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Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder (Thorndike Health, Home & Learning) Hardcover – Large Print, January 18, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"This book offers a variety of valuable tools and practical ways for those with eating disorders to nourish both their bodies and their spirits. It also offers real solutions and hope for its readers." -Christine Hartline, M.A., Founder and Director, Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center, EDReferral.com

"Joanna Poppink's Healing Your Hungry Heart answers two questions I frequently hear from troubled eaters: "How do I begin my recovery and what can I do to sustain it?" Her chapter on the warning signs of an eating disorder is especially helpful to those who aren't sure if their relationship with food is unhealthy or not. Other chapters gently guide the reader in an exploration of what is needed to recover from deregulated eating--mindfulness, self-reflection and honesty, bona fide emotional nourishment, and daily practices for skill acquisition and moving toward true fulfillment. I would certainly recommend this book to my clients and students." -Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., author of The Food and Feelings Workbook and Nice Girls Finish Fat

"Finally--a book that speaks beyond the stereotype of eating disorders as the 'little girl's disease,' reaching out to women who have lived with these devastating disorders for years, and offering practical, sound, and insightful advice on how to begin, and sustain, real recovery." -Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joanna Poppink, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating adults with eating disorders. She studied psychology at UCLA and the Saybrook Institute and received her master's degree from Antioch University. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at: EatingDisorderRecovery.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Health, Home & Learning
  • Hardcover: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 Lrg edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410444414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410444417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Poppink, MFT is a Los Angeles psychotherapist in private practice and also does Skype consultations. She works with young, mid life and senior women. See video: http://tinyurl.com/n68ll2j

In her work and writing Joanna draws both on her clinical experience and her personal experience in healing from bulimia. She corresponds with women throughout the world via her website and Skype video in her ongoing efforts to support eating disorder recovery. Visit Joanna at: http://www.eatingdisorderrecovery.com.

She is a licensed psychotherapist with more than 25 years experience in helping adults find recovery from eating disorders. She studied psychology at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Saybrook Institute and received her M.A. from Antioch University.

Currently she is studying for her UCLA Certificate in Sustainability.

Joanna lives in Los Angeles where, in addition to her private practice, she finds time for improvisational theater games, gardening, writing, travelling and having glorious, colorful and messy art experiences in her garden with the children in her family.

More about Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from you eating disorder

Joanna writes frank descriptions of the often secret emotional and personal challenges of living with an eating disorder and how to use those experiences as opportunities for healing.

Using stories from her personal struggles with bulimia along with stories from a wide-range of women she has known, Joanna offers a developmental path to eating disorder recovery.

She writes to adult women in their 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond as they struggle to manage their careers, marriages, and families. She offers hope, inspiration and practical tools.

Through a rich assortment of exercises, quizzes, journal prompts, specific mindfulness tasks and other creative healing activities Joanna guides the reader toward personal self revelation, understand and the ability to develop beyond present limitations. This is the path that leads to healing and recovery.

To arrange a free fifteen minute telephone consultation e-mail Joanna at:
joanna at poppink.com.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I have read countless books on dealing with my compulsive eating. I've suffered through this disorder for over 25 years and had almost given up hope until I read this book. My compulsive eating has nothing to do with willpower. It's all about learning to live again outside of food. As with many people with eating disorders, food became a friend to me, someone I could turn to when I was sad, scared, or angry. This book guides you through the process of dealing with the intense emotions that food has soothed. It also helps you learn to view food like "normal" people view it... as sustenance for an empty belly. I truly believe that this book has saved my life. Thank you, Joanna.
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I'm half way through Healing Your Hungry Heart, and finding the book so enlightening - Joanna's story of her own recovery journey makes you warm to the author and makes you feel that she is more than just an experienced eating disorders therapist. But this isn't an autobiography, it's a genuine, self-help book - the chapters and exercises on secrets and boundaries help to reveal so much about yourself and what drives your eating disorder, several times already they have hit on things that have reduced me to tears, but healing tears, positive tears that help me to understand myself and acknowledge things. This book is definitely worth a read if you are serious about tackling your eating disorder, in fact it's the kind of book that you will revisit over and over again!
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Joanna Poppink does an amazing job in this book of creating an incredibly readable guide for healing from eating disorders. I really love this book. It's brilliant, so full of wisdom and gems so astute and soft spoken and gentle that you feel as though you're being touched by a loving mother rather than told what to do. The tone of it is just healing. What I love so much about Healing Your Hungry Heart is how personally touching it is. Joanna writes as if she's sitting there in the room with you, holding your hand and saying, "yes, I've been there, I know what it's like, but look at me, I've really found peace with food, it's so hard, but I know that you can do it too, and I'm here to help you." She shares her own personal experiences with a crippling case of bulimia that followed her all the way to her early 40′s. She goes deeply in depth to discuss the issues that are underneath the eating disorder such as not understanding how to adhere to boundaries and why that might be so. She discusses shame, anxiety, depression, sadness, angst, fear, distress, abuse, secrets and how you might be using food to heal yourself. She helps you with gentle exercises (meditation, breath work, affirmations) to cope with the intensity of life without food. This book is so gentle and very calming and soothing, it's like having someone right there with you, compassionately guiding you.
Another aspect that sets this apart from other books is that she identifies many of the common personality traits that co-occur with EDs. She has the reader ask themselves difficult questions such as: "do I have issues encroaching on other's boundaries? how is my eating related to that? how can I heal from that?
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Healing Your Hungry Heart is like no other eating disorder recovery book I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). I've been following Joanna Poppink's blogs on her website for the 18 months since I started my recovery work. Her wisdom and honest approach in her blogs became a life line during my "Great Terror" moments (as she describes them in the book). I had high expectations for this book and she has surpassed those expectations. This isn't another "eat this" and "do this" book, or a book that paints recovery as sunshine and roses if you just have the right attitude. This book is honest. The way she describes life with an eating disorder could only done by someone who has fought this horrible disorder herself. This book paints a realistic picture of what needs to happen for true recovery, what the struggle is going to feel like, but also what rewards are waiting on the other side of the battle. Joanna doesn't want her readers to settle for gaining control over their eating issues, but rather pushes her readers to take a holistic view of their entire Life. I suggest this book to those just starting recovery as well as those, like myself, who have already traveled away down the road of recovery.
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For anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder and are truly ready for help - this is a book for you. Just to know that someone understands EXACTLY what you are going through and provides gentle and understanding knowledge to start you on the path to recovery.
Cos let's face it who really understands what we go through.... least of all ourselves :) - So it is with much relief that I found this book and started to work through the chapters. I was fascinated to learn more about my behaviours not only around food but how by having this eating disorder had severely impacted on other areas of my life -

I have just come through the "GREAT TERROR" Chapter 10 in the book explains this in great detail the mental, physical and emotional turmoil you will feel at some part in your recovery - As you start to make progress and your patterns and behaviours start to change to the new you, your body starts to go into "panic mode" And it feels like the Great Terror- It is simply your body adjusting to the changes you are making, and Joanna does not make it sound any more elaborate than what it really is! - This was pure hell for me but so comforting to know it was part of the process..... and infact an indicator that I was making progress!!!!

To help me through this I picked up HHH and picked a random page it took me to page 109 in the chapter Challenges to Eating Well. There it was- the metaphor that allowed me to shift this terror and see it differently. It gave an example of how I should treat my body as if it were a maltreated dog picked up in the Rescue shelter.....
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