In this searing, unflinchingly honest memoir, actress Portia de Rossi shares the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia while living in the public . Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi – “I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as. If you’re a fan of Portia de Rossi, this is a great book to read. Unbearable Lightness deals with her struggle with an eating disorder and her homosexuality early.

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An apple was enough. I only wish there was more writing about her struggle with her sexuality as well.

rsosi I was unable to sit on hard surfaces, I was incessantly cold chilled to the boneand my hipbones scraped and bruised jutted out so far that they held my jeans several inches from my stomach. Lightnes book is written to capture ljghtness she was feeling about herself self-hatred, low self esteem, hating her body image and struggling to be honest with the world about her sexuality.

Here’s the thing though: Brilliantly written, intense, engaging, and utterly courageous in it’s honesty. She’s still unusual for this, especially as a femme who doesn’t set off gaydars. And finally I cried as the destructive cycle was broken, when refusing to die was now an option and health was lihtness longer sacrificed for perfection.

I feel like the strongest stuff here had to do with her repeated emphasis that her eating disorders were a way of controlling her life when she lived in constant fear of the media finding out that she was a lesbian and outing her. It recalibrates your metabolism and shrinks your fat cells.


Book review: ‘Unbearable Lightness’ by Portia de Rossi

At a time when she was viewed as one of the most desirable women on the planet, Portia would look into a mirror and despise what she saw. This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read!!! Oct 30, Amanda rated it it was amazing. If you skim everything else, at least sit Update to give another star, now that I’ve finished it.

But I am so very glad to know that she managed to get herself out of that nightmare and is now living a beautiful dream. She went from 82 pounds to —all while being scrutinized by paparazzi! It’s a crooked line and if you aren’t watching vigilantly you’re going to be over the line and not even realize it. I understand the thrill of feeling powerful when you meet a weight goal, like you’ve unpeeled some new layer to a new “you” underneath.

I loved her insight that the most rewarding “exercise” for her was to take up something that required her to learn a portix, so her focus was on getting better at that skill vs. If you are looking for a book that gives unparalleled insight and induces compassion at the same time, this is it!!

I ate 60 calories of oatmeal with Splenda and butter spray and black coffee with one vanilla-flavored tablet. I understand and relate to anxiety instigating absurd behavior that is not immediately obvious to the ‘driver’ but clear to everyone else around them.

I called it “getting down to my hunting weight. She showed me a picture of her friend and said she’s anorexic, and then in a condescending voice with the universal Mocking Actions of bobbing her head back and forth and flapping her hands, outright mocked her friend for it.


At the end the pictures of herself powerfully demonstrate how sick she became. Her message of disordered vs. It’s a sickness but it’s so often treated like a person’s being a whiny attention whore.

In this remarkable and beautifully written work, Portia shines a bright light on a dark subject. His scores make his case.

I’m not a big believer in letting kids make their own choices. A lot of them meet the medical criteria for a An autobiography of the actress Ligutness de Rossi whom I mostly know of from watching Ally McBeal on Fridays at boarding school haha, the common room, all huddled together in pjs and dressing gowns.

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Experimentation of this nature is never to be combatted with a diet. Please try again later. A lot of them meet the medical criteria for anorexia, I bet.

I got in the car to drive home… If I waited too long to finish burning off the calories consumed by chewing the gum, the calories might turn into fat. I know what I ate last night.