What’s the best eating disorder recovery book you’ve ever read?
Those of you who’ve gotten to know me over the past couple of years shouldn’t be too shocked when I tell you that The Bulimia Help Method sits firmly at the top of my “favourite recovery books of all time” list.
But of course being a bit of a bookworm I’ve managed to work my way through mountains of recovery-type books over the years and I’d love to share some of my other favourites with you today.
So here are just a handful of my favourite eating disorder recovery books...
By Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Intuitive Eating, 3rd Edition
Intuitive Eating was first published in 1995 and since then has become one of the most popular resources for people desperately wanting to make peace with food. Although not specifically a book related to eating disorder recovery I just had to include it here!
As many of you will know one of the final steps in recovery here at Bulimia Help is learning exactly how to trust your intuition around food, to eat when you are hungry and stop when you a full. Speaking from personal experience I can tell you that becoming an intuitive eater offers you the ultimate freedom. Even today I still stop in amazement at how natural, “normal” and intuitive my relationship with food has become.
This book takes a detailed look at how to reject dieting mentality forever, how to experience emotions without using food, how to tune into hunger and fullness, how to achieve a happy relationship with food and much, much more.
By Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience (8 Keys to Mental Health)
“A unique and personal look into treatment of eating disorders, written by a therapist and her former patient, now a therapist herself.”
I remember the first time I read an article written by Carolyn Costin, I was totally blown away. Her approach to recovery and belief in full life-long recovery really echoed my own recovery experiences and beliefs. It’s safe to say she is one of my heroes and this book, co-written by her former patient Gewn Grabb certainly does not disappoint.
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder offers compassionate support for people at every stage of recovery, providing hope, invaluable expert insights and real wisdom on how to free yourself from your eating disorder forever. It’s a really interactive reading experience too, as writing assignments are provided throughout.
Don’t let the title mislead you, this book is not just for people struggling with anorexia! I had the pleasure of reading Beating Ana a couple of years ago before becoming a recovery mentor at Shannon’s online community MentorConnect and despite the fact that I was already recovered, I remember feeling so empowered and inspired by her words!
Shannon takes you on a journey through various techniques, exercises, motivational affirmations and journaling techniques that enable you to develop the skills to say "NO" you your eating disorder and "YES" to your life.
By Rick Kausman
If Not Dieting Then What?
"If not dieting then what" by Rick Kausman is again not technically an eating disorders recovery book; but it holds so much value and is an especially great read if you worry what life without dieting and restricting will be like in the future.
I remember the panic that hit me once I realized that if I truly wanted to recover from bulimia then I would never be able to diet again. It just didn’t seem plausible. The idea of dieting is so widely accepted, so “normal”, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These days I take a lot of joy and pride in the fact that I will never diet again.
Dr Rick Kausman is considered the pioneer of the non-dieting approach to healthy weight management and in this book he shares lots of invaluable information, like how to eat food without feeling guilty, how to increase eating awareness and how to maintain a healthy, comfortable weight forever without dieting or being deprived.
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