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Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"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
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.
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I really enjoyed the exercises throughout the book and felt they were really targeted to helping you uncover and re-connect with your inner, highest wisdom. The disconnection we feel when we have an eating disorder can leave us feeling dis-empowered, worthless and shameful. Joanna's insights really help you understand where it's coming from and what to do about it.
I loved the chapter on boundaries. She explains how a lack of personal boundaries can leave us feeling powerless. She offers ways to create healthy boundaries with our food, sleep and even friends.
There are a lot of great insights for anyone just starting out with their recovery, have started but relapsing or for the loving friend/family member trying to support and help someone in their recovery.
There is so much wisdom in this book, Joanna discovers: " the foremost eating disorder recovery issue, from my experience, is learning to recognize and honor boundaries." I cannot agree with this more - boundary settings issues are the characteristic of ED from my observation.
Joanna discussed the struggle and feeling of ED patients which indeed help me understand ED world and my kid better. That is a good starting point for us, the loved ones to give ED patient the support. Through her own stories and her patient's stories, Joanna offers many exercises to overcome ED and she also sends a strong message that ED is recoverable. I was so worry about my kid before, reading Joanna's book I can see the hope!
Joanna is very insightful and brilliant. Her book not only helps those who suffer ED but also helps their loved ones.
I am so thankful for this book. It has enlightened me as to how much bigger this picture of an eating disorder really is in my life. And in doing so, has enabled me to look at situations in a whole new way. I know it's going to take time...but with this book and the help of my therapist, I now feel for the first time in my life that there is hope.
I love how Joanna writes to us...with a compassion that comes only from knowing. I've started laughing at myself...at the beginning of every chapter I say something like, "Well, I don't need this chapter, I don't have any issues with boundaries". Then I go on to highlight almost every word! I have never read anything that hits home as much as she does in this book. She really understands how encompassing this disorder is...and I have to believe that that is imperative to finding lasting recovery. I can tell I'll be reading this book over and over again! Thank you, Joanna!
This book is very educational, providing the reader with a great understanding and many very useful tools for recovery. It is written in such a wonderful language, making it easy for the reader to understand. I have read so many books weighed down with jargon and impossible complicated sentences that I cast them, aside and never finished reading them. This book reminds the reader of the spirit of the person.
I feel it can offer wonderful guidance for the sufferer, their families, and ED Practitioners. This book is teaching us to be open to all experiences that life has to offer.
HHH brings so needed understanding of this complex illness. It explores issues, which were not yet studied enough and talk about - like the chapter on sexuality issues. Reading this book helps you to understand that ED is not just a "young girls illness". This myth, which keeps so many people suffering in isolation.
Many of my clients found inspiration and hope and abundance, after reading HHH.
Joanna's experiences described in HHH helps me on a personal and professional level as well. It has also encouraged me in my quest for knowledge, understanding of human nature, and the absolute importance of compassion.
HHH is a great tool in one's recovery.
Thank you Joanna for sharing with us your experiences.