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June 2017
Restorative Yoga for Anxiety, Stress  Reduction & Body Awareness by Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti. The treatment of eating  disorders most often focuses on the “talking cure” of psychotherapy where people  are encouraged to speak about their problems with food, anxiety, and depression  in order to resolve these struggles. But what about the body which is the source  of so much anguish and conflict for people with eating disorders? How do we  integrate healing the body along with one’s emotions? Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti, an  eating disorder psychotherapist as well as a yoga therapist, offers a helpful  way to make peace with your body through her Restorative Yoga program. In this  video, the author explains that restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting  and digesting. “Restorative yoga has a powerful effect upon your nervous system  bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through gently opening  areas of your body, especially your spine. When our nervous system is at ease,  our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced  mind and body as one.” This hour-long video introduces a sequence of restorative  poses that are intentionally designed to work with your nervous system to  provide relief from anxiety, repair and refresh a stressed mind and body, and  heighten healthy body awareness. The practice begins with an introduction to  explain the poses, a beginning meditation to help you decide on a healing goal  to focus on, a sequence of six simple, restorative postures, and a final  meditation. Dr. Saffi Biasetti offers verbal instruction throughout as two women  demonstrate these restful poses. Through this video, the author provides  techniques that will help you regulate emotions and create a healthy  relationship with your body which is the cornerstone of all eating disorder  recovery. www.anembodiedlife.com.
May 2017
Eating Disorders Anonymous: The Story of How We Recovered from Our Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Anonymous By  Anonymous Authors. In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded to help recovering  alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. AA is based on a program of 12 steps  and provides one of the gold standards of addiction treatment today. Many other  programs evolved from AA - Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers  Anonymous. The program of Eating Disorder Anonymous offers a fresh and  invigorating perspective to help readers recover from their eating problems. In  this book, Eating Disorders Anonymous, 33 different authors contribute their  powerful, honest, and poignant life stories of how they healed their eating  disorders by working this program. While most Twelve-Step groups for eating  disorders focus on abstinence and talk about food as if it were addictive, EDA  does not. In EDA, the focus is on balance—not abstinence from anything. EDA  encourages sound nutrition and discourages any rigidity concerning food, weight,  and body image. EDA members don’t count anything—no weighing and measuring, no  calorie counting, no scales, no numbers at all. Rather, EDA appreciates  “milestones of recovery” - a self-defined marker on a person’s journey in  recovery. Members underscore that even on your worst days, you need to also  acknowledge the things you ARE doing right to support your recovery. Through  attending self-help meetings (phone meetings also available), EDA readings,  practicing the 12 steps, cultivating compassion and trust for yourself, making a  conscious decision to rely on a Higher Power or a higher purpose, EDA believes  you Can fully recover from your eating problems. The program’s motto is HEALTH:  honesty, equality, accountability, love, trust and humility. This book is  written from the heart and offers a program of hope and healing strategies for  emotional eaters. Highly recommended!
April 2017
No review this month.
March 2017
Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating: Psychological Strategies for Doctors and Health Care Providers
Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating:  Psychological Strategies for Doctors and Health Care Providers by Karen Koenig  and Paige O’Mahoney. “You need to lose weight!” declares the doctor to every  overweight patient (no matter what the patient’s complaints may be). But the  frustration in achieving that goal is widespread and disheartening. Helping  Patients Outsmart Overeating is a most valuable guidebook for those mapping  their own growth, recovery, and self-care. This book - a collaboration by a  medical doctor and a seasoned eating disorder therapist - puts the pieces of the  puzzle together for physicians, health care providers, psychotherapists and  their patients. Koenig and O’Mahoney first focus on the pitfalls of dieting and  how restrictive weight loss plans are a set-up for failure, “Dieting is actually  a proven risk factor for weight gain, weight regain, disordered eating, and,  ultimately, weight cycling which contributes to the chronic diseases that weight  loss is purported to prevent!” They then explore the “psychology of eating” and  demonstrate step-by-step how dysregulated eaters can overcome their personal  gridlock: (a) shift your attention from weight loss to creating a healthy life  style; (b) learn to identify and resolve emotional triggers; (c) find ways to  self soothe yourself that do not involve food; (d) appreciate your small steps  of progress; (e) diminish the demands of perfectionism; (f) tune into your inner  signals of hunger and fullness. The authors integrate the latest scientific  research on Motivational Interviewing, Prochaska’s Stages of Change, the Health  at Every Size movement, Intuitive Eating, and Lifestyle Medicine to demonstrate  the myriad ways that people can reclaim their health and empower themselves to  make lasting and sustainable improvements in their eating and weight. Each  chapter ends with a questionnaire “Brain Food for Patients” and “Brain Food for  Providers” to stimulate insight into one’s personal and professional pitfalls  and to help patients and health care providers to communicate and collaborate  more effectively. In a most original section, this book also challenges health  care professionals to review and remedy their own relationship with food. After  sharing their own stories of recovery, Koenig and O’Mahoney highlight the key  ingredient to healing: “Self-compassion is actually a first step toward  developing and sustaining wellness. It helps patients become more resilient in  the face of lapses or failures.”
February 2017
Getting Over Overeating for Teens: A Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness, and Intuitive Eating (An Instant Help Book for Teens)
Getting Over Overeating for Teens By  Andrea Wachter, LMFT. Teenagers who overeat are often lonely, confused, ashamed,  and secretive about their eating and weight issues. They suffer in silence  believing they are the only ones in the world who struggle with food and hate  their bodies. Fortunately, Andrea Wachter’s workbook comes to the rescue!  Written in a warm, compassionate style, the author explains to teens how food  has helped them cope with uncomfortable feelings – from insecurities to family  stress to social isolation and loss. She teaches adolescents how to make sense  of why they are overeating and offers healing strategies to overcome negative  behaviors and thoughts. This workbook – a comprehensive, mini-course in  adolescent overeating - is divided into 4 sections: Feelings, Thoughts, Taking  care of your body, and How to fill up in non-food ways. Ms. Wachter, a Licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist, integrates behavioral and emotional techniques  using the language of teens: “How to retrain your brain to new upgraded kind  thoughts.” “The alternative to rigid black and white thinking is rainbow  thinking where you open your mind to all options.” “Upgrade your internal  soundtrack from critical to caring.” “Take care of your body with the same care  you recharge your electronic devices!” She encourages teens to write out their  thoughts and feelings in the pages of this workbook by offering structured  exercises including (my favorite): writing a letter of apology to your body for  the ways you have not taken good care of it. She shows how the teen can befriend  her body by pointing out the wonder of how the body digests food, how it walks,  breathes, laughs, and sleeps. This is an excellent and enjoyable hands-on  resource for teens, their parents, and the health care professionals who treat  them. Ms. Wachter dedicates this book to all teens who think that overeating is  their only means of comfort and sweetness and adds, “May you find help, hope,  and healing.” This workbook supplies heartfelt and healing nourishment in large  portions!
