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Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives : Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders,9781590308776

Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives : Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders



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Here is an honest, comprehensive, and inspiring resource for those in recovery from an eating disorder. While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual womenrs"s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many peoplers"s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.

Author Biography

Aimee Liu is a novelist and the author of Gaining, an acclaimed investigation into the causes and consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. She teaches creative writing at Goddard College and lives in Los Angeles. For more information, visit The author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Academy for Eating Disorders, Clinical Research and Scholarship Fund. For more information This and many other publications by Trumpeter are now available as eBooks.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Turning Pointsp. 9
How and When?p. 13
ED's Menp. 16
Labeling EDp. 19
Distress Signalsp. 24
Setting the Stage for Recoveryp. 31
What's ED Hiding?p. 39
The Maudsley Methodp. 47
What to Suggest and How to Suggest Itp. 50
A Journey in Intimacyp. 58
Hearing Concern, Accepting Supportp. 64
Treatmentp. 69
Medical Insurancep. 72
You Firstp. 74
Facing Foodp. 78
Meds and EDp. 83
CBT for Eating Disordersp. 87
Making Peace with Painp. 92
Notes to Self, Letters to EDp. 98
Restorationp. 101
Sensing the Bodyp. 108
Coping Mechanismsp. 115
Recovery and Religionp. 120
Truth Tellingp. 123
A Friend in Deedp. 129
Are the Twelve Steps for You?p. 135
Discoveryp. 137
Embracing the Messp. 141
Moving Beyond Weightp. 149
Ready, Get Set, Support!p. 152
Inner Workingsp. 158
Lead On!p. 161
Wise Mindsp. 163
Is Recovery Really Possible?p. 173
Acknowledgments and List of Contributorsp. 177
Resourcesp. 191
About the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)p. 195
About Aimee Liup. 196
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