I’m not the reader of the family. That would be my brother who polishes off 800 page novels the way I polish off a plate of nachos. But when I got serious about recovering from anorexia and orthorexia, I knew I was in serious need of some helping words. You don’t have to be a book worm to benefit from other people’s experiences, lessons, and advice. And knowing you share this experience and this battle with someone else out there – it’s one of the most comforting and encouraging feelings of all.
The 5 Best Eating Disorder Recovery Books
You may be surprised that not all of these books explicitly deal with eating disorder content nor are they your typical “self help” books. But each is warm, encouraging, comforting, and brilliant in its own way.
1). Intuitive Eating
If you’ve ever emailed me looking for some advice or guidance regarding hunger cues, fear foods, social eating, or pretty much anything – chances are I told you to go buy this book. It’s the very first thing I read when I needed to put on weight and one of the things that I loved about it (one of the many) is the emphasis on finding the healthy weight for you. For you. It won’t look like everyone else’s, but this book will help you discover and become comfortable at your healthy weight and show you that it is possible to maintain it after years of restriction. Intuitive Eating helped taught me to trust my body again, and it’s where I suggest everybody begin!
This is the one I warned you was not your typical ED self help book. In fact, it’s not about eating disorders at all. It is about how our society has formed an unhealthy relationship with the idea of fat. What I loved about this book is it challenged my one dimensional view of fat as a horrible, ugly thing. You’ll learn about fat’s religious connotations, its cultural significance in parts of the world, and even its role in the porn industry. Fat is truly a complex concept and for me, that helped me reshape how I viewed it on my body. It’s definitely the most mind boggling and “cool” of today’s selections!
3). Body Peace
The awesome thing about Body Peace is how interactive it is. Throughout the book you get to journal different memories and experiences, and discover new self affirmations. I’m so very into the whole “shooting yourself positive vibes” concept so if you’re into talking to yourself, and even if you’re not this will be an eye opening experience for you. This book got me in the habit of beginning each day with a goal geared towards self love, and even just writing it out helped it become a reality.
4). Life Without ED
I have the most vivid image of myself sitting on the porch at night, a cup of tea, and this book. And I’m not the porch-sitting-tea-drinking type, but this book makes you crave solidarity. It makes you want to be alone with the main character, and then alone with yourself. It makes you want to re-evaluate your life and most importantly, not miss out on any more of it due to an eating disorder.
5). It Was Me All Along
This one broke my heart at times. It takes you through one girl’s journey into disordered eating habits and shows you how she found food freedom, balance, and peace. With a similar tone to Intuitive Eating, I found It Was Me All Along incredibly personal, charismatic, and refreshing. You’ll be reminded that you’re never alone in this fight, and that what you’ve been through is not your fault. You can grow through it.
I have each of these authors to thank for helping me beat my eating disorder, and discover a passion for inspiring self love in others.
Shout out to Heather for the Friday Favorites link up
Do you have any books you’d add? What books and how did they change your life / influence your recovery?
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