Self-help books, blogs, TV shows, and fabulous online magazines (like this one!) have their place, but they can never bring fully healing. An idea may challenge your perspective (Women Food and God by Geneen Roth rocked my world), but if you find yourself obsessively consuming self-help material, it may be because your eating disorder is feeding on it. In recovery, it’s easy to put all the focus on your eating disorder, when recovery is about embracing a big, fat, juicy life – with so many other facets and streaks of rainbow than bulimia/anorexia/compulsive-overeating. You need to shoot cracks in the walls of your eating disorder centered world.
How? Take a hammer. Read Shakespeare. Pick up an interesting novel and voraciously consume it. Put a book of poetry by your bed and read a poem each night before you sleep. Find a blog on something unrelated to your ED: knitting, writing, art, or mothering. Listen to a band unrelated to self-esteem issues.
Disorders are suffocating. What you’re doing is opening a window.
Pick one from each list and request it from your library. Right now. I dare you.
Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Light Princess by George MacDonald
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Breathtaking Modern Novels
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt