“Recovery Is: Stories of Healing” is a collection of testimonials by men and women all around the world who battled and overcame their eating disorder. Each story and experience is its own narrative, told by those who, to this day, walk down the path of recovery. Recovery is inspirational. We hope that by reading these stories of triumphs, you begin to believe that recovery is possible, and that your story and triumph is worth celebrating.
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Inspiring Eating Disorders Books by Various Authors
TuTu Thin – A Guide to Dancing without an Eating Disorder, written by author Dawn Smith-Theodore, a certified eating disorder therapist explores the topic of dancers, eating disorders and the quest for perfectionism. Dawn is a former dancer, dance studio owner, recovered from anorexia nervosa and she offers insight into why dancers develop eating disorders, the warning signs and how to get help if you are struggling with an eating disorder. A chapter on nutrition, case studies and a chapter to mom and dad rounds out the topics that are important for dancers, teachers and parents. Available at www.tututhin.com
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is a memoir that recounts the experiences of model Nikki DuBose as she overcomes a more than seventeen-year battle with abuse, child sexual victimization, eating disorders, psychosis, alcoholism, drugs, depression, suicide attempts, body dysmorphic disorder, and various other mental health issues, all while trying to navigate through the dark side of the fashion industry. Washed Away serves as a testimony to others to let them know that they are not alone in their fears, doubts, and frustrations and that through recovery all things are possible.
Pound for Pound
For years, Shannon Kopp battled the silent, horrific, and all-too-common disease of bulimia. Then, at twenty-four, she got a job working at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, where in caring for shelter dogs, she found the inspiration to heal and the courage to forgive herself. With the help of some extraordinary, homeless animals, Shannon realized that her suffering was the birthplace of something beautiful. Compassion.
Shannon’s poignant memoir is a story of hope, resilience, and the spiritual healing animals bring to our lives. Pound for Pound vividly reminds us that animals are more than just friends and companions—they can teach us how to savor the present moment and reclaim our joy.
Yoga and Eating Disorders
Yoga and Eating Disorders bridges the knowledge and practice gaps between mental health providers and yoga practitioners who work with clients suffering from disordered eating. Combining the wisdom of 20 experts in eating disorders treatment and yoga practice, editors Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly show how and why yoga’s mind-body connection facilitates treatment and recovery. This invaluable resource for mental health and yoga professionals, as well as individuals and family members struggling with eating disorders, explores the use of yoga in therapy, ways yoga teachers can recognize and respond to disordered eating, recovery stories, research into yoga’s impact on symptoms, and much more.
Riding Through Thick and Thin
Riding Through Thick and Thin delves to the bottom of the issues that have long held women hostage, bringing together experts, research, resources, and stories to encourage, inspire, and empower. Readers will find some answers that may surprise them: Believe it or not, this is not about losing weight or getting fit (although if that’s a point of interest, there’s a section packed with helpful tools and ideas). This book is more about what’s going on in every woman’s mind — and it taps new findings in neuroscience to reveal that permanent change to deeply ingrained body image issues is not only possible, but it may be much easier than we think.
Overcoming Binge Eating, 2nd Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge & How You Can Stop
Written with insights and feedback from patients and volunteers who tried out Dr. Fairburn’s self help techniques.
Dr. Fairburn clearly understands binge eating disorder and the immense psychological and physical pain it causes for eating disorder sufferers. He expertly addresses the pitfalls of dieting and rebound binge eating.
He outlines a clear program of techniques to enhance recovery from binge eating.
Dr. Christopher Fairburn, DM, FMedSci, FRCPsych., is a widely respected expert in the field of eating disorder treatment. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at University of Oxford. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders.
Intuitive Eating is a book, a concept, and a philosophy. First published in 1995, it’s now in it’s 3rd edition (2012), which includes updates and expansions throughout, as well as two brand new chapters that will help you integrate Intuitive Eating even more fully into your daily life. One of the new chapters is Raising an Intuitive Eater: What Works with Kids and Teens. The other describes the incredible science validating Intuitive Eating (there are over 50-60 studies to date!).
Intuitive Eating helps you return to your innate wisdom about eating. It teaches you to be able to trust your body to know when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat. Intuitive Eating offers a sense of freedom that you may have never felt in your relationship with food. It teaches you to strive for satisfaction, mindfulness, and body respect. More exciting news is that there is a new Intuitive Eating Workbook on the horizon, to be released April 1st, 2017. This workbook is filled with challenging exercises, which will help you hone your Intuitive Eating skills. It’s a stand alone book and also a great adjunct to the 3rd edition of Intuitive Eating.
Answers to Binge Eating – New Hope for Appetite Control
For many people, diets feels like a never-ending roller coaster ride. You successfully resist cravings for several weeks. Then comes a momentary lapse in vigilance, and, once again, eating spins out of control. The needle on the scale that was descending just days ago inches back up again, and a critical inner voice berates you for a lack of will power.
Clearly, dieting doesn’t work.
In this book, integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James M. Greenblatt confronts a mistaken understanding of why people struggle with weight management and . Following his New Hope model, you will learn biological solutions for rebalancing appetite and ending patterns of overeating…for good.
Binge Control is a compact guide to understanding binge eating disorder (BED) and a companion to Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop. It is designed to help people who have BED better understand their condition and their treatment options and to help family members and friends of individuals with BED provide understanding and support to their loved ones during recovery. The most important message in this handbook is that BED is treatable. Many effective therapies and medications exist. The goal is to know what is available and to find the treatment or combination of treatments that work best for you. Binge Control can help guide you down your pathway of recovery and get your binge eating in control.
Life Without Ed – Digital Audiobook
Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides hope to the millions of people plagued by eating disorders.
Audiobook Just Released!
Narrated by Jenni herself, the audiobook is divided into separate tracks for each of the book’s short sections. With this format, you can easily locate your favorite parts or play the ones that relate most to your recovery. Some find the audiobook particularly helpful in their cars—to avoid turning into that drive-through to binge.
Others keep the book playing at home as a way to drown out Ed’s nonstop pestering. Many clinicians use particular sections as topics for discussions in individual and group therapy. For ease in locating tracks, be sure to download the accompanying reference guide. The audiobook concludes with the song “Life Without Ed.”
Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating
If you have been binge eating, stress eating, emotional eating and compulsively eating, and you desperately need to stop, this book can help you. You can to learn to pause, take a breath, regroup and regain your sanity around food, diets and weight. This book will help you to understand why these behaviors and obsessions are with you and it will teach you how to change them. Reclaiming Yourself From Binge Eating is easy to read and enjoyable. You will feel like you have a support person or therapist sitting with you, giving you the help you need to end your food and body image issues. Each person battles with food issues for different reasons and one size does not fit all, so there are many different exercises and many different ways to heal in this book. No matter what your issue is, you will surely find some help here.
You Are Not Alone, Volume 2
You Are Not Alone, Volume 2 (plus Companion CD) by eating disorder survivors Andrea Roe and Shannon Cutts, is an inspiring collection of personal recovery stories, poems, artwork, and song lyrics by women who are either in recovery or fully recovered from an eating disorder. Also included is the You Are Not Alone Companion CD filled with healing songs by women whose lives have been touched by eating disorders.
What People Are Saying About You Are Not Alone, Volume 2:
“To know that others have struggled just as much and that they cannot ‘only’ survive, but thrive and live a better life, is truly inspiring.” — Ashley P from Canada is in recovery from an eating disorder.
“Read these stories and be encouraged; you will see the journey of healing can be made! Andrea brings us all together so we remember we are not alone. There is Hope.” –Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. Bestselling Author, Speaker, Therapist, and Founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources.
She was a home-schooled pastor’s daughter who wasn’t allowed to play with Barbies or dance. Her mum made sure there would be nothing that could tempt her daughter to be vain, or to contract an eating disorder. So she went ahead and got one anyway. At the age of nine, Emily Wierenga began to restrict her food intake, and by the time she was 13, she was so severely anorexic nurses were surprised she was still alive.
Chasing Silhouettes is the story of a broken family that finds healing through an eating disorder. It’s the story of how even good Christians need redemption, and how eating disorders pervade all homes—even the seemingly perfect ones. A unique resource, it addresses the whole of the illness: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, providing shocking insight into the disordered eater’s mind that no other book will provide. In addition to a stirring personal narrative, Chasing Silhouettes is comprised of advice from some of the nation’s top eating disorder experts, sample prayers for when yours run out, as well as stories of others who’ve battled—and overcome—eating disorders.
