Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives

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 women's struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people's stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. The author has 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. -- From publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590308776
1590308778
Branch Call Number: 616.8526 R4364 2011
Characteristics: ix, 194 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Liu, Aimee

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ksoles May 12, 2014

With a gentleness and understanding that only a recovered person can possess, Aimee Liu approaches the toughest issue about eating disorders: no patient ever thinks he/she can get better. "Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives" does not preach; rather, it gives step-by-step advice accompanied by real-life examples to encourage readers on their own paths to recovery. Liu includes a vast array of letters from people struggling with an ED, which help readers relate to others and realize that recovery is "as varied and complex as eating disorders themselves, and as powerful as the human spirit.”

Liu clearly organizes her book based on the stages of recovery: turning points, setting the stage for recovery, treatment, restoration, discovery and, finally, wise minds. She also creates a plot of sorts through multiple, captivating personal stories that highlight the different ways in which people approach recovery. Throughout, she reminds readers that an ED is “a distress signal, and you need to confront the real source of distress and find constructive ways to confront and manage that conflict.” Thus, she pushes people to focus beyond fixing the surface of the problem.

While people suffering from an ED form Liu's target audience, her book provides a vast amount of information that someone without an ED can learn, especially if he/she is trying to support the recovery of a loved one. She provides tips on how a parent, partner or spouse can talk to someone with an ED then continues into a section on treatment that takes a gentle, progressive approach to healing. She discusses how to choose a therapist and encourages nutrition counseling but also touches on more personal ways of coping like journaling and letter writing.

The final sections on restoration, discovery and wise minds instil hope in every reader. Through to the end, Liu delves into the details of how to treat these serious diseases by looking at them holistically, approaching recovery slowly and with the utmost care.

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