January 2017 -- June 2016
No reviews these months.
May 2016
Measuring Health From The Inside: Nutrition, Metabolism & Body Composition
Measuring Health from the Inside:  Nutrition, Metabolism & Body Composition By Carolyn Hodges Chaffee & Annika Kahm.  This book provides an eye-opening look at understanding the role nutrition plays  in eating disorders and the crucial need to monitor and measure "health from the  inside." Very often people try to eat healthier and lose weight by consuming  less protein, fat, or carbs. However, these nutritional deprivations can often  result in harmful malnutrition and reduced calorie burning. In Measuring Health  from the Inside, the authors point out that weighing a person on a scale does  not provide sufficient information to help evaluate if someone has reduced  metabolism or is malnourished. Malnourishment can occur with anyone, anywhere,  at any time regardless of body weight. Symptoms of malnourishment include  obsessive thinking, compulsive exercising, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and  even the inability to lose weight. Chaffee and Kahm, two experienced  nutritionists, describe valuable tools to the armament of treatment strategies:  Metabolic Testing, a simple breathing test, determines how efficiently the body  is burning calories, whether someone is malnourished, and how well the body is  using protein. Body Composition Analysis, in which a small electric current is  passed through the body, measures the amount of fat and lean tissue. Better than  knowing a person's weight, these tests reveal a deeper and more accurate  assessment of the patient's health or deterioration. Hopefully - the authors  explain - these concrete tests will prove to patients in denial that their food  restrictions are really doing internal damage to their bodies. And, hopefully,  this awareness will motivate patients to make the nutritional improvements  necessary to support better health and metabolism. The treatment of eating  disorders remains a complicated task for patients, their families, clinicians,  and medical professionals. These illnesses are psychological, emotional, and  culturally-induced, biological, and defy easy resolution. Measuring Health from  the Inside: Nutrition, Metabolism & Body Composition, is a thoughtful and  significant examination of the role nutrition plays in resolving an eating  disorder and restoring a person's physical and emotional vitality.

April 2016
Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist’s Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity and Recovery
Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist's  Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity, and Recovery by Natalie Gold.  Natalie Gold's book belongs to the genre of "wounded healers" -- memoirs  describing a person's decline into addiction and mental illness and their  subsequent journey towards healing, and then on to become a therapist treating  others. "Binge Crazy is a true story of how I lost my mind and ultimately came  to my senses," begins the author who suffered from severe binge eating disorder,  obesity, depression, a psychotic breakdown, and suicidal behavior. In this book,  Ms. Gold purges every hurtful thing that was ever done to her especially by her  mother who called her "fatandugly" as if it were one word and as if it were her  daughter's only characteristic. Ms. Gold winds up in a Canadian psychiatric  hospital and recounts in detail her 10 months there. What is original here is  that Ms. Gold was able to access her hospital records from that time written by  her psychiatrist and includes them in the book with her own commentaries.  Fortunately, Ms. Gold eventually becomes a singer and musician which gives her  another identity beyond her eating disorder and, most importantly, she discovers  the 12 Step program of Overeaters Anonymous and learns that she is a sugar  addict who must refrain from her trigger food of sugar. Discovering her personal  higher power helps to cement her ongoing recovery and she continues her journey  by becoming a Gestalt therapist and addiction specialist. Ms. Gold provides an  appendix that illuminates the underlying physical, emotional, intellectual,  spiritual, and socio-cultural issues which will help readers become more aware  of their own personal vulnerabilities.
March 2016
The Body Tourist
The Body Tourist By Dana Lise Shavin.  When your mother calls you "a fat ugly pig" as a child this does not bode well  for your future self esteem or a happy body image. This abusive comment is  probably one of the most painful wounds a mother can inflict on her daughter.  Dana Shavin describes how her mother suffered from anorexia and transmitted  hurtful messages to her daughter about eating, weight, compulsive exercise and  the virtues of self-denial. "A half-sandwich is the hallmark of a whole woman,"  advises her mother. In one poignant scene, both mother and daughter are hungry.  The mother's solution is to break a stick of chewing gum in half for each of  them. Her father provides little emotional nourishment. The Body Tourist is a  memoir of Ms. Shavin's own struggles with anorexia, but it is written in such a  funny, intelligent, self deprecating way that you come to love her and root for  her success. The author "fleshes out" her story of anorexia and reveals how the  anorexic command to always make do with less was not only about food but had  expanded to all areas of her life: dismal relationships, ungratifying jobs,  ungiving boyfriends, bare bones apartments. This is not a memoir that dryly  lists the five things you should do in order to recover now. Rather, it is a  portrait of a woman who slowly begins to yearn for more and begins to make  choices that speak to her deepest self: her love of horses, her love of painting  and pottery. Through therapy, self exploration, and her wry sense of humor, Ms.  Shavin emerges from the tentacles of anorexia to claim a full-bodied life. The  eating disordered person rejoins the world, the author believes, by asking,  "Whose dreams, ideals, goals, beliefs, and standards shall I go by, and at what  point do I accept authority over my own life?" She adds, "The road to recovery  is always under construction." The Body Tourist is a very heartfelt book.
February 2016
French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring  Peace With  Emotional Eating. By Mary Anne Cohen. The New York Center for  Eating  Disorders is pleased to announce the reissuing of Mary Anne Cohen's  first book,  French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating.  This new,  revised second edition includes current information about medication  for eating  disorders and the role of psychotherapy in healing binge eating,  bulimia,  compulsive overeating, anorexia, chronic dieting, and body image  distress. This  warm, compassionate guide delves into the emotions that underlie  eating  problems: anger, shame, guilt, sexual difficulties, and the fear of  success. The  book is filled with dialogues from actual therapy sessions, an  in-depth  comparison of treatment options, an exploration of relapse, and a  unique and  comprehensive questionnaire to help readers determine which path to  healing is  best for them. Psychotherapist Dr. Richard Joelson writes, "Mary  Anne Cohen  continues as the premier voice on the subject of emotional eating  and the many  ways this impacts peoples' lives. Her fluency with these complex  issues is  always in evidence as she informs us in a most readable and  entertaining way.  French Toast for Breakfast, as well as Lasagna for Lunch are  valuable  contributions to the literature on eating disorders and are an  important read  for everyone affected by these issues. One way or another, that  really is  everyone!" Author Susan Schulherr of Eating Disorders for Dummies  describes,  "There’s plenty to celebrate in Mary Anne Cohen’s 20th anniversary  reissuance of  French Toast for Breakfast, her gift to self-help eating disorder  literature.  Full of clinical wisdom and human compassion, Cohen shares her  vision that  ultimately recovery is the richest of banquets, offering  satisfaction, not  deprivation, redirecting those captured by the tyranny of  “thin” to trust in  self and in human relationships. Richly illuminated with  examples from real  people and tools for self-examination, Cohen demystifies a  confusing and complex  disorder and makes accessible a path toward hope and  healing."
January 2016
TuTu Thin: A Guide to Dancing without  an Eating Disorder. Dawn Smith-Theodore, MA, MFT, CEDS. When we watch a graceful  ballet with its willowy dancers, we don't usually think about the fierce effort  needed to achieve such beauty. Dawn Smith-Theodore gives us a rare look behind  the scenes at the complex relationship between dancers and eating disorders and  explains how eating disorders can too easily develop in this talented and  driven, yet vulnerable population. The author, a dancer from the age of three,  describes how she "grew up in front of a mirror," and given her perfectionistic,  goal oriented personality, she developed anorexia nervosa. She describes how  eating disorders and dancers can have much in common: tormenting self criticism  plus the corrosive belief, "You are never good enough. Your dancing can always  be better. Your body can always be thinner." Ms. Theodore - now a therapist  specializing in eating disorders - advises, "A dancer must learn how to step out  of their comfort zone of technique to achieve humanness." She recommends that  the key to preventing eating disorders is cultivating balance and perspective:  fun and enjoyment in activities other than dance, supportive nutrition,  friendships with non-dancers, and the ability to identify and communicate one's  needs. A chapter to parents recommends they be on the lookout for warning signs  in their child of excessive rules, restrictions, rigidity, and rituals which may  indicate the beginning of an eating disorder. The author advises parents how to  guide children about their food, auditions, and handling competition. Ms.  Theodore offers a comprehensive description of treatment options; this  information is key since one in five ballet dancers develop an eating disorder.
December 2015
Reconnect with Food...Unplugged (DVD)  By Beverly Price.  Integrating the body, the mind, and the spirit is the key to  a full recovery from an eating disorder. In this DVD, Beverly Price takes us on  a journey that weaves together a yoga class with messages to heal your eating  disorder. Ms. Price, a registered dietician, exercise physiologist, and yoga  teacher leads a group of eight women of various sizes and shapes through healing  yoga poses which the viewing audience can follow along or participate in. Then,  Ms. Price leads a workshop where these women share their personal issues and  awareness of why they developed eating disorders and their strategies to get  unstuck. One woman discusses her "suspicions about both pleasure and people."  Another speaks of allowing people in her life as well as food to control her,  while another member acknowledges her fear there will never be enough food or  love in her life to get filled up. It is a rich experience to join in the group  class of yoga and to also be a witness to the discussion of how these women are  incorporating mindful awareness into their relationship with food, with people,  money, sexuality, and alcohol. Ms Price, CEO and Founder of The Inner Door  Treatment Center in Michigan, explains that our relationship with food parallels  every other relationship in our lives. As we learn to deepen our nurturing  relationship with food - eating when we are hungry, stopping when we are full,  and getting pleasure and gratification from food - we can also apply the same  nurturing principles to self care techniques: acceptance, nonjudgmental  attitudes, embracing imperfections, and communicating our needs to others  directly. Ultimately, Ms. Price helps her students move from shame and struggle  to self love and satisfaction.
November 2015
The Girl Inside: Silent No More By  Lindsay Ensor:  Shame and stigma are two difficult hurdles against seeking help.  This is especially true if you have an eating disorder or mental illness.  Lindsay Ensor had both. She also had alcohol abuse, a dependence on prescribed  pain killers, starvation, "vigorous" laxative abuse, bulimia, anxiety, major  depression, and multiple suicide attempts. Lindsay came from a loving Christian  family and at the age of 8, her father dies suddenly, and she finds him lying in  front of their house. Her guilt haunts her as he had asked for her help with a  garden project but she ran off to play with her friends instead. Five months  later her mother remarries. She describes her aching soul, "I tucked my pain  away deep inside, hoping that one day it would just go away. That day never  came." Instead, Lindsay's pain goes into hiding, and she never shares the depth  of her suffering and despair with the people who love her, her husband included.  She spends over 150 days in residential treatment and in-patient facilities, and  was prescribed 15 different medications and electric convulsive therapy to no  avail; her depression was termed "treatment-resistant." When she finally reveals  that she has had constant, unremitting suicidal thoughts, her psychiatrist  diagnoses that she is struggling with bipolar II disorder, and the appropriate  medication is finally prescribed. Lindsay's story is a harrowing one. But  through the intervention of her therapist and her ongoing trusting connection to  him plus the correct medication, her life turns around and she begins to recover  and rediscover her zest for life. The deep and valuable lessons of Lindsay's  book are: don't ever give up no matter how much pain your eating disorder or  depression is causing, you are not alone, and leave no stone unturned to get  help. Lindsay's own transformation from hopeless to hopeful is a powerful  example. Lindsay advocates for mental illness awareness on her website   www.healingandsurviving.com.
October 2015
A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches
Parents Guide to Defeating Eating  Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches by Drs.  Ahmed Boachie and Karin Jasper. Eating disorders are creative solutions to inner  turmoil. Those teens who are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, or have been  wounded by the social mandate to get thin at all costs often find in their  eating disorder a way to give meaning to their lives and a structure to organize  a shaky sense of self. Parents may want to scream at their child, "Will you stop  this nonsense and just start eating again!!" Drs. Ahmed Boachie and Karin  Jasper, Canadian therapists, appreciate this frustration but convey to parents  how eating disorders truly are an illness that progressively hijacks the  personality, autonomy, and health of a teenager. Parents Guide to Defeating  Eating Disorders begins with "A young person with an eating disorder may ask for  help and then deny that she wants it, like someone who has an intruder in her  home and calls 911, but when help arrives, finds that the intruder is standing  at her back with a gun, forcing her to say everything is all right after all.  After some time living with the illness and giving up hope of being rescued, the  young person may also start thinking of the intruder as her protector, believing  that it is better to live with the eating disorder than to give it up for some  other coping mechanism which may not work. In this case, when a professional  treats a young person with an eating disorder, the young person experiences the  professional as an unhelpful or dangerous alternative to her protector, the  eating disorder." This poignant metaphor beautifully captures the conflict of  the eating disorder teen. The authors help parents learn to take over the  controls for their child's eating so the whole family becomes part of the  solution to heal the teen. They consider parents a "priceless resource" in their  child's recovery and also examine how to determine when outpatient treatment/day  hospital/multi- family therapy/inpatient treatment is the best modality. Drs.  Boachie and Jasper strongly believe in the need to utilize creative analogies  and metaphors to enliven and encourage parents and teens on the road to  recovery. Excellent, heartfelt book!