Life Without Ed
Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair. Then, in therapy, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.
Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides hope to the millions of people plagued by eating disorders. Beginning with Jenni’s “divorce” from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient’s insights and experiences with a therapist’s prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed.
Tenth Anniversary Edition is now available! The anniversary edition includes a new afterword and sections devoted to men with eating disorders; family, friends and supporters; and treatment professionals. The anniversary book also includes an actual divorce decree to sign as well as new ideas related to recovery and technology.
The audio version of the book will be available soon. Stay tuned for further information.
Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Christian Treatment New Treatment Guide for Eating Disorders Available to Healthcare Professionals
Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders, the nation’s leading and largest inpatient treatment center for women and girls suffering from eating disorders, has published Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Christian Treatment, a comprehensive guide to the mysterious world of eating disorders. The handbook explains eating disorders, along with proper assessment and intervention, across the bio-psycho-social-spiritual continuum. It was written by a multidisciplinary team to be of value to a broad range of healthcare and pastoral professionals, practitioners, educators and students. The handbook offers state-of-the-art, scientifically valid knowledge of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, integrated carefully with non-denominational Christianity.
Overcoming Overeating: How to Break the Diet/Binge Cycle and Live a Healthier, More Satisfying Life
Interesting guide to overcoming overeating by listening to one’s body and trusting hunger and fullness sensations. Hailed by many as the essential read for those seeking to give up dieting forever and make peace with food and their body.
Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia–A Practical, Lifesaving Guide
A highly regarded book in the field of eating disorder treatment. Useful to both eating disorder sufferers and family members. Understandable and inspirational.
A must read for anyone wanting a practical guide on eating disorder recovery!
The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks
An exceptionally helpful book written by one of the top authorities in the USA on body image issues. Used by clinicians frequently to help their clients address body image concerns, weight obsessions, and other body fixations that are harmful to the individual. A must read for anyone seeking to build a better body image!
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life
Don’t Battle an Eating Disorder Forever Recover from It Completely
Jenni Schaefer and Ed (eating disorder) are no longer on speaking terms, not even in her most difficult moments. In her bestseller, Life Without Ed, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition enabling her to break up with Ed.
In Goodbye Ed, Hello Me Jenni shows you that being fully recovered is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviors with food and having a healthy relationship with your body; it also means finding joy and peace in your life.
Combining Jenni’s signature personal advice and unfailing encouragement along with valuable exercises you can do as you read, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me will give you the prescriptive tools to take the final steps in divorcing your Ed completely.
Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
Imagine a world where it is easy to find someone to turn to who understands your struggles, identifies with your wounds, and knows how lonely and scary it feels to live inside your skin.
In this fantastic brave new world, you would face your eating disorder head on, standing tall and firm with supportive friends by your side as you get betterand stay that way! In Beating Ana, Shannon Cutts opens the door to this world as she introduces you to a whole new way of thinking about and recovering from your eating disorder.
Shannon understands firsthand the total isolation, dead-end thinking, and exhausting mind tricks that eating disorders confine you to and has found a way to break free from her own 15-year battle with eating-disordered thinking and livingfor goodthrough the powerful process of mentoring and connecting together.
From the very first page of Beating Ana, you will experience the empowering joy of sharing your recovery process with others as Shannon guides you with the same techniques she developed to achieve her own lasting recovery and has since passed along to her own mentees. You will walk with Shannon through the recovery process as you read private correspondence from five of her longtime mentees and participate right along with them in self-quizzes, short exercises, motivational affirmations, and journaling that is specifically designed to give you the courage, support, and tangible skills to say “no” to your eating disorder and “yes” to your life!
The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide:
Quick Reference for Healthcare Providers, Second Edition
The original Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide sold thousands of copies through Word of Mouth alone! Now the easy to reference goldmine of tables, advice, and guidelines is Revised and Updated to include more of what you love, plus the new DSM-5 eating disorder diagnostic criteria and ICD-10 codes. Other updates: more on athletes with eating disorders, compulsive exercise, bariatric surgery, diabulimia, and other recent developments.
