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Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder: Reclaim Yourself, Regain Your Health, Recover for Good Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Johanna shares her personal story of living with and recovering from an eating disorder and offers thoughful and useful "tools" that she has developed throughout her journey as well as learned from others along the way. More than anything, I think this book is filled with invaluable insight pertaining to an experience we all share in which I plainly and simply call "life". Anyone who has struggled with issues relating to self-esteem, belonging, wanting to please others, never feeling good enough, all or nothing thinking, and many other characteristically human experiences will surely relate to Johanna's account.
Moreover, this book helps to remind you that you are not alone, no matter how lonely it might feel, and that there is hope! Hope that it is possible to let go of the need to control and to be perfect and that you will still be okay. Hope that you can genuinely learn and be comfortable with loving and taking care of yourself and live a life that is truly full and satisfying (though by no means perfect).
I believe listening to Johanna's story of recovery will be helpful to anyone, whether or not you have lived or are living with an eating disorder. I am happy that she has chosen to write this book and hope that many will benefit from her heartfelt words and wisdom.
* Where do I go with my recovery
* Is recovery possible
* What does the recovery process look like
* What does it look like to be recovered
This is a good book. It covers everything from perfectionism to having hope that recovery is possible. The last point is crucial; I went into treatment absolutely convinced that I was going to die from my bulimia and at times I thought that I wanted to; her book reminded me that it is possible to recover, even for me. This is a book that will inspire you and give you hope and help motivate you to take action towards your recovery (for me, that was going back into treatment).
She is realistic about the fact that there will be setbacks. But you can come away from this book feeling that you can handle that.
Regardless of what stage you're at in recovery, this will help you move forward, see the road ahead, and understand that recovery is, in fact, worth it in the end.
Johanna also includes practical tools that can help the reader to quiet the voice of their eating disorder and to continue to be motivated to move forward in their recovery. She uses the tools that she has learned leading groups and working in the field of eating disorders to propel people forward.
I was truly inspired by this book and had a hard time putting it down. I, myself, am a person fully recovered from an eating disorder and found myself wishing that this book had been published when I was struggling. It gave me more insight into the disorders that took many years of my life. I think that this book can be adapted to any person suffering with any disorder on the spectrum. If you know of anyone suffering from an eating disorder I would highly recommend giving them a copy of this book.
More importantly, it covers the aspects of one's life AFTER recovery. I've found that way too many books on eating disorders only cover the process of recovery and then assume that you are simply "good to go" once you are recovered. Kandel's book offers a comforting day by day guide for life beyond the steps of recovery.
In short, there are unbelievable pressures against us all to look a certain way. Ms. Kandel offers us an excellent guide to working through those pressures and finding happiness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read a lot of self -help books relating to eating disorders and this is the easiest one to grasp. It's very informative without being overwhelming. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Barbara
Bought to help my daughter through stages on recovery... it is a helpful book.Published 20 months ago by Likes2Shop4Things
I am a mental health counselor, and read this for more information about eating disorders. I really like the way the author makes it easy to read and welcoming, but it is... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Michael Joseph Marletto
Our personal relationship with food is often a difficult one. Sometimes we eat too much, too little, or too much of the wrong thing. We are unfortunately abusive to our body. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Stephanie Manley
This book came to me in excellent condition. The book itself is a wonderful journey through someone that "gets it " understands what you are going through. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Angelique
This book was incredible. After reading this book I saw a total shift in my recovery. I became so hopeful, so darn determined. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Lexi
Thank you for writing this book, Johanna Kandel!! I found this to be quite inspirational and educational. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by ask4cathy