Below are the resources that have been most helpful during my eating disorder recovery. Remember, this is just what has really helped me – I hope they are of value to you but the path to recovery is different for everyone, so I encourage you to find what works best for you! Different resources were helpful at different stages, so I have divided them up into times when I think they will provide the greatest benefit.
- Overcoming Disordered Eating, Part A. An online resource by the Centre for Clinical Interventions. Contains modules designed to increase understanding of eating disorders, how they develop, and assess readiness for change.
- Overcoming Disordered Eating, Part B. This follow-up set of modules provides strategies to help change thoughts and behaviours associated with disordered eating.
Next, work on engaging in meaningful activities and solidifying the changes you have already made:
- If Not Dieting, Then What? – Dr. Rick Kausman. Dr. Rick is a pioneer of the person-centred approach to healthy weight management and well-being. He provides a refreshing perspective for the yo-yo dieter and those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. My review of the book can be found here.
- The Happiness Trap – Dr. Russ Harris. Dr. Russ tells us that it’s a myth that we need to be 100% happy 100% of the time. When living with an eating disorder, one tries very hard to squash all emotions. The book helped me to be more accepting of difficult or challenging emotions.
Continue with healthy, non-judgmental patterns of eating and work on increasing self-esteem:
- Overcoming Binge Eating, 2nd edition – Dr. Christopher Fairburn. During recovery it can be challenging re-connecting with our bodies’ natural hunger and fullness signals, and binge-eating can happen. It does not mean you are a failure: treat it as a learning experience and continue with your vision of recovery.
- The Feeling Good Handbook – Dr. David Burns. Burns uses an evidence-based approach to enhancing self-esteem that I highly recommend.
- Unbearable Lightness – Portia Di Rossi. A first-hand account of living with anorexia; very powerful, accurate, and moving. Can be emotionally overwhelming if read too soon in the recovery process. I highly recommend the book to carers, friends and family who are trying to understand what it is like to live with an eating disorder.
Learn more about how to regulate difficult emotions and putting yourself first:
- The Art of Extreme Self-Care – Cheryl Richardson. This was a life-changer! The Mirror exercise is a great point to start with.
- You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay
Need Help? If you are living with or supporting someone with an eating disorder and need to speak to someone urgently, Butterfly’s National Support Line and Web Counselling Service provides free, confidential support for anyone.
Phone: 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673 (Australian line)