When we are trying to recover from an eating disorder there are so many resources out there that it is easy become overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. This week’s blog is going to be about one book that I highly recommend. In the world of eating disorders there are many different books out there ranging from self-help to memoirs and everything in between. It can be hard to know what is healthy for you and what isn’t, especially given how reading other people’s stories or suggestions can be either incredibly triggering or real
By no means have I read every book out there on eating disorders but I have read quite a few.While some I find rather interesting both being someone who has recovered and someone who works in the field, by far the best book I have read on eating disorders and recovery is Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb’s book called 8 Keys to Recovery From An Eating Disorder.
Not only is the book a great educational tool it also has lots of valuable personal stories woven throughout that help you realize that you aren’t alone in your journey. It can apply to anyone who struggles (though there are a few places where it seems to focus more on anorexia and bulimia than on binge eating) and is appropriate for any age. While there may be pieces in any book that you don’t love, the insight and understanding that this book has is invaluable.
Additionally, this book has a bunch of exercises that will help you gain clarity and understanding of what it is you are going through. I would recommend you get the book and slowly work your way through it. If you don’t do the exercises you won’t get nearly as much out of it, even though I know doing them can sometimes bring up feelings or memories that you may not want to experience.
My recommendation? As a recovery tool this is one of my favorites that I recommend to my eating disorder counselling clients. Order the book from Amazon and use this as a tool to either help motivate you to recover or to continue along in your journey to wellness.