September 2015
The Don't Go Hungry Diet by Amanda  Sainsbury-Salis, Ph.D. Reviewed by Mary Anne Cohen.  "I dieted myself fat!"  claims Dr. Amanda Sainsbury-Salis before she became Australia's leading  weight-loss scientist. Frustrated with her repeated failures to lose weight, she  turned to the study of molecular science and has produced ground breaking  research into weight loss regulation which she describes in her book, The Don't  Go Hungry Diet: The scientifically based way to lose weight and keep it off  forever. Conventional methods of weight loss dictate: eat less, move more, and  keep at it until you reach your ideal weight. Dr. Amanda (as she calls herself)  sets out to prove that long term restrictive eating slows down weight loss while  at the same time it increases ravenous hunger and cravings for fattening foods.  She calls this the "Famine Reaction."  No amount of redoubling food restriction  will break through this Famine Reaction. When dieting reaches this plateau and  hunger begins to reassert itself, Dr. Amanda recommends the "Famine Busting"  technique of  going back to eating sufficient amounts of food to truly satisfy  your physical hunger rather than exerting further restraint. Satisfying your  hunger will "reassure" the Famine Reaction that you don't plan to starve your  body. Dr. Amanda also demonstrates how to activate the Fat Brake which can help  blunt your appetite and boost the metabolic rate. She writes, "If you can master  the simple art of eating only when you feel physically hungry, then your Fat  Brake will work miracles to prevent you from gaining weight." Recipes included!  Dr. Amanda offers a compelling and valuable physiological approach to disarm and  thwart the Famine Reaction. However people's overeating is emotionally complex  and goes deeper than the systematic principles of how to scientifically lose  weight. I would have appreciated the author's acknowledgment that depression,  anxiety, grief, and sexual abuse can cloud a person's ability to identify hunger  and fullness as well as her acknowledging the valuable and healing role that  psychotherapy can play in helping people clear the channels to connect with  inner sensations of hunger and fullness.
August 2015
I Will Not Give Up On My Daughter:  A  true account of a family living with Anorexia Nervosa By Grace and Summer. An  Australian family chronicles the devastating descent of their daughter into  anorexia. Until that time, the family - parents and three children - enjoy one  another, go on vacations, have dinner together, and lead regular normal lives.  But then, Summer, age 13, develops anorexia which puts her in the hospital's  emergency heart unit, followed by time in the inpatient eating disorder unit,  and then eventually back home where she continues to require intensive care and  monitoring from her family. We see a family desperately struggling to bring  their daughter back from the brink of death, "Our family was just holding it  together by a string and Summer was holding the scissors." This book is a  collaboration between the mother Grace and her daughter Summer, with entries  from Dad Derek, older sister Mia, and younger brother James. (All names in the  book have been changed for privacy). Through poetry, drawings, and journal  entries, the family recounts their harrowing journey from hell to hope to  healing. The family credits the Maudsley Method with helping them rescue their  daughter. This approach does not view the family to be at fault and believes the  best place for a child to recover is in her own home with ongoing family love  and support. Grace describes Maudsley's three prong approach: weight  restoration, returning the control of eating back to the adolescent, and  establishing a healthy adolescent identity. The family remains baffled as to the  origins of Summer's anorexia so we do not get insight into how and why the girl  developed this life threatening disease. However, the family does share in  detail the recovery process: psychotherapy, medication, intense family  involvement, and naming Summer's anorexia "Anna" to declare that her illness is  only one separate part of Summer and not her whole being.
July 2015
The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series)
The Binge Eating & Compulsive  Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating. By  Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH. In this workbook, Dr. Carolyn Ross adds a unique  voice to the field of eating disorders. She is a physician, a graduate of Andrew  Weil's integrative medicine program, a consultant to several eating disorder  programs, and  board-certified in addiction medicine. Dr. Ross specializes in a  holistic approach which embraces the comprehensive healing of the client's body,  mind, and spirit. In her book she explains the curative role of macro and micro  nutrients, vitamins, and dietary supplements; explores the role of complementary  medicine such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga; discusses the value of various  types of psychological help such as interpersonal, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy,  and CBT therapies as well as the role of medication. Self-rating scales  throughout the workbook help the reader identify their personal roadblocks to  recovery, and she provides strategies to work through them. "Ultimately," she  writes, "the healing process is about getting back to your true self, the self  that expresses the deeper urges of your soul. Your soul self is the anchor that  sustains you in recovery." The importance of cultivating your "soul self"  resonated for me as so many of my patients in recovery from their overeating  discuss their "false" selves and describe how they fake their feelings in order  to get along in their relationships. I gently explain that it takes a lot of  calories to stuff down your real self and fake your way through life! Readers of  this workbook will learn how to design their own personal stress management  plan. Dr. Ross wisely recommends, "In all things, choose the thought or action  that makes you feel the most whole." This valuable workbook will show you how.
June 2015
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Overcoming Binge Eating for Dummies By  Jennie Kramer, LCSW and Marjorie Nolan Cohn, RD.  "Just stop eating so much!"  the parents/partner/friends of the binge eating disordered person exclaim in  frustration. This book explains why exhorting the binge eater to just exert more  self-control is so much easier said than done. Overcoming Binge Eating for  Dummies is a collaborative effort between a psychotherapist and a nutritionist  that provides a road map to help the binge eater transform the feelings and  behaviors which promote the disorder. The authors highlight the underlying and  complicated reasons that fuel a binge eating disorder by delving into a wide  range of subjects including medicine, psychology, physiology, nutrition,  addiction theory, and cultural expectations. One example of the roadmap to help  the binge eater is the concept developed by Peter Drucker in his "Management by  Objectives" called S.M.A.R.T.: Specific (what exactly do you want to  accomplish?), Measurable (how will you know when you reach your goal?),  Achievable (make your goal realistic and plan the resources you need), Relevant  (why is this goal significant to you?), Timely (when will you be able to achieve  this goal?). Other valuable insights include: a discussion of binge eating  throughout the life cycle, the importance of affirming even one's small  incremental progress, how to reboot after a relapse, the value of a nutritionist  in supporting recovery, and the crucial and key role of psychotherapy in  ultimately healing the disorder. If there is one shortcoming to this book, the  authors neglect to give credit to those experts whose original material they  cite, nor do they supply a bibliography.