Appropriate for those who specialize in eating disorders, but especially for those who don’t, and spectacular for students and interns interested in the field; The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide combines the most up to date references on eating disorders with specialized info you can’t get anywhere else.
Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty, and Life after Pregnancy
Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty, and Life after Pregnancy is for every woman who has ever doubted herself or her self-worth after the birth of a child. Because most women spend much of their lives attempting to change their bodies, it’s not surprising that the weight gain that comes along with pregnancy (and post-pregnancy), coupled with the challenges of parenting, only exacerbate issues with weight, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem.
Drawing on the wisdom of eating disorders expert Dr. Dena Cabrera, as well as the personal experiences of former anorexic, Emily Wierenga, Mom in the Mirror is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to a female generation seeking its true identity in an appearance-based world.
With chapters that deal with bruises from the past, misconceptions about pregnancy, life before and after children, marriage and motherhood, spiritual and physical nourishment, relationships with friends and family and the changing role of a mother as her children age, it is a holistic approach to the age-old questions: Who am I, and why am I here?
Comprised of personal stories, expert advice, reflection questions and helpful tools, this book is an inspiring read intended for women everywhere who want to restore a positive body image, and to overcome the insecurities that arise when pregnancy is over and child-rearing begins and winds through the years.
Hollow: An Unpolished Tale
“29 years, 7 months, 14 days and the battle still rages…Jena Morrow has an eating disorder. It can kill her. Jena Morrow has a Savior. He came to give her abundant life.
This is not a polished tale of victory but an honest, true story of fragility. Hollow recounts Jena’s daily struggle with anorexia and the God who is able and willing to reach down into the dirt. A central theme of Hollow is the surrender of control to Jesus Christ. His Word is interwoven throughout the story as rebuttals to the lies that besiege those engaged in any addiction. In addition to her point of view, Jena includes those of her friends, family, and former therapists providing an undercurrent of hope. Written in an easy conversational voice, Hollowwill resonate with those in the midst of a struggle and those who stand beside them.” Timberline Knolls is a treatment center where Jena is the Alumnae Coordinator and involved in their Christian program.
Brian Cuban is living with an enemy that has haunted him for over 30 years – his own reflection in the mirror. Through a series of very personal and poignant anecdotes, he speaks from a rarely heard male perspective about the daily horrors of suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a disease in which the sufferer is preoccupied with a distorted sense of self-image and is often afflicted with eating disorders, depression and addiction. In a field fraught with myth and fiction, Cuban presents us with an engrossing description of his struggle with BDD and eating disorders while also fighting addiction.
Hope for the Hollow
Hope for the Hollow is the second book written by Jena Morrow. Hope for the Hollow is a book that offers a 30-day makeover from within that is based on God’s truths about how they apply to a woman’s battle with her body image, gaining weight, and personal value. Many women struggle with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, and this book is an inside out renovation combating the lies of the enemy with God’s truth in scripture and the importance of understanding that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Hope for the Hollow is a useful, applicable devotional guide and journal to tenderly support and motivate women of God to believe in His love and what He says about them. The book helps fight against worldly arrogance and vanity as these struggles are central issues for many women in the church while struggling to be grateful for and taking care of their bodies, even for those who love and serve the Father.
Jena is the Alumnae Coordinator for Timberline Knolls and involved in their Christian program.
A Trick of the Light
“A Trick of the Light” is a novel about a young man with anorexia, and about his struggle with the “anorexic voice” in his head that puts him on a downward spiral. Uniquely, this voice is the narrator of the book.
Fifteen-year-old Mike Welles had everything under control. He was a good student, an outfielder on the baseball team, a loving son, and a loyal friend. But that was before. Now, things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like a mess.
The voice in his head seems to be a friend, trying to help him. The voice says it can guide him to become better and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything holding him back.
But then the voice pulls him away from his friends, forces him to exercise even when he’s exhausted, and won’t let him eat even when he’s starving. Eventually, Mike is hospitalized, and only then realizes that the voice in his head is no friend at all, and is actually his fiercest enemy. By the end, it’s clear that Mike will triumph, but it won’t be easy.
Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery
“Eating disorder” typically conjures images of a thin, white, upper-middle-class teenage girl. The eating disorder landscape has changed. Countless men and women in midlife and beyond also struggle with eating disorders. Some have suffered since youth; others relapsed in midlife, and still others experience eating disorder symptoms for the first time in midlife.
Health care providers may overlook these disorders in adults or, even worse, demean them for not having outgrown these adolescent problems. Midlife Eating Disorders guides adults in understanding “Why me?” and “Why now?” It shows a connection between the rise in midlife eating disorders and certain industries that foster discontent with the natural aging process; gives readers renewed hope by explaining how to overcome symptoms and access resources and support; and helps partners and family members develop compassion for those who suffer from eating disorders; and helps health professionals appreciate the nuances associated with detecting and treating midlife eating disorders.
The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter: Improve Your Memory, Moods, and Mind
Recovery from an eating disorder is often a very challenging process. Long before any constructive therapeutic work can commence, the individual needs to break through their denial and admit there is a problem. Even after one accepts their behavior is inappropriate, they continue to resist getting the necessary treatment. There is a feeling their eating disorder is not that severe and it will go away if they just persevere and abstain from their disordered eating behavior. If they do commit to treatment, too many times it’s all about adhering to only what they think recovery looks like and what they perceive as efficacious care. There are some whom may eventually fully understand recovery intellectually, but too many times think head knowledge is all that is needed. If the eating disorder sufferer never connects with the final stage of recovery, which is emotional commitment and total surrender, the potential for long-term recovery will never manifest. Unfortunately, many eating disorder sufferers will either find themselves relapsing, cross addicting, or fighting their cravings tooth and nail for the rest of their lives.
Millions of men and women struggle with disordered eating. Some stand at the mirror wondering how they can face the day when they look so fat. Others binge, purge, or exercise compulsively. Many skip meals, go on diet after diet, or cut out entire food groups. Still, they are never thin enough.
While 1 in 200 adults have experienced full-blown anorexia, at least 1 in 20 (1 in 10 teen girls!) have exhibited some key symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. Many suffer from the effects but never address the issue because they don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria. If this is the case for you, then you may be “almost anorexic.” Drawing on case studies and the latest research, Almost Anorexic combines a psychologist’s clinical experience with a patient’s personal recovery story to help readers understand and overcome almost anorexia.
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder
A unique and personal look into treatment of eating disorders, written by a therapist and her former patient, now a therapist herself.
This is no ordinary book on how to overcome an eating disorder. The authors bravely share their unique stories of suffering from and eventually overcoming their own severe eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.
Carolyn Costin, MFT, Med, FAED, CEDS, is the founder of Monte Nido Treatment Center and its afﬁliates. She is a highly respected and experienced clinician renowned for her expertise in helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, their bodies, and their weight.
Your Dieting Daughter
Your Dieting Daughter is a must-read for anyone wanting to help contribute to a young womanʼs development of a healthy self- and body esteem, whether she is 13 or 30. Costin has updated the ﬁrst edition of this book to reﬂect her 15 additional years of expertise of dealing with the tricky issues of body image, food, and weight in a culture that places an unhealthy emphasis on being thin. From aiding a young girl to lose weight for health reasons; to encouraging a young woman to accept her natural body size; to helping detect, prevent, and understand eating disorders, this second edition is full of practical and invaluable information.
Carolyn Costin, MFT, Med, FAED, CEDS, is the founder of Monte Nido Treatment Center and its afﬁliates. She is a highly respected and experienced clinician renowned for her expertise in helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, their bodies, and their weight.
Does Every Woman Have An Eating Disorder?
Most women do not suffer from a clinical eating disorder, yet so many have an unhealthy relationship with food and measure their self-worth by dress size or the number on a scale. From an early age, women are bombarded with messages about what to eat and how their bodies should look. Eating disorders expert Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD examines the cultural factors pressuring women to be body-obsessed and proposes a radical alternative: lose the diet, love your body, and eat in peace. Throw away your scale. Eat when you are hungry. Exercise for fun. What would your life be like without a fixation on weight? In this book, Dr. Rosenfeld shows the countless ways our culture encourages food issues and disordered behavior in women and girls. She explores our nation’s unhealthy weight obsession and outlines practical steps you can take to feel good about your body at any size.