Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety: My Journey Through Depression, Bulimia, and Addiction


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Santa Monica Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Los Angeles to Mexican and Cuban parents, Castañeda was raised in Miami, where she eventually earned a BA in International Relations from Florida International University. She has worked in the restaurant, cruise line, education and hotel industry, and was contracted as a linguist with the Department of Justice. Having suffered from Bulimia Nervosa for over 15 years, Castañeda developed a passion for fitness and later pursued a career in the fitness industry, in which she worked as a Personal Trainer and General Manager for over ten years.

Currently, Castañeda is a Licensed Psychotherapist in Massachusetts (LICSW) and an Adjunct Professor of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and Online Facilitator of BC School of Theology and Ministry. Aside from her own lived experiences, Castañeda has worked extensively with the underserved Hispanic/Latino population as a behavioral health clinician.

Castañeda is an iPEC Certified Life Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Kettlebell Coach and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.


"There are wounds of the spirit impossible to heal alone. Yvonne Castañeda is a healer healing others by sharing her own story. This book resonated deeply with me, as it will with many who are lost when their DNA contradicts the image of the ideal."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

"An astonishing memoir, overflowing with compassion, honesty and hope. Castañeda fearlessly captures how immigration can eat the body and the lifelong healing that such injuries require. One of the bravest debuts I've read in years."--Junot Diaz, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"With deprecating humor and razor-sharp honesty, the clinical psychotherapist recounts her life--from birth to age 45--with the nostalgic feel of an older sister sharing advice. . . . the figures portrayed, like the authors' parents and brother, are fully realized and are depicted with warmth. Through her reconnection with her Catholic faith, Castañeda reaches her breakthrough, eventually doing social work in the Latinx community. VERDICT More like Victor Martinez's Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida than Isabel Quintero's Gabi, a Girl in Pieces . . . this exploration of mental health from the Latinx perspective fills a much-needed gap."--Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal

"Castañeda has written a book for anyone who seeks to understand mental health from within. Her down-to-earth approach and wit made me laugh while at the same time she masterfully guided me through the complexity of eating disorders. A must read!"--Rocío Calvo, PhD, Founding-Director Latinx Leadership Initiative, Boston College

"The autobiography covers important topics such as Hispanic culture in the diminishing importance of mental health, identity conflicts and Latino expectations that lead to health challenges."--El Planeta