May 2015
Better is Not So Far Away: Decide to  Recover From Bingeing, Starving, or Cutting By Melissa Groman, LCSW. Better is  Not So Far Away is about overcoming the internal conflicts many people feel  about even wanting to get better. Sometimes staying trapped in an eating  disorder or in a state of self injury feels like the only way to cope with pain,  abuse, or trauma. The numbing effect of bingeing, purging, or starving  anesthetizes suffering and provides temporary comfort. Psychotherapist Melissa  Groman captures the agony and the ecstasy inside the heart and soul of women  with eating disorders in a way that is rich, vivid, and deeply poignant. She  describes the wrenching hurt and anguish that lead people to binge, purge,  starve, or cut themselves. She writes, "When you take every measure possible to  distance yourself from your feelings and from your hunger and pain, you miss out  not only on the experience of learning that you can survive, but the experience  of finding out who you are." Only when patients learn to fully acknowledge the  depth of their despair ─ as Ms. Groman experienced in her own life ─ are they  ultimately led to a place of hope, recovery, and peace. The author identifies  and describes in detail the six feelings that bring people to their knees:  anger, fear, worthlessness, self-pity, loneliness, and grief. She teaches that  recovery is a conscious choice to be made over and over again through self  reflection, journal writing, cultivating patience, self compassion and spiritual  awareness. Most importantly, Ms. Groman recommends, finding a safe support  system ─ be it a friend, psychotherapist, or 12 step support group. "Some pain  takes a billion words. But it has to come out of you or you will continue to  starve or stuff your body," she encourages. "Telling your story is like walking  through the door of life... By practicing 'feeling your feelings' you will  develop a six-pack set of abs in your psyche." From "hurting to healing,  resistance to recovery, struggle to strength," Ms. Groman has written a  compelling and original book. I strongly recommend Better is Not So Far Away.
April 2015
The Feeding Ourselves Method: A Guide  to Achieving a Healthy Relationship with Food By Alice Rosen, MS. Ed., LMHC. A  series of 4 CD tapes. Once upon a time, we were born self-regulating creatures  who cried when we were hungry and stopped feeding when we were full. We were  naturally in touch with our needs for food and instinctively knew when we were  satisfied. No little baby ever piped up with dismay, "I can't believe I ate the  whole thing!" But, as we grew, many factors began to intrude into our early body  wisdom of hunger and fullness. The Feeding Ourselves Method by Alice Rosen takes  us on a journey to re-learn and re-claim what was once our birthright so we can  restore a balanced and healthy relationship with food. In this audio tape  series, Ms. Rosen helps us identify our hunger and satiation along a continuum  from starved to stuffed. "Awareness is a catalyst to healing," explains Ms.  Rosen, "Our bodies inherently know when, what and how much to eat in order to  maintain life." Her goal is to help us become attuned to our needs effortlessly  and naturally - be they for food or for emotional nurturing. She offers an  extensive compilation of exercises and assessments as well as walking us through  guided meditations and journal writing assignments to heighten our awareness of  our bodies and emotions. Ms. Rosen, Director of Education to Feeding Ourselves,  Inc. advocates the healing ingredients of patience, nonjudgmental awareness,  self-forgiveness, and humor. She draws upon the tradition of the early pioneers  of the non-diet, non-deprivation approach including Carol Munter, Jane  Hirschmann, Geneen Roth, Ellyn Satter and others. Through this tape series, we  learn to legitimize all foods as we triumph over dieting and deprivation. These  tapes will help us return to inherently trusting ourselves with food, our  emotions, and our bodies' truest needs.  http://theconsciouscafe.org/shop.html
March 2015
Food Junkies: The Truth About Food  Addiction, Vera Tarman, M.D. with Philip Werdell (Dundurn, 2014). Controversy  abounds in the field of eating disorders about whether food is an addictive  substance for certain people. Dr. Vera Tarman and Philip Werdell contend, both  from their personal experiences as well as their professional knowledge that,  yes, for some people food can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol. They describe  how eating problems fall along a continuum from (1) normal overeaters (some may  even be obese), to (2) emotional eaters who self-medicate their depression and  anxiety but can learn to achieve moderation with all foods, to (3) food junkies  who must abstain from their trigger foods such as sugar, wheat, and processed  foods because of their chronic, progressive addiction. "Our addicted brain," the  authors affirm, "whether it is for genetic, psychological, or even environmental  reasons, is wired to crave more as soon as even the smallest amount has entered  our system. Trigger foods ignite a fiery and voracious appetite that makes us  want to eat, eat, eat." By abstaining from problematic foods, the authors  explain, food addicts will experience a freedom from their disease of compulsive  overeating. Tarman and Wardell have methodically researched the neurochemistry  behind their claims that food junkies have no "stop switch." They include  extensive footnotes illuminating their scientific research as well as a  questionnaire "Are You A Food Addict?" The authors propose Overeaters Anonymous  as the healing path for food junkies. Eating plans are designed to eliminate  individual addictive trigger foods. Abstinence from trigger foods then paves the  way for deeper recovery through the Twelve Steps. This intriguing and  controversial book, with many illustrative case studies, may well provide the  missing piece of the puzzle for those who have repeatedly failed to free  themselves from the chains of food addiction.
February 2015
Eat What You  Love, Love What you Eat  for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing  Your Relationship with  Food and Your Body By Michelle May, M.D. and Kari  Anderson, DBH (Am I  Hungry?  Publishing, 2014). Are you hungry for answers to finally resolve your  binge  eating? If food is the "background music" of your life (or the foreground   music!), then this is the book for you. Drs. May and Anderson designed The   Mindful Eating Cycle to help you examine the why, when, what, how much, and   where of your bingeing patterns. "You can only change what you are aware of,"   they explain. "In the eat-repent-repeat cycle, when you eat what you want, you   feel guilty, when you eat what you 'should' you feel deprived. Either way  you're  almost never at peace with your choices." The key antidote to binge  eating is  learning to eat consciously and without judgment. "When you eat  mindfully, you  eat what you love, but you don't obsess about food...Instead,  you trust your  body to let you know when and how much to eat." The authors  offer a rich variety  of tools and techniques to enhance your mindful eating and  reprogram yourself.  Breathing exercises, meditation, and a "body-mind-heart  scan" are offered. Some  of my favorite recommended techniques include: put a  sign on the fridge that  says, "If I'm not hungry, what I'm looking for is not  in here." Or, "If you  aren't hungry when you start eating, how will you know  when to stop?" "Wanting  to eat isn't the same as needing to eat." And prompt  yourself, "When I'm hungry,  I'll eat what I love. When I'm bored, I'll do  something I love." By relearning  how to trust your body wisdom, you'll discover  your own internal guide for when,  what, and how much to eat. This book will  teach you to become an expert on you! Throughout the book,  Drs.  May and  Anderson encourage us to, "Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!"
