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Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder (Anorexia or Bulimia, for Fans of Intuitive Eating) Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"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, selfreflection 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, Reviews
"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, Reviews
About the Author
Joanna Poppink, MFT is a Los Angeles psychotherapist in private practice. Poppink has more than 25 years of experience in helping adults recover from eating disorders. She studied psychology at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Saybrook Institute and received her M.A. from Antioch University.
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. 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. Visit Joanna at: http://www.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.
I won't say this is the first and last book you should read throughout recovery. I have read several other books, and continue to read books that I find helpful.
I've actually read this book through twice, and go back to it often to rework exercises. I'd recommend it to anyone recovering from an eating disorder.
Restoring the Healer: Spiritual Self-Care for Health Care Professionals (Spirituality and Mental Health)
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!
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The very first chapter of Joanna's book gripped me as Joanna honestly and bravely unravelled her personal story and journey to recovery entwined with her journey to becoming a professional therapist in the area of eating disorders. Every following chapter carries the weight and authority of her experience and professionalism combined.
She reveals her skill as an author by writing a book suitable for sufferers, carers and professionals alike, and manages to weave together a superb portrayal of the eating disorder mind/world, real-life examples, theory and practical tools/exercises.
The very layout of the book is attractive with aptly named bite-sized chapters just giving enough to digest at a time, and the inset quotations help highlight the key concepts in each chapter. My favourite example of such quotes is in Chapter 2 'Beginning to Free Yourself' where Joanna highlights 'If you have the strength and ability to sustain an eating disorder thenyou have the strength to move beyond it'...powerful words giving motivation and hope without judgement.
If I had access to Healing Your Hungry Heart 30 years ago my own recovery journey would have been much swifter and clearer. Even now as a professional I find new learning and awareness each time I re-read it. Let Healing Your Hungry Heart be your wise, gentle, patient and trusted companion, supporting you as you move forward on your own unique journey or as you support others in doing so.
A recommander sans hésitation!