to be notified when registration is open please fill out your information below.
This is a course. So we begin together and end together.
"My relationship with food has changed. Before this course, I had fear and shame about eating certain foods - that I was “bad” if I ate them. Now I have a good relationship with all foods. The judgment around my body has diminished; I am full of gratitude for it. This program has been the biggest life-changing event of my life."
~E.P.C., New Mexico
What Others are Saying..
I would love to help you create a life that is vibrant, fulfilling, and free from struggles with eating. It takes some commitment, but with a little bit of support, it’s totally possible and absolutely worth it! Come join the amazing circle of women who are transforming their relationships with food using the power of metaphor.
I look forward to seeing you in the New Crescent Moon course!
"This course is just so divinely inspired I am amazed. Coming in, I thought I knew all there was to know about ED recovery. I had been at so many out-patient programs, two inpatient treatment programs, and at 12 step programs. This course took me so much deeper and really allowed for connection with myself. I cannot say enough about the course."
“This gentle, insightful, program has led me into greater clarity. and has enabled me to put a full stop to my search for the meaning of my eating and weight. I greatly value the clarity of understanding I now have and I feel deep inside that I don’t need to search any further. "
~G.F.L., South Africa
"This program really, in all honesty, has been life-changing. When I started, I was still in the early stages of recovery from my restrictive eating disorder and had realized that the full-on medical model, almost forced recovery approach was not working for me anymore. In the course I discovered TRUE recovery requires going inward...something I never knew how to do. Each day offered something new that was actually moving me in the direction toward actual recovery rather than a period of limited behaviors mimicking recovery. I am so grateful."
" This experience kept me grounded and also connected with a circle of supportive woman who are on a similar journey. Looking at food as a metaphor really has shifted my way of relating to my cravings and allowed me to open up a dialogue with myself about what I truly need. Anita's work resonates with my heart and soul."
~H.D., New York
"Prior to taking this course, I had NO hope that I would ever be able to say “recovered”. I only hoped to be able to be recovering. Thanks to this class, I have whole days of being Recovered – and they are heavenly. Thank you for shining your bright light in a world that used to be dark. I am eternally grateful."
"This course helped me get in touch with the deep reasons why I have disordered eating. The teachings helped me see the way out. The support of doing this with a group of like-minded people gave me additional support and comfort as I made changes in my life to support my new way of being."
“ I have an eating disorder. I have had it for a long time. I have seen eating disorder therapists and dietitians. I have gone into treatment out of state. I have attended eating disorder support groups. I have read many books. I have much knowledge about eating disorders. And still I felt stuck, hopeless – until I took this class and learned how to look at things differently. This class has simply been wonderful and unlike anything else I have ever tried to help myself with the eating disorder. I now have motivation and hope."
“This is hands down one of the best classes I have ever taken in my life. I understand myself in a new way, a deeper way. My relationship with food has been transformed. And I appreciate myself more, just the way I am."
"This course has been a precious experience for me, a chance to share my inner world in a safe circle of healing. Bringing to light what is often kept hidden and protected has had a transformative power and has allowed me to grow."
"After 15 years of restricting, dieting, and bingeing, I am finally beginning to break free. The course has challenged me, opened me up to creativity, helped me to discover all of the needs that lie beneath my eating struggles, and helped me to discover ways to feed those needs. I am no longer a woman who is timid and afraid and constantly caring for others instead of herself. I am beginning to know myself on a level that I never knew possible and discover the person I was meant to be."