January 2015

Outsmarting Overeating: Boost Your  Life Skills, End your Food Problems By Karen Koenig New World Library, 2015.   Karen Koenig is a psychotherapist, educator, eating coach and author of five   books on helping people heal their eating problems. In all her books, Ms.  Koenig  blends a down-to-earth style with psychological wisdom and effective  behavioral  strategies. She leaves no stone unturned to help her readers and  clients  recover. In Outsmarting Overeating, Ms. Koenig explains that people  often resort  to overeating as their primary strategy for coping with difficult  challenges  because they lack a set of essential life skills. Learning and  cultivating these  life skills will help you better deal with life's stresses  without depending on  excess food. Ultimately, using eating as a coping  mechanism is a misguided and  unhealthy attempt to resolve problems. Ms. Koenig  describes the eight essential  life skills needed to manage anxiety and achieve  recovery. These skills are the  missing piece of the puzzle for eating disorder  recovery: Physical self-care and  wellness are the foundations of healing an  eating disorder. Emotions: Forget  what you eat and how much you eat and focus  on mastering your moods. Notice what  you are feeling, name it, and don't judge  it. Experience emotions as merely a  "text message" from yourself which will  help you detach. Living consciously:  Practice living with intent and awareness  in the here and now. When you remain  emotionally connected to everything you  do, you continuously fill up in small  ways, and you avoid the emptiness that  might drive you to mindless eating.  Building and maintaining relationships.  Self-regulation: Rather than being  either too rigid or too excessive in eating,  exercising, sleeping, or  socializing, you need to learn to blend both freedom  and structure to achieve  moderation. Problem solving and critical thinking.  Setting and reaching goals.  Balancing work and play. Skills are gained by  practicing every single day  because this will lay down new pathways in your  brain. Practice makes progress!  In this valuable book, Ms. Koenig shifts the  focus away from food and explores  in great detail and with in-depth examples  how you can successfully integrate  these eight new life skills into your life  to finally "outsmart overeating."
December 2014
Expressing Disorder: Journey to  Recovery, A DVD produced by David Alvarado (www.ExpressingDisorder.com) The  stigma of having an eating disorder is no longer so shameful in our culture and,  thankfully, women and girls are increasingly seeking treatment. While  traditional talk therapy is the most frequent method of healing, this DVD  highlights two alternative techniques: dance/movement therapy and drama therapy.  In the Introduction, Anita Johnston describes how eating disorders are a  language, a hidden code for unexpressed needs. This hidden meaning of eating  disorder symptoms can often emerge in "body therapy" through art, poetry, dance,  drama, movement, and music which taps into these unexpressed body symptoms and  can be combined with traditional therapy to help women tell their stories. Susan  Kleinman, a dance/movement therapist and certified eating disorder specialist,  describes how women with eating disorders often have difficulty expressing their  feelings: "women bury feelings and the body is the burial ground." We witness  patients at the Renfrew Center in Florida proceed through a series of dance  movement exercises which help them express their inner emotions which have been  trapped in their bodies and their eating disorders. Carol Dietrich, a creative  arts therapist and marriage and family therapist in California, leads a group of  women in designing masks and costumed characters to externalize their eating  disorder selves and then interact and confront them. It is powerful to observe  the women searching to find their authentic selves through these body-based  techniques which help to loosen the grip of their eating disorders. As a "talk"  therapist myself, I would have liked to see how these creative arts treatments  are woven and integrated into a broader psychotherapy. Perhaps Volume 2 will  show us how!
November 2014
Doing What Works: An Integrative  System for the Treatment Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery By Abigail  Natenshon (NASW Press, 2009) This comprehensive guide to the treatment of eating  disorders is a masterful book written for both experienced clinicians and those  new to the field. Ms. Natenshon, a psychiatric social worker, weaves together  the "neurological, physical, nutritional, behavioral, chemical, emotional,  developmental, psychological, and relational issues" which richly illuminates  the depth, breadth, and complexity of eating disorders. In this sophisticated  exploration, Doing What Works also describes a wide range of treatment  strategies including guidelines for family therapy, group therapy, child  therapy, hospitalization, medication, and mind-body techniques (Feldenkrais and  Anat Baniel methods) so the therapist can formulate an individualized and  integrated approach for each client. Ms. Natenshon encourages the therapist to  actively reach out to connect with "the client's core self which has been  imprisoned by the impenetrable armor of the eating disorder." The  growth-promoting safety of the therapy relationship enables the client to  "reintegrate the 1000-piece puzzle of the client's holistic self that has been  exiled." The author's enthusiasm to leave no stone unturned in helping her  clients recover lends a vitality and energy to this book. In these times of  managed care, where treatment results are often measured numerically for  effectiveness, the human dimension of the therapy relationship can get  undermined. But it is this human dimension that forms the key and most crucial  intervention that Ms. Natenshon draws on to heal her clients; she is not afraid  to show her affection and her authentic self to foster the growth of the  client's most authentic self. In Doing What Works, Ms. Natenshon illuminates her  commitment to teach, heal, and to inspire hope for both the client as well as  clinicians eager to deepen their knowledge of the eating disorder field.
October 2014
The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A  Survivor's Story By Abby Kelly (Bettie Youngs Books, 2014) This past August,  Robin Williams killed himself; his depression and past struggles with substance  abuse defeated him. Phillip Seymour Hoffman also succumbed to a drug overdose  this year. These sad losses highlight how possible it is to die from addiction,  and how recovery is not simple or automatic just because you say you want it.  Therefore, we need to pay careful attention to recovery stories of people like  Abby Kelly to learn as fully as possible what the ingredients are that pulls  someone out of the brink of despair and makes them choose recovery. In her  memoir, The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor's Story, Ms. Kelly recounts  her exhausting fifteen year ordeal with "my addiction to the disease of  anorexia." The author's compulsive appetite for approval, appreciation, and  acceptance fueled her anorexia which became her attempt to feel special, unique,  and in control. Ms. Kelly recounts her three inpatient hospitalizations,  extensive counseling, and thoughts of suicide. Gradually she chooses recovery  through her growing belief in God. "God broke the chains of my disease," she  declares. "I am loved by God and my family. I'm beautiful just the way I am. I  can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." There is no "one size fits  all" for recovery from addiction. Every person's recovery is as unique as a  fingerprint. In her book, Abby Kelly, now free from anorexia for five years,  tells her unique story of her commitment to prayer, Jesus, and religious  transformation which led her eventually to embrace the beauty of her body and  her soul and to turn her back on the false and "predatory lies" of anorexia.
September 2014
Reclaiming Yourself from Binge  Eating:  A Step-By-Step Guide to Healing by Leora Fulvio, MFT (Ayni Books, 2014,  327 pages) "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," declares that old rock 'n' roll song.  And Leora Fulvio explains that healing from a binge eating disorder is like  breaking up with a boyfriend with whom you've had a dysfunctional relationship.  She describes binge eating as if you were enmeshed with "Ed" (your eating  disorder) who pretends to care about you but, as in all abusive relationships,  is out to see you suffer. Recovery from binge eating is about separating from  the tyranny of Ed and learning to live in peace and harmony with your food, your  body, yourself. In Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating: A Step-By-Step Guide  to Healing, Ms. Fulvio, a marriage and family therapist, helps you negotiate  your break up with binge eating and invites you to reflect on 34 steps that  impart knowledge, hope, and guidance for recovery. These 34 chapters include an  exploration plus an assignment and cover topics such as: Balancing  Self-Acceptance with the Need to Change; Dealing with Self-Sabotage; Dealing  with Your Inner Critic; Learn Intuitive Eating; Overpowering Your Urge to Binge;  Sleep Issues and Night Eating. To support your growth, Ms. Fulvio recommends  cultivating a mindfulness and meditation practice: "Mindfulness helps to  decrease binge eating by helping you fully experience all your emotions, the  joyful  ones and the hard ones. By letting yourself feel your feelings, even the  really difficult ones, you increase your capacity for sitting with painful and  even distressing moods, thoughts and sensations. When you are more able to sit  with these feelings, you don't feel driven to do something about it. There is  nothing to be done with feelings other than feel them." Ms. Fulvio's book will  help you move away from your bondage to bingeing and grow more fully into  healing and wholeness.
August 2014
Table in the Darkness: A Healing  Journey Through an Eating Disorder by Lee Wolfe Blum (IVP Books, 2013, 200  pages). When I first read that Ms. Blum credits Jesus Christ with helping her  recover from an eating disorder, I was concerned that as a non-Christian I might  not be the best reviewer for this book and that it would only appeal to a  limited audience. I was wrong. Blum's autobiographical story is written like a  compelling novel, and we quickly come to identify with her struggles to find  love and self acceptance. Through her candor, humanity, and resiliency, she  transcends writing a book solely for a Christian audience. Youngest child of  divorced parents, Lee often felt mistreated by her family. Alcoholism, parental  infidelity, and cruelty led Lee to focus on cutting her lettuce into a million  pieces. Her description of the lies and secrets in her family leads us to  viscerally understand how focusing and obsessing about that lettuce can soothe  us in the broken places of our being. Bits of lettuce lead the way to further  starvation and bulimia, as her quest for thinness becomes her personal search  for the Holy Grail. Following a suicide attempt, Ms. Blum realizes she cannot  continue her inner fight with her eating disorder without surrendering her will  to God. She embarks on an arduous journey with a talented therapist, medication,  and an increasing commitment toward renewing her life. She identifies how her  eating disorder developed as a refusal to feel her pain, but "by choosing my  life, I began to have tears and laughter." Now a health educator in Minnesota,  Ms. Blum has triumphantly affirmed her victory over her eating disorder. Table  in the Dark is a true testament to her rebirth.
July 2014
The Healing Journey for Binge Eating:  Your Individualized Path to Recovery by Michelle Market, M.ED, CEDS (2013, 164  pages). In this workbook, Ms. Market offers a roadmap to help people recover  from binge eating and to heal their relationship with food. This book is divided  into five parts: 1. understanding your relationship with food: how to create  awareness of your binge eating triggers without being judgmental; diagnose what  gets in the way of your recovery; identify how you use food to cope. 2.  slowing  down: how to "live slow" and learn to eat mindfully. 3. making peace with  yourself: reflect on your issues of self esteem, challenge your inner critic. 4.  making peace with your body: how to develop body acceptance and break through  barriers to exercising. 5. tools for your healing journey: create healing  practices including affirmations to restore and sustain normal eating. In  addition to this workbook, Ms. Market has also written a second, companion book,  The Healing Journey for Binge Eating Journal: Eight Week Journal Companion. This  eight week journal prompts readers to practice a morning and evening meditation  each day in order to become more self reflective and aware of their feelings,  thoughts, and inner messages from their bodies. This journal also teaches  readers the habit of creating a daily goal to focus and strive for. Both the  workbook and the journal encourage readers' participation in an interactive  format through structured writing assignments. Readers are guided toward  clarifying their personal self-defeating attitudes and behaviors and are  provided with strategies to create new intentions and healthy rituals. As we  continue to seek self-attunement in our relationship with food and our most  authentic selves, Ms. Market's books can be used for self-study, in a group, or  with the assistance of a therapist. Armed with Ms Market's two books, let the  healing begin!
June 2014
Starting Monday: Seven Keys to a  Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food by Karen Koenig LCSW, M.Ed. (Gurze  Books, 2013, 288 pages) People repeatedly - but often fruitlessly - promise  themselves they will finally get their eating struggles under control. When?  Starting Monday! The title of Karen Koenig's book refers to this familiar  resolution, and she explores why emotional eaters, filled with determination to  improve their hurtful behaviors, wind up failing time after time. In this, her  seventh book, Ms. Koenig offers a key approach for long lasting change: people  must confront that internal part of themselves which is invested in not getting  better! This is a book for those people who yearn for weight loss and body  satisfaction but may have difficulty appreciating the conflicts within  themselves that sabotage and defeat their best efforts. Why would someone want  to derail their best efforts to be happy? Koenig shows readers how to identify  "the ouch of self-recognition" and to discover what blocks normal eating. She  describes seven keys to unlock your self-defeat and create lasting change: 1.  apply curiosity, self reflection, and compassion to why you have been stuck. 2.  make conscious choices through the mindful focus of living in the present  moment. 3. feel deserving by exploring your family history which may have left  you feeling unworthy or deprived. 4. comfort yourself by reaching out to others  and develop strategies to cope with stress. 5. know what's enough and pinpoint  where you feel unsatisfied not only with food but money, possessions, work, and  relationships. 6. manage intimacy by becoming aware of your fears of closeness  and your desires. 7. develop a healthy identity by claiming your most authentic  self regardless of weight. What are your beliefs, your needs, your truths? In a  lively, engaging style, Ms. Koenig illuminates these psychological solutions to  help you get unstuck so you can live a fruitful and compassionate life every day  of the week - not just Starting Monday!
May 2014
Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering  from your Eating Disorder by Joanna Poppink, MFT (Conari Press, 2011, 246  pages). Joanna Poppink candidly acknowledges that almost 30 years of her life  were controlled and consumed by bulimia. Now fully recovered, she is a marriage  and family therapist who shares her personal road to recovery and the tools she  uses to help others heal from a wide range of eating disorders. Healing Your  Hungry Heart compassionately explains how eating disorders develop as a way to  comfort yourself and help you survive emotions you find too raw and unbearable.  When something threatening in your life overwhelms your existing coping  mechanisms – such as the death of a loved one, divorce, abuse – you may turn to  bingeing, purging or starving as a way to detour, numb, and soothe yourself. The  only way to change hurtful eating behavior is “to build a sturdy internal  psychological structure that allows you to respond in a healthy and self-caring  way to your emotional challenges," explains Ms. Poppink. Recovery is about  learning to identify and honor your boundaries and limitations, not just with  food, but with money, work, sex, sleep, and by expressing yourself honestly and  authentically in relationships. This involves "saying no to what is not good for  you and yes to what nourishes you." While developing strong boundaries will help  you create your own internal support system, Ms. Poppink emphasizes the need to  sustain your progress by practicing an ongoing healing program. Recovery must be  tended to every day to avoid slipping back to disordered eating. She shows how  daily practices such as mindful breathing, affirmations, journal writing, and  connecting with your spirituality can serve to expand your awareness and your  ability to treat yourself with care. Psychotherapy can help you develop these  new coping mechanisms to better withstand pain and anxiety without resorting to  emotional eating. In this warm and gracious book, Ms. Poppink fulfills her  promise: to help you Heal Your Hungry Heart!
April 2014
Dr. Deah's Calmanac: Your Interactive  Monthly Guide for Cultivating a Positive Body Image by Dr. Deah Schwartz, ED.D.  Reading Calmanac (Calming Almanac) is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with  a quirky, funny friend who shares her philosophy about life, liberty, and the  pursuit of happiness and how to achieve that happiness without the tyranny of  dieting and self hatred. Dr. Deah (as the author refers to herself) is a  champion of the Health at Every Size Movementwhich encourages people to focus on  healthy eating rather than lamenting about the size of their body. Dr. Deah's  Calmanac combines a personal diary with a twelve month interactive guide. Her  goal is to help readers transform their negative body image and disordered  eating into a "body-positive" way of life. Each chapter (month) has four  components: Personal Perspective: The author's musings on eating and emotions.  Predictable Challenges: Themes to be aware of during the month. Important Dates  to Remember: Opportunities for activism or possible triggers that may arise  during that month. Proactive Activities: Using her extensive experience in  expressive arts therapy, Dr. Deah includes arts and crafts suggestions for  readers to explore their personal body image issues.In a culture where dieting,  weight loss, and plastic surgery are touted as the routes to achieving happiness  with yourself, Dr. Deah encourages the reader to become more responsive to  hunger, fullness, and mindful eating and to love one's body without apology,  judgment, or shame. Her primary theme throughout:  Body Acceptance is the true  antidote to self hatred. Dr. Deah exhorts us to embrace: "I am a perfect size  me!"  
March 2014
Eating Disorders for Dummies by Susan  Schulherr, LCSW. Eating Disorders for Dummies by Susan Schulherr is part of the  wildly popular Dummies book series about everything under the sun. Mixing great  in-depth knowledge of her subject with humor and, at the same time, showing  respect for the seriousness of eating disorders, Ms. Schulherr provides  everything you wanted to know about eating disorders but were afraid to ask (or  didn't even know to ask!). This book could easily be dubbed The Encyclopedia of  Eating Disorders due to its rich and comprehensive orientation to all things  eating disordered. Ms. Schulherr offers a detailed picture of who gets eating  disorders and why. She illustrates the role that psychology/biology/culture  plays to help clients understand and appreciate why they became vulnerable to  these disorders in the first place. She helps readers deal with the shame and  guilt that can stand in the way of seeking help, and she does this in such a  compassionate and caring manner that you feel you are being guided by a kind,  firm, and knowledgeable therapist. You can read this book in an "a la carte"  fashion, searching the topics that pertain to your situation, although her  extensive discussion about recovery options pertains to all. The author  describes how eating disorders are coping mechanisms and that, "Surrendering  your eating disorder symptoms is not recovery, but it makes recovery possible.  Recovery is a building process as much as a healing one - to develop the skills,  abilities, and resources within yourself to feel personally powerful and  confident." Eating Disorders for Dummies paves the way to achieve that healing.  For sufferers of eating disorders, family and friends, as well as  psychotherapists, this book provides a deep and insightful journey toward hope,  help, healing, and wholeness. This is a must read!
February 2014
Skinny Revisited: Rethinking  Anorexia  Nervosa and Its Treatment by Maria Baratta, PhD. LCSW.  In her  book, Skinny  Revisited: Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa and Its Treatment, Dr. Maria  Baratta – a  clinical social worker with over 30 years experience in the field of  eating  disorders – provides a multidimensional model for the treatment of  anorexia.   Dr. Baratta describes her book as written from a "feminist  sociobehavioral  perspective,” in which she emphasizes the dominant role our  culture plays in  contributing to females' perpetual dissatisfaction with their  bodies. She also  weaves together family systems theory, cognitive behavioral  theory, information  on psychiatric disorders related to anorexia, and the role  of medication.  The  author presents vivid case examples of how the therapist can  initiate a healing  connection with the anorexic patient who, most often, is  uncooperative, angry  about being sent to therapy, and committed to weight loss  regardless of the  impact on her body, life, and family. Dr. Barrata suggests  engaging these  resistant clients by using the client's private "language of  anorexia." Rather  than contradicting or confronting the patient's illogical  perceptions and  possibly alienating her, the therapist joins the obsession,  follows the  patient's lead, painstakingly bonding with her around discussions  about  calories, weight, and the need for skinniness. As the patient feels  understood  and not criticized, she becomes more trusting of the therapist. This  trust  enables her to hear gentle corrections to her body image distortions and  to  heed nutrition recommendations. Learning how our culture has "infected" most   females with the disease to be thin and thinner also helps the patient to feel   less alone. She and the therapist bond in health and healing.  Skinny Revisited   is scholarly yet warm, erudite yet accessible.  It is written primarily for   psychotherapists although patients and family members will find it highly   readable and informative.

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